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Nylacast emerge from Subsea Tieback 2012

Nylacast are pleased to have dived deep and exhibited at Subsea Tieback 2012 held from the 6th to the 8th of March in Galveston, Texas.
After emerging from the event Nylacast would like to thank everyone who popped by their new stand to say hello.  Nylacasts dedicated Offshore, Oil & Gas technical engineers; Flavio Olivarez and Howard Bradfield, were on hand at the event to provide advice and technical information directly to the industry and demonstrate the value which Nylacast can create and add to a number of applications and projects.
Nylacast were showcasing a number of components ranging from bespoke components, to ROV components and pipe spacers to thruster nozzles and sheaves.  Furthermore Howard and Flavio were on hand to explain the three core elements of Nylacasts engineering polymer solutions and how the level of industry experience and know how established by Nylacast over four decades has been built on three highly regarded key elements; Quality, Service and Innovation.
When it comes to Quality Nylacast are able to provide full traceability right down from the chemistry to the finished components.  As well as full material characterization and testing, in addition to working in accreditation to the high quality standards of ISO 9001:2008, ISO/TS 16949:2009 and ISO 29001:2010 Oil & Gas as well as being FPAL registered.
Service is also one of the backbones of Nylacast, with dedicated engineering teams and project management, strategic worldwide locations and the latest state of the art manufacturing facilities coupled with the ability to offer CAD/CAM and Finite Element Analysis, Nylacast are able to provide a full service and engineering polymer solution to its clients and partners.
Innovation is key to moving projects forward within the industry, with in-house R&D and testing facilities alongside the ability to create innovative solutions from design and analysis of the concept through to the finished component, Nylacast engineers and chemists are also able to custom formulate and create materials for specific requirements and needs for applications.
For those which were unable to attend SSTB this year, further details on Nylacast and their renowned engineering polymer solutions can be found at

Source: Nylacast

SECC Oil & Gas delivers industry-first straight-through hot stab

Cheshire, UK, 12th March 2012 – The industry’s only full-bore, straight-through, pressure-balanced hot stab, based on patented technology from subsea connector specialist SECC Oil & Gas, is being specified for a series of subsea injection and pumping projects in the Gulf of Mexico to help operators make significant improvements in achievable flow rates.
The Max Flow hot stab has been designed to achieve the highest stab connector flow rates in the industry with exceptionally low pressure drops. (Please see illustrations below)
Unlike traditional hot stabs, SECC’s Max Flow is based around a straight-through bore with no obstacle or change of bore angle to throttle the rate at which fluids can travel through it.
Measuring a quarter of an inch to four inches and with zero head loss caused by directional change, the innovative design enables operators to achieve very high flow rates using a smaller equivalent diameter bore without having to pump at higher pressures or use larger and heavier connectors and lines.
SECC’s stab uses pressure-balanced technology to eliminate net forces that would otherwise push the stab out of position and creates reliable connections. A simple J-Latch is used to align the ports and protect the connection against loads on the attached hose.
“In our industry, the use of conventional hot stabs introduces unnecessary restrictions in the flow and often equates to increases in cost,” says Gareth Black, Engineering Manager at SECC Oil & Gas. “That could be a result of having to use larger hoses and lines, or commissioning larger vessels to manoeuvre equipment into position and taking more time to complete projects.
“To combat the problem of pressure drop typically associated with conventional connectors, we have developed a unique high-flow solution that is ideal for subsea injection and pumping projects, including those involving high viscosity fluids and high flow requirements, such as tooling, intervention, testing and flooding.
“As well as reducing the cost implications of these types of projects, we are also helping operators reduce the risks associated with working at high pressures and protect the safety of personnel, equipment and the environment.
“Ultimately, we are helping service companies and operators to achieve high flow rates more efficiently and increase potential flow rate thresholds with significantly smaller bores than they might traditionally use.”
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Illustrations: The graphs below show the pressure drop versus flow rate for the SECC Max Flow Hot Stab (Example 1) and a standard ‘high flow’ hot stab (Example 2). When compared, these illustrate how the Max Flow’s straight through bore results in a significantly lower pressure loss than equivalent high flow hot stabs, allowing smaller bore diameter connections to be employed.

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As Europe becomes increasingly dependent on imports for its gas supply, storage will play an ever greater role in providing both short term supply security and flexibility to meet demand variations.

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s largest gas supplier, Centrica, received the go-ahead from the competition watchdog on Monday ( March 5) to start using more capacity at its huge subsea Rough gas storage facility in the North Sea.

The utility can with immediate effect use up to 25 percent of its own capacity at Britain’s largest gas storage facility, up from 15 percent previously allowed.
The gas supplier submitted a request in April 2010 to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) to suspend operational restrictions at Rough on the grounds that market conditions had changed since it purchased the site in 2003.

Centrica argued that more sources of flexible gas, notably liquefied natural gas (LNG), had become available to the market and that the introduction of the EU’s Third Internal Energy Market Package – new rules focused on increasing competition – would replace many of the laws set out for Rough.

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Daniel Urban, Manager, Regulatory Affairs & Communications, RWE Gas Storage
Selling Storage Capacity in a Shifting Market: Challenges and Opportunities

Jo Vizor, Managing Director, E.ON Gas Storage UK
Delivering the gas flexibility Britain needs

Keith MacLean Policy and Research, Director  SSE
 - Policy initiatives for Gas Storage
Grayson Nash, Executive Chairman, Independent Resources plc & Simone
Pietro Ferrari, Gas Business Development Manager, ERG S.p.A

Rivara underground gas storage facility

Francisco De la Flor, Director of Regulation, Enagas
LNG Supply Disruption
Keith Budinger, Chief Executive, Halite Energy
The contribution of fast-cycle gas storage to UK energy security

Senior Representatie, NAFTA a.s.
Expansion of Slovak UGS supporting Central European trading markets
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