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Deepwater spend to total $210 billion from 2015-2019: Douglas-Westwood

Deepwater expenditure is expected to increase by 69%, compared to the preceding five-year period, totaling $210 billion from 2015 to 2019.

Topsides engineering best practices for lightweight design

An overriding factor in any deepwater project is cost. Because the weight of both the structure and the topsides production facility directly impacts cost, it must be a top priority. By reducing the weight of a 20,000-ton topsides by 15%, it is possible to slash capital costs of the project by $100-150 million.

RPSEA releases first of several ultra-deepwater program RFPs

HOUSTON -- The Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA) announces the release of the first of several 2011 Ultra-Deepwater Program requests for proposals (RFPs) to award $15 million in oil and natural gas research and development projects offshore.

MCS Kenny launches next generation Flexcom software

MCS Kenny, Wood Group Kenny's riser engineering and software solutions company, has launched Version 8 of its industry-leading Flexcom riser design and analysis software. This new release will make it easier for engineering teams to model the characteristics of all types of oil & gas riser systems, particularly for deepwater.

Innovative designs, equipment advances and newbuilds

Guide to New Rigs & Rig Floor Equipment 2010: Innovative designs, equipment advances and newbuilds (Part 1 of 4)

Wells to lead new BP deepwater unit

Kent Wells, a BP executive who was the face of the company through much of the Macondo oil spill, has been appointed to lead the UK supermajor’s new business unit dedicated to offshore spill response and Wells was named as a Group Senior Vice President – Special Projects in a move announced in an internal memo sent over the weekend. “He'll be accountable for coordinating BP's efforts around deep-water regulation and response capability in the US, and internationally,” BP said in a memo.

Wax prevention and remediation in subsea pipelines and flowlines

As the industry moves to ultradeep water, mitigation alternatives will be critical to sustain production efficiency.

Deepwater Statistical Report

How deepwater exploration fits into the big picture

MTNW completes deep sea mooring monitoring contract with Frontier Drilling in Nigeria

Measurement Technology NW (MTNW) has recently completed a contract to provide installation, calibration and commissioning on an 8-point mooring monitoring system for Frontier’s drill ship, Duchess, off the coast of Nigeria. The new running line tensiometer and LCI-90 mooring monitoring system provides visibility into line tensions which will support mooring and rig movement monitoring.

Tebe well finds oil in deepwater Angola

Angola’s ultra-deepwater Block 31 had its 19th hydrocarbon find Thursday with Tebe discovery well. The discovery is located in the southern portion of Block 31, about 12 km southeast of the Hebe discovery and some 350 km northwest of the Angolan capital, Luanda.

Preprocessing of offshore platform-integrated marine monitoring system data: What to do with unusual values or trends?

Full-scale measurements provide indispensible information for validating the behavior of an offshore oil platform; however, they often contain some observations that deviate from a majority of other values.

Deepwater Statistics

Global deepwater creaming curve

Doom and optimism co-exist in deepwater

Vol. 226 No. 12  What's Ahead in 2006 Doom and optimism co-exist in deepwater Mike Weill, President, Operations & Technology, Americas/ Australia, BHP Billiton Petr

Deepwater tie-back economics improved by comparison of segment cost effects

Subsea tie-back management increases economic development of deepwater, multiple-field areas, including marginal prospects

Designer casing addresses needs of deepwater HP/HT wells

Special deepwater HP/HT requirements justify customized casing

Future deepwater well intervention will reduce costs, boost output

Launched from low-cost vessels, lightweight, autonomous subsea well intervention systems can improve output and reduce expenses.

Recommended practice for hydrate control and remediation

Successful, reliable development of deepwater oil fields requires effective hydrate control and remediation. Responding to this industry need, INTEC Engineering has developed a recommended practice for worldwide application. A significant part of this effort involved development of a production system that achieves hydrate control with an acceptable risk level. The recommended practices were developed from: 1) a survey of developments, both in operation and under design, and 2) evaluation of hydrate prevention and remediation techniques, as described below. Supporting elements to the recommended practice, as follows, include technical issues, level of protection, associated risks and cost impacts.