5 ways AI is changing the energy Industry


Artificial intelligence (AI) has disrupted many industries, and has continued to change the way and manner we live and do things.

The energy industry is not left out in this disruption, being one of the most lucrative industry, some of its arms such as oil and gas and electricity has operations that are quite dangerous and risky.

Some oil and gas today are found and extracted deep offshore in water bodies where wind action is very high with so many conditions unfavorable to human existence.

AI helps to help to Optimize operations in the energy industry by enhancing safety, productivity while ensuring that operations are cost-efficient.

There are many ways in which AI and AI based solutions are currently helping to tackle Issues in the energy industry, but in this article we are going to highlight just five.

Computer Vision for Quality Assurance

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One of the major challenges in the oil and gas industry is corrosion, The total annual cost of corrosion in the oil and gas production industry is estimated to be $1.372 billion, according to a NACE study. there are also other issues such as improper threading of pipelines, drill pipes, and casing pipes, this jeopardizes the safety of life and properties.

These losses are comparatively higher than an AI based solution, a computer vision based system can help detect cracks and monitor undesirable and unsafe condition in the energy industry.

The geographic information system (GiS) and location intelligence, has been used in recent times to map major cities and set aside areas where rooftop solar panel can be installed, AI helps to make such tough decisions, the selected rooftops have maximum sunlight and is less prone to weather attack.

Improvement of Saftey

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In the oil and gas industry, some place are unsafe for humans, such places maybe areas with high concentration of Hydrogen sulphide, an AI based solution can reduce the potential harm and damage to human lives when deployed in such environment.

What happens to lives and properties when pipelines fail/burst? valuable liquids are lost, there may also be resultant fire which will destroy whatever is left of the system, especially gas fires. AI based solutions has helped to reduce the chances of unsafe conditions that could lead to losses.

Data from computer vision enabled camera are now being fed into powerful AI algorithms which sends alerts and recommendations that helps monitor and prevent workers from neglecting safety rules.

Enhanced Decision making

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“Big data” a term highly associated with the energy industry, oil and Gas operations generate massive amount of data, using conventional methods it will be difficult to make meaning out of Big Data.

Unsupervised learning a branch of machine learning which is a branch of AI can help find pattern in massive or big data, making decision making more precise and accurate. AI based analytics solutions help to reduce the time spent before a decision could be reached.

The use of AI powered tools is currently helping geoscientist to make a better sense of larger exploration data, leading to cost efficient operations.

Asset Management


Asset manangement AI are programs can take data and predict things like the next failure on a piece of equipment.

Asset management AI uses data to look at historical averages and curves can predict where the next failure is likely to happen.

This allows the asset management team to step in before it happens, saving valuable time, other resources, reputation, and above all, keeping employees safe. This will have an invaluable positive economic impact on any company that chooses this form of solution.

AI powered chat bots


Imagine being able to solve a problem even before it arises, an AI powered chat bot can help make such a situation possible, when new workers go along with an AI powered chat bot it provides them valuable information that can guide and help them as they work over time.

Using voice feedback, workers can access a data base and extract valuable information as at when needed, they can send a vocal query, search the internet and get a vocal feedback or response.


 Markets report estimates the value of AI in the oil & gas industry will reach $2.85 billion by 2022. From planning and forecasting to surveying and facility management, AI is currently helping to improve the oil and gas and overall energy industry in ways that it’s never seen before. Technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT) are heavily revolutionizing the energy industry too.


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