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OE: 2016 / September

Thursday, 01 September 2016 00:00

Beginning of the end

Putting the Brent field online in 1976 was a feat. Decommissioning the field’s four massive platforms is equally challenging. Elaine Maslin sets out Shell’s latest…
Thursday, 01 September 2016 00:00

Breaking new frontiers

Shell’s Stones development will be home to the Gulf of Mexico’s second FPSO, but while it may be No. 2, the FPSO may hold a…
Thursday, 01 September 2016 00:00

Keeping afloat

The market for floating production systems may have stalled, but FPSs will still be a key part of the offshore technology tool kit, outlines Douglas-Westwood’s…
Thursday, 01 September 2016 00:00

Back to the drawing board

SBM Offshore’s Fast4Ward project aims to cut costs for FPSOs by standardizing as much as possible. The Dutch firm sets out the details. Modules under…
Thursday, 01 September 2016 00:00

Passing the test

Dutch heavy weight Allseas has marked its biggest milestone yet. As OE went to press, the firm announced that its mega-vessel, the US$2.7 billion Pioneering…
Thursday, 01 September 2016 00:00

Swimming against the tide

Upper position outboard. Images from AXTech. Some companies are looking to reverse the trend of heavier duty vessels with complex deck equipment. Elaine Maslin looks…
Thursday, 01 September 2016 00:00

Liftmore

A corner of Norway has something of a heritage when it comes to cranes and lifting equipment. The area has developed its own cluster, which…
Thursday, 01 September 2016 00:00

Rapid mobilization

Speed is of the essence on some projects and that’s just what SAL Offshore faced offshore Alaska. Elaine Maslin reports. MV Svenja installing the monopod. Photos…
Thursday, 01 September 2016 00:00

Electrifying

The all-electric subsea Xmas tree, complete with electric downhole safety valve, has finally made its debut. Elaine Maslin spoke to Total’s Frederic Garnaud about the…
Thursday, 01 September 2016 00:00

Seeing the (electric) light

While French oil major Total has demonstrated the first all-electric Xmas tree, Norway’s Statoil is eager to do the same. Elaine Maslin examines the subsea…
Thursday, 01 September 2016 00:00

E-volving umbilicals

The move towards all-electric subsea facilities will precipitate an evolution in umbilical design. Alan Dobson outlines the challenges and what is already available for the…
Thursday, 01 September 2016 00:00

Point of no return – injection accuracy

The dawn of ultrasonic flowmeter technology increases chemical dosage accuracy, says Cameron’s David Simpson. In the subsea environment, accuracy of inhibitor dosage is paramount. The…
Thursday, 01 September 2016 00:00

Old fields, new tricks

Time and greater understanding makes most people and companies look at projects and assets differently and it’s no different for oilfields. Elaine Maslin reports from…
Thursday, 01 September 2016 00:00

A 21st century platform

Applying digital technology to the Culzean HPHT development could provide efficiency savings of at least US$10 million per annum and introduce the iPad and tablet…
Thursday, 01 September 2016 00:00

Sound advice

Being able to see what is happening downhole real-time is one thing. Having the subject matter experts on the job, see the same data, as…
Thursday, 01 September 2016 00:00

The South American offshore boom

The South American offshore market is back on the heat map, due to Exxon’s major Guyana discovery and Statoil’s interest in Brazil’s Carcará, says Rystad…
Thursday, 01 September 2016 00:00

Rio games

Brazil has been a global leader in deepwater technology. If it can put its troubles behind, it has a real opportunity to be the world…
Thursday, 01 September 2016 00:00

Brazilian uptick

A number of key contracts were awarded in 1H 2016 in Brazil, pointing to a recovery of the local oil and gas sector. The Polvo…
Thursday, 01 September 2016 00:00

Collaboration, Bach and subsea processing

Elaine Maslin profiles Statoil’s project manager technology development and UTC conference moderator Simon Davies. Simon Davies. Photo from Statoil.  Over the past three years, Simon…