Offshore Technology Focus: Issue 45

In this issue: The industry’s influence on US drilling strategy, Norway opens up its Arctic waters, maintaining asset integrity in the North Sea, the future of Gorgon LNG, Super Puma helicopters on trial and more.


A recent report has claimed that the studies used to justify the US Government's offshore drilling strategy in the Gulf of Mexico and the Arctic have been funded either by the oil and gas industry itself or by groups with links to the industry. We take a closer look at the allegations and ask whether US decision-making bodies are truly under the thumb of the industry.

We also consider the impact of Norway opening its doors to Arctic oil and gas development and find out more about the latest call for a collaborative approach to unlocking the potential of hydrocarbons in the North Sea.

Plus, we find out more about Italy's demands for a national referendum on whether to renew offshore licences, profile the Gorgon LNG project in Australia and ask whether Airbus’ Super Puma helicopters are fit for purpose in the wake of fatal accidents.

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In this issue

Puppet Masters

A new report has found that studies used to justify proposals for new drilling in the US have been funded by the oil and gas industry. Chris Lo finds out more about these offshore puppet masters

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Norway’s Open Doors

Norway’s government has opened its Arctic waters to oil and gas development in a landmark decision that has enraged environmentalists. Lindsay Dodgson investigates

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Inspect and Protect

Reversing the decline in production efficiency is a key goal for operators on the UK Continental Shelf. Oil & Gas UK’s Mike Tholen tells Chris Lo about the results of a new report addressing two of the issues impacting asset integrity

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When the Public Vote

Italy’s offshore platforms were the focus of a national referendum in April, when the public were asked to vote on whether or not to stop renewing drilling licences. Lindsay Dodgson finds out more about this controversial referendum

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Gorgon LNG: Down But Not Out

The shutdown of Train 1 of the Gorgon LNG venture in Australia in May has thrown an unwelcome spotlight onto the project. Nnamdi Anyadike asks what’s next for one of the world’s biggest LNG projects

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Super Puma on Trial

Following a fatal crash in Norway, families of offshore personnel killed or injured in Airbus 225 Super Puma accidents have started a petition to ban the helicopter’s use. Julian Turner asks if the Super Puma is to blame

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Russia’s Gazprom has been accused of aggressively lobbying in the EU as the company tries to capture more of the European gas market. The relationship could be changing as Gazprom agreed to comply with EU requirements by deciding to sell its share in Latvian natural gas company Latvijas Gaze. We take a closer look at the relationship between Gazprom and the EU.

We also explore the relationships of Scottish energy companies with Myanmar after oil and gas firms travelled there to explore offshore opportunities, take a look at the Shah Deniz project offshore Azerbaijan as stage two nears completion, and find out about Maersk Oil’s plans to use augmented reality as a tool in offshore applications.

Plus, we find out whether existing offshore structures in Alaska are fit to withstand sea ice and ask what offshore operators are doing to contain small oil spills and protect wildlife.

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