Global Valve and Controls

Egypt rises O&G

Houston is one of the largest cities that is considered to be the, “Energy Capital of the World”.  Every month there are new companies moving to Houston, or new businesses starting out and they all have one thing in common; they are in the oil and gas industry.  Houston was one of the cities to take a hit when oil per barrel was low, but is also one of the quicker cities recovering. Apex International Energy, one of the newer companies has just announced that it will make Houston its home base. Apex International Energy, an oil and gas exploration firm that focuses on developing assets in Egypt, announced Tuesday it will launch investments in drilling and production operations from its offices in Houston and Cairo.

                Currently, Egypt is one of the oldest energy producers in the Middle East. The country benefits from low production costs and a relatively large volume of both onshore and offshore oil and gas fields.

Egypt does not only consume oil but is also a large user of natural gas. The country is very active in new findings and discoveries with some of the major oil and gas producers on their side such as Shell and Apache. Some of the most recent projects include, the North Alexandria Concession and the West Mediterranean Deepwater Concession.


Top 10 oil states

Oil is considered to be a huge commodity, and there is so much of it that we call it an oil boom. There are certain areas in the USA that these “Oil towns” are exploding. Let’s take a look and see if your state is listed in the top ten oil producing states. Texas of course makes it to the top of the list as the number one oil producing state with over 30 new field discoveries and they are not slowing down any time soon.

Alaska makes it just under Texas, even though it is the least populated state, it is rich with oil. It isn’t easy to drill in Alaska as the state is widely protected, but with new technology improving, soon there will be drilling in the natural gas reserves.

Number three is California. This state is known for its Monterey shale oil deposits and it is 4x the size of the Bakken shale! The Bakken shale is located in North Dakota and reaches number four on our list.

Oklahoma is number 5, with its new oil discovery called the Mississippi Lime formation located along the Oklahoma-Kansas border is expected to contribute even more new production in the next few years.

Number six on the list goes to New Mexico. Out of the three oil refineries, only two are working and they produce about 195,000 barrels of oil a day.

Wyoming makes it to number 7 on the list. Unlike Texas, Wyoming depends heavily on coal production. But because the state is home to some of the largest oil and gas fields, the state gets to be in our count down.

Utah makes it to the eighth spot with five oil refineries producing well over 500, million barrels of oil.

The beautiful mountain state, Colorado is number 9. While it has slightly more reserves than Louisiana, Colorado has much less capacity to process its oil resources. This brings us to the last Louisiana claiming number 10 on our list. Louisiana has 19 oil refineries that produce 400 million barrels.

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Valves in your home

When you are reading an article about valves, you automatically relate the product to a pipeline. Yes, there are many large valves that make up a pipeline, but there are also many small valves that can be found around your house, and possibly on your desk as you read this blog. First, what is a valve? Of course the definition of a valve can be very technical, but in short words, it is a, “A mechanical device that blocks a pipe either partially or completely to change the amount of fluid that passes through it.Where can I find valves in my house? There are so many, it will be hard to cover all of them but we can start with a few. “When you turn on a faucet (tap) to brush your teeth, you're opening a valve that allows pressurized water to escape from a pipe. Similarly, when you flush the toilet, you open two valves: one that allows water to escape to empty the pan and another (called a ball valve or ballcock) that admits more water into the tank ready for the next flush.”

Valves are not only used for fluid flow control but they are used for gas control as well. A good example is when you are using your stove.  As you can see valves can be found anywhere from inside your house to the outside and beyond!

What are valves made out of? The most common are the metal ones which can be carbon steel, stainless steel, which is what many use for the big projects such as pipelines but for something very simple as in a water bottle on your desk they are made out of plastic. The valves found outside your home can also be made out of brass.

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Keeping your valves in check

Purchasing valves can be a major headache for some. For starters, one must know what kind of valve they are in need of and whether or not it fits their application. The following questions should be asked in order to find the proper valve;

-          What is the media?

-          What is the temperature?

-          What is the pressure?

-          Is it an open or closed position?

From there, the manufacturer will have a better idea of what the end user is really looking for. Many times, the manufacturer will find an error and will need more information to provide the best valve.

Once the valve is picked up and has landed in the end users hands, maintaining the valve is the next step. Many people think that once a valve has arrived it is placed in line right away, but this is not the case. Many steps are taken to insure the end user has received the order as they will have many shipments in one day. Step such as;

-          Ensure the valve, actuation and valve control accessories bill of materials matches the end user’s specification sheet.

-          The exterior of the valve and components checked to make sure it was not damaged in transportation

-          Ensure the valve process connections are covered (See article for more details)

Once the valve is “in line”, “stroking the valves and applying general-purpose lubrication at least once a month provides longer-term benefits in the functioning of in line valves”.

The incidence of leaking valves immediately following installation occurs too often, with the blame placed on the valve and its manufacture instead of the end user’s misapplication.” Making sure to follow policy and procedure and taking preventative steps will help get the right valve for the right job without any problems.

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