Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Nakilat transitions LNG Umm Slal to in-house management - 23/11/2016

Nakilat transitions LNG Umm Slal to in-house management

Nakilat has assumed full ship management and operations of Q-Max LNG carrier Umm Slal from STASCo (Shell Trading and Shipping Company Ltd.) with effect from 23 November 2016, as part of the planned and phased transition announced on 19th October 2016.  

With a cargo carrying capacity of 265,978 cubic meters, Umm Slal is wholly-owned by Nakilat and chartered by Qatargas. The vessel built in South Korea by Samsung Heavy Industries was delivered in November 2008 and has been in service ever since. 

Umm Slal is the third Q-Max vessel that will come under the management of Nakilat Shipping Qatar Ltd. (NSQL) this year, bringing the total number of vessels managed by NSQL to 11, comprising of 7 LNG and 4 LPG carriers. 

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

HB Rentals awarded multiple contracts in excess of £1,000,000 - 22/11/2016

HB Rentals awarded multiple contracts in excess of £1,000,000

Offshore accommodation and workspace solutions specialist HB Rentals has secured contracts in excess of £1,000,000 for the manufacture of workshops, local equipment rooms and pressurised offshore service modules for multiple clients.

The company was commissioned by Prosafe to design, manufacture and supply two DNV 2.7-1 and 2.7-2, Safe Area certified welding workshops for the Safe Zephyrus semi-submersible accommodation vessel, operating offshore Norway.

HB Rentals was also commissioned to design, manufacture and supply a local equipment room by OneSubsea GmbH for subsea operations in the Taurus Libra field, offshore Egypt. The module was required to be DNV 2.7-1 and 2.7-2, A60 and Safe Area certified.

And HB Rentals was commissioned by Semco Maritime to design, manufacture and supply a DNV 2.7-1, A60, Zone II rated pressurised offshore service module for subsea services in the UK sector of the North Sea.

All of the modules were designed and manufactured at HB Rentals’ service facilities in Sauchen, Aberdeenshire. The premises include almost 3,000m sq. of workshops and stores, incorporating a fully equipped 450m sq. fabrication shop and a 2,000m sq. outfitting shop.

HB Rentals is a Superior Energy Services company that specialises in the design, manufacture, sale and rental of DNV & ABS certified temporary offshore accommodation solutions, Zone I/Zone II hazardous area service modules, and workshop and refrigeration containers. The global organisation has been based in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire for more than 25 years.

HB Rentals managing director Norman Porter said: “At a time when the industry is experiencing significant challenges, these multiple contracts in our expanding build for sale division represent good news not only for us but for the sector in the North-east of Scotland as a whole.

“The personnel and facilities we have in our workshop and service premises have once again enabled us to design and create a range of modules to the very highest standards, which we hope will provide an environment to assist our clients in achieving their targets.”

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Investec strengthens oil and gas team - 17/11/2016

Investec strengthens oil and gas team

Appointment of Jonathan Wolf further adds to M&A and Acquisition & Disposal (“A&D”) capability

Investec Investment Banking is pleased to announce that it has appointed Jonathan Wolf as a director in its Oil & Gas team.

With over 25 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, Jonathan joins from Scotiabank, where he was a key figure in the oil and gas team for twelve years. At Scotiabank, he specialised in originating, negotiating and executing primarily upstream acquisition and disposal mandates around the world. Prior to joining Scotiabank, Jonathan worked at Gaffney Cline & Associates as a senior consultant providing technical geoscience, commercial and project management services to oil and gas companies, national oil companies (NOC), Investment Banks and Governmental agencies.  He is a graduate of the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, London.

