Category Archives: Oil and Gas Industry, Oilfield Products

The Thriving Ocean Life Under Offshore Oil Rigs

It doesn’t seem likely that anything could survive in the ocean close to an oil rig. As it initially doesn’t appear to be a very hospitable location for ocean life. However, after taking a closer look, we quickly learn that many types of ocean creatures do thrive near and around oil rigs. In fact, these eco-friendly structures not only help ocean life survive but surprisingly thrive.

What is Life Like Under the Oil Rigs?

Many environmental organizations worry about the destruction that can occur on rigs while drilling operations and oil extractions are consistently taking place. Yet, these concerns soon subside when they realize that life always finds a way to carry on and thrive. The truth is, most of the underwater rig parts provide homes for numerous fish and other creatures. Natural corals also begin to grow on these rigs, even though it takes time for them to take root. However, once they develop, corals provide natural stability and sustainability for all types of ocean life.

Once coral and other underwater plants have started to grow, fish soon begin to live nearby and in the coral. They’re protected from larger fish and can take advantage of the plants they usually use for food and shelter that are now growing on the rigs.

As life under the rig starts to flourish, more homes are created for fish and other creatures, eventually developing a natural ecosystem and food chain. With enough time, there is a significant amount of life growing and living beneath the oil rig.

Are There Eco-Friendly Pipe and Rig Structures that Help Maintain Life?

Yes! Companies today are aware of the ocean life that develops underwater on these structures. They also strive to make pipe and rig structures as eco-friendly as possible. These structures not only preserve the natural ocean life in the area, but also help create structures that are habitable for various types of sea creatures, coral, and larger fish.

Oil rigs are built by certain standards today, and they’re designed to not release toxins or bring harmful imbalance to the ocean’s natural underwater ecosystem. They’re solid structures that, when built properly, are secure and perfect for sea creatures who need a natural habitat. Moreover, since these ocean rigs are permanent structures, sea life can also set up a permanent home. Coral, seagrasses, fish, and many other types of ocean creatures are able to use these structures to create their home and obtain safety.

How are Companies Creating Homes for Ocean Life?

Companies are constantly finding new ways to make underwater rig structures safer and more secure so that underwater habitats can remain stable and untouched, despite what’s going on above the surface. This helps to ensure that the life that has begun under the ocean rig can continue to grow as long as possible, even if the rig shuts down.

While it might not seem like an ocean rig is a great place to visit if you’re hoping to see ocean life, the reality is there’s an abundance of ocean life growing and thriving under rigs today. Essentra Pipe Protection Technologies is a reliable supplier of high-quality oilfield and pipe protection products. We work hard to ensure that our products are built to maintain natural ecosystems and that they stay preserved so that ocean life can continue to thrive under the oil rigs.

For more information on our products and services, freely call 1-877-276-9208, browse our products online, or request a quote at your convenience.

Essentra Embraces NEW Trends from the 2018 OTC Expo

The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) is held annually during the month of May; and at Essentra Pipe Protection Technologies, we are always fortunate to join the thousands of oil and gas professionals who converge in Houston for what has become one of the largest oil and gas sector trade shows in the world. In addition to the millions of working professionals in our hometown, Houston has become an international hub for the energy sector with over 5,000 energy related firms in the greater Houston area.

This year’s conference focused in on a variety of key issues relating to the offshore energy industry- including technological advances, solutions incorporating safety and environmental concerns, and detailed summaries of regulations and economic conditions that can affect the offshore energy industry. Since the OTC ranks among the 200 largest trade shows held annually in the U.S., Essentra is excited to share some of the new trends in pipe protection innovation, collaboration, and service that we are most looking forward to providing for all our clients and customers.

Advanced Technology

Essentra team members and staff were able to test drive a computerized simulation of a manual drilling rig operation and an automatic drilling rig operation. Learning about the latest NOVOS technology from NOV (National Oilwell Varco), afforded us the opportunity to experience the number of operational steps and increased margin for error that rig operators go through when they’re performing these steps manually as opposed to using automated technology. These types of technological advancements continue to help ensure safety and quality assurance on drilling rigs. Visit NOV for more details at http://www.nov.com/NOVOS.aspx#pods.

