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August 2012

The August issue of Oilfield Technology has a lead feature on the North Sea oil and gas industry. The issue also covers advances in marine seismic, completion technology, oilfield chemicals, subsea coatings, enhanced oil recovery and structural integrity management and decommissioning.


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Contents

EDITORIAL COMMENT

WORLD NEWS

FORECASTING THE WEATHER WINDOW
John Mitchell, The Met Office, UK, discusses the role of specialist weather forecasting services for oil and gas operations in the North Sea.

DECOMMISSION IMPOSSIBLE?
Brian Nixon, Decom North Sea, explores the challenges and opportunities posed by the decommissioning of offshore oil and gas facilities in the North Sea.

ROLE MODEL
Tyson Bridger, Emerson Process Management, Norway, examines the role of reservoir modelling in EOR.

SUBSEA CONTROL AND SIMULATION
Simon Marr, Fugro Subsea Services Ltd, UK, introduces simulation tools for the subsea oil and gas industry.

DISCIPLINED COLLABORATION
Achieving accurate reservoir description through the integration of multi-disciplinary information is possible. Erick Alvarez, Laure Pelle and Jaume Hernandez, Senergy, UK, explain how.

MOVING MOORING FORWARD
Wolfgang Wandl, Viking SeaTech, Norway, investigates the significant cost and efficiency benefits provided by pre-laid subsea moorings.

COMBATING CORROSION
Glenn Weagle and Ron Maltman, Champion Technologies, Canada, analyse a new technology that is bringing precision to SAGD water quality management.

LIGHTWEIGHT IS THE NEW HEAVYWEIGHT
Kelly Soucy, Brett Huckerby and Karen Luke, Trican Well Service, Canada, explore the strengths of specially designed lightweight cementing solutions.

REMOTE-CONTROLLED HOT TAPPING SUBSEA
George Lim, T.D. Williamson, the Netherlands, discusses a new remote-controlled hot tapping machine that can be used to facilitate pipeline tie-ins by tapping into pre and post-installed tees, without diver assistance.

PORTABLE PIPE COATING
Paul J. Kleinen, Bredero Shaw, USA and Vlad Popovici, ShawCor, Canada, explore the practical and financial rewards that are offered by mobile coating technologies for offshore projects in this month’s cover story.

CLEAN GREEN ANTI-SCALING
David Wilson and Kelly Harris, BWA Water Additives, UK, discuss the development of a ‘green’ hydrothermally stable scale inhibitor for topside and squeeze treatment.

THE POWER OF SCOUR
R. A. Lind, Nortek, UK, and R. J. S. Whitehouse, H.R. Wallingford, UK, explain why it is vital to understand and monitor the effects of scour on offshore structures.

ENSURING INTEGRITY
Gordon McCulloch, INTECSEA Ltd, UK, gives us a look into the development of a model for asset integrity management in the oil and gas industry.


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