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Maslin, Elaine

Maslin, Elaine

Elaine Maslin is an offshore upstream and renewables focused journalist, based in Scotland, covering technologies, from well intervention and asset integrity to subsea robotics and wave energy.
Scotland • Email: maslin@offshore-engineer.com

Subsea Vehicles: To Be (resident), or Not to Be?

Oct 11, 2021

That’s the question? Or, more specifically, are there alternative ways of delivering robotics to where they’re needed without having to have seabed docking stations? Elaine Maslin takes a look.  The idea for some kind of resident subsea vehicle has been around for some time…

Tech File: A Resident Eyeball ROV

Aug 19, 2021

There's also space in the market for resident observation systems, believe Boxfish Research and Transmark Subsea. The two companies signed a partnership agreement in October 2020 to deliver a fully autonomous resident observation ROV, the ARV-i…

Subsea Tech: Taking 3D Printing to the Seabed

Aug 04, 2021

Underwater pipeline repair is an unavoidable and also fairly intensive activity within the offshore industry. There’s a lot of it on the seabed, some of it is old and/or subject to corrosive substances and even damage by anchor or trawler gear…

ROBOTICS: Meet Your New Offshore Robotic Co-workers; Charles, Eddie, ANYmal & Spot

Aug 03, 2021

Within the last 12 months, a series of significant steps have been made in the world of offshore robotics; a number of legged and tracked robots made their first steps onto and around offshore facilities in Malaysia, the Netherlands, Norway and the US…

Need a Survey? There’s a USV for That

Jun 09, 2021

While the adoption of unmanned/uncrewed surfaces vessels (USVs) was initially in defence, use of these low footprint systems has spread into other sectors, not least survey, and now the race is on for greater capability, endurance and autonomy…

Plugging the Hole

Mar 01, 2021

Sitting at 49% of the total cost of decommissioning, wells plugging and abandonment (P&A) has long been high on the hit-list on the decommissioning cost reduction agenda. It’s a task that has no returns on the cost to do it, and activity is increasing…

Geothermal Energy: A New Life for Old Offshore Oil Wells?

Feb 28, 2021

Old offshore oil wells could be turned into geothermal energy producers under a plan by a new consortium. The group, The Aquarius North Sea Geothermal Consortium, is “actively” working with North Sea operators to see if old wells could be used to generate geothermal energy for existing platforms…

Subsea Technology: Remote Power, On Demand

Jan 06, 2021

Taking the power to where you want it is another option – perhaps not for compression or pumping system, but potentially for monitoring, inspection, and even intervention systems, such as resident robotics concepts.It’s an idea some have been looking at…

Putting Power on the Seabed: Edging towards a Subsea Powerhouse

Dec 29, 2020

Ten years ago, a future where subsea fields and their power-hungry process equipment could be fully electrified, enabling long step-outs to tap remote reserves with lean new infrastructure architectures, lit the fuse for a spate of investment in subsea power distribution…

The Pipeline Repair Busters: Being ready for the worst case

Oct 22, 2020

Pipeline repair isn’t a frequent activity but when it is needed it’s a critical activity. New tools are being developed and demonstrated to also make it safer and more efficient, and yet challenges remain, such as higher pressure, deeper water…

Pipeline Inspection with Fast(ER) Results

Oct 22, 2020

Finland’s Rocsole is hoping to provide operators with better, faster insight into their pipelines through a new compact inline sensor and a large dose of data analytics. Its inspection tool uses electrical tomography and digital signal processing…

Robotics: Autobots Transform in the Offshore Energy Sector

Aug 25, 2020

Robots and robotics have slowly been entering our lives, in various shapes and forms (and fictional characters), from self-driving household vacuum cleaners to highly automated manufacturing systems. Now they’re heading for the offshore world – in just as many shapes and forms…

INTERVIEW: Kris Kydd, Head of Robotics, at Total E&P UK; Total’s “Stevie the Robot”

Aug 10, 2020

Total has been working on robotics for some years now, having launched the Argos challenge in 2013 and now getting ready to put the Taurob designed Stevie robot through its paces in a trial at Shetland Gas Plant. We spoke with Kris Kydd, Head of Robotics…

The Decommissioning, Marine Life Connection

Mar 21, 2019

Data sharing and better understanding of how marine life interacts with manmade structures is the target for the next phase of the Insite program.What to do with offshore structures is a sticky problem for oil companies, regulators and policy makers alike…

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