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Global cooling towers market: Rest of the world region hottest in terms of demand


The primary aim of cooling towers is to reject the heat from warm water using either air venting or evaporation. Warm water that circulates is sent to cooling towers and depending on the method of cooling, is kept in circulation. For example, in the case of evaporative methods, a fraction of the water is lost into the atmosphere.

The global cooling towers market can be categorized by type where we find open and closed circuit towers; by heat exchange methods which include evaporative, dry cooling, and hybrid; and application which comprises the manufacturing industry, power generation utilities, and air conditioning. Some of the most common application segments that are currently in greater need of the global cooling towers market arise from energy and manufacturing.

Rest of the World Dominates Global Cooling Towers Market

The region known in most markets as the Rest of the World includes the Far East, the Middle East, North Africa, and South America. These countries collectively held nearly 35.7% of the global cooling towers market in 2013, making it one of the largest regions in the market. The region is also currently the fastest geographical segment, growing at a CAGR of 5.5% from 2014 to 2020.

According to countries, the U.S., China, and India are expected to be the top locations that show a heavy demand for cooling towers. India, China, and South Korea are showing a large demand specifically for evaporative cooling towers.

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Plume Abatement Drives the Global Cooling Towers Market

The plume created in industrial environments is largely responsible for causing health disorders such as Legionnaires’ disease. With this issue in view, developers have created the hybrid cooling tower. They drastically reduce plume and help contain the ill effects caused by it. More and more industries are being attracted towards using hybrid cooling towers due to which this market segment is expected to gain high proliferation through heavy adoption over the coming years. Another environmental issue, that of lack of water reserves in certain parts of the world, has create the need to develop closed water circuit cooling towers. They consume far less amounts of water in comparison to open circuit towers, albeit at a high installation and maintenance cost.

The global cooling towers market is also witnessing heavy aid from government bodies towards the reduction of plume. Many regulatory bodies around the world are creating restrictions that let industries approach better plume abatement methods, while government grants help them manage the same. The exceptions to this scenario are the cooling towers markets in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia Pacific, where industries still prefer the use of open circuit evaporation towers as they offer better thermal efficiency than other types.

Most of the regions are dominated by key players from around the world. This includes EVAPCO-BLCT Dry Cooling, Inc, FANS, a.s., Liang Chi Industry Company, Hamon Group (Esindus S.A.), SPIG S.p.A., Paharpur Cooling Towers Ltd., and SPX Corporation.

The global cooling towers market is currently estimated to grow at a CAGR of 4.7% from 2014 to 2020. This means the market that was worth US$2.31 billion in 2013, is expected to reach an overall worth of US$3.17 billion by the end of 2020. Although the market is not as evenly distributed as global players would have liked, there is still plenty of scope for many to succeed on a regional basis. The world is progressing at a blindingly fast pace and the energy sector needs to meet the incredible demand created by it. Therefore, the outlook for the global cooling towers market is largely positive.

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Testing, inspection and certification (T.I.C.) market – opportunities and forecast 2015 to 2023


Testing, inspection and certification (T.I.C.) companies provide services across industries such as automotives, aviations, maritime, oil and gas, petrochemicals, textile, electrical, agriculture, environmental, food, life sciences, pharmaceuticals, medicals, consumer goods and others. These services include quality and safety services, performance of products, shipments valuation, ensuring imports comply with domestic and international standards, industrial inspection, supplier evaluation and outsourcing of laboratories among others. These services render proper assurance to the customers or end-users the domestic and global standards and regulations to meet the product quality have been strictly followed by the manufacturing companies. Testing and inspection services facilitate the examination of any particular product that meets the specified standards for manufacturing. Certification services officially state that a product has been manufactured following the specified domestic and global standards. The standards are designed, developed and published by the various government organizations and non-government standardization institutions across the world.

The growth of testing, inspection and certification services have increased globally, owing to the increasing consumer awareness about the products in almost every sector. Additionally, the robust growth of the industry is also influenced by increasing globalization of international laws and standards, continued introduction of new standards owing to the development of technology and improved safety legislation and standards. Moreover, improved risk awareness and emphasis on risk prevention by customers is also influencing the growth of the market. Customers seek third party assurance in terms of product safety and risk prevention. One of the major restraints in the growth of the TIC market is the lack of internationally accepted standards and domestic government directives. The industry consolidation enabled by the synergizing strategy adopted by the key companies in this industry is expected to drive the market further during the forecast period.

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The testing, inspection and certification market can be segmented on basis of end use and geography. The segmentation on the basis of end use includes, aerospace, automotives, maritime, automation, electronics, life sciences and others. Geographically, the entire global testing, inspection and certification (TIC) Market has been classified into regions such as North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and the Rest of the world. North America and Europe are two major markets for the TICs globally owing to the growing awareness of safety in every sector. Asia Pacific region nations such as China, Japan, India, Malaysia and Australia among others are attracting huge market opportunities for the global TIC services owing to the rapidly developing industries such as automation, automotives, electronics healthcare, pharmaceuticals, aviation and medical devices among other emerging markets. Rest of the world region which includes, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America are also growing at a significant rate. The TIC market currently registering substantial growth in emerging economies such as India, China, South Korea, Brazil, UAE and Saudi Arabia among others and is expected to grow further owing to the regulatory proposals from various governments.

