BP Amoco Pipeline Co., Houston, construction manager and operator of the Main Pass oil gathering system (MPOG), successfully avoided weather-related downtime in the Gulf of Mexico in September 1999 by reeling 8.5 miles of 85/8-in. OD pipe in water depths to 1,130 ft from the Chickasaw reel pipelay barge.b
Recent developments in bicenter drillbit design have overcome many of the problems that once precluded their use in costly offshore operations, now allowing operators to eliminate many nondrilling activities, such as bit trips, while improving drilling performance.
A long-simmering dispute over a maritime boundary in the southwestern Caribbean, a region thought to hold potential hydrocarbon reserves, broke into an angry argument between Honduras and Nicaragua at the end of last year.
Global polyester and intermediates utilization rates will exceed 100% of nameplate capacity by 2007 if worldscale plants are not built, according to a study of polyester and paraxylene by Tecnon (UK) Ltd., London.
To inspect and monitor cost effectively the seabed geometry of their newly laid pipelines offshore Nigeria, Moni Pulo Ltd. and Brass Exploration Unlimited deployed a system that tracks the progress of a pig as it moves along the line.
Spills of crude oil and refined products from tankers have declined markedly since the 1970s, despite a pronounced increase in tanker trade, according to the International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (Intertanko)
Oil field service company stocks outperformed the market during this year's first quarter, but their first quarter earnings were relatively dull by comparison, say analysts Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette.