Oil & Gas Engineering is about how IT-based automation and computerization transform operations, increasing reliability and optimizing productivity in the oil & gas industry – from petroleum to petrochemicals. Oil & Gas Engineering targets engineers, operators, and technicians responsible for business-critical functions, technologies, and processes, from the wellhead to the refinery or the petro-chemical plant.
The United States is the world’s top oil and natural gas hydrocarbons producer. It has been top producer of natural gas since 2009 and top producer of petroleum hydrocarbons since 2013, the U.S. Energy Information Administration says. In fact, oil production in the U.S. doubled from 2008 to 2016.
This rapid capacity expansion, at a time of constrained oil and gas prices, goes a long way in explaining why the oil & gas industry has shown sustained and increasing investment in use of emergent, proven technologies as an important means for reducing the cost of producing hydrocarbon resources.
Advances in telematics and embedded control, connectivity, and analytics support the oil & gas industry in its efforts to better monitor and optimize petroleum production and transport. In remote upstream environments and along pipelines, the cloud and mobility are transforming field operations, making SCADA implementations matters of minutes and applying analytics to predictive maintenance.
Natural gas and crude distillates from petroleum refining are used as feedstocks to manufacture a wide variety of petrochemicals, including the basic petrochemicals manufactured by cracking, reforming, and other processes, olefins and aromatics. These base petrochemicals, or products derived from them, along with other raw materials, are converted to a wide range of products. Downstream operations are being transformed by the new North American oil & gas production mix. Planning, scheduling and supply-chain management become key competitive enablers. Digitization of the industry proceeds on many levels.
These are some of the important stories that Oil & Gas Engineering tells.
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