Julien Truflandier, global product manager, oil and gas at Nexans speaks about the oil and gas trends in the pipes and cables industry
How is Nexans involved in the oil and gas industry’s pipes and cables services?
For 120 years, Nexans has been a global leader in advanced cabling and connectivity solutions that brings power and information to millions of people, communities, and industries worldwide through an extensive range of best-in-class products and innovative services.
Through extensive experience, we know that supporting the complex nature of upstream and downstream projects requires a balanced mix of supplying premium cables, meticulous project execution, and advanced engineering skills and services to deliver a one stop shop approach that provides our customers with on time and full delivery not only of cables, but all bulk material related to it.
The transformation of the oil and gas goes beyond designing and producing innovative products today; it is also a way of working with the customer in a truly collaborative and partnership-based approach. This is why at Nexans we purse an aggressive delivery time strategy to avoid delays and any potential financial impact of downtime, making it possible to mobilise factories domestically and internationally, as well as to produce tailor-made products in-line with international standards and customers’ requirements.
What new technology in this area is helping operators enhance efficiency?
Research and development (R&D) serves as a backbone when it comes to offering new technologies that advance operations in the oil and gas industry. We currently count with a pool of 900 researchers, engineers and technicians and 600 registered patent families.
In 2017 alone, Nexans invested €102 million in R&D focused on cutting-edge technologies to offer competitive, high-quality products and services allowing our customers to solve even their most complex challenges. A few innovative cables offered by Nexans that bolster pipe management include heating cables that provide frost protection of pipes and are mainly utilised in harsh conditions for ambient temperatures of 0 degrees Celsius or below.
These pipes are prone to water freezing inside of them regardless of how insulated they are, causing the pipe to burst and resulting in extensive and costly damage. Another common problem of pipes includes clogged gutters and downpipes. This can result in ice and snow building up on the roof, in the roof gutter, or both, and ultimately falling down to the ground. This puts both people, animals and property at risk of injury and damage. By installing heating cables in gutters and downpipes, the prevention of falling ice and snow is ensured in an efficient, affordable and safe manner.
What are the top challenges to address in the upstream and downstream sectors?
The oil and gas industry has a direct influence on every product and service in the market. The price volatility of the industry drives prices of most commodities to fluctuate alongside. Therefore, determining the challenges and solutions is vital in steering the direction of the market as a whole. With that being said, the oil and gas industry is on a constant run of reducing costs while maintaining an adequate efficiency level.
The balance between these two factors increases the complex nature of projects exercised in both the upstream and downstream sectors. For instance, upstream drilling is moving deeper and further offshore forcing companies to search for new techniques and solutions for deepwater developments.
What’s your business outlook for the Middle East?
Although new oil and gas reserves continue to be discovered and developed in various countries across the globe, driven by shale and offshore resources, the Middle East remains the beating heart of the industry. The region captures not only some of the world’s largest fields and most diverse projects, but also, due to the extreme weather conditions, the most challenging ones.
Nexans has operated in the Middle East for more than 30 years with presence in the United Arab Emirates, KSA, Kuwait and Lebanon. We have decades of experience in supporting upstream and downstream oil and gas projects of all sizes and complexity. In the coming years our team has ambitions plans to further expand our regional presence with a particular focus on oil and gas, railway, power generation including renewables and infrastructures.