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Subsea growth at home and abroad

Jun 18, 2013

High oil prices are helping boost spending, and Norway’s subsea industry has been quick to provide full system packages to those looking to spend—at home and broad. High oil prices, a growing level of subsea infrastructure, and a drive…

Using mussel power for monitoring

Jun 18, 2013

Norwegian technology development company Biota Guard has developed a subsea leak and environmental monitoring system for the oil and gas industry. Monitoring the heart-beat of mussels and their shell movements may not sound like a traditional activity within the upstream oil and gas industry…

A view from a subsea CEO

Jun 18, 2013

Transmark Subsea CEO Johan Møller Warmedal joined the company on January 1 this year. Before joining Transmark, he worked for AGR, FMC Technologies and Schlumberger, where he started his career more than 25 years ago as a wireline logging engineer…

Pioneer Array tests AUV durability

Jun 18, 2013

As more equipment goes on the seafloor, the industry is increasing its hunt for permanent underwater robotics solutions. Elaine Maslin got a view from Kongsberg Maritime. This year, two of Kongsberg Maritime subsidiary Hydroid’s REMUS…

WiSub takes the pins out of subsea

Jun 18, 2013

Technology development firm WiSub hopes to make subsea data transfer easier and faster. A chance meeting at a subsea conference has resulted in the development of a technology aimed at making subsea connections easier, faster, and pinless…

The Future of Solutions

Jun 18, 2013

Since the 1980’s, the Norwegian subsea industry has evolved to become a world-leading supplier of underwater equipment and technology. Oil and gas production across the world happens in ever deeper water, and the wells are increasingly complicated to operate…

Steel body PDC drill bits

Jun 17, 2013

Carrolton, Texas,-based Varel International l a u n c h e d i t s Katana-series steel body polycrystalline diamond compact (PDC) drill bits. Varel’s PDC Product Manager Cary Maurstad describes the line as a definitive enhancement for the company’s fixed cutter…

Multi-frequency sonar head

Jun 17, 2013

Kongsberg Mesotech Ltd announced the release of the 1171 Series Multi Frequency High- Resolution Fan/Cone Sonar Head.The operating frequency of the cone transducer can be selected by choosing one of four frequencies and the frequency of the…

OTC launch for Osorb

Jun 17, 2013

Produced Water Absorbents of Ohio launched its Osorb technology at OTC 2013 for the treatment of oil and gas wastewater streams. Osorb is a regenerable granular media, which PWA says removes up to 99% of free, dispersed, emulsified and soluble hydrocarbons…

Partners unveil drillship design

Jun 17, 2013

At OTC Fincantieri unveiled a new next generation drillship design, Overdrill, created with support from Norway’s Aker Solutions. The vessel, at 208m long and 40m wide, accommodating 210 people, aims to be smaller than existing units through…

Christopher Wiernicki, new chairman of ABS and ABS Group, celebrates 20 years this year

Jun 14, 2013

Last month, Christopher J. Wiernicki, President and CEO of ABS added the title of chairman to his credentials after the boards of both ABS and ABS Group of Companies announced the dual appointments. He replaces former chairman Robert D. Somerville…

Norwegian innovation makes its mark

Jun 14, 2013

When Norway first attended the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, 40 years ago, it was at the beginning of a long journey. Building on its seafaring heritage, the country has developed a strong base for oilfield technology. It’s now leading the way into new territories…

Corrosion problems solved with composite materials

Jun 13, 2013

Repairs of corroded supports are quick and effective when composite materials are used; Victor Schmidt explains.   Corrosion in the marine environment is a process constantly acting on offshore structures, due to immersion in…

Exxon, Rosneft establish Arctic research center

Jun 12, 2013

Russia's Rosneft and North American supermajor ExxonMobil signed final agreements establishing a joint Arctic Research Center (ARC) in Russia and an over-arching technology sharing agreement to support the companies’ joint ventures worldwide…

Halliburton opens Rio technology center

Jun 11, 2013

Halliburton announced the opening of its new Technology Center at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) Technology Park, located at Ilha do Fundão, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  The center provides the setting for collaboration as…

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