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S. Africa Legislation Could Spur Offshore Investment

Oct 17, 2019

South Africa is committed to fast-tracking the finalization of the proposal to split the pending Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Bill to have a separate legislation and specific regulatory framework for the oil and natural gas sector as the country mulls increasing public and private sector investment in its offshore hydrocarbons search and production, especially in the Orange Basin.Minerals…

OSV Owners Waiting for Better Days in Brazil

Oct 16, 2019

With the resumption of oil and gas block tenders in Brazil, including highly valued pre-salt tenders, offshore support vessel (OSV) owners are expecting to get any vessels that are lying by without a contract to soon rejoin the market. However…

A Fire in the Battery Room

Oct 15, 2019

A fire in the battery room of a passenger ferry this week has given Norwegian offshore safety officials — and firemen — a taste of the dreaded toxic, hard-to-control chemical explosions and fumes that marine energy storage was feared to have been theoretically capable of creating…

Fewer Splices Mean Faster Umbilical Production at Upgraded Facility

Oct 11, 2019

A new method for manufacturing large power umbilicals can shave off 15% to 20% of manufacturing time by minimizing the number of electrical cable splices required.Power umbilicals can be 10 inches in diameter and up to 60 miles long and take up a lot of space prior to installation…

Which Way for Gabon's Offshore Sector?

Oct 10, 2019

Gabon, sub-Saharan Africa’s eighth largest oil producer, last week participated in the last of its earlier scheduled nine events held in North America, Asia, Europe and Africa, to popularize the 12th shallow and deep water licensing round with only three months before the bidding process is closed…

In Norway, Cost Overruns Are Good Times

Oct 08, 2019

Order delays, cancellations and decision-gate debates have been hampering Norwegian oilfield owners grappling with a vastly weakened currency and projects — like the not-on-time and not-on-budget, Martin Linge — that have burst budgets.While several fields have been made scaled back (Bauge…

Production 4.0

Oct 08, 2019

As the oil and gas industry increasingly automates functions, one service company has focused on changing the focus from dumb iron to the cloud.Weatherford’s vision is to take its range of production tools and technologies to the next level by bringing them together with the basics of Industry 4…

It’s Only Just the Start for Subsea Drones

Oct 03, 2019

The starting gun on a subsea space race has now officially been fired with the first ever award of a contract that includes services from a subsea resident drone.But, what is less known is that the award, made by Equinor to Saipem for operations on the Njord field…

Climate Stakes for Suppliers

Oct 03, 2019

After a week that saw Norway announce a record number of oilfields in operation and support for the UN Climate Change Committee’s new report, there’s a paradoxical window of opportunity for offshore suppliers offering increments of “green” savings…

Offshore Inspections Take Flight

Oct 02, 2019

The use of drones to inspect offshore assets can drive up safety levels, increase operational time and reduce costs.In just a few short years, drone technology has “come a very, very long way,” says Tyler Collins, VP of enterprise services at PrecisionHawk…

Chariot Still Evaluating Drilling Failure in Namibia

Sep 26, 2019

After a disappointing well-drilling venture offshore Namibia in the fourth quarter of 2018, Guernsey-registered hydrocarbons exploration and production company Chariot Oil & Gas has no immediate plans for additional exploration wells in this driest country in Sub-Saharan Africa…

Opinion: First-time Operator Rigors

Sep 25, 2019

Whatever the state of gas markets, new Norway operators keen on the commodity as cheap energy for millions of their citizens or as lynchpin of a new chemicals industry are pressing ahead taking organizational hiccups in-stride.That’s the case of Polish gas player…

Monitoring, and Addressing, Crude Quality in Real-time

Sep 20, 2019

Through artificial intelligence and machine learning, oil companies can monitor production stream quality in real time to optimize the value per barrel.“The industry is now recognizing the importance of product quality,” says Paul Oates, US business development director for Validere…

Europa Lands High Impact Venture Offshore Morocco

Sep 19, 2019

The Ireland and UK focused oil and gas exploration, development and production company Europa Oil & Gas Plc said it has landed a high impact new venture offshore Morocco, boosting the country’s drive to launch viable upstream projects that would…

FPSO & IPO: Growth of an Operator

Sep 17, 2019

As war gives oil a jolt, BW Offshore — which earned revenues of $870 million in 2018 — is readying floating production storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) candidates for Brazil and the North Sea, just as its about-to-be-strengthened other half…

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