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Machine learning enables fast, cost-effective, and accurate methane emissions detection in remote areas. A recent test proved the feasibility of using LiDAR on remote-controlled drones to create 3D maps of the inside of tanks, increasing the safety and efficiency of inspections. The AI-driven tool will detect anomalies in subsea oil and gas infrastructure. Whether for a fleet or single platform, AI can transform an offshore enterprise. An AI-based application enabled operators to preempt ESP failures while optimizing production.
A recent test proved the feasibility of using LiDAR on remote-controlled drones to create 3D maps of the inside of tanks, increasing the safety and efficiency of inspections. The seismic sensors will be dropped by six autonomous aerial drones and later be retrieved by an unmanned ground vehicle instead of conventional manual deployment and recovery by ground-based teams. The $43-million deal with Saipem will utilize a wireless underwater intervention drone and an ROV for intervention work on the Njord field in the Norwegian North Sea. Equinor said the contract is the first ever from an operator for advanced wireless drone services. Subsea inspection/repair/maintenance services have traditionally relied on vessel-based, ROV, or diver operations.
Askeladd Vest is Phase 2 of the Snøhvit gas development, which is expected to see an FID this year. The cement industry is exploring carbon capture technology to reduce its carbon footprint. Sleipner’s share in net-zero emissions savings will be more than 150,000 tonnes per year. Time-stamped data anomalies can lead to more-accurate identification and faster diagnosis. The announcement comes as Aker BP has stopped all nonsanctioned projects.
Askeladd Vest is Phase 2 of the Snøhvit gas development, which is expected to see an FID this year. Sleipner’s share in net-zero emissions savings will be more than 150,000 tonnes per year. Although these look like ordinary tankers, they are unique and run on LNG and recovered oil vapors. The Norwegian wind farm is expected to start up in 2022. The wind farm is also expected to create spinoff effects during the project’s life.
The inspection projects to assess water ingress will be done via remotely operated vehicle. The A-frame is DNV certified. Fugro and SEA-KIT’s partnership will develop unmanned vessels, while HII and Kongsberg will market naval and maritime products. Sensors, robots, and artificial intelligence have made their way into a number of areas within the industry, including pipeline inspections. Shell has begun to examine the innovative technologies that could shift the inspection paradigm.
From the highest courts of the US judicial branch to the C-suite, contests involving patents have recently come to the fore in the innovation hungry US oilfield services industry, even as filings and litigation have declined in recent years. Seeking out, experimenting with, and ultimately embracing technologies from other industries have proven crucial to innovating at oilfield service firms such as Halliburton, which has tried everything from dog food to submarine tech to improve its work downhole. R&D may be the key to the survival of companies as the new economics of the industry take hold. Even as the oil and gas industry looks for the next great idea to propel it forward, it should constantly reconsider past innovations for inspiration, the CEO of a major operator said Monday on the opening day of 2017 SPE ATCE. The R&D Technical Section dinner at ATCE drew varying perspectives as the panelists discussed, and sometimes debated, a range of approaches to safeguarding industry viability and growth in the years ahead.
Proved oil reserves totaled 43.8 billion bbl at yearend 2018 while proved gas reserves amounted to 504.5 Tcf, both topping records set in 2017, the US Energy Information Administration said. Proved oil and gas reserves in the US have spiked to levels not seen before, the EIA reports, and one of the main drivers is the Permian’s Wolfcamp-Bone Spring Shale.
Putting together the billions of dollars needed to develop deepwater finds has become tougher, but when the discoveries are huge, companies will make every effort to find a way to tap what may be a cheap source of oil. The complete paper analyzes the role of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in balancing the natural gas demand in the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region. Saudi Arabia offers a seemingly bottomless supply of oil and an equally deep array of exploration challenges as well. A total of 12.2 billion BOE was discovered worldwide in 2019—the highest volume in 4 years, with offshore regions dominating the list of new deposits. Talos is hoping to retain its operatorship of the major discovery it made in 2017 offshore Mexico after a reserves audit confirmed the reservoir is shared between two offshore blocks.
With their gee-whiz—albeit artificial—intelligence, robots may be the industry’s answer to jobs deemed dangerous, dirty, distant, or dull. Despite the global downturn, the long-term transition to net zero presents a major opportunity to create new multibillion industries based around the North Sea. Cross-sector collaboration and major state/private sector intervention, together with strong leadership, will be key. Nearly everything’s on the table as companies aim to shore up portfolios by curtailing investments and dumping low-priority assets. A new licensing round will open up 136 blocks in the Arctic Barents Sea.
Train 7 is scheduled for commissioning by 2024 and would bring total capacity of Nigeria LNG’s complex to 30 mtpa. The natural gas pipeline is co-financed by the EU, with work beginning immediately. Bloomberg reports that Saipem is seeking to bulk up and weather an industry downturn. A potential deal could create an oilfield service giant with more than $12.4 billion in revenue. The $43-million deal with Saipem will utilize a wireless underwater intervention drone and an ROV for intervention work on the Njord field in the Norwegian North Sea.