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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API 6D and API 598

API 6D, the mother of all certifications, or is it?  It is the specification and certification that all companies appreciate, honor, and require for all their Valve & Flow Controls requirements. Especially, projects which include pipelines and pigging. GVC receives inquires for API 6D Valves frequently, somewhere along the line they will be used for pigging. API 6D has more demanding and tedious testing requirements, in comparison to the API 600, 602, 608, or 609 models.  The Engineering ToolBox states that this “International standard establishes…

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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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Gas production rising fast on the East coast

Gas production rising fast on the East coast Marcellus Shale natural gas production is ring even faster this year than energy had predicted, and that’s having a national impact on energy. Figures show for the pipelines that produce the oil,  they produce roughly about 550 million barrels per year! This also means that the Marcellus Shale is producing more oil than the Gulf of Mexico. Now that says a lot! http://www.rigzone.com/news/oil_gas/a/128470/Marcellus_Gas_Production_Rising_Fast_in_Pa_WVa

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2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season

2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season “The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season is still on track to be “above normal” but “extreme levels of activity” are less likely, the top U.S. government climate agency said on Thursday.” “The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the six-month season, which began on June 1 and will soon enter its peak, could still be “very active” and spawn 13 to 19 named storms, six to nine of which were expected to become hurricanes.” In the past hurricane Katrina and Rita did…

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Natural gas leak in the Gulf of Mexico

Natural gas leak in the Gulf of Mexico “Sand and sediment blocked the flow of natural gas from a well in the Gulf of Mexico that has been leaking since July 23, federal regulators said on July 25. A fire burning on a jack up rig since late July 23 was reduced to a small flame as of early July 25. Responders, meanwhile, are reviewing plans to drill a relief well. The troubled well, operated by Houston-based Walter Oil & Gas Corp., was drilled in…

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Southern Colorado fire continues to burn

Southern Colorado fire continues to burn “The massive West Fork Complex Fire in southern Colorado continued to grow over the weekend fueled by a large amount of beetle-killed trees, burning 96,742 acres as of Sunday night.” Although the fire has grown there have been no evacuations that have been ordered as of yet. Firefighters in Colorado have been focusing on protecting the people and their homes from the fires. “More than 1,500 firefighters are battling the southwest Colorado fire which threatens the small town of…

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