Spotlight on the Oil and Gas Industries
After a difficult year in 2020, the oil and gas industry has rebounded significantly over the past year, with oil prices reaching a six-year high in 2021. With new and unpredicted challenges facing the industry in the coming decade, companies must remain innovative and adaptable as they charge forward into the future.
…and CanForge will be right there alongside them!
Canada Forgings Inc. has served North America’s oil and gas industry for decades, creating tough and durable forged materials able to withstand and perform in the harshest and most demanding environments. Our forgings have endured in a range of oil and gas applications, resisting corrosion and cavitation while also meeting the strict quality and tech standards of the industry.
Common problems associated with oil and gas forgings
Corrosion refers to the process of deterioration set into motion by a chemical reaction between a refined metal and certain elements that are present in the surrounding environment. In this process, both the type of metal and the environmental conditions, usually gases that have come in contact with the metal, will ultimately determine the form and rate at which the material deteriorates.
All metals can corrode but do so at different rates. Noble metals—ruthenium (Ru), rhodium (Rh), palladium (Pd), osmium (Os), iridium (Ir), platinum (Pt), gold (Au) and silver (Ag)—are less reactive than base metals, resisting oxidization and corrosion. Unsurprisingly, these metals tend to come at a much higher price tag than others as a result.
Similarly, cavitation occurs when rapid changes in pressure or movement cause small voids or bubbles to form on the surface of the material, causing metals to slowly erode over time and possibly damaging components in the process. This process can be controlled by increasing liquid pressures inside hydraulic systems, avoiding high temperatures, using alloyed materials, and reducing operational vibrations.
Forging for the future of oil and gas
The movement of oil and natural gas, often at high temperatures, requires extra concern when choosing an alloy for different industry applications. Since the 1980s, oil and gas companies have increasingly turned to corrosion-resistant alloys (CRAs) to provide long-term corrosion resistance to components used in deeper, more aggressive environments.
Components that feature a directional grain flow are more suitable for the oil and gas industry, endowing forgings with more sound and remarkable mechanical properties and providing a longer service life and greater durability in the event of impact. Our high-quality, high-performance forgings continue to be used in offshore oil and gas applications around the globe.
CanForge has supplied forgings of many materials and grades for offshore drilling purposes, using materials not limited to carbon, copper, stainless steel, nickel and copper base, titanium, and aluminum. Some of the forgings we are equipped to provide include:
- Seamless rolled rings
- Hollow bars
- Wing Nuts, Crosses and Tees
- Flanged connectors
- Check valves
- Choke valves
- Shafts, step, and flanged
- Pump blocks
As the industry’s activities become more complex and demanding, with companies continuing their expansion into more challenging environments—mining the ultra-depths of the ocean, drilling in sub-zero temperatures in the arctic regions, etc.—it is imperative that forged materials are able to meet the requirements of, and perform successfully within, these new and exciting applications.
At CanForge, we are committed to providing high-quality forgings which meet the specific needs of our clients, no matter what industry. To learn how CanForge can make your oil and gas mining machinery last for years to come, call us toll-free at 1-800-263-0440 or visit our website to send us a message or request a quote today!