Technology


SEISMIC

Planning a strategic comeback

It has been down to Irene Waage Basili, chief executive of GC Rieber Shipping, to get her company’s seismic vessels back into the market. She has proved up for the challenge, writes Andrew McBarnet.


TECH TALK

Back to basics

A five-year effort to transform its business model is paying off in multiple ways at BP, the supermajor’s head of global upstream operations tells Russell McCulley.


SPOTLIGHT: LIFE OF FIELD

Ultra-deep enters a new phase

As ageing ultra-deepwater developments assume brownfield status, operators are looking to technology to help keep them viable in a low oil price environment. Russell McCulley talks to Total about its strategy in Angola’s Block 17, which includes deepwater application of subsea multiphase pumping.


PROJECT REVIEW

TEN commandments

One of the most eagerly anticipated project starts of 2016, Tullow Oil’s TEN is a milestone for the Africa-focused operator — and a sign of Ghana’s growing capacity to provide local support for its offshore industry, writes Russell McCulley.


Musical interlude

General manager Phil Cooper’s colleagues in the London office of Heerema Marine Contractors will have noted by now that there is another great passion in his life besides dreaming up clever engineering solutions (and spending time with his family of course).


Manifolds made easy

One innovation Heerema Marine Contractors (HMC) technology manager Phil Cooper first explored on the back of his involvement with BP’s deepwater PSVM project off Angola, but later parked, is being dusted off and examined afresh by the company.


Uncovering shale’s sweet spots

A new downhole tool uses Raman spectroscopy to help operators identify natural gas “sweet spots” in in shale plays — and cut down on the high number of unproductive zones. Jennifer Pallanich finds out how it works.


TECH TALK

Cooper comes full circle

The career of serial deepwater innovator Phil Cooper took a significant turn when he traded his years in the relative quiet of design and engineering consultancy for a new role in the hurly-burly of offshore contracting. He talks to David Morgan about his reasons for hooking up with ubiquitous deepwater installation contractor Heerema — not least the chance to play with the biggest of big boys’ toys.


VIRTUAL REALITY

Reality bytes

The convergence of 3D design software, gaming engines and mobile technology has changed the way companies look at employee training. Optech4D experts describe to Jennifer Pallanich the digital reality spectrum and what benefits virtual and augmented reality offer the oil and gas industry.


The right prescription

A new inspection approach generates a site-specific hazard curve that helps operators better understand risks associated with their offshore assets. Jennifer Pallanich talks to iSIMS about the risk-based methodology, which has earned the approval of US regulators for use in the Gulf of Mexico.


Sealing the deal

A leaky seal in an FPSO’s swivel stack usually means shutting in production and going ashore to replace the seal. Until recently. Jennifer Pallanich reports on a new method to replace failing seals in the field, minimising shutdown time.