If you were to ask the C-suite executives of any major oil & gas corporation what the implications are of measurement inaccuracy throughout the value chain, you are likely to hear some variation on the risk to the P&L. While any oil & gas executive worth his or her salt will keep a keen eye… read more →
Refineries focus on maximizing per-barrel profit margins by changing crude slates and unit operations to maximize the market value of finished products. However, emphasizing these major strategic priorities understates the impact of unit operations and margin incentives as well as potential areas of quality giveaway. Quality giveaway can be defined as any time a refinery… read more →
Capital can take many forms in a refinery. One type of capital outlay sometimes overlooked in a casual consideration is the total stock of hydrocarbons stored in tanks, unit fills, line fills, rolling stock (rail storage), and so on. Larger sized refineries can have anywhere from five to ten million or more barrels on hand… read more →
With declining crude prices putting pressure on refineries, we are seeing a larger-than-average number of refineries choosing to shut down operations, especially those with slimmer margins. What is interesting; however, is that crude demand is remaining relatively constant, and the remaining refineries are showing a consistent volume of crude throughput. These refineries are not; however,… read more →
One of the world’s leading land-based drilling companies experienced much higher maintenance costs in the USA than elsewhere in its global organization. The client wished to improve mean time between failure (MTBF) performance and drive real efficiencies in its maintenance and procurement functions.