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Editor’s Letter

What Does Offshore West Africa Have to Do With Shtokman?

Pat Davis Szymczak

This month’s Oil&Gas Eurasia features a look at what France’s Total is doing in the West African offshore. What does West Africa have to do with Russia? Plenty in that many of the technologies that Total is employing in its development of the Girassol oilfield offshore Angola are appropriate to Russia’s Barents Sea – and in particular the Shtokman gas field.

Seismic Acquisition

Acquiring Seismic With Input/Output’s System Four3

Input Output introduces the latest release of its cable based land system with enhanced reliability and operational productivity


Reliable Alliance RITEK and NETZSCH

Equipping rotary screw pumps with AC electric motors is a reliable and efficient way to keep mature reservoirs in production. Russia’s RITEK and Germany’s NETZSCH have teamed up to manufacture this sort of equipment which is used widely in Russia. Here, Oil&Gas; Eurasia interviews the Executive Director of the joint venture, Artem B. Petlenko, to learn how advantageous these pumps can be.


What’s the Fuss? Assessing the Labor Market in the Petroleum Industry

Russia’s oil and gas industry is thriving. Growth in production and extraction volumes, modernization of enterprises, large scale projects, and increasing foreign investment and technology have all resulted in a booming labor market.


Leasing Comes of Age in Russia

International leasing is an effective method of minimizing risk and limiting taxes on the procurement and maintenance of costly industrial equipment.


Girassol Stepping Stone for the Industry

In December 1992, a consortium of international oil companies, led by Elf Aquitaine (now Total) of France, acquired the rights to explore a large license area of offshore acreage, designated Block 17, in waters off the West African state of Angola.

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