Asset integrity demands special people with special NDT tools

Staff responsible for asset integrity should be ‘cup half empty’ types; they should be intuitively sceptical and constantly expect the worst to happen because asset failure can have extremely serious safety, environmental and financial effects. In addition, these people need to possess a highly methodical, risk-based approach to asset management, with almost obsessive attention to detail. The pressure for ageing assets to perform for extended periods has probably never been greater, so the demand for effective, reliable inspections is enormous. However, there is also pressure for this work to be as fast and efficient as possible in order to minimise down-time. The protection of asset integri

Ecosse Subsea Systems (ESS) has successfully designed, built and delivered a 700Te carousel to a maj

The 700Te carousel designed with the capacity to be upgraded to 1700Te will be used for the storage of cables required for UK offshore wind farm projects. The design and project management phases were conducted at ESS headquarters in Banchory near Aberdeen, with partial manufacture undertaken at ESS subsidiary firm MASfab in County Durham. Now ESS, a specialist subsea and energy sector engineering company will look to win similar orders for the design and construction of carousels for onshore and offshore use. ESS project manager, Kevin Harper, said: “The delivery of this carousel, demonstrates Ecosse Subsea’s capability in designing, manufacturing and the installation of bespoke infrastruct

Global OEM return to Offshore Europe with brand new product launches

HTL Group, global OEM of controlled bolting and fluid power solutions return to this year’s SPE Offshore Europe at stand 1F45. Showcasing a range of innovative new products, HTL’s friendly team look forward to welcoming visitors to their stand to discuss and demonstrate these latest innovations. Following the relocation and launch of the group’s ‘HTL Group Scotland’ facility in Dyce, Aberdeen, the OEM is ideally located to offer the full range of controlled bolting equipment, joint integrity tooling, portable machines, cutting and maintenance tools and fluid power solutions to industry. Driven by a ‘can do’ culture, the group is wholly focused on delivering safe and cost effective solutions

FLIR: FLIR Introduces High Performance FLIR M500 Multi-Sensor Maritime Camera

Advanced FLIR Cooled Thermal Technology Provides Enhanced Awareness, Superior Imaging, and Long-Range Target Identification Capabilities. FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) has recently announced the addition of a cooled thermal camera to its award-winning M-Series platform, the FLIR M500 multi-sensor maritime camera. Enabling superyachts, first responders, and commercial vessels to see long-range targets with exceptional clarity, the FLIR M500 provides professional captains with enhanced situational awareness to detect targets more than 15 kilometres, navigate tight waterways, and avoid collisions day and night. The FLIR M500’s cooled midwave, 640x512 thermal camera’s ability to detect very

Mech-Tool Engineering Secures European Certification

The North East’s largest product manufacturer and global supplier of fire, blast and heat hazard protection solutions has successfully been recognized as an approved manufacturer of CE compliant products. Headquartered in Darlington and with offices all over the world including Aberdeen, Houston and Korea - Mech-Tool Engineering Ltd (MTE) - will now be authorized to attach CE markings to its leading range of globally recognised steel and aluminum protection products. Following comprehensive technical reviews at the company’s manufacturing facilities, Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA) – the world’s leading provider of independent assessment services from certification and validation r

Bahco Ergonomic Tools

With frequent, often daily use of tools even the toughest hands can be affected by muscle strain or injury. This is not only painful but can lead to lost working time or, for the self employed, lost business. Mark Haywood, Managing Director of SNA Europe (UK), the company behind the globally renowned Bahco hand tools, offers... Useful guidance on how to protect your hands Engineers and technologists know they need to look after their hands but that’s easier said than done when coping with the daily pressures of working life. Every time you grip a hand tool you activate 42 different hand muscles. Over time this can cause strain, pain or numbness in parts of the hand. Constant repetition of s

First ship with IMO Tier III EIAPP certified Wärtsilä engines is launched

The launch of the L'Astrolabe, a 72 metre polar logistics vessel fitted with a complete Wärtsilä propulsion machinery package and Wärtsilä NOR (NOx Reducer) SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) exhaust gas cleaning systems for all the main engines, took place on July 12. This is the first vessel operating with the International Maritime Organisation's IMO Tier III EIAPP (Engine International Air Pollution Prevention) certified Wärtsilä diesel engines. The ship was built by PIRIOU (France) for the French Southern and Antarctic Lands Administration. It will be used to transport personnel and supplies to the Dumont d'Urville research station in Antarctica. The four IMO Tier III certified 8-cylin

