Accurate measurement in oil and gas: the importance of calibration

The Oil & Gas Industry often operates in hostile and hazardous locations. Maintaining equipment in these environments is essential for effective production and reduced risk, while the regular calibration of equipment helps guard against incorrect measurement. Inaccuracy can lead to large financial losses at the exploration, production and distribution stages and significantly impact on-site safety.…

China takes second place in LNG imports

China has surpassed South Korea to become the world’s second-largest importer of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). The country imported 38.1 million tonnes of LNG in 2017, increasing 50 per cent from the previous year and edging ahead of South Korea’s 37.6 million. While Japan still leads as the biggest importer at 83.6 million tonnes, China’s…

Cloud computing is disrupting the Oil & Gas Industry

The Oil & Gas Industry has been a leader in information technology since the 1960s, when British Petroleum (BP) was mapping oil reservoirs in Alaska using state-of-the-art computers. The trend has continued today – two of the current leading super computers are owned by oil and gas companies. While the Oil & Gas Industry has…

Africa’s booming natural gas market

When compared to the rest of the world, Africa is a relatively small producer of oil and gas – accounting for just nine per cent of the world’s oil output and less than six per cent of gas production. However, this year it is predicted that Africa will experience a major boost in its natural…

How long will the natural gas boom last?

In the United States natural gas has overtaken coal as the number one source of electricity. Worldwide the story is the same. China is fighting to meet rising natural gas demand while Korea and Japan are among the world’s biggest importers of the fossil fuel. Despite this, the future of natural gas remains uncertain. More…

NASA solves methane mystery

Since 2006, methane emissions have risen by 25 teragrams (a unit of weight so large that NASA notes you would need more than 200,000 elephants to equal one teragram) every year. To date researchers have been unable to pinpoint the cause of the increase but a new study from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has…

LNG: what is boil-off gas and what does it do?

Global natural gas consumption increased 1.4 per cent last year and was the fastest-growing fossil fuel, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). Despite its growth, natural gas has presented one major challenge for the Oil & Gas Industry – it has a lower density compared to traditional fuels, making it difficult to transport. The…

The technology behind LNG

The first person to liquify methane – the primary component in natural gas – was Polish scientist Karol Olszewski, opening the door for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in 1886. More than a century of steady innovation followed, helping to develop the processes that enable today’s 258 million tonnes of LNG to be distributed every year.…