SACO Polymers launches advanced technology zero-halogen tray cable jacketing compound with enhanced fire performance to meet UL 1277

At the International Wire & Cable Symposium and Conference, SACO Polymers, a market leader in wire and cable polymer compound solutions, has showcased its latest development in ceramifiable compound technology, with a research paper and poster highlighting cost-savings and performance of the innovative material in tray cable jacketing applications.

Formulated to meet stringent UL 1277 tray cable standards with enhanced fire performance properties while preserving flexibility, the new ceramifiable compound extends the range of halogen free compounds, integrating this new technology now available from SACO Polymers. The new compound technology can also be used in other high performance cable applications. Read more…

SMD Further Strengthen Sales Team

In order to further develop our business while maintaining the strong customer relationships that are key to our success, we have added two new members to our sales teams.

Ian Bryan, who qualified as a chartered engineer while working on nuclear submarines in the Royal Navy, joins our team from the Crown Estate. Ian brings with him a range of experience and expertise in renewable energy technology. In his previous role as a senior development manager Ian was heavily involved with the development of commercial scale wind farms as part of Round 3, and more recently with the Crown Estate’s test and demonstration programme for offshore wind, wave and tidal technology. Ian will be working across our Trenching, Mining and Renewables teams, supplementing and further supporting the team’s existing skillset. Read more…

TECODS Conveyor & Drive Solutions for Maritime Applications

For moving, pulling, lifting, telescoping, pivoting, swivelling and more:

RUD Chains is a leading manufacturer of high quality round steel link chains. RUD round link chains are used across a range of demanding working environments, they show their strength across RUD’s conveyor and hoist systems to their well-known lifting and lashing means. As a response to the increasing demand from the industry for drive solutions based on round steel link chains, RUD has established the product group TECDOS®.

TECDOS® components and modules offers unrivalled solutions for a wide variety of maritime applications: for moving, pulling, lifting, telescoping, pivoting and swivelling. Read more…

Brand new BSEE, Marathon, Chevron and BOEM execs join ‘unmissable’ Summit program

The industry’s oil price pressures are not stopping the clock for global decommissioning and abandonment executives as they flock to Houston for what is set to be the most operator-led debate to date.

The news comes as organizer DecomWorld announces a raft of exciting developments to the program for its 7th Annual Decommissioning & Abandonment Summit, 17-19 March.

Marathon Oil’s Advanced Senior Facilities Engineer has now been confirmed to join the much anticipated deepwater decommissioning panel session alongside leaders from Stone Energy, Anadarko and BHP Billiton. Read more…

Kongsberg Maritime Underwater Image Competition Winners Announced

Kongsberg Maritime has selected the winners of ‘The Full Picture Photo and Video Competition’, which ran from 26th August until 30th November 2014. With iPad Minis on offer as prizes and the chance for some entries to be used in Kongsberg Maritime marketing activities, the company’s international camera user-base submitted a wealth of fantastic underwater stills and video. Visitors to the Kongsberg Maritime booths at this week’s Underwater Intervention 2015 in New Orleans and Subsea Expo 2015 in Aberdeen can see some of the best entries on display. Read more…

HUBER+SUHNER Centers Its FTTH Council Europe Presence Around Its ‘Fiber to our Kids’ Concept

Global connectivity supplier HUBER+SUHNER is to focus on connecting the next generation with its ‘Fiber to Our Kids’ theme at the FTTH Conference in Warsaw, Poland, from 11-12 February. A broad portfolio of high end fiber management solutions, high quality fiber optical components and carrier grade transport solutions will be on display during the event and Dr Martin Strasser, HUBER+SUHNER’s product unit manager for Fiber Management Systems, will present the ‘Fiber to Our Kids’ concept in his presentation during the conference stream: “Deploy FTTH and Save Money” on 11 February.

As the demand for bandwidth in homes continues to grow exponentially, network operators increasingly face challenges in meeting the explosion of in-home demand. Read more…

Aquaterra Energy launch new Riser Monitoring System

Offshore engineering firm Aquaterra Energy is set to transform the integrity management process with the launch of its new Riser Monitoring System (RMS).

