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Namaka Subsea launch FMECA Awareness Course

Failure Modes, Effects and Criticality Analysis (FMECA) is a term used more and more frequently throughout the diving industry, but exactly what is a diving system FMECA?

Namaka Subsea, a subsea consulting company offering innovative solutions to the oil and gas industry throughout the world, has developed a one-day FMECA awareness course. The course is designed to provide awareness of the methodology and process of completing a diving system FMECA as well as guidance on how best to review current diving system FMECA’s.

The course is made up of sixteen modules, which are discussed in depth and contain essential information required not only to understand how a FMECA should be carried out but also how to manage a FMECA upon completion and is aimed at all diving operational personnel.

Sandy Harper (Namaka Subsea, Managing Director) said “Studies carried out by Namaka Susea of current diving system FMEA and FMECA assessments has identified failures of the assessments and how they are managed. Therefore, we decided to develop this course to provide awareness of how a systematic assessment can be carried out on diving systems and support vessel interfaces, with the emphasis on diver and operational personnel safety”.

The FMECA of a diving system shall assess the effects on different failure modes on the diving system operating equipment and where required the support vessel interfaces. The resultant quantification may highlight deficiencies in design, lack of redundancy and failure to maintain the recommended critical spares to ensure safe and efficient diving operations.

Namaka Subsea has recently completed a FMECA awareness course, which was attended by ten representatives of the UK Health & Safety Executive. Feedback was positive with the consensus that the course provided a good overview on the FMECA process and while it is recognised that one course does not produce experts, the attendees are now able to ask the right questions when reviewing FMECA assessments and understand the process and methodology.

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Valeport fastCTD Profiler Ticks the Boxes

Valeport’s new fastCTD Profiler is designed to deliver high quality CTD casts at rapid drop rates.

Created for coastal and oceanographic profiling, this new profiler is an evolution of Valeport’s popular miniCTD instrument. The system incorporates Valeport’s world-class technology to allow the fastCTD Profiler to deliver the highest quality profiles in a lightweight and robust package.

The fastCTD Profiler uses a conductivity cell designed for optimum flow-through, a high accuracy, fast response thermistor temperature sensor and a 0.01% pressure sensor synchronously sampling at up to 32Hz to attain the most accurate measurement data.  Completely programmable, no data is logged until the programmed trigger depth is reached by the device.

The Valeport fastCTD Profiler is also available with an optional integral Fluorometer, from Valeport’s new Hyperion range, and an optional Bluetooth communications module for easy data analysis or export.   Designed to operate autonomously and powered by a single D-cell battery, this instrument can also be supplied with a traditional SubConn connector for standard RS232/RS485 communication.

Kevin Edwards, Valeport sales and marketing manager commented:

“Our new fastCTD Profiler offers a unique and versatile solution for the collection of casts at rapid drop rates.  It is highly accurate, simple to deploy and has already received a very positive reaction.

Like all our deep water subsea products, the fastCTD Profiler is manufactured to the highest standards using titanium, for maximum durability, although shallow water units are also available.”

The fastCTD Profiler is supplied as standard with a deployment frame and Datalog X2 operating software.

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PETRONAS, Shell, ONGC, Petrofac, Halliburton and Schlumberger Join Offshore Well Intervention Workshop in Malaysia

Operators and well service companies flock to Offshore Well Intervention Workshop on May 18-19 2016 in Kuala Lumpur to develop an intervention strategy that increases production, enhances well integrity and prepares for P&A activity.

Offshore operators in the Asia Pacific are continuing to invest in intervention campaigns and are utilizing new wireline, thru-tubing and coil intervention solutions to enhance production and improve ultimate recovery. This is just one of the key areas covered at the IWCF supported 2nd Offshore Well Intervention Workshop in Kuala Lumpur which will help companies to develop a well intervention strategy that arrests production decline and improves the economic viability of well stock in the region.

PETRONAS will give an update on the critical role of well intervention as a tool to boost production rates at a time when drilling activity is in decline – Petrofac and Welltec will share the challenges they faced with non-producing wells and how a gas lift valve change out was executed to revive production from these assets – ONGC will explain how they are improving production rates at the Neelam Field through methods including the optimization of well trajectories as part of their mature field program.

Other confirmed presenters include Shell, Repsol, EnQuest, Halliburton, Schlumberger, Archer, Weatherford, FMC Technologies and more.

Download the brochure now to see the full speaker line-up: In an ever-maturing Asia Pacific market, we have to look to newer intervention methodologies to help arrest production decline and improve recovery – this meeting will be critical for all stakeholders involved in intervention campaigns.

