Nick Steinsberger

Nick Steinsberger began his career with Mitchell Energy in 1988 after graduating from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering. Nick was promoted to completion manager for the Barnett Shale in 1995 and was responsible for the first slick-water stimulation in the Barnett in 1997, which is referred to as the first modern shale frac.

Nick SteinsbergerNick continued as the completion manager for the Barnett Shale after Mitchell Energy’s sale to Devon in 2002 and was responsible for completing the first 30 horizontal wells in any shale formation. When Devon closed its Fort Worth office in July 2003, Nick became vice president of engineering for Republic Energy in Dallas. Under Nick’s supervision, Republic drilled and completed approximately 50 horizontal wells in less than two years before selling its assets to Burlington Resources.

After the sale, Nick began Steinsberger Gas Consulting and has been involved in more than 1,000 horizontal shale wells, including work in the Woodford, Fayetteville, Marcellus, Utica, Eagle Ford and Wolfcamp shales and several shales in Canada.

Nick developed an extension of the STACK play in Oklahoma while running ValPoint Operating, selling those assets to Devon in 2015.
Nick currently sits on several boards of E&P Companies and is working with Recon Africa on their Namibia Petroleum License to drill and test their block for conventional and unconventional targets. Nick has authored many technical papers on completion techniques in shales, and his involvement in the Shale Revolution has been written about in several books, including The Frackers.