MosaicMelterSMHeader.pngDevco is excited to showcase the cover story in the latest issue of Fertilizer International. The article highlights the technological innovation and partnerships behind Devco's successful project to build a one million ton per year sulfur melting facility at Mosaic's New Wales complex in Central Florida.

 

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Devco, along with the entire Houston Interests Group, is excited to announce that the 1 million ton per year sulfur melter facility and material handling system designed and supplied to Mosaic on a Lump sum, turn-key basis has been officially commissioned and is operating successfully at the plant in Central Florida. The melter facility, which we have written about previously here, is now the world’s largest single vessel melter.

Devco was initially awarded the project in 2014 after proposing a unique, Engineer-lead EPC solution to Mosaic for their project. In addition to the melting equipment, other packages supplied include a 6,000 ton concrete sulfur storage silo, a lime silo for controlling acidity, a full material handling package including truck loading and unloading, and conveying, a scrubber system, and filter system. During construction there were 253 people on site with a total of 135,000 engineering hours, 100,000 fabrication hours, and over 300,000 construction hours.  This project is Devco’s largest award to date.



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Pictured above are the Bronze Safety Award presented to Devco by Mosaic, shown in front of the New Wales Sulfur Melting Facility, as well as Devco's Mark Gilbreath and Mike Patena as the accepted the award. 


In addition to the plant start-up, we are also proud to announce that Mosaic presented Devco with a Bronze Safety award during their annual contractor safety meeting and presentation on April 26.  Congratulations to each individual who made this safety award possible.  Bronze award recognizes a very high level of safe practice achievement working on Mosaic sites.  This is also the highest award Devco is eligible for during our first year of major work for Mosaic.  Gold awards will be achieved after five consecutive years of highest levels of safety practice goals for Mosaic.  This award places Devco among Mosaic's select and highly regarded companies.  Houston Interests joins Mosaic in making safety our very highest priority in completion of our work.

With approximately 9,000 employees in 6 countries, and annual capacity greater than the next two largest producers combined, Mosaic is the world’s largest producer of finished phosphate products. Approximately one-third of their phosphate product is shipped within North America, with the remainder exported globally through their own distribution channels. (www.mosaicco.com)

About Devco

For over 35 years, Devco, a Houston Interests company, has been offering process technology and plant solutions to customers around the world. Devco utilizes its decades of expertise in Sulfur Technology and Natural Gas Processing to provide detailed, multidiscipline engineering, complete project management, control system integration, procurement, construction management, and commissioning services to its clients.

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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.

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Devco was pleased to have the opportunity to give a workshop at this year's CRU Sulphur conference covering a veriety of topics relating to the Sulfur Industry and Devco's product offerings. 

Topics Included: 

  • Market Analysis
  • Sulfur Forming Units
  • Modularization
  • Materials Handling
  • Ortloff SRU Technology
  • Sulfur Dust
  • Degassing
  • Sulfur Melters

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Joining Devco in presenting during the workshop were John Peyton from Ortloff Engineers Ltd., presenting on Ortloff's Sulfur Recovery Unit Technology, and Jerry d'Aquin, of Consul Inc. giving market analysis and talking about Sulfur Dust. Click below for full details. 

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In addition to giving a full workshop at the conference, Devco's Director of Business Development, Mark Gilbreath, presented an update on the 1 million ton per year sulfur melter facility that Devco has designed and built in Central Florida. Click Here for the Full Presentation. 


 

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. Visit www.devcousa.com to learn more. 


 

 

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Argus Sulphur and Sulphuric Acid Seminar - September 16th, 2015

Mark Gilbreath, Director of Business Development for Devco, will present at this year's Argus Sulphur and Sulphuric Acid Seminar on September 16th in Houston, TX. The seminar, hosted by Argus Media, will be an opportunity for sulphur industry professionals (engineers, producers, traders, fertilizer consumers, importers, etc.) to discuss and analyze trends in the sulphur market. Topics for this year's seminar include Supply and Demand Fundamentals and Impact on Pricing, Crude Refining Update, Sulphuric Acid Outlook, and Industrial Demand in North America. 

Gilbreath, an engineer with expertise in sulphur and material handling, will be giving a presentation entitled "High Capacity Sulphur Melting Technology - Improving operations and maintenance performance at large sulfur melting installations," that will build upon a presentation he recently gave at the annual Symphos Conference in Marrakesh, Morocco. We also highlighted this presentation in our recent story regarding Devco's project overseeing construction of the World's Largest HI-CAP Sulfur Melting Facility in Central Florida. 

Argus is a media organization headquartered in London, England, with 20 offices around the world near various commodity centers. According to their website, "Argus is a leading provider of data on prices and fundamentals, news, analysis, consultancy services and conferences for the global crude, oil products, LPG, natural gas, electricity, coal, emissions, bioenergy, fertilizer, petrochemical, metals and transportation industries."


Mark Gilbreath - Director of Business Development, Devco

Mark Gilbreath - Director of Business Development

 


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 include dry bulk material handling equipment associated with marine import and export facilities.

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. Visit www.devcousa.com to learn more. 


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Houston Interests is proud to announce that we recently signed an agreement acquiring the remaining ownership shares of Devco and River Consulting from Kinder Morgan. This was a company goal for 2015 and has been achieved ahead of schedule.

