Production & SCM

New membrane technology could reduce carbon emissions and energy intensity associated with refining crude oil. Georgia Tech Associate Professor Ryan Lively shows a module containing the new membrane material, while Professor M.G. Finn holds vials containing some of the other polymers used in this study. Courtesy: Christopher Moore, Georgia Tech
Oil and Gas July 20, 2020

Membrane technology to cut emissions, energy use in oil refining

Membrane technology developed by researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Imperial College London and ExxonMobil could reduce carbon emissions and energy intensity associated with refining crude oil.

By John Toon
Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, demonstrated a novel fabrication method for affordable gas membranes that can remove carbon dioxide from industrial emissions. Courtesy: Zhenzhen Yang/UT
Energy Management July 17, 2020

Carbon-loving materials designed to reduce industrial emissions

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, are advancing gas membrane materials to expand practical technology options for reducing industrial carbon emissions produced by fossil fuel industries.

By Ashley C. Huff
3D reservoir models predict the amount of oil in shale wells, but they are usually very complicated and slow. Courtesy: Dharmesh Patel/Texas A&M Engineering
Oil and Gas June 25, 2020

Oil forecasting technique may cut shale operator costs

Texas A&M University researchers have developed an analytical procedure that can be used in spreadsheets to predict the amount of oil and gas that can be recovered from newly drilled wells.

By Vandana Suresh
Oil and Gas June 15, 2020

A slim glimmer of optimism

The pandemic is hitting the oil and gas industry hard, but there are glimmers of hope on the horizon.

By Kevin Parker
Courtesy: US Bolt Manufacturing
Oil and Gas June 3, 2020

The importance of API 20E and API 20F bolting standards

Standard specifies requirements for alloy and carbon steel bolting

By Tom Goin
A team uses Zoom and Ondaka to collaborate on work needing to be done at location. Courtesy: Ondaka
Remote Monitoring April 30, 2020

Conference tools to help oil and gas companies to stay productive working remotely

New technology allows “social distancing” for essential workers in the field, allowing them to understand, plan and coordinate effectively from home.

By Ondaka Team
Offshore energy producing platforms in U.S. waters of the Gulf of Mexico are emitting twice as much methane, a greenhouse gas, than previously thought, according to a study from the University of Michigan. Courtesy: Steve Alvey, University of Michigan Engineering
Oil and Gas April 29, 2020

Offshore oil and gas platforms emitting more methane than thought

University of Michigan researchers found offshore energy platforms in the Gulf of Mexico are emitting more methane than previously thought.

By James Lynch
Courtesy: Steve Rourke, CFE Media
Oil and Gas April 19, 2020

Trade agreement between U.S., China should be reinterpreted for long-term oil and gas value

Rice University experts at the Baker Institute for Public Policy argue in an issue brief that the trade deal with the U.S. and China should be reinterpreted to allow for better long-term benefits relating to oil and gas.

By Avery Ruxer Franklin
Simulation snapshots by Rice University engineers show n-heptane molecules (green) under different degrees of confinement in a polymer matrix of molecules (black), where the high viscosity polymer is a model for immature kerogen. The right panel shows molecules under extreme confinement and the left panel shows molecules that are relatively free. Courtesy: Arjun Valiya Parambathu, Rice University
Oil and Gas April 16, 2020

Tight spaces tip presence of petrochemicals

Rice University researchers reveal the critical role of molecular confinement in interpreting nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), which will lead to better interpretation by the oil and gas industry.

By Mike Williams
Courtesy: OneBridge Solutions
Oil and Gas April 15, 2020

In a time of uncertainty, get a firm grip on operations

How will the technology landscape evolve in the still-to-be-determined “new normal”?

By Tim Edward