CFATS & Act of 2014: Improving Chemical Facility Safety & Security

At this year’s Gas Processors Association Conference, we attended many forums discussing safety and risk mitigation in the oil and gas industry. During the Pipeline Safety Forum, we had the chance to listen to the Chief of Policy and Rulemaking at the Department of Homeland Security, Amy Graydon, speak on the latest CFATS Act of 2014 and Executive Order: EO13650. While orders like these are not yet mandatory for all high-risk facilities, those who participate in these programs are setting the stage for the rest of the industry.

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Industry News: How to Reenergize the Oil Industry, Shell Shakes Things Up

Shell’s plans to acquire the BG Group have many wondering what’s to come. Will this pact inspire copycat deals? How will they face modern challenges in operations in Argentina, Brazil and beyond? Learn how the two companies with such long histories will face today’s modern challenges. In other oil and gas news, Forbes gives some advice on how to reenergize the hard hit oil and gas industry. We also learn that US still remains the largest producer of oil and gas, according to US Energy Information Administration estimates. In automation news, the emergence of human detection sensors could have big implications for transportation and industrial automation. It could help in leaps and bounds for things like pedestrian and bystander detection, collision avoidance, intrusion detection, fire safety and energy management. What other implications are there? Find out in this week’s industry new round-up.

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Current Loops: 4-20 mA Overview, Benefits & Fixing Loop Malfunctions

All over the internet, people are asking about current loops. What does a current loop look like? Why is it malfunctioning? What can I do to prevent it from breaking or maybe breaking again? Current loops are fundamental to most process control systems, and also one of elements that most often breaks down. But in spite of their ubiquity, there is a general lack of information available for the people responsible for designing, commissioning and maintaining control environments. It is essential that we learn current loop fundamentals, benefits and practical use cases. The more we know, the better we can remedy any failures that are bound to arise.

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Industry News: Oil & Gas Discovery, A New London Office & Cyber Security Metrics

Spring means an abundance of new things. In this week’s industry news, we welcome the new Cimation office across the pond in jolly old London town! There has also been a new discovery of oil and gas in an offshore area of the Falkland Islands, but is everything coming up roses? Only time will tell if there’ll be tensions over the disputed ownership. In cyber security news, a recent survey says that 60 percent of oil and gas companies do not have an incident response plan in place despite growing concerns. (Surely that doesn’t include you!) Also, find out the top identity and access metrics to help you manage breach risks.

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Cimation Opens London Office, Focuses on Cyber Security

[FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE] Cimation, an engineering and operations consulting company, is proud to announce the opening of its London office, its seventh office and first overseas. Cimation UK expands the organization’s delivery capabilities to the European market by focusing on delivering cyber security solutions to global energy companies, including oil and gas, refining, chemical, power, utilities, and storage businesses.

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Top 5 Mistakes to Avoid in Your Enhanced Production Audit Program

The Enhanced Production Audit Program declarations deadline is quickly approaching April 1st, and we know many operators have been working their tails off to meet the Alberta Energy Regulator requirements. But with deadlines looming, it can be easy to overlook important details. In this post, we’ve listed some of the common mistakes to avoid when it comes to the AER’s Enhanced Production Audit Program and things to keep in mind as you prepare your EPAP declaration.

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Industry News: Drilling Activity to Rebound & Worst Sports-Related Passwords

March Madness is upon us and while many sports fans’ brackets have already taken a beating, to add insult to injury, attackers are targeting sports-themed passwords. It's passwords like, "baseball," and "football," that have made it onto Splash Data's top 10 most common passwords list. In other cyber security news, the House Intelligence Committee unveiled a bipartisan bill making it easier for private companies to share cyber-threat information with the government to thwart attacks by hackers. In oil and gas news, reports show that drilling activity is to rebound in 2016. Also, discover the most challenging oil and gas projects in the world. You might already know a few! Lastly, find out how an Amazon robot contest may accelerate warehouse automation in this week’s industry news round-up.

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Crude Oil Storage: Has the U.S. Reached Capacity?

Yet another surprise in the energy industry has many talking: It seems the United States is producing so much oil from domestic exploration and production that we are running out of places to store it. This lack of storage could not only drive oil prices even lower in the upcoming months, but could also have a severe effect on the oil and gas industry, especially in areas of the United States that are dependent on oil and gas trade. Learn more about the state of storage, the effects of storage inflation and whose pressure levels are rising along with the crude.

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Industry News: Will Oil Prices Impact Cyber Security Spending?

We have seen the collapse in oil prices prompt many companies to reduce capital and operating expenditures. Now the question on many a mind is whether these cutbacks will affect cyber security spending. And if so, would it be a wise decision? As the energy sector tops Homeland Security’s list of industries under cyber attack, is it unwise to compromise security and other safeguards? In other security news, discover the top 10 ways to measure the effectiveness of your IT security program. Finally, find out the latest DOI ruling on federal fracking standards in this week’s industry news round up.

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Industry News: Cyber Security on the Big Screen, Drones For Oil & Gas

It looks like many leaders in the oil and gas industry are calling for a change. From increased energy policies to lifting antiquated bans on exports, gain insight on why these leaders are speaking up. Then, discover why GE is in for a “crude” awakening. And who says no one in Hollywood understands cyber security? Learn which movie has been inspiring future computer scientists.  Also, how will drones and NASA technology benefit the oil and gas industry? Find out in this week’s industry news round-up!

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