Oil and Gas

EAM for the IIoT Age

With the growth of asset-related data available through the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and the complexity that comes with sifting through that data, organizations are faced with new operational… Read more »

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U.S. Biodiesel Industry Again Waiting on Government Largesse

The higher cost of biodiesel compared with petroleum-based diesel fuel, especially in the third year of low global crude oil prices, requires a bridge to incentivize demand, and for several… Read more »

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To Err is Human, to Have the Safest Operators is Divine – OTS

“Human error” is a key contributor to incidents and accidents in plants. While different analyses report differing percentages where “abnormal situations” are attributable to “human error”, the numbers are remarkably consistent. For… 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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Controls Pre-commissioning Is Like Checking your Parachute Before Jumping…A Very Wise Decision.

Wouldn’t you want to make sure your parachute rip chords are OK before jumping out of a plane?  Me too.  Safety first, right?  Well, it’s the same idea with performing… 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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Increased Regulations at Refineries, at least in California

This summer, the state of California proposed changes to regulations aimed at improving safety at oil refineries. You can see the full release here. “Key features of the proposed regulations… Read more »

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Forecasts Predict Increase in Cold Weather and Fuel Usage

The United States is sitting pretty with an abundant supply of crude oil and low prices at the pump. And after last winter’s above average temperatures, the inventory of heating… Read more »

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What Good is the Eiffel Tower in the Middle of Your Refinery?

One of the best ways to make sure the design of your refinery is going to look and perform the way you think it should is to perform front end… Read more »

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US Gasoline Market’s September Surprise(s)

Fuel Marketer Intelligence: Supply Chain Dynamics to Retail Fuel Prices In a year when soothsayers’ crystal balls are as foggy as London in November, September encompassed a few unexpected surprises… Read more »

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Empower Mobile Workforce to be Active Participants in Real-Time Operations

Technology, enabled by the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), is empowering organizations to shift to a holistic and operations-centric view where proactive and predictive maintenance (PdM) enables front line personnel… Read more »

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Avoiding the Hidden Pitfalls of Natural Gas Procurement

I’ll let you in on a secret: saving on natural gas under the current market conditions is relatively straightforward. Thanks to a precipitous (and ongoing) decline in US natural gas… Read more »

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Reduce Maintenance Costs with the IIoT and Predictive Asset Analytics

Industrial organizations across multiple sectors are under pressure from shareholders, regulators and customers to increase performance and reliability while keeping costs low. These conditions mean it’s more important than ever… 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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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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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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100 years of catastrophic accidents leads to a safer Process Industry

So much to be learned from taking a look at the history of “safety standards”… In the last 100 years many catastrophic accidents have occurred in process industry around the world: Bhopal India… Read more »

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Powering the New Energy World

Today’s energy world is facing widespread transformation. The electricity and Oil & Gas sectors are taking note. Traditional, centralized electric grid models are evolving to a world of distributed energy… 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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Equipment Flexibility is a Leading Secure Power Need in the Brazilian Market

Secure Power Systems for critical applications is a broad concept that spans many types of power protection technologies and equipment. To meet the requirements of market, the Secure Power provider… Read more »

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Low Oil Prices and US Gasoline Demand Elasticity

Fuel Marketer Intelligence: Supply Chain Dynamics to Retail Fuel Prices A more than 30% drop in the US retail gasoline price average from the end of June to mid-December has… Read more »

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US Gasoline Demand Trends Higher in October

Fuel Marketer Intelligence: Supply Chain Dynamics to Retail Fuel Prices  Sliding retail gasoline prices continue to bolster gasoline consumption in the United States, with preliminary data showing gasoline supplied to… Read more »

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A 2020 View of Micro Data Centers

We have already discussed that Micro data centers are breakthrough solutions, but we are still in the early adoption phase and the market potential is untold. Where are they already… 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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The Best Defense is a Good Offense: strategies in preventing a commodity release By: Lars Larsson

Pipeline integrity is a term that encompasses many things today: a process of prevention, detection and mitigation of failures. At Schneider Electric, we believe the industry needs to continue to… Read more »

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Sustainability Embedded in Electrical Equipment

Our planet’s population growth is accelerating.  Its inhabitants are hungry for resources—and electricity is high on the list. Sustainability will be one of the major challenges of our future, and… Read more »

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What I Think About When I Think About Crude Oil

Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami was so consumed by running he combined two of his loves to write a book called ‘What I Talk About When I Talk About Running‘. Although… 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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“Take Two” for US Gasoline Demand

Fuel Marketer Intelligence: Supply Chain Dynamics to Retail Fuel Prices A month in front of the Labor Day holiday in the United States, the unofficial end of the peak summer… Read more »

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US Gasoline Prices take Dive as OPEC stands Pat

Fuel Marketer Intelligence: Supply Chain Dynamics to Retail Fuel Prices Far from unexpected, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries rolled over their production quota at their meeting in Vienna,… Read more »

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