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HTL Group further enhance service levels with expanded customer support fleet

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HTL Group, specialists in controlled bolting equipment continue to focus on second to none customer service with the latest addition to their Customer Support Fleet; the HTL Expo Mobile Unit.

Headquartered in Cramlington, Northumberland with a number of strategically placed global facilities, HTL Group offer a wide range of solutions including: OEM Controlled Bolting Equipment, Flange Working Equipment, Portable Machines, High Pressure Solutions, Fully Approved Training and much more.

The Expo Mobile Unit together with HTL’s fully equipped Calibration Unit brings everything HTL direct to customers at their convenience. The Expo Unit is essentially a mobile HTL exhibition which can be booked to visit customer premises anywhere whether that be office or remote site locations. It offers access to safe and innovative product presentations, minimising interference to your daily schedule.

Paul Storey, Group Managing Director comments:

Adding the Expo Unit to our fleet was another obvious step towards making our customers’ lives easier during these current challenging market conditions. It allows us to demonstrate practical, cost effective solutions on site to any number of individuals in one visit ensuring minimum disruption to the customer.

We envisage the vehicle having a busy diary for 2017, showcasing our ever growing portfolio of innovative solutions to a wider audience.”

To discuss your requirements and to book any one of the mobile units within HTL’s Customer Support Fleet contact our Dedicated Customer Support Team, email info@htlgroup.com or call +44 (0) 1670 700 000.

 

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ECITB approve HTL Australasia’s training centre of excellence

 

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Perth based HTL Australasia have received the ECITB’s approval for their dedicated training centre to deliver the mechanical joint integrity course; MJI 10, 18 & 19. The recent approval from the globally recognised ECITB ensures that HTL Australasia can deliver the widely acknowledged ECITB MJI 10, 18 & 19 training course from their fully equipped training centre. The course concentrates on the skilled performance expected of persons trained to dismantle, inspect, prepare, assemble and tighten flanged and clamp connector pipe joints using hand, hydraulic torque and tensioning equipment. Suited to a number of industries including Oil & Gas, Renewables, Wind Energy, Rail, Construction, Power Generation and many more, this popular course is ideal for all personnel involved in mechanical joint integrity and bolt torque tensioning activity in the work place.

Jason Riley, Business Development Manager, ECITB comments: ‘’The ECITB approved MJI training courses and technical tests are a method to train and validate the skills of individuals in specialist bolting techniques to recognised global standards. The ECITB approved MJI model is vital to our industry, the training and testing increases competency levels and helps to reduce the risk of major accidents. A large number of companies and clients worldwide have adopted the ECITB approved MJI scheme to ensure individuals are both trained and competent to carry out work on specialist bolting activities. The ECITB are delighted to approve HTL’s additional MJI training and testing facility in Perth Australia, HTL are an experienced approved provider delivering ECITB MJI training across South East Asia and in the UK, I look forward to working with Scott and his team to support their delivery to clients in Australia.’’

Delivered by Lead Technical Trainers, each with vast experience in various industries, HTL Australasia can engage with delegates to offer delegates expert advice whilst also delivering technical training.

Scott Paterson, Managing Director, HTL Australasia comments: “Mechanical joint integrity training is critical in ensuring the competency and safety of Mechanical Technicians, Supervisors, Inspectors and Engineers. At HTL Australasia we take great pride in being approved by the ECITB to deliver these courses and always welcome visitors to our training centre to see the suite of training we can deliver to suit specific requirements.”

For more information including upcoming course dates please contact HTL Australasia on: +61 (0) 8 9249 3980, or email info@htl-australasia.com.

C-Kore & Shell give joint presentation at Subsea Expo

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C-Kore Systems and Shell UK will give a joint presentation at the Subsea Expo Conference,Thursday the 2nd of February in Aberdeen. The presentation will focus on the use of the C-Kore Subsea Testing technology during intervention operations on Shell’s Corrib field.
Subsea interventions are challenging operations. The C-Kore Subsea measurement tool simplifies the subsea testing process for subsea engineers during intervention campaigns. It provides far more accurate data readings than traditional testing methods and saves customers
money by reducing days of vessel time.
Cynthia Pikaar, sales manager of C-Kore commented, “It is nice to have the recognition from Shell that we are a valued partner, providing a service that not only saves them a lot of money, but also gives them valuable information about their subsea infrastructure. By sharing their
findings with the rest of the industry, we hope to open up discussions on how we can help other operators.”

