Commentary, 7/8 2008Aug 18, 2008
Energy for All
The theme for this year’s ONS – Energy for One World – really brings home the energy challenges facing the entire globe. Not only does the oil and gas industry have a daunting job ahead in the coming years and decades, but all industries tasked with supplying energy to a world with ever-growing energy needs will feel the pinch.
From the Editor, 7/8 2008Aug 18, 2008
Welcome to this year’s special ONS edition of Scandinavian Oil-Gas Magazine. It’s not that this issue is bigger than ever before, we’ve managed to bring in more prominent individuals, who truly make a difference in activities in the North Sea, as well as others who are shaping the industry in their part of the world. All from the perspective of the national authorities as well as the viewpoints of important industry leaders.
Striking a BalanceAug 18, 2008
Liv Monica Stubholt is State Secretary in the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. With a background the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, she is a key decision maker in a ministry that sits in the middle of environmental issues, rising oil prices, and a turbulent political period with three changes at the top level in the last two years. At the same time, the Ministry administrates the licenses for exploration and operation of petroleum resources on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS), as environmental issues are steadily becoming more important. We talked to Stubholt about these issues and the 20th licensing round.
The Future of SolutionsAug 18, 2008
For the fifth consecutive time, companies from the Bergen area, Norway, attend ONS under common colours. At one of the biggest stand areas, you will find companies covering a broad spectrum of products and services for the petroleum industry. A total of 585 square meters is divided between 25 exhibiting companies in hall E, stand 568. In addition, a vast number of companies located in Bergen will participate as exhibitors outside the common stand, and even more will participate as active spectators, meeting colleagues and hopefully making business.
Brazil’ s Petrobras Pre-Salt Challenges and PlansAug 18, 2008
According to E&P Director Guilherme Estrella, Brazil’s giant state-controlled oil company Petrobras plans to start a long-term production test at Santos basin pre-salt Tupi field on BM-S-11 block in early 2009 and pilot production one year later, then start producing an average 100,000 b/d by late 2010 and reach at least 500,000 b/d by 2015-20.
In-Line Inspection Innovation for Gas PipelinesAug 18, 2008
Eight years ago, NDT Systems & Services AG was founded by a group of engineers and physicists with a far-reaching track record in the field of automated inspection systems for the steel and pipeline industry. To find out more about the latest in NDT at NDT, Scandinavian Oil-Gas Magazine
spoke with CEO Mr. Alfred Barbian about the company’s recent technological developments in non-destructive gas pipeline testing.
Eternal EkofiskAug 18, 2008
Norway’s first oilfield, Ekofisk, could be the North Sea’s last (so to speak). ConocoPhillips is underway with increased oil-recovery plans and studies which could prolong field life beyond license expiry in 2028. First contracts are out, and rival design studies are in progress. In Norway, there’s talk of a USD-20-billion replacement of old platforms with up to four new ones. The company confirms studies are underway, but admits only two new platforms for sure with much new drilling and subsea infrastructure to come. Data links to shore will pervade the new installations. Indeed, money saved from wireless and fibre-optic-enabled “Integrated Operations” might be paying for “Ekofisk Renewal”.
Media: Fame, Internet StyleAug 18, 2008
We live in an age when anyone can be famous, just by being themselves, and promoting themselves, enough. On the Internet, you can be a star, if you’re willing and able to make yourself into a brand.