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Alice Curtis


In 1919, Erle P. Halliburton started an oil well cementing business in Durham Oklahoma with nothing more than a wooden mixing box and a pump, and a borrowed wagon and team of mules. By the 1930's its research laboratories were testing new concrete mixes and offering acidizing services to aid in the breakdown of limestone formations which would increase production of oil and gas. Halliburton also performed its first offshore cementing job in the Gulf of Mexico. It has now become one of the world's largest providers of products and services to the oil and gas industry. Halliburton has a very extensive list of products from A-Z on its website. (Halliburton) (Halliburton)

Geothermal Energy

Interest in clean energy has gained great momentum in the global community and Halliburton has been involved in exploration and production of of clean energy. Geothermal energy is the use of heat from the earth or hot water reservoirs as an energy source.

This heat may be obtained from as few as a few feet down to 3 to 5 thousand feet below the surface of the earth. Geothermal power plants can use steam from a deep earth hot water reservoir to power a turbine generator. Hot water that is near the surface can be directly used to heat homes, businesses, and several industrial uses. Research and development is being done to further exploit the uses of geothermal energy by tapping into the dry hot rock layers 3 to 5 miles down. (Renewable Energy World. Com)The benefits of using geothermal energy are abundant resources worldwide, it's a clean, renewable source of energy, and offers more independence from fossil fuels.

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A geothermal power plant brings super-heated water up to the power plant where it takes...