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Feb 16, 2010

When it comes to single trip multizone completions, Weatherford is ‘looking at four specific types of completions’ in its current offering, says Keith Parry, the service company’s global director of business development. These are: the Advanced Reservoir Management System (ARMS)…

20:20 vision in sight

Feb 16, 2010

A new flow assurance solution promises improved accuracy as part of a next-generation integrated production management system and as a standalone engineering tool. OE looks at LedaFlow’s performance to date and future potential.At 143km, the…

Keep gas on the front burner

Feb 09, 2010

While a nationwide freeze and the world’s biggest windfarm licensing round hogged Britain’s headlines last month, Oil & Gas UK energy policy manager David Odling issued a timely reminder of the need to bolster indigenous gas production.Calling…

Deepwater LNG double on the horizon

Feb 09, 2010

Lower prices, weak demand and competition from vast onshore shale plays helped put a damper on offshore liquefied natural gas terminal projects in the Gulf of Mexico. Russell McCulley talks to companies that are bucking the trend and pushing through with plans for deepwater LNG ports…

New light on loops

Feb 09, 2010

In a development that could have far-reaching implications for oil & gas operators in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, researchers last month released the findings of a two-year study that could help scientists better predict the behavior of the region’s powerful loop current and its eddies…

Circling around Arctic prospects

Feb 09, 2010

Offshore Arctic seismic exploration is not getting quite such a cold reception these days. Andrew McBarnet explains why.Frozen assets take on a whole new meaning when it comes to considering the purportedly huge oil and gas reserves in the Arctic Ocean region…

NOCs maintain recruitment tempo

Feb 09, 2010

Two very different reactions were apparent in the latest Schlumberger Business Consulting’s annual benchmark survey of oil and gas engineer recruitment, unveiled in Paris at the energy sector management consultant’s human resources summit for energy leaders from some 60 companies…

Climate change bounces back

Feb 09, 2010

An array of world leaders, policy makers and energy officials gathered in Abu Dhabi last month to debate the response to global climate change and to rehash the failures, and promise, of last December’s UN Summit in Copenhagen. Delegates gather…

Winds of change

Jan 06, 2010

The promised wind farm work bonanza continues to generate excitement among offshore contractors keen to supplement today's patchy oil & gas orders.Heerema Fabrication Group's Hartlepool yard in the UK landed a contract to fabricate and load…

Rock science

Jan 06, 2010

Drilling has long led the industry when it comes to technology, leaving completions with a need to catch up. During the IADC's Completions Conference – the first one the International Drilling Contractors Association has organized devoted solely…

Politics, prices uncertain in 2010

Jan 06, 2010

Each new year brings with it a new round of industry prognostication. So what does 2010 hold in store for offshore? A lot of hand-wringing, for one thing, reports Russell McCulley.--As Gary Adams, US oil & gas leader for Deloitte, put it recently…

Ready for the uptick

Jan 06, 2010

Having launched its Fluor Offshore Solutions arm in 2008, Fluor has been busy situating itself to win subsea work when the offshore oil & gas market starts its uptick. The firm most recently announced an alliance with China's Offshore Oil Engineering…

Why West is best hope for UKCS rebound

Jan 05, 2010

Why has the inhospitable West of Shetland region consistently bucked the trend of enhanced conservatism felt throughout the wider offshore market? And what is driving this activity? Infield Systems' Luke Davis, Gregory Brown and Dr Roger Knight…

Keeping tabs on an ageing offshore valve population

Jan 05, 2010

Each major North Sea platform has in the region of 4000 valves ranging from safety relief valves and emergency shutdown valves through control valves and general isolation valves. Meg Chesshyre talks to specialist valve maintenance company Severn…

Deep flexpipe under surveillance

Jan 05, 2010

Technip and Schlumberger have signed a global co-operation agreement jointly to develop subsea integrity and surveillance solutions for flexible pipes used in deep offshore oil and gas production.The new agreement extends a collaboration between the companies that began in 1998…

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