Donation of wellheads and choke valves enables NAIT students to train on working oilfield equipment

The donation by Stream-Flo Industries Ltd. and Master Flo Valve Inc. is an investment in NAIT, its students and the oil and gas industry.

NAIT students and instructor working on one the gas metering skids that include a donated Stream-Flo wellhead and Master Flo choke valve. Image: NAIT

The Stream-Flo Group of Companies—Stream-Flo Industries Ltd. and Master Flo Valve Inc.—has donated four pairs of wellheads with choke valves to the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology’s (NAIT’s) Petroleum Engineering Technology program.

The Stream-Flo wellheads with flowing top sections and Master Flo choke valves off the wing valves are part of gas metering skids that are used by Petroleum Engineering Technology students to learn on the same oilfield equipment they will encounter on the job.

“The Stream-Flo wellhead and choke donation allows our students to get hands-on experience operating wellheads and choke wells they would encounter in a producing gas field,” said Bruce Reinders, chair of NAIT’s Petroleum Engineering Technology program. “We have incorporated the Stream-Flo donation into a gas metering and separating skid which creates an extremely realistic learning environment for the students.”

The Stream-Flo Group’s ongoing support of NAIT includes endowment funds for two annual scholarships in each of the Mechanical Engineering Technology Diploma and CNC Machinist Certificate programs, as well as a donation from founder Duncan and wife Verda McNeill of close to $1 million for NAIT’s Centre for Information and Communications Technology.

“Graduates of NAIT’s Petroleum Engineering Technology program, as well as other NAIT programs, have the practical knowledge they need to enter the industry and contribute on the job right away,” said Mark McNeill, president of the Stream-Flo Group of Companies. “We’re proud to support that real-world learning with the donation of these wellheads and choke valves, as well as through our scholarships. Investing in NAIT and its students is critical to ensuring the Canadian oil and gas industry has the skilled, safety-conscious workforce it needs to continue leading the world in innovation and sustainable energy production.”