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Introducing APL Pumps

REGEN IS PROUD TO INTRODUCE: The APL Green Bastard Pump & its brother The Little Bastard!                    We know the importance every second has on the jobsite. We are driven to introduce to you the new APL positive displacement fluid pump on the market to keep downtime from costing you dollars from your bottom-line. The APL design was designed for high volume fluid transfer and quick field maintenance or repair by operator . APL pumps have multiple mounting arrangements and are easy to retrofit in place of Competitors Pumps. The Zero Leakage design prevents Environmental Contamination. Contact us for info on our pumps, accessories and...

Arctic Drilling by Shell

According to Reuters, Royal Dutch Shell could begin drilling in the Arctic off Alaska as early as the third week of July.  Shell was granted a conditional green light from the U.S. Department of the Interior in May to resume drilling in the Arctic for the first time since 2012. The company’s Polar Pioneer drilling rig arrived in Dutch Harbor on June 28th, where it will stay until the ice begins clearing over the area of the Chukchi Sea where they plan to drill.  Dutch Harbor is in Unalaska, which is off of mainland Alaska.  The drilling is expected to continue through the end of September.  This year’s drilling season is expected to include two drilling rigs and a minimum of 25 support vessels, assuming all necessary permits are granted. Shell expects to have the equipment in place after the first week of July, and assuming the ice clears as expected, the drilling would begin during the third week of July, though, according to Shell spokesman Curtis Smith, that is subject to change depending on the ice conditions. The company is actually allowed to begin drilling on July 15th, but even though they will likely be starting a week later than that, it is still sooner than the average of the past 11 years by about three weeks. Drilling rigs require many hydraulic and pneumatic components, which is where we at ReGen Innovative Technologies come in.  We provide both in-house and on-site services and customized designs to fit your needs.  We also have a patented catwalk design that is efficient and safe called the Magazine Catwalk.  We provide professional,...

Cyber Security in Oil and Gas

According to Oil and Gas 360, United States Coast Guard Commandant Vice Adm. Paul F. Zukunft gave a keynote speech on June 15th at the Center for Strategic and International Studies that addressed what could be a possible hole in cyber security for the oil and gas industry.   U.S. port facilities have hardened their perimeters and they now notify the U.S. Coast Guard of intrusions in order to identify possible coordinated attacks.  However, this does not include cyber security for their information infrastructure. Zukunft expressed concern, especially when it comes to future exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG).  He believes that, without added security, it could become a target for geopolitical cyber warfare: “When you think of the United States [and] exporting LNG, what is modern warfare going to look like in the 21st century?  Do we have adversaries among us today at a national level?  Forget about the non-state actors, but at a nation level. Right now who has the natural gas market niche in the EU and in parts of the Asia Pacific region? It’s not us. It’s Russia.  And so what if we’re now taking some of that market share? And what if tensions escalate between us and Russia? Does Russia conduct electronic warfare against our military? Or might they want to conduct electronic warfare against our critical infrastructure?  That is an example where we need to protect our infrastructure.” He went on to cite an instance where a mobile offshore drilling unit (MODU) was taken over by a remote intrusion due to the introduction of malware into the server.  The intrusion caused the MODU to drift away from the...

Tropical Storm Bill Causes Problems

Texas and Louisiana have had to brace for the coming of Tropical Storm Bill to an area that, in some places, is still recovering from flooding that occurred last month.  The Houston Ship Channel, the largest petrochemical port in the United States, halted all traffic on Monday; first outbound traffic and then inbound traffic later in the evening.  Ports in Galveston and Texas City also halted traffic because of the storm.  According to forecasts, Houston, one of the main hubs of the U.S. oil and gas industry, could experience as much as 10 inches of rain by Thursday. The storm made landfall near Matagorda, but the counter-clockwise rotation means that the areas east and north of the center of the storm will catch more of its effects than the areas west of it, and that includes the greater Houston area, central Texas.  Tropical Storm Bill will maybe even have some effect in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and southern Missouri. Both Royal Dutch Shell (the #1 oil producer in the U.S.) and Chevron (#3 producer) have evacuated all non-essential personnel from their platforms but have thus far not shut in production, as the basin in the Gulf of Mexico accounts for a fifth of the country’s crude oil output.  BP Plc. (#2) said that it was monitoring the storm but had not altered operations at this point.  According to RigZone, ExxonMobil, Hess Corp, Murphy Oil Corp, and BHP Billiton had not made plans to alter operations as of Monday either, but said they were watching the storm closely as well. Producers EOG and ConocoPhillips and refiner Phillips 66 stated that the weather...

U.S. Now First in Oil Production

The United States has now overtaken Russia as the world’s top producer of oil and gas, according to BP Plc’s Statistical Review of World Energy, which was released June 10th.  Thanks to America’s shale plays, oil production from the U.S. increased a record 1.6 million barrels a day, and gas output increased as well, allowing the country to move ahead of Russia in overall output.  This has allowed the U.S. to reduce its reliance on imports.  In fact, in the last year, 90% of the energy consumed in the U.S. was produced domestically. This also caused a slump in global energy prices, resulting in about a 40% drop in the price of crude oil in the past year.  These changes have resulted in an alteration of the country’s foreign policy priorities and caused a shift in the entire global energy landscape.  As BP’s Chief Economist Spencer Dale stated it, “We are truly witnessing a changing of the guard of global energy suppliers.  The implications of the shale revolution for the U.S. are profound.”  In addition to the production jump for the U.S., Canada and Brazil also experienced record oil production in the past year, which prompted OPEC to change its policy about price support for defending market share. The demand side of global energy has also changed some.  While China’s energy consumption is still growing, that growth of 339,000 barrels a day has slowed to a pace not seen since the late 1990’s when the Asian financial crisis occurred.  However, China’s increase in consumption is still the biggest increase in the world.  The Chinese economy is slowing and the...