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Gate valve bonnet failures from thermal expansion of fluids at high temperature - In a steam-assisted gravity drainage application, immediately after start-up, a gate valve bonnet failure caused a release of pressure to atmosphere. In thermal applications throughout the oil and gas industry, there have been incidents of valve failures during start-up. Resulting damage can include stretching studs and loss of pressure integrity between the body and bonnet. The main cause is pressure build-up in the gate valve cavity from thermal expansion of fluids, which was completely full and isolated. Such pressure exceeded the rated working pressure of the valve.

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Job openings

Research Engineers

Houston, TX ExxonMobil
ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company in Spring, Texas is seeking Research Engineers in the field of oil sands mining and processing to evaluate and develop technologies in the field of heavy oil/bitumen extraction and processing. The position requires a Ph.D. degree in Materials Science and Engineer..

Geoscience Manager

Houston, Texas BP
Supervise geoscience contribution to well design including location and target zones, well path and geo-steering requirements Identify and progress material unconventional well programs that test new reservoirs/field extensions/play extensions so that the identified programs reach Execution Readine..

Petroleum Engineer - Unconventional Resources

Saudi Arabia Saudi Aramco
Saudi Aramco, long known for its leadership in oil exploration, production, and refining, is seeking experienced professionals to join the growing Unconventional Resources exploration efforts. We have an immediate requirement for experienced Petroleum Engineer with relevant unconventional expert..

Sr Reservoir Engineer

Houston, Texas Occidental Petroleum
OXY is a growing, action-oriented exploration and production company continually working to be one of industry’s best. Our success has and will continue to be dependent upon our talented workforce. We are currently looking for experienced, motivated, creative and entrepreneurial individuals to fil..

Industry headlines

Etinde block appraisal off Cameroon plugged

New Age Cameroon Offshore Petroleum is plugging the IM-6 appraisal well on the Etinde block off Cameroon and moving the Vantage Drilling International Topaz Driller jack up to a back-up location.

Region-wide gulf lease sale yields $178.1 million in high bids

The region-wide Gulf of Mexico lease sale, held Aug. 15 in New Orleans by the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, generated $178.1 million in apparent high bids for 144 tracts. There were a total...

SPDC, NNPC unit form combine for Nigerian gas project

Seplat Petroleum Development has signed shareholder and share subscription agreements with NNPC unit Nigerian Gas Processing & Transportation to enter an incorporated joint venture for ANOH...

Carrizo to acquire Delaware basin assets from Devon

Carrizo Oil & Gas Inc., Houston, has agreed to acquire certain Delaware basin properties from Devon Energy Corp. for $215 million in cash. The''''' '''''deal includes 10,6...

Singh named Indian Oil pipeline director

Akshay Kumar Singh has joined Indian Oil Corp. as director (pipelines), responsible for the state-owned company’s 13,400-km network of crude oil, product, and natural gas lines.
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Diamondback to acquire Energen in all-stock deal

In its second Permian-focused deal signing in a month, Diamondback Energy Inc., Midland, Tex., has agreed to acquire Energen Corp., Birmingham, Ala., in an all-stock transaction valued at $9.2 bill...

Faroe farms in to Agar-Plantain drilling

Faroe Petroleum, Aberdeen, has farmed in to the Agar-Plantain exploration and appraisal well in the UK North Sea operated by Azinor Catalyst Ltd., acquiring a 25% interest from the operator.

Savannah reports fourth Niger oil strike

Savannah Petroleum reports a fourth indicated discovery of light oil in the R3 part of its R3/R4 production-sharing contract area in southeastern Niger.&nbsp;Wireline logs, fluid samples, and p...

EIA: US crude inventories increase 6.8 million bbl

US crude oil inventories, excluding the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, increased by 6.8 million bbl for the week ended Aug. 10, according to data from the US Energy Information Administration. At 414...

MARKET WATCH: Crude oil prices fall on API inventory report

Light, sweet crude oil prices fell on the New York market Aug. 14 to settle just above $67/bbl for September delivery after the American Petroleum Institute reported US crude inventories increased...

Oil sinks to eight-week low after surprise U.S. stockpile build

Oil plunged after U.S. stockpiles swelled by the most since March 2017 and as investor concern increased that the U.S.-China trade war and Turkish crisis will undercut demand.

Bowleven provides operational update on Cameroon's Etinde Block

Bowleven, the Africa focused oil and gas company traded on AIM, has announced the completion of drilling of the IM-6 appraisal well at the Etinde Block, Cameroon, to a TD of 3,550 m by the block&#3...

Norwegian companies join forces for expansion of AI initiative

Norway has a huge potential to be a pioneer in Artificial Intelligence (AI), but it needs resources and collaboration in order not to lag behind. To strengthen national efforts on artificial intell...

Spirit Energy strikes out in the Barents Sea, north of Johan Castberg field

Spirit Energy Norge AS, operator of production license 852, has concluded the drilling of wildcat well 7322/7-1. The well is dry.

Anglo African Oil and Gas spuds well in the prolific Lower Congo basin

Anglo African Oil and Gas plc (AAOG), an independent oil and gas developer, has confirmed that the TLP-103 well, on Tilapia oil field, spudded on Aug. 15, 2018.

Savannah Petroleum reports its fourth oil discovery in southeastern Niger

Savannah Petroleum PLC, the British independent oil and gas company focused around oil and gas activities in Niger and Nigeria, has announced that the Eridal-1 exploration well is an oil discovery.

Aker Solutions to deliver power umbilical systems to China's Liuhua fields

Aker Solutions won orders valued at more than NOK 350 million to deliver power umbilical systems to China National Offshore Oil Corporation's (CNOOC) Liuhua oil fields in the South China Sea, o...

Deal frenzy swells with Diamondback's $8.4-billion shale buyout

Diamondback Energy’s agreement to buy Energen in an $8.4 billion all-stock deal launches Permian buying spree that should shake up the U.S. shale industry.

Large investment groups throw weight behind oil rally

The recovery in the oil industry is attracting some of the most recognized billionaires in money management.

EIA: Offshore discoveries in the Mediterranean to increase Egypt’s gas output

Natural gas production in Egypt has been in decline, falling from a 2009 peak of 5.8 Bcfd to 3.9 Bcfd in 2016, based on estimates in BP’s Statistical Review of World Energy. The startup of a numb...

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