Offshore Technology Focus

In response to the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the International Well Control Forum 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 for offshore installations, and discuss whether the industry in ready to invest in fully autonomous drilling operations, which DNV GL predicts will happen by 2025.

Also, we find out whether companies are making the right investments in the right projects and places, 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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In this issue

To Spend or to Save?
With the industry still reeling from a depressed oil price and slashing budgets across the board, spending on new projects is at a long-time low. Chris Lo finds out whether companies are making the right investments in the right places.
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Reopening a Cold Case
As part of an ambitious offshore energy strategy, the Isle of Man has teamed up with the British Geological Survey to re-investigate potential deposits first scouted by BP in the 1990s. Elly Earls finds out more.
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Russia’s Arctic Gateway
Global Data’s senior analyst for oil and gas Anna Belova, PhD discusses the opening of the Arctic Gate marine oil terminal, which provides access for Russia’s Arctic-sourced crude to both European and Asian markets.
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Embracing Change
DNV GL expects fully autonomous drilling to be implemented in oil and gas operations by 2025. The technology has well-known safety and cost benefits, so why is it not established as an industry standard yet? Heidi Vella-Starr finds out.
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The Case for BIM
The words building information modelling may not inspire passion in the hearts of people working in construction, but they have become commonplace in the industry. A recent government mandate has made BIM a requirement for all centrally secured projects. Taylor Heyman finds out whether its uses could translate to the offshore industry.
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Rigs to Reefs
Keeping decommissioned oil rigs in the water is a growing trend, giving rise to some of the richest marine ecosystems on the planet. Lindsay Dodgson asks whether this could be an answer to the difficulties oil companies face in decommissioning rigs.
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Topping Up Training
The International Well Control Forum has launched a new, free online training course to teach the fundamentals of well control and improve offshore safety. Heidi Vella-Starr finds out more
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Next issue preview

A recent report has claimed that the studies used to justify the US Government’s offshore drilling strategy in the Gulf of Mexico and the Arctic have been funded either by the oil and gas industry itself or by groups with links to the industry. We take a closer look at the allegations and ask if the US government’s decision-making bodies are truly under the thumb of industry.

We also consider the impact of Norway opening its doors to Arctic oil and gas development and find out more about the latest call for a collaborative approach to unlocking the potential of hydrocarbons in the North Sea.

Plus, we find out more about Italy’s demands for a national referendum on whether to renew offshore licences, profile the Gorgon LNG project in Australia and ask whether Airbus’ Super Puma helicopters are fit for purpose in the wake of fatal accidents.

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