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5G is the future of oil and gas industry

5G is the future of oil and gas industry

Offshore and Processing

The oil and gas industry is under immense pressure to deliver on their commitment to reduce their CO2 footprint and reach net zero emissions. Whilst migrating portfolios to renewable energy production; accelerating end of life for legacy equipment and investing in carbon mitigation technologies and trading offsets, digitalization plays a key role in the future of oil and gas industry.

Powering a safer, smarter, more secure energy future

The oil and gas industry is rapidly changing. 

Watch this one minute video to see how energy businesses are leveraging Ericsson's private networks solutions to:

  • Streamline operations and optimize production
  • Ensure worker safety with real-time monitoring and remote intervention
  • Embrace advanced use cases like remote operations, asset tracking, and video analytics

Explore how private 5G can transform your business, today.

Ericsson's cellular technology is empowering offshore and processing companies to:

Create agility

by efficiently adapting and responding to change, whenever and wherever you need to

Advanced operations

by increasing efficiencies of cost, output and energy, and improving worker safety with operational technology

Unlock intelligence

with real-time data-driven insights to monitor the safety of workers and the health of equipment

In the spotlight

Explore how private cellular is key to achieving smarter oil and gas operations

The report explores real-life use cases on how 5G cellular technology powers cost efficiencies, increases worker safety and sustainability and optimizes operations.

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Telecommunications and Safety

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Create agility

When oil and gas facilities deploy private cellular networks, reduced downtime and increased productivity make for an overall more cost-effective and efficient operation.

Cellular’s enhanced connectivity allows for the real-time monitoring of the condition and performance of critical assets. Operators can detect when equipment is at risk of damage or malfunction, allowing optimal productivity and output levels. High bandwidth connectivity also means more agility, which offers:

  • Next level 5G performance connectivity
  • Access to real-time data
  • Data analysis and data-driven insights for full optimization
  • A fully digitalized ecosystem of IT and OT, with cellular connectivity as the glue linking it all
  • Self-managing, self-maintenance and optimizing its own production with connectivity and Artificial Intelligence

Use case

Reduce unplanned downtime

On average, oil and gas producers experience 32 hours of unplanned downtime every month, costing a single facility $220,000 an hour and $84 million annually.2

Today, 70% of companies lack the awareness of when assets are due for maintenance.

By applying asset condition monitoring to pumps and compressors, maintenance sessions can be reduced by 25%, as well as unplanned downtime by 32%. It also extends the life of equipment by 25%.

Advanced operations

Safety, productivity, and efficiency are three areas operators are always seeking to improve. Private cellular networks can help by increasing the electrification and automation of critical assets and processes. But also, it can help workers with devices and wearables, which make their jobs easier, faster to complete and safer. While also reducing operational spend by making the workforce more capable and, therefore, productive.

Use case

Connected safe worker

Using mobile device-accessible schematics and plans combined with features like push-to-video will make workers more efficient both on and offsite. After all, a digitally enabled workforce is 8.5% more productive and reduces loss from health and safety incidents by 48%.

Overall, companies experience an 8% reduction in operational spend due to the increased effectiveness of a digitally enhanced worker.

Unlock intelligence

Data analysis can determine the difference between a rig making a profit or becoming a financial burden. But facilities must be configured to produce data and then collected securely and efficiently.

Thankfully, because of cellular connectivity’s ability to bring information home precisely and accurately, soon, we will see the end of putting human life at risk to gather data and inspect sites.

Use case

More data for better safety

Conducting manual site inspections of oil platforms is one of the most hazardous tasks in the industry. The process is time-consuming and results in downtime and loss of production. It also exposes humans to dangerous conditions.

High-resolution video drones can easily perform these tasks with much more precision and accuracy and remove humans from potential danger. However, drones require highly reliable and high-bandwidth connectivity to accommodate flight orders and send high-quality imagery and analyses. Only cellular can provide the performance and reliability needed to support them.

Drones can reduce inspection times by 90% and downtime costs caused by manual inspections by 65%. Health and safety incidents also decrease, resulting in 35% less cost to the operator.

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