TOPICS OF INTEREST
Aggressive Cost-Cutting: Is it Sustainable?
Onshore development is increasing production, while investors demand greater operational efficiencies. Operators and service companies are striving to strike the balance between fiscal discipline and growing their production. How low can costs go, and for how long?
Aqualis Offshore Signs Frame Agreement With Aker BP
Aqualis Offshore and Aker BP have signed a 5-year frame agreement. Aker was awarded 23 new production licenses by the Norway Ministry of Petroleum and Energy on 16 January.
McDermott, CB&I To Combine in $6-Billion Deal
McDermott and CB&I will form a vertically integrated onshore-offshore construction and engineering services provider. Other deals include Jacobs Engineering Group acquiring CH2M and the expected close by year end of the Schlumberger and Weatherford OneStim JV.
Shell Stands Down Emergency Response at Enchilada Platform
Shell reported it has not observed any signs of oil on the water associated with a fire on the Enchilada platform, located in the US Gulf of Mexico.
What Project Sanctions Tell Us About the State of the Upstream Sector
Many of the biggest players in the industry—particularly the majors—have adapted their portfolios for “lower for longer” and are once again sanctioning big projects. While we are not back to the heady days of 2010–2014, we have left behind the dark days of 2015–2016.
Acteon and Actuant Assets Change Hands
Acteon Group is buying Actuant’s Viking SeaTech business at a steeply discounted price of $12 million compared to the $225 million that Actuant paid in 2013 to acquire the company, and Actuant is buying Acteon’s Mirage for $16 million.
Supply and Demand in Unconventionals: Where Do Service Companies Fit?
Service company executives examine how the oil price downturn affected supply and demand for their services in the unconventional sector, and strategies they have undertaken to stay afloat as operators adjust to uncertainty.
Petronas Nixes the Pacific Northwest LNG Megaproject
Petronas cancels plans for the development of the Pacific Northwest LNG project in British Columbia intended to take away natural gas from the Montney formation for shipping to Asian countries. Low LNG prices strike a blow to the feasibility of the project.
Royal Dutch Shell Aims To Deliver USD 10 Billion From New Projects by 2018
Ben Van Beurden, CEO of Royal Dutch Shell, said in his 2Q presentation that the Prelude FLNG is one of three projects under construction that, along with nine others recently brought on line, will deliver USD 10 billion in cash flow by 2018.
Guidelines for Community Input in Unconventional Development
The effectiveness of delivering information about a new energy project to community stakeholders varies based on the method used; how a message is framed can affect individual opinions.
OTC: Risk-Based Cybersecurity Critical for Offshore Automation
A cybersecurity director outlines the steps needed to adopt a risk-based cybersecurity program. He cautions that in many cases, process control systems’ confidentiality is mistakenly viewed as a lower priority than IT systems’.
Oilfield Services: How Much Consolidation is Yet To Come?
The recent upswing in M&As in the oilfield services sector may be a harbinger of more to come as operators push for capex and opex control.
IT/OT Convergence Plays Critical Role in Cybersecurity Protocol
Industry CIOs examine the challenges operators and service companies face in understanding cybersecurity threats.
On-Site Specialization Optimizes Eagle Ford Acreage
Sanchez Energy’s COO discusses the company’s project management strategies in its Eagle Ford operations.
Bayesian Networks Helpful in Shale Risk Management
By using a Bayesian network, a probabilistic graphical model, in their shale operations, companies might eliminate some of the hurdles they face in these areas, an expert said at the 2016 Unconventional Resources Technology Conference.
A Strategy For Driving Step Change Reductions in Capital Project Cost
Many companies are seeking 20% to 50% reductions in project costs. This level of capital cost reduction requires serious rethinking of the strategy for developing and executing projects.
Thermodynamic Performance Indicators for Offshore Oil and Gas Processing: Application to Four North Sea Facilities
Developing performance indicators that will provide meaningful comparisons across the wide variation in oil and gas platforms is important, since good indicators can drive optimal operations. But is is also complex.
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