Natural gas in Israel
Reports of more natural gas in Israel have spread across the nation. How much natural gas is still unknown but geologists report that it could be up to 2 million cubic feet of natural gas.
’A growing number of recent gas discoveries have made energy independence a possibility in the near future for Israel, according to the energy ministry. The discoveries have also pushed up the value of the shekel against the dollar as local companies no longer need as much foreign currency to purchase energy from abroad. “
Denbury sells $1.3Billion of assets to Exxon Mobil
Denbury has sold its Bakken Shale assets to Exxon Mobil for 1.3B along with its properties in Texas and Wyoming.
“Denbury (NYSE: DNR) plans to use the proceeds of the deal to purchase additional oil fields in the Gulf Coast or Rocky Mountains. In September, Irving-based Exxon (NYSE: XOM) announced it would purchase about acquire about 196,000 net acres in Bakken Shale property in North Dakota and Montana.”
Forged Steel Valves
Forged steel valves are used in Oil Refining and other industrial applications where forged steel material is required. Higher pressures and temperatures are usually involved and the line size is generally under the size of "2". In other conditions, forged steel valves might be a good choice for better performance, such as system requirements for socket-weld piping and compatibility of media. Forged check valves, forged gate valves, forged globe valves are a few of the different types and depending what the media is, depends on which one is used.
GATE VALVES are used for on-off operation on hydrocarbon , general process, and utility service for all temperature ranges.
GLOBE VALVES are used for flow regulation or as a block valve where high resistance to flow is not a disadvantage and a positive closing action is required.
CHECK VALVES are required to permit forward flow and prevent reverse flow. this is achieved through linear or rotary ( angular) motion of a closure member which is kept open by flowing fluid.
When the flow is reduced towards zero, or reversed, the closure member is moved against its seat by forces due to gravity, supplementary springs and back pressure.
As the nation increasingly seeks sources for renewable energy, dams and the thousands of valves they contain will only become more important.
When we see a majestic dam, with its huge face of concrete holding back acres of water, probably the last thing we think of are the valves it takes to make them operate effectively
“The purpose of the valves in these structures is to adjust the output of the reservoir that forms behind those dams while maintaining the proper reservoir depth, both in times of flood and in drought. Looking at the top of a moderate-size dam, we would see a number of rolling gates or sluices that provide the modulation of flow necessary to balance water supply and demand. In fact, the most common style of gate or valve used is a rolling type, which functions very similar to a sluice gate valve that is open at the top. Although this is technically a valve, these gates are not at all like the valve designs used in other industries.”
When you think of Peru, what do you think of? Before I took a trip to Lima Peru, I thought there was going to be little shops everywhere and people selling anywhere from jewelry to food, on the streets. Lima, Peru is actually the most industrialized city in South America.
“Peru has six major oil refineries with total capacity of 192,950 bbl/d. Repsol-YPF controls the largest facility in the country, La Pampilla, located in Lima, with a capacity of 102,000 bbl/d. The other privately-operated refinery in the country is the 3,250-bbl/d Purcallpa, operated by Maple Gas. Petroperu operates the remaining four refineries and the largest network of retail oil products distribution. The Peruvian government has planned to further privatize downstream facilities in the future. “
And just like Houston, Texas has many refineries and buy petroleum equipment such as Ball, Gate, Globe, and Check Valves.
“Peru has proven crude oil reserves of 930 million barrels, according to Oil and Gas Journal (OGJ). The country produced 110,900 barrels per day. With the revival in oil exploration, Peru has had new projects brought online, increasing the country’s oil production levels. However, Peru's oil consumption has also grown over the past 20 years.”
Have you heard of a high dollar, well-known company called Pe Ben USA? Well, I have not, until now! I discovered being how I am located in Houston, TX; Pe Ben USA recently consolidated its headquarters, maintenance, and also storage facility right here at a 20-acre location; located in Northwest Houston. However, they opened an office back in 1996, but decided to make Houston their homebound. Shocking right? Well it gets better… The CEO, Dale Mykyte bought the site in August 2010. They finally moved in with a 9,000 square feet state-of-the-art office space with a 20,000-square-foot maintenance center. This large facility also consumes of, 20 offices, a board room, two conference rooms, and everyone loves an exercise facility, and most of all a safe room for company and client records. Is this cool or what?
But get this, Pe Ben goes way back to 1957, which serviced the oilfields in Western Canada. Mykyte entered the pipeline business in 1981, joined Pe Ben as operations manager, and then bought Park hill Pipe Stringing and J.L. Cox & Sons.
Pe Ben has worked on projects for major oil and gas companies though its principal clients are major pipe mills. They have executed projects for all major U.S. and European mills. Pe Ben has operations in Alberta, and British Columbia, Canada, as well as Texas and North Dakota A new heavy-haul division in Houston has been established, directed by Tony Beffer. Pe Ben USA completed 16 simultaneous stringing projects by the end of 2011, “to be invisible and anticipate the client’s needs, being proactive rather than reactive.”
It’s amazing how one day, someone can make something small into something huge. Word of mouth – Take what life has to offer – but don’t just take it as if it’s something that will turn into nothing, because it will soon be something large and not something that was nothing large!
Design - Ball valves have a chamber with a spherical ball that has a hole bored into it. The ball is connected to a handle, which increases or stops the flow.
Benefit - Ball valves allow the user to see exactly what position the valve is in. If the handle is perpendicular to the line, the hole is facing perpendicular to the line, and therefore is fully closed.
Application - Ball valves are used in high-pressure and shutoff applications, because they do not wear easily.
Design - Globe valves have a plate with a hole in it, and a disk or plug completely or partially fits into the hole, slowing or stopping flow.
Benefit - Globe valves offer greater precision than other valves when it comes to regulating flow.
Application - Globe valves are used in applications where flow needs to be finely tuned, they are designed to restrict flow.
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Ball valves are flow valves that are quarter-turn and straight through apparatuses. These valves allow for shut-off and/or purposes of control. The ball valve pressure rating and materials used determines what kind of seat is required. Not all valve seats are the same.
Ball valves are considered superior to other valves because they are very easy to use and can both maintain and regulate three important things-high pressure, high volume and high flow of temperature. The ball valve design allows for the easy ability to fix the seats if a problem arises and also seals without having to take away the body of the valves from the line.
Ball valves can be found in a number of different styles. Some of these include one-piece, two-piece, three-piece and flanged body construction. Check out GVC’s line of ball, gate, globe and check valves.
One of my customers had a RFQ for a Check valve, and wasn't sure if her customer was wanting a Piston or Swing. I tried to explain to her the difference in a piston check valve and a swing check valve and here is what I came up with.
My expert engineer explained that the clapper in the swing check valve, is attached to a hinge pin, and swings freely, so when pressure is being applied, it takes very, very, very minimal pressure to make the clapper move.
In a Piston Check – it takes more pressure because the movement is up and down. (Movement is vertical) – And is harder for the air to go through.