Oil & Gas Product News Logo

New United Electric Controls gas detector offers carbon monoxide monitoring and flexible mounting

The new Vanguard WirelessHART gas detector version also features its new FLEXmountTM installation, which augments Vanguard standard mounting with magnetic and universal options.
The new Vanguard WirelessHART gas detector version also features its new FLEXmountTM installation, which augments Vanguard standard mounting with magnetic and universal options.

United Electric Controls, a producer of safety, alarm and shutdown technology, has announced that it has added carbon monoxide (CO) to the list of gases detected by the latest Vanguard WirelessHART gas detector.  Vanguard version 1.2 also includes new mounting flexibility and a variety of other features that enhance installation, configurability and maintainability.

"Carbon monoxide (CO) is used in numerous processing applications and is highly toxic to humans. Wireless technology now enables companies to set up more detection points to protect workers by eliminating the need to run and maintain wiring. In addition to CO detection, our latest Vanguard release makes it easier for users to enjoy the benefits of wireless detection by addressing customer requests for more mounting options, more intuitive configuration and access to diagnostic information," said Andrew Liptak, United Electric Controls Product Manager for Gas Detection.

Reducing cost of CO detection

Wireless CO monitoring can reduce the cost of installing detection technology by up to 90 percent. The new Vanguard CO detection capability offers high stability, high resolution and broader range. Its range enables alarming at higher values while also providing accuracy at lower values, which is helpful for asset management. The CO sensor also avoids false alarms resulting from temperature drift, by providing high zero stability and accuracy over large temperature ranges. The sensor has a low stabilization time, allowing it to be installed and calibrated at the same time.

New mounting flexibility

The new Vanguard WirelessHART gas detector version also features its new FLEXmountTM installation, which augments Vanguard standard mounting with magnetic and universal options. The magnetic option enables installation on I-beams without drilling. The universal option uses adjustable clamps that enable installation on pipes from 3" to 12" in diameter without a hot work permit.

Enhanced calibration, configuration, diagnostics, and communications  

Vanguard WirelessHART version 1.2 also includes the following new features:

  • New WiHART communication accessories, which enable users to extend system range, get more out of their installed HART instruments by receiving WirelessHART data via 4-20 mA inputs, and further extend range with powered repeaters.
  • A new touchscreen configurator, which streamlines onboarding of the gas monitor to a WirelessHART network.
  • Upgraded diagnostic software, which detects and pre-warns of system faults, providing more visibility into sensor messages, more ways to code the status of the signals and fewer false alarms.

Greater agility in responding to customer needs

Contributing to United Electric's ability to respond to customer needs so quickly and effectively is an investment in new testing facilities. This includes modern methods for handling and storing hazardous gases during testing, ability to run multiple test platforms simultaneously, temperature and humidity control and automated test plans. The test facility deploys the sensors in an internal SCADA system to simulate the actual monitoring and data collection technology that customers run in the field.

Available now

The Vanguard WirelessHART Gas Detector version 1.2 is available immediately, supporting interchangeable detection heads for hydrogen sulfide (H2S) and methane (CH4) as well as carbon monoxide (CO). Beta testing is now underway for ammonia (NH3) detection heads.

More from Industry News

FortisBC secures first export contract for Tilbury LNG facility

FortisBC has entered into its first term supply agreement to produce liquefied natural gas (LNG) for Top Speed Energy Corp. to export to China. This term supply agreement is an unprecedented development in Canada's LNG export industry and was made possible by the completion of the Tilbury LNG expansion project in Delta, B.C. earlier this year.

New chief executive takes COSIA's helm

Canada's Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Wes Jickling as the organization's next Chief Executive, effective August 6, 2019. The appointment aligns with COSIA's updated strategic plan, focused on accelerating environmental performance through collaborative action and innovation, while sharing its story with Canadians and beyond.

Encana signs agreement to sell Arkoma Basin natural gas assets

Encana Corporation wholly owned subsidiary Newfield Exploration Mid-Continent Inc. has signed an agreement to sell its natural gas assets in Oklahoma's Arkoma Basin to an undisclosed buyer. Total cash consideration to Encana under the transaction is $165 million. The agreement is subject to ordinary closing conditions, regulatory approvals and other adjustments and is expected to close in the third quarter of 2019.  

TC Energy to sell Columbia Midstream assets in US$1.275 billion deal

TC Energy Corporation has entered into an agreement to sell its U.S. midstream assets held by its subsidiary, Columbia Midstream Group, to UGI Energy Services, LLC, a subsidiary of UGI Corporation, for approximately US$1.275 billion (Cdn$1.7 billion). The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2019 subject to closing adjustments and customary regulatory approvals.

free-paper-airplane

Get our newsletter

Learn more

Shell sells Foothills sour gas assets to Pieridae Energy Limited

Shell announced that it has sold its Foothills sour gas assets to Pieridae Energy Limited, an experienced Canadian operator. The assets include three distinct sour gas plants (Waterton, Jumping Pound and Caroline) and the gas fields which feed them. Combined, they produce approximately 29,000 barrels per day of natural gas, natural gas liquids and condensate. 

Woodfibre LNG signs agreement with foundation customer

Pacific Oil & Gas Limited wholly-owned subsidiary Woodfibre LNG has signed a binding LNG Sales and Purchase Agreement (SPA) with BP Gas Marketing Limited, a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary of BP Plc, for the delivery of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from PO&G's Woodfibre LNG export facility in Squamish, British Columbia. 