When it comes to developing top-quality and custom pipe thread protection, Essentra will always strive to remain an API standard leader. During the OTC Expo, we were also able to discuss some of the new advancements in thread connections coming on the horizon. Essentra is especially excited to partner and collaborate with many of the key players in the pipe industry to help introduce what’s new and upcoming in the market to further provide quality protection and designs engineered with safety, durability, and reliability in mind.

Combating the Recycling Thread Protector Issue

Essentra was posed with the topic on protector recycling from other exhibitors at the conference, which is not a market we are currently in. In fact, though some of our major competitors are in the business of recycling thread protectors, Essentra is working to figure out how to combat this issue and come up with alternative solutions that avoid recycled protectors being resold for use in the field. Once again, our goal is to maintain safety and reliability of our products and equipment; this way, no producing company has to cut corners to protect their bottom line. That’s Essentra’s commitment to you!

Developing NEW Relationships

At Essentra Pipe Protection Technologies, we are dedicated to providing quality products and services. Part of what we do and how we do it involves the many complimentary businesses we work with and continue to make connections with to ensure these goals are accomplished consistently. During the OTC, we were honored to meet with various professionals and company members from around the world to discuss building potential partnerships for developing new and exciting products that could be introduced in the pipe protection market.

Connecting with Essentra

We make it easy to connect with us! For more information and insight on our company and/or our products, call us toll-free at 877-276-9208 to speak with one of our service experts. You may also request a quote online now, or browse our pipe protection products line anytime!

Fracking & Natural Gas Outlook in the US

When it comes to oil and gas industry news and information, no company keeps its customers as informed as Essentra Pipe Protection Technologies. If you’re curious about the latest information at the top of the year, this blog will help place things into perspective. As it stands, the combination of horizontal drilling and fracking has greatly increased the United States’ natural gas supply while sending prices plummeting. With a 35% increase in production since 2008, prices have dropped by more than 60%. 2015 brought some of the lowest fuel prices since 1999, and prices are expected to remain low for the foreseeable future. Read more from Essentra to learn what this all means for 2018.

Higher Production and Increased Efficiency

US gas production is expected to increase by up to two percent per year over the next several decades, and the unstoppable rise is attributed mostly to vast, low-cost resources. With more than a century of supply, the domestic natural gas supply is expected to remain robust even as prices stay low. These facts, along with the wide availability of high quality OCTGs (oil country tubular goods) offered by Essentra, have made the US shale oil and gas industry extremely efficient.

Falling Prices Lead to Greater Optimism: The Cycle Never Ends

There’s considerable optimism around US gas and oil production, and the outlook is so bright that it’s driving down yearly price projections. In simpler terms, every time the EIA’s modeling system looks into the industry’s future, it forecasts a lower price. The advantages of low-cost natural gas are valuable because they give the United States an edge over their global competitors, while leaving American families with a higher disposable income.

Another aspect of this cycle is that producing companies also reap benefits when they invest in oilfield products by Essentra, that not only provide more bang for their buck, but also help protect their bottom line. Ultimately, as consumers have more money to spend, and as companies save, they’ll bolster the entire US economy.

The Changing Role of Natural Gas in America

Because of the growth of the shale industry, the US has the world’s largest and most adaptable market in terms of exports and domestic demand. We’ve seen natural gas become a crucial component of our energy complex. For instance, natural gas is now America’s primary electricity source; it has helped cut the sector’s carbon dioxide emissions by more than 30% since 2005. Natural gas provides a backup to wind and solar power development, and it’s leading a rebirth in the American chemical industry as well. Drilling companies in the US are moving to secure their positions and make investments in OCTGs through leading companies like Essentra.

