Global Valve and Controls

New Pipeline in the Midwest

Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. & their partners Phillips 66 is planning to install a pipeline carrying highly volatile and flammable crude oil through the state of North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and partial Illinois; the I.U.B. Iowa Utilities Board is under discussion about whether or not they want this pipeline to be built through 18 counties and numerous watersheds, which will impact the ecosystem, not to mention many generations homes will be tarnished.

In June 2014, the project Bakken Pipeline published to the public is 1,134 miles underground and landowners attended informational hearing in the four states between August 2014 and January 2015. End of October of 2014 a submitted proposal to I.U.B. and submitted for a permit in January of 2015. The pipeline cost is $3.78 Billion dollars.

280 residents signed up to speak for and against the project on Thursday November, 12th 2015. Energy Transfer hopes to have the pipeline operational by late 2016.

11 days of hearing begins Thursday November 12th through December 2nd, the decision to be made whether or not this pipeline will be installed through IOWA will be by early January of 2016.

Who wants a job? I know I sure do, Energy Transfer states ‘2,000 to 4,000 jobs would be provided in Iowa during construction, and Iowa would receive about $50 Billion in sales and income taxes during construction.”

Everything that I have read so far, from a promise to a black and white paper writing document, jobs; jobs; jobs; and more jobs will be provided to skilled welders, mechanics, electricians, pipe fitters and heavy equipment operators.

Which will mean GLOBAL Valve & Controls have an opportunity to offer their upmost competitive API 6D Valves; these valves will be installed along the pipeline to shut off the flow of oil through pipe sections in an emergency.  (This one is an iffy).

The pipeline project must win approval from regulators in three other states in addition to IOWA.


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Mining flood devastates hundreds

Two dams have burst open in Southeastern Brazil earlier in the month. This catastrophic event has killed 9 people, has listed 19 missing and hundreds have lost their homes and has cut off everyone’s drinking supply.

The sheer volume of water disgorged by the dams and laden with mineral waste across nearly 500 km is staggering: 60 million cubic meters, the equivalent of 25,000 Olympic swimming pools or the volume carried by about 187 oil tankers.

Researchers have warned everyone that because of the dams bursting there are now chemicals to be found in the nearby streams that will over time harden, reduce oxygen levels in the water and could wipe out the existence of riverbanks and farmland where floodwater has passed. This is not a temporary effect, but will last for hundreds of years.

"It's already clear wildlife is being killed by this mud," said Klemens Laschesfki, professor of geosciences at the Federal University of Minas Gerais. "To say the mud is not a health risk is overly simplistic."

The aftermath is devastating, and will make farming more impossible as many lands are now contaminated, and not useable.


Valves used for Pipelines

Being new in the customer service field for selling valves to different customers, I knew that pipelines are the big money makers. What I really wanted to know was why? After asking several times, what all is needed when producing pipelines, I went ahead and did a little research of my own. This has opened my eyes to so much more and given me more knowledge about the structure of a pipeline.

  1. Gate Valves. The most common in the industry, it is used to start/stop the flow of fluids
  2. Globe Valves. Used when pressure is required in any on/off position
  3. Trunnion Ball Valves. Free flow is required. ( This explains it all)

Why must we use valves in pipelines?

  1. To start and stop flow of fluids
  2. To regulate, throttle and control fluid flow or pressure
  3. To prevent back-flow
  4. To relieve excess pressure / vacuum


API 600 Gate Valves

Pipeline Gate Valves


API 6D Valves

Trunnion Ball Valves


TransCanada’s Keystone XL Pipeline

TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline has been a widely debated topic since 2008. On Monday, November 2nd 2015 TransCanada requested to delay the review of their Keystone XL pipeline. The request was denied by the U.S. State Department just two days later. TransCanada wrote a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry stating their request for a delay was because of unresolved issues in Nebraska that would dictate the exact path that the pipeline would take through the state. The rejection of the review came as a surprise to many people, because just last year the State Department temporarily stopped the review for very similar reasons regarding the pipeline’s route through Nebraska. There has been much speculation whether that is the true reason for TransCanada requesting a delay. Some suggest that economic or political issues are why TransCanada is now requesting a delay to the review that they have been trying to get approved for over seven years now. With the price of oil being much lower than in recent years, TransCanada’s profit margins would be greatly reduced. From a political standpoint, it has been suggested that the Keystone XL pipeline will have a better chance of being approved by a potential Republican Party presidential candidate, instead of President Obama, who has already voiced his concerns on the matter.


Pennsylvania plans big for upcoming pipeline projects

Pennsylvania has been drilling in the state for about 10 years and now it has more than enough natural resources than the infrastructure to deliver it. Because of all the drilling, there is more supply than the demand which brings the focus to making more pipelines to move all the oil through the mid state.  More than 1500 wells have now been drilled and are waiting to be moved. Some of these projects include:

"Williams Partners' 178-mile Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline will move through 10 counties, as it carries gas from northeastern Pennsylvania to markets in the Mid-Atlantic and southeastern states. The $3 billion pipeline is expected to be operational by July 2017."

"The Mariner East I pipeline, which previously carried oil, was re-purposed to carry gas products."

"The Mariner East II pipeline will also carry gas. It will span 350 miles when complete. It is expected to be operational in late 2016 and will move along the same path as Mariner East I - through 14 counties in southern Pennsylvania, including several in the mid state."

More pipelines projects can be found by visiting:

These projects will create thousands of jobs, and the natural gas being moved will be go hundreds of homes.

“Through smart planning, Pennsylvania can experience economic prosperity, achieve energy security, and protect the environment and communities”


Thru Conduit Gate Valves

Thru Conduit Gate Valves/ API 600 Gate Valve