Commenting, Chris Sim, head of the Oil & Gas team said: “Jonathan is well known in the industry and we are pleased to be adding both his technical knowledge and M&A and A&D track record to the team’s existing capabilities. Despite the challenges faced by the industry over the past two years,  this remains a prime area of focus for Investec and we are confident that Jonathan’s appointment will significantly support our growth ambitions in this sector. ”

Integrated Geoscience Unlocks Potential in Northern Viking Graben - 17/11/2016

Integrated Geoscience Unlocks Potential in Northern Viking Graben 

Combining geology with broadband seismic provides new insight into petroleum plays and prospectivity  

The Northern North Sea is host to many large discoveries, such as Troll, Statfjord and Brage, but recent finds such as Brasse imply that more potential fields are waiting to be discovered. The key to understanding these mature petroleum areas is to consider all the geoscience data available to reduce uncertainty and risk. This is why CGG offers integrated studies combining broadband seismic data with geology, well data and reservoir characterization to increase the understanding of petroleum plays and identify new prospects. The Northern Viking Graben study is the largest and most complete of these integrated studies that CGG has been developing in many areas of the world.

The Northern Viking Graben multi-client broadband seismic survey was acquired using CGG’s full-bandwidth BroadSeis™-BroadSource™ solution, combining a multi-layer broadband source and curved variable-depth streamer profiles with advanced imaging technology to deliver ghost-free data. The high-resolution seismic data set covers approximately 36,000 km2, straddling the border between the Norwegian and UK sectors of the North Sea. Integration of gravity data acquired with the seismic is being used to help define the basement depth. The broadband seismic data are a key component of an integrated study which will incorporate regional well correlation, prospectivity reviews, seep studies from geochemistry and satellite imagery, sedimentological and petrophysical analyses, gravity data and seismic reservoir characterization, to deliver a comprehensive geoscience package.

CGG’s Northern Viking Graben Well Study complements the seismic data and comprises 50 wells, all of which have been re-evaluated, tied and calibrated to the seismic. These well data have come from many different sources and consist of edited petrophysical logs, well-to-seismic calibrations, sedimentary descriptions of core, electrofacies analyses and re-interpretation of biostratigraphy samples. Extensive quality control is performed on all these data before correlation and interpretation with the seismic to provide a fully integrated and calibrated product for use in prospect evaluation.

Well-to-seismic calibration was carried out with careful assessment of wavelet character at the location of the well, the quality of the wireline used for the synthetics, and also the general well condition. This eliminates discrepancies seen within original checkshot information available from the NPD (Norwegian Petroleum Directorate), especially in the shallow section. Calibration of the geological samples with the core description enables improved petrophysical analysis. By assigning facies to the core, it is possible to extrapolate these petrophysical characteristics away from the cored sections and improve electrofacies interpretation. These results were applied to the re-analysis of biostratigraphic data from many different sources, such as data collected during drilling, cuttings from core and data available through literature and reports. This re-evaluation was then used to review the lithostratigraphy and improve the accuracy and consistency of formation tops. These well results were then tied to the broadband seismic data and mapped across the entire survey.

The seismic data benefit from close interaction between the different CGG geoscience teams and are being processed through a comprehensive reservoir-oriented QC workflow, which ensures the final delivered data require minimal pre-conditioning before elastic inversion and reservoir characterization studies. In this workflow the data are migrated at various key stages to check the evolution of well ties, wavelet stability and AVO compliance. Information from several pre-selected wells is integrated and maps of relevant QC products, following horizons, are checked for conformity with known geological information.

3D AVO attribute generation and 3D deterministic acoustic inversion have been completed for two projects totalling approximately 3,200 km2 over the Ryggstein Ridge and the Måløy Slope where the final data are available. Quantitative seismic interpretation is a critical addition to the exploration toolbox and the acoustic inversion route was chosen as it can be driven by the seismic data. On account of the low frequencies inherent in BroadSeis, acoustic inversion based on scaled seismic velocities provides reliable inverted Vp and acoustic impedance results. The CGG logs created as part of the Well Study, were used to define the local Gardner relationships, and also as blind tests for the inversion. Results over the Skarfjell discovery, see figure, demonstrate a very good match between the inverted attributes in blue and the well log in black. 

