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Studying What Went Wrong

In October of 2016, the Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released its findings into the tragic 2013 explosion and fire at the Williams Olefin Plant in Geismar, LA that killed two workers and injured 167 .

FEL: The Preferred Phase for Valve Technical Definition

A typical oil and gas capital project cycle consists of a process of structured stage gates that ensure activities are processed or completed in a logical sequence. Each gate serves as a verification point for deliverables and objectives to be evaluated to determine if they have been completed to a preset acceptable level before proceeding to the next stage.

The Valve Industry’s Role in Climate Change

The world may not agree on all the causes of climate change, but most people realize our actions over the last 150 years have directly contributed to greenhouse gas (GHG) buildup, most notably accumulation of carbon dioxide and methane. The concern about global warming is based on regular measurements and projections that document quantitatively how these GHGs are added to the atmosphere at a rate far faster than natural processes can remove them. Moreover, these gases are transparent when it comes to solar radiation while absorbing infrared radiation expelled from the earth’s surface. This acts like a blanket over the planet and causes the greenhouse effect, which most of the world agrees is affecting our climate.

Cast vs. Forged: The Ongoing Debate Takes a New Direction

In the valve industry, the cast versus forged debate has been around for many years. Cast production still dominates. However, changing operating environments in the power industry, such as the shift towards higher pressure and temperature needs, have reignited talks on which technique is most suitable for the evolving application requirements. While both cast and forged production deliver high-quality valves, it isn’t always immediately obvious which solution has the best cost-performance ratio for different power applications.

Market Outlook for 2017: Sluggish Growth with a Focus on New Realities

While the current uptick in the economy is good news to all industries, continued low oil prices and political unpredictability are making it difficult to get financing for projects, according to speakers at the 2016 VMA Market Outlook workshop in San Diego last August. This is especially true in the water and wastewater infrastructure and chemical processing markets.


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