New Features information at Offshore Technology New and updated information from Features listed on en-us New Features information at Offshore Technology 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 October's top stories: BP ends Great Australian Bight drilling, Petrobras-Total MoU BP cancelled its ultra-deepwater exploration drilling programme at Great Australian Bight in South Australia, while Petrobras and Total signed a strategic alliance deal for activities in Brazil and globally. wraps up the key h… Mon, 07 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT Offshore Technology Focus: Issue 48 In this issue: Shell’s struggle with efficiency, what the South China Sea ruling means for the Philippines, a look at Maersk’s XL Enhanced drilling rigs, tackling oil leaks on the UKCS, noise control for offshore installations, locating hydrocarbons … Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:52:00 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 September's top stories: Anadarko's $2bn deal, Veolia picked for Ichthys project Anadarko Petroleum to acquire Freeport’s Gulf of Mexico assets for $2bn, JDR unveils new horizontal lay-up machine for offshore industry, Veolia's MPPE unit selected for Inpex’s Ichthys LNG project. wraps-up the key headlines … Thu, 06 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 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