Monday, 30 November 2015



Tendeka, the provider of completions systems and services to the upstream oil and gas industry, has invested in a new facility at Minto Drive, Aberdeen. 

The Advanced Completions Technology and Training Centre will enable Tendeka to enhance performance from its industry-leading wireless intelligent completions, reservoir monitoring technologies and advanced data management and utilisation software solutions.  
The detached facility, which covers 8,500 sq. ft. comprises of a R&D assembly and testing area for performance and extended life qualification testing, engineering offices and a state-of-the-art training center.  

“The new facility allows the team to fully exploit their ideas and talents, enabling the game changing technologies to be brought to market within a much reduced time frame. This investment in the current market signals the confidence that Tendeka has in the technology we have to offer and the team developing it,” said John Hunter, Tendeka’s Advanced Completions Director.

In addition, Tendeka has also extended its Peterseat Drive facility, Aberdeen, with the opening of a new swellable elastomer laboratory. Tendeka has over 12 years’ experience developing and deploying swellable packer technology and the ‘swells lab’ will focus on the development of swellable elastomers for extreme and challenging applications.  

Equipped with the latest technology including compound mixers, mills and extruders, the swells lab will enable accelerated development of new advanced swellable compounds in addition to performance testing at well conditions for development purposes and specific client projects.

“This investment in facilities, and in our staff, demonstrates Tendeka’s continued commitment to innovation and service quality.  We will continue to build on our extensive track record improving operational efficiency and enhancing well performance using these new capabilities to expand and support our technology portfolio.,” said Tendeka’s Chief Technology Officer, Annabel Green. 

Tendeka has a proven track record in the provision of completions and reservoir monitoring products, systems and services. Its robust solutions help operators overcome the technological challenges they are facing, as it works to continuously develop its offering to the oil and gas industry.



International oilfield services company, Expro, has achieved a significant milestone as it enters Qatar for the first time and expands its Middle Eastern presence with a five-year contract win. 

The contract will see Expro provide its range of well intervention and slickline services including high deviation and heavy-duty fishing offshore Qatar, as well as in drilling and workover locations in-country. 
Tarek Hekal, Senior Area Manager – Middle East, said: 

“This contract is a key win for Expro in the region as we expand our presence to better serve our clients.  

“In current market conditions, Expro recognises the need for operators to lower production costs. We will work closely with operators in the region to bring planning, operational and technical expertise that adds real commercial benefit to the cost of intervention.”

For the financial year ending 31 March 2015, Expro’s presence in the Middle East and North Africa region grew with stronger positions in all its main operating countries providing the opportunity to introduce a range of new technologies, products and services into these markets.

Edvard Grieg on stream - 30/11/2015

Edvard Grieg on stream

A new field started producing in the North Sea on Saturday 28. November. Edvard Grieg is operating company Lundin's first major development project on the Norwegian shelf.
Expected recoverable resources from Edvard Grieg total 29 million standard cubic metres of oil equivalents (182 million bbls o.e.), mainly oil.

The field's start-up is in line with the Plan for Development and Operation (PDO). Development costs have risen somewhat, but the increase is within the uncertainty range of plus/minus 20 per cent in the investment estimate in the PDO.

The PDO estimate was 22.8 billion kroner (2015-NOK), while the reported investment estimate ended at 24.8 billion 2015-NOK. This constitutes an increase of nine per cent.

Kværner Verdal built the steel jacket and Kværner Stord built the topsides for the production facility, which will rest on the seabed.

The Edvard Grieg field is in production licence 338, situated on the Utsira High, about 35 kilometres south of the Grane and Balder fields. The field is developed with a fixed platform, resting on the seabed. The oil is transported by pipeline (EGOP) to the Grane oil pipeline and on to the Sture terminal north of Bergen. The gas is transported in a separate pipeline (UHGP), which is tied in to the pipeline network on the UK side (SAGE).

When the plans were laid for developing Edvard Grieg and neighbouring field Ivar Aasen, a decision was made to coordinate the development solutions for the fields. This means that oil and gas from Ivar Aasen will undergo final processing on Edvard Grieg, and will be routed on from there in the same transport systems. The plan calls for production from Ivar Aasen to start in late 2016. The plan furthermore calls for tying in other discoveries in the area to Edvard Grieg as capacity gradually becomes available.

Edvard Grieg will cover the power needs for Ivar Aasen. The licensees in PL 338 are cooperating with other licensees on the Utsira High to find a joint solution for power supply from land.

Thursday, 26 November 2015

SPP Pumps chosen for world’s biggest refinery project - 26/11/2015

SPP Pumps chosen for world’s biggest refinery project

SPP Pumps, a leading designer and manufacturer of centrifugal pumps and systems is providing 24 pumps for the largest refinery in the world, under current construction in Jazan, Saudi Arabia.

The pumps have been specified by Air Products, one of two joint owners of the giant complex that will supply 75,000 metric tons per day of oxygen and nitrogen to the Saudi Aramco refinery. The other joint owner company is Acwa Holdings.

The 12km2 Jazan refinery site will eventually produce 80 million barrels per day of petroleum, 250 million barrels per day of diesel and over one million tonnes per year of other petrochemical products.

SPP Pumps has a long relationship with Air Products, dating back to 2001 when the Reading-based pump manufacturer was selected as its preferred global supplier of general service water pumps. Martin Bagg, Business Manager for Water at SPP is delighted with the contract win: “We’ve been working with Air Products for some years now and so winning this order for such a highly visible project is testimony to the quality, performance and reliability of our products.”
The 24 pumps comprise 12 split case and 12 end suction models, both well established products with an enviable track record for unbeatable performance and low life cost thanks to enhanced reliability and low power consumption.

“Value for money is essential for any project,” continues Martin Bagg “but that needs to be married to other key factors such as minimised downtime, which our customer knows we can provide having partnered with us on many previous occasions. At SPP we have built our reputation on optimising efficiency to give our users the very best value in performance and operational energy usage. We prioritise lifetime running costs achieved through our unrivalled engineering expertise and our customers reap the benefits.”

Contractor £16.6bn ‘stealth tax’ will stall economic growth - 26/11/2015

Contractor £16.6bn ‘stealth tax’ will stall economic growth

A “stealth tax” aimed at the UK’s army of contractors will hit British industry and stall economic growth says a national accountancy firm, despite claims from Chancellor George Osborne that his Autumn Statement “delivers what businesses need”.

Despite protests and appeals for a further review, the Chancellor has pushed ahead with plans to scrap tax relief on travel and subsistence expenses for the nation’s 1.6 million freelance workers.

Danbro provides accountancy and professional employment services to more than 7,000 contractors around the UK and says the decision, which comes into effect from April next year, could cost contractors £16.6bn a year in lost expenses.

