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OE Activity: 2017 / January

OE Activity: 2017 / January (96)

Thursday, 26 January 2017 11:17

TMC gets Heerema Sleipnir contract

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International compressor supplier Tamrotor Marine Compressors (TMC) has been awarded a contract by Sembcorp Marine to supply compressed air systems to the new build Heerema Sleipnir crane vessel.   

The scope of work includes manufacturing and delivery of a complete marine compressed air system, including Smart Air service air compressors, service air dryers, control air compressors and control air dryers. The contract value is undisclosed. 

“Given the size of the Heerema Sleipnir, and the giant operations she will be in charge of, it is vital to have reliable and well-functioning compressors on board,” said Per Kjellin, managing director, TMC.We take great pride in the reliability and energy-efficiency of our compressor systems, and are very pleased that Sembcorp Marine and Heerema Marine Contractors recognize these qualities."

The new generation semi-submersible crane vessel Heerema Sleipnir is designed for worldwide offshore heavy lifting. She will be equipped with two cranes of 10,000-tonne lifting capacity each and a reinforced deck area of 220m in length and 102m in width.

The dual cranes provide for heavy lifting capacity to install and remove both jackets and topsides. The cranes can also be utilized for installation of foundations, moorings and structures in deepwater. Sembcorp Marine in Singapore is constructing the vessel on behalf of Heerema Marine Contractors. The vessel is scheduled for delivery in 2018. 

Thursday, 26 January 2017 11:00

Greater Enfield FPSO to use GE MV7-5L drive

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GE Energy Connections has been chosen to supply its MV7Series 5 Level (MV7-5L) drive, which will sit topside on a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) unit for the Greater Enfield project. Located 60km off Exmouth in Western Australia, the project aggregates production from the Laverda Canyon, Norton over Laverda and Cimatti oil accumulations. 

The MV7-5L drive with ultimate waveform configuration supplied by GE’s Power Conversion, a sub-business from GE Energy Connections, will help start and control two multiphase pumps operating in parallel 32km away from topside the FPSO.

The drive boasts 5-level topology, enabling an increased voltage. The 12kV, high-voltage output eliminates the need for a step-up transformer, saving space onboard the vessel and requiring less installation costs for the customer. The smaller footprint also translates to less weight, giving room for an additional 15-20-ton worth of equipment. 

“Less weight from the ultimate waveform drive solution installed on the FPSO unit means less structure support is required. In addition to the obvious cost-saving advantage, it also enables certain projects that were not feasible in the past, as the new solution allows more equipment to be installed before reaching the maximum capability of the supporting structure,” said Gilles Chene, senior sales manager, GE Energy Connections’ Power Conversion.

The removal of the step-up transformer means there are fewer parts to the solution, which helps reduce the risk of failure. Other features of the MV7-5L drive include its ability to produce cleaner power with fewer harmonics, which can help increase equipment life expectancy. 

“The high voltage and smaller footprint characteristics of this MV7-5L drive make it ideal for applications in the demanding offshore support industry,” said Luca Polezzi, oil and gas segment leader, GE’s Power Conversion. “The ultimate waveform configuration is based on proven technology, and its predecessor has an impressive 10GW installed base worldwide.”

Thursday, 26 January 2017 10:43

Victrex, Magma strengthen partnership

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Victrex and Magma Global are continuing to build their strategic partnership targeted at the oil and gas industry. Following the joint development of Magma carbon composite m-pipe utilizing VICTREX PEEK, Victrex recently invested in a minority interest in Magma to further facilitate the adoption of its m-pipe for subsea applications. The m-pipe technology is expected to reduce exploration and production costs and risks for demanding subsea applications.

Increasingly stringent demands for operations at greater depths, with sour service demands, and under higher pressures and temperatures, have made a metal replacement for subsea piping an urgent priority for the oil and gas industry. "Our strategic relationship with Magma Global will help to further facilitate the industry´s move into a new era of enhanced capabilities, coupled with reduced costs, in extreme subsea operations," said James Simmonite, energy director, Victrex. 

“The oil & gas market remains challenging, but the application of m-pipe in areas where it can deliver cost savings for operators, through simpler design, easier deployment and in whole life costs, means it should be the technology of choice for demanding subsea applications," said Martin Jones, CEO, Magma.

Continued progress of the company last year also included the launch of a rental system for hydraulic pumping for intervention, early production and temporary riser replacement, consisting of m-pipe with an Integrated Deployment Package and crew.

Image:m-pipe used in next-generation jumper assemblies/Victrex

Thursday, 26 January 2017 05:08

Subsea Expo: International expansion agenda

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With UK subsea exports valued at almost US$6.31 billion (£5 billion), Subsea UK is encouraging British firms to set their sights on international expansion to sustain long-term growth. 