Some of the major market players in the TIC market worldwide are British Standards Institution Group, Bureau Veritas S.A., Compliance Engineering Pty Ltd., TUV SUD Group, DEKRA Certification Gmbh, Eurofins Scientific, Intertek Group PLC, SGA S.A., ASTM International, Dayton T. Brown Inc. and Exova Group Plc among others.

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Information management for offshore projects – industry analysis, size, share, trends, and forecast 2020

In recent years, some of the largest hydrocarbon discoveries have been announced in deepwater offshore areas. The offshore projects are capital intensive and complex in nature. Capital expenditure and operating costs can escalate substantially if the projects are not managed efficiently. An information management system is an essential part of offshore installations which is a combination of a host of software tools and related services. These management systems analyze and report project related information in an efficient manner to improve project performance. Offshore installations are usually located in complex environments where various specialized teams work together in various project phases. Information management systems are installed to analyze and store the information collected from various project phases in an offshore project. These systems are installed to share and store both technical and commercial information. Information management systems are a computerized monitoring tool which is primarily designed to satisfy project requirements and specifications. The market for information management in offshore projects is anticipated to grow at a substantial rate owing to requirement of efficient systems in offshore installations.

The increasing investment in offshore hydrocarbon projects and requirement of cost effective systems in offshore facilities are the major drivers attracting investment in information management market. To support the increasing investment on offshore installations, the project developers should have access to information management services. Information management systems assist the offshore project developers to anticipate and avert project related risks. The information management systems can track the energy consumption and mechanical commissioning in an offshore project. As a result of this the capital costs and operational costs related to the project can be organized in an effective manner. The productivity of the end user industry also increases after installing these technological systems. However, lack of the additional capital costs incurred in this capital intensive technology is a major factor impacting the growth of the information management systems in the offshore market. The lack of skilled professionals is also another major factor which affects further growth of the market.

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The market for information management for offshore projects can be segmented on the basis of services offered in this market. The information management service providers offer various services to the offshore industry. The market can be broadly segmented into four categories as project information system, contract management system, HSE and completion management system. The market can be further sub-divided into various other services such as quality management and project dashboards offerings.

With increasing drilling activities in deepwater areas, the market for information management in offshore projects continues to grow at an increasing pace. The increasing offshore production activities in the Latin American region will provide the major market for this market in the coming future. Planned expansion projects and the large offshore reserves of West Africa is one of the prospective regions for the growth of the information management systems in offshore projects. The exploration companies in Asia Pacific are also increasing investment in offshore locations of China and Australia which are anticipated be major economies for this market in coming years. The stringent working parameters in offshore areas of North Sea have attracted several information management providing companies in this region.

Some of the major players which provide information management for offshore projects are Omega AS, Aveva Solutions Ltd and Audubon Companies.

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United States: AREVA Awarded two contracts to supply used fuel storage solutions

AREVA TN, an AREVA subsidiary, has recently signed two long-term contracts worth more than $200 million (approximately 184 million euros) with U.S. utilities for the supply of used fuel storage solutions.

Under these agreements, AREVA will supply its NUHOMS® dry-shielded canisters, designed to store fuel assemblies from pressurized water reactors, including high-burnup, short-cooled fuel. The company will also supply the NUHOMS® horizontal storage system which will house the canisters on the customers’ sites.

The system’s robust design offers industry-best earthquake resistance thanks to its side-by-side concrete structures. “AREVA has built long-term customer relationships based on the strong performance and the safety track-record of our technologies,” said Benoît Fichefeux, Director of AREVA TN. “We continue to develop innovative and costeffective solutions for our customers while maintaining the highest level of safety in our operations.”

Present in over 30 countries, AREVA TN is a market leader in transportation and used fuel storage solutions. In the United States, nearly 1,000 used fuel canisters are currently loaded at over 30 sites, more than any other supplier in the country

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L-3 MAPPS to contribute to Darlington refurbishment project

L-3 MAPPS announced today that it has signed a contract with Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to provide replacement trip computers for the second shutdown system (SDS2) and display/test computers for both the first shutdown system (SDS1) and SDS2 on the four generating units at the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station. The design phase is underway and the final production computer equipment for the four generating units is expected to be delivered by the second quarter of 2019.

“We have always capitalized on common technology solutions for our Marine Systems and Power Systems lines of business,” said Rangesh Kasturi, president of L-3 MAPPS. “The new project with OPG is an excellent opportunity that allows us to extend the technology and know-how that we use in our naval integrated platform management systems and CANDU* plant control computers and apply them to an adjacent plant process at Darlington.”

“For more than four decades, we have worked with OPG to develop advanced custom-engineered solutions for all of its nuclear generating stations,” added Michael Chatlani, vice president of marketing & sales for L-3 MAPPS Power Systems and Simulation. “We are grateful to OPG for the confidence they have placed in us to deliver key control and simulation products that have positively contributed to the strong performance of its plants.”

In support of the Darlington refurbishment program and OPG’s overall effort to design and develop a replacement for SDS2, L-3 MAPPS will carry out the hardware design, integration and testing of prototype systems, including qualification testing, followed by the delivery of production units for the SDS2 trip computers and the SDS1 and SDS2 display/test computers.

