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The compact pressure switch for applications where space is the problem.

The MINICOMB® pressure switch series is a compact-sized 30x30 pressure switch for measuring compressed air, low-viscous media and non-aggressive gases.  It is based on a force-balance measuring system with bellows sensors actuating one switching contact. The force-balance measuring system with bellows sensors is friction-free and features high repeatability and very good long term stability. 

The MINICOMB® is available in pressure ranges 0.2 to 16 bar, -0.9 to 0 bar or -0.9 to +1 bar. Sub-base mounting or ¼” BSP female thread for process connection & electrical connection via 4-pin plug according to ISO 4400 or plug M12x1. 

The MINICOMB® pressure switch series is approved for applications where PLc (Performance Level according to ISO 13849) is required, or applications within a hazardous area (zone 2 / 22 according to ATEX Directive 94/9/EC).

Oil & Gas UK launches new Health Award

Oil & Gas UK is on the search for nominations for the Oil and Gas Industry Safety Awards 2014. The aim of the awards – which will be held in April – is to recognise the people and companies in the UK that strive to ensure the safety of the Gas and oil industry.

For this year’s awards a new category has been introduced. The Health award will be given to the company, organisation or individual that has done the most to help improve the health of their employees.

Oil & Gas UK says that it introduced the new health award because it wanted to recognise the amount of hard work that gas and oil companies have invested in improving the health of the workforce and believe that their efforts should be recognised.

Talking about the Health award, Robert Paterson, Oil & Gas UK Health and Safety Director, explained how the safety category of the awards is still the most important. He went on to say that the biggest concern was the accidental release of hydrocarbon. This is something that has been on the increase in recent years and Oil and Gas UK are looking for “innovative” ways to reverse this trend.

Commenting in a press release, Step Change in Safety team leader, Les Linklater, said:

“By recognising the people and companies striving to improve safety across the industry, these annual awards have become the most prestigious safety awards in the industry.  Last year we saw some inspirational members of the workforce and I am really looking forward to meeting this year’s nominees.”

“It doesn’t matter what job you do: whether you’re a leader, safety rep or trainee. If you’re playing your part to keep safety at the top of the agenda I’d urge you to get your entry in before the deadline of 21 February.”

The UK Offshore Oil and Gas Industry Safety Awards are held on an annual basis. The event receives sponsorship from Maersk Oil; Oil & Gas UK and Step Change in Safety organise the awards.

During the course of the evening there will also be awards for safety leadership, Safety Representative of the Year, Most Promising Individual, Preventative Safety Action, Workforce Engagement and Ideas in Safety, which will give a £5,000 award for the team that can demonstrate how to reduce or prevent hydrocarbon leaks.

Companies have until 21st February to make their nominations and the awards will be made on 30th April at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre. The Hon Sir Charles Haddon-Cave will be at the event to give the keynote speech.

Gas remains an essential part of the UK’s future, says CBI

A recent report issued by the CBI shows how gas will continue to play a vital role in the UK’s future. Moreover, as the debate continues other whether renewable forms of energy or gas is the way forward, the CBI states that this is a “false choice”, and the UK cannot depend on one form of energy alone.

Gas and the UK Economy

Most people are probably completely unaware of just how important gas is to keeping the UK economy moving. Without it, many parts of the UK industry would not function.

In the report, the CBI has detailed just how important that this form of power generation is to industry and economy, from powering up industries to allowing the transportation of goods. It is also made clear that gas power generation has led to “significant investment” in the UK, which would not have been achievable without essential gas supplies.

The CBI also makes it clear just how crucial gas is to industry in the UK. Without it, the production of steel, ceramics, glass, and many other goods that are vital to the UK’s economy just wouldn’t be possible without gas.

The Future

While there are many calls to find alternative means of power generation, the CBI’s “Fuelling Growth” report shows that there will always be a need for gas supply – especially in industry – and has suggested several recommendations to help ensure that government policies will ”support the changing role of

gas in our evolving energy future”.

As explained in the report, the CBI believes that as the role of gas changes in the UK, there are three objectives that must be met: security of supply, affordability and decarbonisation. The CBI states that with the right framework in place for the future, it could lead to further investment into the UK, thus creating more jobs and a steadier economy.

Recommendations

There are several recommendations throughout the report, the key one being that the government should bring forward its implementation of its Capacity Market. The report also calls for the government to continue with its work to “encourage a market-based approach to gas storage” and ensure that there are the right incentives in place.

Commenting on the report, Nicola Walker, the CBI Director for Business Environment, said:

“Gas is a vital energy supply that enables us to keep the lights on, our homes warm and our industries running. And it doesn’t have to limit our climate ambitions.

“We must maximise the recovery of our domestic gas reserves to capture the economic value that oil and gas exploration creates. The North Sea has been a major contributor to the UK economy, supporting around 450,000 jobs while meeting over half of our gas demand. 

“Shale gas now presents us with an opportunity to top up what we can get from the North Sea - and in the process enhance our energy security, create new jobs and drive growth.”

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