This is the first
installment in a series of blog posts on the oil and gas industry. It will explore
topics such as data delivery, trends in the industry and the evolution of oil
and gas networks.
articles about the energy outlook from international oil companies (BP
as examples) indicate that energy demand will continue to grow because as the
world’s economy expands, more energy will be needed to fuel higher levels of
activity and living standards. Energy outlook publications show another
important factor to consider: how this growth in demand will be curbed by
faster gains in energy efficiency.
oil and gas vertical market leads the world in technological innovation and productivity in different areas,
including its endless demand for capacity and bandwidth. Building out and
maintaining network capacity requires a solid foundation in the communications
layer, including the physical layer, but requires spending capital with
increased operating expenses in the future.
is no doubt that the oil and gas market
is evolving in regards to telecommunications.
It is developing in three environments:
(also known as the exploration and production sector, or E&P) –
exploratory wells drilled to bring crude oil and/or raw natural gas to the
- Midstream –
the transportation, storage and wholesale of crude or refined petroleum
products from production sites to refineries, or straight to customers
like public utilities.
– the refining of petroleum crude oil and the processing and purifying of raw natural gas.
It also serves as the distribution of products derived from crude
oil and natural gas.
Real-time data acquisition and delivery are always
needed, as is getting more bandwidth to support critical operations.
data demand is driven by several factors, including people in field and remote
offices having constant connectivity to access
consumer data. This is driving the oil and gas market to re-think
production services, transport services and delivery to markets. Meanwhile,
manufacturers continue to pursue
innovation with faster end-to-end
solutions that simply stimulate oil and gas users’ data acquisition and
delivery to sustain critical operations.
question is not how to re-think all services within the oil and gas vertical
market, but what trends in the next years will shape how this vertical will
evolve? Let’s consider some of the challenges facing the oil and gas industry
and safety environments
on capital investments
Price puzzle, restraint and the decrease
in capital investments are two of the largest concerns to sustainable oil and
gas development. The constant energy demand for efficiency is the most
immediate challenge that international oil companies, operators, pipeline and
service companies face today and in the future. The oil and gas vertical market’s
next step is network evolution to address these situations.
this problem requires solutions that are simple but also scalable and flexible to support
on their first deployment. This will maximize their return
on investment before ripping-and-replacing layers of technology as new waves of
capabilities become available.
my next post, I will discuss the evolution of oil and gas networks, the
challenge of evolution for network owners, and how CommScope is viewed as a valuable
partner for their networks.