Supply and Production Exceed Demand

Despite increased usage of natural gas in a variety of sectors, the EIA expects the pace of production to double that of new demand in the next few years. It’s America’s extensive, low-cost resource base that will allow the country to export more natural gas to places all over the world without a corresponding increase in domestic pricing. In any event, exports will be balanced with higher production, which will continue to keep prices low.

From a human development and climate change standpoint, it’s almost a moral requirement to export modern fuels such as natural gas. Furthermore, most of the world’s advanced economies are turning to gas as a power source. As a result, the American natural gas industry is flourishing; demand is high, but accelerated production is meeting that demand and then some.

Essentra is Your Standard Leader

At Essentra Pipe Protection Technologies, we’re proud to do our part to ensure safe, economical natural gas production. As a company, Essentra won’t take for granted the fact that we are an API standard leader in pipe protection products; instead, we thrive on continuing to manufacture top quality products that producers can trust and rely on. Connect with us today toll-free at 877-276-9208.

Line Pipe Protection & Winter Preparation

From scorching summer sun and the hurricane season, to blinding blizzards and hard freezes, weather can bring with it a variety of problems; therefore, line pipe protection should be considered long before severe weather strikes. To avoid issues that can arise during winter months and comply with API standards, companies should take steps to protect their oil and gas pipelines from the cold, and Essentra Pipe Protection Technologies has a variety of products to help them do just that. Below are a few things that companies should consider when it comes to line pipe protection during harsh wintry weather.

Insulation

This is one of the most common line pipe protection methods. Insulation involves wrapping pipe with materials such as fiberglass, perlite, mineral wool, elastomeric foam, or cellular glass. Such materials can stand up to bitter cold, and most are used to insulate heat exchangers and other sensitive equipment. With drill pipe protectors, oilfield workers can touch pipe surfaces without injury.

Heat Tracing

Simply put, heat tracing is the use of heat to keep a pipe at a certain temperature. Most companies use electricity to keep pipes warm via thread protectors and heat cable or tape. The heat tracing technique is advantageous for several reasons. First, it facilitates uniform heat application throughout the entire length of pipe. Second, it’s highly controllable. Finally, the technique is more cost-efficient than pipe flushing methods.

Process Heating

In some cases, process heating can keep gas, water, and oil pipes from freezing during the winter. The technique is most effective on large-diameter pipe where heat tracing may not be practical. Glycol, water, and thermal oil are all common heating media which can be poured into freeze-prone piping.

Heated Enclosure

Another effective pipe protection strategy is to encase the pipe in heated enclosures. This method is especially effective when winterizing outdoor piping systems and tanks. While it’s possible to use solid fuel or electricity to keep the internal temperature above freezing, workers shouldn’t remove the surrounding snow because it provides insulation as well. Some oil and gas suppliers bury piping underground as a form of heated enclosure protection.

Draining Pipe

If the above options are inappropriate, pipe can be drained to reduce the risk of freezing and bursting. After draining, they should be insulated to prevent condensation and lubricated to prevent damage to internal parts. If a company takes such an approach, it’s important to use the correct type of lubricant.

These are just some of the ways oil and gas companies can succeed in line pipe protection during winter months, and other extreme weather conditions. For information on all our pipe protection products, and to find the products and equipment most suitable to your company’s industry needs, contact Essentra to speak with one of our customer service experts.

Call us toll free at 877-276-9208, or request a quote online. We’re your industry standard leader, and are always ready to assist you!

How Oil Rigs Make Standard Preparations for Hurricanes

Curious to know what happens with oil rigs during hurricanes? It’s common -particularly in the hurricane season- for energy firms to cease or slow down operations. Besides the safety aspect, there is also the added pressure from environmentalists who always see potential catastrophic storms as threats to coastal ecosystems. The 2010 Gulf oil spill is a constant reminder to oil rig operators of the importance of ensuring that they’re secured with appropriate pipe protection. At Essentra Pipe Protection Technologies, we provide you with both information and practical expertise to help you confront disasters with as little effort and stress as possible.

