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Production Process Insights

Maximize Performance and Profits with Online Analysis

Posted by Lance Witt on 8/9/21 8:00 AM

In the past, sophisticated online analysis for hydrocarbons was used only in laboratories – but now they’re widely used online at many upstream, midstream, and downstream hydrocarbon facilities.

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Topics: Downstream, Upstream & Midstream

How to Avoid Sample Cooler Damage from a Deep Freeze

Posted by Randy Cruse on 7/19/21 8:00 AM

Oil and gas refineries often struggle to restart after unplanned shutdowns safely. That's what Texas experienced in February 2021, when an Arctic storm brought the lowest temperatures in a generation. This deep freeze resulted in a large amount of equipment damage, including sample coolers. 

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Topics: Downstream, Upstream & Midstream, Steam & Water

Your Video Guide to Replacing a Sentry STV LP1 Seal

Posted by George Buss on 6/21/21 8:00 AM

Metal corrosion is inevitable and can cause catastrophic pipeline and asset failure, damaging the environment and communities, injuring field operators, and causing costly downtime and waste in productivity. However, corrosion is easy to measure with corrosion coupons.

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Topics: Upstream & Midstream, Liquid & Slurry

Ask Sentry: What are Atomizers and Do I Need Them?

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 5/20/21 8:00 AM

Corrosion is a significant contributor to gas and oil pipeline failures. That's why many oil and gas companies implement chemical treatment methods to eliminate corrosive contaminants within gas pipelines. But a chemical's efficiency can be drastically affected by improper injection methods.

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Topics: Downstream, Upstream & Midstream, Liquid & Slurry, Gas

Address LNG Processing Challenges with Sampling

Posted by Horacio Salinas, Jr. on 5/3/21 8:00 AM

Natural gas is a plentiful energy resource and is the cleanest-burning fossil fuel, making it a clear choice for fulfilling this growing energy need. However, many natural gas resources are in remote locations, and safely transporting the gas by pipeline over long distances is challenging and expensive.

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Topics: Upstream & Midstream, Liquid & Slurry, Gas

Understanding New EPA Rules in the Oil and Gas Industry

Posted by Horacio Salinas, Jr. on 1/11/21 8:00 AM

In December 2020, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published its final version of the updated Fuels Regulatory Streamlining rule, which takes effect in January 2022. Not meeting the new and current EPA regulations can result in hefty fines, as well as damage to the environmental and plant personnel. Protect your processes and prevent these costly risks with representative sampling.

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Topics: Downstream, Upstream & Midstream, Liquid & Slurry, Gas

Wax On, Wax Off: Mitigate and Treat Pipeline Paraffin Buildup

Posted by Bryan Stockburger on 12/7/20 8:00 AM

Paraffin deposition is one of the most challenging flow issues in oil production processes. Paraffin buildup in pipelines, wells and vessels is the most common type of paraffin deposition and can contribute to pipeline corrosion. Managing paraffin deposition in a timely and cost-effective manner are the keys to maximizing oil production, performance and profit.

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Topics: Upstream & Midstream, Liquid & Slurry, Gas

Chemical Optimization Saves an Oil and Gas Producer $1.6 Million

Posted by Bryan Stockburger on 10/5/20 8:00 AM

Providing a safe and easy method of accessing pressurized process systems for corrosion monitoring, chemical injection or sample extraction is an important operational consideration in upstream and midstream processes. Representative sampling solutions enable users to monitor corrosioninject chemicals or extract samples easily and effectively. It also ensures a high level of user safety, while requiring a smaller crew and less time to operate.

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Topics: Upstream & Midstream, Liquid & Slurry, Gas

Do You Need a Chemical Optimization Audit?

Posted by Lance Witt on 9/14/20 8:00 AM

Chemical mitigation programs are a costly necessity for companies producing, transporting, storing and refining natural gas, gas liquids and crude oil. Optimizing these programs can result in immediate and considerable financial savings of 10%-30%. The first step in optimizing a program is to conduct a Chemical Optimization Audit.

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Topics: Downstream, Upstream & Midstream, Liquid & Slurry, Gas

Make the Most of Your Oil and Gas Sampling Partnership

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 4/20/20 8:00 AM

Managing relationships with outside vendors and suppliers can be challenging. These best practices can guide you in building strong relationship with a full-service oil and gas provider that will help you improve profitability, speed up innovation and improve reliability.

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Topics: Downstream, Upstream & Midstream, Liquid & Slurry, Gas