Oil & Gas

A Pipeline to the Crude Oil Market

by Chris Deffenbaugh April 17, 2017

After almost a year-and-a-half of growth in the crude oil commodities market, broad volatility has re-emerged. Natural gas futures, which also rose in price through most of 2016, fell by nearly 30 percent earlier this year. Global shifts in production and supply, as well as changes in consumer behaviors and a tepid winter, are eating […]

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It Doesn’t Matter Who Is President; Shutdowns Are Inevitable

by Jeff Kopp January 23, 2017

What is the future of the Clean Power Plan? This is one of the industry’s biggest concerns as Donald Trump settles in as the 45th president of the United States. Many are speculating whether Trump will uphold the plan, actively work to undo it, not fight to uphold it in court or simply not enforce […]

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How Power Plants Can Prepare for Overlapping EPA Regulations

by Diane Martini April 18, 2016

Last fall, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule that sets the first federal limits on the levels of toxic metals in power plant effluents. The rule will likely affect about 12 percent of steam electric power plants that must reduce the levels of metals, nutrients and other pollutants by 1.4 billion […]

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The Core Plant Concept: A New Approach to Gas Processing Plant Design

by Karen Bray April 7, 2016

The midstream industry has experienced a phenomenal construction boom over the last several years. Speed-to-market was once the name of the game, but times have changed; margins are down and gas processors have new marching orders when it comes to capital projects: Cost is king. With management at midstream companies looking for a significant step […]

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Understanding the New Refinery RTR Rule

by Blake Soyars March 3, 2016

Even the name of a recent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule is complicated: the Petroleum Refinery Sector Risk and Technology Review (RTR) and New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) rule. Its implications are similarly complex. The potential impacts are severe and wide-reaching, affecting almost every petroleum refinery in the United States. To meet the fast-approaching compliance […]

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