The industry body is urging companies to strengthen trade partnerships across the globe, exporting the country’s sought after subsea expertise to increase the sector’s international capabilities and reputation.

At this year’s Subsea Expo, being held next week in Aberdeen, the Department of International Trade (DIT) will be hosting one-to-one meetings with in-country experts in a bid to match UK expertise with demand from key oil and gas provinces, including Azerbaijan, Brazil, Mexico, Mozambique, Nigeria, Norway, Tanzania and the US.

As part of Subsea UK’s "Global Opportunities" program, representatives from DIT and UK Export Finance (UKEF) advisors will be available to help companies and individuals explore the most promising export opportunities, as well as provide practical help and advice on market entry.

Neil Gordon, chief executive of Subsea UK said: “With around 50,000 people working in subsea production, the UK is the world leader in deep sea exploration and extraction. And, over 50% of the world’s commercial subsea ROVs are designed and manufactured in the UK. Now more than ever, we must take this expertise to the markets that hold the most potential and who are actively seeking what we can offer.  

“Subsea Expo showcases the UK’s world-class subsea technology and innovation and provides companies with the opportunity to meet key international decision-makers. Continuing to work closely alongside organisations such as DIT and UKEF has enabled the development of a strategic approach to facilitate new export opportunities for our members. The demand is out there and huge rewards can be gained from expanding overseas.”

Delegates at Subsea Expo, running from 1-3 February at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, will also have the opportunity to meet key international decision-makers and attend a dedicated seminar on opportunities in Azerbaijan, Brazil, Mozambique, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria and Norway with a panel discussion hosted by leading market specialists on Wednesday, 1 February.

Subsea Expo 2017 is expected to attract around 5000 visitors during the three-day exhibition and conference. This year’s theme ‘Adapting to the New Norm’ will look at the changes industry must make to deliver the cost efficiencies needed to sustain the sector for decades to come. 

Thursday, 26 January 2017 03:54

Total inks Prosafe vessel for Elgin Franklin

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French oil major Total has awarded Prosafe a contract for the use of the Safe Caledonia semisubmersible accommodation vessel at the Elgin-Franklin Facility in the UK sector of the North Sea.

The contract is for 134 days, with an additional 30-day option to extend with on-site operations planned to start on 15 May 2017.

Total value of the contract is estimated at US$10 million including mobilization, demobilization and associated services.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017 12:04

Heads of OPEC, IEA to speak at IHS CERAweek

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The Secretary General of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), H.E. Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, will deliver remarks to delegates during CERAWeek 2017, 6-10 March at the Hilton Americas—Houston.

Barkindo will appear alongside the Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), Fatih Birol, for a special dialogue on the future of the oil market.

“We are honored to welcome Secretary General Barkindo and Executive Director Birol to CERAWeek 2017,” said Daniel Yergin, conference chair and vice chairman of IHS Markit, a world leader in critical information, analytics and solutions. “Their unique positions during a time of turbulence in energy markets enables them to bring deep understanding to the dynamics that are shaping the energy future. Their exchange will be a very important and most timely dialogue at this year’s conference.”

CERAWeek by IHS Markit is the premier annual international gathering of energy industry leaders, experts, government officials and policymakers, leaders from the technology, financial and industrial communities – and energy technology innovators.

CERAWeek 2017: Pace of Change: Building a New Energy Future will focus on the changing market at a time of turbulence and uncertainty. The program will examine new forces at work; explore the strategies to meet competitive dynamics and the impact of technology, government policies and the global economy.

Speakers at CERAWeek 2017 will include: H.E. Khalid A Al-Falih, minister of energy, industry and mineral resources, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, chairman of the board, Saudi Aramco; H.E. Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, secretary general, OPEC; Fatih Birol, executive director, IEA; 15 energy ministers; 10 CEOs of international oil companies; 12 CEOs of power and renewable companies; 15 CEOs of global technology companies.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017 11:27

VBMS gets Eas Anglia ONE contract

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VBMS, a Royal Boskalis Westminster (Boskalis) subsidiary, has been awarded a cabling contract with a value of approximately US$100.7 million (EUR100 million) by ScottishPower Renewables, for the East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm. The scope of work for VBMS consists of the supply, installation and burial, as well as termination and testing of 102 66kV inter-array cables. The project execution will commence in Q1 2019 with completion scheduled for mid-2020.

East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm will consist of up to 102 wind turbines, generating an overall capacity of up to 714 MW, and will be located approximately 43km off the Suffolk Coast in the southern North Sea. ScottishPower Renewables, a subsidiary of Iberdrola Renovables, has been awarded four projects by the Crown Estate.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017 10:19

Dynamic inks Aramco Arabian Gulf work

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Dynamic Industries Saudi Arabia (Dynamic Saudi Arabia), headquartered in Al-Khobar KSA, and Houston-headquartered Dynamic Industries International (Dynamic International), have been awarded a major offshore project under their long-term agreement with Saudi Aramco.  The project scope of work includes engineering, procurement, fabrication, transportation, installation, demolition, hook up, testing, and pre-commissioning of various components for offshore oil facilities in the Arabian Gulf.

