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There's something about the seabed

Oct 01, 2011

Back from the SEG annual meeting in San Antonio, Andrew McBarnet detects stirrings in the market for ocean bed seismic services.Ten years ago when the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) held its annual meeting in San Antonio, the event…

Hands across the sea

Oct 01, 2011

With power generated from offshore wind farms forecast to grow from 3GW to 75GW over the next decade, operators are looking to tried and true oil & gas practices to help reduce construction costs. Russell McCulley speaks to Canyon Offshore about…

Firms & Faces - October 2011

Oct 01, 2011

FirmsTechnip acquired Global Industries in a deal worth $1.07 billion and expected to close early 2012. Technip sees the merger increasing its market reach in the Gulf of Mexico, Asia- Pacific and Middle East regions. Global Industries currently has about 2300 employees and operates 14 vessels…

Gathering greater intelligence downhole

Oct 01, 2011

For all the talk of the intelligent oilfield and smart well-based operations, there are still areas of the reservoir where operators can obtain more knowledge about their subsea operations – in particular, activities further downhole and around the wellbore…

Getting smarter and safer

Oct 01, 2011

Securing safe, smart, sustainable supply' provided the theme for SPE Offshore Europe, the biennial Aberdeen conference and exhibition that continues to bring in the crowds. A record-setting 32,025 unique visitors attended September's show. OE's Jennifer Pallanich…

Restoring faith in the plastic society

Oct 01, 2011

Energy companies and conservationists have joined forces in a novel effort to protect Louisiana’s coastal wetlands using recycled plastic bottles to create floating ‘islands’ offshore one of the state’s most threatened ecosystems.The technology…

European gas: running on empty?

Oct 01, 2011

The big news coming out of Europe is that it is running out of money, but is Europe also running out of gas? Infield Systems' Peter Kiernan(left) and Dr Roger Knight discuss the future of Europe's gas supply in the light of the growing need to secure energy from Russia and the Middle East…

There's something about the seabed

Oct 01, 2011

Back from the SEG annual meeting in San Antonio, Andrew McBarnet detects stirrings in the market for ocean bed seismic services.Ten years ago when the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) held its annual meeting in San Antonio, the event…

The blowout school beckons

Oct 01, 2011

Petroleum engineering has once again become a popular course of study, perhaps nowhere more than in Louisiana. Russell McCulley looks at what its flagship university is doing to prepare the next generation of oil & gas professionals.In some respects…

How Nord Stream braved the Baltic

Oct 01, 2011

Gas is due to start flowing through Nord Stream this month following completion of preparatory works on the first of the twin 1224km-long gas pipelines running through the Baltic Sea between Russia and Germany. Formal inauguration of line one…

Making a better case for safety

Oct 01, 2011

The focus on safety within the offshore oil & gas industry has never been clearer. Two of Rowan's safety specialists took time to discuss with Jennifer Pallanich the company's work on the safety case for the Rowan Mississippi while the jackup was in the Sabine Pass…

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…

Flintstone first offshore China

Sep 01, 2011

The latest addition to Tideway’s fallpipe vessel fleet was named Flintstone during a high-tech ceremony in Zeebrugge, Belgium, in July – but the vessel itself was 11,000km away in Singapore being readied for an inaugural assignment in Chinese waters…

Super-sizing for market success

Sep 01, 2011

The offshore yard of Hyundai Heavy Industries in Korea will start cutting steel for Dockwise's new marine transportation super vessel in September. David Morgan reports.Previously referred to as ‘Type 0' but officially named as Dockwise Vanguard on 19 August…

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…

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