Ontario Power Generation produces about half of Ontario’s electricity in a reliable, safe and environmentally sustainable manner. OPG phased out coal generation in 2014 – the single largest climate change initiative in North America. OPG relies on hydro and nuclear power, energy sources that are 99.7 percent free of greenhouse gas and smog-causing emissions. OPG’s Darlington Nuclear Generating Station, located in the Municipality of Clarington in Durham Region, 70 kilometers east of Toronto, is a four-unit station with a net output of 3,512 megawatts that began operating in the early 1990s. The refurbishment of Darlington to extend the operational life of the station has been in planning for more than six years and will be one of the largest infrastructure projects in Canada. Outage execution on the first unit will start in October 2016.

L-3 MAPPS has over 30 years of experience in pioneering technological advances in the marine automation field and over 40 years of experience in delivering high-fidelity power plant simulation to leading utilities worldwide. In addition, the company has more than four decades of expertise in supplying plant computer systems for Canadian heavy water reactors. L-3 MAPPS also provides targeted controls and simulation solutions to the space sector. To learn more about L-3 MAPPS, please visit the company’s website at



Ultra mega power projects (UMPP) construction – global industry analysis and forecast 2016 – 2023

Ultra mega power projects (UMPP) are large power stations with a capacity of 4,000 MW. UMPP was an initiative planned by Government of India in 2005 to build series of ambitious power stations. The aim of the initiative is to create an additional capacity of minimum 100,000 MW power by 2022. The UMPPs are perceived as an extension of the MPP (Mega Power Projects) projects that the Government of India initiated in the 1990s. The projects are awarded to developers on the basis of competitive bidding. In countries such as Brazil, China, Poland, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Russia, UAE, Canada, Venezuela and the U.S, ultra mega power projects exist with different names and different initiatives. Generally, these UMPPs are coal powered, hydro powered, nuclear powered, wind powered and oil & gas powered.

The global UMPP construction market has been growing substantially since the first ultra-mega power project was started in Labrador, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada in 1971. This power plant has an installed capacity of 5,428 MW and is owned and operated by the Churchill Falls Labrador Corporation Limited. Many other ultra-mega power projects such as the Itaipu hydroelectric dam, Xiluodu hydroelectric dam, and Guri hydroelectric dam have been constructed in various regions of the world. North America, Asia Pacific and Latin America are the major markets for UMPP construction industry.

The drivers for UMPP construction market include rising demand for electricity across the globe. The rising population, industrialization and modernization have led to an increase in demand of electricity. UMPPs provide electricity to consumers at much lower rates. As the size of the power plants is very huge, the cost of the electricity is much lower due to the economies of scale. However, initial high capital costs, negative environmental impacts and infeasibility to relocate large number of residents could hamper the growth of UMPP construction market.UMPPs are beneficial for low cost electricity generation and rising demand of electricity could be satisfied with help of UMPPs. Many governments such as Government of India and Government of China among others have provided subsidies, financial assistance, public clearances and approvals, and plug and play model to encourage UMPP construction projects. These positive attributes are likely to help the UMPP construction market to grow during the forecast period.

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The global UMPP construction market for can be segmented on the basis of technology and geography. Various types of UMPPs are constructed across the globe using different renewable and non-renewable energy sources. UMPPs are constructed using various energy sources such as coal, nuclear energy, oil & gas, wind power and hydro power. Asia Pacific held largest market share of the global UMPP construction market in 2014. China is one of the leader in UMPP construction market followed by India, Japan, South Korea and Indonesia. North America, Latin America and Europe including countries such as the U.S, Canada, Brazil, Venezuela, Russia and Poland have a large market for UMPP construction. Middle East has also started construction of UMPP in recent years. Countries such as Saudi Arabia and UAE are major players in this region for UMPP construction market.Asia Pacific including countries such as China and India have a huge potential market for UMPP construction in the coming years.

Some of the key players in the global UMPP construction market include China Three Gorges Corporation, Centrais Elétricas Brasileiras SA, CVG Electrificación Del Caroní CA, Chubu Electric PowerCo. Inc., Itaipu Binacional, LongTan Hydropower Development Co. Ltd., Ontario Power Generation Inc.,PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna SA, Reliance Power Ltd., RusHydro JSC, Saudi Consolidated Electric Company, Taiwan Power Company , Tata Power Co. Ltd, and Tokyo Electric Power Co. Inc. among others.

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NEW ICE-LBG-SR Load Ring Offers ultimate safety lifting at high working loads

RUD are known for their innovative lifting points which are used across a wide range of industries from construction, manufacturing, materials handling to engineering and offshore. Product development and innovation is imperative at RUD which can be seen in one of their latest innovations, the new ICE-LBG-SR load ring.

The ICE-LBG SR Super Rotation Load Ring offers the ultimate solution for lifting, turning & flipping at high working loads. It rotates 360° in all directions under load with an innovative ball bearing technology which offers a smooth rotation. It is used across a variety of sectors such as: offshore, heavy duty lifting, engineering, construction & handling projects to name a few.

The innovative double ball bearing technology means that lifting, turning or rotating under full loads, vertically or horizontally can now be done safely without any chance of the bolt opening mid lift. The ICE-LBG SR therefore offers an ultimate safety factor to the user and the equipment.

The demand for safety lifting and turning at high working load limits resulted in the creation of the completely new bolt, the RUD “ICE bolt”. RUD developed the revolutionary patented fine grain steel bolt which offers an impressive impact strength of 56 Joule at temperatures as low of -60°C.