Standard Preparations

In preparation for hurricanes, and in accordance with API standards, oil and gas companies must have several contingency plans in place to prevent costly business interruptions- be it on land at oilfield sites, or at sea on oil rigs. For example:

  • Evacuation of non-essential personnel is mandatory.
  • Issuing regular warnings and updates on any impending disruptions.
  • Suspension of all drilling operations.
  • Closure of wells to avoid flooding.

Storm winds and resultant flooding can cause damage to critical infrastructure and equipment like storage facilities, pipe, terminals, electricity generation units, docks on oil rigs, and other essential infrastructure. In the event of significant sustained damage, replacements and repairs should be reserved for technical experts owing to the complexity of the job. Operations can only resume when weather assessment reports having given green light clearance.

Lessons from The Past

When the tide rises to violent heights and the sea turns into a ravaging beast, there’s no telling what could happen. During Hurricane Andrew in 1992, offshore refineries had to be shutdown. And in 2005, Hurricane Katrina resulted in the destruction of 50 offshore platforms. Whilst the long-term benefits of such disaster management initiatives were slighted by the immediate catastrophic damage, their active response to imminent disaster was instrumental to the speedy restoration of normal operations.

Oil and gas carrying pipelines are of strategic importance to any energy firm. They cost millions of dollars to set-up and maintain, as such, they should be prioritized, and protected with the best oilfield pipe protection products available.

Essentra Pipe Protection Technologies is an API standard leader; and as such, we not only provide customers with top notch products, we also endeavor keep you informed of trending topics as related to the oil and gas, and drilling industries. Contact us today for a QUOTE, or call us toll free at 888-276-9208.

5 Things About Shale Energy Everyone Should Know

The development of shale energy resources in the U.S., and the oilfield products utilized to maintain drill piping equipment, has been nothing short of revolutionary. Once overshadowed by OPEC, the U.S. is now the leading supplier of natural gas, and the third-ranked oil producer in the world. The following are some of the most important things to know about shale energy.

1- What Is Shale?

Shale is a sedimentary rock formed in layers over millions of years, and it is the most abundant of sedimentary rocks. As each layer formed over many years, it trapped and compressed organic materials and gases, transforming it into a substance called kerogen. When heated to the right temperature, kerogen releases crude oil (from 50 to 150 degrees Celsius) or natural gas (from 150 to 200 degrees Celsius).

2- What Is Fracking?

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is the method used to extract oil and gas from shale. Fracking involves both vertical and horizontal drilling, meaning that one surface site can extract resources from multiple underground wells. Once the well is drilled, a mixture of water and sediment is blasted through small apertures in the sides of the well to create fractures in the surrounding shale, allowing the release of trapped oil and gas. Drill pipe and other oilfield products are utilized in fracking.

3- What’s the Difference Between Oil Shale and Shale Oil

These two terms look similar but they refer to very different things. Oil shale is a type of shale that contains a high percentage of kerogen that has not yet gone through the geological heating process that would eventually convert it into oil or gas. Shale oil is the product of kerogen that has been artificially heated.

4- What Is Retorting in Situ?

Retorting is the process of extracting shale oil energy by heating the kerogen while it is still in the ground (in situ). By introducing heated rods into an oil shale reserve, the kerogen can be slowly heated over one to two years until oil is released. This process eliminates the problem of having to excavate tons of rock.

5- Is Fracking Safe?

Fracking actually occurs thousands of feet beneath groundwater aquifers, so there is very little chance of contamination. In addition, to maintain environmental safety and uphold governmental policies, API industry standards exist and are consistently enforced to ensure safe drilling. High-quality OCTGs and oilfield products from Essentra Pipe Protection Technologies also play a vital role in protecting the environment.

Purchasing with Essentra, means investing in a leading brand of elite pipe protection and oilfield products. For orders, call toll free at 877-276-9208 or request a quote today!

