OE: 2015 / May

 

Remembering the not-so distant past

May 01, 2015

Given that our issue’s focus is the Gulf of Mexico, it is fitting that we remember the fifth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. On 20 April 2010, 11 lives were lost when the Macondo well blew out, spilling millions of barrels of oil…

The need for lean

May 01, 2015

During the past decade, our industry has applied new technologies and adapted old ones that enabled us to meet the world’s energy needs more efficiently, productively and safely. Bond. From Hess. As an engineer…

Securing intelligent systems offshore

May 01, 2015

Often I am asked – what is classification? We get this question a good bit in the offshore industry where the role of class might not be as pronounced as it is in the marine industry. Watson. From ABS…

Border bust-up won’t stop TEN

May 01, 2015

John Bradbury profiles Tullow Oil’s major TEN development offshore Ghana, its second development in the area following its success at the deepwater Jubilee field. TEN project location offshore Ghana…

Ready for prime time

May 01, 2015

Italy is sitting on sizeable untapped gas resources, yet it still imports a large proportion of its gas. Elaine Maslin reports from the Offshore Mediterranean Conference, Ravenna. Bruno Lescoeur…

Looking further afield

May 01, 2015

Italian engineering companies could offer competitive engineering, procurement and construction services in the Mediterranean Sea, should activity pick up, but West Africa is currently the hot spot for contracts. Litchendjili…

Short-term uncertainties in the deep

May 01, 2015

Infield Systems’ Catarina Podevyn takes a look at recent oil price movements and market conditions on the deepwater (500m+) capex spending up to 2019. Olympus platform in deepwater US Gulf of Mexico…

Laser-like precision

May 01, 2015

Jerry Lee and Greg App examine how lasers could be used for not just drilling, but for completions and well intervention projects, too. Laser drilled sandstone core sample.  Images from ZerLux Hungary Ltd…

(Em)Bracing innovation

May 01, 2015

Installed in 65m water depth in 1998, the Siri platform was an innovation. Now, it has taken another innovation – taking onshore cable stay engineering design concepts for use subsea – to allow the platform to continue operation. Elaine Maslin reports…

From Russia with tough love

May 01, 2015

Hardfacing has been given a tungsten carbide boost thanks to chemical vapor deposition technology developed in Russia. Elaine Maslin explains. Hardide reactor loading to perform the CVD process…

Structural modeling in unconventional reservoirs

May 01, 2015

Efficiency, cost-effectiveness and optimized analyses are crucial in upstream asset development. OE spoke with Paradigm’s Indy Chakrabarti to chart the pathway to success. Jeannie Stell reports. Indy Chakrabarti…

Improved chelant stimulation treatments deliver sustained production gains

May 01, 2015

Halliburton Energy Services’ Harvey J. Fitzpatrick, Jr. shows how wellbore stimulation fluids can increase production. Fig. 1—Example of acid-etching properties of SandStim service. The service…

Technology-led exploration success

May 01, 2015

For Shell, exploration isn’t just about the seismic, it’s about joining up the petabytes’ worth of seismic dots between its global team of experts. Meg Chesshyre reports. Subsurface imaging, but…

Carry on carbon

May 01, 2015

Carbon fiber rods are the way forward for providing umbilicals in deepwater applications, according to one leading subsea contractor. John Bradbury explains. Umbilical load out Moss. Photo from Aker Solutions…

Advances in technologies for additives and fluids

May 01, 2015

Drilling in deeper waters calls for more advanced technology. Mark R. Luyster provides an overview of recent fluid advances for the completion phase of deepwater projects. The industry has evolved in the last decade to further drilling…

Taking the load

May 01, 2015

Calibrating the 64 load cells on the Snorre A tension leg platform was a lengthy arduous task, until a new solution, installed late 2014, was found. Elaine Maslin reports. The Snorre A tension leg platform…

Spotlight on the Gulf

May 01, 2015

Ultra-HPHT, other technologies advance despite oil price drop, but actual deployment in Gulf of Mexico could slow. Bruce Nichols puts it in perspective. Anadarko’s Lucius Truss Spar, located in 7100ft of water…

