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Products in action - OE September 2010

Sep 01, 2010

Fracturing fluid additivesRelease of the new OpenFrac family of hydraulic fracturing fluid additive systems was announced by Schlumberger last month. The additive systems can be used for fracturing-stimulation treatments, including applications in challenging…

Scandinavia Offshore Roundup - OE August 2010

Aug 09, 2010

Making more sense of pipe handlingNorway's TTS Sense has developed an advanced pipe handling machine named SmartRacker, following the award to the company of a contract to supply an entire drilling package to two advanced newbuild jackups…

Gja gears up

Aug 09, 2010

GDF Suez takes over as operator of Gjøa when the field comes onstream in October. The project comprises a semisubmersible platform with subsea tiebacks, and is also expected to be a hub in the future. Meg Chesshyre opens this month's Scandinavian…

Pioneering on two fronts

Aug 09, 2010

Within days of sister company Heerema Fabrication Group handing over the largest offshore deck ever built in the Netherlands, Heerema Marine Contractors was announcing plans to diversify its installation fleet with a multirole monohull vessel…

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…

Simulating Perdidos transient engineering

Aug 09, 2010

Increased uncertainties about operating in ultra-deepwater typically result in over-designed production systems with resulting increased costs. Prasanna Parthasarathy and Kellin Nelson of MSi Kenny and Shell's Howard Littell discuss how high…

Products in action - OE August 2010

Aug 09, 2010

Boosting recoveryThe HiWay flow-channel hydraulic fracturing technique, formally released by Schlumberger late June, is designed to maximize production and hydrocarbon recovery through the creation of open flow channels within the propped fracture…

Arctic aspirations

Aug 09, 2010

With a major Russian Arctic contract already in the bag for next year, the Tideway Group is looking at early payback on its €115 million investment in the industry's first ice-class fallpipe rockdump vessel.Dubbed Flintstone, the DP2 vessel…

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…

Products in action - OE June 2010

Jun 10, 2010

Ultra-deep Perdido pumpsThe Centrilift XP enhanced run-life electrical submersible pump (ESP) systems with which Baker Hughes outfitted the pioneering subsea boosting stations at Shell's Perdido field are being hailed as the only subsea pumping systems qualified for Perdido's 8000ft water depths…

Fort William ready to fill wind farm training void

Jun 10, 2010

The Underwater Centre in Fort William, Scotland, has been an influential training provider for commercial divers and ROV pilots in the offshore oil & gas sector for many years. Now, with a little more investment, the facility believes it can…

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…

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…

Timely innovation the key

Mar 04, 2010

‘Innovation Now’ was the over arching theme of the 11th GE Oil & Gas annual meeting held in Florence early February.Meg Chesshyre was among the 930 industry attendees from 69 countries.--GE Oil & Gas’ Drilling & Production division confirmed…

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