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September 24, 2015

Offshore Technology Focus: Issue 35

In the latest issue of Offshore Technology Focus we profile Shell as they prepare to take the Arctic plunge again, ask whether Libya's raging civil war is a threat to the country's offshore industry and much more.

By Sonia Sharma

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Issue 35

Shell’s first summer nearly ended in disaster when they went to the Arctic. We find out if they are ready to take the challenge again.

Also, we talk to Energy Aspects’ geopolitical analyst Richard Mallinson about whether operators are protected from the political instability in Libya, discover more about the claims from The Center for Biological Diversity when they stated that fracking is ‘shrouded in secrecy’ and speak to Diane Austin, an anthropology professor at the University of Arizona about her work in researching the social impacts of an offshore lifestyle on the workers’ families and households.

Moreover, we speak to Michael Hall, senior geologist at Airbus Defence and Space to find out how planning researchers have begun working with satellite imaging technology to counteract the problems of pipeline routing, learn about enhanced oil recovery in the North Sea and look at how offshore operators have begun to weather the storm in the midst of the sanctions placed on Russia.

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In this issue

Arctic Summer
Shell’s first summer in the Arctic ended in near-disaster, but now, with conditional approval from the US Department of the Interior in place, Adam Leach discovers that the company is ready to take the Arctic plunge once more.
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Treasure and Turmoil
Offshore platforms have been relatively insulated from the political instability in Libya compared to their onshore counterparts, but do they provide a haven for operators? Elly Earls finds out more from Energy Aspects’ geopolitical analyst Richard Mallinson.
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Damning Documents?
The Center for Biological Diversity claims that fracking is ‘shrouded in secrecy’ and party to little or no regulation beyond conventional offshore exploration, so just what might the documents reveal? Adam Leach investigates.
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Living the Life
For over 15 years, Diane Austin, an anthropology professor at the University of Arizona, has been researching the social impacts of an offshore lifestyle on the workers’ families and households. Austin reflects on her work in conversation with Eva Grey.
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Path of Least Resistance
To counteract the problems of pipeline route planning researchers have begun working with satellite imaging technology. Daniel Garrun spoke to Michael Hall, senior geologist at Airbus Defence and Space, to find out more.
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The CCS Lifeline
A recent report claims that linking enhanced oil recovery in the North Sea to carbon capture and storage can provide a lifeline for the North Sea oil industry. Heidi Vella-Starr finds out more.
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Sanctions Storm
In the midst of the sanctions placed on Russian, offshore operators have begun to weather the storm with the resumption of international diversification. Adrian Lara, GlobalData’s senior upstream analyst covering the Americas, investigates.
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Next issue preview

Following its settlement with the US Government and the states hit hardest by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010, we look at BP and where it might go in the future.

Also, we look at how a string of tax cuts aimed at boosting business will aid the UK offshore industry, find out more about a new centre of excellence for robotics and automation at TWI’s facilities in Cambridge and ask could the development of an offshore oil industry help Greece steer away from the brink of bankruptcy?

Moreover, we look at the lawsuit over a decade-long oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico and we profile Petroleum Development Oman’s plans to build the world’s largest solar farm in order to provide power for its oil production activities.

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