Dow Corning to unveil new subsea thermal insulation technology at Subsea Tieback Forum & Exhibition

At the 2013 Subsea Tieback Forum & Exhibition, Dow Corning Corporation will launch Dow Corning XTI-1003 RTV Silicone Rubber Insulation, a solid, non-syntactic advanced thermal insulation solution for high-pressure/high-temperature (HP/HT) equipment used in deepwater production infrastructure and tiebacks.

Extensive and ongoing tests to meet producer specifications and applicator requirements indicate improvements such as: simplicity for lower risk; application ease; increased joint strength; excellent flexibility; thermal stability; and anticipated gains in field performance, reliability and service life. Based on a room-temperature-curing (RTV) liquid silicone rubber (LSR) elastomer, the precisely engineered Dow Corning XTI-1003 RTV Silicone Rubber Insulation formulation is easy to mix and apply. It cures to a durable, flexible translucent rubber without potentially harmful by-products.

The Subsea Tieback Forum & Exhibition will focus on improving the quality, safety and economics of the subsea tieback industry. Known as a premier event for one of the fastest-growing sectors of the oil and gas industry, the conference is scheduled for March 5 through 7 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas, USA.

In Booth 957, Dow Corning will feature the new Dow Corning XTI-1003 RTV Silicone Rubber Insulation along with a variety of  Dow Corning brand specialty silicones, Molykote brand Smart Lubrication solutions, Dow Corning brand engineered elastomers and Dow Corning brand severe-duty sealants for use in oil and gas applications.
 

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Ritchie Bros. to Sell 7,350+ items at Edmonton Truck and Equipment Auction

Ritchie Bros. will sell 7,350+ equipment items and trucks at its unreserved public auction in Edmonton, AB (September 9 – 11, 2015). More than 630+ trailers, 200+ truck tractors, 120+ compactors, 90+ excavators, 90 crawler tractors, 70+ boom trucks, 65+ wheel loaders, 40 articulated dump trucks, 40+ cranes, 40+ farm tractors, 290 pickup trucks, custom and classic cars, and much more will be sold. Oil and gas equipment will be sold on Day Three of the auction (September 11). Bidders can participate in person, online at rbauction.com and by proxy.

"With more than 7,350 items being sold over three days, our next unreserved truck and equipment auction is the only auction in the Edmonton area with something for everyone," said Ryan Eacrett, Regional Sales Manager, Ritchie Bros. "Buyers will find a wide range of top truck and equipment brands for their industry, including oil and gas, construction, transportation, forestry, farming and more. As always, all equipment will be sold without minimum bids or reserve prices. More than 850 owners have already consigned to the auction, and we'll be adding more equipment up until auction day."

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Trinity Power Helps Turn Flare Gas Into Electricity

Trinity Power and ATCO power teamed up to deliver one of Western Canada's top oil producers a 4.96 power generation solution that also reduces flare gas.

Temporary Power Specialists at Trinity Power Rentals, Canada's leading temporary power rental provider, were recently involved with the installation of an alternative to flaring sweet natural gas at a remote Alberta location.

Providing support to their client, ATCO Power, Trinity Power was instrumental in the installation of four natural gas fired reciprocating engines capable of generating approximately 5 MW of electricity to the Alberta electricity grid.

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Canadian Oil Sands Provides Information on Process Incident at Syncrude Upgrader

Early on August 29, a process fire occurred in the interconnecting piping between the hydrotreating units and environmental units at Syncrude's Mildred Lake upgrader. Emergency personnel quickly responded to the incident and safely extinguished the fire. No injuries were associated with the event and there was no environmental impact.

Syncrude is currently developing a full recovery plan, beginning with an investigation to determine the cause of the incident. The main coker conversion units were not damaged and Syncrude continues to operate, however, synthetic crude oil production has been temporarily suspended while a recovery and repair strategy are being developed.

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Schlumberger and IBM Introduce New Service to Optimize Integrated Upstream Production Operations

Schlumberger and IBM has announced that they have teamed up to provide integrated services to upstream oil and gas customers that will improve the business impact of production operations projects.

The offering combines Schlumberger’s production optimization services, upstream expertise, and industry-leading Avocet* production operations software platform with IBM’s enterprise asset management and enterprise services to deliver an end-to-end service for optimizing integrated production operations. Through the service, customers should expect improved productivity, efficiency and cost management across operational areas including production optimization, flow assurance, logistics, scheduling, HSE, human resources, equipment monitoring and maintenance.

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Alberta’s royalty review is now underway

The royalty review advisory panel will begin its work connecting with Albertans as it reviews the province’s non-renewable resource royalty framework.

Energy economist Peter Tertzakian, former Alberta deputy minister of finance Annette Trimbee, and Mayor of Beaverlodge Leona Hanson will work alongside panel chair Dave Mowat. The group will engage with Albertans, energy-related industries and key stakeholders through a combination of meetings, public sessions and interactive, web-based discussions throughout the fall.