Critically, contractors provide a lifeline of skills to thousands of businesses around the UK and the move could cost British industry £7bn as it is forced to make up the shortfall in pay.

Managing director of Danbro, Damian Broughton, says: “The Chancellor started by saying this was a budget that would deliver what businesses need – competitive taxes. The reality is that he’s raided the pockets of contractors and businesses alike with a cynical stealth tax.

“This move could have a potentially devastating effect on some businesses that rely on freelance workers to provide the skills they need. If they want contractors to come to their site they will have to pay much more – many won’t have the capacity to do that.

“The Chancellor also heralded the growth we’ve seen in the UK economy over recent years. That growth was fuelled by our flexible workforce and he’s now putting the brakes on this vital sector by stopping them from travelling to where they are needed.”

The decision to restrict tax relief for travel and subsistence expenses for workers engaged through an employment intermediary, such as an umbrella company or a personal service company will raise just £265m for the Treasury.

However, research by Danbro suggests the move could cost each freelancer an average of £200 a week – totalling £16.6bn a year for the UK’s 1.6m contractors.

A survey conducted by the firm also found just 25 per cent of freelancers would take on a contract without tax relief on expenses from April next year.

Mr Broughton adds: “While the Autumn Statement brought good news for contractors in the shape of numerous infrastructure and building projects, this shortsighted tax grab will hit the temporary worker sector hard.

“The Chancellor repeatedly claimed ‘we are the builders’, but without a strong flexible workforce we won’t be able to build anything.”

Danbro will produce a number of resources and guides to help flexible workers adapt to the new rules when full details are expected to be published on December 9. 

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Working meetings with CNPC and PetroChina held - 25/11/2015

Working meetings with CNPC and PetroChina held

Beijing hosted today working meetings among Vitaly Markelov, Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, Wang Dongjin, Vice President of CNPC and Huang Weihe, Vice President of PetroChina.

The parties addressed the progress with the project for constructing the Power of Siberia gas pipeline to supply Russian natural gas to China (eastern route).

The meeting considered the future joint efforts on implementing the Memorandum of Understanding on the project for pipeline gas supply to China from the Russian Far East. The participants also discussed the cooperation within gas-fired power projects.

Penspen awarded engineering study for the development of offshore field in Southern Nigeria - 25/11/2015

Penspen awarded engineering study for the development of offshore field in Southern Nigeria

Penspen, a leading global provider of engineering and management services to the energy industry, has been awarded a contract from Sirius Group to conduct an engineering study for the monetisation of gas reserves from oilfields offshore Niger Delta. A key element of this agreement is the development of gas reserves of the OML 122 field, located in the offshore Niger Delta region 40km from the coastline of Southern Nigeria.

The study is being conducted as part of Project Dawn, a three year development project worth US$1.2billion that includes the construction of a pipeline network to deliver natural gas to the Escravos – Lagos Pipeline System (ELPS), which was designed and constructed under the supervision of Penspen more than two decades ago. The gas from Project Dawn will feed power plants and different industrial applications in Nigeria.

Project Dawn is expected to introduce 250mmscf/d of natural gas under the Gas Sale and Purchase Agreement (GSPA) between Sirius Oilfield Support Services Ltd and Nigerian Gas Company (NGC) a Subsidiary of NNPC.

The project will include an evaluation of the OML-122 field development, subsea gas pipeline and onshore central processing facility. The study will seek to determine the extent of new pipeline and facilities required, and quantify the overall investment required for the project.

The work is planned to include workshops in Nigeria to cover the screening of options, as well as decision and risk analysis.

Peter O’Sullivan, CEO of Penspen said: “We are pleased to have been selected by Sirius Group to provide our engineering expertise for this significant study, which will increase availability and improve accessibility to energy across the region. I am confident our team’s reputation and experience in conducting similar engineering studies worldwide will benefit and deliver value in developing infrastructure for Nigeria’s gas network.”

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Chancellor’s contractor cash grab will cost UK £16.6bn, warns Danbro - 24/11/2015

Chancellor’s contractor cash grab will cost UK £16.6bn, warns Danbro

As Chancellor George Osborne prepares to rubber stamp a £16.6bn cash grab from 1.6 million contractors across the UK, a national accountancy firm has called for an urgent rethink warning the move will hit British industry hardest. 

The managing director of Danbro, Damian Broughton, says the Government is attacking the lifeblood of the UK economy by changing tax rules for skilled freelancers and warns “the Chancellor is sleepwalking into a catastrophe.

The Government is planning to scrap tax relief on travel expenses for Britain’s army of contractors in a move that will cost each freelancer an average of £200 a week – totalling £16.6bn a year for the UK’s 1.6m contractors. 

It will raise just £265m for the Treasury, but Danbro warns employers will have to pick up an estimated £7bn shortfall for contractors if they want to retain the freelance expertise they need to grow their business.

A survey conducted by Danbro found just 25 per cent of freelancers would take on a contract without tax relief expenses from April. Danbro estimates those who do will see average pay slashed by as much as 20 per cent.

Critically, the move could have a huge impact on the UK’s flexible workforce resulting in many industries struggling to get the skills they need to grow and prosper.

The survey by Danbro, which is based in Lytham St Annes and London and provides financial and accountancy support for 7,000 contractors across the UK, found most freelance workers will not be able to continue without the tax relief and will either seek work overseas, retire or, in some cases, workers claim they will resort to benefits.

Mr Broughton says: “The Government is quite rightly aiming to crackdown on tax avoidance but this move is at best, misguided, and at worst, completely counter-productive for the UK economy. 

“Contractors are a vital resource of skills for thousands of UK businesses and waging war on this sector for a £265m return to the taxman is shortsighted.

“Chancellor Osborne must revisit these proposals and look again at the existing rules and ensure they are being enforced rather than just taking a new approach that penalises everybody. This new system is unfair, will heavily impact UK industry and attacks the modern British way of working.”

The research into more than 3,000 contractors by Danbro showed more than 90 per cent currently claim travel and subsistence expenses and almost 70 per cent of freelancers have a contract of a year or less. 

Under the new rules HMRC plans to stop contractors claiming travel and subsistence expenses if anyone they work with has the right to 'supervise, direct or control' the way they work. The rules will come into force in April of next year if Mr Osborne sticks with the plan in the Autumn Statement on November 25.

Mr Broughton adds: “We do need rules in place to prevent people from abusing the system. These rules do exist and are suitable, but they are not being enforced.

“Travel expenses for genuine temporary workers are a major issue as they are a huge and unpredictable expense. The Government is putting families and workers at risk by slashing their income while also burdening industry with huge costs and a lack of available skills.

