Mobile Flare Gas Capture Solutions &
Modular Gas Processing Plants

About Us

Pioneer Energy is a Colorado based service provider and original equipment manufacturer that solves gas processing challenges on the oilfield through development and deployment of new technology.

The company offers a range of standard gas capture and processing units for monetizing tank vapors, associated gas, and non-associated gas. It also specializes in providing custom engineered solutions at any desired scale to accommodate customers’ unique field gas conditions, while providing high-quality output streams that meet stringent requirements. 

Pioneer Energy’s VaporcatcherTM line of units capture tank battery vapors and extract NGLs at high yield instead of sending these valuable commodities to flare. This dramatically cuts emissions while simultaneously providing significant economic return. 

Pioneer Energy’s FlarecatcherTM line of units provides associated and non-associated gas capture and processing at the well site with superior performance than any other mobile system, producing NGLs, pipeline quality lean methane, and enabling producers to achieve regulatory compliance. 

Pioneer Energy’s engineering, field service, and remote operations teams provide best-in-class support of both domestic as well as international customers’ operations. The company’s knowledge is underscored by their field experience in the Bakken and Denver-Julesburg oil fields. 

Astronautical engineer Dr. Robert Zubrin and serial, successful entrepreneur Eyal Aronoff founded Pioneer Energy. Leveraging intellectual property developed at Pioneer Astronautics while doing work for NASA and the DOE, Dr. Zubrin led a team to develop Pioneer Energy’s groundbreaking Flarecatcher and Vaporcatcher technologies. The company continues to build on this knowledge, refining these systems while developing new solutions to meet tomorrow’s gas processing needs for the oil and gas industry.

We are an original equipment manufacturer of fully integrated natural gas processing plants that range in size from 400 MSCFD to 4,000+ MSCFD.

Multiple units can cluster together to address any size gas stream.

Key Team Members

Eyal Aronoff - CEO

Eyal Aronoff is a serial, successful entrepreneur. Eyal is a co-founder of Quest Software, which sold to Dell in 2012 for USD 2.4 billion. Since leaving Quest Software, he has co-founded and invested in a variety of businesses, including e-commerce, specialty financing ventures, and a range of consumer product companies. Over the past decade he has built expertise in the oil and gas space, focusing particularly on increasing US oil production and global utilization of natural gas for electricity, cooking fuels and transportation.

Gevorg Sargsyan - CTO

Gevorg Sargsyan is Chief Technology Officer at Pioneer Energy. Driving forward Pioneer's customer focused efforts, Gevorg serves as a critical bridge translating customer requirements into field deployable products and services. He holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he gained experience in heat transfer, thermodynamics, process separation and reaction kinetics. He has extensive experience in metal fabrication, pressure vessels, high temperature reactors, machinery, and has a proven track records of strong technical and leadership capablity.

Mr. Sargsyan joined Pioneer Energy in 2009, and has led the engineering efforts on several key projects including the Flarecatcher and Vaporcatcher product lines. He leverages his extensive hands-on oil field experience to ensure superior field performance of Pioneer Energy equipment.

Joseph E. Palaia, IV - VP of Business Development

Joseph Palaia is Vice President of Business Development at Pioneer Energy. He is leading the pursuit of business at Pioneer, negotiating and closing domestic business deals while pursuing major international customers. Joe has been helping to build the business at Pioneer Energy since 2014. 

Joe holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, an M.S. in Nuclear Science & Engineering from MIT, and has completed an intensive executive education course at Harvard Business School. He has also served as a senior technical and business consultant on major international projects. In his spare time, Joe assists the efforts of the non-profit Mars Society and is a veteran of two Arctic expeditions.

Ann Norman - General Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa

Ann Norman is General Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa for Pioneer Energy. She has been sharing her time between Africa and the U.S. for the past 14 years. She has been instrumental in introducing U.S. companies into emerging African markets, as well as showcasing and driving foreign direct investment in Africa, particularly in the healthcare, energy and infrastructure spaces. She brings a unique knowledge and working experience of financing and investment mechanisms for emerging African markets, and has successfully worked with both private sector banks, as well as development institutions to bring financing and funding for infrastructure and energy programs throughout Africa. She is fluent in French.

Jim Stephanick - Midstream Account Manager

Jim Stephanick is Midstream Account Manager for Pioneer Energy. Jim brings six years of portable gas processing, manufacturing, and mechanical refrigeration experience to Pioneer Energy. Jim is responsible for sales, business development, building brand recognition, and increasing revenues. He has over 20 years experience in commercial lending and as a financial advisor with Wachovia and Capital One banks. As a top producer with Wachovia and Capital One, Jim focused on commercial real estate, manufacturing, and oil & gas. Jim is a member of the Gas Processor's Association, Rocky Mountain Pipelines Association, and the North Dakota Petroleum Council. He attended Southeast Missouri State on a football scholarship and achieved tryouts with Saskatchewan and New England. 

Andy Young - Director of Operations

Andy Young is the Director of Operations at Pioneer Energy. He oversees all aspects of operating mobile gas processing solutions, including the controls, software, and network layers necessary to provide access to remote machine data. His team conducts 24/7 operations of Pioneer Energy assets from headquarters. He holds a BS in Chemical and Life Science Engineering from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Mr. Young conducted graduate research on membrane separations at the Colorado School of Mines. He then founded a successful consulting company providing new facilities engineering to microbreweries and craft distilleries. Mr. Young joined Pioneer Energy in 2011 to capitalize on the opportunity to innovate in the domestic energy industry. He has since filed multiple patents for his contributions to advanced gas processing technologies.

Kevin Hotton - Principal Design Engineer

Kevin Hotton is Principal Design Engineer at Pioneer Energy, with special expertise in advanced refrigeration systems and environmental compliance. He holds BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida. He has extensive experience in heat-transfer, thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, and structural engineering, as well as expertise in emission management and compliance. He has been a core member of the engineering team at Pioneer Energy since April, 2010.