Issues and challenges faced when providing conductor centralization

Posted by Andy Norman on 05-Apr-2017 11:15:00

Installing an offshore platform is a hugely complex, multi-disciplinary operation. The importance of centralization for the integrity of conductors and to extend the life of the wells is sometimes underestimated. Ignoring the issue at the start of any project or addressing it incorrectly can be costly, particularly with the trend nowadays showing new projects with more ambitious design life for the platform. Whilst appearing to be simple devices, centralizers provide a service at a critical interface between the platform structure and the well – where the conditions imposed upon them can be severe.

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Topics: offshore asset life extension

Recommendations that the oil and gas industry should look to achieve in order for 2017 success

Posted by Andy Norman on 23-Mar-2017 12:01:28

2017 is a crucial year for the UK oil and gas industry and its supply chain. Two years of consolidation and cost efficiency has put the industry on better footings, and now a steady upturn in oil prices in Q1 of 2017 has brought about new-found optimism.

As Deloitte’s 2017 outlook on oil and gas explained, “OPEC finally announced production cuts of 1.2 million barrels per day in 2017, and rig counts growing, albeit slowly, once again. There is a sense that better times are ahead.”

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ADIPEC 2016 Review: Key talking points from the world’s most influential oil and gas event

Posted by Andy Norman on 21-Dec-2016 10:00:00

‘Strategies for the New Energy Landscape’ was the theme of this year’s biggest ever ADIPEC event in Abu Dhabi. The 19th edition of the world’s most influential oil and gas event attracted over 100,000 trade professionals from more than 125 countries.

“The industry is going through a transformation”, UAE’s Minister of Energy Mohammad Faraj Faris Al Mazrouei said at the opening ceremony.

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Topics: offshore asset life extension

How Claxton are inspiring the next generation of oil and gas/Energy engineers

Posted by Andy Norman on 08-Nov-2016 10:00:24

Thursday 29th September 2016 was the launch of the world’s first Masters degree in ‘Decommissioning offshore installations’. The University of Aberdeen is already well-placed geographically to help develop the next generation of offshore engineers, but the educational body has made further steps to be seen as the UK’s leading oil and gas talent developer with the unveiling of their new degree.

Despite the reduction in staff levels in the industry over the past three years, new opportunities exist for our young engineers, and one glance at the to-do list in the UK alone proves just how much we need them, as much as they need us.

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Claxton Uncovered: ‘Making the Middle East our home’ with Nick Marriott

Posted by Andy Norman on 18-Oct-2016 10:39:29

Great Yarmouth, Aberdeen, Egypt, Brazil, Iran, Angola, Nigeria, Oman, Dubai and many more cities and countries around the world have been the host of Claxton’s own Nick Marriott. The nomadic Manager, who has now resided in the Middle East for three-and-a-half years, shares his experiences of working in the industry for over forty years – which includes 23 house moves in the process.

As Region Manager, Nick is responsible for all aspects of Claxton’s work in the Middle East. As well as full operational and budget responsibility, Nick is also in charge of sales, marketing and business development – with the assistance of his small but growing team of service technicians, engineers and administrative staff. Here, he gives us his thoughts on moving to the Middle East, the industry challenges in the region, and his highlights over the past few years.

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Topics: offshore asset life extension

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