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OE Activity: 2016 / November

OE Activity: 2016 / November (73)

Wednesday, 30 November 2016 09:07

Trendsetter opens new Houston facility

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Trendsetter Engineering has opened its Global Readiness Center (GRC) in Houston that will be dedicated to providing enhanced subsea well control response capabilities to the global market.

Trendsetter’s GRC is located within a designated Free Trade Zone (FTZ) that allows for global response equipment to be staged near the airport (George Bush Intercontinental Airport), pre‐cleared by US Customs and ready for immediate export to any location around the world. This pre‐clearance has the potential to greatly reduce response times to the incident location in the event of an actual subsea well control emergency.

With approximately 40,000sq ft of secure indoor space, the facility is equipped to conduct complete asset integrity management of client owned equipment, including inventory, storage, assembly, maintenance, and testing and logistics support.

The facility also includes the necessary office space to facilitate client representatives as well as a training center which can be quickly converted into an onsite emergency operations center.

This dual purpose facility allows for improved practical training on source control response assets while providing a local command center to facilitate onsite response operations during an actual incident response.

“The expansion of Trendsetter’s footprint to a dedicated response facility demonstrates our commitment to the industry for continual operational excellence and response readiness improvement,” said Mike Cargol, vice president of rentals and services for Trendsetter Engineering. “The opening of the Global Readiness Center firmly establishes Trendsetter’s Source Control Solutions group as the industry leader in this market segment.”

Trendsetter’s Source Control Solutions group has secured multiple contracts to store and maintain source control and oil spill emergency response equipment at this new facility. The GRC will be operational and staging equipment on 1 December 2016.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016 08:45

Royal IHC bags Chinese reel lay work

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Royal IHC has entered into a contract with Shanghai Salvage in China for the supply of an integrated 550t reel lay system, making it the first reel lay system in the Chinese market.

Illustration from Royal IHC.

The pipelay system, which includes not only rigid pipe but also flexible pipe lay capability, will be installed on the new offshore construction vessel of Shanghai Salvage. 

IHC Engineering Business, a subsidiary of Royal IHC, will lead the project, with engineering concept design already well underway. Project execution of this complex system will be managed by IHC Engineering Business, with close cooperation of its sister companies and strategic partners in both Europe and China. The system will be installed on the client’s new build vessel during Q1 2020, followed by sea trails.

Dave Vander Heyde, CEO Royal IHC: “We are very proud to have been selected by Shanghai Salvage as their partner for this innovative pipelay system due to our strong track record for sophisticated pipelay systems. IHC has been active in the Chinese market for over 30 years, delivering dredging vessels, dredging equipment and multiple offshore systems like pipelay systems and AHC deepwater lowering systems. This new contract with Shanghai Salvage further strengthens our position in this important market for Royal IHC.”  

Wednesday, 30 November 2016 08:37

DNV GL inks Aker BP frame agreement

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Aker BP has awarded a new frame agreement to DNV GL, covering a wide range of safety, verification, inspection and classification services across its installations on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.

The five-year contract, which includes options for extension, will see DNV GL experts integrated into Aker BP’s organization to provide decision-making support and stand-alone assessments. 

“This contract represents an important step forward in DNV GL’s long relationship with BP Norway and Det norske oljeselskap, as the companies merge to form Aker BP,” said Kjell Eriksson, regional manager, Norway, DNV GL – Oil & Gas. 

“The integrated technical assurance and advisory services included in the frame agreement will bring efficiency gains to Aker BP through a blend of state-of-the art technology and deep technical expertise across a broad range of disciplines.”  

Rolf Kristian Nystein, supply chain manager at Aker BP, said: “We have run a robust tendering process, and are happy to award the contract to DNV GL. Due to the timing of the tendering process we were able to combine the scopes of both companies and establish one joint contract for Aker BP delivering considerable synergies. We are looking forward to work closely with DNV GL to drive further continuous improvement in our operations.”

Wednesday, 30 November 2016 03:50

SPS repair on floating producer in field

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Work to repair five separate areas on board floating production unit FPF-003, operated by Petrofac South East Asia Pte, using SPS has been completed on-station in the Mubdala, Jasmine oil field, off the coast of Thailand.    

The repair work on this ABS classed vessel, built in 1976 and converted in 2005, was completed 15 days ahead of schedule with no disruption to day to day operations.  In total 96sq m of steel was reinstated.  

Working with client EM&I and steelworkers Altamar, IE’s field team engineers were able to work their way through the five areas: engine room bilge, engine room side shell, pump room bottom shell, forward cofferdam bottom shell and bulk head and main deck.  

Mohammad Farihim, IE’s Operations Manager said: “The team was faced with multiple complex areas to be repaired which meant four machine and equipment moves. The repair locations were all tight and we were working in constant 35°C heat. The original schedule was ambitious (40 days) but to finish in just 25 days comes down to the incredible teamwork on this project. I can’t praise EM&I’s on-board team, Altamar and the vessel’s crew highly enough. The planning for this project was impeccable and the pace, quality and safety of the project were impressive.”

