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OIL
&
GAS
processing
As the use of
vapor-recovery
units (VRU) at
oilfield storagetank facilities
grows, so does
the need to
understand
that proper
skid-assembly
installation will
help guarantee
their reliable
performance.

FEATURE

Pump OEMs Address
Oil and Gas Trends

MICHELLE SEGREST
CONTRIBUTING
EDITOR

Pump suppliers discuss trends and challenges in the oil and gas industry involving smart
technology, competitive delivery, and optimized equipment efficiency.

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peed, portability, and reliability are key factors in optimizing
production times and the bottom line in the oil and gas industry, according to experts from major pumping technology companies.
Glenn Webb, senior product specialist for Blackmer, Grand Rapids, MI, a leading brand from PSG, (Oakbrook Terrace, IL, psgdover.
com/en/blackmer/home) said that the most obvious positive manifestation of the ongoing oil and natural gas production boom in the
United States can be seen on street corners across the nation. At the
end of January 2014, the average price at the pump nationwide for a
gallon of gasoline was $3.28. One year later, the price for a gallon of
gas had plummeted to $2.04.
Increased production in such prominent shale fields as the Bakken in North Dakota, Eagle Ford in Texas, Niobrara in Colorado, and
Marcellus and Utica in New York, Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, has increased the demand for gathering, transport, and terminal
systems that can store raw crude oil and natural gas until it can be
shipped by truck, train, or pipeline for refinement and consumption
With these increased challenges come innovative solutions.

SMART INSTRUMENTATION
Some companies offer valve and pump products with smart instrumentation to monitor factors such as motor vibration, pump vibration,
inlet pressure, outlet or discharge pressure, pipeline temperature,

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gear-box oil temperature, voltage, amp draw, supply pressure to
valve controllers, actuator blow by, and smart-wear monitoring of
internal wear components, according to Todd Loudin, president of
North American Operations and VP Global Sales for Flowrox Inc.,
Linthicum, MD (flowrox.com).
Loudin said Flowrox has experienced three major challenges for
the oil and gas industry:
The price of crude. Many oil producers, especially within shale
regions, require a minimum of $30/barrel. But only about 50% of the
wells in the Bakken or Permian Basin break even at $30/barrel. The
other 50% break even at around $60/barrel. There are some wells
that have difficulty breaking even at as high as $100.
Capital investment has been slashed by the industry. Of
course, investments will occur that are imperative to continued production, but budgets have been constrained, Loudin said.
A significant reduction in work force. One solution that the oil
industry has embraced, according to Loudin, is intelligent instrumentation and monitoring for the production and refining process. "Some
of these systems are not ideal and useable to the people doing maintenance or rebuild work," Loudin stated. "The main variables are typically displayed on a distributed-control system (DCS) with an operator who can provide information on pressure, temperature, flow, and
other variables. However, the person in the field does not have easy

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