Successful demonstration of ¡VAMOS! technology in UK

Recently the ¡VAMOS! consortium, Advisory Board Members, and interested external parties were invited for a live demonstration of the ¡VAMOS! technology at the Imerys Minerals Ltd. test site in Lee Moor, Devon, UK. The 29 visitors were divided up in small groups and guided around the premises by representatives of SMD Ltd., Damen Dredging Equipment and INESC TEC, who have been working on the various project components. Visitors were provided with PPE and safety instructions before they were taken by boat to the Launch and Recovery Vessel, where they were able to inspect the Mining Vehicle and witnessed the deployment and recovery of the vehicle. Back on shore, the visitors were given an over

AISUS launches new tool for enhanced offshore inspection

Aberdeen-based AISUS has invested a six-figure sum in upgrading and developing cutting edge inspection technology as it looks to further broaden its range of services and increase its geographical reach to provide its customers with the most efficient, cost-effective technological solutions. AISUS has today (Monday 30th October) launched an improved internal gravity deployed ultrasonic scanning tool, SIRIUS-X, for completing ultrasonic corrosion mapping within offshore caissons, risers and conductors. Following successful field trials, it recently completed its first caisson inspection programme for a major UK oil and gas operator. The projects were completed in 14 days and included internal

Flowline Specialists Completes Middle East Subsea Project

The Dubai subsidiary of Scottish energy industry equipment manufacturer and service provider Flowline Specialists has recently completed work on a major subsea umbilical, riser and flexible (SURF) lay project in the Middle East. Flowline Specialists FZE was contracted to assist in laying various flexible flowlines, umbilicals and cables from reels of varying size and weight as part of the project. The Dubai business was established in 2015 by Flowline Specialists, which is based in Oldmeldrum and designs, engineers and manufactures a range of cable handling and deployment equipment for use in the energy industry, as part of its international growth strategy. Four pieces of equipment from th

Fulkrum Announces Key Appointment for Middle East and Caspian Regions

Fulkrum Technical Services, a leading technical consultancy which provides QA/QC and inspection services to the oil and gas sector, has announced the appointment of a Regional Manager for the Middle East and Caspian. Tommy Hillock brings 35 years of international industry experience to the role, spending the last 15 years as Managing Director of Global Energy SCS. He supported over 100 customers worldwide and led the firm’s expansion with new offices in Perth, Australia and Houston, Texas, before establishing operations for SCS in the Middle East. As Regional Manager for Fulkrum, Tommy will be based in Abu Dhabi and responsible for all company operations across the Middle East and Caspian re

Zamil Offshore Services and UTEC Announce Strategic Partnership for Offshore Survey in the Kingdom o

Zamil Offshore Services and UTEC, an Acteon company, have formed a strategic partnership where both companies will work together exclusively to execute offshore survey projects in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The partnership brings together two leading contractors; UTEC, with its global survey experience, and Zamil Offshore with its marine and offshore operations experience and local in-Kingdom knowledge. UTEC has upscaled its operations in the Middle East since establishing a presence in the region 18 months ago. The company has invested in growth and now employs 20 onshore and offshore personnel from its office in Abu Dhabi. UTEC has been successfully working in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Expro launches industry-leading TCP gun system for extreme high pressure applications

Leading international oilfield services company, Expro, has launched a new extreme high pressure tubing conveyed perforating (TCP) gun system, delivering the largest perforation hole area available for frac and gravel pack completions. Designed specifically for challenging deep water environments in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM), the Extreme Pressure Series 30,000 PSI TCP gun system utilises super big hole charge technology, providing best-in-class area-open-to-flow (AOF) to support frac-and gravel-pack operations. Delivering 18-22 shots per foot using steel HMX charges, standard casing sizes of 7” through 7-3/4”, in combination with the 4 3/4” OD system, will achieve 6-7” AOF. However larger ca

