Executive Viewpoint

The North Sea is no closer to rigs-to-reef

Apr 10, 2015

On the 20th anniversary of Greenpeace’s campaign against the sinking of the Brent Spar platform, the oil and gas industry in the North Sea is still...

ConocoPhillips calls for the development of “revolutionary” technologies

Mar 27, 2015

Operators such as ConocoPhillips are looking outside of the industry for “revolutionary” technologies that are able to slash costs when it comes to...

How US regulators can help the industry

Mar 12, 2015

Changes to the current oil and gas regulations in the US are required in order to give the industry clearer and more favourable guidelines.

Projects

ABB calls for better preparation during “lighthouse phase”

Apr 10, 2015

ABB Consulting recommends that operators should make better preparations during the "lighthouse phase" to avoid cost increases when the...

Archer begins P&A work on Statoil’s Heimdal field using MDR

Mar 27, 2015

Archer has begun plugging and abandonment (P&A) work on Statoil’s Heimdal gas field. The oilfield service company is using its Topaz modular...

Floating structures – reuse or scrap?

Mar 13, 2015

The decommissioning of floating structures should be four parts planning to every one part execution, says InterMoor’s Dusan Curic, who helped lay...

Technology

The effects of Statoil’s standardization on decommissioning projects

Mar 16, 2015

The standardization of designs and equipment for offshore field developments has become a major area of focus for operating companies, particularly...

Latest technology on topside removal: Pioneering Spirit and Underwater Cutting

Feb 19, 2015

The decommissioning industry is at the verge of a technology breakthrough, with the arrival of improved solutions for removal

Environmental decommissioning: Complete vs. partial removal

Feb 19, 2015

As the complete removal of an asset may cause more long term ecological damage, operators are trying to understand the trade-offs associated with...

Outlook

UK operators and taxpayers can save in the long run

Apr 10, 2015

Coupled with falling oil prices, decommissioning costs in the North Sea are coming up above the original budget. This puts operators with oil and gas...

Statoil: “We will halve P&A costs by the end of 2016”

Mar 27, 2015

Statoil believes that in less than two years it can cut the cost of plugging and abandoning a well by half. As well as cutting the expense, it aims...

Can low oil price encourage entrepreneurship?

Feb 19, 2015

In the plugging & abandonment space, the savvy operators are using their stronger negotiating position brought by the low oil prices, to reduce...

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