Dark Horse Energy Consultants Ltd (DHECL) is a privately owned company based in Calgary, Alberta.  With our extensive experience in the WCSB, Dark Horse Energy Consultants Ltd is able to provide top tier operational project management and engineering consulting services to the upstream oil and gas sector.  We are committed to providing our services in a safe and cost effective manner.  DHECL strives to put forth a yeoman’s effort to achieve superior results, thereby maximizing the client’s project return.

Dark Horse Energy Consultants Ltd consists of a seasoned team of technical and operational professionals.  We offer a quality support group from which the client can source from, whether it is managing a complete project, or to provide additional relief staffing when needed.  As a result of our varied oil and gas experience, DHECL offers a unique skill set.  We can play the role of the consulting service side provider, but can also give valuable insight to the producer train of thought.  DHECL is fortunate in that we have long standing personal and business relationships with the service/supply side of the industry, and a broad network of operator contacts.

Dark Horse Energy Consultants Ltd does have the capability to undertake a turnkey project if requested by an operator.  We are well versed in production operations, including engineering and optimization.  We have experienced field production contractors that can be utilized for well production start-ups and facility commissioning.

Another underlying, but important technical service DHECL is able to bring to the client is the Reservoir Engineering function, which can be very beneficial in determining full scale field development plans, reserves recovery optimization, or just to analyze a well test – “a little extra science can positively impact project economics”.

Consulting and Engineering Services

Dark Horse Energy Consultants Ltd aims to provide both project management services and engineering solutions to the oil and gas industry.  We have gained valuable experience and expertise throughout the WCSB.  Dark Horse Energy Consultants Ltd will utilize the latest technology in our project execution.  We want to develop healthy collaborative relationships with our client base and colleagues.

Wellsite Supervision

Dark Horse Energy Consultants Ltd endeavors to provide qualified field personnel specific to the intended operation.  We have experienced and competent field supervisors to direct and oversee the operational disciplines covered by DHECL – construction, drilling, completions, workovers, abandonments, initial cleanup, and production engineering operations.  Our field supervisors are adept at adhering to or exceeding the “Good Oilfield Practice” standard, and performing their duties in accordance with all applicable regulatory, legislative, and environmental laws/standards.

Social Responsibility

Dark Horse Energy Consultants Ltd has an unwavering commitment to combining operational execution/excellence with social responsibility.  We are committed to the protection of life, property, and the environment – for the public and communities where we operate.

The Team

Mike Williamson - P. Eng President

Mike is a professional engineer with over 30 years of experience in oil and gas development - Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin and Siberia, Russia. Mike has worked in oil and gas development in both technical and managerial capacities, including conventional & unconventional operations.

Mike completed 9 years of industry employment with various oil companies, after which, he has been self employed as an owner-operated oil and gas consulting company for 20+ years. Mike is specialized in horizontal multi-stage drilling and completion operations, having successfully managed more than 10 different geological horizons.

  • Graduate of the University of Alberta with a BSc degree in Petroleum Engineering
  • Active member of APEGA

Brandon Miller - BSc Vice President and General Manager

Brandon began his career in the oil and gas industry in 2011. Prior to joining Dark Horse Energy Consultants Ltd, Brandon’s last role was Drilling Foreman with an active industry producer. His drilling experience covers drilling both horizontal and vertical Viking, Cardium, and Montney wells.

Brandon’s responsibilities will include, Drilling and Completions technical and operational support, Drilling and Completions Supervisor coordination, and Business Development.

  • Graduate of the University of Notre Dame de Namur (Belmont, CA) with a BSc degree in Kinesiology Pre-Med
  • After playing NCAA collegiate lacrosse, Brandon still likes to stay active in sports from participating in various local hockey leagues in the winter, and playing golf, tennis, and baseball in the summer

Dale Miller - P. Eng Executive Vice President

Dale is a professional engineer with over 35 years of WCSB experience in the Canadian upstream oil and gas industry (Alberta, Sask, BC). He has experience at the Senior Management level with both public and privately held E&P Companies.

Dale has extensive knowledge in all facets of the energy business from a foundation of 5+ years of field engineering experience, to planning and executing the strategic and economic development of oil and gas assets.

  • Graduate of the University of Tulsa with a BSc degree in Petroleum Engineering
  • Active member of APEGA and the Society of Petroleum Engineers

Ken Pyo - P. Eng Reservoir Engineering Advisor

Ken is a professional engineer with 40 years of experience in oil and gas development - Western Canada, USA, Middle East (Libya & Yemen) and UK North Sea.

Ken has worked on many aspects of oil and gas development in both technical and managerial capacities, including conventional & unconventional reservoir evaluation, secondary & tertiary enhanced oil recovery, conventional heavy and ultra-heavy oil development, dynamic reservoir modeling, formation evaluation, well testing design & analysis, production engineering, well stimulation, economic evaluation, asset acquisition & divestment, company reserves and budget, project management, etc. Ken is specialized in integrated reservoir evaluations with his in-depth knowledge in various disciplines within petroleum engineering and formation evaluation.

  • Graduate of the University of Calgary with a BSc degree in Chemical Engineering
  • Active member of APEGA and the Society of Petroleum Engineers