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Atlas Copco Introduces New Plug-and-Light Tower

Atlas Copco has launched its new QLB 02 light tower, providing flexible lighting solution for events, public spaces and general construction requirements. With four 400W metal halide luminaires, the QLB 02 can safely and effectively illuminate an area of up to 2,000m2t.

The new light tower provides complete flexibility by allowing users to easily plug into any power source including auxiliary power, electrical generator or directly into the grid. The individual luminaires can be manually adjusted to ensure light is provided only where needed, helping to ensure energy efficiency and reduce unnecessary costs. For large sites, up to four QLB 02 light towers can be connected to a single power source, providing users with complete control over their lighting requirements. An optional programmable timer allows users to choose from 84 on/off programmes to achieve the desired lighting requirements – including the ability to program the light to auto start in the mornings and shut off in the evenings.

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Royalty Review an Opportunity to Re-Establish Competitiveness: CAPP

The Alberta royalty review panel should propose new rules by the end of this year to help restore investor confidence, and should consider how to make the province more attractive and competitive for the oil and natural gas investment that generates jobs and government revenues, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers have said. 

"Many Albertans are feeling the severe impact of low oil and natural gas prices that have resulted in one of the most dramatic economic downturns in a generation," said CAPP president and chief executive officer Tim McMillan. "That's why the royalty review should focus on how to re-establish Alberta as a province that is competitive with other jurisdictions. The more competitive we are, the more we can protect and grow jobs, investment and government revenues in Alberta."

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TASI Acquires Wireless Network Manufacturer SignalFire Telemetry

TASI HOLDINGS INC. has announced it has completed the acquisition of all shares of SignalFire Telemetry (www.signal-fire.com), located in Hudson, Massachusetts. This new acquisition is strategic to the growth model of TASI, and adds an exciting new wireless communication component to TASI’s global FLOW division.

Founded in 2006, SignalFire designs and manufactures specialized wireless mesh networking systems for uses in challenging and hazardous locations. The majority of the company’s products are wireless sensor networks deployed in upstream oil and gas fields.

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National Trucking Week 2015: We’ll Take Truck Drivers over Driverless Trucks

News articles earlier this year about driverless trucks operating in Nevada and the Alberta oil sands under restricted conditions set off speculation about whether we’ll need truck drivers within a few decades – and whether autonomous vehicles are an answer to the driver shortage.

National Trucking Week, celebrated September 6 to 12 this year, is a good time to consider the truck driving occupation and what we can do to encourage the best candidates to enter a demanding and essential career that requires judgment, planning, know-how and a host of other skills. Unlike autonomous vehicles, drivers may be called upon to react quickly to unexpected incidents on the road, bringing all their varied experience about their equipment, the load they’re hauling, and road conditions into play. The question is, is the trucking industry appealing to enough quality candidates to meet our needs today – and in the future?

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Technology Innovation Is the Focus at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE)

Ideally timed and located, Society of Petroleum Engineers’ (SPE) Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE),  will be in Houston at the George R. Brown Convention Center. An anticipated 10,000 oil and gas professionals will attend from across the world on September 28-30. The event will highlight more than 400 technical presentations and 300 exhibits which offer the latest technologies, best practices, and future trends of the exploration and production industry.

Highlights include:

  • ATCE 2015 General Chairperson, Gustavo Hernandez Garcia, general director and CEO PEMEX, will share his insights on the oil and gas industry at the Chairman’s Luncheon, Monday September 28.
  • “2040: The Journey and the Destination—Diverse Perspectives,” is the theme of the Opening General Session, Monday September 28 on the global energy outlook for oil and gas in the future featuring distinguished panelists:
  • Moderator: Eithne Treanor, managing partner, E Treanor Media;
  • Sergio Alcocer, undersecretary for North American Affairs, secretariat of Foreign Relations of Mexico;
  • Bernard Looney, chief operating officer, Production, BP;
  • Jarand Rystad, managing partner, Rystad Energy;
  • Scott W. Tinker,director, Bureau of Economic Geology, director, Advanced Energy Consortium
  • Adif Zulkifli, senior vice president, Corporate Strategy and Risk, PETRONAS.
  • “Value Preservation: Sustainability and Management of Above Ground Risk,” on Monday 28 September offers discussion on how value is added to projects across its lifecycle featuring speakers: Dan Domeracki, Schlumberger; Alex Hohman, Anadarko; Michael Oxman, Acorn International; and RoseAnne Franco, Wood-McKenzie.
  • President’s Luncheon and Annual Meeting of members will be Wednesday September 30, showcasing 2015 SPE President Helge Hove Haldorsen’s state of society, and 2016 SPE President Nathan Meehan begins his term.
  • ENGenious is the new Journal of Petroleum Technology (JPT) Young Technology Showcase, an interactive, educational space in the exhibit hall, where emerging and young technologies offer more profitable exploration and production.

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