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Diamondoid coatings derived from petroleum

Anti-corrosion coatings from Sub-One Technology are made from nanometer-sized carbon-based materials found in petroleum and developed by Chevron Technology Ventures (CTV).

Sub-One’s InnerArmor product line is available with molecular diamondoid coatings. When used to coat internal metal surfaces of pipes and other equipment, In-nerArmor coatings with diamondoids can extend part life by delivering very high hardness, low coefficient of friction and strong protection against corrosion and wear. “Increased equipment durability is important to many industries where parts are continuously exposed to harsh environments,” explained Andrew Tudhope, CEO of Sub-One Technology. “Combining the diamondoids developed by CTV with the durability, rigidity and heat resistance made possible by the InnerArmor deposition process creates protective coatings that can extend part life, improve flow performance and significantly reduce operating costs.”

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Combustible Gas Leak Detector Ideal for Finding Leaks in Industrial Systems

Now maintenance technicians have a safe, effective way to detect gas leaks in industrial systems the Spectroline PRO-Chek CG Combustible Gas Leak Detector (P/N CG-1000). It’s ideal for finding leaks in natural gas systems, propane tanks, pipelines, regulators and valves, heat exchangers and much more. The unit detects natural gas, propane, ammonia, methanol, ethanol, ethane, butane and other gases.

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Trelleborg’s Bend Stiffeners Receive API 17L1 Design Review Certification

Trelleborg’s offshore operation in the UK, has been certified for a design review under the American Petroleum Institute’s specification for flexible pipe ancillary equipment (API 17L1 Ed. 1 2013), for its high performance dynamic bend stiffeners.

The review was completed by global engineering, technical and business services organization, Lloyds Register EMEA, acting as an independent verification agent. It was evaluated alongside Trelleborg’s material qualifications, manufacturing processes and procedures. In addition, a manufacturing audit and site visit to the company’s metal work supplier was undertaken.

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The First Tight Oil and Shale Gas Summit

Oil Gas Product News Readers Save 15% on Registration for 'Tight Oil & Shale Gas Well Site Facilities Design Western Canada 2014,' Meeting December 9-10 in Calgary, Canada.

As the economics of well site facilities become increasingly scrutinized, facilities engineers are under greater pressure to optimize costs and scheduling times.

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New All-Electric Tube Hone Combines Servo Precision and Cycle-Automation Features with Constant Spindle Power Delivery

Sunnen’s new HTR all-electric job-shop tube hone combines servo precision and cycle-automation features with constant spindle power and 0.1 mm (0.004") stroke repeatability to efficiently hone blind bores or correct tight spots in a bore without operator intervention. Designed and equipped to hone the wide variety of parts encountered in a job shop, the machine handles bore I.D.'s up to 900 mm (35.41"). Its modular design can be configured for stroke lengths from 2.5 m to 14 m (8' to 46.2').

Critical for job-shop versatility and productivity, the HTR's 12 kW (16-hp) spindle motor, combined with a four-step gearbox, produces a constant power band through the entire speed range of 10-470 rpm for fast metal removal. The standard servo rotary tool feed can also function as a push-feed system with an optional drive shaft that converts rotary to linear motion, allowing the machine to handle the full range of Sunnen heavy-duty and two-stage tools. Tool overload monitoring ensures optimal stock removal rates, while protecting the tool and workpiece. Precision stroke position and repeatability are ensured with a servo rack-and-pinion stroking system. It drives the spindle carriage at speeds of 0.1 to 48 m/min (4" to 157' per minute) on hardened and ground ways with a 10.2 kW (13.6 hp) servomotor, giving the machine plenty of power to handle superabrasives for fast material removal.

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Research Offers Solutions For Oil And Mining Slurry Pipeline Challenges

In mining and oil sands, one of the biggest challenges faced by operators is dealing with slurries – complex mixtures of solids and liquids – which need to be sent via pipeline for processing, treatment and environmentally-safe disposal.

