Offshore Technology Focus: Issue 12

The referendum on Scottish independence in 2014 could have widespread repercussions in the UK’s North Sea oil and gas industry, much of which is based off the Scottish coast. We find out how the outcome could affect both exploration and licences in what could very likely become the Scottish North Sea.

We also explore the technologies that could help prevent and contain environmental damage if offshore pipelines are damaged by severe weather, and take a look at chemicals being used to retrieve trapped oil from hard to reach places inside a reservoir.

Moreover we take a look at the potential of oil and gas exploration in Somalia, and find out how training efforts are aiming to close the skills gap in subsea engineering as oil and gas operations move into deeper waters.

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The Great Debate
“It’s Scotland’s oil” was the rallying cry for a generation of Nationalists in the 1970s, when finds in the North Sea fuelled renewed dreams of independence. Offshore Technology Focus asks why, 40 years on, the issue remains a cornerstone of the economic case.
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Eastern Promise
War-torn Somalia has some of the largest prospective oil and gas resources in East Africa, and UK company Soma Oil & Gas is investing £20m to gain first-mover advantage. We find out more.
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Pipeline Protection
Port Ambrose’s proposed LNG pipeline offshore New York is igniting fears of environmental damage in the event of another hurricane. We consider the risks and benefits.
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Mainstream Chemicals
Chemicals are now being relied upon to recover oil reserves as demand for the black stuff grows. Offshore Technology Focus finds out first-hand about surfactant-based technology.
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Out of Sight, Out of Mind
After a spate of unexplained whale deaths in areas where seismic testing by the offshore oil and gas sector has recently occurred, we consider concerns that the industry could be responsible.
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Depth of Knowledge
The University of Houston has established the first ever US graduate programme in subsea engineering. We talk to founding director Matthew Franchek about the goal of establishing worldwide standards for subsea engineering education.
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Hyme Oilfield, Norway
The Hyme oil field is located in production licence 348 (PL348) between the Draugen and Njord fields in the Norwegian Continental Shelf. The water depth is 250m.
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Kitan Oilfield, Australia
The Kitan oilfield lies in permit 06-105 of the Joint Petroleum Development Area (JPDA), 170km offshore the Timor-Leste coast and 500km from the Australian coast.
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Cormorant East, Norway
The Cormorant East oil field, originally known as the Contender Prospect, is located in southern part of the block 211/22a in the UK northern North Sea.
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The continuous push into deeper and more remote waters is driving technological innovation and environmental research in the offshore industry. In recognition of this, we are launching the Offshore Technology Focus Awards – Ones to Watch 2013 to honour the companies leaving their mark on the cutting edge of offshore oil & gas production.

We also profile the varying fortunes of oil and gas extraction in the North Sea, and look at a new subsea solution for the Gulf of Mexico that is designed to avoid some of the pitfalls associated with working on the seabed.

Moreover we consider at a floating power system that could take over a host of tasks for offshore operations, find the truth about North Sea leaks and look at the initiatives to recruit women into the oil and gas industry.

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