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Researchers to study gas formations, drilling risk

Dec 07, 2017

A team of researchers from the University of Houston (UH) is working with the oil industry to develop new ways to predict when an offshore drilling rig is at risk for a potentially catastrophic accident. Ramanan Krishnamoorti, UH's chief energy officer…

Petrofac to perform maintenance study

Aug 07, 2017

Petrofac has been awarded a research study from the Energy Institute’s Process Safety Committee in a bid to help improve maintenance management performance across the oil and gas industry. Under the terms of the agreement, Petrofac will…

The future floats

Jul 01, 2017

Elaine Maslin surveys a variety of floating offshore wind projects due onstream in the near future. Statoil’s Hywind project.  Image from Statoil. This year, floating offshore…

Advanced materials

Jul 01, 2017

Stronger, lighter, smarter – Steve Hamlen reports how advanced materials keep pushing the envelope. Image from iStock. The use of advanced materials is becoming increasingly important to the international oil and gas industry…

OTC15: FMC, Total sign R&D frame agreement

May 06, 2015

FMC Technologies and Total signed a frame agreement for technology development on 5 May. The purpose of this agreement is to define the R&D relationship and to create a framework for collaborative and innovative projects. The goals of…

HRI discusses Deepwater Horizon impact

Apr 21, 2015

Texas A&M Corpus Christi’s Harte Research Institute (HRI) discusses the state of the Gulf of Mexico five years after the BP Deepwater Horizon spill. In this video, the HRI scientists say that the Gulf of Mexico remains resilient after the second largest oil disaster in world history…

BP to fund US$1.9 million center on energy economics and policy

Feb 17, 2015

Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, is setting up a new center for energy economics research and policy with funding of US$1.9 million over three years from BP. The center will be involved primarily in providing the detailed…

UH to lead offshore energy research center

Jan 20, 2015

The University of Houston (UH) will lead a national research center for subsea engineering and other offshore energy development issues, including research and technology to improve the sustainable and safe development of energy resources in the Gulf of Mexico…

Charting Norwegian shipbuilding

Dec 01, 2014

In 2005, Norway’s Ulstein Group introduced the X-Bow to the market, a design feature that increases crew comfort onboard offshore vessels, while giving the opportunity to keep up speed in foul weather or the option of reduced fuel consumption…

Rosneft approved for Arctic research

Nov 18, 2014

The Russian National Committee for United Nations Environment Programme (UNEPCOM) endorsed Rosneft and the Russian Geographical Society's initiative to continue its Arctic research program. This program will help define the principles of economic activity regulations in the region…

GE opens Brazilian subsea research center

Nov 13, 2014

GE opened its US$500 million Brazil Technology Center in Rio de Janeiro. The research hub will focus on developing advanced technologies for offshore oil and gas exploration and production. The center, GE’s first in Latin America…

BP, CGG to develop marine seismic technology

Oct 28, 2014

BP and CGG entered into an agreement for collaborative research and development in the field of new types of marine vibratory seismic sources. The agreement combines the companies’ research efforts and expertise to develop and deploy innovative seismic source technology…

Kongsberg gets CAGE seabed research contract

Oct 22, 2014

CAGE, Centre for Arctic Gas Hydrate, Environment and Climate selected Kongsberg Maritime to develop and deliver two ocean observatories. Jürgen Mienert (Director CAGE, left) and Arild Brevik (Konsberg Maritime)…

MacArtney winch for advanced Chinese research vessel

Oct 16, 2014

MacArtney has delivered a MERMAC R40 RA winch to the Hunan University of Science and Technology (Xiangtan, China). The company works closely with SeaTech China in its role as exclusive MacArtney product and system representative on the Chinese market for underwater technology…

Oil & gas must embrace innovation

Sep 30, 2014

The importance of technological innovation in the oil and gas industry has risen over the past two years, according to a survey by Lloyd's Register Energy. Image from Lloyd's Register Lloyd's Register surveyed operators in America…

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