Upstream, Midstream and Downstream

Upstream, Midstream and Downstream We have all heard the terms Upstream, Midstream and Downstream, but what do they really mean in the petroleum industry? The Upstream oil sector is also commonly known as the exploration and production (E&P) sector. The upstream sector includes the searching for potential underground or underwater crude oil and natural gas fields, drilling of exploratory wells, and subsequently drilling and operating the wells that recover and bring the crude oil and/or raw natural gas to the surface. The Midstream sector involves the transportation (by pipeline, rail, barge, or…

Continue reading »

New innovation ideas for drilling in the Arctic

New innovation ideas for drilling in the Arctic Wouldn’t it be great if we could prevent icebergs damaging sub sea pipelines? Or safety procedure tailored to meet specific needs of our operators out there? A model for safe and reliable Arctic operations Christian Juel Adamsen, Carsten Stegelmann and Johannes Petersen received first prize for an idea which centers on establishing a set of procedures which will ensure that safety, reliability and risks are uncovered systematically in the early design phase of Arctic projects. The aim…

Continue reading »

Fracking goes water less?

Fracking is firmly entrenched in the United States as energy companies explore for oil and gas in new areas, and areas previously thought to be nearly depleted from an economic standpoint. And while there are other forms of fracking available, hydraulic fracturing – fracking with water. This can also lead to problems as droughts are affecting North America and everywhere around the world, there is shortage of water. For example,  it takes about 7.5 million gallons of water to frack a well in Eagle Ford shale Specifically…

Continue reading »

Becoming an Offshore Oil Rig Operator

Becoming an Offshore Oil Rig Operator Working on an offshore oil rig is physically demanding, dirty and stressful, but the money is good and the food is great! Shifts are usually 12 hours or longer depending on the job and  the environment is hot and loud. Relatively few offshore rig workers have college degrees, but the majority have extensive industry experience from time spent working on land-based rigs before moving offshore. New oilfield workers typically participate in an extended training or apprenticeship program to learn…

Continue reading »