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July 23, 2015

Offshore Technology Focus: Issue 33

In the latest issue of Offshore Technology Focus we analyse the merger between Royal Dutch Shell and BG Energy, look at Russia’s future plans and much more

By Sonia Sharma

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Issue 33

Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell has announced its plans to buy up BG Energy in a deal that is one of the biggest mergers in oil and gas industry history. We analyse what the merger could mean for the oil and gas industry.

In the latest issue, we also investigate how companies can protect themselves in case partner relationships turn sour, look at how Russia plans to attract foreign companies to develop its vast resources and find out more about what it means to operate a ‘normally unattended’ marginal field.

Moreover, we speak to the authors of the Pipeline and Riser Loss of Containment (PARLOC) report to discover what can be done to prevent leaks in future and profile ABB’s study into reducing the cost of decommissioning oil and gas platforms in the UK North Sea.

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In this issue

The Urge to MergeOil giant Royal Dutch Shell has announced its plans to buy up BG Energy in a deal that is one of the biggest mergers in history. Is the deal a sure sign of the times? Adam Leach investigates Click here to read more.

Testing TimesAs the low oil price environment forces offshore operators to revise their operational priorities, the potential for project partnerships to suffer as a result of split priorities is on the rise. Adam Leach finds out moreClick here to read more.

Invest in RussiaRussia hosts vast offshore oil and gas resources but an array of problems has led the country to stall the development of these resources. Heidi Vella-Starr discusses what the future holds for Russia’s offshore oil and gas industryClick here to read more.

On the MarginsKongsberg Maritime and ABT Oil and Gas are collaborating on a project to get the most out of operations not normally considered big enough to staff. Adam Leach finds out more about the projectClick here to read more.

No More SpillsThe Energy Institute has published its latest Pipeline and Riser Loss of Containment report. Heidi-Vella Starr speaks to Brian Bain, co-author of the report, to find out moreClick here to read more.

Late-Life CrisisThe cost of decommissioning oil and gas platforms in the UK North Sea is set to top £40bn by 2023. Julian Turner talks to Steve Andrew, decommissioning manager, and Jonathan Turner, senior project manager, from ABB Consulting about a new report that challenges traditional methodologyClick here to read more.

Next issue preview

The potential of the expanded use of 3D printing in the oil and gas industry is a hot topic at the moment. We explore whether 3D printing is on the brink of assuming a greatly expanded role?

Also, we find out how companies can streamline their supply chain, investigate why Belize plans to open 99% of its waters to offshore exploration and profile the new Hammerhead system and its potential to advance the economics of ultra deepwater fracking operations.

Moreover, we speak to ABB and Statoil about a new power transmission project and, finally, we find out more about Aberdeen University’s plans to train a new generation of offshore engineers in South Korea.

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