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Minimizing the oil and gas workforce skills gap with cloud connectivity
The oil and gas industry is facing a skills gap and companies are integrating industrial Internet of Things cloud-based automation to mitigate this problem.
How AI is reducing fugitive emissions in upstream oil and gas
In the quest to reduce methane emissions and improve sustainability in the oil and natural gas industry, the use of artificial intelligence in plunger lift systems is proving to be a promising solution
The circular economy’s impact on the oil and gas industry
A circular economy for oil and gas can minimize the number of materials by incorporating other methodologies, such as reusing, repairing, refurbishing and recycling.
What oil and gas companies are doing to promote sustainability
The oil and gas industry is focusing on environmental, social, and corporate governance issues (ESG) and reducing emissions and waste.
Global carbon capture capacity due to rise sixfold by 2030
More than $3 billion has been invested in carbon capture so far in 2022
Improvements in well delivery efficiencies reduce risk
Companies that embrace digital transformation are poised to leverage efficiency and reduce risk for wellsite operations.
How AI Is transforming refinery construction
Artificial intelligence (AI) can help enhance refinery construction by leveraging its ability to control and enhance data.
Modular automation standard benefits FPSO operations
Costs lowered, greater interoperability from module type package standard
Frac plug drill out and snubbing operations in long horizontal wellbores streamlined
Mobile completion platforms, real-time job monitoring, and experienced completion teams integrate with long-lateral frac plug drill-out and snubbing solutions.
Gas migration experiments conducted for wellbore safety
LSU’s PERTT Lab provides an industrial-scale facility with full-scale equipment and instrumentation for conducting research related to petroleum technology.
Keeping an oil rig injury- and fatality-free
Oil rigs are dangerous places to work, but there are ways companies can keep the environment safe for workers.
Energy security fears and the hidden complexities of drilling rigs
As oil & gas demand surges, idle drilling rigs are increasingly being brought back into service, influenced by post pandemic demand and the Ukraine conflict.
China to account for 24% of upcoming Asia crude oil refinery projects
China is expected to commence operations of 44 crude oil refinery projects during 2022-2026, accounting for 24% of all crude oil refinery projects in Asia.
Conference shines light on evolving markets for IT/OT in upstream environments
Data Driven Oil & Gas brings together acolytes of emergent data orchestration paradigm
Seen at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC)
Focus remains on technology enhanced productivity
Onshore rig global day rate data and insights
Updates to Global Land Drilling Rigs (GLDR) product provides day rate ranges for more than 8,000 land drilling rigs within the product over the course of 2022, beginning with those in the U.S., Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa.
Preventing hydrocarbon buildup in subsea systems
A Texas A&M researcher is looking to prevent the solid wax deposition of hydrocarbons in pipe-in-pipe flowline systems that are used in subsea engineering to transport oil and gas undersea.
Why an oil rig tour can be critical for closing a business deal
An oil rig tour provides an up-close perspective of a company’s success. Four reasons to consider giving these tours and five ways to make them work are highlighted.
Design equipment to resist corrosion in harsh industrial environments
Anticorrosion technology includes methods for both active and passive protection
U.S. can increase LNG shipments to Europe
Increasing liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipments to Europe can be done without jeopardizing long-term climate goals
Private networks impact operations efficiency
Overview of an evolving telecommunications landscape
Complexity reduced in floating production storage and offloading vessels
Maximize cost efficiencies during construction
European gas stations to add more fast-charge points
As electric vehicles grow in popularity, oil and gas companies are working to accommodate charge points at gas stations.
Researchers visualize subsurface resources with algorithms
Researching improves the understanding and control of subsurface earth resources, which could reduce cost and the carbon footprint.
Oil and gas industry witnessed a surge in high-value deals in 2021
Oil and gas industry witnessed a surge in high-value deals in 2021 driven by oil price recovery, says GlobalData.
Crude oil refinery maintenance rises in 2021
Unplanned crude oil refinery maintenance was at its highest due to bad weather conditions such as fires, explosions and power outages
Marcellus and Utica shales expect steady production growth until 2025
Marcellus and Utica shales were largely unaffected by COVID-19, natural gas production at these sites is still expected to rise
Rising costs for industry in the oil patch
Dallas Federal Reserve Bank finds inflation hitting oil and gas producers
Smart automation supports blue and green hydrogen deployments
PLCs and IIoT edge control upgrades equipment used in hydrogen production.
