Offshore Technology Focus | Issue 7 | May 2013

Fire safety is crucial for any offshore installation and is an integral part of designing an offshore oil and gas rig. In the next issue we explore fire protection technology and find out how personnel are trained to handle emergencies.

We investigate what Brazil’s plan to auction 172 oil exploration blocks will mean for local companies and international oil majors, and look at which direction Venezuela will go post Chavez, who was known for nationalising the oil sector.

We also ask subsea specialist ROVOP about the demand for remotely operated vehicles for oil and gas operations and look at the challenges of safety intensive subsea operations.

Moreover, we profile a new oil spill detection technology capable of detecting the natural fluorescence of even tiny amounts of oil in or on water, and look at a new approach to invisibility cloaking which could one day be used in offshore operations to shield oil rigs and ships from rough waves.

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In this issue

Special Focus

Fire Safety Design
Reducing the risk of fire hazard is an integral part of designing an offshore oil and gas rig. Dr Jurek Czujko, Nowatec E&C CEO, tells us about the challenges affecting the industry.
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Regional Focus

Brazil’s Big Opportunity
Brazil’s long-awaited 11th round of oil exploration auctions is set to grip the industry in 2013. We report on the expectations surrounding the latest round of bids.
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Venezuela Post-Chavez
The late socialist leader, Hugo Chávez was known for nationalising the oil sector. Offshore Technology Focus asks will his successor steer the country in another direction, or follow the work of his mentor.
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Pipeline Repair
Often taking place at great depths, subsea repairs on offshore pipelines is a challenging business. We speak to Jim Bell of subsea and offshore grouting specialist, FoundOcean about the challenges of subsea operations.
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ROV Revolution
The remotely operated vehicle (ROV) market is booming, as offshore operators take advantage of rapid advancements in unmanned technology. Offshore Technology Focus talks to Moray Melhuish at ROVOP about its £15m investment in leading edge ROV systems.
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A Visible Solution
Many oil spills remain undetected until the slick comes to the water’s surface. We talk to Cambridge Consultants’ Dr Frances Metcalfe about new detection technology that detect tiny amounts of oil in or on water.
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Shielding Oil Rigs From Rocky Waves
A new approach to invisibility cloaking may one day be used at sea to shield floating objects from rough waves. We speak to Mohammed-Reza Alam about his scientific breakthrough.
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Challenges in the Chain
As supply chain management becomes more complex in light of global operations, Brian R. Smith of Talisman Energy talks about the main challenges and how the industry can overcome them.
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Cliff Head Oil Field, Australia
Cliff Head oil field is located 11km off the coast of Western Australia at a water depth of 16m. It covers an area of 6km² in the Commonwealth exploration permit WA-286-P.
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Tyrihans Oil and Gas Field, Norway
Tyrihans is located in the Halten Bank area of the Norwegian Sea, 35km south-east of the Kristin
field, at a water depth of 285m.
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Next issue preview

Having successfully extracted natural gas from methane hydrate for the first time, Japan announced that further exploration could reduce its dependence on LNG.

We investigate how the development of methane hydrates, which are dangerous and difficult to extract, could affect the demand for LNG.

We also find out how the ‘digital oil field’ is reshaping offshore oil and gas operations, and look at the world’s first autonomous ocean data capturing robot which is being developed for the offshore industry.

Moreover, we ask a round table of experts about the challenges and opportunities surrounding deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, and find out how the industry training body OPITO has teamed up with NASA to develop a suite of safety and security training courses for offshore workers.

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