“This is putting the UK’s recovery at risk and I fear the Chancellor is sleepwalking into a potential catastrophe simply because he’s seen a quick way to grab some extra tax.”



Iain Hutchison, Managing Director of Merlin ERD, has been shortlisted for the Entrepreneur of the Year Award organised by Entrepreneurial Scotland.

Headquartered in Perth, Merlin ERD is a successful engineering consultancy and training organisation serving the international oil and gas sectors.  It has pioneered the development of Extended Reach Drilling technologies which enable oil companies to extract oil from difficult to reach, complex, or marginal reservoirs.

The company has carried out assignments across the globe in 34 countries gaining numerous awards and accolades for its technical and engineering excellence, including a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2014 and the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) ‘Best Small Company' Award in 2015.

A Chartered Mechanical Engineer, experienced aviator and graduate of Heriot Watt University, Iain relishes a challenge: “When we are told that it is impossible to get any more oil out of a reservoir it is music to our ears.  The technologies we have developed enable oil companies to drill further and deeper than previously thought possible.  All this can be achieved with minimal environmental impact and reduced cost at the same time.” 

He added: “Being nominated for this award is great as it shows the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in Scotland.   The oil sector has been going through a tough time lately and whilst Merlin has demonstrated our resilience, we have not been immune to the downturn. Nonetheless we firmly believe that this is the right time to invest for the future.  The North Sea has produced 4246 bn barrels of oil with an estimated 12-24bn still recoverable.

Applying Merlin’s drilling techniques could add another 10bn barrels of oil to North Sea fields’.  It’s now or never, since the vultures are circling and if the existing assets in the North Sea are abandoned the opportunity to produce this oil will be lost forever.  Special times call for special measures and Scotland is proving it can lead the world once again in engineering.”

Merlin ERD currently employs 34 people between its headquarters in Perth and office in Aberdeen, but Iain has ambitious growth plans for the future: “We are looking at doubling our headcount over the next three years and opening an office in Houston. We are also reviewing several acquisition opportunities, which will accelerate our growth significantly.”   

Merlin has also established a highly successful training division which hosts specialised training courses in the field of extended reach drilling delivered by Merlin’s expert engineers.

Thursday, 19 November 2015



Deep Casing Tools has been awarded a multi tool order in excess of $4.7m for deployment in the Middle East. The order is the largest ever secured by the company.

Deep Casing Tools provides drillable turbine tools which enable casing and completions to be landed at target depth to improve the efficiency and reliability of well construction. 
The company has provided more than 300 Turbocaser Express and Turborunner tools for casing and completions respectively.

The Turbocaser Express recently established a new record for one operator by reaming 11,000ft (3352m) through challenging trouble zones to successfully land at 20,835ft (6350m) target depth.  
The latest order also includes Turborunner tools for completions following successful trial tests by a client earlier this year.

Increasing customer demand in the Middle East has resulted in tool orders from several operators in the region. A regional headquarters, established earlier this year, has contributed to the technology’s success by providing the ability to respond faster on the ground.

Lance Davis, Director of Deep Casing Tools, said: “The multi tool order underlines our clients’ previous successes with our tools.  It also highlights the increasing emphasis within operators to improve performance.  At the current oil price, operators are not taking any risks to land their completions or casings.  We add that differentiating capability for running a casing or a completion.”

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Schlumberger-Cameron Merger Receives Unconditional Clearance from U.S. Department of Justice - 18/11/2015

Schlumberger-Cameron Merger Receives Unconditional Clearance from U.S. Department of Justice

Schlumberger Limited (NYSE: SLB) and Cameron International Corporation (NYSE: CAM) jointly announced today that the U.S. Department of Justice has cleared their proposed merger without any conditions, granting early termination of the waiting period required by the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 with respect to the proposed merger.

The closing of the proposed merger remains subject to approval by Cameron stockholders and the satisfaction or waiver of the other closing conditions contained in the merger agreement between Schlumberger and Cameron. As previously announced by Cameron, the special meeting of stockholders of Cameron is scheduled for December 17, 2015, during which stockholders of Cameron will consider and vote upon the proposed adoption of the agreement and plan of merger between the companies.

Subject to receipt of approval from Cameron stockholders and satisfaction or waiver of other closing conditions contained in the merger agreement, Schlumberger and Cameron expect to close the merger in the first quarter of 2016. Until that time, Schlumberger and Cameron will continue to operate as separate and independent companies and continue to serve their respective customers.

Monday, 16 November 2015

Deepak Khilnani Announces Sub-Saharan Africa’s Largest Gas Engine Power Project - 16/11/2015

Deepak Khilnani Announces Sub-Saharan Africa’s Largest Gas Engine Power Project

Cummins Cogeneration Limited (CCL), headed up by Deepak Khilnani, and WUTA Energy are set to commence the development of a 140MW gas-fired power plant. Based in Beyin, the plant is the first phase of a 300MW Power Purchase Agreement to supply energy to the Ghanaian Grid, and once complete, it will be the largest gas engine power project in sub-Saharan Africa.

After successfully operating 100MW of gas-based power projects in Nigeria, the clean energy group is set to introduce the same core technology to Ghana in 2016.

The facility will make use of Ghana’s substantial natural gas reserves and will be the first development in the region to utilise Organic Ranking Cycle, which captures waste heat from the plant to generate additional energy. This not only delivers a notable economic benefit, but also significantly improves the environmental impact of the power plant.

At a time of regional concern surrounding the growing need for power, the announcement of the production of clean and affordable energy is one most welcome to the Ghanaian community. 

On the project, Deepak Khilnani, Chairman of CCL said, “Since the discovery of Ghana’s natural gas reserves, it has been expected that gas would play a prominent role in the country’s energy sector. As a leading organisation in this industry, CCL is thrilled to be taking steps towards meeting Ghana’s energy needs.”

Further to the improvements to the Ghanaian power supply, as well as the environment, local workforces will be contracted to construct, operate and maintain the plant.

“We want to utilise the energy and talent of local Ghanaians to make this project a social, as well as an economic success. We firmly believe it will have a positive impact on both short and long term local employment”, says Khilnani.

David Brigidi, CEO at WUTA Energy, echoes this sentiment; "We believe that this project will continue to drive development in Ghana and look forward to working together with Deepak Khilnani and CCL to generate long-term power solutions for Ghanaian communities". 

CCL is also keen to explore similar power projects outside of Ghana. Through its Nigerian subsidiary, Cummins Power Generation Nigeria Limited, the Company has been actively exploring investment opportunities in larger grid connected independent power projects and is currently poised to finalise agreements for two large projects in the Delta region of Nigeria.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015



UK flowmeter specialist Litre Meter ( has shipped 40 flowmeters via its Dutch distributor ABT Bv for use in a chemical injection project in the Gulf of Mexico. The Buckingham-based company shipped two different types of positive displacement flow meters for a combination of low flow chemical injection and high flow methanol measurement applications.

