Investing in the production of renewable natural gas (RNG) from forest industry residue can diversify Canada's energy mix, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve industrial efficiency and create new economic opportunities for Canadian companies and good middle-class jobs that benefit rural communities.
Alberta will attract the world’s most innovative companies to the province through $10 million in provincial funding to help build a test facility for technologies that convert CO2 emissions into usable products.
Water Planet, a global supplier of intelligent membrane products, has been selected by Clean Industrial Technologies, Inc. (CIT) to install its IntelliFlux-controlled CMS-2500 system in a gas refinery located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The containerized system provided by Water Planet will treat onsite wastewaters for direct reuse.
Federal, provincial and First Nations leaders have announced an Agreement on Environmental Monitoring of the proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG Project. This is the first Agreement of its kind between the Government of Canada, the Government of British Columbia, the Lax Kw'alaams Band and the Metlakatla First Nation.
Petrochemical refineries are increasingly being called on to install continuous emission monitoring systems (CEMS) to collect, record and report data to comply with air emission standards outlined by Environment Canada as well as local and provincial environmental agencies.
Following a public comment process, the National Energy Board (NEB) will require companies to provide additional emergency response detail during the pipeline application phase of a project.
Cenovus Energy Inc. has been placed in the Leadership level of the annual CDP Climate Change Report. This global ranking recognizes actions the company has taken to manage climate change impacts within its operations and beyond. The score of A- positions Cenovus in the top quartile of all global companies assessed by CDP and it is one of only two Canadian energy companies at the Leadership level. These results were announced today as part of CDP’s Canada Report.
Seeking to reduce the use of water in the refining process and as a way of minimizing its environmental impact on the North Saskatchewan River, North West Redwater (NWR) Partnership turned to GE’s Water & Process Technologies for NWR’s new Sturgeon refinery in Alberta, Canada. Like many regions, Alberta has very stringent regulations regarding freshwater withdrawal and effluent discharge, and Water & Process Technologies provided an innovative solution to meet NWR’s sustainability and environmental goals as well as the province’s policies.
Baker Hughes has announced the commercial release of its TRETOLITE SNAP fluids separation technologies, designed to help oil and gas operators maintain dry oil and good water quality, while also stabilizing operations and reducing costs—without limiting production—to improve overall profitability. This next generation of chemical solutions includes water clarification and demulsification technologies that deliver improved performance in multiple production applications, including steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) facilities, as well as conventional and other unconventional onshore and offshore fields.
There are many causes of corrosion, and many of them are from sources that might never be considered by the general public. Chemical effects causing corrosion are usually top of mind when the topic comes up, but the reason that acid becomes part of the equation when trying to prevent damage to metal components might be surprising to many people.
In June of this year, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, U.S. President Barack Obama and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto held a summit meeting on a variety of topics. One area they discussed was climate change and, as a result of their meetings, a goal to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas operations by up to 45 percent was set, along with reductions in other greenhouse gases.
Canadian liquefied natural gas can lower global greenhouse gas emissions if it displaces dirtier sources of power abroad, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In “Clearing the Air: How Canadian LNG Exports Could Help Meet World Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals,” authors James Coleman and Sarah Jordaan show policymakers how they can make their policies on liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facilities align with their economic and environmental goals.
Shell Canada has announced it has voluntarily contributed offshore rights to the Nature Conservancy of Canada to support the establishment of a national marine conservation area off the coast of Nunavut.
Over 80,000 units of the Triple Plus + IR design are presently in use worldwide. The Triple Plus + IR is now offered along with the Triple Plus + which replaces the older Triple Plus now in production almost a total of 20 years. These users have come to depend on its robust and reliable performance. The extremely durable case and internal construction means it won't break when you drop it and resists shocks and vibrations. The unit offers UL, CSA, and numerous other approvals for use in hazardous areas, is water and dust resistant to IP65, and floats if it falls into water!
Wajax has announced the addition of Oil Filtration Systems, Inc. to its filtration portfolio. Oil Filtration Systems manufactures a comprehensive line of oil purification equipment that is designed to remove contamination (water, particulate, varnish, etc.) from a variety of fluids, including lube oil, hydraulic oil, transformer oil and diesel fuel. Oil Filtration Systems, like Wajax, serves a variety of markets, including power generation, mining, oil and gas, pulp and paper, and other industries.
Whether it is for disposal or reuse, produced water treatment has become a major focus in both the water and the oil and gas industries during the past decade. Ceramic membranes, which were developed more than 30 years ago, are becoming an important technology for produced water treatment. In fact, it is becoming evident that these membranes offer some of the best values in the emerging areas of water management for the upstream oil and gas industry, as well as in refineries.
Water is considered a byproduct of oil and gas production and must be carefully managed. This water is usually referred to as ‘produced water’ and is the largest volume waste stream associated with oil and gas production. Because produced water was viewed as a waste by product historically, the most commonly practiced management strategies were aimed at disposal, rather than beneficial use.
