Offshore Engineering News


Aluminium spreads its wings

Sep 01, 2011

The offshore helideck market continues to be a strong focus of Nieuw-Lekkerland headquartered aluminium specialist Bayards, which continues to optimise its product range and extend the global spread its offshore sector sales.The company is currently…

Succeeding at the front end

Sep 01, 2011

With a series of North Sea contracts under its belt, project management company EPC Offshore is on track for £6 million-plus turnover in only its second year of business. In the first of OE’s reports on some of the people and companies illuminating today’s Aberdeen offshore scene…

Spreading the word

Sep 01, 2011

‘We don’t see ourselves as just the crane people, we want to be seen as a lifting solutions provider.’ So says Doug Sedge, the highly regarded and much travelled chief executive of Sparrows. He talks to Meg Chesshyre.As a company we have a significantly large engineering resource base…

Downhole monitoring at the edge

Sep 01, 2011

Downhole gauges and ESP bypass systems are among the home-grown, leading edge offerings in the Zenith Oilfield Technology portfolio. Meg Chesshyre met up with managing director Greg Davie to find out what else the company has in the works.Based near Aberdeen…

Rising ambitions

Aug 01, 2011

Technological barriers and operator requirements can limit the possibilities available to offshore design teams when it comes to engineering a production riser plan for a deepwater facility. Hybrid solutions and composites will offer some relief…

Petrobras probes beneath the pre-salt

Jul 07, 2011

The name Petrobras these days invokes thoughts of large, pre-salt discoveries, for good reason. Since announcing the Tupi pre-salt find in 2006, the Brazilian operator has made giant strides in developing and refining the technology needed to find and produce the oil hiding beneath the salt layer…

Ding-dong battle over Siri solution

Jul 07, 2011

The 50:50 partners in Denmark's Siri oil field fell out last month over the latest proposals to deal with the subsea cracks that have beset the 13-year old Siri production and storage platform in recent years. Meg Chesshyre reports.The row…

New-look KBR flexes London muscle

Jun 08, 2011

When KBR bought out JGC's near 45% stake in MW Kellogg earlier this year making it a wholly-owned subsidiary, the resulting ‘London Operating Centre' – combining major UK bases in Greenford and Leatherhead with over 2600 staff – emerged as KBR's largest entity globally…

Berthing the fledgling FLNG breed

Jun 08, 2011

With floating LNG facilities now widely acknowledged to be a key enabler for exploiting stranded gas reserves, Trelleborg Marine Systems' Simon Wilson offers some insights into the new design methodologies needed for integrated berthing and…

Boom and consolidation to reshape rig industry?

May 01, 2011

Orders for newbuild floaters and jackups have surged to the highest level in years. But will tight shipyard capacity squeeze some drillers out of the market? Russell McCulley rounds up some opinions on the drilling business circa 2011, including a forecast of greater industry consolidation…

Future focus

May 01, 2011

For Fluor, America is only one land of opportunity. Recent contract wins for work offshore Australia, Southeast Asia and the Middle East have buoyed Fluor's backlog. Jennifer Pallanich talks to Fluor executives about recent contract wins and Fluor's offshore strategy…

Sea trials soon for fledgling wave power technology

May 01, 2011

Norwegian mechanical engineer Julius Espedal had his first real brush with the forces of nature when undergoing offshore safety induction and emergency training in the UK back in 1999. Now he is getting reacquainted with them as his company…

Jackup installer at the cutting edge

May 01, 2011

Finland's Wärtsilä and Norway's Aker Solutions are combining their respective fields of expertise to develop the ultimate environmentally friendly offshore wind farm installation vessel concept, designed for operating in IMO emission control areas…

Ichthys leads Browse Basin LNG rush

May 01, 2011

With FEED almost complete and a final investment decision approaching, operator Inpex is moving ahead with the Ichthys LNG project, on --track to be the first field development in the Browse Basin off Western Australia. Russell McCulley talks to the operator about the Ichthys journey thus far…

Big Bacchus bundle safely installed

May 01, 2011

An important milestone in Apache's UK North Sea Bacchus field development was reached recently with installation of a 6.7km pipeline bundle. The job was overseen by Flexlife, whose operations director John Marsden here describes how it was planned and executed…

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