Renegade Honors Gunset Legacy of Success in Snyder by Prioritizing Employees

Pictured (l-r) are Gary Gunset, Judy Atkins, Brett Douglas, JP Smith, Chuck Barbee, Joe Stewart, Tommy Davis, Adam Webster, Drew Bane, Keith Manlief, Amanda Steelman, Mariah Carrasco and Kylee Gunset.

Renegade Honors Gunset Legacy of Success in Snyder

In January 2011, Renegade forged a crucial partnership by merging Production Logging into the Renegade family. This strategic move, orchestrated by Jerry Gunset of Production Logging and Steve Gray of Renegade Services, marked the beginning of a mission to create opportunities and foster growth within the region. The merger was underpinned by a longstanding history in the wireline business by both companies which exemplified leadership and dedicated support.

The article highlights the dedicated commitment to quality and customer service from both companies that laid the foundation for the company’s favorable reputation in the region. The team’s focus on providing top-notch services—including wireline, downhole logging, perforating, and more—earned them a loyal customer base. This dedication to nurturing talent and creating opportunities underscores the importance of the merger and the groundwork for a thriving future for both the business and its employees.

Renegade emphasizes empowerment and growth, evident through the implementation of the Employee Stock Ownership Program. This reflects the organization’s belief in allowing employees to take control of their futures and contribute significantly to the company’s vision, building a culture of opportunity and advancement.

The article highlights in depth:

  • Partnership/Merger of Production Logging and Renegade Services
  • Assembling The Team  
  • Dedication To Quality
  • Leadership With Support
  • Building Opportunity

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Renegade Diagnostic Technologies

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Renegade Diagnostic Technologies


Tracer services for multi-well and multi-stage unconventional and conventional stimulation and EOR project management

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A successful completion is a critical part of your well’s production plan. Renegade offers a full suite of completion diagnostic evaluation and tracer solutions that provide quantitative and qualitative data analytics. The accumulative data is used to evaluate completion, reservoir, and EOR (enhanced oil recovery) scenarios to increase well production and reduce operating cost. Established in 2010, our goal is to provide a competitive economic and regional tracer service option for oil and gas operators across all U.S. basins.

Renegade diagnostic technologies provides tracer injection options for a broad spectrum of applications including multi-well and multi-stage unconventional and conventional stimulation and EOR project management. Our engineering technicians continually monitor injection for optimal QAQC tracer placement, proppant, fluid, and job performance.

  • Monitor and diagnose horizontal well stimulations

  • Evaluate stimulation job effectiveness

  • Improve hydraulic fracturing results

  • Help evaluate acid diversion

  • Determine fracture orientation and fracture width

  • Analyze horizontal completions

  • Trace SWD

  • Waterflood applications

Renegade Tracer Technologies utilizes a zero-wash carrier for our radioactive isotopes to prevent any material plating off during the fracturing process.

SWAT Spectral Well Analysis Technology Renegade’s line of post-frac logging tools used to identify and define radioactive isotopes. These tools offer real-time or memory data in a 1-11/16-in. OD tool configuration.

RWT Renegade Water Tracer Technology  Renegade has over 74 unique water tracers that are used for a large variety of applications in completions, reservoir characterization and EOR diagnostics.

ROT Renegade Oil Tracer Technology A composite line of hydrophobic tracers that are preferred to organic material. The tracers disperse from the water phase into hydrocarbon phase upon introduction to the reservoir.

As part of an overall tracer program, Renegade offers:

Tracer calibration testing RWT and ROT tracers are calibrated through controlled interval testing in various formations.

District operations and analytical laboratory Strategically located for timely data processing to our customers.

Sampling collection and coordination Renegade provide in-house sampling coordinator as part of our standard service, avoiding any complications with shipping and receiving.

Real-Time job monitoring Enhanced deliverable report with high-resolution 3D viewing and summarization of job analytics.

Reports delivered in multiple formats for ease of use with other operator programs.

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SWAT Spectral Well Analysis

Records entire spectrum of all natural emitting gamma rays and previously injected isotopes during stimulation (frac). Each isotope energy level, measured in electron volts (KeV), is simultaneously recorded at the surface.

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PRESS RELEASE: Renegade Prioritizes Employees with ESOP

RENEGADE ESOP – Renegade Wireline Sercives recently announced the implementation of an employee stock ownership plan. Employees are automatically enrolled in the pland and become vested after three years of service. They are also eligible for funds at retirement age, 65. Pictured are Renegade board member, from left to right: Founders Matt Gray and Randy Cassady; Steve Gray and David Gray. (Photo courtesy of Renegade Wireline Services)

A business is not defined by the product or services it provides but by the people who make it all possible.

Renegade has taken a leap towards showing its customers and most importantly, its employees, that the

people are at the forefront of everything they do. On March 17, Renegade implemented an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), to give employees a guarantee that they will be taken care of upon their retirement. The ESOP, established by Renegade, allows employees to become vested after three years of service with the company. At that time, the ESOP begins allocating a percentage of funds to the employee based on the employee’s salary at the time. Once the employee reaches retirement age, 65 as defined in Renegade’s ESOP, the employee is eligible to withdraw ESOP funds. The ESOP also establishes a board of directors for the business, which includes the founders of the business, Matt Gray and Randy Cassady, along with David Gray and Steve Gray.

Sham Myatt remains the company’s chief financial officer. “We hope this is going to make us a better company and it’s going to the people who deserve it,” Steve said. Myatt explained the ESOP is basically a retirement plan and is based on the employees buying back shares from the shareholders.

