The oil and gas industry is increasingly relying on robots like unmanned aerial vehicles for inspection. These drones can get into hard-to-reach or hazardous spots. They do not get bored. They can measure with precision. And they can save significant amounts of time, as Jennifer Pallanich writes.
The challenge of offloading LNG at the potential harsh-environment locations of the future has occupied a select band of hose developers for a good few years. Adrian Cottrill sets the scene, reports on each player in more detail (Page 15) and takes a look at how the novel HiLoad unit could enter the picture (Page 19).
The thermal benefits of pipe-in-pipe are well known, but installation challenges have so far limited how deep the technology can go. Pipeline experts at France’s ITP tell Russell McCulley about an innovative and cost-effective method to bring pipe-in-pipe systems to unprecedented water depths.
Flowlines equipped with electrical trace heating are a critical element in a handful of recent subsea field developments. A new, portable heating system could make the flow assurance technology available to a much broader range of projects, including brownfields, at a fraction of the cost. Russell McCulley reports.
The first pipeline on the Norwegian continental shelf to cross the Arctic Circle is in place and ready to transport gas from Norway’s northernmost platform to customers in Europe. Polarled team leaders tell Beate Schjolberg about the challenges and breakthroughs involved in this massive addition to North Sea infrastructure.
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