Graves & Co. Consulting, LLC has assembled a talented staff of reservoir engineers and geologists with the expertise to address the varied and changing technology impacting the oil and natural gas industry throughout the world today. These specialists are deployed on an as needed basis in areas of unconventional shale plays, conventional reservoirs, onshore and offshore reservoir or field studies, and in situations ranging from exploration projects to development studies to assets sales and acquisitions.
JOHN L. GRAVES
He founded Graves & Co. in 1996 as the first buy-side M&A service and support firm in the industry, providing due diligence, valuations, negotiation support and acquisition sourcing, along with front line and back-office support to E&P companies in the form of land, accounting, gas marketing and regulatory services. Graves & Co’s. buy-side M&A services expanded into the oilfield service and midstream sectors, and most recently, the downstream sector. Graves & Co’s work has involved assets in every major basin in the Lower 48 States, the Outer Continental Shelf, the Cook Inlet, offshore West Africa, and onshore Argentina and Guatemala.
Mr. Graves holds a BA in History and Political Science from Texas A&M University, and an MA from the University of Leicester. He is a member of the American Association of Professional Landmen, Houston Producers’ Forum, and Houston Energy Finance Group.
WILLIAM W. VAIL, JR., P.E., P. ENG.
Executive Vice President
Bill entered the consulting field with L.A. Martin & Associates, moved to C.C. Pace Resources then returned to the production side of the business with Statoil Eneregy. During a four-year period, he was active in mergers, acquisitions and divestitures before finally returning to an extended career as a reservoir engineering consultant.
Bill became Director of Petroleum Engineering while at Marshall Miller & Associates for six years, before joining DeGolyer and MacNaughton, Inc. for twelve additional years where he became a Vice Pesident, working on reserve evaluations and reports for public companies in the U.S. Canada and several international countries.
Bill is a co-author of the SPEE Monograph 3, a Member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers and Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta. He has a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Tulsa and an MBA from the University of Virginia.
The following industry personnel are available to work on various projects, both domestically and internationally, that may require either expertise in a particular discipline or as an additional professional to facilitate timely responses to clients’ requirements.
MEL HAINEY, P.E.
Senior Reservoir Engineer
He previously was Texas Asset Manager and Chief Reservoir Engineer for Davis Petroleum Corporation. Prior to that, he was a reservoir engineer for Penn Virginia Oil & Gas, KCS Resources/Petrohawk and El Paso Production/Coastal Oil & Gas. As a consultant, Mr. Hainey provided reservoir, drilling, well completion and operations management for offshore and international projects for The Huffco Group, Sonat, Baker-Hughes and Gulfstar Energy. He began his career at Exxon, where his engineering work included drilling, subsurface production and reservoir in South Texas as well as assignments in Exxon’s Headquarters Production and Alaska Interests groups.
Mr. Hainey holds a BSEE and MSE from University of Texas at Austin, and he has pursued post-graduate studies in petroleum engineering at Texas A&M University. He is licensed professional engineer in the State of Texas. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and the Tau Beta Pi, Pi Epsilon Tau, and Eta Kappa Nu engineering honor societies.
L. B. "BEN" BRANUM, P.E.
Senior Reservoir Engineer
He has extensive experience in the evaluation of secondary and tertiary recovery projects and has worked throughout the international oil and gas arena, including China, South America, the Mid-East and other areas. During the past several years he has concentrated on projects involving certification of reserves in both conventional and unconventional reservoirs. He has provided expert witness testimony before the Texas Railroad Commission and the Louisiana department of Conservation.
Mr. Branum began his career in 1974 as a reservoir engineer for an interstate pipeline company, then joined an independent E&P company in 1980. He entered the consulting business with Ryder Scott Company in 1989 and was with Ralph E. Davis Associates, Inc. from 2003 through 2018. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri at Rolla with a B.S. degree in petroleum engineering. He is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Texas.
KENT B. LINA, P.E.
Senior Reservoir Engineer
Kent Lina began his career in the West Texas region in operations and developed expertise in field operations including drilling, completion and waterflood operations. He supervised both company operated and non-operated joint venture programs and provided expert testimony at regulatory hearings.
Mr. Lina moved to the Rocky Mountain region and became involved in evaluating properties for acquisitions and divestitures, as well as corporate exploration and development. He performed numerous reserve evaluations for financial and regulatory reporting requirements and supervised a staff of reserve evaluators for a public E&P corporation. During his past six years as an independent consultinig engineer, he has developed extensive analytical techniques related to various shale plays to identify successful completion methods and areas within the plays with increased chances of success.
Kent Lina holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Missouri-Rolla in Civil Engineering with a program emphasis in Petroleum Engineering and is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Texas.
Senior Reservoir Engineer
In the Republic of Argentina, he was the Reserves Manager as well as Production Manager for Central Resources, Inc., where he conducted reserve reporting, financials and reservoir engineering for all of Central’s operated fields in Argentina. Prior to that he served as Central’s Senior Reservoir Engineer in its Denver office. He has served as a Petroleum Engineer at TotalFinaElf and Reunion Resources Company (formerly Buttes Gas & Oil). He spent six years at Ryder Scott Company where he valued assets domestically and across the globe as part of the international group, primarily focusing on China and Egypt, with additional work on projects in Australia, Brazil, Canada, the North Sea, Venezuela, Russia, Pakistan, New Guinea and Kuwait, and later an additional six years at the consulting firm of Ralph E. Davis Associates, Inc.
He is adept with Aries, PhdWin, DI, 1Derrick, OGRE, PEEP and CrystalBall. Mr. Cole holds a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University.
KEVIN J. LANT, P.G., P.G.S.
Mr. Lant has extensive experience related to the evaluation and management of exploration projects in both the domestic and international oil and gas arena, the direction of seismic studies and data reprocessing and interpretation, preparing regional play analyses and the evaluation of merger and acquisition opportunities and providing due diligence support and negotiation advisory services. He served as a part time faculty member at C.S.U.N. and has authored numerous field studies and development papers for clients throughout the world. He has taught an introductory geology course as an adjunct professor at the University of Oklahoma at Norman and maintains his independent consulting geoscience practice in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Mr. Lant received his Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from California State University at Northridge (“C.S.U.N.”) and his Master of Science degree in Geology from Ohio University. He is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the American Institute of Petroleum Geologists, the Society of Exploration Geophysicists and several geological societies such as OCGS, HGS, TGS and WTGS.