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ABB inks $20m offshore vessel contracts

May 20, 2014

Power and automoation group ABB has won contracts worth more than US$20 million to supply electrical power and propulsion systems for two next-generation offshore vessels.  The first vessel, of ULSTEIN SX165 design (pictured), is being…

Testing subsea BOPs to the limit

Apr 21, 2014

Maersk Drilling's Maersk Viking drillship. image source: Maersk Drilling Third party, hardware-int-the-loop (HIL) testing has been taken beneath the waves on a subsea MUX BOP. Elaine Maslin reports…

SEG teams with Energistics on open standards

Mar 14, 2014

Energistics, the upstream oil and gas standards consortium, and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), the international society of applied geophysics, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to explore joint development opportunities…

Real-time data collection & analysis

Mar 01, 2014

Automation in Drilling FIG 1: Typical remote communications network and components. Most of the general public is unaware that there is an automation revolution happening in the exploration and drilling segment of the Oil & Gas Industry…

Eni fires up supercomputer

Nov 27, 2013

Italian oil major Eni has fired up its new petaflop-class supercomputer at its Green Data Center in Ferrera Erbognone, northern Italy. The supercomputer will support hydrocarbon exploration activities, providing the computing capacity…

TAM International marks its 45th anniversary and the opening of its recently-built manufacturing facility

Nov 01, 2013

TAM International marked its 45th anniversary and the opening of its recently-built manufacturing facility on October 18 with a tour of the facilities in Houston, Texas. The new site was open to employees in September. TAM specializes in inflatable packers…

Offshore Safety: People power with technology

Nov 01, 2013

ABB’s Luis Duran explains how proper asset integrity management can cut down human error, reduce risk, and make the offshore oil and gas industry a safer environment in which to work. Safety and asset integrity are costs that can pay…

Teekay picks Petrotechnics' Proscient

Sep 10, 2013

Petrotechnics has been awarded a €2 million contract by Teekay Petrojarl to deploy its Proscient across its global fleet. Petrotechnics will provide work management tools to support Teekay Petrojarl’s goal of creating a standardized approach to work management across their global operations…

OE13: Looking forward to the next 50 years—risks and costs

Sep 04, 2013

“The future is about volume and value”, George Osborne, the UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, told yesterday’s opening plenary session at SPE Offshore Europe. Osborne said government and industry have a shared interest in maximizing returns from the North Sea…

GL Group releases new data network guidelines

Jul 15, 2013

Germanischer Lloyd (GL) has published new guidelines for data networks which are implemented onboard ships or offshore platforms. As the maritime industry makes greater use of automated systems data networks have become more and more complex…

ABB wins $27 million offshore automation contract

Jul 11, 2013

ABB has won an order from Statoil for the upgrade of safety and automation systems at the important Heimdal platform in the North Sea, off Norway. The agreement with Statoil was signed in the second quarter of 2013. ABB’s scope comprises…

Dutch develop dual MPT for new drillships

Jun 13, 2013

European editor Elaine Maslin went to visit Huisman’s yard in Schiedam, Netherlands, as the finishing touches were being carried out on the Noble Globetrotter II.    When offshore lifting, pipelay and drilling firm Huisman decided…

Beating an Advanced Persistent Threat

Jun 06, 2013

Oil companies consistently underestimating the hacking risks they face. Richard Sale explains how underestimating the threat can be fatal to a company’s future. Globally-interconnected digital information and communications infrastructure…

Taking On The Information Challenge

Jun 06, 2013

Optimizing operational efficiencies by making critical asset information instantly searchable whenever and wherever from multiple devices, and secure. One of the many challenges faced by the offshore industry globally is effectively managing…

Competing interests walk a tightrope

Jun 05, 2013

Off the coast of Summerland, California, they didn’t drill the first-ever offshore oil well. They hammered it. “Engineers” used a pile driver to pound a pipe 455ft into the seabed in about 30ft of water. Yield was moderate; the site shut down after several years…

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