April 2003 ///

Special Focus

EC technology round-up

Vol. 224 No. 4 Technology from Europe EC technology round-up Jonathan Shackleton, The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen Oil and gas will continue to provide more than half of Europe’s energy requirements well into th

France: Comments from IFP's Panorama 2003

Vol. 224 No. 4 Technology from Europe: France Comments from IFP’s Panorama 2003 On February 6, 2003, more than 200 people attended Panorama 2003, the 8th international colloquium devoted to the current state of world energy, or

France: DGEMP sees greater activity, more technical progress

Interview, Dominique Maillard, general director of General Directorate for Energy and Raw Materials

France: JIP to address deep-sea flowline thermal insulation

Vol. 224 No. 4 Technology from Europe: France Thermal insulation of deep-sea flowlines The thermal behavior of fluid transport pipelines must be increasingly taken into account in new field developments, to prevent production of waxe

France: New-concept trimaran oil recovery vessel

Vol. 224 No. 4 Technology from Europe: France Trimaran oil recovery vessel Preliminary design work on the Oil Sea Harvester (OSH), a new anti-pollution trimaran capable of storing 6,000 t of oil, has recently been carried out by Les

France: Regeneration process improves NGL recovery system

Vol. 224 No. 4 Technology from Europe: France Successful revamp of turbo-expander NGL recovery process ConocoPhillips is operating a turbo-expander NGL recovery process on its 2/4 J platform in Ekofisk field, offshore Norway. This NGL reco

France: ROV/AUV concept cuts subsea IRM costs

Vol. 224 No. 4 Technology from Europe: France ROV/AUV concept cuts subsea IRM costs Traditionally, inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) of deepwater fields is performed using work ROVs deployed from DP ROV support vessels. These

France: Sea trials with payload for new AUV

Vol. 224 No. 4 Technology from Europe: France Latest sea trials for new AUV with payload The French company, ECA, specializes in design and manufacture of underwater robotics. The company’s affiliate, HYTEC, specializes in desig

Italy: Agip's King Kong field tieback in the Gulf of Mexico

Vol. 224 No. 4 Technology from Europe: Italy The King Kong Project: A challenging subsea tieback in the Gulf of Mexico F. Paone, W. Dooley and D. Beesley, Agip Petroleum Co. The King Kong gas field is located in 3,900-ft water in Green Ca

Italy: Developments in exploring/ characterizing marine environments

Vol. 224 No. 4 Technology from Europe: Italy Recent developments in exploration/ characterization of marine environments F. Gasparoni and D. Calore, Tecnomare SpA Technology, and technology innovation in particular, introduces new capabil

Italy: Hydraulic drilling rigs combine safety and performance

Vol. 224 No. 4 Technology from Europe: Italy Innovative hydraulic drilling rigs P. Alfieri, Soilmec S.p.A. In the last 30 years, the oil industry has extended its operations in more difficult areas and environments. Starting in the 1970s

Netherlands: Active year for Dutch shipyard

Vol. 224 No. 4 Technology from Europe: The Netherlands Active year for Dutch shipyard The Rotterdam-based maritime contractor Keppel Verolme (KV) is one of the oldest participants at the OTC, in Houston. The company recently became

Netherlands: Dutch firms branch out beyond North Sea

Interview, Mannfred. J. Van der Wal, Managing Director of Keppel Verolme and director of IRO

Netherlands: Heave compensation system cuts installation time

Vol. 224 No. 4 Technology from Europe: The Netherlands Heave compensation system minimizes offshore installation downtime The Dutch company IHC Gusto Engineering BV (IHCGE), a member of the IHC Caland Group, announced successful delivery

Netherlands: Modular transporters move wellhead platforms to load-outs

Vol. 224 No. 4 Technology from Europe: The Netherlands Kizomba A wellhead platform load-outs The Kizomba A project represents the first development phase of four oil reservoirs in Block 15 offshore Angola, West Africa. This development

Netherlands: Pilings for world's largest offshore windmill park

Vol. 224 No. 4 Technology from Europe: The Netherlands Pilings for world’s largest windmill park Hydrohammer used to install 80 foundation piles for windmill park off Denmark.

Netherlands: Special winch handles people safely

Vol. 224 No. 4 Technology from Europe: The Netherlands Special winch for handling personnel Winching people onboard offshore platforms can still be, and regularly is, a cause of dangerous conditions despite observance of all applicable

Netherlands: Suction-pile technology simplifies platform installation

Vol. 224 No. 4 Technology from Europe: The Netherlands Suction-pile technology simplifies platform installation Suction Pile Technology bv (SPT), a subsidiary of the Volker Wessels Stevin group NV, has successfully installed the Cal

Norway/Sweden: Field evaluation shows rotating separator viable alternative to shale shakers

Vol. 224 No. 4 Technology from Europe: Norway/Sweden Field evaluation shows rotating separator may be an alternative to shale shakers Environmental requirements for operations on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS), when drilling with o

Norway/Sweden: First Arctic SAL, shuttle tanker combo operates in Pechora Sea

Vol. 224 No. 4 Technology from Europe: Norway/Sweden First Arctic SAL, shuttle tanker combo operates in Pechora Sea MSCO’s SAL system has a mooring/fluid swivel that allows the

