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Oil, Gas & Petrochemical Industry Standard

Oil and gas is a crucial industry and has the highest profit value in the modern economy. This sector faces many challenges between workplace safety, asset management, facility upkeep and environmental and legal regulations.

ISO standards for the oil and gas industry help these operations maintain profitability and efficiency. WECERT is a certification body with years of experience working with clients in the oil and gas sector. Our comprehensive auditing services will improve your organization while ensuring you meet your chosen standard’s requirements.

About Oil, Natural Gas and Petrochemical Industry

The Oil, Gas & Petrochemical industry involves processing oil, gas and similar products. It has three key areas:

  1. Upstream: Exploring to identify natural gas or crude oil fields and extracting the resource by drilling into wells
  2. Midstream: Refining, transporting, storing and processing the gas and oil
  3. Downstream: Filtering the raw materials and marketing and commercially distributing these products to consumers

The most common products made from oil and gas include:

  • Diesel oil
  • Gasoline
  • Kerosene
  • Fuel oil and gasoline (petrol)
  • Natural gas
  • Asphalt
  • Liquified petroleum gas (LPG)
  • Heating oil
  • Lubricants
  • Jet fuel
  • Petrochemicals

These products are used as-is or are the primary materials for other goods, like fertilizers, plastics, pharmaceuticals and solvents. Some trends in the oil and gas industry include:

  • Focusing on infrastructure improvements to meet companies’ growth
  • Implementing sustainable practices to reduce environmental impact
  • Introducing augmented and virtual reality devices in the workplace to inspect dangerous areas

Challenges Oil, Natural Gas and Petrochemical Industry

The oil and gas market can be unpredictable, with prices higher than ever before. These costs mean oil and gas companies need an optimized production chain that adds value to the product while keeping expenses low.

Some challenges in the oil and gas industry include:

  • Supply chain terrorism: Supply chain terrorism harms people or property to intimidate a population or coerce a decision from the government. It uses the supply chain to move something disruptive or targets the supply chain. Hubs, vessels, refineries and other oil and gas infrastructure are common supply chain terrorism targets. Certain regions are most at risk for this issue, so oil and gas companies that work in these places must be prepared. Severe attacks could cause operations to shut down, affecting profits and legal compliance.
  • Sea piracy: Sea piracy is an act of violence or theft on the seas. Oil and gas infrastructure, such as crude oil and refined product tankers, are common targets of sea piracy. This stolen product results in lost profits.
  • Natural disasters: Natural weather disasters like floods, tsunamis and earthquakes damage global supply chains. Weather events can cause factories to close down, which reduces or stops the production of essential parts. Without these parts, the rest of the supply chain cannot produce its final products.
  • Geographical risks: The location of your company’s raw materials can affect your logistics and profits. Depending on the region, transportation can be difficult and costly. Geopolitical events can interrupt the region’s production, halting the supply chain.
  • Environmental effects: Incidents in your supply chain can damage the environment. This damage may introduce remediation costs for cleaning up the area, and your brand’s reputation may be affected. The rising popularity of alternative and renewable energy is a threat to oil and gas companies.
  • Supplier visibility: Your oil and gas business must have total visibility into its suppliers’ practices and operations. By doing this, you can ensure they follow environmental policies, security requirements and other regulations.

Specific Related Standards

  • Petroleum, petrochemical and natural gas industries – Quality Management System Standards

  • Health, safety & Environment Standards

  • Petroleum, petrochemical and natural gas industries — Production assurance and reliability management Standards

General Related Standards

Benefits of Oil and Gas ISO Certifications

Oil and gas industry standards certifications will benefit your business in these ways:

  • Increase revenue: Through efficient workflows, asset management and sustainable practices, your oil and gas company can realize better profit margins.
  • Better efficiency: Quality management systems like ISO 9001 will increase your efficiency by creating quality control measures.
  • Ensure employee safety: Occupational health and safety standards such as ISO 45001 ensure your workers’ physical safety around raw materials.
  • Boost supplier relationships: Being certified to oil and gas ISO certifications will help improve your relationships with your suppliers.
  • Implement sustainable practices: ISO 14001 and other environmental standards help your company reduce its environmental impact, which is essential in the oil and gas industry.
  • Identify improvement opportunities: Getting certified requires analyzing your business processes to pinpoint opportunities for improvement.
  • Meet international standards: Since ISO standards are recognized globally, all your suppliers and customers will recognize your certification is a dedication to efficiency and streamlined operations.