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Gemini 620pd is a high-resolution multibeam echosounder and with an angular resolution of 0.5 deg. Standard features include automated bottom tracking, variable gate setting and gate tilting as well as roll compensation.

Nick Hewlett, Senior Survey Coordinator and Survey Lead SD2, Saipem S.p.A, commented:

“We buy from Tritech because they are a successful and experienced sonar manufacturer, producing reliable field-proven underwater sensors, backed up by world class support. Our initial investment of a suite of sensors and ancillary equipment furthered our commitment to investing in high-performance technology. The latest purchase of a Gemini 620pd dual-head profiling system will provide accuracy in our operations as we conduct cross-sectional profiling of pipelines and trenches.”

Angus Lugsdin, Business Development Manager, Tritech International Ltd commented:

“We are delighted that Saipem has selected our Gemini 620pd multibeam profiling sonars for their important project and that they continue to adopt our latest technologies for their global operations.”

Saipem S.p.A, (a division of Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi Saipem Società per azioni, ENI S.p.A), established in 1957, is a global engineering, construction and drilling business.

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Balltec Flangeless Subsea Plug Launcher in Statoil Pipeline Upgrade Project

Balltec Engineered Solutions has successfully completed work using its subsea smart plug launcher.  The flangeless subsea plug launcher technology played a critical role in Statoil’s ambitious infrastructure upgrade methodology for the Åsgard Millom pipeline.

Balltec established a close working relationship with Statoil whilst working on a new lifting systemfor the Åsgard subsea gas compression project.  It was during this time that Statoil asked Balltec to investigate the possibility of designing and manufacturing a subsea plug launcher to their unique specifications.

The plug launcher was built on technology used in Balltec’s recently developed flangeless subsea PIG launcher, a subsea tool used to deploy a PIGinto a pipeline without the need for a bolted flange connection or diver intervention.  The existing technology was significantly re-designed to accommodate a larger smart plug of 4.5 m in length with a mass of 1500 kg. The plug launcher gripping mechanism was built to withstand pressure of up to 120 bar from within the pipeline.

Jon Jackson, Balltec Engineering Manager said, “This is a unique piece of subsea equipment.  The subsea plug launcher is flangeless and allows the insertion of plugs without any existing infrastructure by gripping and sealing the end of a cut pipe. The plug can be launched via a simple hydraulic system andoperated with minimum ROV intervention. This allowed our client to have no production loss during tie-in.”

The whole project was delivered to Technip, the installation contractor, within an onerous time frame which included all FAT procedures and Statoil technical approval.  The plug launcher was successfully deployed and used in the Åsgard field in August 2015.

Gunnar Paulson, Senior Technical Advisor at Statoil said, “The Balltec Plug Launcher was used for launching a Smart Plug into a producing 20” pipeline at the Åsgard field in Norway. The objective was to isolate the gas producing part of the pipeline from the water filled section at the end, facilitating installation of a pipeline end module while the main part of the pipeline was in normal production. The technology went through an extensive development and testing process before the launcher was qualified by Statoil for operation on a live pipeline. Several parties contributed to a safe and successful launching operation this summer. Statoil would like to thank Balltec for their efficient design, fabrication and testing of the Plug Launcher.”

The subsea plug and PIG launcher are part of the pipeline engineering solutions offered by Balltec, which includes the original PipeLOK™ pipeline deployment & recovery tools. Both solutions are suitable for deployment across a wide variety of pipeline operations.

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HTL Group Achieve Triple Badged IMS Certification

HTL Group are delighted to announce that in addition to Hire Torque Ltd, it’s remaining UK subsidiaries (HTL Hydra Press Systems Ltd, HTL Training Services Ltd and HTL Worldwide Ltd) have all recently achieved triple badged IMS certification to the following standards by BSI:

  • ISO 9001:2008 – Quality Management System
  • ISO 14001:2004 – Environmental Management System
  • OHSAS 18001:2007 – Occupational Health & Safety Management

This supports HTL Group’s strategy to implement an Integrated Management System and further demonstrates the group’s commitment to exceptional customer service, appreciating and respecting their responsibility to the environment, whilst considering the safety of all stakeholders.

With an innovative range of tooling that is both CE and ATEX approved including both low profile and dedicated square drive torque wrenches, tensioners, nut splitters and a range of Power – Pro tensioner and torque pumps, there is a safe solution to every bolting challenge at HTL.

HTL Group are industry leaders in controlled bolting, flange working and portable machines with unrivalled joint integrity expertise. Headquartered in Cramlington, Northumberland with a further two service centres in the UK, there is no one better placed to supply a cross section of industry sectors with an all-encompassing product rental, sale and service portfolio.

