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OE: 2014 / November

 

Applying offshore class experience to subsea mining

Dec 01, 2014

Scientific drilling confirmed the presence of natural gas hydrates on the North and Central American continental shelves in late 1970s and early 1980s, but it was only recently that researchers began to seriously assess methane hydrate development…

Addressing the challenges of obsolescence

Nov 04, 2014

Obsolescence is not a new issue for the offshore energy industry, however, it remains an insidious creeping plague, which hides in the wake of new and changing technologies to take everyone by surprise around 10 years into the system life cycle…

Colloquy: Offshore helicopters (commuting on a rotary wing and a prayer)

Nov 03, 2014

Flying offshore is one of the world's safest commutes. Offshore activity drives the global market for oil and gas-related helicopter services, which is estimated to be worth US$24 billion over the next five years, 2014-2018. Companies…

Frosty Relations

Nov 03, 2014

How much does Russia’s oil and gas industry stand to lose in light of increasing Western sanctions? Sarah Parker Musarra reports. In April 2014, the first oil produced from the Russian Arctic Shelf…

New lease on life

Nov 03, 2014

ABS Group’s Brian Gibbs and David Hua discuss long-term strategies to extend the service life of aging offshore assets. Structural integrity is critical to sustaining stable, reliable, and optimal performance…

Aging infrastructure under wraps

Nov 03, 2014

Simon Frost explains the role of engineered composite repairs in late life asset management. A tubular brace, having suffered wall loss through external corrosion, was reinstated to its original…

Extending the life of steel catenary risers

Nov 03, 2014

John MacDonald and Lee Tran of 2H Offshore discuss a methodology to help operators extend the life of steel catenary risers in order to keep pace with new subsea tiebacks projects. Intelligent PIGS  can be used to assess internal corrosion…

Advancing seismic through advanced science

Nov 03, 2014

With its latest software release, Paradigm offers high-definition seismic processing for a general user. Sarah Parker Musarra discussed the powerful new software with Paradigm SVP Indy Chakrabarti. Accurate…

Close collaboration: drilling with liner

Nov 03, 2014

Weatherford discusses how a collaborative approach helped in the planning and execution of a North Sea drilling with liner operation. Fig. 1: Pore, frac, overburden and mud-pressures in the well…

Predicting pressures

Nov 03, 2014

With a slightly different approach, hydrodynamic modeling can be used for overpressure prediction in on and offshore environments. Marcell Lux, Ahmed Amran, and Marianna Vincze explain. Fig. 1…

Engineering for a cold climate

Nov 03, 2014

Arctic-ready facilities: meeting the engineering challenge for a new era of offshore exploration. Mark Manton explains. The Sable South Centre module being loaded ready for installation at the Sable Offshore Energy Tier II Compression Project…

Increasing the accuracy of uncertainty data

Nov 03, 2014

Sharing information about uncertainty budgets for flow meters could lead to a better understanding of measurement systems, says NEL’s Callum Hardie. Photo from NEL. While…

Gazprom Neft’s Dyukov reflects on sanctions, technology and future projects

Nov 01, 2014

Gazprom Neft, the fourth largest oil producer in Russia and the subsidiary of Gazprom, may consider the possibility of suspension of implementation of several projects on the Russian shelf, due to sanctions, imposed on Russia. Alexander Dyukov…

Faces of the Industry: Alasdair Buchanan

Nov 01, 2014

November’s Faces of the Industry takes us to the North Sea market with Alasdair Buchanan, COO of LR Senergy. With a career spanning more than 30 years, including leadership roles at BJ Services and Halliburton, Alasdair has earned an impressive track record in international operations…

Permanent seismic reservoir monitoring on Jubarte

Nov 01, 2014

Claudio Paschoa provides insights from technical sessions at this year’s Rio Oil & Gas event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Petrobras Geophysics Manager Paulo Johann. Photo from IBP.   At Rio Oil & Gas…

Nanotechnology applied to E&P

Nov 01, 2014

Rio Oil & Gas also highlighted the growth in development of nanotechnology within the oil industry. The debate concluded that nanotechnology could definitely be an important tool to increase the efficiency of oil recovery in any field and specifically in mature fields…

Faster than real time

Nov 01, 2014

Gregory Hale explains why real-time data transfer doesn’t always cut it in the offshore oil and gas environment. Real-time information is not enough anymore. When a compressor was showing signs of possible overload, a team of engineers watching the data noticed some subtle…

North Sea mooring systems: How reliable are they?

Nov 01, 2014

Mooring failure rates are still higher than industry targets. Assessing past failures could help industry understanding, say Will Brindley and Andrew Cornley. The Blackford Dolphin semisubmersible mobile offshore drilling unit Images from DNV GL…

Ice-load modeling

Nov 01, 2014

A multi-model approach is being used to take into account new phenomena and any number of structures, whatever their type, for ice-load modeling offshore. Philippe Cambos explains. Ice modeling conical structure side view…

Betting on Hebron

Nov 01, 2014

First oil from ExxonMobil’s giant Hebron project off Newfoundland and Labrador is set for 2017. Sarah Parker Musarra received an update on the development from Geoff Parker, Hebron senior project manager, and examines its place in the Canadian energy economy…

Electrifying tube bending

Nov 01, 2014

A CNC (computer numerical control) tube bending machine with advanced programmability is helping Siemens Subsea Products to improve the precision and production efficiency of subsea hydraulic components and systems. Steve Hadrell explains…

Reaching 20K

Nov 01, 2014

GE’s new 20,000psi-rated BOP recently secured a contract with Maersk Drilling as part of BP’s own Project 20K program. Jerry Lee reports on the new BOP and its control system. Completed GE BOP stack. All images from GE…

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