Commentary, 7/8 2012Aug 17, 2012
During ONS, Stavanger plays host to the world. And the world comes to Norway to see what is happening on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.
From the Editor, 7/8 2012Aug 17, 2012
Face to Face
Working towards our special ONS edition is always busy, but that’s because, in part, because we meet so many interesting people. In a way, putting the ONS edition can be quite like the conference itself. We’ve been in contact, by phone, by email and face to face with individuals who help to make the industry so fascinating.
Unconventional Comment – Surer About Shale OilAug 17, 2012
In any gold rush, “man camps” are alive with wild rumour, some planted deliberately, maybe, and some of it sort of true. There are stories about fortunes being made. There’s a fear of large players – especially foreign ones – and that the world will never be the same. Some warn US demand for foreign oil will plummet, taking with it the fortunes of a “conventional-oil” supply chain. Cooler heads note it’s the same supply chain, just a new gold rush.
A Spar is BornAug 17, 2012
What’s as exciting for the supply chain as a big new oilfield? The answer – a new spar platform for a gas field now kicking off large-scale gas-infrastructure projects for a new deepwater province in the Norwegian Sea. Statoil’s unique Aasta Hansteen facility is to be Norway’s first spar and the world’s largest while extending the “happy times” for Norwegian industry.
BG Norge’s Gaupe Field – A World-Class Project DevelopmentAug 17, 2012
Gaupe marks BG Group’s first production from the Norwegian Continental Shelf. With estimated gross recoverable reserves of around 30 million barrels of oil equivalent (boe), production from Gaupe is expected to reach a plateau production rate of around 15,000 boe per day gross in the third quarter of 2012. The project demonstrates what can be achieved with close collaboration and shared expertise across the North Sea. It is a testament to the knowledge and understanding that exists between Norway and the UK and a great indication of the potential still remaining in the region.
GeoLine3D – Efficient LBL Array Planning = Low Risk Operations and Cost BenefitsAug 17, 2012
The development of subsea fields in increasingly harsher environments results in a host of positioning challenges when operating seabed based positioning systems such as industry standard Long BaseLine (LBL) systems. Coupled with the demand for tighter positioning tolerances and the requirement to fulfil operations during both the development phase and the complete life-of-field maintenance program, there has raised a need for an innovative and cost effective seabed LBL array planning tool to ensure project success.
Media: Conversation SkillsAug 17, 2012
It’s hard to overstate the importance of social networks to modern urban society. It’s also often difficult to understand exactly how and why it is so important. I work as a strategic advisor for a communications agency, with a wide array of clients in the private and public sectors. In the private sector, companies want to reach their customers through all available channels, and they want to create close relationships with them, in order to keep them from defecting to competitors. Public sector organizations, typically large government agencies, want to find ways to communicate efficiently with the public, in essence to create better and more modern governance.