The top oil and gas producers – and what makes them different

Working with a major North Sea oil and gas provider, we see close-up what it takes to make them different. When you work on-site and behind the scenes, exploring how to deploy flow computers, you observe up close how they continue to excel in a highly competitive field. There are evident qualities of the top oil and gas producers that are worthy of some consideration. Here we explore the main players. Shell Shell is a leading player in the North Sea and has been for 50 years. The first answer to the question: what makes them different, is probably longevity.Read more

Why the oil and gas sector needs a stable world economy to survive

Most industrial sectors require a stable world economy to thrive. Certainty provides a foundation from which long-term vision and strategy can be actioned, with limited impact from external threat. As oil and energy is a commodity, the oil and gas sector is particularly vulnerable to fluctuations in the world economy. Introduction of uncertainty can threaten the survival of company projects, and in some cases threaten entire organisations. A symbiotic relationship The stability of the political and economic world is influenced by oil and gas; its impact on conflict across the globe is well-documented. However, oil and gas also rely onRead more

Oil and Gas: a sector where politics drives prices

The decisions of politicians impact many sectors of the economy. The banking sector, for instance, has long since dealt with government regulation and intervention. Therefore, the oil and gas sector cannot say it is victimised or claim to be a unique economic ecosystem. However, the impact of politics on the fluctuations in the price of oil and gas is a factor that can offer opportunity, but it can also offer risk. The importance of political decision making on the oil and gas prices make it a worthy topic for discussion and exploration. Here we explore the overarching issues worth considering.Read more

What are the tailwinds and headwinds for oil and gas in 2019?

As we enter the new year, the best of us are seeking to predict what will drive us forward and what will hold us back in 2019. Here we present a possible vision for this coming year and how the oil and gas sector might respond. Tailwind: Improved technology will drive rationalisation of the workforce The lower workforce costs attributed to the improvement in technology is likely to be a major tailwind in 2019. Of course, the influence of technology – with Big Data and the Internet of Things – has served to rationalise processes over the past few years.Read more

How the global component shortage is affecting ExiFlow

The global shortage of electronic components is impacting every electronics manufacturer across the globe, causing unavoidable production delays for many of their customers. It’s an issue which is set to continue into next year and it may well take until the end of 2019 for component manufacturers to catch up with demand. As one of those customers, we thought we’d take a look further into what the implications of the global component shortage are for ExiFlow. Causes of the electronic component shortage The principal cause of the electronic component shortage is a global surge in the use of technology andRead more

Why collaboration across the oil and gas sector is so important

The oil and gas sector is a sprawling industry. The length and breadth of the supply chain is mind-blowing. With the pressure on prices and the reluctance of the consumer to bear the weight of increased costs, the time has come when collaboration is the only way to ensure effective and efficient delivery. Here we explore the main arguments for greater integration and cooperation across the supply chain and potentially between competing entities. We are bloated and overweight From exploration, to drilling, to production, to logistics – there is company after company in a supply chain that goes on beyondRead more

The Digital Technology Revolution

Another revolution… really? There are probably too many revolutions happening in the oil and gas sector – the information revolution, the environmental revolution… and more. Is it hyperbole to suggest there is a revolution in the use of digital technology? Yet, there are some commentators that go so far as to suggest that digital technology will be the saviour of the sector. Big talk. So, the key question is: what evidence is there to support this view that AI, cloud computing and connectivity, and robotics could rejuvenate a sector under pressure? The problem we face The oil and gas sectorRead more

The current state of shale

The shale industry is impacted by the levels of oil production in other areas. When oil demand is satisfied easily then the prices go down. This is a truth about the oil industry full stop – whether it is shale or traditional oil exploration and production. However, this is not the first question that needs to be asked about shale. The first question that anyone looking on at the shale industry would ask is: why are the prices per barrel so much lower for shale? Global oil reached a robust price of $70 to $80 a barrel recently – butRead more

What are the environmental responsibilities of oil and gas?

Does the oil and gas sector face an existential threat? There is a natural inclination in the press and in political circles to paint the oil and gas sector as an enemy of the environment. Companies such as Exxon Mobil, BP, Adnoc and Saudi Aramco are all seen as the villain bringing about global climate change and the destruction of habitats. From this position the oil and gas companies could easily be said to face an existential threat. All efforts, scientifically and politically, seem focused on finding alternative fuels, primarily renewables but also nuclear. However, the immense global energy requirementsRead more

The role and challenge of Big Data in the Oil & Gas Sector

The problem of Big Data The oil and gas sector is no different to any other industry – it is overwhelmed by more analytics than it can possibly cope with. Big Data may seem like a term coined in management conferences – but, in reality, it is as much of a challenge to oil and gas as elsewhere. The rewards that might come from harnessing its potential are high – but so are the difficulties in making this a reality. The exploration, production and delivery of oil and gas supplies is complex. The Big Data produced might not be theRead more