Available anywhere in the world through HTL’s growing global distribution network, HTL’s Controlled Bolting Solutions are the most advanced and safe solutions in the market.

Toni Allen, UK Head of Client Propositions, BSI, comments: “Achieving certification to ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 clearly demonstrates HTL’s commitment to quality management, environmental management and occupational health and safety. They should be proud of their efforts to achieve and maintain certification to all three standards.

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JDR scoops two gongs at Subsea UK Awards

Achievement cements company’s commitment to growth and employee development

  JDR, a leading supplier of subsea umbilicals and power cables to the global offshore energy industry, is celebrating today after winning the Global Exports and Young Emerging Talent categories at the Subsea UK Awards.

The awards ceremony – hailed as the most prestigious in the subsea sector – took place at the AECC in Aberdeen last night. Attended by over 600 industry professionals, the highly-coveted awards highlight the achievements of individuals and companies throughout the subsea industry, and bring together peers in mutual celebration of the UK’s leading position on the global stage

JDR took home the Global Exports Award for its successful global exports strategy and its adaptability to foreign markets, and the Young Emerging Talent Award, which recognises an individual under the age of 35 who has significantly contributed to the development of the subsea sector. Robert Weeks, lead engineer at JDR, was presented with the award for his contribution to the development of subsea umbilical design calculation tools.

Weeks says: “It’s an absolute privilege to be recognised by my peers in the industry. At JDR, I have the fortune of working alongside a number of very talented individuals who, in sharing their experience, have enabled me to develop my own skills and expertise, and make a real contribution to the industry.”

David Currie, CEO at JDR, adds: “These awards are a fantastic recognition for the whole JDR team. Over the past year, we have continued to secure and deliver a large number of overseas projects, which we can only achieve with the hard work and dedication of our employees. Special thanks also go to Robert and all of our young engineers who continue to help JDR position for future growth.”


JDR recently announced its contract with Marathon Oil for the design and manufacture of power and static subsea umbilicals with accompanying hardware for the West Brae field. The company is exhibiting at Subsea Expo 2016 on stand 81 in Aberdeen this week.

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E2S Warning Signals launches GRP IECEx & ATEX Xenon strobe beacons at CIPPE, 29 – 31 March

E2S warning signals

E2S Warning Signals, the world’s leading independent manufacturer of audible and visual warning signals, will launch its new GNEx GRP Xenon strobe beacons,, on Booth W1002E at CIPPE 2016 in Beijing, China 29 – 31 March.

The new products add visual signalling to the explosion proof and corrosion resistant GNEx family. Suitable for all Zone 1, 2, 21 & 22 hazardous location applications the GNEx beacons have extended temperature range with IECEx and ATEX Ex d approvals. For high ambient light or long distance signalling the GNExB2 beacon is available in 10, 15 and 21 Joule variants producing up to 902cd – a very high output Xenon strobe. The smaller sized GNExB1 is available for where a 5 Joule (up to 117cd) unit meets requirements.  Three flash patterns and second stage, set by user, are a standard feature with all GNEx beacons, depending on base model and power (DC or AC) supply. On-site removal and replacement of the lens filter, such as for colour changes, is simple. Polycarbonate, UV stable lenses are available in Amber, Blue, Clear, Green, Magenta, Red and Yellow as separate spare parts. Installation time is minimised by design with the GRP enclosure featuring a threaded flame path, multiple cable entries and a large termination area. Complementing the GNEx range is the GNExJ2 Ex d junction box, which, having multiple cable entries and terminal configurations means suitability for many other applications. Both 15 and 21 Joule versions can be supplied as a plate mounted assembly configured with up to four Xenon strobe beacons with a junction box or five beacons without a junction box. The new Xenon strobe beacon visual signals broaden the GNEx family which includes alarm horn sounders, PA loudspeakers and manual call points for activation of fire alarms, gas detection and emergency shutdown systems.

“CIPPE is Asia’s largest trade show for the petroleum industry equipment and we’re happy to come back again this year to showcase our products designed specifically for the needs of the industry” said Colin Tan, Regional Sales Manager for E2S.

E2S will also have a preview of the new STEx family of stainless steel enclosure devices plus a selection of other explosion proof and intrinsically safe warning devices from the company’s portfolio of more than 350 different products.

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C-Kore Systems awarded contract for BP for Subsea Monitoring Tools

C-Kore Systems Ltd, has been awarded a contract for BP to purchase their C-Kore Subsea Monitoring tools.