These reservoir characterization projects and integrated studies will be extended to cover the entire Northern Viking Graben survey and will provide a comprehensive understanding of petroleum systems in the Northern North Sea to help develop new play models and identify prospects. The studies completed so far are just the beginning of the targeted integration of geology with broadband seismic to help reduce the uncertainty experienced when attempting to understand petroleum systems.  Visit CGG on booth # E24 to find out more about integrated geoscience solutions.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Imaging Gabon South Basin, A Step Into The Unknown - 16/11/2016

Imaging Gabon South Basin – A Step Into The Unknown

CGG deploys a cutting-edge technology toolbox to tackle this complex frontier

Building an accurate and robust velocity model can be a complex task at the best of times. The largest seismic surveys push the boundaries of both hardware and software capacity and throughput. Furthermore, such large surveys can encompass a wide variety of geological features and water depths. Working in an underexplored area adds further difficulty, due to the lack of previous experience and absence of well data.

Many tools exist for velocity model building, each better at some tasks and less suited to others. Delivering the best overall velocity model relies on a successful combination of these tools, each being used to its strength on a different aspect of a project, in an iterative manner and guided by the geological and geographical variations.

Such were some of the challenges faced by CGG on its 25,000 km2 multi-client offshore survey in the South Gabon Basin. This survey was acquired between 2014 and 2015 using CGG’s BroadSeis™ solution with a 10-km long variable-depth streamer configuration. To put that areal size into perspective, the whole of Wales is approximately 20,000 km2.  Considering the size and location of the Gabon survey it is easy to imagine the contrasting terrain contained within.

Due to the lack of pre-existing velocity data and limited wells in the area, an initial velocity model was built purely from Dix conversion of time-domain RMS velocity data. What little well data existed was used at each stage of the model-building process as a QC. Regional knowledge of the West African margin provided simple yet realistic anisotropy values that were used initially in a horizon-dependent fashion. The anisotropy values were updated and refined throughout the velocity model building process.

From this starting point, cascaded tomography was used for the first stage of velocity model building. The input seismic gathers were frequency-filtered into three bands: low (0-15 Hz); mid (15-30 Hz); high (>30 Hz). The low band targeted regional variations, the mid band added moderate velocity detail while the high band picked out high-resolution features in the sedimentary overburden.

The next tool used was multi-layer tomography which tackled near-surface velocity anomalies associated with complex seafloor topography features such as channels and canyons that can cause severe seismic distortions beneath them.  It also targeted variations in the water layer velocity. 

The geology of the South Gabon Basin is highly complex, featuring extensive faulting along with many salt and carbonate structures in both extensional and compressional domains. The geology can be summarized into three main types: the sedimentary overburden; the salt and carbonate zone; and the deep pre-salt region. Each type benefits from different velocity model building technologies.

At this stage, all the velocity updates had been in the post-salt sedimentary region. To move to the salt and carbonate zone, the data were migrated using both controlled beam migration and reverse time migration, with a constant velocity salt flood beneath a preliminary top salt horizon. These migrated volumes were used to perform a sophisticated interpretation of the salt features and related overhangs.

The project was now at a stage suitable for the use of full-waveform inversion. This provided highly-detailed updates everywhere reached by the diving waves recorded in the data, which in practice meant down to the top of the salt and carbonate features. This fully solved the velocity complexity related to the seafloor canyons, estimated earlier. Full-waveform inversion also identified features such as gas pockets, faster sedimentary layers and buried channels which were too small to be resolved by tomography.

Alongside the full-waveform inversion, targeted updates using structurally-constrained tomography were made to correct the velocity in mini-basins between high-velocity carbonate rafts. This also improved the imaging of the deeper pre-salt region beneath.

The final tool deployed was high-definition tomography. This was used to add structurally-conformable detail within the salt and carbonate zone, where the full-waveform inversion had struggled due to a lack of diving wave penetration. Here we see the strength of one tool being used to assist a weakness of another.