The range of meters supplied demonstrates Litre Meter’s expertise and versatility in chemical injection applications.

Part of the order consisted of 34 LF05 VFF meters designed to measure three different chemicals – corrosion inhibitor, paraffin inhibitor and scale inhibitor. A further six HF40 meters were supplied to measure the flow of methanol.

Three different calibrations and ranges of viscosity were required for the LF05 meters, one for each of the chemicals concerned – 0.1 to 12l/h, 0.1 to 16l/h and 0.7 to 0.9l/h with viscosities ranging between 6.12 and 64.8 centistokes. Each meter is pressure rated to 1,035 bar and fitted with 3/8-inch autoclave engineers medium (AEM) pressure fittings.

The meters were constructed of 316 stainless steel with titanium rotors. The low flow capability of the meters has been improved by coating the pressure balance chambers and titanium rotors with physical vapour deposition (PVD) designed to lower the friction properties of the meters. The additional hardness provided by the PVD coating also improves wear resistance.

All the LF05 meters were supplied with direct head-mounted stainless steel display casings providing local display of flow rate and total with HART or Fieldbus protocols on a three-wire system mounted in an ATEX Exd stainless steel housing.

The HF40 meters were pressure rated to 1,035 bar and constructed from F55 Duplex with one-inch AEM pressure fittings. As standard these meters have a flow range of 0.1 to 2,400 l/h, a viscosity range of 0.8 to 1,000,000 centistokes and a repeatability of +/- 0.25 per cent.

Under conditions of changing pressure and temperature paraffin can build up as a waxy deposit on equipment – mostly in tubing close to the surface – and can, in severe cases, halt production. Scales such as calcium carbonate and iron oxides can also build up. Mineral salt deposits which accumulate in wellbore components due to the effects of pressure and temperature on the saturation of produced water can also cause severe blockages.

Corrosion and the loss of metal can occur anywhere in the production system from the bottom hole to surface lines and equipment. Chemicals are injected into the system to prevent these problems – and the Litre Meter LF05 flowmeters are used to precisely measure the amount of chemical being added.

Methanol is used as a hydrate inhibitor. Gas hydrates can solidify as ice-like crystals which may block the pipeline and valves, impeding the transfer of the oil and gas. This can result in a shutdown and the risk of explosion or unintended release of hydrocarbons into the environment.

Methanol is injected at high pressure where there is a risk of hydrates (dew) forming then freezing at low temperature. The process, known as bullheading, forcibly pumps methanol into the bore hole to act as an ‘antifreeze’ to lower the freezing point of gas hydrate. This protects the wells’ sub-surface valves from hydrates forming under high pressure and low temperatures during long shutdowns. The Litre Meter HF40 positive displacement flowmeters measure the flow of methanol to ensure the correct amount is injected to prevent hydrate formation.

Litre Meter CEO Charles Wemyss said: “Subsea repairs and the associated loss of production are high cost, so protecting deepwater well bores from hydrate formation, plugging and organic fouling is a major flow assurance concern in offshore operations.

“Hydrate, scale and corrosion prevention strategies provide protection during normal operation, start-up and shutdown.

“Litre Meter’s VFF flowmeter is ideally suited for use in the oil and gas industry and in particular for low flow / high pressure applications.

“Years of experience in chemical injection applications onshore and offshore have confirmed the instrument’s capability to reliably measure fluids under extreme conditions of both temperature and pressure.”

Wind Energy Link Leads the way with AMC ISO 55 001 quality label - 11/11/2015

Wind Energy Link Leads the way with AMC ISO 55 001 quality label

Wind Energy Link (WELink), the global asset management, wind and logistics joint venture between Peterson, ATO Sustainable Business Engineers and Asset Management Control Tools & Training, has become the first in their field to receive the AMC ISO 55 001 quality certificate of product approval.  

The quality certificate was awarded for the WELink asset management information system, during the 14th Asset Management Control seminar at the airbase Woensdrecht on Thursday.  WELink attended the seminar with three other organizations, (Avans+, Elexis and Thales) as part of a pilot assessment process by Bureau Veritas Certification and Asset Management Control Centre.

"This external validation demonstrates that we are leading the standards in the field of asset management and differentiating on a global scale" said Ron van der Laan, regional director Peterson and director Wind Energy Link B.V.

In the pilot project, the WELink asset management information system was successfully evaluated for compliance with the specified elements of the Asset Management Control ISO 55 001 Quality Label, and thus covered 25% of total ISO 55000 Asset Management System.

WELink was awarded the mark for the level of support and efficiency its WELink asset management information system can provide to an international client base.

Hans Bais, director WELink B.V said: "The professional asset management solution within WELink reflected in the sub-elements and  integrated approach which, with the generic software system developed by ourselves, fully supports the relevant requirements of the ISO 55 001 standard.  

“We are delighted to be one of a small number of companies setting the benchmark for industry assets both on- and offshore.”

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Dry well near the Njord field in the Norwegian Sea - 10/11/2015

Dry well near the Njord field in the Norwegian Sea

VNG Norge AS, operator of production licence 586, is in the process of completing the drilling of wildcat well 6406/12-5 S.

The well has been drilled about 33 kilometres southwest of the Njord field and about five kilometres southeast of the 6406/12-3 S (Pil) discovery in the Norwegian Sea.

The purpose of the well was to prove petroleum in reservoir rocks from the Upper Jurassic (the Rogn and Melke formations). The well encountered about 12 metres of sandstone in the Rogn formation with moderate reservoir quality. The well also encountered 31 metres of sandstone in intra Spekk formation and 182 meters of sandstone in the Melke formation, both with moderate reservoir quality. The reservoir only has traces of oil. The well is classified as dry.

Data acquisition and sampling have been carried out.

This is the sixth exploration well in production licence 586. The licence was awarded in APA 2010.

Well 6406/12-5 S was drilled to a vertical depth of 3710 metres and a measured depth of 4297 metres below the sea surface and was terminated in the Melke formation in the Upper Jurassic. The water depth at the site is 336 metres. The well will now be permanently plugged and abandoned.

Well 6406/12-5 S was drilled by the Transocean Arctic drilling facility, which now will drill wildcat well 7130/4-1 in production licence 708 in the Barents Sea, where Lundin Norway AS is the operator.

