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OE Activity: 2016 / May

OE Activity: 2016 / May (76)

Tuesday, 31 May 2016 03:32

Bergen Ocean Lab opens

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Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg has opened the Norwegian Ocean Laboratory at Marineholmen in Bergen.

The laboratory will host world-class research infrastructure and facilitate collaborative cross-border technology development for ocean research.

Bergen institutes host several national research infrastructures. Several of these will be combined in the Norwegian Ocean Laboratory to strengthen the clusters world-class deep-marine research capability.

Important activities include mapping of marine mineral resources, bioprospecting, establishing fish quota, monitor climate change and possible effects of petroleum activities. 

Engineers, researcher and students from both industry and universities will work closely together to develop the next generation integrated monitoring technology and methodology. The locations will be used to maintain and mobilise equipment for a wide range of test cruises. The facility will also include offices and will operate the new ocean observatory in Lofoten-Vesterålen.

The lab is in the core of the GCE Subsea strategy, creating a joint innovation platform to establishing new projects, solutions and companies says Jon O. Hellevang, Senior Subsea Innovator in GCE Subsea.

The laboratory is initiated by the University of Bergen and the Institute of Marine Research. The Norwegian Defence Research Establishment has become partner, and Bergen University College and Christian Michelsen Research are about to join.

The University of Bergen hosts important national R&D infrastructures such as National Marine Robotics Facility and Norwegian Atlantic Current Observatory. This includes a state-of-the art remotely operated vehicle that can operate down to 6000m depths as well as several autonomous underwater vehicles and gliders.

The Institute of Marine Research operates six research vessels that are important platforms for testing new technology, supporting annual marine mapping missions and a wide range of international R&D projects.

Monday, 23 May 2016 00:00

Airswift forms Ducatus Partners

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Global workforce solutions provider for the energy, process and infrastructure, Airswift, has formed an executive search firm, Ducatus Partners. The new company will operate independently of Airswift, delivering executive search, market intelligence and related consultancy to clients across the energy value chain.

Ducatus Partners will be led by a core team of Kevin Davidson, Sean Buchan and Jamie Ferguson. Together the team has more than 45 years’ personal experience of matching companies and investors with the C-suite, board-level executives and leadership teams, most recently at Maxwell Drummond. Ducatus Partners will harness Davidson, Buchan and Ferguson’s proven ability to access both established and emerging leadership talent at an international level, by leveraging their extensive network and world class research capabilities.  

Peter Searle, CEO of Airswift said: “The launch of Ducatus Partners gives our clients a dedicated executive search capability, led by some of the best and most widely regarded individuals in this space. Their sector knowledge and market intelligence means they have access to potential leaders that their rivals cannot hope to match. The team’s experience and expertise, combined with our global footprint and comprehensive package of workforce solutions, gives our clients an unrivalled opportunity to work with a single, trusted supplier.”

Kevin Davidson, MD of Ducatus Partners said: “Our approach to business has always been focused on delivering excellence, operating with integrity and ensuring transparency at every stage of our relationship with clients. So we are delighted to be working with Airswift, which is committed to the same values. Working together we’ll continue to deliver outstanding results to our clients, while still retaining the independent customer-focused service which sets both companies apart.”

Friday, 27 May 2016 12:24

Parker wins Sakhalin extension

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Parker Drilling was awarded an extension and additional rig to its operations and maintenance (O&M) contract on Sakhalin Island, Russia. The prior contract term was set to expire in Q3 2017 and covered operating and maintaining three customer-owned rigs in support of the Sakhalin-1 Project. The O&M contract term now extends through June 2019 and also covers a newly constructed fourth customer-owned extended reach drilling (ERD) rig. The extension, inclusive of the additional new rig, is expected to add in excess of $180 million in revenue backlog over the course of the contract and brings the company's operations on Sakhalin Island to a total of five rigs, including one Parker-owned rig.

"Parker Drilling has an unwavering commitment to being the most innovative, reliable, and efficient drilling contractor, always with our eyes on reducing customers' risks and costs," said Gary Rich, the Company's Chairman, President and CEO. "Our growth in this division is a testament both to the ERD successes we have achieved with our customer on Sakhalin Island as well as the support we have provided to our customer through the design and construction of the new rig. Even in the face of our industry's significant challenges and headwinds, we have the opportunity to find new ways to align our strategy and operations with our customers' needs."