In this ongoing project with further velocity model building still to come, CGG has thus far deployed a selection of tomography technologies, including cascaded, multi-layer, structurally-constrained and high-definition varieties. Full-waveform inversion, salt interpretation and anisotropy updates have also been included. Combined together, these high-end technology solutions provide a highly-detailed velocity model encompassing a huge geographic area and complex geological variations.

For more in-depth coverage of this topic, don’t miss our technical paper “Velocity model building offshore Gabon - a vast step into the unknown” at 12pm on Wednesday. Alternatively, speak to CGG on booth E24 and check our booth theatre schedule.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

EV2 – A Valuable Exploration Tool for a Competitive Advantage - 15/11/2016

EV2 – A Valuable Exploration Tool for a Competitive Advantage

Dynamic reserves modelling tool with global coverage enables exploration teams to do more with less.
by CGG

Oil and gas exploration has always had a strong element of risk, not only in terms of making a discovery but also from fluctuating oil prices, turbulent exchange rates and changing geopolitics. There are many variables that can affect the potential value of a hydrocarbon find, and evaluation of exploration acreage for investment judgements is always complicated by the limited amount of data available to make an informed decision. The potential value of a prospect is not necessarily related to its volume, especially in today’s volatile economic and political environments, so the need to understand and quantify the geological risks and the complexities of petroleum economics is imperative.

EV2 is an exploration valuation platform that has been specifically designed to assist this decision-making process.  It has been jointly developed by CGG and Wood MacKenzie to provide an independent, transparent and consistent analysis of undrilled acreage. EV2 uses the latest economic data and commercial insight from Wood MacKenzie, combined with Robertson’s unique basis of geological knowledge and expertise within CGG’s GeoConsulting group, to provide a user-friendly economic-modelling tool. Currently it contains block-level geological risk, volume and value data for 100 prospective basins and by early 2017 this will increase to over 180 basins and so provide a global assessment tool for exploration.

EV2 allows geologic assumptions to be changed to accommodate different views of play risk or lead density. Different scenarios can be tested to provide a range of possible outcomes so that budgets and resources can be planned. Play and basin metrics can be compared in a transparent and objective manner in order to evaluate corporate portfolios for petroleum economists and financial institutions.

Where additional proprietary information is available, this can be used to edit the underlying geological assumptions in EV2 to refine the baseline volumetric assessments. This enables users to create their own customized scenarios quickly, in a confidential, in-house environment and so maximize their competitive advantage. EV2 provides the means for New Ventures and Exploration teams to compare prospects in a consistent manner in order to guide license round screening and farm-in evaluation. 

Evaluation of the blocks on offer in Mexico’s licensing Round One provides a good example of where using EV2 for the fast assessment of potential volume and value of the exploration blocks on offer could provide valuable insight to inform bidding strategies. Investigation of the EV2 data for the Sabinas-Rio Grande basin identifies eight geologic plays, based on the interpretation of a number of data sources by Robertson’s regional experts. Most of the yet-to-find reserves (over 80%) are expected to be found in the Upper Oligocene, Lower Oligocene and Upper Paleocene to Lower Eocene plays. EV2 identifies the most exciting play to be the Upper Paleocene to Lower Eocene, with potential volumes of between 6 bnboe and 10 bnboe estimated.

However, value depends on more than just volume, and EV2 enables pre-tax and post-tax Net Present Value (NPV) to be assessed at various price and exchange rate scenarios so that economic attractiveness can be evaluated quickly. The assessment of the Sabinas-Rio Grande basin reveals that, as it is closer to shore and in shallower waters, the Upper Oligocene play in fact has greater potential value than the Upper Paleocene to Lower Eocene play. EV2 provides understanding of how all the plays intersect with the license blocks on offer and the mapping can guide further efforts in analysing opportunities. As more work is done on the blocks on offer and more data are acquired, extra information can be incorporated into EV2 to give additional insight to those owning the new data.

This fast but rigorous evaluation demonstrates that EV2 can be used to analyse exploration acreage and provide valuable insight to New Ventures teams. The flexibility of the EV2 platform, enabling assumptions to be changed and different scenarios to be tested, provides answers quickly for informed decision-making.

