Oil and Gas

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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Efficiency Gains in US Auto Sales continues Trend

Fuel economy is more than a catchphrase. It means a reduction in resources consumed while consumers benefit from lower expenses when fueling up their vehicles, not to mention reduced air… Read more »

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Five Ways to Improve Energy Efficiency in your Process

It’s easy to understand why Industrial Energy Management often starts with the building utilities, such as HVAC adjustments, boiler tuning, lighting upgrades, and air compressors: 1. The role of the Energy… Read more »

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Supply Chain Solutions at StocExpo 2013

At the recent StocExpo, held 19-20 March in Antwerp, Belgium, supply chain solutions were a central focus, and for good reason. Today’s supply chain solutions can deliver consolidated fuel supply… Read more »

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Energy Management Yields Comprehensive Benefits for Pipeline Operators

In my previous blog post, I mentioned that energy management becomes a process that can help the hydrocarbon pipeline operator accomplish other operational and business goals. Here’s more on that… 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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If you’re in the market for a SCADA solution, read this first

If there were frequent traveler award programs for commodities, oil and gas would win by a mile; make that, hundreds of thousands of miles. It’s interesting that oil and gas,… Read more »

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Consumer Behavior and US Gasoline Demand

Another US oil refinery suffering losses has shuttered operations, with Hess Corp. officially closing its Port Reading refinery in NJ on February 26. There are a host of reasons for… Read more »

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US Consumers Better Positioned against Global Oil Prices

Fuel Marketer Intelligence: Supply Chain Dynamics to Retail Fuel Prices The US gasoline futures market paused June 20 from an upside price onslaught amid profit taking in the ICE Brent… 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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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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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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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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Why Closing the Gap Between Scheduling and Operations is a Value Booster

By: Rachel K. Carson, MarCom Intern for Process Industries Albert Einstein once said, “Strive not to be of success, but rather to be of value.” Value is incredibly important because it… 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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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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Share the View

What does it mean to “share the view?” With competition increasing and margins growing even tighter, fuel marketers need to improve communications through automation and expand the sharing of information… Read more »

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Energy Management Yields Comprehensive Benefits for Pipeline Operators

In my previous blog post, I mentioned that energy management becomes a process that can help the hydrocarbon pipeline operator accomplish other operational and business goals. Here’s more on that… Read more »

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Short-term Peak for US Gasoline Prices near

Last reported at $3.674 gallon on Memorial Day, the US average price for all formulas of regular grade gasoline surveyed by the Energy Information Administration looks to be near a… Read more »

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Changing Seasons in the Energy Landscape

As the seemingly permanent blanket of snow in my yard lifted this week to reveal the green, green grass below (albeit briefly), I am reminded that seasons change. But it… 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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Ethernet and Automation Controller Marriage Proving to be a Successful One

According to the ARC Advisory Group, about $65 billion in installed process automation systems worldwide are reaching end of life, with most having been in operation for over 20 years…. Read more »

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Static or Rotary UPS: Which is Best for Your Application?

As trends such as digitization, Internet of Things (IoT), and Big Data have a major impact on the flow of global business, the role of power protection devices such as… 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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Early Season Pop in US Gasoline Demand Fades

Fuel Marketer Intelligence: Supply Chain Dynamics to Retail Fuel Prices In the futures market for US oil products, the gasoline contract has taken a backseat to Ultra-low Sulfur Diesel futures,… Read more »

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The Shakeout of US Shale Oil Break-evens

My favorite quote by H.L. Mencken is ‘a cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin‘. A bit morose, I know, but this appeals… Read more »

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HMI and Alarm Standards and Best Practices – Impact on Operator Performance and Operations Excellence

Bridget Fitzpatrick is an HMI, Abnormal Condition Management and Human Factors Practice Lead for Wood Group Mustang in Houston, TX. She has 25+ years of experience in process engineering, control… Read more »

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