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OE: 2014 / November

Scientific drilling confirmed the presence of natural gas hydrates on the North and Central American continental shelves in late 1970s and early 1980s, but it…
Tuesday, 04 November 2014 07:52

Addressing the challenges of obsolescence

Obsolescence is not a new issue for the offshore energy industry, however, it remains an insidious creeping plague, which hides in the wake of new…
Flying offshore is one of the world's safest commutes. Offshore activity drives the global market for oil and gas-related helicopter services, which is estimated to…
Monday, 03 November 2014 15:20

Frosty Relations

How much does Russia’s oil and gas industry stand to lose in light of increasing Western sanctions? Sarah Parker Musarra reports. In April 2014, the…
Monday, 03 November 2014 14:37

New lease on life

ABS Group’s Brian Gibbs and David Hua discuss long-term strategies to extend the service life of aging offshore assets. Structural integrity is critical to sustaining…
Monday, 03 November 2014 13:45

Aging infrastructure under wraps

Simon Frost explains the role of engineered composite repairs in late life asset management. A tubular brace, having suffered wall loss through external corrosion, was…
Monday, 03 November 2014 12:18

Extending the life of steel catenary risers

John MacDonald and Lee Tran of 2H Offshore discuss a methodology to help operators extend the life of steel catenary risers in order to keep…
Monday, 03 November 2014 12:10

Advancing seismic through advanced science

With its latest software release, Paradigm offers high-definition seismic processing for a general user. Sarah Parker Musarra discussed the powerful new software with Paradigm SVP…
Monday, 03 November 2014 11:29

Close collaboration: drilling with liner

Weatherford discusses how a collaborative approach helped in the planning and execution of a North Sea drilling with liner operation. Fig. 1: Pore, frac, overburden…
Monday, 03 November 2014 09:38

Predicting pressures

With a slightly different approach, hydrodynamic modeling can be used for overpressure prediction in on and offshore environments. Marcell Lux, Ahmed Amran, and Marianna Vincze…
Monday, 03 November 2014 08:57

Engineering for a cold climate

Arctic-ready facilities: meeting the engineering challenge for a new era of offshore exploration. Mark Manton explains. The Sable South Centre module being loaded ready for…
Monday, 03 November 2014 08:21

Increasing the accuracy of uncertainty data

Sharing information about uncertainty budgets for flow meters could lead to a better understanding of measurement systems, says NEL’s Callum Hardie. Photo from NEL. While…
Gazprom Neft, the fourth largest oil producer in Russia and the subsidiary of Gazprom, may consider the possibility of suspension of implementation of several projects on the Russian shelf, due…
Saturday, 01 November 2014 00:00

Faces of the Industry: Alasdair Buchanan

November’s Faces of the Industry takes us to the North Sea market with Alasdair Buchanan, COO of LR Senergy. With a career spanning more than…
Claudio Paschoa provides insights from technical sessions at this year’s Rio Oil & Gas event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Petrobras Geophysics Manager Paulo Johann.…
Saturday, 01 November 2014 00:00

Nanotechnology applied to E&P

Rio Oil & Gas also highlighted the growth in development of nanotechnology within the oil industry. The debate concluded that nanotechnology could definitely be an…
Saturday, 01 November 2014 00:00

Faster than real time

Gregory Hale explains why real-time data transfer doesn’t always cut it in the offshore oil and gas environment. Real-time information is not enough anymore. When…
Mooring failure rates are still higher than industry targets. Assessing past failures could help industry understanding, say Will Brindley and Andrew Cornley. The Blackford Dolphin…
Saturday, 01 November 2014 00:00

Ice-load modeling

A multi-model approach is being used to take into account new phenomena and any number of structures, whatever their type, for ice-load modeling offshore. Philippe…
Saturday, 01 November 2014 00:00

Betting on Hebron

First oil from ExxonMobil’s giant Hebron project off Newfoundland and Labrador is set for 2017. Sarah Parker Musarra received an update on the development from…
Saturday, 01 November 2014 00:00

Electrifying tube bending

A CNC (computer numerical control) tube bending machine with advanced programmability is helping Siemens Subsea Products to improve the precision and production efficiency of subsea…
Saturday, 01 November 2014 00:00

Reaching 20K

GE’s new 20,000psi-rated BOP recently secured a contract with Maersk Drilling as part of BP’s own Project 20K program. Jerry Lee reports on the new…