Strategies for addressing oil & gas industry challenges
Remedies range from carbon capture to gas hydrates
Digital oilfield technologies moving closer to unmanned operations
Digital oilfield technologies such as digital twins and other remote monitoring solutions will have a major impact in upstream oil and gas operations, according to GlobalData.
SwRI expands valve testing capabilities to aid carbon capture, storage
Flow component testing facilities at institute replicate intense gas events for subsurface safety valve evaluations
Brazil to lead crude and condensate production in Americas
Due to the liberalized oil and gas sector of Brazil, there are many crude and condensate production opportunities for international investors
US to keep providing natural gas exports to Mexico
Mexico, which is struggling with a decline in natural gas production, will be forced to rely on exports from the United States to meet growing demand according to a report by GlobalData.
Subsea compression manifold delivered for Australian project
Baker Hughes has been awarded a contract from Chevron Australia to deliver subsea compression manifold technology for the Jansz-Io Compression Project in Western Australia.
Permian Basin production recovers from COVID-19
Crude oil and natural gas production from the Permian Basin is substantially increasing.
Middle East leading global gas processing capacity
The Middle East is set to lead capacity growth in the global gas processing industry and account for around 37% to the global gas processing capacity growth by 2025.
Oil and gas demand likely to grow despite pandemic
Global oil and gas demand expected to grow through 2030 in spite of COVID-19's impact on economy, according to report.
Russia expected to lead the way new-build gas processing growth
Russia is expected to drive new-build gas processing capacity growth in the global gas processing industry from planned and announced (new-build) projects between 2021 and 2025.
North American leading LNG liquefaction capacity
North America is expected to lead the global liquefied natural gas (LNG) liquefaction capacity for the next several years, far outpacing Asia.
Oil field-produced water provision in energy act could undermine energy transition
An environmental bill pending in Congress could reclassify water extracted from oil and gas wells as hazardous waste, which would drive up drilling costs and have a destabilizing effect on energy markets.
Basics of used oil analysis
While oil has a limited lifetime, analysis can help diagnose a multitude of issues.
Lessons learned from the Colonial Pipeline attack
The ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline brings fresh attention to the cyber attacks being launched against critical infrastructure and how vigilance is more important than ever.
Recent advances in fiber optic sensing systems
Greater insight for O&G well completions and production operations
Chemical manufacturers, oil & gas industries face growing technological obsolescence
Companies seek support in knowing what they have and what they need
Oil and gas contracts declined in 2020
Due to COVID-19's effect on the overall economy, oil and gas contracts declined in 2020 according to GlobalData.
Oil and gas industry’s future lies in technology
To continually safeguard the oil and gas industry, companies must look to technology advances such as digital twins, smart pipelines and more.
Machine-learning algorithm developed to provide accurate natural reserve forecasting
Texas A&M researchers have developed an algorithm that automates the process of determining key features of the Earth’s subterranean environment such as groundwater, oil and natural gas.
Four essential ingredients for oilfield service providers
Flexibility to adjust operations in the oilfield sector is crucial for surviving in such a competitive industry. Customer experience, prompt invoicing and meeting contractual obligations are all vital.
Using NACE standards to protect against corrosion
Compliance with standards is a necessary first step to mitigate corrosion risks.
Oil reserves in the North Pole
Projections show that the area of land and sea that falls within the Arctic Circle is home to an estimated 90 billion barrels of oil and there's even more natural gas.
OPEC exports down in January ahead of further planned cuts
Global oil and gas production slides in January ahead of further planned cuts by multiple countries according to a report by kpler.
Enhancing machine learning capabilities in oil and gas production
Enhanced machine-learning systems developed by Texas A&M researchers can quickly compress data so they can render how fluid movements change during production processes.
Improving clean produced water for hydraulic fracturing processes
Researchers at Texas A&M University are investigating cost-effective methods to produce clean produced water so it can be further treated and used in hydraulic fracturing processes.
E-House OEM ensures reliability, availability and higher asset utilization for a leading Permian oil and gas drilling contractor
AC power, a Texas oil and gas drilling contractor, upgraded its newest rigs for reliable, packaged electric buildings and standardized components
Standardization and modularity to drive operations efficiency
Mitigate the financial risk of ordering back-up float equipment
IT/OT convergence helps upstream and midstream operations pivot to meet new realities
World events impose changes on upstream and midstream oil & gas operations, but IT/OT convergence and digitalization helps users adapt
Refinery pump retrofit boosts output
Crude oil refineries need to meet productivity targets just like any other process industry, but increasing output represents a considerable challenge and will nearly always require changes in pump performance.
