Maslin, Elaine

Maslin, Elaine

Elaine Maslin is an offshore upstream and renewables focused journalist, based in Scotland, covering technologies, from well intervention and asset integrity to subsea robotics and wave energy.
Scotland • Email: [email protected]

Subsea Technology and the New Routes to Residency

Sep 22, 2020

Efforts to increase remote capability often go hand in hand with increasing ROV residency. But exactly what form residency takes is diverging. Elaine Maslin takes a look.Dial back the clock five years and there was a movement towards an idea dubbed subsea resident remotely operated vehicles (ROVs)…

Charting Terradepth's Big Ambitions in the Unmanned Vehicle Space

Sep 15, 2020

Ocean mapping at scale is the target of a new unmanned systems player started by two ex-US Navy SEALS. They have big ambitions, from new building unmanned vehicles to creating the intelligence that will drive them to changing how accessible ocean data is…

R&D: Robotics Advances Inside the ORCA Hub

Aug 26, 2020

Many of the more advanced mechanics of robotic systems are being developed as part of the Offshore Robotics for Certification of Assets (ORCA) Hub in Edinburgh. It’s a publicly funded project led by the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics (Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh)…

Robotics: Autobots Transform in the Offshore Energy Sector

Aug 25, 2020

Robots and robotics have slowly been entering our lives, in various shapes and forms (and fictional characters), from self-driving household vacuum cleaners to highly automated manufacturing systems. Now they’re heading for the offshore world – in just as many shapes and forms…

Time for an Intervention?

Aug 10, 2020

Just as the oil and gas industry was starting to get back on its feet, COVID-19 and plummeting oil prices have affected the market across the board, including well intervention. But players in this space are optimistic, with new vessels and…

INTERVIEW: Kris Kydd, Head of Robotics, at Total E&P UK; Total’s “Stevie the Robot”

Aug 10, 2020

Total has been working on robotics for some years now, having launched the Argos challenge in 2013 and now getting ready to put the Taurob designed Stevie robot through its paces in a trial at Shetland Gas Plant. We spoke with Kris Kydd, Head of Robotics…

Remotely Operated Vehicles: Thinking out of the Box

Mar 31, 2020

All electric systems are starting to free companies from the traditional strict form factors that ROVs traditionally take. With a more flexible modular harness, vehicles can be built from standardised building blocks. Saab Seaeye, a firm well versed in all-electric vehicles…

Big Data or Big Hype?

Mar 09, 2020

The size of the prize of so-called digitalization technologies is enormous. How much is reality and how much is hype?UK-based analyst firm Wood Mackenzie asked this very question. The results are perhaps not that surprising.Speaking at Offshore Europe…

A Road to Residency

Mar 05, 2020

The last 12 months has seen a long-envisioned concept in field resident subsea finally make it mainstream. The idea now features in talks by chief technology officers at major industry events, instead of just being the focus of a smaller subsea side events…

Shedding (Fiber) Light on Wells

Feb 20, 2020

On the surface, in-well surveillance and monitoring seems like an obvious and beneficial thing to do. Learning about what’s happening in wells can mean operators can make them produce more, change injection or gas-lift, methodologies, unlock shut-in wells…

UUV Manipulators: Get a Grip

Feb 13, 2020

While much focus on resident subsea vehicles has been about the vehicles, there’s also been a lot of focus behind the scenes on creating electric tooling. The industry has relied on hydraulic tooling since tooling has been used, with the benefits and drawbacks that come with it…

Electrification Plan for Greater Buchan

Feb 12, 2020

A project to create a new “21st century” electrified oil production hub in the UK North Sea was unveiled Tuesday (February 11) reflecting a convergence of efforts to unlock marginal fields and decarbonize the offshore hydrocarbon industry.The…

$4.2 Billion Indian Spending Spree Ahead

Feb 11, 2020

Projects worth $4.2 billion in capital expenditure (capex) are expected to get underwater offshore India this year and next, an event in Aberdeen this morning was told.The projects, across India’s Krishna Godavari (KG) Basin in the Bay of Bengal…

Opportunities Abound in Asia Pac

Feb 11, 2020

Decommissioning in Southeast Asia and Australia offers a US$100 billion opportunity out to 2040 with a million tonnes of steel to be removed and thousands of wells to be sealed, a business breakfast in Aberdeen was told this morning.Blair Miller…

Uptick for Subsea Tree Installs Coming

Jan 30, 2020

Increasing activity, led by scaled down, accelerated projects and subsea tiebacks is helping drive an increasing business in the subsea industry. But there’s slim chance of revisiting the boom days of 2013, the Society of Underwater Technology’s…

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