Monday, 14 November 2016



The 10th International Petroleum Technology Conference (IPTC) – the most internationally acclaimed, multi-society, multi-disciplinary oil and gas event in the Eastern hemisphere – got underway today in Bangkok. 

Taking place from November 14th to 16th at the Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld, the 10th IPTC is hosted by PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited (PTTEP). 

Over 2,300 registered participants from over 50 countries have registered as of today. Over the next three days, delegates will gain valuable insights from high-profile industry leaders, get the latest updates from a comprehensive technical programme, and experience a showcase of leading-edge technology and innovations at the event’s exhibition. 

Speaking at the opening of the conference, Somporn Vongvuthipornchai, President and CEO, PTTEP and IPTC Executive Committee Co-Chairman said: “Many companies in the oil and gas business are continuing to focus on improving their cost structures. During the last 2 years, with the price of oil remaining volatile, PTTEP has achieved success in reducing costs and increasing efficiency excellence through the adjustment of the entire investment structure, including those related to drilling engineering, logistic systems, and purchasing systems, as well as adjusting the investment capital structure, which has enabled PTTEP to reduce operating and capital expenditures by 15 - 20% in 2016 without compromising on the company’s safety standards or on the level of production, which enables us to have competitive capabilities in the long term”. 

In the Executive Plenary Session that followed, delegates heard from Mr Vongvuthipornchai and senior executives from Mubadala Petroleum, PETRONAS, Schlumberger, Weatherford International and Woodside Energy on the industry imperative to ‘reset, refocus and renew’. As Bakheet Al Katheeri, Chief Growth Officer, Mubadala Petroleum commented: “In the good days, efficiency excellence was a ‘nice to have’ – now it is a must”. This was echoed by Peter Coleman, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Woodside Energy Ltd: “It is important to have a short-term plan when you are planning a long-term project, to ensure efficiency.”

All the companies represented in the session have addressed their cost base, but also their corporate culture as well as transparency and collaboration along the supply chain. Technology plays a critical role in this drive for efficiency excellence, as mentioned by Mario Ruscev, Executive Vice-President, President Product Lines and Chief Technology Officer, Weatherford International plc: “Now is a good time for technology”.

Enhanced oil recovery (EOR), logistics optimisation, new platform design and better mining of big data were just some of the specific examples discussed in the session, where new technology is being leveraged to good effect. The energy industry has also looked to other industrial sectors such as aviation, maritime and civil construction to learn from their best practices. 

Patrick Schorn, President, Operations, Schlumberger sounded a positive note: “There is no reason why, in this industry, that we can’t make good money…at 50 or 60 dollars [a barrel]”. 

The IPTC series is renowned for its technical quality, and the commitment to excellence continues here with a technical programme featuring world experts presenting on how technologies are being applied to address the most pressing challenges today. 

The future of the global oil and gas industry is recognised with a very strong educational strand running through IPTC. From Education Days for high-school students, through Education Week activities aimed at geoscience and engineering undergraduates, to the Emerging Leaders Workshop for young professionals, there is a comprehensive agenda for those looking to start or further their career in the oil and gas industry. 

Thursday, 10 November 2016

High-performance pressure-tolerant batteries for deep-dive underwater vehicles move a step closer - 10/11/2016

High-performance pressure-tolerant batteries for deep-dive underwater vehicles move a step closer

Completion of first phase of Steatite-led R&D project sees Li-S cells meeting challenging endurance demands at high pressure and low temperatures   

Steatite has announced the successful completion of the first phase of a 24-month project to develop a pressure-tolerant lithium sulphur (Li-S) battery pack that can improve the endurance and speed of ‘deep-dive’ autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). Having demonstrated that Li-S cells can meet the demanding challenge of operating at depths up to 6000m, the project can now move on to the battery development phase involving continued development of Steatite’s pressure-tolerant multi-chemistry Battery Management System (BMS).