Subsea research group receives funding for research, economic development
The Subsea Systems Institute received $9.5 million for workforce training and economic development as well as improving energy efficiency and safety on offshore platforms.
How to optimize offshore pump performance and reliability
Asset reliability and performance are the two most important factors for the oil and gas sector but as processes change and equipment ages, optimizing uptime can become a greater challenge.
Merging mapping methods to find invisible shale cracks
A student researcher at Texas A&M is using the combination of electrical currents, called electromagnetics, and data from tightly-focused microseismic measurements to accurately render existing natural fracture networks in shale rock.
Augmented reality can disrupt traditional operations in oil and gas industry
Augmented reality is an evolving technology with the potential to cause major changes to traditional oil and gas operations.
Grant received to capture emissions at shale gas production sites
The Department of Energy has awarded a $3 million cooperative agreement to develop a new low-cost process to convert the natural gas that is commonly flared at industrial sites, which could improve energy efficiency and the environment.
Think leak first
How the oil & gas industry can mitigate catastrophic subsea leaks
Oil and gas activity driven in 2019 by trends
Themes drove a majority of the oil and gas mergers and acquisitions throughout 2019, according to GlobalData.
Harnessing sound to better monitor aging pipeline infrastructure
Phononics can help monitor aging pipeline infrastructure to give information infrastructure operators better data to work with.
Executive Brand Video Series—Learn How Thought Leaders at Bently Nevada, a Baker Hughes business are Responding to COVID-19
Ed J. Boufarah, Vice President, Bently Nevada, a Baker Hughes business, discusses how they are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic
Modernize electronic flow measurement with MQTT
MQTT is a publish/subscribe, extremely simple and lightweight messaging protocol
Project enhances energy security in Eastern Mediterranean
Argonne National Laboratory's GoMed project is one of three U.S.-Israel Energy Center that will enhance energy security in the Eastern Mediterranean region.
Membrane technology to cut emissions, energy use in oil refining
Membrane technology developed by researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Imperial College London and ExxonMobil could reduce carbon emissions and energy intensity associated with refining crude oil.
Oil forecasting technique may cut shale operator costs
Texas A&M University researchers have developed an analytical procedure that can be used in spreadsheets to predict the amount of oil and gas that can be recovered from newly drilled wells.
A slim glimmer of optimism
The pandemic is hitting the oil and gas industry hard, but there are glimmers of hope on the horizon.
The importance of API 20E and API 20F bolting standards
Standard specifies requirements for alloy and carbon steel bolting
Students performing drilling simulations during COVID-19 outbreak
LSU Petroleum Engineering instructors are working with simulator company Drilling Systems to ensure their students could perform their drilling simulation lab from home during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Offshore oil and gas platforms emitting more methane than thought
University of Michigan researchers found offshore energy platforms in the Gulf of Mexico are emitting more methane than previously thought.
Trade agreement between U.S., China should be reinterpreted for long-term oil and gas value
Rice University experts at the Baker Institute for Public Policy argue in an issue brief that the trade deal with the U.S. and China should be reinterpreted to allow for better long-term benefits relating to oil and gas.
Tight spaces tip presence of petrochemicals
Rice University researchers reveal the critical role of molecular confinement in interpreting nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), which will lead to better interpretation by the oil and gas industry.
In a time of uncertainty, get a firm grip on operations
How will the technology landscape evolve in the still-to-be-determined “new normal”?
Pemex in no position to maintain output profitably regardless of OPEC+ requests
The OPEC+ agreement does not work well for Pemex, which was already struggling before the COVID-19 pandemic, according to GlobalData.
Pipeline agency eases safety rules due to COVID-19
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued a stay on enforcement, applicable only to requirements for pipeline operator employee qualifications and training and for hazardous material carriers.
Notes on HTE-based corrosion inhibition
High-throughput experimentation (HTE) allows large numbers of experiments to be executed and conducted in parallel
The impact of digitalization on the oil & gas industry
An interview with Bently Nevada’s Terry Knight
The engineer’s role in troubled times
Survey results indicate concern, contingency planning
COVID-19 outbreak leads to a surge in tanker rates
Rates for chartering VLCCs has surged exponentially due to a spike in demand for long-term offshore storage of crude oil due to an OPEC dispute involving COVID-19 and the resulting oil price crash.
Technology provides greater insight into produced water
Multiphase fraction and conductivity meter offers a commercially viable alternative to traditional well testing
Intelligent edge computing at the wellhead improves performance
The digital wellhead promises efficiency and productivity increases for hundreds of thousands of wells across the U.S.
