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Natural Gas System Reliability: Preparation for the Next Big Freeze

October 20, 2021 0 Comments
snow storm landscape to illustrate natural gas system reliability getting prepared for storms

Is natural gas system reliability a given this winter? Most of us will not have forgotten Storm “Uri” that caused widespread outages in February 2021 – especially if we were among the many millions without power. Crucial natural gas production was widely held up due to lack of electricity. And electricity failed without its primary fuel source, natural gas. Could this happen again? Here, we’ll look at what happened, what...

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Catco Control: The Solution to Your Automation Needs

September 22, 2021 0 Comments
Catco Control images to illustrate the launch of this new product from Catco

Catco control is here! How many times have you wanted to control the catalytic heater in your energy and utility operations in a more flexible way? Choose between manual and auto? Set a program to control the heater based on the temperature of the fluid? Or, perhaps instead, the temperature of the surroundings your heater is placed in? You now can – with Catco Control. Catco has been working behind...

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What are Heated Enclosure Packages?

August 20, 2021 0 Comments
illustratioon of one of Catco heated enclosure packages

Heated enclosure packages are the most efficient form of freeze-prevention in the market. This is because they are built to directly heat a valve or regulator in order to prevent freezing. Catco has developed a wide range of heated enclosure packages that are used throughout the oil and gas industry. The reason for developing this range of heated enclosures is that, in oil and gas applications, any valve or regulator...

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Catalytic Heaters in Agriculture: What’s the Benefit?

July 20, 2021 0 Comments
Chickens in a hatchery to illustrate the use of catalytic heaters in agriculture

Catalytic heaters provide several benefits to the agriculture industry – all related to a specific need for safety and economy when viewed in the context of animal comfort, poor insulation of farm buildings, and the presence of dirt, dust and flammable materials. Open flame heaters would provide a fire hazard in these circumstances. In contrast, a catalytic heater is not only flameless but directs the heat to the specific area...

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How Do Catalytic Heaters Work?

June 11, 2021 0 Comments
Catalytic heater in an enclosure

What is a Catalytic Heater? Catalytic heaters are flameless heat sources resulting from the catalyzed chemical reactions that occur while breaking down molecules to produce heat, making them ideal for use in many hazardous environments. Hazardous environments of all kinds cannot risk flames. However, when the catalyst, oxygen, and fuel – such as natural gas or propane – combine, they ignite at low-enough temperatures (below 900°F) that they produce a...

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Catco History: From Seed to Success

May 20, 2021 0 Comments
Catco staff at work in Trinidad 2001

Catco has demonstrated throughout its history a philosophy of valuing straightforwardness and simplicity in a business. The business was once merely the seed of an idea: the pressing need for durable catalytic heaters that would be delivered as promptly as customers expected. Founder Bill Richards saw the gap in the market when colleagues complained to him about problems with their catalytic heaters. This inspired him to create Catco in 1982....

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2021 Trends in the Oil and Gas Industry

April 13, 2021 0 Comments
drilling rig showing the word

Trends in the oil and gas industry are important to note in 2021. This is because an industry-wide shift is occurring – largely the result of a few key trends. Changes in technology have contributed to much of that development, but there are several other factors at play. These include changes within the workforce and a move to greater use of robotics. Navigating a global pandemic has added challenges and...

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Hazardous Area Classification in Oil and Gas

March 24, 2021 0 Comments
Hazardous Area Classification in Oil and Gas

What Is a Hazardous Location?  A hazardous location is an area where there is a risk of an explosion due to the presence of an explosive mixture/atmosphere. For example, common elements that make these areas hazardous include ignitable concentrations of flammable gases, vapors, combustible dust, or ignitable fibers. These hazardous locations are classified by a system that analyzes and classifies the areas where explosion hazards may exist. This system provides...

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IoT (Internet of Things) Integration in Oil and Gas

January 20, 2021 0 Comments
IoT in Oil and Gas

In as little as four years, the market for the IoT (Internet of Things) in oil and gas worldwide is set to reach $39.40 billion. The oil and gas industry has readily adopted IoT because of the large range of technological challenges organizations face in downstream, midstream, and upstream markets. Here are just a few of those challenges: Tracking assets and machinery Industrial control system management Maintaining pipes and wells...

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Prevent Frozen Production and Increase Productivity with Catalytic Heaters

December 17, 2020 0 Comments
Prevent Frozen Production and Increase Productivity with Catalytic Heaters

In the oil and gas industry, often, your equipment is subject to harsh conditions. That can mean extremely cold temperatures, or areas of high pressure, or places with poor gas quality. Many sites don’t have permanent power supplies, which limits heating solutions to unsafe, impractical, or expensive options. But you need to protect valves and regulators from freezing to avoid shutdowns and keep productivity high. How Do You Increase Productivity...

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