New Features information at Offshore Technology New and updated information from Features listed on en-us New Features information at Offshore Technology 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 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