Metso introduces new mine tailings management approach

Water conservation, efficient tailings management and responsible mine reclamation are becoming increasingly important for mines to ensure their license to operate. Spearheaded by the launch of the new Metso VPX filter for tailings dewatering, Metso introduces its comprehensive tailings management concept to enable and support environmentally and economically sustainable mining.

NETZSCH celebrates 50th anniversary of North American operations

NETZSCH Pumps North America, LLC, experts in solutions designed specifically for difficult pumping applications, announces it is celebrating its 50th anniversary in business. As a mid-sized, family-owned German company, NETZSCH manufactures machinery and instrumentation with worldwide production, sales, and service. The global company began its North America operations as a one-person office 50 years ago, and has since grown to more than 180 employees, with over $75 M in revenue for its three North American business units, Analyzing & Testing; Grinding & Dispersing; and Pumps & Systems. NETZSCH marked the milestone year with a gala celebration, held May 11, 2019 at the historic SunnyBrook Ballroom in Pottstown, PA.

Stork Consortium awarded 4-year turnaround framework agreement by Ecopetrol in Colombia

Fluor Corporation announced that Stork, part of Fluor's Diversified Services segment, together with its consortium partners, was awarded a 4-year framework agreement for plant turnaround services by Ecopetrol S.A. for its Barrancabermeja and Cartagena refineries in Colombia. The Colombia-based consortium includes Stork as the international lead partner, Rampint as the local partner in Barrancabermeja and Servimant as the local partner in Cartagena. The agreement also includes two extension options for an additional two years each. Both refineries supply fuel to meet Colombia's national and export product needs. Fluor booked the undisclosed contract value in the second quarter of 2019. 

free-magazine-subscription

Get Our Magazine

Paper or Digital delivered monthly to you

Subscribe or Renew Learn more

Three ways electrical technology improves oil and gas plant reliability and availability

As electrical machinery evolves and matures at an exponential pace - alongside increasingly available power grids to supply them - the oil and gas (O&G) landscape is witnessing major change. This is a positive shift as electrification not only meets ever tougher demands for lower global emissions, but also ticks boxes for improving O&G's availability and reliability. What's more, alongside greater productivity for operators, it adds up to greater safety for plant workers and the wider public too.

Pembina partners with Ducks Unlimited for prairie wetlands

A landmark gift from Pembina Pipeline Corporation is ensuring working landscapes across the Canadian Prairies also work for conservation. Its $1-million investment in Ducks Unlimited Canada's (DUC) Revolving Land Conservation Program will protect approximately 2,000 acres (809 hectares) of important wetland habitat. At the same time, communities across Alberta and Saskatchewan will benefit from a host of environmental benefits. The joint announcement was made and celebrated by Pembina and DUC at a ceremony held at one of DUC's conservation project sites located east of Camrose. 

CIRCOR initiative targets integrated solutions for oil and gas

CIRCOR Industrial Valves, a leader in designing and manufacturing flow control technology, features its commitment to ONE CIRCOR, ONE Solution, an initiative to provide the right solution for each customer by effectively drawing on the technical capabilities of CIRCOR's trusted brands, like Leslie Controls, Spence, RTK, Nicholson, and more. With a broad range of products to match to requirements and the technical expertise to design optimized systems for specific customer applications, CIRCOR engineers and provides integrated critical steam solutions for process industry, oil and gas, district energy and power systems.

free-paper-airplane

Get our newsletter

Learn more

Encana provides interim update on strength of operations

Encana Corporation has provided an update on its share buyback program and disclosed its intention to execute a substantial issuer bid (SIB) to fulfill its previously announced 2019 share buyback. In addition, the Company signed an agreement to exit China, strengthened its production outlook for the second quarter of 2019 and reiterated its original capital investment plan.

Oil sands forecast shows production increase but lower annual growth: IHS

Canadian oil sands production is set to enter a period of slower annual production growth compared to previous years. Nevertheless, total production is expected to reach nearly four million barrels per day (mbd) by 2030 - nearly one million more than today, according to a new 10-year production forecast by business information provider IHS Markit.

CAPP says Canada can play a key role on world stage if Canadians 'vote for energy'

Canada's next federal government has an opportunity to help define a strategic, long-term vision for the growth of Canada's oil and natural gas sector, one that promotes jobs and a healthy economy for all Canadians, while being part of the solution to meet growing global energy demand with responsibly developed energy, according to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP).

nVent introduces new standardized design for mineral insulated heating units

nVent Electric plc has introduced a new standardized design for its nVent RAYCHEM Mineral Insulated (MI) heating units; industry-leading equipment designed to provide superior freeze protection and process temperature maintenance for high-power, high-exposure industrial heat-tracing applications. The new heating units ensure greater operational reliability and corrosion resistance in harsh environments.

AltaGas celebrates grand opening and first cargo from Ridley Island propane terminal

AltaGas Ltd. has celebrated the grand opening of its Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal (RIPET), located in Prince Rupert, British Columbia - the first marine export facility for propane in Canada. The facility began introducing propane feedstock in mid-April, and the first shipment departed the terminal on May 23, 2019 bound for Asia.

Capital spending shifts and increased free cash flow generation included in Husky five-year plan update

With a focus on generating increased free cash flow, the updated Husky Energy five-year plan shows reduced capital spending to achieve an annual average of $3.15 billion for 2019 - 2023 versus the previously planned 2018 - 2022 annual average of $3.5 billion. Total capital spending over the 2019 - 2023 five-year period is reduced by about $1.7 billion, with total free cash flow before dividends expected to reach $8.7 billion at a flat $60 US WTI planning price.

free-magazine-subscription

Get Our Magazine

Paper or Digital delivered monthly to you

Subscribe or Renew Learn more