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April 2012

The April issue of Oilfield Technology looks into recruitment in the oil and gas industry, offshore seismic, Artificial lift, production, deepwater development challenges, subsea systems, offshore pipeline services and mooring and positioning.


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Contents

EDITORIAL COMMENT

WORLD NEWS

REAPING THE BENEFITS
Matt Underhill, Hays Oil & Gas, Australia, provides insight into how high employer confidence is changing salaries and workforce demographics.

TREASURE HUNT
Oilfield Technology Correspondent Gordon Cope explains how the latest seismic processing software is leading the way in the hunt for uncharted resources.

STRATEGIC CHOICES
K. G. Maver and W. Schnetzer, RXT, Norway, explain the unique benefits of Ocean Bottom Seismic (OBS) and deployment strategies.

DATA OVERLOAD
Warren Reid, Dot Hill Systems, UK, outlines the data management challenges raised by new seismic technologies.

FIGHTING THE VORTEX
Jim Ermon, Technip, USA, analyses the features and benefits of a new Heave and Vortex Induced Motion (VIM) Suppressed ‘HVS’ semisubmersible design.

DEEPWATER DESIGN CHALLENGES
Phillip Cooper, INTECSEA, UK, shows us how advanced numerical simulations are unravelling deepwater design challenges.

COVER STORY: SIMPLE SOLUTIONS
Nadia Navab, FMC Technologies, USA, details some of the latest developments in subsea tools.

PILOTING ADVANCES
Gregg Hurst, Weatherford International Ltd, USA, unveils a new algorithm and rod pump controller that could provide greater real time control and advanced optimisation capabilities.

ARCTIC REVOLUTION
Christine Wolf and Randy Vissers, Artificial Lift Company, USA, outline the advantages of using rigless ESPs in the Arctic.

PCPS, EASY AS 1, 2, 3
Jennifer McMurtry, KUDU, Canada, explains how improved progressing cavity pump technology extends pump run life and increases production in heavy oil wells

COUNTERING INSTABILITY, INCREASING RECOVERY
Ian Anderson, Camcon Oil, UK, examines how digital gas lift can counter well instability and improve recovery rates.

PVT: FIGHTING INACCURACY
Eivind Gransaether, Mirmorax, Norway, discusses the importance of PVT and the dangers of inaccuracy.

PIPEDREAMS?
Asle Venås, DNV, Norway, outlines a new pipeline concept that could cut costs on deep and ultra deepwater pipeline projects.

FACILITATING SUBSEA TIE-INS
Jeff Wilson, TDW Offshore Services, Norway, discusses how gas flow and pressure were maintained during recent subsea hot tapping operations in the Mediterranean Sea and Indonesia.

DEEPWATER MOORINGS: LEANER AND DEEPER
Brian Green, First Subsea, UK, discusses the need for ‘lean installation’ mooring technologies in a world where the costs of offshore operations keep rising.

MOORING MAINTENANCE
Kent Longridge, InterMoor, USA, outlines a practical approach to Mooring Integrity Management (MIM).


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