ACE Winches appoints new members to its senior management 10/11/2015

ACE Winches appoints new members to its senior management 

ACE Winches, a leading deck machinery specialist, appoints new directors to strengthen its senior management team, Richard Wilson, who recently joined ACE Winches to head up the Engineering Division, joins the Board of Management from 30th November 2015 as Chief Operating Officer.  Richard will be replacing current Chief Operating Officer Graham Thomson, who after 27 years in the industry has decided to step down to spend more quality time with his family and on his private personal business initiatives.  

Mr Wilson has more than 27 years’ global experience in senior positions in oil and gas, bringing to the organisation an enviable track record in change management within international and UK businesses to improve performance, along with the establishment of new operations in global locations. 

Alfie Cheyne, CEO of ACE Winches said: “The Board of Management would like to thank Graham for his significant contribution to the development of ACE Winches over the last three years and welcome Richard to the Board further accelerating the positive changes being implemented across the organisation.” 

Hayley Yule recently appointed as Marketing and Communications Director becomes a member of the senior management team overseeing Marketing and IT functions for the company.  Hayley has more than 20 years’ experience gained within marketing and information technology through working with several international suppliers supporting the energy sector. Her experience in the formation and execution of strategy will facilitate the company’s continued growth. 

Mr Cheyne continued: “Our current focus is on streamlining our business operations, developing and introducing innovation to our products and services whilst continuing to build our international presence further to meet our customers’ requirements. Both Richard and Hayley will play key roles in the execution of these developments and our long term strategy to continue to expand and grow our global reach.”

Outstanding subsalt images in the Gulf of Mexico reduce drilling risk by CGG - 10/11/2015

Outstanding subsalt images in the Gulf of Mexico reduce drilling risk by CGG

Final results from IBALT and DEUX, the first and second surveys of CGG’s StagSeis™ multi-client program of 871 offshore blocks in select locations of Garden Banks, Keathley Canyon, Walker Ridge and Green Canyon, are now available and widely recognized as the clearest subsalt images in this complex area of the Gulf of Mexico. Final results from the third survey, TROIS, are due next year. The original IBALT survey commenced acquisition in 2012 but planning began three years earlier. At the time, wide-azimuth (WAZ) surveys with advanced processing techniques provided the best subsurface images in the Gulf of Mexico, but some features below more complex salt structures remained difficult to illuminate and image fully.

Building on their experience in WAZ capabilities, CGG’s subsurface imaging and marine technology experts worked closely with clients to define key parameters to deliver better subsalt imaging than was previously possible, within the clients’ timeframe. These included better sampling of offset and azimuth along with increased bandwidth. 

The resulting patented StagSeis solution uses multiple vessels with a staggered geometry and orthogonal shooting, delivering consistent regular fold and azimuth distribution and providing full azimuthal coverage to 9 km with ultra-long inline offsets to 18 km (on 4 azimuths). BroadSeis™ is also employed to provide bandwidth down to 2.5 Hz along with CGG’s proprietary deghosting and imaging technology. Once modeling by both CGG and clients confirmed that StagSeis would deliver the desired results, acquisition began. 

StagSeis deploys the largest areal spread of any available acquisition configuration (equivalent to the area of Manhattan Island). Operating such a large spread safely and efficiently requires strict adherence to robust HSE procedures, and CGG maintained an exceptional safety and environmental record during more than seven vessel-years of operation. 

Fast-Trax results from a priority area were delivered in the first three months. Initial Full Azimuth Fast-Trax RTM images from DEUX were of such high quality that a client included a data image in an investor presentation, stating that StagSeis provided step-change improvements in subsalt imaging, boosting confidence in appraisal well locations and accelerating maturation of off-setting prospects.
Final results from IBALT and DEUX show staggering improvements of subsalt images over previous best images obtained from WAZ data, particularly in terms of continuity, illumination and fault definition, as shown in the image comparison.

StagSeis also delivered new and valuable data to imaging. Full azimuths provided better sampling of anisotropy, and the ultra-low frequencies and long offsets of StagSeis allowed Full Waveform Inversion (FWI) to build high-resolution velocity models. The enormous full-azimuth, ultra-long offset, broadband datasets acquired with StagSeis also brought processing challenges. A series of innovations from CGG Subsurface Imaging included development of true 3D deghosting and source designature to accommodate much larger inline and cross-line offsets. CGG also optimized demultiple, velocity model building, and imaging modules to handle larger datasets.

CGG achieved a very high level of pre-commitment for the StagSeis surveys, with nine underwriters signing up for the program. The StagSeis solution provided better geological definition of the subsurface, illuminating complex salt bodies and previously obscured subsalt reservoirs. Superior images reduce financial and HSE risk from both reservoir and drilling perspectives. CGG believes that this tailor-made, collaborative approach, from project design through end results, is the way of the future.  

Monday, 9 November 2015

First Day of Event Concludes with Prestigious ADIPEC 2015 Awards - 09/11/2015

First Day of Event Concludes with Prestigious ADIPEC 2015 Awards

His Highness Sheikh Hamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court and member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, formally inaugurated the largest ever Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC), marking the start of four days of industry-related discussions and activities, and bringing together leading international and regional decision makers to set the agenda for meeting the growing global demand for energy.

Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, ADIPEC 2015 is supported by the UAE Ministry of Energy, the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), the Abu Dhabi Chamber, and the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), and is organised by dmg events.

The official opening ceremony featured intriguing speeches from H.E. Suhail Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy, UAE, H.E. Abdulla Nasser Al Suwaidi, Director General of ADNOC, Mr. Ali Khalifa Al Shamsi, Strategy and Coordination Director, ADNOC and ADIPEC 2015 Chairman, followed by riveting insights and projections on the transforming energy landscape by keynote speaker Dr. Daniel Yergin, award winning author and world’s leading authority on energy.

H. E. Abdulla Nasser Al Suwaidi, Director General of ADNOC, said: “Industry leaders, decision makers, and stakeholders have all gathered in Abu Dhabi today to focus on innovation by using ADIPEC as a knowledge-sharing platform for driving industry change. Together, we can advance the energy sector and develop creative solutions for meeting the world’s energy needs. At ADNOC, through the guidance and support of the Supreme Petroleum Council, we are still on track to reach a total oil output capacity of 3.5 billion barrels per day in the UAE within the next two to three years.”

Mr. Ali Khalifa Al Shamsi, Strategy and Coordination Director, ADNOC and ADIPEC 2015 Chairman, said: “ADIPEC has been an integral part of Abu Dhabi’s hydrocarbon industry since it was established in 1984, and has transformed over the years to become one of the world’s largest oil and gas events. With growing global recognition and interest from both major industry players, and emerging markets, ADIPEC will continue to raise Abu Dhabi’s profile as a global knowledge hub for the energy sector.”

Held under the theme “Innovation and Sustainability in a New Energy World”, ADIPEC 2015 marks its 18th edition by breaking its previous records with the largest event to date, bringing together 2,050 exhibiting companies, including the world’s leading national and international companies, more than 600 speakers, 7,000 delegates, and 85,000 attendees from more than 120 countries. 

