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OE Activity: 2017 / January

OE Activity: 2017 / January (96)

Thursday, 05 January 2017 13:30

DOF inks contract trio

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DOF has been awarded three new contracts.

The first contract, with Asco Marine Ltd., is a two-year firm contract, with options, for the vessel Skandi Aukra.

The second contract, with Eni Norge, is a 13-month call-off, with minimum 60 days firm for the vessel Skandi Iceman. Both contracts started in December 2016.

The third contract, with Total Austral in Argentina, is a three-year firm contract, with two-year options, for the vessel Skandi Pacific. The contract will commence in Q2 2017.

Image: Skandi Pacific/ DOF Group

Thursday, 05 January 2017 12:47

HMC chooses Emerson VRC for Sleipnir

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Heerema Marine Contractors (HMC) has chosen Emerson Automation Solutions to provide a valve remote control (VRC) system for a semisubmersible offshore crane vessel, SSCV Sleipnir, currently under construction at Sembcorp Marine’s shipyard in Singapore.

The 220m-long vessel is designed for the installation and removal of large offshore structures, such as oil and gas platforms, subsea production facilities, foundations, moorings, and deepwater floating structures. Each of the ship’s two revolving cranes is capable of lifting up to 10,000-ton. The critical task of stabilizing Sleipnir during lifting operations will be carried out by the ship’s ballast control system, which transfers water between onboard tanks to counter-balance the weight of shifting loads.

Not only must the ballast control system operate reliably in demanding marine conditions, but it must do so on an extraordinary scale. To address these challenges, Emerson’s experts worked closely with the stakeholders to design a custom, fully-redundant Damcos VRC solution for the ship’s fluid management and ballast systems that includes a total of 847 valves, actuators, local power units (LPUs), and eight interface cabinets connected by a P-NET communication bus.

Emerson’s Damcos LPUs are rated at IP68, meaning that they are able to operate while submerged at a depth of three bar (30m) for at least 24 hours. The LPUs are mounted directly on the actuators and connected to the P-NET network, saving the shipyard installation man-hours by eliminating hydraulic tubing and greatly improving reliability with their short circuit-tolerant design. This configuration allows any LPU to fail entirely without affecting the other units in the loop.

“A groundbreaking project like this called for us to partner with automation experts who could provide a VRC solution that minimized cost, weight, size, and energy use while ensuring years of safe operation in some of the toughest situations imaginable,” said Leo Stobbe, commissioning manager for Sleipnir, HMC. “Across the board, we are confident that Emerson has delivered.”

Image: SSCV Sleipnir/Heerema Marine Contractors

Thursday, 05 January 2017 11:49

Aibel awards IKM Testing Johan Sverdrup service contract

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IKM Testing Thailand has been awarded the service contract by Aibel for the Johan Sverdrup drilling platform.

The platform deck for the drilling platform will comprise of three modules. Aibel is to build the largest module, the main support frame (MSF), at the company's yard in Thailand. Work on combining the three modules will start in the autumn of 2017. The finished platform will be handed over to Statoil in Q2 2018.

The scope of subcontract services includes provision of labor, equipment and consumables to carry out the onshore works for chemical cleaning and hot oil flushing.

The project is scheduled to commence in January 2017 over a period of four months in Thailand.

Image: Johan Sverdrup Drilling Platform/Statoil

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Thursday, 05 January 2017 10:43

Acteon acquires Bruce Anchor

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Subsea services group Acteon acquired Bruce Anchor in a move that the company says has improved its capabilities in the provision of temporary and permanent mooring systems.

The acquisition adds to Acteon’s capability in the mooring and installation market. Providing anchor technology to global clients in the oil and gas and renewables sectors, Bruce Anchor will retain its independence within the Acteon portfolio.

“The acquisition strengthens Acteon’s offering to its global client base. While the products are complementary to those already in our group companies, we will ensure that Bruce Anchor retains its independence to allow our moorings businesses to offer the best possible technical solutions for all applications,” said Bernhard Bruggaier, executive vice president of operations, Acteon. 

