The Race to Net-Zero:

How the Oil & Gas Industry is Facing Energy Challenges with IIoT

There’s certainly never a dull moment in the Oil & Gas industry, is there? Right now, in fact, it’s facing unparalleled challenges in terms of meeting/exceeding business objectives while also transitioning towards the energy needs of the future. For organizations looking to establish sustainable climate strategies and meet de-carbonization targets, it is vital to incorporate accelerated digital transformation initiatives. Let’s take a look at one of the more pressing Oil & Gas challenges: achieving net-zero operations (dun dun dun).

Accelerate the Energy Transition with IIoT  

According to the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change, ‘Net zero’ refers to achieving an overall balance between emissions produced and emissions taken out of the atmosphere. In the last year a host of countries have committed to significantly cutting their carbon emissions, but that won’t be possible without some big changes to the oil & gas industry. Many supermajors are already on board, with more and more industry players regularly jumping on board.

In order to deal with the rising pressure to reach net-zero operations” and move towards greener initiativesthe industrneeds to resolve many challenges at different levels, as pointed out in the World Energy Outlook special report. 

“No energy company will be unaffected by clean energy transitions. Every part of the industry needs to consider how to respond. Doing nothing is simply not an option.” – Dr Fatih Birol, IEA Executive Director

The Oil and Gas Industry in Energy Transitions – Analysis – IEA

The report points out that the demand for energy is not reducing with a growing world population. And although the overall energy consumption has dropped due to COVID-19, this will only be temporary. To achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement, Oil & Gas companies need focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from their operations and business models:  

 “As of today, 15% of global energy-related GHG emissions come from the process of getting oil and gas out of the ground and to consumers. Reducing methane leaks to the atmosphere is the single most important and cost-effective way for the industry to bring down these emissions.”

The industry already has many of the tools needed to address operational challenges, but often they aren’t scalable or uniformly adopted across the organization. Companies adopting new technologies are finding it easier to face these new challenges head-on. Data availability, geographical differences, and asset disparity be damned! These companies are finding that for many of these energy-related opportunities, digitalization and self-service advanced analytics is helping to accelerate the needed transitions. They can use real time-based analytics to immediately analyze data to make data-driven decisions for improving plant performance and reliability. But there are more ways to contribute to Net-Zero Operations, such as using renewables in operations, reducing flaring and venting Co2, improving operational efficiency and others.   

Today, data is gathered within each business process, in all formats, and sometimes for unknown purposes. With the growing collection of data, cost reduction for storage, and increasing power of software tools and platforms, we will see new emerging trends in advanced analytics for the industrial manufacturing process industries.

The industry has created three categories to classify their emissions sources, with each featuring its own challenges and solutions. Image courtesy of Infosys.

Our Oil & Gas Digital Event Took Place on Thursday, March 25 

We’re keeping the conversation going.

Digital solutions are available that will not only help your organization transition towards a net-zero operational environment, but also help you ensure maximum asset availability, increase resource efficiency, and reduce costs. During our free digital event on March 25, 2021, we demonstrated how. 

Demos from our team of experts and use case presentations from successful customers were explored. Industry professionals learned how to launch a scalable, user-friendly data analytics platform that will allow companies to continuously improve the operational excellence of Oil & Gas assets, while also meeting decarbonization targets.