Editorial September 2015Top
GlobalData offers research from its latest survey looking at procurement and budgetary trends in the offshore oil and gas industry.
With oil prices remaining stubbornly low, we look at the major challenges oil companies are starting to face. Job cuts and reduced investment have already been implemented, but just how bad do things need to get before well abandonment takes place and the decommissioning of unprofitable fields begins?
Don Orr, decommissioning assurance manager, BP
With decommissioning likely to increase as a result of the fall in the oil price, keen costing and keeping a close eye on efficient spending during decom projects is crucial. We find out how this is possible.
Safety & securityTop
With ISIS controlling large swathes of land in Syria and Iraq, and threatening to spread its caliphate still further into the Middle East, the oil and gas industry’s heartland needs to beef up security. We find out what extra steps are being taken to protect production assets and personnel in the region.
Benedikt Lammerding, supervisor safety & risk, ExxonMobil
The safety of offshore operations is chiefly down to the effectiveness of personnel HSE training. ExxonMobil’s new HSE Safety Coach concept uses peer to peer training methods to ensure the highest possible standards are maintained.
Faraz Ahmad, strategic growth & innovation manager, subsea systems, GE Oil & Gas
If the offshore industry is to remain profitable, cost control and improved efficiency in upstream exploration and production is critical. We find out how GE sees envisions the subsea industry being able to innovate in order to improve productivity.
Pipeline technology/Inspection, maintenance and repairTop
Jan Olav Berge, pipeline repair system pool manager, Statoil
In areas where subsea pipelines are so deep as to be unreachable by human divers, Statoil employs its remote pipeline repair system (RPRS) technology. We find out how the system works and how it improves the maintenance regime for subsea pipelines.
Drilling & well technologyTop
Lance Cook, chief scientist well engineering & production technology, Shell
Enhancing safety, as much as enhancing recovery, is a key aim of any new drilling and well technology. We find out about the leading edge research Shell is undertaking into well software in order to achieve both.
Transport & logisticsTop
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