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ExxonMobil joins COVID-19 fight, helping develop multi-use PPE for clinical settings

ExxonMobil is applying its deep knowledge and experience with polymer-based technologies, in partnership with the Global Center for Medical Innovation, to facilitate development and expedite third-party production of innovative safety equipment that can be sterilized and worn multiple times.

Overcoming small organic barriers could reap larger oil recoveries in shale reservoirs

Nancy Luedke, Texas A&M University

Researchers at Texas A&M University have found that the presence of a fossilized organic substance called kerogen plays a vital role in how easily carbon dioxide can travel through shale reservoirs.

BJ Services commences field trials for natural gas fueled fracturing technology

BJ Services has reached a key milestone with the advancement of field trials for its next-generation fracturing pump platform, the TITAN—the backbone of the Company’s next-generation fleet.

Plexus wellhead sealing system aces API 6A PR2F testing standards

The tests, verified by Lloyds Register, exceed conventional API 6A temperature class ranges of ‘K’ (-75 to +180°F) and ‘X’ (0 to 350°F), and Plexus engineers believe no other wellhead sealing system can perform under the same conditions in a single test run.

ABB proves long-distance subsea power system for deep, remote ocean environments

Offshore energy companies will be able to access a reliable supply of up to 100 megawatts of power, over distances up to 600 kilometers and down to 3,000 meters water depth.

Wood launches technical consulting solutions unit

Wood announced the creation of a new Technical Consulting Solutions (TCS) business unit, combining its diverse, multi-sector and technology-enabled specialist advisory and consulting capabilities into one global business.

Chevron Technology Ventures backs Calgary-based pipeline inspection innovator

Ingu Solutions, a Calgary-based technology company whose Pipers technology is dedicated to the pipeline inspection industry, announced it raised growth capital from Energy Innovation Capital and Chevron Technology Ventures.

Halliburton becomes anchor member of Singapore’s ARTC tech-sharing platform

Halliburton has signed a strategic agreement with Singapore’s Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Center (ARTC) to become an anchor member, enabling collaboration across industries with research and development projects that will advance next-generation technologies.

INSITE program launches major industry-science collaboration

The INSITE program has launched a major collaboration between offshore industries and researchers, designed to give marine scientists access to valuable industry-acquired ecological data.

Siemens and Materials Solutions open new Innovation Center in U.S.

The center is the only one of its kind in the U.S. to offer a unique pairing of design with manufacturing, implementing robotics, rapid prototyping, scanning, digital tools and on-site metal additive manufacturing.

Dover Precision Components breaks ground on Houston innovation lab

The new Innovation Lab will centralize test rigs for hydrodynamic fluid film bearings and reciprocating compressor components previously housed in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, and Knoxville, Tennessee.

Clariant opens dedicated oil and gas rapid-testing lab in Houston

Clariant has opened its next High Throughput Experimentation (HTE) Laboratory in Houston, Texas, where the new facility will be the first of its kind supporting the oil & gas industry. This lab is part of a global Clariant initiative to expand HTE capabilities to North America, the Asia Pacific region, Latin America, Africa and the North Sea.

Total, IFPEN team up to accelerate carbon reduction R&D

IFP Energies Nouvelles (IFPEN) and Total announce that they signed a strategic R&D partnership yesterday, that includes an agreement to endow a chair at the IFP School, on carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) and technologies to curb CO2 emissions.

BHGE, C3.ai announce JV to deliver AI solutions across the oil and gas industry

Baker Hughes, a GE company and C3.ai today announced a joint venture agreement that brings together BHGE’s fullstream oil and gas expertise with C3.ai’s unique AI software suite to deliver digital transformation technologies that will drive new levels of productivity for the oil and gas industry.

Scientists dissolve crude oil in water to study its composition

Researchers from MIPT, Skoltech, the Joint Institute for High Temperatures of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and Lomonosov Moscow State University have offered a new approach to oil composition analysis.

CGG to collaborate with Microsoft to deliver cloud-based geoscience data, technologies

CGG, a leading geoscience company, is pleased to announce collaboration with Microsoft to deliver its geoscience products, data and services on Microsoft Azure and accelerate Exploration and Development workflows for its oil and gas company clients.

ION completes development of next-generation ocean bottom technology

ION Geophysical Corporation has announced the completion of all 4Sea system components designed to revolutionize the safety, efficiency, quality and turnaround time of seabed data acquisition and imaging.

Digital skills gap is holding back the energy sector, DNV GL report finds

A lack of digital skills and internal barriers related to company culture and mindset are the biggest roadblocks hindering digital progress in the energy sector, with 71% of organizations in the industry needing employees with combined domain and digital experience and 18% claiming to not have a single employee with this combined skillset.

OSRL enhances its service capability to SWIS subscribers with Maritech’s Sea/response software platform

Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL), on behalf its Subsea Well Intervention Services (SWIS) members (which include BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Equinor, Petrobras, Shell, and Total) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a license with Maritech Services Ltd (Maritech) for the provision of an offshore emergency response software tool: Sea/response.

DeepStar Selects Upwing Energy-Mitsubishi Heavy Industries partnership for conceptual engineering study of new electric submersible pump (ESP) topology

Together, Upwing Energy, an artificial lift technology company, and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), one of the world’s leading industrial firms, have been selected by DeepStar, a global offshore research and development consortium, to perform a feasibility and conceptual study of Upwing’s Magnetic Drive System (MDS) for Electric Submersible Pumps (ESPs).