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16Sep/150

ExxonMobil’s new plant in Singapore

The Singapore Refinery spans two operating sites: Jurong on the mainland and Pulau Ayer Chawan (PAC) on Jurong Island. Pipelines connect the two sites to enable seamless operations and effective molecule management. This integrated refinery has a combined nameplate capacity of about 592,000 barrels per day, producing fuels, lubricant basestock and chemical feedstock for its customers and sister plants each day.

According to http://www.downstreamtoday.com/news/article.aspx?a_id=49142, Exxonmobil is expanding their operations in Jurong to produce synthetic lubricants. This expansion will help meet the needs of the population in the Asia Pacific region.

When completed in the second half of 2017, the facility will be the only plant in the Asia Pacific producing Mobil 1, the world’s leading synthetic motor oil.”

 “According to a recently completed analysis by Kline & Company, Asia-Pacific demand for passenger car synthetic engine oil is expected to grow more than eight percent between 2014 and 2024. Globally, more and more vehicle manufacturers are choosing synthetic oil for their vehicles. Currently, more than 35 vehicle models including those produced by Porsche, Mercedes AMG and General Motors, roll off the factory line featuring Mobil 1.”

10Sep/150

Why is the oil spill cleanup in North Dakota taking so long?

Perhaps the largest onshore oil spill that happened 2 years ago was the pipeline which runs from Tioga to Columbus near the Canadian border. The spill spilled more than 20,000 barrels of oil, covering 7.3 acres of land. (If you can imagine 7 football fields put together!).

 “The Cleanup of a massive 2013 oil spill in northwestern North Dakota is being hampered by a lack of natural gas needed to power special equipment that cooks hydrocarbons from crude-soaked soil” This statement seems ironic as there is a high amount of natural gas in the region that is being burned off as a byproduct of oil production.

Regulators have said the spill caused no damage to water or wildlife. The pipeline was restarted about a month after the spill, after Tesoro accepted a federally imposed safety plan, which requires frequent aerial and ground inspections and additional leak-detection equipment.

Two years ago the company had stated that clean up would cost around $4million and as of today it is up to $20 million, which doesn’t include two more years that it will take to clean up everything. So far only 6,000 barrels have been recovered from the 20,000.

http://fuelfix.com/blog/2015/09/10/north-dakota-oil-spill-cleanup-slowed-by-lack-of-natural-gas/

4Sep/150

New technology introduces walking rigs

This is something I have never heard of and when I saw it I knew I had to blog about it. Have you ever heard of walking rigs?

According to http://www.rigzone.com/news/oil_gas/a/140379/Walking_Oil_Rigs_Spur_Cheaper_Quicker_Drilling_in_Supply_Glut, rigs are now being manufactured that they can walk themselves to the next nearest well on their very own. How will this new technology be more efficient? Well, in the past a rig would have had to be dismantled and then moved to its next spot and rebuilt again to start drilling. The downside being that companies such as, “Helmerich & Payne, Nabors Industries Ltd., and Patterson-UTI Energy Inc., that provide the equipment face investor concern that the improvements they’ve made might translate into fewer sales in the future.”

Rigs are not the only ones that are being made more efficient in the oil and gas industry, 3-D seismic imaging is being created by Schlumberger Ltd, Halliburton Co. that can track where cracks are going in the sol when drilling.

 

http://www.rigzone.com/news/oil_gas/a/140379/Walking_Oil_Rigs_Spur_Cheaper_Quicker_Drilling_in_Supply_Glut