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Oil and natural gas remain the world's leading fuels, accounting for nearly 60% of global energy consumption

Oil and natural gas have been the world’s primary sources of energy for decades. They have enabled advances in all sectors of the economy, from residential lighting and heating to transportation and industrial manufacturing. The use of these fuels are also the main source of greenhouse gases. The oil and gas industry is commonly divided into three major operational sectors: upstream, midstream and downstream. The upstream sector is where reserves of crude oil and natural gas are explored and extracted, while midstream focuses on transporting and storing the extracted products. The oil and natural gas then reach downstream processing facilities where they are refined, distributed and sold to the end customer. You can further explore the three sectors by clicking the links below:

A list of the latest news and articles on oil and gas developments can be found below.

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EI collaborates with OUP on new oil and gas dictionary

12-12-2018
A new Dictionary of Oil and Gas Industry Terms – an invaluable guide to those new to the industry or requiring a greater insight is published by Oxford University Press this month.Written by leading expert in the field Peter Roberts with assistance from the EI in reviewing the technical terms...

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UK oil and gas industry environmental performance report

6-12-2018
A new report which provides an update on the environmental landscape of the UK offshore oil and gas industry to the end of 2017 has been published by Oil & Gas UK.The 2018 Environment Report, which analyses and interprets data gathered and monitored by the Offshore Petroleum Regulator for E...

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ADNOC invests in future vision of Oil and Gas 4.0

19-11-2018
Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) is looking to accelerate the delivery of its new integrated gas strategy, as well as planning to increase oil production capacity to 4mn b/d by 2020, according to His Excellency Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and ADNOC Group CEO, speaking at th...

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CCA at 10 - 'The oil and gas chief' - Views from James Smith CBE HonFEI

1-11-2018
To coincide with the tenth anniversary of the Climate Change Act receiving Royal Assent in the UK in November 2008, the Energy Institute convened a ‘virtual panel’ of ten figures who were in leading positions at the time - six of them now Fellows of the EI - to reflect on how it came t...

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Guidelines for offshore oil and gas installations that are not permanently attended

1-11-2018
This guidance updates and revises Guidelines for offshore oil and gas installations that are not permanently attended ('NPAI guidelines'), first published in 2010.The aim of this document is to provide all those involved in designing and operating such installations with guidance on how to balance t...

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Events and training

Module 5 - Upstream oil and gas production processes and facilities

30-12-2018
This Level 1 Oil & Gas online training course consists of 20 separate units (approximately 2 to 3 hours to complete each unit).

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Module 2 - Organisations participating in the oil and gas industry and their characteristics

30-12-2018
This Level 1 Oil & Gas online training course consists of 20 separate units (approximately 2 to 3 hours to complete each unit).

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Module 1 - Oil and gas value chains and the resources and reserves that feed them

30-12-2018
This Level 1 Oil & Gas online training course consists of 20 separate units (approximately 2 to 3 hours to complete each unit).

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Module 4 - Natural gas and the processes and infrastructure used to deliver it to market

30-12-2018
This Level 1 Oil & Gas online training course consists of 20 separate units (approximately 2 to 3 hours to complete each unit).

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Module 3 - Subsurface petroleum systems and resource characteristics

30-12-2018
This Level 1 Oil & Gas online training course consists of 20 separate units (approximately 2 to 3 hours to complete each unit).

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Technical guidance publications

Guidelines for injection of corrosion inhibitors in oil and gas production systems

2018
This first edition technical publication provides guidance for the injection of corrosion inhibitors for corrosion control in oil and gas production systems. It builds on the HSE research report RR1023 Reliable corrosion inhibition in the oil and gas industry, and draws on expert industry experience...

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Guidelines for offshore oil and gas installations that are not permanently attended

2018
This guidance updates and revises Guidelines for offshore oil and gas installations that are not permanently attended ('NPAI guidelines'), first published in 2010.The aim of this document is to provide all those involved in designing and operating such installations with guidance on how to balance t...

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Guidance on integrity management for subsea production control systems

2018
This publication aims to raise awareness amongst subsea engineers and non-specialists across the industry on good integrity management practices for SPCSs and its associated subsystems and components. It describes how asset owners or stakeholders can plan and execute integrity management activities ...

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Guidelines for the integrity management of corrosion under pipe supports (CUPS)

2018
This guide was compiled to enhance the awareness of CUPS for a large cross section of personnel within the oil and gas industry. It focuses on corrosion, which is the main integrity threat at pipe supports; other deterioration mechanisms are also included, such as fretting, fatigue and stress corros...

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EI Research report: Exposures to asbestos from work on removal of compressed asbestos fibre gaskets

2018
The oil and gas industry has many facilities where there are large numbers of gaskets on flanges and valves within pipework. Many of these were installed at a time when CAF gaskets were the normal material used for the purpose. Many CAF gaskets are known to still be present, but there has also been ...

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