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ProjectsOGP magazine is proud once again to be at both Offshore Europe and Offshore Energy this year. In this edition, we are focusing on offshore projects in the North Sea and Europe. Our key projects in focus are the Kraken Field, Ivar Aasen Field, Mariner Field and the Cygnus Field. We also have some news in depth reports on new builds and what is currently happening in the North Sea sector. We would like to thank all of our clients for their continued support, especially 3M Oil and Gas, Ferguson Group, NOV Portable Power, Prosafe, Derrick Services Limited, Borealis, Silver Fox, TotalDecom, Intergraph, Siemens, Bifold, Ecosse Subsea Systems and Panalpina for all providing excellent features in this edition. We would also like to thank all of our partners, and look forward to working with you all again in the near future.

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For many field operators, sand represents a constant challenge; image courtesy of 3M

Sand control is a key issue for oilfield operators. An innovative technology from 3M is offering an effective new way to manage this problem By: 3M’s Ian Hunter Sand control has been thrust firmly into the spotlight by the recent unprecedented oil price fluctuations, with producers focusing on their core oil-recovery activities as they struggle with the consequences. They are seeking greater returns from existing assets and examining intervention techniques which can release ‘hidden’ potential in their well stock. Unfortunately, this is where sand control starts to become a real issue, as the operators must delve deeper into wells where they encounter environments which are potentially more harsh and corrosive. Metal screens are traditionally used to filter out sand and proppant from the hydrocarbon flow, and this can be effective. However, high sand or proppant levels can rapidly erode these screens, limiting their effectiveness and their operating life. As the erosion continues, more maintenance, greater downtime and increased financial implications follow. Fortunately, operators now have a more effective solution at their disposal, in the form of advanced Ceramic Sand Screen Systems. Ceramic materials have long been used in industrial applications and the diversified technology company, 3M, has innovative and highly advanced ceramic materials which can resist even the most aggressive oil and gas applications.


The key to their success lies in the hardness of the ceramics, which is similar to that of diamond. The internationally recognised Knoop hardness test has shown that modern silicon carbide ceramics can far outperform materials such as stainless steel and even harder metals. As well as abrasion resistance, Ceramic Sand Screen Systems can also be made to withstand both thermal extremes and attack from corrosive substances. The stiffness of the ceramic material enables them to withstand high pressures and stresses, and this gives a clue to their outstanding reliability, even in unconsolidated reservoirs where the sand grains are only loosely packed together. Ceramic Sand Screen System designs can also be adapted to suit different requirements such as bore diameter or sand grain size. This versatility makes them ideal for new wells or for intervention applications where they can help maximize production from poorly producing well stock affected by sand. By unlocking new opportunities from existing assets, they can help deliver fresh revenue from reservoirs that might otherwise be abandoned. In short, they represent an entirely new approach to sand control.

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CLIENT NEWS A typical design features a stack of ceramic rings fixed between upper and lower coupling elements, and mounted on a tubular support. The rings are made from low-density sintered silicon carbide, which has excellent abrasion, corrosion and heat-resistance properties. The ring geometry and positioning can be varied to suit different applications, while V-shaped gaps in the ring stack improve flow characteristics and ensure that any pressure loss across the screen is negligible. The ring stack can also accommodate a high degree of system flexing for use in highly deviated bores. An outer metallic shroud is used to add further protection during deployment and internal perforated tubes are used to provide additional support. The case of a production company in Bolivia demonstrates the effectiveness of Ceramic Sand Screen Systems. Their original metallic screens were failing after just two months and the complex and remote nature of the well made replacing them difficult. The operator switched to Ceramic Sand Screen Systems from 3M and the results were dramatic. Production rates rose by 25% and revenue increased by US$237,000 per month. The cost of the new screens was recovered in just 17 days and they remained operational for 17 times longer than the previous metallic screens. This innovative technology clearly offers a proven way to combat sand control problems and has tremendous potential for helping oil producers address the financial challenges posed by today’s oil market.