Permian Basin production has been negatively affected by oil price war, coronavirus
GlobalData reports that permian operators will remain forced to reduce their capex given the uncertainty generated by low oil demand and the coronavirus (COVID-19) related economic downturn as well as an oil flood by Russia and Saudi Arabia.
Flanges recall puts U.S. pipelines’ integrity in doubt
Unanimous verdict returned in favor of the plaintiffs
Chemical, oil companies slashing capex, slowing investment wave
The coronavirus and collapse in crude oil prices, chemical, and oil and gas is forcing midstream companies to slow investment and project startups for the next several years.
Crude oil price collapse to crush U.S. petrochemical advantage
The recent crude oil price collapse is affecting the US petrochemical advantage, while the spread of coronavirus is hindering global demand.
Transforming completion and production service delivery at oil and gas well sites
Reporting can be a challenge in the oil and gas industry due to the constant potential hazards, but mobile apps can help deliver accurate information and improve overall productivity
Microscopic saltwater droplets enhance oil recovery
Rice University researchers have found microscopic saltwater droplets emulsify crude oil when each has the right composition, which can enhance oil recovery.
Overcoming small organic barriers could reap larger oil recoveries in shale reservoirs
Texas A&M University researchers have found the presence of kerogen plays a vital role in how easily carbon dioxide can travel through shale reservoirs, which could help oil and gas companies reap larger oil recoveries.
Oil and gas deals drop in January
Oil and gas deals dropped almost 12% in January compared to the 12-month average, according to GlobalData.
Aviation, offshore drilling research teams collaborate to improve safety
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine has awarded University of North Dakota researchers a grant to develop a program designed to improve offshore safety culture in the oil and gas industry.
Upstream sector led global oil and gas deals in 2019
Upstream mergers and acquisitions led the way in 2019 with the acquisition of Anadarko Petroleum being the highlight.
Capital discipline driving M&A activity in oil and gas industry
GlobalData evaluated how oil and gas companies are utilizing mergers and acquisitions (M&A) to realign their businesses with respect to changing market scenarios.
Grant awarded for offshore oil and gas safety research
The Gulf Research Program (GRP) awarded Dr. Ivan Damnjanovic at Texas A&M University a grant to develop quantifiable measurements of safety culture improvements for the offshore oil and gas industry.
Detecting water carryover in natural gas
Instrumentation improves control of the water removal process from natural gas
Five best practices for predictive operations at scale
Case study example illustrates challenges and opportunities
Improving offshore safety with increased mindfulness
A partnership among University of Houston researchers and energy companies, Diamond Offshore Drilling and Baker Hughes, will examine whether simple exercises designed to increase mindfulness can reduce potential safety risks associated with offshore operations.
Low natural gas prices driving increased assets
Comstock's Cheaspeake Haynessville assets acquisition could increase their net present value by a third and almost double natural gas production.
Swimming robots used for oil and gas operations
Simcoa used ABB’s submersible inspection robot service, TXplore, to perform an internal inspection for one of their power transformers that was leaking oil.
Rice University, Shell launch climate change initiative
Rice University and Shell have launched Carbon Hub, a major research initiative to create a zero-emissions future in which oil and natural gas provide both clean energy and advanced materials
An immutable ledger enables multi-party operations
Put settlement disputes to bed and ensure multiparty accountability.
Subsea power technology system developed for offshore operations
ABB’s subsea power distribution and conversion technology system brings the potential for cleaner, safer and more sustainable offshore oil and gas production for distances up to 600 km.
Superhydrophobic coating developed for offshore drilling pipes
The Southwest Research Institute's (SwRI) LotusFlo, is a superhydrophobic coating to keep offshore drilling pipes from being clogged by various substances.
Putting pressure on productivity for oil and gas applications
Carefully selected measurement instrumentation and a suitable inventory management system help avoid the health and safety risks associated with the necessary chemical injections in the oil and gas industry and can also help reduce costs.
Refinery network switch leads to downtime
A refinery attempted to upgrade their process control network (PCN) switches in one unit during a planned maintenance window, but it led to several hours of downtime.
U.S. projected to lead LNG new-build liquefaction capacity by 2023
GlobalData reports the U.S. will contribute around 73% of global new-build LNG liquefaction capacity growth by 2023.
Unused oil and gas emissions could power computing programs
Crusoe Energy Systems is deploying customized supercomputers into oil fields and using the excess gas to power energy intensive computing programs, such as blockchain processing, training AI models or machine learning (ML).
