Offshore Technology News


MRI-based pipeline monitoring

Feb 10, 2012

The UC-Berkeley, California spin-out 4D Imaging has unveiled a pipeline integrity monitoring system based on magnetic-resonance imaging (MRI). The system transmits the status of a pipeline to the internet and gives pipeline operators a real-time picture of the health of the pipeline…

Reservoir optimization under uncertainty

Feb 10, 2012

Norway’s SPT Group is hailing the next-generation release of its reservoir flow model optimization solution, the newly launched MEPO4, as the industry’s first model for rigorous optimization under uncertainty.Removing uncertainty is not possible…

Well stimulation at the double

Feb 10, 2012

Fifty-six i-FRAC sleeves were opened with three balls on the Norwegian shelf.Well technology company i-TEC has developed an innovative lower completion ball drop sleeve system which it claims can bring wells in tight formations online much more quickly than other methods…

Technology targets in the ITF crosshairs

Feb 01, 2012

ITF last month outlined the specific challenges that its membership of operator and service companies want to see tackled as priorities in 2012. Up to 100% funding will be available for the right solutions to some of the industry's most pressing challenges…

Making a space-age splash

Feb 01, 2012

When the oil & gas community looks to the aeronautical industry it's usually for technological inspiration. Now offshore training is entering the space age too, courtesy of a recent deal brokered by defense specialist Raytheon that will enable…

Adsorption deal

Jan 10, 2012

Italy’s Siirtec Nigi (SiNi) has signed a co-operation agreement with GL Noble Denton to promote the latter’s Advanced Adsorption Process Technology (ADAPT) for treating high-pressure gases to prospective clients.The five-year agreement will…

Eyes on the X Prize

Nov 01, 2011

The Macondo incident pushed oil spill response to the top of the environmental agenda. A recent contest let some innovative companies demonstrate spill response equipment – and for one of the event's technical advisors, Shell, to reassure the public that it intends to operate safely in Alaska…

Security breaches should hack into complacency

Oct 01, 2011

A majority of oil & gas company officials are confident that their information security practices are effective, despite an acrossthe- board rise in security breaches in recent years, according to a new study.The 2012 Global State of Information Security Survey…

Gathering greater intelligence downhole

Oct 01, 2011

For all the talk of the intelligent oilfield and smart well-based operations, there are still areas of the reservoir where operators can obtain more knowledge about their subsea operations – in particular, activities further downhole and around the wellbore…

Delivering the new

Aug 01, 2011

The Industry Technology Facilitator (ITF) has gone from strength to strength in the past year or two, with some of the new technologies it has supported making a real difference in the field and its global expansion progressing well. Managing…

Subsea research drive reaches maturity

Aug 01, 2011

Seeking to establish itself as the national strategic centre of excellence for subsea research, the National Subsea Research Institute (NSRI) recently unveiled the future focus for its ground-breaking research – and the accent will be very much…

Remote open close catching on

Aug 01, 2011

The benefits of 'remote open close' technology are increasingly being sought out by operators as a new way to approach well interventions and completions, particularly in deepwater and subsea applications where rig time savings are critical…

Petrobras probes beneath the pre-salt

Jul 07, 2011

The name Petrobras these days invokes thoughts of large, pre-salt discoveries, for good reason. Since announcing the Tupi pre-salt find in 2006, the Brazilian operator has made giant strides in developing and refining the technology needed to find and produce the oil hiding beneath the salt layer…

Sea change

Jul 07, 2011

The proliferation of modern specialist vessels serving just about every sector of the offshore oil & gas business has not gone unnoticed by traditional shipping industry equipment and service providers, as was plain to see at the 2011 Nor-Shipping event in Oslo late May…

Tranby team eye 2012 lift off

Jul 07, 2011

A commercial version of a subsea booster designed to improve production of fluids containing both liquid and free gas is expected to be made available next year by Aker Solutions and its JIP partners. Jennifer Pallanich talks to Aker's Christian…

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