Reporting to Bruggaier, Bruce Anchor’s director of sales, Steve Broadbent, will manage the business.  He will be supported by the founder, Peter Bruce, during the transition into Acteon.

“I’m pleased to hand over the reins and look forward to supporting Acteon during the transition and into the next era for the Bruce brand,” said Bruce. 

The transaction was completed on 21 December 2016. 

Thursday, 05 January 2017 03:13

Schlumberger acquires Peak Well Systems

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Oilfield services giant Schlumberger has acquired Aberdeen-based Peak Well Systems (Peak), a specialist in the design and development of advanced downhole tools for flow control, well intervention and well integrity.

Peak Well Systems designs and manufactures advanced downhole tools that isolate, extend well life, restore well integrity and enhance well performance with SIM* retrievable bridge plugs and disruptive technologies such as the SIMULTRA* plug, which is a high performance retrievable bridge plug capable of providing high-pressure, high-temperature, and gas tight (ISO 14310:2008 – Grade V0) zonal isolation, even in sour gas conditions. 

Schlumberger acquired Peak from growth equity investor Summit Partners and the company's founders and management team.

“In the past few years, Peak has developed a portfolio of flow control technologies that are recognized as some of the leading products in the industry largely due to their simplicity, performance, reliability and ease of retrievability,” said Hinda Gharbi, president, Wireline, Schlumberger. “Bringing Peak technologies into our existing Production Services portfolio will give us the opportunity to offer our customers fully integrated well intervention solutions on electric line, mechanical slickline or digital slickline.”

Nigel Avern, chief executive officer, Peak Well Systems, said: “Schlumberger’s acquisition of Peak is extremely positive news for both companies and for the industry in general. We have been working closely with Schlumberger on several collaborations and initiatives during the past year and what has become clearly apparent is our compatibility. This is a natural fit for both companies and one which will ultimately benefit our customers.”

Wednesday, 04 January 2017 16:08

GEODynamics acquired Paradigm GeoKey perforating business

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GEODynamics has acquired Paradigm GeoKey’s Aberdeen, Scotland-based perforating business unit effective 1 January 2017. As a result of the transaction, GEODynamics, Inc. has established its UK operating company.   

Chris Chalker, former managing director of Paradigm GeoKey, has joined the GEODynamics team as vice president - eastern hemisphere and will be based in Aberdeen to manage and grow GEODynamics’ business throughout the region.   

“We are very excited about this transaction and our future growth in the North Sea and all of the eastern hemisphere,” said David S. Wesson, President and CEO of GEODynamics. “We have many great customer partners in the region and this will allow us to better support them in the future as well as support operator clients in areas where GEODynamics’ products have not been available in the past. [Chalker] brings an added dimension to our executive team and we know he will make a big impact to our global growth.” 

“Our Aberdeen-based team members are very familiar with GEODynamics’ market-leading perforating technology,” said Chalker. “By joining forces with GEODynamics, we can better serve our customers to maximize the value of their assets and improve their operational efficiencies. In particular, GEODynamics’ game changing REACTIVE Perforating Technologies and their latest ECLIPSE Casing Removal Perforating Systems for the P&A (plug and abandonment) market, will help clients operate better in the difficult North Sea market.”

Image:ECLIPSE Casing Removal Perforating System/GEODynamics

Wednesday, 04 January 2017 12:47

HHL completes NSR crane delivery

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Hansa Heavy Lift (HHL) has successfully transported two ship-to-shore (STS) cranes via the Northern Sea Route (NSR), relocating them from the port of St. Petersburg to the port of Vostochny, spanning both the European and Far East regions of Russia. 

HHL Valparaiso travelled from Qingdao, China to St Petersburg, Russia via the NSR to load the cranes, and then went back through the NSR a second time to complete the mission. The vessel sailed open hatch through the Northern Sea Route (NSR), which allowed the two cranes, each weighing 820-tonne and measuring 61m in height and 92m in width, to be shipped partially above and below deck. 

