Introducing the Fibre Ex Connector Fibre Technology for Hazardous Areas

Designed for Ex Environments, this multi-core connector offers a safe means of making and breaking fibre cabling in some of the world’s most arduous environments. Fibre and Ex Environments Fibre is ideal for communication and sensing applications in hazardous areas and it has long been assumed by the industry that Fibre is safe to install in these environments. It’s not. Fibre actually poses a serious ignition risk in Ex applications. That’s why we’ve created the Fibre Ex connector to align with the latest in Fibre Optic standards. The Connector The Fibre Ex protects against ignition risk in hazardous areas by utilising two of the three ‘protection concepts’ described in the IEC 60079-28 sta

Glamox Launches New Generations of FX60 and TX65 LED Lighting With Flat Glass Diffuser

Based on continuous extensive testing and operational experience over the last five years, lighting solutions specialist Glamox has launched new generations of the FX60 range of Ex-protected LED floodlights and the TX65 range of explosion-proof (Ex de) multi-purpose LED area lights. Due to a new flat glass diffuser, both ranges now offer improved performance and a more compact, protected design. When the first generation of FX60 LED floodlights was launched in 2014, it was a game-changer for hazardous area Zone 1 floodlighting. By replacing the glass dome with a flat glass, the latest generation has a significantly more compact and protected design, reducing exposure to external impacts in o

New Oil and Gas Training Centre Opens in Great Yarmouth

Oil and gas companies in East Anglia can save on flights and hotels in Aberdeen for workers’ essential industry training by using a new accredited facility in Great Yarmouth. Oil and gas companies in East Anglia can save on flights and hotels in Aberdeen for workers’ essential industry training by using a new accredited facility in Great Yarmouth. EPIC International has stepped in to fill another gap in services in the area by becoming an accredited centre for International Well Control Forum (IWCF) Well Intervention courses. Well intervention technicians and engineers, and other associated professionals, must undergo the fourday course plus exams every two years. A regional accredited centr

Damen Verolme Rotterdam Completes Refit of Drilling Rig ‘Stena Don’

Damen Verolme Rotterdam (DVR) has completed a major refit of the Stena Drilling-owned 5th generation, semi-submersible drilling rig Stena Don. The vessel arrived at DVR in October 2018 and departed for her new contract off the UK’s Shetland Islands in February 2019. The most significant aspect of the works was the installation of an eight-point mooring system for her future drilling contracts. By using this for holding position, emissions will be significantly reduced and substantial savings on fuel costs will be made. The upgrade also enables the rig to work in shallower waters than before which greatly increases her operational envelope DVR, one of Damen Shipyards Group’s most experienced

DROPS Training Scheme Combats Risk of Tools Falling From Height

According to the UK’s Health & Safety Executive more than 10 million people are required to work at height during a typical year. Among them are oil and gas industry professionals well aware of the threat and possible consequences of hand tools or equipment falling or being dropped from height. As well as creating a major risk to anyone working or passing below, falling tools can also cause serious damage and expensive down time to vital systems and machinery. Within the tool manufacturing sector, 200 industry organisations address the problem by supporting the global Dropped Object Prevention Scheme (DROPS), which originated within the O&G industry. Its members meet in forums or focus group

Frames Hydraulic Control Systems for Eni Merakes Field Tie-Back

Leading oil and gas process equipment supplier, Frames, has been awarded a contract to supply TechnipFMC with the hydraulic control systems for subsea wells and subsea isolation valves in the Eni Merakes field tie-back to the existing Jangkrik Floating Production Unit in offshore East Kalimantan, Indonesia. The field’s subsea wells, and the construction and installation of subsea systems and pipelines, will be connected to the Jangkrik FPU. The gas will then be shipped through the existing pipelines from the Jangkrik FPU to the Bontang LNG Processing facility. Frames is supplying a Production HPU (PHPU), a Topside Umbilicial Termination Unit (TUTU) and a Subsea Isolation Valve control panel

Hiretech Investment Further Enhances Pumping Capabilities

Equipment rental specialist Hiretech Limited has continued to invest significantly towards enhancing its pumping equipment capabilities and services offered across the energy industry. The company, a leading independent equipment rental, sales, service and maintenance company offering pumping spreads, powered umbilical reels, hydraulic power packs and supporting equipment, has invested significantly in its product and service ranges over recent months, achieving continued growth success in the UK and overseas. The investment has primarily been made towards its range of pumping equipment, including well service and chemical circulation pumps, as well as increasing the fleet of hydraulic power

Testing Cable Protection for Marine Environments

Cabling in marine and offshore applications is typically exposed to some of the harshest operational environments. With the damaging effects from UV radiation, potential water ingress and salt spray conditions to name a few, it is vital that this cabling is suitably protected, and due consideration is paid when specifying and installing protective conduit systems. However, many operators may be unaware that their conduit systems and fittings have not been specified correctly – especially in relation to the effects of exposure to corrosive salt water. This heavy corrosion can result in system failure and the exposure of cables, which can have a significant impact on operational performance an

Commercial Diver Training

Is it a skill set the industry will lose? With the recent years of decline across all offshore oil and gas sectors, one of the most serious considerations, if not the most serious consideration that is now raising concerns is the competence of personnel and returning to work management. The commercial diving industry is no different. In fact, it is at the higher end of the risk management considerations as the operational hazards have a direct impact on the safety of the diver. There is always the argument within the risk management process and hierarchy of controls to ‘not dive’ and conduct the work by other means. However, human interface in many subsea operations is always required and th

Starrag Heckert’s DBF Integrated Facing Head Delivers One-Hit Savings on Oil & Gas Work

The productivity benefits that oil and gas companies can gain by using Starrag Group’s Heckert DBF horizontal machining centres are unquestionable. Using the machines’ single set-up ability to mill, drill and turn fluids ends, gate valves, drill bits, pump housings and fracking blocks, for example, has seen users slash machining times – in one instance, on control valves, from 20 hours to just 4.5 hours, achieving a 95% reduction in overall processing times and a 77% cut in cycle times. The secret to the success of the Heckert DBF range of five-axis machines (six-axis when an NC rotary table with pivoting unit is added) is the machine’s integral U axis that carries the DBF multi-tasking head

Cygnus FMD Continues to Impress the Subsea and Offshore Inspection Industry

The Cygnus ultrasonic Flooded Member Detection (FMD) system is a rugged, simple to use solution for detecting the presence of water (“floods”) in offshore members. It is the only product of its kind available on the market that is designed and manufactured by a dedicated, ultrasonic NDT (Non-Destructive Testing) specialist. When the Cygnus system presents a Flooded / Not Flooded result, the result is backed up with a rectified A-Scan. This allows for the correct verification of a result and allows either the technician on site (or an off-site engineer at a later date) to confirm the reading is absolutely correct. Additional features that have proven popular with offshore engineers and inspec

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