Do You Have Enough Oil and Gas Storage to Weather the Next Crisis?

Good news for oil and petroleum product shippers: No massive vessel is currently blocking the Suez Canal at the moment! It took days to free the 400-meter-long Ever Given after it ran aground in the vital trade waterway in mid-March 2021. The costly delays required to free the mega vessel caused shipping rates for oil product tankers to nearly double as trade was rerouted.  The crisis was only the latest in a string of problems around the globe that affected the industry over the past year, including the COVID-19 pandemic, unprecedented freezing weather across the U.S., election hysteria, and other [...]

Calculating the Value of Environmentally Friendly Vapor Control Systems

Chemical and petrochemical vapor recovery and control systems have been a major focus of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Coast Guard for years, and now with a new federal administration incoming, many experts believe that focus will be more intense than ever. The reason is simple: vessels at sea, transfer stations, and other midstream infrastructure emit gases or fumes that have the potential to cause severe damage to the environment. In order to protect our communities and wildlife, there are many different laws at both the federal and state [...]

Filling the Gap in Crude Transportation Following the Keystone XL Cancellation

Following U.S. President Joe Biden’s decision to revoke the cross-border operation permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline, many crude shippers are turning to alternatives to move their oil. New product transfer facilities will be needed to help serve the demand for shipping by rail and truck; older transfer facilities will need to be upgraded and retrofitted in order to more efficiently load and unload crude. Aura Engineering has the expertise to help keep supplies moving across North America.  The cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline will necessarily result in more oil-by-rail and oil-by-truck shipments, and a moratorium placed on new [...]

What You Need to Know About Air Permits

You already know that all storage and transfer facilities in the United States must maintain compliance with the EPA’s air standards or face potentially serious liabilities. It’s at the state level, however, where things can quickly get confusing. The EPA allows each state to govern its own environmental rules as long as the minimum federal standards are met. Naturally, different states have different ideas about what constitutes acceptable air quality. The rules to maintain an air permit are more stringent in some states than others. Even the names given to these air permits vary considerably from state to state.  Keeping [...]

Why Our Control Panels are UL 508A Certified

Is your team looking for a UL 508A Industrial Control Panel Fabricator for your next project or control system upgrade? You’re looking for Aura Engineering.  Aura has completed the process for certification as an Underwriter Laboratories (UL) 508A-certified control panel manufacturer. UL 508A is the industry standard in safety for industrial control panels.  UL is a global safety certification company dedicated to promoting global safety through collaborative research and data-sharing.  About Aura Engineering Aura’s engineers and designers have over 40 years of combined experience with industrial control panel design and fabrication. Now, we’ve taken the next step with our panel [...]

Ohio – Automated Propane, Butane, and Natural Gasoline Loading Facility

In today’s volatile business environment, a flexible system that can easily load or unload multiple different products is a must. One month, Natural Gasoline may be in demand and fetching the highest price while the next month may see a glut of the same product and prices plummeting. When this happens, will your system be relegated to the status of a “one-trick pony” and be out of commission until prices rise, or will it be able to continue generating revenue as it was designed to handle multiple different products?  The Aura team recently assisted a client in the Utica Shale [...]

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