Understanding human factors is considered one of the biggest challenges faced by offshore safety experts. In this issue we look at efforts being made to improve safety and ask how the role of the human factor has changed in light of recent incidents.

We also review territorial disputes and the competitive landscape in the Caspian Sea region, find out about Shell‘s plans to drill for oil in the Arctic, and explore what improving seismic imaging techniques will mean for the oil industry.

Moreover, with subsea pipelines criss-crossing the Norwegian Continental Shelf for many thousands of miles we find out how a robust maintenance regime is keeping the system flowing, and we investigate what is causing the current boost in offshore recruitment.

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Oil & Gas in the Caspian Sea Region
The Caspian Sea region is estimated to hold 12% of the world’s oil and gas reserves. We review the offshore territorial disputes and report on the competitive landscape and market forecasts for the region.
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The Human Factor
Understanding the human factor is one of the biggest challenges faced by Offshore safety experts. Tim Southam, founder of consultancy PTP-Global explains how much importance is placed on understanding human factors.
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Drilling Arctic Oil
After five years battling with US courts, Royal Dutch Shell is close to becoming the first company to drill for Arctic oil since the 1990s. Sarah Blackman profiles the US decision to approve the plan and why environmental groups wish to campaign against it.
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Picture Perfect
Improving seismic imaging techniques now make it possible to map reservoirs in more detail than ever before. Paulo Johann, reservoir geophysics manager at Petrobras explains the company’s successes in using the technology and potential developments in future.
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High Maintenance
Statoil’s subsea pipelines criss-cross the sea bed for thousands of miles and need a robust maintenance regime. Mark Brierley asks Ase Margrethe Oddland, VP of Statoil’s Transportnet division how the system keeps flowing.
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The 2012 Recruitment Boom
As a generation of older workers approach retirement and recruitment picks up in the oil and gas sector, Graeme Fyfe of Hays Oil & Gas explains what’s behind this significant boost in offshore job opportunities.
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Industry Project: North Sea Decommissioning
The North Sea will witness a hike in decommissioning programmes during the next two decades as oil and gas infrastructure matures. Offshore Technology Focus rounds up major projects on the UK Continental Shelf.
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The UK has published a consultation which will clarify the levels of tax relief on decommissioning costs that companies will receive, following complaints by operators about the uncertainty of decommissioning costs. We report on the outcome of this consultation and look into other issues related to offshore decommissioning.

We also investigate the territorial disputes surrounding key offshore regions in the South China Sea, and find out what lessons the global oil and gas sector can learn from the Norwegian oil strikes earlier this year.

Moreover, we explore why it is essential to invest in continual product development, and find out how companies can ensure subsea pipelines reach their full potential by monitoring cathodic protection systems.

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