Spotlight: Seismic

Norwegian Sea in 3D

It is hard to believe that any part of Norway’s offshore is considered underexplored. But that is exactly what prompted the newly announced TGS 40,000-square kilometre 3D multi-client Atlantic Margin AM17 survey under way in the deep-water central-southern Norwegian Sea.

W for the win

A sensor manufacturer is challenging a crowded land seismic equipment market with what it claims to be a more cost-effective option.

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Sour power

Rising demand, technology gains and a spate of new projects have put sour gas in operators’ sights. The niche product has the potential to grow.





Project Review: Stones

Stepping Stones to start-up

Just months after start-up of Shell’s record-setting Stones development in the Gulf of Mexico, a key member of the development team shares his thoughts on planning, quality and safety — and how the industry can benefit through greater collaboration.


Seeking sustainability in the UK North Sea

A new Aberdeen-based technology development organisation is aiming to help oil and gas companies get the most out of the UK's offshore reservoirs — and to make north-east Scotland a global hub for offshore research and development.

Tech Talk

Tech Talk

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.

Mixing a better cement

By examining how cement works at the molecular level, scientists at Halliburton created a lighter but stronger and more flexible cement for horizontal shale wells.


Extra protection

InterDam, the Dutch supplier of fire and blast resistant doors and walls to the oil and gas industry, is advocating more careful consideration of the effects of both blast and fire on oilfield architecture.

Buoyancy first

Trelleborg’s offshore division and SubC Partner have teamed up for what the companies say is the first offshore replacement of buoyancy modules conducted on an FPSO’s live 12-inch production riser while production remained up and running.

Single trip testing

Samoco Oil Tools, in collaboration with Shell Offshore Engineering, has introduced a new tool, OneTrip, which aims to reduce the time and costs associated with mandatory blowout preventer testing.