Technology
Vessel classification: attention to detail
1 March 2005
As the oil and gas industry moves offshore, classification societies are busy tagging the vessels of tomorrow, writes Martin Clark
Canadian values at the international table
1 January 2005
Driven by combinations of their technological know-how, a gambler's nerve and shrinking opportunities on their home turf, Calgary's oil-patch leaders are scouring the world for challenges, writes WJ Simpson
Time to standardise
1 December 2003
Despite ever-greater attention to costs, the oil and gas industry is, according to IBM, spending $14bn this year on IT systems. Such an outlay would suggest that most players have cutting-edge and well integrated systems. With a few exceptions, the reality is rather different, reports Nigel Ash
Breaking the mould
1 December 2003
Schlumberger plans to direct its efforts at maximising recovery from mature fields, with business shifting increasingly to areas such as the Middle East. Technology will make the difference between success and failure. Tom Nicholls talks to Chakib Sbiti, head of the group’s oilfield services division
Conquering the ultra-deep
1 October 2003
Although exploration in the US GoM has extended well beyond the mile-deep mark, technical problems posed by these water depths and the distance from existing infrastructure make development of ultra-deep discoveries complex and costly. Energy companies are pushing technology to the limit and combining capital and human resources to improve the economics of marginal ultra-deep fields. Anne Feltus reports
Cell-spar platform takes shape
1 October 2003
Spar production platforms for deep-water fields have a fairly short history – the first facility was installed in 1996. But, in just seven years, they have evolved through three generations. The first example of the latest variant, the cell spar, is due to start flowing gas in the second quarter of next year, Martin Quinlan writes
Pushing the boundaries
1 October 2003
Offshore exploration and production (E&P) began in the early 1900s. Since then, the definition of deep water has extended as technology has advanced. Until 1998, it was considered to be anything off the continental shelf, at depths greater than 200 metres. Then it moved to 300 metres, but was quickly extended to 500 metres, Nigel Ash writes
Deep water, deep thinking
1 April 2003
The world’s deep-water oil flows through a surprising variety of production facilities, with vessel-based schemes dominating in the Gulf of Guinea and various designs of spars, tension-leg platforms and semi-submersibles employed in the Gulf of Mexico. Engineers have difficult choices to make as they select designs for the next generation of fields in up to 3,000 metres of water, Martin Quinlan writes
Exploring the ocean’s depths
1 April 2003
Advances in oceanographic research should improve exploration success as well as enhance safety and environmental protection. By Bruno Savoye and Myriam Sibuet, Ifremer, and Alain Morash and Jacques Minet, TotalFinaElf, Exploration & Production
CNG’s competitive advantage
1 March 2003
An estimated 110bn cm of gas is flared every year, pumping around 200m t/y of carbon dioxide and 1.5m t/y of methane into the atmosphere. As pressure builds to halt the pollution and waste, the Monetising Stranded Gas Reserves Conference discussed practical and profitable alternatives. Victoria Thomas reports
Misgivings give way to acceptance
1 September 2000
E-commerce is revolutionising the way that energy companies carry out procurement and trading activities. In some cases, the e-element is simply a case of replacing the telephone as the conduit for doing business, while in other cases, the New Economy is redrawing the energy industry landscape and creating partnerships and collaboration between competitors.
Fischer-Tropsch GTL has arrived
1 September 2000
Advances in technology and rapid growth in the volume of stranded natural gas reserves have led to an upsurge in gas-to-liquids projects.
The future has arrived
1 August 2000
As the attention paid to recent wrangling over Opec’s output volumes attests, oil price reigns supreme in the global oil and gas business. However, the future of its offshore sector has always been determined as much by the progress of bespoke technology as by oil’s dollars-per-barrel price.
Turning the oilpatch into the e-patch
1 July 2000
Across North America, the petroleum industry is shedding its old economy cocoon and embracing the New Age, certain that e-commerce and e-procurement will soon account for billions of dollars in annual trade.