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]

A Sliding Scale of Residency

Apr 30, 2019

Seabed deployed remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROV) are already here. Since early last year, IKM Subsea has been operating its Merlin UCV R-ROV (resident ROV) from a cage placed beneath Norwegian operator Equinor’s Snorre B production facility offshore Norway…

Transport & Installation: Fleet Renewal

Apr 29, 2019

It’s been a tough market for heavy lift vessel operators – but that’s not stopping them renewing and reinventing their fleets.The offshore installation market has been tough, especially for those with installation vessels – resource and cash intensive assets…

Drilling Down Deep

Apr 25, 2019

Deepwater drilling is back and targeting ever deeper waters, from South Africa to Pakistan.Deepwater exploration is starting to get serious, again. If fact, French oil major Total is lined up to drill what will be a new deepwater drilling record later this year…

Google Translate for Oil Wells

Apr 22, 2019

A startup is looking to harness the world of artificial intelligence to help oil companies do more with the data, as well as the oil, they get from their wells.Big data is often billed as having the potential to offer the oil and gas industry huge benefits in improved efficiency and production…

More Must Be Done to Tackle Well Losses

Apr 17, 2019

North Sea oil and gas operators are failing to make the most from their existing well stocks, with some 30% (600) shut-in and 33 million barrels of oil equivalent (boe) lost due to well losses – the equivalent of a new west of Shetland field…

Aker Solutions, Fuglesangs Create FASTSubsea

Apr 10, 2019

Norway’s Aker Solutions has agreed to create a new subsea multiphase boosting company with subsea technology specialist FSubsea.The companies, through new 50/50 owned business FASTSubsea (FAST standing for Fuglesangs Aker Solutions Technology)…

Focusing on Next-gen VXTs

Apr 09, 2019

Global subsea Xmas tree orders took a major hit through the downturn. But, manufacturers are doing their bit to reduce cost and new generation trees are soon to leave factories, as Offshore Engineer found out during a tour of Aker Solutions’ Tranby facility…

Subsea Tiebacks Go the Distance

Mar 29, 2019

While the blue economy and renewables loomed large on today’s agenda at the Offshore Mediterranean Conference (OMC) in Ravenna, Italy, moves toward extending exploration into underexplored Greece, as well as technologies to enable more fields to be produced as subsea tiebacks…

Decarbonization on the Agenda

Mar 28, 2019

Offshore oil and gas operators are grappling with how to make their operations and even companies greener, Offshore Mediterranean Conference (OMC) in Ravenna, Italy, has been hearing.From using renewable energies to power remote fields and even subsea robots…

Mediterranean Gas Galore, Challenges Aplenty

Mar 27, 2019

Gas resources abound in the Mediterranean but the challenges facing their monetization were highlighted at the opening plenary session of Offshore Mediterranean Conference (OMC) in Ravenna, Italy, this morning.On the one hand, gas exploration…

Hunting Hydrocarbons

Feb 11, 2019

A new tool is being added to the box for hydrocarbon hunting – and a raft of other anthropomorphic and chemical signatures in the world’s seas and oceans. Offshore Engineer reports on developing unmanned wide area remote ocean sensing systems for seep…

Imaging the Future

Jan 31, 2019

Once upon a time, visual inspection of subsea infrastructure meant divers taking still cameras down to the seafloor, hoping that the camera casing wouldn’t flood, or that the film wouldn’t be over exposed or destroyed during development. Even…

Taking the Next Steps in Plugging and Abandonment

Jan 28, 2019

New solutions which could break the plugging and abandonment mold are making their presence felt on the Norwegian continental shelf.At some point in the future, plugging and abandonment operations (P&A) will be a regular and relatively unexciting activity for the offshore oil and gas industry…

Energy Tech: Robotics for Renewables

Sep 13, 2018

As the global fleet of offshore renewables fleet increases, ways to reduce the cost and increase the efficiency and safety of operations and maintenance work, using robotics and autonomous systems, will also grow. Elaine Maslin reports.Robotics…

2017: Exploration hot spots

Dec 21, 2017

Senegal and Mauritania are set for a raft of activity as two major projects move towards putting both countries on the deepwater map, while Cyprus waits in the wings. Elaine Maslin reports. (First published in the December 2017 OE.) Rokhaya Diallo Gunning…

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