Ardyne Appoints New Chairman

Ardyne, provider of innovative plug and abandonment and slot recovery technology, has appointed Paul Warwick as non-executive chairman. Mr. Warwick has been a non-executive director of Ardyne since shortly after the launch of the company in 2016. Mr. Warwick will take on the role of non-executive chairman from Glynn Williams who has stepped down from the role of executive chairman to become a non-executive director. The changes in board structure support Ardyne’s international growth strategy and balance the commitments of the directors. Bringing with him a wealth of oil and gas knowledge, Mr Warwick is executive chairman of Whalsay Energy Limited and a non-executive director of Well-Safe L


Gall Thomson, the world leader in marine couplings, has just introduced a new range of next generation locking cams for its Camlock Couplings. The Camlock-R™ is a fully sealed ratchet mechanism that locks as it’s tightened and which can only be released using its built-in central push button. The Camlock-R™ is up to 50 times faster than a traditional flanged connection. The connection time for a three-cam coupling can be as little as 20 seconds. The patent pending design of the new Camlock-R™ features two rings of teeth in a 360 degree engaged ratchet ensuring that the ratchet mechanism is engaged at all times. This eliminates any concern over the effect of vibration on the cams. The ratchet

Dry on long travel lengths: M series in steel system channel with roof system

Drag chains have to function flawlessly even under the toughest conditions – for example with difficult ambient influences, contamination or extreme weather. This is why KABELSCHLEPP Metool has developed steel system channels for the cable carrier systems from the M series with matching enclosures to provide additional top cover. This protects the cable carrier completely against outside influences. The robust drag chains from the KABELSCHLEPP Metool M series are often used in outdoor areas, such as in crane applications. Here they are exposed to rough weather conditions, for example in sea ports. That does not have to be the case, though: in combination with the matching enclosure, the stee

African energy ministers to outline opportunities for North Sea firms at industry event

North Sea oil and gas organisations will gain unprecedented access to key decision-makers in a growing energy market when the second Scotland Africa Oil & Gas Forum takes place in Aberdeen next month. High-level speakers including energy ministers, African national oil and international oil company CEOs and the main private sector oil and gas organisations on the continent will examine both current and future market conditions and prospects during the event, which takes place in collaboration with the Scotland Africa Business Exchange. Despite the downturn in the global oil and gas price, exploration, development and production continues across Africa. First oil has been produced from the TE


Wellsite Fishing and Rental Services, LLC (“Wellsite”), a leading provider of drilling and completion rental equipment, has appointed Ryan Henderson as its new vice president of sales and marketing. Based in Houston, Henderson will be responsible for recruiting and mentoring sales team members, direct sales and client management, market penetration of new and current product lines and creating and implementing pricing and sales strategies to increase the value of Wellsite Fishing and Rental Services. Kirby Arceneaux, chairman and CEO, Wellsite, said, “In addition to more than 20 years of active service in the US Army, Ryan has more than 18 years of oil and gas experience in drilling, complet

ITF broadens scope of its annual open call for oil and gas technology proposals

The Industry Technology Facilitator (ITF) has issued its annual open call for proposals and this year all global developers of innovations in the oil and gas industry are welcomed at any technology readiness level (TRL). ITF has also made the submissions process for inventors and technologists simpler than ever, with only a short abstract required in the first instance. Since 2014, the open call process has been a chance for developers to put forward ideas from a wide range of oil and gas activities, outside the more regular thematic calls for proposals run by the not-for-profit organisation. The initial application process will remain open until Friday, November 17th and consists of two par

Servelec Controls becomes first OSIsoft Select Partner in the UK

Servelec Controls, a leading independent integrator of mission critical control and safety systems, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded Select Partner status by OSIsoft, an invitation only level accreditation reserved for partners who provide a higher degree of value to their customers. As one of only five Select Partners globally, and the first in the UK, Servelec is delighted with the recognition that this provides for our capabilities with the OSIsoft PI System and of our commitment to providing our customers with innovative solutions for critical applications. More than half of the OSIsoft accredited engineers in the UK are a part of Servelec Controls’ team of industry specia

Actisense Wins British Chamber Awards Regional Export Business of the Year Accolade

