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The utilisation of machine learning and artificial intelligence has the potential to transform the industry, but requires the adoption of an agile and open-minded culture. We talk to Ahmed Khamassi, vice-president and head of data science at Equinor, on the energy sector’s digital future.

Safety and Security

The increasing number of offshore oil and gas platforms is set to further boost the demand for explosion and fireproof lighting. There have been a number of major shifts in the types of lighting used in such operations, in part driven by regulations but mostly the result of innovative approaches to design and materials. As well as this, producers are turning increasingly to LED lighting. We speak with Whitney Grande, vice-president of safety, environment and quality at ENI, and Peter Hunt, president of Lighting Europe and COO of the Lighting Industry Association.


The Offshore Technology Conference 2019, from 6-9 May at NRG Park Houston, Texas, will once again showcase cutting edge technology for offshore drilling, exploration, production, and environmental protection. OTC is the world's foremost event for the development of offshore resources, and this year it celebrates 50 years. More than 2,000 exhibitors representing 40 countries and 23 international pavilions will cater to engineers, technicians, executives, operators, scientists, and managers from more than 100 countries and all fields in the offshore energy sector.

Pipeline technology

Careful maintenance of legacy equipment allows subsea pipelines to remain effective and extends their lifetime. We talk to Dr Henry Tan from the University of Aberdeen and George Gair, global inspection manager at Subsea 7, on the specific challenges of subsea pipeline integrity and the technologies which are having an impact on this field.

hile oil and gas pipelines generate a high volume of data, deriving insights from that data can be hard. However, operators are now deploying sophisticated analytics solutions to better understand this data and improve the safety and efficiency of pipelines. We discuss the benefits with Keary Rogers of TransCanada, and look at what is happening elsewhere in the industry.

Exploration and production

Chevron’s significant exploration and production activities throughout North America—including assets in Canada, California, the Gulf of Mexico, Pennsylvania and the mid-continent region of the US—are key assets to one of the world's leading integrated energy companies. Steven Green, who will be president of Chevron North America Exploration and Production in March 2019, gives insight into what lies ahead and how he plans to take the company into the future.


A partnership between Total and Google Cloud aims to use artificial intelligence to interpret subsoil data. The agreement focuses on the development of AI programmes that will make it possible to interpret subsurface images, like from seismic studies (using Computer Vision technology), and automate the analysis of technical documents (using Natural Language Processing technology). These programmes will allow Total’s geologists, geophysicists, reservoir and geoinformation engineers to explore and assess oil and gas fields faster and more effectively. Jean-Michel Lavergne, senior vice-president, strategy, business development, R&D at Total Exploration & Production, explains.


Volatile crude prices have forced companies to become lean, efficient, and dedicated to investing in new technologies like big data, robotics digital transformation and cloud services. In this report, we look at how technological advances have helped keep companies competitive. We get the latest insight from Cecile Gubler, digital transformation manager at Total.

The data collection throughout the lifecycle of offshore assets can be critical in prolonging their useful life. We talk to Hesham Haleem, integrity manager in the Middle East, at Wood Group Kenny, to find out what role this data collection plays and how it is best interpreted.

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