Issue 10

The offshore oil and gas industry has become an increasingly important market for helicopter sales. As manufacturers begin to seek detailed input from the industry for new helicopter designs, we find out what makes the perfect offshore people-carrier.

In the latest issue of Offshore Technology Focus we also ask Statoil about its exploration strategy for previously unexplored prospects found offshore Newfoundland, take a look at one of the world’s biggest offshore slewing cranes, and find out how new weather prediction research could help mitigate risks caused by natural disasters along the US coast.

In an industry first, the Upper Zakum field offshore Abu Dhabi will be operated from a network of artificial islands instead of a traditional platform. We investigate how this shift could facilitate the drilling of oil without increasing production costs.

Moreover, we also look at how Maersk’s Gryphon FPSO has recovered after suffering severe weather damage last year, profile the first fully comprehensive national oil and gas skills survey, and take a look at industry projects Clipper South gas field in the North Sea and Heidrun field in Norway.

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In this issue

The Leasing Boom
An increase in investment has led to a boom in helicopter leasing for personnel transfers. Offshore Technology Focus talks to Gazprom and Samantha White of Air Charter Service about safety, finances and technology.
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Statoil’s High Hope for Canada
The previously unexplored Harpoon Prospect offshore of Newfoundland, Canada, was a risk for Statoil. We ask Statoil’s senior vice president for North America, Erik Finnstrom, about the company’s strategy and success.
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Cranes in Action
Heavy Lifting cranes are integral to offshore construction, and they don’t come much bigger than the Liebherr MTC 78000. We look at one of the world’s biggest offshore slewing cranes in action.
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Platforms vs Islands
Zakum Development Company is using a network of artificial islands instead of a traditional steel rig offshore of Abu Dhabi. We consider the benefits of this unusual solution.
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Disaster Watch
Hurricanes and tropical storms endanger offshore workers and threaten a vital element of the world’s oil and gas infrastructure. Offshore Technology Focus asks Wilkens Weather Technologies’ Mark Walquist about forecasting.
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The Gryphon Returns
After suffering severe weather damage two years ago, Maersk’s Gryphon FPSO, one of the North Sea’s most valued assets, is back in production.
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A National Skills Strategy
Oil and gas skills body OPITO is leading the first fully comprehensive national oil and gas skills survey, in partnership with key stakeholders. We ask managing director Larraine Boorman about the programme.
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Clipper South Gas Field, North Sea, UK
Clipper South gas field lies in the southern North Sea blocks 48/19 and 48/20 in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS), about 100km east of the Lincolnshire coast.
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Heidrun Field, Norway
The Heidrun oil and gas field is located 190km offshore in the Haltenbanken region of the Norwegian Sea in water depths of around 350m.
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Next issue preview

With millions spent bringing complex wells on-stream, every offshore project brings with it an element of risk. We explore the meticulous risk management process that goes into planning and executing new offshore projects.

We also look at the factors that cause crude oil price swings, learn about the movement to recruit former military personnel into the offshore sector, find out about the ‘sand injections’ that could provide a new source of oil and investigate how the industry is predicting sea ice.

After 25 years, the memory of the Piper Alpha disaster still looms in the industry. To remember one of the worst oil rig disasters, we take a look back through the years, charting the improvements in safety achieved since the fateful incident in 1988.

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