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Oil & Gas Agenda Issue 17 2016

After years of minimal activity and lacklustre investmen, Uruguay's offshore industry is finally gaining momentum following spudding of the country's first offshore well last year. As such, Uruguay is being touted as South America's newest offshore frontier. IHS analysts Michael Dyer and Claudia Pessagno share their expert insights on Uruguay's fledgling offshore industry with Heidi Vella-Starr.

Maintaining and monitoring millions of miles of pipelines no longer needs to be such an invasive and extensive process thanks to new data-analysis systems, but to what extent can the industry put its faith in big data at the price of a costly system upgrade? We speak to GE Oil & Gas's Brad Smith about how the company's Intelligent Pipeline Solution can give a new, efficient perspective on gathering linear asset data.

Also in this issue: Julian Turner talks threats, countermeasures and offshore security strategy with Warren Bloomer, head of Africa operations at Securewest International, and GlobalData presents a report on the Lucapa field, located in the deepwater Block 14 within the Lower Congo Basin offshore Angola, to analyse its current state and future yields.

Oil & Gas Agenda Issue 16 2015

For many in the oil industry, the news of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and the lifting of economic sanctions against Iran meant only one thing: the country with the world's fourth-largest proven reserves was now open for investment. Several months on, however, what does the historic deal really mean for the oil market and how quickly will Iran become a major player? Oliver Hotham talks it through with Eduard Gracia, principal at AT Kearney Global Energy Practice, and Michael Cohen, head of energy commodities research at Barclays.

For decades, satellites have been a crucial tool in the coordination of offshore oil and gas operations. Now, as the prices of those commodities remain at record lows, the capabilities and applications afforded by space-based communications means this area is undergoing a renaissance. Greg Noone talks to Aarti Holla-Maini, secretary-general of the European Satellite Operators Association, about how the sector is using satellite telecommunications to optimise processes and drive down costs.

Also in this issue: Elly Earls meets DNV GL's Michiel van der Geest to find out why things are now improving and what more needs to be done, GlobalData assesses the market in Brazil, as well as the developments being made in the world's leading regions, and Jim Banks speaks to Bruno Maerten, head of the International Pipeline & Offshore Contractors Association's HSE Committee, to look at the industry's track record on safety and how it can be improved even further.

Oil & Gas Agenda Issue 15 2015

Shell is using 4D subsurface visualisation to map fracture treatments in reservoirs and well manufacturing systems to mass-drill tight fields such as shale and coal-bed methane. Julian Turner talks to Lance Cook, chief scientist for well engineering and production technology, about 4D visualisation technology, Shell's joint venture with CNPC and why the SCADAdrill solution is revolutionising personnel safety.

Advancements in dynamic-positioning technology have led to challenges when it comes to training the operators of these systems, but the industry is working hard to overcome them, as Elly Earls finds out from IMCA's Chris Baldwin.

Also in this issue: Subsea UK's Neil Gordon reveals how technological advancements have enhanced the abilities of unmanned vessels and what we can expect to see from the next generation, and Mark Brierley speaks to HSE's Dr Ahsan Saleem to find out how occupational health in the oil and gas industry is monitored and maintained.

Oil & Gas Agenda Issue 14 2014

Hackers are finding ever more sophisticated ways to breach corporate IT defences and the results can be utterly devastating. BP's former security capability lead, Tim Haywood, describes the threats faced by modern businesses and why maintaining cybersecurity is now the responsibility of every single employee.

South America is one of the world's largest producers of oil, and its abundant pre-salt reserves are proving to be happy hunting grounds for prospectors and operators. GlobalData presents a current snapshot of some of the key sites in the continent's booming fossil fuel industry.

Also in this issue: Wood Group Kenny's integrity management specialist Jason Strouse explains how effective risk assessment can help to prevent subsea equipment failure; Dr Harvey Hack, president of NACE International, talks about the techniques and technologies that can be employed to fight subsea pipeline corrosion; and Peter Naaijen of Delft University of Technology explains to Mark Brierley how current research is aiming to predict wave-induced vessel motion in real time.

Oil & Gas Agenda Issue 13 2014

The oil and gas industry has never been under more scrutiny that it is at present. As a hugely profitable business with a sometimes patchy safety record, critics have begun to question the activities of oil and gas companies more than ever before. In this issue of Oil & Gas Agenda we look at how this intense scrutiny is focusing the minds of the people working in the industry and driving it forward.

As guardians of crucial national infrastructure, the need to prevent cyber attacks is critical for the industry. Thales' Tony Burton looks at where money needs to be spent in shoring up cybersecurity and how this funding should form part of a wider holistic security approach.

