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Designing for depth

Jun 10, 2010

If all goes as planned, Seattle, Washington-based Principle Power and Energias de Portugal will deploy a prototype deepwater wind turbine in the Atlantic next year. Russell McCulley talks to Principle Power CEO Alla Weinstein about the company's WindFloat design…

Heavy losses in Horizon tragedy

May 20, 2010

Late in the evening 20 April, an explosion rocked the deck of the Deepwater Horizon and set off a fire that raged for 36 hours before the Transocean semisubmersible plunged to the seafloor 5000ft below. As OE went to press, operator BP and other…

Papa Terra makes the most of family ties

May 20, 2010

When the P-61 tension leg wellhead platform (TLWP) begins operations at Petrobras' Papa Terra offshore Brazil in 2013, it will be the new kid on the block in more ways than one. Not only will the deepwater unit be the first TLWP facility off Brazil…

Deepwater poised for fast recovery

May 20, 2010

Two recently published reports point to a speedy recovery for offshore E&P. The deepwater sector of the oil & gas business should recover quickly from the economic downturn and resume the growth the sector enjoyed before the recession, suggests a new report from Douglas-Westwood…

Kinks in the pre-salt supply chain

May 20, 2010

While operating in Brazil’s pre-salt region does require an array of technologies, Petrobras CEO Jose Gabrielli told a Houston lunch that a bigger challenge lies in meeting logistical demands for operating in deep waters offshore. During the Brazil-Texas Chamber of Commerce event in March…

Powering up to meet market demand

Apr 08, 2010

With the offshore umbilicals market emerging from its recent slumbers and power cable demand from both the oil & gas and wind energy sectors picking up strongly, further expansion of Nexans’ Halden facility in Norway could well follow the current…

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…

Express service

Feb 16, 2010

Multiple zone single trip completion systems have been out there for quite some time. It wasn’t until the 1990s that Schlumberger started to invest in the time-saving aspects of single-trip multizone completions, Bryan Stamm, technology manager for Schlumberger’s sand control division…

Beta and beyond

Feb 16, 2010

Time is money, and deepwater means more time and more money. Operators, keen to minimize rig time, have been pushing for more efficient ways to complete wells with multiple zones. One method is to carry out multiple completions in one trip,…

Remediating plugged subsea flowlines

Feb 16, 2010

Remediating plugged subsea lines in deep and ultra-deepwater is dangerous and time-consuming and can become extremely costly if coiled tubing or wireline intervention is required to resolve the problem. Champion Technologies’ Jeremy Lee describes…

Blue Dolphin gets down to business

Feb 09, 2010

BJ Services' new stimulation vessel built for deepwater wells, the Blue Dolphin, made a recent stop in Houston on its way to Louisiana, where it will be based while doing short-term contract work in the Gulf of Mexico. Russell McCulley was on…

New light on loops

Feb 09, 2010

In a development that could have far-reaching implications for oil & gas operators in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, researchers last month released the findings of a two-year study that could help scientists better predict the behavior of the region’s powerful loop current and its eddies…

Why West is best hope for UKCS rebound

Jan 05, 2010

Why has the inhospitable West of Shetland region consistently bucked the trend of enhanced conservatism felt throughout the wider offshore market? And what is driving this activity? Infield Systems' Luke Davis, Gregory Brown and Dr Roger Knight…

No seismic shift in 2010

Jan 05, 2010

The marine seismic industry chalked off 2009 as a year to forget, but Andrew McBarnet suggests that 2010 won't be a whole lot better.Making predictions is a mug's game. We all know it, but we all do it. And if you're in a business like marine seismic…

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