Category: Offshore

Guest Commentary: Development without platforms key to subsea field of the future

John T. Gremp, chairman and chief executive officer for FMC Technologies, Inc., touts subsea processing technology as the key driver of future offshore development in increasingly extreme environments.  More »

BP to rapidly expand hiring of graduates, exec says

BP expects to more than triple this year the number of engineering, science and business graduates it recruits as it pumps more money into its upstream operation and seeks to grow its exploration and production around the world, an executive said Monday at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston.  More »

Bytes and bits: New computers boost efficiency, safety of offshore drilling

Better computers, sensors and automation tools are allowing the search for oil to go deeper, farther and faster with fewer workers in harm’s way.  More »

New Interior secretary makes first offshore rig visit

U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell visited Ensco’s semi-submersible drilling rig and Chevron’s Blind Faith production platform in the Gulf of Mexico Friday — the kind of facilities that were off limits to women when Jewell worked for Mobil Oil three decades ago.  More »

Ex-Gulf oil spill claims czar to run Boston Marathon victims’ fund

Kenneth Feinberg, the Washington lawyer who previously ran the compensation fund for victims of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, will head up a fund for victims of last month’s Boston Marathon bombings.  More »

BP to Total lead U.K. oil revival as $65 billion spent

The future of the U.K.’s 40-year-old oil and gas industry lies on a stretch of windswept bogland in the Shetland islands 200 kilometers (124 miles) north of Scotland.  More »

Hazard analysis could be problematic in company offshore audits

FuelFix spoke to Charlie Williams, director of the Center for Offshore Safety, about challenges companies are having in implementing new federal regulations.  More »

From bog to bayou: Cities are bound by oil and gas

Growing up in Scotland, Andrew Millar watched Texans flock to his homeland during the North Sea oil boom of the 1970s.  More »

Transocean plans job cuts to focus on offshore business

Transocean Ltd. expects to achieve $300 million in annualized cost savings after a restructuring initiative that included divesting 38 offshore rigs in the fourth quarter and eliminating shore-based jobs.  More »

Feds launch test of Helix offshore spill containment system

In deep Gulf of Mexico waters on Tuesday, federal regulators and the oil industry launched a drill meant to test whether emergency equipment and first responders are ready to tackle an out-of-control subsea well.  More »

Oil ties between Texas and Norway grow stronger

An informal relationship going back decades became official with the launch of the NorTex Research Collaborative, linking researchers in Texas and Norway.  More »

Malware offshore: Danger lurks where the chips fail

In the same year that a massive explosion and oil spill rocked the Gulf of Mexico, a digital disaster played out halfway around the world. A rig was overwhelmed by malicious computer software, an infection that could have caused the blowout preventer and other systems to be unresponsive, possibly leading to a well blowout.  More »