Norway/Sweden: Multiphase flowmeter maximizes output, assists reservoir management

Vol. 224 No. 4 Technology from Europe: Norway/Sweden Multiphase flowmeter maximizes output, assists reservoir management BHP Billiton’s Keith oil field was discovered in the 1980s, but its development was pushed into the late 1990s b

Norway/Sweden: NPD optimistic about NCS future

Interview, Gunnar Berge, director general, Norwegian Petroleum Directorate

Norway/Sweden: Scale inhibitor squeeze life extended

Vol. 224 No. 4 Technology from Europe: Norway/Sweden Scale inhibitor squeeze life extended through bridging Norway’s Heidrun field is 175 km (109 mi) offshore the coast in the Haltenbanken area, and has produced oil from a TLP since 1

Norway/Sweden: Single-arm davit, accommodation containers improve offshore safety and living

Vol. 224 No. 4 Technology from Europe: Norway/Sweden Single-arm davit, accommodation containers improve offshore safety and living This single- armed davit system is available in mode

Norway/Sweden: Well intervention, service vessel concept based on proven semisubmersible structure

Vol. 224 No. 4 Technology from Europe: Norway/Sweden Well intervention, service vessel concept based on proven semisubmersible structure A well intervention and service vessel concept for benign environmental waters has been designed by GV

OTC 2003 Preview: This year brings numerous improvements, new features

As discussed by OTC officials Mark Rubin and Charlie Richards

Special Report: Technology from Europe

World Oil report describes selected technology developments and applications representing more than 20 companies, JIPs and consortia. Also included are interviews with government officials from four countries, who describe developments within their areas

United Kingdom: Complete subsea hydrocarbon processing system

Vol. 224 No. 4 Technology from Europe: United Kingdom Complete subsea hydrocarbon processing system Considerable progress has been made during the past year in building an autonomous subsea hydrocarbon processing system. As part of a 10-y

United Kingdom: Operator found new centralizers and simulation software beneficial

Vol. 224 No. 4 Technology from Europe: United Kingdom BHP Billiton found new centralizers beneficial Unique simulation software proved to be an important factor in the success of BHP Billiton’s casing operation in Lennox field in the

United Kingdom: Through tubing rotary drilling successfully applied in North Sea well

Vol. 224 No. 4 Technology from Europe: United Kingdom TTRD successfully applied in North Sea well In June 2002, Shell re-entered one of its North Sea wells using Through Tubing Rotary Drilling (TTRD) to drill a 412-in. drain hole into the

United Kingdom: Wilson expresses hope among doubts on UKCS

Interview, Brian Wilson, Energy Minister

Features

Drilling fluid and cementing improvements reduced per-ft drilling costs by 10%

Coordinated well design improved drilling performance by lessening wellbore washout, improving cementing practices and increasing bit performance

How to estimate pore pressure from seismic velocities

In West Cameron, offshore Louisiana, acoustic velocity and tomographic migration velocity analysis were used to determine formation pore pressures

Implications of Sarbanes-Oxley for energy companies

Volatile commodity prices, demise of merchant function and onslaught of new regulations: Conditions for the perfect storm?

Industry standards result in improved offshore safety

Frequently updated standards, improved technology, training and better communication lowered offshore illness/ injury rates by 49%

What's new in Artificial Lift, Part 1

Part 1: Fourteen new systems representing four categories of artificial lift, including beam, progressing cavity, plunger lift pumping and gas lift are described

Departments

Companies in the news

Vol. 224 No. 4  OMV acquired the entire international E&P portfolio of Preussag Energie GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of TUI AG. This acquisition moves OMV closer to its 2008 production goal of 160,000 boe. The purchase price is about E

New equipment

Vol. 224 No. 4  Simulation software Walkinside 3.0 is a 3D, CAD visualization and simulation software that represents large projects, such as offshore platforms, in real-time with full collision detection and gravity simulation. I

New literature

Vol. 224 No. 4  New literature Gas website Scott Specialty Gases offers a 14-page booklet that describes its eTools, available at scottgas.com. The products enable specialty-gas users to improve efficiency and r

People in industry

Vol. 224 No. 4  By unanimous vote, the Texas Senate confirmed Taylor County Judge Victor Carrillo as the latest member of the state’s Railroad Commission. Carrillo succeeds former Commissioner Tony Garza, who left last November to beco

Columns

Drilling advances

First casing drilling from a floater; Report on five-year offshore drilling

Editorial Comment

  Vol. 224 No. 4 THOMAS R. WRIGHT, JR.,  PUBLISHER   Some enviro-facts to remember. Our industry will likely never completely overcome the average citizen’s perception that we are polluters and defilers of the environment. However, following are a

International Politics

Creating value: Falling activity levels in the Norwegian offshore

What's new in production

Big PEMEX contract; World oil supply report

What's new in exploration

A rational compromise for the ANWR mess

News & Resources

Industry at a glance

Vol. 224 No. 4   Still supportd by high oil and gas prices, activity levels are improving in the oil patch. Spurred by increases in Alaskan and Californian production for February, US crude output levels rose from last mo

World of Oil

Vol. 224 No. 1  KURT S. ABRAHAM, MANAGING/INTERNATIONAL EDITOR   Click Here for Kurt's Opinion Saudi Arabian output climbs, prices remain

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