Reducing flaring in Nigeria: Presidential approval

In a recent interview, Nigeria’s President announced approval of the country’s new Flare Gas (Prevention of Waste and Pollution) Regulations. These will be implemented under the wider National Gas Flare Commercialisation Programme (NGFCP). While the interview stated Nigeria loses approximately $1 billion of revenue to gas flaring every year, other sources have put the figure…

The IoT effect: modernising traditional industries

This article originally appeared in Digitalisation World on April 4, 2017 The Internet of Things (IoT) is poised to radically change the way we monitor and measure an almost unlimited number of tasks.  To date consumer applications have included health monitoring through wearable heart monitors, smart controlled appliances in the home and connected security systems in…

What it takes to be an oil and gas service engineer

Eduardo Hurtado is a Regional Manager at Fluenta and an expert in managing onshore and offshore commissioning, maintenance and technology projects in the Americas. Before becoming Regional Manager, Eduardo was a Field Service Engineer (FSE). He ensured Fluenta was compliant with all safety and security regulations, identifying additional training needs and developing safe working procedures…

Zero routine gas flaring – now is the time to act

This article originally appeared in Flow Control on April 3, 2017 A recent International Energy Agency (IEA) report, “CO2 Emissions from Fuel Combustion Highlights,” estimates the energy sector is responsible for more than 40 percent of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Gas flaring is one of the primary contributors to industrial emissions from the sector, and while gas…

We’re living in a material world

This article first appeared in Engineering Specifier on June 12, 2017 Drilling for crude oil, as well as the production, processing, storage and transportation of energy, inflicts huge stresses and corrosion on the materials used. Acid-bearing fluids can eat into pipelines, sulphur and hydrogen sulphide can induce corrosion and temperatures higher than 1,100°F can damage…