BP trialed the tools on earlier umbilical installation projects and will now purchase a number of units for their prestigious Quad 204 project in the North Sea. Due to their unique design, the CKore units can monitor the insulation resistance and continuity of umbilicals during the complete installation process, even with both ends of the umbilical submerged to full deployment depth.

Tim Overfield, managing director of C-Kore Systems, “This is a fantastic endorsement of our technology that a major oil company such as BP understands the benefits of the C-Kore monitoring system. Our units provide valuable information previously unattainable, ultimately saving our customers money by reducing their required vessel time on installation and intervention projects.”

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Air Energi and Swift Worldwide Resources combine in strategic merger of equals

Manchester, UK and Houston, US, 26 January 2016: Air Energi Group Limited and Swift Worldwide Resources Limited have merged to form Airswift Holdings Limited, a $1.2bn turnover company specialising in global workforce solutions for the energy, process and infrastructure industries. The transaction was structured as an all-stock merger backed by Swift and Air Energi’s private equity backers, Wellspring Capital Management and LGV Capital.

Airswift brings together two of the world’s leading names in energy recruitment to offer clients a truly global service and an unrivalled candidate pool across a broad spectrum of skills. With the largest geographic footprint in the industry, Airswift will offer a suite of workforce solutions on a worldwide basis, including recruitment for contract staff and permanent hires, resource consultancy, global mobility and managed solutions.

Airswift will be led by new CEO, Peter Searle, former chief executive of Adecco in the UK and Ireland. Peter brings more than 28 years’ experience in the global recruitment sector. Ian Langley, founder and chairman of the board at Air Energi, will serve as chairman of Airswift, and Janette Marx, chief operating officer of Swift, will become Airswift COO.

The company will have a total of 57 operating locations, employ more than 800 people globally and manage a deployed workforce exceeding 6,000 worldwide. Airswift will have three corporate hubs in Manchester, UK, Houston, US and Singapore.

Peter Searle, CEO of Airswift, says: “This merger creates one of the world’s largest and most trusted partners in global workforce solutions. There is an obvious strategic fit between the two organisations: culturally, geographically and operationally. We believe this combination, supported by more than 35 years’ experience in the business, creates a unique proposition in our market, enabling us to develop long-term partnerships with our clients to deliver on their strategic goals.”

Janette Marx, COO of Airswift, comments: “In a rapidly changing business climate, Airswift’s size and global reach will give us the flexibility to scale our workforce solutions as our clients’ needs evolve – wherever they are located around the world.”

Ian Langley, chairman of Airswift, adds: “With Peter leading our executive team, we have the vision and drive we need to become the number one player in the market. Duncan Gregson, CEO of Air Energi, and Tobias Read, CEO of Swift, were instrumental in making this merger possible and will continue to support the operating management team as non-executive directors of the board.”

Joshua Cascade, a managing partner at Wellspring Capital Management, says: “The strategic fit of this partnership is something special as the two companies complement each other in terms of geographic reach and service capabilities. With Airswift’s industry-leading capabilities and strong balance sheet that is predominately comprised of equity, the company is extremely well positioned to assist clients in their continued vendor consolidation efforts.”

Michael Mowlem, managing director at LGV Capital, says: “This is a merger designed to capitalise on the strengths of two successful companies that are similar in size and scale. Each company has a commitment to the highest standards for quality and similar ways of working but, until now, have done so in different locations with different customers. Bringing these strengths together creates a much stronger company and an exciting proposition for all stakeholders.”

Come and see us at Subsea Expo 2016!

At this year’s Subsea Expo, at Aberdeen AECC 3rd to 5th February, we will be exhibiting at stand 152.

Our newly appointed Sales Executive, Mark Dalziel, will be on hand to greet you and take your enquiries.

On display we will have a number of our portable subsea video and communications systems, as well as our newly promoted 4000m range of underwater cameras and LED lights. We also welcome you to interact with our user friendly products and familiarise yourself with the systems that countless dive supervisors are using across the world today.

 C-Tecnics attracts clients from a wide range of industries, from marine and scientific research, tunnelling, film, all the way to military and search and rescue services.

C-Tecnics products are designed to exceed the expectations of our customers who operate in some of the harshest and most challenging environments, and who rely on their equipment to complete their operations effectively and efficiently. Our knowledge in this area has been honed through over 40 years in the design and manufacture of subsea electronics.


National Hyperbaric Centre offers a range of innovative medical solutions, including DanMedical’s D-MAS HyperSat medical monitoring system for offshore workers and divers.

The D-MAS system will be available for demonstration on NHC’s stand 126 at SubSea Expo 2016 in Aberdeen.