Crews had only a few weeks to complete the voyage, as the cargo was loaded in October and had to be delivered to its destination by late November before the route completely froze over. Other challenges included limited space aboard the HHL Valparaiso, which holds Ice Class E3 equivalent to Russian Arc.4 (Finnish- Swedish Ice Class 1A). Additionally, the cranes were not designed to be lifted, requiring careful planning from all parties involved in the move. 

“Due to the STS’s very high center of gravity at 30m above deck and 70m air draft, as well as draft restriction of 7.7m, a careful and detailed plan was needed from the start,” said Heinrich Nagrelli, project and transport engineer, Hansa Heavy Lift. “This included a load spreading design and a structural analysis of the hatch covers and lower hold, a lifting stability assessment, a lifting simulation, fulfilment of Flag State requirements (open hatch, visibility, arctic weather conditions, COLREGs*), and the approval of the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping, as well as the arranging of ice breaker assistance.” 

ZAO SMM, a manufacturer of heavy port handling equipment in Russia, was charterer of the HHL Valparaiso and in charge of overall project management as well as the transportation of the two STS cranes.

Wednesday, 04 January 2017 10:21

LQT awarded five GoM projects

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LQT Industries, a service provider and construction company, has been awarded five insulation projects in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM) from major oil and gas companies.

These projects consist of the execution of projects on offshore platforms in the Gulf of Mexico and the insulation of multiple production modules for a large topside project in Louisiana. LQT’s insulation technicians will be using a variety of insulation materials and methods designed for personnel protection, corrosion prevention, and heat conservation of mechanical vessels and components vital to production operations.

In addition, LQT has also been awarded four refurbishment and maintenance projects. All projects are scheduled to be completed by the end of Q1 2017.

LQT expanded the refurbishment and maintenance group in 2016 by adding an experienced insulation team. LQT’s insulation team specializes in the consultation, procurement, and installation of various types of insulation for the industrial and energy sector, both onshore and offshore environments.

Wednesday, 04 January 2017 07:39

Mammoet completes Jangkrik FPU load out

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Heavy lifting specialist Mammoet has completed the load-out of the 14,273-ton integrated topside module (ITM) for the Jangkrik floating production unit (FPU) in Karimun Island, Indonesia.

Image of Jangkrik, from Mammoet

An engineering, procurement, construction and installation contract for the project was awarded to a consortium led by Saipem which includes Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), Tripatra Engineers & Constructors and Chiyoda.

The ITM was fabricated by Saipem in their Indonesian yard in Karimun Island while HHI built the hull in Ulsan, South Korea.

Normally, the topside of an FPU is constructed with multiple modules placed individually and integrated on the hull of the vessel. In this project, Mammoet said, the topside was fabricated and commissioned in one piece on shore, and moved in its entirety onto the hull. This drastically reduced integration time and improved safety.

The firm deployed a hydraulic skidding system with built-in vertical jacks and installed it underneath the topside. By using the jacks, Mammoet lifted the topside off its temporary supports and performed a calibrated weighing.

While supported by the jacks, the topside was skidded over nine skid beams from its construction area to the quayside to prepare for load-out. During the load-out, Mammoet’s computerized ballast system, with a total capacity of 56,000m3/hour, compensated for tidal differences and the weight of the topside and kept the hull perfectly level with the quayside.

Topsides can be fabricated and commissioned almost fully on land while hull construction is ongoing. This approach reduced integration activities to a minimum, and significantly shortened the overall construction schedule by months, Mammoet said. 

The Jangkrik FPU is part of the Jangkrik complex project, operated by Eni Muara Bakau as contractor to SKK Migas. Eni has 55% interest in the project while partners Engie and PT. Saka Energi Muara Bakau hold 33.3% and 11.7%, respectively.


Tuesday, 03 January 2017 13:10

Safe Notos starts Petrobras job

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Prosafe’s Safe Notos semisubmersible accommodation vessel started its contract for Petorbras early last month, offshore Brazil.

The Safe Notos is under a three-year, 222-day contract with the Brazilian giant. Work began on 7 December at a dayrate of US$189,000.

In July, Petrobras and Prosafe signed an amendment that replace the Safe Eurus for its sister vessel, the Safe Notos.

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