The fracing industry has long considered water a nuisance. But water reclamation and treatment companies see H2O as liquid gold, and the technologies they bring to the game will play a pivotal role in the shale boom.
Though the topics were well-versed on all things energy-related, one of the overwhelming themes at the 2012 Deloitte Energy Conference in Washington this week was how much technology had revolutionized the industry.
Experts on the environmental panel at the Marcellus Midstream conference agreed that good, solid engineering and environmental practices, along with new technologies, can help midstream infrastructure grow safely and profitably.
Ohio Lt. Governor Mary Taylor and executives from Houston-based Exterran broke ground on a new 65,000 square-foot manufacturing facility that is expected to employ more than 100 workers in the Youngstown, Ohio, area.
In an effort to better maximize resources, Process Ecology designed an internet-based system that relies on a process simulation model using AspenTech’s HYSYS software to measure emissions, while also offering users guidance on ways to improve operations at their facilities.
The first Gas Plant in a Bottle™ (GPB™) is scheduled to be installed in south Texas later this year. Developed by Ortloff Engineers Ltd. and SME Products, L.P. to reduce the cost, emissions and plot space necessary for gas processing plants, this new process and equipment design is able to place nearly all of the processing equipment in a typical cryogenic gas plant inside a single vertical tower.
Technology unlocked the gas resources in the Marcellus play, and now rigs marching across the Appalachian Basin are delivering startling new supplies to the nation. Happily, technological advancements are also helping the midstream side of the business.
Tracking a single pig through a short pipeline is a relatively simple matter. Tracking several pigs, traveling at various speeds over long distances while pushing multiple products, is a whole other ball game.