OE: 2013 / September

 

Shallow water safety concerns

Sep 01, 2013

Recent Gulf of Mexico well control incidents have US regulators calling for better safety in shallow water. By Audrey Leon Representatives from the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), US Bureau of Lands and Minerals Management…

Beating an Advanced Persistent Threat

Sep 01, 2013

Make no mistake, APTs are watching, learning, and poised to attack Globally-interconnected digital information and communications infrastructure—better known as “cyberspace”—underpins almost every facet of modern society and provides critical support for the US economy…

Enhanced control for improved safety offshore

Sep 01, 2013

A new offshore safety directive, issued by the European Union, has been adopted across the continent. Remi Eriksen, CEO DNV Maritime Oil & Gas, and Graham Bennett, VP DNV, business development director, division Europe and North Africa, take a look at the consequences…

Colloquy: Ars longa, vita brevis

Sep 01, 2013

Colloquy: Editor’s Column This adage was adapted from the first two lines of Aphorismi, written by the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates about 400 BCE. They translate: “life is short, arts (crafts, techniques) long,” which can be taken…

Publisher’s Column: Self- less

Sep 01, 2013

The oil & gas industry is about people. Every human being on the planet has benefited from the work this industry does. People also represent one of the industry’s biggest challenges. There is a global shortage of staff. There are not enough qualified people to fill the many open positions…

ThoughtStream: Putting the ‘Q’ into HSE

Sep 01, 2013

ThoughtStream: Opinion In order to utilize quality to bring about an effective HSE system, first it must be defined. This in itself is a challenge as quality is often about the perception of the individual. Joseph Juran, principally remembered as an evangelist for quality…

Full-waveform inversion clarifies geology

Sep 01, 2013

In Keathley Canyon, Gulf of Mexico, a 3D seismic data set was sharply focused using transmitted energies to update velocities using long and full azimuth streamer data. Authors S. Mothi, K. Schwarz, and H. Zhu of CGG share how it was done…

BLISS-fully solving seismic processing problems

Sep 01, 2013

During the last 10 years, the oil and gas industry has seen significant developments in seismic acquisition strategies, pushing the boundaries imposed by the technical limits of conventional 3D marine acquisition using narrow-azimuth towed streamers…

Speedy, accurate assessment of deepwater reservoirs

Sep 01, 2013

Standard coring methods often yield incomplete reservoir fluid information. Doug Kinsella, managing director of Corpro, describes a new coring system that provides better information while saving rig time. Deepwater finds are now playing a crucial role in replacing global reserves…

Achieving total isolation to optimize wellbore cleaning

Sep 01, 2013

The combined application of the ISO-MAX security packer and selective rotation and circulation tool (SRCT) helped a North Sea operator prevent losses during well displacement, thus ensuring well integrity and improving the chances of a successful completion…

Bucket foundation may cut wind turbine costs

Sep 01, 2013

Suction piles have anchored offshore oil and gas production for years, but a new type - called a bucket foundation - is being promoted for offshore wind turbines in an effort to reduce costs. In February, Forewind, a consortium planning a huge turbine farm in the North Sea…

Air gap restoration: a platform-based solution

Sep 01, 2013

Reservoir compaction and seafloor subsidence continue to be a significant concern for the oil and gas industry. Subsidence near oil and gas reservoirs is usually caused by a high production rates from multiple wells over many years. Production…

Keeping things moving: Tips on finding a rapid response service

Sep 01, 2013

In the oil and gas industry, one broken piece of equipment in the field or on a rig can be a big problem. With equipment down in the field, an entire operation can be jeopardized, and the financial cost to the company grows with every hour and day that passes…

Cutting through mud

Sep 01, 2013

Cubility’s MudCube shale shaker made a name for itself on its first commercial installation on Maersk Drilling’s Maersk Giant in the North Sea. The North Sea has long been a critical area of exploration and production within the oil and gas industry…