The MAS (Marine Autonomous Systems) Consortium[1] is a group of UK companies and academic partners led by Steatite and funded by Innovate UK and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl). The project, which is due for completion in October 2017, aims to exploit the potential of Li-S cell technology to surpass conventional lithium-ion (Li-ion) solutions, and will enhance the capabilities of the scientific and defence vehicles used in applications across the marine and maritime community, including subsea structures, ROVs, profilers, buoys and submersible systems.

AUVs are energy-limited, which constrains their operational envelope meaning that speeds are usually low (2-4 knots) and endurance can be limited. By significantly increasing the energy available within the vehicle, this operational envelope could be expanded, thereby raising both speed and range. At the same time, as vehicles go deeper, the pressure vessels become excessively heavy and expensive and AUVs with internal batteries become limited by the fact that these batteries have to be recharged. The Consortium aims to produce a pressure-tolerant battery pack that delivers increased energy storage and that can be hot swapped to improve operational utilisation.

The first phase of the project was completed at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) in Southampton and involved repeatedly testing Li-S cells at pressures and temperatures equivalent to undersea depths of 6,000m. The results of the testing have demonstrated that the Li-S cells now deliver (almost) the same performance as at ambient conditions and that the effective Neutral Buoyancy Energy Density (NBED) is nearly double that of the Li-ion reference cells. Several cells have been used to perform life tests, and have now reached over 60 cycles for slow discharge, and 80 cycles of faster discharges.

Paul Edwards, divisional director at Steatite Batteries, commented: “The project is progressing well and successful completion of the cell development phase represents a significant milestone. We are now entering the battery development phase involving continued development of Steatite’s pressure-tolerant multi-chemistry Battery Management System (BMS). The system will be demonstrated in a deep-dive submarine in mid 2017”.

Wednesday, 9 November 2016



Just over one year from the start of its operations, Shell’s newest lubricant oil blending plant (LOBP), located in Marunda Centre, near Jakarta, Indonesia, has more than doubled its production slate and is now producing 99 different products. 

This includes its latest additions, Shell marine engine oils Shell Argina, Shell Gadinia, and Shell Melina.

Shell Argina and Shell Gadinia engine oils are used in marine propulsion engines for small to mid-size vessels, marine auxiliary engines and for stationary power generation.  Shell Melina is an advanced multifunctional crankcase system lubricant for low-speed marine diesel engines.  

The local production of these marine lubricants is in response to the increase in demand for marine lubricants, due to the growing domestic maritime sector in Indonesia. This came about as a result of the Indonesian government’s maritime highway programme, which involves developing the country’s maritime infrastructure by upgrading ports throughout the archipelago. To support this initiative, Shell Marine ensures continuity of supply by providing stock point centres located in major ports in Indonesia to serve domestic and international marine customers with the product they need, when and where they need them.    

The plant has also added new variants of Shell’s popular brands Shell Helix (passenger car motor oil), Shell Advance (motorcycle oil), Shell Rimula (heavy duty engine oil), Shell Spirax (transmission oil) and Shell Tellus (hydraulic oil), serving Indonesia’s growing vehicle population and rapid development in key industrial sectors like construction, power generation and mining. 

This plant has also enabled Shell to transition from almost exclusively importing its lubricants products from overseas to a vast majority of it being produced locally.  Today, almost 70% of Shell’s lubricants in Indonesia are “Made in Indonesia”. These are produced out of the fully automated facility with 3 small pack filling lines, 2 drum filling lines and 1 bulk filling line. The quality of Shell’s products is ensured by regular testing at the world-class test laboratory located on-site.

“We are pleased by the progress we have made in one year of manufacturing operations here in Indonesia. This local capability enables us to be close to our customers and nimbly react to market demand, including our marine lubricant customers. This plant also enables our business to expand its reach, and support our customers’ needs in Eastern Indonesia, particularly in Kalimantan, Sulawesi, West Nusa Tenggara, East Nusa Tenggara, Ambon and Papua,” said Alex Marpaung, Lubricants Supply Chain Operations Manager for Indonesia.

