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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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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What happens to 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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Upstream, Downstream and Midstream

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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Canada’s O&G and Renewable Energy

When the oil market went down in 2014 many people who worked in the O&G were affected not only in the US but worldwide including Canada. “Both Canada and the U.S. are in the top five oil and gas producing countries on the planet.” Because of the large loss, Canadians lost over 40,000 jobs related to the oil and gas industry. Canada has a huge affect on the US economy. How, you may ask? For example; “Canada’s oil and gas sector will contribute $45.6 billion…

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The truth about the O&G industry Blog

Everyone who works in the O&G industry all want to hear the same thing; that the industry is booming and this is where you want to be. Whether you are out in the field or in the office, working on land or offshore everyone is making money right? According to this article, millennials are a bit scared to work or have anything to do with the industry because their job might be dangerous, dirty or hard. “millennials think that the oil industry is only about…

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Underwater pipeline

Do you know what the worlds longest gas pipeline  and how long it is? According to Google, “The Trans-Mediterranean (Transmed) is a 2,475km-long natural gas pipeline built to transport natural gas from Algeria to Italy via Tunisia and Sicily.” While it is true, that is the worlds longest pipeline built on land, there is also a pipeline nicknamed Giant Serpent that lies underwater and is the worlds largest underwater gas pipeline. The name Giant Serpent actually comes from Norse mythology and is located on the Norwegian…

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Natural gas and Crude oil

Natural gas has grown far more popular than regular gas because it is said to be more cleaner and greener. But is it really better? Did you know that methane is the main chemical in natural gas and its potency is far greater than that of CO2 which is found in regular gas. Methane also makes up 25% of todays global warming. Although regular gas stations are found throughout the country, stations that contain natural gas are only just popping up. Most of the vehicles…

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Is drilling something you would like to do?

The job title Petroleum Engineer is said to rise to 10% in 2020. First off, what exactly do these engineers do? According to Wikipedia, “Petroleum engineering is a field of engineering concerned with the activities related to the production of hydrocarbons, which can be either crude oil or natural gas. Exploration and Production are deemed to fall within the upstream sector of the oil and gas industry.”  In simple words, once oil is discovered, a petroleum engineer will determine the best way in removing it…

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