DanMedical’s solution enables real-time medical monitoring of patients offshore, including divers in saturation. So specialist doctors based onshore can now provide real-time, expert medical diagnosis and advice to support a patient who is working offshore. The D-MAS device enables compliance with the requirements of OGP 411 and DMAC 28 by measuring the patient’s heart rhythm and ECG, blood pressure, blood oxygen content and core temperature, as well as medical images in still or video format. D-MAS is now deployed by many leading offshore energy contractors and medical advisors, worldwide. The equipment is also installed at the NHC’s hyperbaric facility, to enable diagnosis and medical support of any injured diver brought in to the NHC’s chambers.

Laura Stuart, General Manager of NHC said: “NHC is committed to improving the safety of subsea operations through promoting world class equipment and training. We share this commitment to safety with DanMedical, and we look forward to demonstrating the D-MAS system at SubSea Expo 2016.”

Peter Couldery, CEO of DanMedical added: “In these tough times, implementing innovative medical practice can both save lives and deliver business benefits. I’m looking forward to SubSea Expo to meet the leading offshore operators to talk through these issues.”.


ProSep appoints Sales Manager to strengthen Norwegian foothold

Stavanger, Norway, 27 January, 2016: Houston-headquartered ProSep, the oil, gas and water process separations technology company, has appointed Jacek Kacperski as Norway Sales Manager. Based in Stavanger, Kacperski joins the company with over a decade’s experience in oilfield services, including sales roles with TDW Offshore and Siemens AS.

ProSep recently renewed its focus on its suite of proprietary technologies – including mixers – which offer operators a cost-effective and reliable solution for reducing chemical consumption, maximising hydrocarbon recovery and process optimisation. Norwegian companies continue to champion best-in-class technology and in this new commodity price environment Kacperski will work hand-in-hand with local operators to drive the development of new and existing opportunities.

Patrick McCarthy, CEO of ProSep, says: “We are excited to welcome Jacek to the team. His knowledge of the local market coupled with his impressive track record make him the ideal person to lead our Norwegian operations. The development and early deployment of ProSep’s mixing technologies trace their roots to Norway and we believe that in the current environment, technologies like ours can play a significant role in enabling operators to optimise their offshore operations.”

Kacperski adds: “ProSep’s portfolio of patented technology is really impressive and I am very proud to become a part of this enthusiastic, innovative and results-driven team. I look forward to strengthening the company’s position as a trusted technology partner in the Norwegian market by offering solutions that can genuinely improve operational efficiencies.”

Jacek Kacperski


Repair of Live Subsea Pipeline in Java Sea
Completed on Time for Less Money
DELFT, The Netherlands –January 25, 2016 – IRM Systems, the independent authority on emergency pipeline repairs, announced that as a result of a new and innovative approach to pipeline repair, it contributed to achieving dramatic cost-savings on the recent repair of a live subsea pipeline in the Java Sea, Indonesia.  The objective of the operation was to seal a tear on a weld seam by installing a permanent repair solution.
IRM Systems began providing engineering services for the project in January 2015. Normally, the operation would have been executed by a major EPIC company – and nearly was – but in this instance, the operator decided to do something different. It decided that it should be executed by a smaller service contractor, drawing upon the services of a constellation of specialist providers, including IRM Systems.
New approach reduces costs without lowering margins
The “constellation” approach involved using vessels of opportunity, independent diving and survey contractors, engineering specialist IRM Systems, the equipment manufacturer, and the regulator. Despite the organizational challenges, this method allowed the operator to interface with one lean, flexible primary contractor.  Because margins were not compounded by the multiple layers of contracting that traditionally make up the structure used by an EPIC company, the operator immediately realized the financial benefit. As for those companies executing the project, rates were not squeezed and risk was more equitably distributed.
Innovative method offers cost-effective alternative
“This project is solid evidence of great innovation, in which out-of-the-box thinking really produced dramatic cost-savings,” said Wander van Weerden, Project Manager for IRM Systems. “Much of what we are seeing in response to today’s low oil prices is contractors and their subcontractors taking more and more risk to offer a compounded savings to the client. The approach that was used to complete this complex repair project proves that it is a realistic, completely viable alternative.”
To ensure that the project would succeed, the operator brought a certification body on board to assist with the engineering and advise on overall quality. Working with IRM Systems, the primary contractor selected the manufacturers and fabricators of the repair clamp, and conducted offshore surveys in cooperation with specialist survey contractors. The components of the repair solution were tested in Norway and the Netherlands in August, and successfully installed on to the live gas pipeline in October 2015, well within schedule.
Given the success of this project, the operator plans to use the approach used for this project as the standard template for more projects throughout the region. Not just repair projects, but for routine maintenance and inspection tasks.
Optimum results for less money
According to IRM Systems, the operator received the same high quality service and materials in the same amount of time, but for less money. “As for the service providers, it’s business as usual.  It’s the way forward for the industry, whether oil prices are high or low,” said Rutger Schouten, General Manager of IRM Systems.
The key to the success of this project is twofold.  “First, you must have a highly organized body to coordinate the project.  It’s essential that it has a strong grip on all of the players,” said Rutger Schouten.  “Secondly, the team must have hands-on experience that duplicates – or exceeds – that of bigger players.  Without that, you will not achieve the same quality targets as those completed by bigger players.”
Light in the darkness
When it comes to effective project management, the industry has longed for value-added creativity. “This project illustrates that costs can be reduced while maintaining quality standards and operational excellence.  When led by a reliable independent source, collaboration can be very powerful and extremely effective,” said David Obatolu, General Manager of IRMS UKWA. “For the industry, this approach offers a light as we navigate through – and beyond – the dark tunnel of low oil prices.”
Innovation holds key
Globally, low oil prices have boosted a jittery world economy. On the other hand, oil and gas exploration costs money.  In order that the world economy and energy industry thrive, traditional practices must change.  And change calls for innovation.  For IRM Systems and its partners, innovation has resulted in a more cost-effective, professional approach to pipeline repair.  Whether the industry rises to the occasion by challenging the status quo remains to be seen, but the future is clear for IRM Systems:  innovation holds the key.
A graphic image of a habitat installed over a pipeline.
B) Graphic - IRM Systems - live pipeline repair in Java Sea, Indonesia 2016


