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Chevron drillship Pacific Sharav arrives in Gulf of Mexico

Chevron Corp. reports that the deepwater drillship Pacific Sharav has arrived in the Gulf of Mexico to work under a five-year contract with Pacific Drilling.

Pacific Rubiales signs MOU with PEMEX

Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp. has entered into a three-year memorandum of understanding with PEMEX, establishing the basis for discussions and analysis of potential oil and gas cooperation in Mexico.

Reservoir conditions, flow regimes challenge measurement accuracy-full

Multi-phase meters play an increasingly important role -- from royalty and fiscal allocation to production control, prevention of water encroachment, and the generation of real-time well data to help diagnose and optimize well performance. Yet, as multi-phase meters continue to increase their market penetration, more challenges arise.

Liner drilling enables operators to reach new depths

The process of liner or casing drilling, in which the well's liner or casing string is used as part of the drillstring, can be a cost-effective solution to address many drilling challenges. Liner/casing drilling is an integrated services solution that can shorten drilling time and costs, reduce non-productive time, lower the risk of drilling through trouble zones, and help ensure that the liner reaches total depth.

From the archives: CDI completing first deepwater decommissioning

Selected from the October 1999 issue of Offshore, this article describes Cal Dive Inc.'s journey to complete the Cooper field, the first deepwater subsea decommissioning project in the Gulf of Mexico.

Offshore at 60: The Blue Water breakthrough

In January 1962, a strange contraption under lease to Shell Oil, called the Blue Water 1, spudded a record-setting offshore well in 297 ft (91 m) of water in the Gulf of Mexico. The maiden voyage of the Blue Water 1 took place a month before NASA astronaut John Glenn became the first person to complete an orbit of the earth. Both missions revealed a newfound human ability to explore frontiers beyond the comfort of terra firma. On Aug. 14, 1962, Shell Oil dramatically disclosed the details of its new "floating drilling platform."

Collaboration takes industry to new technical highs, greater depths

Since its inception in 1991, DeepStar has served as an incubator for collaborative development of technologies that enhance deepwater exploration, drilling, and production. DeepStar's approach to technical collaboration has delivered advances across the deepwater E&P spectrum, from reservoir appraisal, ultra-deepwater drilling and completions, flow assurance, subsea processing solutions to floating structures and life extension. Some of the key research initiatives under way in its Phase XII development are described.

RPSEA continues technology advance with ultra-deepwater R&D projects

The business of advancing technology continues as the Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA) moves forward with its transition into the role of technical coordinator under National Energy Technology Laboratory/US Department of Energy management in 2015. RPSEA's Ultra-Deepwater Conference recently held in Houston not only reviewed the status of programs under way, but also took a look ahead at how the organization might function in the future.

ONS 2014 highlights next-phase deepwater drilling, subsea recovery challenges-full

Deepwater engineering contractors Aker Solutions, Baker Hughes, GE, and GVA outlined their visions of the way forward at the recent Offshore Northern Seas exhibition in Stavanger, Norway.

Ichthys project reaches peak construction activity

Australia's Ichthys project is now officially half way to completion. Three mega-projects in one, the Ichthys project will involve some of the largest offshore facilities in the industry, significant onshore infrastructure, and an 889-km (552-mi) pipeline connecting the two. When complete, the pipeline will become the fifth-longest subsea pipeline in the world.

Topsides 2013 Highlights

Top Topsides 2013 conference moments

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