Spotlight: Floating Production

Advancing a fast-track FPSO

With construction scheduled for a newbuild generic hull, SBM Offshore aims to prove that its standardised approach to FPSO design offers operators a cost-saving lifeline in a turbulent market.

Harsh sea floater steps up technology

Earlier this year, BP celebrated first oil from its giant Quad 204 project on the UK Atlantic margin, an achievement made possible by a number of technological advances now in operation on the newbuild Glen Lyon floating production, storage and offloading vessel, the centrepiece of the scheme.

Tech talk

Innovation gets real

Aberdeen’s fast-evolving FrontRow Energy Technology Group offers new hope for resource-constrained oilfield innovators currently working out of their garage or shed. Daydreamers need not apply, says technology-savvy oilfield service veteran Stuart Ferguson, the fledgling company’s chief executive

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Keeping it steel

Carbon steel may be strong, but it is no match for the corrosive effects of seawater. However, cathodic protection helps preserve the integrity of offshore steel structures.

Life of field

Doubling down on digital

A digital twin maintained throughout an asset’s life can help keep the project on schedule during fabrication and anticipate repair needs once it is up and running


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Global prospects

Halliburton’s Dustin Young sees a future for international shale gas developments. But conditions above ground and below will set them apart from their North American counterparts.


Growing capacity

Briggs Marine has invested more than £1 million ($1.29 million) in its subsea services division over the past several months, the UK company reports.

Cleaner injection

Completions systems specialist Tendeka has released its Cascade3 sand control technology, which the company says will eliminate failure mechanisms associated with water injection wells.

Cased collection

Schlumberger has introduced a spectroscopy service that the company says provides the industry’s first complete cased-hole formation evaluation and reservoir saturation monitoring with open-hole logging quality.

Swift platform

UK-based Aquaterra Energy has designed, fabricated and installed a new Sea Swift platform for PICO Petroleum Integrated Services, the lead contractor for Amal Petroleum Company’s (AMAPETCO) Amal field in the Gulf of Suez, off Egypt.

Heavy measures

Flow measurement organisation NEL has developed a new method to improve the accuracy of differential pressure meters for high viscosity oil, which NEL says will help reduce financial exposure for operators and address challenges involved measuring heavy oil.

Irish survey

Sercel has commercially deployed its multi-sensor solid streamer, the Sentinel MS, for the first time, the company says.

Standardised support

With an eye on the fast-track offshore development market, Trelleborg’s offshore operation has introduced the Standardized Buoyancy Module system, an “off-the-shelf” buoyancy solution designed to be a viable alternative to custom options for some projects.