C-Kore will be exhibiting at Subsea Expo in Aberdeen the 1st – 3rd of February, where they will have their C-Kore tools on-hand. Come and visit us on booth #118!

For further information on our innovative subsea testing technology, please visit our website: www.c-kore.com

RUD manufacture & supply heavy duty lifting equipment 0.6- 250 tonnes

RUD Chains Ltd is a leading manufacturer of lifting and lashing applications that guarantee ultimate safety when lifting and moving heavy loads. Their diverse product range offers over 600 tested and certified lifting and lashing points for bolting and welding.

RUD lifting equipment is used across a wide range of working environments from offshore, heavy duty engineering & handling, rail, military, manufacturing and construction.  Their products have been increasingly popular across the heavy duty lifting sector due to their impressive working load limits starting from 0.6- 250 Tonnes.

The WBPG hoist ring offers their highest lifting capability of 85-250 tonnes which makes it an ideal choice for many heavy engineering, handling and offshore projects. The WBPG is loadable from any side in the direction of the pivot meaning it is suitable for lifting and turning of heavy loads. It has the ability to rotate 360° and swivel 180°. The WBPG comes with a detachable suspension ring in the shape of a shackle for the attachment of common lifting means.

RUD’s heavy duty lifting products offer numerous safety factors and advantages to the operator and equipment being lifted.  The RUD VRBG load ring on plate for bolting can be supplied with 4 bolts offering a working load capacity of 10-16 tonnes or it can be supplied with 6/8 bolts which offers a higher working load capacity of 31.5-50 tonnes.

It can be loaded at 90° to the vertical with a full working load limit, the suspension ring pivots 180° and offers a safety factor of 4:1 in all load directions.  The VRBG is typically used across heavy engineering, shipbuilding, turbine lifting, steel structure assemblies and in lifting and final positioning of new machinery.

The RUD VRBS and VRBS Fix is part of their lifting point for welding product range. The VRBS load ring on plate for welding offers a load capacity of 50 tonne and the VRBS Fix offers a higher load capacity of up to100 tonne.

The VRBS and VRBS Fix are typically used in heavy lifting of fabrication. They can be used for Lifting the fabrication during the manufacturing process, lifting the fabrication onto transport and doubling up as lashing points for the transportation.

RUD offer both standard and bespoke heavy lifting solutions to suit some of the most demanding working environments. Top quality products and fast paced product innovations and developments make RUD a top choice for all your lifting requirements.

For more information, please visit: web.rud.com

 

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Unique Group’s on-site engineering division successfully completes under pressure leak sealing project for ADGAS

Unique Group’s On-Site Engineering division, through its Wellube brand, effectively performed the On-Line Steam Leak Sealing for Abu Dhabi Gas Liquefication Company (ADGAS). The service was performed on the 2.4 meters OD heat exchanger flange leak along the pipeline. It’s design parameters were 434 degrees Celsius at 60 bar.

ADGAS established in 1973, was the first LNG production company in the Middle East and North Africa region. It is known as a clean energy producer with a long history of reliability, expertise and a long-established tradition of environment awareness and concern. As of late, ADGAS is actively involved in the Offshore Associated Gas project and the Integrated Gas Development project, to be a stalwart in the national energy strategy of the UAE.

 

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The engineering team at Unique Group designed and manufactured a four-piece ring clamp with a total weight of 3.14 ton.  The flange gap measurements were taken after the clamp was mobilised to the site. The clamp lip was then machined to the exact size using the in-situ machining technology. Once the clamp was installed, 150 gallons of sealant was injected to fill the void creating an effective seal.

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The entire operation was carried out in close coordination with ADGAS policies and procedures. The work was delivered with the highest level of competence, dedication and zeal to help ADGAS with the most viable solution and mitigate the high temperature leak.

Mr. Hassan Taher, Vice President – Plant Maintenance at ADGAS, congratulated the Unique Group team on successful completion of the project and for providing the best solution to reduce the high-pressure leak, “Completing the work on-line, Unique Group has made an extremely valuable contribution to the smooth running of the plant and avoided a costly shut down. We would like to thank Unique Group for mobilising the service at a short notice and accomplishing the task on time.”

Sahil Gandhi, Director at Unique Group’s On-Site Engineering division commented, “Our Wellube brand is widely recognised as a leader in the provision of on-site engineering services. As a world-renowned brand, we work to provide the most cost-effective solution to our customers. We have been fortunate to work with ADGAS to help resolve the leakage with utmost precision and efficiency.”

