Thursday, 31 March 2016

Kværner ASA Construction start with increased Norwegian content for Johan Sverdrup platform - 31/03/2016

Kværner ASA Construction start with increased Norwegian content for Johan Sverdrup platform

Today, Kvaerner and its subcontractors cut the first steel plates for the utility- and living quarters (ULQ) topside for the Johan Sverdrup field. The topside construction starts on schedule and budget. The Johan Sverdrup development is being executed with a high degree of Norwegian value creation. Kvaerner's efforts to improve competitiveness have resulted in a large portion of the work for the ULQ platform to be executed in Norway. This gives Kvaerner and Norwegian subcontractors a steady activity and also a continued high number of apprentices.

In June 2015, Kvaerner in a joint venture with KBR won the contract for the complete delivery of the utility and living quarter (ULQ) topside. The platform also includes the advanced control room and the sental systems all installations on the field. In addition, Kvaerner is responsible for complete deliveries of three of the four steel jacket substructures for this phase of the Johan Sverdrup development.

The main scope of the steel jackets will be constructed at Kvaerner's specialised facility in Verdal, Norway. For the complete delivery of the 19 000 tonnes topside, a large portion of the work will be executed at the company's facility at Stord, while the construction of the living quarter will be executed by Kvaerner and KBR's subcontractor Apply at Stord and in Gothenburg, Sweden.

It has been evaluated if  some of the sections for the topsides' box girder and  the clusters for the three steel jacket substructures should be fabricated abroad or in Norway. The evaluation has documented that Kvaerner's efforts to improve costs, execution security and quality makes it efficient to construct the fundaments for one of the steel jackets as well as more than 1 000 tonnes of the steel frame at Kvaerner's facilities at Verdal and Stord respectively. This work comes in addition to Kvaerner at Verdal also delivering the steel jackets and Kvaerner at Stord also assembling all parts of the topside and other work.

    We have since the project started determinedly worked to implement further improvements for productivity and cost level. This means that we in Norway have improved our competitiveness for even more parts of the platform work. For Kvaerner, this results in an increase of more than 200 man years involved in the work with the topside and steel jackets. At peak, around 2 000 employees will be involved in Kvaerner's Johan Sverdrup deliveries. This will at the same time result in positive effects for our subcontractors in Norway, says Jan Arve Haugan, President & CEO of Kvaerner.

Kvaerner has for many years been one of the companies in Norway educating the most apprentices. In 2015, Kvaerner had 121 apprentices.

    Future value creation and competitiveness for Norway and for the whole oil and gas sector is dependent on that we continually develop competence with new generations. As such, it is important for us that we are able to plan the execution of the Johan Sverdrup contracts in a way that parts of the work to be performed in Norway is suitable for apprentices. We have now accomplished that, when Kvaerner in a challenging market is going to have more than 100 apprentices in both 2016 and 2017, Haugan says.

An illustration of the utility- and living quarters topside can be downloaded below.

Construction start on Johan Sverdrup platform - 31/03/2016

Construction start on Johan Sverdrup platform 

Apprentice Jens Erik Eriksen in Kværner and Norway’s minister of petroleum and energy Tord Lien marked the construction start on the Johan Sverdrup utility and living quarters platform on the island of Stord, north of Stavanger, today, Thursday 31 March.

“Johan Sverdrup is the biggest industrial project in modern times in Norway, and will create considerable value for society for generations to come. Today we are kicking off the construction of the utility and living quarters platform, which is the second of four platform currently under construction in the first project phase,” says Kjetel Digre, Statoil’s project director for Johan Sverdrup.

Statoil awarded a joint venture between Kværner and KBR the contract for engineering and construction of the topside for the utility and living quarters platform for the Johan Sverdrup field in June 2015.

Stord is central in a comprehensive Johan Sverdrup project. Kværner Stord will fabricate parts of the topside steel frame, and will also assemble all parts for the utility and living quarters platform before the platform is installed on the field in 2019. At peak around 2000 Kværner employees will be involved in Johan Sverdrup deliveries.

Kværner’s sub-supplier Apply Leirvik on Stord will construct the accommodation module for the living quarters platform, which will be the biggest on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS).

