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Rangeland kicks off construction of Marten Hills pipeline system

Rangeland Midstream Canada, Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Rangeland Energy III LLC, has commenced the construction of its Marten Hills Pipeline System. The system consists of new crude oil and condensate pipelines located in the Marten Hills region of north central Alberta. The Marten Hills Pipeline System will extend approximately 85 kilometres (52.8 miles), terminating at an interconnect with Plains Midstream Canada's Rainbow Pipeline System, which serves the Edmonton, Alberta, hub and refining market (system map here). The Marten Hills system is expected to come into service in the second quarter of 2020.

Greenfield Global takes next steps to expand production at its Varennes biorefinery

Greenfield Global Inc., Canada's largest ethanol producer and a world leader in high-purity specialty alcohols, welcomed the Government of Quebec's pre-publication of draft regulations on the minimum volume of renewable fuel in gasoline and diesel fuel. Announced this week, the government's proposal would set blending thresholds of 10% renewable fuel in gasoline and 2% in diesel fuel by 2021 and increase the thresholds to 15% in gasoline and 4% in diesel fuel, respectively, by 2025.

Suncor Energy increases participation in Enerkem, strengthening existing relationship

Enerkem Inc., the world-leading waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer, has announced the closing of a $50 million equity investment from Suncor. As Canada's leading integrated energy company, Suncor first participated in the ownership of Enerkem in April 2019 as part of a $76.3 million equity financing alongside Enerkem's existing shareholders. With this new investment, Suncor becomes a significant, strategic shareholder of Enerkem.

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5 things to know when buying hydraulic air compressors for service trucks

The right hydraulic air compressor can improve productivity, efficiency, and profitability, but it's an investment that takes careful consideration. In this article, we break down the top 5 things you need to know when buying hydraulic air compressors for service trucks.

5. HOW MUCH AIR DO YOU NEED?

CAS DataLoggers provide unique safety support in chemical plant

CAS DataLoggers provided a unique gas monitoring and temperature monitoring solution for an international chemical company, where health and safety was an important consideration. Harmful gas detection was placed high on the list of priorities: hydrochloric acid gas was produced when a standard chemical made by the company leaked to the atmosphere as fumes, while chlorine was used as a raw material at the plant. Therefore, it was necessary to monitor and record both hydrochloric acid gas levels (HCL) and chlorine (CH2) levels. 

Alberta launches support for indigenous groups to enter energy sector

Alberta Bill 14, the Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation Act introduced recently, would set up a first-of-its-kind Crown corporation to facilitate Indigenous investments and job creation. The AIOC would make it easier for Indigenous communities to access funding, invest in major natural resources development projects and fuel their prosperity while helping to grow Alberta's natural resource sectors.

Cloud-based upstream document management introduced by Quorum Software

Quorum Software, a leader in digital transformation for the oil and gas industry,  announced the release of myQuorum DynamicDocs, a cloud-based document management system purpose-built to make oil and gas operators more secure, agile and compliant. As part of the myQuorum platform, DynamicDocs will play a central role in helping Quorum customers evolve document-based business processes to deliver more value and streamline workflows.

C3 Oleflex technology helps with first contract for propane dehydrogenation technology in Turkey

Honeywell announced that Ceyhan Polipropilen Üretim A.Ş. will use Honeywell UOP's C3 Oleflex technology to produce 457,000 metric tons per year of polymer-grade propylene for a new petrochemicals complex in Ceyhan, Turkey. Ceyhan Polipropilen Uretim is a joint venture of Rönesans Holding and the Algerian national energy company Sonatrach S.p.A. The new unit will be used to supply propylene for production of polypropylene, which is used to make a wide variety of plastic products that are growing in demand globally.

September 2019 international rig count released by Baker Hughes

Baker Hughes, a GE company announced that the Baker Hughes international rig count for September 2019 was 1,131, down 7 from the 1,138 counted in August 2019, and up 127 from the 1,004 counted in September 2018. The international offshore rig count for September 2019 was 242, down 2 from the 244 counted in August 2019, and up 38 from the 204 counted in September 2018. 

