ConocoPhillips donates 11-ton industrial equipment to VC

ConocoPhillips recently donated a three-phase separator to Victoria College’s Process Technology and Instrumentation programs.

Victoria College’s Process Technology and Instrumentation programs recently received the donation of a three-phase separator from the ConocoPhillips Corporation.

The 11-ton piece of industrial equipment, which was delivered from ConocoPhillips’ Eagle Ford operations in December and positioned in front of Victoria College’s Industrial Trades Center at 7403 Lone Tree Road, functions to separate oil, water and gas from a raw oil stream coming out of the ground.

The equipment will help students learn the use of full-sized control valves and flow-monitoring devices and simulate elimination of hazardous energy release.

“We are very thankful to ConocoPhillips for the donation of this valuable piece of training equipment,” said Fred Chastain, VC process technology associate professor. “The three-phase separators are used for similar functions in petrochemical plants. Students will also gain instruction on properly pressure-testing equipment after work is completed to ensure that no materials are allowed to escape into the environment.” 

Victoria College’s Physical Plant employees installed a concrete pad and supervised the offloading of the unit.

ConocoPhillips Operations Support Lead Ron Klemcke facilitated the donation of the equipment.

“Through working with Fred and the Process Technology Program, we realized ConocoPhillips had a chance to make an impact in the community,” Klemcke said. “We hope this equipment will help students gain a better understanding of the oil and gas industry and thus be prepared for a safe and successful career.”

For information on Victoria College’s Process Technology and Instrumentation programs, call (361) 573-3291 or visit

Photo caption: Pictured from left are Fred Chastain, VC process technology associate professor; Ron Klemcke, ConocoPhillips operations support lead; Betsy Crane, VC Division of Career and Technical Education dean; and Amy Mundy, executive director of college advancement and the VC Foundation.