Issue 5

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 take a look at the specialist design, construction and transport for Petrobras’ new P-55 mega platform and we also speak to Drum Cussac’s maritime and offshore vice president, David Pickard, about why onshore security is essential for offshore work.

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In this issue

World of Possibilities
The heavy reliance of key Asian nations on oil and gas imports is prompting the national oil companies of these countries to expand their overseas operations. GlobalData reports.
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The Cyber Threat
Saudi Aramco’s cyber attack in August 2012 is the latest in a number of cybercrimes against the offshore industry. Cybercrime forensics chair Denis Edgar-Nevill tells Offshore Technology Focus how the sector can defend its assets.
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Securing Operations
As part of our special focus on cyber security, Andrew Glinter, director of industrial security at Waterfall Security Solutions, shares his views on the issue from an operations security point of view.
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Taking Control
Russian government heads are at odds regarding the future of offshore oil assets and whether they should deal with foreign investors or maintain state control. We examine the implications of both scenarios.
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Even Flow
Material and technological breakthroughs are helping to improve the safety of offshore pipelines while reducing ongoing costs. We profile five of the industry’s most promising pipeline innovations.
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From Model to Machine
Researchers in Norway are using models to predict the performance of complex offshore materials handling equipment. We look at the project which aims to help designers pick components and, ultimately, to automate more of the design process.
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In Need of Protection
Kidnapping and piracy are potential risks for companies operating in sensitive countries. Offshore Technology Focus asks Drum Cussac’s maritime and offshore vice president, David Pickard why onshore security is essential for offshore work.
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Supersized Ambition
Petrobras is making the most of its massive pre-salt reserves by building huge production platforms. Edmilson Medeiros explains how the new P-55 platform, weighing in at 100,000t, requires specialist design, construction and transport techniques.
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Kirinskoye Gas and Condensate Field
The Kirinskoye gas condensate field (GCF) is located 28km offshore of Sakhalin Island Shelf and is the first offshore field in Russia to use a subsea system for natural gas production.
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Next issue preview

Attracting young talent has been a challenge for the oil and gas industry for many years. We find out how companies are training a new generation of skilled workers to secure the future of the industry.

We also profile Myanmar’s vast controversial offshore oil and gas industry which is on the verge of rapid expansion, and investigates challenges faced by the East African offshore oil and gas industry as it becomes one of the world’s biggest energy frontiers.

Moreover, we find out why the UN Law of the Sea treaty is integral to the US’ Arctic exploration plans, and we take a look at BP‘s reduced salinity water injection technology which is undergoing field testing at the £4.5bn Clair Ridge development on the UK Continental Shelf.

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