Unique Group provides comprehensive Under Pressure Leak Sealing services both efficiently and cost effectively, with our skilled engineering team repairing pipeline leakages and pressure vessel systems without any interruption to production. Unique Group’s On-Site Engineering division is committed in keeping up with the ever-competitive market and uses the latest non-destructive repair methods ensuring any unlikely damage to the service equipment is kept to an absolute minimum.

For more information, please visit:marketing@uniquegroup.com

Subsea Decommissioning Lessons Learned Whitepaper launched

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Offshore Network has teamed up with UniversalPegasus International to bring you a whitepaper on their innovative use of ROV technology to overcome the challenge of collecting information for mature subsea wells during subsea decommissioning projects.

While the North Sea decommissioning market is thriving and major break throughs have been achieved in the past year in terms of increasing the efficiencies of platform abandonment campaigns, this compelling case study from the Gulf of Mexico will give answers to many of the most significant challenges that remain for NS operators who have overlooked their subsea liability. The whitepaper includes:

  • An analysis of a recent project involving the decommissioning of several deepwater subsea rigid jumpers, flying leads, and other subsea equipment using novel ROV applications
  • A review of challenges associated with the depletion of original equipment knowledge and solutions to handle outdated equipment and methodology for deepwater projects
  • A study of how innovative improvements to ROV functionality and tooling before offshore execution led to cost savings by enabling synchronisation with P&A operations

With decommissioning forecasts ranging in the billions globally and opportunities aplenty, this whitepaper will also help service companies understand how out of the box thinking and unconventional approaches must be found to help North Sea operators tackle a number of challenges ranging from harsh and unpredictable weather conditions to high costs and a lack of expertise, as well as address major technological gaps.

Levels of activity speak for themselves:

  • CNR successfully completed a large platform abandonment campaign in 2016 on over 30 wells at the Murchison field and have started planning for over 20 more
  • ConocoPhillips similarly undertook a historic plugging operation on the Ekofisk 2/4 A platform using the Rowan Gorilla VI drilling rig in Norway while it had previously worked with Ensco in 2015 to plug and abandon 18 wells on six platforms in the Southern North Sea
  • Proserv abandoned 3 wells for Talisman in a water depth of 150-170m in 2015 and worked on 8 wells for Maersk in 119m of water in early 2016
  • Petrofac also secured a P&A project for Tullow Oil on the Horne and Wren platform in the Southern North Sea
  • Claxton was awarded work by Statoil for the rigless recovery of seven abandoned wells on the Huldra platform, in the Norwegian Continental Shelf

The North Sea decommissioning market is thus thriving and if you wish to find out more about UniversalPegasus International’s innovative use of ROV technology and how such innovations could be applied in the North Sea, access the free whitepaper now at http://tinyurl.com/RMM-Decom-Report

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Unique Group brings expertise in hyperbaric oxygen treatment chambers to new healthcare markets

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Unique Group, the leading integrated subsea and offshore solution provider, is investing almost 2m euros in an innovative healthcare division to bring its 25 years’ of expertise in hyperbaric oxygen treatment (HBOT) chambers to new markets.

The new division – Unique Medical Technology – will launch in February 2017 at the Arab Health Show in Dubai, where the business will be demonstrating its expertise in quality focused production and client services for the healthcare sector.

The move follows the acquisition in 2015 by Unique Group of Oceanwide SaS, the Netherlands-based market leader in the design, construction and maintenance of self-propelled hyperbaric lifeboats.

Headquartered in Rotterdam, Unique Medical Technology will serve the healthcare market across Europe, Middle East and Asia and draw on the experience, knowledge and expertise of the wider Unique Group.

Harry Gandhi, chief executive of Unique Group, comments: “This significant investment in our new division draws on nearly three decades of engineering expertise in the maritime industry to bring market-leading hyperbaric chambers and client services to the healthcare sector.

“There has long been a gap for a genuine hyperbaric specialist company in the medical sector and Unique Medical Technology will fill that space. We are already processing enquiries for our products and we will be working initially with hospitals and clinics from our base in the Netherlands.  Over the coming years we will use our engineering expertise for further product development within this important sector. ”

The new business will initially focus on the production of hyperbaric oxygen treatment (HBOT) chambers with integrated critical care monitoring equipment and will also provide specialist training in the use of the technology.

With a focus on efficiency and quality, the chambers will be produced within 3 to 6 months, depending on specification.  Flexible finance offerings will also be available.

Traditionally used in the diving industry, HBOT chambers are now used in the medical sector for treating various conditions, such as carbon monoxide poisoning, Diabetic wound care and non-healing cuts.

