E&P Plus Cover Story: Rapid Rise of Remote Operations

Restricted movement due to global lockdowns has pushed oil and gas companies to reimagine operations and embrace remote technologies faster than ever.

(Photo courtesy of Marc Morrison/marcmorrison.com and Shutterstock.com; Design by Melissa Ritchie)

[Editor's note: A version of this story appears in the February 2021 issue of E&P Plus.]

The year 2020 will be remembered for many reasons: a global pandemic, an economic crisis, a historic price war, negative oil prices—the list is endless. But despite the cloud of setbacks that overshadowed the oil and gas industry last year, digital transformation was a silver lining that accelerated at a pace never seen before.

Call it adaptive mode, survival strategy or just plain necessity; oil and gas companies, which were already making steady progress automating operations, accelerated acceptance of remote technologies during the pandemic when workforces were grounded and a low-price environment pushed businesses to do more with less.

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Faiza Rizvi

Faiza Rizvi is a senior editor of ESG for Hart Energy's editorial department, with a strong focus on E&P Plus and HartEnergy.com. She has been covering all facets of the U.S. and international energy industry for over 5 years.