SVP, DRILLING & COMPLETIONS
Nick Steinsberger brings 32 years’ experience in petroleum engineering, drilling and completions, production, and surface facilities to ReconAfrica. Nick began his career with Mitchell Energy in 1988 after graduating from the University of Texas with a BS in Petroleum Engineering.
While with Mitchell Energy, Nick was promoted to Completion Manager for the Barnett Shale (Texas) in 1995 and was responsible for completing the first 25 horizontal shale wells ever drilled and completed in the Barnett Shale, transforming the Barnett into the industry’s first commercial shale play and ultimately one of the largest gas fields in the USA reaching peak production of 5.75 Billion Cubic Feet per day in 2012. Based on its success in the Barnett, Mitchell Energy was sold to Devon Energy for $3.1 Billion in 2002.
Nick is the pioneer of ‘slick water fracs’, a technique which transformed the economics and productivity of the Barnett shale and is now utilized in all commercial shale plays worldwide.
In July 2003, Nick began Steinsberger Gas Consulting and has been involved in over 700+ horizontal shale wells including work in the Woodford, Fayetteville, Marcellus, Utica, Eagle Ford, Wolfcamp, and several shale’s in Canada. He is now considered a world leader in completions and well design, and has supervised over 1500 well programs in North American conventional and unconventional plays.