“When that happens, the company becomes 100 percent owned, in our case, by the employees,” Myattsaid.

The directors explained that when looking to sell the company, which has been a flagship for oilfieldcompanies in the area since its inception in 2009, they weren’t interested in selling it to a third-party oran investment group. The directors were worried an outside buyer wouldn’t take particular care of notonly the business, but the people who had been loyal to the business for so many years.

“We’ve seen the way other companies have been bought and have been destroyed after that happened,”Cassady said. “The employees now own the company through this vehicle.”

“It’s truly an employeeowned company,” Steve reiterated. “We’re selling to the people who deserve thecompany.”

Matt Gray added that another aspect of why the company wanted to pursue an ESOP is to retain controlof the company and its legacy.

“The day after the ESOP happened, nothing changed,” Matt said. “It keeps it to where we can control thecompany without a major corporate restructuring. The employees are the face of Renegade, not a CEO. It’sthe employees, that’s what really makes me proud.”

This was important to the board based on its history of being a family-run and oriented business.

“We have three things, we have customers and we have employees, and we realize that if you mess uprelationships with either one of those, you don’t have a company,” Steve said. “The third thing we have todo is make a moderate profit so we can take care of items one and two.” Currently, Renegade maintains 14locations across the United States, plus one subsidiary location in Canada. The company is also takingcare of 429 employees.

Like many other oilfield companies, Renegade faced significant setbacks after the oil crash in April 2020.Since then, the company has “clawed its way back,” surpassing two-thirds of the workforce it boasted priorto the fallout.

“We’re about 200 employees from where we were at that time,” Matt said.

After the bottom fell out of the industry, many oilfield companies, including Renegade had to step backand refocus its sights on where the industry was headed and what that meant for the future of industryleaders.

“For me it was a refocus of the founding principles of the company, which is what we’re doing as wespeak,” Matt said.

Cassady added that the company hopes that by implementing the ESOP, Renegade can continue to recruityounger employees who are ultimately the future of the company.

“We want to grow the business by bringing in younger people to help it grow,” Cassady said. “We startthem at the bottom and bring them up.”

Steve said its always been important to Renegade to be a leader in the industry. The ESOP is one way ofsetting a precedent for how business should be done. “We’re definitely the first wireline company to dothis, so once again, we’re setting the standard, we’re raising the bar,” Steve said.

The company prides itself on being the workplace for many generations with grandfathers, sons andgrandsons working for the business.

“We’re a generational company, my managers have kids who work here,” David said. “My dad is here andnow my sons work here, too.”

Most importantly, the company wants its employees to know that it’s not just something they say.Renegade is built and run by family.

“We want this business to outlive us,” Matt said.


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RWLS Specialty Services Canada – Local Expander



Proven annular zonal isolation using localized casing expansion – Gas migration is no longer a threat to well integrity or economics of developed assets.

Natural departure from a perfect application of any service is inevitable in the oil & gas business. Whether problems exist from the last well on the pad resulting in poor hole cleaning from reused mud, variability in perfectly centralized casing throughout the well, displacement rates that are slightly off, or thermal expansion cycles between cement-casing bond, there is a myriad of factors that can contribute to the start of micro-annuli permanently forming and getting worse during the well lifecycle.

When traditional cement remediation methods have maximized their effectiveness with operational tradeoffs and economic compromises, where do you turn? Until now, there has been no alternative to permanent-fixture casing expansion.



Local expansion is a simple way to stop the unwanted gas flow while correcting unintended annular sections. This one-run tool deployed by a electric-line operator leverages a telescoping cone that expands a radial set of hardened knuckle-bent fingers.

These fingers have a variable displacement distance allowing the flexibility of correcting a gradient of annuli along the wellbore. From small gaps, to areas where both casing and cement require plastic deformation to create a seal and prevent gas flow. Moreover, the exact same process can be quickly repeated at any target interval for engineered redundancy to fully eradicate all micro-annuli and backside gas flow problems with confidence.


The Local Expander™ applies an actual squeeze to the existing cement by expanding the casing internally.

  • Fingers at the top end of the tool are pressed outward by an actuated cone.
  • The fingers expand the casing locally.
  • Due to the pressure of the ring on the cement, a ring shape is pressed into the casing. The pressure ring extends to the micro annulus
  • RESULT: The cement is locally densified, and any gaps or small channels are sealed. 

DENTED 7″ CSG X 9-5/8” CSG.




The tool creates a series of crimps in the casing that eliminate the micro-annulus. By using an electric line and having a one-run tool, the Local Expander has achieved the same results as a conventional squeeze but at a fraction of the cost and effort.



Safety concern for workover operations is also significantly minimized with the implementation of the Local Expander. Crimping casing close to the surface allows crews to work under much safer conditions knowing without having to handle unwanted gas simultaneously.


Wells scheduled to be permanently taken out of service often lack the economic persuasion required to match the level of urgency as the start of the life cycle. For this reason, the annual inventory of wells to plug at the minimal possible expense dictate abandonment practices. Until now, there has not been a service on the market available to ensure pressure buildup won’t become a public problem. The Local Expander is the trusted choice for scheduled P&A because it can affordably conquer a burdensome issue that is commonly overlooked and ignored. With the Local Expander, P&A liability is significantly minimized with certainty in gas migration prevention practices.



