“We want to set clear expectations and make sure people understand that we’re still in the exploration phase of this project. We’re not going to promise immediate business, but we’re really excited to be here and hope to have a long stint in this area.”
— Kristin Fye, Shell business analyst, about Shell’s event Tuesday night focused on how to become an approved service company or supplier.
There’s been excitement, some frustration and a little bit of mystery surrounding Shell since it first started exploring the Niobrara Formation in Moffat County and Northwest Colorado.
But the oil and natural gas giant set out to reconcile some of those frustrations Tuesday when representatives hosted an event at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion, 750 E. Fourth St., in Craig.
The event was geared toward local business owners interested in learning how to become a Shell service company or supplier, and attracted more than 200 residents, Shell officials said.
One of those people in attendance was Dan Hagney, an account manager with Touchmark Promotions in Steamboat Springs.
Hagney conducts a lot of business in Craig, but he attended Tuesday’s event for one reason, opportunity.
“We work with a lot of large companies so we know about the qualifiers they’re talking about, but you always learn perspective about companies,” Hagney said. “Like that they have (leases on) 200,000 acres just west of here. I didn’t know that.”
Like many recent Shell meetings and open houses the theme of Tuesday’s event focused on safety, and adopting Shell’s safety policies is one of the primary prerequisites for becoming an approved service company or vendor, officials said.
Officials also outlined a number of general guidelines Shell looks for in a potential partner, which can be viewed online.
Craig resident Larry Neu is hoping to become one of those partners.
His company, Northwest Diesel Sales and Service, LLC, has already been servicing equipment for one of Shell’s existing subcontractors.
“I haven’t worked directly with Shell, but I wanted to here what they had to say about their projections for the future,” Neu said. “It was interesting talking to their logistics people after the meeting. They’re going to get my business set up as a vendor and see to it that all of my people receive safety training.
“I’m looking forward to working with them and I think having them here is great for the community.”
But Kristin Fye, Shell business analyst, wanted to make sure people understood that the event didn’t mean Shell was looking for immediate partnerships.
“We want to set clear expectations and make sure people understand that we’re still in the exploration phase of this project,” Fye said. “We’re not going to promise immediate business, but we’re really excited to be here and hope to have a long stint in this area.”
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