Nov. 7, 2016

Circor International

Circor International, a manufacturer of valves and other highly engineered products for markets including oil & gas, power generation and aerospace & defense, announced the acquisition of Critical Flow Solutions (CFS), a privately held company headquartered in Sandy, Utah that develops and manufactures high-quality severe service valves for decoking and fluid catalytic cracking processes in Oil and Gas refineries. The CFS business will operate as a new business unit within the CIRCOR Energy Group.

Critical Flow Solutions, comprised of DeltaValve and TapcoEnpro, is a global leader in design, engineering, manufacturing, and repair of severe-service equipment for the Oil & Gas industry. DeltaValve manufactures unheading valves and related equipment for the delayed coking unit, one of the most vital processes ad severe operating environments in the industry. TapcoEnpro manufactures valves and actuation systems for the fluid catalytic cracking unit, which has severe operating conditions supporting one of the most flexible and profitable processes in a refinery.


Schlumberger announced the opening of a new reservoir and rock analysis laboratory located in Abu Dhabi, UAE. This new laboratory supports customers in the Middle East and Asia and complements our existing regional network of laboratories located in Dubai, Qatar, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

The Abu Dhabi laboratory features an unparalleled portfolio of core processing and analysis services coupled with advanced digital rock modeling and fluid inclusion technology-providing customers powerful data integration opportunities with fastest turnaround time.

The Abu Dhabi laboratory features proprietary CoreFlow* digital rock and fluid analytics services for creating 3D reservoir models to simulate flow performance under multiple scenarios. It is also the first Schlumberger laboratory outside of the United States to offer FIS* fluid inclusion stratigraphy analysis for evaluating the abundance, distribution and composition of hydrocarbon and nonhydrocarbon species trapped in inclusions in cuttings or core samples.

Schlumberger operates more than 15 rock and fluids analysis laboratories around the world. The Abu Dhabi laboratory opening plays an integral role in supporting our commitment to providing unparalleled fluid and core analysis services across the entire life of the reservoir.

Impact Fluid Solutions

Impact Fluid Solutions, a provider of specialty additives for oil and gas drilling, cementing and completions, announced the expansion of its FLC™ line of Wellbore Shielding® and stabilization solutions. A series of new FLC products build on Impact's FLC 2000® additive for drilling fluids, while offering broader capabilities to meet specific well parameters and requirements.

Designed for depleted and mechanically weak formations, FLC additives act as shielding agents, forming a tough, impermeable barrier at the fluid-rock interface. This "shield" minimizes fluid and pressure invasion, stabilizing and strengthening the wellbore.

Operators, oilfield service providers and fluid companies have employed Impact's FLC 2000 to reduce non-productive time, preserve wellbore integrity and improve ultimate recoveries in basins worldwide. Compatible with water-, oil- and synthetic-based fluid systems, FLC 2000 seals fractures up to 250 μm.

The newest FLC additives are specifically designed for today's drilling - or oil and gas environment, as operators are challenged to reduce well costs and improve production. The expanded FLC product line will help operators succeed in a wide variety of difficult drilling conditions by offering increased capabilities to provide fit-for-purpose solutions.

Baker Hughes

Baker Hughes announced the commercial release of its CENtrilift PASS™ slimline ESP system, which is designed to help operators optimize production and reserve recovery while lowering lifting costs in small-diameter wellbores or wells with restricted space due to casing patches or complex completion designs. It is the industry's only small-diameter ESP system capable of operating at flow rates down to 50 BPD and it includes the most comprehensive suite of slimline gas-management technology.

The CENtrilift PASS slimline ESP system incorporates a Baker Hughes' FLEXPumpER™ extended-range pump, engineered using the most advanced computational fluid dynamic modeling software to provide the industry's widest operating range for a 3.38-in pump. The FLEXPumpER pump operates at flow rates from 2,500 BPD to 50 BPD, mitigating the need to change out pumping systems as production rates decline. The pump's optimized flow path also improves ESP system reliability by preventing solids build-up and abrasive wear in the pump.

The CENtrilift PASS slimline ESP system manages gas entrained in the production stream or gas slugs that break out of the reservoir. The niXit™ gas-management intake combines natural and mechanical separation in a single design to minimize the amount of gas entering the pump, regardless of wellbore orientation. When the ESP is deployed in a horizontal or deviated orientation, gravity cups shift to block the pump inlet ports on the high side of the intake where the gas accumulates, preventing the gas from entering the pump and venting it into the annulus. When the ESP is installed in a vertical orientation, the production stream bypasses the gravity cups and mechanical vortex gas separation technology diverts gas away from the pump and into the annulus. For applications that only require mechanical gas separation, the CENtrilift PASS system includes a vortex gas separator. Unlike rotary gas separators, the vortex design is more efficient and far more effective at separating gas from the fluid before it can enter the pump.

