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Oil and gas decommissioning insight report released

Posted by Simon Pownall on Oct 20, 2014 2:13:53 PM


The trade association for the oil and gas indsutry, Oil & Gas UK, launched this month their annual Decommissioning Insight - the industry leading forecast for decommissioning activity and expenditure on the UKCS.

This year the report focuses on the activity of 28 operators, providing intelligence on their decommissioning plans for the next 10 years.

Data was compiled from operators’ responses to an Oil & Gas UK survey conducted this summer on their decommissioning activity and expenditure in 2013 and respective forecasts for 2014 to 2023.

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Topics: Oil news, Oil and Gas Industry, platform decommissioning

In focus: MM1080ie flange facing machine

Posted by Simon Pownall on Oct 17, 2014 11:00:00 AM


In this regular feature for the Mirage blog we'll be taking an in-depth look at a specific portable machine tool.This week we take a deeper look at the MM1080ie flange facing machine.

MM1080ie (0 - 157")

A unique concept for flange facing, the Mirage machine can be used either mounted internally or externally. Orbital milling can also be added for efficient machining of larger flanges.

Featuring a high load precision drive bearing and the latest linear technology,the MM1080ie has proved to be durable and constantly accurate as well as completely unique.

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Topics: flanges, flange facing machine

The ultimate machinery for subsea high pressure hot tapping

Posted by Simon Pownall on Oct 15, 2014 1:00:00 PM


Hot tapping is one of the most complex and risky procedures in the oil and gas sector onshore, let alone offshore.

Mirage already provide innovative solutions to problems requiring subsea ROV, diver or surface operated cutting, weld preps, sawing, milling, and drilling. With their expert design team, who have spent years developing products, Mirage have enabled both diver operated and completely remote ROV machining at ever increasing depths.

For hot tapping operations - this is a massive step towards increasing safety and efficiency offshore.

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Topics: Subsea, hot tapping

Oil and gas report points to significant future investment

Posted by Simon Pownall on Oct 13, 2014 3:05:00 PM


A new economic industry report from Oil & Gas UK has indicated that approximately £1 trillion is needed to fully recover the gas and oil remaining within British waters.

According to the industry body, as much as 20 billion barrels of oil equivalent (boe) are thought to remain offshore in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) with £1 trillion needed to offset the operational costs and financial incentives required to successfully extract it.

Malcolm Webb, Oil & Gas UK’s Chief Executive, claimed that maximising oil and gas recovery from this particular area was “the collective responsibility of all those who fund, regulate, tax and operate the offshore oil and gas industry” – thus calling on government and industry figures alike to get involved.

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Topics: Oil news, Oil and Gas Industry

UK economic recovery "needs a thriving oil and gas sector"

Posted by Simon Pownall on Oct 10, 2014 12:29:00 PM


The importance of the UK Oil & Gas industry to an improving British economy has been underlined once again this past week after comments from a leading industry figure.

According to commentary, the industry will play a vital role in the future of the UK and its economic health with more than one third (35%) of its energy needs satisfied by oil and gas.

The industry is also responsible for supporting a staggering 450,000 jobs – making it vital to British employment as well as overall economic growth.

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Topics: Oil and Gas Industry