Niagara designs and manufactures Wet Surface Air Cooler (WSAC) closed-loop, evaporative coolers and condensers as a cost-effective technology for both heat transfer and water conservation. Used in a wide variety of industries, applications for these WSAC coolers and condensers include fluid loop cooling, direct vapour condensing, hydrocarbon desuperheating and subcooling. The use of WSAC systems may reduce the amount of water required in a plant due to the ability to use low quality water as spray makeup. The basic principle of WSAC technology is that heat is rejected by means of latent (evaporative) heat transfer. Warm process fluids or vapours are cooled in a closed-loop tube bundle. Open-loop water is sprayed and air is induced over the tube bundle resulting in the cooling effect. The process fluid being cooled never comes in contact with the environment.
Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) has announced it will provide full automation and safety systems and serve as integrated main automation contractor (I-MAC) for a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility being built in Eastern Canada to process North American natural gas for international export. Honeywell technology is currently being used in more than 40 similar LNG import and export terminals around the world.
Low pressure storage tanks are used throughout the world in industries including oil and gas, chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical and food and beverage. These tanks hold liquids until they are moved to the next step in a production or supply chain process.
The discovery of a massive methane leak at the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility near Los Angeles in October 2015 brought national attention to safety and environmental concerns over natural gas production, processing and storage. The well blowout released an estimated 97,100 metric tons of methane and 7,300 metric tons of ethane over a fourmonth period, making it the largest natural gas leak in the United States’ history.
Newson Gale’s Earth-Rite MULTIPOINT II is the new innovation which will provide customers with a unique value proposition that makes the active static grounding of multiple items of equipment with interlock control more cost effective than other options available to the EX/HAZLOC industries.
Measure the density of crude oil, butane, diesel fuel, distillates, gasoline, ethane gas, isobutene, jet fuels, LPG, such as kerosene or propane using a Dynatrol CL-10-HY density cell and Series 2000 density digital converter.
In a downturn such as the one the Canadian oil and gas industry is facing, operators spend much of their time looking for ways to save money. Efficiency is a key part of that process, and that often leads toward the use of automation in many parts of the operation – automation that reduces costs while increasing production.
Think about the maintenance required to service a typical oilfield. Hundreds of wells spaced out over many square kilometres all need constant monitoring to ensure that each is operating properly and producing hydrocarbons at peak efficiency. A poorly functioning well can bleed the operator thousands of dollars daily. Just one pump operating at a sub-optimal level can cost an oil and gas company thousands of gallons each day in lost production. Worse yet, if a well runs dry without the operator knowing it, the downhole pump could burn out, precipitating an expensive repair.
The hurricane hit three days ago. Huge, it both flooded and littered debris on roads, creating a state of emergency. The good news: half your wells are still in production. The bad news: your SCADA system is still down and you think three tank batteries might be full but your pumper and the tanker can’t get there. There is a berm, but it might be flooded and any spill is bad for business.
The OMEGA OM-CP-TEMP1000IS-A and OM-CP-RHTEMP1000IS-A intrinsically safe data loggers offer a compact design and portability which allows for placement into hard to reach locations. Features include a 316 stainless steel enclosure, fast response times, and faster downloads. OMEGA offers a docking station for full communications, no more removal of end-caps to download data. By utilizing the latest software, data can be downloaded or exported for easy analysis.
Position feedback sensors for hydraulic or pneumatic cylinders have used one of three traditional technologies: magnetostrictive, variable resistance and variable inductance sensors. While other sensor technologies have occasionally been used successfully in this application, the focus of this article is the comparison among these three most popularly used technologies.
Canada is the world’s fourth leading producer of natural gas and production is continuing to trend upward, with approximately 5,500 billion cubic feet of gas produced in 2014 according to Canada’s National Energy Board. Additionally, nearly 8,000 new wells were drilled, an increase of more than 25 percent over 2013. The growth in natural gas production – most of which takes place in British Columbia and Alberta – shows no sign of diminishing.
Because the composition of natural gas changes over time due to changes in the natural gas reservoir and other factors there is a need to sample the gas to determine its composition. Sampling of natural gas to determine the composition is important for custody transfer and fiscal metering so that both buyers and sellers are confident of a fair transaction. Contracts are typically concerned with the BTU or energy content of the gas and the hydrocarbon dew point of the gas. There are many robust automatic gas sampling systems such as on-line GCs (Gas Chromatographs) in the field that can perform on-line sampling. These are systems are expensive, require frequent maintenance and are usually only justified when large volumes of gas are being moved.
It was early days for the Internet of Things (IoT) when CAN Telematics founder Brent Moore flew to Mozambique, Africa to deliver an advanced IoT solution. Built entirely on Microsoft technology, it established a pattern of IoT leadership that would earn CAN Telematics a reputation as a visionary in the emerging field of telematics with their Trakopolis software.
For companies operating in Canada’s oil and gas industry, harnessing the power of satellite technology is helping to open up new avenues for operational productivity and profitability. At a time when crude oil prices struggle to stay above $50 a barrel, and companies are trying to stay competitive in a global, data-driven mobile marketplace, satellite communications technology is helping oil and gas companies address key operational challenges and drive cost savings.
The new lineup of Sine wave filters from Schaffner EMC eliminate premature motor damage caused by high dv/dt, overvoltages, cable ringing, motor overheating and eddy current losses caused by variable frequency drives (VFD). Suitable for motor frequencies up to 600 Hz, this proven technology converts the rectangular PWM output voltage of motor drives into a smooth sine wave with low residual ripple. In addition to elongating service life of expensive high speed motors, Schaffner sine wave filters can improve bearing life by eliminating circulating bearing currents.