Doug Houston, owner and CEO of Houston Interests, in a letter to employees regarding the acquisition called the agreement a "very important milestone in the company's history", and went on to discuss the tremendous growth that we have seen over the last few years. Regarding this growth he said "All indications are we will not slow down as we continue in our quest to become the premier Technical Company in each of our industry sectors." 

This event will not cause any immediate changes in Houston Interests' operating methodology or reporting structure, and Doug Houston will remain as CEO of all the Houston Interests Companies.

These acquisitions will create additional flexibility in unification of branding, clarification of our offerings to the global marketplace and expedite the finalization of our operational initiatives across Houston Interests companies.


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About Houston Interests: 

Houston Interests is a premier global solutions consulting, engineering, design, construction, and systems integration company in each of these industries: Sulfur, Natural Gas Processing, Material Handling, Liquid Terminals, Control and Automation Systems, Marine Structures, Food Storage and Manufacturing, Power Generation and Process Heaters. We have over 300 employees with offices in Tulsa, OK; Columbus, OH; Pittsburgh, PA; New Orleans, LA; Doha, Qatar; Al Khohbar, Saudi Arabia.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma based engineering firm Devco Process Heaters (DPH) is currently celebrating its 10th Anniversary. Since its beginning, DPH has sold over 110 heaters, issued POs to local fabricators in Tulsa worth over $9 million, and had total sales valued at over $42 million.

Devco Process Heaters began in 2005 as a subsidiary of Devco USA, now both Houston Interests Companies, and has been led by President Roy Simmons since that time. Though primarily serving clientele in the oil and gas industry, DPH has designed and supplied heating systems for a number of other industries including food, petrochemical and refineries.  

DPH works with several local fabricators, including BLM, Arc Masters, and Tower Components Inc., to build their heaters. Eddie Michels, President of BLM/Arc Masters said that they have been working with DPH for almost the whole 10 years. According to Mr. Michels, “DPH seems to be going opposite of the trend in the Tulsa area” of business slowing down as the price of oil has dropped, and has been their only customer who has continued to have steady growth in recent months.

According to DPH President, Roy Simmons, “One of the advantages DPH has over most of our competitors is our complete business scope. From design and fabrication, to completed product is all done completely within Tulsa and the surrounding communities. This local advantage allows us to maintain continuity from conception to completion for all of our heating systems. ” 

Here are just a few of the ways that Devco Process Heaters has led the industry in the last 10 years:


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Pictured is just one of several types of heaters that Devco Process Heaters specializes in, including direct fired, convective, and indirect.


Devco Process Heaters has sold and installed their heaters all over the world including countries in North and South America, Africa, The Middle East, and Asia. Some of their larger customers have included Conoco Phillips, Honeywell, and Energy Transfer Company. 

For more information about Devco Process Heaters, visit our website at www.devcoheaters.com


 


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26 Jun, 2015

We Are Hiring!


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Devco, a Great Place To Work:

We are currently hiring new talent in our Tulsa office. For over 35 years, Devco, an Engineering Firm in the Houston Interests group of companies, 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. 

Here are the job openings that are currently posted for Devco in the Tulsa office:



Why Work For Devco? 

Devco is a family owned and operated, local to Tulsa, business that has been around since the late 70s. We have an excellent work culture, emphasizing the Houston Interests Core Values of:

  • Integrity
  • People
  • Excellence
  • Results
  • Customer Satisfaction
  • Giving
These are the values that are at the heart of everything we do, and are the driving force behind our company. Click Here to learn more about Houston Interests, or Visit our Careers Page.


Houston Interests:

Houston Interests is the parent company of Process Plant Services, Houston Dynamics, S&R Technical Services, Devco, Devco Process Heaters, River Consulting, River Consulting Colombia, and River Consulting Food Services; together we are one company. We provide services in each of these industries.

  • Control & Automation Systems
  • Food Storage & Manufacturing
  • Sulfur Recovery, Processing & Handling
  • Liquid Terminaling
  • Marine Structures
  • Material Handling
  • Power Generation
  • Natural Gas Processing
  • Process Heaters


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As high-lighted in this article from the Spring/Summer 2015 issue of Sulphuric Acid Today and this article in the Tulsa World. Devco has been awarded a project that will include full turn-key plant delivery of what will be the world’s largest sulfur melter. The melter facility is being built for The Mosaic Company, the world’s largest supplier of phosphate and potash.

Thomas Dombroski, Mosaic’s Project Manager said “Devco has provided Mosaic with a unique and optimized facility design which will allow Mosaic the greatest operational flexibility with optimum safety and environmental considerations.” 


Pictured below are the 3,600 ton per day sulfur melter, 6,000 ton storage silo, and Lime silo. 

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Devco’s director of business development, Bevan Houston said of the project, “Getting the opportunity to build a large project for a world-class customer like Mosaic has been very exciting for our company. Devco is pleased to offer our customers a modular concept as part of our design that maximizes labor concentration in a fabrication-shop environment and provides greater schedule attainment.”

Devco is utilizing core process technology by CTI Consulting out of New Orleans, Louisiana. Devco has a long working partnership with CTI, most recently providing a $78 million USD Sulfur Purification facility for the Mishraq State Sulphur Company – Iraqi Ministry of Industry.

ISTI Plant Services from Tulsa, Oklahoma will provide fabrication and some construction activities for the project both in Tulsa, and at the site near Lakeland, Florida. Devco has worked with ISTI on multiple large scale natural gas processing facilities built in ISTI’s fabrication facility in Tulsa, and installed in Texas and Louisiana. 

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