Actisense, the multi-award winning NMEA specialists, has won the prestigious British Chamber Awards, Regional Export Business of the Year category. Adding to their enviable worldwide reputation as specialist marine electronics exporters, Actisense in Poole have won a regional British Chamber Award. Selected from hundreds of entries across nine business categories, Actisense has been recognised as Regional Export Business of the Year in Dorset, the region represented by Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Recognising and rewarding excellence in British business across the UK’s 52 accredited Chambers of Commerce, the Chamber Business Awards are one of the most contested award programmes i

Final Call for Subsea UK Award Nominations

Industry body, Subsea UK has issued a final call for entries ahead of its prestigious 2018 business awards. The awards recognise companies and individuals who are leading the way in Britain’s £9 billion subsea sector. Entries are being sought for the subsea company of the year (large and small), the most promising young person in the sector, outstanding contribution by an individual to the industry and emerging enterprise. The Subsea UK Award categories are: Company of the Year (Large and small) Innovation and Technology, sponsored by Simmons & Co. International New Enterprise Global Exports Innovation for Safety Young Emerging Talent Outstanding Contribution The awards will also recognise a


When a semi-submersible offshore platform completed an oil & gas project offshore Veracruz, Mexico, twelve seals on its two sterntube assemblies needed to be replaced. The unit left the field and was berthed alongside in August when a Hydrex team was called in to evaluate the damage and effect repair. The operator of the unit first contacted the Antwerp hull care specialist at the beginning of the year to have the repair carried out before the summer. However, after changes in the platform’s schedule, Hydrex was asked to defer the repair till August, to coincide with other repair and maintenance work scheduled. When the unit arrived in Veracruz, the Hydrex team set to work removing the rope

Fischer Panda: Fischer Panda UK appoints Technical Sales Manager

Fischer Panda UK has appointed David Payne as its new Technical Sales Manager. An experienced marine industry sales manager specialising in hybrid generator and battery-based electrical power systems, Payne has joined the Dorset-based team to drive sales for its generators, electric propulsion systems, watermakers and air-conditioning systems. His role will also include developing and expanding a system-based approach for the product range, while working to further integrate key brands, such as Mastervolt Power systems and CZone monitoring and control, into the Fischer Panda packages. Chris Fower, Marine Sales and Marketing Manager for Fischer Panda, said: “We are delighted to bring David on

Churchill Drilling Tools wins prestigious business award

Churchill Drilling Tools, a global oilfield service company specialising in drilling innovation, is celebrating after winning a major business award. The company was successful in the ‘Achievement in International Business’ category at the 2017 Northern Star Business Awards, held at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre on October 5. It was the second year in a row that Churchill had been nominated for the award, reflecting the company’s sustained success in penetrating international export markets and becoming a trusted partner to operators around the world. CEO Mike Churchill said: “After coming so close last time round, I am delighted that Churchill has won the Achievement in Inte

Tendeka becomes first independent service company to win multi-million-pound lower completion contra

Tendeka, a global leader in advanced completions and production optimisation, has been awarded a project to supply the Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) with its Inflow Control Device (ICD) technology which will enhance production through more effective reservoir management. The multi-million-pound deal will involve Tendeka installing Advanced ICD equipment in 55 horizontal wells over two years in Northern Kuwait. Tendeka will perform reservoir simulations for each well, working closely with KOC to ensure optimum reservoir performance. Scott Watters, Chief Operating Officer with Tendeka, said: “This marks the first independent service company to win such a significant lower completion contract in the

Sonardyne acoustic technology used in hunt for flight recorder at helicopter crash site

A mission to search for the wreckage of an Irish Coast Guard helicopter which crashed into the Atlantic earlier this year killing all four crew members, was supported with underwater locating equipment from Sonardyne International Ltd. Within hours of rescuers arriving at the scene of the accident off the west coast of Ireland, Sonardyne Scout USBL (Ultra-Short BaseLine) and ROV-Homer acoustic tracking and relocation systems, owned and operated by the country’s Marine Institute, had detected emergency signals being transmitted from the aircraft’s flight data recorder (FDR). Using an ROV, search teams were subsequently able to pinpoint the exact location of the wreck which was lying in 40 met

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