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Offshore Oil

"Offshore" refers to the discovery and development of oil and gas resources which lie underwater. Usually the term refers to ocean-based oil extraction , though the term can also apply to drilling in lakes and inland seas. The remote locations and harsh conditions of offshore oil production present different challenges than do land-based operations. Platforms and facilities must be carefully designed, assembled, and maintained to ensure safe, productive, and environmentally responsible operations.

Crew supplies , transportation, and waste disposal all rely on support vessels, and must be carefully coordinated to make the most of limited time, space, and resources. The isolation and cramped conditions of offshore facilities can cause personnel difficulties. Rig work is considered higher risk and the staff usually receive higher salary than industry workers in other fields. Technological advances in communications, such as video conferencing, have made it possible to keep more personnel onshore.

Offshore drilling presents environmental challenges, especially in extreme conditions or when operations are located close to land. Platforms are designed to function in many different situations: from shallow-water steel jackets and jackup barges; to floating semi-submersibles and deepwater drillships. There are currently more than 600 mobile offshore drilling rigs in the competitive rig fleet, including jackups, semisubs, drillships, and barges.

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Credit: Photo: Contract signing with Nick Topham (left), Managing Director of BSM Germany, and Ahmed AlQadeeb, Vice President, Oil and Gas, Rawabi Vallianz Offshore Services © BSM/Rawabi

Bernhard Schulte Enters Saudi Offshore Market Through Rawabi Vallianz JV

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Crude oil is shown in the Pacific Ocean offshore of Orange County, Oct. 3, 2021. U.S. Coast Guard photo (Cropped)

Amplify Energy Pulls Full-year Outlook after California Offshore Oil Spill

Amplify Energy Corp withdrew its full-year forecast on Monday, saying that a large…

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Solstad Offshore Sells Platform Supplier

Norwegian offshore vessel owner Solstad Offshore is continuing with divestments of…

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AqualisBraemar LOC to Acquire UK Ops of Ship Designer OSD-IMT from Damen

AqualisBraemar LOC, an energy and marine industry consultancy, has agreed to buy…

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U.S. Moves to Expand Offshore Wind Beyond the Northeast

The Biden administration on Thursday unveiled fresh steps toward building offshore…

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VIDEO: SBM Offshore's LNG2Wire Floater Concept

SBM Offshore, one of the world's largest suppliers of floating, production, storage…

Shoreline crews conduct cleanup operations on Huntington Beach, Calif., Oct. 4, 2021.   - Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Richard Brahm 
U.S. Coast Guard District 11 PADET Los Angeles

Southern California: Beaches to Reopen After Offshore Oil Spill

Beaches in a southern California city that were shut because of an oil spill last…

Crude oil is shown in the Pacific Ocean offshore of Orange County, Oct. 3, 2021.



A unified command has been established to respond to and clean up the oil spill off the California coast.

Official U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Pipeline from California Offshore Oil Spill was Moved 32 Meters Along Sea Floor

A section of the oil pipeline that burst off the Southern California coast was displaced…

Crude oil is shown in the Pacific Ocean offshore of Orange County, Calif., on October 3, 2021. (Photo: Richard Brahm / U.S. Coast Guard)

Why Is It So Hard to Clean Up An Offshore Oil Spill?

Oil spills into ocean waters, subject to winds and tides and spreading swiftly over wide areas…

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Drydocks Starts Conversion Works on Perenco's Brazil-bound FSO

DP World's subsidiary Drydocks World Dubai has started converting an Aframax tanker…

Crude oil is shown in the Pacific Ocean offshore of Orange County, Oct. 3, 2021.

A unified command has been established to respond to and clean up the oil spill off the California coast.

Official U.S. Coast Guard photo.

'Catastrophic' California Offshore Oil Spill Kills Fish, Damages Wetlands

A large oil spill off the southern California coast left fish dead, birds mired in…

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