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CSB: Thermal fatigue likely cause of Pascagoula gas plant incident

Thermal fatigue was likely the cause of the explosion and fire at Enterprise Products Partners’ Pascagoula, Miss., gas plant late in the evening of June 27, 2016, a US Chemical Safety Board inves...

Aruba delays refinery rehab amid US sanctions on Venezuela

Refineria di Aruba, a wholly owned incorporated company of the government of Aruba responsible for compliance monitoring of Citgo Petroleum’s Citgo Aruba Refinery, is putting a hold on the operat...

India seeks more oil, gas license appeal

Seeking to increase exploration and production, India’s Union Cabinet has approved a new round of changes in oil and gas licensing and regulation. “Considering stagnant/declining domestic produ...

Equinor lets contract to boost production from Vigdis subsea field

Norway’s Equinor has let a $13-million engineering, procurement, construction, and installation contract to Wood for the boosting station to increase production from Vigdis subsea field in the Ta...

Contracts let for gas fields off Sarawak

Sarawak Shell and Sapura Exploration & Production have let contracts to McDermott for work related to the linked development of three natural gas fields offshore Malaysia. The Shell unit’...

SOCAR Polymer commissions HDPE plant in Azerbaijan

SOCAR Polymer has started up a high-density polyethylene plant in the Sumgait Chemical Industrial Park about 30 km north of Baku. The 120,000-tonne/year HDPE plant, which officially began...

Anadarko, Pertamina sign LNG agreement for Mozambique plant

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. reported that Mozambique LNG1 Co. Pte. Ltd.—the jointly owned sales entity of the Mozambique Area 1 coventurers—has entered into a 20-year, 1 million-tonne/year LNG sup...

Equinor releases Great Australian Bight drilling plan

The Australian arm of Norwegian international energy company Equinor has released for public comment its draft environment plan for the proposed drilling program of the Stromlo-1 wildcat in explora...

MARKET WATCH: Brent crude oil approached $67/bbl to start week

Brent crude oil reached a high of $66.83/bbl on the London market Feb. 18 before falling to settle at $66.25/bbl while US markets were closed Feb. 18 for the Presidents’ Day holiday.

Montana federal judge’s latest order continues to block Keystone XL

US District Judge Brian Morris issued a new ruling allowing TransCanada Corp. to build and use pipe storage and container yards for the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline. But the Feb. 15 orde...

Rockwell and Schlumberger enter JV to create Sensia cloud, edge-enabled process automation solution

Rockwell Automation, dedicated to industrial automation and information, and Schlumberger, provider of technology for reservoir characterization, drilling, production, and processing to the oil and...

Alberta expects $1.7 billion profit from crude-by-rail operation

Alberta is preparing a giant crude-by-rail operation to help its oil-sands producers cope with a pipeline crunch, and it expects a big profit from the venture.

InterDam expands presence with Houston-office opening

InterDam, supplier of fire and blast resistant architectural products for the oil industry, recently opened a new office in Houston, Texas to strengthen its position in the North American market, a...

USGS: Former astronaut named EROS Center director

Former NASA astronaut Christopher J. “C.J.” Loria has been named the newest director of the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Noble Energy announces 2018 results, provides 2019 guidance

Noble Energy, Inc. has announced fourth quarter and full-year 2018 financial and operating results. In addition, the company will be focused on delivering sustainable organic free cash flow in 2020...

Lukoil's 2018 proved reserves totaled 101%

Lukoil (hereinafter the company) announces the results of the reserves assessment and independent audit as of Dec. 31, 2018.

California's dirty oil gets pricey amid Venezuela sanctions

California doesn’t usually come to mind when talking about the U.S. oil boom, but the state’s dirty oil is commanding an increasingly large premium amid an international shortfall of dense, hig...

James Fisher and Sons has acquired Murjan Al-Sharq Marine Contracting

James Fisher and Sons plc (JFS) has further expanded its capabilities in the Middle East with the acquisition of Murjan Al-Sharq Marine Contracting LLC (MSMC).

American Gilsonite Company has appointed V.P., CCO

American Gilsonite Company (AGC), exclusive supplier of Gilsonite, is pleased to announce the appointment of Craig Mueller as V.P. and CCO, effective immediately.

Chinese oil discovery has Morgan Stanley thinking shale boom

An oil discovery in a remote corner of northwestern China could trigger a surge in shale drilling, benefiting service companies and providing a needed output boost for the world’s biggest importer.

Industry alerts

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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Baker Hughes

Baker Hughes provides the world's oil & gas industry with products and services for drilling, formation evaluation, completion, production and reservoir consulting. Baker Hughes operates in over 90 countries worldwide mainly based in countries with a mature petroleum industry as is the case with most oil & gas service companies.

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Coiled tubing

Coiled tubing is a continuous string of tubing, rolled onto a spool. It is made from rolling strip material into a tubular form and resistance welding along its length. Coiled-Tubing (CT) continues to grow as an enabling technology that provides cost economy and time efficiency for the oil and gas industry. It has gained wider acceptance in all operations involved in oil and gas exploration.

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Flow assurance

Flow assurance is essential to the sustained operability of production facilities. Flow assurance failures often result in production shut-down and costly interventions. What operating environments does flow assurance typically pose a challenge? Almost all, but some are worse than others.

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Dr. Torben Lund Skovhus

Dr. Torben Lund Skovhus is Researcher and Project Manager at VIA University College in the Centre of Applied Research & Development in Building, Energy & Environment (Horsens, Denmark). Torben is currently chair of NACE TEG286X and ISMOS TSC an organization he co-founded in 2006.

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