The Importance of Cleats in Cable Management Systems

“Cable cleats should play a bigger part in the decision making process.” Head of CMP’s Technical Department, Lee Frizzell, explains why cable cleats play a crucial part in cable management systems. Q: Firstly, what is a cable cleat? Essentially, cable cleats are devices designed to secure cables and to ensure the retention and support of them, reducing the load that the cable may be exposed to under its own weight. They are also designed to contain the cables under fault conditions, protecting the cables and the cable management system from damage. The first European cable cleat standard, EN 50368, highlighted the retention and support that cable cleats provided to cables. Most importantly,

Restrata joins Agility to provide training to oil & gas workers in Iraq

Restrata, a global leader in consultancy and training services, has partnered with leading logistics provider Agility to offer specialised training for oil and gas sector employees at the Rumaila Energy Park (REP) in southern Iraq. The REP's new training centre will offer a wide range of courses related to health and safety and oil and gas industry operations. All training courses meet international standards, are accredited, and include transportation, catering and security services. The REP is a one million square meter, fully serviced industrial park developed by Agility Real Estate, providing a one stop shop for companies operating in southern Iraq. The REP includes warehouse facilities,

Rigmarine opens Aberdeen facility

Lifting and marine product specialist Rigmarine has opened its fourth global facility in the rural village of Insch, 30 miles to the northwest of Aberdeen, Scotland. The site, strategically positioned to serve the offshore oil and gas, renewables, construction, break bulk, shipping and marine industries, joins other Rigmarine locations in Baku, Azerbaijan; Aktau, Kazakhstan; and Sharjah, UAE. As part of the Gaylin Group, this is the 10th international hub alongside others in Singapore, Korea, Malaysia, Vietnam, China and Indonesia. Mike Duncan, Managing Director of the Gaylin Group of companies, said: “The facility gives Aberdeen a new source of heavy-lift rigging available on short- or long

OSEA2016 Presents Tech Innovations and Solutions to Improve Business Sustainability in a Challenging

The industry’s search for capital efficiency and business sustainability amid depressed oil prices is spotlighted at OSEA2016 – Asia’s pinnacle oil and gas exhibition and conference. The four-day industry event featuring more than 1,000 exhibitors from 48 countries/regions including 17 international group pavilions opened today and will run till Friday, 2 Dec 2016 at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. “Undoubtedly the last two years have been challenging, as the industry has had to get used to a new environment of lower oil prices. Over this period, we have seen a major shift to firms streamlining operations and seeking out efficiency to drive costs down and survive in this market. With that in mi

Seawell Charts Future Course Following Multi-million Pound Refit

One of the most distinctive vessels operating in the North Sea has undergone a multi-million pound refit and upgrade to ensure it remains at the forefront of the oil and gas industry for many years to come. The light well intervention and dive support vessel MSV Seawell has returned to service after a £60million investment by its owners, Aberdeen-based Helix Well Ops (U.K.) Limited, a UK subsidiary of international offshore energy service company Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc. It marks the beginning of the next chapter in the history of the pioneering monohull vessel. Launched 30 years ago at the Pallion yard in Sunderland by North East Shipbuilders, MSV Seawell was described as the wor

Malcolm Walker of AxFlow reviews the competing attributes of semi-submersible vertical line shaft an

Due to its proximity it’s not surprising that seawater is used widely on offshore platforms as cooling water, for reinjection into the well, and as a firewater supply. The most popular route for this water to get onto the platform is via vertical caissons into which narrow column pumps are inserted. These pumps come in two varieties: semi-submersible vertical line shaft pumps with the motor located above the pump assembly, and fully submersible pumps with the motor positioned below the pump in the sea. Semi-submersible Semi-submersible vertical line shaft pumps are one of the oldest types of pump design. For example, AxFlow’s partners Gruppo Aturia have been producing them since the 1890’s

Tritex Multigauge 4400 ROV Metal Thickness Gauge

Tritex NDT Ltd are now offering their Multigauge 4400 ROV Thickness Gauge for mounting onto most work class ROV’s in addition to the popular Multigauge 4100 ROV Thickness Gauge. The Multigauge 4400 is contained within a titanium body and is pressure rated at 4000m. Both gauges have a selectable RS422 or RS232 output by means of a simple switch on the gauge. To accompany the Multigauge 4000 series, Tritex have developed Communicator Software, for use on a PC or laptop, to display and record the measurements and associated data such as the time and a descriptive label if required. Templates can be set up to store measurements in a grid, string or combination of both. The gauges are used for in

