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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

Petrobras lets subsea services contract to TechnipFMC in Brazil

Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) has awarded a 3-year master services agreement to TechnipFMC in Brazil, with a 2-year renewal option. The subsea services contract covers components for both the...

Global gas flaring declined in 2017 after years of growth, data show

Flaring of gas at crude-oil production sites worldwide went down in 2017 despite a 0.5% increase in production, the World Bank’s Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership reported. The nearly 5% y...

Cuadrilla drills second shale-gas well

Privately owned Cuadrilla has drilled what it says is the UK’s second horizontal shale-gas well on its prospect at Preston New Road, Lancashire, UK. The well penetrated the Carboniferous Upper Bo...

Transocean announces rig contracts with ConocoPhilllips, Chevron

ConocoPhillips has let a 13-well contract to Transocean for the Transocean 712 semisubmersible drilling rig in the UK North Sea. Separately, Chevron Corp. signed an 11-well contract for Transocean...

Marathon renews, expands hydrogen-supply contract for Galveston Bay refinery

Marathon Petroleum Corp. has renewed and expanded a long-term contract with Praxair Inc. for supply of hydrogen to Marathon’s 571,000-b/d Galveston Bay refinery in Texas City, Tex.
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Meridian lets contract for civil construction of North Dakota refinery

Meridian Energy Group has let a contract to SEH Design|Build—a subsidiary of Short Elliott Hendrickson—to deliver site, civil design, and construction services for Meridian’s recently ap...

Gazprom to develop giant Yamal gas field

Gazprom will take measures to prevent melting of permafrost as it develops giant Kharasaveyskoye gas-and-condensate field on the Yamal Peninsula in arctic Russia. Full-scale development will start...

MARKET WATCH: Brent crude oil for September plunges nearly $3.50/bbl

The Brent crude oil contract for September delivery plunged by nearly $3.50/bbl on the London market July 16 while light, sweet crude oil prices dipped nearly $3/bbl to the lowest level in 3 weeks...

ExxonMobil-led JV submits Rovuma LNG plan to Mozambique

The Exxon Mobil-led Mozambique Rovuma Venture SPA submitted its development plan to Mozambique’s government for the first phase of the Rovuma LNG project, which will produce, liquefy, and market...

Egyptian appraisal tests 30.4 MMscfd of gas

The&nbsp;SDX Energy Inc.&nbsp;SD-4X appraisal well in Egypt flowed as much as 30.4 MMscfd during an 8-hr clean-up and showed no pressure decline when shut in for 8 hr.
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Iraq just exported most crude oil since November 2016

Iraq exported oil at the fastest pace since late 2016 during the first half of July, indicating OPEC’s second-largest producer is pumping more after the group eased production limits.

Tullow's Kenya oil operations threatened as impasse endures

Tullow Oil Plc may shut down operations in northern Kenya in two weeks unless persistent issues with local residents, which threaten progress of the project, are resolved.

Colorado drillers fuel record oil output in rush to finish wells

Booming oil production in Colorado is fueling record output in the Niobrara basin that spans four states.

DNO announces a production increase at Peshkabir field, in Iraq's Kurdistan

DNO ASA, the Norwegian oil and gas operator, today announced a two-thirds increase in production from Peshkabir field--which is in the Tawke license, in the Kurdistan region of Iraq--to 25,000 bopd...

Emerge Energy Services to open new frac sand terminal in British Columbia

Superior Silica Sands LLC, a subsidiary of Emerge Energy Services LP, has announced that it has signed an agreement with a third-party logistics provider, Torq Energy Logistics Ltd., to open a new...

Weatherford releases new long-stroke pumping unit

Weatherford International plc announced the commercial release of a new Rotaflex long-stroke pumping unit that improves artificial-lift efficiency in challenging applications including deep, high-v...

Fairfield Geotechnologies successfully completes Gulf of Mexico ocean bottom node survey

Fairfield Geotechnologies announces the successful completion in May 2018 of the Stampede deepwater ocean bottom node survey, located in the Green Canyon area of the Gulf of Mexico.

Goldman Sachs says U.S. political policy making oil volatile

U.S. political decisions are helping make volatility the new normal in the global oil market and muddying the outlook for prices, according to Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

Longshot oil riches draw wildcatters to the Utah desert

On hot days in Utah’s Uinta basin, rocks weep oil. Rivulets of black tar hint at the untapped riches within. Taken in hand, the stone crumbles, as warm and waxy as fresh asphalt.

Oil's double slump shows market roiled by week of bearish news

The oil market just performed a screeching U-turn.

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