Researchers study deepwater gas formation to prevent accidents

A team of researchers from the University of Houston is working with the oil industryto develop new ways to predict when an offshore drilling rig is at risk for a potentially catastrophic accident. Ramanan Krishnamoorti, chief energy officer at the University of Houston, will lead the project, drawing expertise from data scientists, petroleum engineers and geoscientists at the university. The work is funded by a $1.2 million grant from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Read more


In today’s world, production of various petroleum products, such as petrol, diesel, compressed gas (CNG), and several other hydrocarbons, decide the economy of a country. Pipelines are the integral part of oil and gas industry. After exploration of crude/gas from sea, it is transported to distribution terminal thru’ under sea pipelines and from this terminal, then the crude is transported to storage tanks, refineries and petrochemical plants, and the gas is transported directly to utilities such as power plants. Read more


Shimadzu Corporation has released the Nexera Mikros which maintains the durability and operability of liquid chromatography mass spectrometry (LC-MS) systems. It can accommodate a wide range of flowrates, from semi-micro flowrates (100 μL/min to 500 μL/min), which are often used for analysis in existing systems, to micro flowrates (1 μL/min to 10 μL/min). This system provides at least ten times the sensitivity of existing LC-MS systems. Read more


Electro-Chemical Devices (ECD) has introduced new analyzer which automates the process of routine alkalinity measurement with a simple, accurate and cost-effective approach. Maintaining water quality with the proper balance of pH and alkalinity levels is essential in many different processes-everything from drinking water to wastewater processes, as well as in irrigation water, water-based beverages and pharmaceuticals, electronics manufacturing and more. Read more