30 April 2007

Looking for automation's efficiencies

If you think automation only has roots downstream, think again, because upstream companies need to reap as many efficiencies as possible where oil begins is journey to the refinery.

"To lower the cost of the total operation automation is the way to go," said John Reading with Dynapar, a subsidiary of Danaher Sensors and Control. "Companies are looking for new ways to extract oil from existing wells, automation can help here," he said at the opening day of the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, Texas, today. "More automation gives users more leverage."

When it comes to automation, "we are seeing success after success upstream," said National Instrument's Robert Jackson.

The packed conference opened up today and will run through Thursday this week. This is the 60th anniversary of the show, which covers 515,600 square feet.

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