Case Study: Backside pressure in Pennsylvania well reduced to zero utilizing Local Expander™ Annular Squeeze Tool

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Case Study: Pennsylvania DEP grants permission for operator to P&A well after expansion service

Local Expander Data resolves Backside pressure in PA


The Local Expander has exceeded expectations in recent field tests with the Shell Canada Production Team, stating after the first two wells with the Local Expander, they reduced SCVF from 500 litres/day to 0.00 litres/day. They are expecting to fully eradicate gas on future wells and have built the Local Expander into their programs as a service they can’t operate without.


The Local Expander is the preferred solution for regulatory departments because it repairs micro annulus without the use of chemicals and perforation. RWLS Specialty Services is working with the Regulatory bodies in Western Canada, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia, to name a few, to advocate the importance of eliminating this type of issue by finding a means to mitigate stray gas migration from the beginning.


Because there are no explosives, permanently deployable tools, products, or chemicals left behind, the Local Expander leads the industry in an alternative service that leaves no trace beyond the intended service. Furthermore, keeping unwanted gases and liquids in the ground instead of permeating to the surface on the backside of the casing has always been the preferred choice.

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Determining The Best Conveyance Method For Wellsite Efficiency

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In certain situations, it may be more cost-effective to run standard mechanical services on eLine. Renegade can perform all traditional mechanical services such as tubing perforating and circulation in hole, on eLine. However, with eLine, we can also perform services such as logging, perforating and tracer services without having to get another truck on location. One call gets you anything that you will need for most conventional services. Renegade currently offers 7/32-inch (0.2188-inch) diameter eLine.  

To run these services, Renegade utilizes either a 2 7/8-inch lubricator or a larger 5.5-inch lubricator. Mast units are run through a three-stage grease head with grease onboard for pressure work.​ This provides additional levels of safety and pressure control for pressure work.  

  • Tubing perforating 
  • Circulating in hole 
  • Radioactive tracer services 
  • Radial cement bond log 
  • Casing inspection 
  • Compensated neutron log 
  • Any traditional logging service with larger 5.5-inch lubricator 
Local Expander Renegade

Renegade offers slickline, braided line, eLine or a combination of these options for any wellsite application. Our crews are trained to run the full range of services, regardless of the conveyance method and have the experience to help select the best and most cost-effective method for your well. We also have sour line services for H2S and CO2 environments and greaseless line for environmentally-friendly, pump-down operations. Click here to learn more about Renegade’s full line of conveyance systems. 

Renegade Wireline Services is the largest independent provider of cased-hole electric wireline services and is recognized as the premier horizontal cased-hole completions service provider in the North American oil and gas industry. Renegade offers professional, experienced personnel with a cased-hole and radioactive tagging focus working in an efficient and safe manner to produce operational excellence and customer satisfaction. 


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URTeC Manuscript and Technical Presentation Featuring the Local Expander

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Renegade Participated in the 2021 URTeC Conference 

Presents new technology to close micro-annular flow, stopping gas from escaping to the surface

In July 2021, Renegade Services participated in the Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC) at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. URTeC, sponsored by SPE, AAPG and SEG, welcomed over 4800 attendees, with over 70% in attendance.   

The presentation, titled, New Technology Closes Micro-Annular Flow Paths in the Wellbore, Stopping Downhole Gas from Escaping to the Surface was authored by Charles Green, Randy Evans, Brenson Fry and Scott Wruck, all of Renegade Services. The paper was presented by Green. 

The paper describes new technology that seals micro-annulus formed in the cement/casing bond of the wellbore. These anomalies create potential flow paths to the surface that can compromise wellbore integrity. This has long plagued oil and gas wells, especially in abandoned wells where methane leaks are common and present an environmental risk.  This includes the thousands of ‘orphan’ wells seeping methane that will need to be treated in the future before they are plugged and abandoned. 

The key to this innovation is a set of expanding arms that open outward once the tool is actuated downhole. This unique technology expands the casing into the cement, densifying the cement and blocking the path of any unwanted gas flow.   

This type of expandable technology is also applicable to other areas of well services and interventions, particularly wellbores that need to be sealed in producing wells. Other areas that could see reduced non-productive time and cost/benefit upside are cementing and drilling intervention operations. 

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New Technology Closes Micro-Annular Flow Paths in the Wellbore, Stopping Downhole Gas from Escaping to the Surface

C. Green*1, R. Evans1, B. Fry1, W. S. Wruck1, 1. Renegade Services

Copyright 2021, Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC) DOI 10.15530/urtec-2021-5520.

For decades, operators and service companies have attempted to minimize problems impacting aging oil and gas wells. Over time, micro-annulus can form in the cement/casing bond of the wellbore, creating potential flow paths to the surface and compromising wellbore integrity. This has long plagued oil and gas wells, especially in abandoned wells where methane leaks are common and present an environmental risk.

In 2020, the EPA published the Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks 1990-2018. The report states there are over 3.2 million abandoned oil and gas wells in the U.S. Emissions of both CH4 and CO2 increased by 50% from 1990, as the total population of abandoned gas wells increased 79%. If not cemented and plugged property, these wells will continue to release methane gas into the atmosphere.

Numerous applications that attempt to mitigate these issues have been tried with limited success. These include perforate and squeeze cementing, downhole packers, section milling and recementing—all of which are either costly, time-intensive or require a workover rig.

