Wireless and fiber-optic technologies are both proving their value in well-integrity monitoring, as demonstrated by two speakers at the 8th Decommissioning & Abandonment Summit, which took place in Houston in the last week of February.
Efforts to develop a new global standard for dynamic-positioning systems have been driven by a belief that the current standard is too open to interpretation, according to one of the key people behind this joint industry project.
Amid mounting evidence that routine flaring of natural gas from upstream operations causes as much of a financial burden as an environmental one, the industry’s reluctance to tackle this issue is due in part to a lack of familiarity with technological solutions, experts have told Upstream Intelligence.
North Sea operators have responded well to a new industry charter that urges them to abandon old practices and collaborate for the common good, two of the men behind the initiative have told Upstream Intelligence.
A new inspection program targeting high-risk oil and gas operations in the Gulf of Mexico is designed to be more instructive than punitive, the US government official responsible for its implementation has revealed to Upstream Intelligence.