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Caliper tool from Probe designed for ultra-high temperature environments

Probe, a supplier of cased-hole logging and advanced monitoring technology to the global oil and gas and geothermal industries, has announced the launch of its UHT Dimension XY Caliper, the first XY Caliper Tool specifically designed to operate in ultra-high temperature environments. This new development expands upon the renowned Kuster geothermal logging tool portfolio, used extensively in the global geothermal industry for its performance and reliability.

Flare gas meter from FCI simplifies meter calibration verification

With the VeriCal In-Situ Calibration Verification System for the ST00 Series Flare Gas Flow Meter from Fluid Components International (FCI), process and plant engineers can now eliminate the cumbersome task of traditional flow meter calibrations, which require shutting down the line, pulling the meter, installing a spare and  sending the meter out to a lab to help meet air quality management regulations.

TransAlta, SemCAMS Midstream to build Alberta cogeneration plant

TransAlta Corporation and SemCAMS Midstream ULC, a subsidiary of SemGroup Corporation, have entered into definitive agreements to develop, construct and operate a new cogeneration facility at the Kaybob South No. 3 sour gas processing plant. The Kaybob facility is strategically located in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin and accepts natural gas production out of the Montney and Duvernay formations. TransAlta will construct the cogeneration plant which will be jointly owned, operated and maintained with SemCAMS. The capital cost of the new cogeneration facility is expected to be approximately $105 million and the project is expected to deliver approximately $18 million in annual EBITDA. TransAlta will be responsible for all capital costs during construction and, subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions, SemCAMS will purchase a fifty percent (50%) interest in the new cogeneration facility as of the commercial operation date, which is targeted for late 2021.

At-Bit Steerable System from Schlumberger aids in horizontal well drilling

Schlumberger introduced the NeoSteer at-bit steerable system (ABSS) at the Society of Petroleum Engineers Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (SPE ATCE). The NeoSteer ABSSs improve horizontal well drilling performance by providing high-dogleg capability and increased rate of penetration in the curve and the lateral.

Universal mCloud offers 3D digital twin capabilities to Alberta customers

Universal mCloud Corp. (TSX-V: MCLD) (OTCQB: MCLDF) ("mCloud"   or the "Company"), a leading provider of asset management solutions combining IoT, cloud computing, artificial intelligence ("AI") and analytics, today announced the launch of a new AssetCare™️ solution under the banner of the "3D Digital Twin." This solution enables mCloud to take advantage of high-precision 3D laser scanners to create digital replicas of facilities along with a suite of capabilities designed to use these 3D models to streamline field work, minimize facility downtime, and eliminate unnecessary field visits.

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Armor cladding alloy now available from Schlumberger for drill bits

Smith Bits, a Schlumberger company, has introduced Aegis armor cladding that significantly improves bit body design flexibility and erosion resistance, increasing rate of penetration (ROP) and bit durability for longer runs. Composed of a proprietary tungsten carbide material, Aegis cladding increases bit erosion resistance by 400% and strength by 40% when compared to conventional matrix polycrystalline diamond compact (PDC) bits.

CyberSecure LVDT signal conditioner offered by Alliance Sensors Group

H.G. Schaevitz LLC dba Alliance Sensors Group introduces its latest LVDT signal conditioner, the highly advanced SC-200.  This LVDT signal Conditioner offers smart and fast LVDT/RVDT setup and has been engineered to work with the widest range of LVDTs, RVDTs, and inductive half-bridge sensors including 3-wire industrial LVRTs. The signal conditioning module has cyber security tamper prevention and notification features that no other manufacturers have even considered, providing confidence that the unit has not been compromised.

Melius Energy successfully tests new bitumen shipping approach

Calgary based Melius Energy has successfully transported bitumen from Edmonton, Alberta to Prince Rupert, British Columbia, continuing to global markets in custom 20-foot shipping containers utilizing intermodal rail and vessel infrastructure. The shipment is the company's first BitCrude transportation process demonstration, proving the ability to move bitumen safely and efficiently, in adherence to Canada's regulatory framework.    

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