After many years of tentative build-up, FLNG has just reached its biggest landmark yet. The world’s first such vessel has started up off Malaysia. We look at how the sector has been shaping up, not least through the difficult economic weather of recent times.
Less than 18 months after pioneering subsea gas compression technology debuted at Statoil’s Aasgard field, the system’s engineers are ready to roll out a second-generation version that provides the same capacity and functionality in a much smaller package.
Subsea tie-backs to host platforms are an attractive option in the current offshore cost-cutting mode. A new remotely deployed inspection tool for J-tubes and risers helps ensure that existing infrastructure is up to the task.
It would be easy to think that diving operations would have become somewhat superfluous, even redundant, in the deep-water era in offshore production. Not so, but an ageing workforce and industry slump present challenges.