Forum seals Mojave ROV deal with Norwegian firm

Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. has delivered a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) to ESEA Submarine AS to perform a variety of offshore roles, including inspection, survey and salvage work. The powerful and compact Sub-Atlantic™ Mojave will also be used by ESEA Submarine’s sister company, ESEA Marine AS, which has customers that include fish farms, port authorities and insurance companies. In addition, the Mojave will play a training role in helping ROV pilots to develop their skills. Georg Stranden, general manager at ESEA Submarine, said: “We see opportunities in the Norwegian inshore market and found the Mojave suitable for the purpose because it is a truly mobile system which is very powe

Interventek agrees exclusive Gulf of Mexico supply deal with PRT for its 15k in-riser Revolution val

Interventek Subsea Engineering has signed a two year exclusive deal with Louisiana based Professional Rental Tools LLC (PRT) to supply its innovative in-riser Revolution valve for well intervention operations in the Gulf of Mexico. Interventek will supply its 6.375” 15,000psi valves to PRT this summer. Interventek’s Revolution shear and seal valve will be used to enhance PRT’s existing subsea systems offering. The PRT Subsea Spanner Joint System interfaces with the rig BOPs, subsea tree vendor tubing hanger running tool (THRT) and downhole functions during installation, workover or removal of subsea completions. The system is designed for deep water and high working pressure applications.

Bifold Pneumatic Actuator Controls Launch

The Best Technology at the Lowest Cost – At Least 22% to 39% Cost Saving Bifold offer configurable valve control products, simplified for ease of selection with the highest safety factors and reduced spares requirements, offering the highest flow at the lowest cost. Maximise flow of typical tubed systems with Bifold components With traditional tubed pneumatic control circuits Bifold elements are capable of the highest possible flow in the market but the output is limited by the change in the bore size through the tubes and fittings. Maximise flow of typical nippled systems with Bifold components With traditional nippled pneumatic control circuits Bifold elements are capable of the highest

Gastech announces return to Europe in 2018

Barcelona, Spain has been announced as host city to the world’s largest natural gas & liquefied natural gas (LNG) event – the Gastech Exhibition & Conference – when it will return to Europe between 17-20 September 2018, at the Fira Barcelona, Gran Via Venue. Hosted by a Consortium of Spain’s leading energy stakeholders including Enágas, Gas Natural Fenosa, Repsol – and endorsed by the national gas association, Sedigas – the event (now in its 45th year) returns to Europe after the last three editions were hosted in Asia, reflecting the importance that Gastech places on representing the global gas & LNG industries. Global LNG demand outlook has revived and forecasts estimate that by 2026 glo

L&N Scotland successfully upgrades to new ISO standard

L&N Scotland, an Aberdeen based subsea manufacturer, has announced that it has been successful in upgrading its ISO 9001:2008 certification to the new International Quality Standard ISO 9001:2015. Demonstrating its dedication to operating efficient management processes, this revised quality standard will aid L&N Scotland in the delivery and improvement of its services, to meet adapting industry requirements. The 2015 revision of the ISO 9001 standard focuses on performance, and supports continual practise improvements to ensure that company management systems are used as a structural tool for achieving continually high levels of quality. Certified companies are committed to demonstrating a

Industry collaboration signals renewed demand for training and competency

Two Aberdeenshire firms have joined forces to offer enhanced training services to businesses operating across a range of high-risk industries. Polaris Learning and AquaTerra Training have agreed to deliver complimentary training, development and competency management courses targeting onshore and offshore personnel. This approach will result in greater availability and choice for end-users as well as ensuring continued high standards of delivery. Several courses developed in-house by Polaris Learning, including assessor, verifier and leadership management, will be added to AquaTerra’s training programme. Similarly, the company will promote AquaTerra as an approved provider for an extensive r

SPE/IADC Drilling Conference & Exhibition promises top speaker line up and strong technical prog

Bringing together drilling professionals from around the world, the leading SPE/IADC Drilling Conference and Exhibition returns next month on the 14-16 March 2017 at the Hague. This year’s technical programme features high calibre peer-selected papers and sessions covering current applications and emerging technologies within all phases of E&P. The conference will provide an unparalleled opportunity for learning and collaboration during sessions, forums, and training courses, while the exhibition running alongside will showcase the latest technologies from around the world. International petroleum professionals, and industry leaders, innovators and investors will be in attendance including p

