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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New technology has robots being submerged in oil

  No one really knows when there are cracks inside storage tanks until it is too late and oil starts to spew out. As you know when hurricane Harvey came and ransacked majority of South Houston earlier this year, it exposed many weaknesses with petroleum storage tanks.  But Harvey was not the main culprit, yes, the hurricane blew off roofs, flooded banks and damaged everything in its path, but even on a good hot day storage tanks would still release gas emissions and have small…

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Will the Trans Alaskan pipeline survive?

The Trans Alaskan pipeline is one of the largest pipeline systems in the world. It is 800 miles long and starts on the North slope of Prudhoe Bay and ends in Valdez. Abbreviated “TAPS”, The Trans Alaskan Pipeline System opened up in 1977 and since has had oil flow through. Although, the pipeline was built to out last the most extreme cold conditions that Alaska brings, no one for saw that once oil slows down there would be problems. The line now moves a quarter of the…

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IT makes a difference in our industry

It doesn’t matter if you are working with pipelines, rigs, valves or the person sitting behind the desk doing all the paperwork. The backbone of the company, the industry, that makes the company run is the IT people sitting behind the desk (some in the field), making everything work. IT in the industry has always been a big part of the company, but now than ever their work is more recognizable. Industries now consider, “digitalization as a way for companies, large and small, to work…

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Can we live without Natural gas?

Can you imagine a world without natural gas? Natural gas is used in many things that we surround ourselves in, I can’t imagine living without it, can you? First, how is natural gas created and where is it found? According to scientists, natural gas is a product of decomposed organisms found under layers and layers of mud. “The US is the world’s number one producer of natural gas, but many Americans still don’t know much about his cleaner-burning fossil fuel.” Although the US creates most…

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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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ExxonMobils Torrance plant SOLD!

ExxonMobil Corp. is selling its Torrance plant in Southern California. The plant is set on 750 acres and produces almost 2 billion gallons of gas every year. The company to buy is PBF Energy; they are one of the largest independent oil refiners in North America. ExxonMobil has been trying to get rid of the plant since the beginning of last year, but an explosion more than 6 months ago has caused the sale to cease. The shutdown led to a shortage of gas that meets California’s…

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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…

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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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Next step for Rails

Natural gas by rail is years away and likely to have strong public resistance after a series of explosive crude by rail accidents that have already happened.  This could connect gas rich regions such as North Dakota with urban centers; presenting an opportunity for railroads, drillers and tank car makers already cashing in from hauling oil on trains. Many are debating the dangers of a massive increase in oil carried by rail in North America, railroads and energy producers are considering the same for natural…

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