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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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Job openings

Research Engineers

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..

Petroleum Engineer - Unconventional Resources

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..

Sr Reservoir Engineer

Houston, Texas Occidental Petroleum
OXY is a growing, action-oriented exploration and production company continually working to be one of industry’s best. Our success has and will continue to be dependent upon our talented workforce. We are currently looking for experienced, motivated, creative and entrepreneurial individuals to fil..

Industry headlines

Alberta bitumen refinery wraps construction, prepares for bitumen feed

North West Redwater Partnership (NWRP) has completed construction of the first 80,000-b/d phase of its proposed three-phased greenfield bitumen refinery in Sturgeon County, about 45 km northeast of...

Scotland’s no-frac policy is not a ban, according to court

Legally speaking, the Scottish government has not banned hydraulic fracturing. But don’t plan to frac a well there anytime soon.
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ExxonMobil commissions plants at Singapore integrated complex

ExxonMobil Corp. affiliate ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. has started production of hydrogenated hydrocarbon resin and halobutyl rubber at its integrated manufacturing complex in Singapore, whic...

Malaysian political stir clouds resource claims by Sarawak

Questions of federalism centered on oil and gas arise amid political upheaval in Malaysia.
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Baker Hughes: US rig count drops 7 units to 1,052

The US drilling rig count reached 1,052 units working for the week ended June 22, down 7 rigs from a week ago, according to Baker Hughes data. The count is up 111 units from this time a year ago wh...

Australia’s EMO says gas shortfall averted until 2030

Running against the tide of earlier opinions, the Australian Energy Market Operator has declared that the forecast domestic gas shortfall for Australia’s east coast predicted last year has been a...

Mongolia breaks ground on country’s first refinery

Mongolia’s government has started construction of the country’s first refinery on 150 hectares in Altanshiree Soum in the southeastern province of Dornogovi. Rajnath Singh, India’s minister f...

BLM issues final EIS for major natural gas project in Wyoming

The US Bureau of Land Management issued a final environmental impact statement for the proposed Normally Pressured Lance natural gas development project in Wyoming. The June 21 action came about 30...

MARKET WATCH: Brent crude drops more than $1/bbl ahead of OPEC meeting

Brent crude oil prices dropped more than $1/bbl on the London market June 21 on the eve of a meeting in Vienna by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, which agreed on no more than 100...

Repsol sells permits in Papua New Guinea

Spanish firm Repsol SA will sell its exploration and development permits in Papua New Guinea to Chinese company Balang International. Repsol has not disclosed the transaction amount.
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Iran doesn't expect oil customers to get sanctions waivers

Iran said it doesn’t believe buyers of its oil will get waivers from the U.S. government that would allow them to continue purchasing cargoes after President Donald Trump’s renewal of sanctions.

USGS estimates 8.5 Bbbl of oil in Texas’ Eagle Ford Group

The Eagle Ford Group of Texas contains estimated means of 8.5 Bbbl of oil, 66 Tcf of natural gas, and 1.9 Bbbl of natural gas liquids, according to a new assessment by the U.S. Geological Survey. T...

Eni exits Croatia's upstream sector

Eni and INA-INDUSTRIJA NAFTE, d.d. have signed an agreement to enable INA-INDUSTRIJA NAFTE, d.d. to acquire 100% of Eni Croatia b.v., that currently produces about 2,500 boed.

Still plenty of discoveries to be made on the Norwegian shelf, NPD says

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has published the 2018 Resource Report for Exploration. The report shows that production of oil and gas will increase going forward – but that new and la...

Equinor, Microsoft partner for cloud services delivered from new cloud data centers in Norway

Equinor and Microsoft have entered into a strategic partnership agreement. As part of the agreement, Equinor will provide industry knowledge and business needs to support Microsoft in developing ne...

U.S. asks Japan to halt purchase of Iran oil in harder stance

The U.S. has asked Japan to completely halt oil imports from Iran, going beyond the reductions that were demanded when sanctions were imposed earlier this decade, according to people with knowledge...

Shell completes sale of stake in Thailand’s Bongkot field

Shell has announced that its affiliates, Shell Integrated Gas Thailand Pte Ltd. and Thai Energy Company Ltd., have completed the sale of their 22.2222% interest in Bongkot field and adjoining acrea...

Argentina resurrects oil intervention panic with cabinet switch

Javier Iguacel has left the road for the oilfield, and that may mean a complete about-face on Argentine energy policies.

Oil explorers get best results in Norway since 2010 bonanza

Oil companies in Norway have more to rejoice about than just higher crude prices: they’re now boasting the best exploration results in almost a decade.

OPEC reaches decision on output boost

Brent crude gained in London as OPEC ministers were said to agree upon a deal in principle to boost production.

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