Bio-Circle, a division of Walter Surface Technologies, has added three new bio-renewable parts cleaning systems to its portfolio of products: CleanBox Compact S, CleanBox Maxi, and the CleanBox Mega. These new systems bring Bio-Circle’s eco-innovation to larger industrial parts washing processes.
Hydraulic fracturing has become a widely used resource extraction technology in today’s world. Designed to increase the access to our petroleum reserves, this method has come under scrutiny in the recent past for its potential impact on the environment.
Concerns over emissions in various operational areas have many oil and gas companies looking for methods to control emissions across the board. One area that has been explored in some sectors is that of covers for tanks and similar uses. One technology, first developed in Denmark for water and wastewater applications, is proving to be significant for Canadian heavy oil producers. The Oil & Gas Duty Hexa-Cover floating cover system offers users improved environmental performance and reduced capital and operating costs.
An oilfield water service provider is helping a Colorado oilfield operator cut water sourcing and hauling costs for hydraulic fracturing by integrating self cleaning Tequatic Plus F-75 Filters into a water treatment plant, more than tripling the use of recycled produced water for its customer to nearly 100 percent.
Millennium Stimulation Services is introducing a patented process of using Energized Natural Gas (ENG) as a fluid solution for hydraulic fracturing. This process allows a virtually complete replacement of water volumes while eliminating the need to vent gas or flare gas emissions into the atmosphere. E & P companies also stand to benefit from improved finding and development costs.
While an Ontario Energy Board report on the proposed Energy East pipeline suggests it may not provide significant benefits to that province compared to its risks, the company behind the proposal remains emphatic that expansion of oil transmission through Ontario to the east coast is an important effort.
Raven Industries’ Engineered Films Division, an innovative manufacturer of specialty plastic film and sheeting, has announced the launch of a new flexible geomembrane product line designed to provide effective containment solutions for the energy and environmental sectors. HydraFlex Containment Solutions is the newest addition to the Raven product line and includes several targeted geomembranes designed for specific project attributes. All HydraFlex products are available in master rolls or large prefabricated one-piece panels, manufactured in a factory-controlled environment up to 8,000 lbs per panel with a wide sealing-window for ease of field installation.
Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey, Pennsylvania State University and the University of Utah have used a new stream-based methane monitoring method to identify and quantify groundwater methane discharging to a stream in an area of shale-gas development.
The best material to keep carbon dioxide from natural gas wells from fouling the atmosphere may be a derivative of asphalt, according to Rice University scientists. The Rice laboratory of chemist James Tour followed up on last year’s discovery of a “green” carbon capture material for wellhead sequestration with the news that an even better compound could be made cheaply in a few steps from asphalt, the black, petroleum-based substance primarily used to build roads.
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.
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.
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.
When there’s no gas station for a thousand miles, now you can bring your own. SEI Industries Ltd. recently launched its new GO-Station fuel modules, built inside ISO containers, and capable of providing everything needed to receive and transfer fuel from any bulk fuel storage system.
Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has been awarded a US$40 million contract to supply equipment and related services to power the flow of natural gas through the Uzbekistan section of the Turkmenistan-China natural gas pipeline.
NineSigma, Inc. has helped the Oil Sands Leadership Initiative (OSLI) to identify four promising mammal counting technologies. OSLI is looking for improved methods of counting and identifying mammals in the Boreal Forest in Alberta,Canada, where oil sands operations are concentrated.
International oilfield services company Expro hosted a grand opening event celebrating its new operations base in Paradise, Newfoundland. The custom-built facility supports the company’s growth in Newfoundland’s emerging offshore oil industry.
OilComm, formerly Offshore Communications, the premier annual event dedicated solely to communications in an offshore or remote inland environment, is returning to Houston, TX. OilComm 2012 Conference and Exposition will be held November 6 – 8 at the Houston Marriott Westchase.
The 2012 Oil & Gas Pipeline Conference will be held October 22-24 in Houston, Texas as originally scheduled. The reversal of the earlier decision to cancel the conference was made possible by the unequivocal and generous support of Willbros Engineers. An agreement to guarantee critical obligations involved with the conference provided the assurances to enable the Geospatial Information & Technology to conduct this year's event. Willbros will be recognized as the Conference Patron for its support.
A team of researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) collected emissions samples from several power plant stacks in the United States and developed a unique method for detecting the isotopic signatures of nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions under different configurations. These isotopic signatures will be instrumental in helping to identify emission sources of air pollution across the nation.
Siemens Industry Automation Division is providing Takreer (Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Co.) with a Zimpro wet air oxidation (WAO) system to treat refinery spent caustic as part of the company’s expansion of its refinery in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi, UAE. One of the advanced technologies that will help TAKREER meet environmental regulations, the WAO system will treat odorous sulphides and produce biodegradable effluent for discharge to the facility’s effluent treatment plant. The expansion project is scheduled to be complete by late 2013. The refinery expansion project will increase crude oil refining capacity by 417,000 barrels per day using the latest advanced technology for downstream processing units to produce higher quality products and to comply with UAE and international environmental standards.