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’.
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 of its AquaVib Marine Vibrator, a competitor to the seismic airgun with a much lower decibel footprint. Could it solve this problem and add several other important advantages along the way?
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 operational and safety benefits of the technology are clear, but how do these systems work, and who will be the first to make the breakthrough? Patrick Kingsland spoke to Siemens’ head of subsea power Bjørn Rasch to find out.
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 Davies reports.
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. Offshore-technology.com wraps-up the key headlines from May 2017.