The Ministerial Panel brought together international ministers and decision makers who offered insights on the challenges and opportunities presented by the new energy landscape. Speakers included H.E. Suhail Al Mazrouei, the UAE Minister of Energy, H.E. Dr. Mohammed bin Hamad Al Rumhy, Minister of Oil and Gas for the Sultanate of Oman, H.E. Tarek El Molla, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources for the Arab Republic of Egypt, and H.E. Etienne D. Ngoubou, Minister of Petroleum and Hydrocarbons for the Gabonese Republic. The session focused on driving innovation, future sustainability prospects, the future energy mix, the role of technology in the energy sector, and offered global and regional viewpoints. 

The first of two CEO Plenary Sessions that are being held at ADIPEC 2015 brought together chief executives from the world’s leading to discuss the opportunities and challenges of the ever-growing global demand in energy.  Plenary speakers included representatives from ADCO, JOGMEG, STATOIL, and Lazard. 

“Bringing together global, regional, and local industry leaders and decision makers to reflect on key industry topics, ADIPEC serves as a platform where innovation, best practice and latest developments are shared from all corners of the globe. ADIPEC has seen continuous growth over the years, in terms of both visitors, and global recognition, demonstrating the importance of the event in the energy industry,” said Christopher Hudson, President - Global Energy at dmg events.

The first day of ADIPEC 2015 concluded with the announcement of this year’s winners of the ADIPEC Awards at the ceremonial Gala Dinner, which is hosted by ADNOC and held at the Emirates Palace Hotel. The ADIPEC 2015 Awards, which celebrate excellence in energy and recognise innovation in the Middle East, welcomed a record 501 submissions this year, featuring some of the most innovative people, companies, and projects in the region.

Tata Steel announces partnership with IDC in the Middle East - 09/11/2015

Tata Steel announces partnership with IDC in the Middle East

Tata Steel has strengthened its links in the Middle East through the formation of a partnership with International Development Company (IDC) in the region.

IDC was established in 1978 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to supply equipment into oil, gas, power and petrochemical industries for private industrial projects. 

Tata Steel recognised the need to have local representation in Abu Dhabi and chose IDC based on its 37 years of experience and history. IDC will support and assist Tata Steel in obtaining national oil company approvals, which are required in the region.

Tata Steel has a diverse products and services offering for the energy and power sector, including welded line pipe and ancillary products from its UK pipe mills. Richard Broughton, Commercial Manager, Energy and Power, Tata Steel, said: “Tata Steel, along with IDC, will introduce its supply capabilities to oil and gas companies in the region, providing them with an opportunity to work with a supplier who has an excellent track record of providing for offshore and onshore line pipe projects worldwide.”

Tata Steel announced the partnership following increased focus on productivity in a bid to reduce the total cost of ownership for its customers’ projects. The company has made a number of significant investments in its production equipment, including improvements to its welder equipment, upgraded expander tooling, reelability trials, better ‘O’ press control upgrade and investment in a new lap laser at its Hartlepool 42” large diameter SAW pipe mill. 

Richard Broughton continued: “It is well known that this is a challenging time for the European steel industry, but there is no effect on Tata Steel’s ability to provide high quality pipes to our customers in the energy sector. 

“Our investments over the last year are testament to our commitment to the industry and we will continue to assist customers by reducing the total cost of project ownership without comprising on quality.” 

Tata Steel is exhibiting at the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference from 9 – 12 November. Visit stand 2310 to find out how they can help you lower the total of ownership.

Thursday, 5 November 2015



UK flowmeter specialist Litre Meter ( will be showcasing a range of new products at the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference (ADIPEC).

The event takes place between 9 and 12 November 2015. This is the second year in a row that Litre Meter has exhibited at ADIPEC (

Litre Meter CEO Charles Wemyss said: “Last year was the first time for us at a show of this size in the Middle East and we are excited by the prospect of returning for a second year.

“We are exhibiting on stand 8718 in hall eight alongside our German sister company and distributor KEM. Sharing a stand gives us a great opportunity to showcase our products, both new and longstanding, in a vitally important market place.”

The product line-up includes a new low-flow capability rotary piston flowmeter, a new display and new reed sensors.

The new flowmeter is the LF03. Now in full production, it is the latest in a series of low-flow VFF rotary piston meters and takes the capability of the range down to lower flows than ever before – for example, on a fluid with a viscosity of 10 cSt the LF03 will measure down to 0.06 litres/hour at pressures of 1 bar right up to 4,000 bar.

Manufactured from titanium with a maximum tolerance of three microns, the rotor and chamber combination achieves the lowest flow and widest turndown possible. Chambers and rotors are physical vapour deposition (PVD) coated with a hard metal chromium nitride base layer for hardness and support for a carbon (WC/C) coating. The WC/C coating delivers robust protection against adhesive wear and its low coefficient of friction reduces the risk of surface pitting and corrosion, vastly improving turndown and low flow capability.

At just two thirds the diameter of its previous iteration the new FlowPod display is one of the smallest flow displays on the market. It is an evolution of the existing large display to provide additional functionality which has been requested by users.

This functionality includes the facility to display flow rate, total flow and analogue rate. The backlit display, which features large high contrast ratio flow rate and totaliser indication, enables the display to be read at distance in poor light conditions.

Display features include five-digit rate display giving the real time flow rate, the option to display flow rates and totals in many different units and flow range usage. It has a removable memory card for programming and offers 4-20 mA, HART and pulse outputs as standard.

Completing Litre Meter’s new product line-up at ADIPEC 2015 will be its reed sensor package. The sensor has been improved and now comes in a 316 stainless steel enclosure which is easy to install within the VFF range. The sensor is supplied complete with two reed switches that can be set for reverse flow detection or redundancy.

The sensor is tested to one billion pulses and environmentally tested in accordance with BS EN 13628-6: 2006. It is temperature rated to -20 to +80°C and it is available with the two or four wire Flowpod – the new explosion proof flow indication display unit for Litre Meter positive displacement flowmeters.

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Tendeka wins contract to supply Autonomous ICD technology in Malaysia - 04/11/2015

Tendeka wins contract to supply Autonomous ICD technology in Malaysia

Tendeka, the provider of completions systems and services to the upstream oil and gas industry, has signed a two-year agreement with SapuraKencana Energy Peninsula Malaysia Inc. (SKE) for the exclusive application of Tendeka’s market-leading FloSure™ Autonomous Inflow Control Device (AICD) valves. The contract was awarded through Tendeka’s partner in Malaysia, Aemos.

