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Offshore pipelines: a quantum leap in integrity management

Aug 09, 2010

Continuous registration of vessel traffic above pipelines via the proposed Automatic Identification System (AIS) represents a significant improvement on pipeline operators' emergency response to possible mechanical damage, says Jens Erik Thygesen…

Breaking new ground (or old ground in new ways)

Aug 09, 2010

Subsea trenching is not seen as one of the offshore industry's most glamorous or challenging activities – what could be more straightforward than digging in the dirt? In truth, however, it is far easier to lose money trenching than to make it…

Climatic contrasts

Aug 09, 2010

Newly merged contractors Royal Boskalis Westminster and Smit Internationale got a foretaste of the operational synergies expected to stem from this move when their activities coincided earlier this year in the Strait of Magellan at the remote southernmost tip of Argentina…

Pipe-making milestone for Tupi

Jul 09, 2010

The thickest 18in UOE pipe manufactured to date was required for Petrobras' Tupi field. Corus' Simon Slater, Richard Freeman, Martin Connelly and Shuwen Wen describe the manufacturing steps taken to meet the technical linepipe requirements of the project…

Ice sculptures

Jul 09, 2010

Among the greatest uncertainties in future energy supply is the amount of oil and gas yet to be found in the Arctic: the US Geological Survey estimates the region to hold as much as one-fifth of the world's untapped reserves of hydrocarbons…

Products in action - OE July 2010

Jul 09, 2010

New view for crane operatorsClaxton's new EEx-rated crane boom rig camera helps rig crane operators monitor the area beneath the crane boom, where loads can often be moved into 'blind' areas not visible from the crane's cab.Claxton, an Acteon company…

Will rival gas lines meet part way?

May 20, 2010

Two competing gas transportation projects in southern Europe could be combined to increase the future security of European gas supply, Eni chief executive Paolo Scaroni told CeraWeek attendees in Houston in March. According to Scaroni, combining…

Raising the regulatory standard

Apr 05, 2010

A set of international standards for a wide selection of vital oil & gas industry materials, equipment and offshore structures is emerging from the International Standards Organization (ISO). OE reviews some of the latest developments in this area…

Products in review / April 2010 OE

Apr 05, 2010

Rotary steerable successBaker Hughes deployed its AutoTrak rotary steerable system to successfully drill four directional wells in the Gulf of Mexico’s South Timbalier area, including one well that reached total depth nearly five days ahead of schedule…

Being prepared holds key to rapid response

Mar 04, 2010

To share industry knowledge concerning the latest developments in emergency preparedness for subsea pipelines, TDW Offshore Services AS hosted its first pipeline conference in Stavanger, Norway. OE reviews some of the key issues and talking points…

Bucking the trend

Mar 04, 2010

Deliberately designing pipelines to buckle – but in a controlled manner – is the Safebuck joint industry project team’s recommended solution to today’s ever more challenging deepwater pipeline requirements. And with most of the major operators already signed up for the JIP’s third and final phase…

20:20 vision in sight

Feb 16, 2010

A new flow assurance solution promises improved accuracy as part of a next-generation integrated production management system and as a standalone engineering tool. OE looks at LedaFlow’s performance to date and future potential.At 143km, the…

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