The other modules for the utility and living quarters platform will be constructed at the Energomontaz Polnoc Gdynia (EPG), Mostostal Pomorze Gdansk (MPG), Mostostal Chojnice and Crist Offshore in Poland, as well as in Gothenburg, Sweden. Detailed engineering is performed at KBR’s office in Leatherhead, London, and at Apply Leirvik on Stord. The fabrication work was also kicked off today at two of the yards in Poland and at Apply Leirvik’s yard.

“The Johan Sverdrup project is growing every day. It is a complex puzzle with activities spread all over the world. We are 14,000 people working on the project every day in 2016, and together we will perform 100 million working hours. We depend on everyone delivering as required, and all pieces of the puzzle falling into place at the right time and with the right quality. Our top priority is a safe working environment. We do not want any injuries among personnel working for the Johan Sverdrup project,” says Digre.

The utility and living quarters platform will accommodate the crew working on the Johan Sverdrup field during the field life of 50 years. The platform will have the largest living quarters on the NCS with a capacity of 560 people. The platform will also accommodate the field’s control and emergency centre, and some utility systems covering the whole field centre.

The platform will be completed in the first quarter of 2019, before it is installed on the Johan Sverdrup field by use of the world’s largest heavy-lift vessel, the Pioneering Spirit.

Drilling services for fixed installations awarded on the Norwegian continental shelf - 31/03/2016

Drilling services for fixed installations awarded on the Norwegian continental shelf 

Statoil has, on behalf of relevant licensees, exercised options for previously awarded drilling service contracts for fixed installations. Options have been exercised for 17 installations on the Norwegian continental shelf.

The contracts cover drilling and well services, the maintenance of drilling facilities, in addition to modifications and any optional work. (Photos: Harald Pettersen)
In 2012 Statoil awarded contracts for four years with options for three times two-year extension to Archer, KCA Deutag and Odfjell.

The company now extends the contracts with the suppliers, exercising the first option. The option period will last from 1 October 2016 to 1 October 2018, with some changes to the scope awarded.

The total contract value for the next two-year period is estimated by Statoil at up to NOK five billion. The work includes drilling and well services, the maintenance of drilling facilities, in addition to modifications and any optional work.

Options have been exercised for the following suppliers and installations:

KCA Deutag:  Oseberg B, C, South, East - Gullfaks A, B, C
Odfjell Drilling: Grane - Heidrun
Archer: Statfjord A, B, C – Visund – Njord – Sleipner A – Snorre A, B
“The suppliers have demonstrated innovation and submitted good proposals for continued development of these services, and Statoil is positive to continuing the work with all of the three companies. The current contracts will help maintain activity on competitive terms in a market challenged by profitability,” says Geir Tungesvik, Statoil’s senior vice president for drilling and well.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Logan Clutch Appoints Hercules Hydraulics - 29/03/2016

Logan Clutch Appoints Hercules Hydraulics

Logan Clutch Corporation, a recognised leader in the industrial clutch market, has appointed Hercules Hydraulics as sole UK Marine Distributor to help build sales of their comprehensive range of hydraulically or pneumatically actuated industrial clutches and brakes in the UK.

Hercules Hydraulics have been successfully offering a limited range of Logan Clutches for the past three years and this new arrangement, securing the company’s position as sole UK Distributor, allows them to offer the full range of Logan Heavy Duty Hydraulic / Pneumatic PTO Clutch units to hydraulic equipment users from all industries across the UK.

Logan Power Take Off clutches are used in a variety of Industrial, Marine, Construction, Commercial Transport, Agricultural, Mining, Oil Field, Rail and Road applications and are designed to mount between the power take-off of the engine and auxiliary attachment, i.e. single multi-station pump drive.

Logan air / fluid actuated Bell Housing PTO clutches are self-adjusting and designed to mount directly onto the engine flywheel. Standard Logan Bell Housing PTO’s are available in No.0 to No.7 Size SAE Bells with input torque ratings from 159 Lb. Ft (216 Nm) to over 6,000 Lb. Ft. (8136 Nm), although higher horsepower, torque ranges, speeds, actuation pressures, and design configurations are available to meet customer’s specific design requirements.

The appointment further strengthens Hercules Hydraulics position as a leader in designing, supplying, installing, commissioning and maintaining hydraulic systems and equipment for installations of all types and from all market sectors.

