Kohler has expanded its mobile generator product line with the addition of two propane-powered models developed in cooperation with the Propane Education & Research Council. These two new models, the 50REZGT and the 70REZGT, join the 125REZGT propane-powered mobile generator that Kohler and PERC introduced at The Rental Show in Feb, 2014.
The 50-kVA 50REZGT features a 4.3-liter naturally aspirated engine, while the 70-kVA 70REZGT boasts a 5.7-liter engine. Each mobile generator model connects to an external, on-site propane source for extended use. Both can also be outfitted with an optional on-board LP tank that provides fuel for up to 24 hours of use. These particular mobile generator models are ideal for providing safe, reliable, and efficient power for the construction, commercial, event rental, and water utility markets.
Last year disaster struck the Canadian city of Lac-Mégantic when a train carrying light crude oil derailed in the town centre. The resulting explosion and fire destroyed 40 buildings and killed 47 people. As thousands of gallons of petroleum spilled into the Chaudière River, Xylem was called in to arrange an emergency bypass for an alternative drinking water source.
The accident occurred shortly after midnight on Saturday July 6, 2013, and sent an explosion with a one-kilometre blast radius through the town centre. The explosion and fires destroyed half of the town centre and approximately 2,000 people had to be evacuated.
A growing appreciation for the environment is having a major impact on the oil and gas industry. While finding and extracting oil and gas from the ground remains paramount, companies – in some cases prodded by environmental groups and government agencies – are increasingly focusing on reducing their carbon footprint.
According to The American Petroleum Institute (API), a single gallon of improperly disposed used oil can contaminate one million gallons of drinking water. Waste oil is a natural byproduct of the combustion engines that power engine oil rigs, and can be recycled and re-refined for use as heating oil, asphalt or heavy lubricant.
Recently, the Norwegian company Statoil made the decision to conform to the revised NORSOK standard L-005 and was in the process of phasing-in new SPO Compact flanges on all their onshore (and offshore) facilities.
The company was interested in sourcing a flange separating tool that could be used with these flanges. The feature that differentiates the SPO Compact from other standard flanges such as ANSI, DIN, ASME, API and BS is the absence of any access gap between the flange faces. This immediately gave rise to the need for a bespoke spreading tool to enable the flanges to be opened, as the use of traditional spreading wedges require a gap of at least 6 mm (1/4 inch) to operate.
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In mining and oil sands, one of the biggest challenges faced by operators is dealing with slurries – complex mixtures of solids and liquids – which need to be sent via pipeline for processing, treatment and environmentally-safe disposal.
The way that fluid flows, influenced by factors such as rheology, velocity, temperature and pressure, can affect the size of the pipeline and the architecture of the system used to transport the ore and water slurry, or crude oil mixture running through it. The study of fluid mechanics is the specialty of the Saskatchewan Research Council’s (SRC) Pipe Flow Technology Centre, which has been working closely with oil and mining companies for more than 50 years, to engineer solutions to their slurry pipeline challenges. The 20,000-square-foot facility, owned and operated by SRC, features a series of pipe loops, tanks and mixers, all temperaturecontrolled to create the right environment to run experiments simulating real-world conditions.
How does one safeguard employees and monitor operations when they’re going on hundreds of kilometers offshore or in Canada’s harsh north? Part of the answer lies in technology – specifically IP-based network video cameras.
IP cameras have emerged as an effective way to provide eyes on the ground at remote sites to supplement existing field measurement instruments, improve security and personnel safety, expedite repairs and, ultimately, reduce wasted time and resources.
Is it possible to put a price on peace of mind? In oil and gas operations, that assurance comes from knowing that fuel assets are well-protected, even when they are sited in remote locations where it’s not always possible to have personnel keeping an eye on them.
Recognizing the need for industrial, as well as municipal customers to have a safe, reliable fuel management system, Computrol Fuel Systems has developed a business model around their cardlock systems for vehicle fleets. Cardlocks allow fleet managers the capability to dispense, monitor and manage their gasoline and diesel consumption – as well as, increasingly, CNG, LNG and propane – all remotely.
Installing a drill string into a well bore is a complicated operation made more challenging by the need to join the lengths of casing strings with strong, durable connections.
With standard connections, lubricant known as “dope” must be applied manually in the field with a brush, which increases the risk of applying too much or too little dope. Underdoping or overdoping the connection can affect its performance. Excess chemicals in the well bore can cause formation damage, while too much lubricant can invade and plug a porous formation and thus reduce permeability and block the flow paths.
The growth of hydraulic fracturing operations across North America is undeniable. With a vast amount of natural gas captured in giant shale plays beneath the U.S. and Canada, fracturing has become a byword in the industry.
At its heart, hydraulic fracturing is a water-based technique. Massive quantities of water from various sources are being pushed into wells to open up formations, usually in combination with various additives. That water doesn’t stay down the hole, though – it’s brought back to the surface, where it must then be treated before either reuse or disposal.
When it comes to supplying solutions for compressed air or gas dehydration and purification to the oil and gas industry, SPX has experience and expertise, through its Delair and Pneumatic brands, in providing efficient solutions with necessary specifications and documentation. The brands offer a full range of dryers, gas separation and treatment packages, nitrogen generators, filters and adsorption technology.
Dryers are important across many oil and gas processes, including the drying of utility-compressed air to protect equipment and pipework against corrosion and pollution from water, but also to dry other gases such as hydrogen, off-gas, nitrogen, compressed natural gas (CNG) and inert gases used for purging tanks.