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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…

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…

Skid integrators get to grips with tubing challenge

Jan 05, 2010

Integrators charged with building chemical injection skids for medium-pressure applications face some formidable obstacles. Two of the chief obstacles concern critical fluid system components: medium-pressure instrument ball valves and reliable end connections for use with SAF 2507 tubing…

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…

Europe still key subsea area

Jan 05, 2010

Over 300 energy leaders debated the challenges of a sustainable future for the North Sea and explored the potential development of the subsea market over the next 10 years at November's Subsea Europe conference in London. Meg Chesshyre reports…

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…

Joined up geomarketing

Jan 05, 2010

Over the last few years, Baker Hughes has invested heavily in technology R&D and the infrastructure to support the search for innovative technologies. At the same time, 2009 saw the service company change the way it endeavors to provide technology solutions to its clients…

Carbon storage just doesn’t hold water

Dec 15, 2009

CCS which stands for carbon capture and storage or sequestration has been the great hope of middle-of-the-road characters, people other than radical ‘greenies’ or their ‘right-wing’ adversaries. Oil companies and governments have jumped on this…

Casing drilling comes of age

Dec 15, 2009

Drilling with casing continues to draw interest for its ability to overcome troublesome formations. Jennifer Pallanich reviews Weatherford’s recent applications of the technology offshore Brazil and West Africa.Weatherford carries out its…

Deep gas search

Dec 15, 2009

Historically, the Middle East play has been an onshore story, with one notable exception: the South Pars/North Field offshore Iran and Qatar. That looks to be a changing trend as operators pursue the offshore gas potential. Jennifer Pallanich reports…

Ensuring safe landings in hostile environments

Dec 15, 2009

Landing a helicopter on a fixed platform can be testing at the best of times, but landing on a floating vessel with changing vessel motion and significant weather variations throughout the day quite another matter. Fugro’s Anthony Gaffney discusses…

Graha jumps to it with jackups

Dec 15, 2009

Earlier this year, Indonesia’s Graha yard launched its first newbuild jackup rigs. Jennifer Pallanich talks to owner Drydocks World about the the yard’s journey so far and its plans for the future.Drydocks World bought Labroy Marine’s Graha facility on Indonesia’s Batam Island in early 2008…

ION presents a Chinese puzzle

Dec 15, 2009

Major players in the marine seismic market are playing it cool, but there must be some apprehension about the impact of recent moves by the Chinese contractor BGP. Andrew McBarnet reviews the plot so far.The Houdini act performed by ION…

Jackup operators hope for a recovery with legs

Dec 15, 2009

The recent building boom in jackups will peak in 2010, with more than two dozen new rigs, many without contracts, scheduled to enter a market still trying to dig out from under a global recession. But hopes abound that the market will be able…

Montara inquest

Dec 15, 2009

The monetary and environmental cost of the 72-day Montara field oil leak which culminated in a devastating two-day platform fire in the Timor Sea has yet to be determined, but the Australian Government has been quick to establish a Commission…

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