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#144 : U – Upstream Processing

A day’s break did no good for me. Sunday just whizzed by and I’m running a temperature since Saturday. I’m back at work today and there seems to be no improvement on the temperature part. Does that matter? Absolutely not. Well, I can’t hit the bed just after dinner can I? So writing seemed to be a good option.

Upstream processing is a rather interesting topic. It’s interesting to note that there is a technique called upstream processing in the field of bio-sciences. Since I have no connection whatsoever with biology as a subject (I’ve always hated studying that boring subject), this upstream processing is related to Petroleum. Petroleum has fast become our life. Can you imagine a life without petrol and subsequently vehicles and stuff. Of course, we do have electricity, but coal is not going be around forever.


The oil and gas sector is broadly divided into Upstream, Midstream and Downstream Processing. The upstream processing mainly consists of search and exploration of underwater crude oil and natural gas fields, drilling exploratory wells, and subsequently drilling and operating the wells that recover and bring the crude oil and/or raw natural gas to the surface. Then there is fracking which can also be broadly classified as Upstream processing. Fracking is the process of injecting liquid at high pressure into subterranean rocks, boreholes, etc. so as to force open existing fissures and extract oil or gas.

In simple terms, you drill the earth to bring out oil, gas and process it into a whole range of products which help you get through the day. I’m sure there is alarm bells ringing on your head if this process is safe. Of course one, how long can you drill? How many places can you drill away? There would come a point where there would no more oil to drill away, but that day is far. Far enough for us.

It is interesting to note that this industry records the largest number of Mergers and Acquisitions. As expected, a lot of money flows in and out of this industry. Drilling in the middle of the sea after all, can be very expensive.

How is upstream processing connected to me? I work for a company that does automation for upstream processing plants.


One thought on “#144 : U – Upstream Processing

  1. Hats off to your commitment to write, despite running temperature. You’re already a winner!! Don’t strain yourself.

    This thing called Fracking became quite famous due to the recent Hydracarbon extraction political stunts. Good post, explains clearly.


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