Global Valve and Controls

Oil hits rock bottom, again

Thousands of miles from the shores in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, stand several hundreds of oil rigs that once upon a time were filled with workers day and night working hard. Once again, oil has hit hard rock bottom at $47 a barrel. It costs an average of $70,000 a day to just run a rig. Many companies are deciding whether or not to send their rigs to a scrap yard or to continue paying out to maintain them. The choice is not an easy one. The ship yards that made these enormous rigs had contracts that were on backorder now those same contracts are being cancelled and/or not renewed for the next year.

"The number of idle drill ships has more than tripled since the beginning of last year to 31, or about one in every four of such vessels floating around the globe, according to data in a Bloomberg Intelligence report. That’s the most since at least July 2008, the data show. About a third of those unused ships are in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean."

Currently, there are 190 rigs around the globe and 46 are now being emptied out.


What is the new “green” future on fugitive emissions?

We have long studied the effects and aftermath of fugitive emissions and laws have come into place from the EPA where there are certain outlines that must be followed in order to control fugitive emissions in the environment. All the old and new rules that have come into play all help in providing how much emissions have we really been putting out into the environment.

First, let’s start with where do these fugitive emissions come from? They can come from the smallest dust particles, aerosols, storage junk, and what we are all most familiar with; leaks from pipeline valves, flanges, compressors and pumps. That is quite a bit that we all need to help control!

Where do we even start in controlling most of these? This website  has a numerous list of methods used in controlling these gases, all but not limited to include; enclosures, chemical dust suppressants, barriers, reducing vehicle speed when traveling, and covering open trucks. 

With natural gas booming in the USA, it is very hard to control and maintain the gases that are polluting our air. 

To answer your question on what makes up most of the fugitive emissions? "Methane, the primary component of natural gas, is a powerful gas--25 times stronger than carbon dioxide. While proponents of natural gas often tout its “green” credentials—combustion of natural gas emits roughly one-half the CO2 of coal combustion. Producing, processing, and transporting of natural gas can release some of this methane into the atmosphere. Accidental methane leaks and routine venting--which together, make up fugitive methane emissions. "

After reading several articles, I am not sure if I side with natural gas being the "greener" energy source vs coal. Both have costly effects on our environment. Pipeline Ball Valves


About Flanged Ball Valves

When you need to know more about certain products or practically anything the first place you visit is the internet. In this case, I wanted to know more about Flanged Ball valves, but after pages and pages of searching, all I found were the different companies that either manufacture and/or distribute them. I decided to try and do my own research on these particular ball valves. 

It is actually very simple. A flange ball valve is a ball valve that has flanges. That’s the obvious right? These valves are used primarily in the chemical, petrochemical, food and beverage, shipbuilding and marine industries. They come in all different sizes, pressure classes and material. The flanges are there for the valve to connect to another valve or object, such as a pipe. Although flanged ball valves are very common, when picking out a flanged ball valve be sure to know what kind of face you need. For example, Wikipedia states, "The flange faces are also made to standardized dimensions and are typically "flat face", "raised face", "tongue and groove", or "ring joint" styles, although other obscure styles are possible."

Flanged Ball Valves

Flanged Ball Valves


Consequences of drilling in the Arctic

Being an animal activist, I am always looking for ways to help the environment and learn how we in the Oil and Gas industry are affecting the environment and how we can help. Until recently there have been a number of oil spills, the most recent and the ones that have affected us the most was the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon rig that killed 11 people and hundreds of wildlife.  Today, BP is finally paying for it in billions amount of money. Although the BP spill was the deadliest, the Exxon Valadez always comes to mind when 11 million gallons of crude was spilled off the Alaskan coast and although no one died, this oil spill affected hundreds of animals too that forever lost their lives and/or their homes.

Keeping this information in mind drilling in the Arctic becomes a new issue; “The Arctic is estimated to hold the world’s largest remaining untapped gas reserves and some of its largest undeveloped oil reserves. These reserves, if tapped have implications for global climate, and for the Arctic environment.”

Some of the threats associated with tapping in the Arctic are that a small insignificant pipeline leak or any type of accidents big or small will have a major impact on the arctic wildlife and ecosystems. Going back to the BP spill and the Exxon Valadez spill, clean up was possible. Incidents in the Arctic will be almost impossible as the Arctic has cold, icy waters. Because of the climate, the cleanup process will be slow; as a result it will take many, years if not decades for the Arctic regions to recover.  “Whales and other marine mammals use sound to navigate in the water; seismic noise will only disrupt them and will cause stranding and even death.”

At the moment, Shell is trying to get through the government contracts to drill in the Arctic. We can only cross our fingers and hope that there will never be any accidents in the Arctic.


Laid off oil and gas workers are wanted in other industries

This year the oil and gas industry has taken many hits including letting go many of their employees in different fields, and while they are slowly trying to recuperate and climb back up the ladder it is not the end for hundreds of laid off workers. For one, the chemical industry is working hard to  give people more options. Majority of these refineries and chemical industries are located out of Texas and it is very hard to get people to move out of state. Currently, the high knowledgeable people in these industries are retiring, "Refineries and chemical plants struggling to find enough experienced people to replace a swell of retiring workers are hoping to scoop up some engineers laid off by oil and gas firms."

"Texas plants tend to have an easier time attracting and retaining talent because the state doesn’t have an income tax, but companies in “less desirable” locations often have to sweeten pay and benefits packages"

Do not lose hope as these plants are located all over the USA. Start researching jobs outside of Texas such as; Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and so forth.

Although falling oil prices have hammered the upstream sector, forcing companies to shed more than 150,000 positions worldwide, the downstream sector in the United States has been booming.