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Leading the way in the North Sea sector with diesel generators


worldwide force in the Hire/Sales/Service of diesel driven generators, NOV Portable Power are the preferred choice for North Sea oil and gas operators and contractors. Being the largest dedicated diesel generator supply company in the North East of Scotland, with almost 100 generators in the rental fleet, NOV support onshore and offshore rentals with generators ranging from 30kVA road-tow trailer sets, up to 1250kVA DNV 2.7-1 containerised generators. Built to the highest specification, the offshore containerised generator rental fleet has fully integrated fire/gas detection and fire suppression systems. All that are housed in containers or lifting frames rated to DNV 2.71. NOV Portable Power are also based in Great Yarmouth with a fleet of generators to cover Southern North Sea oil & gas clients . NOV also have a global presence with locations in the North and South of America, Canada, Singapore & Dubai. Previously oil and gas companies in Aberdeen had been pursuing bespoke generator requirements from further afield. More recently companies who were looking to purchase project specific generators now realise that there is a wealth of experience on their doorstep and have been turning to local expertise in the form of NOV Portable Power. The NOV Portable Power Project Engineering team have a wealth of experience and have amassed a substantial portfolio of bespoke build generators for client specific projects. As a global provider of specialised diesel generator packages for onshore and offshore oil and gas, petrochemicals and the renewable industries, from its Aberdeen facility, the diesel generators are designed, packaged and tested to suit client specifications and requirements, inclusive of legislative and environmental criteria. NOV’s Engineering team in Aberdeen have completed, supplied and installed a considerable amount of client specific generators around the world. These vary in both size and application. An example of this was for a drilling application for a North Sea operator. A 1250kVA zone 2 Generator was required to support the power for the platform top drive. NOV’s engineering team’s proposal for a Certified EEx pz Zone IIA T3 was accepted by the oil operator as the best solution. The EEx pz converts the hazard from Zone 2 outside the package to nonhazardous internally, with the result that the enclosure must be pressurised inside at all times to keep any unwanted gases out, during normal operation. As part


of the installation process, ducting is provided to ensure that air intake will be drawn from a safe area to satisfy the purge and pressurisation modes of operation. The exhaust air out is also required to be ducted to the nearest safe area. This particular bespoke build was also supplied with a Combined Purge Fire & Gas System with High Resolution HMI Control, Fire Suppression System, Dual Battery System and External Local Control Exd Panels. By fitting an external panel, the operator does not have to enter the generator container, eliminating any potentially dangerous risk in the hazardous area location. NOV’s uniquely designed generators for normally unmanned installations (NUI) can cater for service interval ranges of between 2000 & 2500hrs. NUI generators are mainly used for main power application and only require visiting the platform once every three months for service intervention. This instead of 4-5 times every three months is regular for standard generators. Fully weather proofed enclosures are provided with an ingress protection rating of IP56. These enclosures are fit for all types of adverse weather conditions. Major operators have already purchased NUI generators for platforms in the North Sea and the Middle East. NOV’s engineering team can provide the solution when selecting the diesel generator for the desired application. The company’s affiliation with the offshore industry has resulted in various types of project specific new build contracts. NOV’s In-house Service Department can offer all clients with their own generator, a service/maintenance healthcare contract to help keep their generator in working order. NOV also operate a 24hr callout service. After sales support for any specialised generator is paramount, and NOV’s commissioning/service engineers can provide the necessary technical knowledge and capability for installation, commissioning, training and maintenance, should the client prefer after their own generators are installed.

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Cancellations and delays plague the market, with companies pushing finalisation on North Sea projects, in an effort to substantiate investments By: Ioannis Tzelepis As we are heading towards the final quarter of 2015, the oil price has stabilised at levels over US$55 per barrel, but the hope for a revitalisation before the end of the year is fading away. As this new reality dictates adjustments in capital management, the industry’s priorities have changed, with many developments being cancelled or delayed. The drilling market, a significant subsector of the oil and gas industry has been hit dramatically and with it, the golden years of rig construction have now passed. Offshore drilling rig demand is expected to drop even lower, decreasing by 8.4% over the next few years. On the supply side, 55% of the floaters, currently under construction and to be delivered during the next two years, remain without contracts. In this context, drilling companies and shipyards are trying to cancel, delay or renegotiate their deals. Since 2008, there has been a massive rise in the supply of rigs, boosting the offshore construction market, with Asian shipyards accounting for almost 92.6% of the total rig deliveries in 2013 and Keppel FELS emerging as a leading force. Currently there are 218 offshore drilling rigs under construction, the majority with delivery dates during 2017. However, even before the collapse of the oil price, there were signs that demand was slowing down, while oversupply was imminent. The new market conditions, with the start of 2015, saw many drilling


