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PRCI awarded seven contracts
The Pipeline Research Council International (PRCI) has been awarded seven contracts for Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) co-funded research projects. In February 2019, the US Department of
US oil drillers face growing issue of water disposal: Fuel for Thought
For every barrel of oil produced from the average Permian Basin well, about three barrels of water get pumped out with it. The water-to-oil ratio is lowest in the established Midland Basin, but more exaggerated........
Canadian gas drillers zero in on plan for floating LNG project
Rockies LNG Partners, a group of Canadian natural gas drillers seeking new markets for their production, is considering building an export project on barges floating off the coast of British Columbia. While no decisions
University of Wyoming scientist awarded $1 million from federal government for wastewater research
Wyoming ranks fifth nationally in volume of produced water. Produced water — or the water that surfaces during hydraulic fracturing and well treatment — is often chock-full of salts, metals and other chemicals. According
The Birth Of An LNG Superpower
Given Iran’s huge natural gas reserves, its new-found rapprochement with fellow gas supergiant Qatar, and Russia’s strategy to expedite the ‘Gas OPEC’ global supply and pricing cartel, Tehran’s plans to re-energise....
John Tiratsoo, has passed away
Our friend and esteemed colleague, John Tiratsoo has passed away, Sunday November 11, 2019. Our most heartfelt condolences to family, friends and colleagues. John was a wonderful friend, mentor, and family man.
Why frackers are using sewage to collect oil and gas
America's oil industry faces a number of challenges, including low oil prices, the rise of electric vehicles and proposals to limit fracking. But one of its biggest problems: The industry is running out of water. The US
Trump looks to open up railroads for LNG shipments
Liquefied natural gas could soon move around the country by rail as the Trump administration moves to loosen restrictions on transporting LNG in an effort to further boost to the nation’s energy sector.
FERC office issues horizontal directional drilling guidance
The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Energy Projects Office has issued fresh Final Guidance for Horizontal Directional Drill Monitoring, Inadvertent Return Response, and Contingency Plans, it announced.....
Oil Industry Can Save $100B with Automation, Digitalization
Once just industry buzzwords, automation and digitalization stand to save upstream operators $100 billion in the 2020s, according to a study by energy research firm Rystad Energy. In 2018, $1 trillion was spent on
The End of Energy Obesity
After last week’s dramatic episode of rallies and UN speeches, I sense the climate change narrative has shifted (again). And it’s shifted into uncomfortable territory – culpability for our planet’s malaise is crossing...
Department of Energy Invests $4.6M in Produced Water Treatment
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy has selected four projects to receive approximately $4.6 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development (R&D). The projects will...
LNG's Surfing the Wave
Gas looks the best bet of the fossil fuels through the energy transition. Coal demand has already peaked while oil has a decade or so of slowing growth before electric vehicles start to make real inroads..........
Devon Energy works to recycle fracking waste water in the Permian Basin
As oil and gas boomed in the Permian Basin, a dilemma around the millions of gallons of water needed every day for hydraulic fracturing — or fracking — emerged alongside what many called unprecedented economic growth....
Sen. Inhofe says now is the time for improved national pipelines
We are clearly in the heyday of oil and gas production in the United States. After years and years of fighting the liberal war on fossil fuels, we can say that, with President Donald Trump, it is a new day in America....
Produced water reuse report offers insight, path forward
The long anticipated Groundwater Protection Council's "Produced Water Report" is a must read for those in the oil, gas and water business. Michael Dunkel, who was the primary author of the second of the report's three...
Energy Information Administration Details Short-Term Energy Outlook
The US Energy Information Administration released its short-term energy outlook this week, outlining the country’s energy production in 2019 and future production in 2020. According to an article published by Power.....
PRCI subsea pipeline tool gets upgrade
PRCI’s On-Bottom Stability Simulator (OBS) tool is specifically designed for the analysis of on-bottom pipeline stability in subsea applications, and its new 4.0 version includes updates, bug fixes and the addition....
Oxy completes $38B acquisition of Anadarko to close mega deal
Occidental Petroleum completed its roughly $38 billion acquisition of Anadarko Petroleum on Thursday in a mega deal that combines two of the largest oil producers based out of the Houston area. The deal was finalized....
Permian Fracking Continues to Break Records
The prolific Permian Basin continues to break records. Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in the Permian broke old records in June, according to energy research firm Rystad Energy, who estimates there were as many as 18...

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