The way that fluid flows, influenced by factors such as rheology, velocity, temperature and pressure, can affect the size of the pipeline and the architecture of the system used to transport the ore and water slurry, or crude oil mixture running through it. The study of fluid mechanics is the specialty of the Saskatchewan Research Council’s (SRC) Pipe Flow Technology Centre, which has been working closely with oil and mining companies for more than 50 years, to engineer solutions to their slurry pipeline challenges. The 20,000-square-foot facility, owned and operated by SRC, features a series of pipe loops, tanks and mixers, all temperaturecontrolled to create the right environment to run experiments simulating real-world conditions.

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Heat And Pressure Drive New Interior Coating Designs

The growth of advanced production methods in the oil industry has meant a need for new approaches to many methods used for years. Steam-assisted extraction, high-pressure water injection, and other techniques being developed all the time are encouraging companies to find innovative ways to meet those new challenges.

One sector that has found itself on the receiving end of those changes is the coating industry. Virtually everything used for storage or movement of petroleum products is coated in some way to ensure safety and protection from corrosion and damage. With innovations on the production side have come changing needs and parameters for the coatings that oil and other products are exposed to in the production process.

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Canadian Operator Successfully Moves Gas Pipeline

Rerouting a section of a natural gas pipeline is always a complex project. But one of Canada’s largest pipeline companies found the endeavour even more challenging when it was mandated to relocate a pipeline in an environmentally and politically sensitive area on a tight timetable.

The section that required relocation is part of the major 30-inch natural gas corridor that traverses west to east across Canada, delivering energy to one-third of the nation’s population. The area around the pipeline was issued a safety-class upgrade by the National Energy Board (NEB) when construction of a subdivision began near the pipeline. Because it was determined that the new residences would be too close to the pipeline to comply with safety standards outlined by the Canadian Standards Association, the pipeline operator chose to cut out a 900-foot section of the pipeline and build a new section farther from the new residential development. In order to maintain gas flow to customers, the pipeline was isolated upstream from the construction area and rerouted through a bypass line.

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Emergency Repair System Advances Reduce Time, Costs

In the wake of four major pipeline accidents in June, emergency preparedness is taking centre stage. With a leaking oil pipeline igniting a huge blaze in China, and pipelines exploding in Malaysia, Ukraine, and India, where 16 people were killed, operators of these and other pipelines are taking a hard look at how vulnerable their assets are to thirdparty threats. They are also evaluating whether they are prepared to respond rapidly with a repair solution, should disaster strike their critical lines.

IRM Systems notes that these incidents are a dramatic reminder of the random threats that can affect pipelines, and the urgency of having an Emergency Pipeline Repair System (EPRS) in place. “Operators must have an EPRS that offers the shortest possible time between the incident and re-commissioning. They must also achieve the highest possible level of post-repair integrity, at the lowest possible cost,” said Rutger Schouten, general manager of IRM Systems.

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Registry Services Aid In Reduction Of Reference Errors For Pipelines

Registry web services have proven to be a valuable resource for access to Coordinate Reference Systems (CRS) and associated units of measure, for exploration companies. While there are no statistics, it is quite likely that such systems have saved significant dollars through the reduction of errors in CRS parameters and hence in the placement of drilling rigs and bore holes.

Registry services offer global access to the CRS information that can be immediately and automatically consumed by tools like Blue Marble’s Geographic Calculator and ESRI ArcGIS Server.

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Pipeline Support Method Offers Added Integrity Protection

With a growing emphasis on pipeline integrity, engineers and designers are looking for the best, safest and most economical ways to build and protect their pipelines. Even with tough, modern pipeline coatings, additional protection is often necessary. A pipeline’s safety and long-term integrity depends on it.

Historically, additional external pipe protection has been achieved through adding either a layer of sand or select backfill above and below the pipeline (sand padding) or by covering the pipe with a high-impact-resistant, poly-type rock shield just prior to installing.

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DUOLINE D-350, For HIGH Temperature Applications

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DUOLINE Technologies, a global leader in fiberglass internal lining systems for protecting oilfield tubulars, introduced the D-350 product line in 2012. D- 350 provides reliable corrosion protection of steel tubulars with temperature resistance up to 350°F/177°C. D-350 is installable with most API & Premium connections, ranging from sizes of 2-3/8” thru 13-3/8”.

DUOLINE D-350 may be installed in threaded oilfield tubular goods with nearly any connection option. There are a few general "rules of thumb" regarding connection and connection protection devices for DUOLINE.

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