Logan PTO Clutch Units further enhance the range of hydraulic products available from Hercules Hydraulics, which also includes AMCA Valves, electro-magnetic clutches, fire fighting pumps, fuel transfer systems and pressure washers.

Aker Solutions to Provide Global Subsea Engineering Services to BP - 29/03/2016

Aker Solutions to Provide Global Subsea Engineering Services to BP

Aker Solutions secured a global framework agreement to deliver engineering and project management services at BP-operated subsea oil and gas fields.

The contract has a fixed period of five years and may be extended by two years. It covers subsea engineering services, asset integrity management and operations support.

"We are delighted to partner with BP in finding cost-effective solutions to boost productivity and optimize the infrastructure of the company's subsea fields," said Luis Araujo, Aker Solutions' chief executive officer. "We have provided subsea operations support to BP in the UK for more than 15 years and look forward to building on this partnership with a global agreement."

Aker Solutions will execute the work through a global delivery model.

Both parties agreed not to disclose the contract value.

Fourth season of Gazprom’s Football for Friendship international children’s project announced - 29/03/2016

Fourth season of Gazprom’s Football for Friendship international children’s project announced

Munich, Germany. Today Gazprom, the official sponsor of the UEFA Champions League, announced the opening of the fourth season of the Football for Friendship international children's social project.

The project's geographical scope expands considerably with each passing year. This season, young footballers from Africa and South America are taking part in the project for the first time, with the number of Asian teams increasing. The overall number of participating countries has grown from 24 last year to 32, which is 4 times greater than when the project started. This year, the list of participants includes teams from Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Syria, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and Vietnam.

A number of traditional events will take place during the season. On April 25 the participating countries will celebrate the International Day of Football and Friendship. On May 27–28 Milan will host the International Street Soccer Tournament and the Football for Friendship International Children's Forum.

The forum will culminate with the awarding of the Nine Values Cup, the special prize of the Football for Friendship project, to one of the world's professional football clubs for the utmost commitment to the program's values. The participants will visit the 2016 UEFA Champions League Final at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (San Siro) in Milan after the forum is over.

“The number of participants in the Football for Friendship project and the countries they represent grows every year. We can safely say this season is truly global, as young footballers from the Western Hemisphere are taking part in the project for the first time. Football for Friendship gives teenagers representing various cultures, customs and traditions an excellent opportunity to learn to understand and respect each other despite any and all differences,” said Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee.

“The Nine Values Cup awarded by the participants in the Football for Friendship project is a statue of a young footballer holding the Earth in the shape of a football. I think it is a successful representation of the ideas and values that football and sports as a whole promote among youth,” said Franz Beckenbauer, the Global Ambassador of the Football for Friendship project.

“I am happy that this year my friends and I will have an opportunity to join the Football for Friendship project, meet our peers from different countries and discuss really important topics. I believe we can change the world and make it better,” said Maher Shaabo, young participant from Syria.

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Latest UK Oil Tax Cuts Constrained by Challenging Project Economics, says GlobalData Analyst - 24/03/2016

Latest UK Oil Tax Cuts Constrained by Challenging Project Economics, says GlobalData Analyst

While the larger-than-anticipated cuts to the headline tax rate on the UK’s oil and gas sector, announced in the recent budget on 16 March 2016, reduced the level of state take on all UK projects, they were biased toward older, existing assets, according to an analyst with research and consulting firm GlobalData.

The headline tax, to which changes will apply retroactively from 1 January 2016, will be cut from 50% (or 67.5% for older fields) to 40%, and could see values of some new developments and mature fields increase by up to 20% and 70%, respectively.

Erik Lambert, GlobalData’s Upstream Fiscal Analyst, says the impact of these tax cuts will vary significantly across company portfolios, particularly considering that many fields are already untaxable due to the low oil price.

Lambert explains: “The Petroleum Revenue Tax (PRT), applicable only to projects given development consent before March 1993, was permanently reduced to 0%, providing tax relief to older developments. However, all fields will benefit from the reduction in the Supplementary Charge from 20% to 10%.”

