Andeavor, formerly Tesoro, selected Peak Oilfield Service Company as one of eleven suppliers recognized during Andeavor’s Supplier Recognition awards banquet in San Antonio, Texas, on September 10, 2017. Peak was recognized at the event for its superior safety performance while drastically improving the efficiency of processes through ideas and suggestions at Andeavor’s refinery facility in Nikiski, Alaska.
Peak, as noted in Andeavor’s safety award endorsement, “provided exceptional handling of mooring and connection at the Kenai Pipeline. This is just one example of [the company’s] extraordinary performance.” Yet, their performance was not without challenges. According to Peak’s Kenai Project Manager, Joe Warchola, “the KPL dock crew consistently improved on the time it took to transfer product from tankers while facing tough challenges like strong Cook Inlet tides, ice flows during winter months, and emergency releases from the dock. They overcame all of these obstacles while exceeding expectations and doing it all without sacrificing safety.”
The endorsement also went on to say that Peak “demonstrated innovation and value delivery through ideas and suggestions on improving performance and safety procedures at operating areas.” This was reflected in the improved safety performance of Peak’s employees at the refinery, as recognized by Andeavor’s senior management at the local level. “Several of our employees have been recognized for improving performance in the administration and drafting departments with innovative ideas. Another employee was even given a Hero Award for stopping another contractor from performing unsafe actions,” said Warchola. “Our employees’ daily activities at the refinery continue to show Peak’s commitment to safety and our alignment with the client’s core values of safety, health, and the environment.”
Tom Pellegrom, Peak’s Cook Inlet area manager, gave his own words of praise for the group, stating, “This award shows the pride and dedication Peak employees carry each day to our client base across all of our assets. The team representing these [Andeavor] assets have raised the bar in safety performance and innovation during challenging times. My personal congratulations to the entire Kenai team on their dedication to continuous improvement.”
Peak has been Andeavor’s “contractor of choice” for operations and maintenance services at the Kenai refinery for the last several years.