Category: Offshore

A highly positive initial reaction to Google Glass from the oil & gas industry…and some skepticism too

I shouldn’t have been surprised then that, despite the highly positive response I received towards my efforts, there were some skeptical comments, most revolving around the possibility of even taking Glass out into the field. Today still, cell phones for instance aren’t allowed in certain field areas: there would be catastrophic HSE consequences if a signal accidentally triggered a piece of equipment like a wireline gun.  More »

First video of Google Glass application for oil & gas

In my post last week, I promised that I would shortly show my first attempt at demonstrating just how useful Google Glass can be when it is used in the oilfield.  Well, it’s been many hours of research and debugging, but the first demonstration is ready! In this YouTube video, I show you how Google […]  More »

Diamond taps Halliburton executive to serve as CEO

Marc Edwards, a longtime Halliburton executive, will serve as the new president and CEO of Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc., the company announced Wednesday.  More »

Deep-water giant begins production in Gulf of Mexico field (photos)

Royal Dutch Shell said Tuesday it had started production from its Olympus platform, the first of several new platforms expected to push oil production in the Gulf of Mexico to a record level by 2016.  More »

Bristow Group CEO Chiles to retire in July

The company is a provider of helicopter services to the offshore energy industry.  More »

Gas no longer escaping from rig off La. coast

The operator and federal regulators say the flow of natural gas, water and sand has been stopped at a drilling rig off Louisiana’s coast.  More »

Crews lose control of gas rig off Louisiana coast

Officials say no injuries or pollution have been reported and efforts are underway to stop the flow of gas.  More »

Pemex sees production ventures as early as year end

Petroleos Mexicanos, Mexico’s state- owned oil company, expects to sign its first exploration and production agreements with international companies as early as year-end after Mexico ended its 75-year monopoly.  More »

Feds will wait til March to open sealed Gulf bids

Oil companies that hope to nab new drilling leases near the U.S.-Mexico boundary in the Gulf of Mexico will have to wait a little longer to see if they were successful.  More »

Noble leads offshore drillers lower amid rig slowdown

Noble Corp. led a decline among offshore deep-water drilling contractors after saying the industry may be experiencing a “pause in the cycle” after years of growth fueled by oil and natural gas discoveries.  More »

Aboard a Statoil North Sea platform (photos)

Statoil believes the nation’s oil and gas output can remain at current levels until 2025 and possibly beyond, even as it tightens spending amid rising costs.  More »

Offshore wind turbine stands up to gusts, waves

A scaled-down offshore wind turbine has withstood winter storms that included the equivalent of waves exceeding 70 feet, providing confidence that a full-scale version can handle the harshest weather that the North Atlantic can throw at it, the head of the University of Maine’s advanced composites center said Thursday.  More »