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OE: 2017 / May

Monday, 01 May 2017 00:00

The journey from Tupi to Lula

Jerry Lee profiles the development of Brazil’s giant Lula field, offshore Rio de Janeiro. The FPSO Cidade de São Vicente was brought in to perform…
Monday, 01 May 2017 00:00

E&P goes green

Elaine Maslin looks at efforts to breathe new life into old oil and gas platforms, such as refitting for renewable energy, while also cutting CO2…
Wood Mackenzie’s Caitlin Shaw provides perspective on the subsea market and how the industry will redefine a “good” year. An illustration of the Mad Dog…
Monday, 01 May 2017 00:00

Ready to start

Decommissioning in Western Europe is set to boom after numerous false starts, says Douglas Westwood’s Ben Wilby. The Troll A platform. Photo: Statoil/Øyvind Hagen. Decommissioning…
Monday, 01 May 2017 00:00

Coming full circle

Elaine Maslin reports on a new joint industry project, led by Intecsea, which aims to apply lessons learned to reduce decommissioning costs by building them…
Monday, 01 May 2017 00:00

Building capacity

Yards are actively building capacity for onshore removals as North Sea decommissioning starts to pick up pace. Elaine Maslin reports. Taking aim at Yme: Pioneering…
Monday, 01 May 2017 00:00

End of life or afterlife?

Susan Gourvenec offers a down under outlook for decommissioning offshore oil and gas facilities. Operating pipelines provide habitat for marine life. Photos from Woodside. Australia’s…
Monday, 01 May 2017 00:00

Delta day arrives

Final preparations are being made for what will be the heaviest ever offshore lift and the first of the once prolific Brent field platforms removals…
Monday, 01 May 2017 00:00

Danger from above

Chris Corcoran, of ABS, highlights the importance of further improving safety to reduce the number of dropped object incidents on offshore facilities. Statistics show that…
Monday, 01 May 2017 00:00

A holy separation grail

In the technology maturity stakes, subsea separation could perhaps be described as one of the ugly sisters in the subsea processing world. But, perhaps Cinderella…
Monday, 01 May 2017 00:00

Separation simple

Norway’s Seabed Separation says simple is the best way to go by exploiting an understanding of the well stream. Elaine Maslin reports. Image from iStock.…
Monday, 01 May 2017 00:00

Let’s get SubCool

Dehydration on the seafloor could help build a business case for stranded gas deposits. Elaine Maslin reports. Australia’s SubCool has developed a hybrid solution for…
Monday, 01 May 2017 00:00

E-luminating the deeps

Eelume has made a splash with its snake-like underwater robot, despite its lithe form not initially having been destined for a life subsea. Elaine Maslin…
Monday, 01 May 2017 00:00

Managing risers using data

Himanshu Maheshwari and Bulent Mercan, of 2H Offshore, discuss how a well-designed integrity monitoring program provides data for riser digital operations. Fig 1: Large gap…
Greg Myers, of GE Oil & Gas, explains how the digital transformation of offshore assets enables a competitive advantage by reducing excessive inspection and maintenance…
Monday, 01 May 2017 00:00

Improving umbilical design

Technip’s Maurice Anderson discusses the benefits of using new software for designing umbilicals. Design software and cross section design. Images from Technip. The design of…
Monday, 01 May 2017 00:00

Flexible to the core

Northeast England has a heritage when it comes to the shipping and offshore industries. Elaine Maslin reports on how JDR and GE Wellstream are keeping…
Monday, 01 May 2017 00:00

Sticky business

Offshore enhanced oil recovery pilots in the North Sea are paving the way towards helping to get more heavy oil out of the ground. Elaine…
Monday, 01 May 2017 00:00

The pressure is on

Quietly, but surely, high-pressure, high-temperature expertise is being developed on the UK Continental Shelf. Elaine Maslin sets out the detail. Action on Alder. Photos from…
Monday, 01 May 2017 00:00

High-temperature target

Jerry Lee examines how Schlumberger’s PowerDrive ICE ultraHT RSS enabled Pemex to drill a high temperature well in Mexico’s shallow Sureste Basin. The proprietary electronics…
Monday, 01 May 2017 00:00

2020: A Digital Odyssey?

Operators have their sights set on digital, but it’s no walk in the park, from unravelling current operating systems to accessing the computing power needed.…
Monday, 01 May 2017 00:00

Teaching machines to speak drilling

Maana’s Jeff Dalgliesh discusses a recent project with Chevron aimed at training a machine to understand how drillers describe problems encountered during operations. Image from…
Monday, 01 May 2017 00:00

Getting a grip on data

Most workers don’t make anything real anymore – they make data. Daniel Brown, of Common Data Access, ponders whether the oil and gas industry can…
Monday, 01 May 2017 00:00

The robot race

A competition to develop an offshore autonomous robot has helped iron out some of the issues that will need resolving to take this technology offshore.…
Monday, 01 May 2017 00:00

Thunder (Horse) rolls

Audrey Leon profiles the Thunder Horse field, speaking with project manager Steve Raymer about the BP-operated field’s most recent expansion project, which came in 11…
Monday, 01 May 2017 00:00

Mexico’s big opportunity

Audrey Leon chats with Statoil’s Helge Hove Haldorsen about the positive results emerging from Mexico’s energy reform, how it compares to Statoil’s own experience as…
Monday, 01 May 2017 00:00

Churning around?

Prospects are looking up in the US Gulf of Mexico as operators make final investment decisions. EIC’s Jake Gillian outlines activity in the area.  …
Monday, 01 May 2017 00:00

Demanding work

Jerry Lee reports on the development of Weatherford’s latest advancement in underreamer technology, the RipTide RFID. The premium cutter blocks on the RipTide drilling reamer…
Monday, 01 May 2017 00:00

Managing the pressure

AFGlobal sheds light on its launch of a key RGH component for deepwater MPD operations. For deepwater, subsea applications, the Active Control Device offers a…
Monday, 01 May 2017 00:00

Simply electrifying

Ahead of the Underwater Technology Conference (UTC) in Bergen this June, Elaine Maslin spoke with program chairman Nils Arne Sølvik and Statoil’s Chief Engineer Subsea…