Other fiscal incentives announced in the budget include measures which attempt to contribute to the government’s Maximizing Economic Recovery (MER) strategy for offshore oil and gas reserves. For example, the government intends to include tariff income in the definition of ‘relevant income’, which activates the Investment and Cluster Area Allowances for the Supplementary Charge, to support infrastructure development. The UK government also made clear that firms retaining the decommissioning liabilities for assets would receive tax relief on these costs.

Overall tax revenues from the North Sea turned negative in the first half of the 2015/2016 financial year, and the Office for Budget Responsibility is forecasting negative revenues for the next five years. While the headline tax cuts have further improved the UK’s globally competitive fiscal regime, they do little to address relatively high development costs in a mature basin, according to GlobalData.

Lambert concludes: “Further cost cuts will be required to improve project economics and producer profits on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS), and in turn generate government tax revenue.”

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Bosch Rexroth launches new flexible control system for winch and crane systems - 23/03/2016

Bosch Rexroth launches new flexible control system for winch and crane systems

Bosch Rexroth has launched a new flexible control system for winch and crane drive applications that offers faster design and simple integration.

The new control system utilises defined interfaces, integrated safety and validated standard software allowing users to create fast and error-free application designs for both simple and complex winch and crane drives.

The system supports a wide range of applications, including hydraulic drives with primary control (pump side control, constant or variable displacement motors), secondary control (constant pressure system) as well as electric drives.

In addition, the system is able to incorporate a host of tested and proven technology functions, such as Active Heave Compensation (AHC), constant tension and automatic load takeover. There is also a function block to protect against crane overloading.

Optimised for use in harsh environments, the controller maintains efficient operation during large temperature changes, vibrations and shocks.

Alex King, Industry Sector Sales Manager at Bosch Rexroth, said: “Winch and crane drive systems play a vital role in offshore and subsea operations. With the requirements of these operations open to sudden change, it’s imperative that the drive systems utilised not only operate efficiently, but can adapt to changes in circumstances simply and effectively.”

“The launch of our latest control solution will allow engineers to design and implement new winch and crane drive systems, or expand the functionality of existing designs as required, quickly and simply, keeping the disruption to business operations at a minimum.”

Monday, 21 March 2016

Peterson scoops prestigious Offshore Achievement Award - 21/03/2016

Peterson scoops prestigious Offshore Achievement Award

Peterson, the leading international energy logistics provider, is celebrating after winning the prestigious ‘collaboration’ award at last night’s 30th Offshore Achievement Awards held in Aberdeen.

The company was recognised for its unparalleled track record in collaborative vessel sharing arrangements. Peterson is facilitator of Aberdeen Marine Logistics Alliance (AMLA) a vessel sharing initiative designed to maximise efficiency and reduce marine logistics costs through the sharing of vessels wherever possible. Established in 1995, this forward-thinking idea was eagerly received by the industry and members have enjoyed millions of financial savings and a reduction in thousands of tonnes of CO2 emissions since its launch.

Peterson was also commended for its involvement in the SNS Pool which it has managed for more than twenty years. The logistics concept involves nine operators outsourcing their combined marine and aviation requirements to Peterson to manage on their behalf. Based in Den Helder Peterson is able to supply offshore installations on the Dutch Continental Shelf.

Murdo MacIver, director, Peterson commented: “Peterson is honoured to have been presented this award at a time when working together has never been more vital in the oil and gas industry. We couldn’t do this without our customers who have the foresight and ambition to make a difference.  This recognition is not just for Peterson, but for our customers too.

“Collaboration and sharing should not be buzz words only used when the oil price is low. We have the experience and technology to facilitate sharing models. The industry has a responsibility to ensure that the sharing of resources across the supply chain becomes the new norm.

“Peterson will continue to lead the way for collaborative working in the logistics market and we look forward to seeing further growth and results from AMLA and the SNS Pool in the future.”

The SPE Offshore Achievement awards are the biggest and longest established industry awards for the UK offshore energy sector, covering all aspects from supply to upstream operations and offshore renewables. 

Tendeka triumphs at Offshore Achievement Awards - 21/03/2016

Tendeka triumphs at Offshore Achievement Awards

Tendeka, a leading provider of completions and reservoir monitoring products and services to the upstream oil and gas industry, is celebrating after winning the great large company award at the Offshore Achievement Awards held at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC). 

