Innovators: Offshore Energy

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Managing Pack Ice and Icebergs

by wade on July 13, 2011

By Andrew Safer and published in Offshore Technology, London, UK, January 2011

Cairn Energy, a Scotland-based oil and gas explorer and producer, drilled three wells at approximately 70 north and 60 west, 150 to 200 kilometres offshore in its acreage in the Baffin Bay Basin during a much anticipated Summer 2010 campaign. These were the first wells drilled in the Greenland Arctic in 10 years. The objective was to identify the window of opportunity when the water would be free from pack ice, and to keep icebergs out of the protection zone around the drill site to ensure the exploration program could continue safely and without interruption.
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Specialized Radar for Ice and Oil-Spill Detection

by wade on July 1, 2011

Second Article from From City of St. John's Ocean Technology Media Program

By Andrew Safer

 “Canada is one of the world’s leading maritime nations, with the world’s longest coastline and bordering three of the world’s oceans,” Jane Rutherford, Global Practice Lead, Ocean Technologies, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (Canada), was quoted as saying in the last issue of Marine Technology Reporter. “We know the sea. Read more.

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Marine Technology Reporter - Deep Water Risers & Hydrodynamic Performance Research (Oceanic Consulting)

by Admin on May 11, 2011

Vortex-induced vibration (VIV) is a key issue for oil companies that are planning deepwater projects (water depth over 1,000 feet or 304 meters). VIV is the motion generated by the flow of water against the riser (the cylinder that connects the drilling or production platform to the subsea wellhead), producing vortices that are shed alternately from one side of the riser to the other. The longer the riser, the greater the VIV-induced loading, so VIV suppression devices are a critical component in deepwater riser design. Read more.