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. Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Is the tide turning for north sea investment? Energy Ventures think so Independent private equity firm Energy Ventures has announced that it has earmarked $200m to invest in the North Sea. With this startling move coming during a period of uncertainty for the oil industry, investment director Tomas Hvamb discusses the i… Tue, 10 Jan 2017 02:00:00 GMT Size matters: inside the General Electric-Baker Hughes merger The merger deal between General Electric’s oil and gas business and Baker Hughes will, subject to ratification, create a $32bn oilfield services giant ready to compete with industry leader Schlumberger. Julian Turner explores potential opportunities … Mon, 09 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Building Information Modelling: designing and maintaining offshore rigs The words building information modelling may not inspire passion in the hearts of people working in construction, but they have become commonplace in the industry. A government mandate issued this year has made BIM, a construction tool which embeds p… Thu, 05 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Cleaning up: is enough being done to progress oil spill technologies? Six years on the damage caused by the BP Deepwater Horizon spill to the nearby shoreline has been revealed in a new study conducted by the US Geological Survey and NASA. So was enough being done following the spill to clear it up, and is the industry… Tue, 03 Jan 2017 11:55:00 GMT 2016: The year's biggest Offshore Technology stories A US judge finalised BP’s $20bn settlement over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, while Norway awarded 56 oil and gas exploration licences in NCS. wraps-up the key headlines from 2016. Tue, 03 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Offshore Technology Focus: Issue 50 In this issue: Exploration in Africa’s Great Lakes, Norway’s Arctic decision under fire, a virtual pipeline for US LNG, support from space for decommissioning projects, the market potential of offshore technology transfer, industry majors are joining… Tue, 20 Dec 2016 12:07:00 GMT Shale tsunami: the virtual pipeline funnelling oil to Europe's shores A virtual tsunami of US liquid shale gas is about to wash up on Europe’s shores. And with it comes the best chance in decades for Europe’s high energy costs to be reduced. Nnamdi Anyadike investigates. Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Fighting cyber crime in the offshore oil and gas industry Cyber crime costs offshore oil and gas companies millions each year in lost business and damaged equipment. But, as experts have noted, a cyber attack on critical infrastructure, such as an oil rig, can result in more than just lost revenue – it can … Wed, 14 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT How Airbus satellites are being used to keep track of offshore decommissioning Advanced satellite monitoring and surveying can address many of the challenges faced during the twilight days of an offshore platforms lifespan, as Michael Hall, senior geologist at Airbus Defence and Space, explains. Mon, 12 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Challenging Arctic drilling offshore Norway The Norwegian government has sold ten new drilling licenses in the previously unspoilt Arctic waters of the Barents Sea. The move has prompted Greenpeace Nordic and Nature & Youth to launch a legal challenge against the sales, claiming they flout the… Thu, 08 Dec 2016 13:30:00 GMT November's top stories: Hurricane Energy to use Aoka Mizu FPSO, CGG provided seismic data Hurricane Energy planned to use Aoka Mizu FPSO at Lancaster field, west of Shetland, and CGG provided seismic data on Northern Viking Graben. wraps up the key headlines from November. Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Drilling Africa’s Great Lakes Blocks off Africa’s coast have already been snapped up by exploration companies but what of East Africa’s enormous great lakes? With exploration well underway in Lake Albert and plans laid down for Lake Malawi, Philip Kleinfeld looks at the social, p… Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Australian Oil & Gas investment: down and out down under? The Australian government’s latest oil and gas exploration expenditure is grim reading for industry, showing that the number of exploration wells drilled offshore is at its lowest in nearly 20 years. Continued low oil prices explain some of the decli… Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT Oil rig salvage: what have we learnt from Lewis? In August the TransOcean semi-submersible oil rig Winner became grounded on the Isle of Lewis in the Western Isles of Scotland. Given the significant environmental risks associated with oil spills, this incident has naturally caused concern. So how e… Tue, 22 Nov 2016 15:06:00 GMT Io: a new kind of upstream consultancy? At a trying time for the oil and gas industry Io Oil and Gas Consultancy believes it can offer a new kind of upstream consultancy service – but can it make a difference? Molly Lempriere takes a look. Tue, 22 Nov 2016 14:42:00 GMT Could unmanned platforms provide the boost the North Sea needs? A method of reducing production costs through the use of unmanned well head platforms (UWHPs) could turn out to be the revolution that the offshore oil industry so desperately needs. Nnamdi Anyadike reports on how a successful roll-out could provide … Mon, 21 Nov 2016 15:32:00 GMT What will Trump's plans mean for oil and gas? With Donald Trump as president-elect of the United States much is up in the air for the oil and gas industries. A new report by GlobalData outlines the major uncertainty the 45th president could have on the energy sector, as the report’s author Will … Mon, 21 Nov 2016 11:29:00 GMT Under the surface of the global subsea ROV market with Rovco CEO Brian Allen Launched in September, Rovco aims to corner the market in underwater hydrographic survey and inspection services using remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). Julian Turner talks to CEO Brian Allen about future technology, industry trends and how to stand… Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT Offshore profits and the issue of tax havens Some North Sea oil and gas operators, including China’s CNOOC and Chevron UK, have been accused of using offshore tax havens to protect their profits from the British Treasury. Chevron has denied the findings of a report by the ITF union alleging the… Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT