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Plumbing the depths

Apr 02, 2012

Subsea has moved from being the outlier to being ‘one of the core ways of us doing our business’, Chevron’s Peter Blake told the recent Subsea 2012 conference in Aberdeen. He expects the company’s net operated subsea production, currently in the region of 600…

Gearing up for growth

Apr 01, 2012

Kongsberg Oil & Gas Technologies is the relatively small group, with a current roster of around 300 people, spun off from parent group Kongsberg Maritime a year or two ago. Having merged its drilling and production units into a single division early this year…

Rolling in the deep

Apr 01, 2012

One portion of the Golden Triangle – the Gulf of Mexico – has slipped a notch in its dominance of the global deepwater play while activities in the other two corners – West Africa and Brazil – amped up. In addition, a new region has joined the report this year…

IMR fleet troubleshoots 1.8 million barrels a day

Apr 01, 2012

French offshore service provider Bourbon Subsea Services calculates that its seven inspection, maintenance and repair vessels working offshore West Africa have supported hydrocarbon production to the tune of 1.8 million boe/d over an eight-year period…

Testing, testing . . .

Apr 01, 2012

One of Bergen’s biggest and boldest offshore players is Framo Engineering, now wholly owned by Schlumberger following its purchase of the Sandsli-headquartered company’s remaining equity shares in June 2011. The two organisations had worked…

Putting pressure on the seabed

Apr 01, 2012

Three Norwegian projects are racing to deliver a subsea technology solution that promises to yield major rewards for the industry. Terry Knott provides a thumbnail sketch of the subsea gas compression ambitions for the Åsgard, Gullfaks and Ormen Lange fields…

Ultrasound business sense

Apr 01, 2012

Bergen companies know a thing or two about using intelligent sensors to optimize well productivity. One of the leaders in this field is ClampOn, which, as its name does more than suggest, specialises in sensors of the nonintrusive variety. Since it was founded in 1994…

Heads up, the elephants are coming!

Apr 01, 2012

The era of the oil & gas industry is not over. Predictions for global energy demand can’t be met without an increasing utilization of petroleum recourses. And when many thought our industry was in decline, elephant discoveries in the North Sea…

Going with the flow

Apr 01, 2012

A third-generation subsea multiphase flowmeter and a second-generation subsea wet gas meter are among the new products expected to emerge next from the Roxar Flow Measurement team in Bergen, now officially dubbed parent group Emerson's Multiphase Centre of Excellence…

Plumbing the depths

Apr 01, 2012

We are moving away from being subsea plumbers into people who are deeply integrated into the full value chain of the subsea production system,’ Peter Blake, subsea systems manager with Chevron Technology Company, told Subsea 2012 attendees. In the past…

Current events

Mar 03, 2012

Fugro Subsea Services has introduced 3D sea current profiles to its DeepWorks line of subsea simulators, allowing users to model complex currents at various depths and locations. The modeled currents provide more realistic environmental…

Handling the heat

Mar 03, 2012

The recently launched Pelagic CLEO high temperature subsea control fluid is hailed as breakthrough technology by its developer Niche Products. Developed to bridge the technology gap between water-based fluids and the extreme offshore HP/HT developments anticipated in future…

High-capacity subsea power cables

Mar 03, 2012

A range of robust subsea power cables qualified for long life and low life cycle cost applications has been launched by BPP Cables, a subsidiary of BPP-Tech. Targeting subsea, downhole and pipeline flow assurance applications, the advanced cable designs have been developed…

Straight-through hot stab

Mar 03, 2012

Subsea connector specialist SECC Oil & Gas reports that a full-bore, straightthrough, pressure-balanced hot stab – hailed as an industry first – based on its patented technology is being specified for a series of subsea injection and pumping projects in the Gulf of Mexico…

Subsea teamwork

Mar 03, 2012

ROV and AUV software developer SeeByte and manufacturer Soil Machine Dynamics (SMD) have teamed up to develop advanced control algorithms for ROV systems. The collaboration will build on SMD’s experience with its Distributed Vehicle Control…

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