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Weatherford Rotaflex pumping unit improves artificial lift efficiency

Weatherford International recently announced the commercial release of a new Rotaflex long-stroke pumping unit that improves artificial-lift efficiency in challenging applications including deep, high-volume and high gas-to-liquids wells.

The new Rotaflex design extends the functionality of a field-proven technology with more than 10,000 installations worldwide. The units apply long pump strokes — up to 36.5 feet — that allow more time for fluids to enter the pump intake before being lifted to surface. By delivering fewer strokes per barrel at a constant velocity, the Rotaflex design increases equipment run life, mitigates downhole failures and decreases deferred production.

The latest version of the Rotaflex unit adds numerous features that improve lift efficiency, including a purpose-built 350-series gear reducer and enhanced top drum. The unit also includes numerous enhancements that improve reliability and maintainability, including a built-in rollback system, greater accessibility, an enhanced lubrication system and a revised ladder system.

"For decades, our customers have relied on Rotaflex pumping units to quickly transition from short-term, early lift methods to high-performance rod-lift systems," said Kyle Chapman, President of Production at Weatherford. "We have spent the past few years talking with users, learning how we can make our Rotaflex units even more effective for them — and we are very pleased to start putting our optimized Rotaflex units to work in the field."

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Razor Energy deploys Validere's AI technology to optimize product quality and barrel value

Razor Energy deploys Validere's AI technology to optimize product quality and barrel value

Validere is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with Razor Energy Corp. Validere's AI and IoT platform will allow Razor to optimize product quality and improve the product value that Razor receives. Partnerships such as this are an important step in achieving Razor's announced third quarter objectives to focus on efficiencies and take advantage of infrastructure and equipment investments.

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FrontRunner autonomous haulage system sets new record with latest industry milestone

Today’s FrontRunner system operates around the clock hauling copper, iron and oil sands, at seven sites, across three continents.

Komatsu America Corp. has announced that the FrontRunner Autonomous Haulage System (AHS) has achieved the unprecedented milestone of more than two billion tons of surface material moved autonomously. The FrontRunner system has now hauled more than all other commercial mining autonomous haulage systems combined.

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Are all excavators the same?

Among the top brands, many believe all excavators are the same. But when you look closely, you can spot the small differences in design that add up to huge differences in productivity and efficiency — differences that can boost your profitability. 


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National Forum to explore new and emerging health and safety challenges

National Forum to explore new and emerging health and safety challenges

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) will host Forum 2019: The Changing World of Work, March 5-6, 2019, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. CCOHS' Forum is a unique event that will bring together leaders, change-makers, and subject experts representing government, labour, and workplaces to share their knowledge and experience around current and emerging health and safety issues. The event will focus on the workplace of today and tomorrow, in which accommodation, diversity, and inclusivity are not just nice-to-haves, but a must for any organization. 

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AW-Lake introduces analog output sensor for flow meter with bluetooth connectivity

The FAC-S Analog Output Sensor features a large input range from 0.25Hz to 5,000 Hz with five user-selectable outputs including 4-20mA, 0-5V, 1-5V, 0-10V, and 2-10V.

AW-LAKE COMPANY introduces the FAC-S Analog Output Sensor that hardwires with any flow meter to provide voltage, current or Bluetooth connectivity of readings.  Ideal for use on any AW-Lake Gear or Turbine Flow Meter, the FAC-S produces a scalable voltage or current output for download to a PLC or other control system.  The sensor also supports a Bluetooth interface for remote programming and flow monitoring from a smart phone.  The microprocessor-based FAC-S Sensor supports process monitoring, data acquisition and signal conditioning in various industries.

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WB XPress' project Eastern Build placed into service

“The completion of WB XPress marks another significant milestone for TransCanada as we continue to deliver on our commitment of creating high-value takeaway capacity for our customers.”

TransCanada Corporation announced the Eastern Build of WB XPress (WBX) has been placed into service, completing the final phase of a critical natural gas infrastructure project that provides Appalachian producers with access to Mid-Atlantic markets.

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Packers Plus combines casing integrity testing and toe stimulation into one tool

During field trials, 4.5-in. and 5.5-in. versions of the Toe-XT Hydraulic Sleeve combined for successful installation and operation in more than 50 wells across North America.

The latest innovation from Packers Plus Energy Services Inc. brings simplicity and reliability to operators for stimulating the first stage of oil and gas wells. The Toe-XT Hydraulic Sleeve is specially designed to enable a maximum casing pressure test before activating the sleeve for stimulation operations.

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Shale revolution keeps US trade deficit in check

“The improved U.S. trade position in petroleum has been a counterbalancing force helping to keep the U.S. trade deficit in check over the past decade,” said Daniel Yergin, vice chairman, IHS Markit.

The boom in U.S. oil and gas production over the past decade has exerted a moderating force on what is a large domestic merchandise trade deficit by helping reduce the country's net petroleum imports, a new report by business information provider IHS Markit says. Continued U.S. production growth is now on track to make the country a net-exporter of petroleum for the first time since at least 1949.

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Schlumberger Introduces new well testing technology

“Concert performance significantly increases operational control and collaboration, providing a step-change in operational efficiency with particular focus on safety and the environment.”

Schlumberger introduced Concert well testing live performance technology at the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference. The new technology brings real-time surface and downhole measurements, data analysis, and collaboration capabilities to well testing.

