The IoT effect: modernising traditional industries

This article originally appeared in Digitalisation World on April 4, 2017 The Internet of Things (IoT) is poised to radically change the way we monitor and measure an almost unlimited number of tasks.  To date consumer applications have included health monitoring through wearable heart monitors, smart controlled appliances in the home and connected security systems in…

What it takes to be an oil and gas service engineer

Eduardo Hurtado is a Regional Manager at Fluenta and an expert in managing onshore and offshore commissioning, maintenance and technology projects in the Americas. Before becoming Regional Manager, Eduardo was a Field Service Engineer (FSE). He ensured Fluenta was compliant with all safety and security regulations, identifying additional training needs and developing safe working procedures…

Zero routine gas flaring – now is the time to act

This article originally appeared in Flow Control on April 3, 2017 A recent International Energy Agency (IEA) report, “CO2 Emissions from Fuel Combustion Highlights,” estimates the energy sector is responsible for more than 40 percent of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Gas flaring is one of the primary contributors to industrial emissions from the sector, and while gas…

Myanmar: the journey to a booming Oil & Gas Industry

Myanmar expects to receive more than $2 billion from its Oil & Gas Industry in 2018-2019. Revenue will primarily come from the country’s offshore gas production – expected to reach more than 635 million standard cubic feet in 2019 – and marks a turning point for a country that has struggled to develop its Oil…

We’re living in a material world

This article first appeared in Engineering Specifier on June 12, 2017 Drilling for crude oil, as well as the production, processing, storage and transportation of energy, inflicts huge stresses and corrosion on the materials used. Acid-bearing fluids can eat into pipelines, sulphur and hydrogen sulphide can induce corrosion and temperatures higher than 1,100°F can damage…

On the right track: routine flaring drops across the globe

Oil production sites across the globe experienced a five per cent decline in gas flaring in 2017, according to new satellite data from The World Bank. The decrease occurred despite a continued uptick in global oil production. An unnecessary waste Gas flaring occurs when natural gas is burned as waste during oil extraction. Largely taking…

Cyber security: the changing threat landscape in oil and gas

This article first appeared in Hydrocarbon Engineering on July 21, 2017 Cyber crime costs the global economy more than US$400 billion per year, according to estimates by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies. With Evraz and Rosneft falling victim to the most recent widespread Petya ransomware attack, the increasingly digitised industry is facing major cyber…

An introduction to explosion proofing in the Oil & Gas Industry

The Oil & Gas Industry often requires employees to operate in hazardous locations. In areas where flammable liquids, gases or vapours or combustible dusts exist in sufficient quantities, safety is the priority. Ensuring operators are continually aware of – and protected from – surrounding dangers is critical. Refineries, plants and offshore facilities are constantly exposed to…

A chemicals industry safety strategy

This article first appeared in Processing Magazine on October 9, 2017 The chemicals industry is demanding improved internal efforts and safeguards from chemical sector companies to reduce operational risk and safety concerns. Central to the modern world’s economy, the chemicals industry converts raw materials into more than 70,000 different products and employs upward of 1.2 million…