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19Jul/17Off

Is drilling something you would like to do?

The job title Petroleum Engineer is said to rise to 10% in 2020. First off, what exactly do these engineers do? According to Wikipedia, "Petroleum engineering is a field of engineering concerned with the activities related to the production of hydrocarbons, which can be either crude oil or natural gas. Exploration and Production are deemed to fall within the upstream sector of the oil and gas industry."  In simple words, once oil is discovered, a petroleum engineer will determine the best way in removing it using different drill methods and knowing which valves are needed for each machine. There are numerous of different website you can research to find out what exactly you would be doing but it also depends on your employer. Other questions might come up such as what the salary and hours would be. Again, it all depends on who your employer is but according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, "the average annual wage for petroleum engineers was $130,280 in May 2012. Most were employed in oil and gas extraction, where they earned an average of $144,810."

The first step in becoming a petroleum engineer is to go to school and earn a bachelors degree- nothing less. Mr. Soliman, professor and chairman of the petroleum engineering department at the University of Houston told Rigzone that its not just the bachelors degree that a student must have, but a internship in the same field looks very attractive on your resume. Be sure to attend a accredited school as what you are learning is not something learned from a book. You will actually do real life projects, out in the field and have a true understanding of what you must do to become a engineer in the O&G industry, specifically a petroleum engineer. This is because, "considering the current industry climate, employers don’t have a whole lot of time to offer basic training.”

For more tips on how to successfully become a petroleum engineer be sure to read the full article:

http://www.rigzone.com/news/oil_gas/a/151020/Whats_It_Take_to_Land_a_Job_as_a_Petroleum_Engineer

 

 

10Jul/17Off

Robots will be used in pipeline inspections

I've blogged about it before but now its official, robots are finally coming to aid in the pipeline inspections. There are currently 4 robots that were produced by a Russia based company, Diakont, which says that its pipeline crawlers—Remotely Operated Diagnostic Inspection System or RODIS crawlers—supply highly accurate data and they do it in real time, which helps with timely decision-making. Interestingly, 3 of the 4 robots have girl names and the 4th a boy name, as it is said the girl robots are more flexible and are able to "crawl" under the pipeline, whereas the boy can not. Besides cleaning and inspecting the pipelines to make sure everything is working correctly, these robots are able to go inside and inspect from within. Even going as far as inspecting the valves such as our Api 6D Trunnion Ball Valves are properly attached and there is no damage. The first pipeline to use the 4 robots will be the 40-year branch of the Trans-Alaska pipeline system at the Valdez terminal. The robots can examine up to 1,800 feet of pipes with diameters ranging between 8 and 55 inches.

The company, Diakont says, This is not the first-time robots will be used for internal pipeline inspection, replacing the so-called smart pigs, or pipeline inspection gauges, that rely on magnetic sensors to detect corrosion and cracks. The robots named, Gary, Fiona, Dee and Alice are supplied with a clean pipe,  flushed with hot water and detergent.

The future for these robots look very bright as they can be used in all kinds of pipelines including offshore and natural gas as well as underground and under water as these types of jobs are very dangerous.

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http://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/Oil-Pipelines-To-Be-Inspected-By-Robots.html

29May/17Off

Working in the oil and gas industry

While its true the oil industry has its ups and downs it is also true that working in the oil and gas industry has its perks no matter what role you partake in. The world of oil and gas is all about tapping into the world’s resources, and there will always be a need for people to do this, whether it’s for sustainable energy or using the current methods. Technology is constantly expanding, so you’ll always be learning new things.

Working in the O&G industry is not all about lifting heavy machines, knowing how to use different types of machinery or even digging holes in the ground, well yes there are those types of jobs but if you are 8-5 Monday through Friday type of person, then there are tons of office jobs that will suit your needs. And those who are more interested in mixing chemicals and seeing their reactions, there are also lab jobs.

