Role of Automation Growing in Midstream and Downstream Operations
Thanks in large part to a burgeoning demand for automation technology in the oil and gas industry, the global automation control market is expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 7% from 2013 to 2017.
The role of robotics and automation systems in both onshore and offshore operations has become even more important in recent months as producers and oilfield service providers look to improve efficiency in order to offset shrinking profits caused by slumping oil prices.
Although the drilling sector has perhaps been the most affected by the industry’s push toward improved IT infrastructure and more advanced control systems, the midstream and downstream markets have experience a widespread transformation as well. At processing facilities, the demand for both data collection and interpretation is larger than it has ever been. As a result, the use of metering systems, DeltaV programming, PLC programming, HMI development, and ESD systems has grown immensely. The role of SCADA systems, DCS programming, flow computers, and rotating equipment controls has also increased as companies strive to cut plant downtime, boost throughput, and maximize profits.
Citing the need to upgrade aging terminals that have reached the end of their useful life, along with a growing interest from owners and operators to optimize oil and gas transmission operations, the terminal automation market has also seen significant growth in recent years and is expected to reach $4.4 billion by 2020.
Audubon maintains a full staff of experienced control engineers and automation specialists who provide complete conceptual design, installation and ongoing maintenance for a wide range of midstream infrastructure. Automation teams work closely with engineering groups to complete projects and create a collaborative work environment, thus allowing for a high degree of quality control on all deliverables.