India projected to lead LNG regasification industry
GlobalData reports that India is expected to lead the global LNG regasification industry by 2023.
Gasket provides corrosion, erosion resistance for refinery
A hydrofluoric (HF) acid alkylation refinery in the U.S. experienced a four-year, zero-percent flange repair/replacement fraction.
Carbon steel flange makers win lawsuit
A jury found in favor in of Boltex and Weldbend on all counts against Ulma Forja and Ulma Piping in a lawsuit alleging false advertising and unfair competition.
Rail-supplied midstream propane terminal maximized for safety
Railcar-supplied terminals make the delivery process more cost-effective for local and regional propane providers.
Experts gather to highlight benefits of LNG exports
The American Petroleum Institute (API), along with the Center for Liquefied Natural Gas LNG (CLNG) and LNG Allies hosted an event discussing the increasing role U.S. LNG exports play in the global energy mix.
Petrochemical plant adopting wearable technology for workers
Honeywell announced Braskem Idesa has adopted its wearable connected technology solution at its Veracruz, Mexico, plant to improve productivity and compliance with process procedures.
North America driving small-scale LNG liquefaction capacity additions
GlobalData reports that North America is expected to drive global small-scale LNG liquefaction capacity growth over the next five years with Asia and Russia rounding out the top three.
Recovery projects in Norway will unlock oil resources
GlobalData reported increased recovery projects in Norway, which will unlock substantial oil resources.
Offshore verification for major accident hazards needs to improve
DNV GL is releasing a paper that highlights details of its project to develop the next generation of verification to manage risks relating to major accident hazards.
Biodiesel use approved in California
California has cleared the way for storing biodiesel blends of up to 20% (B20) in underground storage tanks effective October 1.
Oil refinery modernization project in Kazakhstan
ABB has won a multi-million-dollar order to modernize a major oil refinery in Kazakhstan as part of the country's program to elevate the oil, gas and chemicals industry and accelerate growth nationally with digital technology.
Five reasons orifice meters lead the way
Modern flowmeters are a network node too.
Careful planning is key to successful coker drum repair
Weld overlay offers an interesting solution to repair delayed coker units (DCUs) and their coke drums, but it should be carefully planned and controlled to ensure the delivery of a durable system.
Global oilfield chemical market showing high growth
Enormous growth opportunities exist for manufacturers in the global oilfield chemical market that develop customized product formulations and offer strong technical support according to a report by Frost & Sullivan.
Asia, North American markets to lead global ethylene capacity additions
GlobalData reported that global ethylene capacity is expected to expand quite a bit by 2023 with most of the growth happening in Asia and North America.
U.S. leads global new-build trunk oil and gas pipeline additions
The U.S. is expected to add the highest trunk pipeline length in the global oil & gas pipelines industry between 2019 and 2023 according to GlobalData.
Oil and gas groups sign memorandum of understanding
The API and IOGP signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to make further progress on the oil & gas industry’s priorities, with increased focus on topics and initiatives including standards, safety, process management systems, and more.
North America and Asia expected to lead global LNG project growth
GlobalData reports that North America is expected to lead in LNG liquefaction capacity by 2023 and Asia will lead in regasification.
Canadian controls company acquired to enhance oil and gas, integration industry segments
JMP Solutions announced they have acquired Calgary-based Hi-Def Controls to enhance their Western Canada presence, particularly in the oil & gas and system integration market.
Oil and gas pipeline design, market continues evolving
Evolutions in pipeline technology, design, and the market have evolved, which is instrumental in moving materials from the field to the refinery or gas plant to be turned into energy.
Phones, watches for hazardous locations
Pepperl+Fuchs' ecom mobile devices, shown at the 2019 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), are designed for hazardous oil & gas operations.
US, India lead growth in global LNG liquefaction and regasification industries
The US and India are expected to lead capacity growth in the global LNG liquefaction and regasification industries from planned and announced (new-build) projects, respectively, up to 2023 according to GlobalData.
Predictive maintenance gains greater significance in oil and gas industry
GlobalData's report on predictive maintenance finds oil & gas companies are increasingly relying on it due to aging infrastructure and volatile crude pricing.
Shale operators projected to increase onshore production in 2019
U.S. shale operators are on course to increase onshore oil production by 16% for the full year according to a report from Rystad Energy.
Predictive analytics group adds behavioral psychologist and analytics expert
OPEX Group named Eugene Burke as principal advisor for behavioral psychology to support their X-PAS smart behaviors service to help oil and gas operators improve the safety and predictability of offshore operations by managing the risks posed by human behavior.
