Wednesday, 14 December 2016

ODE joins Southern North Sea working group on life extension - 14/12/2016

ODE joins Southern North Sea working group on life extension

International engineering and operations support services contractor ODE, an integral part of the DORIS Group, was recently named as a key contributor to a new industry working group.

Director – New Ventures, Jeff Barnes will be representing ODE on the newly formed SNS Rejuvenation Special Interest Group (SIG). The initiative launched by the OGA, Oil & Gas UK and the East of England Energy Group (EEEGR) has a wide remit – seeking to maximize economic recovery (MER) of gas reserves for at least another 20 years by identifying new opportunities, including examining the potential for carboniferous gas reserves.

Jeff, who until 2015 was ConocoPhillips’s Capital Project Manager for the company’s SNS developments said. “When ODE was approached to be part of this working group, it was clear that this was something that I personally had to be a part of. I enjoyed my time building much of the SNS infrastructure, but the challenge we now face, to extend the life of this infrastructure, is equally exciting.”

Jeff continued, “During my time at ConocoPhillips I’d worked closely with the team at ODE on a variety of projects, but it wasn’t until I joined them in 2015, that it became clear to me just how important companies such as ODE will come to the survival of the SNS.  ODE is possibly unique in what it does. It’s well known for designing very effective, low maintenance not normally manned facilities, but also cost effectively maintaining these types of assets. Over the last fifteen years ODE has built up an impressive track record of operating southern sector gas installations. Add to this ODE’s experience in offshore renewables, the potential to merge working practises between these energy sectors and you really start to understand how all these things can be interconnected.”

The Special Interest Group will seek to nurture collaboration and co-operation between existing operators, and with offshore wind developers, as well as examining how equipment and processes might be standardized to drive costs down.

Companies selected for the steering group represent regional, national and international interests and were chosen to reflect the spread of the industry knowledge and expertise in the region.

Members are: Shell, Oranje-Nassau Energie (ONE), Premier Oil, ENGIE E&P UK, Centrica, ODE, Aker Solutions, James Fisher & Sons, DNVGL, Sembmarine SLP, Baker Hughes, Lloyds Register, Fraser Well Management, Acteon, SSE, and Statoil.

The SIG was launched by Eric Marston, OGA Southern North Sea and Morecambe Bay manager, at EEEGR’s House of Commons reception in October. Its first meeting will take place in December 2016.

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Fluenta single biggest supplier for Petronas RAPID project - 08/12/2016

Fluenta single biggest supplier for Petronas RAPID project

    Fluenta supplies 24 flare gas monitoring systems to Petronas
    Fluenta products sold directly through Krohne Spain, China and Korea
    Sale marks Fluenta as single biggest supplier for the new RAPID complex

Fluenta, the global leader in ultrasonic measurement and management technology, today announces the sale of 24 ultrasonic flare gas monitoring systems to Malaysian state-run oil and gas company Petronas.  

Fluenta’s flare gas monitoring systems will be installed at the Petronas refinery and petrochemical integrated development (RAPID) complex in Southeastern Johon, Malaysia.

The sale makes Fluenta the single biggest supplier for the Petronas RAPID project.  Fluenta’s flare gas meters were sold directly through Krohne (representatives of Fluenta), to Tecnicas Reunidas engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) group.

Construction of the RAPID complex is due to be completed in 2019 and will address the growing need for petroleum and petrochemical products in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region.  When completed the $28 billion complex will have the capacity to produce 7.7 million tonnes per year of standard petrochemicals and speciality chemicals products. 

Sigurd Aase, CEO of Fluenta, comments: “Being the single biggest supplier to the RAPID project supports Fluenta’s continued expansion into the APAC energy market.  When Fluenta products are installed and calibrated by specialist engineers, the new complex will have the most accurate and reliable flow measurement devices available.”

Macquarie wins UK gas supply business despite previous failings in water supply, says UNISON - 08/12/2016

Macquarie wins UK gas supply business despite previous failings in water supply, says UNISON

Australian company Macquarie's successful bid for the National Grid's distribution business has been greeted with dismay today (Thursday) by public services union UNISON.

The union - which has thousands of members working in the utilities sector - says when Macquarie ran Thames Water, the end result was poorer customer service, higher bills, massive debts, complex tax structures and profits siphoned off to its parent company in Australia. UNISON fears a similar fate lies in store for the UK's network of gas pipelines and the country's consumers more generally.

When Macquarie owned Thames Water - from 2006-2016 - the water company made massive profits but organised its financial affairs to limit paying corporation taxes. In one year alone in 2013, despite achieving a turnover of £1.8 billion and profits of £550 million it paid no corporation tax at all. The likelihood of a repeat performance is high, believes UNISON.

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “The experience of Thames Water customers when Macquarie was running the show should have been a red flag to ministers and regulators as how unsuitable this company is to be in charge of the UK’s gas supply.

