Issue 23

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 by Shell shed light on its future offshore intentions.

In the latest issue, 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 find out if UK offshore coal could provide energy security for 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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In this issue

Shelling In
As Shell tries to raise $15 billion in asset sales, we examine the offshore activity that will help bring the company back into favour with investors.
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All Change for Mexico
In two years, Mexico will open up its oil and gas industry to foreign investment, ending Pemex‘s monopoly of the market. We look at the challenges that lie ahead.
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The Battle for Ibiza
Cairn Energy is planning to explore for oil in the Gulf of Valencia, north-west of Ibiza though the company has been met with strong opposition. Offshore Technology Focus profiles the battle for Ibiza.
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The Next Frontier
The US and Russia have completed one of the largest Arctic expeditions in history, but what does the future hold for the latest frontier in oil extraction?
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Unlocking the UK’s Offshore Coal
With the UK relying on imports for nearly half of its natural gas needs, tapping offshore coal deposits could revitalise domestic gas production. We find out how this growing sector could provide energy security for the UK.
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The Big Clean Up
Oil spills in the Baltic Sea have continued to drop off in recent years as a result of various measures. Offshore Technology Focus takes a closer look at the region’s success story.
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Bad Connections
Data replication ensures optimum quality of service all the way to the edge of the enterprise where connectivity is intermittent or limited, says Steve Driver of DXSTRO.
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Next issue preview

The iconic Forties Field is still pumping out oil forty years after it was discovered and it may still have twenty years left in it. We take a look at the technological advancements that have allowed Forties Field to keep on producing long after its rivals have dried up.

Also, we look at what’s next for Ireland’s troubled offshore oil and gas industry, ask how much oil does Cuba have and profile a new programme that gives scientists access to the offshore industry’s subsea ROVs.

Moreover, we ask are advanced digital systems in helicopters a potential safety risk and, finally, we profile Liquid Robotics Oil & Gas to find out which systems and capabilities are getting the best response from the industry.

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