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Cenovus recognized for leadership in climate change report

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.

Sturgeon refinery selects GE technology for water recycling

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.

Water clarifiers and demulsifiers improve fluid separation performance

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.

Microbe control reduces coiled tubing corrosion

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.

On-site flare gas capture helps meet emissions targets

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.

How Canadian liquefied natural gas can help reduce global greenhouse gas emissions

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.

Newly improved portable multi-gas monitor ideal fit for confined-space applications

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!

Oil and fuel filtration systems added to the Wajax portfolio

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.

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Ceramic membrane filtration of produced water for oil and gas operations

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.

Leak detection on produced water pipeline networks

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.

Low-density floating roof reduces tank vent emissions

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.

Advanced filtration system increases use of recycled water

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.

Raven Industries’ Engineered Films Division Launches New Geomembrane Product Line

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.

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Asphalt aids in carbon capture

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.

Emergency Response To Major Oil Spill Saves City’s Water Supply

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.

Helping The Environment Can Also Be Good For Profits

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.

Portable humidity calibrator

Michell Instruments has upgraded its S503 Portable Humidity Calibrator to include an optional battery pack for customers who need to conduct calibrations at sites without electricity.

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Pipeline conference reinstated in Houston

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.

Researchers develop method to fingerprint air pollution

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.

Refinery spent caustic treated

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.

Vancouver firm to develop gas storage in Turkey

Sky Harvest Windpower Corp. has formed a joint venture corporation under the name Levant Energy Inc., a British Columbia corporation, for the purposes of developing underground natural gas storage plants in the Republic of Turkey. Sky Harvest will initially hold a 65% interest in the joint venture by investing $500,000 in the newly formed subsidiary. The investment is subject to certain conditions, including Sky Harvest’s completion of further equity or debt funding in order to finance the acquisition. The joint venture intends to use these proceeds to identify and commence securing proposed natural gas storage sites, as well as starting associated permitting processes. It is anticipated that Sky Harvest’s interest in Levant Energy Inc. will be diluted as additional funds are raised.

Siemens broadens wastewater and water treatment portfolio

Siemens Industry Automation Division entered into an agreement to acquire Cambridge Water Technology, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, on January 24, 2012. With this acquisition, Siemens intends to strengthen its product portfolio with a leading-edge technology. The acquisition of Cambridge Water Technology is an important building block to Siemens’ strategy of pursuing leading-edge technologies with high customer value for municipal water and wastewater treatment as well as select industrial markets. Siemens works with a clear focus to provide cost-effective yet high-quality water treatment in both developed and developing countries
by using innovative and standardized solutions.

Stored water quality monitoring system

H2O, Inc. introduces the Commander System, a quality monitoring system for on-site stored water. Designed to circulate, monitor, disinfect and re-mineralize potable water, the Commander System is like having a team of water quality experts on duty 24/7.

Spill containment completed in Utah

American Pollution Control Corp. (AMPOL), a leading oil spill response and total environmental solutions provider, has completed a spill containment project in Helper, Utah, announced CEO Kirk Headley. 

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