Friday, 27 May 2016 09:24

Vallourec opens Singapore facility

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Vallourec subsidiary that specializes in the production and repair of accessories for oil and gas wells, Vallourec Tube-Alloy, opened a new plant in Singapore, to be known as Vallourec Tube-Alloy Asia-Pacific.

This new site will support the group’s OCTG activities by expanding the geographic footprint of Vallourec Tube-Alloy, which until now was mainly centered on four production facilities in the US.

Located in northern Singapore, this new site is specialized in threading VAM premium connections on wellhead and completion equipment, and in manufacturing turnkey OCTG accessories. It has annual capacity of 25,000 threads.

The unit is fully qualified to undertake the series of operations required to produce VAM premium connections. With 50 engineers and technicians, the facility is well positioned to support oil and gas equipment manufacturers based in Singapore as well as operators based in the region, whose projects require high added-value tubular solutions.

“Considering the strategic importance of the Asia-Pacific zone for its markets, Vallourec is now strengthening its long-term position in the Singapore region, a major oil and gas hub, ready to develop its services and match its customers’ requirements as closely as possible,” Olivier Mathey, VP of Vallourec Tube-Alloy Asia Pacific said. 

Vallourec has approximately 2000 employees in Asia-Pacific where it offers a full range of products and services (oil, gas and electricity markets) through three plants in China (Valinox Nuclear Guanzhou, Vallourec Changzhou, VAM Changzhou), two in Indonesia (Batam Island) including logistics and port services, the new Vallourec Tube-Alloy facility in Singapore, a Serimax plant for tube welding in Malaysia, a joint venture in Vietnam and several sales offices, including Seoul (Korea), Jakarta (Indonesia), Perth (Australia), Beijing-Shanghai (China) and Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam).​

Friday, 27 May 2016 03:31

James Fisher charters Polar Onyx cable layer

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GC Rieber Shipping has secured a cable lay charter with marine solutions and specialist engineering service provider James Fisher Marine Services for the SURF vessel Polar Onyx for services in the UK North Sea.

The charter commences prompt and with options may last in excess of one month.

The charter comes in almost direct continuation from the Nigerian campaign the vessel performed in Q1 and parts of Q2, confirming the Polar Onyx versatility and attractiveness in the market.

"We're pleased to see continued utilization for Polar Onyx in today's market and look forward to working with James Fisher for this opportunity," said CEO Irene Basili in a comment.

Thursday, 26 May 2016 14:18

Mubadala fails at Thai well

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Mubadala Petroleum has failed to find commercial quantities of oil at its Sri Trang-1 exploration well in the northern Gulf of Thailand.

Sri Trang-1 is located in the G1/48 concession, approximately 18km north-northeast of the Manora oil development. 

The well was spudded on 17 May in 40m of water by the Atwood Orca jackup drilling unit and was drilled to an extended final total depth of 2814m.

The test results confirmed the presence of oil in poor quality reservoir sand. The samples collected from three other zones confirmed the presence of water. Although the oil is not in commercial quantities, the Sri Trang-1 discovery has validated the hydrocarbon prospectivity of the Northern Kra Basin.

Mubadala operates G1/48 with 60% stake. Partners include Tap Oil (30%) and Northern Gulf Petroleum (10%).

Image of the Atwood Orca, from Atwood.

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Mubadala starts at Sri Trang-1 off Thailand

Thursday, 26 May 2016 11:16

Eni gets Aurelia green light

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Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) has given Eni Norge consent to drill an exploration well in Block 7222 in the Barents Sea.

Eni Norge is the operator for production license 226 in the Barents Sea. The well is to be drilled in a prospect named Aurelia, with the designation 7222/1-1.

Water depth at the site is 424m. Drilling is estimated to last for 58 days, depending on whether a discovery is made.

Drilling is to be performed by Saipem's Scarabeo 8 semisubmersible drilling facility of the Moss CS 50 MkII design. The facility is winterized and is designed for working at water depths of between 70-3050m.

Image of the Scarabeo 8, from PSA.

Thursday, 26 May 2016 11:08

Shell to drill at Draugen with Island Constructor

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Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) has given Norske Shell consent to use the Island Constructor mobile drilling facility for start-up and repair of wells on the Draugen field, offshore Norway.

Draugen is an oil field in the Norwegian Sea in 250m of water. The field has been developed using a fixed concrete facility with an integrated deck. Stabilized oil is stored in tanks in the base of the facility.

Island Constructor is a facility designed for well intervention which is operated by Island Offshore Management. The facility received Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) in September 2010.

