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As you know, oil and gas operators in the GCC have thousands of mature wells which have varying degrees of integrity challenges. As E&P teams continue to venture into harsher environments, well integrity management is becoming an increasingly important component of any production operation, especially as consequences of not managing these issues correctly include fire hazards, environmental damage and millions of dollars in workover costs. 

Join leading NOCs at the Middle East Well Integrity Conference (27-28 April 2015, Abu Dhabi), to address key challenges being faced in the region. You’ll learn about the challenges Middle East companies are facing in preventing, detecting and repairing integrity problems in wells directly from leading operating oil and gas companies.

Take advantage of the special online offer – book online now http://bit.ly/1IuKSm4 with the code ‘19595.002-CC’ to enjoy a 15% discount off the standard price that we are giving away in light of the spring break. (Only valid for credit card bookings)  Read more…

HUBER+SUHNER receives best supplier award from ThyssenKrupp Presta France S.A.S.

On 11 March, HUBER+SUHNER was given the Supplier Award for 2014 in Florange, Frances by the ThyssenKrupp international industrial group. This is the fourth time that Martin Elmer’s Injection Moulding team has received this award.

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ThyssenKrupp has relied for several years on premium-quality products by HUBER+SUHNER. About 1 million individual components per month are delivered to the location in France. HUBER+SUHNER also supplies locations in the Principality of Liechtenstein, Mexico, Brazil and China. The customer was satisfied with our deliveries to France at all levels. The products were delivered in good time, and deadlines were met; HUBER+SUHNER supports the customer with great service at all times, and the customer had no complaints about the supply quality. Thanks to its flawless supply chain, HUBER+SUHNER was able to assert itself in competition with 180 other suppliers, and was selected to receive the Supplier Award for 2014. Read more…

Digital Asset approach delivers significant financial benefits for EPCs and OOs

AVEVA has announced today the release of a new business paper: “The Digital Asset Approach – Defining a new era of collaboration in capital projects and asset operations”. This paper focuses on the importance of the Digital Asset for both Engineering, Procurement, & Construction companies (EPCs) and Owner Operators (OOs). One of the consistent challenges in both major capital projects and asset operations is the availability to all stakeholders of trusted information for effective and timely decision-making. Through the collaborative creation, sharing and maintenance of a Digital Asset throughout the life cycle of its physical equivalent, all parties can improve their collective business processes and increase ROI. Read more…

General Cable Announces Sale of Its Interests in Joint Ventures Located in Fiji and China

General Cable Corporation (NYSE: BGC) (the Company) announced today that it has completed the sale of its interests in joint ventures including Dominion Wire and Cables (Fiji) and Keystone Electric Wire and Cable (China) for cash consideration of $21 million. In separate transactions, the Company’s ownership interests were purchased by its respective joint venture partner. Proceeds from the sales were used to reduce outstanding borrowings. Read more…

ESS Treble Profits on Back of 90% Revenue Hike

Diversification in to renewables and interconnector market rewarded

Ecosse Subsea Systems Ltd (ESS) more than trebled profits to £3.4 million and increased revenue by 88% to £15.6 million according to its latest published accounts.

The Aberdeenshire-based subsea engineering specialist attributed the phenomenal growth to a diversification from its traditional oil and gas market in to renewables and interconnectors.

ESS has developed technologies which are in high demand for seabed clearance work, trenching and cable laying projects. In the past two years the company has made huge inroads in to the emerging renewables sector which now accounts for 55% of projects and builds upon an earlier focus on oil and gas contracts. Read more…

Bibby HydroMap confirms Bibby Athena and d’ROP for Ocean Business

As well as exhibiting at Ocean Business, Bibby HydroMap has confirmed Bibby Athena will be at the event, equipped with their new remote survey platform d’ROP.

With more than 300 exhibiting companies, 180 hours of training and demonstration sessions, vessels moored directly alongside, the offshore survey conference and networking social events, Ocean Business 15 is arguably the most important industry event of the year. Read more…

Augusta Steel Selects Thermatool Welding Systems

Augusta Steel, an independent manufacturer of high quality steel tube based in Boksburg, South Africa has recently installed a third Thermatool HF welder manufactured by Inductotherm Heating & Welding Ltd. The company is delighted to have this opportunity to play a key part in a series of strategic investments currently being made at Augusta Steel.

