Oil and Gas

Playing DICE with Dr. Diesel’s Moteur to reduce CO2 Intensity

When you look at causality between Carbon in the atmosphere climbing rapidly since the industrial revolution and seemingly going over the top of the ‘carbon budget’ (the point at which… Read more »

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Retail Gasoline Prices Set to Decline on Softening Wholesale Costs

The national average price for all formulations of regular grade gasoline sold at retail outlets across the United States is set to decline for the first time since the start… Read more »

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Gasoline Prices Tugged Higher on Ukraine

Gasoline futures values surged to a high last seen in July 2013 on Apr. 24 before dropping back while the US retail average has now advanced for 11 consecutive weeks… Read more »

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What the Oceans can Teach Us about Energy Hedging

I recently posted on energy management strategy with interruptible natural gas rates and the polar vortex as the backdrop. Over the last few weeks, I’ve received several emails asking for… Read more »

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Panic, Planning, Preparation & The Polar Vortex

How many times have you heard the term “polar vortex” this winter? Apparently, it is Public Enemy No. 1. It has already been blamed for the extremely harsh winter here… Read more »

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Schneider Electric’s Acquisition of Invensys and what it means for our System Integrator Alliance Partners

I’m sure you’ve heard by now that Schneider Electric has acquired Invensys. With the regulatory process complete, we are now in a position to share more information with you on… Read more »

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Building a company greater than the sum of its parts

No doubt you have heard that Schneider Electric has acquired Invensys. There has been much speculation about the details of this deal among our customers, partners and suppliers, in the… Read more »

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Information, Digitization and Mobility Help Keep Track of Your Kids and Even Your Oil Wells

I remember listening to all that forward thinking talk in the 1980’s, ‘Information is the Next Big Thing’. I now realize that I had no idea what they were talking… Read more »

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An Inside Peek at How Schneider Electric and Its Partners Plan for the Year Ahead

As I write this, it’s the Monday before Thanksgiving. For me, at least in my professional life, that means my thoughts are squarely on one thing: next year. Around Halloween… Read more »

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Secure Power Solutions Must Be Adaptable to Specific Industry Needs

Ensuring reliable power for mission-critical applications in industry isn’t as simple as offering a range of standard power protection products, even if they are very good products. For many Secure… Read more »

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The Innovation Game in Which Industry Scores Big: Part 2

Part 2: The wonder of Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) Last week, I mentioned that Schneider Electric’s open innovation playing field is not unlike soccer – a sport I loved… Read more »

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Methods that Facilitate Oil & Gas Power & Process Management Systems Convergence

In our previous post Why Oil & Gas Companies are Driving Towards Convergence of Power & Process Management Systems, we mentioned that recent Oil & Gas industry initiatives that integrate process &… Read more »

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US Gasoline Futures Driving towards 2015 Low

Fuel Marketer Intelligence: Supply Chain Dynamics to Retail Fuel Prices The seasonal attributes of the gasoline market in the United States are on clear display, with gasoline demand sliding since… Read more »

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eBOLs: Fact, Fiction and Future

Remember the not-so-good-old-days when most of our time was consumed by long paper trails and error-filled BOLs? They got damaged. They were late. They got lost. They were difficult to… Read more »

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US Gasoline Futures Drop Back in Spring Transition

Fuel Marketer Intelligence: Supply Chain Dynamics to Retail Fuel Prices Sliding from a 1-1/2 year high on the first day of March, the April gasoline futures contract rolled into the… Read more »

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US Gasoline—another Psychological Barrier Breached

Fuel Marketer Intelligence: Supply Chain Dynamics to Retail Fuel Prices Refining units returning from seasonal maintenance, notably along the heavy concentration of processing capacity along the US Gulf Coast, during… Read more »

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Colonial Pipeline Explosion Spikes Gasoline Futures

Within minutes of taking over as the nearest delivered contract in the evening hour of October 31, December RBOB futures spiked 18.56cts or 12.8% to a five-month high on the… Read more »

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Recent Surprises Turn Oil and Gas Market Bullish

Addressing recent events transforming the U.S. oil and gas market Inventory Decreasing Unexpected surprises continue for the U.S. gasoline market in 2016, this time with gasoline prices underpinned as an… Read more »

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Are you Seizing all the Digital Opportunities in your Oil and Gas Downstream Operations to Improve Profits?

Oil prices have been declining since reaching a record of almost $150/barrel nearly a decade ago (2008). The price volatility has caused, and continues to cause, a lot of distress across… Read more »

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Was Your First Day on the Job Nothing Like College?

It’s graduation time and there are a whole lot of new chemical engineers fresh out of college, starting their very first career job in the refining industry. Full of head… Read more »

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Have Gasoline Futures Reached a Bottom?

Fuel Marketer Intelligence: Supply Chain Dynamics to Retail Fuel Prices Despite a 2.2% rally on expiration day by the February gasoline futures contract traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange… Read more »

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Plant “Asset Performance Management” Is For Everyone

Asset performance management (APM) is a topic of growing importance for plants in asset-intensive industries, which pretty much means all plants. In this series, I’ll take you through the asset… Read more »

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Virtual Reality – Step Into the Future of Plant Crew Training

Most likely you already know that Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) are rapidly evolving and growing technologies.  They utilize the latest high powered computers and graphics cards to… Read more »

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Methods that Facilitate Oil & Gas Power & Process Management Systems Convergence

In our previous post Why Oil & Gas Companies are Driving Towards Convergence of Power & Process Management Systems, we mentioned that recent Oil & Gas industry initiatives that integrate process &… Read more »

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Reviewing California’s Low Carbon Standard

California adopted a Low Carbon Fuel Standard in 2009, with the goal of the performance-based regulation to reduce the carbon intensity of the state’s fuel mix by at least 10%… Read more »

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Global Oil Prices Pressured as Geopolitical Concerns Ease

Fuel Marketer Intelligence: Supply Chain Dynamics to Retail Fuel Prices Global oil prices are down $5 bbl from early June as the market retraces a spike in value to a… Read more »

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How Currencies Impact Commodities

One of my favorite songs of this year is ‘I Forget Where We Were‘ by Ben Howard. The song’s title has been resonating with me recently as I get a… Read more »

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New-Age Terminals Require New-Age Solutions

Times have changed; and so have terminals. No longer just considered a “cost center,” terminals are integral stops in a supply chain. Although Terminal automation systems (TAS) have been in… Read more »

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Leverage IIoT to Predict Asset Failure and Reduce Cost

Technology triggers like the Industrial Internet of Things, big data analytics, mobility and workflow collaboration represent new opportunities for significant improvements in asset reliability, efficiency and safety in the power… Read more »

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Was Your First Day on the Job Nothing Like College?

It’s graduation time and there are a whole lot of new chemical engineers fresh out of college, starting their very first career job in the refining industry. Full of head… Read more »

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