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Our Industry

Understanding the Oil and Gas Industry

And How Profire's Technology Impacts the industry

The oil and gas industry provides over half of our world's power, and plays a critical role in the world economy. Profire is quickly making a significant impact in the upstream, midstream, and downstream segments of this complex industry. Innovation at Profire continues to help us achieve our three-fold mission: saving lives, saving the environment, and saving money.


Our Industry

The oil & gas industry provides over half of our world's power, and plays a critical role in the world economy.
To learn how they are processed, see the illustration below:

Industry Illustration

1 Extraction
After oil/gas is located, a well is drilled and production begins (i.e. oil/gas is brought to the earth's surface through the well).
2 Separation
When the oil/gas surfaces, the oil/gas is first separated from contaminants (e.g. wax, water, etc.), in preparation for transportation to a refinery. Proper heating is important during this process.
3 Transportation
The gas is piped to a refinery, and the oil is brought either by truck or pipe to a refinery. Proper heating is important during these processes.
4 Delivery
The oil/gas is then refined and delivered to local areas for use.

Extraction

Extraction
Extraction
In the Oilfields
The gas comes up the well because it is lighter than air. The oil, however, often requires a jack to help "pull" it up the well (if the pressure belowground doesn't force it up the pipe) The oil and gas travel up the same well and arrive at the same wellhead.
Separation
At the Wellsite
At the surface, the oil/gas must undergo some initial production processes before it can be transported or refined. Many applications are used in this processing, which require heat to function properly. This heat is provided by a burner flame, which can be managed by a Profire Energy Burner Management System (BMS).
Separation
Transportation
Transportation
In Pipes and Trucks
  • The gas from each well is piped through a "gathering line" to a "mainline", where it is compressed and then piped to a refinery. Line heaters are used to intermittently heat the gas as it travels to a refinery.
  • The oil can also be piped to a refinery, or it can be stored temporarily in a heated tank, where a truck will pick-up and transport it to refinery. Adequate heat is needed for these transportation processes to work properly. Heat is provided by a burner flame, which can be managed by a Profire Energy BMS.
Transportation
Refinement & Delivery
At Refineries
The oi/gas is refined and then transported to local areas for use. These sophisticated refineries use very complex systems to ensure proper refining.
Delivery

Where Profire Fits In

In the oil and natural gas industry, various applications (e.g. tanks, line heaters, separators, dehydrators, amine reboilers, etc.) are used in the production and transportation of oil and natural gas. These applications require heat, which is used to facilitate the proper function of the application. To provide that heat, a burner is used within the application.

Line Heater

Our primary products, Burner Management Systems, monitor and manage this burner. Burner Management Systems help to make oil & gas companies safe, more efficient, and more compliant.

The table below shows just some of the key features of a Burner Management System (BMS):

With a BMS
With a BMS
Without a BMS
Without a BMS
Auto Re-Light
The BMS quickly detects the flame absence in the combustion application, and can quickly reignite the burner flame.
Worker must discover and reignite the extinguished burner. The worker then reignites the application manually (often with a fuel-soaked rag that’s tied to a stick). This takes worker time and can be very dangerous.
Temperature Control
The BMS will manage temperature setpoints that are set by the user, ensuring that the burner flame is on only when needed.
No electronic temperature control. The application burns continuously, often needlessly, until the flame fails.
Remote Monitoring & Control
Our Burner Management Systems are compatible with remote monitoring and control technologies (i.e. telemetry). This allows the user to monitor and manage the BMS from the comfort of an office.
No remote monitoring or control is possible.
Emergency Shutdown
The BMS can detect when certain application inputs (e.g. high/low pressure, level, etc.) indicate a potential problem, and can shut down the application safely.
No safety shutdown capabilities exist.
The Result
A burner management system makes a big difference for oil & gas companies:

					Increased Operations Efficiency
Increased Operations Efficiency
  • Combustion applications function only when needed.
  • The BMS can monitor and reignite failed burner flame, allowing oilfield professionals to manage more wells and get more done.
  • Reliable burner management means less production-loss. You can rest assured that the burner flame is working properly, so the application can function as it should.

					Increased Safety
Increased Safety
  • Antiquated and dangerous forms of re-ignition (such as the “rag-and-stick” method) are replaced with safe, automated burner detection and re-ignition.

					Increased Compliance
Increased Compliance
  • By providing a reliable form of re-ignition, many compliance concerns are mitigated, especially when used in conjunction with other Profire products.
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