Stephen Blair from EM&I said: “The SPS repair went well. An additional area was identified mid-project for which an innovative solution was proposed by IE and successfully executed. The team on board were all very experienced which enabled the project to progress rapidly and be executed to a high standard.  SPS simplifies steel reinstatement on-board working vessels. It was the right solution for this project.”

Tuesday, 29 November 2016 04:30

Pryme acquires SengS Subsea

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Pryme Group has announced the acquisition of Sengs Subsea Engineering Solutions.  

Established in 2012, by Murray Kerr, SengS is an Aberdeenshire-based engineering company providing subsea engineering design consultancy, equipment testing and assembly, repair and refurbishment and rental of certain subsea equipment.  

SengS has established a brand of cost competitive, responsive and solutions focused engineering and testing services for its customers.  

Notwithstanding the market challenges, SengS continues to grow its customer base and deliver strong earnings.  

The acquisition of SengS enhances Pryme by bringing engineering design, specialist testing and assembly services to the group, another step in its strategy of developing a full outsourced manufacturing service for its customers. SengS will also bring complementary customers to the group. Pryme, which already sells into other sectors such as aerospace, defense and general industrial, will seek to introduce SengS as part of its overall offering to customers in these sectors.

Murray Kerr, who founded SengS, will continue in his role as managing director and become a shareholder in the Pryme Group. He and his management team will have a continued focus on growing the SengS business along with exploiting the synergy potential of being part of the Pryme Group. 

Pryme Group offers a one-stop, turnkey service for global contract manufacturing, combining high quality machining with design capability, hydraulic services, fabrication skills, assembly and test and project management.  

Pryme is majority owned by Simmons Private Equity (SPE). SPE is an energy-focused fund managed by energy specialist investment bank Simmons & Company International. It was established in 2008 to support the growth of small to medium-sized energy service businesses and has £160 million under management.

Monday, 28 November 2016 11:30

Trellborg expands Houston team

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Trelleborg’s offshore operation based in Houston has invested in a new Global Riser Analysis team to incorporate in-house mathematical simulation capabilities into its current engineering group.

The Global Riser Analysis team consists of experienced local and global finite element (FE) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis personnel utilizing specialized software to enable Trelleborg to deliver a more complete engineering service to new and existing customers. The team is able to model equipment and system responses to environmental forces, providing greater opportunities for design optimization across the full range of Trelleborg’s product offerings. Potential benefits to customers include cost savings, increased service life and multi-functional designs.

“Through this new service, the team will help advance our product development and design opportunities at the system level as well as bring innovative ideas and cost savings to our customers,” said Antony Croston, business group director with Trelleborg’s offshore operation.

In addition to advances in product design, Trelleborg’s offshore operation aims to utilize established consulting backgrounds within the Global Riser Analysis team to offer customers in-house global and local analyses of offshore drilling and production operations, applying a fully coupled vessel to well approach. These riser studies will assist clients in defining operational methodologies and structural system limitations for offshore drilling and production operations.

“The Riser Analysis team will be able to consult with our clients on active projects and offer the best solution based on a true optimization of product performance and the overall effect on the system design,” said Croston. “Our future strategy is to expand our analysis capabilities, through partnerships, integration of real world data from field deployed acquisition systems, and verification testing to develop creative solutions to the present and future challenges presented to the offshore energy industries.”

The Global Riser Analysis team is currently developing solutions to reduce drilling riser drag and fatigue loadings for the purposes of improving rig uptime in the most demanding environments.

Monday, 28 November 2016 10:26

L&T unveils spool base facility in Chennai

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L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Larsen & Toubro, has unveiled high-tech spool base facilities at L&T’s fabrication facility at Kattupalli, in Chennai. These facilities are being employed to execute a prestigious Lump Sum Turn Key contract that was awarded by ONGC for a subsea installation by a consortium of J. Ray Mc Dermott, Berlian McDermott & L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering Ltd. 

The contract is part of ONGC’s integrated development of Deep Water Vashishta & S1 fields on India’s east coast. It is their first project, involving three subsea wells in depths ranging from 400-700m involving a daisy chain field architecture with subsea tie back to onshore terminal at Odalaveru through a dual 14in pipeline. 

“[This project is] the first time that such high-end technology required for deepwater operations is being transferred and embedded in India through our consortium partners, McDermott,” said Subramanian Sarma, CEO and managing director, L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering. “Apart from seeking more sustainable deployment of this high-end technology, a very positive fallout of this project is the degree of local skill development which augurs very well for the future.” 

Commenting on the occasion Arunabha Sen, country manager, McDermott Inc., said that these were early steps and that they were looking at a long-term association with the consortium. 

