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OE: 2013 / August

Thursday, 01 August 2013 00:00

A technology-fueled future

The Next 50 Years is the strap-line of this year’s SPE Offshore Europe— underpinning those five decades will be technology, says BP’s North Sea regional…
Thursday, 01 August 2013 00:00

Colombia’s promising future

The next few years could see major investments in Colombian waters and last year’s bid round has independents, NOCs, and majors heading to the country’s…
Thursday, 01 August 2013 00:00

Mexico’s deep water

Pemex Exploration and Production has recently drilled three successful wells testing the deepwater Perdido Fold Belt, but questions remain about the NOC’s timing to develop…
The offshore oil and gas industry has changed tremendously over the last several years. Moving into deeper waters has created challenges in operations that would…
Thursday, 01 August 2013 00:00

Monitoring is only the beginning

Sophisticated monitoring systems on floating production systems can provide real time information for operational support and to improve performance, but a holistic approach is needed…
Thursday, 01 August 2013 00:00

Using VIEC to enhance oil separation

Wärtsilä’s acquisition of the British-headquartered, global engineering company Hamworthy early in 2012 has added a portfolio of high technology products and systems to the Finnish…
As subsea production systems are entering a new era, Statoil is finding that designing, qualifying and installing the subsea factory is just the start—the future…
Thursday, 01 August 2013 00:00

Heavy lifting gets versatile

The global offshore heavy lift market is fragmented, but evolving, with new vessels expected to bring a step change in capability and flexibility. Elaine Maslin…
Thursday, 01 August 2013 00:00

Advances in bollard pull testing technology

Many arguments about the capabilities of a tug can be quickly settled when you can conduct a full-ahead power, bollard pull test. “Many captains will…
Thursday, 01 August 2013 00:00

The heave compensation conundrum

Active heave compensation has become a must-have for offshore lifting and landing. But is it the best solution? Heave compensation systems were introduced to the…
Thursday, 01 August 2013 00:00

Protecting subsea hydraulic systems

Determining accumulator best suited for an application depends on the environment in which it will operate, reliability, and maintenance cost. Accumulators are energy storage devices…
A new report shines a spotlight on the UK’s decommissioning supply-chain’s future needs. The latest estimate of future spending on decommissioning in the UK Continental…
The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has jurisdiction over decommissioning of “idle iron” wells and structures, pipelines, and the Rigs-to-Reefs program. According to…
Shales are very fine-grained, clastic rocks that lose porosity through compaction. Sedimentary basins typically contain about 70% shale, Figure 1. Quantifying shale properties helps with…
Technology can be transferred from the Gulf of Mexico to new markets such as the North Sea and beyond. Scott Adams, sales manager of Decommissioning…
Analysis: Perspectives President Enrique Peña Nieto recently announced that he will send a “transformational” energy reform bill to Mexico’s Congress in the coming months in…
Thursday, 01 August 2013 00:00

ThoughtStream: Mexico’s moment

ThoughtStream: Opinion Mexico is among the ten largest oil producers in the world. This country has made important structural changes to improve economic performance and…
Colloquy: Editor’s Column American oceanographer Dr. Sylvia A. Earle recently received the Hubbard Medal, the National Geographic Society’s highest honor, recognizing “leadership in exploration, science,…