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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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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France will no longer be producing oil and gas

France has stepped up to be one of the first countries to step away from producing oil and gas, and focus more on renewable energy. This means that the 815,000 tonnes of oil per year will halt by 2040. This also means their nuclear industry will be no more and working with fossil fuels will completely disappear. No new permits will be granted to extract fossil fuels and no existing licences will be renewed beyond 2040, when all production in mainland France and its overseas territories will…

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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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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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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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