RGU and DNV GL join forces to create cost-saving software for oil and gas industry

Robert Gordon University (RGU) and multinational provider of risk management and sustainability services, DNV GL, have joined forces on a project which aims to deliver cost savings to the oil and gas industry. The project, ‘Digitization Platform for Processing, Detecting and Classifying Symbols in Engineering Drawings’, is being funded the Data Lab Innovation Centre, supported by DNV GL, and delivered by a team of researchers from RGU’s School of Computing Science and Digital Media. The team includes Dr. Carlos Moreno (Research Fellow), Professor Chrisina Jayne and Dr Eyad Elyan, the project lead. The project aims at speeding up the whole process of interpreting and contextualising engineeri

Merger success for UES Seanic with first contract win

The newly merged Aberdeenshire-based Underwater Engineering Services (UES) and Houston headquartered Seanic Oceans Systems has secured its first contract in Tunisia, a region which neither firm had previously operated in. As part of the merger between their parent companies ATR Group and Centurion Group last year, the newly formed business of UES Seanic will support Oceana Subsea on a decommissioning campaign in Tunisia, North Africa. UES Seanic was formed on 1st January this year with 11 personnel based in the UK and a further 43 in Houston. The merger sees the company operating globally with locations in Aberdeen, Houston and Singapore with distribution centres in Perth, Norway, China and

Falcon even smarter

The winning formula of the Falcon – the most successful underwater electric robotic vehicle of its class in the world – has received a considerable boost. Saab Seaeye has enhanced the Falcon’s already smart intelligent control system with their advanced iCON behaviour-based intelligent control architecture. It means the Falcon can now host many new features, making it an advanced platform for further automation and behaviour-based software development. Station-keeping and fine position adjustment is an important new attribute that reduces the operator’s workload by allowing them to concentrate on the task at hand. Fitting a Doppler Velocity Log (DVL) and interface node has made this possible

Rope and Sling Weighs Vessel, Supplies Components for Offshore Project

Bridgend, Wales-headquartered Rope and Sling Specialists (RSS) provided load cells, weighing expertise and rigging equipment as offshore plant equipment manufacturer Charles Thompson Limited, of South Yorkshire, loaded out a vessel recently. RSS fulfilled the scope of work from its Rotherham facility to provide maximum gross weight of the 28.3m (92 ft.)-long, 5.6m (18.3 ft.)-diameter load; proof load test a spreader beam; and supply rigging equipment, including roundslings and shackles. The weighing operation was to be completed at Kilnhurst prior to transportation of the unit, bound for the Johan Sverdrup oilfield on the Norwegian shelf, where the spreader beam and other equipment would be

Forum ROV simulator is a hit with visitors to California Science Center

Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. has delivered a custom built simulator to California Science Center, the largest hands-on science museum in the Western United States. The dual simulator station provides visitors with the experience of operating a subsea remotely operated vehicle (ROV) for themselves. The core technology used in the simulator is Forum’s proprietary VMAX™ ROV Simulation Software used by Forum’s ROV customers for training and evaluation of their ROV pilots. Forum’s development team have tailored the control interface within the software to allow the virtual ROV to be flown by visitors with no prior experience. The control consoles provided use the same robust hardware as Forum’

McLaren to open Technology Showcase 2017 - Oil and gas industry urged to look beyond the sector

Keynote speakers at the ITF Technology Showcase in Aberdeen will highlight the benefits of cross-over technologies from Formula 1™ and other industries to deliver oil and gas solutions with high readiness levels for deployment. Dr Geoff McGrath, Chief Innovation Officer at McLaren Applied Technologies and the KPMG McLaren Alliance will give a keynote on ‘innovation from outside our industry’ at the conference and exhibition at AECC on Wednesday 1st March. Other plenary speakers include Colette Cohen, Chief Executive of the Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC), Dr Geoff Nesbitt, Group Head of Technology Strategy at Petrofac and Willie Reid, Director of the Strathclyde Oil and Gas Institute. Gun

