Archive for August, 2014

As the incident record in North America over last few years in train derailments, does this seem like an intelligent decision?

Great Lakes Energy Blog

Mumbai: Tired of the tardy progress in setting up pipelines to transport crude, petroleum products and gas in the country, Indian Oil Corp. Ltd (IOC), India’s biggest oil marketer, has proposed laying pipelines along railway tracks across the country.
The company, on behalf of the oil marketing and exploration and production companies, has submitted a report to the oil ministry, requesting the government to rope in the Indian Railways and allow it to free up the land along railways tracks for setting up a pipeline network.
“We have proposed a revenue sharing model under which both the railways and the oil companies can benefit from the scheme. The idea is to use the railways land for a fees and use the land to lay the pipelines,” said U.K. Dhoot, general manager of project monitoring at Indian Oil.
At an oil and gas conference organised by India-Tech Foundation, Dhoot said…

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Oilfield equipment rentals made to your specifications

Xtra Energy Services is an Alberta-based rental and manufacturing company that manufactures and designs highly innovative equipment to meet customers’ specifications.


Steve Wenger

Xtra Energy provides oil and gas production rental equipment as well as manufacturing design, specializing in high-pressure gas handling and fuel/waste-fired equipment, such as high-capacity, high-efficiency enclosed flares. Its equipment is designed to run safely, with minimal maintenance.

Xtra Energy first opened its doors as a rental company, renting completion and production equipment to well testing companies and oil companies. Its rental equipment includes high-pressure vessels for shale gas, line heaters, flare stacks, office trailers and generators.

“If well testing companies need a temporary P-tank or line heater, we can supply that,” says Xtra Energy president and co-owner Steve Wenger. “We can rent our equipment to testing companies and provide extra testing packages to help them keep taking on all the work they can.”

Wenger and his father established Xtra Energy two years ago. Wenger’s background is in oil and gas well testing, while his father’s background is in fire and safety, gained during his time in the oil patch.

Xtra Energy’s assembly facility manufactures new products and repairs existing production equipment. The company is based in Red Deer with a Calgary sales office, and a new shop in Blackfalds, Alberta that just opened it’s doors.

“Whether it’s gas, solids or liquids, we can design equipment for you,” Wenger says.

The company’s biggest focus is now its incinerators. “We have come up with a design that is the quietest, puts off the least heat, and is the least offensive to the people and environment around it,” Wenger says.
Xtra Energy’s high-capacity, high-efficiency enclosed flares are silent, efficient, cost-effective and reduce greenhouse gases. Solar power operation with a one-button start up allows for easy use and minimal setup time, with virtually no setup or operational costs.

Xtra Energy’s self-sufficient incinerator pulls air from the outside into its interior in order to burn gas more efficiently than a regular flare stack. On top of that, it causes no ground disturbance and is cost-effective to run.

“You don’t need a person to operate them on a day-to-day basis. You push a button, a light turns on for the ignition, and you can walk away and it will do the job by itself.”

“Other than actually seeing the equipment, you don’t even know what it’s doing, it’s so quiet and efficient,” Wenger says. “It burns so efficiently and so quietly, it doesn’t disturb anything around it. You can have a conversation when you’re standing beside it. It’s very discreet, very environmentally friendly—and it has the bonus of preventing human error because it’s been designed so there is less risk of a spill or burning oil or fluids.” If there is any carry-over fluid, an overflow catch tank with digital tank gauges will contain the fluid before it enters the incinerator and burns it or causes a spill.

Since the incinerator is solar powered, there are no generators to set up and run, and no fans. “There is nothing to go wrong with the system. A product like our incinerator would be the best choice to have the least amount of downtime or maintenance. Especially with summer weather and drier ground, our incinerator is definitely designed to take away the risk of grass or any kind of dry debris lighting on fire. It’s clean, quiet and cool. You can stand next to it and you wouldn’t know it was running, it’s that cool. You wouldn’t know it’s running other than seeing heat waves off the top.”

Xtra Energy takes safety seriously, and its machines have been designed with innovative technologies such as fluid safety catch-tanks to guard against incidental carry-overs, keeping workers and equipment safe.

Xtra Energy’s largest incinerator can handle 8 million to 10 million cubic feet of gas per day, which Wenger believes is one of the largest capacities in the industry for a portable unit. The largest incinerator unit is mounted on a 53-foot trailer towed by a tractor, which is owned by Xtra Energy. The smaller units are designed to be pulled by a pickup truck—so that customers can move an incinerator themselves from one well to another if they wish to handle their own transportation.

Xtra Energy provides a full range of design, project management and technical field service for its fuel and waste-fired equipment.



Business Executives

Clayton Riddell was born in the mid-1930s in Manitoba, Canada. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Geology with honors from the University of Manitoba.  At the heart of oil and gas is knowing your geology and therefore Clayton has a very good formal educational background on the subject matter. He also has a natural interest in rocks having his first collection of rocks at the age of four.

He literally made his first investment in a pile of rocks when he started off with near-barren natural gas wells when founding Paramount Resources in 1974. Before founding the company he had some experience running a couple of small publicly traded firms. Over 35 years later, Clayton is chairman and CEO of Paramount. It is his largest holding estimated to be worth almost $1.5 billion. He is also a shareholder in several publicly traded Canadian energy companies, some of which…

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Prometheus Institute

North Dakota crude oil production surpassed 1.0 million barrels per day (bbl/d) in April and May (the latest data available). This record is the result of increasing crude oil production from the Williston Basin’s Bakken and Three Forks formations in North Dakota and eastern Montana.

Although Bakken oil production initially began in the 1950s at Antelope Field in North Dakota, large-scale production growth did not begin until after the discovery of the Parshall Field in 2007. Since then, advances in drilling methods and technology, a better understanding of the geology of the Bakken, higher crude oil prices, and the formation’s large size and number of wells all have contributed to higher production and to the potential for continued future growth.

As more wells are drilled in the Bakken, the base resource becomes better defined. Because the Bakken has a relatively low thickness (not exceeding 250 feet) and low permeability, better…

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Hydraulic pressures on these line can get upwards of 10,000 PSI