Offshore Deepwater News - page 134


Upstream costs climb

Aug 01, 2012

High demand for goods and services helped push up building and operating costs for upstream oil & gas facilities over the six-month period covering 3Q 2011 to 1Q 2012, according to two IHS cost indexes. The IHS Upstream Capital Cost index rose 2…

Offshore rope trick

Aug 01, 2012

With the recent completion in Johor, Malaysia, of the first phase of its new $100 million wire rope manufacturing plant, Kiswire believes it is now well placed to deal with the greater demands made of such products as the offshore industry moves into ever-deeper waters…

Statoil sets sights on the Paleogene

Aug 01, 2012

Statoil may not have the biggest R&D budget, but company officials say the operator's technological track record on the Norwegian continental shelf will help it push recovery rates to new highs and create the first subsea factory, including seafloor separation…

Subsea heading further, deeper, colder

Aug 01, 2012

At a recent Bergen conference showcasing the strength in depth of Norway's subsea industry, Statoil EVP Øystein Michelsen challenged delegates to work with his company in developing the technology to go further, deeper and colder and seize the…

Tenaris and Simas

Jul 19, 2012

Tenaris and Simas have signed a strategic agreement to supply state-of-the-art hot induction bends to the offshore industry. Through alliances with key vendors – such as the recent agreement signed with CRC Evans – Tenaris is looking to offer a one-stop-shop solution…

Line of sight

Jul 01, 2012

Maintaining a flowline that will operate smoothly following a shutdown means addressing a host of flow assurance challenges. The industry has typically approached the flow assurance question through chemical and mechanical means. Jennifer Pallanich…

Thermal insulation: pushing the limits

Jul 01, 2012

Subsea thermal insulation has an important role to play in ensuring the smooth running of offshore facilities as the industry moves into deeper waters and fluids get warmer. Trelleborg Offshore's Grethe Hartviksen argues that innovative synthetic…

Deepest drill riser buoyancy

Jun 26, 2012

Aberdeen-based deepwater buoyancy, insulation and elastomer product specialist Balmoral Offshore Engineering introduced two additions to its drill riser buoyancy portfolio. The new syntactic foams, Durafloat Superlite and Durafloat Superlite-X…

Deepwater BOP blind shear rams

Jun 26, 2012

GE Oil & Gas introduced its next-generation technology for shearing and sealing wellbore tubulars at OTC 2012. The new Blind Shear Ram, designed for use in GE’s 183/4in ram BOPs, is claimed capable of both shearing and sealing after cutting 65/8in tool joints…

Subsea separation success

Jun 26, 2012

FMC Technologies, flying high on two OTC ‘spotlights on technology’ this year for its advancements in the subsea separation arena, discussed the two projects – Marlim and Pazflor – that earned this recognition.The subsea oil-water separation…

Subsea tiebacks struggle from Macondo's grip

Jun 01, 2012

OE's latest review of deepwater subsea tieback projects ongoing in the Gulf of Mexico shows the region is still suffering from the after-effects of the drilling moratorium that followed in the April 2010 Macondo disaster's wake. Jennifer Pallanich…

FES supplying Caesar connectors

May 27, 2012

A mechanical issue detected early last year with the production riser system on Anadarko’s Caesar/Tonga development in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico had the potential to substantially delay production from this 10-mile subsea tieback to the Constitution spar…

An appetite for exploration

May 01, 2012

With the basin-opening Jubilee field and other oil and natural gas condensate discoveries, Kosmos Energy and its partners have placed Ghana on the deepwater oil & gas map. The company is now franchising its exploration strategy and aims to open…

The technologies in Shell’s DNA

May 01, 2012

Technology is a key enabler for Shell, Matthias Bichsel, director of the supermajor’s Projects & Technology business, told a two-day briefing at the Rijswijk technology centre in The Hague this spring. Meg Chesshyre joined the tour of the company’s iScope…

Cookie cutter approach pays drilling dividends

May 01, 2012

ENSCO 8505, the sixth in a series of seven ultra-deepwater semisubmersibles, recently arrived in Texas for final trials before launching a two-year stint under contract to Anadarko, Apache and Noble Energy in the Gulf of Mexico. Russell McCulley was on hand in Corpus Christi…

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