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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…

BP drilling again

Nov 01, 2011

BP has received approval from the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management for a supplemental exploration plan in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, the company’s first such approval since the April 2010 blowout and spill at its Macondo prospect and…

It was the float collar

Nov 01, 2011

The long-delayed final report on the Macondo disaster from the joint BOEMRE/USCG investigation team chose not to pinpoint a fundamental cause. However, veteran offshore oil & gas consultant and occasional expert witness Ian Fitzsimmons has no such qualm…

More blades give a closer [cost] shave

Oct 01, 2011

Responding to Professor Michael J Economides' recent condemnation of alternative energy efficiencies and economics (OE August), serial oil industry inventor Benton Baugh turns his attention to the renewables sector with this firmly tongue-in-cheek (‘but true…

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…

A growing stain on China's energy sector

Sep 01, 2011

It took a month to admit that there was an oil spill in China’s Bohai Bay, from June 4 – when it happened – to July 5 when China’s The Global Times, in an unusual reaction from a presumably government controlled newspaper, wrote: ‘We cannot…

Deep thinking on the Latin beat

Aug 01, 2011

The focus on Latin American deepwater activity naturally gravitates to the headline-grabbing pre-salt region offshore Brazil. But other areas in Latin American deep waters are worth noting, as Jennifer Pallanich explains.Petrobras' discovery…

Gulf rebound - if permitting picks up

Aug 01, 2011

Increased economic activity, more jobs and a 70% rise in spending are predicted for the Gulf of Mexico offshore oil & gas industry by 2013 – provided permitting returns to pre-moratorium levels. Katie Jernigan looks at the region’s latest economic impact analysis…

Big crowds, award-winning technology

Jun 08, 2011

As an indicator of the health of the oil & gas industry, attendance at May's Offshore Technology Conference in Houston suggests that recovery from the global recession is well underway. OE looks back over some of the sights and sounds of OTC 2011…

Cloud nine for the oil & gas IT crowd

Feb 02, 2011

Even in an industry that thinks in decades, seconds count. As such, employees are seeking ways to speed up certain processes, such as collaboration. Once reserved for in-person visits and meetings, employees can now consult with one another through myriad means…

MAN to put pressure on Asgard

Feb 02, 2011

Following lengthy qualification trials in Norway, MAN Diesel & Turbo has been selected as the supplier of the subsea gas compressors for the Åsgard field. According to field operator Statoil, in comparative trials carried out at the operator's K-Lab testing facility at Kårsto…

Coming to terms with the ash cloud

Feb 02, 2011

A 2000ft plume of volcanic ash from Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull brought chaos and confusion to European airspace last year. North Sea offshore helicopter operators are accustomed to dealing high winds, driving rain and freezing fog, but how did they cope with this new phenomenon…

Macondo: the human factors

Jan 02, 2011

Responding to consultant Ian Fitzsimmons' recent remarks in OE about BP's accident investigation report on the Gulf of Mexico's Macondo well disaster, drilling specialist Dr John Thorogood argues that it's time to stop pointing the accusatory finger and start learning the human factors lesson…

Making the FLNG numbers work

Jan 02, 2011

Industry experts gathered in Houston late last year to discuss the future of floating LNG. Jennifer Pallanich joined them.A supply glut stemming from a wave of project sanctions between 2003 and 2005 followed by the North American shale revolution…

Asia Pacific in the FLNG driving seat

Dec 31, 2010

LNG business took a hit last year as the economic downturn put the brakes on global natural gas demand just as US shale gas output started to surge. Infield Systems’ Peter Kiernan reviews the changing gas market fundamentals and assesses the…

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