Minimize Downtime and Optimize Performance with the Right Oil

A reliable and well-maintained gas-powered engine can lead to a healthier bottom line for plant operators. Operations and service managers need high performing products that have a proven track record of success under a wide range of conditions and should take a proactive approach in carefully selecting a gas engine oil (GEO) to help achieve ideal engine performance. In contrast with other fuel types, gas engines traditionally burn cleaner and hotter and operate at a constant speed. GEOs play a critical role in engine cleanliness and durability, which means they must be specifically formulated to minimize engine downtime, maximize drain intervals and optimize performance.

How drain intervals affect engine reliability

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Automation Makes Inventory Management Systems Smoother

All through the system by which oil and gas products flow to markets are sites at which product is gathered and distributed in various ways.

In each of those areas, information on shipping and delivery is collected and organized to ensure product gets where it needs to be efficiently and on time. Much of that work has been handled manually, on paper, by shippers – a technique that is dated and can be overwhelmed as distribution numbers increase.

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A Practical Guide to Improving Temperature Measurement Accuracy

A TDZ3 temperature transmitter can provide a good system option.
A TDZ3 temperature transmitter can provide a good system option.

Some processes do not require temperature measurement accuracy, and others do. However, you may be unsure whether accuracy is important for your particular application, or whether improving accuracy will make enough of a difference in your process results to justify the cost and effort. This article identifies problems that result from inaccurate measurements and outlines ways to solve them that are both effective and economical.

Temperature measurements can be categorized into three groups:

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NEB approves Orca LNG export licence

The National Energy Board (NEB) has approved the application of Orca LNG Ltd. (Orca LNG) for a 25 year natural gas export licence with a maximum term quantity of 901 billion cubic metresFootnote 1. The issuance of this licence is subject to the approval of the Governor in Council.

When evaluating natural gas and LNG export licence applications, the NEB considers if the quantity of gas proposed to be exported is surplus to Canadian requirements, taking into account trends in the discovery of gas in Canada.

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Global Upstream Oil and Gas Deal Activity Fell by $4.3 Billion in June 2015, says GlobalData

Global upstream oil and gas deal activity, including capital markets and Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A), totaled $19.3 billion from 125 transactions in June 2015, marking a $4.3 billion decrease in value from the $23.6 billion across 119 deals posted in May 2015, says research and consulting firm GlobalData.

According to the company’s latest monthly upstream deals review*, upstream M&A accounted for $8.8 billion from 18 transaction announcements in June 2015. While this was a significant drop from $11.7 billion in May 2015, the number of M&A transaction announcements increased from 13 in the previous month.

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Pre-existing Defect Led To January 2014 Pipeline Rupture in Otterburne, Manitoba

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) has released its investigation report (P14H0011) into the 25 January 2014 rupture of a TransCanada PipeLines Limited pipeline. A 30-inch natural gas pipeline, Line 400-1, ruptured and ignited at the site of Mainline Valve 402 near Otterburne, Manitoba. The escaping gas burned for approximately 12 hours. Five residences in the immediate vicinity were evacuated until the fire was extinguished.

The investigation determined that Line 400-1 failed due to a fracture that occurred at a pre-existing crack that had remained stable for over 50 years prior to the occurrence. This crack had formed at the time of the pipeline's construction likely due to an inadequate welding procedure and poor welding quality. There was no requirement for inspections of every weld by radiography at the time of the pipeline's original construction.

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Expert abstracts sought for well intervention conference

A number of presentations took place at last year's SPE ICoTA European Well Intervention Conference
A number of presentations took place at last year's SPE ICoTA European Well Intervention Conference

With only three weeks left to become part of the presentation line-up for this year’s SPE ICoTA European Well Intervention Conference, experts in well intervention are urged to submit an abstract on the topic and share the latest developments in the field with their peers.

The annual conference, hosted by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen Section and the Intervention and Coiled Tubing Association (ICoTA), will take place between November 11 - 12, 2015 at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.

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Formation Evaluation Service from Halliburton gives snapshot of water, oil and gas saturations

Halliburton's Wireline & Perforating business has introduced the Reservoir Monitor Tool 3-Detector (RMT-3D) pulsed-neutron tool that helps solve for water, oil, and gas saturations within reservoirs using three independent measurements (Sigma, CO, and SATG). Relying on only one or two independent measurements can reduce the accuracy of results depending on conditions in the formation and formation fluids. The RMT-3D tool allows operators to calculate saturations using different methods to acquire accurate results. The data is collected with one trip in the hole, reducing nonproductive time and the potential for costly additional trips.

“Halliburton continues to add technologies that support our customers’ needs and operations,” said David Topping, vice president, Wireline & Perforating. “With the addition of the RMT-3D technology to our portfolio of solutions, we have the capability to provide valuable answers to help our customers increase recovery on their wells.”

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Proppant sand proves successful in horizontal wells

Preferred Sands has announced that wells using its Arizona Sand proppant outperformed competing wells using Premium White Sand at comparable true vertical depths by up to 28 percent, or over $1,000,000 in average increased production. The findings were based on real well data provided by NavPort, which sampled deep horizontal wells in New Mexico. Results from the real well production reports also revealed that Arizona Sand proppants lowered the total proppant cost by an average of 10 percent.

All real well production reports are conducted using actual, disclosed public well data from the NavPort database. To ensure the most accurate production comparison, all wells included in a production report are identified using a strict methodology comprised of 18 distinct selection criteria, including operator name, well trajectory, hydrocarbon type, and distance (all wells included in a horizontal real well production report must be within a 1.5 mile diameter of each other).

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Tank monitoring advances into a new frontier

Centeron has announced its latest evolution: Centeron Encompass – a new, comprehensive wireless tank management system. The two main components of Centeron Encompass – advanced RF tank monitors and gateways, paired with Centeron WebView and Centeron’s industry-first mobile app, will provide businesses unparalleled insight and information, increasing operational efficiencies and boosting bottom lines.

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