Current Trends in the Oil & Gas Industry

Investors in the oil & gas industry know that prices tend to rise and fall in a cyclical fashion. As populations grow, as the industry develops, and as lifestyles advance, the demand for energy grows and prices rise. As the revenues get reinvested in production to meet these demands, prices tend to fall again. Since oil prices bottomed out at less than $27 a barrel in 2016, supply and demand are gradually coming back into balance, and investors are considering the near future with cautious optimism. As an industry and API standard leader in pipe protection products, Essentra Pipe Protection Technologies aims to stay up-to-date with current oil & gas industry trends, while also keeping customers in the know.

Rig Counts

One of the factors that investors take into consideration is the number of U.S. oil rigs in service at a given time. Unlike Saudi Arabian drilling operations, which are owned and controlled by the government, U.S. rigs operate independently and reflect rather than manipulate the current state of the market. The idea is that, as oil & gas industry prices rise, more oil rigs will be put into service, which increases supply. According to a report by the American Petroleum Institute in July, the number of active rigs in both oil and gas drilling operations showed a year-over-year increase of 62% in the second quarter of 2017. However, the increase in supply is likely to prevent a dramatic rise in prices.

Shale

The development of horizontal drilling and fracking started a shale boom that took off in 2008 and rose rapidly for the next seven years, leading the U.S. to become the world’s top producer of natural gas and a close competitor to Saudi Arabia in oil production. However, the rapid increase in supply had a major impact on oil prices. Now, it seems that production may be slowing down at last, according to Halliburton, which is the top fracking services provider in the U.S. Industry experts say that much depends on the behavior of investors who, up to now, have rewarded growth.

In the third quarter of 2017, investors are expecting modest growth as supply slows and oil companies consolidate. The market for oil country tubular good products is expected to remain healthy with continued growth over the coming years. Oil & gas industry companies depend on top-quality oilfield products from best-in-class providers, like Essentra Pipe Protection Technologies, to guarantee safe and productive operations. Connect with an Essentra customer service expert at 877-276-9208, or request a quote now!

2017 API Conference to Highlight Oilfield Products

The 2017 Exploration and Production Standards Conference, hosted by the American Petroleum Institute (API), will focus on oilfield product equipment and materials. This year’s conference will be held at the Telus Convention Center in Calgary, Alberta, at the end of June. As always, this annual international event is designed to enlighten industry professionals and global corporations by keeping them abreast of the latest advances in technology, while also continuing to develop an in-depth understanding of the standards that govern day-to-day practices to enhance product quality and safety. As an industry leader in thread protection and oilfield products, we at Essentra Pipe Protection Technologies are not only excited to participate again in this year’s conference, but to also attend again as a company sponsor.

Still an Industry Leader

Recognized in last year’s API Conference as a global leader in tubular goods, Essentra is committed to providing the highest quality of service to our customers. The information presented at the annual conference, along with invaluable opportunities to exchange information with other industry experts, will enhance the level of service we’re able to offer throughout the year. At the upcoming conference, over 300 standards will be covered, and attendees will have the chance to learn the story behind each standard.

Setting Standards Through Active Participation

As a producer of goods designed to protect pipes, people, and the environment, we at Essentra have a vested interest in the development and revision of standards; and our team looks forward to participating actively in all conversations about oilfield products and all things thread protection. In addition to attending the conference, we are proud to once again serve as a sponsor and demonstrate our support for API and its efforts to make the industry better and safer for all involved.

API Membership is open to companies of all sizes that are involved in any aspect of the energy sector. Furthermore, companies like Essentra that support drilling operations have a voice in shaping future policy. All conference attendees are invited to participate in discussions, share information, and work together to address challenges.

Our Innovative Products

Essentra is known globally for top-quality pipe protection, including our full range of thread protectors- like our most robust Annex I compliant lines: MaxX®, Mega™ and Ultra® products.

Connect with Essentra Pipe Protection Technologies toll free for more information on our oilfield products and services; call 877-276-9208.