“Macquarie has poor form already - in building up huge company debt, repatriating massive dividends to the southern hemisphere and charging customers more for a much poorer service.

“The company has already proved it can’t be trusted with the nation’s water supply, but now it is to be in charge of gas pipes to millions of homes and businesses"

"The government has said it wants to invest in UK infrastructure, yet these are not terribly encouraging first steps. It suggests ministers have not given much thought to an industrial strategy, not do they seem to have much desire to retain key parts of the nation's infrastructure in UK hands."

The gas distribution business is a regulated private monopoly and has fixed returns, meaning the company running it cannot help but make money, says UNISON.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

CGG Achieves Near Real-Time Imaging for Offshore Morocco Survey - 06/12/2016

CGG Achieves Near Real-Time Imaging for Offshore Morocco Survey

CGG announced today the delivery of near real-time imaging results for a 4,200 sq km BroadSeis 3D marine seismic survey acquired offshore Morocco. CGG delivered the very-fast-track (VFT) RTM PSDM volume to the client only 4 days after the last shot. 

This technical feat crowned an excellent operational performance by the crew of the CGG Geo Caspian who worked in a safe, collaborative and effective partnership with the client to complete the program ahead of schedule. 

Jean-Georges Malcor, CEO, CGG, said: “This exceptional achievement surpasses our record last year when we delivered 1,700 sq km of fast-track depth imaging data just 9 days after acquisition for another survey offshore Morocco for the same client. It reflects the dedication of our offshore and onshore experts to go the extra mile to deliver results that continue to exceed our clients’ expectations.”

Monday, 5 December 2016

Atkins opens office in Baku, Azerbaijan - 05/12/2016

Atkins opens office in Baku, Azerbaijan

Atkins, one of the world’s leading design, engineering and project management consultancies, is to open a new office in Baku, expanding into Azerbaijan for the first time.

The office will initially support the activities of key oil and gas operators in the Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey (AGT) region with a particular focus on assets in and around the Caspian Sea. Atkins has been working with Azerbaijan since the 1990s albeit remotely from the UK, providing engineering and design consultancy services. The move into the AGT market is part of the commitment to provide closer support to our key clients in the region.

James Todd manages Atkins’ Baku team and said: “Baku is the gateway to the Caspian Sea and as such, a presence here has the potential to open a lot of doors for Atkins in the future both in Azerbaijan and the wider central Asia region. We’re committed to helping our clients reduce costs, maximise production, minimise downtime and improve safety and environmental performance, in the face of ever-changing infrastructure and economic uncertainty.

“Azerbaijan is looking to reduce reliance on oil and gas in both its economy and energy consumption. Our 5-10 year plan is to use our experience in all parts of the energy sector, including areas like offshore wind, as well as bringing in expertise from the wider Atkins Group in infrastructure, architecture and mass transit services, as we move forward in this region.”

Atkins’ global Energy business provides services to our clients by making sure that we are where they are, and that we can offer what they need, wherever and whenever they need it. 



AMETEK Land, a leading industrial combustion efficiency and environmental pollution emissions monitoring specialist, has made its Lancom 4 Portable Gas Analyser even more affordable with a Euro price reduction following Britain’s vote to exit the European Union.

Lancom 4 is renowned as the world’s most versatile and accurate portable flue gas analyser whether for testing a boiler system or checking a process for a pollutant. The analyser is able to monitor up to nine different gases and a total of 17 measurement parameters using a single instrument. And, it has the ability to data log up to 250,000 records.

“We are delighted to make this popular product even more affordable by passing on savings post Brexit for customers purchasing in Euros through our offices in Germany, France, Spain and Italy.  We are continually innovating within our ranges to ensure that we deliver the most advanced features and software to remain at the forefront of the market, whilst keeping prices competitive.  Our aim is to provide even greater access to the most accurate information to make gas analysis as comprehensive as possible,” notes Derek Stuart, Global CE Product Manager for AMETEK Land.

Widely used across industries, including gas CHP (combined heat and power) plants, utilities, cement kilns, glass, paper mills, pipelines and refineries, the Lancom 4 analyser is renowned for its convenience and ease of use. A user simply switches on the analyser, allowing it to complete an automatic zero calibration, and it is ready for use.

Lancom 4 offers built-in data capture and storage of measurement data, plus a USB connection to download the data to a laptop or a PC. In addition, the product recently was updated with free Insight data acquisition software, a powerful tool that allows users to interface their analyser with a PC for remote control and data logging. Insight offers graphing and analysis tools for data visualisation and reporting purposes, providing even easier access to data. 

The Lancom 4 features Wake and Sleep functions, which allow measurements and data logs to be recorded over an extended period. It also is supplied with a rugged carry case as standard, ensuring that the instrument is protected at all times when in use.

In addition, upgrading to Lancom 4 has been made much easier. Hardware items, such as external printers or analogue output modules, can simply be plugged in, with no firmware configuration needed. This means that these items can be fitted in the field, avoiding the need to return the instrument to the factory.

