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February 28, 2013

Offshore Technology Focus: Issue 6

In this issue we look at new immersive training techniques for offshore security, Myanmar’s controversial offshore oil and gas industry and the UN Law of the Sea treaty

By Stephanie Phillips

Offshore Technology Focus | Issue 6 | March 2013

In the light of security threats such as piracy and terrorism, are the current methods of training offshore personnel in need of a shake-up? In this issue we find out how hyper-realistic training could help to prepare workers to deal with attacks on offshore assets.

We also profile Myanmar’s vast controversial offshore oil and gas industry, which is on the verge of rapid expansion, and investigate challenges faced by the East African offshore oil and gas industry as it becomes one of the world’s biggest energy frontiers.

Moreover, we find out why the UN Law of the Sea treaty is integral to the US’ Arctic exploration plans, and we take a look at BP’s reduced salinity water injection technology which is undergoing field testing at the £4.5bn Clair Ridge development on the UK Continental Shelf.

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In this issue

Security Training Gets RealAre the current methods of training offshore personnel in need of a shake-up? As hyper-realistic training emerges, Offshore Technology Focus asks Halo Corporation president Brad Barker about his vision for bringing immersive military training techniques to offshore security.Click here to read more.

Law of the SeaAs preparations for Arctic drilling begin, the US must ratify the UN Law of the Sea treaty or risk losing its rights over untapped resources. We explain why the treaty is integral to the country’s exploration plans.Click here to read more.

Spotlight on MyanmarWith Western sanctions on oil and gas companies working in Myanmar removed, bidding has begun for the country’s vast reserves. We look inside a controversial industry on verge of rapid expansion.Click here to read more.

East Africa’s New FrontierThe East African offshore oil and gas industry is about to become one of the world’s biggest energy frontiers. But before this can happen the region has many challenges to overcome.Click here to read more.

Tip of the IcebergThe grounding of Shell’s drill ship in Alaska has added fuel to fears that offshore operations in the Arctic may be too risky. Click here to read more.

Beyond the RigAs Shell continues to develop its subsea compressor technology for the Ormen Lange deepwater project in the Norwegian Sea, we ask if the vision of an entirely rig-less project could soon become reality.Click here to read more.

Liquid AssetsAs BP’s reduced salinity water injection technology moves into field testing, Offshore Technology Focus reveals how this unique recovery solution could produce more than 40 million barrels of additional oil compared with conventional water-flooding techniques.Click here to read more.

Finding New TalentAward-winning British engineer Keith Neish talks to Ozge Ibrahim about the skills necessary for success and warns that young talent must be cultivated to ensure the future survival of the oil and gas industry.Click here to read more.

Huntington Oil FieldDiscovered by Oilexco in June 2007, Huntington is a light oil field located in Block 22/14b in the UK’s central North Sea area. Click here to read more.

Volund Oil FieldVolund oil field is located six miles south of Alvheim oil field, in Block 24/9 of the North Sea, at a depth of 130m. Click here to read more.

Jacky Oil FieldThe Jacky oil field is located in block 12 / 21c in the UK Continental Shelf, 19km east of the Moray Firth Caithness cliffs, in water depths of 30m-40m.Click here to read more.

Pluto LNG ProjectThe Pluto liquefied natural gas (LNG) project is located 190km in the Northern Carnarvon Basin north-west of Karratha, Western Australia.Click here to read more.

Next issue preview

Fire safety is crucial for any offshore installation. In the next issue we explore fire protection technology and find out how personnel is trained to handle emergencies.

We investigate what Brazil’s plant to auction 172 blocks will mean for local companies and international oil majors, and ask subsea specialist ROVOP about the demand for remotely operated vehicles for oil and gas operations. We also find out if plans to cut gas flaring by 30% globally are feasible and what the alternatives to flaring are.

Moreover, we profile a new oil spill detection technology capable of detecting the natural fluorescence of even tiny amounts of oil in or on water, and look at a new approach to invisibility cloaking which could one day be used in offshore operations to shield oil rigs and ships from rough waves.

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