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October 2017

The October issue starts by reviewing the state of the upstream industry in the Middle East with particular focus on recruitment issues in the region. The issue then goes on to cover topics ranging from Rig Design, Deepwater Operations, Subsea Technology, Decommissioning, Integrity Mangement, Communications & Logisitics, and Health & Safety


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Making the most of the Middle East
Andy Ryan, Airswift, reveals how opportunities and challenges abound in the Middle East, but the workforce could be the deciding factor.

All in the mix
Mark Jones, PSM, UK, looks at the importance of the measurement process in delivering improved drilling fluid control and how the latest technology developments in transmitters are helping to increase efficiency and reduce costs.

Easy as 1, 2, 3
Trond Skjeie, Archer, explains how a three-stage blowout preventer (BOP) cleaner can make a step change in efficient BOP and riser cleaning.

In with the new
Han Tiebout, GustoMSC, reviews the impact of brownfield developments in a ‘lower for longer’ oil price environment.

Ready for the robot revolution
Ian Phillips, OGIC, UK, summarises the need for the offshore sector to explore the potential of emerging technologies.

Supporting subsea production
Marco Gabelloni, Aker Solutions, reviews a new artificial lift system that builds on traditional ESP-based subsea boosting methods.

Extreme
This feature showcase technologies designed to handle the harshest conditions faced by the global oil and gas industry. Contributions come from:
Packers Plus Energy Services Inc. – Performance under pressure – Marlon Leggott discusses the growing requirement for HPHT completion systems and recent implementation in both onshore and offshore environments. Downhole Products – If the shoe fits... – Keith Bradford shows how reaming shoe research is helping operators address extreme well challenges.

Bird’s eye view
Shelley Regan, Texo Drone Survey & Inspection Ltd, shows how UAV technology is adapting to meet the challenges faced by the oil and gas industry.

The path to operational readiness
Julie Holmquist, Cortec Corporation, USA, assesses the importance of mothballing/lay-up strategies that allow for corrosion protection and speedy re-commissioning.

Corrosion: a fight for safety
Emma Perfect, LUX Assure, UK, explains how to address the challenge of asset integrity through enhanced corrosion management.

Dealing with digital twins
Hari Vamadevan, DNV GL – Oil & Gas, UK, shows how ‘digital twins’ are a transformational technology for the oil and gas industry.

Digital dawn
Matt Green, Weir Oil & Gas, USA, explores the transformation of the oilfield through digitisation.

Decommissioning: a port’s perspective
Joanne Allday and Zeina Sawaya-Melville, the Port of Cromarty Firth, UK, share a port’s views on the North Sea’s burgeoning decommissioning market.


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