From a safety perspective, the plant is also a great example that, with the right systems and promoting a safety-conscious culture among its employees, it can achieve great safety results. From the beginning of construction in October 2012, till now, the site has achieved zero lost-time incidents (LTIs).

Shell is also a good neighbour. Shell Marunda LOBP works together with local NGO Pusdakota (Center for Urban Empowerment) of University of Surabaya to run Desa BERSEMI (Clean, Healthy and Self-sufficient village) programme in nearby villages – Segaramakmur and Pantaimakmur. The program aims to increase community awareness and initiative in building a clean, healthy, environmentally friendly and productive neighbourhood. The programme trains people in the two villages in initiating and developing projects such as: a community compost area, a “waste bank” where residents can sell their waste; a small-scale urban farm for medicinal plants and common vegetables; and small handicraft businesses using non-recyclable waste. To date, the programme has trained 60 focal points in the two villages, doubling the number from its initial phase in December 2015. 

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Nakilat showcases maritime strength at ‘Made in Qatar’ exhibition - 08/11/2016

Nakilat showcases maritime strength at ‘Made in Qatar’ exhibition

Nakilat is showcasing its maritime expertise at the ‘Made in Qatar’ exhibition in Riyadh between 6th-9th November 2016. This is the first time the Qatari shipping company is participating in the event, as an exhibitor and one of the key event sponsors. “Made in Qatar” aims to enhance development of the local industry sector by promoting bilateral trade between Qatar and regional markets.

Now in its fifth cycle, the exhibition organised by Qatar Chamber of Commerce features various companies from across industries in Qatar, with a focus on promoting Qatari-manufactured goods to the extensive Saudi market. 

Nakilat Managing Director Eng. Abdullah Fadhalah Al-Sulaiti said, “Nakilat is proud to be part of the first international edition of this event as it presents us with an excellent platform to promote our spectrum of services to the wider regional market. We look forward to developing stronger relations in the region and further our vision to be a global leader and provider of choice for energy transportation and maritime services, in line with the aims of National Vision 2030.”

Via its joint-ventures, Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine (N-KOM) and Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar (NDSQ), Nakilat offers a comprehensive range of ship repair and construction services for a variety of marine and offshore vessels at the world-class Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard in Ras Laffan Industrial City, strategically situated at the heart of the Arabian Gulf. 

Monday, 7 November 2016

Nakilat transitions LNG Mekaines to in-house management - 07/11/2016

Nakilat transitions LNG Mekaines to in-house management

Nakilat has assumed full ship management and operations of Q-Max LNG carrier Mekaines from STASCo (Shell Trading and Shipping Company Ltd.) with effect from 7 November 2016, as part of the planned and phased transition announced on 19th October 2016. 

With a cargo carrying capacity of 266,476 cubic meters, Mekaines is wholly-owned by Nakilat and chartered by Qatargas. The vessel built in South Korea by Samsung Heavy Industries was delivered in March 2009 and has been in service ever since. 

Mekaines is the second Q-Max vessel that will come under the management of Nakilat Shipping Qatar Ltd. (NSQL) this year, bringing the total number of vessels managed by NSQL to 10, comprising of 6 LNG and 4 LPG carriers. 

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Tank Storage Germany on 16-17 November in Hamburg - 02/11/2016

Tank Storage Germany on 16-17 November in Hamburg

Actemium presents full service portfolio for tank storage facilities

Actemium, a corporate brand of VINCI Energies, is exhibiting a comprehensive portfolio of products and services for automation and control technology, pipelines, tank storage, refueling systems and tank inspection at stand E17 / Live demos of tank robot and 3D models

Frankfurt (Germany), 2nd November 2016 – For everything from transport, interim storage and distribution to refueling and maintenance, Actemium’s comprehensive portfolio for tank storage facilities is on display at stand E17 during the Tank Storage Germany trade fair on 16-17 November in Hamburg (Germany). Among other things, visitors can learn first-hand how Actemium’s innovative diving robot performs real-time wall thickness inspections in filled storage tanks. A 3D miniature model gives visitors graphical insights into innovative refueling systems.