Aquaterra signs investment deal with EV

Aquaterra Energy, a leading global offshore engineering solutions provider, has secured a multi-million pound investment from EV Private Equity as the company gears up for service expansion and new technology launches. The deal is the first to be agreed following EV’s pledge last year to invest $200 million in North Sea businesses with new technologies and high growth potential. The independent private equity firm confirmed it was seeking to invest between $10 million to $40 million in each company. Aquaterra, which has operations in Aberdeen, Norwich and Cairo provides riser systems, offshore structures and rental equipment to the global oil and gas industry. The company recently designed,

Sparrows Group and SPIE seal first joint cranes contract in the Congo for Total

Sparrows Group and SPIE Oil & Gas Services have secured their first joint delivery project, which is in West Africa, after Total E&P Congo awarded the partners the crane maintenance contract on the Moho Nord development. The scope of the agreement covers maintenance, inspection and testing services on five pedestal cranes on the development’s Likouf Floating Production Unit (FPU) and Tension Leg Platform (TLP) over three years. Commencing in quarter three 2017, the project will be managed locally by SPIE, with expert specialist technical personnel delivered by Sparrows. In August last year, Sparrows and SPIE announced they had agreed a partnership with an initial view to developing a collect

Aberdeen based Canyon Offshore Limited selected to trench world’s longest submarine interconnector

Canyon Offshore Limited, a leading trenching solution provider based in Aberdeen, has been awarded a contract for the provision of offshore cable trenching services on the North Sea Link Interconnector. The 1.400MW subsea HVDC system with cables linking the UK and Norway when complete will be the world’s longest submarine interconnector. The multi-million pound subcontract was awarded by Prysmian PowerLink S.r.l, who are manufacturing and installing the two parallel HVDC cables for National Grid and Statnett (North Sea Link Interconnector) between Blyth in England and Kvilldal in Norway. Estimated to cost €1.5-2 billion, North Sea Link is the first interconnector between the UK and Norway an

Suretank supplies helifuel system to Shelf Drilling

Suretank, the world's leading provider of engineered solutions to the offshore oil and gas industry, has manufactured and delivered specialised helifuel re-fuelling tanks and jettison skids for two platforms in the Gulf of Thailand. The equipment is for Shelf Drilling, the world's largest contractor of jack-up rigs, and along with the helifuel system a number of baskets and containers were also supplied to update the platforms' existing cargo carrying units. The units were mobilised by Suretank’s logistics' team from its manufacturing base in Ireland to Dubai, where the jettison skids were attached to the rig. The rigs then sailed to Thailand where the helifuel tanks were married to the pla

Leading Welding Company Broadens its Horizons

One of the North East’s leading providers of integrated welding and engineering solutions – QA Weld Tech – has announced plans to continue its ambitious growth by introducing its highly reputable welding and fabrication services into other industrial sectors including nuclear, power generation and petrochemical. Starting life in 1980, the Middlesbrough based business firmly established its roots in the oil and gas sector working with major companies, including Total, BP, Shell, OneSubsea and GE Oil & Gas. Founded by Welding Engineer and current Managing Director, Charles Tighe, the company began its operations from a 600sqm unit in Riverside Park Industrial Estate, Middlesbrough. Having grow

DNV GL increases research and testing portfolio in UK

DNV GL has reorganised their research and testing capability in the UK adding a facility at Bishop Auckland, County Durham, UK, to the portfolio. The site, formerly known as the Flow Centre, has been positioned to complement and enhance the research and testing capability at Spadeadam in Cumbria, increasing the scope across the two centres. Gary Tomlin, DNV GL Vice President, Safety and Risk, UK, will manage both facilities. He says: “The research and testing site at Bishop Auckland is unique. It has a long history serving the gas industry and primarily does work for the distribution and transmission networks. The facility has now been expanded to serve the offshore sector and we have onsite

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