Any gas that does enter the pump is effectively handled by combining a GI™ gas insurance boost pump and a FLEXPumpER pump. Both pump designs are engineered to optimize performance in the presence of gas. When the two pump technologies are deployed together, the system can handle more than 60 percent gas volume fractions (GVF) through the pump.

The CENtrilift PASS slimline ESP system also extends the pressure rating of the pump to 5,800 psi, allowing the ESP to be installed deeper in the well closer to the producing zone for greater reservoir pressure draw down and higher recovery rates. Enhancements to the 3.38-in. series motor design improve the mechanical and electrical strength of the motor by 30 percent, while reducing the angle of the motor-to-cable connection to mitigate potential damage during installation in smaller diameter wellbores.

Recently, the CENtrilift PASS slimline ESP system increased production by 150 percent in a Utah well with a 5-in., 18-lb liner set at 6,900 ft. in 7-in. casing. Based on the well design, a traditional 4.5-in. ESP system was initially set above the liner at 6,800 feet, more than 5,000 ft. above the producing zone, which restricted production rates. The high gas volume fraction (GVF) and 230° F (110° C) bottomhole temperature also presented substantial challenges. A CENtrilift PASS slimline ESP system was reliably installed in the liner 80 percent deeper in the well, closer to the reservoir. The niXit gas management intake technology, combined with FLEXPump pump and GI boost pump designs, easily handled the high gas content in the fluid stream. The bottomhole temperature was within the operating parameters of the system, mitigating reliability issues related to motor overheating.

Siemens AG

The Dresser-Rand business received an order from Egypt-based Belayim Petroleum Company (Petrobel) for three model SGT-400 industrial gas turbines, including associated electrical generators. The total order value is in the double-digit million euros range.

Petrobel, a joint venture formed by Italian oil and gas company, Eni, and Egypt's General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC), is developing the Zohr gas field, located about 200 kilometers off Egypt's Mediterranean coastline. The order scope also encompasses a service package that includes spare parts supply and on-site maintenance. The turbine-generator sets are slated for delivery in early 2017.

The SGT-400 turbines, manufactured at the Siemens operation located in Lincoln, England, will be integral to the supply of electric power to the natural gas processing facility currently under construction. Each of these turbines is rated at an ISO-based electrical generating capacity of 12.9 megawatts (MW). The SGT-400 model is considered the most efficient gas turbine in this performance class. This high efficiency lowers fuel consumption and thus operating costs, and enables the operator to sell more gas to its customers. Furthermore, the additional quantity of electricity generated provides greater flexibility should plans call for an increase in the gas processing facility's production capacity.


South Dakota's Manufacturer's Week culminated in the grand opening and dedication of the newly completed Belle Fourche Industrial Rail Park - a development that now provides the region with access to the North American rail transportation system and improved connections to the national and world marketplace.

In cooperation with the Belle Fourche Development Corporation and Belle Fourche Chamber of Commerce, PermianLide, the largest U.S. manufacturer of above-ground storage tanks and processing equipment for the oil and natural gas industry and resident of the new park hosted the event. Speakers to over 150 attendees included South Dakota's Governor Dennis Daugaard and U.S. Senator John Thune, RCP&E general manager, Blake Jones and PermianLide's plant manager, Bob Sieve.

Both Senator Thune and Governor Daugaard spoke to the positive impact of the industrial rail park for the region with Daugaard emphasizing the importance of this unique opportunity to western South Dakota and encouraging the participants to share in the vision in the days to come.

In addition to lauding the economic impact afforded the region by the 79-acre park, Sieve also announced PermianLide's recent receipt of three industry-related quality certifications (API - Q1 Certification, API-12F Certification and Monogram, and ISO9001:2008 Certification) that collectively validate their ability to provide reliable and safe products, meeting customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements in the process.

PermianLide has more than 40 years of operating experience, with two well-known industry brands; Permian Tank & Manufacturing and Lide Industries. PermianLide has 8 manufacturing plants and two distribution centers across Texas, Oklahoma and South Dakota, where the newest plant services the Bakken, Niobrara and Powder River shale plays.


At its flagship annual industry conference, the AVEVA World Summit, AVEVA made two strategic announcements, firstly that it intends to use Amazon Web Services to deliver "AVEVA Connect" a Software as a Service (SaaS) ecosystem for Engineering, Design and Information Management Products. Further, AVEVA announced "AVEVA NET Connect", an Information Management as a Service offering, planned to be delivered with Capgemini Technology Services, a global leader in consulting, technology and outsourcing services, as the first solution on the AVEVA Connect Platform.

AVEVA Connect will deliver new opportunities to drive down IT costs, improve flexibility to scale software usage to meet project demand and increase focus on core business activities without compromising security or user experience.

AVEVA has chosen Amazon Web Services to be its cloud technology provider for the launch of its Cloud-based SaaS offering and intends to have Capgemini Technology Services as its strategic delivery partner, because of its market position, global reach and its security and reliability credentials.