The award was presented to the company in recognition of its excellent performance in the offshore energy sector. 

Formed in 2009, with 90 employees worldwide and offices in Europe, USA, Russia, Middle East and Asia Pacific, Tendeka has made numerous strategic acquisitions over the last seven years to accelerate geographic expansion, technology development and reservoir capability.

The creation of a specialised portfolio of products and services within one company has enabled Tendeka to play a major role in enhancing completions’ performance across the globe. Its technologies include the award-winning FloSure™ autonomous inflow control device (AICD), part of the company’s fully integrated sandface completions solution. FloSure™ ensures production longevity and can increase production rates by up to 50% in comparison to passive inflow control technology. Last year the company celebrated the 10,000th installation of its AICDs. 

Tendeka also has a strong focus on research and development. Its research and development centre was established in Aberdeen in 2012 and its advanced completions technology and training centre was opened at the end of 2015 to help facilitate future growth. 

Tendeka CEO Gary Smart said: “It’s important to remember that Tendeka is still a relatively young company and to win the great large company award in such a short time frame is a testament to our growth and success across several different markets.

“Critical to this success has been the commitment of our exceptionally talented team across the globe. This award represents industry recognition of their hard work and abilities to date and the importance they will play in cementing our position as a global independent provider of integrated lower completions and monitoring systems.” 

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

XACT Gulf of Mexico Project Hits High Note - 15/03/2016

XACT Gulf of Mexico Project Hits High Note

Industry first, real-time downhole data transmission achieved in deepwater well completion installation

XACT Downhole Telemetry Inc., with offices in Houston and Calgary, ended a landmark year that included six deepwater Gulf of Mexico deployments, delivering an industry first, by providing real-time downhole data during a deepwater completion installation with BP.

BP successfully accessed real-time downhole data throughout the well’s completion, using XACT’s acoustic telemetry network, which was seamlessly integrated into the operation.

Six downhole measurement nodes from XACT spanned the 22,700-foot well, enabling BP to monitor critical parameters including downhole weight on the crossover tool, and pressures and temperatures during the well’s completion.

“XACT is thankful to BP for once again giving our team the opportunity to demonstrate the value of our Network,” said Jason Roe, President and CEO of XACT. “The success of this application illustrates the ability of the XACT Acoustic Telemetry Network to provide critical downhole parameters during complex operations.”

XACT has worked with BP’s Upstream Technology group to further develop and deploy the acoustic telemetry network. BP has provided investment funding to XACT through BP Ventures.

“BP partners with XACT to help develop technology that enhances well construction and completions,” said Issam Dairanieh, managing director at BP Ventures. “We view this as a promising digital technology and are pleased to support its deployment and wider industry acceptance.”

XACT achieved multiple industry and application firsts in 2015, including: transmitting real-time data; during a liner installation, cementing operations and while tripping. XACT delivered these operations in the Gulf of Mexico with major operators and demonstrated the value of real-time applied acoustics to enable decisions for lower cost wells.

Peterson leads the way in collaborative vessel sharing arrangements - 15/03/2016

Peterson leads the way in collaborative vessel sharing arrangements

Demands for increased collaboration in the oil and gas industry are being reflected through a record rise in vessel shares, according to Peterson, the international energy logistics provider.

The company, which is leading the way in collaborative vessel sharing, has seen a record number of vessel sharing arrangements since the turn of the year. 

Seven shares were arranged between operators in the central and Northern North Sea throughout January and February. All were facilitated by Peterson through the Aberdeen Marine Logistics Alliance (AMLA), a vessel sharing initiative designed to maximise efficiency and reduce marine logistics costs.

As the facilitator of AMLA, Peterson helps members source cost effective solutions for their unscheduled shipping requirements by arranging vessel shares with other companies operating in the North Sea, thus reducing both financial costs and environmental impact.

During 2014 and 2015, despite increasingly challenging market conditions, the combined financial benefit for companies participating in ALMA shares was £2 million, together with a reduction in CO2 emissions of approximately 800 tonnes, the equivalent of removing 275 cars from the road for a year.  

