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Safety and efficiency improved in facilities thanks to Experion Orion consoles

Experion Orion Console enables Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) connectivity.

Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) has announced that more than 130 award-winning Experion Orion Consoles – the most advanced operator interface in the world, according to the company – have been sold globally, helping industrial plants operate more safely and efficiently by transforming the control room experience and enhancing operator effectiveness.

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Dust cloud ignition caused by static electricity

Newson Gale’s latest series of articles that contain case studies of fires and explosions caused by static electricity draw attention to the wide range of processes that are susceptible to electrostatic charge generation and accumulation on portable and fixed plant equipment.

This case study investigates the factors behind the ignition of a combustible dust cloud during a manual powder processing operation. In this example a process operator was tasked with manually tipping approximately 18 kg (40 lbs) of powder from a plastic drum, constructed from polyethylene, into a metal process vessel. The plastic drum contained a combustible powder that had a minimum ignition energy of 12 milli-joules. A metal chime was positioned around the circumference of the top of the plastic drum to provide it with impact protection from daily usage in the plant.

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iTrans 2 fixed gas detector offers up to 2 points of detection from a single device

iTrans 2 utilizes “smart” infrared gas sensor technology and safety features including automatic sensor recognition, access code security, and zero and cal fault protection – all enclosed within an explosion-proof aluminum or stainless steel housing.

Tyco Gas & Flame Detection is pleased to introduce the iTrans 2 fixed gas detector, featuring a unique intelligent electronics platform that provides up to two points of detection from a single device. This state-of-the-art gas detector is able to monitor a combination of gases using a combination of available sensor technologies to include electrochemical, catalytic bead and infrared. The iTrans 2 boasts a wide range of safety features including automatic sensor recognition, access code security, and zero and calibration fault protection. A single or dual-channel, split screen LED display provides optimal visibility in dark places with operator interface made simple using a magnetic wand.

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Zargon Oil & Gas Ltd. announces sale of Zargon’s Southeast Saskatchewan assets for $89.5 million

Zargon Oil & Gas Ltd. has entered into a definitive agreement for the sale of all of its Southeast Saskatchewan assets for cash consideration of $89.5 million, subject to normal closing adjustments. The effective date of the transaction is July 1, 2016 and the transaction is expected to close in early September. The assets have the following attributes:

  • Production: 1,211 barrels of oil equivalent per day of low decline production – 95 percent oil and liquids (first half 2016 rates).
  • Proven plus probable reserves: 5.14 million barrels of oil equivalent – 96 percent oil and liquids (McDaniel & Associates Consultants Ltd. – Dec. 31, 2015).

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Golar and Schlumberger form OneLNG joint Venture

Golar LNG Limited and Schlumberger have announced the creation of OneLNG, a joint venture to rapidly develop low cost gas reserves to LNG. The combination of Schlumberger reservoir knowledge, wellbore technologies and production management capabilities, with Golar’s low cost FLNG (Floating LNG) solution, will offer gas resource owners a faster and lower cost development thereby increasing the net present value of the resources.

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Premiers advance responsible energy development

Canada's provincial Premiers discussed the ongoing collaborative work of all provinces and territories on the Canadian Energy Strategy (CES) at a summit held in Whitehorse, YT last week. Premiers approved the CES last year to enable a cooperative approach to sustainable energy development that enhances the ways that energy is produced, moved and used in Canada. This will help maximize the social, environmental and economic benefits that flow from the energy sector and improve the quality of life in Canada. The CES underpins the shared priorities of economic strength, job creation, climate action, energy security and innovation.

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Proposed pipeline protection eases environmental concerns

Pipeline-related oil spills are costly and cause public outcry. A new construction and operation method using double-wall pipes may help ease those concerns.

Pipelines move millions of barrels of petroleum products around North America in any given year. Most of the time, the process is entirely uneventful – oil goes in one end of the line and comes out the other at its destination.

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Optical gas imagers offer options for leak detection

Seeking out potential gas leaks with optical gas imaging tools is becoming an alternative to traditional vapour analysis.

The discovery of a massive methane leak at the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility near Los Angeles in October 2015 brought national attention to safety and environmental concerns over natural gas production, processing and storage. The well blowout released an estimated 97,100 metric tons of methane and 7,300 metric tons of ethane over a fourmonth period, making it the largest natural gas leak in the United States’ history.

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Komatsu buys Joy Global in $3.7 billion all-cash deal

Komatsu has announced that it has signed a definitive agreement with Joy Global Inc. a leading manufacturer of surface and underground mining equipment, under which Komatsu America Corp. a wholly-owned subsidiary of Komatsu in the USA, will acquire 100 percent ownership of Joy Global The Acquisition is expected to close in mid-2017, subject to the approval of shareholders of Joy Global and the receipt of necessary regulatory approvals under laws. The Acquisition is in line with Komatsu's strategy to strengthen it's core mining equipment business in an effort to achieve sustainable growth.

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Kubota Engine America recognizes two longstanding distributors for dedicated service

Kubota Engine America Corp. is honoring two of the company’s longstanding distributors, M.G. Bryan Equipment Company serving Oklahoma and Northern Texas, and East Coast Power with four locations serving Atlantic Canada. Kubota recognized and awarded M.G. Bryan Equipment Co. with 30 years of dedicated service, growth and partnership representing Kubota engines at its annual distributor meeting in Lincolnshire, Ill. Here, Kubota also honored East Coast Power with 20 years of successful partnership representing Kubota engines. Kubota Canada Sales and Marketing Manager JP Ouellette says, “At Kubota, we are very proud of our award recipients this year. When you have longstanding relationships with distributors like M.G. Bryan and East Coast Power, the ease of doing business while exceeding customer expectations makes for very smooth transitions between our products in Japan and our end users here.”

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New Shell Rotella engine oils offer improved technology for hard working vehicles

Shell Rotella T4 Triple Protection and Shell Rotella T5 10W-30 Synthetic meet the new API CK-4 service category for diesel engine oil.

New Shell Rotella T4 Triple Protection and Shell Rotella T5 10W-30 Synthetic Blend have been developed to meet the new API CK-4 service category for diesel engine oil. Nearly a decade has passed since the last diesel engine oil category, CJ-4, was developed and the standard has lasted well beyond the life of the typical engine oil category. The American Petroleum Institute (API), working with engine manufacturers and oil makers, has completely redesigned heavy-duty engine oil specifications to meet the needs of current and next-generation engines. This has resulted in two new categories - API CK-4 and API FA-4.

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Canada's Building Trades Unions applaud Energy East for historic MOU

Canada's Building Trades Unions (CBTU) welcomes TransCanada's signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Pipeline Contractors Association of Canada and the Pipeline Crafts. With this MOU, TransCanada demonstrates its commitment to hiring members of the four Union Partners of PLCAC: The United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada (UA), International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), Labourers International Union of North America (LiUNA) and Teamsters Canada.

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