Offshore Technology Focus: Issue 8

Having successfully extracted natural gas from methane hydrate for the first time, Japan has 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 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 industry trainer Petrofac has teamed up with NASA to develop a suite of safety and security training courses for offshore workers.

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In this issue

A New Gas Boom?
Methane hydrates could change the face of the energy sector, erasing price differentials and meeting global gas demand for hundreds of years. Offshore Technology Focus investigates if full-scale production is economically and environmentally feasible.
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Unlocking Japan’s Fire-Ice
In the wake of Japan’s methane hydrate breakthrough, we ask the project’s research leader Koji Yamamoto about the difficult drilling process and how future production challenges can be overcome.
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Digital Revolution
The digital oil field concept is helping oil and gas companies drive innovation and optimisation. We find out how companies can make the most of data analysis and wireless technologies.
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Out to Impress
The world’s first wave and solar powered autonomous ocean data capturing robot is now being developed for the offshore industry. Offshore Technology Focus explores why it could soon become a routine device.
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Deep Water Risks
As new offshore leases become available, experts are calling for improved disaster oversight.
A panel of industry executives discuss the importance of risk management in preventing oil spills.
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Space Safety at Sea
A safety programme developed by NASA and Petrofac is helping oil and gas workers prepare for potential life-threatening situations. We find out more about the space-inspired training courses.
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Size of the Matter
A new study measuring the size of offshore workers’ bodies aims to improve ergonomic safety on rigs. How the industry has responded?
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Project: Serrette Natural Gas Field, Trinidad and Tobago
The Serrette natural gas field owned and operated by BP Trinidad and Tobago (bpTT) is the first offshore development in the northern area of the Columbus Basin.
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Project: Julimar Development Project, Australia
The Julimar Development Project (JDP) comprises the Julimar and Brunello natural gas fields located in the WA-356P exploration permit in the Carnarvon Basin, off Western Australia, at a water depth of up to 220m.
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Next issue preview

The UK Government has launched a new oil and gas strategy setting out measures to encourage investment and innovation, tackle the skills gap and strengthen supply chains. We investigate the details gage the industry’s response to these future policies.

Moreover, we find out how the new Ocean Energy Safety Institute in the US aims to tackle health and safety issues on a large scale, and profile cutting-edge technology that is helping to eliminate risk and human error from the offshore inspection process – looking at the latest in remote aerial vehicles, sensors and thermal monitoring.

As concerns about a shortage of specialist skills in the energy industry grow, we ask personnel managers which skills are in short supply and how recruitment and training could be improved to close the gap.

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