What do the three sectors; Upstream, Downstream and Midstream have to do with oil?

Some people refer to petroleum as rock oil because of where it originated from. Petroleum can actually be traced back hundreds of years ago and was formed when oil and natural gas merged together. It is categorized as a fossil fuel because it is composed of decayed plant and animal matter. “The substance is made up of hundreds of hydrocarbons molecules which can be harvested in two forms – liquid (referred to as crude oil) and vapour (referred to as natural gas). The harvesting process…

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The expansion of pipelines

The year 2016 was a very busy year for those who work in the pipeline business. There were at least 14 new pipeline projects in 24 different states. “Encouraged by the Obama administration’s shelving of the Keystone XL Pipeline and its revoked authorization for construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline on federal lands, activists are now eyeing new battles”. If passed, the projects together will total almost 2.5 million miles of pipelines in the U.S alone. People who are for the pipeline projects argue that…

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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,…

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Dakota Access Pipeline

There is a new pipeline in the works, led by Energy Transfer, The Dakota Access pipeline is a pipeline that is almost 1200 miles which will connect the Bakken shale and The Three Forks production area. This pipeline will carry crude oil safely from North Dakota to Illinois. Currently, this process is done by rail and sometimes truck, which will indefinitely replace. The Dakota Access pipeline will be built to carry 470,000 barrels per day. “Which represents approximately half pf the Bakken current daily crude…

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Valves in the Pipeline

Valves in the Pipeline   The valve manufacturing industry is very competitive. There are thousands of different brands out there. Knowing what type of valve, you need for your application will save you tons of time and money in the end. For example, pipelines are being built everywhere these days and if you are looking for pipeline ball valves, then you will need to know what type of valves you need for the pipeline, depending on what the pipeline will carry. What kind of valves…

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New regulations help limit the amount of methane gas

Great news except for the people in the fossil fuel industry, new rules have just been put into place when burning methane gas. This will be the second time this year that new rules have been discussed. “Methane is a main component of natural gas, but during the production of gas and oil, methane is often both unintentionally and intentionally released into the atmosphere.” Part of the new regulations is that it involves the oil and gas companies to buy new equipment which limits the…

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China becomes interested in the Midstream sector

China has always had an interest in the oil and gas industry but recently, they have had a special interest in the mid-stream oil and gas sector, especially since the sector is one of their weakest. When it comes to Chinese energy industry, there are three major state owned companies. One is called China National Offshore Oil Company (CNOOC), which is an oil and gas producer, another is called PetroChina, which is another oil producing company, and its third company is Sinopec, which is primarily a refining…

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GLOBAL Expanding Gate Valve

Expanding Gate Valves GLOBAL Valve & Controls is known for our Expanding Gate valves. It is one of our newest products. GLOBAL’s Expanding Gate valves are excellent for fluids such as; LNG, Oil and many other liquid applications. Expanding gate valves are Full Port Thru Conduit for pigging applications and have many benefits in the chemical and petrochemical industries. So, what is the best part about the Expanding gate valve? Several things, when you disassemble our EXPG, it features a mechanical seal for a bubble…

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What does the Carribean have to offer in terms of Oil and Gas?

Have you ever wondered what the Caribbean has to offer in terms of oil and gas?  The islands of the Caribbean basin are predominantly net energy importers, with the exception of Trinidad and Tobago. Some islands, such as Aruba, Curacao, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, are important centers for oil refining and storage, due to their proximity to the U.S. market. Did you know that Trinidad and Tobago contains the majority of the Caribbean’s oil production. The largest oil producer in the country is the…

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Worlds deepest gas pipeline laid by Technip

Words deepest gas pipeline laid by Technip “Technip said it has been awarded an engineering, procurement and installation contract for the development of subsea infrastructure for the field, which is located in the Walker Ridge area as a water depth of approximately 9,500 feet.” Technip will lay the worlds deepest gas pipeline approximated to be 9500 feet. They will also be in charge of installing the subsea production using their operating center located in Houston, TX. This project has been awarded by Shell Offshore, INC.…

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