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Gexcon and DNV GL collaborate in large-scale dust explosion research

Dust explosionDNV GL has partnered with Gexcon in a collaborative project to investigate dust explosions at a larger scale and produce new guidelines for industry on how best to mitigate these events

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ABB Ability offers granular insight into oil, gas and chemical processes

ABB Ability Enterprise Analytics IMAGEUsing its digital backbone, ABB AbilityTM, ABB is launching an enterprise-wide deep dive into a facilities data, presenting a common view of analytics available to CEO-level executives through to maintenance teams on production sites


Companies in the oil, gas and chemicals sector can deep dive into their data, regardless of which vendor’s control system is used, with business intelligence and data analytics across areas presented within a single  window. This allows more joined-up, and thus more effective, decision-making through improved, shared insights into company data. Using this common window, each user – whether maintenance manager or headquarters executive – is able to configure the view and have performance indicators and measures presented using the latest visual analysis tools. 

“With  ABB AbilityTM Enterprise Analytics,  insights are combined into a single dashboard that, for the first time, transforms data into easily actionable information for executives, plant, process and maintenance managers across the entire oil, gas and chemicals (OGC) sector,”  explains ABB’s  Håvard Devold . “The financial upside of this to operators is significant as up to 30 per cent savings in capital and operating expenditures are achievable.”

OGC industries have reams of data in many systems, most of which is essential to optimise performance. The ability to search, find, view and analyse this information and present it in different contexts and timeframes is the key to turning ‘dumb data’ into actionable insight for improved decision-making in a digital world. 

Presenting such diverse information to the right job function in the right manner, is due to ABB’s intellectual knowledge of numerous oil, gas and chemical processes together with its comprehensive portfolio that extends not only across automation, electrical and instrumentation but also telecommunications. 

Previously, companies have only been able to monitor the condition of a specific device, process or plant area or tackle individual alarms as they occurred. While helpful, standalone or isolated solutions increase the risk of error, deliver sub-optimal solutions and result in higher operating costs. 

By tapping into ABB’s domain knowledge and experts through the Collaborative Operations Centers, customers can identify the root cause of problems extremely efficiently. Not only that, at headquarters, executives can easily access plant performance at the enterprise level to assess safety, efficency and production issues. 

Driving demand for this dashboard are six challenges ABB has identified from decades of customer feedback: 

1. Safety and alarm management

2. Power management and electrification

3. Plant performance solutions and services

4. Asset management and condition monitoring

5. Smart wells flow assurance and production optimisation

6. Digital projects execution

This analytics capability now gives oil, gas and chemical companies the kind of joined-up view of operations that will transform their results by making it easier for the right information to be acted upon by the right people at the right time – all in a single view.

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SPX Flow launch CEREX P-range pump

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SPX FLOW has launched its new Bran+Luebbe CEREX P-range pump for a high-quality, lower-cost alternative to its traditional Bran+Luebbe pumps

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Nigeria court seizes former oil minister's US$37.5mn mansion

BananaThe federal high court of Nigeria has passed an order saying that the Nigerian government can permanently confiscate the former petroleum minister’s mansion worth US$37.5mn, as the minister is facing corruption charges

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Nigeria invites petroleum companies to bid for conversion of loading facilities

NNPC 2The Nigerian Pipelines and Storage Company (NPSC) Limited has invited the petroleum companies to participate in the upcoming bid round for the conversion of loading facilities from analogue to digital at its Port Harcourt, Enugu, Aba, Kano and Jos Depots

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