IIoT Applications in the Oil and Gas Industry is the fourthconsecutive report from Berg Insight analysing the latestdevelopments on the use of wireless technologies in this industryvertical worldwide.
This strategic research report from Berg Insight provides youwith 150 pages of unique business intelligence, including 5-yearindustry forecasts, expert commentary and real-life case studieson which to base your business decisions.
Highlights from this report:
360-degree overview of the IIoT ecosystem in the oil & gasindustry.
Insights from 30 new executive interviews with market leadingcompanies.
Comprehensive overview of the value chain and key applications.
In-depth analysis of market trends and key developments.
Detailed profiles of 65 key players in this market.
Updated market forecasts lasting until 2023.
This report answers the following questions:
Which are the leading wireless IIoT solution providers for oil andgas applications?
What offerings are available from device vendors and serviceproviders?
What impact will new regulations have on the market?
What are the key drivers behind the adoption of IIoT solutions?
What impact will technology advancements have on the market?
What is the split between cellular and satellite connectivity?
What are the recent merger and acquisition activities on thismarket?
Oil and gas operators utilise IIoT solutions to increase operational efficiency, secure assetsand achieve regulatory compliance throughout the entire value chain. Industrial controlsystems such as Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) and other industrialmonitoring solutions are used to monitor and control remote facilities. These solutions enableoperators to remotely monitor a multitude of data points such as pressure, volume levels, flowrates, temperature and operating status and conditions of various equipment at well sites,tank farms and pipeline facilities. A combination of wired and proprietary radio solutions istypically used for communications between sensors, controllers and systems, althoughcellular and satellite are increasingly used for non-mission critical monitoring applications.Berg Insight estimates that annual shipments of wireless devices featuring cellular or satelliteconnectivity for oil and gas applications reached 175,000 units worldwide in 2018. Growing ata compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.1 percent, annual shipments are expected toreach 325,000 units in 2023. Remote monitoring of tanks and industrial equipment in themidstream and downstream sectors comprise the most common applications for wirelesssolutions in the oil and gas industry. At the end of 2018, the installed base of wireless devicesfeaturing cellular or satellite connectivity in the oil and gas industry amounted to an estimated1.3 million units.
Internationally, the upstream oil and gas market is dominated by National Oil Companies(NOCs) and Integrated Oil Companies (IOCs), which are largely served by major industrialautomation vendors including Emerson, Siemens, Schneider Electric, Yokogawa, Honeywell,ABB and Rockwell Automation. These companies are increasingly focusing on sellingcomplete and integrated systems rather than individual control systems. Today, every majorautomation supplier has an industrial IoT initiative, including their own cloud-based solutionsfor monitoring and managing connected assets. These initiatives are aimed at helpingcustomers collect data from assets and optimise processes further through datamanagement and analytics.
Solutions for remote monitoring of assets such as wellheads, storage tanks and pipelineinfrastructure are also offered by a large number of specialised providers. Many of thecompanies that specialise in wellsite automation and remote SCADA monitoring are based inNorth America, which has the greatest addressable market in terms of facilities. The region ishome to the world’s largest number of onshore wells and longest pipeline system. Examplesof companies that offer end-to-end solutions for monitoring and automation of onshore wellsinclude Zedi, eLynx Technologies, Critical Control, WellAware and ZTR Control Systems. Themarket is fragmented and a key consolidator in the space has been Quorum Software, whichacquired the Coastal Flow Measurement family of companies and Flow-Cal in March 2019.The US-based M2M specialist DataOnline has emerged as the largest remote tank monitoring(RTM) solution provider following its acquisitions of Wikon in April 2018, IndependentTechnologies in August 2018 and Sierra Wireless’ iTank business in December 2018. Thecompany has more than 300,000 tanks under management following the acquisitions.Additional major RTM solution providers with installed bases around 100,000 units includeAustralia-based Silicon Controls, US-based telematics specialist SkyBitz and the Polishindustrial automation vendor AIUT. Other vendors that specialise in RTM include ISA, SensileTechnologies, Varec, Dunraven Systems, ATEK Access Technologies, Powelectrics,SilentSoft and Geoforce.
Due to the remoteness of oil and gas facilities, cellular and unlicensed proprietary radiosolutions are typically used for data acquisition and backhaul communications. The largestprovider of cellular IoT gateways and routers in the industrial space is Sierra Wireless,followed by Cisco, Digi International, Moxa, Belden, HMS Networks, Maestro Wireless, GE’sindustrial communications group GE MDS, Encore Networks, MultiTech Systems, Eurotechand Elecsys. While cellular solutions are today primarily used for non-mission critical usecases such as remote monitoring and metering in the oil and gas industry, there is growingsupport for use of private cellular networks across critical infrastructure industries. In contrast,unlicensed proprietary radio solutions are today already used in mission critical applications,primarily at well sites, where wired installations are unfit. Major vendors of proprietary radiomodems are FreeWave, GE MDS, 4RF, Schneider Electric, OleumTech, Satel and Racom.
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