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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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Elixir completes acquisition of Gold Horde to set up Mongolian program

Elixir Petroleum Ltd., Perth, completed its acquisition of Golden Horde Ltd. for 79 million Elixir shares to set in motion an exploration program in southern Mongolia.
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Senex’s Gemba-1 success points to new Cooper basin play

Senex Energy Ltd., Brisbane,&nbsp;has completed a test at its Gemba-1 wildcat in 100%-owned Cooper basin permit PEL 516 with a stabilized flow rate of 8 MMcfd and raised the potential of a new...

Cairn Energy group begins FEED at SNE field off Senegal

The Cairn Energy-led group offshore Senegal has begun front-end engineering and design (FEED) work for the first phase of the proposed development of the SNE oil field.
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Market Watch: US oil, gas futures drop

Oil benchmark prices fell more than $1/bbl on New York and London futures markets Dec. 14, settling lower for the week, which analysts attributed to a stronger US dollar combined with ongoing oil i...

SemCAMS inks processing deal for Wapiti gas plant

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Congressional Republicans ask Trump to act on Keystone XL pipeline

Forty-two congressional Republicans asked President Donald J. Trump “to take any appropriate action necessary to move construction forward” on the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline.
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An embattled Zinke resigns as US Interior secretary

US Interior Sec. Ryan K. Zinke resigned on Dec. 15, saying that he could not justify “spending thousands of dollars defending myself and my family against false allegations.” He made his move w...

Reliance plans expansion at Jamnagar refinery

Reliance Industries Inc.&nbsp;(RIL), Mumbai, is evaluating a plan to expand one of the two refineries that form part of its nameplate 1.729 million-b/d integrated refining and petrochemical com...

US pressure freezes 11th-phase work at South Pars gas field

From several directions, US pressure froze a crucial gas development off Iran in the last month of 2018.
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Use technology to address climate change, Oxy exec advises

More oil and gas producers should be ready to use technology to address climate change instead of denying the problem exists, Occidental Petroleum Corp. Pres. and Chief Executive Officer Vicki A. H...

Tendeka continues flow of new technology launches to boost oil recovery

In response to the challenges of effective water injection in fractured reservoirs, independent global completions service company Tendeka has launched a new technology to optimize oil production.

Qatar Petroleum signs agreement to acquire interest in three offshore oil Fields in Mexico

Qatar Petroleum entered into an agreement with Eni to acquire a 35% participating interest in three offshore oil Fields in Mexico.

AFGlobal signs frame agreement with ExPert Riser Solutions

AFGlobal has announced they have signed a frame agreement with ExPert Riser Solutions, LLC that will bring together the companies’ marine drilling riser inspection and drilling riser repair servi...

Equinor's Aasta Hansteen Nowegian Sea goes online

Equinor and its partners started production from the Aasta Hansteen gas field in the Norwegian Sea. Gas from the Aasta Hansteen field is available to the market for the first time and together with...

Anglo African Oil and Gas reports well results offshore Congo

AAOG, an independent oil and gas developer, has reported the following update in relation to its TLP-103C well at the Company’s Tilapia license.

Phase 1 of Senegal's SNE development commences FEED activities

Woodside has advised that the Rufisque Offshore, Sangomar Offshore and Sangomar Deep Offshore (RSSD) joint venture has agreed to commence front-end engineering and design (FEED) activities followin...

Oil gains near $52 as U.S. drillers cut rigs

Oil rose to near $52/bbl as the dollar fell and U.S. drillers cut rigs to the lowest in eight weeks.

Kuwait oil minister's resignation has been accepted

Kuwaiti Oil Minister Bakheet Al-Rashidi’s resignation has been accepted, according to a person familiar with the situation.

ExxonMobil and Sonangol sign MoU for Namibe Basin

Sonangol EP and ExxonMobil Corporation, a multinational oil and gas company in the United States, entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018 at the head office of the...

Weir Oil and Gas awarded contract with Expro for repair of Powerchoke products

Weir Oil and Gas Dubai has announced it has signed a contract with Expro to provide authorized repairs, specifically for Expro’s PowerChokes product range.

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