Explosion Proof Equipment: Catering to Safety Standards in Hazardous Areas

The world has witnessed rapid industrialization and urbanization with the advent of time. Several technological advancements and changes in the industrial scenario have brought about a major improvement in the safety norms for industries. The swift growth of various industry verticals has enhanced the production efficiencies and improved the outcome of processes. However, it has also added to the risk aspect, due to the widespread use of dangerous substances or procedures, which could potentially cause an explosion. The emergence of explosion proof equipment can be touted as the next step by regulatory authorities for improving their safety standards and precautions in hazardous areas. These

Saab Seaeye selects Sonardyne acoustics for Sabertooth hybrid vehicle

Subsea technology company, Sonardyne International Ltd, has delivered its latest consignment of AvTrak 6 acoustic communications and navigation hardware to defence and security company Saab’s subsidiary Saab Seaeye. Offered as an optional-fit sensor on the Sabertooth hybrid AUV/ROV, AvTrak 6 forms part of the vehicle’s integrated navigation and communications system. It allows mission updates, status checking and navigation aiding to be wirelessly sent to and from the vehicle, eliminating the need for the vehicle to re-surface or dock with an underwater garage. The unique design of Saab’s Sabertooth vehicle allows it to be configured as a conventional tethered ROV or free-flying AUV depend

Pemex Delves Deep into UK Subsea Sector

Senior figures from Mexico’s national oil company, Pemex, have been discovering the secrets of the UK subsea sector’s success and how it has revolutionised the way in which hydrocarbons have been extracted from beneath the seabed during a fact-finding visit to Aberdeen. Organised in partnership with the Department of International Trade (DIT), the five-day subsea learning event included site visits to some of the sector’s most innovative companies, including GE Oil & Gas, Aker Solutions, Hydrasun, Wood Group, BP and ROVOP. The delegation experienced what it’s like to operate a remotely operated vehicle (ROV), learnt about diving operations and toured a number of subsea manufacturing plants.

Exceed secures £5.5million of North Sea contracts

Aberdeen-headquartered Exceed, a well management and performance improvement specialist, has secured four new North Sea contracts in the first quarter of 2017 with a combined revenue of approximately £5.5 million. The work includes a new contract for Exceed’s Performance Improvement division, a well management project and two engineering studies. This will result in a minimum of 14 people being hired across the four projects, including two re-hires and 12 new personnel. The well management work will see Exceed assume the role of well operator, providing an integrated project management solution including full supply chain management. The two engineering studies will be managed by Exceed’s in

New floating caliper brake with one-piece brake caliper

KTR developed a floating caliper brake which is made of one single piece. The new XS series is optionally available with a hydraulic or electromechanical operating principle and can both be operated in an active and passive mode. The brakes are suitable for sub-zero applications with temperatures ranging down to -40 °C. The brake caliper of the new XS series combines the housing, spacer plate, and counter plate as one piece and is made of special LT nodular iron. This makes the floating caliper brakes suitable for sub-zero applications with temperatures ranging down to -40 °C. All other components such as pad retainers, pistons and guide pins are made of steel. The brake pads are made of “or

STRATEGIC CHOICES IN A CHANGING WORLD

Companies in the oil and gas sector are seeking to re-balance business portfolios and reorganize for a new era, according to research of senior industry professionals on the outlook for 2017. This picture emerges from Short-term agility, long-term resilience[RS1] , DNV GL’s seventh annual benchmark study capturing industry priorities, concerns and confidence levels. It indicates deep, strategic changes for sustainable growth beyond cyclical patterns. Amid a drawn-out recovery, nearly half (49%) of 723 senior professionals surveyed expect their organizations to diversify into or increase investment in opportunities beyond oil and gas this year, though investments are still planned in the sect

Rovtech Solutions designs Bender monitoring technology into underwater vehicles

A new generation of remotely operated underwater vehicles developed for the nuclear sector by one of Europe’s leading ROV specialists are equipped with residual current monitors from Bender UK for advance warning of potentially damaging water ingress. Rovtech Solutions based in Barrow-in-Furness has designed the new Nano Seaker remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to work in arduous environments including highly radioactive storage ‘ponds’ at Sellafield and on other nuclear sites. They are also commissioned for use in lakes and reservoirs to help with underwater search tasks and surveying of underwater structures and containment tanks. Weighing in at just 15 kilograms Nano Seaker is primarily de