Phusion makes software available to small businesses

Phusion IM, the long-established, Tees Valley based engineering information management company, has created a new product range to give smaller companies access to technologies developed for some of the world’s largest engineering projects. Historically, Phusion only made its software available as part of large, turnkey projects such as the vast $50billion Chevron Gorgon project in Australia. Now the company has realigned and expanded its software into a powerful toolkit for managing information across a wide range of sectors including process engineering and facilities management. The decision to make Phusion’s software available to small and medium-sized clients, in addition to multi-natio

The Underwater Centre awarded for increasing diver safety

Leading subsea training and trials facility, The Underwater Centre, Fort William, has picked up a top award at the prestigious 2017 Subsea UK Awards ceremony in Aberdeen (February 2nd, 2017). The Centre triumphed in the Innovation for Safety Award for its role in improving diver safety through its development of Commercial Enriched Air Nitrox training for the commercial diving sector. The annual awards ceremony seeks to recognise companies and individuals who are leading the way in Britain’s £9billion subsea sector. The Centre was up against stiff competition from Canyon Offshore and JDR Cable Systems for the coveted accolade, which recognises an innovation that has significantly contribute

Enpro Subsea director celebrated for his Outstanding Contribution to the UK subsea sector

Enpro Subsea’s Managing Director Ian Donald has been recognised by his peers for his outstanding contribution to the sector at the prestigious Subsea UK Awards 2017. Mr Donald was commended for his pioneering work, which has seen innovative solutions redefine key sections of the marketplace, during a black-tie dinner attended by around 600 industry leaders in Aberdeen last week. He was chosen to receive the accolade in light of his leadership, creativity and commitment to delivering results in both enhanced recovery and subsea decommissioning arenas. Mr Donald has been instrumental in bringing a number of game-changing technologies to the subsea industry, including the MARS (Multiple Applica

Hydro Group Named as Company of the Year at Subsea UK Awards

Aberdeen headquartered Hydro Group plc is delighted to have secured the Company of the Year title at last week’s Subsea UK Awards. The cable and connector specialist was recognised for its performance in the subsea sector and its significant development to date, as well as its plans for future success and growth, both in the UK and internationally. The annual awards, held at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, highlight the achievements of individuals and companies throughout the subsea industry and are the most prestigious awards in the subsea sector. Doug Whyte, Managing Director at Hydro Group, said: “Being presented with this award is testament to the growth and success the co

Proserv’s A2G technology scoops Subsea UK innovation award

Energy services company Proserv has received a prestigious industry award for its subsea communications technology that is breathing new life into ageing brownfield developments. At last weeks Subsea UK Awards ceremony, Proserv’s Artemis 2G (A2G) was recognised with the accolade for Innovation and Technology, a next generation Subsea Electronics Module (SEM) that delivers advanced subsea controls connectivity and provides substantial cost savings to operators. Proserv was honoured with the title in recognition of its excellence in developing A2G and bringing it to market with demonstrable proof that the technology provided a solution to a problem and complemented the company’s overall busine

Sparrows Group Retains BP North Sea Contract

Sparrows Group has successfully retained its current North Sea Mechanical Handling and Crane Management contract with BP, which will extend the working partnership between the two companies to over 50 years. The contract sees the lifting and mechanical handling specialist operating and maintaining all 21 of BP’s pedestal cranes in the North Sea across eight assets. This includes the soon to be commissioned Clair Ridge platform and Glen Lyon FPSO. The full scope of the Mechanical Handling and Crane Management contract covers the supply of crane operators and maintenance of the pedestal cranes as well as all other mechanical handling equipment which includes inspection, repair, refurbishment a

Greencarrier Freight Services establishes Polarbase facility to serve Norway’s oil and gas market

Greencarrier Freight Services has opened an office in Polarbase, the main hub for oil and gas related activities in the Barents Sea, after winning a contract to provide transport solutions and port logistics for ENI Norge. “We already provide other customers in the area with similar logistics solutions, and we want to give the new contract the focus it deserves, so we decided to commit to opening our own office there,” says Georg Skivik Moltu, Director Global Energy & Project Solutions. Under the new contract, Greencarrier will support ENI Norge’s activities in the Goliat Field, an offshore oil field that is expected to be in production for at least 15-20 years. The logistic contract award w

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