In parallel with efforts to improve the security of operations, safety is also in the spotlight. Repsol, Spain's largest oil and gas comapny, has been working on a project called HEADS aimed at nipping any oil spills that may occur in the bud, long before they reach the scale of the Macondo Well blowout. Jose Vicente Solano Ferrandez explains how the new system enables the automatic early detection of even the smallest oil leaks.

Subsea pipelines in particular, can be susceptible to damage and leakage given their location on the seabed, but by using divers to inspect pipelines can be a dangerous and sometimes impossible task. Using ROVs has been one option for many years, but now a new generation of ROVs are making the task easier than ever before. Julian Turner looks at some of the latest innovations in the field, including Subsea 7's new Autonomous Inspection Vehicle.

Oil & Gas Agenda Issue 12 2013

Through innovative technology and partnering with fibre-optics specialists like OptaSence, Shell is advancing its real-time monitoring solutions. Ross Davies speaks with general manager in wells software Monica Laurens and team lead of in-wells technology Juun van der Horst of Shell about the benefits of having data in real-time, all the time. Thanks to several large discoveries, the oil and gas industry is thriving in offshore West Africa. Didier Lluch, Repsol's exploration director for Africa, explains why drilling in the region requires companies to adapt their seismic imaging techniques. With heavily regulated safety measures at the core of the industry, Oil & Gas Agenda speaks to Svein Harald Hetland, principal engineer, BP Norway, about the factors driving innovation and improvements in crane technology and lifting procedures

Oil & Gas Agenda Issue 11 2013

In this edition of Oil & Gas Agenda, we find out how the issue of security is a much higher priority for oil and gas companies. Jack Wittels speaks to Peter Cook, co-founder of the Security Association for the Maritime Industry (SAMI), about the current piracy situation off the Horn of Africa, and the emerging challenges in the Gulf of Guinea and the South China Sea. In addition, Paul Everitt, the head of UK security industry association ADS, assesses the British security industry's prospects for tackling the security threats to oil and gas companies and Kristen Ray, BHP Billiton's VP of health, safety, environment and community, discusses how the organisation's holistic approach to personnel safety is paying dividends for engineers in the field.

Oil & Gas Agenda Issue 10 2012/13

As the leading cause of pipeline failures and leaks, corrosion poses a major threat to aging global infrastructure, a stark reminder that corrosion control must be factored into new infrastructure development to avoid problems in years to come. We talk to Zeinab Marsh of TAQA Bratani about the offshore operator's corrosion management strategy. We also speak to Chris Trelawny of the IMO, who discusses the use of private security firms to counter the threat of piracy, and Shell's Lance Cook tells us why well integrity has a key role to play in extending the lifespan of reservoirs.

Oil & Gas Agenda Issue 9 2012

The frustrating challenge in our industry has long been how to economically recover the 65% of resources we leave in the ground. With new reservoirs becoming more complex and less economical to access, bypassed reserves within existing assets such as shale formations, tight gas and zones of high water cut are becoming increasingly important to operators. An amazing 70% of today's worldwide oil production comes from mature fields. With this in mind, we look at how Petrobras is making waves in Brazil with new seismic mapping technology. We also speak to Derrick Lewis, global operations manager of Halliburton, who explains managed pressure drilling, and NOPSEMA's Jane Cutler, who tells us about maintaining Australia's offshore-ecological balance.

Oil & Gas Agenda Issue 8 2011

Intrepid explorers of former times may have already discovered Latin America's great Incan, Mayan and Aztec treasures, but the quest to find other riches is continuing around the continent unabated. In this issue of Oil & Gas Agenda, we find out where the current hotspots of E&P activity are and how the black gold is being extracted. Elsewhere, GlobalData travels the world to report on the prospects of ten key oil and gas destinations. Guy Barlow of Oracle explains how enterprise software solutions can help oil majors to trim the fat, and we investigate the first use of an FPSO in the Gulf of Mexico.

Oil & Gas Agenda Issue 7 2011

Long content with sating the rapid expansion of domestic energy demand, Chinese national oil companies are striving to make their mark on the wider world. Seeking to play a more active role in the global flow of energy, these companies invested $30 billion in upstream projects in 2010, of which $15 billion made its way to Latin America. In this issue, the International Energy Agency's Julie Jiang expands on the motivation behind this international expansion, and GlobalData analyses the oil and gas industry's deals, and M&A activity for 2010 and 2011. We also talk to Jens-Erik Thygesen, DONG Energy, about the likely effects of the latest monitoring technology, and Halliburton's Nick Purday reveals how reservoir visualisation can help increase productivity.

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