In mid-2015, Saudi Aramco awarded Dynamic Saudi Arabia and Dynamic International long-term agreement contracts, making the Dynamic team an integral partner in Saudi Aramco’s offshore maintain potential program and gas program.  These visionary programs are designed to keep Saudi Aramco in its preeminent position in the global oil markets as well as enhance the supply of energy to the domestic Saudi market.                                                                                                   

“Dynamic spent the last several years working towards this and we now intend to seize the opportunity to demonstrate our capabilities to Saudi Aramco and our commitment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” Donnie Sinitiere, Dynamic Industries general manager, and EVP and COO of Dynamic International.  “Dynamic’s primary goal is to deliver excellence in execution and safety, while maximizing local content and providing employment opportunities for our in-Kingdom workforce.  Dynamic will execute nearly every phase of this project in-Kingdom out of Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia.”

Dynamic Saudi Arabia is jointly owned by Dynamic International, a full service offshore EPCI contractor to the global offshore oil and gas industries, and Bandariyah International Co., a Saudi Arabian company specializing in the oil and gas industry.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017 09:22

Gazprom Neft gets Ayashsky license

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Gazprom Neft subsidiary, Gazpromneft Sakhalin, has acquired a license for the exploration, development and production of hydrocarbons at the Ayashsky block, on the continental shelf of the Sea of Okhotsk.

Map of the Ayashsky block, from Gazprom Neft/Yandex Maps.

The license, awarded by the Federal Subsoil Resources Management Agency (Rosnedra), runs until 1 July 2039.

The Ayashsky block is next to the developed fields of the Sakhalin-1 and Sakhalin-2 projects in this already proven oil- and gas-bearing region, forms part of the Sakhalin-3 project. Recoverable reserves at this latest Gazprom Neft asset are estimated at more than 100 million tonne of oil equivalent (MMtoe). Some 2150sq m of 3D seismic works having been previously undertaken at the Ayashsky block, Gazprom Neft Sakhalin has now completed analysis of geological and geophysical information allowing decisions to be made on the most promising structures of geological prospecting works.

According to the terms of its license agreement, Gazprom Neft is now making preparations for the drilling of an initial prospecting and appraisal well at the Ayashsky formation, expected to start in summer 2017.

Gazprom Neft CEO Alexander Dyukov said: “Developing new projects on the Russian continental shelf means Gazprom Neft can optimize the experience gained in developing and operating the Prirazlomnoye field in the Pechora Sea, and the Novoportovskoye and Messohakhskoye fields in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug. Using the most cutting-edge technologies and management systems, our company continues to expand the geographic extent of its activities. Safe and effective development in Russia’s most promising oil regions is an area of strategic focus in Gazprom Neft’s operations.”

Wednesday, 25 January 2017 09:18

Java Offshore gains Asian Geos stake

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Java Offshore has gained a majority stake in Asian Geos Sdn Bhd, a specialist offshore geotechnical and geophysical service provider within the Asia Pacific market from both Gardline Geosciences and Helms Geomarine Sdn Bhd in a recent acquisition deal.

The acquisition will further enhance Java Offshore’s existing portfolio of services through the addition of an offshore geotechnical and engineering capability focused in the oil and gas, marine renewables, marine civil engineering and telecommunication sectors, the company said.

The additional service offering will reduce contractual interface risks while ensuring that its overall objectives of any related projects are met. The ability to undertake both geophysical and geotechnical services will also provide customers with a cost effective and integrated approach of acquiring, analyzing and interpretation of data required for various engineering design and drilling requirements.

In addition, the combined assets, resources and network locations will support for an improved responsiveness and reduced costs for customers within the region.

Rizal Shah, CEO of Java Offshore, said: “We are extremely optimistic and very pleased with this acquisition. The consolidation of both companies will allow for a more cost effective and efficient platform for growth especially in the current challenges of the oil and gas segment. On top of that, the ability to share Asian Geos’s technical knowhow and capability in geotechnical investigation and engineering will allow us to access new markets and ultimately provide more value for our existing and future customers.”

Dato’ Ir. Mohamad Helmi Zulkawi, managing director of Asian Geos said: “The acquisition was a strategic decision which stemmed from our aspiration to expand its operations capabilities and realize its long-term plans of further enhancing its service offering in Malaysia and globally. This partnership gives us the opportunity to promote and securing more international businesses. It gives us the impetus to proceed with plans of enhancing our market share by leveraging on the groups experience and resources.”

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