Trunnion Ball Valves

Did you know that the use of ball valves has been around for more than 2000 years? According to the U.S. patent database which dates back to more than 100 years, valve technology has been around for centuries and keeps improving. As industry standards lag behind the requirements of the market, end users and operators continue to push the boundaries of existing technology. Particularly the offshore oil and gas production industry, which must balance valve performance, space, weight, operability and maintenance, is pushing existing technology to…

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Solenoid Valves and Ball Valves

The O&G, Water Treatment, Chemical, Automotive and Pharmaceutical industries all have something in common. They all use solenoid valves. Solenoid valves and Ball valves are very different from each other. Ball valves are controlled either manually or they are automated whereas solenoid valves are operated electromechanically. In other words, electric current controls the valve through a solenoid, thus its name. Ball Valves are for fluids and gases that flow through the valve and can be open and closed. Solenoid valves can shut off, release, distribute…

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Texas is the capital of oil and gas

Texas has always been what many call a “The O&G state” or “The O&G capital”. But has it always been this way? Did you know that because of high oil prices, a disproportionate share of America’s economic growth over the past decade has come from Texas?  The gross domestic product of the state is $1.6 trillion; if it were an independent country, its economy would settle in around tenth place, eclipsing those of Canada and Australia. Another interesting fact about Texas is that compared to its other…

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Climate Change has taken a toll on the Upstream sector

Due to climate change, starting in 2019 The World Bank will no longer support the Upstream sector of the oil and gas industry. This means that the bank will no longer be able to support the sector financially except in the poorest countries where the support is truly needed. The World Bank originally decided to stop supporting the coal firing business back in 2010 but this has not helped the burning fossil fuels situation and has been under attack by lobbyists ever since. The Bank said…

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All you need to know about horizontal drilling

Facts Horizontal drilling, also known as directional drilling. The concept was developed in 1920 and has long since been redesigned to achieve better drilling also creating a smaller footprint. It is called horizontal drilling because it allows oil workers to drill in many different directions including horizontally. Directional drilling allows multiple wells to be dug from the original vertical source which saves time, resources and is much more environmentally friendly. Also, drilling at an angle other than vertical can obtain information, such as the location of…

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We offer zero fugitive emission valves

Our world is being polluted as more and more oil and gas discoveries are being made which lead to more wells being fracked and more pipelines being built. This is why it is absolutely important and necessary to make sure the the right valves are being used for the media that is needed. Not only do we make sure that you are getting top notch customer service but that you are truly buying something you need and fits the project spectrum. Twenty, thirty years ago…

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The oil and gas industry is hiring once again

The oil and gas industry has been a hot mess ever since oil prices crashed in 2014 and many companies had to survive by slashing the number of employees. Today, many of those employees who were let go because of the oil crash have moved on to another career perhaps where their job is less determined by the price of oil. If you are one of the persons still looking for a job then you are in luck as the O&G industry is now hiring…

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Seat and Shell Valve Testing

At Global Valve and Controls we ensure that every valve is tested before it leaves our facility and delivered to your facility. Most manufactuers will only test a small percentage of their valves as it is a time consuming process as you see below. We make sure that every valve whether its a Ball, Gate, Globe, or check valve gets tested. Below is a presentation of how we test our valves. The valves go through the shell test first and then a seat test. We shell…

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Wastewater from oil and gas production

What is wastewater doing to our land and how it will it affect us in the near future? If you are not familiar with the background of where wastewater comes from, here is a brief summary. Fracking occurs after a well has been drilled. Fracking is a process that is carried out by sending a mixture of water, sand and certain additives into a deep-rock formation at high pressure. Soon after the fracturing occurs, water returns to the surface as “flowback” or wastewater. For a long time,…

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Harvey delays fracking in Texas

It has now been a week since hurricane Harvey made its debut in Texas. As much as 12 feet of storm surge and 120 mph winds. He knocked out electricity among millions and literally flooded homes and displaced nearly 17,000 people as well as flooded many parts of Houston. There were 60 deaths reported because of the hurricane. Harvey is known as one of the most catastrophic storms that has hit the US since 2005. Not only has this major hurricane affected the population but…

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