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GETTING TO VALUE WITH BLOCKCHAIN IN OIL & GAS

WHY BLOCKCHAIN?

The energy industry has its share of challenges. Challenges that could be greatly reduced—if not eliminated—by greater efficiency and transparency.

But to get there, the industry must pivot from outdated trading platforms and less-than-secure documentation to technology that can bring the industry more completely into the digital age.

Enter blockchain. From secure distributed ledgers to smart contracts, blockchain is becoming essential in many industries.

  • Securing and simplifying energy trading, billing and payment.
  • Managing unwieldy, complex supply chains.
  • Responding to regulation requiring massive documentation.

As oil and gas companies exploit digital for efficiency and growth—what Accenture calls Leading in the New—blockchain will be part of the essential technology mix they will use to create real value.

BLOCKCHAIN OIL & GAS BROCHURE [PDF]

More than $1.6 billion in assets are now being administered via blockchain globally, a growth of 1,600% between 2013 and 2016.i

1 Blockchain could be the missing link in the renewable energy revolution, World Economic Forum © 2018 .

HOW IS OIL & GAS USING BLOCKCHAIN ?

Picture this: Being able to easily and quickly follow a secure trail of documentation to verify contractors, employees and experts are who they say they are and carry the credentials they claim. Knowing that within a matter of seconds, any company site around the globe can access their proof of identity and completed background check, compliance with safety training and specialized permits granted.

Now imagine being able to substantially slash the high transaction costs of energy trading—eliminating costly exchange and broker fees. Or cutting the high operational costs of post-trade settlements. Blockchains allow peer-to-peer interactions that do just that.

Blockchain can help the energy industry with these issues and more because it allows trust to be technologically embedded into the very nature of transactions. With blockchain, all entities involved in a transaction use an established, distributed network of computers that records and stores every transaction or exchange of data that occurs in the network.

WHAT ISSUES DOES BLOCKCHAIN ADDRESS?

Oil and gas companies have focused most of their technology innovation on core front-line operations—from augmented reality to help train workers, to the latest drilling technology. Blockchain can do for the back-office what other emerging technologies have done for the front office.

Energy companies are already beginning to use blockchain for a variety of issues:

 

HYDROCARBON TRACKING

Regulated substance tracking and reporting

TRADE FINANCE

Letters of credit/indemnity, handling demurrage

COMMERCIAL FLEET TRACKING

Monitor metrics and location of fleet

CONNECTED CAR

Distributed fuel consumption and behavioral tracking

DOWNSTREAM / RETAIL B2C PAYMENTS

Accepting Bitcoin payments

COMMODITY TRADING

Market Trading and Intercompany settlements

JOINT VENTURE ACCOUNTING & PROCURE TO PAY

Distributed shared ledger between entities

INTRAGROUP BILLING

Settlement and cost recovery between businesses

MEET OUR LEADERS

Richard H. Holsman

Richard H. Holsman
Managing Director, Accenture Resources

Graham Richter

Graham Richter
Managing Director, Accenture Technology

Emmanuel Viale

Emmanuel Viale
Managing Director, Accenture Technology

Pierre Mawet

Pierre Mawet
Managing Director, Accenture Consulting

Richard Meszaros

Richard Meszaros
Managing Director, Accenture Digital

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