Spotlight: Pipelines

Laying down a track record

Saipem’s flagship pipelay vessel sailed out of the shipyard five years ago with a docket of high-profile jobs in its sights. Upstream Technology takes stock of the Castorone’s work to date, the lessons learned, and the mighty vessel’s next challenges.

Out of the loop

The race is on for technologies that help operators cut development spending or operating expenses. Engineers working on an automated subsea pig launching system say the equipment can do both.

Increased capacity in the Permian pipeline

Using drilling and completion techniques honed over the past decade, operators are significantly increasing oil and gas production in the Permian basin. The increased volumes are challenging the area’s carrying capacity and spurring a minor infrastructure building boom.


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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Demystified

Demystified

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

PROJECT REVIEWS

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.

DEMYSTIFIED


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.