Operators increasingly reliant on connected services companies

The first week of October 2017 was quite a busy time for the Hydrocarbon Processing editorial team as we covered events across the US. At the AFPM Operations & Process Technology Summit, we produced the show dailies, a 16-to-20-page print publication for three days.

Active hurricane season creates uncertainty in US O&G industry

With Hurricane Harvey still fresh in the minds of those on the Gulf Coast, and Hurricane Irma making its way through Florida, the last few weeks of the 2017 hurricane season has shaken up the upstream and downstream sides of the oil and gas industry, causing more uncertainty in an already volatile industry.

Revamps, modernization and expansion come as oil glut continues

Announcements over the past few weeks from refiners modernizing, revamping or expanding refineries around the world show the impact the crude oil stockpiles are having on the downstream industry.

Asian-Pacific refiners take advantage of US oil glut

Refiners from the Asian-Pacific are lining up to take advantage of the lower-priced US oil as OPEC countries continue to cut output.

Collaborating on downstream digital solutions

In the last few weeks, news of new digital solutions has risen as research and development (R&D) focuses more on the digitization of the industry. Also increasing are the number of HPI companies collaborating with technologically savvy companies to develop specific digital solutions for the HPI industry.

Role of simulation & testing in scaling-up new technologies

Design can be a challenging journey, starting with bench-scale reaction chemistry in a laboratory to a pilot plant, then building a demonstration facility, before commercially viable production facility can be confidently developed.

OPEC's iron grip on oil slides as US shale charges forward

At OPEC's recent meeting in Vienna, the Saudi-led oil cartel opted to extend its crude oil production cut by nine months to March 2018. Early approval by Iran—OPEC's second-largest producer—added weight to the decision.

Asia’s refinery delays can only help with oil glut

Seeing the startup of a refinery project delayed usually has a negative connotation, but the announcement of several Asian refinery delays, will allow OPEC producers, and leading providers to Asia, Saudia Arabia and Russia to extend output cuts, giving some relief to the oil glut the industry is still facing.

Trump’s climate dilemma: Will US remain in the Paris Accord?

US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson signed an agreement at a meeting of the Arctic nations Thursday, recognizing the Paris climate accord. With the signing of this agreement, what does that say about the administration’s stand on the Paris accord, and will the President decide the US should stay in it?

Getting value from data analytics in process plants

Digital transformation offers promise for many facets of operations and maintenance. Smart analysis of patterns of process data can illustrate opportunity to improve quality, yield and efficiency.

Is the O&G industry becoming more ‘green’?

While the term “environmentally conscious” doesn’t spring forth images of the oil and gas industry, the fact is, the industry is consistently implementing new ways to reduce its carbon footprint, integrating new fuels into its business and updating its refineries with newer, environmentally friendly technology.

Embracing the digital revolution

The digital revolution is here, and the oil and gas industry is finally catching up and embracing the new technologies available.

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