New technology recently confirmed by successful field tests offer promising alternatives. This involves a retractable, expandable mechanical device that induces plastic deformation and elongation of the inner diameter of the casing string. The result is the outer diameter of the casing expanded into the micro-annuli. The associated volume reduction in the annulus closes micro-annuli defects in the cement and results in an overall densification of the cement. This alternative offers rigless remediation of annular gas/fluid migration.

In 2020, Renegade Services utilized this new technology on four wells in the Northeast U.S. for four separate operators (three in Pennsylvania, one in Ohio). All wells exhibited annular gas flow determined by either measured annular flow or pressure. This flow prevented the operator from starting plug and abandon (P&A) operations on the wells. Upon completion of running this new technology, all four wells showed zero gas discharge (on three wells the stoppage was almost immediate; the fourth well showed zero discharge after two weeks). With these results, the state granted approval for the operator to begin P&A operations. This paper will provide detailed analysis of these four wells and show how this new technology can help safely and efficiently prepare older wells for abandonment.

As the unconventional plays of the ‘00s start to mature, wells may begin to exhibit annular gas flow. With this new technology, the associated volume reduction in the annulus closes micro-annuli defects in the cement and results in an overall densification of the cement. This new technology alternative stops seepage and annular flow behind the casing, results in permanent well repair and does not affect casing integrity or burst and collapse pressure ratings.

This type of expandable technology is also applicable to other areas of well services and interventions, particularly wellbores that need to be sealed in producing wells. Other areas that could see reduced non-productive time and cost/benefit upside are cementing and drilling intervention operations as well as the thousands of ‘orphan’ wells seeping methane that will need to be treated in the future before they are plugged and abandoned.


This paper was prepared for presentation at the Unconventional Resources Technology Conference held in Houston, Texas, USA, 26-28 July 2021.

The URTeC Technical Program Committee accepted this presentation on the basis of information contained in an abstract submitted by the author(s). The contents of this paper have not been reviewed by URTeC and URTeC does not warrant the accuracy, reliability, or timeliness of any information herein. All information is the responsibility of, and, is subject to corrections by the author(s). Any person or entity that relies on any information obtained from this paper does so at their own risk. The information herein does not necessarily reflect any position of URTeC. Any reproduction, distribution, or storage of any part of this paper by anyone other than the author without the written consent of URTeC is prohibited.


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Kimberlite Research – Best Wireline Performance Report

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Kimberlite Research 2020 E-Line & Slickline Services Reports

Renegade Services – a top performer in new market survey including performance metrics from notable service companies with operations in the U.S. including majors, mid-size and regional companies

Renegade Services is pleased to announce the results of the Kimberlite Research 2020 E-Line & Slickline Services Reports. Kimberlite, an industry market research company conducted over 5,540 interviews with U.S. oil and gas land operators on the performance of service companies in the U.S. including e-line, slickline and wireline conveyance methods to the industry. The market survey included performance metrics from notable service companies with operations in the U.S. including majors, mid-size and regional companies.

Some of the findings include:

Best performance satisfaction for competent field personnel: Renegade

Best performance satisfaction for availability: Renegade

Best performance satisfaction for price competitiveness: Renegade

2nd highest performance satisfaction for equipment reliability: Renegade

2nd highest performance satisfaction for technical support: Renegade

3rd highest performance satisfaction for responsiveness to needs: Renegade

Highest Market Share in North America: Renegade


Thanks to all those who participated in the survey. And thanks to Kimberlite Research for gathering this critical data.

Kimberlite Oilfield Research is an international oil and gas market research and consulting company that uses data collected from one-on-one interviews with professionals to assess the current market trends and establish performance benchmarks for oilfield equipment and service suppliers.


Renegade Services is privately owned and the largest wireline company servicing the oil and gas industry in the United States. With service locations in most major US hydrocarbon basins, we are ready to provide a wide variety of quality wireline services for your completions, logging and pipe recovery needs.



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Case Study: Plug and Abandonment Proceeds After Expansions

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Case Study:

Pennsylvania DEP grantS permission for operator to P&A well After Expansion Service 

Local Expander Data assists in Plug and Abandonment approval
» Decrease in both pressure and gas rate to zero show the effectiveness of Local Expander technology and allowed the operator to P&A the well.



This Pennsylvania well was scheduled for plug and abandonment, however, gas flow in the annulus prevented the operator from starting the process. All gas migration and pressure had to be eliminated before the Pennsylvania Department of Environment Protection (DEP) would let P&A operations commence. Previous attempts at stopping the gas flow with traditional squeeze cement jobs proved unsuccessful. 


The operator contacted Renegade Services. After reviewing well problems, Renegade recommended its Local Expander technology, which expands the casing into the cement and blocks the path of any unwanted gas flow.  



Utilizing Local Expander technology, Renegade created two sets of three expansions. The first set of expansions was performed at depths of 3369, 3370 and 3371 ft while the second set was at 2069, 2070 and 2071 ft, successfully sealing the annulus. The gas rate dropped from 1.5 mscf/day to zero flow after five days while the pressure rate decreased from 105 psi to zero psi after 14 days. Upon reviewing these successful results, the Pennsylvania DEP granted permission for the operator to P&A the well. 

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Case Study: Local Expander Resolves Backside Pressure in Pennsylvania

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Case Study:

Decrease in backside pressure allows operator to return seven wells to production

Renegade Local Expander Operator E Well 1 - 5

Candidate selection is a critical factor in obtaining effective and consistent Local Expander results. Factors such as expansion depth, the number of expansions and cement quality all will affect the success of the Local Expander service on individual wells. 



