Earlier this year, the UN applauded Shell for committing to keep methane emissions intensity below 0.2% by 2025 across all of the oil and gas assets it operates. Methane emissions make up a significant percentage of the environmental pollution caused by the industry, and so the UN hopes this commitment from Shell will encourage others to act too. We find out how companies are reducing their emissions.

We also speak to ABB about its delivery of the fastest ever upstream start-up for Aasta Hansteen’s first gas production, delve deeper into the logistics of repairing deepwater rigs, and find out from Greenwave Systems how digital technology such as predictive and edge analytics can help the oil and gas industry cut costs and improve safety.

Finally, as the US looks to build bigger and better infrastructure to cope with increasing oil exports, we look at plans to build offshore shipping terminals big enough to handle a new generation of mega-tankers, and investigate Sino-Japanese relations in the East China Sea, following China’s latest move to deploy a mobile offshore drilling unit in disputed waters.

In this issue

Commissioning gas fields quickly: how is it done?
ABB is set to deliver the fastest-ever upstream start-up, using a suite of digital technologies to bring the Aasta Hansteen gas field in the Norwegian Sea online. Julian Turner investigates the methods being employed to speed up upstream commissioning.
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Moving on methane emissions
Methane emissions make up a significant percentage of the environmental pollution created by the oil and gas industry, and companies are now beginning to react. Shell, BP and Total have pledged to reduce emissions, but how are they going about it? Molly Lempriere investigates.
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Delving into deepwater rig repair
The Greater Lafourche Port Commission (GLPC) has announced plans to develop the next generation of deepwater port facilities in Louisiana. How do you go about constructing such a port and what impact will it have on the surrounding area?  Molly Lempriere finds out.
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Digital assist: how IoT and edge analytics can cut costs offshore
Saving time and money in the oil and gas sector is becoming ever more critical. How can digital tech such as predictive and edge analytics help the industry cut costs and improve safety? Greenwave Systems vice president of edge analytics John Crupi offers his insights to Talal Husseini.
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The dawn of offshore mega-terminals
The US is becoming a major exporter of oil, and it needs increasingly bigger and better infrastructure to keep the commodity flowing. As a result, the country is looking to build offshore shipping terminals big enough to handle a new generation of mega-tankers, as Molly Lempriere finds out.
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From drillships to warships: increasing tensions in the East China Sea
China has initiated new drilling projects in disputed waters in the East China Sea, deploying a mobile offshore drilling unit that straddles the median line between Chinese and Japanese territory. Talal Husseini considers how China’s growing offshore presence is adding to geopolitical tension in the region.
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Planning for pivotal moments: operating at the forefront of commissioning
Commissioning is much more than flipping a switch. For greenfield and brownfield projects alike, it’s a critical moment: the culmination of a significant investment in time, resource and materials. Josh Goolnik, technology manager at Wood, explains why a flexible approach is best.
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A brand-new, £20m subsea test centre has just been launched in Aberdeen by offshore engineering specialists Balmoral. Constructed in less than two years, companies will now be able to put their innovative technologies to the test in the centre’s 23 vessels. We find out more about the challenges of constructing the subsea test centre and the possibilities it offers for Aberdeen.

We also speak to offshore survey company iSurvey about its recent geophysical seabed survey in the German Baltic Sea to support the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, take a look at the world’s first fully automated oil and gas platform, which has no facilities and is controlled remotely from a field centre on land, and find out how the industry can attract more women from the author of a new book that encourages more girls to pursue offshore careers.

Finally, we consider the role of language and using different data sets to influence offshore policy in the UK, and speak to oilfield services specialist Rawwater about why accurately simulating downfield conditions is vital for understanding how microbiological activity can affect an oil reservoir.