The RUD ICE-LBG-SR load ring, with its ground breaking double ball bearing technology and robust ICE bolt has solved a real problem in the industry. It has provided an ultimate safety factor when lifting, turning, rotating and tilting under full loads. The bolt will securely stay firmly fastened under full loads, vertically or horizontally.

Ensure the highest safety factor for your goods and your operators with the RUD ICE-LBG-SR load ring.

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C-Tecnics expand subsea horizons and take on new client



Aberdeen based subsea electronics manufacturer C-Tecnics has recently teamed up with a new client who specialises in the field of onshore pipeline leak detection, to create a new and portable data logger system.

The first stages of the project involved the development, assembly and testing of a batch of prototypes; which was completed in October 2015. Further development has seen numerous improvements brought to the original design as the project continues.

Technical Manager at C-Tecnics, Scott Younger says: “C-Tecnics expertise and experience in providing high quality portable systems, that are both aesthetically and functionally appealing, has attracted a business opportunity from a non-diving related client. Due to the quality of workmanship from C-Tecnics’ technical staff, our portable solutions have long been admired for their high quality finish and performance. We are extremely pleased with being able to help them realise their concept.”

Having marked a step into new territory, C-Tecnics are welcoming all opportunities to research, design and manufacture bespoke products for applications not only limited to subsea, but any industry where data monitoring and recording can be utilised. C-Tecnics does this by working closely with its clients to ensure their needs are met, if not exceeded.

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Small Hydropower Market: Increasing Demand for Emission-free Electricity will Propel Market at 2.85% CAGR: Transparency Market Research

ALBANY, New York, February 16, 2016: According to a recent market research report published by Transparency Market Research, the global small hydropower market is estimated to expand at a CAGR of 2.85% during the period between 2015 and 2023. The report, titled “Small Hydropower Market, by installed capacity – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth Trends, and Forecast, 2015 – 2023”, projects the installed capacity of the global small hydropower market to reach 146.65 GW by 2023. The installed capacity of the overall market stood at 110.77 GW in 2014.

Small hydropower or SHP offers an emission-free and efficient renewable source of electricity that can be used on-grid as well as off-grid. Small hydro is often constructed with the help of existing dams or built along a river. A small hydropower system constitutes of generators, transformers, turbines, and reservoirs. Small hydropower plants are well suited for rural areas where there is no large-scale infrastructure for electricity distribution and transmission. Growing demand for electricity generated from renewable resources has boosted the global small hydropower market.

Hydroelectric energy is the cleanest form of energy, as it does not release any harmful emissions. This has propelled the generation of hydroelectric energy across nations and, in turn, has fuelled the expansion of the global small hydropower market. Presently, hydropower accounts for about 20% of the total electricity supply worldwide. The upper limit for hydropower varies across countries. For example, in Canada, hydropower ranges up to 50 MW while in Brazil it ranges up to 30 MW. 10 MW total hydropower capacity is the general standard across the globe. However, the plant load factor and capacity utilization for small hydropower plants are high.

The report studies the global small hydropower market across five key regions: Asia Pacific, North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and South and Central America. In 2014, Asia Pacific was the largest market for small hydropower and held a 70.3% market share. China leads the overall region in terms of number of small hydropower installations and total power generated from them, followed by India and Japan. The Chinese government has been promoting the installation of small hydropower by offering incentives and tax credits. Europe emerged as the second largest market for small hydropower in 2014.

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In Europe, Italy leads the market owing to well-structured policies and large funding for market development. North America was the third largest small hydropower market in 2014 with the U.S. and Canada as the leading countries. During the forecast horizon, the market in the Middle East and Africa is anticipated to grow rapidly owing to the growing demand for electricity across countries such as Nigeria, Egypt, and Kenya.

Describing the competitive landscape of the market, the report profiles some of the key players in the global small hydropower market, such as Voith GmbH, Ontario Power Generation Inc., ALSTOM, Siemens AG, Agder Energi AS, StatKraft, Andritz Hydro GmbH, RusHydro, BC Hydro, and Fortum Oyj. The report offers insightful details about the key players including their financial overview, business strategies, and recent developments.

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Global Small Hydropower Market, by Region

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East and Africa
  • South and Central America

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Non Slip Tape for Forklifts

Forklifts are one of the most important tools for the working day in many workplaces, as they are designed specifically to move heavy loads allowing space to be utilised more effectively and safely.

While forklifts are an invaluable commodity, like many things, they are not immune to mishaps. Many forks on forklifts are bare metal, meaning that the grip is possibly not at the required level. Pallets are usually made from wood, or plastic, and rely on the load upon them to help create traction, ensuring grip. Plastic pallets have a low energy surface, and if you combine this with metal forks, and the potential contaminants found in workplaces, like water and oil or grease, increases the risk of a slip.

One of Heskins customers recently got in touch with them, showing their method of increasing grip, by applying Heskins anti slip tape on to the forks of their forklifts!

By doing this, a massive increase of grip is achieved on pallets, which reduces the possibility of pallets slipping.

The application in itself is as simple as applying any of Heskins other anti slip products. By cleaning the application surface, once dry, simply peel back the backing plastic, and stick down. You can either cut to size before application, or trim to fit once application has been completed.

