From the Editor: Ringing in the NewFeb 17, 2005
Once again, we’ve crossed the threshold of a new year. Hopefully, all our readers are feeling as optimistic as we are here at the magazine. This first issue of the year has been ambitious, including a wide range of topics that we hope include something of interest for everyone.
Kristin’s YearFeb 17, 2005
Later this fall – on the first of October – commercial production from the Kristen field is due to begin. Located some 240 kilometres off the Norwegian coast in the Halten Bank at depths of 240 to 370 metres, the field boasts extreme conditions: reservoir pressure of 910 bar, with temperatures nearing 170° C. As we go to press, final preparations for the delivery of the semi-submersible platform near completion at Aker Stord south of Bergen, Norway, and over the coming months the platform will assume its place at centre stage.
Decommissioning – RecommissioningFeb 17, 2005
In 1989 UN’s International Maritime Organization (IMO) approved standards and guidelines for removal of offshore installations. This guideline requires that installations on water depths less than 75 meters and with jackets weighing less than 4,000 tons must be removed completely from the oilfield. In deeper waters a free water column of 55 meters is required in order to avoid future dangers for shipping.
Internet: Confusion and Infinite PossibilitiesFeb 17, 2005
Since the dawn of the Internet, people have been talking about the death of the established media – be it radio, television or the printed press. They have been wrong so far, but things seem to be changing – and the Internet is asserting itself as a real, competitive arena. We are seeing a shift toward greater complexity in how we consume entertainment and information. The term for what is taking place is convergence – and this time it’s for real.