April 2001 ///

Special Focus

FRANCE: Evaluating synthetic mooring lines for deepwater use

April 2001 Vol. 222 No. 4  Feature Article  FRANCE: Evaluating synthetic mooring lines for deepwater use The use of polyester fiber mooring lines in deepwater E&P

FRANCE: Flexible connections for FPSO and loading buoy export lines

April 2001 Vol. 222 No. 4  Feature Article  FRANCE: Flexible connections for FPSO and loading buoy export lines In a project that began in early 2000, Techlam of the

FRANCE: GEP sees continued improvement for French industry in 2001

An interview with Victor Vachier, GEP

FRANCE: Hybrid tubes for choke and kill lines

April 2001 Vol. 222 No. 4  Feature Article  FRANCE: Hybrid tubes for choke and kill lines C. Gaillard and J. Guesnon , IFP, France Technology

FRANCE: Pipelay, construction vessel for ultra-deep water

April 2001 Vol. 222 No. 4  Feature Article  FRANCE: Pipelay, construction vessel for ultra-deep water The CSO Deep Blue, a new, ultra-deepwater pipelay and

ITALY: An engineering approach to operation and maintenance

April 2001 Vol. 222 No. 4  Feature Article  ITALY: An engineering approach to operation and maintenance During the last decade, optimizing oil and gas plant

ITALY: An inhibitor system for drilling reactive clays

April 2001 Vol. 222 No. 4  Feature Article  ITALY: An inhibitor system for drilling reactive clays Fulberto D’Alessandro, AVA S.p.A This case study

ITALY: Eni exceeds production target for 2003

An interview with Vittorio Mincato, Eni SpA

ITALY: Eni's major E&P projects, technology

April 2001 Vol. 222 No. 4  Feature Article  ITALY: Eni’s major E&P projects, technology The CEO of Eni, Vittorio Mincato, describes his company’s

NETHERLANDS: Deepwater model testing and engineering tools

April 2001 Vol. 222 No. 4  Feature Article  THE NETHERLANDS: Deepwater model testing and engineering tools The Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN) is

NETHERLANDS: Dutch offshore struggles with competition, politics and decline

An interview with Hans de Boer, IRO

NETHERLANDS: First integral floating production line

April 2001 Vol. 222 No. 4  Feature Article  THE NETHERLANDS: First integral floating production line With hundreds of marginal offshore oil fields waiting fo

NETHERLANDS: Gear-driven drawworks are safer, weigh less

April 2001 Vol. 222 No. 4  Feature Article  THE NETHERLANDS: Gear-driven drawworks are safer, weigh less Gear-driven drawworks are gaining more importance in

NETHERLANDS: New E-recruiting service for oil and gas

April 2001 Vol. 222 No. 4  Feature Article  THE NETHERLANDS: New E-recruiting service for oil and gas Jan W. Scholten, Worldwideworker.com, the Netherlands

NETHERLANDS: Reducing damage to umbilicals and risers

April 2001 Vol. 222 No. 4  Feature Article  THE NETHERLANDS: Reducing damage to umbilicals and risers Lankhorst Mouldings BV, the Netherlands, has developed

NETHERLANDS: Two super-heavylift newbuilds ordered

April 2001 Vol. 222 No. 4  Feature Article  THE NETHERLANDS: Two super-heavylift newbuilds ordered Dutch heavylift-shipping specialist, JUMBO, has ordered tw

NORWAY: A semisubmersible for all seasons

April 2001 Vol. 222 No. 4  Feature Article  NORWAY: A semisubmersible for all seasons The Octabuoy is a semisubmersible production platform that also perform

NORWAY: Advanced wells from traditional rigs

April 2001 Vol. 222 No. 4  Feature Article  NORWAY: Advanced wells from traditional rigs Nils Reimers, Maritime Hydraulics, AS and Dag Haverstad, Top Dr

NORWAY: Double-acting ships make Arctic oil export routes competitive

April 2001 Vol. 222 No. 4  Feature Article  NORWAY: Double-acting ships make Arctic oil export routes competitive As oil trade through the Bosporus reaches its practic

