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Mining: Are We There Yet?

In the U.S., mining is largely about oil and gas. However, said Glen Ives of Deloitte at VMA’s 2016 Market Outlook Workshop, “We’re talking about the ‘real’ mining–digging things up. And the story this year is that, at least commodity prices are pretty steady. Miners are not so convinced the world is going to end, and they’re giving some thought about looking into the future. That’s good news for valve manufacturers, because now there is some thought about replacing some old kit, and dusting off some expansion plans.”


LNG: State of the Market

Natural gas production in the U.S. has increased substantially over the last few years due to technological advancements in natural gas extraction methods. Certainly this increased production has resulted in reduced prices for natural gas consumers, but the benefits go far beyond the country’s borders. The ample supply and low prices are making the prospect of exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) exciting, but the path is not as direct as some had hoped.

Has Low Oil Killed Geothermal in the U.S.?

Has Low Oil Killed Geothermal in the USWhile geothermal power production is not growing as fast in the U.S. as it is many other parts of the world, it nevertheless has huge potential in North America. Certainly the low price of natural gas has made it easier and less expensive to replace coal-fired baseload plants made obsolete or closed due to EPA regulations in the U.S., but there are still several areas in which geothermal energy is a desirable alternative to fossil fuel power production.

Automated Valves and Security

Automated Valves and Security 1In todays environment of security awareness there is a heightened concern over maintaining the integrity of plant operations.

The causes of undesired interference with plant and industrial installations ranges from plant operator ignorance or error to vandalism and then the ultimate concern, terrorism.

How a Refinery Significantly Reduced Fugitive Emissions

Improving Fugitive Emissions PerformanceThe BP refinery in Whiting, IN has 80,000 valves in its leak detection and repair (LDAR) program. There are approximately 20 process units in the refinery, on an average five-year-turnaround cycle and 200-300 valves on every turnaround work list. BP executed an EPA consent decree in 2012 and has been working on improvements around LDAR and emissions since 2011.

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