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]

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…

Another Piece of the Puzzle

Sep 18, 2019

One of the missing links for some fully subsea production systems has been subsea storage, either for production fluids, later periodic offtake or production chemicals.NOV has been working on a gravity-based subsea storage unit (SSU), based on a design initially developed by Kongsberg…

Welcome to the App Store

Sep 09, 2019

Imagine a kind of app store for subsea xmas trees; a plug-in platform into which a myriad of functionality can be added and changed to suit. It’s a concept being pitched by UK subsea technology firm Enpro, except it’s calling it a “process USB” port…

Fred. Olsen: A BOLT from the Blue

Sep 04, 2019

Fred. Olsen has been working on a wave energy design called BOLT. It’s based on a floating platform attached to the seabed via moorings that are in turn attached to a specialized winch line product, which wind in and out of winches (one to three…

Saipem: Moving from Concept to Reality

Sep 03, 2019

In June, the Hydrone R started a six-month trial in Saipem’s underwater “play park” near Trieste, northeast Italy. Later in the year, or early next year, its FlatFish design is also expected to enter the water, ahead of deep-water trials in 2021…

OPT: Powering Autonomy

Sep 02, 2019

In some cases, resident underwater vehicles may not have access to power, so alternative power sources may be needed.New Jersey, US, based Ocean Power Technologies (OPT) has been a leading company in this area, working with Italian oil company Eni…

Saab Seaeye: Doing It for Real

Sep 01, 2019

Sweden’s Saab Seaeye has been one of those driving the vehicle side of the subsea resident vehicle equation – for at least 10 years.The firm has some 50% of the world market of electric remote operated vehicles (ROV) and it has delivered more than 1…

Blue Logic: Entering a New Era

Aug 28, 2019

Blue Logic, based near Stavanger in Norway, is not the only firm producing inductive subsea connectors (WiSub, near Bergen is doing similar), but Blue Logic has been heavily involved in building a key piece of the infrastructure that will enable…

3D Printing Brings New Dimensions to Field Commissioning

Aug 27, 2019

Access to and use of additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, has increased in recent years due to the expiring of patents on techniques and technologies, says Hugues Greder, Lead Petroleum Engineer at Total.Computing power is…

Deepwater ... in the North Sea?

Aug 19, 2019

Once upon a time, many a year ago, the North Sea was seen as a new deepwater exploration frontier. Some may be surprised that it still is.Back in the 1960s, compared with the shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico where drillers first got their feet wet…

What About Well Intervention?

Aug 14, 2019

In a bid to maintain production rates but with less outlay, operators have been looking closer to home. Reducing costs and increasing efficiency have been high on the agenda. Should well intervention be higher?Well intervention, which can help increase production or restore shut-in wells…

A Future for Floating Wind

Jul 01, 2019

With more demonstrators in the water, more substantial players are taking interest in floating offshore wind.For some time, floating offshore wind has been something of a niche, but now full-scale demonstrators are in the works, and bigger players – including oil and gas companies – are taking note…

Tapping Tiebacks

Jun 24, 2019

Operators continue to look for fast returns via subsea tiebacks while vendors look for technical solutions to help unlock more fields for less.A tide is starting to turn on the subsea industry, not least thanks to subsea tiebacks. It’s a theme that’s been underlying the last four years…

Seaspace Race Underway at Saab Subsea Docking Demo

Jun 19, 2019

A subsea space race is now officially underway in the offshore oil and gas industry following successful trials of docking and inspection operations using a commercially available underwater vehicle and Norwegian energy firm Equinor’s open-standard subsea docking station (SDS)…

Bigger, Bolder, Heavier

Jun 17, 2019

Europe’s offshore wind market is growing faster than anyone expected – not least in terms of the components being installed. Could this mean a challenge for the existing installation fleet?While offshore wind is seen by many as a maturing market in Europe…

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