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BOP risk software in the works

Dec 02, 2011

Class society Lloyd's Register is working with leading owners and operators from the oil & gas sector to improve current methods of monitoring the performance of blowout preventers. Two risk management specialists within the Lloyd's Register Group…

Location, location, location

Dec 01, 2011

Offshore rig and vessel repair continues to produce attractive returns for yards that are well placed strategically and geographically. OE checks out the latest developments at two players – one in Bahrain, the other in Gibraltar – still relatively…

Tapping hot, and cold, spots

Dec 01, 2011

With 2011 drawing to a close, it's time for OE to look afresh at the world's emerging hot spots. One of those generating the most interest, if not the most dollars yet, is also the coldest: the Arctic. Jennifer Pallanich asks a cross-section…

Regs and safety top ATCE agenda

Dec 01, 2011

High safety standards in oil & gas operations are better achieved when self-imposed, rather than through excessive government regulation, a leading Shell figure told delegates to this year's SPE ATCE in Denver. US editor Russell McCulley listened in…

Testing times for subsea compression

Dec 01, 2011

The subsea gas compression system for Norway's Ormen Lange subsea compression pilot is about to start a six-month endurance test which will last until June 2012, Aker Solutions project director Øystein Haukvik revealed last month at the opening of his company's new engineering office in west London…

Rig building writ large

Dec 01, 2011

Despite a brief interruption post-Macondo, the rig newbuilding boom that started in 2005 is gathering momentum. Jennifer Pallanich talks to IHS about the latest trends in the drilling contractor market.One of the trends that Tom Kellock, Houston's head of consulting for IHS Petrodata…

Deeper and hotter

Dec 01, 2011

Baker Hughes continues to invest heavily in R&D, having reorganized itself along ‘geo-market' lines over the last couple of years. During the recent SPE ATCE gathering in Denver, Russell McCulley caught up with the oilfield services giant's president of products & technology…

Eaton is out there

Dec 01, 2011

Born in Houston, raised in London, Gardiner Henderson is no stranger to travel. Which is just as well, since his latest job has him in almost perpetual motion criss-crossing the globe to build business and raise awareness of a company he sees…

Managing risk in offshore well construction

Dec 01, 2011

Risk management processes are fundamental to making decisions that improve the well construction process. Halliburton’s Hamayun Raja, Aijaz Rizvi and John Walters review the way risk management can be used in offshore projects to improve safety and on-target performance…

Creating the right environment

Dec 01, 2011

Andrew McBarnet says it makes sense for the oil and gas E&P business to provide more independently researched evidence documenting best environmental practice in its operations. A recent fragment in the oil industry news cycle noted that electromagnetic…

Islay tieback turns up the heat

Dec 01, 2011

Total's UK North Sea Islay tieback, a gas condensate field with challenging flow assurance issues for the management of hydrates, is being used as a pilot for what is being hailed as the world's first electrically trace heated pipe-in-pipe system…

Negotiating the pipe-in-pipe bends

Dec 01, 2011

Harnessing and transporting multiphase products from often high temperature/high pressure well environments to the processing plant presents many a technological challenge. Tata Steel’s Derek Bish discusses one of them: how to construct and efficiently insulate pipe-in-pipe bends…

Analysis points the way to project savings

Dec 01, 2011

Design by analysis rather than the traditional formula approach is the way forward for pipeline operators and contractors looking to cut project costs and timescales, argues TRaC Global consultant Dr Peter Moir.Analysis to validate the design…

Hawk eye on the seabed

Dec 01, 2011

The offshore oil & gas industry has long relied on sensors and sporadic ROV footage to find out what's going on subsea. Now a new tool designed for permanent deployment at well sites is about to change all that, according to Weatherford's Ole Tom Furu…

Dual-fuel first for Gulf newbuilds

Dec 01, 2011

Two platform supply vessels under construction at Louisiana's Harvey Gulf International Marine will use LNG as a propulsion fuel, a first for the US. Russell McCulley hears from Harvey Gulf and others about the move to LNG fuel in the offshore oil & gas market…

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