Oil Companies: Value, Lifecycle, and Durability, not Price, our Priorities

Survey reveals changing attitudes to procurement The price of products and services trails other significant factors, such as value, lifecycle, and durability as a purchase priority, according to a recent independent survey of oil and gas professionals making procurement decisions, conducted on behalf of Trelleborg’s oil and marine operation. Despite challenging times for the industry, when asked to rank different factors affecting their decision to purchase an oil hose, respondents listed ‘durability and lifecycle’ as ‘vital’ over 80% of the time. The next most ‘vital’ factors were ‘aftersales support and service’, and ‘ease of installation’ at 32% and 28% respectively. Price, on the oth

Motive Offshore invests in Dundee Port quayside facility

A North-East offshore services firm has expanded its business south with a six figure investment in a quayside fabrication facility in Dundee Port. Motive Offshore Group has launched Motive Fabrication in Dundee after successfully negotiating with the port to take over the site, which boasts a deep water quay side facility, alongside a 12,000 sq ft workshop and 2,000 sq ft office block. The base allows Motive Fabrication to reinstate the fabrication service at the Port for subsea contractors and vessel owners. The move by Motive Offshore coincides with the firm securing a £1.5m contract to manufacture and mobilise a 5000 tonne carousel loading tower complete with tensioner and other deck equ

Ecosse Subsea Systems Appoint New Managing Director To Drive Growth

Ecosse Subsea Systems (ESS) has appointed Mark Gillespie as managing director in a move which positions the subsea technology company for significant growth over the next five years. Mr Gillespie has more than 25 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, holding senior technical, commercial and contractual management roles in Technip, CSL, GE Oil & Gas, Centrica and Talisman. More recently he was managing director of Aberdeen-based engineering and project management consultancy PDi Ltd. ESS founder Mike Wilson said the appointment strengthens the management team and introduces new skills needed to accelerate the business through the next level of growth. As Chairman, Mr Wilson will cont

EnerMech’s Mechanical Handling Division Gets Lift From Director Appointment

EnerMech has strengthened a key business division with the appointment of Chris Dixon as director of UK Mechanical Handling Services. Dixon will enhance the Aberdeen-headquartered engineering services group’s delivery of its cranes and lifting, hydraulics and training services to the UK and European energy sector. EnerMech Regional Director for Europe, Phil Bentley, said: “Chris Dixon brings with him a wealth of experience in the mechanical handling services sector, both in the UK and overseas, working latterly with Stork and before that with Sparrows across a range of executive roles over a 24-year period. “Our newly created Mechanical Handling Services business line merges the management o

Keynote Speaker Announced for Decom Offshore 2017

Decom North Sea, the membership organisation for the oil and gas decommissioning sector, has announced Chris Cox, Managing Director of Centrica’s Exploration & Production business, as keynote speaker for its flagship conference and exhibition, Decom Offshore 2017. This year’s annual conference, entitled “Challenging the Norm”, is principally sponsored by Bureau Veritas UK and takes place on 24 May at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre. With over 30 years’ extensive experience in global oil and gas upstream activities, Chris has also held a number of senior roles at BG Group plc and a variety of international technical, commercial and management roles with both Amerada Hess and Chevron

Tyco in Oil & Gas: a heritage of security - Jason Pendlebury, Director, Oil, Gas and Marine, Tyc

Tyco, the world leader in fire and security solutions, has a long and storied history in the world of oil and gas fire safety solutions. With experience going back to the mid-19th century, the company provides staff and asset protection for many of the world’s largest operators in every oil-producing region of the globe. It generates over $11.5 billion in annual sales and employs 90,000 people across the globe, making it uniquely well-resourced to provide effective solutions for the oil & gas industry. Tyco operates across a wide range of industry assets and is just as capable of ensuring the functional safety of drill ships and supply vessels as it is of protecting high-capacity offshore pl

