Our History The storyline of our success
From a small service provider to a leading global partner trusted to provide expert services and innovative solutions to complex fluid issues for the Oil & Gas Industry, this is our story.
In 1995, CETCO ENERGY SERVICES, (CETCO) was established as a water treatment company providing Filtration Services with proprietary, patented CrudeSorb® media technology used to remove oil before discharging water into the Gulf of Mexico (GOM).
In 1997, AMCOL, (formerly American Colloid Corporation), the world’s largest bentonite miner, acquired and placed the business under the Colloid Environmental Technologies Company (CETCO) Business Unit (BU). The BU provided a range of water treatment products and technologies under the name of CETCO Offshore.
In 2006, AMCOL picked up a small specialty rental tool company, Unique Rentals. Shortly thereafter, another acquisition was made with nitrogen-pumping service, Nitrogen Specialty Company for both on and offshore applications.
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Explore CETCO's many achievements around the world
- CETCO has the largest market share of Well Testing services in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM)? To date, we have successfully conducted more flow-back filtration, Produced Water (PW), deepwater projects and high pressure / high temperature Well Testing in the GOM than any other service provider.
- CETCO has significant international Well Testing hubs supporting onshore and offshore scopes covering Africa, Asia, Middle East and United States in GOM?
- CETCO has a successful JV Partnership in Saudi Arabia with Rawabi Holdings called RawabiCETCO?
- CETCO treats over 1 billion gallons (1 barrel = 42 gallons) of Oil & Gas wastewater with our proprietary patent technologies, year over year? We identify oil components and toxicology and treat them in produced water for cost effective re-injection or over-the-side discharge in an environmentally friendly manner.
- CETCO has conducted more than 150 Objective Root Cause Analysis (ORCA™) studies worldwide?
- CETCO has the world’s largest Produced Water (PW) rental fleet? Our Process Equipment business line is the only Produced Water Technology (PWT) supplier whom can call upon the world’s largest rental fleet of technologies to de-risk capital expenditure at the front end of the decision process.
CETCO built the world’s largest ever Horizontal Gas Flotation Unit 350,000 bpd?
350,000 bpd Produced Water/Train (x2) | 250 ppm Oil-in-Water (OIW) Influent
<15 ppm OIW Effluent Target | 4.8m O.D x 23m O/L Vessel Dimensions
560 Te Operating Weight | World’s Largest IGF Horizontal Units
Our Company Mascot
A Large Juvenile Aquatic Larva aka, a Tiger Salamander
“What the heck is that?” asks everyone
Our Company Mascot was inspired by the Larva of the Tiger Salamander before metamorphosis — the large Larvae (Mud Dogs) are also referred to as water dogs or mud puppies. The Tiger Salamander is one of the largest terrestrial salamanders in North America.
A dominant force both offshore and onshore, the Mud Dog adapts and thrives in both environments. Similarly, CETCO Energy Services is a dominant force in the Oil & Gas Industry thriving both onshore and offshore by aggressively pursuing innovative
and unique solutions for our customers to solve, treat, handle and manage their problematic fluid challenges in all market conditions.
- Binomial Name:
- Ambystoma tigrinum
- Name prior to Metamorphose:
- Large Juvenile Aquatic Larva
- Name after Metamorphose:
- Terrestrial Adult Tiger Salamander
- Average 6 – 8 inches (15 – 20 centimeters), can grow to 14 inches (36 centimeters)
- 0.28 pounds (4.4 ounces)
- 11 – 15 years
How Our Company Mascot Came Into Existence
In the early years, we wanted to do something unconventional to draw folks’ attention at trade shows. Being innovative, we displayed a tank of tiger salamanders allowing our sales team to answer questions about these mystical creatures and likewise
explaining our unique services and solutions in the Oil & Gas Industry as COMPLEX FLUID EXPERTS. It was a simple connection considering we are both an aggressive force in water and on land.
Our Mascot – Caricature
As our portfolio rapidly grew and we became more diverse, we fashioned a caricature of the tiger salamander as our brand ambassador. The caricature, is of a large Juvenile Aquatic Larva signifying the next phase of metamorphosis into a terrestrial adult
when moving to land. Our mascot represents our versatility and dominance onshore and offshore. We named it “Mud Dog®” and legally registered the motif. Our Mud Dog mascot differentiates us from our competition and is instantly recognized
globally in all of CETCO’s branding. It is now our calling card – personifying our unique and versatile approach to CLEAR SOLUTIONS for COMPLEX FLUID challenges; for our customers and for the environment.
Our mascot is so admired, we have even seen multiple rig workers displaying tattoos of our Mud Dog. That’s real love!
Mud Dog and CETCO Anatomy
Mud Dog is not only our brand ambassador he represents the anatomy of our business and is a CLEAR match to our brand personality, which has driven our past and will continue to motivate our future.
Aggressive by Nature
Tiger salamanders are efficient voracious predators in their aquatic and terrestrial environment. CETCO bring this same proficient aggressiveness to solving COMPLEX FLUID CHALLENGES for customers both in water and on land
Tiger salamanders do not have fracture zones in their tails as other species do, but are able to regenerate entire limbs
Depending on environmental conditions, the Tiger Salamander will either stay in the aquatic larva state or morph into the terrestrial adult state. Similarly, CETCO has a proven track record of reinventing itself during flux industry swings.
The large Juvenile Larva is aquatic, equally the adult is a terrestrial force. Like CETCO, a leading industry in solving water and FLUID CHALLENGES in water and on land.
The tiger salamander a dominant force in the Animal Kingdom, and environmental by nature. Similar, CETCO Energy Services is a dominant force solving cost effective services and solutions to the Oil & Gas Industry, while being environmentally compliant.