Heskins offer a wide range of anti slip products in various sizes, colours and finishes, many of which are perfect for slip protection on forklifts. These anti slip tapes can also be applied to footplates, steps and footwells too for maximum anti slip efficiency! Anti slip tape can be delivered cut to size, or in roll format, with custom options available dependent on order quantity.

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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.

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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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Ferguson Offshore DNV 2.7-1 4000 Litre Tote Tanks Available out of South East Asia

Ferguson , a leading supplier of offshore DNV 2.7-1 / EN12079 certified containers, tanks, refrigeration modules, accommodation and workspace modules, supplies DNV 2.7-1 offshore tote tanks from their South East Asian bases in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam.

The 4000 litre tank is used to store and transport most chemicals used in oil and gas production as its construction makes it more able to withstand the rigours of offshore work and has a lower transport cost per litre than an IBC. The tanks are part of Ferguson’s offshore DNV 2.7-1 chemical tank range, introduced in response to client demand.

IBCs are durable and light, but they are susceptible to damage and possible leakage during shipment and can burn rapidly in fire conditions.  The DNV 2.7-1 offshore tank can withstand both fire and substantial impacts due to its design and its 316 stainless steel construction weathers well in the tropical climate of the region.

Quayside, on and offloading drums of chemicals involves a significant amount of handling and once used, the drums are difficult to clean, re-use or even dispose of.  The larger capacity of the tank means that there are fewer lifts.

Simon de Koning, General Manager, Singapore welcomed the tanks.

“The tote tanks are a very cost efficient way to move cargo.  When a 1000 litre IBC is lifted as loose cargo, it takes four lifts to get 4000 litres of product on board the vessel, and thereafter onto the offshore installation, while it only takes one lift when using the 4000 litre tank. Additionally, the 4000 litre tank has a lesser footprint than four IBCs.”

Each lift increases the risk to the vessel, the cargo and the handlers, therefore a reduction in the amount of lifts means a reduction in risk.

If small volumes of product require to be transported in IBCs, the IBCs can be shipped in specially designed IBC carriers or mini containers that are designed to carry two IBCs. The Ferguson IBC mini container comes with internal tie down points and a cargo net.

When handling materials offshore, it is essential to reduce the risk to the cargo, the environment and the handlers.  Ferguson believes that their new 4000 litre tote tanks will be a key part of this process.

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Ferguson Tote Tanks Available out of Singapore

Chemical Tank 4000L


Compliant employment solutions for Oil and Gas contractor personnel



Acumen International is a single regional Employer of Record, umbrella payroll company and Oil and Gas contractor for employment services in the former Soviet Union, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe plus Central Asia.

We assist Oil and Gas companies expanding to the remotest areas within our region in search of natural resources. We also help international Oil and Gas contractor recruitment agencies meet the needs of their clients fully and compliantly. We provide employment outsourcing and umbrella payroll solutions for Oil and Gas contractors in the energy rich countries in our region, acting as a Professional Employer Organization.

Oil and Gas is one of the fields that has a great need for agility in the workforce. The projects may not always require hiring an in-house staff! That is where our Oil and Gas contractor employment solutions come in place.

If you’re looking to extend your company’s capabilities, place more contractors at your or your clients work sites, in any country within our region, resulting in more profit gain, our solution is just for you. Instead of putting interim project workers on your company payroll or setting up offices in countries where you find the fitting skill and expertise, our Oil and Gas contractor employment services will benefit your business allowing you to stay compliant with the local legislation.

What makes us unique?

  •   Unmatched speed  

Very often having remote Oil and Gas contractor personnel working for you remotely is time critical as it underpins wider business objectives to grow business and increase competitiveness. A single agreement with our UK company allows you to enter as many countries as you want whether it is 1 country or all 33 that we cover, whether it is one person or a hundred or as many as you need.

  •    Narrow Specialization highly valued in Oil and Gas field  

Nowadays it is crucial to trust Oil and Gas contractor employment to a company with project experience and narrow specialization in the Oil and Gas industry as this ensures compliant employment of the best experts as well as timely payrolling them onsite.

With our help, you or your client Oil and Gas companies get rid of any administrative hassle and gain peace of mind that their workforce are paid timely and compliantly. We render cost effective international employment, payroll and immigration services: we are officially registered as a professional employer organization (PEO) and payroll provider in a range of countries and have reliable partners in the rest of them.

  •     An unprecedented guarantee in employment outsourcing and international payroll field

We guarantee you that your or your clients personnel are paid correctly and on time. If we delay a payday even for 1 day, you receive a full 100% fee refund for that period.

With our fully compliant single point of contact services and profound understanding of your local needs, you access a pool of talent and cover wider territories gaining more profit as a result. 

We bear full responsibility for your project, employing expatriate and local personnel and payrolling them correctly on time.
For more information please contact our London Office.

UK, London, 30 Percy Street, W1T 2DB

+44 203 468 87 77


Contact person: Nataliya Oprya

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Panalpina and JDA help customers increase asset velocity


Three years ago, Panalpina announced its intention to deploy a single warehouse management system (WMS) across all of its logistics facilities throughout the world. The roll-out of the RedPrairie – now JDA – WMS is progressing ahead of schedule thanks to Panalpina’s experts in all regions and a specially developed and unique fast deployment model. To date, JDA WMS has been rolled out at more than 30 Panalpina sites globally – enabling Panalpina to optimize service levels and inventory for customers.

