The Oil and Gas Industry has a number of dynamics which will not only impact the way they operate in the future, but will also open up options for the deployment of further technology.
Forecasts for energy consumption show increases of up to 45% on current levels in the next 20 years, and this is leading to significant capital investment in infrastructure. However, the industry is adjusting to new demands, geographical issues and new players, whilst facing a skills shortage in some key areas. IT is becoming a more important enabler for the industry as it adapts to meet some big challenges to the way it operates.
Onshore and offshore communication technologies must be highly resilient, fit for purpose and cost efficient. Robust mechanisms need to be in place to determine the correct strategic approach, sourcing of the most suitable solutions and optimisation of installations to ensure high performance whilst managing costs. Security and risk management solutions need to be considered including business continuity and disaster recovery, with a particular focus on the security of mission-critical and safety-critical process control and SCADA systems.
In the offshore environment the importance of crew welfare and morale must be recognised by providing communication solutions to support Infotainment Systems.