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Out of Oil

Out of Oil What do you do with an offshore oil rig once it's been decommissioned? You try to provide it with a non-oil-related opportunity. This is precisely what a group of green engineers are attempting to do with a North Sea Oil Platform which is due to be decommissioned in the very near future. One of the sustainable options contained in the group's feasibility study is to utilize the existing platform as piers for a bridge to be built "over deep water in Scotland." Another is to cut the structure up and use the parts in other maritime construction projects.

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Nexans Keeps Oil and Gas Flowing
Nexans

Nexans Keeps Oil and Gas Flowing Nexans serves every level of oil and gas production, providing energy and telecom cables for onshore and offshore exploration, production and distribution, as well as for refinery and petrochemical infrastructure. Our unique supply chain, services and technical support help international contractors and engineering firms meet the complex challenges of the hydrocarbon processing industry.

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National's Audio Solutions Available from Digi-Key
Digi-Key Corporation

New Pressure Sensor Solution Starting at €97 National's high-performance series brings dramatically improved sound quality to high-fidelity consumer and professional audio equipment. National manufactures Class AB and Class D amplifiers and audio subsystems for speakers, headphones, and ceramic and piezoelectric speakers. National makes it easier to design better, richer-sounding systems with our acclaimed Boomer® and Overture® lines. With the capability to process an order, from order entry to shipping, in as little as 15 mins., Digi-Key processes more than 99% of its orders the same day.

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Kazakhstan Tests Valves Online

Kazakhstan Tests Valves Online Can you test safety relief valves online? Trevitest technology used in Kazakhstan's Karachaganak oil field, allows valves to be pressure tested on-line at operating pressures and temperatures. It generates a date-certified printout of valve performance, so only those valves needing attention are removed during shutdown.

Actuators Upgrade Crude

Actuators Upgrade Crude One hundred eighty pneumatic actuators are being supplied to Mogos Valves for use in the Shell Scotford Upgrader Expansion Project, near Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada. The project uses hydrogen-addition technology to upgrade the high viscosity heavy crude oil (bitumen) from the Muskeg River Mine into a wide range of synthetic crude oils.

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Staying Off the Oil Platforms

Staying Off the Oil Platforms Over 1,000 control valves in North Sea installations are being monitored remotely at a diagnostics terminal in Norway, thanks to digital communications and software. The setup helps engineers track valve performance and aids the implementation of predictive and planned maintenance strategies. Savings in cost and time-consuming offshore travel have also been realized.

No Surprise: Maintenance Prolongs Pump Life

No Surprise: Maintenance Prolongs Pump Life Pump maintenance works, all agree. But here's how to set up a preventive maintenance program to increase MTBF, improve pump reliability, lower maintenance costs, and improve uptime in your plant. The author says to concentrate on pump components that have the highest failure rates. There is a lot of paperwork involved, but it's worth it.

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Onshore Coating Solutions
Bredero Shaw

Onshore Coating Solutions Bredero Shaw is the world leader in pipe coating solutions, with more than 75 years experience, 27 pipe coating facilities on six continents, and the largest team of technical and service specialists in the business. Bredero Shaw understands the onshore environment and can provide complete coating solutions globally.

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High Pressure Valve Job

High Pressure Valve Job Built for the Chevron Tahiti platform in the Gulf of Mexico, a chemical injection skid operates at 15,000 psi to withstand pressures in deep, sub-salt reservoirs. The valve redesign uses 15,000 psi compression tube fittings instead of trouble-prone threaded connectors. The 50% smaller manifold replaces nine separate components.

UK Block and Bleed Valve Goes Cajun

UK Block and Bleed Valve Goes Cajun The biggest block and bleed valve that UK manufacturer Oliver Twinsafe ever made weighs in at 5 tons. The 12 in. valve offers weight and space savings, and will be used on an offshore platform off the coast of Louisiana. It has two trunnion-mounted ball valves for process isolation purposes.

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Move That Fuel, Fast!

Move That Fuel, Fast! Magnox Electric in the UK had 24,000 gallons of old diesel fuel in storage tanks for its standby generators. New legislation regulating sulphur levels meant that Magnox had to use it or lose it. Brammer UK brought a mobile pump to the site and moved the diesel to the plant's main boiler so it could be consumed before the deadline, thus saving Magnox an estimated £100,000 in fuel and labor.

Rubber Band Tests Natural Gas Leaks

Rubber Band Tests Natural Gas Leaks Test for natural gas leaks with rubber-band-like flexible elastomeric polymer that can withstand temperatures up to 500 F. Just wrap it around a flange, punch a small hole in it, and sniff for gas leaks. Unlike masking, duct, or aluminum tape, the band seals flanges for leak testing, but it doesn't bake on and leave nasty residue behind.

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Methods and Models for Seabed Logging
StatoilHydro

{sec9_aditem1_img1_alt} Electromagnetic seabed logging (SBL) is a resistivity-based tool for more directly detecting the presence of oil and gas reservoirs prior to drilling. StatoilHydro’s Linerle prospect was probably the world’s to use information gathered by seabed logging (SBL) to verify the presence of an oil reservoir before drilling. Learn more.

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