Oil and Gas

Qualify for future funding and incentives through Strategic Energy Management (SEM)

This year’s Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry, organized by the American Council for an Energy-Efficiency Economy, seemed to have a powerful yet “unwritten” focus on strategic energy management… Read more »

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Long-term savings part of the pipeline operator’s sustainability strategy

We’ve discussed in previous posts how effective energy management, through the implementation of a system-wide power optimisation solution, can benefit the hydrocarbon pipeline operator – With the automation and control… Read more »

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WEBCAST: Pinpoints Key Facts about the Secure Power Opportunity

In a new audio webcast presentation, Carsten Baumann, a consulting engineering specialist with Schneider Electric, raises two salient points about Secure Power for industry and infrastructure. As moderator for the… Read more »

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Energy Management Solution Meets Pipeline Operations Needs, Supports Enterprise Goals

Hydrocarbon pipeline operators are realizing significant energy savings and more efficient operation using a power optimization solution developed in close cooperation with the industry. This cooperative effort was key to… Read more »

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Comprehensive Pipeline Energy Management Requires Fully Integrated Solution

What does it take to realize hydrocarbon pipeline energy optimization and the associated benefits I’ve discussed in previous posts? A system-wide solution most effective in delivering energy savings must fully… Read more »

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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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Digital Age Solutions: Impact Your Bottom Line

As a supplier, do you start your mornings off tracking down your terminal inventory data? Most likely, you’re combing through cumbersome data, spilling coffee on spreadsheets and agonizing over the… Read more »

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5 questions to ask about generic pipeline operator qualification (OQ)

Pipeline operators are living in interesting times. With the fluctuations in the market they are forced to “do more with less”. Pair this with an aging and changing workforce and… Read more »

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Short-term Oil Outlook: Oil Hits $50 bbl. Now what?

West Texas Intermediate and Brent crude prices traded above $50 bbl in late May and early June if only briefly, a psychologically significant price point. The question for market followers… Read more »

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Gas’d Up Demand but Prices Tapping Brakes

Implied gasoline demand in the United States, which refers to product supplied from the primary market, dropped 206,000 bpd to 9.104 million bpd during the week-ended May 30, according to… Read more »

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US Gasoline Marketers Eye Bountiful Demand over Thanksgiving Holiday

Fuel Marketer Intelligence: Supply Chain Dynamics to Retail Fuel Prices Gasoline demand in the United States is expected to be robust over the Thanksgiving Day holiday, with travel projected to… 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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Gasoline futures hit seasonal spike

Gasoline and Refined Fuels Oil markets remain volatile, and bullish seasonal features are now the driving force in the U.S. gasoline market. Speculators have already positioned for the price advance… 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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Building smarter pumping systems with automation

A case study on improving efficiencies and saving energy Growing concern for the environment is driving increased regulatory and consumer focus on energy and water efficiency – and pump manufacturers… 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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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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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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