Offshore Engineering News - page 136


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…

Motley crew

Apr 01, 2011

A shortage of experienced geoscientists and petroleum engineers will delay projects and could push operators to take more risks, according to a survey released 29 March 2011.The labor market for mid-career petrotechnical professionals ‘will be tight over the next three years…

Giant barge changing shape for the floatover challenge

Apr 01, 2011

The world's largest cargo barge – Heerema's H-851 – announced its arrival on the offshore scene in 1988 when installing the 44,785t jacket for Shell's Bullwinkle platform in a then daunting 412m of water in the Gulf of Mexico. Now, following…

New-generation of drillers

Apr 01, 2011

The AP Moller-Maersk Group's Maersk Drilling has signed a contract with the Keppel Fels yard in Singapore for the construction of two ultra-harsh environment, high-capacity jackup drilling rigs. The new rigs are targeting operations in water…

Norpipe 37/4A a cut above

Apr 01, 2011

Decommissioning and abandonment specialist Cutting Underwater Technologies (Cut) assisted Heerema's Thialf with the removal of the Norpipe 37/4A booster platform's eightlegged steel jacket as part of Norway's Ekofisk cessation project. The 5500t platform stood in 85m of water…

FLNG sloshing analysis: a fresh approach

Apr 01, 2011

Class society ABS and Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) are concluding a joint development program examining critical wave conditions for sloshing model tests and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) in the cargo tanks of FLNG vessels…

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