Technology
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
Statoil goes for 55%
1 August 2006
Statoil has an ambition of achieving an average recovery rate of 55% from its subsea-completed oilfields – a remarkable target, bearing in mind that at present only the best platform-completed fields achieve this figure. The firm pins its hopes on a suite of new technologies, Martin Quinlan writes
Virtual reality
1 April 2006
Oilfield operators and explorers are using more comprehensive simulation tools than ever before to plan ahead and mitigate risk to achieve the maximum potential from oil and gas projects, writes Martin Clark
The billion-dollar blockage
1 April 2006
Cold-flow technology could save the offshore energy industry billions of dollars by preventing flowline blockages that hold up production and prolong the economic life of many fields. Anne Feltus reports
Technology firms wait for majors to dig deeper
1 April 2006
Seabed drilling rigs have been around in one form or another for decades, but high costs and technical obstacles have stemmed their widespread use. Now, as exploration moves ever deeper into the oceans, developers hope they have a technology whose time has come. Ian Lewis writes
In vogue
1 April 2006
With the start-up of Oryx expected within a few months, 2006 could mark the start of a GTL boom. Ayesha Daya reports from Doha's Megas Summit, a catwalk for the energy industry's latest fad