OE: 2014 / May

 

OE Spotlight: OAA winners shine

Jun 16, 2014

More than 500 industry professionals came together for the sparkling 28th Offshore Achievement Awards ceremony in Aberdeen, 20 March. The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen Section organized and hosted the awards, known as “the indus- try Oscars” and supported by Offshore Engineer…

OE Spotlight: PESGB reaches 50

Jun 16, 2014

As the PESGB reaches 50, 2014 President Oonagh Werngren takes stock of the North Sea oil & gas industry. At the start of 2014, I was fortunate enough to take up the reins as president of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain (PESGB)…

Round and round

Jun 13, 2014

Sevan Marine’s Sevan 300-designed circular FPSO, which serves Petrobras’ Piranema field off Brazil. Photo from Sevan Marine. A new study by RPSEA, Doris-Inc., and Sevan Marine investigates…

StimFORCE prowls the Gulf

Jun 12, 2014

MV Connor Bordelon is the host vessel for Baker Hughes new StimFORCE stimulation system in the Gulf of Mexico. Nina Rach went to Houma, Louisiana, to see the modular installation. Baker Hughes recently constructed a new stimulation vessel dedicated to the Gulf of Mexico market…

Simulation solutions

Jun 12, 2014

A bridge simulator in action. Photo from Kongsberg Maritime AS.  Audrey Leon spoke with Kongsberg Maritime about their range of simulator training services in Rio de Janeiro.Kongsberg Maritime is no stranger to simulator training services…

Making connections

Jun 12, 2014

Alpha Mahatvaraj of GMC Inc. discusses how their new mechanically connected risers could offer a potential solution for ultra-deepwater projects. The contribution of ultra-deepwater developments to world oil production is expected to…

Subsea separation gains momentum

Jun 11, 2014

The pazflor gas-liquid separation system is the first of its kind to be utilized on such an immense scale. Photo by FMC Technologies. Greg App dives deep into the advantages of subsea separation units (SSUs)…

It's all in the pipeline: Transporting sour hydrocarbos more reliably

Jun 11, 2014

Typical offshore deepwater field development. Image from INTECSEA.  Abaqus FEA helps INTECSEA deliver durable pipe solutions for deepwater oil producers. Kip Hanson reports. It's not that the world is running out of oil…

Proficient processing

Jun 11, 2014

Penetrator. Image from TE Connectivity.  TE Connectivity's Josselin Legeay examines the approaches and components of subsea processing necessary to keep brownfield developments operating successfully…

Compact compression

Jun 11, 2014

An artist's illustration of the Asgard subsea compression facilities. Image from Aker Solutions. Subsea gas compression is being built on a large scale offshore Norway. But is the future in smaller projects Aker Solutions thinks so…

Sensing a marinized solution

Jun 11, 2014

An OptaSense instrument well with a vibroseis unit conducting OptaSense DAS-VSP. Photos from OptaSense. OptaSense is collaborating with Shell to develop a fully-marinizied DAS system. OptaSense's David Hill explains…

New solutions for grouted connections

Jun 04, 2014

Grouted connections have been a challenge to the offshore wind industry. The sector is now looking for class society guidance so that the latest applications for grouted connections are reflected in the latest design standards. Wind energy is a fast developing industry…

Designs on the future

Jun 04, 2014

Copenhagen's Ramboll Group pocketed two intricate Statoil pipeline contracts and announced a new office in Houston. Sarah Parker Musarra discussed the company's latest developments with Project Manager Jan Bohl Andersen. Two major Statoil projects are scheduled to come online in 2017…

Traq-ing underwater trenching

Jun 04, 2014

Hi-Traq streamlined chassis with buoyancy grabs and tooling cylinder.  Cable-laying challenges on offshore wind farms has led to a new tracked trenching vehicle being designed, which may also have benefits in the oil and gas sector…

Bit by bit

Jun 03, 2014

The doors leading to the exhibit halls, where more than 1355 exhibitors were present. Images from SPE.  Sarah Parker Musarra reviews the 2014 International Association of Drilling Contractors/…

A title seabed challenge

Jun 03, 2014

The Meygen project in the Pentland Firth is planned to be the UK's first commercial tidal project. Images from Xodus group. Extreme environmental conditions and complex geotechnical challenges make tidal energy projects a huge undertaking…

Systematic sampling

Jun 03, 2014

PROD on a rare sunny day west of Shetlands. Photo from Benthic.  Benthic's Alan Foley, discusses the company's seabed drilling and sampling system, the Portable Remotely Operated Drill (PROD)…

Global Deepwater Review: Strength in numbers

Jun 02, 2014

The Centennial J tanker will be converted by MODEC for Tullow's TEN field. Photo by: Tullow Oil Plc/Joseph Lynch. E&P companies will continue to invest in deepwater exploration and development…

Global Deepwater Review: Driving deeper growth

Jun 01, 2014

As Infield Systems prepares for the annual release of its Deep and Ultra-deepwater Market Report to 2018, we look to global development of the deepwater sector and the emerging trends over the forthcoming five years. Looking back over the previous five-year period…

Computerizing offshore Mozambique

May 01, 2014

Data gathering and large-scale reservoir modeling will be key to unlocking Anadarko's big gas development off Mozambique. Bruce Nichols spoke with Anadarko and engineers at Halliburton's Landmark to discover more. When Anadarko made three…

The new frontier

May 01, 2014

Stephen Whitfield takes a look at some of the major development projects now utilizing subsea separation and processing technology to increase field life. Several companies are looking at subsea processing and separation as they try to maximize production out of difficult projects…

Petrobras propels forward with new platforms

May 01, 2014

Petrobras' demanding newbuild platform schedule proves that the Brazilian giant believes that presalt production shows no sign of slowing down. Peter Howard Wertheim delves into the details of Petrobras' plethora of platforms coming online between now and 2020…

FMC Technologies boosting Brazil's subsea installations

May 01, 2014

Peter Wertheim discusses subsea technology woth Nelson Leite, president of FMC Technologies Brazil. Subsea processing and boosting are fundamental for developing challenging fields. Benefits increase with water depths, flow rates and stepout…

Global Deepwater Review: Deepwater drives manufacturing expansion

May 01, 2014

A large-bore center tube umbilical cross section. Photo by: DUCO.  The growing deepwater market is driving pipeline and umbilical manufacturing expansion on Newcastle's Walker Riverside in the UK…

Jackups on the rise

May 01, 2014

Three newbuild jackups based on the XL Enhanced design will hit the market in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Photo from Maersk Drilling. A number of rig providers are increasing their fleet with builds over the next three years…

Integrating Ilhabela

May 01, 2014

Brazilian correspondent Claudio Paschoa shares his insights after visiting SBM Offshore & Synergy’s Brasa yard in Niteroi to tour Petrobras’ latest FPSO Cidade de Ilhabela. The first time I visited the Brasa shipyard, a joint venture between SBM Offshore and Synergy…

Colloquy: PECOM celebrates 20 years

May 01, 2014

The Petroleum Exhibition & Conference of Mexico (PECOM) recently celebrated its 20th year. The location in Villahermosa, Tabasco’s state capitol, is fundamental to the continuing success of the conference and convenient for many PEMEX personnel…

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