Offshore News


Preventing damaging vibrations for long term pipeline protection

Aug 01, 2014

The J-Lay test rig applies a 20 te vertical load via the rollers whilst pulling the product through. Image from Trelleborg Offshore. Specifying the right vortex induced vibration…

Stepping-up decommissioning

Aug 01, 2014

New specialist vessels have the potential to change the face of the decommissioning sector, but will they solve all the issues activity in this area continues to face? Alan Clifton takes a look. The Pieter Schelte…

Colloquy: Marine noise

Aug 01, 2014

Underwater noise is recognized as an adverse environmental stress and must be addressed in environmental impact assessments (EIAs). Companies have stepped forward with 3D acoustic modeling and measurement systems as countries develop…

Contract wins

Aug 01, 2014

The Leman compression module at HSM Offshore, Schiedam. Photos from HSM Offshore.  HSM Offshore has added new contracts to its order book, but more could be done by the industry to reduce costs and more efficiently use assets…

Combating fatigue

Aug 01, 2014

Fig. 1: Illustration of riser acceleration vs. wave height. Images from 2H Offshore.  Michael Long Ge and Himanshu…

Dutch entrepreneurialism

Aug 01, 2014

Sander Vergroesen, IRO’s managing director  Dutch offshore suppliers are innovating to keep ahead, providing solutions in ever deeper and colder waters globally. IRO’s Sander Vergroesen spoke to Elaine Maslin…

Meeting lifting standards

Aug 01, 2014

The Heidrun FSU crane in Protea’s yard, Poland. Photo from Protea. Protea has designed its largest crane to date for Statoil’s Heidrun FSU, a project that will aid the life extension of the Heidrun field…

The roadmap to retiring

Aug 01, 2014

Images from Decom North Sea More than £40 billion is expected to be spent on decommissioning in the next 25 years in UK waters alone. Dorothy Burke looks at how viewing decommissioning…

Ativatec makes its mark in Brazil’s deepwater intervention sector

Aug 01, 2014

Daniel Camerini at Ativatec’s workshop at UFRJ’s Technology Center in Rio de Janeiro. Photo by Claudio Paschoa.  Claudio…

Adding a secondary barrier against gas migration in deepwater environments

Aug 01, 2014

Secondary mechanical pressure barriers could help ease regulatory bodies’ concerns around effective zonal isolation in wells.  The Cytadel ZX packer can be activated by dropping a magnetic signal carrier from the surface…

Big gets bigger - and more capable

Aug 01, 2014

Frank Verhoeven  Boskalis is eyeing an increasing role in offshore oil and gas and renewables projects—including the potential to dry dock floating production vessels at sea. Elaine Maslin found out more…

Metal-to-metal completion technology

Aug 01, 2014

Metalmorphology is the process of shaping metal downhole to provide a metal-to-metal, gas-tight seal for the life of the well. Photos from Meta. Well integrity has been defined by…

Royal accolade tops record year

Aug 01, 2014

IHC Engineer Business’ Hi-Traq trenching system, launched in May. Photos from Royal IHC.  Elaine Maslin spoke to Bram Roelse, the CEO at Royal IHC—the new name for Dutch firm IHC Merwede. Last…

Rosneft, PDVSA enter offshore agreements

Jul 30, 2014

Rosneft and PDVSA entered into a cooperation agreement to implement offshore projects in the Rio-Caribe and Mejillones blocks, which is phase II of the Mariscal Sucre project. Both companies expressed interest to reach an agreement on key technical requirements…

P&A problems

Jul 30, 2014

The Fugro Synergy. From Fugro Drilling and Well Services. Plugging and abandonment accounts for about 43% of decommissioning costs. Operators and service companies are looking at ways to reduce the bill…

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