Depth control: in real time

Sep 01, 2013

Issues can develop in a producing well that can negatively affect operations, production, and ultimately, revenue generated. Oilfield services provider Aker Solutions has recently completed trials of a new well intervention system designed to track coiled tubing operations in real time…

P&A costs slashed by new cutting tool

Sep 01, 2013

Decommissioning is on the rise and the cost to industry will be about US$80 billion over the next 25 years to plug and abandon more than 5,000 wells, clear flowlines, and remove related structures. Is there a way to improve the decommissioning process…

Nexans updates its Halden cable facility

Sep 01, 2013

Nexans has fine tuned its specialized facility at Halden in Norway, after a cable failed to meet the final acceptance test a couple of years ago and had to be remade. Meg Chesshyre visited the plant, which has a full order book and a more than two-year backlog…

Subsea UK calls for national program

Sep 01, 2013

Subsea UK is calling on the UK government to back plans for a national program that will support and fund subsea research, and a UK-wide skills program that will help the sector find the 10,000 people it needs to capitalize on current and future demand…

Concrete mattresses offer more than just pipeline protection

Sep 01, 2013

There are many methods used to protect offshore pipelines: sand, grout or cement bags, burying, concrete or cathode coating, and trenching, to name a few. Most methods address ancillary issues like separation, support, erosion, expansion of infrastructure…

Field system design needs crude knowledge

Sep 01, 2013

Heavy oil characterization identifies flow assurance risks that drive system designs The necessity for accurate characterization of heavy oil separation properties and emulsion formation tendency is critical for any design team, as it…

Pipelines off Myanmar carry Shwe gas, imported oil

Sep 01, 2013

The Myanmar-China natural gas pipeline is now delivering hydrocarbons produced from the Bay of Bengal, offshore Myanmar, to China. The soon-to-be complete, parallel oil pipeline will transport Middle East and African oil. The pipeline projects have five investors from four countries: China…

The Gryphon Alpha rises

Sep 01, 2013

Twenty years after it came online, the UK’s longest serving permanently-moored FPSO has been given a new lease on life. Elaine Maslin reports on the extent the UK’s largest offshore project in 2012. When production from the central North Sea Gryphon field came online in October 1993…

Bluewater’s Haewene Brim in Cromarty

Sep 01, 2013

Bluewater’s Haewene Brim floating production and offloading vessel (FPSO) has been in dry dock for an upgrade at the Nigg fabrication yard in the Cromarty Firth, northeast Scotland. It is the first time the yard, operated by Global Energy Group…

Danish Energy Agency releases annual report

Sep 01, 2013

The Danish offshore is a mature oil and gas province with 40 years of production, but the Danish Energy Agency’s latest annual report,* says that the country is expected to remain a net exporter of oil through 2020, while gas production is…

Scandinavia: investing to grow

Sep 01, 2013

Scandinavia’s oil and gas industry, focused on Norway and Denmark, is expecting a resurgence. Espen Erlingsen looks at trends in the sector. The North Sea is characterized by large, producing platforms with declining production. To stop the falling production in the North Sea…

Government policy aids Norwegian success

Sep 01, 2013

Norway’s offshore region covers 2.04 million sq km and is split into five areas: the northern, southern and central parts of the North Sea, the Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea. Over the five regions, there have been 1400 exploration wells drilled since 1966…

Dutch firms eye growing markets

Sep 01, 2013

New vessels, acquisitions, and expertise are driving Dutch growth. Elaine Maslin reports. The Dutch offshore sector is leveraging its engineering and seafaring traditions to grow its presence in the global oil and gas industry. The…

Damen looks offshore

Sep 01, 2013

High activity levels in the North Sea are making an attractive market for Damen Shipyards. Last year, its biggest newbuild market was in tugs and work boats, with 80 delivered. Now, the firm has turned its attention to oil and gas industry support vessels with its new Damen Offshore Series…

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