Archive for Petroleum Industry

Pipeline Scheduling Solutions Can Yield Real Business Value

When logistics folks think about transportation, the pipeline mode is an afterthought. But it is a very important mode that gets far too little coverage and is not sufficiently well understood. Pipeline scheduling solutions are every bit as complex as other transportation management solutions.

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The Oil & Gas Supply Chain: Oil Tank Storage and Movement Best Practices

The oil and gas supply chain is complex. One set of complexities involves tank farms. The often-massive storage tanks and extensive auxiliary equipment and instrumentation represent expensive assets.  Achieving operational flexibility involves coordinating a large set of technologies and business functions. This article describes oil tank storage and movement best practices.

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Iran and International Trade Expansion

Last week negotiators from the P5+1 (or EU+3) and Iran developed a preliminary agreement on Iran’s nuclear program. This opened the door for Iranian sanction relief and presents the question, “How will Iran’s international trade change, and what partners will benefit?” The World Bank lists Iran’s 2013 GDP at $369 billion, making it the third largest economy in the region, behind Saudi Arabia and Turkey. Iran’s largest export is petroleum, representing about 80 percent of […]

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Most Popular Logistics Viewpoints Blogs of 2014

The Logistics Viewpoints team thought our readers would be interested in seeing what 2014 posts obtained the most views over the year. The posts from the beginning of the year often obtain the most views because they’ve been visible for a longer period of time. However, this year’s most popular article was posted less than one month ago! Bobby Miller, an executive from Ortec, authored “How to Avoid Dimensional Weight Pricing Cost Spike.”  This article […]

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Most Popular Logistics Viewpoints Blogs of 2014

The Logistics Viewpoints team thought our readers would be interested in seeing what 2014 posts obtained the most views over the year. The posts from the beginning of the year often obtain the most views because they’ve been visible for a longer period of time. However, this year’s most popular article was posted less than one month ago! Bobby Miller, an executive from Ortec, authored “How to Avoid Dimensional Weight Pricing Cost Spike.”  This article […]

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Declining Oil Prices makes it Imperative for Shale Oil Companies to improve their Value Chains

In last Thursday’s Wall Street Journal there was a front page article titled U.S. Boom Can Stand Further Fall in Oil Prices.  “Oil prices would need to fall at least another $20 a barrel to choke off the U.S. energy boom, industry experts say, though some smaller American producers would face serious problems from a more modest decline.”  But that is a debatable number.  “OPEC’s secretary general, predicted Wednesday that if current prices hold, half […]

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This Week in Logistics News (October 18 – 24)

Retailers are gearing up for the upcoming holiday season. While most stores are currently decked out in Halloween gear, come November 1, that will all change. Cue the Christmas trees, lights, and music, because the holiday season is fast approaching. I can’t say that I’m looking forward to it. But the retailers sure seem ready. Macy’s recently announced that they will open stores at 6 pm on Thanksgiving, two full hours earlier than last year. […]

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The Worst Supply Chain in North America

I’ve been doing some research on the unconventional oil supply chain. Unconventional oil includes crude oil from shale and oil sands. I’ve talked to over 20 oil executives and experts about the inbound supply chain that supports oil well production. This is part of the supply chain that the oil industry refers to as “upstream.” The key players involved in bringing in the sand, piping and casings, production chemicals, and other necessary raw materials are […]

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Will Tough New Regulations Proposed for Transporting Crude Oil by Rail Benefit Shippers?

About 400,000 carloads of crude oil traveled by rail last year to the nation’s refineries, up from 9,500 in 2008, according to the Association of American Railroads. A series of recent accidents — including one in Quebec last July that killed 47 people and another in Alabama last November — has put pressure on regulators to look at the safety of crude oil shipments. Train Derailment and Fire in Lac-Megantic, Quebec On July 23rd of […]

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The Upstream Shale Oil Supply Chain

I’ve had recent conversations with part of the ARC Advisory Group Oil & Gas team – Dave Lafferty, Paul Steinitz, Tim Shea, and Mark Sen Gupta – on the  upstream “fracking” or shale oil supply chain. Fracking includes getting oil and natural gas out of shale by fracturing (“fracking”) the shale rock. In the industry, oil wells are considered part of the upstream supply chain. Getting unconventional natural gas and oil out of the ground introduces new […]

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