George Grau, Jr.
George A. Grau Jr. serves as Clearfork Midstream’s chief operating officer, overseeing all midstream operations for the company, providing long-term operational planning to ensure flow assurance for Clearfork’s customers and in support of commercial activities.
Prior to his position at Clearfork, Mr. Grau served Gibson Energy as general manager, U.S. Operations. He led Gibson’s operations and engineering organization developing and expanding its newly acquired midstream assets in the Permian Basin.
At Four Corners Petroleum II, Mr. Grau served as vice president, midstream, leading a new midstream subsidiary within the producing company. He identified commercial opportunities and operational requirements for a recently idled gathering system that had been acquired through an acquisition of producing assets in the Central Basin Platform. He built a fit for purpose midstream organization to manage the system and leveraged commercial relationships to create value. Mr. Grau helped monetize the gathering system in a sale to Gibson Energy, which included a 60,000-acre dedication.
Prior to Four Corners, Mr. Grau served Frontier Energy Services as vice president of operations. He was recruited to identify, develop and lead an operating team for a 500-mile, greenfield, bi-directional crude gathering system. The Alpha Crude Connector was in the Delaware Basin and was a joint venture between Concho Resources and Frontier Energy Services, with equity sponsorship from Energy Spectrum. Mr. Grau built the operating organization, procedures and systems, growing from two field employees to a team of 40 at the time of the sale in 2017. After the system was phased into service it was transporting over 90,000 bopd aggregated from over 300 receipt points to interconnects with five major downstream pipelines. Mr. Grau participated in the sale of Alpha Crude Connector to Plains All American Pipeline, LP for more than $1.2 billion.
At Crestwood Equity Partners, Mr. Grau assumed responsibility for construction and operation of midstream assets in the Barnett Shale following Crestwood’s acquisition of Quicksilver Gas Services. With equity sponsorship from First Reserve Corporation, he integrated multiple, large acquisitions in the Fayetteville, Haynesville, and Marcellus Shale plays and a portfolio of assets following a merger with Inergy LP, including Bakken and Niobrara crude-by-rail terminals, a fractionation facility in California and various NGL terminals serving refiners and end users along the East Coast. He served Crestwood as vice president operations for crude & NGLs as well as vice president operations for the central region. Mr. Grau successfully integrated a $750-million acquisition of Arrow Midstream, a Bakken midstream system gathering crude oil, natural gas, and produced water located on the MHA Nation Reservation in North Dakota.
Previously Mr. Grau served Quicksilver Gas Services, LP as director of midstream business operations and held various upstream operations positions at Quicksilver Resources, Inc. including completions manager, drilling and operations engineer.
Mr. Grau earned an MBA from Tulane University and a BS in chemical engineering from Louisiana State University.