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OE: 2015 / May

Friday, 01 May 2015 00:00

Remembering the not-so distant past

Given that our issue’s focus is the Gulf of Mexico, it is fitting that we remember the fifth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. On…
Friday, 01 May 2015 00:00

The need for lean

During the past decade, our industry has applied new technologies and adapted old ones that enabled us to meet the world’s energy needs more efficiently,…
Friday, 01 May 2015 00:00

Securing intelligent systems offshore

Often I am asked – what is classification? We get this question a good bit in the offshore industry where the role of class might…
Friday, 01 May 2015 00:00

Border bust-up won’t stop TEN

John Bradbury profiles Tullow Oil’s major TEN development offshore Ghana, its second development in the area following its success at the deepwater Jubilee field. TEN…
Friday, 01 May 2015 00:00

Ready for prime time

Italy is sitting on sizeable untapped gas resources, yet it still imports a large proportion of its gas. Elaine Maslin reports from the Offshore Mediterranean…
Friday, 01 May 2015 00:00

Looking further afield

Italian engineering companies could offer competitive engineering, procurement and construction services in the Mediterranean Sea, should activity pick up, but West Africa is currently the…
Friday, 01 May 2015 00:00

Short-term uncertainties in the deep

Infield Systems’ Catarina Podevyn takes a look at recent oil price movements and market conditions on the deepwater (500m+) capex spending up to 2019. Olympus…
Friday, 01 May 2015 00:00

Laser-like precision

Jerry Lee and Greg App examine how lasers could be used for not just drilling, but for completions and well intervention projects, too. Laser drilled…
Friday, 01 May 2015 00:00

(Em)Bracing innovation

Installed in 65m water depth in 1998, the Siri platform was an innovation. Now, it has taken another innovation – taking onshore cable stay engineering…
Friday, 01 May 2015 00:00

From Russia with tough love

Hardfacing has been given a tungsten carbide boost thanks to chemical vapor deposition technology developed in Russia. Elaine Maslin explains. Hardide reactor loading to perform…
Efficiency, cost-effectiveness and optimized analyses are crucial in upstream asset development. OE spoke with Paradigm’s Indy Chakrabarti to chart the pathway to success. Jeannie Stell…
Halliburton Energy Services’ Harvey J. Fitzpatrick, Jr. shows how wellbore stimulation fluids can increase production. Fig. 1—Example of acid-etching properties of SandStim service. The service…
Friday, 01 May 2015 00:00

Technology-led exploration success

For Shell, exploration isn’t just about the seismic, it’s about joining up the petabytes’ worth of seismic dots between its global team of experts. Meg…
Friday, 01 May 2015 00:00

Carry on carbon

Carbon fiber rods are the way forward for providing umbilicals in deepwater applications, according to one leading subsea contractor. John Bradbury explains. Umbilical load out…
Drilling in deeper waters calls for more advanced technology. Mark R. Luyster provides an overview of recent fluid advances for the completion phase of deepwater…
Friday, 01 May 2015 00:00

Taking the load

Calibrating the 64 load cells on the Snorre A tension leg platform was a lengthy arduous task, until a new solution, installed late 2014, was…
Friday, 01 May 2015 00:00

Spotlight on the Gulf

Ultra-HPHT, other technologies advance despite oil price drop, but actual deployment in Gulf of Mexico could slow. Bruce Nichols puts it in perspective. Anadarko’s Lucius…
Friday, 01 May 2015 00:00

Safety from a design consideration

Preventing corrosion is necessary to avoiding production failures. Leokadia Rucinski and Genesis’ Binder Singh provide details. Fig. 1: A collage of somewhat unusual corrosion phenomena,…
Friday, 01 May 2015 00:00

Offshore heavy oil economics

Jeannie Stell looks at offshore heavy oil development economics with an eye on the current low-price environment. ExxonMobil expects its 52-well Hebron development project offshore…
Friday, 01 May 2015 00:00

Developing KMZ

Jerry Lee provides an overview of Mexico’s Ku-Maloob-Zaap (KMZ) heavy oilfield in the Bay of Campeche. Pemex’s Ku-S central processing installation at the Ku-Maloob-Zaap oilfield…
Friday, 01 May 2015 00:00

Making light work of sand removal

Desanding to stop wellbore tubing clogging-up is nothing new, but FourPhase has developed their own technology to keep the flow going. Neil Meldrum explains. A…
Electronic subsea control modules are being designed to go deeper – and be smaller and lighter. John Bradbury takes a look. Aker Vectus control system…
Friday, 01 May 2015 00:00

Enhanced IM of subsea control systems

Claire Zhao and Dharmik Vadel, of Clarus Subsea Integrity, discuss condition monitoring as a proactive approach to minimizing downtime. Control system failure is one of…
Friday, 01 May 2015 00:00

Putting hydrates under high-pressure

While methanol/glycol cleaning could be considered the primary removal method, its efficiency in open water is limited. BOURBON has started using high-pressure water jet cleaning…
Friday, 01 May 2015 00:00

All terrain trenching

Subsea trenching has become more versatile with Fugro and SMD’s Q1400. Mike Daniel explains. Launching the Fugro Q1400 trenching system. Photos from Fugro Subsea. It…
Friday, 01 May 2015 00:00

Plastic fantastic

Polymer-lined pipe has been around since the 1990s, but its potential has yet to be fully tapped, according to those behind JIPs to extend use…
Friday, 01 May 2015 00:00

Making a ‘smart’ pipe

Researchers at Norway’s SINTEF together with a consortium of industrial partners have developed technologies to enable real-time condition monitoring reports from within pipelines to be…
Friday, 01 May 2015 00:00

Shallow water hazards

Protecting, inspecting and repairing pipelines in the shallow waters of the Middle East isn’t as easy as it sounds. Elaine Maslin reports. McDermott’s DP2 offshore…
Denise Smiles, of Optical Metrology Services Ltd (OMS), discusses how to correct internal HiLo misalignment between butted pipes. OMS’ automatic pipe end dimensioning tool. Images from…
Friday, 01 May 2015 00:00

Increasing the tension

Maritime Developments, based in Peterhead, Scotland, has released its first four-track, 75-tonne pipeline tensioner, not long after shipping out the third of a 50-tonne version…