Environment & Efficiency Issue

The Arctic Oil Spill Response Technology Joint Industry Programme was created by the industry in January 2012, bringing together major players like BP, Shell and ExxonMobil to jointly develop new technologies for detecting, containing and cleaning up oil spills. We ask what lies ahead for response teams working in icy conditions.

In the latest issue of Offshore Technology Focus we ask how are advances in numerical weather prediction pushing back the boundaries of forecasting accuracy, assess the NWF‘s report on the ongoing impacts of the deepwater horizon spill and profile a new eco-friendly demulsifier that separates offshore drilling waste into its component parts of oil, water and solids.

Moreover, we round up the most innovative oil spill recovery technologies and we ask could induced polarization be the key to making exploration more affordable and reducing the industry’s environmental footprint?

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In this issue

Breaking the Ice
Founded in January 2012, the Arctic Oil Spill Response Technology Joint Industry Programme (JIP) has just moved into phase two of its research. What lies ahead for response teams working in icy conditions?
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Weather Forecasting
How are advances in numerical weather prediction pushing back the boundaries of forecasting accuracy and what can be gained from taming the chaotic nature of weather?
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Lasting Impact
On the fourth anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the NWF released a report detailing the spill’s ongoing impacts. We speak to the co-author of the report, NWF scientist Ryan Fikes, to discuss its findings.
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Waste Not, Want Not
Urenna Ekeh-Adegbotolu, a researcher at Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University, is developing a new eco-friendly demulsifier to separate offshore drilling waste into its component parts of oil, water and solids.
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New Developments
We round up the most innovative oil spill recovery technologies including a chemically modified nanocellulose sponge from Switzerland’s Empa, new research into bacteria from the University of East Anglia, and other technological and theoretical breakthroughs.
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Electrical Prospecting
Electrical hydrocarbon prospecting using induced polarization (IP) has a history in the offshore industry, but Norwegian company, ORG Geophysical, wants to push the technology onto the world stage.
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Next issue preview

After a few reputation knocks in recent years, oil giant Shell has been taking steps to settle investor concerns. We ask how will the recent deals Shell has made shed light on its future offshore intentions.

Also, we look at the challenges that lie ahead as the Mexican oil and gas market prepares for liberalisation, profile the battle for and against oil exploration in Ibiza, ask whether a recent expedition in the Arctic ocean could kickstart Arctic oil exploration and profile Cluff Natural Resources’ bold plans to target coal reserves offshore the UK.

Moreover, we ask why the number of oil spills in the Baltic has been steadily declining and look at how oil and gas companies can overcome the challenges of poor internet connectivity at remote sites with data replication technology.

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