Category: Offshore

Cyberhawk’s OTC booth offers hidden treasure — if you can find it

The unofficial rule of generating booth interest at the Offshore Technology Conference is the bigger the better. Cyberhawk bucks the trend.  More »

Failure marked Shell’s Gulf quest before massive discovery

A decade before Royal Dutch Shell fired up production at the largest offshore facility in the world, it drilled an expensive dry hole.  More »

Post-Macondo regulations slow even Shell’s Mars B drilling

Royal Dutch Shell executives said Tuesday new regulators that require weekly testing of the equipment that failed BP in the massive 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill have added as much as a month to drilling time at its massive new offshore project.  More »

Mini-models steal the show at Houston’s OTC

With hundreds of vendors vying for attention at the 45th annual Offshore Technology Conference, colorful models of oil industry vessels, platforms and equipment, some of them the size of a small car and costing thousands of dollars, arguably can start a conversation that ends in a sale.  More »

Seismic advances most critical in frontier exploration, Total exec says

Increasingly powerful computer chips used to fuel advances in deep-water seismic imaging have emerged as the most important technological leap for the oil industry as companies dive into more difficult frontier basins, a Total executive said Tuesday.  More »

Statoil seeks to build huge subsea factories

Norwegian oil and gas company Statoil wants to build huge, underwater “factories” that sit on the seabed as they produce and process gas offshore by 2020.  More »

Next offshore frontier demands breakthrough in subsea technology

Key pieces of the subsea equipment used to gather deep-water oil and gas today wouldn’t last long under the pressures and temperatures of ultra-deep reservoirs that oil companies believe are the next frontier.  More »

OneSubsea wants to shrink its footprint — and recover more oil

OneSubsea is adding a twist to its two-decade old subsea pumps that may save operators from spending billions to build surface facilities many miles offshore.  More »

Former astronaut sees ties between space, deep sea

Mike Bloomfield, a former astronaut who heads Oceaneering’s work on space systems, discusses how a longtime NASA lab can be used to improve oil and gas companies’ offshore performance.  More »

Telepresence links scientists on shore with science at sea

Kelley Elliott, field operations lead for NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration Research, plans and manages expeditions for the only federally funded U.S. ship tasked with exploring the unknown parts of the ocean for research.  More »

The one cruise you don’t want to take (photos)

They’re cramped and they’re slow, but if you ever find yourself on one one of Mark Beatty’s vessels, chances are you’ll be breathing a sigh of relief despite the unpleasant conditions.  More »

Offshore industry has worst-case scenario technology at four strategic sites

The energy industry has deployed technology that can stop the most devastating offshore blowouts in four strategic locations around the world in order to ensure they can be quickly deployed to where they’re needed.  More »

Brazil’s labor shortage can be surmounted, official says

Brazil’s state-owned Pre-Sal Petroleo SA and its corporate partners, who are drilling into one of the world’s largest offshore oil discoveries in the last decade, face severe challenges because of rules restricting the amount of foreign goods used by local industries.  More »

Companies discuss technology for building pipeline better

An Italian oil service company recently finished laying a huge swatch of pipeline across the Gulf of Mexico and will soon launch a new project on the other side of the globe.  More »

Photos: OTC through history

The popularity of the Offshore Technology Conference has ebbed and flowed with the health of the oil and gas industry. Take a journey through the Offshore Technology Conference’s 35-year history:  More »