Offshore Technology Focus: Issue 22 | September 2014

With dwindling oil and gas reserves growing more valuable every year, blurred boundaries are ripe for dispute. We profile the worst territorial rows flaring up around the world over potential oil hot spots.

Also, we take a look at several offshore companies that have made the leap into issuing retail bonds and investigate Norway’s plan to force operators to use electricity from onshore generation rather than burning diesel and gas.

Moreover, we take a look at digital radiography and speak to the head of graduate employment at BP to discuss how BP is attracting the best STEM students and profile Angel gas and condensate project in Western Australia.

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In this issue

Territorial Tensions
With dwindling oil and gas reserves growing more valuable every year, blurred boundaries are ripe for dispute. We profile the worst territorial tensions over oil hot spots.
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Project Retail Bond
Several offshore companies are issuing retail bonds to ordinary investors as a means to get up and running. We ask what are the dangers and do they outweigh the potential for high profit investment.
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Onshore for Offshore
Supplying power to offshore platforms from land-based plants could have a major impact on the industry’s carbon emissions.
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Digital Inspection
Anyone who has ever undergone a medical x-ray will be familiar with it, but can digital radiography really be applied to the subsea environment?
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The Graduates
Attracting students to the offshore oil and gas industry can be a challenge but it’s paramount to guard against future skills shortages. We speak to industry experts to discuss the challenge of capturing new talent.
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Angel Gas and Condensate Project
The Angel gas and condensate project lies 115km off Western Australia, inshore from the North Rankin and Goodwyn fields.
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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 it’s 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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