Oil and Gas Industry

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The oil and gas industry is one of the most economically significant business sectors in the world. The industry creates hundreds of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in global revenue annually. This should come as no surprise, as the world uses about 95 million barrels of oil every day. As this massive industry continues to modernize, become more eco-friendly, and launch new technologies, its plants, pipes, and facilities need continued upgrades and maintenance.

Contractors and construction companies called upon to serve facilities of natural resources will need a wide variety of machines and equipment to get the job done safely and efficiently. Here’s where BigRentz can help. From excavation equipment to unearth pipelines to cranes for moving and delivering large components, we can provide you with the machinery and equipment needed to keep the oil and gas industry running. Rather than buying and maintaining many specialized machines, you can rent them on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis, depending on your current production needs.

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The Evolution of Oil and Gas Activities

The oil and gas industry covers many areas, ranging from exploration and drilling to processing and storage to refinement and purification. Each sector continues to change and improve as technologies become more advanced and regulators place more emphasis on reduced emissions. You should become familiar with the evolution of the oil and gas industries to best understand your clients’ needs and goals.

In 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency put into place rules designed to reduce the quantity of emissions and pollutants emitted by the oil and natural gas industry. While the rise in eco-friendly legislation could be seen as a threat to oil and gas companies, many have leveraged it to improve their facility designs and production process. ExxonMobil, for instance, launched is own program to curb methane emissions, which includes using more efficient technologies, enhancing its repair protocol, and revamping facility designs.

Companies are also focusing closely on operational safety. In 2018,  the American Petroleum Institute updated its valve standards to improve human and environmental safety at both onshore and offshore oil and gas facilities in the event of power loss or emergencies.

Industry players are also trying to minimize operations costs and resources and bolster flow assurance to prevent issues with fuel flow. They’re turning increasingly to technologies such as automation, artificial intelligence, and state-of-the-art safety valves. All this is being done in an effort to be as efficient and compliant with current regulations as possible.

Maintaining Oil and Gas Facilities

Oil and gas facilities must be in top shape to prevent malfunction and to operate continually. Leaks, blockages, corrosion, and repairs can result in costly downtime and potential environmental damage. Thus, constant monitoring, equipment inspections and upgrades, and preventive maintenance of oil and gas facilities are key.

While increasing automation has reduced the amount of round-the-clock manpower needed at facilities such as plants and terminals, human intervention is still necessary to keep facilities running. Contractors working to maintain oil and gas equipment must comply with various rules and guidelines. Operations must adhere to Environment, Health, and Safety regulations; air emissions regulations; noise restrictions; and production sharing contract requirements between governments and extraction companies, among others.

Preventive and routine maintenance might include repairing leaks, repairing or replacing corroded pipes, lubricating machinery, cleaning dirty components, replacing belts and filters, inspecting or repairing fans and electrical connections, and much more. Oil and gas equipment you might work on or around include pumps, separators, vessels, heat exchangers, wells, pipes, tanks, compressors, etc.

Oil and Gas Facility Equipment Needs

Oil and gas facilities can be both vast and incredibly complex. Depending on the oil and gas sector you’re involved with, you might be dealing with cramped spaces in congested plants or the massive campus of an oil depot. You might even be faced with extensive under- or overground pipeline. The types of equipment that companies might need to work on these facilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Earthmoving equipment such as bulldozers and drum rollers to help grade sites for building foundations.
  • Scissor lifts to inspect and repair equipment such as vessel supports and gas dehydrating systems.
  • Cranes for lifting and delivering large components and oil and gas production equipment.
  • Forklifts to maneuver large vessels and other equipment.
  • Excavators to conduct integrity drilling digs and expose, inspect, and repair buried pipelines. These pieces of equipment are also useful for underground exploration of natural gas or crude oil fields.
  • Boom lifts for accessing hard-to-reach fans, lighting, and other components, particularly in the close quarters you’ll encounter at many of these facilities.
  • Water trucks for fire prevention. Use them to water down areas around your worksite as a precautionary measure.

This is just a sampling of the equipment you might need in the energy, oil production, and gas operations. However, the array of oil and gas facilities you might be called to work on can make buying all the necessary machinery cost-prohibitive. With BigRentz, you can rent only what you need for the amount of time you need it from one of our more than 8,000 locations. You don’t have to worry about storage or maintenance, and if you need training on a particular machine, we can handle that, too.

Whether you’re performing routine maintenance or assisting in an emergency repair, we’ll deliver your equipment rentals quickly and easily. We know how important it is to keep these facilities running and the oil and gas resources flowing with your production needs.

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