Working to maintain much of the UK’s infrastructure

In 2014 alone, Amey PLC have purchased a large number of Cygnus 2 Hands Free ultrasonic thickness gauges to maintain much of the UK’s infrastructure that people rely on every day.

Cygnus Instruments Ltd are the leading manufacturer of multiple echo ultrasonic thickness gauges that are used in many industrial applications worldwide. So far this year, Cygnus have sold over 60 thickness gauges to Amey PLC who provide a wide range of services to the public and regulated sectors. Read more…

AVEVA opens new office in Saudi Arabia

AVEVA today announced the opening of its new office in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The new office strengthens its presence in the Middle East and further enhances its growing global network. The office will offer sales and support for all of AVEVA’s solutions and services, with particular focus on Owner Operators (OOs) and Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPCs) contractors in the very important oil & gas and power sectors. Read more…

Monitoring HMS A7 using a Cygnus underwater thickness gauge

A team of divers from the A7 Project purchased a Cygnus DIVE underwater ultrasonic thickness gauge so that they could measure the metal thickness of the HMS A7 submarine to determine the current condition of the submarine and to monitor its deterioration over time.

The A7 Project is part of The SHIPS Project (Shipwrecks and History in Plymouth Sound), which is being run by a local group of divers and shipwreck enthusiasts.  The main aim of the project is to record the long maritime history of Plymouth and the nearby area and in doing so also raise awareness of their historic and varied maritime heritage.  By documenting, recording, mapping and publishing this information it will help to ensure these archaeological sites are preserved and  appropriately maintained.  This is important for a whole host of reasons including, remembrance, conservation, historic value and for future generations. Read more…

Total, BG Group and Repsol join well intervention conference

Did you know only 37% of North Sea well intervention demand is met by current supplier capability? Due to this over 300 key operators and contractors will meet at the Offshore Well Intervention Conference in Aberdeen (April 15-16: ) to address this challenge and plan future projects.

Intervention decision makers from Total, BG Group, Repsol, Tullow Oil and Wintershall will be sharing project case studies, best practice and new analysis, showing you exactly how to position your company for future well work, including:

• Total, and BG Group delivering new planning and contracting models that can cut costs and support the economic execution of intervention projects with tight budgets

• A detailed North Sea market forecast with an in-depth analysis of intervention demand for 2015/2016, technology needs and contractor requirements to aid business planning

• Exclusive operator case studies from Repsol, Wintershall and Tullow Oil, giving you access to the latest lessons learned to drive efficiencies across your future well programmes

Download the full brochure to access the detailed agenda and exclusive discounts at

With other analysis and case studies from AKOFS Offshore, Altus Intervention, Baker Hughes, Helix, Schlumberger, Island Offshore and many more I know this is a vital opportunity for your business.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask,

Tommy Angell

Director | Offshore Network Ltd.
t: +44 (0) 203 411 9184 | e:

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Offshore Well Intervention Report

In conjunction with the Robert Gordon University, Offshore Network have released a focussed North Sea well intervention report. I thought you’d be interested to have a look as the report contains:

• A full subsea well intervention analysis, including a review of past trends, project types and contracted vessels to help you develop your subsea strategy

• An examination of intervention risk management, and specifically how collective well data can greatly reduce component failure rates and improve project success

• A review of future technology and process requirements needed to ensure well interventions are executed efficiently and contribute to the sustainability of the UKCS market

You can access the full report at

I hope this information aids your North Sea intervention strategy, and I welcome any feedback or comments you may have.

Tommy Angell

Director | Offshore Network Ltd.
t: +44 (0) 203 411 9184 | e:

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SMD supply Quasar MkII ROV to Jan de Nul

Industry leader in dredging and marine construction activities Jan de Nul have confirmed an order with SMD for a Quasar MkII 150hp 3000m rated work class remotely operated vehicle (ROV). The high specification system including Tophat Tether Management System, A-Frame, Umbilical Winch and dual control system (vessel bridge and control cabin) will be delivered in the second quarter of this year.