As a full service provider for tank storage, Actemium shows the full spectrum of current capabilities for automation and control technology, loading stations, refueling systems and maintenance at the leading event for the German bulk liquid storage industry. For everything from stand-alone solutions to full package systems, as a leading system integrator for automation and process control technology, Actemium always aims to simplify processes for customers, enhance safety and protect the environment in their consulting and implementation activities. Their solutions are visualised at the trade fair stand by presentations, 3D models and live demos.

Interested professional visitors can learn more about the following solutions, among others:

Control systems for pipelines and facilities
Viewstar™ is an end-to-end solution encompassing facility engineering, operation and optimisation. Scalable from stand-alone solutions to networked, redundant high-end systems, it fulfills the specific requirements of the oil and gas industry. Viewstar™ Pipeline Cockpit supports the complete life cycle of pipelines and provides a seamless link between hydraulic engineering, control systems and realistic simulations.

Loading stations and tank storage facilities
To enable fast and reliable control and supervision of transfer facilities, including suitable access control, Actemium offers the Viewstar™ ICS Terminal Automation System (TAS), which is platform independent and works with standardised interfaces.

Refueling systems
Military and civil aircraft refueling systems are subject to very strict safety and mobility requirements. As a system integrator with many years of experience, Actemium offers a variety of integrated refueling solutions, including the Modular Airport Refueling System (MODAR), on display at the trade fair in the form of a 3D model.

Tank inspection
Operating downtime and hazards to people and the environment can be avoided with Actemium’s SIU4Tanks™ system, which facilitates the inspection of flat-bottom tanks using video and advanced ultrasonic test equipment with patented positioning. The innovative tank robot can be deployed in filled tanks, eliminating the need to empty and clean the tank and significantly optimizing inspection operations.

IEC Telecom announces its new Maritime Solution with a speed up to 30 Mbps - 02/11/2016

IEC Telecom announces its new Maritime Solution with a speed up to 30 Mbps

At ADIPEC, IEC Telecom will enhance its leadership in the regional satellite market with the release of its next-generation Maritime solution. 

At ADIPEC 2016 IEC Telecom announces its new portfolio of Maritime Solutions designed to empower Maritime and Oil & Gas companies in real-world environments: from basic services for data connectivity to full digital platform, including welfare connectivity for the crew and multiple subscriptions over one single satellite antenna. IEC Telecom will be showcasing solutions with a clear differentiation between different business needs: corporate, welfare and subcontractor’s traffic of satellite Internet. All in one single solution and at the same time. IEC Telecom will show its new portfolio at the booth #410, Hall 4 of ADNEC, November 7-10.

‘With the current situation in the Oil & Gas industry, companies are looking for cost optimization without compromising the quality. At IEC Telecom we understand the challenges the industry is now facing, thus we work closely with the oil and gas companies to help them conserve resources by doing more with less contribution. We believe that going digital is a great cost saving for operations and we work on a solution that can enable the digital Platform concept, where everything goes digital and operation can be managed faster and more effective. With the Ka Band based solution we can reach speeds that can accommodate the traffic generated from a digital rig; with our reliable L Band back up we can give much more reliability to the solution,’ said Nabil Ben Soussia, Managing Director of IEC Telecom Middle East and Kazakhstan. 

‘We are also very excited to announce the official launch of our IEC TELECOM corporate magazine, which will be spread over ADIPEC. The much-awaited magazine is developed to offer rich and relevant content that reflects situation on Maritime and Oil and Gas markets. Readers will find special sections that include such rubrics as: IN FOCUS, INTERVIEW, PROJECT, NEWS with the exclusive content from our clients ADMA-OPCO, Lukoil, Gazprom, Van OORD, Total, Caspian Services Group, CASPIY AK JHELKEN and others,’ said Nabil Ben Soussia, Managing Director of IEC Telecom Middle East and Kazakhstan.