United States Strategic Petroleum Reserve Well Pad Aerial View, West Hackberry, Louisiana Photo courtesy of Energy.gov 2019 July-August Downstream 

Salt of the Earth: The U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve

The U.S. SPR (Strategic Petroleum Reserve) is an oil reserve created in response to the 1973-1974 oil embargo. America’s dependence on OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) revealed the extent to which those countries could potentially influence United States foreign policy. Over the decades, U.S. energy consumption and production has changed. Today, the reasons the United States uses the… Read More
Policymakers Increasingly Intolerant of Criminal Activity Targeting Critical Infrastructure #OilmanNEWS Downstream Midstream Oil and Gas News Texas Upstream 

Policymakers Increasingly Intolerant of Criminal Activity Targeting Critical Infrastructure

In recent years, we’ve watched as environmental activists have adopted more aggressive tactics designed to block the development of infrastructure projects that benefit our nation, at times even taking destructive and violent action to stop the construction of pipeline systems and other oil and gas facilities in the United States. Demonstrations against the Keystone XL Pipeline and the Dakota Access… Read More
Israel will emerge as gas exporter in Eastern Mediterranean region by mid-2020s #OilmanNEWS Downstream Oil and Gas News 

Israel Will Emerge as Gas Exporter in Eastern Mediterranean Region by Mid-2020s

Israel has gone through an energy production revolution owing to discoveries of natural gas resources such as the Tamar and Leviathan fields over the past decade. Against this backdrop, the country’s gas production will significantly exceed demand and it will emerge as a gas exporter in the Eastern Mediterranean region by mid-2020s, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.… Read More
AMC Fireproofing Yard 2019 May-June Downstream Safety 

Transforming Fireproofing in the Downstream

In the event of a hydrocarbon plant fire, unprotected structural steel will only last a few minutes before it collapses. Whether it is a pipe rack or vessels, heat could lead to the catastrophic collapse of the structure, making it crucial to protect it. Various fireproofing systems have been utilized over many years to protect these steel structures. Surprisingly, there… Read More
The Role of Technology in Sustainable Long-Term Cost Reduction Initiatives #OilmanNEWS Business Downstream Fullstream Midstream Oil and Gas News Technology Upstream 

The Role of Technology in Sustainable Long-Term Cost Reduction Initiatives

Among the most important challenges being faced by the oil and gas industry nowadays is the growing complexity of their supply chains. This is due to the ever-growing consolidation of their networks alongside greater levels of dependence on 3rd parties all across their value chains. All of these challenges have brought forward the ultimate nemesis for the oil and gas… Read More
Oil & Gas Exploration Continues to Drive the Economy #OilmanNEWS Business Downstream Fullstream Investments Oil and Gas News Upstream 

Battling the Problem of Aging Infrastructure and Regulatory Compliance

It is no secret that infrastructure in the oil and gas industry isn’t getting any younger. Climate change, urbanization, migration, and population growth put further strain on the assets that are required to deliver energy. With aging infrastructure come certain risks. This can be in terms of poor compliance with environmental laws or even a potential failure to abide by… Read More
North America is expected to add around 265 mtpa of LNG liquefaction capacity in 2023 #OilmanNEWS Downstream Oil and Gas News 

North America is Expected to Add Around 265 mtpa of LNG Liquefaction Capacity in 2023

North America will be the major contributor to the growth of global liquefied natural gas (LNG) liquefaction capacity between 2019 and 2023, accounting for around 72% of the total global capacity from planned and announced projects, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. The company’s report: ‘H1 2019 Global Capacity and Capital Expenditure Outlook for LNG Liquefaction Terminals… Read More
Natural Gas Generates the Most Electricity #OilmanNEWS Alex Mills Contributors Downstream Oil and Gas News 

Natural Gas Generates the Most Electricity

Natural gas continues its streak as the leading fuel to generate electricity across the U.S. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports natural gas accounted for 62 percent of the new utility-scale additions in 2018 followed by wind with 21 percent and solar photovoltaic with 16 percent. Overall, 31.3 gigawatts (GW) of generating capacity was added last year, which had the… Read More
Corrosion Control in Hydrocarbon Facilities 2019 March-April Downstream 

Corrosion Control in Hydrocarbon Facilities

This article focuses on the corrosion control techniques to be applied in hydrocarbon facilities and its implementation by proper materials selection and requirements for new project installations. This includes flow lines, production lines inside process facilities including all associated utility pipelines. The primary objective for establishing appropriate corrosion control strategies and materials selection is to ensure the safe and profitable… Read More
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