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OE: 2016 / December

Friday, 02 December 2016 13:17

A new twist on an old polymer

Audrey Leon speaks with California-based Materia about a resin the firm hopes will make waves for subsea thermal insulation and other deepwater buoyancy applications. Proxima…
Thursday, 01 December 2016 15:01

Open water abandonment

Audrey Leon speaks with Helix Energy Solutions Group’s David Carr about a new system from the Subsea Services Alliance, which seeks to safely drive down…
Thursday, 01 December 2016 00:00

Mighty Murchison – End of an era

After more than three decades’ production, the mighty Murchison platform was finally down-manned this year. Work to dismantle the 25,000-tonne topsides is ongoing. Elaine Maslin…
Thursday, 01 December 2016 00:00

Up against Ospar

In Europe, and in other regions, the guiding principle for the rules governing oil and gas infrastructure decommissioning have been a return to a clean…
Thursday, 01 December 2016 00:00

Dedicated to decommissioning

The offshore lifting market for decommissioning has been relatively small so far, but it won’t stay that way. Elaine Maslin looks at some new concepts…
Thursday, 01 December 2016 00:00

Platforms, naturally!

After proving a deft hand at reusing topsides, Engie is now looking to do the same with jackets – but instead of moving them to…
Thursday, 01 December 2016 00:00

To extend or end?

Operators in mature basins are facing decisions about whether to invest in life extension projects or bite the decommissioning bullet. Elaine Maslin sets out the…
Thursday, 01 December 2016 00:00

Composite composure

Elaine Maslin surveys some of the firms creating new solutions for bonded thermoplastic composite pipes. Magma’s 2in jumper being put to the test at Oceaneering’s…
Thursday, 01 December 2016 00:00

Getting down to deep business

Despite oil’s instability over the last few years, the underwater vehicle market is set for modest growth as well as a breakthrough in resident vehicle…
Thursday, 01 December 2016 00:00

Fighting wellhead fatigue

Jerry Lee examines Trendsetter Engineering’s Tether BOP system, which aims to curb fatigue and improve wellhead performance. Close-up of a pile top assembly. Images from Trendsetter…
Thursday, 01 December 2016 00:00

Cooking with gas

John Sheehan reports from French cables group Nexans’ technology round table, and finds how the firm is staying afloat during the downturn. Nexans’ Skagerrak installation…
Thursday, 01 December 2016 00:00

Fertile fiber 

New products, more data and leaner ways of working can change the way the industry identifies, develops and produces reserves. AnTech’s Tim Mitchell outlines the…
Thursday, 01 December 2016 00:00

A CT first

Seeking additional gains from subsea wells on a tight budget has paved the way for the implementation of a new technology to the market. Elaine…
Thursday, 01 December 2016 00:00

Wireless wells 

For the first time, wireless technology has been used downhole on a subsea well. John Sheehan speaks with FMC Technologies to learn more. Communicating beneath…
Thursday, 01 December 2016 00:00

Making strides: 2016

2016 has been a year of challenges for the oil and gas industry. Audrey Leon surveys some of the year’s notable starts. Shell’s Stones project…
Thursday, 01 December 2016 00:00

2016’s Top Finds

Elaine Maslin reports on the year’s top discoveries to date. The largest discoveries were smaller in 2016, but the average ranged between 396-524 MMboe. Atwood…
Thursday, 01 December 2016 00:00

Troubling trends

For the offshore oilfield equipment and services industries, 2016 was a difficult year. Douglas Westwood’s Joel Hancock looks forward to see if there is a…