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Rig market - July 2010

Jul 09, 2010

OE's analysis of current rig market data is updated monthly using statistics provided by Rigzone.comWorldwide utilization for the mobile offshore drilling fleet is tracking at about 74%, within the tight 74%-76% band it has seen for the past 10 months…

Macondo and other titanic struggles

Jul 09, 2010

The Titanic, Columbia space shuttle and Deepwater Horizon disasters span a period of almost 100 years but have more in common than might at first be apparent. All three were avoidable and foundered on a misguided belief in their indestructibility…

Renewables Roundup - OE July 2010

Jul 09, 2010

LOCH NESS SITING:AWS Ocean Energy began testing a 1/9th scale prototype of its new AWS-III wave energy device in Loch Ness. The device is a ring-shaped multi-cell floating power system that, at its full 60m-diameter scale, will be capable of generating up to 2…

Products in action - OE July 2010

Jul 09, 2010

New view for crane operatorsClaxton's new EEx-rated crane boom rig camera helps rig crane operators monitor the area beneath the crane boom, where loads can often be moved into 'blind' areas not visible from the crane's cab.Claxton, an Acteon company…

Firms & Faces - OE July 2010

Jul 09, 2010

firmsAker Solutions subsidiary STEP Offshore has been awarded exclusive rights to sell Derrick Equipment's solids control equipment and related products in Europe. The agreement is valid for capital equipment such as shale shakers, mud cleaners…

Putting seismic in perspective

Jul 09, 2010

Andrew McBarnet provides a commentary on seismic matters at the EAGE's Annual Meeting held in Barcelona last month.The European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers (EAGE) can rarely be faulted for its choice of venue for its annual meetings…

Subsea supership

Jul 09, 2010

The world's largest deepwater well intervention ship recently set sail from Norway, bound for its first offshore contract. Before it left port, Terry Knott visited the newbuild Skandi Aker to find out what makes this vessel stand out from the pack…

Vision for a billion

Jul 09, 2010

KBR, long a dominant player in regions like the North Sea, has cast its offshore gaze around the world, looking to expand its geographical presence, its offerings and the way in which it delivers on its projects. Jennifer Pallanich hears about the company's oil & gas growth strategy…

The book of Xodus

Jul 09, 2010

The Xodus Group has achieved rapid growth since its three founding directors set it up as an independent consultancy in 2005. Now an international company, its employee base numbers 200 in the UK and 70 in Australia. Turnover in the 12 months to September 2009 was around £24 million…

Trouble time

Jul 09, 2010

For a while, non-productive time was a problem most companies didn't want to acknowledge. Two recent reports have brought into focus the amount of time, and money, lost due to non-productive time. Jennifer Pallanich finds out what the Athens…

Dealing with data

Jul 09, 2010

By automating the process of data analysis and optimisation, downhole monitoring and completions specialist Zenith Oilfield Technology says its Z-Sight tool facilitates better management of the high volumes of data associated with artificially lifted wells…

Tragedy tempers spirits, but not the crowds

Jun 12, 2010

Around 73,000 attendees packed this year’s OTC in Houston, nearly 5000 more than last year. But the still-unfolding Deepwater Horizon drama in the Gulf of Mexico kept the usual celebratory mood at bay, writes Russell McCulley.--It wasn’t exactly…

Tougher regs inevitable as Horizon lessons hit home

Jun 12, 2010

BP struggled to stop the flow of oil from the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico as the disaster entered its second month, and the spill, the worst in US history, was having repercussions far beyond the environmental catastrophe. Russell McCulley reports…

Cape Wind green light

Jun 10, 2010

After years of delay, the Cape Wind offshore wind project got the green light to proceed with the $1 billion development off the coast of Massachusetts, putting the project on the path to become the first wind power installation on the US Outer Continental Shelf…

Designing for depth

Jun 10, 2010

If all goes as planned, Seattle, Washington-based Principle Power and Energias de Portugal will deploy a prototype deepwater wind turbine in the Atlantic next year. Russell McCulley talks to Principle Power CEO Alla Weinstein about the company's WindFloat design…

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