Thermatool specialises in the design and manufacture of high technology tube and pipe production equipment, offering the most comprehensive range of HF welders, seam annealers and high-speed flying shears to the tube and pipe sector worldwide. Read more…

3M Protecting Against Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL)

Workers within the oil and gas industry face the challenge of working in dirty, loud environments on a day-to-day basis. Noise created by drilling rigs, pumps, generators, fluid movement and heavy equipment can become a health issue for offshore workers. It is therefore essential that workers are equipped with the correct hearing equipment that can withstand these elements but at the same time allow them to communicate with co-workers.

In fact, noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is one of the world’s most prevalent occupational diseases and can result in chronic health effects, like sleep disturbance, hypertension, anxiety and stress, particularly to offshore workers who are regularly exposed to prolonged periods of noise hazard. Read more…

RUD EASYLOCK Chain Fitting Systems Reduces Chain Fitting Time By 30%

Erlau, a major division and premium brand of the RUD group, are leading manufacturers and suppliers of tyre protection chains.  RUD are known in the industry for their commitment to innovation having worked alongside many heavy operators across industries such as; quarrying, mining, and recycling to name a few.

Installation and fitting of tyre protection chains is a dangerous and strenuous job that can easily result in injuries to the fitter and chains. The EASY-R-LOCK system has been designed to make the fitting process safer, easier and faster process.

EASYLOCK, is an innovative connecting ring that makes fitting chain tyres a much easier, faster and safer process. EASYLOCK comprises only two components, is easy to handle, ensures safe installation and reduces chain fitting time by 30%. Read more…

Delight During Data Centre World 2015

Silver Fox were proud to once again exhibit their industry leading, UK Brand, UK Made labelling solutions at Data Centre World in London’s ExCel Exhibition Centre on the 11th and 12th of March.

Having been involved with the Data & Telecoms industry for over 30 years, Silver Fox have developed time and cost effective solutions to suit your labelling requirements.

At the Exhibition, they were able to exhibit Laser solutions including: Legend™ Tie-on Laser Labels, Prolab® Wrap-Around Labels, and Prolab® Optical Fibre Flag Labels – all of which are printed using any ordinary laser printer. Read more…

Horizon 2020 programme to Develop Revolutionary Underwater Mining System

As part of the Horizon 2020 programme, a new 42 month Research & Development Project, has been launched to help provide an opportunity to tap into the wealth of unexploited European mineral resources. The estimated cost of the Project is approximately 12.6 mlllion Euros.

The aim of the ¡VAMOS! (Viable Alternative Mine Operating System) project is to design and build a robotic, underwater mining prototype with associated launch and recovery equipment, which will be used to perform field tests at four EU minesites.  Three of these are inland inactive submerged mineral deposits and the other is offshore.  Building on successful deep-sea excavation techniques, this prototype will provide a safer and cleaner option for extracting currently unreachable and/or uneconomic mineral deposits. Read more…

Nylacast Returns To OTC For Fifth Year In Response To Growing Use Of Polymer Solutions In Offshore, Oil And Gas Sector

Growing use of engineered plastics in oil and gas applications will see international polymer solutions specialist Nylacast exhibiting at the Offshore Technology Conference in May for the fifth year running.

Benefits of engineered plastic components that have become increasingly attractive to the sector include less maintenance and lower whole life costs. Polymers also weigh less, suffer from less corrosion and can deliver better performance than steel, aluminium or other metals. Tailored to application and working conditions, their durability and reliability mean they can contribute to greater safety in drilling and other dangerous environments. Read more…

Fibre Optic PF/3225L Flag Labels are back

Optical Fibres are tricky to mark. To make the job easier, Silver Fox are happy to be re-introducing a range of Optical Fibre Flag Labels, PF/3225L. These flag labels are designed simply as a rectangle, which you fold around an optical fibre (see image). They are durable, easy to apply, and equipped with a strong adhesion. Supplied on A4 sheets, these labels can be printed in a flash, and using Silver Fox’s Labacus Innovator software, choose to print on one or both sides of the flag.

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TOTAL E&P NORGE AS goes virtual with AVEVA

AVEVA announced today that TOTAL E&P NORGE AS (TOTAL) has chosen AVEVA Activity Visualisation Platform™ (AVEVA AVP™) to support training activities on its Martin Linge topside platform in the North Sea. Seeking an immersive training environment to facilitate advanced training for their HSE (Health, Safety and Environment) and other scenarios, TOTAL chose AVEVA after a competitive selection process.

