Offshore Technology Focus: Issue 46

In this issue: Taking Scottish expertise to Myanmar’s oil and gas industry, Shah Deniz 2 nears completion, Maersk Oil talks augmented reality, designing offshore structures for extreme Arctic conditions, assessing options in decommissioning, the real impact of small oil spills, and more.


The ongoing EC anti-trust investigation into Gazprom’s operations in Eastern Europe has strained the relations between Europe and its Russian gas supplier. But with Gazprom signalling a willingness to play by Europe’s rules, is the relationship beginning to warm up?

As Scotland looks to Myanmar for new business opportunities, we find out how North Sea expertise could help the country explore its resources in the Indian Ocean. We also take a look at the Shah Deniz project offshore Azerbaijan as stage two nears completion, and speak to Maersk Oil about the its first offshore project integrating augmented reality in operations and maintenance.

Plus, we find out whether existing offshore structures in Alaska are fit to withstand sea ice, look into assessment methods for decommissioning options, and ask whether Canadian operators could do more to contain the effects of small oil spills on seabirds.

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In this issue

Gazprom and Europe: a New Era?
The ongoing EC anti-trust investigation into Gazprom’s operations in Eastern Europe has strained the relations between Europe and its Russian gas supplier. But with Gazprom signalling a willingness to play by Europe’s rules, is the relationship beginning to warm up? Chris Lo finds out.
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Scotland to Myanmar
Scottish companies want to help Myanmar develop its vast offshore oil and gas resources but it won’t be an easy task, as Elly Earls learns from Scottish Development International managing director Paul Lewis.
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A Giant Emerges 
The second stage of one of the world's largest offshore gas projects is expected to start producing oil and gas in 2018. Lindsay Dodgson finds out what Shah Deniz 2 will mean for the future of Azerbaijan’s petroleum industry.
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A New Reality
As augmented reality makes its way into the offshore environment, Chris Lo speaks to Troels Albrechtsen of Maersk Oil, which will incorporate the technology into its flagship Culzean project, about its potential as an offshore game-changer.
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Fit For Purpose
The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement and the University of Alaska have collaborated on a study into offshore structures and their ability to survive in extreme Arctic conditions. Julian Turner finds out more from BSEE’s Scott Carr.
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Know Your Options
Dr Joe Ferris, associate director of BMT Cordah, and Johnny Tjea, president director of BMT Asia Pacific, provide an introduction to comparative assessment methods to determine preferred options in pipeline and jacket decommissioning.
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Small Spills, Big Impact?
Canadian researchers have examined how oil companies operating in Newfoundland counter the impacts of small-scale oil spills, which can have detrimental effects on seabirds. Lindsay Dodgson finds out more.
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Why Take the Risk?
Since the loss of life resulting from the Deepwater Horizon accident the risk of workforce non-compliance has taken on greater significance. Crispin Jessop of Allocate Software explains how companies can get the right skilled resources in the right locations at the right time.
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Next issue preview

The American Petroleum Institute (API) has released a statement arguing that the US’s Arctic Rules Package, which adds new regulatory requirements for Arctic regulation, “could inhibit innovation, technological advancements and US energy leadership”. Is this the usual industry lobbying against environmental regulations, or does the API have a point?

Also in the next issue, we take a look at the EBRD’s investment in oil and gas exploration, explore the unexplored resource potential of Guyana, and speak to Shell about the challenges of operating the world’s deepest drilling and production platform, Perdido.

Plus, we find out how new software tools are putting both resources and offshore infrastructures on the map to support operations, and review the UK’s controversial new Oil and Gas Workforce Plan, which trade union Unite has dismissed as “woefully inadequate”.

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