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Scandinavia Offshore

Sep 01, 2011

Discovering Arctic EuropeResources and business conditions in Arctic Europe will be the subject of a mini-seminar during Offshore Europe organized by the cities of Aberdeen, Bodø and Kirkenes.A large new area became available when the delimitation…

Oil & gas activity North West European Continental Shelf

Sep 01, 2011

OE's popular annual guide to oil & gas developments on the Northwest European Continental Shelf returns, fully updated.Operators in the UK sector of the North Sea were taken aback in March this year by UK Chancellor George Osborne's decision to raise the supplementary tax rate from 20% to 32%…

Fluid thinking

Sep 01, 2011

With Canadian environmental regulators tightening their monitoring and control of fluids used offshore, Castrol's Jason Vallier and K+D Pratt's Andrew Bell review existing guidelines elsewhere and the implications for Canada's E&P sector.The…

Managing the human factor

Sep 01, 2011

One of the key performance indicator’s of an installation’s integrity performance is the number of hydrocarbon releases, along with the importance of workforce competency in managing these risks. While North Sea statistics had shown a continued…

Competent or compliant?

Sep 01, 2011

In its drive to improve and align safety and competence standards in the global oil and gas industry, Opito International has commissioned new research to discover how companies are assuring the workforce is competent, rather than simply compliant…

Reskilling to close the gap

Sep 01, 2011

Two Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) initiatives have been launched in the UK for offshore companies looking to address the skills gap through the reskilling of adult trainees. The first 16 learners recently completed their training…

Products in action

Sep 01, 2011

One-trip solutionBaker Hughes last summer deployed a drilling system featuring a TORXS expandable liner hanger package with an EZCase casing bit system to assist an operator bedeviled by a problem zone. The unidentified operator was unable to…

Playground of the western world

Sep 01, 2011

Mindful of Offshore Europe in Aberdeen this month, Andrew McBarnet explains why seismic companies keep coming back to the mainly mature offshore hydrocarbon province of northwest Europe.It's not the most elegant of sayings but 'there's life…

Paradigm shift

Sep 01, 2011

Serial offshore innovator Fraser Innes, a familiar face from early North Sea days through his stewardship of Petroline, is continuing his technology-stretching ways today as CEO of the Dutch-based Paradigm Group and chairman of its two UK offshoots…

The Wright stuff

Sep 01, 2011

When it comes to smart, or wise, ways to carry out subsea interventions, Wright's Well Control Services founder David Wright is a man of many ideas. Jennifer Pallanich catches up with him to discuss his company's latest kit and some of its recently completed projects…

Integrating exploration tools

Aug 02, 2011

Integrating several imaging and modeling technologies can reduce exploration risk. Ian Bryant (Schlumberger) and Paul Xu (formerly of Ipex) present an integrated basin and petroleum system study that predicted many oil and gas accumulations in a relatively unexplored region offshore Brazil…

Talking the torque

Aug 01, 2011

The accurate application of torque in both installation and maintenance of pipeline and wellhead assets is vital to ensuring equipment is fully operational in remote and hostile subsea locations. Norbar Torque Tools' technical manager Mark Woodward discusses recent advances in this sector…

Subsea research drive reaches maturity

Aug 01, 2011

Seeking to establish itself as the national strategic centre of excellence for subsea research, the National Subsea Research Institute (NSRI) recently unveiled the future focus for its ground-breaking research – and the accent will be very much…

Russian driller eyes Caspian catch

Aug 01, 2011

Having established itself as the largest independent provider of onshore drilling services in Russia, Eurasia Drilling Company is now looking to have a bigger say in the developing CIS offshore market. David Morgan reports.Eurasia Drilling Company's…

Stimulating work

Aug 01, 2011

Baker Hughes' latest fracturing and stimulation vessel, the Blue Tarpon, is designed for operations in the Lower Tertiary play of the Gulf of Mexico. Katie Jernigan takes a look at the newest addition to the Baker Hughes fleet. Chouest owns…

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