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OE: 2016 / April

Sunday, 01 May 2016 00:00

What role for NOCs?

In 1975, the UK’s national oil company (NOC), BNOC, was formed. It didn’t last long, while others are still going strong. Alex Kemp takes a…
Friday, 01 April 2016 00:00

Non-intrusive surveillance

Expro is currently collecting real-time data to support production optimization from brownfield wells using a non-intrusive wellhead surveillance technology. John McKay, Expro, explains.  ActiveSONAR. Images…
Friday, 01 April 2016 00:00

Stop selling us short

Recent increases in crude prices and oil stocks belie the reality that exploration and production activity continues to weaken and there is no prospect of…
Friday, 01 April 2016 00:00

Egypt’s breadbasket

Italian major Eni has found what could be the biggest gas deposit in the Mediterranean and the company is eager to develop it. Jerry Lee…
Friday, 01 April 2016 00:00

Proof of concept

This year, Allseas’ Pioneering Spirit mega-vessel is finally due to set out into the seas to perform its first heavy lift. Elaine Maslin provides an…
Friday, 01 April 2016 00:00

Let’s get predictable

If topsides asset integrity management is a bane, imagine looking after subsea assets. Elaine Maslin reports on the challenges associated with keeping up with both…
Friday, 01 April 2016 00:00

Laser light

In a short period of time, subsea laser scanning has sprung up as a new viable option for subsea imaging and measurement. Elaine Maslin takes…
Friday, 01 April 2016 00:00

Show me the data

Two components are failing 10 times more than they should in the subsea space, says Sture Angelsen, business development manager for certification and risk advisory…
Friday, 01 April 2016 00:00

Cracking the code

Scot McNeill and Kenneth Bhalla, of Stress Engineering Services, show how measured data coupled with engineering analysis can increase asset utilization. To date, the oil…
Friday, 01 April 2016 00:00

Life goes on

Elaine Maslin takes a look at the Dan Bravo complex offshore Denmark, which, at 44 years old, has a new lease on life thanks to…
Friday, 01 April 2016 00:00

Getting fishy

The race is on to create an autonomous, resident underwater vehicle capable of long-term inspection operations and eventually a level of intervention. Elaine Maslin takes a…
Friday, 01 April 2016 00:00

Robots in disguise

Elaine Maslin speaks with Oceaneering about its latest underwater technologies and its thoughts on the future of the ROV and AUV industry. The NEXXUS ROV…
Friday, 01 April 2016 00:00

Keeping it simple

Sometimes it’s not all about throwing the latest bells and whistles at a production facility – its best to keep it simple. Elaine Maslin looks…
Friday, 01 April 2016 00:00

Keeping a stiff upper lip

There’s a lot of doom and gloom in the North Sea as operators battle to make operating costs profitable. Yet, it’s not all bad on…
Friday, 01 April 2016 00:00

Team work

Weatherford and Chevron teamed up to develop a LWD service capable of running in high temperature environments, such as the Gulf of Thailand. Jerry Lee…
Friday, 01 April 2016 00:00

X-ray vision

When people think about X-rays, they most likely think about hospitals or maybe even pipeline inspection. Elaine Maslin examines how X-rays could be deployed in…
Friday, 01 April 2016 00:00

PDA on the drillfloor

The lack of automation in the oil and gas industry is a puzzle to Brian Evans from Curtin University, Australia. Elaine Maslin learned how he hopes to redress the situation.…
Friday, 01 April 2016 00:00

Automating drilling fluid analysis

Clint Galliano and André Rand of Halliburton; and Steve Sparling and Pat Watson of Anadarko Petroleum discuss how automated, real-time measurement of fluid density and…
Friday, 01 April 2016 00:00

Sea of opportunity

Heather Saucier examines the geology of the Mediterranean and North African region, and assesses where more discoveries could be made. The location of four assessment units in…
Friday, 01 April 2016 00:00

Bucking the trend

Chad Barnes reports that contrary to current industry norms, contracting activity in the Eastern Mediterranean and North Africa region is on the rise. The Eastern Mediterranean gas…
Friday, 01 April 2016 00:00

OTC: adapting to new realities

The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) returns to Houston with strategies for adapting to the new normal. Images from OTC. In its 48th run, the 2016…
Friday, 01 April 2016 00:00

Welding to West of Shetland

The North Sea is facing some tough challenges. Elaine Maslin spoke with Brenda Wyllie, who aims to confront those challenges as part of the industry’s…