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.
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.
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.
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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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?
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.
- 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.
The Freightliner 122SD can now be spec’d with Allison 4700 Rugged Duty Series (RDS) and Oil Field Series (OFS) automatic transmissions. The combination of the 122SD with Allison’s vocational transmissions is ideal for tough off-road and oil field applications.
Better performance comes from such features as 2nd Reverse, which offers a second “deep reverse” in addition to the standard reverse; automatic shifts, which automatically and smoothly make the right shift at the right time; and greater startablity, which uses less torque to launch and go. Both transmissions are available with Detroit DD13, DD15 and DD16 and Cummins ISX heavy-duty engines.
Organizers KCI Corporation and Messe Düsseldorf North America have announced a new pump event called Pump Summit Americas which will take place on June 13-14, 2016 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas.
The 2-day conference and exhibition is powered by Pump Engineer, Pumpen Aktuell, and Empowering Pumps.
Looking at the global application of Online Distance Learning (ODL), according to a 2014 report from the International Council for Open and Distance Education, in 2007 there were 150 million students worldwide engaged in distance learning, with a predicted 400 million students by 2030. Truly highlighting the worth and potential of online learning.
These predictions are certainly supported by Jee Ltd, a leading engineering and training firm, which recognizes that traditional tutor-led classroom methods of training can be costly, often difficult to deliver consistently to large, global teams and not always suited to demanding engineering schedules. As a result Jee has invested in developing cost-effective, flexible and accessible technical subsea modules for online delivery.
Schlumberger Limited and Cameron has jointly announced a definitive merger agreement in which the companies will combine in a stock and cash transaction. The agreement was unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies.
Under the terms of the agreement, Cameron shareholders will receive 0.716 shares of Schlumberger common stock and a cash payment of $14.44 in exchange for each Cameron share.