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Excavating a path through Iraq's unexploded ordnance

Sep 01, 2011

Marin Subsea was called out recently for an operation central to allowing Iraq – the world's fifth largest holder of crude oil reserves – to properly exploit its estimated 143 billion barrels. David Morgan looks at how the job was planned and painstakingly executed…

Steady as she goes

Sep 01, 2011

The steady workload situation at Schiedam-based HSM Offshore continues to be the envy of many North Sea fabricators. Business was good when OE last visited the yard a year ago; it’s got even better since, as David Morgan reports.Back in the summer of 2010 Total’s K5-CU platform (850t topsides…

Succeeding at the front end

Sep 01, 2011

With a series of North Sea contracts under its belt, project management company EPC Offshore is on track for £6 million-plus turnover in only its second year of business. In the first of OE’s reports on some of the people and companies illuminating today’s Aberdeen offshore scene…

Statoil's good year becomes vintage

Sep 01, 2011

As the jacket for Statoil's Gudrun development went in last month, confirmation that there was communication between the Norwegian operator's high-impact Aldous Major South discovery and Lundin's Avaldsnes oil find was generating much excitement…

Rising ambitions

Aug 01, 2011

Technological barriers and operator requirements can limit the possibilities available to offshore design teams when it comes to engineering a production riser plan for a deepwater facility. Hybrid solutions and composites will offer some relief…

Prelude in the supermajor key of FLNG

Jul 07, 2011

Shell's 100% owned and operated Prelude FLNG project offshore Western Australia, long in the works and given a final investment decision in May, will include what the company boasts is the largest floating offshore facility. Russell McCulley…

Ding-dong battle over Siri solution

Jul 07, 2011

The 50:50 partners in Denmark's Siri oil field fell out last month over the latest proposals to deal with the subsea cracks that have beset the 13-year old Siri production and storage platform in recent years. Meg Chesshyre reports.The row…

Controlling the construction processes

Jul 01, 2011

In less than a year, shipyards' lack of experience in delivering automated, highly-integrated offshore topsides has dropped as a primary source of non-productive time, according to a recent report that polled operators about the causes of NPT…

Boom and consolidation to reshape rig industry?

May 01, 2011

Orders for newbuild floaters and jackups have surged to the highest level in years. But will tight shipyard capacity squeeze some drillers out of the market? Russell McCulley rounds up some opinions on the drilling business circa 2011, including a forecast of greater industry consolidation…

Subsea deployment departure

Apr 01, 2011

A new method of installing large subsea structures without the aid of a heavylift vessel is currently being introduced to the offshore engineering community by the Anglo-Faroese pairing of structural engineer David Paul and naval architect Arnbjørn Joensen…

New rock dump system twinned with survey ROV

Apr 01, 2011

Subsea equipment specialist Seatools is scheduled to deliver its latest offshore innovation – a remotely operated vehicle system that will combine the functions of a survey ROV with those of a fallpipe rock-dump ROV – this summer.The pioneering…

McDermott team strikes gold

Dec 31, 2010

McDermott picked up a Bentley Systems innovation in construction award at the infrastructure software provider’s recent ‘Be Inspired’ gathering in Amsterdam for the early delivery of the Su Tu Vang central processing platform at the Cuu Long project offshore Vietnam…

Heading for higher ground

Aug 09, 2010

Having enjoyed the occasional taste of EPC responsibility in recent years, Van Oord Offshore is looking for much more of the same. Although perhaps best known for its rock installation muscle as a subcontractor to the likes of Saipem and Allseas…

Climatic contrasts

Aug 09, 2010

Newly merged contractors Royal Boskalis Westminster and Smit Internationale got a foretaste of the operational synergies expected to stem from this move when their activities coincided earlier this year in the Strait of Magellan at the remote southernmost tip of Argentina…

Delving deeper

Aug 09, 2010

Heavy lifting, drilling and pipelay solutions provider Huisman has designed and built rock dumping systems before, notably for Tideway's Rollingstone and Seahorse vessels. But its next system, to be delivered later this year for the Tideway newbuild Flintstone…

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