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Mar 19, 2018

How is the use of simulation changing to enhance plant operations?

The use of simulation in the oil and gas industry is nothing new. Such tools have been widespread for more than 25 years, and as technology continues to develop, the level of intelligence of simulation systems has risen. Here, Tim Shire, New Solution Strategy and Launch at KBC, explains how simulation is changing from an occasional engineering tool into a core pillar of daily asset monitoring and a key source of inputs to big data analytics.

Mar 12, 2018

Downstream profitability: IT’s role in downstream refinery operations

In previous years big IT initiatives were oriented primarily to upstream applications where the costs and profits were large enough to justify investments in new technology. However, as computer and control technology advances, information innovations are starting to move into the downstream space. Here, Stephen George, chief economist at KBC, explains innovative IT such as IIoT can have a huge impact on the profitability of downstream refinery operations.

Feb 27, 2018

How are National Oil Companies changing the face of the industry?

National Oil Companies (NOCs) are changing the face of the refining industry. It’s an increasingly profitable market and over the next few years will see new capacity start-ups in Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern and Asian countries. In this era of change, how can oil companies future-proof their current investments and adjust to a new reality where NOCs will forcibly enter markets traditionally dominated by International Oil Companies (IOCs) and traders? What does a world look like with NOCs becoming a dominant oil product market force? Here, KBC chief economists Stephen George and Mark Routt explain how.

Jan 29, 2018

Cloud-based services: Accelerating the decline of in-house knowledge or a means to reverse the trend?

Cloud technologies offer clear business benefits to the energy industry, granting plants access to sophisticated tools and outside expertise that help them resolve customer problems. But is this a case of “too much of a good thing”? How can the energy industry maximize the potential of the cloud while also ensuring that in-house knowledge and training is retained?

Jan 09, 2018

How do refiners address today’s skills gap?

Technology is changing the skillset for today’s refiner. Traditional engineering is still important, but there’s a big cloud-shaped world for the talent of tomorrow to conquer. Here Tim Shire, New Solution Strategy and Launch at KBC, looks at how you can address today’s ever-growing skills gap.

Dec 12, 2017

Don’t start from scratch: Why you should embrace your traditional digital tech

In his last blog, Tim Shire explored how cloud technologies offer real business value to your refinery. Our experience is that once people start using the cloud, a cascade of potential opens and the value grows exponentially. That said, digital technology and analytics sometimes holds out a false promise of replacing some of the difficult decisions and analysis that refiners have to make with a computerized solution. A better approach may be to build on top of what already exists to ensure success.

Nov 13, 2017

The time is now: How to successfully harness new digital technologies in the oil and gas industry

In an article recently featured in Hydrocarbon Engineering magazine, Tim Shire discussed how a wealth of new and powerful digital technologies have been promising great benefits to the oil and gas industry for a number of years. These technologies promise to deliver real business value by allowing objective, real-time decision making, removing uncertainty by enabling assets to be operated at full potential, and providing joined up information quickly and efficiently. But how can new technologies offer real business value? And how you can capitalize on the benefits they have to offer, to turn data into dollars?

Oct 26, 2017

How are big data and cloud technologies shaping future careers in the energy and chemical industry?

The speed of business has been rapidly re-writing the job description of an engineer in the oil and gas industry in recent years. The world is becoming more and more short-term oriented. The proliferation of big data being transmitted in real-time at ever rising velocities has compressed the timelines for decision-making. The pressure to deliver immediate results in terms of safe, reliable and profitable operations has intensified.

Jul 28, 2017

IMO 2020 bunker fuel sulphur cap - the time for oil refiners to act is now

The new IM regulation is the most disruptive change to impact the oil industry in 30 years. Refiners need to assess their options and plan their actions now.

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