The analytic equipment will enhance health and safety, increase asset life extension and deliver cost savings for the industry.

Eric Doyle, regional director for Aquaterra Energy in Europe, said:  “We listen closely to our clients.  We know that a heightened sensitivity towards health and safety and project critical risks associated with riser fatigue means ingenuity in riser integrity management is urgent. Read more…

FEMME 2015 Call for Papers Extended As Delegate Registration Opens

Registration has opened for the FEMME 2015 conference, set to take place in Singapore on 17-19 November 2015. Kongsberg Maritime encourages its multibeam product users to register early to ensure their place on the 14th biennial Forum for Exchange of Mutual Multibeam Experiences (FEMME 2015).

The deadline for conference paper abstracts has been extended to 1st March 2015. The majority of the FEMME 2015 schedule is reserved for user presentations, giving the international hydrographic community a platform to engage colleagues with technical studies and application reviews. Read more…

3M Cable Jointing In The Oil & Gas Industry

Power supplied by electric cables is the lifeblood of the oil and gas industry : uninterrupted power ensures oil and gas production, processing, transportation, storage and distribution. However, cables are vulnerable to damage and degradation in harsh onshore and offshore operating conditions.  Cable failure is catastrophic. Cable related problems are costly and are often caused by inadequate risk identification, sub-standard design or deficiencies in installation technique. Whatever your currency, cable failures cost millions. The financial costs, both direct and consequential, can be painfully calculated. The reputational loss is immeasurable. Unplanned shutdowns or suspended production caused by electrical power outages associated with cable failures can and does inflict devastating revenue losses on the oil and gas industry. 3M have a proven history in providing tested and trusted solutions for the jointing and terminating of cables in the oil and gas industry.

Thorne & Derrick are 3M’s largest UK stockist for their range of 3M Scotchcast Cable Joints, Terminations & Abandonment Kits for installation in safe or hazardous area zones encountered in the oil and gas industry. Read more…

Leading Russian producer of API Grade Pipe selects Thermatool

A Thermatool three stage (1500 kW) Seam Annealing System has been selected by one of Russia’s leading producers of API Grade Pipe. The latest Thermatool Seam Annealing technology will be delivered by Inductotherm Group company Inductotherm Heating & Welding Ltd of England, with commissioning and service support provided locally by Inductotherm Group Russia engineers.

With hundreds of Thermatool Seam Annealers used to produce API Line Pipe and Casing products around the world, Russian producers are assured of no untempered martensite in the weld HAZ and optimized weld section Charpy Impact results for demanding material applications. Read more…

Banyard wins prestige contract in India

Inductotherm Heating & Welding, working in close partnership with Inductotherm Group India have won a prestige contract to supply a major Aluminium producer in India with a complete induction heating system which includes one of the latest generation of Banyard LFi precision low frequency induction power supplies.

At the heart of the Banyard system, powered by the latest in IGBT technology, is a high efficiency, multi-layer induction heating coil which ensures precision control of the billet temperature across multiple temperature zones in order to achieve billet temperature homogeneity and repeatability – two major benefits derived from the use of Banyard technology. Read more…

SMD Announce New Shareholder

Specialist Machine Developments (SMD) Ltd (“SMD”) are pleased to announce that our shareholders have signed a sale and purchase agreement with Zhuzhou CSR Times Electric Co. Ltd a subsidiary of CSR Corporation Limited of China, for the sale of the entire share capital of the SMD group.

Andrew Hodgson, CEO of SMD, commented “Becoming part of CSR will be a key step in SMD’s development as a business and we look forward to continuing to deliver to our markets in this new and exciting phase of our history”. Read more…

Seatronics and 2G Robotics announce global sales and distribution partnership

Seatronics, an Acteon company, leaders in the rental and sale of marine electronic equipment, and 2G Robotics, leaders in high precision subsea measurement technology, have announced a global sales and distribution partnership. The 2G Robotics line of underwater laser scanners will now be available through Seatronics for equipment rentals and sales. Customers will benefit from global access to the high resolution and precision of the 2G Robotics underwater laser scanners, and from the offshore expertise and global technical support provided by Seatronics.

