Overcoming Communication Challenges in the Oil & Gas Sector

When it comes to communication, the oil and gas sector faces challenges like no other. With oil rigs and refineries typically located in remote, obscure and hard-to-reach locations, they face an abundance of hurdles in terms of internet connectivity and access, making transformation a pipe dream.

Aura is fully equipped to assist with those challenges and help oil and gas companies thrive. Read on to discover the value we provide and our successful track record with global brands in the oil and gas sector.

The scale of the challenge

When we say oil rigs are located remotely, we’re not talking about a long drive or a lack of public transport. With sites literally in the middle of the sea, oil companies really do have their work cut out when it comes to communications.

That starts with internet connectivity, which is hard to get at the best of times. By nature, traditional fibre and copper access is unsuitable at sea making non-traditional solutions like 5G and satellite the connectivity of choice. And with these limited options, deploying new-age cloud technologies is a real challenge.

Then there’s the access conundrum. For one, getting IT equipment in and out of these remote locations is tricky. On top of that, many platforms are located offshore in countries where import and export regulations are stringent. Oil rigs also carry stringent accreditation requirements for people accessing the rigs.

As you can imagine, this all adds up to create the perfect storm for transformation. Quite simply, it’s difficult (bordering on impossible) because of the sheer nature of the setting and all of the hurdles above.

Why Aura?

Given the scale of the challenges, it seems unlikely that one provider will be able to assist with all of the requirements. But Aura is no ordinary provider. Our global field services serve the entire world, with feet on the street in 145 countries. That puts us as close as it’s possible to get to the remote locations of oil and gas facilities for the quickest response.

We also have a team of accredited HSSE engineers to meet Oil and Gas standards for site access. That’s paired with our Importer of Record Service, offering a fully managed, end-to-end solution for the import of IT goods across 206 destinations globally. All your documentation, tax and regulatory compliance is taken care of, simplifying the delivery and deployment of equipment without any unnecessary costs.

As far as technology is concerned, we can offer everything from cutting-edge 5G capability to support for on-rig communication tools such as DECT, to keep teams connected.

Walking the walk in the oil and gas sector

Crucially, Aura doesn’t just talk the talk about sector-specific communication challenges. We’ve already helped a world-renowned oil and gas company with 8,000 users across 40 sites, spanning Europe, Asia and the Americas.

As above, we had to deal with complex remote locations and stringent policies, not to mention an existing estate comprising various technologies like Nortel, Siemens, Ericsson, Philips and Alcatel.

Within just six weeks of the project starting, everything was set up and ready to go. The client even benefitted from Aura’s Reporting and Analytics service to better understand and utilise their estate going forward. Take a closer look at this project and see for yourself.

Overcome your challenges with Aura

When you’re working in the oil and gas sector, things like connectivity and access can seem like insurmountable challenges. That’s before you even think about transformation. With a track record and expertise in oil and gas, plus truly global capabilities, Aura can help you move forward.

After delivering the services you need here and now, we’ll work to build a strategy for the future, so you can reap the rewards of transformation on your terms.

Contact us today to talk about your requirements in more depth. With more than three decades of experience in the communications industry and thousands of happy customers, we’re confident we can help you simplify and optimise communications.

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