LIGHTWEIGHT, PORTABLE, WELDING SHELTER

Welding pipe? Need hoarding? Hex-Hut now has a new 48-inch prototype. This larger unit can accommodate 24-inch to 56-inch pipe. It is one third larger than the original shelter and four metres in diameter with plenty of work space inside. This shelter comes well equipped with the same great features as the original, such as optimal ventilation, illumination and portability.

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New fluoroelastomer product formulations for maintenance in petrochemical facilities

Pelseal Technologies, LLC, a manufacturer of hundreds of high-performance liquid fluoroelastomer coatings, adhesives, sealants and caulks, developed more than 30 new product formulations in 2016 to meet the needs of customers in a variety of industries, including those in petrochemical maintenance. Pelseal created the formulations to refine the physical properties of its existing products for better VOC, higher solids content, process viscosity or adhesion properties.

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FERC approves construction of two U.S. natural gas lines by TransCanada

TransCanada Corporation announced the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued an order approving the construction of the Leach XPress and Rayne XPress projects. The combined $1.8 billion investments will provide additional outlets to transport domestic, clean burning natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica production areas to higher-value Midwest and Gulf Coast markets.

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Dresser-Rand puts first micro-scale LNG production system into operation

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The Dresser-Rand business, part of Siemens Power and Gas, has commissioned its first micro-scale natural gas liquefaction system at the Ten Man liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in Pennsylvania, U.S. The modular, portable LNGo technology enables distributed production of LNG and can be installed in a short period of time to meet local demand for LNG. This cost-effective solution, developed by the Dresser-Rand business, allows the operator, Frontier Natural Resources, to monetize stranded gas assets at Tenaska Resources LLC's Mainesburg field, located in the Marcellus shale play. Frontier Natural Resources is an independent natural gas producer focused on developing conventional and unconventional resources.

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Enhanced TIMS functionality provides visibility for inventory balance

The latest version of Schneider Electric’s Terminal Inventory Management System, DTN TIMS extends its functionality to support visibility and analytics of forecasted inventory balances throughout a comprehensive and configured distribution network. DTN TIMS new supply and demand forecasting allows the paradigm to shift from reacting to planning with near real-time, customizable information.

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Collaboration leads to first Distributed Buoyancy Module for installation by ROV

To meet customer demands, Trelleborg’s offshore operation collaborated with SubC Partner to design, manufacture and test a Distributed Buoyancy Module (DBM) for installation by a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) on to an FPSO’s 12 inch production riser in a steep wave configuration. By having an ROV installable DBM, Trelleborg and SubC Partner were able to successfully execute a world first offshore project, which succeeded in replacing buoyancy modules on a live riser, without shutting oil production.

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OPEC production slumped in December: S&P Global Platts

Oil production from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) slumped 280,000 barrels per day (b/d) in December, due to hefty falls in Nigeria and Saudi Arabia, a month before the group's pledge to rein in production, according to the latest survey of OPEC and oil industry officials and analysts by S&P Global Platts, the leading independent provider of information and benchmark prices for the commodities and energy markets.

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B.C. issues environmental assessment certificate to Trans Mountain Expansion with 37 conditions attached

Environment Minister Mary Polak and Natural Gas Development Minister Rich Coleman have issued an environmental assessment certificate to Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC for the B.C. portion of the Trans Mountain Expansion project, which is an interprovincial pipeline approximately 987 kilometres long between Edmonton, Alberta and Burnaby, British Columbia.

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​Westport Fuel Systems Commends New Study Outlining Pump-to-Wheels Methane Emissions from the Natural Gas-Fueled Heavy-Duty Transportation Sector

Westport Fuel Systems Inc. has commended the publication of a new study by West Virginia University scientists at the Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines and Emissions ("CAFEE") quantifying methane emissions from heavy-duty natural gas-powered vehicles and refueling stations. CAFEE scientists collaborated on the study with the Environmental Defense Fund ("EDF") and a group of global natural gas industry leaders including the American Gas Association, Chart Industries, Clean Energy, Cummins, Cummins Westport, International Council on Clean Transportation, PepsiCo, Shell, Volvo Group, Waste Management, and Westport Fuel Systems. The study was published online by the journal Environmental Science & Technology and the results greatly expand on the very limited data on methane emissions from natural gas vehicles.

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SIL 2-certified transmitter earns 2016 exida safety award

United Electric Controls has won the 2016 exida safety award for its One Series Safety Transmitter — the first SIL 2-certified transmitter designed solely for safety system applications. Selected in the sensor category, the United Electric Safety Transmitter (ST) is the first transmitter to incorporate a logic solver and high capacity safety relay output (SRO) in addition to an industry standard transmitter – all in one explosion-proof enclosure.

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Intrinsically safe gas detection thermal camera

FLIR Systems, Inc. announced the FLIR GFx320, an optical gas imaging (OGI) camera for the oil and gas industry that is designed for use in potentially explosive atmospheres. The FLIR GFx320 detects and visualizes invisible hydrocarbon gas emissions, such as methane, and common volatile organic compounds (VOCs) found at oil and natural gas facilities. It carries certifications to global standards and is recognized as Intrinsically Safe, explosion-protected equipment by the International Electrotechnical Commission.

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Two new TIG welding solutions added

Miller Electric Mfg. Co. has announced the addition of two new models to its dependable lineup of TIG welding solutions. The new Dynasty 400 and Maxstar 400 welders deliver up to 400 amps of output power and exceptional TIG and stick welding performance for applications such as pipe and tube fabrication, precision fabrication and exotic material fabrication.

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