Technology Exclusives

Douglas-Westwood, floating, production, FPS, FPSO, Gulf of Mexico, Ben Wilby

Globally, orders for FPS units have fallen from 15, mostly for FPSOs, in 2014 to four in 2015. If all goes as planned, the GoM region could have four orders in 2016.

The contract will see Expro provide well intervention and slickline services, including high deviation and heavy-duty fishing, offshore Qatar as well as in drilling and workover locations in-country.

Adrian Dorsch, Infield Systems, oil, gas, production

The prolonged downturn lingers as oil and gas companies prepare for what could be another round of capex cuts. But the global oversupply is falling and depleted assets are not being replaced, a speaker at Hart Energy’s Gulf of Mexico Offshore Executive Conference said.

theft, cybersecurity, Earl Dodd, Society of HPC Professionals

A new cybersecurity issue surrounds data parameterization.

Teledyne, technology, Total, deepwater, offshore, Khalid Mateen

Changing times call for innovative technology and collaboration to lower costs and make deepwater developments more economical.

Technology Completion

Refracking, shale, horizontal drilling, IHS, Bloomberg

Refracking has been met with enthusiasm—especially when it works—and skepticism, but in order to move forward, the industry needs a large-scale refracking program and more investment IHS says.

Understanding drainage volume and improved permeability of stimulated rock is essential to forecasting production, according to MicroSeismic Inc.

This latest patented invention relates to fluid treatment and, more particularly, to an improved treatment apparatus for destroying aerobic and anaerobic bacteria in fluids used in oil and gas recovery and conditioning of said fluid for reuse, Ecosphere said in the release.

A process called forward-osmosis is applied to clean water used in hydraulic fracturing.

Technology Contracts

The agreement is for work on the North Sea fields Ula, Tambar, Hod and Valhall as well as the Skarv deposit in the Norwegian Sea, Aker Solutions said in a news release.

Bankers’ anchor asset is Albania’s Patos-Marinza oil field and neighboring concessions Block "F" and Kucova. Püspökladány Block totals contains the abandoned Biharnagybajom oil field.

Under the agreement, Zenith Energy will provide well planning services, contracting of the rig, procurement of tangible items and the supervision of drilling and completion operations, a news release said.

McDermott’s teams based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, will do the engineering, procurement and fabrication, while vessels from its global fleet will handle installation.

The Woodside integrated fleet contract will see MMA provide three vessels to support Woodside’s offshore Northwest Shelf, Pluto and AusOil production assets in Australia’s North West region.

Technology Digital

Internet of Things, data, Deloitte Center for Energy Solutions, digital, oil, gas

For the upstream sector successfully linking diverse datasets are among the keys to unlocking potential benefits of the Internet of Things, a report says.

SAS, Internet of Things, oil, gas, analytics, data

For the oil and gas sector, this could mean making drilling adjustments on the spot. It could also mean collecting data from various sources, analyzing it and using that knowledge to grow production and revenue.

cyber security, oil, gas, threat, PwC, Red Tiger Security, SEC, attack, hack

For the oil and gas sector the threat remains, but the methods are the same, experts say.

The industry can benefit quickly by approaching Big Data from the place of maximizing value by minimizing complexity.

Using technology to generate, process and analyze data can lead to improved operations.

Technology Downhole

Ely's world-class reservoir stimulation and completion consulting services will be packaged with Flotek’s CnF customized completion chemistries for clients that purchased CnF chemistries directly through The Flotek Store.

JetStream was recently used in a 6.5-in. intermediate section in the North Sea that was drilled to 10,446 ft total depth through soft, porous limestone.

GCDT fits fully into Prysmian’s expansion strategy in subsea umbilicals, risers and flowlines and complements its product range. The portfolio of protectors will be enhanced, the company added.

The technology provides internal alternate flow paths, called shunt tubes, in the downhole tool to gravel pack the producing sections of a well, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Co. said in a news release

Vorpal's Drill2Frac helps optimize fracturing operations through the optimal placement of perforation clusters. Enventure’s expandable ESeal Refrac Liner provides mechanical zonal isolation of existing perforations.

Technology Equipment

HP/HT, BOP, technology, Cameron, GE Oil & Gas, ABS

The consequences of BOP failure at 20,000 psi and 320 C (608 F) in ultradeep water are driving operators and manufacturers to meet new, more stringent regulations.

Delays for the Deepwater Pontus and Deepwater Poseidon vessels have no impact on the duration or dayrate of the original 10-year operating contracts for the drillships, Transocean said in a statement Oct. 26.

The total rig count for the week ended Oct. 23 fell to 594, the least since July 2010. Over the past eight weeks, drillers cut a total of 81 rigs, oil services company Baker Hughes Inc. said in its closely followed report.

Freshwater, not typical slurry, will run through pumps, significantly reducing need for replacement parts and number of pumps needed on frack job, Energy Recovery CEO Joel Gay said.

Petrofac has ended its contract with ZPMC due to concerns with ZPMC’s performance regarding construction of the proprietary design Petrofac JSD 6000 deepwater multipurpose offshore vessel, Petrofac said.

Technology Operations

The project is expected to produce enough LNG to load about 10 vessels a month by mid-2016, equivalent to exporting around eight million tonnes of LNG a year, Reuters reported.

A more complete report of the test results will be published by year-end 2015. Tests results have shown promise for best subsalt discoveries so far, CEO said, Reuters reported. 

Norges Bank currently estimates a drop in petroleum investment of 12.5 percent this year compared to last year and a further drop of 10 percent next year.

The takeover, which will involve FOGL's chief executive and chairman joining the Rockhopper board as non-executive directors, will merge the companies' exploration campaigns in the Falkland Islands.

Next year's capex budget would fall by 38% to US$650 million as North Sea Solan Field and other projects reach completion and exploration spending is minimal, Reuters said.

Technology People

Bayon has more than 24 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. For the past 20 years, he has worked with BP.

The resignation is on the "best of terms" as Zehnder plans to continue his career outside of the oil and gas industry, according to the release.

Workers at Sindipetro Norte Fluminense, who ignored the FUP oilworkers’ union call to end strike that began Nov. 1, will resume onshore operations the evening of Nov. 20, Reuters reported.

Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations and Grand Isle Shipyards were charged with three counts of involuntary manslaughter, eight charges involving federal safety laws and one Clean Water Act violation, Reuters reported.

Michael J. Stover has worked for the company for almost 30 years, and took his current position in 2013. He joined in 1986 after earning a bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University. 

Technology Regulations

Britain changed its planning rules in August to allow government intervention to approve or reject shale gas drilling permits and give priority to appeals involving shale gas projects.

"Unless non-OPEC say they are willing to help, I think there will be no change," said a delegate from a major OPEC producer. "OPEC will not cut alone."

Reuters said Shell was fined 22,500 British pounds. A subsea pipeline leak from Gannet Alpha Field spilled more than 200 tonnes of oil into central North Sea in August 2011.

Canada’s government said several oil companies, including Suncor, endorsed plan. Plan entails phasing out pollution from coal-fired electricity generation by 2030 and limiting emissions from oil sands operations, Reuters said.

The strike, thought to be the most disruptive in 20 years, cost the production of 2.29MMbbl of oil and 48.4MMcm of natural gas, Reuters reported.