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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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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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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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3 Enbase Features You Might Not Know Exist

June 28, 2019
Our Product Management team talks to users a lot… it’s a wonderful way to gather input for what to build (or improve) next. In conversations this spring, we learned that some great features already available in the latest (or even prior) versions of our products are things that our users don’t know about! I’d like to highlight three Enbase features that you might not know exist… and might want to use.
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Why does adding back pressure to an “over compressing” scenario require more HP?

June 17, 2019
The purpose of this post is to address the horsepower effects of adding a backpressure valve to a screw compressor that is over compressing. Perhaps the most important thing to be aware of before diving into this subject is the concept of a volume ratio (Vi) within a screw compressor. The simplest way to explain volume ratio is by relating it to the overall compression ratio that a screw compressor achieves. A larger Vi can achieve a greater overall compression ratio while a smaller Vi will achieve a smaller compression ratio.
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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 Gas Composition Affect Compressor Performance

April 4, 2019
By now you probably know a thing or two about compression, and how factors such as compression ratio and volumetric efficiencies can affect your compressor performance. Another factor that is less talked about but equally important is the composition and molecular weight of the gas being compressed.
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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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How Problems with Higher Stages of Compression can affect your Overall Production Throughput

January 10, 2019
It is obvious that an inefficiency of your first stage of compression can greatly hinder your production, but have you ever wondered how problems with your later stages of compression can negatively affect your overall throughput?
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