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OE: 2017 / March

Wednesday, 01 March 2017 00:00

Survival mode

Leslie Cook, of Wood Mackenzie, examines falling dayrates in the floating rigs sector, and the view out to 2020. Graph sources: Wood Mackenzie As the…
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 00:00

Waiting for the bright side

2016 was a year of huge challenges for the offshore drilling rig sector as the low oil price environment and reduced E&P spending continued to…
Over enthusiasm in the recent floating rig building cycle has led to an ultra deepwater “hangover” that will take several years of recovery, says Liz…
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 00:00

Neural networking by design

Artificial neural networks are being used to help design floating production system hulls in the concept and front-end engineering phases. Elaine Maslin reports. Libra and…
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 00:00

Fixed platforms, shifting markets

Infield Systems’ Neda Djahansouzi gives a flavor of the forecasted fixed platform market in 2017-2021, while we let some figures speak for themselves. Sources: Infield…
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 00:00

Starting from the (ocean) bottom

A seismic shift – pun intended – has been made in ocean bottom node technology. It is being made more efficient and cheaper to deploy,…
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 00:00

ERD wells push distance boundaries

Scott Weeden looks at new developments in extended reach drilling, which include managing vibrations, thereby allowing the BHA and bit to stay on bottom longer…
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 00:00

The lifting business

Audrey Leon chats with Schlumberger, Baker Hughes and Weatherford to learn about the latest technologies available for artificial lift. Dedicated Schlumberger surveillance engineers monitor alarms…
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 00:00

Faster start-up

Ronnie Bains, of Emerson Process Management, explains how the use of dynamic simulations and operator training systems can support engineering and workforce training to help…
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 00:00

Operating in the margins

With more than 3 billion boe up for grabs, the race is on to find ways to unlock the remaining oil and gas in around…
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 00:00

Fanning the (E&P) flames

All eyes may be on Guyana, but there’s plenty of other countries worthy of attention in South America. Audrey Leon surveys the current spike in…
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 00:00

South American Spotlight

Old and new provinces continue to bring forth new activity in Latin America, from new finds in Guyana to the ongoing pre-salt programs in Brazil.…