Norsat International Inc., a provider of innovative communication solutions that enable the transmission of data, audio and video for remote and challenging applications, has announced the launch of the Journey Manpack 0.9m ultra-portable Ku-Band satellite terminal.
The Journey Manpack is a 6-segment, carbon fibre portable terminal weighing less than 18 kilograms (40 pounds) including the backpack, making it ideal for military Special Forces and government applications that require maximum portability. Setup takes less than 10 minutes allowing users with minimal training to quickly lock onto a satellite and transmit/receive. The Journey Manpack is optionally equipped with LinkControl software which simplifies the antenna alignment process with its alignment wizard, beacon detector and built-in spectrum analyzer.
Don Ziesman, General Manager, Wolseley Industrial, Western Canada, is pleased to announce the opening of Wolseley Industrial’s newest Express Branch located at 122 Hampshire Rd. in Hinton, Alta. The Hinton location is one of several new branches Wolseley Industrial will open in 2015.
The new Express Branch is strategically located at the intersection of the Yellowhead and Bighorn highways, providing contractors in west-central Alberta with convenient access to the products they need as they travel from job site to job site.
The Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, has delivered remarks during a ceremony in Freeport, Texas, marking the completion of the Seaway and Flanagan South Pipelines. Minister Rickford attended the ceremony with Jim Prentice, Premier of Alberta.
Minister Rickford highlighted the importance of working together to enhance North American energy security and its benefits for our respective economies and global competitiveness. These pipelines will have the ability to move approximately 600,000 barrels per day into the Gulf coast, from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, North Dakota and Montana.
Volvo Penta of the Americas has partnered with Collicutt Energy Services, a Canada-based generator and pump manufacturer with distribution in Western North America, to power the company’s gensets — with a possibility for more applications to come.
A range of Volvo Penta engines will be installed in 125 kW to 600 kW Collicutt Energy gensets, most of which will likely power oil exploration and gas compression activities in Western Canada beginning this year. The units can be moved from site to site and will be available for rent. It is also likely that Collicutt Energy will begin using Volvo Penta engines in water pumping applications in the US.
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Chicago Pneumatic has launched the new CP6135-D80 impact wrench, one of the most powerful 1-1/2” industrial impact wrenches in its range of high performance tools. The super industrial pneumatic tool offers users in the oil, gas and petrochemical, mining and minerals processing and other heavy industries, exceptional power-to-weight ratio, premium quality and excellent ergonomics for optimum safety and user comfort.
The new tool has the highest power-to-weight ratio for its class of 167.1 ft-lbs / lbs [500Nm/kg] and provides a high maximum torque of 5,900ft-lbs [8,000Nm] for only 35.3lbs [16 Kg], and a high impact rate of 760 BPM. As a result, it meets virtually any super industrial bolting and unbolting need in heavy industry, helping maintenance engineers minimize downtime and therefore enabling companies to save associated costs.
Accurate measurement of liquids is important for all oil and gas industry production or consumption sites. This is especially true for bulk transfer devices where large volumes of products are being moved and must be monitored, including crude oil depots, gasoline and jet fuel tank farms, refineries, and even cruise line terminals.
In the past, mass transfer was measured in batches with weigh scales or load cells. However installation, calibration, and maintenance of a scale or load cell are costly, difficult to do, time consuming, and don’t work for continuous processes. For these processes, such methods as orifice plates and magnetic flow tubes can measure volumetric flow, but additional instruments are needed to measure temperature and pressure to compensate for fluid density changes. Introducing additional instruments also introduces errors, which can result in an overall measurement error rate as high as three percent.
Gaffney, Cline & Associates (GCA), the global oil and gas advisory firm, has instituted a new weekly commentary and tracking service looking at US onshore and Gulf of Mexico (GoM) rig activity. Based on the Baker Hughes rig count it will highlight the reported week on week changes, and compare these to the evolving fall seen in 2009 during the financial crisis.
Figures released on 9 January 2015 confirmed a fall of 60 in the onshore rig count, the largest weekly drop since early 2009. The count has now declined by 180 from a year high of 1,876 in November 2014 to 1,696.
Flotek Industries, Inc. has announced the introduction of FracMax Canada. Building upon technology developed to analyze U.S. production results, Flotek has introduced FracMax Canada, its patent-pending, advanced analytics software now for the Canadian oil and gas markets. With nearly 7,700 wells, including over 800 that have utilized Flotek's patented, proprietary Complex nano-Fluid completion chemistries, the initial release of FracMax Canada provides a broad representation of Canadian production across nearly all Western Canadian producing basins.
"The introduction of FracMax Canada extends Flotek's commitment to provide industry-leading analytics as well as a platform by which to show the efficacy of CnF chemistries based on widespread, empirical data," said John Chisholm, Flotek's Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Based on the current data set, Canadian wells with CnF perform at levels superior to those without, very similar to results obtained from the U.S. data set, consisting of over 85,000 wells. We look forward to working with our Canadian clients and others to improve well performance and, through FracMax, better understand best practices in well completions."
Atlas Copco Drilling Solutions has announced the release of the 2015 deephole drilling reference book, titled “Deephole Drilling in the waterwell, oil & gas, geothermal and exploration markets.”
World upstream oil and gas activity is expected to remain at a high level in coming years, with the annual number of wells drilled increasing to over 115,000 in 2018. Although a sharp decline in oil prices in late 2014 will likely have a restraining effect on the upstream industry in the short term, global economic growth and continuously improving technology will support energy demand and investment in oil and gas projects. Some of the best upstream opportunities will be for natural gas, which presents a comparatively immature but gradually globalizing market. These and other trends are presented in World Upstream Oil & Gas Outlook, a new study from The Freedonia Group, Inc., a Cleveland-based industry market research firm.
Analyst Jason Carnovale forecasts, “The average number of active drilling rigs worldwide will rise modestly through 2018, trailing growth in the number of wells drilled annually as improving technology results in increasing rig efficiency.” Technologies such as multi-well pad drilling, highly mobile rigs, and measurement-while-drilling will all improve rig efficiency, although the growth of horizontal drilling and longer well laterals will offset this somewhat.