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Improving inline inspection

Jan 10, 2013

TD Williamson has released Interactive Report 2013, a new proprietary inline pipeline inspection reporting software. The Windows-based data visualization tool provides a variety of customized views, including charts, graphs, and 3D layout, to help locate potential trouble spots.

Knuckle boom subsea crane premier

Jan 10, 2013

Liebherr will debut a new subsea crane with knuckle boom, RL-K 7500, at its plant in Rostock, Germany, this month. The crane has both active-heave compensation and a vertical winch, frame-lifting system. The RL-K 7500 has a lift capacity of 260t and can work in water depths to 3400m.

ROV debuts at OSEA

Jan 10, 2013

Singapore’s Kreuz Subsea took possession of a new Saab Seaeye Panther XT Plus ROV displayed at OSEA 2012. Saab Seaeye boosted the ROV’s power management, offering 50% more power and reduced its size, requiring less deck space. Its 10 thrusters allow operation in currents greater than four knots…

Water jet propulsion

Jan 10, 2013

US-based NAMJet recently provided a propulsion solution for Norwegian shipbuilder Westplast AS’s new seismic survey vessel WP950. The vessel is powered by twin 15in TraktorJet TJ 381 water jets, which can propel the vessel to 28 knots and provide 6393lb of bollard pull…

A world well-supplied

Jan 09, 2013

Natural gas is still not a global fungible commodity, although the LNG trade steadily grows as projects and the global fleet expand. ExxonMobil thinks that worldwide natural gas use will grow more than any other fuel – by 65% over the next 30 years…

Colloquy: Antifragility: Can this industry thrive with disorder?

Jan 09, 2013

Nina M. Rach COLLOQUY: Editor's Column Despite the widespread pop-culture interpretation of the Mayan calendar, the world did not end in an apocalypse on 21 December 2012, just as the Y2K date bug did not cause utilities and other critical infrastructure to fail on 1 January 2000…

Arctic Technology Awards

Jan 09, 2013

Shawn Rice and Joe Gagliardi (center) accepted the award for ION. Presenting the award are OTC Board of Directors Chairman Steve Balint (left), Shell, and OTC Board of Directors member Joe Fowler (right).Igor Kolesnikov and Svetlana Kamaeva (center) accept the award for Transkor…

Conference delineates steady effort to open the Arctic

Jan 09, 2013

Delegates at the Arctic Technology Conference, held recently in Houston, examined the potential of the region to the oil & gas industry. Victor Schmidt and Nina Rach listened in.Two Russian icebreakers create a wide path for the LNG carrier…

Containment system soon in operation

Jan 09, 2013

Click to enlargeFigure 1. Permits in deepwater numbered 76 by end-2012, enabled by the MWCC system. Source: MWCC.In the wake of Macondo, something was needed to lower the risk of recurrence. BP had shown that, given enough time, a system to contain such a well-control incident could be built…

Cyber war opens new front

Jan 09, 2013

Increased automation offshore means oil & gas companies have far more systems that are vulnerable to computer viruses. Gregory Hale and Richard Sale investigate how onshore attacks have led companies to reassess security concerns.Major oil companies…

Data Integrity

Jan 09, 2013

OE talked to Steve Knowles, president and CEO of Wood Group Mustang, asking ‘what will be the most important things in the coming years?’Knowles: I think that, although it’s not the expected subsea technology of big projects, rather, it’s data integrity associated with the projects…

It’s cold. It’s harsh. And it takes a lot of cash.

Jan 09, 2013

The challenges of drilling in the Arctic have become so multifaceted it’s hard to know what position folks line up behind. If it were just the usual environmentalist vs oil companies – and that fight is perennial to be sure – things would be clearer…

Overcoming the global weakness

Jan 09, 2013

During the past few years, annual change in global oil demand has been running 0.8-1%/year and the International Energy Agency (IEA) forecasts it to continue in that range in 2013 – well below the previous 20-year 1.5% average annual increase seen before the global banking crisis…

Planning on a better future

Jan 09, 2013

Andrew McBarnetIf there was such a thing as an annual horoscope for the marine seismic and related geophysical businesses, then in the coming year we can expect at least some improvement on 2012. In other words, unless there is some totally unexpected destabilizing economic…

Pre-programmed mission for decommissioning survey

Jan 09, 2013

Chevron needed to survey 14 sites in the Gulf of Mexico, most of which were slated for decommissioning, so it hired Lockheed Martin to deploy its new Marlin AUV to assist. Chevron subsea survey engineer Olugbena Esan and Lou Dennis, Lockheed Martin business development manager…

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