This operator in Pennsylvania had an issue with backside pressure on several wells. The pressure was causing gas to flow up the annulus between the casing and cement. The gas flow exceeded limits set by the state for maximum gas flow. The operator had to stop production on the wells until the problem was addressed.  


Renegade Services was called in to evaluate the wells and recommended the Local Expander™ tool to shut off the gas flow. Local Expander unique technology expands the casing into the cement, densifying the cement and stopping upward gas flow. The wells were at two locations, with one pad containing five wells and the second pad containing two wells. Pre-job well pressure ranged from 130 psi to 680 psi on the seven wells.  


The Local Expander provided a successful remedy decreasing the unwanted gas flow. Renegade performed 12 expansions (four sets of three expansions) on each well. Upon reviewing the successful results, the Pennsylvania Department of Environment Protection (DEP) granted permission for the operator to return the well to production. With the success of these wells, the operator engaged Renegade and the Local Expander on ten more wells.

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Case Study: Downhole InSight NuWav Camera Uncovers Why Packer Retrieval Failed

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Case Study:

Downhole InSight NuWav™ Camera Run Uncovers Failed Packer Retrieval


During the pre-deployment phase of well operations, an operator found they could not retrieve a packer set in 5-1/2-in. casing at 3789 ft. After several unsuccessful attempts to latch on to the packer with a retrieval tool and mills and wash pipe, they determined a visual view of the downhole environment was needed.


A downhole camera system would provide the most effective method to confirm the condition of the top of the packer and check casing integrity. Renegade’s NuWAV™ Camera, part of its’ Downhole InSight™ suite of tools, was deployed while circulating with fresh water down the 2-7/8-in. tubing. NuWAV provides real time video images of downhole activity over mono- or multi-conductor wireline. NUWAV visually confirmed that both packer and 5-1/2-in. casing had been milled in half at 3789 ft. 


With conclusive visual evidence from the NuWAV camera, the customer was able to confidently determine an action plan and tool selection that would allow wellsite operations to continue. The customer was very satisfied with Renegade’s NuWAV camera operation; subsequent steps taken stopped critical NPT and alleviated the risk of further well issues. Additionally, the camera was able to identify a problem with the top of the packer and a window that was cut in casing. If not identified, these areas could cause problems when additional services are attempted, such as running in or out of the well or completing the well.

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Shell Authored Paper Featuring the Local Expander™ is Now Published in Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering

A Shell-authored paper was recently published in the Journal of Petroleum Science & Engineering. The title of the paper is “Shell Restoration of annular zonal isolation using localized casing expansion (LCE) technology: A proof of concept based on laboratory studies and field trial results”.

The paper details the following:

  • How sustained casing pressure (SCP), surface casing vent flow (SCVF), and other types of annular fluid migration plague wells across many regions, including an overview of conventional methods to repair these wells
  • A deep dive into the technical specifications of the Local Expander tool including modeling diagrams, measurements, pressure ratings, and performance capabilities
  • Dual annulus laboratory testing and post-experiment cement characterization and casing integrity modeling studies
  • Extensive detail of the field trial process, results, modeling, and performance studies including cement bond log (CBL) and caliper data


The Authors are:

T. K. T. Wolterbeek, E.K. Cornelissen, S. Nolan, F. Todea, W. Stam, S. M. Roggeband, L. Dam, E. J. van Riet, F. Ruckert, W. J. G. Keultjes


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COVID-19 Response

 MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2020

Renegade Services has taken action to ensure the safety and readiness of our employees and customers amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As a first step, Renegade released safety policies and guidelines on March 13, 2020. Using our cloud-based training and safety data management system, along with precautionary measures taken while performing our services at the wellsite and at our districts across the country, our Q-HSE department distributed a mandatory training course to every employee that covers the latest protocols for COVID-19. Renegade CEO Chaden Lassoued stated “The safety of our employees, our customers and suppliers are of utmost importance during this time. We are actively taking steps to work together as a family to ensure that we move forward as a company in the safest way possible. We are #Renegadestrong



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Case Study: Downhole InSight™ nuWAV™ Camera identifies obstructions in the well, decreasing critical NPT for the customer.

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During the pre-deployment phase of well operations, an operator found that although the well was circulating, there was an object stuck inside the casing. The operator identified an obstruction at 7,140 ft and needed to confirm that the integrity of the casing at that depth was not compromised. After several unsuccessful attempts to pass the obstruction with wedges and mills they concluded a visual camera was needed downhole.


It was determined a downhole camera system would be the most effective way of confirming the obstruction. Renegades NuWAV™ Camera, part of its’ Downhole InSight™ suite of tools, was deployed while circulating with 10.0 ppg brine. NuWAV™ provides real time video images of downhole activity over mono- or multi-conductor wireline. NUWAV visually confirmed the casing was both obstructed at 7,135 ft and collapsed with the casing stub below. Visible threads indicated that the pin end of the casing was broken and laying across the stub.


With conclusive visual evidence from the NuWAV™ camera, the customer was able to confidently mill the threaded debris, re-enter the stub and continue wellsite operations. The action by Renegade stopped critical NPT and alleviated the risk of further well issues. Additionally, the camera was able to identify large debris, as well as identifying possible areas of concern that could present tight spots during drilling, running casing, or completing the well. 



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Case Study: Downhole InSight NuWav Camera displays open, non-cased hole and backside of the cased hole.

