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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..

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Petro Matad updates Mongolia exploration

Petro Matad Ltd. said it drilled the Snow Leopard exploration well to 2,930 m MD in the Valley of the Lakes basin complex of central Mongolia. The well reached granitic basement on Block V. The Sno...

US House Democrats express NPR-A oil development concerns to BLM

US Rep. Raul M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), the House Natural Resources Committee’s ranking minority member, and the top Democrats on two of the committee’s subcommittees urged the US Bureau of Land Ma...

Cuadrilla’s second UK frac job approved

Privately owned Cuadrilla is preparing to hydraulically fracture the two horizontal wells it has drilled on its Preston New Road site in Lancashire, UK, after receiving government approval for the...

Novatek hikes Utrenneye reserves estimate

Novatek has discovered two new hydrocarbon deposits and confirmed commercial viability of Middle Jurassic deposits in Utrenneye gas and condensate field with its No. 294 well on the Gydan Peninsula...

US Coast Guard withdraws 1999 offshore oil and gas proposed rule

The US Coast Guard withdrew a 1999 proposed rule covering oil and gas activities on the US Outer Continental Shelf. The passage of time, advances in technology, and changes in industry practices ha...

ExxonMobil to join oil and gas climate initiative

ExxonMobi Corp. will join the Oil & Gas Climate Initiative, a group of 13 of the world’s largest oil and gas producers working collaboratively toward solutions to mitigate the risks of cl...

Cyprus, Egypt back Aphrodite gas pipeline

Officials of Cyprus and Egypt have signed an agreement supporting construction of a pipeline to carry natural gas from deepwater Aphrodite field off the island nation to Egypt, according to press r...

Verus Petroleum to acquire Cieco E&P (UK)

Verus Petroleum has agreed to acquire Cieco Exploration & Production (UK) for $400 million. The sale and purchase agreement, which would add 11,000 boe/d to the company’s daily p...

ExxonMobil plots major upgrades at UK refinery

ExxonMobil Corp. is considering a plan to make major upgrades at subsidiary Esso Petroleum Co.’s 270,000-b/d Fawley refinery near Southampton, UK. Intended to enable the refinery to help meet the...

Total buys provider of EV-charging systems

Total SA has expanded its business in new transportation energies by completing the acquisition of G2mobility, a French provider of electric-vehicle charging systems. It didn’t disclose terms. G2...

RRC names assistant executive director, OandG division director

The Railroad Commission (RRC) of Texas announced Danny Sorrells will serve as assistant executive director and oil and gas division director. Since Aug. 1, Sorrells has served as acting oil and gas...

Highlands Natural Resources provides operations update on East Denver Project

Highlands, the London-listed natural resources company, provides the following update about the six new wells being funded entirely by Highlands' partners at its East Denver Project.

Texas Alliance announces full endorsement for RRC chairman

The Texas Alliance of Energy Producers Executive Committee has announced their full endorsement of Christi Craddick for re-election at the Railroad Commission of Texas.

Cubility announces its largest product deployment to the North American market

Cubility AS, a provider of solids control solutions that improve efficiencies, solids control and HSE around drilling operations, has announced that it has sold a substantial number of MudCube syst...

Exxon among majors to join Oil and Gas Climate Initiative

ExxonMobil said it will join the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI), a voluntary initiative representing 13 of the world’s largest oil and gas producers working collaboratively toward solution...

Trump presses OPEC to reduce oil prices as Brent nears $80

U.S. President Donald Trump resumed his criticism of OPEC, saying on Twitter that the cartel “must get prices down now!” as the global benchmark crude flirted with $80/bbl earlier this week.

Verus Petroleum announces $400-million acquisition of EandP company

Verus Petroleum has signed a Sale and Purchase Agreement (SPA) for the acquisition of Cieco Exploration and Production (UK) Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Corporation.

Hydra enters saturation diving market, prepares for industry upturn

Offshore and subsea construction company Hydra enters the saturation diving market with a powerful diving support vessel, the M/V Subsea Responder.

Iran warns it will veto OPEC decisions harming its interests

Iran said it will veto any OPEC decision that harms the Islamic Republic and warned that some oil producers are trying to create an alternative suppliers’ forum that supports U.S. policies hostil...

Canadian shale drillers feel Permian-type pain as prices collapse

The Permian basin isn’t the only oil field facing pressure from pipeline bottlenecks.

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