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BiSN continues to drive innovation with successful global deployments

When BiSN aren’t entering new regions, with new clients, they are successfully deploying revolutionary technology in more familiar areas.  BiSN recently deployed the largest bismuth plug in the Valhall A-30 well, Norway, in conjunction with AkerBP and Altus Intervention.

BiSN, a leader in innovative metal-to-metal downhole sealing solutions, is celebrating multiple ground-breaking firsts for the business. Working with various new clients, BiSN has expanded its marketplace, deploying tools in three new regional locations, including the Denver-Julesburg basin in Colorado, Australia and Algeria.

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DeltaTek banks eight-hours of rig time for Chevron with SeaCure technology

CEO and founder of DeltaTek, Tristam Horn said: “We are delighted to have successfully completed our first SeaCure job for Chevron. This is a significant achievement for DeltaTek and demonstrates the value the technology can add to drilling operations.

Well construction specialist DeltaTek Global has announced the inaugural deployment of its SeaCure technology.

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Reliable, proven and highly efficient mixing for the oil industry

To avoid drips on the ground and afford greater environmental protection, the Plenty side entry mixers have a wear resistant tank shut-off device with safety check valve, which provides reliable tank closure for seal and bearing maintenance under full tank conditions.

Mixing is a vital part of many processes. How a mixer performs can affect final product quality, productivity, process times and energy efficiency. There are many factors in the design of a mixing solution that will affect how well it operates. Understanding how to optimize these can make a real difference to plant efficiency and profitability - and this is where SPX FLOW can really help.

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Natural gas essential in ensuring energy security

Consumption of natural gas to rise up to 45% by 2040 – with air quality policies in China a key driver.

The International Gas Union (IGU) welcomes findings in the International Energy Agency's latest World Energy Outlook (WEO), which suggest that natural gas remains the second fastest growing energy source after renewables through to 2040, with global consumption rising 45% under the New Policies Scenario.

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World Energy Outlook 2018 examines future patterns of global energy system at a time of increasing uncertainties

While the geography of energy consumption continues its historic shift to Asia, WEO 2018 finds mixed signals on the pace and direction of change. Oil markets, for instance, are entering a period of renewed uncertainty and volatility, including a possible supply gap in the early 2020s.

Major transformations are underway for the global energy sector, from growing electrification to the expansion of renewables, upheavals in oil production and globalization of natural gas markets. Across all regions and fuels, policy choices made by governments will determine the shape of the energy system of the future.

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Dependable valves from SPX Flow for critical oil and gas applications

M&J EG valves have double block and bleed capabilities and seal at low and high line pressure.

Incorporating the M&J Valve and Copes-Vulcan brands, SPX FLOW has long served the oil, gas and power industries with a huge range of valves designed to offer reliable, safe performance in even the most critical of applications. The valves portfolio includes Danflo Surge Relief Valves for pipeline protection against surge, Slab and Expanding Gate valves for pipeline isolation, 4-way diverter valves for Bi-Direction Provers, Turbine Bypass Valves, Desuperheaters, general and severe duty control valves for power plants. All are precisely engineered and incorporate innovative features to help address challenges faced in the oil, gas and power industries.

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Dana expands Spicer Select all-makes drivetrain portfolio

Available through traditional aftermarket channels, Spicer Select offers a practical replacement alternative for aging vehicles.

Dana Incorporated is expanding its Spicer Select all-makes drivetrain portfolio to include the most popular u-joints for commercial-vehicle applications while also adding new u-joint strap kits. With the addition of the strap kits, the Spicer Select offering provides a complete u-joint replacement package for a significant portion of over-the-road and vocational applications.

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SPX FLOW: Reliable, long service strainers and filters

Through its Plenty and Dollinger brands, SPX FLOW offers a vast experience in filtration and straining solutions, all designed to maximize process uptime and protect valuable equipment in oil and gas applications.

From its Dollinger range, SPX FLOW offers the highly efficient LL-142 liquid filters, which are engineered to remove final traces of dirt, pipe scale and other solids from process liquids. They use a radial fin element design to maximize the effective filtration area, which is up to 10 times bigger than equivalent tubular type cartridge filters. This minimizes pressure drop across the filter and increases its dirt holding capacity, thereby extending service life and reducing maintenance costs. 

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Toyota Tacoma adds style and capability for 2019

The 2019 Toyota Tacoma is updated with a variety of features and new model packages.

The Toyota Tacoma drives into 2019 with the additions of the new blacked-out SX Package and updated TRD Pro, both of which add even more variety to the diverse Tacoma lineup that now includes 32 different configurations. Offering Tacoma lovers a stylish truck that's light on the wallet, the new SX package provides an affordable, blacked-out appearance package that can be a great base for a customized vehicle but can also stand confidently on its own. The host of black accents include 16-inch alloy wheels, mirror caps, handles, grille and more. For those who live life off the pavement, the 2019 Tacoma TRD Pro provides a compelling reason to start planning that next adventure. Highlighted by 2.5-inch Fox Internal Bypass shocks on all four corners, the new Tacoma adds an available TRD Desert Air Intake designed to provide cleaner airflow to the engine even in the dustiest environments. TRD Pro also gets a standard moonroof and JBL Premium Audio (on automatic transmission models only).

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