The work will include modifying existing ICD screens to incorporate Tendeka’s AICD valves on the SKE-operated East Belumut oil field. The field is located approximately 160 miles offshore Peninsula Malaysia.

Early water or gas breakthrough can result in lost recovery, lost revenues and reduced well life. Tendeka’s AICD, part of the company’s fully integrated sandface completions solution, self-adjusts to choke back zones where unwanted water or gas breakthrough has occurred to promote oil production. 

More than 10,000 FloSure™ AICD valves have been installed to date globally in light and heavy oil wells, ensuring uniform production longevity and increasing production rates by up to 50% in comparison to passive inflow control technology. 

Gillian King, Tendeka’s Vice President of APAC, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this contract, our first AICD technology in Malaysia. Detailed analysis of the field’s reservoir characteristics indicate it is a perfect application for our technology and the modelling shows significant productivity improvements.  This will be the first deployment of AICD technology within SKE-operated assets. We look forward to working closely with SKE to install this innovative solution and to share the positive results with other clients within Malaysia”.

Tendeka has a proven record in the provision of completions and reservoir monitoring products, systems and services. Our robust solutions help operators overcome the technological challenges they are facing, as we work to continuously develop our offering to the oil and gas industry. Our focus is to improve returns and create value from our client’s wells by providing high quality completions and well services to significantly improve performance. 

Statoil to build the world’s first floating wind farm: Hywind Scotland - 04/11/2015

Statoil to build the world’s first floating wind farm: Hywind Scotland 

Statoil has made the final investment decision to build the world’s first floating wind farm: The Hywind pilot park offshore Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

This marks an important step forward for offshore wind technology, and potentially opens attractive new markets for renewable energy production worldwide.

The decision triggers investments of around NOK 2 billion, realizing a 60-70 percent cost reduction per MW from the Hywind demo project in Norway.

Statoil will install a 30 MW wind turbine farm on floating structures at Buchan Deep, 25 km offshore Peterhead, harnessing Scottish wind resources to provide renewable energy to the mainland. The wind farm will power around 20,000 households. Production start is expected in late 2017.

“Statoil is proud to develop the world’s first floating wind farm. Our objective with the Hywind pilot park is to demonstrate the feasibility of future commercial, utility-scale floating wind farms. This will further increase the global market potential for offshore wind energy, contributing to realising our ambition of profitable growth in renewable energy and other low-carbon solutions,” says Irene Rummelhoff, Statoil’s executive vice president for New Energy Solutions.

The pilot park will cover around 4 square kilometres, at a water depth of 95-120 metres. The average wind speed in this area of the North Sea is around 10 metres per second.

Rummelhoff adds: “We are very pleased to develop this project in Scotland, in a region with a huge wind resource and an experienced supply chain from oil and gas. Through industry and supportive policies, the UK and Scotland is taking a position at the forefront of developing offshore wind as a competitive new energy source.”

Welcoming Statoil’s Hywind development, Scotland’s Deputy First Minister John Swinney says: “Hywind is a hugely exciting project – in terms of electricity generation and technology innovation – and it’s a real testament to our energy sector expertise and skilled workforce that Statoil chose Scotland for the world’s largest floating wind farm.”

“The momentum is building around the potential for floating offshore wind technology to unlock deeper water sites. The ability to leverage existing infrastructure and supply chain capabilities from the offshore oil and gas industry create the ideal conditions to position Scotland as a world leader in floating wind technology,” he adds.

The British Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Amber Rudd says: “This is fantastic news for Scotland and the whole of the UK, demonstrating that we are open for business and that the UK’s offshore wind industry continues to go from strength to strength.”

“This exciting project is a great example of how innovation can help to power our homes and add to our energy mix – offering clean, secure energy to Britain’s hardworking families and businesses,” she adds.

Statoil works with several Scottish suppliers and partners on the project. The project will provide additional work for industry in Scotland and other countries. The onshore operation and maintenance base will be located in Peterhead, also drawing on resources from Statoil’s existing office in Aberdeen.

Hywind is a unique offshore wind technology developed and owned by Statoil. The concept has been verified through six years of successful operation of a prototype installed off the island of Karmøy in Norway. Hywind with its simplicity in design is competitive towards other floating designs in water depths of more than 100 metres.

New Energy Solutions for the global market

In May, Statoil announced the establishment of New Energy Solutions as a separate business area reporting to the CEO, reflecting the company’s aspirations to gradually complement its oil and gas portfolio with profitable renewable energy and low-carbon solutions. As a starting point Statoil’s existing offshore wind portfolio constitutes the activities in this area. Hywind Scotland is the business area’s first new investment.

Offshore wind already has a strong foothold in Europe with 10 GW installed capacity, and a global potential to reach more than 100 GW by 2030. With fixed turbines, offshore wind is optimal for 20-50 metres water depth. With floating structures, further expansion will be enabled in new deep-water areas around the world.

Key energy partner to the United Kingdom

Statoil is a key energy security partner for the UK and pursues a broad range of activities relating to energy production and sales in Britain. Statoil is a leading supplier of natural gas to the British market, with a market share around 20 percent.

The company is also active on the UK Continental Shelf, including the development of the Mariner oil field, operatorship for the Bressay project and holding several exploration licences. Statoil’s Global Strategy and Business Development division is based in London.

Statoil was the operator in the development phase for the 88 turbine Sheringham Shoal offshore Wind Farm, 20 kilometres off the coast of Norfolk. Sheringham Shoal started producing in 2012.

The same year Statoil and Statkraft acquired the nearby Dudgeon offshore wind farm project. Statoil is also partner in the Dogger Bank offshore wind project. In combination, Statoil’s UK offshore wind business has the long term potential to provide competitive low carbon electricity to around 4.5 million UK homes.

Accommodation rig contract for Johan Sverdrup - 04/11/2015

Accommodation rig contract for Johan Sverdrup 

Statoil has, on behalf of the Johan Sverdrup licence, awarded a contract to Jacktel AS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Master Marine AS, for providing accommodation services on the Johan Sverdrup field.

Jacktel AS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Master Marine A, located in Oslo/Norway, has been awarded a contract for the Haven jack-up accommodation rig for the installation and commissioning period for the Johan Sverdrup project phase 1.

Included in the accommodation services is bed capacity and catering services for project personnel. The accommodation rig will provide up to 400 beds on the Johan Sverdrup field.

To ensure required capacity for working on the Johan Sverdrup field, Haven will undergo an upgrade related to strength and length of the legs, including provision of new spud-cans/suction-caissons. The upgrade is expected to be performed at a yard in Norway.

The contract period is 18 months with an estimated start 15 June 2018. In addition there are 5x2 months options.   The total value of the firm contract period is approximately 178 million USD. including expected upgrade cost of approximately 100 million USD.