The O&G industry must always be on top of their game when it comes to technology so if you have those awesome computer skills jobs are always opening up in your field. With todays hacks it is very crucial for a company to stay on top of technology. For example, a pipeline company that has a pipeline that transports oil from one Point A to Point B  gets compromised, then its bad news for everyone not just the pipeline company.

Although tons of jobs require you to have a 3 year or more degree there are also tons of jobs that are looking for a person they can teach and grow within the company. For example, many on site jobs do not require a degree but someone with a willingness to learn.

Demand for oil is all over the globe, so there is always the job that requires a applicant to travel which could be a very interesting perk. Many employers provide excellent training for their staff because they want to keep their talent. A lot of employers will also offer other perks such as bonus schemes, good pension plans, private healthcare and dental care, childcare support and more. A good point to remember is that when you first start off you don’t have to go straight to the biggest company.  You can work your way up through smaller companies so you can gain the best experience possible. As the oil and gas sector starts to develop even more, these smaller companies will grow with the sector and be extremely valuable places to work.

Working with machinery dealing with various valves does take special skill and knowledge

https://engineering-jobs.theiet.org/article/8-reasons-why-you-should-work-in-the-oil-and-gas-sector/

11Apr/17Off

Life on an oilfield

The biggest reason why life on an oilfield is so attractive is because it pays very well. But what does that really mean? Sure it sounds like fun and payday can be rewarding but lets take a look at what makes life challenging working on one. Sometimes these oil field men will call these places, "Man Camps", as there are literally no women.

First, someone who works in the oilfield spends majority of their time there so many people live in small houses, or have room mates that share the space ideally.  However, many companies can not afford to house their workers in fancy homes. Some have to find their own housing and will stay in a horse trailer, an abandoned container, or even in the back of their pick up truck.  There is no such thing as arriving to work at 8am and leaving by 5pm. Working on the oilfield, means 90 hours plus rain or shine. Sometimes more, maybe less depending on what you are doing. But as every oil field veteran knows, there is a harsh tradeoff, beyond the grueling labor. Some men work hundreds of miles from their families, others live in primitive conditions or face the real risk of being maimed. Its basically a work, eat, sleep routine. When its time to go home, its just sleep time.

But the lure of big checks is still bringing waves of workers. In Dimmit County, population 10,000 before the boom, more than 1,000 oil field jobs were added in 2011. Around the 20 Eagle Ford Shale counties, at least 7,000 jobs have been added in two years.

The average for a truck driver in the oil field is about $25.00. Many non oil companies pay less, so the reward is definitely great for many of these men but sad for the wives and families back home. My wife doesn't like the hours, but she's happy for what I bring home. I expect to make over $100,000 this year. The oil field is a great place. 

A common stereotype that is often heard is that on their off time or break time you can these men siting, smoking or even drinking singing songs. Companies are now far more safety-conscious and less tolerant of misbehavior. Most do background checks, provide training and have zero tolerance for drug use or alcohol abuse. Still, some who have no education or degrees can make up to $160,000.00 per year. You can see how that is truly rewarding among many folks.

http://www.chron.com/business/article/High-paying-oil-field-jobs-come-at-a-price-3465378.php

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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.

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

 

15Jan/160

The regions of O&G most at risk

Testing Thru Conduit Gate Valves / Pipeline Gate Valves for an in the field project

Testing Thru Conduit Gate Valves / Pipeline Gate Valves for an in the field project

A recent study shows which regions are most at risk when it comes down to cutting jobs and employees. If you remember, for the past 9 (almost 10)  years, oil was booming every where because of the new shale findings. To name a few; Bakken, Eagleford, Utica, Permian, and Grand Total and a few others was the reason the oil&Gas industries and the oil boom started soaring like never before. To be more precise, data shows that the employment in 248 counties where shale was being discovered rose by 5.6%. Not only did the oil boom create thousands of jobs but also raised their pay scale by 48%.

Unfortunately, as oil prices came crashing down, "many oil producers have cut back on new drilling, many boomtown counties face the prospect of a painful oil bust. That said, many of the production gains in those counties have come from improved methods and technologies that generate more output per worker."

