New Features information at Offshore Technology New and updated information from Features listed on en-us New Features information at Offshore Technology Japan’s flammable ice: second test extraction underway Resource-poor Japan has just begun its second test extraction of methane hydrates, a super-abundant source of natural gas mostly found underneath the ocean and often referred to as ‘fire ice’. Mon, 19 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT A safe alternative to the seismic airgun The use of seismic airguns in offshore oil exploration has proved controversial, with some claiming that they may interfere with natural patterns of animals such as whales and dolphins. Now Geokinetics has completed the second successful deployment … Fri, 16 Jun 2017 12:47:00 GMT Submerged offshore platforms: the race to the bottom Different companies are developing competing systems to take the offshore oil and gas platform underwater, with a completely submerged concept that would transform platforms into unmanned, self-sufficient oil and gas extraction factories. The operati… Wed, 14 Jun 2017 23:00:00 GMT Can Aberdeen remain the oil capital of Europe? Stagnant oil prices and decommissioning projects in the North Sea have led some to believe the party may be over for Aberdeen. But, with the arrival of a new research centre in the city earlier this year, are such glum predictions premature? Ross Dav… Mon, 12 Jun 2017 23:00:00 GMT May's top stories: Ineos's $1.05bn acquisition, IPE secures funding Ineos agreed to acquire the oil and gas business unit of Dong Energy for $1.05bn, BP starts production from offshore Quad 204 project in UK, IPE secured funding to study UK offshore waters. wraps-up the key headlines from May … Mon, 05 Jun 2017 23:00:00 GMT Could a football-style loan system work for the North Sea? Mass layoffs and job insecurity are taking a heavy toll on offshore workers in the North Sea, and the UK Government has struggled to offer appropriate support. Could a fledgling employee loan scheme in the vein of professional football leagues provid… Tue, 30 May 2017 23:00:00 GMT Offshore Technology Focus: Issue 55 In this issue: Improving project delivery on the UKCS, OPEC’s waning power, tax breaks for the UK, innovation in offshore accommodation, predictive analytics for production surveillance, saving skills in the North Sea, and more Wed, 24 May 2017 15:19:00 GMT 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