25th January 2016, London, UK – Permasense, the leading provider of remote corrosion and erosion monitoring solutions to the global energy industry, has announced stellar growth results for 2015 with revenues totalling $10 million – a 35 per cent increase year on year.

The company, which delivers asset integrity monitoring solutions to both the upstream and downstream oil and gas industries, has now supplied its specialist sensor systems to 114 facilities in 26 countries – from Alaska to Australia.

“We have been able to realise our ambitious growth plans despite turbulent times in the global oil and gas sector,” said Dr. Peter Collins, CEO at Permasense.

“Our performance in 2015 is testament to the benefits of Permasense technology. At a time when the industry is under immense strain, our innovative monitoring solutions are providing operators with the data and insight to make safe, informed decisions that have a significant impact on the bottom line. Our solutions are enabling customers to optimise their operations, sustain production and reduce inspection and maintenance costs from their existing assets.”

Permasense’s geographic reach has expanded significantly over the last year, with the company opening new offices in Aberdeen, Houston to more fully support the growing upstream and downstream customer base across all time zones. As a direct result of this expansion, the company’s global headcount has increased by a third to 40 people globally.

Permasense expects its growth to accelerate in 2016. The company has forecasted 70 per cent of its revenue to come from existing customers, as they see the bottom-line benefits of Permasense systems and roll them out across their operations.


Permasense is also experiencing increasing demand in Asia, which will see the company further expand its footprint in 2016.

C-Tecnics welcomes Mark Dalziel as their new Sales Executive

C-Tecnics, a UK high quality subsea equipment manufacturer, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Dalziel as its new Sales Executive. Mark brings with him 22 years of Business Development Management and Account Management success. Mark will be a great asset to the professional team at C-Tecnics, as he has spent the last 15 years’ working in electronic design and has a successful background of managing key accounts and supplier relationships.

“C-Tecnics was always going to be my number one choice, as they are an ambitious forward thinking company with an excellent reputation, who want to grow their market presence globally. For me personally, this is an exciting career move and one that will be both challenging and rewarding. The team has the right attitude and C-Tecnics has a great product range which sets it apart from its competitors,” said Mark Dalziel.

C-Tecnics has many years of experience in the design, manufacturing and supply of diving equipment for marine environments. The team welcomes Mark aboard at a time of growing and sustained demand for C-Tecnics’ range of cost effective subsea video and communications equipment.

C-Tecnic Mark

Dräger and GasSecure experts announced as keynote speakers at Topsides UK conference and exhibition

Dräger’s Oil and Gas Regional Segment Manager and the Regional Sales Director of GasSecure AS have been announced as keynote speakers at the Topsides UK conference and exhibition.

Dräger is headline partner of Topsides UK, Europe’s first and only annual oil and gas event focusing solely on extending the life of ageing topsides installations in the UK’s offshore sector.