Amarinth delivers API 610 VS4 pumps for use in the STAR refinery, Turkey

Amarinth, a leading company specialising in the design, application and manufacture of centrifugal pumps and associated equipment to the Oil & Gas, petrochemical, chemical, industrial and power markets, has delivered its first order to the Indian operation of Aquatec consisting of exotic alloy API 610 VS4 pumps on a tight 27 week delivery schedule for use in the STAR refinery, Turkey. The STAR project, set for completion in 2018, will be the first oil refinery to start operations in Turkey since the early 1970s and will process an estimated 10 million tons of crude oil each year. Located five kilometres from Aliaga, Izmir Province, the project also includes the construction and operation of

Lower lead times for SEEPEX API compliant pump

SEEPEX has designed a new range of progressive cavity pumps, developed specially for the needs of the oil and gas industry, and which fulfil the requirements of the American Petroleum Institute. The new API 676 and 682 compliant pump is based on our proven technology with adaptations specifically to the casing and sealing concepts. Responding to the demands of industry SEEPEX Oil and Gas application experts, together with their experienced project engineering team, used standardized components of the highest quality to achieve maximum conformity. A high priority was also to streamline construction procedures to reduce lead times and optimize costs. The BNA pump has the following advantages E

Paradigm shift in oil and gas industry emergency response training unveiled at OSCC

A Transformational change in the way the global oil and gas workforce can undertake safety-critical emergency response training has been unveiled today (Wednesday, November 16th) at a world-wide gathering of industry leaders. Recognising the significant adjustments the sector has undergone in terms of size and structure as it seeks to remain efficient in the lower oil price era, the creation of digital safety and training standards is a long-term, demand-led initiative to create a change in workforce training through technology-driven innovation. Spearheaded by the industry-owned, not-for-profit safety and workforce development organisation OPITO, the Digital Standards Integration addresses

Subsea Asia partners with OSEA 2016 to maximise overseas opportunities for UK firms

Subsea Asia 2016 is set to offer more opportunities for UK businesses to establish links in the region than ever before as the event moves to a four-day exhibition running alongside OSEA 2016 International Conference. Organised by Subsea UK, Subsea Asia 2016 runs from 29th November to 2nd December at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore. Subsea Asia provides a platform for suppliers in the subsea industry to meet potential clients and showcase technology and expertise that can meet the demand in Asia – a region which continues to grow despite the lower oil price. Established for over 40 years, OSEA 2016 features more than 1,000 exhibitors from 48 countries and an impressive line-up of 18

Sonomatic delivers industry leading results on recent caisson inspection Caisson Tool designed and d

Sonomatic, a market leader in the provision of advanced automated ultrasonic inspection services, has developed a brand-new tool for the internal inspection of caissons. The integrity of caissons is critical to safe and efficient operation of offshore structures. As offshore facilities age there is a growing need for inspection of caissons, with knowledge of their condition providing a basis for justification of ongoing operation or highlighting the need for repairs or replacements before in-service failures occur. The development was carried out internally by Sonomatic’s Research and Development group and brings together their considerable skills and experience in Mechanical Engineering, Au

Health, safety and welfare training from North East based global training provider, HTL Training Ser

HTL Training Services provide industry with Health and Safety courses which assist in supporting clients in embedding cultures of safety and care. The aim being to equip work forces with the skills and understanding to care about the health, safety and welfare of their employees. As stated by the HSE, hundreds of people are killed every year due to accidents at work and over one million people are injured through a lack of health and safety awareness. Training is an essential part of ensuring that you and your staff understand; and are competent in health and safety responsibilities. Harnessing a wealth of knowledge and experience, HTL’s enthusiastic team of instructors deliver training of H

