Technology
Airline-maintenance best practice could enhance oil industry profitability
1 April 2009
Adopting the airlines' approach to the development of maintenance strategies could significantly increase operating uptime and profitability in the oil industry, writes Tony Geraghty, vice-president, Schlumberger Business Consulting
Automatons of the deep
1 April 2009
With subsea work becoming more difficult and dangerous, the oil industry is developing a new generation of aquabots, writes Anne Feltus
Colombia: "Huge potential" in biofuels
9 March 2009
The country will nearly quadruple biofuels production over the next decade, says energy minister Hernán Martínez
Synthetic fuels: a long-term vision
1 February 2009
Cleaner burning synthetic transport fuels offer air quality improvements and can provide supply security. But synfuels are destined to remain outside mainstream supply
GTL offers solution to gas flaring
1 February 2009
GTL's technology means Petrobras will no longer have to flare gas
Plugging the capability gap
1 November 2008
Technology is its middle name
1 July 2008
Attendance at this year's Offshore Technology Conference in Houston was at a 26-year high, with more than 75,000 through the door. The draw, as throughout the event's long history, is that it is a showcase for the pioneering offshore oil and technology and equipment. Darius Snieckus looks at some of the new kit
Pearl GTL – a gem of a project, so long as it works
1 April 2008
Construction is ramping up on the Qatar Petroleum and Shell-sponsored Pearl GTL venture in Qatar, one of the largest energy projects by value in the Middle East. Many will be surprised at how much money the project will make –if the technology works as planned. The project's managing director, Andy Brown, gives insights into the project's economics, contracting and execution strategy, and technology risk. Interview by Alex Forbes
Bottom Feeder: salvaging decks from the seafloor
1 April 2008
An innovative invention is making light work of raising sunken steel structures in the US Gulf of Mexico, writes Anne Feltus
Advancing under pressure
1 July 2007
With most easy-to-access hydrocarbons discovered, energy firms are looking to formations in ultra-deep, HP/HT environments. But exploiting these reserves will not be easy, or cheap, writes Anne Feltus
GTL with a difference
1 July 2007
If you can't flare it, reinject it or pipe it somewhere else, what do you do with associated gas? Petrobras thinks CompactGTL, a UK firm, may have a solution. Tom Nicholls writes
An expanding frontier
1 June 2007
Encouraged by high prices and a positive demand outlook, and enabled by technologies that reduce risks and costs, the industry continues its expansion into ever-deeper waters, writes Anne Feltus
Beyond gadgets and gizmos
1 June 2007
Shell is seeking solutions that go beyond gadgets and conventional approaches to extract as much oil and gas as possible from existing fields and harder-to-develop resources, writes Anne Feltus
EM success spurs demand
1 April 2007
The scramble for market share in the nascent, but increasingly lucrative electromagnetic surveying sector is intensifying, writes Ian Lewis
Targeting 60% cut in well costs
1 April 2007
An innovative approach to establishing wells on the sea-floor could cut drilling costs in ultra-deep waters by 60%, writes Anne Feltus
CNG: a market waiting to happen
1 March 2007
With CNG marine-transport technology maturing, a new door is opening for firms looking to deliver gas to market. But companies remain wary of being the first to adopt the technology, writes Martin Clark
Surge in interest a long time coming
1 January 2007
In the near future GTL will br Good-To-Go
Foreign-made rigs feed US drilling boom
1 December 2006
US drilling services are going abroad to find new climes at cheaper costs.
A new direction
1 November 2006
The Monash CTL venture marks a logical change of direction for Australia's coal industry and an opportunity to reduce rising oil imports. But technological and cost hurdles remain, writes Martin Clark