The two-day event being held on the 16/17th March at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre will enable the North Sea’s leading operators of existing assets, contractors, equipment manufacturers and service companies to learn how to work together more effectively and to understand ways of safely improving production, whilst lowering the cost of capital and operations spend.

Michail Tzouvelekis, Oil and Gas Regional Segment Manager,said: “Dräger is delighted to headline the first ever Topsides UK and I am delighted to be among the first keynote speakers. It’s a great initiative for the oil and gas industry and we’re proud to be involved from the very beginning in what we hope will become a successful annual event.“

During his keynote speech, Michail will look at the oil and gas market and how cost efficiency has to be balanced with safety.

He added: “The show will give us the opportunity to talk to operators and contractors to better understand their needs and work with them on innovative total safety solutions for the future.

“Dräger provides products and services that protect, support and save lives, we have multiple sales and service centres across the UK, Norway, the Netherlands and Denmark and a dedicated oil and gas team of over 100 to assist our customers fulfil their requirements.”

Ian Mackay, Regional Sales Director of GasSecure AS, will talk about offshore project cost reduction through the use of fixed wireless gas detection systems. “The GS01 is a wireless device which offers unique features that can help to dramatically reduce project costs, something that is very attractive in this current low oil price climate.”

In the current market, few are looking at new projects except perhaps for decommissioning, and everyone is cutting back on costs. Despite this, safety never stops and exisiting oil and gas facilities need to operate safely. Equipment upgrades, expansions and additions often expose gaps in gas detection that must be filled.

Ian added: “Safety is of prime concern offshore and when it comes to detecting the presence of gas which may cause a hazard, that can never be taken away. Past events such as the Piper Alpha explosion are forever on people’s minds, so we must always keep the process safe.”

“With a wireless device, you can strip out infrastructure components such as cabling, junction boxes and cable trays. When it comes to project design, you can reduce the design hours because there are less elements to draw up, design or manage in the project, so we can demonstrate offshore cost reductions compared to a wired equivalent.”

“For the last year few years there has been talk of efficiencies in the North Sea, but now we need to see hard evidence of the deployment of the way to actually achieve those efficiencies. We really must now go ahead and deploy these methodologies and squeeze out every penny from every barrel.”

More than 60 exhibitors from across the North Sea have also been confirmed.

During the conference, headline speakers will cover topsides news, including late life extension projects, recycling of topsides facilities, TAR/turnaround, skills and new careers, cost and production efficiency and new technology.

There will be supply chain presentations provided by topsides-related contractors, service companies and equipment suppliers and installers – all focused on creating value.

Clients, suppliers and colleagues will also be able to network on a 1-2-1 basis, creating new opportunities and following up strong leads.

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Rob Spillard joins Bibby HydroMap as their new Technical Director

Bibby HydroMap Technical Director Rob Spillard

Rob Spillard joins Bibby HydroMap as their new Technical Director

Seabed survey company Bibby HydroMap continues to strengthen their executive board with the appointment of Rob Spillard as Technical Director.

Rob Spillard brings over twenty-five years’ experience in the offshore survey industry and will take overall responsibility for the technical direction of the Wirral-based company. Having previously performed key roles at Fugro EMU, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office, Rob will play an intrinsic part in the continuing growth of the company.

As part of the company’s focus on efficiency, the newly created role has followed a restructuring of the senior management team, which included the appointment of Mick Slater to Operations Director earlier this year. Bibby HydroMap Managing Director Andrew McLeay comments: “We are very pleased to have Rob join us as a key member of the executive board. I am looking forward to working closely with him during what is a very challenging time for much of offshore industry but one which also throws up a series of exciting opportunities for Bibby HydroMap as we continue to develop our range of services.”

Rob comments: “I’m both excited and delighted to join the company.  Bibby HydroMap’s focus on a quality product, together with their investment in new, state-of-the-art vessels and innovative technologies like the d’ROP survey platform were all aspects that made me keen to join the team.  I am thrilled to be a part of the company and look forward to working with our customers in 2016”.

Bibby HydroMap’s first apprentice becomes category B certified

20 year old Emma Lamont has recently graduated top of her Hydrographic Survey Category B course with Skilltrade in the Netherlands.


Emma joined Bibby HydroMap in 2012 as a hydrographic surveying apprentice, and has since played an active role in both data processing and offshore site work with the company throughout the UK and Europe. As part of Emma’s CPD plan, the company organised for her to attend the FIG/IHO/ICA International Advisory Board recognised course, which covers all basic and essential competences of a hydrographic surveyor.

