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August 2014

The August issue of Oilfield Technology sets its sights on the North Sea and looks into the latest news and developments from one of the world’s most mature hydrocarbon basins. Fittingly, the issue’s lead feature is on Subsea Technology. Other topics in the issue include: Digital Oilfield, Drilling, Downhole Technology, Floating Production, Formation Evaluation, Workovers/Well Intervention and Pipeline Corrosion.

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World news

North Sea knowledge
Hiren Sanghrajka, Upstream Advisors, UK, looks at the findings of the Wood Review and discusses how the proposed regulatory changes will need to be supported and facilitated in order to improve the prospects of one of the world’s most mature oil and gas basins.

All aboard!
Simon Telfer, Dolphin Geophysical, UK, looks at the challenges involved in onboard seismic data processing and the advantages that this technique can provide.

North Sea riser challenges
Vegard Dale, Claxton Engineering, Norway, discusses innovations that improve riser handling safety and could lead to rig time savings.

Under the sea
Dr. Andrew Jaffrey, Cameron, USA, explains how a new technology gives drillers advanced information about the real time condition of their subsea drilling operation which can be used to help minimise downtime.

Taking over in the deep and shallow seas
Leonard Ricketts, DOF Subsea, South Africa, talks about the expanding role of AUVs in the oil and gas industry.

Taking tubing to the next level
As oil and gas providers take deepwater technologies down into ever greater depths with higher pressures and more corrosive environments, more technologically advanced tubes with higher strength, better fatigue life and better corrosion resistance are required in subsea umbilicals, writes John Tokaruk, Sandvik Materials Technology, Australia.

High-powered connections
The increasing demand for high voltage subsea distribution systems has driven the development of a new innovative subsea wet matable connector. Jonathan Hardisty, Siemens Subsea Connectors, UK, explains more.

Positioned for production
John Ara, Crowley Maritime Corp., USA, discusses tugboat support for recent major offshore infrastructure installations in the Gulf of Mexico.

Strong and flexible
Rob Anderson, FES International, UK, takes a look at the rise of disconnectable transfer systems (DTSs) and shows how these solutions are helping operators move with the times.

Leveraging experience
Paula Farquharson-Blengino, SBM Offshore, looks at recent developments in FPSO technology and explains how experience gained from operations in one region can be transferred to emerging markets.

Determining deterioration
Alick MacGillivray, NEL, UK, provides an assessment of potential scale and erosion detection methods for subsea multiphase flow measurement applications.

On the level
Kelly Berndt and Guy Phaneuf, Drilformance, explain how new tools are resolving problems encountered in horizontal drilling and enhancing overall system performance.

In depth planning for deepwater drilling
Simon Lucas and Maria Djomina, AGR, explain the importance of careful up-front planning in securing efficient and safe deepwater operations.

Hands-free heaven
Markus Hulke, Weatherford, UK, provides an example from the North Sea, where a rig integration operation improved the efficiency and safety of a tubular running operation.

Technology for a global industry
Tomas Castiñeiras, Tenaris, Argentina, considers connection technology for today’s drilling challenges.

Well secrets revealed
Bjørn Dissing and Stian Astad Sørngård, Ziebel, Norway, discuss how recent developments using an intervention-based technique are helping to provide operators with fibre optic visualisation of well fluid movements.

Well control collaboration
Matt Clements, Oil Spill Response Ltd, UK, looks at how industry collaboration on well control incidents is helping the offshore oil and gas industry become a safer place.

The hitchhiker’s guide to operational efficiency
Alan Hinchman, GE Intelligent Platforms, USA, takes us through the steps required to optimise data management in oil and gas operations and reveals the boost in productivity that this can enable.

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