Down goes the Gas & Oil Expo. In comes the Global Petroleum Show. Do critics of the move have a good argument for NOT hosting the biggest industry tradeshow in the world? Will the event lose patronage and risk redundancy? Some would argue that exploration, production, refining, transportation and servicing technology are so established that they can’t advance fast enough to warrant a yearly showcase. But if you ask the Calgary service and hospitality industry, they’d say No!
Guests of the Quebec Oil and Gas Association luncheon probably didn’t expect to be served fracking fluid from a champagne bottle last week. Halliburton Canada VP, John Gorman, offered the fresh beverage to the audience following a power-point that showcased a new and cleaner fluid – CleanStim. Dozens of executives took part in the stunt and were surprised by how stale and boring the concoction really was. QOGA president, Michael Binnion described it as “very stale-tasting.”
After completing 3 grueling reads through the latest catalogue and meticulously scrutinizing each word, each comma, each context, we’ve decided to do it all again… this time, in Spanish! That’s right, mi amigos! We’re tasking our resident multi-linguist, Norah Pierdant, with a top-to-bottom translation for our clients and service providers from Mexico to Chile (sorry [...]
It’s almost impossible to imagine the destruction of a small town and the deaths of 47 people being caused by something as trivial as a broken piston. When the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway payload barrelled down into the heart of Lac-Mègantic in the first hours of July 6th, a chain of equally trivial events caused Canada’s second worst rail disaster. In the deficit of trans-Canadian pipelines, more and more petroleum be may transported by rail through populated areas increasing the risk of further tragedies like this one. Is our domestic energy strategy so dependent on shipping crude south of the border and across the Pacific that we forget about refineries and markets in our own backyard?
The big stick was working well for Ernie Coates on Monday at Wintergreen Golf & Country Club but wasn’t enough to secure tournament dominance. The top team took the tournament trophy with a triumphant -15 (pardon the alliteration). The Ernie/Jay squad didn’t get much help from yours truly as I couldn’t manage to control a driver that’s been well above average up until now. In fact, each member needs to notch 3 drives each – my last one came on the last hole (a 110 yard par 3) and even then I needed to cash in a mulligan to make the green in regulation.
The top brass touted the Sealweld flag on the outskirts of Beijing last week at the 8th China International Pipeline Exhibition. The timing couldn’t be better considering the Financial Post reported days after that China’s oil and gas sector has ramped up exploration by $13 Billion this year. Sealweld has a long history of pipeline commissioning in China, 2 stints of which I was privileged enough to be a part of (including the West-East Gas Pipeline project).
It was a sweltering day in the Qatari industrial city of Ras Laffan when I had my first ‘rock star’ moment as a valve maintenance technician. After days of using conventional techniques to free the seats of a seized ball valve, the lead hand and I resorted to injecting solvent and diesel straight into the valve body. After draining the mixture, we engaged the electric operator to no avail. In a last ditch effort, we injected dozens of bottles of nitrogen into the body cavity to try and push the seats from the ball plug. Moments later, we heard a faint *ting*. “Try it again”. Once the indicator reached 5˚, the crowd of project managers, contractors and labourers erupted in applause and high fives.
Although social media platforms are considered a bit more ‘new school’ for your typical buttoned-up oil and gas execs, more and more of them are pulling out their smartphones to Facebook and tweet, especially at this year’s Global Petroleum Show. “I told HR to get on Twitter,” said a Cameron rep when I asked if they had a feed. Another one with FMC said he didn’t think they had a Twitter account at all. That’s the one I started following yesterday.
Sealweld Corporation has always promoted its synthetic valve lubricants and sealants as longer-lasting than the competition’s. Well, once again, Sealweld products have proven to withstand the test of time. During Spring cleaning this year, company CEO, Dean Chisholm, came across two sample jars of sealant (one with #5050 Ball Valve Sealant and one with Extra Heavy #5050) long lost and forgotten.
Based on the labels, they are estimated to be at least 15 years old and possibly as old as 20! Sure enough, when the jars were opened, the contents looked the same at the first day they were mixed. The colour, consistency and physical properties seemed to have retained their original state after decades in storage. Dean, however, was not so easily convinced at first sight. He immediately sent the samples to the quality control department to analyse them on suspicion that there was a breakdown on a molecular level.