With 15 years of experience in combining sailings via an efficient pool of supply vessels and shared supply bases, Peterson has developed in-depth knowledge and expertise of vessel sharing which is supported by the continuous development of supporting software solutions.

Loek Sakkers, Director of projects, Peterson said: “As was recently highlighted by Oil & Gas UK and others, there is an urgent need for widespread collaboration in the North Sea. We share this view and believe significant opportunities exist within the supply chain to do just that through increased vessel sharing.  We believe the recent unprecedented number of vessel shares indicates that the industry is not only listening to the calls for greater collaboration but responding positively.

“We have a long established record in providing vessel sharing initiatives, including the successful Southern North Sea pool, and are delighted to be transferring this expertise to the wider North Sea region.” 

Commenting on the arrangement, James Crawford, managing director of Wood Group PSN in the UK and Africa, said: “Our commitment is to contributing to the industry’s long-term sustainability and we are focused on working in collaboration with partners across the sector to find new opportunities to work together. 

“Working with AMLA/Peterson is a strong example of this, and we are confident of the mutual benefits created by this model of combined sailings, which we believe can become best practice for the industry in the long-term.” 

As well as addressing operators’ reactive vessel requirements through AMLA, Peterson is working with a number of UKCS operators to establish a formal pool for scheduled cargo movements. The pool offers members significant efficiency gains together with maximum fleet flexibility.  When an operator charters a vessel independently, it is usually hired on a per day basis regardless of requirements. In a pool, the operator can use a vessel one day and the next day the vessel can be used by another operator. When the fleet available comprises of multiple vessels, the flexibility and availability is increased.  Peterson’s role is to focus on maximum fleet utilisation and optimising vessel use per individual operator to reduce overall idle time. 

Vessel sharing is one of a range of services offered by Peterson’s Integrated Marine Services (PIMS).  Based at new premises within Peterson’s existing quayside base at Waterloo Quay, Aberdeen, the team provides services including all types of marine and vessel audits, inspections and surveys, the provision of expert marine personnel, dynamic positioning and marine engineering.

Monday, 14 March 2016

The First Prototype Traveling Block Tested to 907 Tons in the Middle East - 14/03/2016

The First Prototype Traveling Block Tested to 907 Tons in the Middle East

UAE based Safety Services Group (SSG), leaders in lifting equipment engineering and turnkey solutions, recently conducted the load test of the first prototype traveling block, designed and fabricated in the Middle East.

Proof Load test of the traveling block was done through tensile test up to 907 tons. Safety Marine Services, a Safety Services Group company, performed the test on its in-house hydraulic tensile test bed in the presence of representatives from National Oilwell, American Petroleum Institute (API) and American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) Class Surveyors. 

Mohammed Seethi Padiyath, General Manager Operations, Safety Services Group, said: “The traveling block was a prototype and handling such an enormous block was a real challenge. A trial run was conducted on the test bed up to 960 tons prior to the actual load test. Achieving 907 tons and holding it in a static mode was also a task. With the expertise of our highly skilled engineers and technology we were able to successfully test the prototype.”

Special rope was used in the testing as the safe working load (SWL) of the rope required was high. The rope ends were socketed for the end terminations.

A traveling block is a multi-sheave pulley used to raise or lower the drill string and casings into an oil well bore. Lowering, lifting, and controlling the drill string in deep well bores generally requires an extraordinarily robust hoist arrangement. This requires that traveling blocks be rated to safely suspend loads that often exceed 1,000,000 pounds (454,000 kg). These extreme loads, in conjunction with the stress placed on it by the drilling process, necessitates the use of highly robust and reliable components in the construction of the block.

Safety Services Group, established in 1979 and is a conglomerate of establishments within the UAE, UK, India, Iraq and the GCC. Safety Audit Services, Safety Marine Services, Safety Technical Services, Seatronics, Safety Star Services, Bash-P International are just a few companies under the Safety Services Group that have made an impact locally and internationally.

WSS launches lifejacket tailored for offshore demands - 14/03/2016

WSS launches lifejacket tailored for offshore demands

Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS), the leading global provider of products and services to the shipping industry, is launching a lifejacket specially designed to safeguard workers in the harshest offshore environments. The Unitor Inflatable Lifejacket features class leading buoyancy, a Hammar automatic hydrostatic release system, and a design that is rugged, yet also light and comfortable to wear when performing demanding offshore tasks.