Extremely compact and portable, the Lancom 4 weighs only 6 kg / 13 lb and can easily be carried around a plant, even allowing trouble-free access to remote locations via ladders or gantry work. It is also highly robust and ideal for daily use in harsh industrial environments.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Arup joins with Australasia LNG to help meet rising power demand in Indonesia - 01/12/2016

Arup joins with Australasia LNG to help meet rising power demand in Indonesia

Global engineering and consulting firm, Arup, has been commissioned by PT Australasia LNG Indonesia (AALNG) to support the development of a new 2.4 million tonne per annum MTPA liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal, bringing greater energy security to East Java. 

Arup will deliver Pre-Front End Engineering Design (FEED) for the marine infrastructure and vessel conversion for the Probolinggo LNG terminal. Providing geotechnical, civil, naval architecture, and mechanical engineering support, Arup will advise on the conversion of a LNG carrier into a Floating Storage Unit (FSU) which will be permanently moored offshore for the design life, without the need of dry-docking. Arup is also advising on the 2.5 kilometre jetty, unloading platform and associated berthing infrastructure, required to bring the LNG onshore to be regasified.

With a strong track record in undertaking LNG projects across the world and particularly in the East Asia Region, Arup has deployed an integrated project team from Hong Kong to undertake the maritime work stream as well as a specialist team in London to undertake the complex FSU conversion study.

Peter Thompson, Director and East Asia Energy Business Leader at Arup said, “We are seeing the rise of LNG globally, as it is increasingly recognised as a transitional fuel helping provide energy security with a lower carbon impact than other fossil fuels. LNG has the potential to help play an important part in Indonesia’s energy mix – bringing greater stability and security to the grid. We are proud to be working with PT Australasia LNG Indonesia to bring more capacity to the country. For Arup, it is a great opportunity for us to utilise the full breadth of our skills, having multi-disciplinary teams available in different time zones which allows us to work around the clock to deliver projects to tight schedules.” 

The project is expected to shortly progress to FEED and final investment decision stages, with potential to carry out tank testing in the next stage of the commission to address LNG sloshing. 

World’s largest LNG market welcomes foremost gas event - 01/12/2016

World’s largest LNG market welcomes foremost gas event

Global leaders to gather in Japan for 2017’s leading gas and LNG event

Japan will remain the largest LNG buyer in the world through to 2025[1] according to the latest research from BMI Research. The country’s dependency on imported energy has resulted in a number of initiatives that are designed to increase efficient operation, whilst connecting and engaging players within the sector. In April 2017, senior business leaders and policy makers will gather in Tokyo to attend Gastech, the world’s leading gas and LNG event.

The Japan Gastech Consortium will host the 29th edition of the Gastech Conference & Exhibition. The consortium consists of ten of the country’s leading energy sector businesses, companies that specialise in the delivery and consumption of Natural Gas and LNG. Members include JERA, Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsui & Co and Tokyo Gas.

Collectively, the consortium plays a significant role in determining energy security, supply and establishing policy to secure Japan’s long-term economic future. It is chaired by Nobuo Tanaka, a pioneer in energy economics, who is the former Executive Director of the International Energy Agency and a specialist on energy safety post Fukushima.

Nobuo Tanaka, Chairman of the Japan Gastech Consortium comments: “Gastech’s broad, diverse programme is shaped by energy professionals to deliver outstanding insight, create exceptional networking and new business opportunities, whilst ensuring a robust return-on-investment.”

The Gastech conference welcomes many of the world’s leading energy industry leaders, including Patrick Pouyann√©, Chairman & CEO of Total; Ryan Lance, Chairman & CEO of ConocoPhillips; Maarten Wetselaar, Integrated Gas & New Energies Director at Royal Dutch Shell; and Sheikh Khalid Al-Thani, CEO of Qatargas, among more than 200 other influential figures that shape future global energy strategy. Leadership representing the largest gas & LNG customers in the world include Tokyo Gas, KOGAS, CPC Taiwan, GAIL India, Uniper, and more.

A 54,000 square metre exhibition will showcase 600 regional and international exhibitors, and more than 750 hosted meetings are predicted to take place. Gastech is supported by leading brands including sponsors Shell, Qatargas, Rasgas, Chevron, KPMG, Uniper, GE Oil & Gas and ENGIE.

Maarten Wetselaar, Shell Integrated Gas & New Energies Director comments on the exclusive VIP programme: “The Gastech VIP Programme is a really good opportunity for decision makers from the gas industry to come together in a more intimate setting, to exchange views about the future of the industry. But it’s also a really good opportunity for people to network”.

The event will enable over 25,000 commercial experts and technical innovators from the up, mid and downstream sectors of the supply chain to discover business-changing insights, explore innovative solutions and build profitable business connections. Global leaders and academics in the sector are expected to debate critical issues on the future of the gas industry such as the new dawn of tighter economics and lower carbon emissions, and contracting, pricing and trading of Gas & LNG.