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Case Study:

Downhole InSight nuWAV Shows Collapsed and Parted Casing and Stub Directly Below


An operator in the middle of a new project called after encountering challenges preventing them from forward progress. They indicated that the well would circulate, therefore we recommended running tubing to the area of interest and deploying the camera down the tubing simultaneous to circulating.


The operator suspected that remedial efforts/operations had gotten outside of the casing and needed to verify whether fishing operations were inside or outside of the casing around 3330’.


The camera run determined that the casing had collapsed causing fishing efforts to side-track into open hole 3328’. We were also able to locate the point where the casing split open with the tubing at inside 3333’. Armed with these visual diagnostics, the operator has confidence in their decisions moving forward and reducing unforeseen risk.


The operator was able to inspect other problem areas of the wellbore while running in to inspect the location of the fish. Additionally, the operator was able to save on additional NPT relating to additional fishing operations (in this specific case, approximately $10k/day).



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Renegade Services to Sponsor and Exhibit HFTC 2020 – The Woodlands, TX

Renegade Services is a proud sponsor and exhibitor at The SPE Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Conference and Exhibition beginning on Tuesday February 4th, 2020 and ending Wednesday February 5th , 2020 in The Woodlands, TX.

We are “The One Call” cased hole solution provider for the life of the well. Renegade was founded on being the best in class cased hole provider in the industry though leading-edge technology, innovation, service quality and safety. Renegade will be showcasing the following leading-edge technologies at the conference.

AFE – Automated Frac Equipment, a hands-free hydraulic wellhead quick-latch assembly with remote-controlled pressure boom, CET – Casing Expander Tool -a tool that creates a series of crimps that eliminate micro annuli, CannSeal – a new and proven epoxy solution for repairing leaks and annular flow, Gunhandler tool that makes laying down and lifting tools strings a hands free operation and many other completion and wireline technology solutions.

Visit us at Booth #525 to find out more about our integrated service lines. The SPE Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Conference and Exhibition showcases existing and new hydraulic fracturing technologies, using experiences from fracture-stimulated wells, and the application of global learnings. Attend the event to learn about the latest developments and practices in hydraulic fracturing.

For more information about Renegade, please email of any of the contacts listed below to schedule a meeting.


Visiting from Renegade:
Chad Lassoued, CEO,
Randy Cassady, Owner/Director of Technology,
Perry Harris, Sales/Marketing Director,

Brenson Fry, Product Champion – RigLock/Fraclock,
Scotty Brown, Product Champion – CET/CannSeal,
Rodney Offield, Completion BDM,
Jeremy Barnes, Regional Sales/Account Manager,

An Operators Perspective on Safety

Eliminating the Hazard With GunHandler – The Wireline Tool Wrangler

If there has been one constant in the oilfield over the last century, it’s the backing of a strong and dedicated workforce.

The labor component of oil and gas operations is equally important as is its technology advancement counterpart. The human element of capital, maintenance, and production projects is likely to remain the leader of consistency in the oil patch. Even with modern efforts to digitize and mechanized field operations, having personnel onsite to manage best practices and keep operations continuous is paramount. With the on-going introduction of works, as always, brings a highly variable degree of risk to every step of operations.
The main focus here is the operator. Possibly one of the most laborious positions in the oilfield, operators on a frac spread is no stranger to hard work. Neither are the numerous 3rd-parties coming in and out of location performing various specialty services.   

In the case of wireline operators, they are the ones often to stay on the job from start to finish, being on-call, and being a single point of contact during troubleshooting. Because of the repetitive nature of wireline activities during fracs, wireline operators are subjected to the same repetitive hazard profiles during each work shift.

Slips, trips, and falls, pinch points, overexertion, fire or explosions, exposure to high levels of noise, and struck-by high-pressure line hazards are all commonly associates hazards any given wireline operator (or any operator on location for that matter) would be exposed to during any given shift. While some of these hazards we cannot engineer out of the hierarchy of hazard controls, the repetitive motion of picking up, and laying down wireline tools before and after each stage, there is a lot of room here to eliminate the hazard of manual tool handling, as well as increase efficiency of not tying up other personnel on location. Furthermore, heart rate creep on operators is further minimized as this action has been replaced by the mechanized operation through GunHandler. Elevated heart rate is a during work shifts is a leading cause of accelerated fatigue and fatigue-related injuries.

During ambulatory work bouts spread over a two-week hitch, the average operator heartbeat can be elevated up to 72% of their normal heart rate over the course of 14-15 days. Tight living quarters often filled with industrial noise and frequent interruptions, high-pressure operations that quickly escalate in cost, and the mental toll of being away from home can all lead to a decrease in the capacity to focus on well site operations.

Additionally, GunHandler has a 42-inch deck height to move any tool after assembly or before disassembly away from jack stands on the ground to an optimal waist height level. Rather than using the manual dolly to vertically orient tools for pick up or lay down, GunHandler eliminates the hazards associated manual tool deployment in addition to reducing the contribution to repetitive strain risk facing wireline crews.

All of the Renegade product families attempt to remap today’s wellsites. We pride ourselves on our engineered products and services matching the level of high-expectation operators demand in our tech-driven world. Trying any of our products can be the stability you need in the stress-flush environment of price volatility. We know our debut with new clients will a refreshing experience, and that’s what gets us fired up every morning.

DISCLAIMER: Renegade Services remains a neutral-party to all of other companies referenced in any blog post listed on our website. The opinions in any blog post do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or position of Renegade Services at any point beyond our current time of publishing.

