Atlas Copco Construction Equipment Canada has appointed Rob Johnston to be Business Line Manager – Portable Energy Division, effective July 6, 2015, based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Johnston is currently Factory Product Manager for Atlas Copco Portable Energy located in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
According to the company, Johnston is returning to the Canadian construction equipment organisation from his current position as Factory Product Manager at Rock Hill, South Carolina, where he was responsible for the management of a large portfolio of Atlas Copco Portable Energy equipment. Prior to his time in Rock Hill, Rob was an integral member of the Atlas Copco Construction Equipment team in Canada where he held the position of Western Regional Sales Manager.
Mouvex, part of PSG, a Dover company and a leading manufacturer of positive displacement pumps, is pleased to announce the addition of new models of its Abaque Series Peristaltic (Hose) Pumps. Unveiled at ACHEMA 2015, these new Abaque models incorporate a stronger and durable rotor design and innovative hose holding system while featuring a fresh, new look of orange and black.
Abaque pumps meet the challenging requirements of the chemicals industry, thanks in part to its seal-free design that eliminates leaks and product contamination. These self-priming pumps can run in forward or reverse and offer suction-lift capabilities to 25.5 feet (9 meters), as well as the ability to run dry without adversely affecting performance, pressure and accuracy (no slip). Abaque pumps are available in ductile iron and stainless steel construction, allowing higher discharge pressure up to 217 psi (15 bar).
DuPont Water Technologies (DuPont) and SnS Resources, Inc. has announced that the companies have entered into a strategic agreement that will provide oil and gas producers with access to efficient solutions for effective water treatment. The agreement authorizes SnS Resources the ability to implement the DuPont Partner Program within the United States, Mexico and Canada.
The DuPont Partner Program offers effective chlorine dioxide (ClO2) chemicals, customized equipment, recognized training programs and expert technical services to the oil and gas market for upstream and midstream applications. Partnership of these two organizations will offer the O&G market and companies in the field of water management strategies to meet production demands at a valued price point in addition to offering important environmental and safety benefits.
Power management company Eaton has announced a new variable speed drive (VSD) pump solution that can provide up to 70 percent energy savings for equipment in the machine building, manufacturing, oil and gas and marine industries, depending on the machine duty cycle. The industrial pump solution, available in open- or closed-loop motion control configurations, reduces operational costs by allowing quieter machine operation, reducing or eliminating cooling needs and allowing for pump downsizing.
The complete VSD solution can include one or more pumps, selected from an offering of PVM variable piston pumps, Hydrokraft variable piston pumps or VMQ fixed vane pumps. Together with the smart control of Eaton Variable Speed drives, such as the PowerXL DG1 general purpose drive or SPX 9000 high performance drive, the system can be controlled to match the precise load requirements of the current duty cycle.
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Canada-based Westech Industrial received top honors at Honeywell Process Solutions’ (HPS) annual Channel Partner of the Year awards ceremony. Westech Industrial – which has supplied instrumentation and process control equipment to customers in the oil and gas, terminal, petrochemical and other markets for 50 years – was recognized during Honeywell’s Channel Partner Conference held in San Antonio, Texas.
The awards recognize distributors and system integrators for customer service, innovation and excellence among companies supplying and integrating Honeywell solutions in the Americas.
Schlumberger recently announced the launch of the Depth Domain Inversion Services. Schlumberger petrotechnical experts use the services to improve the reliability and consistency of seismic structural and quantitative interpretation in complex environments.
“Conventional seismic inversion in the time domain introduces inconsistency between the seismic images and the rock properties, especially where there’s a significant overburden, such as subsalt,” said Maurice Nessim, president, Schlumberger PetroTechnical Services. “With Depth Domain Inversion Services, customers receive more information derived from seismic data for reservoir characterization. This helps reduce uncertainty in complex reservoir environments, improve the confidence in prospect delineation, reservoir properties and volumetric calculations.”
Waiting for pipe joints to be purged ready for welding can take anything up to four hours, depending on the diameter of the pipe being welding and the method chosen for purging. QuickPurge III cuts these waiting times so dramatically that they amortise themselves in less than one weld.
A 36” diameter stainless steel pipe for example can be purged down to 100 parts per million (ppm) of oxygen in under 32 minutes. Compare this with purging using foam dams that will outgas heavily into the weld zone and will take hours, not a few minutes.
Fluor Corporation has announced that German-based BASF SE has selected the company as its global engineering partner for future chemical and petrochemical plant projects around the world.
The services agreement—which was signed at BASF’s chemicals complex and headquarters in Ludwigshafen, Germany, by Peter Oosterveer, Fluor’s chief operating officer, Martin Buschbacher, BASF senior vice president of Global Indirect Procurement, Wolfgang Haas, BASF president of Legal, Taxes and Insurance, and Volker Knabe, BASF president of Engineering and Maintenance—includes conceptual and front-end engineering, detailed engineering, procurement, project management, construction management and other services.
Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, has announced that the Pipeline Safety Act (Bill C-46) has received Royal Assent. The Pipeline Safety Act builds on Canada's already impressive record of safely transporting energy. The National Energy Board (NEB) currently regulates 73,000 kilometres of pipelines, which transport energy across Canada with a safety record of 99.999 percent. This legislation improves Canada's safety system even further by:
- Introducing absolute liability for all NEB-regulated pipelines, meaning that companies will be liable for costs and damages irrespective of fault — $1 billion for companies operating major oil pipelines — the only absolute liability that exists among our peer jurisdictions (U.S., the UK and Australia). Companies continue to have unlimited liability when at fault or negligent.
- Providing the NEB authority to order reimbursement of any clean-up costs incurred by governments, communities or individuals;
- Providing the NEB authority and resources to take control of incident response if a company is unable or unwilling to do so (i.e., in exceptional circumstances); and
- Requiring companies operating pipelines to hold a minimum level of financial resources, set at $1 billion for companies operating major oil pipelines.
The $1-billion minimum financial capacity and absolute liability limit are unique to Canada. Countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom do not currently require pipeline operators to demonstrate a minimum financial capacity to respond to any incident and to remedy damage caused by pipeline spills, though they have similar "polluter pays" legislation in place. The Pipeline Safety Act represents the latest milestone in our government's plan for Responsible Resource Development. Previous actions introduced by the Harper Government also include:
- Increasing annual inspections of oil and gas pipelines by 50 percent and doubling the number of comprehensive audits to improve pipeline safety across Canada. There is now an inspector for every 1,217 miles of federally regulated oil and gas pipeline in Canada, compared with every 5,830 miles in the United States.
- Introducing new financial penalties on pipeline companies for small infractions to prevent larger incidents from occurring; and
- Giving the NEB the ability to provide guidance on the use of the best available technologies used in federally regulated pipeline projects. This includes materials, construction methods and emergency response techniques.
Emerson Process Management has introduced the Fisher Z500 line of metal-seated ball valves to its severe service portfolio.
Fisher Z500 metal-seated valves are engineered to withstand higher temperatures, pressures, and more erosive conditions than a standard on/off ball valve, providing increased reliability and protection of critical assets in demanding applications. A bi-directional sealing design offers a unique solution to process back pressure and shutoff requirements in both flow directions, safeguarding control valves and other equipment in the line.