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RMP Energy announces Elmworth battery start-up

RMP Energy Inc. has announced the recent successful commissioning and start-up of its 100% owned and operated Elmworth 2-23 oil battery and gas handling facility in the Elmworth (Gold Creek) field of West Central Alberta. The 2-23 Facility is presently handling the initial crude oil and natural gas production from two (2.0 net) of RMP's Middle Montney drilled wells (3-22-68-3W6M and 4-18-68-2W6M). Early-stage well production results are encouraging and the Company anticipates providing detailed production data once the wells produce for at least thirty calendar days. The start-up of the 2-23 Facility marks an important corporate milestone for RMP as it enables the Company to begin realizing commercial benefit and return of its capital investment from its new core area, which encompasses 82.5 net sections (52,800 net acres) of acreage prospective in the Middle Montney reservoir. The 2-23 Facility, which can be expanded as required, has initial design capacity to handle 1,500 bbls/d of crude oil, 8.2 MMcf/d of natural gas and 7,500 bbls/d of emulsion.   

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Kubota Engine increasing footprint in Latin America

Kubota Engine America is increasing its footprint in Latin America by collaborating with key partners, already adding 24 distributors in more than 20 different countries to its growing network. Kubota's growth is fueled by its dedicated Latin America development team that has spent the last two years identifying the best distributors to address local needs and strategically planning to bring and support Kubota's reliable Japanese technology to more people. 

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Oil Sands Advisory Group provides first round of advice to Alberta government

The government of Alberta has received the first round of consensus advice from its Oil Sands Advisory Group (OSAG). The group is composed of leaders from the oil sands industry, environmental groups, and affected communities. Its first task was to advise the province on growing oil sands production in compliance with its legislated 100 megatonne cap on annual emissions.

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Oil sands production forecast expects strong additions through 2019

IHS Markit has released its outlook for Canadian oil sands production through 2026. IHS Markit expects large production growth through 2019 — making Canada the second largest source of global supply growth during that time. More modest but sustained growth is expected beyond 2019, with oil sands production at the end of 2026 around one million bpd higher than in 2017.

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Digitalization may be the key to remote plant operation

Technology like 3D printing tied to digitization programs may be the route forward for the oil and gas sector.

There have been many advances in the field of digitalization in recent years. As the industry moves towards remote operation it is plant optimization and integrity management which will provide the tools to enhance safety and anticipate potential problems within the plant, ensuring that the right human assets and replacement parts are available when required. This is what Eric Duchesne, SVP Technology Experts for Total, will be addressing at the ERTC Ask the Experts conference in Cologne on 20-21 June. 

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Remote charging stations allow drones to handle long-range data collection missions

SkyX has installed its first production xStation, a unit that remotely recharges SkyX drones during missions. The xStation is a rugged, all-metal piece of engineering designed to allow the SkyOne drone to remotely recharge while monitoring long-range infrastructure, then continue its mission. By installing multiple xStations along a route, SkyOne can monitor assets like oil and gas pipelines or railroad tracks that stretch hundreds - even thousands - of kilometres.

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Higher capacity pump models added to line

KSB's Multitec series of high-pressure multi-stage pumps has been expanded with the introduction of two new higher capacity models. The new Multitec 200 and 250 models have discharge flange diameters of 200 mm and 250 mm (up from a maximum of 150 mm for previously available models) and can deliver flow rates of up to 1,500 cubic metres per hour and developed heads as high as 400 m. These pumps are specifically designed for water supply applications where high pressures are needed to move water - including drinking water - over extended distances. Like the smaller members of the Multitec family, the new pumps are designed to provide owners with reliable, efficient operations and simplified maintenance procedures. A pressure balance drum reduces axial forces on bearings, while the layout of the pump enables bearing and seal replacement without requiring disassembly of the core hydraulic elements.

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Raging River announces opportunity in new light oil focus area

Raging River Exploration Inc. has announced an entrance into a new light oil focus area. The Company has accumulated approximately 100,000 net acres of land prospective for light oil in the Duvernay Shale basin in central Alberta. Although the play remains in its infancy, the characteristics exhibited by it including relatively shallow depth, contiguous net pay, large estimates of total petroleum initially-in-place, light oil phase and the expected ability for productivity and recovery improvements through technology are consistent with Raging River's strategy for creating per share value.

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Edmonton facility opened by Endress+Hauser

Endress+Hauser has opened a 20,000-square-foot regional customer support centre in Edmonton, Alberta. The facility, located in the Ellerslie industrial business area south of the city, houses a regional office and warehouse, flow calibration lab and the company's Process Training Unit, a training program and mini process plant environment that offers field technicians and engineers a unique learning experience through real-life simulations and specialized curriculum.

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