In April, Island Offshore secured contracts with Norske Shell worth US$12 million (100 million NOK) for two of its vessels, the Island Valiant and Island Constructor at the Draugen oil field.

The Island Valiant will began its contract with IMR-work (inspection, maintenance and repair) on three wells in April, preparing the wells for the work, which the Island Constructor will perform later in the summer.

Image of the Island Constructor, from Island Offshore.

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Two Island vessels ink Shell work

Thursday, 26 May 2016 10:44

Martin Linge, ETAP living quarters progress

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Apply Emtunga is building the offshore accommodation modules to the oil rig projects Martin Linge and ETAP at the Arendal Yard in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The living quarters for the oil rig Martin Linge are built by Apply Emtunga in Gothenburg, Sweden. Image from Apply Emtunga. 

As the living quarters are to be the safest place on a rig, Apply Emtunga is using Roxtec cable and pipe transits.

The nine-floor high living quarters of Martin Linge are delivered as a complete integrated accommodation module from Gothenburg. It has three A60 fire rated divisions and an H60 fire rated bulkhead as partition towards the production and processing areas. The complex contains offices and meeting areas as well as cabins equipped with TV, Internet and bathroom. There are also facilities such as a little hospital, a kitchen, a dining room and two TV rooms as well as a music room and a gym.

Certificates showing reliability

“We use Roxtec Sleev-it fire penetration seals for all plastic pipes with drinking water and hot water. The reason for choosing Roxtec is that it was the only supplier that could present the required fire protection certificates. Everything in this project must have a minimum lifetime of 30 years,” piping engineer Mattias Öhrn at Apply Emtunga said.

The living quarters of Martin Linge will under normal conditions house 75 people, but can if necessary house up to 124 people. The building will in total weigh approximately 2000 tons when it is ready to be shipped on a barge to the platform off the coast of Norway.

Simplicity and efficiency

The living quarters for the ETAP project are, on the other hand, delivered as several smaller units directly to the rig off the coast of Scotland for final installation into an integrated unit on the platform. In this project, the fire rated plastic pipe penetration seals used are the Roxtec RS PPS/S.


Thursday, 26 May 2016 10:19

Aquatic to mobilize BP ETAP carousel

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Aquatic Engineering & Construction has been subcontracted to Bibby Offshore to replace subsea infrastructure in the Central North Sea as part of BP’s US$1billion Eastern Trough Area Project (ETAP) life extension project.  

Image of the carousel at Smith Quay, from Aquatic.

Aquatic will deploy its carousel system to install 35km of umbilical ensuring electrical control capability between ETAP’s central processing facility and the Machar field.

The umbilical lay campaign is scheduled to commence in June and is expected to last approximately 30 days. This is the first phase of Bibby’s five-vessel campaign, involving trenching, structure and riser installation followed by electrical diagnostics and commissioning works.  Aquatic has also been subcontracted to provide lay equipment and personnel for the riser installation campaign in September of this year.

ETAP, located 240km east of Aberdeen, is one of the largest and most complex developments in the North Sea, comprising nine oil and gas reservoirs, six of which are operated by BP. The ETAP Life Extension Project (ELXP) will help secure the future of the fields until 2030 and beyond.

Aquatic will be providing a team of offshore supervisors and technicians to mobilize and operate its on-deck 1500-tonne carousel and integrated 5-tonne tensioner system, as well as a 15-tonne two-track tensioner complete with all ancillary equipment.

Aquatic’s partner, James Fisher Offshore (JFO), will be providing a 20-tonne abandon and recovery winch to support the operation. A key characteristic of the Aquatic-JFO alliance is that, on this occasion, the Aquatic offshore team will be managing and operating the JFO equipment, thereby optimizing back deck personnel during the month-long operation. Aquatic will be the sole point of contact for the customer in supplying and managing the back deck equipment portfolio for this project.

Aquatic hosted a two-day event prior to the mobilization, using this North Sea opportunity to bring specially invited customers, shareholders, media, partners and employees to Smith Quay in Peterhead, Scotland, to see the carousel first hand before operations commenced.

“With Aquatic’s 1500-tonne modular carousel mobilizing out of Peterhead, we decided this would be an excellent opportunity to bring together our stakeholders from across the EMEA and provide a demonstration of its capabilities and our strength in depth in the region,” Steven Kilpatrick, Aquatic regional manager for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region said. “In the current economic climate, many leading oil and gas providers are taking the opportunity to reinvigorate areas of their fields that need more specialist operational support and we are engaged in a number of North Sea opportunities.”

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