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World Oil ShaleTech™ Hydraulic Fracturing Forum: Summer 2019 – Q & A

On Thursday, August 22nd, 2019, Scott Van Vuuren, Executive Sales, Automated Frac Equipment,  was the 3rd presenter on the World Oil ShaleTech™ webcast.  Below are the Questions that were asked during the webcast.

Skip to 38:20 for Scott’s presentation.


Q: Is there a standard field “pressure testing” protocol for the AFE system once it has been latched to the wellhead, and does it require any specialized training or unique communications protocol with the pressure pumping crew?

A: The control panel and the hydraulic wellhead latch allows a quick test up to 15K. This process will test the latch making sure we have a good connection. Our specialists take a 40-hour class to get certified on the AFE. We communicate directly with the customer and frac supervisor once the latch is tested. At that time frac can pressure up through their iron and the AFE.


Q: From the slides, the AFE appears to be a single, trailer-mounted system. Is that correct, and where is the AFE operating console located in relation to the programmable boom?

A: The AFE is a single trailer that is 50 feet long and weighs approximately 88,000 LBS. The AFE has a remote control that is C1D1 rated and can be operated up to 200’ from the unit along with a backup remote on location.  In addition, the AFE has manual controls that can be operated if necessary. The remote allows our specialist to be close to the wellhead during programming to ensure the stinger is entering the latch fully.


Q: Scott, you mentioned the remotely operated, programmable boom. From an operations perspective, would you talk about the staging of the AFE on-site, how it interfaces with the frac pumps and manifold system, and how the programmable boom locates and interfaces with the wellheads

A: Prior to the frac, our specialist will meet with the frac coordinator to discuss what connections are needed from the missile to the AFE (Monoline or a goat head), then we will spot equipment in the proper area on location. At that time, we also make sure the hydraulic well connection is installed correctly and torqued up. We then program each wellhead 1,2,3,4 etc. During operations, our specialist remotely moves the AFE to the desired well. For example, if we are on well 1 and are done fracing and we need to go to well 4 our specialist has to hold down 2 buttons on the remote, one for the wellhead the other is a dead man switch. The AFE always returns to “home” prior to going to the next well, this is to prevent the AFE from possibly running into wireline or coil that is rigged up in between.


Q: What is the daily rental price of the AFE and HLWA?

A: It’s more affordable than you might think. We’ve designed AFE with cost in mind by making it compatible with equipment most operators are likely to already own. That being said, the rental price varies greatly depending on the circumstances of the site. We can schedule a meeting and discuss your needs and additional benefits with the AFE.

Please reach out.  281-603-9720


Q: Can one run a wireline lubricator on top of the latch assembly?

A: Absolutely, the latch is designed to accommodate wireline, coil injection head, and AFE.


Q: As a single point of failure how do you plan to support the FracLock with back up equipment?

A: All 60˚ and 90˚ can be replaced in the field within a couple of hours. We send additional 60˚ and 90˚ with the unit. We monitor real-time metal loss during the frac and are able to see when there is 20% wear. We also have a program where we can model the frac and predict possible blowouts.


Q: How would one deploy balls….. in the latch.

A: We have a ball drop system that attaches to the hydraulic wellhead assembly.

Please contact me directly for more details. 281-603-9720


Q: Scott, how AFE has been received in the field?

A: Several of our customers are waiting for units. They see this as the future of frac, with the AFE it is bringing much more value than just the ability to frac. The reduction of iron, needed manpower, NPT and keeping employees from possible injuries are just a few of the great benefits.


Q: Scott, Does the RFE include an isolation valve in the assembly?

A: No not currently.

SUMMARY – EVERCORE ISI Energy | Oilfield Services, Equipment & Drilling – July 2018


Earlier this month, Evercore ISI, an investment banking market research group focused on oilfield services, equipment, and drilling, released a market exposé The Next Revolution in Frac.

The report acknowledges the strong industry demand for U.S. shale converting to “manufacturing mode” where operators are finding new ways to deliver low cost well site speed increases and engineering the labor component to a more reasonable figure.

Before the report, AFE was predicted to substantially clean up the volume of frac iron on-site and reduce the headcount required, all while speeding up setup and reaching previously un achievable staging goals. E&P firms in major shale basins in the US have touted continual percentage gains on both drilling and completion costs, as well as similar spud-to-production metric improvements since recovering from the downturn in 2017-18 to the present, and this is undeniably going to contribute to continued success.

The Evercore study estimates that the implementation of FracLock HWLA alone will result in a 24% reduction in legacy completion practices we see today. The study also estimates AFE can drive an additional 13% cost reduction if you factor in the reduction in the staff requirement caused by the 50% reduction in required equipment, which by estimation from Renegade works out to roughly an 85% reduction in scattered dumb iron. It will be interesting to see our clients’ investor update that harnesses the full Renegade product line and see the bolt-on efficiency take shape in their programs. For those of you on lease roads that may see us on location, circle back to that operators slide deck and see if you can find the updated (public) completion stats. We would be hard-pressed to believe Renegade Services wasn’t the major driver as the simplest changes can deliver some of the most quantifiable changes.



When less iron is required, a trickle-down effect of advantages emerge. Because AFE replaces the 90% of the iron connections, the risk of iron leaks on location and the risk of injuries during rig-up are greatly reduced. The report states that OSHA claims roughly 33% of reported injuries occur during the rig up/down process within hydraulic fracturing. With AFE, crews can start pressure pumping operations immediately after completing rig-up. Actual rig-up of AFE takes less than 6 hours (number of wells does not affect this time), compared to traditional rig-up of 36 hours-48 hours based on the number of wells being connected to.



