Rio Pipeline 2019 to focus on digital transformation

New technology and its effect on the oil, gas and pipeline industries will be front and centre at Rio Pipeline 2019.

Gathering specialists from around the world, Rio Pipeline 2019 takes place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 3-5 September, with different panels dedicated to digital technologies across the market.

In recent years, technology and innovation have been prevailing itself as a catalyst for cost reduction and as an essential mechanism to take advantage of available resources within the oil and gas sector.

To get an idea of ​​the relevance of the theme, studies from the Brazilian Petroleum, Gas and Biofuels Institute (IBP), shows that more than US$7.5 billion should be invested in research and development in Brazil until 2026.

According to the Rio de Janeiro Oil Industry Yearbook: Panorama 2019, produced by the Rio de Janeiro Federation of Industries (Firjan) based on national data released by National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP), the investments on development and innovation researches in the sector increased 66 percent from 2017 to 2018 – representative of a R$2 billion (US$500 million) application last year.

In the pipeline sector, the digital transformation influence has been noticeable along the entire business chain, from professional qualification and increased efficiency to operational safety.

Executives from the digital side of the industry will participate in a forum about digital era of pipelines to identify current technology and its insertion into the oil and gas logistics chain, highlighting potential performance gains.

The event will also include a discussion on the need for specialized skills training as more pipeline operators and organisations enter the field, along with a host of other industry talking points.

For more information, visit the Rio Pipeline website.

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