Offshore magazine for October 2011 edition has been released. You can read latest international news and technology for offshore oil and gas operations around the world in this issue. Here are feature articles for this month.
DEEPWATER FIELD DEVELOPMENT
Operators rev up activities offshore West Africa
Offshore West Africa remains both one of the world’s most recognized exploration and production provinces and also one of the most promising regions in terms of future development opportunities.
Total stretching boundaries of subsea production off West Africa
Total has delivered fi rst oil from the Pazfl or fi eld cluster in Angolan block 17. This is the company’s fourth development in the block, and its sixth operated deep offshore production center off West Africa.
LLOG deploys novel semisubmersible FPU for Who Dat field
Management at LLOG Exploration Co. says its recently installed floating production unit for the Who Dat fi eld has already run out of excess capacity, even before the fi eld is scheduled to go onstream.
Asia Pacific is rich in new opportunities
High oil prices have led to a rise in exploration and production activity across the world, with the Asia Pacifi c region identifi ed as an emerging opportunity for the energy sector, both in terms of demand and supply.
Petrobras addresses unknowns of pre-salt drilling and production
Brazil currently produces 100,000 b/d of oil from its deepwater pre-salt fields, but is targeting a tenfold increase to 1 MMb/d by 2017. The basic hardware that will deliver that goal is eight new lookalike and four converted FPSOs and up to 28 new ultra-deepwater drilling rigs.
GEOLOGY & GEOPHYSICS
Short-offset processed 3D seismic data can help map morphology and geohazards
In deepwater, modern 3D seismic surveys intended primarily for exploration and development objectives are proving valuable for investigation of seabed morphology and analysis of shallow sub-seabed geohazards.
DRILLING & COMPLETION
Data visualization, real-time monitoring improve drilling efficiency
Examples of recently drilled wells using a software package and a visualization technology that provides updates in real time can help operators eliminate or mitigate a signifi cant portion of the geopressure and wellbore instability problems, and reduce non-productive time.
Industry prepared for deepwater containment issues
Following the Macondo incident in the Gulf of Mexico and the subsequent new regulations in both the US and international arenas, the oil and gas industry has responded with a full spectrum of new equipment and capabilities for handling offshore spills or blowouts.
Caspian contractor tools up for surge in shallow water E&P
Drilling dayrates are soaring throughout the Caspian Sea, and are currently among the world’s highest. Jackups in particular are in short supply, and rates could strengthen further if activity increases as expected in the shallow-water eastern sector.
ENGINEERING, CONSTRUCTION, INSTALLATION
Emergence of FLNG posing questions for operators entering unchartered waters
Floating liquefi ed natural gas (FLNG) promises to revolutionize the LNG industry, but it also poses huge challenges for shipyards, equipment manufacturers, and class societies.
Heightened regulations create demand for well abandonment services
Increasingly stringent and expanding offshore regulations are pushing service companies to develop innovative technologies that deliver safe and environmentally sound methods for well plug-and-abandonment (P&A) operations and late-stage interventions.
Geographic Eligibility: International
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