New Features information at Offshore Technology New and updated information from Features listed on en-us New Features information at Offshore Technology Maersk’s new generation drill rigs boost North Sea hopes Maersk’s massive XLE4 rig is on course for deployment before the end of this year and could herald the leap forward in rig technology that the North Sea so desperately needs. Nnamdi Anyadike investigates. Wed, 19 Oct 2016 23:00:00 GMT Gap in the market: the ins and outs of offshore insurance A gap in the healthcare insurance market for offshore oil and gas workers has been spotted and brokers are moving in to take advantage of it. Nnamdi Anyadike investigates. Mon, 17 Oct 2016 23:00:00 GMT Oil & the Philippines: will the Hague’s South Sea ruling silence Beijing’s claims? The Permanent Court of Arbitration has ruled that China’s territorial claim to the vast majority of the South China Sea is invalid, boosting the Philippines' right to develop oil and gas deposits off its west coast. But with China stating that it wil… Tue, 11 Oct 2016 23:00:00 GMT Could humble bacteria hold the key to de-risking offshore oil & gas exploration? An ongoing genome research project at the University of Calgary has been awarded significant funds from the Canadian government to develop so-called ‘microbiological tests’ that will use bacteria to indicate the presence of hydrocarbons. Leader of th… Wed, 05 Oct 2016 23:00:00 GMT Should the European Bank support oil exploration? The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has been pouring money into Greece’s offshore oil industry in the hope of offsetting the country’s economic woes by boosting oil and gas revenues. Critics, however, are questioning whether s… Mon, 03 Oct 2016 23:00:00 GMT Offshore Technology Focus: Issue 47 In this issue: The industry’s cased against US Arctic drilling rules, the EBRD’s support for oil exploration in Greece, Guyana’s emerging offshore industry, inside Shell’s most challenging project to date, why the UK’s new Oil and Gas Workforce Plan … Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:29:00 GMT Decommissioning Oil & Gas in the Gulf of Mexico The oil and gas decommissioning market in the US Gulf of Mexico (GoM) has always been healthy due to the rising number of ageing rigs. However, low oil prices could accelerate that growth, prompting a boom in decommissioning activity in coming years.… Wed, 21 Sep 2016 23:00:00 GMT Is industry pulling the strings on US offshore policy? A new report by the Public Accountability Initiative has found that most of the studies used to justify the US Government’s proposals for new drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and offshore Alaska have been funded either by the oil and gas industry itsel… Sun, 18 Sep 2016 23:00:00 GMT Inspect and protect: discussing new tech for North Sea asset integrity Reversing the decline in production efficiency is a key goal for operators on the UK Continental Shelf. A new report highlights emerging technologies that could help solve two of the industry’s trickiest issues affecting asset integrity and therefore… Wed, 14 Sep 2016 23:00:00 GMT Are Gazprom’s frosty relations with Europe beginning to thaw? The ongoing EC anti-trust investigation into Gazprom’s operations in eastern Europe have, along with other factors, strained the relations between Europe and its Russian gas supplier. But with Gazprom signalling a willingness to re-engage and play by… Mon, 12 Sep 2016 23:00:00 GMT Big oil makes its case against US Arctic drilling rules The US Department of the Interior has released the final version of the Arctic Rules Package regulating offshore drilling in the region. The industry has criticised the strict new regulations, but how high does the bar need to be to allow the develop… Tue, 06 Sep 2016 23:00:00 GMT Guyana eyes a wealth of new oil but could Venezuela spoil the party? In June, ExxonMobil confirmed the discovery of up to 1.4bn barrels of oil in the Stabroek Block offshore Guyana, a find which if developed could see the country emerge as a major drilling target. Rod James looks at the nature of the discovery, how th… Sun, 04 Sep 2016 23:00:00 GMT August's top stories: New Great Australian Bight drill plans, OGA's final award BP submitted revised plans for drilling in Great Australian Bight, UK's OGA made the final award for offshore exploration licence competition, GE and L&T to manufacture subsea manifolds for deepwater projects in India. wraps-u… Thu, 01 Sep 2016 23:00:00 GMT 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… Thu, 01 Sep 2016 11:43:00 GMT The Scottish agency seeking to unlock Myanmar’s oil and gas Elly Earls meets Paul Lewis, managing director of Scottish Development International, which led a recent delegation to Myanmar to discuss the process of building relationships in an emerging oil and gas market. Tue, 30 Aug 2016 23:00:00 GMT Is augmented reality an offshore game-changer? Augmented reality will likely form an important part of the digital eco-system over the coming years, but how is this emerging technology adapting to the offshore environment? Troels Albrechtsen of Maersk Oil, which will incorporate augmented reality… Mon, 29 Aug 2016 23:00:00 GMT The future of the North Sea: is the UK government supporting offshore workers? Unite, the largest trade union in the UK and Ireland, has criticised the UK Government’s new Oil and Gas Workforce Plan, which was published in July and focuses on how the government will help British offshore workers find new employment. Is the plan… Tue, 16 Aug 2016 23:00:00 GMT Shah Deniz: the ace up Azerbaijan’s sleeve The second stage of one of the world's largest offshore gas projects, Shah Deniz, is expected to start producing oil and gas in 2018. It’s considered amongst BP’s most significant commercial successes and is likely to further Azerbaijan’s success in … Sun, 14 Aug 2016 23:00:00 GMT Offshore oil and gas projects: where to spend and where to save? With the industry still reeling from a depressed oil price and slashing budgets across the board, spending on new projects is at a long-time low. When it comes to walking the tightrope between short-term subsistence and positioning for long-term grow… Tue, 09 Aug 2016 23:00:00 GMT July's top stories: Production at $54bn Gorgon facility halted, OneSubsea's $1.9bn Greater Enfield contract Chevron halts production at $54bn Gorgon LNG facility, OneSubsea wins contract for $1.9bn Greater Enfield project, Petrobras to sell stake in exploration block to Statoil for $2.5bn. wraps-up the key headlines from July 2016. … Mon, 08 Aug 2016 23:00:00 GMT