The Oil Industry

The Oil Industry is one of the biggest worldwide. It spans the planet, dominates the economy, and feeds into almost every other sector by being a key energy source or component of many crucial materials. But Oil has its own controversies, particularly stemming from the growing global focus on sustainability and the environment.

Energy efficiency is one of the key areas that businesses in the Oil Industry can utilise to become more sustainable – and make significant savings too.

And as global energy prices continue to rise at an unprecedented rate, Oil companies would benefit from buying into energy efficiency sooner, rather than later. Reducing energy consumption is key to cutting costs, but also in re-aligning the wider view of a sector like oil, which has long been at the forefront of environmental controversy – controversy which can be understood when a third of global carbon dioxide emissions can be directly or indirectly linked to the oil and gas industries. But where to start? Energy efficiency begins with finding the source of your over-consumption. Oil, like many others within the industrial sector, will share one main suspect: electric motors.

Carbon Dioxide Emissions
Around ⅓ of carbon dioxide emissions can be linked directly (or indirectly) to oil and gas
Electricty Use on Electric Motors
Electric motors can account for around 80% of an oil refinery’s electricity use

Motors can account for up to 80% of the electricity used in an oil refinery

Between compressors, pumps, fans and the numerous other applications that are so vital for the efficiency of an oil refinery, this statistic shouldn’t surprise anybody familiar with the industry. And this only takes into account the downstream stage of refining the oil itself, not the initial stages of extraction. Considering upstream and midstream stages within the ‘lifecycle’ of crude oil, this number could very quickly become much higher. Inefficient motors could therefore be costing companies inordinate amounts of unnecessary expenditure, and for an industry whose future is relatively uncertain due to finite resources, this may not be money companies can afford to waste.

Integra can save up to 40% of your motor running costs

Integra is our innovative solution to the problems posed by motor usage in manufacturing. The trouble with motors is that, historically, there has been no way of configuring the amount of energy drawn in comparison to the amount of energy that is actually required – much less automatically or intelligently. This means that motors draw far larger amounts of energy than they actually need to complete a task. Where does that leftover energy go? Nowhere. It’s wasted. So more must be produced, and the cycle continues.

Integra has energy efficiency at its heart. Working a little like cruise control does on a car, Integra converts the motor into its own load sensor, and ensures it only uses the precise amount of energy required to complete a task. It does this in an instant, in real time, meaning there is no decrease in the efficiency of standard workflow – something we understand as vital in the busy dynamic of a modern factory. Soft start features carry the added bonus of reducing wear and tear, and avoiding the threat of peak demand penalties.

Integra can save you up to 40% of something that may well be the bulk of your energy bill – it’s time to find out more.


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