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Dutch firms eye growing markets

Sep 01, 2013

New vessels, acquisitions, and expertise are driving Dutch growth. Elaine Maslin reports. The Dutch offshore sector is leveraging its engineering and seafaring traditions to grow its presence in the global oil and gas industry. The…

Danish Energy Agency releases annual report

Sep 01, 2013

The Danish offshore is a mature oil and gas province with 40 years of production, but the Danish Energy Agency’s latest annual report,* says that the country is expected to remain a net exporter of oil through 2020, while gas production is…

Enhanced control for improved safety offshore

Sep 01, 2013

A new offshore safety directive, issued by the European Union, has been adopted across the continent. Remi Eriksen, CEO DNV Maritime Oil & Gas, and Graham Bennett, VP DNV, business development director, division Europe and North Africa, take a look at the consequences…

Bucket foundation may cut wind turbine costs

Sep 01, 2013

Suction piles have anchored offshore oil and gas production for years, but a new type - called a bucket foundation - is being promoted for offshore wind turbines in an effort to reduce costs. In February, Forewind, a consortium planning a huge turbine farm in the North Sea…

Subsea UK calls for national program

Sep 01, 2013

Subsea UK is calling on the UK government to back plans for a national program that will support and fund subsea research, and a UK-wide skills program that will help the sector find the 10,000 people it needs to capitalize on current and future demand…

Nexans updates its Halden cable facility

Sep 01, 2013

Nexans has fine tuned its specialized facility at Halden in Norway, after a cable failed to meet the final acceptance test a couple of years ago and had to be remade. Meg Chesshyre visited the plant, which has a full order book and a more than two-year backlog…

Scandinavia: investing to grow

Sep 01, 2013

Scandinavia’s oil and gas industry, focused on Norway and Denmark, is expecting a resurgence. Espen Erlingsen looks at trends in the sector. The North Sea is characterized by large, producing platforms with declining production. To stop the falling production in the North Sea…

The Gryphon Alpha rises

Sep 01, 2013

Twenty years after it came online, the UK’s longest serving permanently-moored FPSO has been given a new lease on life. Elaine Maslin reports on the extent the UK’s largest offshore project in 2012. When production from the central North Sea Gryphon field came online in October 1993…

Government policy aids Norwegian success

Sep 01, 2013

Norway’s offshore region covers 2.04 million sq km and is split into five areas: the northern, southern and central parts of the North Sea, the Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea. Over the five regions, there have been 1400 exploration wells drilled since 1966…

Bluewater’s Haewene Brim in Cromarty

Sep 01, 2013

Bluewater’s Haewene Brim floating production and offloading vessel (FPSO) has been in dry dock for an upgrade at the Nigg fabrication yard in the Cromarty Firth, northeast Scotland. It is the first time the yard, operated by Global Energy Group…

Achieving total isolation to optimize wellbore cleaning

Sep 01, 2013

The combined application of the ISO-MAX security packer and selective rotation and circulation tool (SRCT) helped a North Sea operator prevent losses during well displacement, thus ensuring well integrity and improving the chances of a successful completion…

BLISS-fully solving seismic processing problems

Sep 01, 2013

During the last 10 years, the oil and gas industry has seen significant developments in seismic acquisition strategies, pushing the boundaries imposed by the technical limits of conventional 3D marine acquisition using narrow-azimuth towed streamers…

Damen looks offshore

Sep 01, 2013

High activity levels in the North Sea are making an attractive market for Damen Shipyards. Last year, its biggest newbuild market was in tugs and work boats, with 80 delivered. Now, the firm has turned its attention to oil and gas industry support vessels with its new Damen Offshore Series…

Global Briefs: September 2013

Sep 01, 2013

Alaska states Arctic needs Alaska’s Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell stated the case for the state’s needs at the Ice-Diminished Arctic Conference in Washington, D.C. He emphasized the need for safety, security, and economic development in the region…

Emerson Process Management opens new European education facility

Sep 01, 2013

Emerson Process Management opened a new European education facility at the valve manufacturing center of excellence in Cernay, France, in May. A unique feature of the facility is its flow laboratory, which provides a training infrastructure for control valves and instrumentation…

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