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]

Hybrid Autonomous Systems Evolve

Jan 23, 2020

Marine autonomous systems and combinations of such systems are being increasingly put to the test in the offshore space. Elaine Maslin looks at how hybrid remote and autonomous systems are now being tested.Concepts like resident subsea vehicles…

Raising the Pipeline Inspection Game

Jan 20, 2020

There’s a shake-up happening in the pipeline inspections business. More evolved remotely operated vehicles (ROV), digital aspirations and unmanned surface vessels (USV) are driving a new era of data acquisition and deliverables.It’s offering…

OE’s Top of the Festive Video Pops

Dec 20, 2019

It's that time of the year again, when Christmas trees become, well, actual Christmas trees!Just for you, in our annual ‘top of the corporate festive video pops’ we've pulled together a selection of some of this year's best.A strong strain through many…

A Blue/Green Energy Revolution

Dec 17, 2019

A seismic shift in the dialogue around big oil and climate has occurred in the past 12 months. It’s a change in how big oil is orientating itself around what many call the energy transition. Climate goals - governmental, international and industry…

£10 billion+ Offshore Wind Decommissioning Bill

Dec 16, 2019

The UK’s offshore wind industry will need to lean on oil and gas expertise to help decommission wind farms as more than 3 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind power reaches the end of its design life by 2034, an industry decommissioning conference heard in November…

Subsea Tech's 'March of Miniaturization'

Dec 11, 2019

A growing battalion of small, compact systems is marching in on the subsea world, in some ways making it a bigger space for more to enter. Elaine Maslin reports.Smaller remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and smaller autonomous underwater vehicles…

UKCS Decommissioning Rising

Nov 26, 2019

Decommissioning activity in the UK North Sea in 2019 has seen a significant ramp up, with 23 projects approved in the basin so far this year, and another eight likely to come.But, while costs continue to fall, more still needs to be done to reduce spending…

Standardizing Docking Stations

Oct 30, 2019

Gro Stakkestad, manager of subsea intervention and pipeline repair, Equinor, weighs in on her company’s thoughts on subsea resident vehicles.Why are subsea resident vehicles attractive now?The recent downturn in the oil price combined with ever…

Packing AI into Offshore Robotics

Oct 30, 2019

Sean Halpin, Director, Product Management and Marketing, at relatively new entrant Houston Mechatronics, says that cost is driving a willingness to innovate. “Financial efficiency is a significant priority for the world’s oil companies in this…

Steps Toward Freedom

Oct 29, 2019

Steffan Lindsø, Director of Emerging Technology, Europe, at Oceaneering, discusses resident subsea systems and why uptake today looks more likely than in the 2000s.What was missing in the early 2000s?The primary missing component for this to make any operational sense has been communications…

Residency in Waiting

Oct 29, 2019

It’s long been a vision to have underwater vehicles able to support subsea operations without reliance on a surface vessel. We’re closer to this vision than ever before, but what’s new that wasn’t in place before to make this happen?Earlier…

A New Slant on Decommissioning

Oct 21, 2019

Shallow gas reservoirs drilled into at a 60-degree angle from the surface in the 1980s have posed a unique decommissioning challenge – resulting in a new design modular plug and abandonment (P&A) unit.When it comes to decommissioning, many operators…

An Unusual Abandonment

Oct 16, 2019

The North Sea oil and gas industry’s 50-plus year heritage now means that history is being revisited as facilities – including subsea wells – installed decades ago are decommissioned.One is the first early production system tieback, which included…

Finding New P&A Alternatives

Oct 16, 2019

The P&A scope is large and the challenges diverse. It’s also an activity that’s increasing. In 2017, for the first time, more wells were abandoned in the UK North Sea (approximately 160) than new wells were drilled (less than 100), as fields reach the end of their productive lives…

It’s Only Just the Start for Subsea Drones

Oct 03, 2019

The starting gun on a subsea space race has now officially been fired with the first ever award of a contract that includes services from a subsea resident drone.But, what is less known is that the award, made by Equinor to Saipem for operations on the Njord field…

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