SMD is one of the world’s leading subsea engineering companies designing and manufacturing Work Class ROVs, trenching systems, and subsea mining machines. They have a worldwide customer base operating in oil and gas, telecoms, mining, salvage, renewables, defence and scientific markets, with offices in the UK, USA, Singapore and Brazil. Read more…

AVEVA boosts Promer’s project quality and efficiency

AVEVA today announced that Promer Consultancy and Engineering Company has selected its Integrated Engineering & Design solutions for major engineering projects, with customers including Turkey’s largest oil & gas Owner Operator. In order to meet the requirements for increased project efficiency and higher quality deliverables, Promer will deploy the AVEVA solutions on greenfield energy and mining projects. It will also utilise the out-of-the-box capabilities of AVEVA Everything3D™ to read LFM Software Limited’s laser scan datasets to reduce rework on brownfield oil & gas revamp projects. Read more…

Kongsberg Maritime: Aalesund University College Upgrades to All-New K-Sim Navigation Simulator

Aalesund University College has become one of the first Kongsberg Maritime simulator users to migrate to the cutting-edge new simulator technology platform, K-Sim Navigation. In a contract signed on January 6th 2015 following an open tender by the College, Kongsberg Maritime will deliver a new K-Sim Navigation aft and forward bridge configuration, which is DNV Class B compliant with an integrated DP2 simulator. Installation is scheduled for May 2015. The University College has also signed a contract for an upgrade of all hardware of the College’s existing KONGSBERG Polaris ship’s bridge simulators to K-Sim Navigation. Read more…

General Cable Enhances Leadership Team with Promotions and Names Chief Compliance Officer

General Cable Corporation (NYSE:BGC) today announced that the Board of Directors has approved the promotion and appointment of the following executives, effective immediately.

  • Emerson C. Moser has been named Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary and a member of the Operating Committee. Emerson was previously Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary and had been serving as the Company’s interim Chief Legal Officer since July 2014.
  • Sonya Reed has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO). Sonya was previously the Company’s Senior Vice President, CHRO.
  • Kurt L. Drake has joined the Company as Senior Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer and will be a member of the Operating Committee. Kurt has 19 years of experience in compliance and finance and held the Chief Compliance Officer position at PPG Industries immediately prior to joining General Cable.

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Kongsberg Maritime Completes Supply of High Performance CCTV System Upgrade for USNS Zeus (T-ARC-7)

Kongsberg Maritime has successfully completed a project to supply a new Horizon Marine CCTV System upgrade for the ‘USNS Zeus’. The new system replaces the first large vessel CCTV System supplied by Kongsberg Maritime, originally delivered to the USNS Zeus in 2002.

The CCTV system has been fully upgraded in two phases culminating in final delivery in November 2014. The Kongsberg Horizon CCTV range is a scalable harsh environment marine platform that incorporates a combination of high quality in-house design with modified off the shelf (MOTS) video camera stations, telemetry and control components. Read more…

Claxton becomes number one supplier with 5000th conductor centralizer installation

Claxton, an Acteon company, has installed more than 5000 conductor guide centralizers, making the company the market leader for conductor centralizer installation in the North Sea.

Conductor centralizers form the interface between the platform jacket and well conductor, assuring vital conductor integrity. Having supplied a range of conductor and structural centralizers to major operators since 1992, Claxton has become the leading North Sea supplier. A recent major project using Claxton’s designs was the Total Martin Linge development, and Claxton is currently working on large orders for a number of other operators in the UK and Norway. Read more…

New HVAC Workspace Unit First to Pass Def Stan 00-35 Environmental Test

The Ferguson Group, global specialists in the provision of offshore DNV 2.7-1 / EN12079 containers, tanks, baskets, workspace and accommodation solutions, has unveiled a new HVAC system for its workspace modules, which will protect workers from high temperatures and excessive humidity levels whilst offshore.