For more information about the 2017 API Conference in Calgary… Visit: API 2017 Exploration & Production Standards Conference

The Role of Lifting Bails in the Oilfield

Most consumers aren’t aware of the vital role of lifting bails on oilfields and drilling sites. Yet, for oil and gas corporations, protecting assets is a vital component of operating a successful business. This includes the safe removal, transportation, and storage of equipment. Lifting bails provide a stress-free method of protecting API threads for business operators in the oil and gas industry. Without them, operations would be extremely difficult and time-consuming.

Lifting Bail Applications

These bails are also called “lifting caps” and can be used for lifting tools used in the natural gas and petroleum industry. Additionally, they are used by crew workers and engineers in drilling fields and for geographical exploration. Lifting bails are applied for lifting the following heavy equipment:

Tool joints

Stabilizers

Drill bits

Drill pipes

Subs

Drill collars

The bails are also used to protect threads against damage while the items are being moved. The threads are protected during loading, transportation of the equipment to the new site, offloading from the truck, as well as during storage. Due to their unique design with durable handle on one end and screw features on the other, bails also help to form a link between the cable and the drilling tools.

Benefits

Bails safeguard threads during drilling operations at an oilfield site. This decreases the need and expense of replacing thread-damaged equipment. In addition, the bails ease the process of offloading drilling tools or removing them from storage. They are also remarkable at lifting equipment off the ground, as well as placing them down safely. Furthermore, blank or non-threaded bails can be used when handling special items that have no threading.

Things to Consider When Purchasing

When purchasing bails, think about how they will be used and the extent to which you will use them. For instance, specifications, such as dimensions, should be carefully considered. Included among the key specifications to look for are the size and whether a non-threaded or threaded protector is required. Additionally, buying assorted colors would be best for certain environments where color coding could be used for safety and differentiation purposes during transportation and storage.

For top quality, durable, and safe lifting bails, connect with the standard industry leader, Essentra Pipe Protection Technologies. For more information on our pipe protection product lines, call us at 1-877-276-9208.

Prevent Revenue Losses with Pipe End Protectors

Whether in storage or transport, pipe is susceptible to damage, especially without the use of pipe end protectors and other protective products. To control potential losses, it simply makes good business sense to provide adequate protection for pipe ends. At Essentra Pipe Protection Technologies, we’ve developed a comprehensive line of pipe protection products to ensure your various kinds of pipe are protected. Regardless of a company’s specific need for pipe end protectors, we’ve got it.

Protecting Pipe Ends Matters

Regardless of company need and product application, the primary reason for pipe protection is to prevent revenue losses and save investments. Damaged pipe threads simply cannot function as needed. Furthermore, if damaged pipe were to be installed and used in operation, repairs could be extremely expensive and time-consuming. Not only does leakage result in significant penalties, it also creates environmental issues that must be addressed. Using simple pipe caps, pipe plugs, or thread protectors on the ends of pipe, generally eliminates the potential for leaks and other issues associated with pipe damage.

Selecting the Correct Type of Protection

Damage to pipe during storage is common, and using the proper types of protection will most often eliminate risks. Therefore, selecting the right kinds of pipe end protectors is essential.

    Types of pipe plugs commonly used are:
  • Ribbed Plugs- available in a variety of sizes, and used to protect standard NPT threaded products.
  • Butt Weld- these caps protect the machined ends of pipe to ensure they can be properly mated on a user’s site.
  • Threaded Caps- designed to provide greater protection for threaded pipe, whether in storage or transport.
  • Socket Weld- the ends of socket-type pipes must be protected if they are to properly fit during installation. Any damage will compromise the fit and create issues.
  • Sucker Rod Protectors- The Oil & Gas industry is especially cognizant of leakage issues at well sites, meaning sucker rod threads must be protected to guarantee an adequate seal.
  • At Essentra Pipe Protection Technologies, we’re available to assist customers with finding the right kinds of pipe end protectors and other products needed to prevent revenue loss for your company. Contact us at 281-890-4595 today.