Oil and gas still an attractive draw – for now, warns skills body

- New research sheds light on youth perception of North Sea career prospects - Young people living in the UK’s key energy hubs preparing for and making choices about their future careers still believe there is a long term future in the North Sea and want to pursue a career in the oil and gas industry, according to a new study. More than 500 students from Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Great Yarmouth, Waveney and Norwich were asked to contribute to the Youth Perception of a Career in the Oil & Gas Industry report which was conducted by oil and gas industry skills organisation OPITO throughout 2016. The study will be shared with industry as well as the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Skill

New appointments strengthen technical offering for Aberdeen firm

Ardyne, provider of specialised plug and abandonment and slot recovery technology and services to the global energy industry, has made two new top tier appointments in its technical support division.. Duncan Livingstone and David Stewart both come to Ardyne from Schlumberger, and have a combined experience of more than 70 years working in the global oil and gas industry. The appointments are part of Ardyne’s commitment to bringing in expertise to the company’s UK technical support offering for clients. Both Duncan and David will be working out of Ardyne’s offices in Aberdeen and Stavanger, and will be part of a team of experienced field engineers servicing the company’s international operati

Bureau Veritas reaffirms commitment to the future of the oil and gas industry with scholarship suppo

Bureau Veritas, a global leader in testing, inspection and certification (TIC) services, has confirmed its commitment to the North Sea oil and gas sector with the support of the scholarship program at Robert Gordon University (RGU). Despite the challenging trading environment, which has seen others unable to continue their sponsorship of scholarship students, Bureau Veritas has supported the program for the past five years and has reaffirmed its commitment to the industry by continuing this year. The scholarship is an opportunity for mechanical or electrical engineering students in second or third year at RGU to gain practical industry experience. Students are given a three month work pl

Six steps to safer overhead lifting

By Geoff Holden, Chief Executive, LEEA (Lifting Equipment Engineers Association) With a history that stretches back to the building of the Pyramids, overhead lifting has long played a key role in a wide range of industries – including the subsea and offshore sectors. For the most part, the equipment involved is familiar and, in many cases, relatively straightforward. However, despite (or perhaps because of) this high level of familiarity and ubiquity, lifting remains a common cause of accidents. And given the typically tough working environments involved, it is not surprising that the risks are often greater in subsea and offshore applications. For employers, the good news is that implementi

Copenhagen Subsea - The Green Advantage

Copenhagen Subsea A/S has introduced a new standard for subsea thrusters with a reliable and sustainable profile. POSITIVE SIDE EFFECTS: THE GREEN ADVANTAGE Conventional thrusters use oil lubrication for mechanical parts and for pressure compensation in the cavity between the rotor and the housing. In contrast, Copenhagen Subsea’s thrusters use only the surrounding sea water. Manufactured as a unit of two solid molded parts, there is no enclosed space or cavity in the thruster that needs pressure compensation. One of the advantages in relation to conventional thrusters, – which use a fluid for pressure compensation, is of course that the new solution is 100% pollution-free and spillage will

Ocean Business 2017 – the global ocean technology show combining an exhibition and programme of hand

Ocean Business 2017 is due to take place at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, UK from 4 - 6 April 2017. Firmly established as one of the most important international events in the ocean technology calendar, Ocean Business is FREE to attend and is expected to attract more than 5,000 visitors from over 60 countries. Meet face to face with exhibitors from across the globe… At the very heart of Ocean Business is a three-day exhibition of more than 340 companies, bringing together the world’s leading manufacturers and service providers in the industry. The purpose built exhibition centre is located directly on the waterfront at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, UK an

Brexit impact on the oil and gas industry in the UK

By Paul de Leeuw, Director of Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) Oil and Gas Institute (OGI) Few could have predicted the sequence of events triggered by former Prime Minister David Cameron, when in February 2016 he made his announcement on the steps of Downing Street that the Brexit referendum would indeed take place. Irrespective of the way people then voted on June 23rd 2016, very few would have wagered that the FTSE 100 index of leading shares would now be at a record high and that the UK would be one of the fastest growing economies in the developed world. The government is expected to trigger Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon in the next few days to formally commence the Brexit process.

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