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Maximize Your Low-Emission Gas and Liquid Samplers' Output

Posted by George Buss on 2/17/20 8:00 AM

Low-emission (low-e) closed loop gas and liquid sampling systems are simple, safe and accurate ways to manage representative sampling in your plant. But even the most reliable sampling solution will need ongoing maintenance and service. When your gas and liquid samplers aren’t working properly, these troubleshooting tips can keep your system running smoothly.

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Topics: Hydrocarbon Processing, Upstream & Midstream, Liquid & Slurry, Gas

5 Keys to Establishing a Best-in-Class Sampling Program [Infographic]

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 2/3/20 8:00 AM

In the oil and gas industry, sampling hydrocarbon liquids, such as crude oil, related cuts, condensates, and oil and water mixtures, is critical to ensuring quality control, identifying corrosion and ensuring processes are operating as expected. However, improperly operating or poorly maintained manual sampling panels can lead to poor lab results, high maintenance costs and increased exposure of operators to spills. Keep your operators safe, remain in environmental compliance and maximize uptime by transforming your sampling program to top notch one.

Here are five things you can do to transform a problem hydrocarbon sampling program.

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Topics: Hydrocarbon Processing

Maintain Accurate Steam and Water Sampling in Your Hydrocarbon Plant

Posted by John Powalisz on 1/6/20 8:07 AM

The full version of this information can be found in the January 2020 of Hydrocarbon Engineering.

A well-designed steam and water sampling system can give you the critical insights you need to monitor steam and condensate quality, cycle chemistry (power production) and identify potential problems in your Hydrocarbon plant.

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Topics: Power, Hydrocarbon Processing, Steam & Water

How Cycle Chemistry Helps Protect Your Passive Layer

Posted by Doug Hubbard on 12/16/19 8:18 AM

The passive layer protects hydrocarbon and power plant equipment from corrosion and all the devastating effects that corrosion can cause. Cycle chemistry is critical to maintaining and protecting your passive layer – and your equipment.

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Topics: Power, Hydrocarbon Processing, Steam & Water

Maintenance 101: Developing a Reliable Hydrocarbon Sampling Program

Posted by Randy Cruse on 12/2/19 8:00 AM

Developing a reliable hydrocarbon sampling program doesn’t end with implementation. It requires a maintenance service program that will keep your equipment running properly to ensure operator safety and equipment performance. But it can be overwhelming to establish a hydrocarbon service program. Get started with these 5 steps.

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Topics: Hydrocarbon Processing, Liquid & Slurry, Gas

Where Should You Be Sampling in Your Hydrocarbon Processing Plant?

Posted by Rod Lunceford on 11/11/19 8:00 AM

In a hydrocarbon processing plant, crude oil must be processed into more refined products. Establishing a sampling program for all types of refining processes in hydrocarbon processing plants requires special considerations for successful and safe operations.

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Topics: Hydrocarbon Processing, Liquid & Slurry, Gas

Repair vs. Replace: Managing Your Hydrocarbon Plant's Sampling Equipment

Posted by Randy Cruse on 8/26/19 8:00 AM

Many industrial plants in the United States were built decades ago and were not expected to still be in operation. Yet many are still running today, well past their expected life span. Within these plants, hydrocarbon sampling systems and equipment are often overlooked, even as new technology and regulations demand more from them.

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Topics: Power, Hydrocarbon Processing, Solids & Powder, Liquid & Slurry, Gas

The Unexpected Costs - and Clear Benefits - of Clean Fuels

Posted by Rod Lunceford on 8/12/19 8:00 AM

Globally, there’s a trend for increased policies and regulations around producing low-sulfur and ultra-low-sulfur (ULS) transportation fuels. These are often referred to as “clean fuels”.  Clean” transportation fuels typically focus on removing sulfur oxides (SOx), specifically sulfur dioxide (SO2), and mitigating pollutants, such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, hydrocarbons and particulates, from vehicles’ exhaust. Sulfur oxides can cause respiratory problems and lung damage in humans and environmental issues such as tree, plant and stone damage; acid rain and hazy air. The less sulfur content in fuel, the less polluting SOx emissions that fuel will release.

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Topics: Hydrocarbon Processing, Liquid & Slurry

Manual vs. Automatic: Which Sampling is Best for Your Hydrocarbon Processing Plant?

Posted by Rod Lunceford on 5/20/19 8:00 AM

With fluctuating demand in your Hydrocarbon Processing, how can you be sure that unit responsibilities aren't creating silos? Answer: Manual or Automatic Hydrocarbon Sampling.

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Topics: Hydrocarbon Processing, Upstream & Midstream, Solids & Powder, Liquid & Slurry

Improve Hydrocarbon Process Sampling Accuracy without Breaking the Bank

Posted by Randy Cruse on 5/6/19 8:00 AM

Accurate fiscal calculations, allocations and loss control are essential for a healthy hydrocarbon processing operation. It is also why you need to pay close attention to your sampling program. Sampling downstream and hydrocarbon-related liquids and gases such as crude oil, condensates, and oil and water mixtures means that it is critical to ensure quality control by determining product properties and composition that can directly affect your operations.

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Topics: Hydrocarbon Processing, Solids & Powder, Liquid & Slurry