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Offshore Technology Focus: Issue 9

The UK Government has launched a new oil and gas strategy setting out measures to encourage investment and innovation and tackle the skills gap. We find out more and gauge 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.

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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Inside the Strategy
The UK Government has unveiled an oil and gas strategy to secure future investment and thousands of jobs. Offshore Technology Focus learns more from Malcolm Webb, chief executive of Oil & Gas UK.
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Wealth in Small Pockets
Oil drilling has traditionally focused on the biggest reservoirs, leaving smaller pockets unexplored. We investigate a new ‘mole’ drill that could exploit a potentially significant resource.
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Flaring for a Cause
Gas flaring has been identified as a waste of limited fuel reserves that could be worth billions of dollars. We ask how has this become common practice, and what can be done to prevent it?
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Future Proof
New technologies that minimise revenue loss and protect both personnel and the environment are transforming offshore inspection best practice. Offshore Technology Focus investigates.
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Safety First
The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is launching an independent institute to improve offshore oil and gas safety. We caught up with BSEE representatives to learn more.
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Plugging the Skills Gap
As investment in the UK North Sea hits record levels, companies fear an industry skills shortage could be a barrier to future growth. We discuss how this skills void could be filled.
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Project: Gajah Baru Field, Indonesia
The Gajah Baru gas field is situated in Block A in the West Natuna Sea, Indonesia at a water depth of 82m.
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Next issue preview

The offshore oil and gas industry has become an increasingly important market for helicopter sales. As manufacturers begin to seek detailed input from the industry for new helicopter designs, we find out what makes the perfect offshore people-carrier.

We also ask Statoil about its exploration strategy for new prospects found offshore Newfoundland, take a look at recordbreaking offshore lifting equipment, and find out how new weather prediction research could help mitigate risks caused by natural disasters along the US coast.

In an industry first, the Upper Zakum field offshore Abu Dhabi will be operated from a network of artificial islands instead of a traditional platform. We investigate how this shift could facilitate the drilling of oil without increasing production costs.

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