Issue 43 | June 2016

Offshore infrastructure is subjected to relentless erosion and corrosion by sand and sea, making it a serious challenge for oil rig construction, particularly in areas such as the Caribbean. We speak to Permasense about monitoring solutions that support offshore rig construction work, and hear Oxifree Metal Protection’s current thinking on anti-corrosion technologies.

Plus, we hear from Lloyd’s Register about mitigating the risks of onboard gas turbines, and ask why mature operations are actually increasing production.

Elsewhere, we take a look at BP‘s controversial proposal to drill in the Great Australian Bight and its effects on the marine environment, and discuss Bulgaria’s chances of establishing a lucrative offshore industry following deals signed with majors for exploration off the country’s coast.

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In this issue

Producing mature regions
Despite collapsing oil prices, many of the world’s mature offshore oil regions are accelerating production. So, why are operations continuing to pump product instead of cutting production and waiting for market conditions to improve?
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Gas independence in Bulgaria
Royal Dutch Shell has signed a landmark five-year contract with Bulgaria to explore the Silistar offshore block in the Black Sea. What are the chances of a successful offshore industry being built off the coast of the EU’s poorest country?
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Australia’s fight over bight
Australia’s senate is to investigate BP’s proposal to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight, amid concerns for the marine environment. BP’s initial bid was rebuffed in lieu of a comprehensive risk assessment and emergency plan. We take a closer look.
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Into the splash zone
Poorly managed corrosion threatens production efficiency at a time when maintaining asset availability is essential. We speak to Oxifree Metal Protection managing director Ed Hall about current offshore anti-corrosion technologies.
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Sensing erosion
Dealing with the eroding and corroding effects of sand and the sea is a serious concern for oil rig construction, especially in areas such as the Caribbean. We hear from Permasense about monitoring solutions that can give insights into offshore rig building.
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Registering risks of gas turbines
Dedicated gas turbines generate energy for offshore platforms, but the combination of high temperatures, moving parts and fuel also represents a long-standing safety risk. Lloyd’s Register discusses its project to mitigate the risks.
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Next issue preview

In response to the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the International Well Control Forum (IWCF) launched a free online training course in the fundamentals of well control to improve offshore safety. Basic courses help newcomers engage with the industry, but what about longstanding workers who need more specific training catered to them? We look into training courses aimed at improving skills and emergency preparedness.

We also speak to offshore BIM provider Tekla about 3D asset modelling, and discuss DNV GL’s report on if the industry in ready to invest in fully autonomous drilling operations.

Also, we speak to analysts to find out how Shell’s acquisition of BG sits with its austerity measures, catch up on the British Geological Society’s offshore energy plans for the Isle of Man, and consider Rigs to Reefs’ programme to repurpose infrastructure for marine ecosystems instead of decommissioning.

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