The WMS roll-out builds upon Panalpina’s logistics strategy to become the first 3PL (third-party logistics provider) to improve inventory management by helping customers increase asset velocity – moving products more quickly and reducing warehoused stock.

JDA WMS provides for various scan-and-validate check points throughout the warehousing process, allowing Panalpina to offer its customers a highly customizable solution. Panalpina also uses the system to track and compare the performance of its four-wall operations globally and then works towards benchmarks, for example in terms of very high inventory accuracy. JDA WMS has so far been deployed in 33 sites worldwide.

“The fast roll-out of the JDA warehouse management system worldwide is another way that Panalpina demonstrates its strategic commitment to growing in the logistics arena,” says Mike Wilson, global head of Logistics at Panalpina. “We have developed an unmatched level of in-house expertise, which we will use for the benefit of our customers to further accelerate the roll-out at our remaining logistics facilities.”

Panalpina developed its own rapid deployment model for JDA WMS in order to offer customers a standardized approach and consistent implementation process across the globe. This unique model is particularly useful to international customers whose products have short life cycles, as the deployment of the system takes place quickly and cost effectively.

Data from JDA WMS is used for advanced inventory forecasting

JDA WMS also includes a feature-rich reporting and analytics module, which can be integrated into Panalpina’s data analytics services for more accurate customer inventory and demand forecasting. Panalpina uses customer data extracted from JDA WMS to map inventories across product life cycles. Using sophisticated proprietary algorithms, Panalpina then calculates at what stage the inventory changes in order to better estimate minimum and maximum inventory holding, where to position inventory and what services to offer. Customers benefit by having a partner that can keep their products moving and minimize working capital requirements in their supply chains. Panalpina calls this approach Demand-Driven Inventory Dispositioning (D2ID).

While JDA WMS can be deployed for all industries, Panalpina has so far implemented the program mainly for its fashion and technology customers, which rely on a fast time to market. These customers benefit from the high levels of configuration available in JDA, and from specific features including multi-channel dispositioning, rapid returns processing and cross-docking.

Panalpina most recently deployed JDA WMS for a new high-end fashion customer in Italy. Panalpina’s Mendrisio fashion hub in southern Switzerland uses JDA WMS to provide the customer with inventory management and distribution services around the world. The fashion house’s merchandise is produced in northern Italy and then imported to Mendrisio, where Panalpina’s bonded warehouse can facilitate distribution within Switzerland or re-export it to Europe and other key markets.

Panalpina also offers a full returns logistics program at Mendrisio, accepting returned goods back into the facility and determining their quality, in order to return them quickly to stock in boutiques or outlet stores and maximize sales.

“JDA and our unique rapid deployment model have allowed us to offer our customers agility, speed and the flexibility to meet their needs across regions and industries. We efficiently track and manage their inventories and move their products as needed,” says Mario Leuverink, Global Head of Logistics Systems at Panalpina.

E2S Warning Signals launches two new product families at MARINTEC 2015, Shanghai

E2S Warning Signals launches two new product families at MARINTEC 2015, Shanghai

E2S Warning Signals will be attending MARINTEC China, held in Shanghai from the 1st to the 4th of December 2015. The show is the main gateway to the Asian maritime market with 58,000 visitors from 88 countries and more than 1,700 exhibiting companies from 32 countries; this year’s show is even larger.  Acknowledged as the world’s leading independent signalling manufacturer E2S will be present on Stand N3H41h within the UK pavilion and will be launching two new ranges of hazardous area signals with ATEX and IECEx approval. The stand focuses on explosion proof and intrinsically safe warning signals developed to meet the challenging needs of the oil, gas and marine industries.

The centrepiece of the stand is a preview of the new premium ‘STEx’ stainless steel explosion proof warning signal range featuring a corrosion proof 316L steel enclosure suitable for the most aggressive environments. On display for its official launch there will be the new ‘GNEx’ signal range of GRP enclosure devices ATEX & IECEx approved for Zone 1, 21; the GNExB1 and B2 beacons and the J2 junction box. Also on show is the new ‘D1x’ range, intended for NEC/CEC Class I and Class II Division 1 and Zone 1 & 20 applications. All new hazardous area signals from E2S feature seven lens colours with a UV stable polycarbonate, field replaceable filter; the alarm horns with either traditional flared horns or an omni-directional compact radial horn. Threaded flame paths enable quick installation and simplify maintenance inspection whilst the innovative internal arrangement maximises wiring space.

Accompanying the new product ranges are the ‘D2x’ and ‘E2x’ alarm horns and combination signals approved to UL, cULs, ATEX & IECEx Class I & II Div 2 and Zone 2 & 22 alongside the industry standard ‘BEx’ explosion proof and the IS intrinsically safe product ranges.

UK-based Sales and Marketing Director Neal Porter will be present to answer questions and talk about the new product releases and to introduce Colin Tan, the company’s new Sales Manager for the ME and APAC regions.


Rubb UK to refurbish and regenerate facilities for Ministry of Defence


UK’s Ministry of Defence has been working together closely with the innovative fabric buildings specialist, Rubb for over 35 years. Rubb has recently showcased benefits of the company’s Expeditionary Forces Aircraft Shelter System (EFASS) including post-use storage and refurbishment.