While many were laid off, the lucky ones who kept their jobs are now using the new technology as mentioned above. For example, back then, many oil producers were drilling vertical holes in the ground but now, "increase in the amount of oil and natural gas being produced by advances in horizontal drilling."

To see more data comparisons visit: http://www.cnbc.com/2015/12/04/oil-and-gas-job-cuts-the-us-regions-most-at-risk.html

 

5Jan/160

Public education is benefiting from the low oil prices

Believe it or not, there are those that are actually benefiting from the low oil prices and no they are not the people at the pump but the public schools.  How is this so? Well, there are many schools in North Texas, for example, that have oil and gas producing properties within their district boundaries. In turn, many local districts receive millions of money per year in property tax alone.

To give you an idea, Last year, Fort Worth ISD received $9.1 million from oil and natural gas property taxes. Northwest ISD received $20.1 million. Weatherford ISD got over $2 million, and Decatur ISD got $10.3 million, which is over one-third of its total tax base.

The money the schools receive allows them to hire more teachers and pay them well, thus giving the students a better education. It also helps the students have better facilities, programs, and supplies. It is no surprise that while oil continues to go down, public schools will continue to profit from many oil and gas companies. Funds for Texas education come from a variety of royalties and taxes paid by the oil and natural gas industry.
Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/other-voices/article51557495.html#storylink=cpy

 

30Dec/150

Goliath affects Oil&Gas production

Just this week, a snow storm came down from the North that caused 5’ and more of snow, sleet, hail, and rain and flooding damage to most of the central United States. Down in Texas, where people don’t typically see snow or sleet, many areas received as much as 3’ of snow! The storm named Goliath, stayed in the area for a day and half before moving up on to the upper NE states and throwing more snow on the central states and rain in the south. Although, the rain has stopped, many regions are still waiting for the snow to melt to continue working. Goliath not only brought all the seasons down to Texas but also freezing temperatures causing some oil and gas equipment to freeze. Bad news is that instead of warming up for the New Year’s, it could get colder.

“In West Texas and New Mexico, crude output and deliveries took a slight hit after a snowstorm dumped around 2 feet of snow over the weekend. The blizzard followed a spate of tornadoes in Texas that killed at least 11 people Sunday, as summerlike temperatures swiftly gave way to chilly conditions.”

Companies such as Devon stated that they were experiencing issues with equipment because of the sudden fallen temperature not just in Texas, but also in NM, and OK.  The prospect of colder weather and diminished supplies drove energy futures higher Tuesday, led by natural gas. But slowing global demand and a global oil glut will continue to pressure the market.

Another Oil&Gas company, Philips 66 stated they experienced a number of power outages with caused disruption in their production.

 

http://www.ibtimes.com/winter-weather-2015-severe-storms-disrupting-us-oil-gas-production-2243002

3Dec/150

Benefits of Oil

If you have been keeping up with the news around the world, or even in your back yard, then you already know that the oil prices are still low and it’s not looking any better than it did last month or the month before. It is now a fact that the sectors for the oil and gas industry will never be where they were, but instead will become accustomed to the change. This leads us to why is the oil so important to our economy? Did you know, “oil is directly responsible for about 2.5% of world GDP but also accounts for 1/3 of man kinds energy supply.”

DID YOU KNOW? “The world’s oil & gas transport infrastructure is a globe-spanning spider web of pipelines and shipping routes. The natural gas distribution pipelines in the US alone could stretch from Earth to the Moon 7-8 times”

Without oil, we might as well all be doomed. Not literally. In other words, oil is healthy, and without it, we would all live in poverty. “Better sources of energy increase productivity and produce fewer negative externalities. This effect is huge. Cheap, abundant energy lifts nations out of poverty. China understands this.”

http://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2013/04/03/what-are-the-top-five-facts-everyone-should-know-about-oil-exploration/

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