Please visit: www.uniquegroup.com

 

CRU launch new regional sulphur conference, supported by ADNOC

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Middle East Sulphur 2017
12-16 February 2017, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Exploring the sulphur value chain


CRU
, with the support ofADNOC, is hosting a new regional conference devoted to exploring the entire sulphur value chain and the growing role of the Middle East as one of the world’s largest producers of sulphur.
Middle East Sulphur will provide a unique platform for showcasing the importance of this vital commodity. It will provide a thorough exploration of the entire sulphur value chain – from the operational aspects of the safe, efficient and environmentally responsible production of sulphur, through to the marketing and distribution of sulphur to key consumers.

Reasons to attend Middle East Sulphur 2017

Explore the entire sulphur value chain: from the operational aspects of safe, efficient and environmentally responsible production of sulphur through to the marketing and distribution of sulphur to key consumers.
Understand the market dynamics underpinning the global sulphur industry, including insights into the role of the Middle East as one of the world’s largest sulphur producers and demand updates from key consumers.
Learn about the latest technical developments and operational know-how through a comprehensive technical programme devoted to sharing best practice and enabling peer-to-peer knowledge transfer.
Interact with peers from throughout the sulphur industry through workshops, clinics, roundtable discussions and high-level networking opportunities.
Address your specific operational challenges with technical experts in the exhibition.

Key themes to be explored:

• Exploring the sulphur value chain from production to consumption

• Demand outlooks from the fertilizer sector with a focus on global phosphate market dynamics

• Regional demand insights from key consumption regions including China and Brazil

• Assessing the agricultural importance of sulphur and exploring the market for sulphur-enhanced fertilizers

• Dry bulk shipping, current trends and outlook

• Demand from industrial sectors

• The CRU View on how sulphur demand will evolve over the next 3-5 years

 

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An in-depth two day technical programme, workshops and post conference technical training

 

Who should attend? 

CRU Middle East Sulphur will attract a wide variety of professionals from across the entire sulphur value chain  from both technical and commercial divisions involved in sulphur, oil and gas processing industries.

Special offer for Commercial delegates:

Save 15% off the current rate using special code ‘OilGas15’ when youregister online

Special rate for Operators:

Technical staff and engineers from production companies can also benefit from a special operator offer:
Book one place at $500 get an additional place for free

 

To apply for this rate please send your full contact details to conferences@crugroup.com or for more information visit www.middleeastsulphur.com

Controlled bolting specialist HTL Group opens its doors to impressive new facility

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HTL Group Scotland opens its doors to showcase their full suite of capabilities with an open day on Thursday 2nd February 2017 at Raith’s Industrial Estate, Dyce, Aberdeen.

The event will run from 10am – 3pm and is set to highlight HTL Group Scotland as the hub to deliver the Group’s comprehensive capabilities in Scotland. An exclusive tour of the new facility, demonstrations of HTL’s core OEM product range and Joint Integrity Software in addition to a sneak peak of the all new HTL Expo Vehicle all form part of the busy agenda for the day along with Q & A sessions with the HTL Team.

Marc Gerrard, Business Manager, HTL Group Scotland comments:

The open day is the ideal opportunity for us to demonstrate the Group’s full suite of premium quality solutions including: OEM Controlled Bolting and Ancillary Products, Approved Training, Hydraulic Pressure Testing, Flushing and Control Systems, Asset Management, Site Based Solutions and Engineered to Order Bespoke Design Solutions.

At HTL, we continuously strive for excellence and enjoy working closely with our clients to understand the industries they serve, we consequently operate an open door policy at all HTL facilities and would like to welcome anyone to visit at their convenience during 2017.”

The open day is now open for registration and is planned to be one in a series of open door facility visits over 2017. If you would like to register for the official open day on 2nd February or arrange a visit for an alternative time, please contact aberdeen@htlgroup.com or call +44 (0) 1224 728 820.

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C-Kore Systems supporting PTTEP on offshore deployment

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C-Kore Systems has been awarded another contract by PTTEP Australasia to supply them with four C-Kore Subsea Monitoring tools for an offshore operation in Australian waters.
PTTEP has used the C-Kore devices on multiple deployments, and found “Offshore testing can be significantly simplified with this meter, and overall schedule reduced. This in turn would save substantial costs during offshore inspection and fault finding campaigns. The result of the test by the new technique is more reliable, consistent and cost effective method to confirm insulation resistance in a subsea cable system.”
The C-Kore units confirm the health or find faults in all electrical assets, including umbilicals, EFLs, SCMs and distribution units, both on the surface and seabed. They measure insulation resistance, continuity and more. C-Kore quickly finds faults in existing fields and proves new equipment during installation.
Tim Overfield, managing director of C-Kore commented, “We are closing out a very good year with customers coming back with repeat orders. It is nice to be seen as a value added partner by saving our customers time and money on their operations.”