Licensing opportunities in the Americas increasing
GlobalData reported that licensing opportunities in the Americas have increased in 2019 with several countries, including the United States, planning to launch further licensing rounds.
Permian Basin a major source for onshore hydrocarbon production
GlobalData reported that production of crude oil and natural gas in the Permian Basin has grown each year since 2013 despite the oil & gas industry going through a downturn.
Tales from the engineering department
Forgotten documents conceal ancient wisdom of lasting value.
Why the midstream cares about data management
The outlook for the midstream is showing promising growth, but the industry is only starting to consider data management a priority, which could help increase that growth.
Subsea construction support vessel cleared for deployment
Oceaneering's advanced subsea construction support vessel, Ocean Evolution, is designed to provide customers with installation services for subsea tiebacks, maintenance, repair and decommissioning and well stimulation and light well intervention services.
Digital oilfield advancing due to technology growth
Technology advances in sensing, automation, and connectivity have fueled digital oilfield growth according to a report by GlobalData.
Automated welding provided protection for distillation columns at Spanish refinery
An automated welding project delivered cost-efficient corrosion protection for distillation columns for a refinery complex in Spain to debottleneck different columns and extend their service lives.
Notes from the edge
Companies are looking to take advantage of the high demand for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) from oil & gas customers.
High-throughput experimentation delivers effective oilfield chemicals
Innovative approach to identifying application formulations removes barriers to efficient production.
A cradle-to-grave approach in well completions
Inclusive philosophy ensures integrity throughout a well's service life.
Large-scale flex fatigue test rig developed
Response to more challenging environments.
Bearing protection demystified
In harsh conditions, effective bearing protection is required.
Forum for subsurface data access launched
The Open Group, a vendor-neutral technology consortium, launched the Open Subsurface Data Universe (OSDU) Forum is designed to bring together exploration, development, and wells data.
What does the future hold for LNG across Asia?
With LNG production and transportation at an all-time high, Asia is seeing new opportunities for both land-based import terminals as well as floating storage and regasification facilities.
Joint venture agreement for integrated automation solutions provider
Sensia is a joint venture entity that will combine Rockwell Automation’s integrated control and information solutions with Schlumberger’s oil and gas expertise.
AI application developers target well-site production optimization
Solutions range from predictive maintenance to artificial lift improvement.
Report suggests fresh thinking needed to reduce skills gap, improve oil and gas hiring
The third annual Global Energy Talent Index (GETI) revealed that oil and gas businesses must continue evolving their approach to attracting and recruiting talent as many companies are struggling to find and retain talent.
Pipeline visibility cuts downtime, improves safety
Operators in the midstream oil & gas industry need to keep their focus on what's happening behind the scenes to prevent costly issues happening down the road.
Volatility driving oil and gas industry mergers and acquisitions
Falling revenues and rising debts compelled oil & gas companies to realign their strategic objectives and reshape their portfolios, according to a report from GlobalData.
The digital fuels the oil & gas industry toward profitable transformation
A panoply of solutions powered by artificial intelligence.
Future-proof production with better maintenance
Day-to-day operations are a thing oil & gas companies can control.
Most-viewed articles on Oil & Gas Engineering for 2018
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Solar plants find use in oil fields
A way to power steam generation in heavy oil production through solar plants.
Empower P&IDs to connect operations, maintenance, and engineering
Access marked-up piping and instrumentation diagrams (P&IDs) from a worksite mobile device.
Government meets with oil and gas council for cybersecurity initiative
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) met with the Oil and Natural Gas Sector Coordinating Council to discuss a strategic approach to secure pipelines and other critical oil & gas infrastructure.
Energy, info make the world go ‘round and ‘round
Speakers at Schneider Electric's Digital Innovation Summit discussed how to help people through improved energy efficiency and information control.
Cell-sized robots monitoring pipelines
Researchers at MIT have developed robots no bigger than a cell to monitor conditions inside an oil and gas pipeline and gather information.
Machine learning-based gas recognition detects minor leakage
Seven image characteristics, singly and combined, are used to recognize amorphous gas clouds.
Three ways location intelligence and IIoT make pipeline asset management easier
If the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is integrated with location intelligence it can help midstream oil & gas operations to manage pipeline assets, mitigate potential risks, and optimize new pipeline routes.
