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OE: 2017 / August

Tuesday, 01 August 2017 00:00

Testing the waters

In advance of OE’s 2017 Global FPSO Forum, held in Houston this month, Audrey Leon chats with the forum’s board members to learn what is…
Tuesday, 01 August 2017 00:00

Weathering the storm

Infield Systems’ Catarina Podevyn surveys the FPSO market and discusses recent projects awards. The John Evans Atta Mills MV25 FPSO, operating at Tullow’s TEN project,…
Tuesday, 01 August 2017 00:00

Making MODUs into FPUs

Mobile offshore drilling units could be a FPU conversion alternative. Karen Boman sets out the details. InterMoor tows the ATP Innovator FPU from the Gomez field…
Marginal fields don’t always turn out to be that marginal, especially when you have efficient topsides and an ability to find hidden pockets in your…
Tuesday, 01 August 2017 00:00

Marginal options for small pools

The UK North Sea’s extensive pile of marginal fields offer an attractive prize, if they can be economically unlocked. Steve Hamlen reports. UK marginal pools visualized. Image…
Tuesday, 01 August 2017 00:00

North Sea honey bee

Finding a way to tap the North Sea’s estimated 3.4 billion of resources currently locked up in marginal pools has become a perennial problem. Elaine…
Tuesday, 01 August 2017 00:00

Challenging wax on Pil and Bue

Waxy crude on the Pil and Bue project and topside constraints has led VNG Norge to explore pipe-in-pipe heating systems. Elaine Maslin reports. Statoil’s Njord…
Tuesday, 01 August 2017 00:00

Let’s get connected

Sometimes seen as the weak link in the system, subsea connectors have come a long way. With new challenges, larger throughput requirements, new materials and…
Tuesday, 01 August 2017 00:00

Design once, build many

Rob Gill and Steve Henzell explain how WorleyParsons intends to make wellhead facilities production cheaper and faster with a design one, build many ethos. Images…
Tuesday, 01 August 2017 00:00

Going modular

Offshore structures for multiple uses were investigated by Mirco Busetto, head of basic design Offshore Business Unit, Fincantieri, at this year’s Offshore Mediterranean Conference (OMC) in…
Tuesday, 01 August 2017 00:00

Room for improvement

While UK North Sea production efficiency has made improvements since diving to a dire 60% in 2012, more can still be done, says Gordon Lawrence…
Tuesday, 01 August 2017 00:00

Mining for ideas

With its remote and harsh operations, mining has similar characteristics to oil and gas exploration. Could the industry learn from mining’s efficiencies? Innes Auchterlonie and…
Tuesday, 01 August 2017 00:00

Internet of oil things

The Internet of Things is becoming ever more embedded in the oil psyche. Steve Hamlen reports. Mackinnon The increasing use of sensors coupled with the progress…
Tuesday, 01 August 2017 00:00

Virtual metering

NEL’s Damian Krakowiak examines the potential of virtual flow metering technology and how better testing could enable its adoption. Validation needed. Photo from  NEL. With…
Tuesday, 01 August 2017 00:00

Turn the page

After years of turbulence fueled by scandal and debt woes, Brazil and its oil company Petrobras detailed how they intend to get back on the…
Tuesday, 01 August 2017 00:00

Improving maintenance

Karen Boman speaks with Prasantha Jayakody of Bsquare about the benefits of condition-based maintenance and the challenges of implementation in the oil and gas industry.…
Tuesday, 01 August 2017 00:00

Designs on the future

Diamond Offshore is championing a new Floating Factory concept meant to meet future deepwater challenges, but drumming up support during the downturn may be tough.…
Tuesday, 01 August 2017 00:00

Pioneering under pressure

Petrobras’ insatiable deepwater production plays a significant role when it comes to driving global subsea systems demand. Elaine Maslin speaks with the firm’s subsea systems…
Tuesday, 01 August 2017 00:00

Pre-salt prevails

Brazil is slowly emerging from one of its worst economic crises with the country’s oil and gas sector no exception, says the EIC’s Pietro Ferreira.…
Tuesday, 01 August 2017 00:00

The fruits of Mexico’s labor

Mexico’s energy reform efforts have been realized with recent successes from prior bid rounds. Now, Mexican national Pemex has added a steady schedule of farm-outs…