New Features information at Offshore Technology New and updated information from Features listed on en-us New Features information at Offshore Technology Inside OPEC: is cartel membership still a must for minor oil producers? Equatorial Guinea is looking to revive its struggling oil sector by applying for membership of OPEC. Today, however, the cartel is more focused on controlling supply than unlocking new reserves. So is joining still as attractive a prospect as it was … Mon, 22 May 2017 07:00:00 GMT Managing substance abuse offshore Substance abuse is a serious issue on oil and gas rigs. Iqarus’ Dr David Johnston tells Abi Millar about the risks to operations and crew, and what can be done to stamp out the problem. Tue, 09 May 2017 07:00:00 GMT Statoil’s Gullfaks field: 30 years down, over 20 to go Statoil’s Gullfaks field, the first ever to be both developed and operated by the company, has celebrated its 30-year anniversary. Most impressively, it is only middle aged and is expected to continue on into the mid-2030s – nearly 30 years beyond th… Mon, 08 May 2017 07:00:00 GMT Capturing the moment: five decades of photographing the North Sea CHPV has been working offshore for 50 years, capturing photos of oil, gas and renewable power installations since the early days of offshore gas in the Southern North Sea. Its specialist services have seen CHPV working all over the world and constant… Mon, 08 May 2017 07:00:00 GMT The UK's new decommissioning tax regime with Mike Tholen of Oil & Gas UK UK Chancellor Phillip Hammond has promised support for the UK’s oil and gas industry in the form of tax breaks for decommissioning and funding for new ‘disruptive’ technologies. Julian Turner asks Mike Tholen, Oil & Gas UK’s upstream policy director,… Sun, 07 May 2017 23:00:00 GMT April's top stories: Wintershall starts Ravn production, Aker BP offshore assets Wintershall started production from its Ravn oilfield in Block 5/06 of the Danish North Sea, MMHE won $226.7m Bokor platform contract from Malaysia, while Aker BP signed long-term framework agreements to develop offshore assets. Offshore-technology.c… Wed, 03 May 2017 23:00:00 GMT Offshore Technology Focus: Issue 54 In this issue: Trump’s industry-friendly cabinet picks, the case for FLNG, the North Sea’s newest big player, Russia’s tax reforms, a new lease of life for Statoil’s Gullfaks field, and more. Tue, 02 May 2017 11:24:00 GMT The ins and outs of offshore accommodation Accommodation for offshore workers needs to provide comfort and flexibility while meeting strict safety requirements and being able to withstand harsh operating environments. Molly Lempriere speaks to Hans Gatzemeier, managing director of ELA Contai… Mon, 01 May 2017 07:00:00 GMT Chrysaor: sizing up the North Sea’s biggest new player Chrysaor’s $3bn purchase of North Sea assets from Shell has made it one of the UK’s largest oil and gas producers virtually overnight. So just who is Chrysaor, and what are its ambitions on the UK Continental Shelf? Sun, 23 Apr 2017 23:00:00 GMT Trump’s energy team: a big win for big oil? Trump’s cabinet picks include a host of oil industry veterans and allies, including former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, former Texas governor Rick Perry as Secretary of Energy and climate change sceptic Scott Pruitt as head of … Sun, 09 Apr 2017 23:00:00 GMT Is floating LNG really the best option for emerging economies? FLNG is becoming increasingly popular in developing countries, due to its low start-up costs and fast speed to market. But what are the drawbacks to choosing offshore regasification over onshore? Tue, 04 Apr 2017 10:04:00 GMT March's Top Stories: MUA signs deal with Inpex, North Sea asset tax review The Maritime Union of Australia signed deal with Japan-based Inpex for Ichthys LNG project, and the UK Budget proposed a review of taxation of North Sea assets. wraps-up the key headlines from March 2017. Sun, 02 Apr 2017 23:00:00 GMT Offshore Technology Focus: Issue 53 In this issue: Opportunities in Egypt, Statoil’s post-oil strategy, BP’s exit from the Great Australian Bight, new guidelines for drone operations, helicopter safety in the North Sea, decommissioning challenges, and more. Thu, 30 Mar 2017 14:51:00 GMT As firms flock offshore Egypt, can the nation reverse its energy fortunes? Egypt’s recent signing of three exploration agreements with Total, Eni and BP are just the latest in a flurry of offshore activity following a major gas discovery by Eni in 2015. The Egyptian government is keen for the country to prosper from its res… Wed, 29 Mar 2017 23:00:00 GMT In discussion: Cyberhawk founder Malcolm Connolly on new offshore drone guidelines Oil & Gas UK, in collaboration with unmanned aerial vehicle operators, has published a new set of guidelines outlining the safe use of aerial drones in the offshore industry. Julian Turner talks to Malcolm Connolly, founder and technical director at … Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Grounded in reality: inside the Sikorsky S-92 helicopter investigation Helicopter safety is in the spotlight again after Sikorsky recalled all S-92 aircraft worldwide for safety checks following an incident on the West Franklin platform in the North Sea in December. What can be learnt from the subsequent AAIB investigat… Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Green vs black: is Statoil hedging its bets with heavy renewables investment? Over the last few years Statoil has curbed or halted new investments in fossil fuel projects, notably dropping its assets in the Canadian Oil Sands. Meanwhile, the company has upped its stake in the renewable energy sector, specifically offshore wind… Mon, 13 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Can decommissioning cause more harm than good? As operations in the North Sea enter a new phase and widespread decommissioning begins, can we expect oil rigs to be removed without a trace? Given the damage decommissioning itself can cause, should we want them to be? Wed, 08 Mar 2017 08:00:00 GMT February's top Stories: BP awards EPC contract, Noble Energy starts Leviathan project BP awarded an EPC contract to WorleyParsons-Grand Isle Shipyard joint venture, and Noble Energy prepared to start development of the Leviathan natural gas project in offshore Israel. wraps-up the key headlines from February 20… Mon, 06 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT BP: life after the Great Australian Bight BP has dropped controversial plans to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight, citing purely commercial factors. In reality, as with Shell's project in the Arctic, public pressure played an equally significant part. So after the company’s withdra… Mon, 06 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT