25Feb 2016

We are proud to announce that Doug Houston, owner and CEO of Houston Interests was selected as one of the 2016 Honorees for The Journal Record’s seventh annual Oklahoma’s Most Admired CEO’s.

Doug graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a Bachelor Degree in Chemical Engineering in 1976. He has held positions as process project engineer for refinery operations, along with the designing and engineering of numerous refinery natural gas processing plants and sulfur recovery units. Doug has also held various management positions with engineering technical operations.

In 2011, through Houston Interests, Doug began the acquisition and creation of multiple engineering design and technology firms. Since that time, Houston Interests has grown to include eight companies and over 360 employees across four main office locations in the United States, as well as offices in Columbia and Qatar. Activities have included responsibility of project oversight for the design and installation of over $1.2 billion dollars of natural gas processing plants plus turnkey design and installation of the world’s largest Sulfur Melter.

Houston Interests began, and is still managed today, as a family oriented company and was created with this in mind by Doug and his wife Nadine. Together Doug and Nadine have three children, all of whom have a role in the company, along with 5 delightful grandchildren. Bevan Houston, the oldest of Doug and Nadine’s children, is the company’s Senior Director of Business Development and his wife, Evie does the company’s Marketing and Graphic Design. Daughter, Lauren, heads up Corporate Development, and their son-in-law, Jeff Hutsell, who is married to their daughter, Amelia Hutsell, is the Director of Procurement.

Doug’s goal is to create an environment where even those that are not family, feel like they are. A family run business coupled with a dynamic group of employees has made for a successful recipe at Houston Interests. With the known adage from Doug to “Create an environment where our employees can excel to new uncharted levels and are not afraid to dream of what could be in both their personal and business lives”.

We congratulate Doug on this great achievement and look forward to many more years under his leadership.

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Doug was joined by his wife and kids as he was honored at the seventh annual Oklahoma’s Most Admired CEO’s event in Oklahoma City on Thursday, February 18th.

About Houston Interests

Houston Interests is a premier global solutions company offering unique technical based engineering, procurement, construction, and commissioning to multiple industries around the globe. Houston Interests leverages process expertise, in house engineering and design plus collaborative partnerships to address customer requirements in the most cost effective manner. Our proven project execution concept approach incorporates owner standards and procedures delivering integrated solutions for each project and client. Our professionals support our clients from project concept development through commission and start-up.

Houston Interests is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma and is the parent company of Devco, Devco Process Heaters, River Consulting, S&R Technical Services, Process Plant Services, Houston Dynamics, River Consulting Columbia, and River Consulting Food Services; together we are one company.

05Jun 2015
2015 Sulphur Symposium in Barcelona, Spain.

Tulsa, OK – Devco is pleased to announce that Mark Gilbreath, Director of Business Development, has been elected to The Sulphur Institute’s Board of Directors. The announcement was made by TSI at their annual meeting, which was held in Barcelona, Spain in April.

Mr. Gilbreath has worked for more than 35 years as an engineering and technical subject matter expert. In addition to Sulphur, he has provided valuable consulting and engineering services to a variety of industries including power, coal, and pet coke port and marine bulk terminals, oil and gas, railroad transportation, and construction. Some of his core areas of expertise includes, dry bulk material handling equipment associated with marine import and export facilities.

Mark Gilbreath, left, with Hermann Wittje from Mosaic at The 2015 Sulphur Symposium in Barcelona, Spain.

2015 Sulphur Symposium in Barcelona, Spain.

As a member of the Board of Directors for TSI, one of the things that Mr. Gilbreath will be focused on will be increasing membership with equipment suppliers in the Sulphur industries. Speaking about his election to the Board, Mr. Gilbreath said that he sees this as “an opportunity to engage with industry thought leaders,” and that is one of the aspects of the role that he is most looking forward to. Being a member of the TSI Board of Directors is a three year commitment, and Mr. Gilbreath will serve through 2018. Speaking from Washington, DC, TSI’s president and CEO, Robert McBride added, “We appreciate the years of support Devco has provided to TSI though its membership and welcome Mark’s lead in demonstrating the value TSI brings to the industry, most notably through his engagement of equipment suppliers.”

About Devco

For over 35 years, Devco, a Houston Interests company, has been offering process technology and plant solutions for the oil and gas industry. Experts at the balance of plant engineering, Devco takes component technologies and engineers integrated solutions for their customers. With decades of expertise in gas processing and sulfur technology, Devco manages and delivers all aspects of a project including detailed FEED, procurement, project and construction management, control system integration, electrical design, and expert 3D design.

12Nov 2014

This article in the December, 2013 issue of Hydrocarbon Engineering Magazine highlights three proven technologies used by Devco that radically improve the environmental, safety and reliability attributes of sulfur recovery and handling operations, and also speaks of the significantly changing dynamics in the sulfur markets. These technologies include the COPE technology, D’GAASS technology and Devco II Sulfur Forming technology.”

Sulfur Recovery To Ship Loading Article – Hydrocarbon Engineering Magazine (PDF)

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22May 2014

Tulsa, OK – On May 4th, Tulsa-based engineering firm, Devco, shipped $53 million worth of equipment that was fabricated in Catoosa, OK to Mosul, Iraq. This is the second major shipment from Devco’s $78.6 million order from the Iraqi Ministry of Industry, bound for the Mishraq State Sulfur Mine. This contract, part of ongoing rehabilitation of the mine, is the largest contract awarded by Iraq’s Ministry of Industry in the post-war period. At full capacity, the facility will be able to purify 500,000 tons of sulfur per year, using Submerged Combustion Technology from Crescent Technology, Inc. (CTI) in New Orleans, LA.  The shipment is scheduled to arrive at the jobsite on June 10th, and the Mishraq facility is projected to go online in January, 2015.

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Included in this shipment were 43 skids, or modular units, as well as over 200 crates of different piping and structural material. One of the main benefits of this type of modular assembly is that as the trial fit of the entire plant was performed here in Oklahoma, Devco was able to simultaneously begin construction at the site in Iraq, and will be ready to erect the equipment when it arrives in June. Tulsa-based ISTI Plant Services, Devco’s key fabricator to the project, was responsible for full assembly. Working at their shop in Catoosa, ISTI poured new slabs to perform trial fit functions on each area, and as Project Manager Jeff Hutsell described, “did so with great success while maintaining a high level of safety for all involved.”

Financing for the project was backed by loan guarantee from EX-IM Bank. The goal of this type of loan guarantee for EX-IM Bank is to support hundreds of US small business jobs, while also supporting the sulfur and agricultural industries in Iraq. Ex-Im Bank Chairman and President Fred P. Hochberg said in a statement obtained on their website, “By providing a working –capital guarantee, Ex-Im Bank is demonstrating that we are always looking to support U.S. exporters and grow our economy by creating quality jobs here at home.”

About Devco
For over 35 years, Devco, a Houston Interests company, has been offering process technology and plant solutions for the oil and gas industry. Experts at the balance of plant engineering, Devco takes component technologies and engineers integrated solutions for their customers. With decades of expertise in gas processing and sulfur technology, Devco manages and delivers all aspects of a project including detailed FEED, procurement, project and construction management, control system integration, electrical design, and expert 3D design.

About ISTI Plant Services
ISTI is experienced in the fabrication and assembly of key components for the midstream gas production industry. With over 200,000 square feet of shop facilities and the approximately 800 employees, ISTI is skilled in the turnkey delivery of natural gas production plants.  Working with the Devco team on the Mishraq project was an important part of the ISTI portfolio for 2014.

Contact
To learn more about Devco products and services, please contact

Bevan Houston, Director of Business Development
6846 S. Canton, Suite 400
Tulsa, OK 74136
918-496-4400
bhouston@devcousa.com
http://www.devcousa.com/

07May 2014

Shanghai, China – Tulsa, OK based engineering firm, Devco, will lead a special workshop for Sulphur professionals at CRU’s China International Sulphur and Sulphuric Acid Conference and Exhibition 2014. The workshop will be held pre-conference, and will be the first event for attendees to this year’s conference.

