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Upstream, Midstream and Downstream

Even if you are not working in the oil and natural gas industry, chances are you’ve heard these terms before. But do you know what exactly they mean? If your answer to this question is "No", this blog post can help.

Knowledge
11.06.2021
Boris Mette
Estimated read time: 3 minute/s

Upstream, Midstream and Downstream

Even if you are not working in the oil and natural gas industry, chances are you’ve heard these terms before. But do you know what exactly they mean? If your answer to this question is "No", this blog post can help.

Knowledge
11.06.2021
Boris Mette
Estimated read time: 3 minute/s

Segments of the oil and gas industry

Upstream refers to exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas, midstream is the transportation and storage of crude oil and natural gas, downstream refers to the conversion of crude oil and natural gas into thousands of finished products.

Upstream, Midstream and Downstream

Upstream

The term upstream refers to anything having to do with the exploration and production of oil and natural gas. Geologic surveys and any information gathering used to locate specific areas where minerals are likely to be found is commonly called exploration. Upstream also includes the steps involved in the actual drilling and bringing oil and natural gas resources to the surface, referred to as production.

Midstream

The midstream segment of the oil and natural gas industry refers to anything required to transport and store crude oil and natural gas before they are refined and processed into fuels and key elements needed to make a very long list of products we all depend on every day. Midstream also includes pipelines and all the infrastructure needed to move these resources long distances, such as pumping stations, tank trucks, rail tank cars and transcontinental tankers.

Downstream

The final sector of the oil and natural gas industry is known as downstream. This includes everything involved in turning crude oil and natural gas into thousands of finished products we use every day.

Some of the more obvious products are fuels like gasoline, diesel, kerosene, jet fuels, heating oils and asphalt for building roads.

But long-chain hydrocarbons found in both oil and natural gas are used to make far less obvious products like synthetic rubbers, fertilizers, preservatives, containers, and plastics for parts in countless products.

Oil and natural gas products are even used to make artificial limbs, hearing aids and flame-retardant clothing to protect firefighters. In fact, paints, dyes, fibers and just about anything that is manufactured has some connection to oil and natural gas.

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