Bedlam in the Bight: read more in the new issue of Offshore Technology Focus

31 July 2019 (Last Updated July 31st, 2019 15:39)

In this issue: what the recent election will mean for drilling in the Great Australian Bight, electrifying the subsea, the offshore plasma drill being used by NASA to look for life on Mars, and more.

Bedlam in the Bight: read more in the new issue of Offshore Technology Focus

Offshore Technology Focus is back with a new issue packed with industry insight. Read it here for free in the web browser of any device.

We take a look the offshore gas industry in Greece as, after years of false starts, progress to develop the area finally seems to be beginning. We also look at the Great Australian Bight, where protesters are trying to ensure exploration and extraction work does not go ahead.

Then, we examine five of the companies pursuing a fully electrified subsea, and ask why it is taking so long for the industry to switch.

Elsewhere, technological advancements are certainly taking off, such as Cognite’s real-time, digital visualisations, and a new technology designed to be a ‘smoke alarm for the sea.’

Additionally, US offshore regulator BSEE has come under fire recently, but is it just doing its job? We ask whether operations could ever become ‘zero dive’ and we speak to NASA about its work with the oil and gas industry to use a plasma drill to search for life on Mars.

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In this issue

Could Greece beat the competition to become the major act in Eastern Med Gas?

Recent natural gas discoveries in the Eastern Mediterranean have renewed hope for development of offshore Greece, and talk of the country becoming a hub for the rest of Europe. But with stiff competition in the area, what needs to happen? Heidi Vella investigates.

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Bedlam in the Bight: what will Australia’s new government mean for offshore oil?

Not known for his sympathetic view on climate change, Australia’s new Prime Minister faces some tough decisions in light of his re-election, and right at the top of the energy agenda is what to do about controversial plans to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight. Andrew Tunnicliffe finds out more.

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America’s offshore regulator: is it doing its job?

Following the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the US offshore industry has been under pressure to improve its performance. However, its regulatory body, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, has drawn criticism for overly industry-friendly legislation and weak authority. JP Casey asks, is it fit for purpose?

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Electrifying the subsea industry: companies leading the way

As the offshore industry’s carbon footprint continues to grow, more subsea companies are looking to partial and total electrification as a means to cut costs and reduce environmental impacts. JP Casey looks at four electrification projects in the subsea sector.

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How a ‘smoke alarm for the sea’ could keep abandoned wells safe

Researchers are developing a new technique to monitor the long-term integrity of decommissioned or suspended oil and gas wells in the North Sea. The project aims to provide an early-warning system for abandoned wells, potentially preventing dangerous leaks. Umar Ali found out more.

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Liberating digitalisation in oil and gas: a conversation with Cognite

Digitalisation is a buzzword in the oil and gas industry, but digitalisation at scale has proven to be a challenge. Norwegian company Cognite is now providing digitalisation services to 19 different oil and gas companies, with its unique platform aiming to ‘liberate’ data and make it more accessible. Umar Ali sat down with Cognite vice-president Paula Doyle to find out more.

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First contact: using offshore technology to find life on Mars

The offshore industry has learnt some unique lessons from working in some of the most challenging and inhospitable environments in the world. A programme run by NASA aims to use these lessons to look for life on Mars, using a plasma drill developed by electronics company Zaptec for the offshore industry. Umar Ali spoke with co-founder and chair of the Mars Institute Pascal Lee to find out more.

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De-risking offshore operations: the search for ‘zero dive’

Manned diving operations are a necessary part of maintaining offshore oil and gas assets, but also a very costly and dangerous process. With new technological developments, could a future where divers no longer have to work on offshore rigs be in sight? Umar Ali explores the potential of ‘zero dive.’

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Next issue preview

Following attending KPMG’s recent showcase, we take a look at the best and brightest start-ups in the UK’s oil and gas industry.

As tensions in the Mediterranean grow, Cyprus is eager to develop and protect its oil deposits, but could it play a larger role in the oil industry? Elsewhere, as Mexico’s offshore industry takes off, we spoke to Blue Bull Energy, a company helping local companies to grow and meet international standards, so that they too can benefit from the boom.

In technology, we take a look at a human machine interface being developed by AspenTech, how augmented reality is changing asset management and a new ultrasonic technology for acoustic low-frequency exploration that could make it easier to operate in the Arctic.

Finally, we take a look at the true cost of decommissioning in the UKCS and talk to the Union of Concerned Scientists about their takeaways from the recent oil major’s annual meetings.