"We are very pleased with the contract awarded to Jacktel AS. The Haven jack-up accommodation rig  will be an important tool in the final offshore installation and commissioning phase, putting together the different pieces of the Johan Sverdrup puzzle "says Kjetel Digre, senior vice president for the Johan Sverdrup development project.

The development concept for Johan Sverdrup phase 1 will consist of four installations, including a utility and accommodation platform, a processing platform, a drilling platform and a riser platform, in addition to three subsea templates for water injection.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Rotork improves reliability of HVAC system on giant FPSO - 03/11/2015

Rotork improves reliability of HVAC system on giant FPSO

Operating in Angola’s Block 17 offshore oilfield, the giant Total CLOV FPSO (Floating Production, Storage and Offloading) vessel relies on its HVAC system not only for the comfort and safety of crew members but also to provide a stable operating environment for PLCs and associated critical control equipment.

The application demands precise accuracy to maintain air quality and ventilation in the many enclosed cabins, offices, sub-stations and PLC rooms contained inside the massive vessel. The temperature has to be accurately controlled and the air supply has to be constant, so when actuators were needed on the HVAC air handling units and cooling water supply, Rotork CMA and CVA electric process control valve actuators were selected for their proven field performance.

Working with the CLOV HVAC maintenance team, engineers from Rotork South Africa installed and commissioned the new actuators, which were supplied in accordance with the Total CLOV marine specification. Operating from the existing 4-20mA control signal, the actuators provide precise and responsive valve positional control and feedback, with repeatability and resolution at less than 0.1%. Following the installation, CLOV has reported that the HVAC is operating at 100% efficiency and there have been no failures.

Rotork has a long association with Total’s offshore and onshore projects in Angola through its South African company and its agent in Angola. More than 400 heavy duty Rotork CP and GP pneumatic actuators were supplied for installation in many areas of the CLOV vessel’s processing plant, including those parts designed to limit environmental impact by eliminating flaring under normal operating conditions, recovering heat from turbine exhaust and recovering vent gases. Rotork’s professional performance throughout the duration of that contract and contribution to the timely CLOV start-up was recognised with the letter of appreciation from the vessel’s constructors.

Monday, 2 November 2015

DuPont Celebrates the Opening of the World’s Largest Cellulosic Ethanol Plant - 02/11/2015

DuPont Celebrates the Opening of the World’s Largest Cellulosic Ethanol Plant

DuPont’s Cellulosic Technology Positioned to Transform Transportation Energy Supply with 90 Percent Cleaner Fuel from Biomass

Technology Expected to Create Rural Economic Opportunities throughout the Globe

DuPont celebrated the opening of its cellulosic biofuel facility in Nevada, Iowa, with a ceremony including Iowa Gov. Terry Brandstad and many other dignitaries. This biorefinery is the world’s largest cellulosic ethanol plant, with the capacity to produce 30 million gallons per year of clean fuel that offers a 90 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions as compared to gasoline.

The raw material used to produce the ethanol is corn stover – the stalks, leaves and cobs left in a field after harvest. The facility will demonstrate at commercial scale that non-food feedstocks from agriculture can be the renewable raw material to power the future energy demands of society. Cellulosic ethanol will further diversify the transportation fuel mix just as wind and solar are expanding the renewable options for power generation.

DuPont brings an unparalleled combination of science competencies and almost 90 years of agronomy expertise in Iowa to develop both a pioneering clean fuel and biomass supply chain. Vital to the supply chain and the entire operation of the Nevada biorefinery are close to 500 local farmers, who will provide the annual 375,000 dry tons of stover needed to produce this cellulosic ethanol from within a 30-mile radius of the facility. In addition to providing a brand-new revenue stream for these growers, the plant will create 85 full-time jobs at the plant and more than 150 seasonal local jobs in Iowa.

“Iowa has a rich history of innovation in agriculture,” said Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad. “Today we celebrate the next chapter in that story, using agricultural residue as a feedstock for fuel, which brings both tremendous environmental benefits to society and economic benefits to the state. The opening of DuPont’s biorefinery represents a great example of the innovation that is possible when rural communities, their government and private industry work together toward a common goal.”

Biomass-based businesses can bring new sources of revenue and high-tech opportunities to rural economies around the world. As a global company with operations in more than 90 countries, DuPont is uniquely positioned to deploy its cellulosic technology for a global rollout, in transportation fuel and other industries.

“Today, we fulfill our promise to the global biofuels industry with the dedication of our Iowa facility,” said William F. Feehery, president of DuPont Industrial Biosciences. “And perhaps more significantly, we fulfill our promise to society to bring scientific innovation to the market that positively impacts people’s lives. Cellulosic biofuel is joining ranks with wind and solar as true alternatives to fossil fuels, reducing damaging environmental impacts and increasing our energy security.”

In Asia, DuPont recently announced its first licensing agreement with New Tianlong Industry to build China’s largest cellulosic ethanol plant, and last fall a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was announced between DuPont, Ethanol Europe and the government of Macedonia to develop a second-generation biorefinery project. The company also is working in partnership with Procter & Gamble to use cellulosic ethanol in North American Tide® laundry detergents.

The majority of the fuel produced at the Nevada, Iowa, facility will be bound for California to fulfill the state’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard where the state has adopted a policy to reduce carbon intensity in transportation fuels. The plant also will serve as a commercial-scale demonstration of the cellulosic technology where investors from all over the world can see firsthand how to replicate this model in their home regions.

DuPont’s achievement provides the technology that will transform the U.S. fuel supply enabling a transition to fulfill the original cellulosic ethanol volume targets as Congress intended when it passed the Renewable Fuel Standard, a regulation established in 2005 to encourage growth and investment in sustainable fuel solutions. Earlier this month, DuPont and America’s Renewable Future released new poll findings that suggested Iowa caucus-goers from both parties – 61 percent of Republicans and 76 percent of Democrats – would be more likely to vote for a presidential candidate who supports the Renewable Fuel Standard and renewable fuels.

Cancelling rig contract - 02/11/2015

Cancelling rig contract  

Statoil has decided to cancel the contract with Songa Trym, four months before the expiration of contract on 4 March 2016.

Statoil has previously notified Songa Offshore that the rig would be suspended for a period, and Statoil has tried to find other assignments for the rig after the suspension period and up to the expiration of contract.

“We informed the supplier earlier in October about suspending the contract after the rig has completed the drilling operation on the Tavros well on the Visund field. Statoil has hoped for further activity in the remaining contract period, but we now realize that we must cancel the contract, as we have not succeeded in finding more assignments. We regret that we need to cancel the contract before it expires,” says Tore Aarreberg, head of rig procurements in Statoil.