Polaris Learning targets growth with Business Gateway support

A North-East business will showcase its innovative approach to training at a leading international oil and gas exhibition after securing further support from Business Gateway. Polaris Learning, which provides training, development and competency management systems for high-risk industries, will be exhibiting at the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) from November 7 to 10. The company will form part of the SDI Scotland Pavilion (stand number 1210), along with more than 60 other oil and gas service companies, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC). Polaris Learning has been approved for the Business Gateway Growth Pipeline, an intensive 18-month p

Sandvik offers cost effective solutions to corrosion issues

Sandvik will use its presence at ADIPEC 2016 to promote the benefits of customer closeness when it comes to understanding the move to greater plant efficiency in refineries and petrochemical plant. “Exhibitions and conferences, such as ADIPEC, give us the perfect platform to display our products and perhaps, more importantly, share the benefits that corrosion resistant alloys (CRAs) offer when refineries and petrochemical plants look for increased efficiencies,” explains Haydn Eagle, Sandvik Regional Sales Manager EMEA Tube. “Such materials not only offer longer operational cycles, but also real cost effective solutions”. Nowhere more so is the drive for efficiency a greater priority than in

SPX FLOW: Robust Industrial Solutions for Oil and Gas Applications at ADIPEC 2016

With a focus on reliability, safety and operating efficiency, SPX FLOW, Inc. will be showcasing a range of industrial solutions at ADIPEC 2016 which kicked off today. From its APV brand, SPX FLOW provides a wide range of plate heat exchanger technologies for oil and gas production in both onshore and offshore locations that can help increase heat process efficiency and contribute to lower costs. In higher temperature and higher pressure applications, the APV® Hybrid series of welded plate heat exchangers stand out as an obvious choice for operation in areas such as wet crude heaters, lean-rich interchangers, sour gas coolers, and acid condensers covering processes including crude stabilizati

WEIR OIL & GAS ANNOUNCES WELLHEAD CONTRACT WITH KHUFF FOR KUWAIT OIL COMPANY

Momentum continues in Middle East with $12 million deal Weir Oil & Gas Dubai, today announced an agreement with Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) through their representative in Kuwait, Khuff Trading and Contracting, for the purchase of 295 Seaboardä wellheads, representing approximately $12 million USD. Weir will provide KOC with 11 different wellhead configurations ranging from 3,000 to 10,000 PSI. The products sold include conventional wellheads along with HH cladded trees, and solid block dual completion trees. Equipment designs will accommodate casing and tubing sizes ranging from 24” to 3 ½” in the various well head configurations supplied to KOC. “This is a significant milestone as we continu

M² Subsea Snaps Up 32 Best-In-Class ROV Assets following Investment

A recently formed subsea services business has secured a substantial injection of private equity investment to acquire a fleet of 32 best-in-class ROVs (remotely operated vehicles). Aberdeen and Houston based M² Subsea Limited has attracted the investment from a fund advised by Alchemy Special Opportunities. M² Subsea is set to become one of the largest independent providers of ROV services globally and offer its customers safe, cost-effective solutions for inspection, repair, maintenance, decomissioning and light construction. The recently-established business expects to create at least 50 onshore and 100 offshore jobs operating primarily in the North Sea, Gulf of Mexico, West Africa and ev

Churchill Drilling Tools opens Abu Dhabi workshop

Churchill Drilling Tools, an oil field service company specialising in down-hole tools, has reaffirmed its commitment to Middle Eastern expansion by opening a bespoke tooling and service workshop in Abu Dhabi, UAE. This brand new, purpose-built facility in ICAD III, Mussafah, covers more than 11,000sqft of workshop floor, with an additional 2,000sqft of office accommodation. The facility in Abu Dhabi is the latest significant investment by the company in the UAE, where Churchill has responded to growing local demand for its range of innovative dart activated products. It follows the opening of a base in Dubai at the beginning of 2016 to enhance Churchill’s support structure in the Emirates.

North-East firm Air Control Energy takes off for first global exhibition

An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) inspection specialist to the oil and gas industry has launched in Aberdeen. Air Control Energy, which provides a cost-effective alternative to traditional rope-based visual inspection work both on and offshore, has also announced it will be exhibiting at the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) from November 7 to 10. The company will form part of the SDI Scotland Pavilion (stand number 1210), along with around 60 other oil and gas service companies, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC). Led by Managing Director Kieran Hope and Operations Director Drue Bremner, Air Control Energy has a team of eight trained pilots

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