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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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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..

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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..

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Houston, Texas Occidental Petroleum
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