US' Versabar develops larger lifting unit for global market

Apr 29, 2015

Versabar, the New Orleans-based heavy lifting company, is in preliminary talks with operators to build a larger version of the VB 10,000 heavy...

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


Shell consults early on toxic Brent field bases: project chief

Apr 29, 2015

Shell is analysing the waste held in the Gravity Base Structures of the Brent platform and has not fully ruled out a removal of the GBS units, Duncan...

UK Decom workforce boosted by Skills Charter

Apr 29, 2015

Decom North Sea, the UK body representing the offshore decommissioning industry, has signed the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board’s (...

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...

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.


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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