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OE: 2017 / April

Saturday, 01 April 2017 00:00

March of the Penguins

With Shell’s Brent Charlie due to shut down in 2018, the supermajor has had to find a new home for its Penguins cluster subsea tieback.…
Saturday, 01 April 2017 00:00

Efficiency³

Tackling costs head on with fresh no-nonsense thinking could prove a boon for struggling subsea developments. Elaine Maslin reports on a project that hopes to…
The impact of asset integrity is hard to quantify, but UK North Sea goals to tackle it, including using robots, are being made clear. Elaine Maslin…
Saturday, 01 April 2017 00:00

Fighting fatigue

Intecsea’s Kirsten Oliver discusses a new flexible riser inspection tool created in partnership with UK-based Innospection. Figure 1: A typical flexible riser composition. Images from…
Saturday, 01 April 2017 00:00

Improving passive fire protection systems

UK-based technical consultancy MMI Engineering discusses issues around passive fire protection integrity, and the launch of a new industry network – PFPNet. Weather erosion of…
Saturday, 01 April 2017 00:00

Ship shape

Polymer steel composite repairs are becoming a popular solution for worn out plates in the growing floating production vessel fleet. Elaine Maslin reports. The FPF3…
Saturday, 01 April 2017 00:00

Brownfield – without the bother

Satnam Shoker, of Step Change Engineering, details a new automated, streamlined process, which helps save time during brownfield modification work. Scan data of cooler inlet…
Saturday, 01 April 2017 00:00

GoM operators set sights on tiebacks

Even though the downturn has changed many operator’s initial plans, subsea tiebacks have emerged as the economical way to develop many Gulf of Mexico fields.…
Saturday, 01 April 2017 00:00

Tiebacks by the numbers

With large-scale projects on hold, subsea tiebacks are accounting for 75-80% of sanctioned projects. Will it last? Elaine Maslin shares Wood Mackenzie’s view. Statoil’s Bryding…
Saturday, 01 April 2017 00:00

Keeping station

Elaine Maslin chats with Helix Energy Solutions to find out how the intervention services provider is keeping afloat with new collaborative offerings, and, yes, new…
Saturday, 01 April 2017 00:00

Making a step change

Elaine Maslin reports on two new vessels and a semisubmersible from Helix Well Ops due out in 2017-2019, which aim to make a step change…
Saturday, 01 April 2017 00:00

Installing ceramic sand screens

In an industry first, achieved last year, 3M ceramic sand screens were deployed from a light well intervention vessel, Helix’s Well Enhancer. Deploying the screens…
Saturday, 01 April 2017 00:00

Wireline wonders

Oceaneering International’s acquisition of Blue Ocean Technologies is set to reap returns in terms of new technology. Elaine Maslin reports. IRIS and BORIS. Images from…
Saturday, 01 April 2017 00:00

A clean cut

Cutting and sealing has been combined into a neat package in Interventek’s Revolution valve design. Elaine Maslin reports. An in riser valve assembly, above, and…
Saturday, 01 April 2017 00:00

Gaining control

Inflow control valves and in-well fiber-optics have given Nexen far greater visibility of what’s going in and out of their reservoirs on the Golden Eagle…
Saturday, 01 April 2017 00:00

Putting HSE in MPD

There’s a growing acceptance of MPD in offshore operations, but are all options being considered? Jerry Lee examines the RFC-HSE variation. AFGlobal’s riser gas handling…
Saturday, 01 April 2017 00:00

Stepping on the gas

While Southeast Asia has suffered during the downturn, a return to natural gas developments could drive sector activity over the next several years. Steve Hamlen…
Saturday, 01 April 2017 00:00

Natuna under pressure

Steve Hamlen profiles the East Natuna gas field offshore Indonesia. Image from iStock. The huge East Natuna gas field in Indonesia’s Natuna Sea is considered…
Saturday, 01 April 2017 00:00

Adding up SE Asia activity

Southeast Asia is expected to receive record levels of offshore investment, fueling the expansion of the region’s upstream industry. EIC’s Angeline Elias outlines the hotspots.…
Saturday, 01 April 2017 00:00

Preparing for a new (low oil price) world

Melissa Sustaita provides an overview of activities slated for this year’s Offshore Technology Conference. An overview of OTC 2016’s exhibition hall. Photo from Offshore Technology…
Saturday, 01 April 2017 00:00

An engineer’s engineer

Steve Hamlen catches up with Tony Trapp, executive chairman of Osbit, and subsea industry pioneer who recently won the MBE (Most Excellent Order of the…