Issue 19

We find out whether the risk of New Zealand opening up part of its land for explorations will pay off, as well as looking at the Norwegian takeover in the city of Houston. We also travel to Mauritania to discover if this West African country can prove fruitful in offshore expeditions.

In the latest issue, we also learn about the US Government’s offshore leasing plan in the Gulf of Mexico, in addition to asking whether offshore fracking is technically possible in the Irish Sea.

Moreover, we investigate what it takes to move some of the biggest oil and gas rigs and explore the Kvitebjørn field in the North Sea, Norway.

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In this issue

Hidden Treasures
The New Zealand government has opened up areas that total more than one and a half of its land size for oil and gas exploration, but is the potential reward worth the risk? Elly Earls finds out more.
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Norwegian Invasion
Norwegians have been flocking to Houston to cash in on their reputation as offshore oil industry innovators, with over 150 Norway based businesses now set-up. Heidi Vella finds out more.
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Offshore Wildcard
The flurry of O&G exploration offshore Mauritania is encouraging news for a country in need of new sources of revenue and employment. But with offshore riches far from proven, Chris Lo asks will this West African wildcard match its potential with major discoveries?
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Rigs of Mexico
The US Government’s offshore leasing plan 2012-2017 opened up the deepest areas of the Gulf of Mexico. Elisabeth Fischer profiles some of the region’s biggest deepwater drilling projects.
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Fracking the Irish Sea
Far the from the eyes of protestors and free from many of the environmental objections so far raised, offshore fracking seems to hold obvious appeal, but Gareth Evans asks if it is technically even possible?
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Big Rigs
Oil and gas rigs are some of the biggest moveable structures in the world and can weigh up to 30,000 tons. Grant Turnbull asks what it takes to move these engineering marvels.
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Kvitebjorn Field
Kvitebjørn field is situated in block 34/11 of the Tampen area in the North Sea, Norway.
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Next issue preview

Four years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, where safety negligence led to the death of 11 workers, whistleblowers that highlight poor safety culture in the workplace are still not protected from retaliation from their employers. We speak to industry unions and lawyers to find out more about the issue.

Also, we round up the best of the new ROV technology, look at how disused offshore platforms could make ideal locations for mariculture and discuss changing health and safety standards.

Moreover, we look at how progress on the world’s deepest gas pipeline is going and take a look at the role performed by offshore divers.

Look out for our Safety & Security special issue, out on 5th June.

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