Tenaris introduced to customers its new premium threading facility in Aktau, Kazakhstan.

The new plant will support Tenaris's long-term agreement with Karachaganak Petroleum Operating (KPO), plus key operator Tengizchevroil (TCO) and will enhance the service offer to other customers operating in major Kazakhstan fields with commercial, technical, field service and supply chain logistics expertise.

The facility already employs 40 people and is scheduled to hire up to 90 direct employees once at full capacity with 95% local jobs. The $40 million USD, state-of-the-art facility has the capacity to produce 45,000 tons of OCTG and was designed according to the highest safety standards. The facility will operate under Tenaris's global quality, health, safety and environment (QHSE) policy, ISO 9001.

From this facility, Tenaris will thread seamless pipes and gas-tight premium connections, and is equipped to apply its proprietary Dopeless® technology - a dry, multifunctional coating - which offers operational and HSE benefits. Tenaris's products are able to withstand Kazakhstan's most challenging operating conditions both onshore and offshore and our field service specialists are ready to assist operators throughout the entire project.

Tenaris has been operating in Kazakhstan since 2004 with offices in Aktau, Almaty, Aksai and Atyrau,and a service center in Aksai.

Gall Thompson

The world's leading manufacturer and supplier of Anti-Pollution and Safety Marine Breakaway Couplings (MBCs) has launched a series of new service packages that will allow end users of MBCs to maintain top level operational performance.

Offering four options, Gall Thomson will now provide customers of its field verified MBCs a flexible range of global service choices based on the customer's operational requirements and logistics.

Regarded as a vital component for the safe transfer of crude oil and refined products, Gall Thomson MBCs successfully saved nine countries from catastrophic oil spills during 2015 following 14 activations.

Called 'MBC4', the new packages are seen as a further step to improved and safer transfer of oil and refined products, as well as achieving minimum down time and offering peace of mind for operators.

The four new packages include In-Field Service, GTAC* Engineer Visit, GT Approved Regional Service Centre and Return to GT UK Technology Centre. All four can be called upon for inspection, refurbishment or resetting of Gall Thomson MBCs.

For those wanting to conduct an In-Field Service, work can be carried out by the operator's own maintenance staff using standard tools and equipment and a Gall Thomson spares kits/maintenance manual. No specialist tools are required and no additional equipment is needed such as assembly frames or complicated apparatus.

There are thee further options available to customers which carry the Gall Thomson Warranty and GTAC certification. For GTAC Engineer Visit a qualified Gall Thomson engineer will conduct a site visit to carry out the work and is ideal for inspection, refurbishment or resetting.

The GT Regional Service Centre and Return to GT Technology Centre options will see the MBC serviced at one of Gall Thomson's nine strategically located centres. Both are ideal for inspection, refurbishment, resetting and repair work.

Voss Fluid

VOSS Fluid, an international supplier of fluids technology, presents its product range for efficient solutions in the construction equipment industry at bauma China. One highlight at the trade fair is the VOSSFormSQR System that particularly meets the maximum requirements. The forming system forms a contour in record time on a commercially available hydraulic tube and thus ensures a high quality connection. Users profit from increased process reliability and leak protection and in this way increase their competitive edge. In addition, the Type 90 Comfort preassembly device for series production assembly of cutting rings and the special VOSS coat corrosion protection take center stage at the leading Asian trade fair for construction equipment. Interested specialist visitors can find VOSS Fluid in Hall N4, Booth N4.261.

The VOSSFormSQR tube coupling system, in combination with the VOSSForm 100 forming machine, sets new benchmarks for the safety, quality and efficiency of hydraulic connections. Through its easy to install design the system impresses with permanent freedom from leaks. During forming a 24° tube contour is formed on the end of a hydraulic tube. This is supplemented by a soft seal and the special SQR-function nuts. The result is that VOSSFormSQR offers an additional protection from leaks. The machine is operated by simply inserting the end of the tube against the stop plate. When using this operating concept installation errors are almost completely prevented.

Protection against corrosion is paramount for the long service life and efficiency of hydraulic connections. VOSS Fluid uses the VOSS coat surface for all tube connections. VOSS Fluid also introduces the high-quality zinc-nickel coating made from in-house galvanizing at the trade fair. The surface ensures a significantly higher resistance against red and white rust. VOSS coat is especially wear resistant against mechanical loads. The latest technology from VOSS Fluid also offers the Type 90 Comfort preassembly device for efficient prevention of errors in the automated installation process of cutting rings. The Type 90 Comfort preassembly device automatically detects tools, independently adjusts operating parameters and identifies operating errors due to incorrectly inserted cutting rings. This reduces the risk of an improper assembly to a minimum.

More Oil & Gas Journal Current Issue Articles
More Oil & Gas Journal Archives Issue Articles
View Oil and Gas Articles on