The oil and gas industry moves huge amounts of fuel around the U.S. in more than 2.6 million miles 0f pipelines. Disrupting these movements with frozen valves results in costly scenarios for operators. How do these frozen valves occur? There are various situations where a control valve can freeze over, but one of the most common ones is due to the Joule-Thomson effect. So what is the Joule-Thomson effect and how...read more
The Joule-Thomson Effect: What is it?
Natural Gas System Reliability: Preparation for the Next Big Freeze
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...read more
2021 Trends in the Oil and Gas Industry
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...read more
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...read more