The underwater laser scanners developed by 2G Robotics capture detailed 3D models of even the slightest variances in subsea environments and deliver 100 times higher resolution than sonar. The high resolution of underwater laser scanning provides the accuracy and precision needed for making informed decisions, mitigating the problem of drawing conclusions based on information provided by sonar or video alone. Read more…

First success following new approval for the Russian railway market

Over the next three years, HUBER+SUHNER will supply RADOX® cables for the series production of 54 carriages for new metro trains in a major Russian city. This is the first major order for HUBER+SUHNER from the Russian railway market based on the new approval.

The new trains were manufactured in a joint venture between Russian and Czech mechanical engineering companies. They consume 30 per cent less energy whilst also providing more comfort for passengers. HUBER+SUHNER advised both companies on technical matters and supplied the cables for testing. Following the successful completion of these tests, HUBER+SUHNER has now been appointed as the cable supplier for the production of all the new metro trains. Read more…

General Cable Reports Fourth Quarter 2014 Results

General Cable Corporation (NYSE: BGC) reported today results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2014. For the fourth quarter of 2014, the Company recorded adjusted earnings per share of $0.15 and adjusted operating income of $46 million, in line with management’s guidance. For the fourth quarter of 2014, reported loss per share was $2.86 and reported operating income was $14 million. For the full year 2014, the Company generated adjusted operating cash flow of $212 million and reported operating cash flow of $134 million. See page 3 of this press release for information on the reconciliation of adjusted to reported results. Read more…

Reliable Offshore Air Heaters For Hazardous Area Heating In Zone 1 & Zone 2

Safe. Reliable. Dependable.

T&D are specialist Hazardous Area Electrical Heating Equipment Distributors – we distribute Flameproof, Explosion Proof and Intrinsically Safe equipment for Zone 1, 2, 21 and 22 hazardous area heating.

T&D UK service the global oil, gas and petrochemical industries with heat tracing and electrical process heating equipment.

Hazloc’s AEU1 Explosion Proof Air Heater is the most extensively specified hazardous area electrical air heating product to provide reliable and safe heating on offshore vessels including drill ships, jack-up vessels, semi-submersible vessels, offshore barges and floating platforms. Read more…

Aquasign – Market Leaders of Subsea Identification Solutions

Underwater Markers – Subsea Markers – Anti-fouling Markers

Subsea Identification – ROV Marking

AQUASIGN are recognised throughout the industry as the market leader of asset identification solutions. With an extensive in-house manufacturing facility, AQUASIGN ensure their range of topside and subsea signage is bespoke manufactured to customer specification, and delivered to the highest quality.

Their core business, anti-fouling underwater markers offer a completely unique design with no direct alternatives. Aquasign® subsea markers utilise a hydrophic face with a surface energy that prevents settlement of fouling at the lowest level. Additionally, the marker systems release non-toxic proprietary oils that constantly exude to the surface enhancing the anti-fouling properties, and make Aquasign® the premium supplier of subsea identification.

As standard, Aquasign® markers are supplied with a KISS® self-adhesive backing and combined with high-performance subsea adhesive Biohesive® 225 to ensure a water-tight seal. However, the Aquasign® design is completely bespoke and offers highly adaptable fixing methods including mechanical and retrofit options – ensuring suitability for all applications.

To find out more about this unique range, visit AQUASIGN’s new Client Portal – by registering you will gain access to detailed product and fixing specifications and can download full testing reports, datasheets, company certification, their track record and much more! Alternatively, for more information email

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Silver Fox to Exhibit Time Saving Labelling Solutions at Data Centre World 2015

Silver Fox, a Leading UK manufacturer of labelling solutions, are attending this year’s Data Centre World Exhibition at the ExCel, London on 11th and 12th of March 2015.

On exhibition Stand F95, Silver Fox will be displaying its range of cable labelling solutions that are easy and efficient to use tipping Time into Profit.

