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How Crude Oil is separated into fractions

Posted by Alan Hillier on Nov 28, 2018 9:02:00 AM

If you're an on-site machinist, you may be expected to work across a variety of industries - often carrying out in-situ jobs such as flange facing, hot tapping or pipe cutting. It goes without saying that the most important thing is to get the job done efficiently and effectively. But if you can demonstrate your knowledge of what goes on at the plant then your credibility can be enhanced - potentially leading to more work in the future.

Oil refining plants create a huge amount of on-site machining work,  so having a grasp of the main process involved will put you in a good position. The graphic we've created for you below shows the principle behind a fractionating column used to refine crude oil.

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Topics: Oil and Gas Industry, petrochemicals

Petrochemical construction projects awarded in 2017

Posted by Alan Hillier on Oct 10, 2017 12:31:16 PM


Mirage is pleased to bring you details of petrochemical construction projects awarded so far in 2017. These projects are good news for on-site machining companies, who carry out projects such as flange facing, pipe cutting and weld preparation. If this is your area of work and you want to know more about the relevant machining products, check out our portable machine tools section, or download one of our product buyers guides here.

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Topics: petrochemicals

16 petrochemical on-site projects and the field machining equipment needed

Posted by Alan Hillier on Jan 24, 2017 10:21:48 AM

During their career, the more experienced field machinist will come across many different projects across a variety of industries, but for those new to in-situ machining, having a clear idea of what type of projects are likely to crop up from the petrochemicals sector will give you the confidence to demonstrate your knowledge when the opportunity arises.

With this in mind we’ve put together a list of field machining equipment for some of the more common petrochemical onsite machining projects.

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Topics: petrochemicals

5 key oil and gas innovation findings from the Lloyds Register Energy report

Posted by Alan Hillier on Jan 13, 2016 10:35:50 AM


Throughout the world, advances in new technology have always remained important for the oil, gas and energy sector, but when the going gets tough do the innovators keep going?

With the current challenges facing the sector and the outlook for the future uncertain, there’s never been a better time to find out.

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Topics: Mirage News and General, Offshore, Oil and Gas Industry, petrochemicals

API reflects on U.S Petroleum imports: Oil and gas infographic

Posted by Simon Pownall on Nov 5, 2014 12:00:00 PM

According to the Energy Information Administration, the U.S in 2012 exported record levels of refined oil products such as diesel and jet fuel because of its efficient refineries operating at near capacity. The U.S. also imported significantly less due to flat domestic demand. Lower imports and increased exports have helped narrow the U.S. trade deficit and strengthen the overall economy.

Here in this infographic from the American Petroleum Institute, the levels of imports and exports from the U.S have been compared from 2006, to the most recent figures in 2012.

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Topics: Oil and Gas Industry, petrochemicals


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