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13Mar/17Off

A world without drilling

Are we ready to stop drilling?

What would happen if all the drilling for oil and gas stopped all over the world? Is that even possible? It is very hard to imagine as we have well over 700,000 oil wells! I found this fascinating as there is already a plan put in place in the UK, called NEST or National Employment Savings Trust, recently announced it was moving 10 percent of its investments toward firms that work to reduce climate change and create more environmentally-friendly methods of energy use. NEST will be focusing more on renewable energy such as solar and wind and less on extracting energy which is a sign of climate change. It sounds a bit dramatic to stop all the drilling all of a sudden but further research shows there might be something that both sides can agree on.

The method is to find a plan which is not as expensive and reduces pollution. Washington State University researchers recently published findings indicating they have found a better method of conducting a significant catalytic reaction frequently used in the oil and gas industries. If it’s widely adopted, the energy savings and reduced pollutants could be impressive. Their method is to place a small amount of carbon within the catalyst that breaks apart the carbon and hydrogen in methane. The increased amount causes the creation of nickel carbide. One of the researchers at WSU also noted that the current process is very wasteful and that converting methane without the burn that produces gas would benefit energy providers and the environment. A win-win for both sides!

It is very hard to tell if the new process will affect the global market and how it will affect as businesses have not yet started using this new method of extracting oil.

To read more information about this new method, please visit this website: http://www.theenergycollective.com/mnichols/2400104/new-research-help-save-oil-gas-money-environment

Valves such as our GVC BV6000 is a an example of a valve that can be used in oil wells for drilling. http://gvcintl.com/products_threaded_and_socket_weld_valves.html

 

 

16Feb/17Off

Information about the Dakota Access Pipeline

Dakota Access Pipeline facts

Who owns the pipeline? It is a joint venture between Energy Transfer Partners, Sunoco Logistics Partner and Philips 66, Enbridge and Marathon Petroleum.

What are some of the valves that the pipeline might use? Trunnion Ball Valves are the most popular, but Gate Valves, Globe Valves, Check Valves can also be found.

How much will the pipeline project cost? Roughly 4 billion dollars.

How much oil will the pipeline carry? 470,000 to 570,000.

What is the main purpose of this pipeline? It is very controversial but the main principle that has been recorded is that the pipeline will free up the rails which can carry more grains and consumer friendly goods.

Where is the pipeline located and where will it pass through? The pipeline route runs from the northwestern North Dakota Bakken and Three Forks sites. It starts in Stanley, North Dakota, and travels in a southeastward direction to end at the oil tank farm near Patoka, Illinois.

Is pipeline safer than rail? Although trains can get derailed, it is very rare. This perhaps will never get answered as pipelines too can have problems but as long as they are properly maintained the risk should be low.

Will the Dakota pipeline be the only one in the area? No, there are actually 7 other pipelines that are located near Lake Oahe.

Is the Dakota Access Pipeline near completion? Since President Trump has signed the papers regarding the pipeline, it should be completed sometime this year.

Global Valve Controls ANSI600 Expanding Gate Valves

Source: http://www.npr.org/2017/01/28/512096744/as-trump-reboots-pipeline-expansion-an-unexpected-delay-emerges

 

15Feb/17Off

Understanding Stainless Steel Ball Valves

Stainless steel ball valves are definitely one of the popular materials that many people buy. They are perfect for the food and beverage industry, agriculture as well as the pulp and paper industries. The reason behind this is because stainless steel does not corrode and when dealing with food which we consume you do not want your machines corroding. White it is true that stainless steel (SS) does not easily corrode or rust, it really depends on the oxygen level in atmosphere. For example, if it is a poor air circulation environment, depending on the grade of the SS valves the valves may or may not corrode. Therefore, it is always important when dealing in such circumstances to get a high grade type of SS valve.

The material stainless steel is not to be confused with carbon steel as carbon steel will rust at one point in its life. The difference between the two metals is the amount of chromium present. Stainless steel’s resistance to corrosion and staining, low maintenance, and familiar lustre make it an ideal material for many applications. The alloy is milled into coils, sheets, plates, bars, wire, and tubing to be used in cookwarecutleryhousehold hardwaresurgical instrumentsmajor appliancesThese are examples of a few items one may be familiar with.

It is very important to know which grade of SS you need for your application as stated above if the grade is low, it will not last or you will have problems later down the road. Therefore, always consult with the manufacturer before buying. Global Valve and Controls can provide you with 316SS, 317SS and 304SS just to name a few. There are many different grades and one may not know that 304 is not to be used in the presence of sulfuric acid.

