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Current US President Barack Obama and his Republican rival Mitt Romney are battling it out for the November presidential election. Both advocate drilling in the Alaskan Arctic Ocean so we investigate the fundamental differences between the two candidates’ approaches.

We also profile 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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In this issue

Drilling the Arctic: Romney vs. Obama
On 6 November either current Democrat President Barack Obama or his Republican rival Mitt Romney will be elected US President. In the meantime the hopefuls are debating on everything from the economy to American energy independence. Both Obama and Romney have condoned drilling and one has already sanctioned it, but take a closer look and their positions are not so closely aligned.
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From Rigs to Reefs
Disused oil rigs have become home to millions of ocean creatures but habitats could be wiped out under US rules. Offshore Technology Focus charts the vibrant rig reefs that campaigners are fighting to save.
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Who Owns the South China Sea?
For the first time in the history of The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, this year’s regional forum in Cambodia was unable to agree. The sticking point is a wide-ranging dispute between a number of south-east Asian nations and close neighbour China over the sovereignty of the potentially oil-rich South China Sea.
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A Little Goes a Long Way
Success in any industry comes from continual product development, and the oil and gas sector is no exception. Mark Brierley discusses strategic R&D investment and improving oil recovery rates using the latest advancements in nanotechnology.
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The Shape of Things to Come
The oil and gas workers’ pension strike in Norway this year cost £300m in lost production. Hilde-Marit Rysst of Norwegian oil and gas workers’ union SAFE explains what it means for the Norway’s energy
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Cathodic Protection for Life Support
Much of the world’s offshore infrastructure is reaching the end of its design life. Elly Earls asks DONG Energy’s Lars Erik Stork how oil and gas companies can monitor and maximise the integrity of their assets.
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Next issue preview

The cyber attack on Saudi Aramco in August is the latest in a growing number of cybercrimes against the oil and gas industry. As contracts and technology grow in value and hackers are becoming more attracted to inside information, we investigate how the sector can defend its assets.

We also explore material and technology breakthroughs that are helping to improve the safety of offshore pipelines while reducing ongoing costs, and ask offshore security specialists about best practice for protecting facilities at sea and on shore.

Moreover, we find out how companies can future-proof their decommissioning projects, and take a look at the specialist design, construction and transport for Petrobras’ new P-55 mega platform.

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