High-performance materials support optimal metal end cap seals
Elastomers are tested for suitability, addressing potential challenges ranging from high temperatures to corrosive fluids and high pressures
Upgrade from pump packing to mechanical seals
Sealing conserves water, improves energy efficiency, and minimizes environmental impact.
Upstream oil and gas mergers, capital raising totaled $81 billion in Q3 2018
GlobalData reported almost $81 billion worth of deals in the upstream oil & gas sector in Q3 2018 with a majority performed in the Americas region.
Installation begins for cold-form tee-press manufacturing facility
Weldbend Corporation announced that installation has begun at its manufacturing facility near Chicago on the largest cold-form Tee-Press in the Americas and Western Europe to expand the company's forging capabilities.
Study explores prolonging the useful life of lubricants
A study from Stanford University explores how to make foaming oil in lubricants last whether it's for a car or a wind turbine.
Technology improvements driving down Permian Basin oil production costs
Oil production in the Permian Basin has nearly doubled since early 2016 thanks to technology improvements and there are no signs of slowdown in the short- or long-term.
What is the case, industrial automation-wise
Digitalization and automation allow incremental innovation, but the goal should be prioritized multi-year programs, approved at a high level, that allow steady levels of achievement to enhance and maximize their value.
A defined methodology better manages subsurface data
Technologies facilitate deep data diving for exploration in oil & gas industry.
China to lead global propylene growth, according to report
China and Asia as a whole is expected to lead the charge in global propylene growth over the next decade according to a report by GlobalData.
PEEK-blend rod guides extend service life in high-temperature wells
Polyether ether ketone (PEEK) blend rod guides perform reliably as high as 480˚F.
Event gets down to details of data-driven drilling and production
Analytics, machine learning, other emergent technologies, on display at DDDP conference.
Improve the accuracy of underwater cathodic protection surveys
To reduce risk and increase inspection speeds—while lowering costs—for underwater pipeline surveys, new inspection methods must be considered.
How to choose open- or closed-loop control
Defining open- and closed-loop control with application examples can help explain when each should be used, why, and with what consequences.
Moving to a wireless remote monitoring system
Heed this advice on what needs to be considered when moving from a wired remote monitoring communications to wireless communications.
Choosing between open- and closed-loop control
Closing the control loop provides insight into the behavior of the process.
PLC for enhanced cybersecurity, integration
Honeywell Process Solutions' (HPS) ControlEdge programmable logic controller (PLC) is designed to reduce integration efforts and project costs as well as enhanced cybersecurity for industrial facilities.
Signaling considerations for control system migrations
Not every analog field instrument can be wired to any given analog input (AI) module, nor can any discrete output (DO) module be wired to any given discrete final control element.
Diesel industrial generator
The diesel industrial generators from the KD Series are designed with high technology regulation and monitoring systems to deliver fuel consumption at higher nodes while meeting global emissions regulations.
Offshore illuminator for hazardous locations
Clark-Reliance's Jerguson LumaStar EPL-316 offshore illuminator is ideal for offshore or other hazardous service environments.
Multi-threat monitor for industrial safety applications
Honeywell's AreaRAE Plus multi-threat monitor features meteorological monitoring and GPS-enabled location identification of hazards in applications such as oil and gas and wastewater treatment.
Heavy duty cordset for hazardous locations
Turck has released an expansion to its Minifast offering, which is designed for gas turbine, skid, compressor, and shipboard applications.
Environmental awareness, low maintenance costs, technological innovations, rapid industrialization, and expanding manufacturing sector drives oil-free air compressor market growth.
Oil-free air compressors have gained significance owing to governments’ growing consciousness about environmental security, which has resulted in regulating and improving air quality. This aspect also has fueled the growth of the global oil-free air compressor market.
Fans for industrial boiler and burner applications
A wide range of fan product lines ideal for serving industrial boilers, gas turbine installations, and heat-recovery steam generators in combined cycle installations.
Partial stroke valve testing
Understanding the strengths and weaknesses of traditional partial stroke testing options helps when looking at how new technology enables advancement, explained Richard Harvey, in Control Engineering Europe.
Vertical solid shaft motors for harsh environments
Siemens' HP100 and LP100 Simotics vertical solid shaft (VSS) NEMA premium motors are designed for harsh environments in industries such as oil and gas, petrochemical, pulp and paper, water and wastewater treatment.
Fluid loss cell for measurement applications
Chandler Engineering's Model 4300 Fluid Loss Cell is designed to measures the fluid loss properties of muds and cement slurries as well as eliminate safety issues that have been associated with traditional fluid loss instrument designs.
