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OE: 2014 / August

Friday, 01 August 2014 15:13

Faces of the Industry: Cindy Yeilding

Faces of the Industry is a monthly series dedicated to taking readers behind the job titles to learn more about key influencers and risk takers…
Friday, 01 August 2014 15:06

The SPE ‘guardian angel’

Anthony Onukwu, SPE Aberdeen chairman. SPE Aberdeen chairman Anthony Onukwu reflects on society’s impact on the North Sea oil and gas industry as the Aberdeen section…
The Inez H. Eymard lift boat. Photo from Nick Welz, Tetra Tech Inc. Dominion Virginia Power is using L/B Inez H. Eymard for geotechnical site work…
Friday, 01 August 2014 11:44

Building a safety case

Girish U. Pai, Devendra Awadhiya and Zubin Fatakia discuss the evolution of safety case in designs for offshore platforms. Offshore installations are exposed to nature’s…
Friday, 01 August 2014 10:55

Building an offshore HSEQ ecosystem

Shore-side command centers are the hub for offshore communications and rescue coordination efforts. Images from McMurdo Group.  McMurdo Group’s Remi Julien discusses how different technologies…
The Mariner development concept. Images from Statoil.  The Mariner heavy oil field took 40 years, 12 oil companies, five seismic surveys, and 18 exploration/appraisal wells…
Friday, 01 August 2014 10:03

Norway’s challenges and opportunities

Ingrid Sølvberg, director for the Norwegian and Barents seas, Norwegian Petroleum Directorate. Photo from UTC.  Challenges to produce new areas, like the Barents, and extend…
Friday, 01 August 2014 09:30

Flying high

A Cyberhawk ROAV in flight. Photos from Cyberhawk. Chris Fleming explains how using remotely operated aerial vehicles for inspections are reducing plant shutdowns at oil and…
Friday, 01 August 2014 09:04

Wind power gains

The HelWin2 converter platform being transported. More than 3.8GW of offshore wind transmission capacity is being installed by TenneT offshore northern Europe. Meg Chesshyre found…
Friday, 01 August 2014 08:51

Subsea realities

Rising subsea development costs have led Statoil to set a target for 20-30% cost reduction on projects. Elaine Maslin reports from the Underwater Technology Conference.…
Friday, 01 August 2014 08:07

Exploring the underexplored

The Cygnus Alpha wellhead platform during installation offshore. Photo from GDF Suez E&P. A new impetus to explore the UK North Sea could help to…
The J-Lay test rig applies a 20 te vertical load via the rollers whilst pulling the product through. Image from Trelleborg Offshore. Specifying the right vortex…
Friday, 01 August 2014 00:00

Colloquy: Marine noise

Underwater noise is recognized as an adverse environmental stress and must be addressed in environmental impact assessments (EIAs). Companies have stepped forward with 3D acoustic…
Friday, 01 August 2014 00:00

Point by point: intervention

In advance of OE’s 2014 Deepwater Intervention Forum held in Galveston, Texas, Managing Editor Audrey Leon spoke with representatives of Helix Energy Solutions, FMC Technologies,…
Friday, 01 August 2014 00:00

Intervention allies

Sarah Parker Musarra spoke with FTO Services’ Vidar Sten-Halvorsen to learn more about the new Island Performer intervention vessel, a product of the joint venture…
    Daniel Camerini at Ativatec’s workshop at UFRJ’s Technology Center in Rio de Janeiro. Photo by Claudio Paschoa.  Claudio Paschoa discusses deepwater intervention equipment…
Friday, 01 August 2014 00:00

Sampling the pre-salt

  Internal and external rupture disks. Photos from Halliburton.  Halliburton’s Antônio Mataruco, Flávio Dias, and Fernando Marcançola discuss the first fully acoustic-telemetry downhole sampling operation…
Friday, 01 August 2014 00:00

Planning for success

Optimum completion. Photo from Weatherford. Weatherford’s Yvonne McAnally and Ben Lake show how collaboration and integrated methodology delivered an operator’s first subsea well project in Norway.…
Friday, 01 August 2014 00:00

Metal-to-metal completion technology

Metalmorphology is the process of shaping metal downhole to provide a metal-to-metal, gas-tight seal for the life of the well. Photos from Meta. Well integrity…
Secondary mechanical pressure barriers could help ease regulatory bodies’ concerns around effective zonal isolation in wells.  The Cytadel ZX packer can be activated by dropping…
Friday, 01 August 2014 00:00

Meeting lifting standards

The Heidrun FSU crane in Protea’s yard, Poland. Photo from Protea. Protea has designed its largest crane to date for Statoil’s Heidrun FSU, a project…
Friday, 01 August 2014 00:00

From simulation to WRR

ENI’s Goliat FPSO. Image from ENI Norge.  Offshore lifting combines heavy offshore assets with detailed analysis and product care. Elaine Maslin found out more at the…
Friday, 01 August 2014 00:00

Bringing decommissioning to life

Sarah Parker Musarra examines decommissioning in the Gulf of Mexico, and how these facilities can become fixtures in the surrounding marine life. Reef site High…
Friday, 01 August 2014 00:00

The roadmap to retiring

Images from Decom North Sea More than £40 billion is expected to be spent on decommissioning in the next 25 years in UK waters alone.…
Friday, 01 August 2014 00:00

Combating fatigue

Fig. 1: Illustration of riser acceleration vs. wave height. Images from 2H Offshore.  Michael Long Ge and Himanshu Maheshwari explain a new methodology developed by…
Friday, 01 August 2014 00:00

Testing under tension

Using the tensioner test rig simulator can show how to improve tensioner pad design, says MacKinnon Marine’s Alex MacKinnon. The technical demands on pipeline installers…
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 12:32

P&A problems

The Fugro Synergy. From Fugro Drilling and Well Services. Plugging and abandonment accounts for about 43% of decommissioning costs. Operators and service companies are looking…
In addition to allowing cranes to work safely and effectively in harsh conditions, heave compensation reduces the effect of resonance on the subsea load. Photo from…
Friday, 25 July 2014 11:12

The HPHT challenge

Total E&P UK’s HPHT Elgin Franklin complex. Image from Total E&P UK.  High-pressure, high-temperature developments are on the increase in the UK North Sea. Elaine Maslin…
Friday, 25 July 2014 09:18

Trending upward

Launched in 2010, CGG’s Oceanic Vega is a purpose-built high-capacity seismic vessel optimized for reduced noise and fuel consumption. It carries DNV-CLEAN notation for the…