For further information on our innovative low voltage testing technology, please visit our website, www.c-kore.com

 

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Kongsberg Maritime: DSME and Kongsberg Maritime ink new joint development agreement

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DSME and Kongsberg Maritime have signed a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) for a new LNG FSRU regasification control system. As part of the delivery scope for a vessel currently under construction at the Okpo shipyard in South Korea, DSME will develop a High Fidelity Dynamic Simulator for the regasification plant. The JDA, which was signed on 29th November 2016, enables DSME to utilise Kongsberg Maritime’s Dynamic Process Simulator ‘K-Spice’ and the ‘K-Chief’ automation and control system for the joint development of the vessel’s regasification control system.

Both parties have extensive experience in the field of LNG vessel control systems. DSME is fast approaching delivery of 100 LNG ships, many of them operating with Kongsberg Maritime’s LNG control system on board. In total Kongsberg Maritime’s rapidly expanding LNG vessel reference list now surpasses 200 LNG control system installations. During the company’s long-standing partnership in the LNG business, several different concepts for gas handling have been developed. Simulation studies are today established as increasingly important in this field of development, to ensure robust design and to verify design parameters.

“We are very pleased to start a LNG control system JDA with DSME as it represents a continuation and strengthening of a long term and very successful partnership,” said Tore Wean, Managing Director, Kongsberg Maritime Korea. “We have supplied ship automation systems to DSME since the 1980’s and LNG ship control systems since 2002. We are committed to supporting their technology needs today and in the future.”

Vice President at DSME Naval & Energy System R&D, Mr. Young Bok Choi added: “Entering this JDA with Kongsberg Maritime as a major partner, and to many shipping companies, a trusted supplier makes good sense for DSME. We believe it will be a very significant stepping stone for further development projects and together we can provide our customers with world leading technology solutions.”

Further to the signing of the JDA, DSME and Kongsberg Maritime are in further discussions for possible cooperation on marketing activities of the new LNG FSRU regasification control system.

For further information, please contact:

Gunvor Hatling Midtbø

Kongsberg Maritime

Tel: +47 9921 4209

gunvor.hatling.midtbo@km.kongsberg.com

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Tore Wean, Managing Director, Kongsberg Maritime Korea (left) and Mr. Young Bok Choi, Vice President at DSME Naval & Energy System R&D

 

 

Kongsberg Maritime: New DP Maintenance Refresher Course meets latest IMCA guidelines

Kongsberg Maritime has launched a new Dynamic Positioning (DP) Maintenance Refresher Course for personnel involved in the maintenance of a vessel’s DP System. The new two-day course will be available at KONGSBERG training centres globally and has been developed to provide the technical and refresher training as recommended in the latest International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) guidelines (M117 Rev.2) in addition to compliance with IMO-STCW Part B section B-V/f.

The first Dynamic Positioning (DP) Maintenance Refresher course took place last week at Kongsberg Maritime’s training centre in Kongsberg, Norway. Kongsberg Maritime Ltd’s Aberdeen training centre will host its first Dynamic Positioning (DP) Maintenance Refresher course starting on 18th January, with courses in February, March and April already scheduled to meet predicted demand for this unique training.

KONGSBERG’s new DP Maintenance Refresher Course offers in-depth training to reduce the risk of accidents involving the DP system on board and to ensure that Electrical/ Electronic Engineers (ETOs) and maintenance personnel can continue to identify faults and perform periodic maintenance in a competent and safe manner. The course is also suitable for personnel who have not worked with a DP system for a long period or are due to work with a vessel that has been upgraded from legacy KONGSBERG DP systems to the current generation K-Pos DP systems and K-Master workstations.

A task-centred approach created in accordance with DNV-GL standard ST-0008 Learning Programmes, the DP Maintenance Refresher Course combines theoretical lessons and practical exercises, with the main part focused on technical aspects and fault finding. The technical bridge in the training centre will be used for theoretical and practical exercises. Participants must have previously attended a DP Maintenance course for KONGSBERG systems and in order to benefit fully, participants should have general knowledge of electronics and computer-based control systems.