Rubb began work on the construction of six military warehouses for Operation Herrick in Afghanistan during 2010. These impressive structures measured 100m by 25m each.

Military storage warehouses were supplied to the Output Section of the Expeditionary Campaign Infrastructure (ECI) project team – responsible for successfully establishing equipment infrastructure in Helmand Province.

These structures will be returned to Rubb throughout 2015/2016 with the first two shelters to be converted, at the Gateshead Rubb plant, into five new aircraft hangars following inspection, necessary repairs and cleaning.

Rubb Sales Manager, Andy Knox, commented on the refurbishment of these hangars in Gateshead saying: “We will then add the components needed to turn these buildings into two shorter hangars measuring 25m x 40m, each featuring one Heli-Door and one closed gable end”.

With numerous military shelters deployed around the world many are scheduled to be returned to UK. The modular nature of fabric structure buildings means that their aluminium framing system, steel components and PVC covers can be reused to modify their nature as required.

Rubb Managing Director Ian Hindmoor said: “We are always looking for ways to add value to the products and services we provide. This process is an excellent example of the varied way we can service our client base.”

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New EU Directive Safety Case Compliance with Marex support

New EU Directive Safety Case Compliance with Marex support

Computational  Fluid Dynamics


Incidents, in particular the Deepwater Horizon incident in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010, have raised public awareness of the risks involved in offshore oil and gas operations and have prompted a review of policies aimed at ensuring the safety of such operations. The Macondo incident highlighted the offshore oil and gas industry’s lack of universal mandatory safety procedures. In particular, it suggested a fragmented regulatory structure and lack of any overarching, cohesive legislative framework. The European Commission (EC) concluded that the existing divergent and fragmented regulatory framework applying to the safety of offshore oil and gas operations in Europe, along with current industry safety practices, did not provide adequate assurance that risks from offshore accidents were minimised throughout the Union. The EU, therefore, adopted the Offshore Safety Directive on 10 June 2013.

The implementation of the EU directive means that organisations will have to revise their safety cases over the next few years to allow them to comply with the updated regulations, which have more environmentally focussed considerations. As far as the UK is concerned, the majority of the Offshore Safety Directive’s requirements have been transposed into national law by the Offshore Installations (Offshore Safety Directive) (Safety Case etc) Regulations 2015. The new regulations came into force on the 19th of July, 2015 and are set up to reduce, as far as possible, the occurrence of major accidents relating to offshore oil and gas operations and to limit their consequences.

The new directive changes the way the regulators are set up to allow for a more unified level of response throughout the European Union. The directive also required the creation of an offshore competent authority. DECC and HSE, working in partnership, have now established the Offshore Safety Directive Regulator (OSDR). HSE and DECC’s legislation has been updated to fully implement the directive. This includes changes to existing legislation, as well as introducing new requirements.

The main changes between the new regulations and the existing UK offshore safety and environmental regime include:

  • The creation of an independent offshore competent authority
  • Integrating the management of safety and environmental risks, which impacts on the safety case, well notification, independent verification scheme and well examination requirements
  • Introduction of independent verification for environmental critical elements
  • Requirements for the production of a corporate major accident prevention policy
  • Specific requirements for oil pollution emergency plans
  • New requirements on liability for environmental damage
  • Duties on operators to report a range of new incidents and dangerous occurrences to the competent authority
  • Requirements on the competent authority to report a range of information, including the findings of their major accident investigations, to the EC
  • Duties on operators registered in the Member States to report major accidents that occur outside of Europe
  • Transitional arrangements covering existing installations and wells

In so far as the safety regime is concerned, a transitional period has been granted for existing installations, allowing parties involved with ongoing operations until 19 July 2018 to comply with the new regulations. Otherwise, the regulations will apply from 19 July 2016.

Preparation of safety cases to comply with the regulations requires great amounts of planning and preparation. Many of the major drilling contractors in the UKCS prefer to utilise the services of specialist risk consultancy companies, such as Marex Marine and Risk Consultancy, for the compilation of the safety cases and to facilitate the risk studies required. Risk studies can be categorised into qualitative and quantitative.

BowtieXP is one such program utilised in providing qualitative risk assessments. The software allows highly skilled employees to thoroughly analyse, with input from the client’s workforce, all potential hazards that could impact offshore assets. The software allows the tailoring of barriers to the possible threats that could initiate an event and the measures in place to prevent an event from escalating into a disaster. Through this, operators can ensure that concerns on safety aboard their offshore fleets are adequately addressed, while simultaneously providing a point of reference for the workforce. The software allows for several levels of information to be provided with each barrier, from those responsible for the actions described by a barrier, to lists of safety critical equipment associated with a prevention mechanism. Identification of Safety and Environmental Critical Elements (SECEs) can be one of the outcomes from this process, which is referred to as Major Accident Hazard Risk Assessment (MAHRA). The duty holder is responsible to create performance standards for the SECEs and develop a Written Scheme of Verification for the installation or the well. An independent verification body should be appointed by the duty holder to carry out the verification process to ensure that the SECEs are fit for purpose and continue to be so throughout the life of the installation.

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Some cases might require an in-depth quantitative analysis of the impacts of fires, gas releases or explosions using complex modelling software. These programs operate on the principles of fluid mechanics to compute the fluid dynamics of the spread of gases, explosion overpressures and radiant energy released by fires. The software used includes PHAST and Kameleon FireEx (KFX), depending on the level of detail required by the duty holder. The results of these analyses are used in safety cases, and can also be used in producing risk analyses, either as supporting material or as standalone documents.

