Digital transformation continues to be the keynote of the coming year for operators across the oil and gas sectors. Digitalisation is nothing new to the sector, of course, says Ron Beck, Energy Industry marketing director at AspenTech. Refineries have, for example, been pursuing it for more than thirty years, with technologies like advanced process control (APC) well-established as part of the operational mix of many operators.

What is different today is how quickly the migration is accelerating. The trend is being led by the Asian refining industry. Organisations in India, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and China are pushing digital transformation aggressively because they understand this can be a competitive and economic advantage for them against slower-moving, traditional rivals in other regions. Refineries in Europe must ensure they are not left trailing in the wake of their Asian peers.

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