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Data centres provide pivotal role in data processing and warehousing in oil and gas industry

GlobalData’s latest thematic report, ‘Data Centres in Oil & Gas’, shows how oil and gas companies are leveraging cloud-based data centres as an alternative to traditional data centres as it facilitates remote data access via Internet connectivity

woman standing while carrying laptop 1181354Data centres are playing a pivotal role in this aspect by providing solutions to big data management. (Image source: Christina Morillo/Flickr)

Data management has become an important theme in the oil and gas industry as the volumes of data generated by the industry have increased significantly, thus driving the demand for high-performance data storage and processing solutions.

The upstream sector, in particular, is contributing to the bulk of the data generated from oil and gas processes. In order to facilitate superior warehousing and mining of this operational data, companies are leveraging the advantages of data centres and high-performance computing systems, said data and analytics company GlobalData.

Availability of data during exploration and production activities is helping companies in evaluating project requirements and accurately determining drilling locations for extracting hydrocarbons cost-effectively. This is being made possible by integrating advanced sensing technologies with a wide range of production equipment deployed on wellheads, including drill bits, injection equipment, pumps, and valves to collect real-time data.

Data centres are playing a pivotal role in this aspect by providing solutions to big data management. Companies are investing in data centres to gain the ability of processing data in real-time and generating insights for creating revenue opportunities, increasing drilling performance, and improving operational efficiencies.

Ravindra Puranik, oil and gas analyst at GlobalData, commented, “Sensors and connected devices that form the Industrial Internet ecosystem are triggering a massive data deluge from oil and gas operations. Data centres provide the ideal platform to accumulate this data and apply big data analytics to monitor real-time performance and predict equipment malfunction. It can also serve as a back-up and recovery mechanism in the event of a critical system failure.”

Some of the leading oil and gas players in the data centres theme are ADNOC, BP, Eni, Equinor, ExxonMobil, Mansfield Oil, NNPC, Saudi Aramco, and Total.

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