Offshore Technology Focus: Issue 13

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 investigate why the Caspian Sea region has become a new point of interest for oil and gas production, profile a new subsea solution for the Gulf of Mexico that avoids FPSO systems, take a look at Ocean Power Technology’s PowerBuoy wave energy converter and find out how tandem offloading technology using cryogenic hoses could push floating LNG operations further offshore.

Moreover we investigate the impact of chronic small spills in the North Sea, look at the initiatives to recruit women into the oil and gas industry, ask where OGX went wrong with the Tubarao Azul field, and profile the Morvin, Big Foot and West Seahorse oil and gas fields.

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Offshore Technology Focus Awards 2013: Ones to Watch
To recognise outstanding achievements in offshore oil and gas production, we are proud to announce the inaugural Offshore Technology Focus Awards: Ones to Watch 2013.
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Carving up the Caspian
The Caspian Sea region has recently become a new point of interest for oil and natural gas production. Offshore Technology Focus investigates The Kashagan project, which has become the region’s prominent oil extraction scheme.
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A New Approach to Subsea Design
A new subsea solution for the Gulf of Mexico has been proposed that utilises an entirely new approach to subsea design to avoid the use of FPSO systems.
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Making Waves
Ocean Power Technologies is hoping to make a splash in the offshore oil and gas industry with its PowerBuoy wave energy converter. We ask will a conservative industry take a shine to this innovation.
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Further Offshore
Tandem offloading technology using cryogenic hoses could help push floating LNG operations into more challenging offshore locations. We speak to Trelleborg project manager Vincent Lagarrigue about the new technology.
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Small Spills: A Chronic Issue?
Mandatory reported data has revealed that around sixty spills a month occur in the North Sea alone. Offshore Technology Focus asks what the real danger of these chronic spills is and what the industry is doing to minimise them.
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Addressing the Imbalance
With women making up just 4% of the total UK oil and gas workforce, attracting female engineers is fraught with challenges. We look at the industry initiatives helping to counter this imbalance.
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OGX: The Pitfalls of Carbonate Reservoirs
In the light of OGX’s financial dilemma caused by the failure of the Tubarao Azul field, GlobalData’s senior upstream analyst for the Americas, Adrian Lara, and upstream analyst for Latin America, Nicholas Unwin, review where the company went wrong.
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Morvin Field, North Sea, Norway
Located 200km offshore the Norwegian North Sea, the Morvin oil and gas field lies in production licence 134b.
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Big Foot Oil Field, Gulf of Mexico, US
Big Foot oilfield is situated on the Walker Ridge block 29, about 362km south of New Orleans in the Gulf of Mexico, US.
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West Seahorse Oil Field, Gippsland Basin, Australia
West Seahorse Oil Field is located in Block Vic/P57, about 14km offshore Gippsland Basin in Australia.
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Next issue

The critical role communications play in remote offshore oil & gas operations cannot be overstated. We explore the difficulties of providing secure and reliable offshore communications for the industry.

In the next issue, we find out if improvements in data analysis could future proof the oil and gas industry, ask the British CAA about the details of a review into offshore helicopter operations, look at the future of Italy’s offshore oil and gas industry and ask if the risk will outweigh the reward for investors in Israel’s natural gas operation.

Moreover, we profile a new technology that could revolutionise the process of treating water as a byproduct of oil and gas extraction and we also look the world’s largest oil fields.

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