Project Reviews

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.

Back to the deep

Two deepwater Gulf of Mexico subsea tiebacks marked a number of firsts for one supermajor. ExxonMobil officials bring Jennifer Pallanich up to date on the challenges of the Hadrian South and Julia projects.

Maria on the march

How does Wintershall solve a problem like Maria? By making good use of existing installations on the Halten Terrace, writes Beate Schjolberg.

A shared vision

Chevron’s Lianzi field reflects advances in both cross-border co-operation and technology application. Producing the deepwater tieback project, which came on stream in early November 2015, required unitisation between Angola and Congo-Brazzaville and took direct electrical heating technology to new depths, as Jennifer Pallanich writes.

Pioneering Spirit reaches lift beam milestone

A full set of giant lift beams is now in place on the twin bows of the vast platform decommissioning catamaran Pioneering Spirit. Adrian Cottrill has been aboard to see what all this work involves and to get up to date on an eventful year since the hull’s January arrival in Rotterdam.

Malampaya gets a lift

A new depletion compression platform at the Malampaya gas field will keep lights burning in Manila for years to come. Russell McCulley talks to Shell about the landmark project’s latest development phase and the technical and logistical challenges involved.