Across the AFE package, the frac fluid velocity is reduced by 20%, which doubles the lifespan compared to legacy equipment configurations. The maximum nominal flow rate is 130 barrels per minute so ‘made-time’ is not lost, nor does it come at an equipment opportunity cost because it is back at the shop.



What Renegade is attempting to do by bringing products that are notably FRAC products, like AFE, is to consolidate disjointed services. We have achieved this by backing the development of products that created a synergy design and innovation of a specific segments of the completions side. We were the first. We have followed and been involved in the AFE project from R & D to investment, we will be the first in the field with AFE and all this means that no one knows this tool better than us.



We believe that regardless of available crews, regardless of DUC well increases, operators driven to optimize completion programs will find tremendous value in AFE™. The technology accompanied by entrepreneurial field hands and supporting cast is the reason why operators are excited to work with Renegade. As a company, we live in the technological frontier bound only by those resisting change who corrode the creative vision towards a better oilfield. For those who can see our mission, we as passionate about passing through value. There has never been a more exciting time in this gold-rush. Its a sure-shot at turnkey improvement.


Renegade has recently moved away from using the manufacturing names to identify equipment. The FracLock™ package is referred to globally as Automated Frac Equipment (AFE) to keep things easy to identify on-location. FracLock™ is the Hydraulic-Wellhead-Locking-Assembly (HWLA) that connects to the wellhead and creates a hands-free stabbing environment. FracLock™ can be used stand-alone. 

DISCLAIMER: Renegade Services remains a neutral-party to all of other companies referenced in any blog post listed on our website. The opinions in any blog post do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or position of Renegade Services at any point beyond our current time of publishing.

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Gunhandler – Lay Down Machine


Laydown – Lift Assist Tool


This highly efficient tool—fast becoming indispensable during wireline runs—increases productivity on-site and significantly decreases risk variables associated with operations. Not only is the strain on equipment alleviated but the equipment operators are no longer positioned under a suspended load. Gunhandler is actively being used on pads across the U.S. where crews have reported “feeling crippled when trying to operate without it.”


Laydown – Lift Assist Tool







Regardless of the amount of safety training, there is still an element of risk during wellsite operations. Reduction in operator fatigue from the use of the Gunhandler™ is pivotal in creating a shop-caliber environment in the field. More focus is put back into service quality rather than heavy lifting. This higher service quality can lead to fewer gun-misfires, less stress on tools, unexpected modes of failure and longer tool life.

  • No more manual dolly laydowns/manual lifts
  • No more personnel under suspended loads
  • Clearly defined “no-go” zone
  • Safer, less strenuous gun building zone
  • Backup, two-position butt-stock, ratcheting lock feature
  • No damage to the cabling at the rope sockets
  • Picking up the tool string from vertical positions eliminates all almost flex stress on the tool
  • Compact design keeps areas near the wellhead clear – and allows more room to work
  • One-person rig-up/down


The Gunhandler was designed with the equipment operator in mind. The hydraulically actuated lift bunk ranges from horizontal to 80º and eliminates the need for manual dolly laydowns. Taking the operator out of the line of fire removes many of the risk variables associated with near-wellhead operations. The six-pad landing gear not only provides a stable footing for anchored operation but also creates a clearly defined “no-go” zone when lifting or laying down the toolstring. During Gunhandler operation, the two-position butt stock has a ratcheting lock feature for piece-of-mind, so tools remain secured and is spring-retained in the event that an operator forgets to ratchet it down before use.

  • The waist high working surface gives the wireline ground crew a more comfortable and ergonomic working environment.
  • Wing legs open at 45° and span a width of 18 ft providing near limitless adjust-ability, a no-go barrier and secure stabilization.
  • Compact footprint at only 6 ft wide provides the most efficient use of the allotted square footage for the wireline working area.
  • Fully extended to the 80˚ maximum lift, the equipment will stand 23 ft vertical height.
  • Gunhandler takes only one crew member to setup, operate and prepare for travel.
  • Jack-legs are rated to 8,000 lb and have an 18 in. travel

Increases in the number of stages completed per day can put added strain on operators and increase the risk for potential fatigue-related incidents. The increased frequency of rebuilding of guns is similar to the high volume of repair at the shop level. Gunhandler has an overall height of 42 in. and provides an ideal working height for the operator. Renegade is bridging the gap to assist our field operators by providing shop-like conditions at the wellsite.

Increased Efficiency

The compact design of the Gunhandler keeps areas near the wellhead clear and allows operators more room to work. Virtually no added room is needed to place Gunhandler into the work zone, yet it provides the functional capability of 23 ft of vertical support to the tool string. With an overall width of 6 ft, it has advantages over many other industry solutions and allows workers to easily reach tools without strain during a rebuild.

One-person rig-up/down makes the Gunhandler one of the simplest pieces of equipment to setup, run or transport. Variable speed control allows the operator to adjust the rate of the crane operation for maximum precision.

Reduction in operator fatigue is pivotal in creating a shop-caliber environment in the field. More focus is put back into service quality rather than heavy lifting. This higher service quality can lead to fewer gun-misfires, fewer unexpected modes of failure, and longer tool life.


Minimizing risk while driving operational efficiencies is something every operator strives for. Renegade is dedicated to providing turnkey solutions that enhance oilfield safety and efficiency. Call Renegade today to see how Gunhandler can add value to your wireline operations.

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