Inspection News


Navigating subsea integrity

Jan 01, 2018

Subsea asset integrity is a growing challenge on the UK Continental Shelf and elsewhere, with each basin having its unique set of often complex demands. This applies to traditional oil and gas plant as well as the new generation of renewable energy structures…

Technology trials point toward shorter shut-downs

Dec 22, 2017

A series of trials in the North Sea to test non-intrusive inspection (NII) techniques have shown that they can offer similar results to traditional intrusive methods. Non-intrusive inspection technologies could mean operators do not have to shut-in equipment…

Alternative inspection techniques could be worth US$310 million

Dec 18, 2017

Using non-intrusive inspection (NII) survey technologies could be worth US$310 million (£242 million) a year to UK North Sea operators through increased production and lower maintenance costs, according to a survey by the Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) and ABB…

Ashtead deploys sub-millimetre accuracy subsea laser scanner on Chevron field

Dec 14, 2017

UK-based subsea equipment firm Ashtead Technology deployed a new advanced subsea laser scanning technology on a project for Subsea 7 in the UK North Sea. Working on Chevron’s Captain field, Ashtead performed a well inspection using Newton…

MTE to complete Hebron project

Aug 11, 2017

Mech-Tool Engineering Ltd. (MTE) will provide its on-site supervision and inspection services to facilitate the launch of the Hebron platform, which is scheduled to produce first oil by the end of 2017. Image from MTE…

Sparrows, SPIE take on Moho Nord work

Jul 21, 2017

Total E&P Congo awarded Sparrows Group and SPIE Oil & Gas Services a crane maintenance contract on the Moho Nord development, offshore West Africa, in the duo’s first joint delivery project. Crane inspection…

Sparrows gets Stena extension

Jul 11, 2017

Sparrows Group has been awarded a 3.5 year extension to its inspection services contract for Stena Drilling’s global fleet of drilling vessels. The contract scope includes carrying out LOLER lifting gear surveys, potential dropped objects surveys…

Drones, wells, inspection technology get $2 million boost

Jun 23, 2017

Drones, inspection technology and harsh weather drilling tools are to be supported through US$2.04 million (£1.6 million) in funding in the UK under a new technology development organization. The Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC), set up with government funding…

Blueye Robotics launches underwater drone

May 19, 2017

Trondheim, Noway-based Blueye Robotics has developed an underwater drone called Blueye Pioneer, which the company says allows shipowners, vessel crew, and shipyards to perform hull inspections without the need of divers or ROVs (remotely operated vehicles)…

Argonauts win Total's robot race

May 19, 2017

Team Argonauts has won French super-major Total's robot challenge Argos (Autonomous Robot for Gas and Oil Sites).  The third and final round of the challenge, held in Lacq, France, saw five teams pitch their robotic creations against a string of tasks on a mock-platform site…

Statoil awards inspection extension

May 18, 2017

Statoil Petroleum has awarded to Oceaneering International business unit Asset Integrity a three-year operational inspection frame agreement extension. Under the agreement, the Oceaneering unit will develop and implement inspection and…

Ocean Infinity adds AUVs to fleet, trials due in Q2

May 02, 2017

Ocean Infinity has purchased two more autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) from Kongsberg Maritime. This will increase Ocean Infinity’s fleet of HUGIN 6000 AUVs from six to eight vehicles. The AUVs will be used worldwide to collect high resolution seabed data for clients…

Digital twin for marine drilling risers

May 01, 2017

Greg Myers, of GE Oil & Gas, explains how the digital transformation of offshore assets enables a competitive advantage by reducing excessive inspection and maintenance costs and increasing uptime with real-time operational data. Fig…

SNC-Lavalin snags Hibernia, Hebron work

Apr 10, 2017

SNC-Lavalin has been awarded a six-year contract by a partnership composed by Hibernia Management & Development Co. (HMDC) and ExxonMobil Canada Properties, for the provision of inspection services for both the Hibernia and Hebron offshore oil production platforms…

Testing high-tech solutions for asset integrity

Apr 01, 2017

The impact of asset integrity is hard to quantify, but UK North Sea goals to tackle it, including using robots, are being made clear. Elaine Maslin reports. The P100 robot “snake arm” robot is due to be trialed in the North Sea this year…

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