Safety from a design consideration

May 01, 2015

Preventing corrosion is necessary to avoiding production failures. Leokadia Rucinski and Genesis’ Binder Singh provide details. Fig. 1: A collage of somewhat unusual corrosion phenomena, many of…

Offshore heavy oil economics

May 01, 2015

Jeannie Stell looks at offshore heavy oil development economics with an eye on the current low-price environment. ExxonMobil expects its 52-well Hebron development project offshore Newfoundland to bring in first oil in 2017…

Developing KMZ

May 01, 2015

Jerry Lee provides an overview of Mexico’s Ku-Maloob-Zaap (KMZ) heavy oilfield in the Bay of Campeche. Pemex’s Ku-S central processing installation at the Ku-Maloob-Zaap oilfield in the Bay of Campeche offshore Mexico…

Making light work of sand removal

May 01, 2015

Desanding to stop wellbore tubing clogging-up is nothing new, but FourPhase has developed their own technology to keep the flow going. Neil Meldrum explains. A DualFlow system overview. Images from FourPhase…

Building blocks for an electric subsea future

May 01, 2015

Electronic subsea control modules are being designed to go deeper – and be smaller and lighter. John Bradbury takes a look. Aker Vectus control system pulled from Larssen MCE DD 20154 presentation…

Enhanced IM of subsea control systems

May 01, 2015

Claire Zhao and Dharmik Vadel, of Clarus Subsea Integrity, discuss condition monitoring as a proactive approach to minimizing downtime. Control system failure is one of the top contributors toward unplanned shutdowns in offshore subsea production systems…

Putting hydrates under high-pressure

May 01, 2015

While methanol/glycol cleaning could be considered the primary removal method, its efficiency in open water is limited. BOURBON has started using high-pressure water jet cleaning as an alternative. The…

All terrain trenching

May 01, 2015

Subsea trenching has become more versatile with Fugro and SMD’s Q1400. Mike Daniel explains. Launching the Fugro Q1400 trenching system. Photos from Fugro Subsea. It is important to bury wind farm cables…

Plastic fantastic

May 01, 2015

Polymer-lined pipe has been around since the 1990s, but its potential has yet to be fully tapped, according to those behind JIPs to extend use of this technology. Mostafa Tantawi and David Whittle explain. Swagelinings enior…

Making a ‘smart’ pipe

May 01, 2015

Researchers at Norway’s SINTEF together with a consortium of industrial partners have developed technologies to enable real-time condition monitoring reports from within pipelines to be transmitted to shore. SmartPipe launched in 2006…

Shallow water hazards

May 01, 2015

Protecting, inspecting and repairing pipelines in the shallow waters of the Middle East isn’t as easy as it sounds. Elaine Maslin reports. McDermott’s DP2 offshore construction support vessel Thedbaud Sea in the Middle East…

Ensuring the integrity of fatigue-sensitive SCRs

May 01, 2015

Denise Smiles, of Optical Metrology Services Ltd (OMS), discusses how to correct internal HiLo misalignment between butted pipes. OMS’ automatic pipe end dimensioning tool. Images from OMS. Deepwater…

Increasing the tension

May 01, 2015

Maritime Developments, based in Peterhead, Scotland, has released its first four-track, 75-tonne pipeline tensioner, not long after shipping out the third of a 50-tonne version of the unit, which took center stage at Subsea Expo in Aberdeen in February…

Tracking floating production in Mexico

May 01, 2015

Bruce Crager profiles some of the floating production vessels already being used offshore Mexico, and highlights what is yet to come. FPSO Yùum K’ak’Náab is currently operating in the KMZ oilfield in the Bay of Campeche…

Red Hawk spar flies home

May 01, 2015

InterMoor’s Dusan Curic discusses the decommissioning of Anadarko Petroleum’s Red Hawk spar in the US Gulf of Mexico, a job that involved several industry firsts. With holes cut into the hull, Red Hawk spar is being tipped underwater…

EMAS makes waves in the Gulf

May 01, 2015

EPCIC contractor EMAS AMC is betting on the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, bringing not only its newbuild vessel the Lewek Constellation, but investing and upgrading a sprawling marine base in Ingleside, Texas. Audrey Leon reports. The…

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