Emma comments: “I am so pleased to have graduated the Category B Hydrographic Surveying Course in the Netherlands and am looking forward to putting everything I have learnt into practice. The course was tough but rewarding, especially being able to graduate at the top of my class.”

Combining theoretical and field work over a duration of 12 weeks, the course was well attended by companies including Gaz de France, RWS and Van Oord.

Operations Director Mick Slater comments: “We are all very proud of Emma who continues to impress us all since joining us straight from school in 2012. Her achievement is testament to what can be achieved through hard work and a keen appetite to learn, both of which she has in abundance.

This follows continuing investment by Bibby HydroMap in their workforce, whose training schedule currently includes courses in RYA Level 2 Powerboat, QPS Qimera, vessel dimensional control and mobilisation, LSS land survey, working at heights, basic survey engineering, driving safety, MMO (Marine Mammal Observer) certification and basic/intermediate seamanship training.

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Oil and Gas in Review: Prepping for 2016 by Reviewing 2015

For anyone dependent on oil and gas for energy — which is to say nearly everyone in the developed world — 2015 has been a confusing year. Even as people rally for more renewable forms of energy, the demand for fossil fuels has never been higher. Yet, gas prices have vacillated all year long, dropping more than 40 percent and sending many companies into a tailspin of layoffs and cutbacks. Throughout the year, the oil and gas industry has suffered quite a bit from standing on uncertain ground, which makes it all the more imperative for companies to lay a solid foundation for the year ahead.outsourse1

2015 Reality Check

This year has been one of the most turbulent for the oil and gas industry in recent memory. As prices slipped, power exchanged hands, and the fundamental structure of our field is forever changed.

Shifting supply and demand. At the end of a four-year oil expansion, the United States now claims 20,000 shale wells, boosting the country’s production to nearly 9 million barrels per day and roughly 3.7 percent of the world’s oil supply. More and more, we find that LNG suppliers are finding consumers closer to the source ­— in the U.S., the Middle East, and elsewhere — and these fluctuating dynamics of supply and demand have swung long-held global distribution channels all over the map.

Changing trade patterns. Mexico is strongly considering a lift to its oil monopoly, which only strengthens the bond amongst the North American countries, providing them more resource independence. Further, Russia, China, and India have forged an alliance, swapping oil for natural gas in mutually beneficial trade. Yet, even as such cooperation leads to regional strength, these developments severely impact OPEC’s global market, disrupting traditional trade patterns and causing it to look elsewhere for opportunities.

Increasing pressure on OPEC. Since time immemorial, OPEC has maintained a stranglehold on the world’s supplies of oil, controlling the market in nearly every way. However, with many countries seeking alternatives to OPEC fuel, the cartel is struggling to retain its influence. Because of 2015’s drastic changes to oil and gas fundamentals as well as the various OPEC nations experiencing political, financial, and cultural upheaval, few experts expect OPEC to continue its primacy in the industry for very long.

2016 Outlook

Even with such drastic changes on the industry’s horizon, 2016 promises to be as profitable as prior years — as long as companies become agile and forward thinking.

Keep costs low. It is undeniable that the biggest oil and gas news story of 2015 was the breathtaking drop in summertime prices — from about $100 per barrel to below $45 — and as the industry continues to shift and change, we may expect similar price events in the coming months. Thus, companies should hunker down in preparation for a tumultuous year, market-wise.

It is wise to invest in projects that are unlikely to demand repeated expenses in maintenance and utility; for example, instead of concrete and metal structures — which take forever to build and cost a fortune to preserve — companies may opt for inexpensive, enduring fabric structures. It is always wise to keep spending to a minimum, but the lower costs can go in these unpredictable times, the better.

Remain flexible. The oil and gas industry is nothing if not cyclical. We have seen before similar fluctuations in price and struggles to garner resource independence. Though the developments of 2015 have been perhaps more intense than others in recent history, companies will be able to weather the new systems with the same strategy of the past: flexibility. An ability and willingness to adapt to the new market will protect companies from most of the damage inflicted by the changing fundamentals.

Consider renewable energy investments. For the foreseeable future, oil and gas has a prominent place in the energy sector. Still, changing consumer tastes — as well as the ever-diminishing availability of fossil fuels — indicate that oil and gas companies should diversify with more Earth-friendly endeavors. Industry leaders around the world have committed in one way or another to renewable energy: Exxon committed more than $100 billion to algae biofuel; Shell and Chevron have some of the largest solar farms in the world; and Statoil’s wind turbines provide energy to more than 220,000 homes every year. For public approval as well as insurance against future oil failure, companies should certainly start turning green in 2016.


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