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ND researcher developing smart pipeline technology

A researcher at North Dakota State University wants to create safer oil and gas pipelines. Fardad Azarmi is developing a thermal spray coating that would prevent corrosion inside pipelines. The coating is a mixture of metal and ceramic particles. Sensors that can identify corrosion and measure stress or cracking in critical sections of a pipeline are baked into the coating. ...

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Magnolia contracts joint venture to build Lake Charles facility

Houston-based Magnolia LNG has selected joint venture SK Engineering and Construction for its $4.35 billion engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for its new liquefied natural gas facility in the Port of Lake Charles, Louisiana. According to Kallanish Energy, the contract will account for the engineering, production and construction of: -Engineering and production of four LNG production trains with the ...

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Early report says Texas oil, gas production up from last year

Texas oil and gas production

Texas produced 72,849,838 barrels of crude oil and 620,188,919 Mcf (thousand cubic feet) of total gas in September, according to a preliminary report by the Railroad Commission of Texas. The Commission regulates the oil and gas industry in Texas. Preliminary figures are based on production volumes reported by operators and will be updated as final corrected reports are received. Preliminary ...

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Texas distiller uses solar energy to produce spirits

A Texas manufacturer of premium spirits will be making the most of one of the state’s most plentiful resources: the sun. Witherspoon Distillery recently installed a solar energy system to power production at its facilities in Lewisville, Texas. Austin-based Circular Energy, a national provider of clean energy solutions, designed and installed a 70.4 kW photovoltaic solar energy system this month. ...

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Abundant water source sets the stage for economic development in Yucca, Arizona

Deserts are usually for the cacti and the scorpions because of limited water resources. Even its human inhabitants must worry daily about water access and rights. Since water is not only critical to life but to economic and cultural development as well, access to water is a really big deal. Despite its water challenges, the desert can harbor the potential ...

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Top 5 Bakken stories of the week

Just in case you missed them, here are the top headlines from Bakken.com for the week of November 8th through the 14th. Have a great weekend! 5. Obama’s Keystone XL decision irks North Dakota US lawmakers BISMARCK, N.D. — Members of North Dakota’s congressional delegation say President Barack Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline is disappointing. Obama says he’s ...

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Houston company rewards employees with $100K bonus

Despite steep investment cuts and project cancellations from oil companies around the world, one Texas company awarded employees with a sizable bonus. Hilcorp Energy Co. gave every eligible employee a cash award of $100,000 for meeting its goals set five years ago. The Houston-based energy company’s “Dream 2015” plan was a five-year incentive program that began in 2011 and awarded ...

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Rental company culture positions it for continuing success

When it comes to safety and economic security in the oil and gas field, strong, long-term business relationships matter. According to a 2014 report (based on 2012 data) published by the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (COSH), the oil and gas industry’s fatality rate is now 24.2 deaths for every 100,000 full time workers vs. 3.2 deaths per ...

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Williston jobs still plentiful, becoming more specialized

Although activity in North Dakota’s Bakken oil patch has slowed dramatically from the frantic activity just a year ago, hiring is still going strong, but it’s becoming more specialized. As reported by The Bakken Magazine, the area surrounding Williston, North Dakota, a community in the oil patch core, is still dealing with a shortage of workers ranging from truck drivers ...

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