“Competence and awareness leads to increased operational safety, which is why training has been a core aspect of our work since KONGSBERG led the DP revolution in the 1970s and we are committed to continually improving and updating the course offering at our training centres worldwide,” said Eirik Hagensen, General Manager, Global Customer Training, Kongsberg Maritime. “The new DP Maintenance Refresher Course directly addresses the latest IMCA guidelines while meeting high demand for training on Kongsberg Maritime’s latest generation of DP systems.”

For further information, please contact:

Eirik Hagensen

Kongsberg Maritime

Tel: +47 3228 3247

eirik.hagensen@km.kongsberg.com

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Hoover Ferguson acquires offshore assets of Uniteam Holding AS

New acquisition adds complementary services and significantly bolsters the Group’s Norwegian fleet

 Hoover Ferguson Group (Hoover Ferguson), an integrated service provider of chemical tanks, cargo carrying units, catalyst bins, modular containers and other related rental products and services to the global energy, petrochemical and general industrial end markets, announces today that it has reached an agreement with Uniteam Holding AS (Uniteam) to acquire its offshore container rental business.

The transaction, which includes a specified fleet of standard and customized offshore containers for the oil and gas market in both Norway and Malaysia, increases Hoover Ferguson’s portfolio within the Norwegian CS and strengthens its position within Asia.

Lars Olav Matre, Hoover Ferguson’s Norway Managing Director said: “We are impressed with the quality of Uniteam’s fleet and are excited about the prospects that this acquisition will bring.  The consolidation of our operations will provide our customers with an unparalleled level of quality and operational excellence along with an increased portfolio of offshore container solutions.”

Sonnie Groombridge, Managing Director, Hoover Ferguson APAC continues: “This purchase provides us with an increased range of containerized products, enabling us to better serve our Malaysian oil and gas customers.”

Kjell-Ivar Myrvang, CEO of Uniteam said: “We are pleased to announce this agreement with Hoover Ferguson as it embarks on an exciting period of growth. Hoover Ferguson is well known for its strong focus on customer service and we are confident that this agreement will provide inherent benefits to our customers.”

Last month Hoover Ferguson Group was established following the merger of three leading global providers of container solutions; Hoover Container Solutions, Ferguson Group and CHEP Catalyst & Chemical Containers, giving them the world’s largest fleet of rigid steel, intermediate bulk containers and an extensive and complementary fleet of cargo container units.

For more information please contact

Sarah Gray

Group Marketing
Tel +44 1467 634273

sarah.gray@hooverferguson.com

New Business Manager set to continue HTL Group growth

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As part of HTL Group’s continued growth, HTL Group Scotland are pleased to announce the appointment of a new Business Manager, Marc Gerrard.

Marc joins HTL with a very strong 22 years’ background in rentals, sales, maintenance and management within the oil and gas arena. After serving his apprenticeship as a Plant and Equipment Engineer, he progressed through various Supervisory and Managerial roles before joining EnerMech in 2008.

Marc’s time at EnerMech began with the role of Equipment Rental Manager; which then lead to being appointed as General Manager for the Equipment, Lifting, Wire Rope and Inspection Services Business Unit.

As Business Manager, Marc will take full responsibility of all HTL group activity in Scotland, including raising awareness of the Group portfolio locally. Traditionally, the company’s presence in Scotland was under Hire Torque Ltd, but following a recent premises relocation the company is now trading as HTL Group Scotland. Growing the entire Group offering in Aberdeen allows HTL Group to have a greater presence in Scotland, and ensures that they are able to serve the market place with their vast and continuously expanding product and service portfolio.

Marc Gerrard, Business Manager HTL Group Scotland comments:

“The HTL Group has significantly expanded its footprint both in the UK and internationally over the last few years. I am unbelievably excited to be joining the team at such an important time in the company’s evolution and look forward to driving business growth in Scotland”.

This is yet another new and exciting appointment for HTL Group and a further sign of their commitment to meet the demands placed on them as a world class service provider.

An upcoming customer event early in the New Year will officially launch HTL Group Scotland and allow customers to visit the new premises in Dyce, Aberdeen. To register your interest and to receive further updates please contact aberdeen@htlgroup.com.

 

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Unique Group’s On-Site Engineering Division announces collaboration with KSB Group

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Unique Group, the leading integrated subsea and offshore solution provider, has announced today that its On-Site Engineering division, through its Wellube brand, has partnered with KSB Group to offer a new service to its customers in the Middle East and Africa region. On-Site Spark Erosion is the latest addition to the division’s wide portfolio of services that include hot tapping & line stopping, on-site machining, and safety valve testing among many others.

