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Sea trials soon for fledgling wave power technology

May 01, 2011

Norwegian mechanical engineer Julius Espedal had his first real brush with the forces of nature when undergoing offshore safety induction and emergency training in the UK back in 1999. Now he is getting reacquainted with them as his company…

Counting the cost of outsourcing

May 01, 2011

In the past decade, the oil & gas industry has been effective in finding new resources, but much less successful in bringing new supplies onstream. That was the verdict of Eni E&P executive vice president Antonio Vella, addressing this year's Offshore Mediterranean Conference in Ravenna…

FLNG sloshing analysis: a fresh approach

Apr 01, 2011

Class society ABS and Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) are concluding a joint development program examining critical wave conditions for sloshing model tests and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) in the cargo tanks of FLNG vessels…

Power to generate irrational thought

Mar 01, 2011

China constantly shakes many of the world's beliefs, for better or worse, from its economic growth to trade to human rights. There is no doubt that China will become before not too long the world's dominant economic power. It also provides an additional…

Resource nationalism on its way out?

Dec 31, 2010

The days may be numbered for resource nationalism, Robert Johnson told the Houston World Affairs Council at the Mayer Brown offices late October. ‘Not every country is equally capable of exercising a campaign of resource nationalism,’ said Johnson…

To be a player you have to join the game

Nov 01, 2010

It is perhaps the biggest social and economic challenge of the world today: how will China acquire sufficient energy resources, of oil and perhaps even more important, natural gas, over the next several decades? China’s energy makeup is still quite primitive: 70% of China’s energy comes from coal…

Book End

Nov 01, 2010

Energy and climate wars: How naïve politicians, green ideologues, and media elites are undermining the truth about energy and climate. Peter C Glover & Michael J Economides. Continuum International Publishing Group, 2010.The lengthy subtitle…

Risky business

Oct 26, 2010

In a ‘brutally costcompetitive environment,' KBR has been looking at multiple ways to provide its services at an increasingly lower cost, said KBR chairman, president and CEO William P ‘Bill' Lutt during the 2010 Rice Global E&C Forum.Lutt told…

Whither natural gas?

Oct 26, 2010

Worries about the future of natural gas dominated proceedings as the SPE’s Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition made its international debut in Florence last month. Speakers focused on what the industry must do to meet burgeoning global energy demand…

China deepens its resolve on energy security

Jul 09, 2010

Chinese companies have stepped up their activities over the last year, and two recent reports from analysts Infield Energy Analysts and Wood Mackenzie suggest increased activity in the near future, especially as the NOCs venture into deeper waters…

The age of consent

Jul 09, 2010

Aware of the step-change in offshore windfarm construction that is required to meet today's renewable energy targets, governments around the world have instigated new planning procedures to encourage yet control offshore renewable energy development…

Let the 'eagles' soar

Jun 10, 2010

Knowledge management is key if the offshore oil and gas industry wishes to remain healthy, survive, and endure upcoming challenges, says Pyrodyne’s Randy Smith. In his opener to this month’s recruitment & training review, he explains why KM…

Virginia sale to test Atlantic interest

May 20, 2010

The scheduled 2012 lease sale offshore Virginia will proceed, even without the environmental impact studies necessary to allow oil & gas exploration in place, according to MMS director Liz Burnham.The sale – the first on the US Atlantic OCS…

Cape Wind closer to a decision

Feb 16, 2010

More than eight years after the project was announced, the Obama administration is pushing for a final resolution that would allow installation of the first major offshore wind farm in the US.Threatening to ‘take the steps necessary to bring the permit process to conclusion…

Climate change bounces back

Feb 09, 2010

An array of world leaders, policy makers and energy officials gathered in Abu Dhabi last month to debate the response to global climate change and to rehash the failures, and promise, of last December’s UN Summit in Copenhagen. Delegates gather…

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