The new HVAC system has been installed in the new workspace modules that are en-route to bases in the Middle East and later to Singapore.  It has been designed to maintain tolerable working conditions for offshore workers close to the actual wellhead, and other excessively hot and humid environments. Even under this stress, the interior of the workspace unit remains at a constant temperature. Read more…

General Motors issues official approval for HUBER+SUHNER cable families

The RADOX® 155S FLR (cross-sections 0.35 mm2 – 6 mm2) and RADOX 155 (cross-sections 8 mm2 – 120 mm2) from HUBER+SUHNER have been approved for use in General Motors (GM) vehicles with immediate effect. The cables can be used as battery connections and to supply power to peripherals such as the air-conditioning or parking systems. The RADOX® 155S FLR is already installed in some GM vehicles as the control cable for the direct fuel injection system.

The approval removes the need for the extensive release process for Tier 2 or Tier 1 as the cables can now be used without further verification. As a result, it will be easier for HUBER+SUHNER to be considered as a supplier for new vehicle models in the future. Read more…

AVEVA acquires 8over8 Limited

AVEVA today announced that it has acquired 8over8 Limited (8over8). This acquisition provides the software platform for AVEVA to address the current global need for increased project control, capital discipline, minimising project overruns, and delivering improved efficiency in operations.

8over8’s flagship product is ProCon, a risk management software platform that connects Owner Operators (OOs) and Engineering Procurement Construction companies (EPCs) throughout the project life cycle. ProCon can be deployed on site, or through a privately managed cloud, providing real-time risk management for major capital projects. Trusted to manage contract execution in multi-billion dollar capital projects globally, ProCon is firmly established in the largest capital-intensive energy projects in the world. Read more…

Brent Crude Oil Falls To US$53 In Light Of Dwindling Demand

The price of Brent crude oil fell by 6% to US$53 on the 5th of January, signalling the worst first Monday of the year on record for the UK’s bluechip index. With West Texas Intermediate also dropping to a five year low of US$50, there is a growing concern between investors, that a weakening demand could see a further decline in weeks to come.

The latest slump, which has seen the price of Brent Crude oil half from this time last year, is further evidence of OPEC’s decision to continue at the same production rate, despite the current dwindling demand for oil.

As Brent crude decreases, economic growth is expected to increase, as lower oil prices will see business costs cut and disposable incomes grow. In particular, UK consumer spending is currently overseeing the benefits, as supermarkets reduce fuel prices by up to 2p a litre.

Source: Red Mist Media

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Deloitte: Licensing Rounds

Alaska Beaufort Sea, North Slope and North Slope Foothills Areawide Lease Sale preliminary results 2014

The Alaska Department of Natural Resources (ADNR), Division of Oil and Gas (DO&G), has announced the offering of state lands for competitive oil and gas leasing in the Beaufort Sea Areawide (BS 20114W), North Slope Areawide (NS 2014W) and North Slope Foothills Areawide (FH 2014) Lease sales which took place on the 17 November 2014.

For more information, please visit Alaska Beaufort Sea, North Slope and North Slope Foothills Areawide Lease Sale preliminary results 2014

Alaska National Petroleum Reserve 2014 Lease Sale results

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Alaska has announced the results of the 2014 Lease Sale in the National Petroleum Reserve that took place on 19 November 2014 in Anchorage.

The lease sale covered approximately 3 million acres (12,141 square kilometres) divided into 270 tracts. The tracts were separated into High Potential (approx. 5,700 acres / 23.1 square kilometres ) and Low Potential (approx. 11,500 acres / 46.5 square kilometres) tracts. The seven tracts covered an area of 66,600 acres (2.69 square kilometres) and brought inUSD658,978.20 in high bids.

For more information, please visit Alaska National Petroleum Reserve 2014 Lease Sale results

Australian proposed Offshore Petroleum Acreage Release 2015

On 9 December 2014, the Department of Industry within the Australian Government released 28 proposed areas for the 2015 Offshore Petroleum Exploration Acreage Release, spanning across 7 basins. Release areas will be finalised when the Minister for Industry, Hon Ian Macfarlane, announces the commencement of the 2015 Acreage Release during the APPEA conference on 18 May 2015.

The full list of proposed areas offered can be found by clicking on the link below.

For more information, please visit Australian proposed Offshore Petroleum Acreage Release 2015

23 new blocks are offered in Russia in November 2014

The Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation offered 23 new blocks for exploration and production in November 2014.