According to the CRU website, “2014 marks a prestigious time for CRU with the fourth annual China International Sulphur & Sulphuric Acid conference and CRU’s 10 year anniversary in China” (http://www.crugroup.com/events/chinasulphuracid/general_information). The conference is a 1.5 day event that will be held June 18th-20th at the Longemont Hotel in Shanghai, China. This annual event is an opportunity for international buyers and sellers of sulphur to network with other sulphur professionals, as well as gain important insights through presentations highlighting the latest industry trends and developments impacting the market. In addition to commercial presentations, this year CRU is also providing a series of technical showcases.

The Devco workshop, “Sulphur Recovery, Forming, Handling, Loading and Usage – From Fossil Fuel to Food” will be a half day event kicking off the conference. The workshop will cover a number of topics including the supply chain, proprietary technologies for sulphur blocking, sulphur forming and materials handling, project execution from concept to startup, project coordination, and modular construction. Attendees will include engineers and designers of sulphur facilities, operators/engineers working in sulphur facilities, managers of plants that handle sulphur, and buyers, sellers, and traders of sulphur, sulphuric acid, and fertilizer. This workshop is complimentary to conference delegates, however, there are limited places, so please reserve your place to the workshop if you are interested in attending this added value event – https://www.eventsforce.net/cru/185/register

About Devco
For over 35 years, Devco, a Houston Interests company, has been offering process technology and plant solutions for the oil and gas industry. Experts at the balance of plant engineering, Devco takes component technologies and engineers integrated solutions for their customers. With decades of expertise in gas processing and sulfur technology, Devco manages and delivers all aspects of a project including detailed FEED, procurement, project and construction management, control system integration, electrical design, and expert 3D design.

Contact
To learn more about Devco products and services, please contact

Bevan Houston, Director of Business Development
6846 S. Canton, Suite 400
Tulsa, OK 74136
918-496-4400
bhouston@devcousa.com
http://www.devcousa.com/

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08Apr 2014

By Jeremy DeLay
April 8, 2014

Long Beach, CA – Devco, a world leader in sulfur forming and handling technology since 1978, was proud to sponsor the opening session of the 2014 Sulphur World Symposium.

Hosted by The Sulphur Institute, the Sulphur World Symposium is an annual event that brings industry leaders from around the world together for two days of expert speakers, networking events, and industry tours (http://www.sulphurinstitute.org/symposium14/). This year the Symposium was held in Long Beach, CA.

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About Devco
Over the past quarter century Devco has been involved in the processing, handling and marketing of sulfur throughout the world. The result has been the development of extremely economical, dependable and easy to operate facilities to convert molten sulfur into solid sulfur pellets plus intermediate conveying, storage and truck/ship loading systems.

Contact
To learn more about Devco products and services, please contact

Bevan Houston, Director of Business Development
6846 S. Canton, Suite 400
Tulsa, OK 74136
918-496-4400
bhouston@devcousa.com
http://www.devcousa.com/

23May 2013

Devco proudly announces it’s most recent project – a $78.6 Million dollar award for a turn-key installation of a complete Sulfur Purification Facility at the Mishraq State Sulphur Mine in Iraq.

This Sulfur Purification System includes a Submerged Combustion Distillation System, Sulfur Recovery Unit and Sulfur Filtration. This project was done in coordination with CTI Consulting & Al Hawarth.

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Iraq Business News Article

30Mar 2012

Devco proudly announces the commissioning of it’s 25th Sulfur Priller for Savage Services in Chicago, IL.

The Devco II unit produces Premium Product at a daily rate of 2,000 tpd. (The largest single-unit capacity offered in the industry)

This unit was installed in a climate controlled structure ensuring continuous operation, even in harsh winter conditions. The unit and facility meet or exceed all local, state & national environmental standards.

Devco provided the sulfur forming unit, cooling tower & structure. Savage performed the erection of unit, and balance of plant.

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11Jan 2012

Devco’s project for Sinopec’s Puguang Gas Plant located in Dazhou City, Sichuan Prov., China and has a daily sulphur forming capacity of 8,650 t/d utilizing 4 Devco II units.

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This profile in Sulphur Magazine details the choice of technology for this large-scale sulphur production facility considering operational flexibility, product quality, capital savings and commercial benefits of the Devco technology. This significant project has gained world-wide attention as China’s first large-scale sulfur forming facility & due to the wide influence the Chinese buyers have on the world sulphur market.

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