In some instances, availability studies, Failure Mode and Effects Analyses (FMEAs) and its extension, Failure Mode and Criticality Effects Analyses (FMECAs) would also be required. These assessments statistically analyse vital equipment offshore, such as the fire detection systems, to ensure that no one risk factor will dominate the equation or disrupt critical systems during an emergency.

The professional expertise of risk specialist companies can be utilised beyond the confines of the office and conference rooms. Carrying out compartment studies, human factors assessments and PUWER assessments on board vessels and installations are all essential parts of compliance with the regulatory structure surrounding offshore operations in the North Sea.

Due to the pace that the industry moves, it can be easy to overlook potential events that have an extremely low level of probability but potentially high consequences. A company that has not had a major incident for an extended period of time is no more or less at risk of a major incident, hence preparation is the key.  Since its inception nearly 20 years ago, Marex has completed over 200 safety cases (new submissions, thorough reviews and material changes) for major drilling contractors in the industry. Marex’s highly skilled team members are already assisting companies with the revision of safety case changes that have to be made, courtesy of the new EU directive. Ian McDougall, MD, said, ‘In doing this, Marex are providing a system of documentation to their client that will enable informed decisions to be made concerning all aspects of worker and workplace risk and safety and assist in identifying, minimizing and eliminating risk to their employees, their assets and the environment.’ For more information, please visit the website or contact Marex directly.

Heskins Thick Safety Grip Now Available


Heskins are proud to announce that H3404 2mm safety grip is now available for order. Thick Safety Grip™ now allows business to kit out their factories to ensure effective slip prevention, that also provide slight cushioning and reduce leg fatigue on a production line. It can also be applied into recesses that are considered trip hazards.

Heskins made the decision to produce thick Safety Grip™ after the demand became great. The reason Heskins had to ensure the demand was there, was simply due to the commitment that would have to be made to produce it. Many of our production and post production machines were modified to produce thick Safety Grip™ to the same quality standards as all the other Heskins products.

Investment was also made into a new range of high-volume crush cut blade holders. The reason this was necessary was due to the thickness. Heskins anti slip tapes are generally no thicker than 1.4mm. While the difference of .6mm doesn’t seem great, the adhesive applied to the base increases this thickness further, making it more difficult to cut.

Now the modifications are in place, Heskins have added a versatile new anti slip product into the range, and like all others, can be slit in rolls ranging from 20mm up to 1170mm, all 18.3m in length.

Heskins H3404 thick Safety Grip™ is available at a very competitive price, and if you would like to place an order, or enquire further, you can contact Heskins by phone or email.

Floor Demarcation and Colour Referencing in the Workplace

Floor Demarcation and Colour Referencing in the Workplace

When it comes to 5S and floor demarcation in the workplace, there are many guidelines, of which many provide very little insight.

A quote often used is ““In lean manufacturing, the general rule of thumb is that anyone should be able to walk into a workplace and identify the flow of work being done within 60 seconds.”

Keeping this quote in mind, for someone venturing into this for the first time, finding the right information before implementation is a tough task. Many options are available for floor marking and signage products to allow you to begin optimisation of floor demarcation, which in the first instance will be a tough task without the correct information to hand.

Depending on the function of your workplace will naturally determine how you proceed, do you want to optimise what is currently working? Or do you want to start from scratch to improve the whole process? We believe that Heskins can help you provide a strong starting point by defining the regulated and approved colours to identify and optimise key workflow areas in your business.

Heskins products are always manufactured in regulation colours, from anti slip tape, to floor marking systems, Heskins products can be used to create a full, optimised workflow demarcation system. heskins-ltd-colour-guidelines

Demarcation Area Black

Demarcation Area Black

Workplace 5s Walkway

Workplace 5s Walkway

5S colours are as follows:

Yellow – Highlights an area that is to be treated with caution. Mainly used for aisleways and walkways, more often than not because these areas could cross with other working processes, such as forklift traffic or other foot traffic.

Red – Highlights danger or can relate to fire. Red alerts people or vehicles that they need to stop before proceeding, or to notify people where fire fighting equipment is available, if it of course can.

Blue – Marks out information, or can be used to hold equipment or machinery that is out of order.

Green – Notifies an area of safety, whether that be a first aid point or notice, or a walkway that is out of the way of potential dangers.

Orange – Used to mark out zones where vehicles are stored or for areas where vehicles operate. Combining yellow and red with this creates a traffic system that is safe and organised.

Black/Yellow – Notifies of potential hazards and to proceed with caution. Areas that store potentially harmful chemicals or areas that can only be entered with additional safety measures.

Red/White – Notification to keep an area clear at all times. Emergency access or electrical points are two such areas that benefit from these markings.

White – Indication of an area where production or work processes are ongoing.

Black – Completed jobs are put in these areas, indicating the job is complete.

For a full colour reference guide for Heskins products and general 5S colour references, you can download the colour reference guide heskins-ltd-colour-guidelines. The Heskins colour guide refers to regulations for all of Europe.

Heskins offer other colours, as well as custom production, so dependent on order quantities, you can get the perfect anti slip or floor marking solution for your workplace. Get in touch


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