First production from the deepwater Caesar/Tonga development not only represents the first application of steel lazy wave riser technology in the Gulf of Mexico, but also exemplifies the region's production resurgence in the post-Macondo era.
Total, then operator of deepwater block OML 138 offshore Nigeria, started first production from Usan field in February 2012. Usan water depths range down to 850 m (2,788 ft).
A single-well development of a field with modest reserves usually does not capture the headlines, but Total's Islay project in the North Sea stands out for the creative technical solutions it incorporates to overcome some challenging conditions.
On April 18, Saipem's laybarge Castoro Sei completed the final section of the second Nord Stream gas pipeline through the Baltic Sea.
As Thailand looks to expand the development of its offshore oil and gas resources, the commissioning of the Greater Bongkot South (GBS) gas and condensate field in the Gulf of Thailand is expected to be a major milestone toward that end.
In June 2009, Saipem SA successfully completed the subsea installation of the flowlines at the AKPO project in deepwater offshore Nigeria as part of the EPCI contract with Total.
Analysts RFC Ambrian claim that equity markets underestimate the potential for new petroleum discoveries in Sub-Saharan Africa.
In a year that has seen Petrobras CEO Maria das Graças Silva Foster opt for a more "realistic" approach to the company's forecasts by cutting production targets by 11%, Chevron and Transocean hindered by the courts, and as ExxonMobil and Shell look to divest some of their assets in the region, it appears that 2013 cannot come soon enough for Brazil's offshore oil and gas industry.
By definition, an intelligent well is one that has been equipped with instrumentation to monitor one or more well parameters, most likely temperature and pressure, plus some sort of servo-mechanism that can make changes based on the observations of the monitoring system.
The engineering and installation practices of conductors play a crucial role in a well's integrity.
In 2011, INTECSEA summarized the growing body of international Arctic field development knowledge in an Arctic technology poster.
As many offshore installations in the North Sea and farther afield are reaching the end of their expected design life but are still capable of production, operators are spending significant capex to assure the integrity of their assets and extend their lifespans.
Most of the processing capacity available in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico is unused, and there is some inherent value lying dormant.
SURF IM is a joint industry project (JIP) that aims to enable an integrated, consistent, and robust approach to integrity management (IM) of subsea, umbilical, riser, and flowline (SURF) systems, and to develop new best practice guidelines for subsea IM.
Small surges in pressure have typically been used for pipeline integrity management in applications such as leak detection. Large surges are more often viewed as an unwanted phenomenon.
This past month Offshore had the privilege of speaking at the International Forum of Offshore Exploration and Production of Hydrocarbons in Lima, Peru.
Over the next five years, Infield Systems expects 224 fields to enter production offshore West Africa.
Tullow Oil is farming into a license for block 9 (Tooq) in Baffin Bay, offshore Greenland. Maersk Oil will remain operator, with state-owned Nunaoil the other partner.
Statoil has proposed a timeframe for a new scheme to supply power to four fields in the central Norwegian North Sea: Dagny, Edvard Grieg, Ivar Aasen, and Johan Sverdrup, all in the Utsira High region.
In mid-November, BP announced that it had reached agreement with the US government, subject to court approval, to resolve all federal criminal charges and all claims by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) against the company from the Deepwater Horizon accident, oil spill, and response.
Cameron and Schlumberger have formed OneSubsea to manufacture and develop products, systems, and services specifically for subsea use.
Global spending on FLNG projects will reach $47.4 billion between 2013 and 2019, according to a new report from Douglas-Westwood.
Forecasting offshore activity is like forecasting the weather.
The Society of Exploration Geophysicists held its 2012 annual meeting this past November in Las Vegas.
Pipe and pipeline integrity is always an issue whether the pipe is in a rack, below ground, or underwater.
Jerrold "Jerry" Alan Greenberg, 61, passed away unexpectedly in his home in Katy, Texas, on Nov. 5, 2012. He was born on Nov. 15, 1950, in Chicago.
To maximize return on investment while ensuring safe and efficient drilling and optimal geosteering, a successful geosciences-to-drilling collaboration provides significant advantages.