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MSAPR Compliance - Sink or SWIM

November 27, 2019
Performing emission tests and reporting those results to SWIM is a major part of achieving compliance with MSAPR, and with the help of some explanatory material from Environment Canada and Enalysis®, we have the tools to help! Environment and Climate Change Canada hosted a session in Calgary, Alberta on November 19 and 20, 2019 to provide an overview of the MSAPR regulations and answer questions from industry. Questions ranged from allowable testing procedures, compliance approaches between subset and subgroup, penalties for non-compliance all the way to questions surrounding detailed timelines for testing.
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Electrical Savings – Even the small units!

October 31, 2019
Often the smaller assets in your fleet that aren’t moving huge amounts of gas don’t always get the attention they deserve. This can cause opportunities to be overlooked, or not even realized.
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Why would my Engineering Account Manager be telling me to lower my suction pressure and pull down the field?

September 18, 2019
A gas gathering system can be confusing when you consider all the different competing variables and goals. In this post, let’s look at a common question you might have when first looking at a compressor curve. On the Min Max curve below (provided in combination with a Startup Package for a specific running configuration), we can easily see that as the suction pressure (horizontal axis) increases, the maximum achievable flow rate (vertical axis) increases. For a compressor running at a constant configuration (cylinder configuration, pocket positions and running speeds constant) as flow rate is increased, the suction pressure increases:
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Why does compressor cylinder capacity decrease when I add clearance?

August 31, 2019
You’ve probably heard your Engineering Account Manager or another subject matter expert like your production engineer, a mechanic, an applications engineer from the packager, or your lead operator tell you that adding clearance using spacers, fixed volume clearance pockets, or variable volume clearance pockets reduces the capacity of that cylinder. Maybe you’ve taken that at face value, but intuitively, shouldn’t more volume inside the cylinder mean that more gas gets through? I definitely struggled with wrapping my head around that until someone drew some pictures on a whiteboard and walked me through what actually happens in a cylinder during the intake stroke.
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Data Analysis vs. Data Analytics with Detechtion

August 19, 2019
The Oil and gas industry is continuing to operate more safely, and with higher profitability as a result of evolving business processes and technology. Among a number of factors, data analysis and data analytics are central to improving a company's overall efficiency. What exactly does this mean though? And how do Detechtion products help companies improve their ability to perform useful data analysis and data analytics?
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True or False: Optimization Only Makes Sense if a Compressor is at or Near Max Load

July 31, 2019
Unfortunately, there is a common misconception that if your gas rate is declining and your compressor is underutilized, there is no need to optimize it. Let’s explore a few reasons why this is not true.
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What is Blowby?

July 17, 2019
Blowby, can indicate inefficiencies due to a few different reasons, but for the scope of this blog post, in the simplest of explanations, Blowby in this context is a measure of the health of your cylinders and can be an indicator of your compressor valve and piston ring health. Here are some reasons why catching bad valves earlier than later would be advantageous and contribute to safer environment for your operations and maintenance staff:
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Compressor Optimization - It starts with Data!

May 14, 2019
Enalysis™ is a powerful and unique, web-enabled software tool for compressor fleet management and optimization. But to capture the maximum benefit, we need to feed the right set of operating parameters to Enalysis™ so that we can understand exactly how efficiently your equipment is operating. We'll highlight below the 4 most popular ways our customers collect the data required to generate an Enalysis™ report, and cover the minimum set of information that should be collected for both reciprocating and screw compressors.
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How Does Opening 1st Stage Pockets Allow Me To Move More Gas?

January 30, 2019
Have you ever sat in a compressor review meeting where I’ve explained to the group that opening pockets reduces the appetite of a compressor cylinder, and then 10 minutes later, I’m telling you that opening your pockets will get your more production? If the answer is yes, I swear, I’m not an idiot and hopefully I can walk everyone through why it is possible to open up pockets and achieve a higher flow rate. One specific situation that I’ll focus in on is when you bring on a new well, and your suction control valve has to pinch back, limiting the amount of gas getting to your 1st stage.
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Thought of the Day: Aligning Business Objectives When Natural Gas Producers Lease Compression Assets

July 18, 2018
Thought of the Day Aligning Business Objectives When Natural Gas Producers Lease Compression Assets The line between operational and maintenance responsibility is often blurred when managing a fleet of compression assets. Additional complexity is introduced when some of the assets are owned and some are leased. In this quarter’s blog, we will look at the different philosophies and metrics for operating and maintaining a fleet of leased compression assets.
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