’TOTAL required a captivating advanced training solution to provide an accurate and realistic environment to familiarise staff early, thoroughly and safely prior to deployment on-site in the North Sea’, said Derek Middlemas, COO and Head of Enterprise Solutions, AVEVA. ‘While the facility is still under construction, the ability to perform realistic training scenarios in a virtual environment is important for initial safety familiarisation activities. Later, such  training methods  provide a risk free environment to practice more complicated and hazardous training scenarios throughout the life of the platform. AVEVA AVP, part of AVEVA’s advanced Immersive Training offerings, reduces the need to go on-site, thus resulting in reduced costs and saving of time.’ Read more…

Kongsberg Maritime Acquires Contros Systems & Solutions GMBH

Kongsberg Maritime AS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kongsberg Gruppen ASA, has acquired the remaining 90% of the shares of the Germany based underwater chemical sensors specialist Contros Systems & Solutions GmbH. Contros was established in 2006 and is based in Kiel, close to Hamburg. The company develops, produces and markets underwater sensor systems to detect dissolved gasses such as hydrocarbons, CO2 and oxygen, as well as pH and total alkalinity (TA). Contros has built a strong reputation as a provider of complete systems for offshore early leak detection and environmental monitoring.

At the end of 2013, Kongsberg Maritime and Contros entered a cooperation agreement enabling a smart integration of modular sensor packages into Kongsberg Maritime solutions for subsea monitoring. As part of this agreement, Kongsberg Maritime took a 10% shareholding in Contros. In the past 15 months, Kongsberg Maritime solutions integrated with Contros technology have been well received in the global markets. Read more…

RUD Lifting Equipment & Manipulation Device for Safe Handling of Plant & Moulding Tools

According to the British Plastics Federation’s annual accident survey for 2013, it showed that 16.2% of accidents in the plastics recycling sector resulted from injuries whilst handling, lifting or carrying.

(http://www.bpf.co.uk/Health_and_Safety/Accident_Survey.aspx)

Handling of heavy plant and injection moulding tools can easily result in damages to the tools and injuries to the operator. Failure to use the correct equipment not only endangers the operator but can end up costing the business due to damaged tools. Read more…

Osiris Projects rebrands as Bibby HydroMap

Osiris Projects is rebranding as Bibby HydroMap as of the 26th March 2015.  A specialist seabed survey company, the UK based Osiris Projects was acquired by Bibby Line Group in May 2012 but has continued to operate under its own name since then.

The decision to rebrand and adopt the instantly recognizable Bibby branding supports its strategic vision to become ‘the survey company of choice’. Since being acquired by Bibby Line Group, the company has grown from 40 to over 100 full time employees and has invested significantly in new survey vessels, including the recently launched Bibby Athena, and new offerings such as the d’ROP, an innovative remotely operated survey platform. Read more…

Nuclear energy summit offers hope of global regulatory co-operation

Nuclear energy chiefs will have a chance to thrash out key industry issues and work towards developing common standards of licensing process at a major meeting in April, which will focus on promoting the use and future development of sustained and economical electricity generation.

The 5th Annual Small Modular Reactor Summit 2015 is being held from April 14-15 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The event is set to examine the licensing, financing and economics of small modular reactors (SMRs), which are increasingly seen as the most promising viable alternative to hydrocarbons in energy production. Read more…

AVEVA Diagrams collaboration capabilities set to drive productivity results

AVEVA today announced the latest release of AVEVA Diagrams™, engineering software that enables the creation and delivery of intelligent P&IDs and other schematics. This major software update will enable process and systems engineers to collaborate more efficiently on multi-discipline projects thereby eliminating errors and inconsistencies that could otherwise lead to costly subsequent rework.

‘AVEVA Diagrams is much more than just a schematics design program’, explains Dave Wheeldon, Chief Technology Officer, AVEVA.  ‘It is a sophisticated, object-centric application with the ability to effectively create engineering and design data. At the same time, it can control and communicate change across multi-discipline projects that deliver real cost, quality and schedule benefits to our customers’. Read more…

World’s Largest Construction Vessel Ready for Action with KONGSBERG DP, Bridge and Automation

Following its inauguration ceremony in Rotterdam on 27th February 2015, Allseas’ Pioneering Spirit will start its first job offshore Norway this summer with an integrated Dynamic Positioning (DP) and manoeuvring system based on state-of-the art Kongsberg Maritime technology. The Kongsberg Maritime delivery includes forward and aft bridge systems in addition to an extensive automation network and the HiPAP subsea position reference system.

Eight years in the making, Allseas’ Pioneering Spirit single-lift vessel is the largest construction vessel in the world. Kongsberg Maritime has been involved with this ground-breaking project from near the very start, having been selected by Allseas to provide the Dynamic Positioning system for Pioneering Spirit (then Pieter Schelte) early in 2008. Read more…

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