“There’s no shortage of lifejackets on the market, but few that are created to match the unique requirements of working offshore,” comments Philip Gatland, WSS Western Australia Manager.

“The Unitor Inflatable Lifejacket is very light, easy to put on and easy to wear, allowing both free movement and optimal protection. It features a patented interlocking lobe bladder that inflates automatically – although only when needed, not in rain, spray or humid conditions – and self-rights the user in under five seconds, even when unconscious.

“It is high visibility, heavy duty and compliant with ISO 12402-3 regulations, offering what we believe is the best protection on the market today. Full stop.”

The innovative design of the life jacket forms an effective wave barrier. This ensures that, regardless of whether the wearer is conscious or not, water is not channelled towards their face, protecting airflows. In addition, its 170N buoyancy rating compares favourably to the industry standard 150N, providing extra safety for larger operators or those carrying tools.

“Our global network and longstanding customer relationships have helped inform this new product, ensuring that we create something that is tailored specifically for the marketplace’s needs,” adds Gatland.

“Safety is always the first priority for offshore operators, so it’s our priority too. We are committed to providing solutions that are first class, available and cost effective, and The Unitor Inflatable Lifejacket is the epitome of that proposition.”

The lifejacket, which was unveiled to customers for the first time at the recent Australasian Oil and Gas Exhibition and Conference (AOG) in Perth, is protected by a heavy duty nylon cover, offers manual inflation, features reflective tape and also comes with a whistle for attracting attention.

Unitor is a proprietary brand owned and supplied worldwide by WSS. Other leading Unitor products include marine chemicals, fire fighting and safety equipment, and an extensive range of high quality marine equipment.

Thursday, 10 March 2016

CGG Celebrates 50th Anniversary of ARGAS Joint Venture in Middle East - 10/03/2016

CGG Celebrates 50th Anniversary of ARGAS Joint Venture in Middle East

CGG congratulates ARGAS, its geophysical services joint venture with TAQA in the Middle East, on its 50th anniversary. Since its creation in January 1966, ARGAS has consistently delivered geophysical innovation and superior technical performance, expanding its business scope from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the whole Arabian Peninsula and Egypt.

ARGAS began operating as Saudi Arabia’s leading geophysical partner for the exploration and development of hydrocarbon, water and mineral resources. Both CGG and its then partner, Petromin, shared a strong commitment to transferring state-of-the-art geophysical technology and know-how to Saudi Arabia as well as hiring and training Saudi employees and field staff in the latest geophysical methods.

The first thirty years of operations focused on airborne general geophysics and 2D seismic surveys. A new phase began in 1997 when ARGAS started operating 3D crews, in addition to 2D crews, as part of a large seismic exploration program for Saudi Aramco. In 2001 its 3D crews on Gawar, the largest oil field in the world, started operating non-stop, 24/7. The drive ARGAS demonstrated to push back the limits of seismic crew productivity in Saudi Arabia while showing a total commitment to safety at all times became its trademark. 

In 2003, TAQA took over Petromin’s 51 % stake in ARGAS, with CGG retaining the remaining 49 %. In 2008, ARGAS acquired its first 3D marine survey in the Gulf and in 2010 ARGAS was awarded a three-year program to acquire two Ocean Bottom Cable 3D data acquisition surveys in Saudi waters of the Gulf in water depths ranging from 20-60 m.

In June 2014, CGG and TAQA strengthened their long-term partnership in the Middle East by extending the operating scope of ARGAS to all Gulf countries to better address the growing industry demand for high-end seismic solutions throughout the region.

Pascal Rouiller, COO, CGG, said: “The creation of ARGAS marked an important milestone in the history of CGG and saw the start of a successful, long-term business relationship in the Middle East. As has been the case over the last fifty years, CGG, through ARGAS, is committed in the future to bringing new advances in geoscience technology in the Middle East to continue to improve understanding of reservoirs in the region.”

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Penspen awarded project management consultancy contract by ADMA-OPCO for Das Island projects - 08/03/2016

Penspen awarded project management consultancy contract by ADMA-OPCO for Das Island projects

Penspen, a leading global provider of engineering and management services to the energy industry, has been appointed as project management consultant to Abu Dhabi Marine Operation Company (ADMA-OPCO) for the ongoing work on Das Island in the United Arab Emirates.