GVC 4" #300 API 6D Valve, Stainless Steel Flanged Ball Valves

Source: Global Valve and Controls

10Jan/17Off

Time for a change?

The O&G industry has been making people rich for years by providing millions of jobs, and giving opportunity to invest their money in the stock market up until the oil market went down. Thousands of people are still employed but the number is not in the millions anymore. Because of the changes that many companies in the industry had to take the last two years a big question arises, is it time to turn in the keys and retire? Retirement is the number one question that many people are asking themselves after working in the O&G industry. How does one even think about this as the next step? Those who are fortunate are given a special “envelope” in which is enclosed a special bonus just for leaving, unfortunately there are many people out there that don’t get anything.

The “Great Crew Change” is upon us now. This means, “the looming retirement of thousands of older workers--has companies trying to plug the gap by training younger employees.” Younger, less experienced employees mean more money for the companies, and less for the employees. To retire and move on has to be a tough decision to make as there are many people who are not given the choice, but how do you know when it is your turn?

 

http://www.rigzone.com/news/oil_gas/a/147987/Three_Things_to_Consider_Before_Retiring_from_Oil_Gas

12Dec/16Off

Mexico de nationalizes its O&G sector

Mexico has opened its doors to foreign companies that will bring in new business like never before. This however was not a “new” policy per say, but the idea to de-nationalize its entire energy sector came up in 2013 and then there was a “follow up” in 2014. Two years later, the country finally decided to go through with it. What does this mean for Mexico? Over the next four years, we will see accelerated growth for a country with massive oil and gas resources, excellent infrastructure, a transparent investment framework, and a new hunger for foreign partners. This also means that Pemex in Mexico will end its 75-year monopoly, and will allow for new businesses to grow.

A couple of the major O&G companies have already signed contracts with Mexico to start drilling. There are many areas in Mexico where bidding has been scheduled to begin. For Example; Exxon Mobil Corp. joined Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX) and Hess Corp. (NYSE:HES) to jointly bid for rights to drill in Mexico’s deep waters.

Although exciting, exploration of these areas will take as long as 10 years or more to start. Could this be a game changer for todays depressed oil and gas industry?

 

http://www.petroleumworld.com/editorial-op16112801.htm

24Mar/16Off

Lubricants for Your Valves’ Gearbox

Theory: Cold weather dictates a different type of lubricant to avoid seizure and promote proper function inside the gear housing.

Global Valve and Controls states, “in order to have a proper functioning valve it is necessary to use the correct grease inside the gear housing.”

In a case study where non-cold rated grease is applied to a valve that is heading to Wyoming, where the weather can be frigid seven months out of the year; the likelihood of the valve seizing becomes increased and the average lifespan potential will decrease.

Aftermath: It is a wise decision to consider the environment that your purchased valve will be applied to. With Global Valve and Controls, these are questions we ask our customers to protect their investment in order to increase the longevity of their valve; like a vehicle, it is important to use the recommended lubrications and oils to ensure proper performance. Valves are the same way. Moving parts need the correct lubrication to operate proficiently.

Fact: Materials such as grease or oil, are affected greatly by weather, hot and cold. However, lubricants can be engineered to withstand various environments by being structured to hold their viscosity.

20Jan/16Off

Global Valve and Controls Series CFS

Let's take a look at the  CFS valves. What are they? What are they used for? What sizes are available, materials, I promise all your questions will be answered right here, and if they are not, well now you know who to contact.

The CFS is one of our widely used ball valves; it is used in a wide variety of industries such as oil/gas, petrochemical , pulp and paper , skid package equipment. If you are wondering what is so special about this particular valve. I would say it is considered a high quality, low maintenance ball valve and the price is very competitive compared to other brands. Take a look at some quick facts:

  • Sizes 2" - 12" ANSI Class 150-300
  • 2-Piece Body Floating Flanged Design, Full, or Reduced Port
  • Raised Face and Ring Type Joint Ends (RTJ)
  • Self-cleaning, Leak Tight Slotted Seat Design
  • NACE MR0175 Approved
  • Design and Tested to API 6D
  • Fire Tested according to API 607 Standards
  • Floating Ball Design prevents Cavity Pressure Build-up while the Valve is open
  • Wide Variety of Exotic Alloys for Body and Trim
  • Wide Choice of Seat Material (TFM Standard)

Flanged Ball Valves

 

16Nov/150

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.

 

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/15/us-brazil-damburst-environment-idUSKCN0T40PY20151115#rHkweC63Xf7rkb6s.97

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/