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Quest carbon capture storage facility hits 4 million tonne milestone

In less than four years, the Quest carbon capture and storage (CCS) facility has captured and safely stored four million tonnes of CO2, ahead of schedule and at a lower cost than anticipated. Four million tonnes of CO2 is equal to the annual emissions from about one million cars. Quest has now stored underground the most CO2 of any onshore CCS facility in the world with dedicated geological storage.

New SIL rated ST80 thermal mass flow meter for Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS)

Process and plant engineers designing or instrumenting safety integrity systems (SIS) requiring air or gas flow meters will want to discover the new SIL compliant ST80 Series Thermal Mass Flow Meter from Fluid Components International (FCI) FCI's ST80 has already been independently evaluated by industry expert exida for compliance and the FMEDA summary is available for review by prospective users.           

Siemens, Chronicle to provide industrial cyber threat protection for energy industry

Siemens and Chronicle, an Alphabet company, today announced a new partnership to protect the energy industry's critical infrastructure from increasingly sophisticated and malicious industrial cyber threats at Spotlight on Innovation, Siemens flagship U.S. technology and innovation conference. Through a unified approach that will leverage Chronicle's Backstory platform and Siemens' strength in industrial cyber security, the combined offering gives energy customers unparalleled visibility across information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) to provide operational insights and confidentially act on threats.

Canadian energy future to be propelled by technological innovation

Over the past decade, uncertainty has been constant in Canada's oil and gas industry, brought on in part by unknown investment outlooks, lack of market access, and a complex regulatory process. According to PwC Canada's 2019 Energy Visions report, there are two main factors that could catalyze change for the oil and gas industry: a national energy strategy as well as further technological innovation. 

Innovation, improvements added to 2020 GMC Sierra 1500

GMC is taking premium to the next level with all new availability for a carbon fibre bed, 3.0L Duramax turbo-diesel and 10 speed automatic transmission, plus additional technology like Adaptive Cruise Control - Camera to elevate the ownership experience in the 2020 Sierra 1500. The updates add to a robust portfolio of technologies that deliver an innovative and premium ownership experience.

Conduct reliable hydrostatic pressure tests with AMETEK STC XP2i

Within natural gas systems, one of the most important methods to verify the integrity of pipelines is through the hydrostatic pressure test. Designed to test the transmission systems - one of the largest sections in a natural gas system - the hydrostatic test varies on the level of requirements. Depending on local regulations, it may require testing pressure and multiple temperatures in the pipeline for several hours prior to and after a pipe is put into service.

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AW-Lake upgrades hazardous area rated flow sensor

AW-Lake Company now offers its HUB-40EX Hazardous Area Rated Flow Sensor with a choice of either sinking or sourcing digital output and a choice of 316 stainless steel or aluminum junction box; or for areas with limited space, a version with no junction box at all.  Compatible with any stainless-steel AW-Lake flow meter, the explosion-proof frequency output sensor is ideal for use in any industry or flow measurement application requiring an explosion-proof sensor such as chemical injection or hydraulic fracturing.

AW-Lake expands Bluetooth products with new flow rate transmitter

AW-Lake adds the RT-50 Flow Rate Transmitter to its Bluetooth Series of Products that support remote monitoring and programming of its flow meters from the convenience of a smartphone.  The FAC-S Analog Output Sensor and FAC-R Frequency to Analog Converter also offer Bluetooth connectivity and analog output options when interfacing with AW-Lake Flow Meters and other instrumentation.  Bluetooth connectivity provides an added convenience for users to monitor and program flow meters from the convenience of a smart device.

  • The RT-50 Battery-Powered Flow Rate Transmitter offers a local and remote display of flow rates in locations where equipment is exposed to different environmental elements.  When operating locally, the transmitter offers a six-digit LCD display that continuously shows either the flow rate or total.   When using Bluetooth connectivity, users can opt to view readings and adjust rate, total, reset, sleep mode, or time on a smart device
  • The FAC-S  Analog Output Sensor is ideal for users of AW-Lake flow meters that want a voltage, current or handheld flow reading.  Mounted directly to a gear or turbine flow meter, the FAC-S Analog Output Sensor provides five user-selectable analog and current outputs including 4-20mA, 0-5V, 1-5V, 0-10V, and 2-.  Using the Bluetooth interface, users can program and watch live flow measurements from the convenience of a smartphone.  The microprocessor-based FAC-S Sensor supports process monitoring, data acquisition and signal conditioning in various industries.
  • A remote version of the FAC-S, the FAC-R Frequency to Analog Converter interfaces with flow meters, tachometers, pumps, motors and linear/rotational encoders to convert sensor frequency to current and analog outputs.  Bluetooth connectivity supports remote programming and flow monitoring from a smartphone.  An economical alternative to a PLC card, the FAC-R is ideal for use in process monitoring, data acquisition and virtually any application when sending an analog signal to a PLC or other control system. 