Having been involved with the Data & Telecoms industry for over 30 years Silver Fox has developed a reliable and efficient method to suit your labelling requirements. Our products Legend™ Tie-on Laser Labels, Prolab® Wrap-Around Labels, and Prolab® Optical Fibre Flag Labels have all been designed and manufactured by Silver Fox. The longevity of a Silver Fox label is ensured by the independent testing undertaken by external laboratories. Read more…

Deloitte: Thought Leadership

Deloitte: Thought Leadership

The Deloitte NWE End of Year Review 2014 was released on 15 January 2015, reporting on exploration and appraisal drilling, licensing and deal activity, field development approvals across North West Europe over the past year.

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Crude Awakening – The Impact of Plummeting Crude Oil Prices on Company Finances

What has caused the sudden fall in oil price? What effect will this have on the industry? Who will be the winners and who will be the losers? Our recent article provides a view of the impact the plummeting crude oil price will have on company finances.

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Deloitte: Licensing Rounds

Tender for oil and gas exploration in deep waters of the Black Sea

The Bulgarian Council of Ministries opened a tender for oil and natural gas exploration in two areas, 1-14 Silistar block (6,893 square kilometres) and 1-22 Teres block (4,032 square kilometres), which area situated in Bulgaria’s continental shelf and exclusive economic zone in the Black Sea.

The tender was announced on 3 December 2014 on the Republic of Bulgaria Council of Ministers website

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First International Offshore Croatian Licensing Round 2014 awards

The Croatian Government has announced the award of 10 of the 29 blocks offered in the First International Offshore Croatian Licensing Round, following the round closure in November 2014. All of the blocks offered were located in the Adriatic Sea.

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Canada Newfoundland Call for Bids NL13-01, NL13-02, and NL14-01 results

The Canada-Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Board (CNLOPB) has announced the results of sales NL13-01, NL13-02 and NL14-01. The sales offered a total of six parcels, in which three received acceptable bids.

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Liberia Basin Competitive Bid Round 2014 – Awards

The National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) announced the opening of the Liberia Basin Competitive Bid Round 2014 on 5 August 2014.

NOCAL offered four blocks: LB-06, LB-07, LB-16, and LB-17 with a total area of over 12,600 square kilometres.

NOCAL announced on 17 December 2014 that it had submitted to the Legislature for ratification of a Production Sharing Contract (PSC) covering block LB-16. This is the first of the four blocks to be awarded in the 2014 bid round.

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Mexico announces launch of Round One for Shallow Water Areas

The Mexican National Hydrocarbons Commission (CNH) announced, in December 2014, the opening of the first phase of the Round One call for bids as well as the bidding conditions.
The first phase covers only the exploration blocks within the shallow waters of the southern Gulf of Mexico.

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Norway announces blocks offered in 23rd Licensing Round

The Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, on 20 January 2015, announced the 23rd Norwegian Licensing Round on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. Fifty-seven blocks/part blocks are being announced in this round, of which three are in the Norwegian Sea and 54 in the Barents Sea.

The application deadline is 12:00 (GMT+1) on 2 December 2015. The Government aims to award new production licences in the first half of 2016.

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Norwegian block offers announced in Awards in Pre-Defined Areas 2014

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) announced, on 20 January 2015, that offers will be issued to 43 companies for 54 new production licences on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. The offers have been issued following the evaluation of applications from 47 companies in the Awards in Pre-defined Areas (APA) 2014.

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Three blocks offered in Russia in December 2014

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

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Peru 2015 International Bidding Round launched

Perupetro, the Hydrocarbons Regulatory Company of Peru, announced the launch of the Peru 2015 International Bidding Round on the 15 December 2014. The Round will offer seven blocks for production and exploration licence contracts.

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Perupetro announces results of Peru 2014 International Bidding Round

Perupetro, the Hydrocarbons Regulatory Company of Peru, announced the results of the International Bidding Round for Blocks III and IV, located in the Talara Basin in northwest Peru, on 12 December 2014.

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