“For our deepwater campaign, this is a very significant step because we are going towards a gas-based economy for which it was very important to prepare ourselves to the future challenges,” said T K Sengupta, director – offshore, ONGC. He expressed confidence in the ability of the consortium to deliver such a complicated project on schedule and commence production by mid-2017 and achieve full capacity of 2 Bcm/yr by end 2017. 

This approximate 91km of pipeline laying from onshore terminal to offshore deepwater field involves 55km of shallow water lay and 36km of deepwater lay using the spool lay method. The pipeline installation involves specialized welding, NDT (Non-destructive Testing) and demands the highest levels of fabrication expertise to ensure operating life of 25 years in a harsh marine environment. This is a landmark project in line with the ‘Make in India’ and ‘Skill India’ policies of the Government with technology transfer from McDermott.” 

L&T’s modular fabrication facility at Kattupalli near Chennai is located just 200 nautical miles from the KG basin. The yard has over a kilometer of length – a prerequisite for installing a spool base and reeling facility for sub-sea pipelines. While this yard will develop as a hub for deepwater work on India’s east coast, it also supports L&T Hydrocarbon’s shallow water EPC (engineering, procurement, and construction) projects.

Monday, 28 November 2016 09:39

Vaalco completes Etame Marin deal

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Vaalco Energy has closed on the purchase of an additional 3.23% participating interest (2.98% working interest) in the Etame Marin Permit, offshore of the Republic of Gabon from Sojitz Etame, which represented the full interest owned by Sojitz Etame in the concession. 

The transaction had an effective date of 1 August 1 2016. 

Vaalco is operator of the fields in the Etame Marin block which encompass approximately 28,700 gross acres in shallow water and, prior to the acquisition, owned a 30.35% participating interest (28.1% working interest) in the block. There are four production platforms and nine wells currently producing in the concession, including three subsea well tiebacks. Production from the fields currently averages about 13,500 b/d and over 94 MMbbl have been produced since production commenced in 2002.

The acquisition will boost Vaalco’s net production by approximately 11% post-closing and will not require any additional staffing. The transaction was funded with cash on hand. Vaalco may issue a request to the International Finance Corp. (IFC) to borrow the US$5 million potentially available under its term loan agreement in the near future.

Vaalco has also mobilized a hydraulic workover unit onto the Avouma platform offshore Gabon and work is underway to replace failed electric submersible pumps (ESPs).  The failed ESPs will be inspected by the original equipment manufacturer, who also installed the ESPs, to determine what caused the failures.

“We are very pleased to have closed our transaction with Sojitz and increased our participating interest in our flagship producing asset in offshore Gabon to 33.58%,” Cary Bounds, Vaalco COO and interim CEO said. “At Etame, we have identified 21 low risk development and step-out drilling opportunities with about 65 MMbbl of gross unrisked recoverable contingent resources. We are working with our partners on a schedule to develop these opportunities as soon as practical.  We are also very pleased to have initiated the workover program at Avouma and hope to restore production at Avouma before year end.”

Read more:

Vaalco exits Angola

Vaalco ESP fails again, shuts-in well off Gabon

Vaalco acquires more Etame Marin stake

Monday, 28 November 2016 09:09

Atlantic requests operatorship of Orlando, Kells

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Atlantic Petroleum issued notices to Iona Energy Co. (UK), which is in administration, to remove Iona as the operator of the Orlando and Kells licenses, offshore the UK.

Atlantic has requested special meetings of the joint operating committees of UK Licenses P.1606 and P.1607, the Orlando and Kells licenses, to be held to consider the removal of Iona Energy as the operator of the licenses pursuant to Clause 5.3.2 (b) of the joint operating agreement, dealing with an entity in administration, and to elect Atlantic Petroleum North Sea as the operator of the licenses.

Iona as the operator must call such special meeting not less than seven nor more than 10 days after receipt of the request from Atlantic Petroleum North Sea.

“We have been working constructively with interested parties to resolve the issues around Orlando and Kells since Iona went into administration, and had entered into a sale and purchase agreement on our 25% of Orlando,” Ben Arabo, Atlantic CEO said. “This agreement was not concluded because the counter party was unable to complete. We now think that the Orlando project needs to move forward with an active operator in line with the obligations to the UK government under the license, and we are taking steps to ensure that this will happen. The Orlando development is an attractive development opportunity and we are working with interested parties and our funders to deliver value from Orlando.”

Monday, 28 November 2016 08:39

BHP awards EM&I Macedon, Pyrenees inspection contract

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EM&I, a provider of asset integrity, inspection and specialized repair and maintenance services, has signed a contract with BHP Billiton Petroleum Australia (BHP Billiton) to provide inspection management services to their Macedon Gas Plant and Pyrenees FPSO (floating production storage and offloading). 

The contract, valued at US$6.1 million (AUD 8.2 million) over three years, is in addition to the services already provided at the Minerva Gas Plant. 

The agreement, executed on 1 November 2016, includes 2 x 1 year options, and covers a range of conventional and specialist inspection services, to be managed from EM&I’s offices in Perth Western Australia.

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