Pulse motion and strain monitoring system validates new riser design in the Gulf of Mexico

Pulse, an Acteon company, has designed, manufactured and installed a powerful motion and strain monitoring system to verify the design of the first lazy-wave steel riser system to be installed in the Gulf of Mexico.

The monitoring program at Anadarko’s Constitution spar in the Green Canyon area of the Gulf of Mexico started in 2012 and has enabled validation of the riser design against analytical models and verified riser system integrity during a hurricane event. Pulse was selected because of its understanding of the technical challenges and ability to meet a very tight deadline: the entire monitoring system was designed, manufactured and delivered in less than six weeks. Read more…

Saudi Arabia price cut hits oil market, as oil price drops to US$80.64 all-time low

The OPEC daily basket price has dropped to US$80.64 a barrel on Monday 3rd November 2014, compared to the rise in price to US$82.44 a barrel on Tuesday 28th October 2014.

Saudi Arabia had made an unexpected move by cutting its US crude price, either in an attempt to compete with buyers, or as some have seen it, a negative move towards the production of shale in the US.

The move was also in line with a raise in price for other regions, such as Asia and Europe, therefore indicating that Saudi Arabia is less worried about its market share.

The drop in oil prices has also hit the Russian economy, which is heavily dependent on oil.

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Bowtech support Wear it Pink for Breast Cancer Campaign

Staff at Bowtech Products Ltd, a global market leader in subsea vision systems, raised over £700 for Breast Cancer Campaign by turning PINK for the day!

Bowtech staff came to work on Thursday 30 October dressed in PINK and held a bake sale with many cakes and bakes continuing the PINK theme. Staff raised £351.10 on the day which was matched by the company to double the donation to the charity. Read more…

Osiris Projects 2014 survey schedule for the Celtic Interconnector project nears completion

Osiris Projects are close to completion of the field work of a large scale cable route survey of the proposed 700+MW HVDC Celtic Interconnector Project between the south coast of Ireland and the northwest coast of France.

Jointly awarded by EirGrid and RTE, the 2014 programme has included a geophysical survey of the route, with geotechnical and benthic surveys to be conducted during 2015. Read more…

Draeger: Respirator for your Emergency Response Plan

With any process involving hazardous materials, the primary goal is to prevent the release of the substance. However, there should also be a means of protecting workers in the event that those controls fail or do not function as designed.

According to several regional regulations and recommendations, e.g for the US OSHA 29 CFR 1910.110 Appendix C (Compliance Guidelines and Recommendations for Process Safety Management), risk assessments need to be undertaken and counter measures must be implemented. Personnel working with any hazardous process should be protected by at least three lines of defense. These lines of defense must operate in unison to provide an effective hazard control plan. You can think of this approach as a 3 step approach in evaluating working with hazardous materials…

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Dräger wins two iF design awards

Dräger’s HPS 7000 firefighter’s helmet and the Parat escape hood series have received the iF product design award 2014 in the industry / skilled trades category.

For 60 years, the iF product design award has been a globally renowned trademark when it comes to outstanding design. The iF brand has become an international symbol for outstanding achievements in design. Read more…

Osiris Projects prepare to launch Bibby Athena

Seabed mapping specialists Osiris Hydrographic & Geophysical Projects are making final preparations to launch their latest custom build survey vessel ‘Bibby Athena.’

Due to launch before the end of 2014, Bibby Athena will build on the capabilities of the very successful sister vessel, Bibby Tethra, with a number of subtle changes to reflect the company’s development into a more challenging offshore market. Read more…

New environmental monitoring solution for gas hydrate exploration and production to be developed as part of ‘sugar’ EU project

Kongsberg Maritime Embient, with KONGSBERG partner company Contros Systems and Solutions, has been selected to develop and deliver innovative technologies and strategies for environmental monitoring during Gas Hydrate exploration and production as part of the EU ‘SUGAR’ (Submarine Gas Hydrate Reservoirs) project.

Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology started the 3rd phase of the more than €10 million joint project SUGAR at the beginning of October 2014. The project is a ground-breaking initiative in Gas Hydrate exploration, production and monitoring. The third phase will last three years and will lead into a European venture with world-wide impact for Gas Hydrates as a new energy source. Read more…

Claxton Engineering: Retrofitting conductor centralizers to extend asset life

Claxton Engineering recently carried out an interview with their product leader for structures, Ann Vicens. The focus was on retrofitting conductor centralizers and raising awareness of integrity issues that may arise as a result of centralizer failure.