There are four key areas where Penspen will advise and lead:
    The upgrade or replacement of various pipeline networks
    Studies to be conducted on an oil spill response hub, to serve Das Island and offshore
    A major overhaul of crude oil storage tanks
    Installation of three COL pumps and associated modification 

The project management consultancy contract, which went live in January 2016, will run for four years.  Penspen’s team of 10 will be responsible for the management and administration of the respective project activities on behalf of ADMA-OPCO.

Das Island is the main industrial centre of offshore oil and gas production for ADMA-OPCO, where oil and gas produced from the Umm Shaif and Zakum Fields is processed, stored and exported. As a result of its strategic location, lying in the centre of the Arabian Gulf, approximately 165 km north-west of Abu Dhabi, it is currently the region’s main oil storage site.  Das Island is also the export terminal for oil from the offshore fields of ADMA-OPCO, and for liquefied natural gas produced by the Abu Dhabi Gas Liquefaction Company (ADGAS), both part of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, ADNOC Group.

Penspen’s Michael Simm, Executive Vice President Middle East & Asia Pacific, said: “This is a great win for us as we are currently seeing good levels of growth in our offshore business.  We have worked extensively with ADMA on a number of key projects and we look forward to continuing the partnership with this varied and interesting set of developments on Das Island.”

Monday, 7 March 2016

HB Rentals awarded contract in excess of £1million from Prosafe - 07/03/2016

HB Rentals awarded contract in excess of £1million from Prosafe

Offshore accommodation and workspace specialist HB Rentals has been awarded a contract with Prosafe worth in excess of £1million. 

The project will see the company provide an end-to-end solution for the design, engineering, manufacture, supply, installation, commissioning and routine maintenance of a customised temporary living quarter (TLQ) complex on board Prosafe’s semi-submersible accommodation vessel, Safe Boreas, currently located off the coast of Orkney, Scotland.

Prosafe is the world’s leading owner and operator of semi-submersible accommodation vessels. The company currently operates a fleet of 14 vessels globally, with capacity for 306-812 people. Prosafe continues to strengthen its market leading position by adding high specification, technically advanced new build vessels to the existing fleet. The Safe Boreas was constructed in 2015 at Jurong shipyard, Singapore and is considered one of the most technologically advanced and efficient harsh environment accommodation vessels in the world.

The scope of work entails a fully customised accommodation complex for 40 persons on board (POB) based on double occupancy cabins with en-suite wet rooms. The package includes a local equipment room (LER), locker/changing room facilities, A60 stair tower and link corridor connecting the temporary living quarters with the existing permanent living quarters. 

Upgrade work will also be carried out including data cabling and installation of Hydrogen Sulphide (H2S) gas detectors, which is not a common requirement in the North Sea where Methane (CH4) gas tends to be more prevalent.

The modules will be linked and stacked over three levels to form an enclosed living quarter complex, providing increased safety and comfort for offshore workers by reducing time spent on the main deck and offering protection from the elements.

HB Rentals’ responsibility also extends to the delivery of the full package to Safe Boreas at Scapa Flow following trial assembly and customer acceptance onshore at its facility in Sauchen, Aberdeenshire. This will mitigate any potential issues prior to final installation, hook-up and commissioning on the vessel. 

Norman Porter, managing director, HB Rentals Limited said: “This year will mark HB Rentals’ 40th anniversary so we are thrilled to be celebrating with the announcement of this project and look forward to working closely with Prosafe over the coming months. We pride ourselves in our ability to offer tailored solutions for our clients to ensure their requirements are met, and this project is just one example of this.” 

HB Rentals was awarded the contract following a detailed technical commercial evaluation, which took place over several months. The HB Rentals TLQ is contracted on the Safe Boreas for work through 2017.

Karl Dickinson, senior manager Client Accounts, Prosafe said: “We would like to thank HB Rentals for responding to the TLQ project in a very timely and professional manner. Working closely with HB Rentals, we were able to provide a technical solution that demonstrates our ongoing commitment to find innovative and cost efficient solutions to our end-client.”