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Optimizing the Hydrocarbon Value Chain

Overview Refining companies have a multitude of lucrative coordination opportunities in their efforts to turn hydrocarbon resources into finished products.  In recent years, refiners have suffered with skills shortages, where crucial skillsets left the organization. At the same time, there has been a proliferation of data that makes decision-making more complicated, and after constant reorganization, the… read more →

ESG in Oil & Gas & The Road Ahead

In the previous blogs in this series, we discussed how environmental issues are a key consideration when investors and lenders evaluate the performance of energy companies in ESG. The leading environmental issue facing the O&G sector today is greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, which are generated at every step in the production, processing, delivery, refining, and… read more →

Gasoline Blending Optimization using Spectroscopic Analyzing Techniques

The use of spectroscopic analyzing techniques in refinery process control, especially gasoline blending, is a fairly common practice in the industry. The technology to use Near-Infra Red (NIR), RAMAN, or Fourier-Transform Near-Infra Red (FTNIR or FTIR) to fine-tune component ratio, ensure meeting specification and minimize quality giveaway has been around for decades, but is this… read more →

ESG Drives Oil & Gas M&A Activity

Concerning production, the recent increase in rig count has been driven by private E&Ps, not only to enable them to benefit from higher crude oil prices but to make themselves more attractive takeover targets. In contrast, many publicly held E&Ps are facing ESG-related pressures from investors and have reined in their capital spending, returning more money… read more →

Surrogating Online Analyzers With A Real-Time Arithmetic Prediction

Online analyzers can be an effective instrument in providing real-time information for refineries to monitor their current performance in terms of unit operations, blending, emission, etc. While being very useful in providing valuable information – they can also be expensive, time-consuming to maintain, and inaccurate. These days, a lot of technical solutions are proposed to… read more →

Growth On The Horizon For Energy Sector With Soaring Crude Prices

In 2020, the combination of a huge run-up in crude supplies fueled by the Shale Revolution and the COVID-induced severe crude oil demand destruction, resulted in negative crude prices (WTI was trading at close to -38 $/B). At the time, the cliché of “nowhere to go but up” was precise and appropriate. It was a matter… read more →

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