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RUD VWBG Load ring

Suitable for loads that swivel & tilt: swivels 360 degrees and pivot 180 degrees

RUD offer a wide range of lifting and lashing applications, which include both welded and threaded types, covering a working load capacity range from 0.6 to 200 tonne. Offering over 500 different tested and certified lifting/lashing points. Read more…

Oil price stabilizes at US$82.44 a barrel amidst new low 2015 predictions

Straight after predictions that the price per barrel of oil would not fall below US$80, the price of oil of 12 crudes has stabilized this week, remaining above US$82 per barrel, standing at US$82.44 a barrel on Tuesday, 28th October 2014, compared with US$82.37 the previous day.

This comes, however amidst new claims, according to Goldman Sachs, that the price of US crude is due to fall as low as US$70 per barrel in 2015.

The new figure has been said to be due to the world producing more oil than it needs, and falling demand due to China’s demand lowering and the US shale boom.

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UAE Upstream Production

The UAE is one of the world’s top 10 oil producers and exporters with more than 95 per cent of the country’s oil and gas produced in the area around Abu Dhabi. The country which is a founding member of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) is the world’s second-largest exporter of petroleum, primarily due to the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC). However, with the likelihood of a new major discovery considered small, oil and gas production in UAE has mainly been based on the ADCO concession. This major project was signed with some of the largest oil and gas companies such as BP, Exxon Mobil and Shell in the early 1970s. As the field’s depletion rates started to rise, it became essential for the petroleum companies to invest money on enhanced oil recovery (EOR) techniques to increase the extraction rates of the country’s mature oil and gas fields, while it was only in 2008 when the first new concession was offered by the emirate in more than 20 years. Read more…

Unique Wellube Contracted by ADMA-OPCO to Supply Seal Plugs for Significant Pipeline Isolation Project

A division of Unique Maritime Group (UMG) which is one of the world’s leading integrated turnkey subsea and offshore solution providers, Unique Wellube was recently contracted by Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (ADMA-OPCO) for the supply and engineering of mechanical seal plugs for a significant pipeline isolation project.

ADMA-OPCO is a major producer of oil and gas from the offshore areas of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The Company prides itself in being a pioneering petroleum organisation in the Middle East, having completed over 52 years of oil and gas production. Read more…

L-3 MAPPS to Replace St. Lucie Plant Simulator I/O System

L-3 MAPPS announced today that it has received another order from Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) to replace the input/output (I/O) system on the St. Lucie Plant full scope simulator. The I/O system is responsible for relaying operator actions to the simulation computer and for providing operators with visual cues (indications and alarms) to operate the plant. The project is part of FPL’s strategy to modernize the simulator and address obsolescence issues with the original components of the simulator delivered 30 years ago. The project is underway and is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2015. Read more…

Tube Tech International – Developing Game Changer Technology

Tube Tech International is the global leader in research led, high tech cleaning and inspection services. Tube Tech constantly develop tried and tested, step change methods to solve heavy industries most difficult cleaning challenges across the world. Read more…

Claxton Dubai awarded multi-well slot recovery campaign in the Middle East

Claxton Engineering, an Acteon company, has been awarded a 12-month contract for multiple well slot recoveries in the Arabian Gulf, enabling a field operator to extend the economic life of its platform and well assets. Read more…

Scapa Cable Wrapping Tape Solutions

Over 100 years of experience in the development, manufacture and supply of cable wrapping tapes to the global cable industry gives Scapa a pedigree you can count on. With this know-how as a backdrop Scapa now has one of the widest ranges of water blocking and standard cable tapes in the industry and are a key supplier and reference partner to most of the world’s top manufacturers of power, subsea, control, data and fibre optic cables.

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Attracting Women to the Energy Sector

Fingers cold to the bone and dirt covered nails. The ‘protective’ hard hat constantly slides to one side. Steel cap boots squeeze tight at your feet, yet they remain cold and damp. An image that is not usually associated with a woman in the workplace and yet this scenario is becoming an increased reality. Read more…

Oil price rises, meeting predictions that it won’t fall below US$80

The oil price has jumped up in price since last week, when it had dropped nearly US$10 in the space of a month. The basket price of 12 crudes stood at US$$82.48 a barrel Friday, 24th October 2014.

This goes in line with the prediction that the price of oil will not drop below US$80.

Demand is the main issue for the drop, due to China’s demand dropping and production increasing in non-OPEC based countries.

The US shale industry is a key driver in the international market place now, which is also having an affect the oil price change.

Deepwater subsea infrastructure

Deepwater subsea infrastructure includes many key subsea systems and components, connecting wells, manifolds and subsea templates to flowlines, pipelines and risers, which are then connected to the production vessel. The subsea developments in the North Sea are both shallow and deepwater, and although producing oil and gas from deepwater is not new to the industry, it is becoming more essential as the operators are forced to explore and then produce deeper and harder to reach oil targets.

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