Oil and Gas

Pipeline Energy Management Doesn’t Require Continuous Equipment Investment

Certainly, hydrocarbon pipeline pumps, compressors, and other vital transportation pipeline assets are becoming more efficient and will continue to evolve in their capabilities. High-efficiency equipment can cut pipeline energy consumption… Read more »

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Secure Power services: why a smooth “handover” is vital to a lifecycle approach

Commercial and industrial assets such as ships, airports, manufacturing plants, oil rigs, or hospitals involve highly specialized systems that need power protection and cooling to keep these mission-critical applications secure… Read more »

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The Ability to Look Ahead is Key in Pipeline Energy Management

If demand charges didn’t continuously alter energy rates, it would be simpler to optimize hydrocarbon pipeline energy consumption. But, demand charges are a fact of life, and they can significantly… Read more »

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Learn How Schneider Can Help You at Xperience Efficiency 2013 Dallas

Early this month we completed the first leg of our Xperience Efficiency 2013 tour, a new event that showcases the breadth and depth of Schneider Electric’s offerings for driving energy… Read more »

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LNG Exports and All That Gubbins (Part 1)

This post is more of an appetizer compared to a more hearty meal which is to follow. The main course served later delves into a study on LNG exports and… Read more »

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The Secure Power Difference: Risk Mitigation and Beyond

In our first post, we defined what industrial secure power is and some vertical industry applications, but this leaves the all important question of “why” secure power solutions are needed…. 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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Secure Power Beyond the Data Center

In today’s digital world, when we think about problems around power interruptions, the systems that are top of mind for many of us are information technology (IT) systems, meaning everything… Read more »

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You Have Options to Save Pipeline Energy Costs Today and Sustain your Energy Management Strategy

The hydrocarbon pipeline operator who manages pumps or compressors simply to perform the transport needed to complete the schedule of batches in front of those units is probably wasting energy…. Read more »

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Trying to understand (SIS) Safety Instrumented Systems?

As automation process engineers, we know about safety instrumented systems in process industry, but safety systems are in multiple industries and applications with their own safety standards and their own… Read more »

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The market was gloomy in 2016, but OPEC cut provides some hope in 2017

AS DEMONSTRATED with Brexit, the Columbian peoples’ rejection of a peace accord with FARC and the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States along with… Read more »

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End of Summer Sees Swamped Fuel Market, Low Prices

End of Summer Sees Swamped Fuel Market, Low Prices Inventory Buildup in Gasoline With U.S. gasoline inventory increasing through mid-summer, an unexpected buildup has occurred – upending the outlook for a… Read more »

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From Natural Gas to Plastic Wrap

Plastic Wrap and Why You Should Care Where It Comes From The other night I was getting steak out of the fridge to season and grill when my daughter asked… Read more »

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2017 Outlook: Doing More With Less in the Downstream Market

2016 Year in Review 2016 was a difficult year for the oil and gas industry.  It saw prices plummet to a 12-year low of nearly $26 per barrel, with the… Read more »

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Industry 4.0: Three Trends Impacting Upstream Producers

As of June 1st, 2017, the current price of West Texas Intermediate crude oil is $48.36USD a barrel. This is the world that the Oil & Gas industry appears to… Read more »

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Gasoline Futures Surge 12% in December to New High

The gasoline futures contract traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange surged 12% in December, with reformulated blendstock for oxygenate blending futures establishing a new calendar year high for 2016… Read more »

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Worried about the reliability of your ageing LV or MV networks – read on to discover your options

Do you have a strategy for modernising or replacing your aging LV and MV electrical switchgear? A reliable, safe, easily maintainable power network is more crucial than ever because downtime… Read more »

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Re-Sellers: Protect Your Bottom Line

With traders, suppliers and traditional petroleum marketers filling the supply chain, re-sellers are carving out their space. Providing a convenient and cost-effective alternative for customers, they are often the most… Read more »

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Gasoline’s Bull Charge into 2017

Fuel Marketer Intelligence: Supply Chain Dynamics to Retail Fuel Prices The average price for regular grade gasoline sold at retail outlets across the United States reached a six-month high of… Read more »

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How Convergence of Power & Process Management Systems Benefits the Oil & Gas Industry

Oil & Gas enterprises to bear a significant amount of avoidable and unnecessary expense by operating power & process management systems as separate silos. Working with multiple vendors across wide domains… Read more »

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Energy Management Becomes More Vital for Pipeline Businesses

Hydrocarbon pipeline operators are jumping aboard the Smart Grid Train! Similar to electric energy transmission and distribution network operators, they are using readily available data about the status of their… Read more »

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Rethinking Oil Demand Expectations

Fuel Marketer Intelligence: Supply Chain Dynamics to Retail Fuel Prices  The outlook for global oil demand suddenly got gloomy, with the futures markets for crude, gasoline and diesel selling off… Read more »

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Trends in Wind Generation, Driving Habits and Network-enabled Devices

Apparently, the Queen of England sent her first email in 1976, some 14 years before the World Wide Web was born. I learned this while reading about the growth of… Read more »

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Falling Prices Increases Importance of Secure and Continuous Oil and Gas Production

The effects of crude oil prices can be felt around the world. The price of oil is near to an eleven-year low, and analysis by data trader Daryl Guppy, who… Read more »

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Avoiding the Darkness of Unplanned Downtime With Smart, Highly Available Solutions

Regardless of the process, downtime always means a loss of productivity for a process application. Unplanned downtimes, whether due to component failure or human error, are the most costly ones…. Read more »

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US Gasoline Prices Spike in Response to OPEC Deal

Fuel Marketer Intelligence: Supply Chain Dynamics to Retail Fuel Prices The January reformulated blendstock for oxygenate blending futures contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange settled at a better than… Read more »

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Preseason Rally for US Gasoline Futures so far Muted

The wholesale US gasoline market is in the midst of its seasonal transition from winter-grade gasoline to the more costly to produce summer-grade product, and demand is expected to increase… Read more »

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The Ability to Look Ahead is Key in Pipeline Energy Management

If demand charges didn’t continuously alter energy rates, it would be simpler to optimize hydrocarbon pipeline energy consumption. But, demand charges are a fact of life, and they can significantly… Read more »

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Some Nuggets on the US Energy Boom

I didn’t intentionally seek out these nuggets on  the US energy boom – especially so quickly after my recent involvement with Miley and Mr Bieber – but they were just conveniently there…. Read more »

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Leveraging IIoT and Analytics to Reduce Equipment Failure

It’s no secret that the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has led to an ever-expanding explosion of big data. Most assets today are equipped with data-transmitting sensors that communicate with… Read more »

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