For more information, please visit 23 new blocks are offered in Russia in November 2014

New Zealand 2014 Block Offer results

The New Zealand Petroleum & Minerals Division, within the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment, has released the results of the 2014 Block Offer. A total of 15 exploration permits were awarded of which 9 are offshore.

For more information, please visit New Zealand 2014 Block Offer results

New Zealand Proposed 2015 Block Offer

The New Zealand Petroleum & Minerals Division, within the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment, has made available the proposed areas of the 2015 block offer.

The proposed block offer consists of four offshore and three onshore release areas spanning over 470,600 square kilometres.

For more information, please visit New Zealand Proposed 2015 Block Offer

Nadra Ukrayny 20th Open Competition results

The Ukrainian National Joint-Stock Company Nadra Ukrayny held the 20th Open Competition to attract investors to finance search, exploration and other activities in the licence areas of the company and its subsidiaries.

The bidding took place on 30 September 2014 and 12 hydrocarbon permits were offered for bid with 4 permits were awarded.

For more information, please visit Nadra Ukrayny 20th Open Competition results

Nadra Ukrayny announces the 21st, 22nd and 23rd Open Competition

The Ukrainian National Joint-Stock Company Nadra Ukrayny, on the basis of decisions taken by the Board, announced in November 2014 a further three tenders for three different onshore hydrocarbon areas. This is with the aim to attract investors to conduct prospecting, exploration, mining and other activities at special subsoil permits which belong to subsidiaries of Nadra Ukrayny.

The closing dates for submission of applications was 4, 9 and 10 December 2014, for 21st, 22nd and 23rd Open Competition, respectively.

For more information, please visit Nadra Ukrayny announces the 21st, 22nd and 23rd Open Competition

Fourth 2014 auction in Ukraine for sale of special subsoil permits

On 22 November 2014, the State Service of Geology and Mineral Resources of Ukraine announced the fourth auction for the sale of special subsoil permits which includes three hydrocarbon blocks.

All three hydrocarbon permits have been offered within the Second auction for special permits that took place on 12 November 2014.

The auction took place on 24 December 2014 at the State Service of Geology and Mineral Resources of Ukraine.

For more information, please visit Fourth 2014 auction in Ukraine for sale of special subsoil permits


Borealis to appeal Finnish tax authority re-assessment

Borealis, a leading provider in the fields of polyolefins, base chemicals and fertilizers, has received a re-assessment decision from the Finnish tax authority for its Finnish subsidiary Borealis Technology Oy regarding the year 2008. The Finnish tax authority requests Borealis to pay an additional total amount of EUR 281.7 million comprising of taxes, late payment interest and penalties. Read more…

Conductor Installation Services (CIS)

CIS pride them self on being the only company in the world that is 100% focused on the process of installing conductors, taking a resolute approach to the quality of their processes, people and equipment.

As a result, CIS can be trusted to take full project management responsibility for the entire process of installing conductors – anywhere in the world Read more…

New harsh environment fiber optic connectors from HUBER+SUHNER deliver best in class performance, packing density and environmental protection

Global connectivity solutions company HUBER+SUHNER has set a new benchmark for outdoor fiber optic connectivity with the launch of its new Q-ODC®-12 interface for industrial and FTTA applications. Designed to be the smallest and most robust products in their class, the new connectors also have the highest fiber density – based on the proven QN push-pull mating system. Q-ODC®-12 connectors are similar in size to the two-fiber Q-ODC® but can connect up to 12 fibers in a single mating step. Read more…

Enhancements On The International Space Station (ISS) On Its Way

After close to 350 million AIS messages from over 142 000 different unique ships, the highly successful NORAIS ship-detection system from KONGSBERG/FFI on the International Space Station is to be upgraded. The next generation NORAIS 2 has several enhancements compared to the original NORAIS and is scheduled to be launched on the autonomous space vehicle, SpaceX on December 19.

The Columbus AIS (COLAIS) experiment began in June 2010, detecting signals from Automatic Identification System (AIS) units, mostly carried on a mandatory basis by all commercial vessels. Read more…

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