Why actuators for connected industry run on brushless DC motors

With no need for compressed air, early electric actuators could operate with less sound and less maintenance than the predominant pneumatic actuator. Of course, the standard pneumatic option offered its own apparent benefits - performance in extreme temperatures, for example, and an elegant simplicity. As a result, the flow control industry has stubbornly clung to pneumatic actuators, specifically in the American market, for decades.

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Wellbore Integrity Solutions, Rhone Capital acquire collection of businesses from Schlumberger

Wellbore Integrity Solutions (WIS), an affiliate of private equity firm Rhône Capital, and Schlumberger  jointly announced that they have entered into an agreement for WIS to acquire the businesses and associated assets of DRILCO, Thomas Tools, and Fishing & Remedial services, along with part of a manufacturing facility located on Rankin Road in Houston, Texas. The transaction is valued at approximately $400 million and is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. The parties expect to close the transaction by year-end 2019.

Pacific Oil & Gas Ltd. to acquire Canbriam Energy Inc.

Canbriam Energy Inc. and Pacific Oil and Gas Ltd. have announced the signing of definitive documents for the acquisition by PO&G of all of the issued and outstanding shares of Canbriam for cash consideration. Canbriam's Board of Directors has provided unanimous approval of the Transaction, and all of the officers, directors and significant shareholders of Canbriam representing greater than 90 percent of the outstanding Canbriam shares have entered into support and lock-up agreements in favor of the Transaction.

Fuelled engaged by PwC to facilitate large energy asset disposition

Fuelled, Canada's leading energy equipment marketplace, announced an agreement with PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc., LIT, in its capacity as the court appointed Receiver of Trident Exploration.  This agreement will allow Fuelled to act as the exclusive sales agent for Trident's surplus oil and gas equipment. Fuelled is representing the Receiver on the divestiture of approximately 250 pieces of production equipment located in Western Canada. "We look forward to working closely with the Receiver on this engagement while we continue to deliver an unparalleled customer experience to our online buyers" said Austin Fraser, VP of Fuelled.  "Trident's equipment includes gas compression, separation, dehydration, refrigeration, MCC's and other gas processing equipment that we believe there is strong demand for from our customers domestically as well as in the US and Overseas"

IGU releases 2019 Wholesale Gas Price Survey

The International Gas Union (IGU) released its 2019 Wholesale Gas Price Survey at Flame 2019. The survey is the eleventh to be undertaken in a series that began in 2007. The eleven surveys examine the dramatic changes in wholesale price formation mechanisms during a period of key developments in the global gas market. 

Pfannenberg launches video demonstrating ease of installation for signaling alarms

Pfannenberg, a manufacturer of thermal management and signaling technologies, announces a new video highlighting the ease of installation of its line of PATROL signaling devices, including both audible and combined visual-audible signal models. Pfannenberg signaling devices are designed to be installed in less than a minute. Video viewers can see a direct head-to-head comparison with competitive signaling alarms that take considerably more time to install.

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Canada sees continuing drop in rig counts for April

Baker Hughes, a GE company announced that the Baker Hughes international rig count for April 2019 was 1,062, up 23 from the 1,039 counted in March 2019, and up 84 from the 978 counted in April 2018. The international offshore rig count for April 2019 was 251, up 4 from the 247 counted in March 2019, and up 57 from the 194 counted in April 2018.

Canadian upstream oil and gas investment shows small increase compared to U.S., study shows

From 2016 to 2018, capital investment in Canada's upstream oil and gas industry (essentially, exploration and production) increased 15 percent compared to 41 percent in the U.S. over the same period, finds a new study released by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

New frac pump from Weir engineered for reliability in harsh operation

At OTC 2019, Weir Oil & Gas introduced its new SPM EXL Frac Pump - engineered from the ground up to be the most durable, longest-lasting 2500 horsepower pump on the market, the company states. With the highest rod load rating in its class at 238,000 pounds, this pump is designed to withstand today's harshest fracking conditions and ease maintenance for operators' field teams.

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