One of the most important environmental issues of openpit mining is the closure of mine pit lakes. This article from Mining Engineering provides an account by Gerry Stephenson, who was chief mining engineer of Canmore Mines and was instrumental in the reclamation of Canmore Creek Mine pit lakes. With oil and gas facing a talent gap in the wake of the Great Crew Change, the industry finds itself competing for young talent looking for innovative, purpose-driven work. How can energy foster the culture of innovation needed to attract the new workforce, and how does it sell that culture? The updated document offers an introductory overview of the broad topics of oil spill preparedness and response and provides signposting and hyperlinks to a full range of materials from IPIECA and the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers. This paper details the methodology adopted to monitor gas-pipeline leakages using distributed fiber-optic sensing, using an optical fiber as a linear sensor to provide valuable measurement information from all along the fiber itself. It is “one of the world’s largest greenhouse gas mitigation projects ever undertaken by industry,” Chevron said in a news release.
With demand for oil increasing and demand for refined-product storage within the midstream sector also increasing, operational reliability and uptime have become a greater priority for the owners and users of terminals and tank farms. The industry sees value in optimizing tank turnaround schedules and extending tank in-service intervals by predicting and avoiding failures while reducing the health, safety, and environmental risks associated with waste removal and human exposure. Robotic applications have developed to the point where they can help improve the reliability, safety, and costs of tank storage. Getting companies on board with robotics is not an issue, but finding the right in-service tank-inspection approaches for robotic applications is. Rengifo spoke at a panel discussion during the American Petroleum Institute Inspection and Mechanical Integrity Summit that focused on ways in which owners and users can incorporate robotics into their tank-integrity programs, as well as the obstacles they and other vendors face in facilitating robotics.
A new steel cutting process has been invented and developed, by EnergynTech, Inc., which significantly increases the cutting speed of steel, and reduces the labor cost through automation of the operation. The specialized automated equipment can be used in a scrapping shipyard for dismantling ships or off-shore structures which are moved to a shipyard. In a mobile or portable implementation can be used on-board for scrapping operations. This new process was developed in a U.S. Navy funded Small Business Innovation Research project, the goal of which was to increase the productivity of the scrapping of decommissioned nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers, and reduce the environmental impact of that activity.