The KSB Group, headquartered in Germany, is a leading supplier of pumps, valves and services. KSB also continues to remain the world market leaders in the spark erosion industry supplying their services for over 20 years to a wide variety of sectors ranging from oil and gas to marine.

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Removal of the coupling bolts on a 9E gas turbine using spark erosion technique

Spark erosion, also known as metal disintegration or electro discharge machining (EDM), is a technique that’s primarily used for tap, stud, bolt and drill removal or seized fasteners. The cutting action of a metal disintegrator is accomplished by creating a series of intermittent electric arcs that break down the hardest metals into minute particles in a safe and controlled manner.

An electrode, held in the head of the disintegrator, vibrates as it cuts while a coolant is pumped through the electrode to wash away the powdered metal. The technique chiefly employs electrical energy to remove metal from the work piece without creating any contact with it. The technique can also be used for marine and marine engine repairs.

As there are no cutting forces involved in a spark erosion process, delicate operations can be performed on thin work pieces. The technique can produce shapes unobtainable by a conventional machining process and can also be used to provide a texture on the inside of mold tools for plastic products.

Sahil Gandhi, Director at Unique Group’s On-Site Engineering division commented, “Our Wellube brand is widely recognised as a leader in the provision of on-site machining services. As a world-renowned brand, we’re continuously on the lookout to grow our reach by offering new services to customers the world over. The decision to partner with KSB was imminent considering their in-depth experience in the spark erosion industry.”

“Their spark erosion machines are powerful and highly reliable, thereby ensuring maximum material removal in minimum time, thus keeping the customer on schedule.”

Paul Eccles, Spark Erosion Sales Manager at KSB asserted, “We’re pleased with our new association with Unique Group. We at KSB have always aimed at giving our customers the best possible service to suit their business needs backed by a 24hr support plan and the same ideology resonates with the Unique Group team. Their strong customer base and sound knowledge of the market is instrumental in establishing the best-in-class metal disintegration service to customers in the region.”

Please direct your queries to:

Unique Group Marketing Department: marketing@uniquegroup.com

Walter Fernandes, Department Manager – Sales (On-Site Engineering), Unique Group: walter@uniquegroup.com

Paul Eccles, Spark Erosion Sales Manager, KSB: paul.eccles@ksb.com

4 Channel Helium Unscrambler. Now we are Talking!

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C-Tecnics continues to expand its communication range adding its new 4 Channel Helium Unscrambler unit.

Not want to compromise on quality but looking to save money?

The C-Phone HE 4R is the lowest priced 4 Channel Helium unscrambler on the market.

The C-Tecnics Unscrambler is Suitable for diver’s communication and Saturation Diving system communications. C-Tecnics also offer Bunk Boxes and chamber speakers. The unit can also be supplied with the C-Tecnics Wireless headset.

C-Tecnics, a UK based company are market leaders in the manufacturing of subsea Video, cameras, lighting, and communications systems for the diving, ROV, and Scientific markets. C-Tecnics also manufacture a range of diver equipment and Hyperbaric equipment.

Please contact our sales team for more information at marketing@c-tecnics.com

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Petroleum Development Oman enhances engineering information management with Intergraph® SmartPlant® Solutions

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Next-generation engineering data management technology improves productivity and information integrity

Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), one of the leading oil and gas companies in the Middle East has implemented Intergraph Smart Data Validator and Intergraph® SmartPlant® Enterprise for Owner Operators to improve engineering information management.

The Intergraph Process, Power & Marine solutions were chosen primarily due to their data-centric nature and ability to support Petroleum Development Oman’s business workflows.

Since its first economic oil find in 1962, PDO has specialized in oil producing at the Oman Sultanate and currently accounts for about 70 percent of local oil production and nearly all of Oman’s natural gas supply. By replacing its existing, legacy in-house software with Intergraph solutions, PDO aims to enhance the integrity of engineering information, integration between the different engineering software, and increase the overall engineering data quality.

With Intergraph Smart Data Validator and Intergraph SmartPlant Enterprise for Owner Operators, PDO employees will be able to check data quality, as well as access the same, actionable and up-to-date engineering information.

Commenting on the decision to choose Intergraph Process, Power & Marine to improve information management workflows, Philippa De Glanville, PDO’s E&O Information Manager said, “By choosing Intergraph PP&M solutions we expect to gain ease of use, flexibility of administration and improved efficiency. We foresee that the data-centric nature of the solution will enhance our overall engineering information integrity and quality.”

