The Foothills Industrial Products Blog

Natural Gas Vs. Hydro Electricity

Posted by Melanie Takacs on Sep 14, 2017 1:45:24 PM

Energy- we as consumers need it to survive. The demand for energy in our modern world is ever-increasing. The pursuit now involves finding the most efficient, reliable, affordable and environmentally friendly options available. Renewables are growing in popularity for obvious reasons but they do come at a high price. On a related note, did you know that Canada is the second largest producer of hydroelectricity in the world? This substantial fact leads us to the question of increasing our hydro production even further. Currently, natural gas remains our nations highest utilized energy source, as seen in the chart below. This post aims to explore the various reasons to continue using natural gas to a higher degree, as opposed to increasing renewables such as hydropower.

 

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Topics: Natural Gas Industry, Energy East, hydroelectricity, hydropower, hydro, canada, renewables, vancouver, hydroelectric plant, renewable natural gas

Looking for Fast and Accurate Gas Quality Measurement?

Posted by Melanie Takacs on Aug 31, 2017 2:34:49 PM

This real-time natural gas analyzer is an innovative gas measuring device that specializes in gas quality. The quality of gas is very important to measure for many applications, many of which require instant notification of changes to avoid potential issues. Gas turbines are one example of a highly sensitive engine that requires gas parameters to be perfectly regulated to run smoothly.

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Topics: Natural Gas Industry, Elster-Honeywell, gas quality, burner control, gas blending, elster gaslab, calibration, gas analyzer, gaslab, gas turbines, fiscal metering, biogas, calorific value, wobbe index, low maintenance analyzer, measuring gas quality

The 3 Steps: To An Automated 'Pulse' By-Pass System

Posted by Melanie Takacs on Jul 17, 2017 1:16:42 PM

Are you tired of wasting time sending an operator to manually open or close the gas line? Our Pulse Bypass Odorization System is an automatic option.

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Topics: Welker, Natural Gas Industry, Calgary, Alberta, Western Canada, odoreyes, odorization, odorization system, solenoids, controller, by-pass system, odorant, pulse bypass system

Pressure Regulators Vs. Control Valves - Best for Pressure Control?

Posted by Melanie Takacs on Jun 20, 2017 2:38:47 PM

It was a typical week so far in the reg shop, and business had been steady so far for spring. Steve, the Regional Engineer, was in town and was set to arrive momentarily to get Rob’s advice with next year’s station designs. Rob was recently promoted to Operations Manager but he didn’t quite feel like he had enough experience yet, and was a bit uneasy about his new position. Steve on the other hand, was a seasoned P. Eng, known for making great recommendations that have successfully improved efficiency. Rob was looking forward to working with him for the first time and was hopeful for some great ideas for future improvements.

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Topics: Natural Gas Industry, Calgary, Alberta, Pietro Fiorentini, Western Canada, Alberta, pressure regulators, control valves, pilot operated regulator, pressure control, PF regulator, pressure regulator

Wow, that shattered into a billion pieces!

Posted by Shelby McDonald on Mar 15, 2016 10:40:04 AM

Well, maybe not a billion pieces... but there is not a key left on the keyboard, that's for sure. 

Joe, the natural gas field technician, is in a real pickle. 

 "Get a load of this!" He can hear his co-workers yelling back at the office while laughing at Joe's misfortune. 

"Ugh," he groans.  

The dog ate my homework, echoes in his head. But his version of the age old excuse is actually true, he thought, the pipe broke my laptop.

I know, you have questions. 

How did the pipe break Joe's laptop? Well, the problem is simple and complicated all at the same time.  

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Topics: Welker, Natural Gas Industry, Oil and Gas, Foothills Industrial Products, Calgary, Alberta, Pietro Fiorentini, Regulators & Controls, Pipeline Maintenance, Alberta Oil & Gas, Western Canada, Flow Measurement, Analytical Measurement, Gate Station Maintenance, Valve Maintenance, Maintenance, Val-Tex, British Columbia, Manitoba, Operational Products, Honeywell Mercury, Pipeline Operations, Alberta, Saskatchewan

Experiencing freeze-off in your pilot controlled regulators?

Posted by Shelby McDonald on Feb 18, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Uh-oh! 

Gas pressure is dropping off in an area of the city you’re living and working in, if it is not fixed that whole area will be left with no natural gas. A field technician discovers one of the pilot controlled regulators has frozen off. This is not good! To fix this problem it’s going to take additional man hours, further monitoring, and could potentialy damage the regulator pilots.

 


 

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Topics: Natural Gas Industry, Oil and Gas, Calgary, Alberta, Pietro Fiorentini, Gas Regulators

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