In an effort to give a little something back to our amazing community, our volunteers took to the Drop-In Centre area for a coat drive and bagged lunch program. Tiffany and Sam Woodland, Wendy Coates, Aman Dhaliwal and myself spent a few hours distributing homemade sandwiches, apples, granola bars and hot chocolates to those in need. I was shocked to see how many of these people were carrying backpacks with hard hats attached, brief cases and donning business attire. I got the sense that the majority of this part of our community gets perpetually caught in vicious circles of sporadic employment, high living costs, substance abuse and bad luck in general. We were met with great appreciation by everyone who stopped by and got to see smiles beaming as they walked away with a guaranteed meal and a warm coat. Huge thanks to Tiffany for organizing this program and bringing some love to the needy for Valentine’s Day.
We’d like to let our clients, colleagues and partners know about an extremely exciting development in the world of valves. The world’s first butterfly valve with Sealweld sealant injection capability branded as the SPIRES system. Historically, these valves weren’t considered a good choice for critical applications due to the inability to seal the seats. That’s all changed now. This added feature opens up huge potential for this style of valve. Coupled with a streamlined body shape, easy installation and simple design principles, you can expect to see many of these valves in service in the coming years.
After several months of deliberation with technicians and trainers from both our Calgary and Houston offices, the latest version of ValvePro is well under way. A June release date seems ambitious for now (to say the least) but much of the content is now complied and ready for one thorough edit and proof read. To go along with the new version we will be releasing a new website, logo and marketing campaign. A huge thanks goes to our lead technician/trainers Ernie Coates and Joe Pirkl as well as project manager Bob Pearn. These guys have dedicated a lot of their personal time to ensuring this program is as detailed and comprehensive as possible and our 2014 students will benefit greatly from the augmented material.
Enbridge Pipelines is grappling with the challenges in reversing pipeline flow to bring Alberta bitumen to refineries in Quebec. Transporting oil sand product to refineries inside Canada seems like a good national energy strategy for energy-hungry and populous areas like Ontario and Quebec. This is really dependent on how much they keep for themselves and how much gets shipped to the European market from the East coast.
You wouldn’t know it, but there are almost 15 million Natural Gas Vehicles (NGVs) vehicles worldwide, a ¼ million just in North America! These are divided into Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles meant for short haul, daily drivers and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) vehicles designed for long hauling. Here’s why they’re becoming more popular and feasible;
We felt very honoured to host two groups of mechanics, technicians and engineers from Mellitah Oil and Gas, Libya through the end of November and beginning of December. Although the weather did little to cooperate, all 10 delegates completed a crash course in pipeline valve maintenance safety training and now tout PTEX certificates.
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?