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FMC Technologies develops shape memory alloy solution for subsea industry

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FMC Technologies has developed and patented a technology to replace the orbital welding process used to connect small bore hydraulic tubing used in subsea equipment — the Shape Memory Alloy Subsea Fitting. The technology is based on shape memory alloys — a nickel-titanium material that returns to its original shape after subjected to environmental changes such as temperature or pressure.

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Drilling & Completions News

The steel jacket for the Mariner A platform began its journey to the UK Continental Shelf in August. The Mariner Field is located on the East of Shetland Platform in the UK North Sea, approximately 150 km east of the Shetland Isles. Topsides installation is planned to take place in 2016.

Shell has received the approval of one Application for Permit to Modify (APM) to conduct exploratory drilling activities into potential oil-bearing zones offshore Alaska at one of the wells at the Burger Prospect, Burger J. The company remains limited to the top section of the Burger V well. The announcement came from Brian Salerno, Director of the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), after extensive review.

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