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OE: 2013 / January

Engineers from the US Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have developed a new wireless underwater communication system to control ROVs in real-time. This new method…
Tuesday, 01 January 2013 00:00

A world well-supplied

Natural gas is still not a global fungible commodity, although the LNG trade steadily grows as projects and the global fleet expand. ExxonMobil thinks that…
Nina M. Rach COLLOQUY: Editor's Column Despite the widespread pop-culture interpretation of the Mayan calendar, the world did not end in an apocalypse on 21…
Tuesday, 01 January 2013 00:00

Arctic Technology Awards

Shawn Rice and Joe Gagliardi (center) accepted the award for ION. Presenting the award are OTC Board of Directors Chairman Steve Balint (left), Shell, and…
Delegates at the Arctic Technology Conference, held recently in Houston, examined the potential of the region to the oil & gas industry. Victor Schmidt and…
Tuesday, 01 January 2013 00:00

Containment system soon in operation

Click to enlargeFigure 1. Permits in deepwater numbered 76 by end-2012, enabled by the MWCC system. Source: MWCC. In the wake of Macondo, something was…
Tuesday, 01 January 2013 00:00

Cyber war opens new front

Increased automation offshore means oil & gas companies have far more systems that are vulnerable to computer viruses. Gregory Hale and Richard Sale investigate how…
Tuesday, 01 January 2013 00:00

Data Integrity

OE talked to Steve Knowles, president and CEO of Wood Group Mustang, asking ‘what will be the most important things in the coming years?’ Knowles:…
The challenges of drilling in the Arctic have become so multifaceted it’s hard to know what position folks line up behind. If it were just…
Tuesday, 01 January 2013 00:00

Overcoming the global weakness

During the past few years, annual change in global oil demand has been running 0.8-1%/year and the International Energy Agency (IEA) forecasts it to continue…
Tuesday, 01 January 2013 00:00

Planning on a better future

Andrew McBarnet If there was such a thing as an annual horoscope for the marine seismic and related geophysical businesses, then in the coming year…
Chevron needed to survey 14 sites in the Gulf of Mexico, most of which were slated for decommissioning, so it hired Lockheed Martin to deploy…
The Gulfstar FPS, a three-deck, wet-tree spar, is a standardized design with oil and gas gathering, production handling, gas processing,and an export pipeline. The design…
The trend toward deeper, more remote offshore oilfields is driving step-by-step automation of subsea operations while the oil industry awaits its science-fiction dream machine –…
Tuesday, 01 January 2013 00:00

The big picture

US crude and condensate production has been falling since 1972 with only a couple brief periods of respite or flattening downward. Most analysts felt that…
Tuesday, 01 January 2013 00:00

ThoughtStream: Sale of the century

Last month, Noble Energy, the Houston company that has played a vital role in drilling and confirming massive deepwater natural gas deposits (some of the…
The Atwood Advantage dockside at Daewoo’s yard in South Korea. The newest ultra-deepwater drillships joining the fleet this year will be capable of working in…