Gas flaring in Nigeria – a new strategy

Following on from our previous blog on gas flaring in Nigeria, the country has announced new plans to reduce routine flaring. According to the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Africa’s largest oil and gas producer is flaring eight billion cubic metres of gas per year – losing approximately $10 billion of revenue annually. If flare…

Transforming oil and gas production through technology

Digital technologies could boost the volume of oil and gas produced globally by five per cent, while reducing costs by ten per cent, according to the International Energy Agency. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is at the forefront of this digital disruption, introducing new ways to manage data and machinery in the Oil & Gas Industry. A…

India: a natural gas re-birth?

For the first time in six years India’s natural gas production has grown. Gas output rose to 32,649 Million Standard Cubic Meters (MMSCM) this year, largely driven by onshore production. A turbulent past Until this year India had seen a 32 per cent decline in domestic gas production since 2011, matched by an increased reliance…

Flaring in the Bakken Region

Beneath North Dakota lies the Bakken Formation, a region holding vast reserves of oil that used to be difficult to reach. Until 2008, North Dakota was unable to produce more than 100,000 barrels per day (BPD). However advances in hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling opened up the Formation – by late 2008, North Dakota’s oil…

Accurate measurement: 4-20ma vs Modbus

Measurement devices in the Oil & Gas Industry deliver crucial information by communicating across multiple devices. This is made possible by protocols – a system of rules that allow two or more parts of a system to transmit data. Today, Modbus is the most popular industrial protocol, but the Oil & Gas Industry still often…

Modbus: what is the protocol for flare gas meters?

In the Oil & Gas Industry, sensors and control systems work together to ensure facilities run smoothly. Accurate communication is essential for safety and productivity, and without the ability for different devices to speak to each other this infrastructure is lost. Central to maintaining a strong communications net are protocols – a system of rules…

Flare gas calibration: standards and traceability

The Oil & Gas Industry operates in hostile and hazardous locations. Maintaining equipment is essential, while regular calibration helps guard against incorrect measurement. The calibration process involves a comparison between the readings taken from a device and an industry standard. This standard is a pre-determined measurement that is decided as an ideal for the calibrated…

Zero point calibration: what is it and why is it important?

In the Oil & Gas Industry there are three main reasons for calibrating instruments: to determine their accuracy; to ensure readings are consistent with other measurements and to establish overall reliability. Calibration is a comparison between a known measurement – the standard – and the measurement presented by a working instrument. Building a baseline: zero…