New Features information at Offshore Technology New and updated information from Features listed on en-us New Features information at Offshore Technology 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 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 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 Extracting Somali oil: is the risk worth the reward? New research by seismic services company Spectrum Geo has confirmed significant hydrocarbon potential in the seas off the Somali coast, especially oil, which is easier to extract than natural gas. The government is keen to exploit the reserves, but i… Tue, 28 Feb 2017 09:00:00 GMT Offshore Technology Focus: Issue 52 In this issue: Opportunities offshore Somalia, a look inside Total's South Pars development, Scottish skills for Mexico's growing industry, the latest in subsea robotics, the next ten years of North Sea decommissioning, and more. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:14:00 GMT Offshore Argentina: will the Macri government bring reform? Argentina’s oil and gas sector has been hampered by inconsistent government policy and ongoing economic challenges. However, since being elected in 2015, President Mauricio Macri has made moves to encourage investment, attracting big players like Sta… Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Developing South Pars: a look at Iran’s mega gas field France’s Total is the first foreign firm to sign a heads of agreement deal to develop Phase 11 of the Iranian South Pars gasfield since Western sanctions against the country were loosened. The deal, signed in November 2016, is an important step in th… Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Vital statistics: Oil & Gas UK discusses the North Sea decommissioning market Oil & Gas UK’s ‘Decommissioning Insight 2016’, the first-ever survey of both the UK and Norwegian decommissioning markets, reports only steady growth, despite low oil prices continuing to challenge the economics of mature North Sea assets. Julian Tur… Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT A new twist: robotic sea snakes perform offshore tasks Eelume, a spin-off from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, is collaborating with Kongsberg Maritime and Statoil on a sea snake robot to perform subsea inspection, maintenance and repair tasks. Julian Turner talks to CEO Arne Kjørsvik… Wed, 08 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Robert Gordon University on training up the Mexican oil and gas industry Scotland’s Robert Gordon University (RGU) has begun to build a skills development programme for Mexico’s oil and gas industry. As the country opens up new licenses, it is faced with a skills gap of thousands of workers. Molly Lempriere talks to the d… Tue, 07 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT All shook up: earthquake-proofing offshore platforms Oil & gas company OMV recently shut down a platform in its Maari oilfield offshore Taranaki, New Zealand following the discovery of a crack in its strut, which may have been exacerbated by seismic activity in the area. But how do you earthquake proof… Mon, 06 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Offshore Technology Focus: Issue 51 In this issue: BP’s digital asset management trial, Shell’s $10bn plan for Brazil, Argentina’s deepwater potential, a surprise investment for the North Sea, an analysis of the GE-Baker Hughes merger, new insights into the Deepwater Horizon clean-up, … Thu, 02 Feb 2017 16:37:00 GMT January's top stories: Energean's $1.5bn Israel fields, Summit's LNG terminal Energean Oil & Gas revealed plans to invest up to $1.5bn to develop Israeli offshore fields, Summit Group's plans to develop $500m LNG terminal in offshore Bangladesh, BP to sell interests in Magnus oilfield. wraps up the key … Thu, 02 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Up in the Cloud: GE discusses fully-digitising BP’s Atlantis rig BP and GE are trialling a new offshore management system created by GE to reduce unplanned production downtime by consolidating and collating real-time data. If successful, the technology could be rolled out across more 30 BP deepwater rigs. Binu Mat… Mon, 30 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT A calculated gamble: is Shell right to double down on deepwater Brazil? Shell plans to invest an additional $10bn in Brazil as part of its wider strategy to double deepwater production by the early 2020s. Julian Turner analyses the risks and potential rewards of such a move in light of the low crude price and the recent … Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Making the switch: should the oil industry be moving into offshore wind? With oil prices still depressed and investment flat in many parts of the offshore oil and gas industry, the UK’s Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult has urged the industry to diversify into offshore renewables such as wind, tidal and wave energy, whic… Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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