Engineering News


Core Values

May 27, 2012

Equipment at Schlumberger’s new Geoengineering Laboratory in Houston allows scientists to obtain electrical properties for log calibrations at reservoir temperature and pressure. The 30,000ft2 facility enables highly complex core analysis covering permeability…

Shah Deniz 2 raises Caspian profile

May 01, 2012

The land-locked Caspian Sea returned to offshore industry centre-stage last month with BP’s confirmation that front end engineering and design had begun for stage two of the huge Shah Deniz gas field development. Terry Knott reports.The Shah Deniz consortium…

Vessels in action

May 01, 2012

Jumbo bolsters heavylift fleetJumbo Shipping last month confirmed that it has ordered a second new K-class vessel, with an option on a third, to complement its existing fleet. And following engineering studies, the Rotterdambased specialist…

Helix Qs up for deepwater role

May 01, 2012

While the Q4000, star of the Macondo response,was in dock recently for some much-deserved TLC, Helix Energy Solutions Group chairman and CEO Owen Kratz spoke with analysts about the company’s bet on a burgeoning well intervention market and…

Conventional mooring in Brazilian depth

May 01, 2012

The water depth record for conventional mooring offshore Brazil was improved by another 12m – to 2027m – by InterMoor recently under its one-year mooring and positioning support operations contract with Shell using the mobile offshore drilling unit Noble Clyde Boudreaux (pictured)…

Going deeper with HMPE rope

May 01, 2012

Low creep synthetic ropes made from high modulus polyethylene (HMPE) hold the key to overcoming the engineering and installation issues facing naval architects and installation contractors arising from ultra-deepwater, permanent moorings. Lankhorst…

Deepwater rope trick

Apr 28, 2012

The offshore division of mooring rope specialist Lankhorst Ropes is unveiling a new ultra-low creep, high modulus polyethylene (HMPE) mooring rope for 2000m-plus water depths at OTC 2012 in Houston.Based on the Lankhorst Gama 98 rope construction…

ABB

Apr 28, 2012

ABB and Norwegian naval architect Inocean are to set up an engineering services joint venture offering design, engineering, project management and fabrication supervision for offshore wind projects. ABB Inocean AB will operate under CEO Jon Erik Borgen from premises in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Callum Munro takes chairmanship

Apr 28, 2012

Callum Munro (pictured), a senior well engineer with BP, has taken over the chairmanship of the European chapter of the Intervention & Coiled Tubing Association (ICoTA). Fellow committee member Michael Taggart, a Baker Hughes engineering manager, was appointed co-chairman.

Testing, testing . . .

Apr 01, 2012

One of Bergen’s biggest and boldest offshore players is Framo Engineering, now wholly owned by Schlumberger following its purchase of the Sandsli-headquartered company’s remaining equity shares in June 2011. The two organisations had worked…

Big crew change now 'in full swing'

Apr 01, 2012

Staffing shortages are creating project delays at a majority of large oil & gas companies, according to new data released by management consultancy Schlumberger Business Consulting.The much-discussed ‘big crew change' – the retirement of geoscientists…

Robust market and frontier locations boost salaries

Apr 01, 2012

Salaries for oil & gas industry engineers shot up over the past year, rising an average 6.1% across several professional disciplines, according to a new survey released by recruitment firm Hays.The average permanent salary across the survey's sample of 144…

IMR fleet troubleshoots 1.8 million barrels a day

Apr 01, 2012

French offshore service provider Bourbon Subsea Services calculates that its seven inspection, maintenance and repair vessels working offshore West Africa have supported hydrocarbon production to the tune of 1.8 million boe/d over an eight-year period…

Raising the bar

Apr 01, 2012

India's biggest offshore lift to date – the 4000t MLQ (Mumbai Living Quarters) module, designed and constructed by Larsen & Toubro for ONGC – was successfully carried out by Seaway Heavy Lifting's new 5000t lift capacity heavylift vessel Oleg Strashnov on 12 February…

Gudrun enters construction phase

Apr 01, 2012

Operator Statoil and contractor Aker Solutions jointly hosted an open house in Stavanger recently to review progress on Gudrun – currently the biggest project in Statoil and now ramping up for the construction phase – and share learnings on this and other areas of Norwegian offshore activity…

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