Gerhard Sallinger, Intergraph Process, Power & Marine president, commented, “We are witnessing how Intergraph PP&M solutions are becoming the industry standard for the Middle East region – having a key player such as PDO to choose our solution will further help us to strengthen our presence in the region.”

Intergraph SmartPlant Enterprise offers a powerful portfolio of industry-leading, best-in-class design and data management solutions, enabling companies in the process, power and marine industries to capture integrated engineering knowledge at the enterprise level for the competitive advantage needed in today’s and tomorrow’s market. SmartPlant Enterprise’s integrated suite of solutions enable proven productivity gains, improving engineering efficiency by up to 30 percent. For more information about SmartPlant Enterprise, visit ppm.intergraph.com/products/enterprise-solutions/smartplant-enterprise-oo.

Intergraph Technical User Forum (TUF) LinkedIn groups provide an online discussion forum for year-round networking between users. To learn more about SmartPlant Enterprise for Owner Operators and other Intergraph solutions and network with other Intergraph users, visit ppm.intergraph.com/technical-user-forums.

Cranemaster partners with Unique Group to extend presence in the Middle East and India

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Cranemaster, the global market leader of passive heave compensators and shock absorbers for offshore lifts, are expanding their sales and support network and are pleased to announce the appointment of Unique Group as representative in UAE and India.

For fast and easy dispatch, Cranemaster units will be stored locally and Unique Group can also provide service technicians if assistance is needed. This will ensure easy access for Middle East and Indian customers to Cranemaster products and services. The new partnership supports Cranemaster’s strategy to strengthen its positions in attractive market segments.

“Our partnership with Cranemaster will help us strengthen and expand our innovative portfolio of products and services and we are looking forward to helping Cranemaster increase sales and visibility within this important region.” Ian Huggins, Group Commercial Manager, Unique Group

For more information, please contact:

Unique Group Marketing Department: marketing@uniquegroup.com

Hege Kongstein, Marketing Manager, Cranemaster: hege@cranemaster.no

Shock loads from pile runs are efficiently reduced by the Cranemaster shock absorbers.

 

HTL Boxer represents England at Youth World Boxing Championships

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Ben Rees, Workshop Apprentice at HTL, an industry leading provider of controlled bolting, flange working and portable machine solutions is off to St Petersburg, Russia to represent England in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships.

Following a bronze medal win at the EUBC European Youth Championships earlier in the year, Ben has continued to impress coaches with the skills and attitude he has relentlessly demonstrated during world selection camps.

Running from 14th – 27th November at the Sibur Arena, the Championships welcome more than 400 competing boxers from over 70 countries. At only 18, Ben will represent England in the Middleweight 75 kg category and compete against other international middleweight components.

An intensive training programme and various preparation camps with a dedicated Lead Coach have fully equipped Ben to compete for the 5th Edition of the legendary AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships.

Ben comments: “I went to the EUBC European Youth Championships confident and returned proud to own a bronze medal. Now I am delighted to have been selected to represent England by competing in the Youth World Championships;  I feel I have worked extremely hard to prepare to step up to the challenge and represent England; I’d love to return home with another medal.

I would like to thank HTL for their continued support and sponsorship.”

No matter what the outcome is, competing in the Youth World Boxing Championships is a major achievement in Ben’s boxing career.

All at HTL continue to support and wish Ben the best of luck

For more information please visit:www.htlgroup.com

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PTTEP to present findings with C-Kore Subsea Monitoring Tool at IPTC 2016

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PTTEP evaluated C-Kore with excellent results and will be presenting their findings on Subsea Insulation Resistance Monitoring at the International Petroleum Technology Conference, IPTC in Bangkok on Wednesday 16th of November 2016.
PTTEP found “Offshore testing can be significantly simplified with this meter, and overall schedule reduced. This in turn would save substantial costs during offshore inspection and fault finding campaigns. The result of the test by the new technique is more reliable, consistent and cost effective method to confirm insulation resistance in a subsea cable system.”
Different technologies were evaluated by PTTEP, including the C-Kore Subsea Monitoring Tool to determine the integrity of subsea cables during intervention operations. They trialed the patented C-Kore low-voltage technology in the field as an alternative to conventional subsea testing methods.
To download the complete abstract click here: http://bit.ly/2fHvOri
For more information about the C-Kore technology, please visit: www.c-kore.com

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