OE: 2016 / April

 

What role for NOCs?

May 01, 2016

In 1975, the UK’s national oil company (NOC), BNOC, was formed. It didn’t last long, while others are still going strong. Alex Kemp takes a look at the whys and wherefores of NOCs. National oil companies have been in existence for many years…

Non-intrusive surveillance

Apr 01, 2016

Expro is currently collecting real-time data to support production optimization from brownfield wells using a non-intrusive wellhead surveillance technology. John McKay, Expro, explains.  ActiveSONAR…

Stop selling us short

Apr 01, 2016

Recent increases in crude prices and oil stocks belie the reality that exploration and production activity continues to weaken and there is no prospect of it improving in the near future. Spending on oilfield drilling and services has fallen further…

Egypt’s breadbasket

Apr 01, 2016

Italian major Eni has found what could be the biggest gas deposit in the Mediterranean and the company is eager to develop it. Jerry Lee reports. Egypt Nile Delta. The Zohr discovery, in the Shorouk block…

Proof of concept

Apr 01, 2016

This year, Allseas’ Pioneering Spirit mega-vessel is finally due to set out into the seas to perform its first heavy lift. Elaine Maslin provides an update. Pioneering Spirit’s twin-hull mounted lifting beams…

Let’s get predictable

Apr 01, 2016

If topsides asset integrity management is a bane, imagine looking after subsea assets. Elaine Maslin reports on the challenges associated with keeping up with both older equipment and newer, more complex equipment. A subsea field layout…

Laser light

Apr 01, 2016

In a short period of time, subsea laser scanning has sprung up as a new viable option for subsea imaging and measurement. Elaine Maslin takes a look. Buoyancy collar. Images from 2G Robotics.  A number of firms appeared…

Show me the data

Apr 01, 2016

Two components are failing 10 times more than they should in the subsea space, says Sture Angelsen, business development manager for certification and risk advisory firm DNV GL; mooring lines and flexible risers and umbilicals, particularly flexible lines under higher pressure…

Cracking the code

Apr 01, 2016

Scot McNeill and Kenneth Bhalla, of Stress Engineering Services, show how measured data coupled with engineering analysis can increase asset utilization. To date, the oil and gas industry has struggled to employ structural monitoring data in meaningful way…

Life goes on

Apr 01, 2016

Elaine Maslin takes a look at the Dan Bravo complex offshore Denmark, which, at 44 years old, has a new lease on life thanks to some serious steel reinforcement. Divers installing the conductor guide frame…

Getting fishy

Apr 01, 2016

The race is on to create an autonomous, resident underwater vehicle capable of long-term inspection operations and eventually a level of intervention. Elaine Maslin takes a look at BG Group’s version. FlatFish during shallow water seatrials…

Robots in disguise

Apr 01, 2016

Elaine Maslin speaks with Oceaneering about its latest underwater technologies and its thoughts on the future of the ROV and AUV industry. The NEXXUS ROV working in the Gulf of Mexico off the Olympic Intervention IV vessel…

Keeping it simple

Apr 01, 2016

Sometimes it’s not all about throwing the latest bells and whistles at a production facility – its best to keep it simple. Elaine Maslin looks at how an eductor has kept a gas field going. Seajacks’ Kraken working at the DPPA…

Keeping a stiff upper lip

Apr 01, 2016

There’s a lot of doom and gloom in the North Sea as operators battle to make operating costs profitable. Yet, it’s not all bad on the UKCS. Meg Chesshyre reports. The Culzean facilities. Image from KBR…

Team work

Apr 01, 2016

Weatherford and Chevron teamed up to develop a LWD service capable of running in high temperature environments, such as the Gulf of Thailand. Jerry Lee reports on how the project came together. Technician examines HEX electronics in Songkhla…

X-ray vision

Apr 01, 2016

When people think about X-rays, they most likely think about hospitals or maybe even pipeline inspection. Elaine Maslin examines how X-rays could be deployed in a wellbore near you. Test images…

PDA on the drillfloor

Apr 01, 2016

The lack of automation in the oil and gas industry is a puzzle to Brian Evans from Curtin University, Australia. Elaine Maslin learned how he hopes to redress the situation. Professor Brian Evans…

Automating drilling fluid analysis

Apr 01, 2016

Clint Galliano and André Rand of Halliburton; and Steve Sparling and Pat Watson of Anadarko Petroleum discuss how automated, real-time measurement of fluid density and rheology can enhance drilling operations. Offshore workers…

Sea of opportunity

Apr 01, 2016

Heather Saucier examines the geology of the Mediterranean and North African region, and assesses where more discoveries could be made. The location of four assessment units in the Nile Delta Basin Province in the Eastern Mediterranean…

Bucking the trend

Apr 01, 2016

Chad Barnes reports that contrary to current industry norms, contracting activity in the Eastern Mediterranean and North Africa region is on the rise. The Eastern Mediterranean gas landscape and a focus on Egypt…

OTC: adapting to new realities

Apr 01, 2016

The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) returns to Houston with strategies for adapting to the new normal. Images from OTC. In its 48th run, the 2016 Offshore Technology Conference…

Welding to West of Shetland

Apr 01, 2016

The North Sea is facing some tough challenges. Elaine Maslin spoke with Brenda Wyllie, who aims to confront those challenges as part of the industry’s new regulator, as well as chairman of the DEVEX conference. Brenda…

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