Patterson-UTI Announces Strategic Investment in Geothermal Technology Company, Criterion Energy Partners

Patterson-UTI Announces Strategic Investment in Geothermal Technology Company, Criterion Energy Partners

HOUSTON, TX/ACCESSWIRE/March 8, 2022/PATTERSON-UTI ENERGY, INC. (NASDAQ: PTEN) today announced a strategic investment in Criterion Energy Partners, Inc., a geothermal energy development company. Criterion plans to use the proceeds from this investment to advance its first-of-its-kind project in Texas and continue to execute on its technology development roadmap.

Criterion Energy Partners plans to combine existing technology and processes from drilling oil and gas wells with proprietary designs to create clean, reliable energy from heat underground. Criterion’s immediate goal is to provide heat and power directly to industrial customers on the Gulf Coast of Texas, positioning these customers to meet their energy demand and decarbonization goals.

Andy Hendricks, President and CEO of Patterson-UTI, said, “We are delighted to invest in Criterion, whose innovative business model is built on proven horizontal drilling and completions technologies. We share a common vision that geothermal energy will play an important role in the energy transition, and we look forward to working with Criterion to improve the economics and reliability of geothermal energy.”

Danny Rehg, Co-Founder and CEO of Criterion Energy Partners, added, “We are extremely pleased to have Patterson-UTI as a partner and see many opportunities to work together in the future. Their business approach and excellence in execution aligns well with our strategy and The technical capabilities of their super-specification platforms and other technical innovations are key to reducing costs and delivering competitive development economics. next-generation geothermal energy.

About Patterson-UTI

Patterson-UTI is a leading provider of petroleum services and products to oil and natural gas exploration and production companies in the United States and other select countries, including contract drilling services, pressure pumping and directional drilling. For more information, visit

About Criterion Energy Partners

Criterion Energy Partners is a geothermal energy company that plans to develop distributed energy projects to help customers reduce emissions and improve operational efficiencies using heat from the earth. The company’s mission is to create a more sustainable future by making geothermal energy projects commercially viable everywhere. Key to its strategic advantage is Criterion Energy Partners’ team of managers, associates and advisors with extensive experience in business development, finance, legal, drilling and completions, underground engineering, geology, geophysics and data science. Criterion Energy Partners touts value creation through its business model and tangible metrics, including (i) emissions reductions, (ii) power reliability, (iii) long-term cost stability, and (iv) weather resilience.

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