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Marine & Offshore Featured Stories:

    • What’s in a rock?

      by Tina Olivero

      The Island of Newfoundland is fondly known as The Rock. It’s name comes honestly, as the rugged terrain and majestic shoreline of Newfoundland are pretty much nothing but rock. I’m from The Rock. And like most Newfoundlander’s I am proud to say that this rock is my home. GEOLOGY Newfoundland is the playground of some […]

    • 7 Multinational oil giants invest offshore Newfoundland in 2017

      by Tina Olivero

      When oil giants invest in exploration in an offshore area, you know there is oil there.  Yes, it is that simple. What’s not so simple is mobilising exploration rigs, crews and teams to find the oil producing sweet spot, in a seabed of possibility. Areas like the North Sea and the Gulf of Mexico have […]

    • Miniaturization of Rupture Disks Forces Industry Back to Drawing Board

      by Tina Olivero

      For more than 85 years, the rupture disk has served as an effective passive safety mechanism to protect against overpressure or potentially damaging vacuum conditions in oil and gas storage tanks and other enclosed vessels. Designing the first rupture disk (bursting disc) in 1931, BS&B Safety Systems, continues to set the world standards for rupture […]

    • NOIA – New Board of Directors for 2017

      by Tina Olivero

      The Newfoundland and Labrador Oil & Gas Industries Association (Noia) membership elected its 2017 Board of Directors at the association’s Annual General Meeting held today in St. John’s. The Board of Directors is the governing body and provides strategic direction for the largest oil & gas industry association in Canada. Andrew Bell succeeds Raymond Collins as […]

    • Chesley Penney: May we find you in the echo of your legacy

      by Tina Olivero

      It’s with deep sadness that we say goodbye to one of Newfoundland’s greatest men, Chesley Penney.  Living a long and extremely successful life Ches was one of 12 children from Carbonear, who moved to St. John’s with a dream and vision.  A father, an entrepreneur and a philanthropist, Ches was an inspiring chap. Regrettably, at the […]

    • NOIA AWARDS: Jim Thistle and Richard Mandeville

      by Tina Olivero

      Noia, (Newfoundland Oil Industries Association) is pleased to announce James (Jim) Thistle, QC, formerly of McInnes Cooper and Richard Mandeville of TechnipFMC Canada Ltd. as recipients of the Outstanding Contribution Award and Rising Star Award, respectively. OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION The Outstanding Contribution Award recognizes exemplary individuals who have influenced the development of our local oil and […]

    • Finalists in the global SPE Offshore Achievement Awards 2017

      by Tina Olivero

      Hosted by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen Section, the annual awards recognise some of the industry’s most innovative technology developments as well as talented individuals and exceptional large and small company performance. This year’s shortlist comprises a wide cross-section of the offshore sector, with companies large and small, spanning a variety of sub-sectors, represented. […]

    • Tips for managing NORM during decommissioning

      by Tina Olivero

      Every oil and gas facility has the potential to be hampered by the problem of NORM (short for Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material), especially during phases of decommissioning. To fully understand NORM, first take note that it can be broken down into various waste streams. For example… There is NORM waste which is contaminated with other […]

    • Harber Coatings: Invents Revolutionary High-Performance Coatings

      by Tina Olivero

      When an industry faces a harsh downturn for two years, there is a critical need gain efficiencies, optimization and reliability.  That’s a global trend. And in the coatings industry its leading minds that have come up with optimal gains that support sustainable long-term cost reductions and higher efficiency. Replacement and repair of damaged equipment are […]

    • Ben van Beurden Interview (Shell Chief)

      by Tina Olivero

      Van Beurden and his colleagues might well have been in need of a drink after the gruelling nine-and-a-half month takeover campaign. While that day’s vote by BG shareholders – waved through with more than 99 percent approval – had never been a concern, van Beurden had faced a tough battle to convince his own shareholders […]

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