• Posts Tagged ‘Oil&Gas’

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    The next industrial revolution may be zooming around just above our heads. From maximizing crop yields to inspecting wind turbines and checking insurance claims, the increasing capability, affordability and availability of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, is set to radically change the way many companies do...

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    With hazards ranging from vehicle collisions to explosions and fire, oil and gas companies employ different tools to improve safety.   Cooperation on safety issues transcends competition, says Chris Hawkes, safety director of the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP). As is true of any industrial...

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    Located in Russia, the Prirazlomnaya Platform is the first Arctic-class ice-resistant oil platform in the world, with an extraction capacity of 70 million barrels a year. The platform can resist extreme conditions—ice, corrosion, humidity—and offers 90 days of autonomous operation in case of bad weather. This...

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    Watch our video.The 4-8X Dual ATEX Drone by Xamen Technologies is the world’s first ATEX-certified drone specifically designed to perform in hazardous environments where there is significant risk of fire and explosion. Built primarily of carbon, the eight wooden propellers prevent electrostatic sparks. The drone is...

    The days of easy oil and gas are over. The future of offshore oil recovery now lies in the ocean depths, down to 3,000 meters, and even beyond. But accessing ultra deep-water reserves necessitates advanced technologies designed for extreme conditions. This interactive infographic presents some of the latest...

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    If the new boom in shale fracking is to become cost-effective and environmentally sustainable, the industry must find new ways to save water.     How to reduce fresh water usage—as well as treat and reuse water from shale production —is one of the greatest challenges facing the onshore oil and gas industry,...

    From 3D laser mapping to identifying pipeline corrosion and checking well pads, refineries and chemical plants, the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) is on the rise, both onshore and off.   Drones get bad press. They’re often seen only as weapons of war or as a potential danger to aircraft. However, they are...

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    From planning and maintenance to equipment deployment, oil well inefficiencies are wide-ranging and require diverse solutions. Low oil prices have resulted in cost-cutting, but efficiency requires investment in new technologies and big data.   Last year GE Intelligent Platforms Software announced a new production...

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    Norwegian oil company Statoil, in collaboration with the Scottish government and other partners, has launched Batwind, a battery storage solution for offshore wind energy. A 1 MW lithium battery—with the same capacity as 2 million smartphones—and 5 floating wind turbines will be installed at the Scottish Hywind farm....

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    Everyday life is full of objects that originated in space: The composite structures on commercial aircraft flying today, UV-blocking sunglasses and shock-absorbing footwear were all first created for the space shuttle. Smartphone technology also comes from space—it was work done at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory...

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