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Tracerco has launched Hyperion to provide accurate and reliable bulk level, density measurements

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Hyperion. Photo: Tracerco.

LONDON — Tracerco has added to its award-winning range of advanced nucleonic instrumentation by announcing the launch of Hyperion. Designed using innovative scintillator based technology, Hyperion is a non-contact, no moving parts measurement solution that provides accurate and extremely reliable bulk level and density measurements. This enables our customers in oil and gas and other industries to solve their most challenging process measurement and control problems.

Externally mounted, eliminating possible leak paths, this extremely robust solution is not affected by adverse process conditions such as high pressures, extreme temperatures, fouling or corrosive fluids. Hyperion also comes with unrivalled stability and automatically compensates for the effects of ambient temperature changes, allowing for sustained accuracy and virtually no age-related drift in its measurements.

Housed in 316L stainless steel as a standard, Hyperion is highly ruggedised, ensuring that vibrations or dust settling has no impact on its operation. Internal sealing also safeguards the condition of Hyperion, even in the event of water ingress.

With an enhanced self-diagnostics capability and built in condition monitoring, Hyperion can monitor health status and relative humidity, predict component failures, and provide an end of life estimation. This allows operators to diagnose why errors in the measurement may be occurring, providing a proactive and cost-effective approach to the planning of any maintenance on equipment.

Graham Barker, Market Manager at Tracerco stated:

“The capability to visualize and accurately control process conditions inside a vessel is extremely important for operators. By obtaining accurate and repeatable level and density measurements with Hyperion, operators can maximize product throughput, adhere to environmental regulations, in addition to being assured that they are running the most efficient and cost effective operating conditions to optimize their processes”.

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    Turkey ship strait delays stalling dozens of oil tankers

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    By Firat Kayakiran and Sherry Su on 1/22/2019

    LONDON (Bloomberg) — Oil tankers exporting Kazakh and Russian crude from ports in the Black Sea are contending with spiraling delays when navigating Turkey’s key shipping straits, stalling the delivery of millions of bbl of supplies to refineries on the Mediterranean Sea and beyond.

    The lengthening queues to pass through the Bosphorus and Dardanelles straits are due to a change in rules back in September requiring more vessels to be escorted by tugboats, according to Tribeca Shipping, a local port agent. It estimates that tankers holding about 39 MMbo are backed up. Bad weather has also contributed.

    “The refineries in the Mediterranean are very soon going to start feeling the pinch on this if the delays continue or get worse,” said James Davis, director of short-term global oil service at Facts Global Energy, adding that there are signs the issues may be getting resolved, which should lessen the impact.

    The Turkish straits are a choke point for global oil supplies because crude from Kazakhstan, Russia and Azerbaijan must pass through the waterways in order to reach international markets. Those shipments — particularly from Kazakhstan — have surged in recent years, exceeding 2 MMbopd for sustained periods in late 2018.

    As well as impeding outflows, tankers are also waiting longer to enter the Black Sea to get to export terminals. Loadings at the Russian port of Novorossiysk and the nearby CPC terminal have run behind schedule this month, according to tracking data and shipping programs compiled by Bloomberg.

    Tankers are waiting about 13 days to pass through the shipping straits in order to exit the Black Sea, the longest waiting times since at least 2014 and more than double the norm, according to Tribeca. Vessels moving in the opposite direction are waiting about 15 days.