Engineering News


Subseas strategic enabler

Sep 01, 2012

Purpose-built to match the evolving needs of deepwater subsea developments, the Seven Borealis promises to set a new benchmark in the subsea world. Terry Knott was invited to visit the vessel as it neared completion in the Netherlands.When Subsea…

Topside travels

Sep 01, 2012

The North Sea platform reuse opportunity was exemplified by Perencos removal of the UK southern North Sea Welland 53/4a platform and the reappearance of its refurbished topsides earlier this year on another of the operators structures, Sanaga 01…

Canada Chips In

Aug 17, 2012

The Canadian government, through the Atlantic Innovation Fund, kicked in C$3.2 million to help fund an $8.5 million oil & gas industry research project to improve DP operations in ice. Led by the Centre for Marine Simulation (CMS), the five…

EnerMech

Aug 17, 2012

EnerMech has opened an office in Mumbai, India, and will follow up later in the year with a workshop and storage facility in Kakinada, Andra Pradesh, to serve its process, pipeline and umbilicals, cranes and lifting, engineering and valves divisions.

The new leviathan

Aug 01, 2012

Offshore contractors have taken delivery of some pretty big pieces of floating hardware lately but the daddy of them all Allseas ultra-versatile platform installation/decommissioning and pipelay vessel Pieter Schelte won't be making its giant presence felt until early 2014…

Components and capabilities

Aug 01, 2012

Pieter Schelte will be capable of single-lifting topsides up to 48,000te and jackets up to 25,000te. Topsides will be lifted from a 122m long, 52m wide slot at the bow using eight sets of horizontal lifting beams, four on each side of the slot…

Lean Valemon hits the fast track

Aug 01, 2012

An impressive example of lean design and fast-track construction of a major offshore structure is now standing in 133m of water in the Norwegian North Sea. Adrian Cottrill looks at the technology-stretching jacket at the heart of Statoil's NKr20…

Lift-installation's latest benchmark

Aug 01, 2012

All the careful planning and refinement of the Valemon jacket design finally paid off on 18 June when the structure's record-breaking offshore lift-installation was completed. At 03.00 hours, the base of the 160m high steel frame finally touched the seabed…

Paving the way through glacial boulders

Aug 01, 2012

As the giant Nord Stream project, involving 3 million tonnes of rock dumping over two and a half years, comes to an end, Tideway has picked up another substantial project from Subsea 7 for Total's Laggan Tormore project. Meg Chesshyre reports…

Raising the heavylift stakes

Aug 01, 2012

Rotterdam-based Jumbo is boosting the capacity of its heavylift fleet with orders for two K-3000 vessels which, as the name implies, offer a tandem lift capacity of 3000te. The in-house designed K-3000 vessels are being built at the Brodosplit shipyard at Split in Croatia…

Versatile model supporters

Aug 01, 2012

IHC Merwede, better known for its high-end sophisticated construction vessels, has developed a versatile in-house IHC Supporter class, targeting the light construction market, ROV construction support market and in particular the growing cable lay market associated with wind farms…

Dutch sector package deal

Aug 01, 2012

Just as its current workload was drawing to a close, the HSM Offshore yard picked up a substantial construction contract from GDF Suez E&P Nederland for the operator's Dutch sector L5 and D18 projects. Tenders included three (two x 1200te, one x 1800te) topsides plus jackets…

Mark Hutchinson appointed head of advanced engineering by the Xodus Group

Jul 19, 2012

Dr Mark Hutchinson has been appointed to the new position of head of advanced engineering by the Xodus Group and is tasked with promoting technical engineering excellence on the oil & gas consultancy’s projects. He joins from global…

Swire Oilfield Services

Jul 19, 2012

Swire Oilfield Services has officially opened two new plants in Brazil’s Macaé region. The first, a sling manufacturing facility, will produce a range of wire rope products including lifting sets for cargo carrying units (CCU) The second, a DNV 2…

Another Sakhalin GBS goes in

Jul 01, 2012

The concrete gravity-base structure for Russia's Arkutun-Dagi field, part of the Exxon Neftegas-operated Sakhalin-1 development, was installed offshore northeast Sakhalin last month. Water depths in the area are around 35m. Construction of the…

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