Enclosed variable frequency drives
PowerXL Enclosed Drives offer advanced harmonics mitigation, energy efficiency, and increased reliability to the water/wastewater, irrigation pumping, oil and gas, and industrial infrastructure industries.
Electric actuators with thermally-bonded powder-coat
The Series 92 electric actuators feature a die-cast aluminum alloy with a thermally-bonded powder-coat.
Flow management solution: Match the flowmeter to the application
Magnetic, vortex, and differential pressure (dP) flowmeters are the leading technologies used to measure volumetric flow or flow velocity. Know when to use each.
Harnessing the power of predictive analytics
The oil and gas industry has plenty of data; now it needs to put it to better use.
The challenge of maintaining deepwater wells
Technology changes for deepwater wells improve process, but they also add complexity.
Companies developing multi-vendor prototype that is open and secure
ExxonMobil and Lockheed Martin are working together to build a multi-vendor interoperable prototype that is a standards-based, open, secure, and interoperable architecture, with commercially available software and hardware components.
Intelligent motor management
Power Xpert C445 intelligent motor management and protection relay provides energy awareness, safety, and diagnostics.
Explosion-proof cameras for hazardous areas
Axis Communications' XF40-Q1765 Explosion Protected Fixed Network Camera and XP40-Q1765 Explosion Protected PTZ Network Camera feature a 316L stainless steel housing and are designed for hazardous areas.
Top 10 Control Engineering articles, August 11 to September 10: Common VFD myths, Industrial control panel standards, future of oil prices, more
Articles about common VFD myths, industrial control panel standards, the future of oil prices, ladder logic, and an IIoT and machine sensor demonstration were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from August 11 to September 10. Miss something? You can catch up here. Also see what ranked 6-10.
Thermal shutoff for large pneumatic actuators
Assured Automation's FireChek thermal shutoffs have a resettable memory shape alloy are designed to shut down a pneumatic control system when a nearby fire occurs and are designed for batch and continuous process systems.
Finding help with energy projects
Finding help for your energy project can be challenging in the U.S. and Canada, but there are hundreds of assistance programs available.
Top 5 Control Engineering articles, July 14 to August 13: Future of oil prices, robot trends and types, SCADA cyber security, more
Articles about the future of oil prices, industrial robot trends and types, SCADA cyber security, IIoT at the I/O level, and process modeling and feedback controllers were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 14 to August 13. Miss something? You can catch up here. Also see what ranked 6-10.
Top 5 Control Engineering articles, August 3-9: Future of oil prices, IIoT at the IO level, process modeling and feedback, more
Articles about the future of oil prices, IIoT at the I/O level, process modeling and feedback, methane emissions from shale leaks, and the PMI report for July 2015 were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from August 3-9. Miss something? You can catch up here.
PMI skids to 52.7% in July despite positive outlook
Growth slips as oil prices and global economic uncertainty continue to linger, though the overall outlook among manufacturers is trending positive.
Magnetic flowmeter platform for process applications
Emerson Process Management's Rosemount 8700M magnetic flowmeter platform features Modbus RS485 and advanced diagnostics designed to help users with installation, maintenance, and process management across a variety of industries.
Bioremediation product for hydrocarbon spills
Bioremediation product for hydrocarbon spills is environmentally safe for the treatment of refinery and chemical waste.
Top 5 Control Engineering articles, July 13-19: Salary and career survey, robot trends and types, PLC basics, more
Articles about the 2015 Control Engineering salary and career survey, industrial robot trends and types, PLC basics, the IoT and the oilfield, and operational technology to information technology were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 13-19. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Analog and digital communications module for wireless, oil and gas applications
SignalFire's Two-Way Analog and Digital Communications Module is designed to wirelessly mirror analog and digital signals for wireless valve control or retrofit applications in oil and gas fields where analog and digital signals need to be replicated at both ends.
Top 5 Control Engineering articles, June 29 to July 5: Oil and gas employment, motion controls, HMI-historian integration, more
Articles about oil and gas employment, motion controls for Cirque du Soleil’s KÀ, benefits of integrating HMIs and historians, the intelligent automation pyramid, and driving manufacturing competitiveness were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from last week, June 29 to July 5. Miss something? You can catch up here.
10 years later: BP Texas City and the inevitable cost of an incident
This unfortunate incident from 2005 is familiar to many working in process industries and especially in the U.S., where an extensive investigation and its associated report have been used to illustrate the importance of process safety management.
Gas Technology: Finding help with energy projects
How do you pick the right resource to from hundreds of assistance programs?