Downstream (petroleum industry)

The oil and gas industry is usually divided into three major sectors: upstream, midstream, and downstream. The downstream sector is the refining of petroleum crude oil and the processing and purifying of raw natural gas,[1] as well as the marketing and distribution of products derived from crude oil and natural gas. The downstream sector reaches consumers through products such as gasoline or petrol, kerosene, jet fuel, diesel oil, heating oil, fuel oils, lubricants, waxes, asphalt, natural gas, and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as well as hundreds of petrochemicals.

Midstream operations are often included in the downstream category and are considered to be a part of the downstream sector.

Byproduct sulfur

Crude oil is a mixture of many varieties of hydrocarbons and most usually have many sulfur-containing compounds. The oil refining process commonly includes hydrodesulfurization which converts most of that sulfur into gaseous hydrogen sulfide. Raw natural gas also may contain gaseous hydrogen sulfide and sulfur-containing mercaptans, which are removed in natural-gas processing plants before the gas is distributed to consumers.

The hydrogen sulfide removed in the refining and processing of crude oil and natural gas is subsequently converted into byproduct elemental sulfur. In fact, the vast majority of the 64,000,000 metric tons of sulfur produced worldwide in 2005 was byproduct sulfur from refineries and natural-gas processing plants.[2][3]

Downstream in ISO

ISO 20815 defines "downstream" in its definition section as:
3.1.8 downstream
business process, most commonly in petroleum industry, associated with post-production activities.

Example: refining, transportation and marketing of petroleum products.[4]


  1. ^ Industry Overview from the website of the Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC)
  2. ^ Sulfur production report by the United States Geological Survey
  3. ^ Discussion of recovered byproduct sulfur
  4. ^ ISO 20815

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Downstream (software development)

Downstream (petroleum industry)

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Upstream and downstream (transduction), determining temporal and mechanistic order of cellular and molecular events of signal transductionIn entertainment:

Downstream (novella), a novella by Joris-Karl Huysmans

Downstream (1929 film), a British film by Giuseppe Guarino

Downstream (2010 film), an action science fiction film

"Downstream" (Land of the Lost), an episode of the 1974 series '"Land of the lost"

Downstream (album), an album by New Monsoon

"Downstream", a song by Supertramp from Even in the Quietest Moments

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In early 1990 Iraq was accusing Kuwait of stealing Iraqi petroleum through slant drilling, although some Iraqi sources indicated Saddam Hussein's decision to attack Kuwait was made a few months before the actual invasion. Some feel there were several reasons for the Iraqi move, including Iraq's inability to pay the more than US$14 billion that it had borrowed to finance the Iran–Iraq War, and Kuwaiti high petroleum production levels which kept revenues down for Iraq. The invasion started on 2 August 1990, and within two days most of the Kuwait Armed Forces were either overrun by the Iraqi Republican Guard or fell back to neighbouring Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Iraq set up a puppet government known as the "Republic of Kuwait" to rule over Kuwait and then annexed it outright, when Saddam Hussein announced a few days later that it was the 19th province of Iraq.

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The company's corporate offices are in the KBR Tower in Downtown Houston.

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The oil and gas industry is usually divided into three major components: upstream, midstream and downstream. The midstream sector involves the transportation (by pipeline, rail, barge, oil tanker or truck), storage, and wholesale marketing of crude or refined petroleum products. Pipelines and other transport systems can be used to move crude oil from production sites to refineries and deliver the various refined products to downstream distributors. Natural gas pipeline networks aggregate gas from natural gas purification plants and deliver it to downstream customers, such as local utilities.

The midstream operations are often taken to include some elements of the upstream and downstream sectors. For example, the midstream sector may include natural gas processing plants that purify the raw natural gas as well as removing and producing elemental sulfur and natural gas liquids (NGL) as finished end-products.

Nimi Barigha-Amange

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He became Head of the Lands and Claims department at ELF Petroleum Nigeria, Chairman of Board of the Niger Delta Basin Development Authority and Chairman of the Board of the Federal Medical Centre.After taking his Senate seat in June 2007 Barigha-Amange was appointed to committees on Science & Technology, National Identity Card & Population, Interior Affairs and Capital Markets.

In a mid-term evaluation of Senators in May 2009, ThisDay noted that he had sponsored bills on Technology Innovation Agency Establishment, Interception & monitoring of Communication and Civil Society Organisation. He had also sponsored and co-sponsored five motions.

In an article in the Nigerian Tribune written in January 2010, Barigha-Amange called for full deregulation of the downstream petroleum industry and licensing of small and medium-sized refineries, which would help eliminate corruption and reduce domestic prices.Reduction of unemployment by employing 55 people in his Farm Project.

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Reynolds Bekinbo Dagogo-Jack

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On 5 September 2012, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan reconstituted the twin Presidential agencies instituted as special purpose vehicles to fast-track the implementation of the national electric power reform program: the Presidential Action Committee on Power (PACP) and the Presidential Task Force on Power (PTFP), appointing Dagogo-Jack to serve as Chairman of the PTFP and also a member of the PACP. Dagogo-Jack had been with the PTFP from its inception in June 2010, serving as a Senior Special Assistant to the President and also Senior Performance Monitor for the National Integrated Power Projects (NIPP). In this capacity, he led the special team that supervised governmental and private agencies managing over four hundred power infrastructure projects covering gas, generation, transmission and distribution projects.

On 29 September 2014, President Goodluck Jonathan conferred on him the prestigious Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR).

Upstream (petroleum industry)

The oil and gas industry is usually divided into three major sectors: upstream (or exploration and production- E&P), midstream and downstream. The upstream sector includes searching for potential underground or underwater crude oil and natural gas fields, drilling exploratory wells, and subsequently drilling and operating the wells that recover and bring the crude oil or raw natural gas to the surface.Upstream Industry has traditionally experienced the highest number of Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures. M&A activity for upstream oil and gas deals in 2012 totaled $254 billion in 679 deals. A large chunk of this M&A, 33% in 2012, was driven by the unconventional/shale boom especially in the US followed by the Russian Federation and Canada.

The aggregate value of Upstream E&P assets available for sale (Deals in Play) reached a record-high of $135 billion in Q3-2013. The value of Deals in Play doubled from $46 billion in 2009 to $90 billion in 2010. With ongoing M&A activity the level remained almost the same reaching $85 billion in Dec-2012. However, the first half of 2013 saw approximately $48 billion of net new assets coming on the market. Remarkably, the total value of Deals in Play in Q3-2013 nearly tripled over 2009 at $46 billion, in less than four years.

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