NORWAY: Norwegian offshore continues positive trend

An interview with German Nilsen, Norwegian Trade Council

NORWAY: Submersible mixer aids mud recycling

April 2001 Vol. 222 No. 4  Feature Article  NORWAY: A semisubmersible for all seasons The Octabuoy is a semisubmersible production platform that also perform

Special Report: Technology from Europe

39-page World Oil report covers selected technology developments and case history applications from more than 20 European companies, plus interviews representing five countries, and products and service reviews of about 150 suppliers/ contractors

UK: Capital expenditures in UKCS are expected to increase 30%

An interview with James May, UKOOA

UK: Coiled-tubing drilling tower improves safety, flexibility

April 2001 Vol. 222 No. 4  Feature Article  UNITED KINGDOM: Coiled-tubing drilling tower improves safety, flexibility A new, skiddable, coiled-tubing drilling (CTD) to

UK: Composite plate system eases marine repairs

April 2001 Vol. 222 No. 4  Feature Article  UNITED KINGDOM: Composite plate system eases marine repairs Intelligent Engineering (IE) has designed and patented

UK: Thermal buoyancy materials for deep water

April 2001 Vol. 222 No. 4  Feature Article  UNITED KINGDOM: Thermal buoyancy materials for deep water Deepwater oil fields provide the industry’s best h

Features

Bit selection depends on performance, cost and locale

Interviews with four drilling engineers/ managers give insight into how operators select bits for different performance/ economic requirements

Deepwater wells benefit from cold-temperature cements

Lightweight cements capable of setting quickly, and managing migration in cold-temperatures helped Black Sea exploration well drilling

How to buy and sell properties on the Internet

Experience with the emerging new process of acquisition and divestiture using efficiencies of virtual data rooms and bidding via the Internet

Innovative construction helps Kakap gas project succeed

Review of construction/ contracting practices that delivered West Natuna (Indonesia) project to operator Gulf Resources in less than 15 months

Natural Gas: HP/HT Drilling and Completion

Completing large-bore HP/HT wells: Design and experiences: How TotalFinaElf used a completion design that provided an optimized approach for developing Elgin and Franklin fields in the UK North Sea

OTC 2001: The Odyssey Continues

Preview of the Offshore Technology Conference set for Houston, April 30 through May 3, presents content of technical/ general sessions, eight topical luncheons, special breakfasts and 2,000-company exhibition

Predicting surge pressures that result from running liners

Applications of computer program for different pipe-end conditions for running liners in tight-clearance wellbores and optimizing tripping

What's new in artificial lift

Part 2 describes 20 innovations for downhole/ surface electrical submersible pumping equipment and other “miscellaneous" technology applications

Departments

New equipment

New literature

Columns

Editorial comment

All's not well in the European Union regarding freedom of speech

International

Oman announces major onshore gas and oil discoveries by operator PDO

International Politics

North Sea gas industry to see major changes with new integrated market

What's happening in drilling

SPE/IADC Amsterdam drilling conference; Renewed laser drilling research

What's happening in exploration

A new seismic company; Bush's budget plan trims science spending

What's happening in production

Shell's Malampaya topsides; BP's Viet Nam gas; MMS's EIS on FPSOs

What's happening offshore

Tragedy in Campos basin with P-36 FPS; BP's two big GOM contracts

News & Resources

Companies in the news

April 2001 Vol. 222 No. 4  Company News  Anadarko Petroleum agreed to acquire Canada-based Berkley Petroleum for C$11.40/share in cash for an equi

Industry at a glance

April 2001 Vol. 222 No. 4  Industry Stats     International

Looking ahead

April 2001 Vol. 222 No. 4  Looking Ahead  North Sea oil tax to remain unchanged in UK budget. Although the British North Sea played a major role in allowing oil firms

Oil country hot line

April 2001 Vol. 222 No. 4  Hot Line  EU okays Texaco, Chevron merger The European Commission approved Chevron Corp.’s $42-billion acquisition of Texa

People in industry

April 2001 Vol. 222 No. 4  People  Adel al-Subaih was named Kuwait’s new oil minister on Feb. 19, 2001. The U.S.-educated engineer told Reuters that ther

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