companies in financial distress. Some of them have tried to alter their contracts, with George Economou of Ocean Rig trying to swap one of the new build drillships, ordered with eight tankers, as the company is struggling to find contracts even for the current existing fleet. Some others, like Seadrill, which has currently 16 rigs under construction, announced that they will refrain from new offshore rig orders for the next few years. While Diamond Offshore recently made six rig contracts worth over US$700 million. This was questioned by their clients and the company is now trying to delay the deliveries from the shipyard. Another emerging issue closely related to new builds is the deployment of the older rigs. The older rigs have managed to remain busy the past few years due to high demand, providing companies with a good revenue stream. But now, with the new rigs expecting to come online and the rates significantly being reduced, the profit from these offshore constructions is now questionable. As a result, it has become a regular occurrence to see older rigs remaining inactive, costing companies from US$1 to US$5 million per year. In terms of the North Sea, the situation is more complicated, as the low price of oil and the cut in exploration and production expenditure, is combined with the emergence of the region as one of the most expensive areas to operate. However, with many projects

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NEWS IN DEPTH in the North Sea heading towards their final stage and a huge capital already spent, it is unlikely to see oil and gas companies cancelling these capital intensive developments. Moreover, the breakeven price for the major upcoming fields is estimated at around US$45 per barrel (Brent), which further confirms the validity of the already signed construction contracts.

Industries in South Korea, with delivery expected in late 2016. Finally, the emergence of LNG as a vital source of energy and the fact that there are many LNG projects expected to come online in the next two years, has forced companies to invest in new technologies and especially focus on LNG transportation. GTT, a French designer for the marine transportation and storage of LNG, received a new order for two new LNG carriers. The ships will be constructed by Hyundai Sambo Heavy Industries and will be owned and operated by Teekay Offshore, providing transportation services for BP’s LNG business.

US$90 million deal for the design and construction of a new Havyard 858 L WE subsea vessel.

An example is the US$31 billion Johan Sverdrup field, which according to the final investment decision announced in February 2015, Wood Mackenzie values at US$11.2 billion with a Brent breakeven of US$41/bbl. In June 2015, Statoil, the operator of the Johan Sverdrup awarded a US$888 million contract to Samsung Heavy Industries for the construction of two platform decks for the project. Furthermore, two of the first modules for the massive Clair Ridge project have already been delivered from Hyundai Heavy Industries, while in the case of the Goliat platform, the largest cylindrical platform ever built, the FPSO is now ready for departure to the Eni Norge-operated Goliat field. In general, the floating production market is one of the sectors that could stimulate growth. According to the, “World Floating Production Market Forecast” published by Douglas-Westwood, it is predicted that during the period 2015 – 2019, approximately US$81 billion will be invested on FPS units, which is an increase of 73% in comparison to 2010 – 2014; FPSOs represent the largest segment, with TLPs following. The majority of this investment stems from contracts that have already been signed and are unlikely to be cancelled. There are also new opportunities in the FPSO market, for example with Alpha’s Petroleum Cheviot field, as the re-evaluation of its hydrocarbon potential increased the estimated recoverable reserves and the Field Development Plan now includes the option of the deployment of a new FPSO. On the other hand, the vessel construction market is following a different path, one characterised by stability and emerging opportunities. 2015 saw the Norwegian shipyard, Havyard, sealing a US$90 million deal for the design and construction of a new Havyard 858 L WE subsea vessel, scheduled for delivery by the end of 2017, while Vard Holdings recently signed a contract to build new diving and construction vessels for Kreuz Subsea. Additionally, in January 2015, DEME ordered two new vessels; the multipurpose vessel Living Stone and the self-propelled vessel, Apollo. The contracts have been awarded to the Spanish shipyard La Naval and the Croatian Uljavik. Heerema has also signed a contract with Jurong for delivery of a semi-submersible crane vessel, while Subsea 7 ordered a new heavy construction vessel, Seven Arctic, from Hyundai Heavy

It is evident that due to a gap between demand and supply forces, the drilling market cannot drive traffic to the shipyards at this point, leading to a lack of new opportunities, in terms of rig new builds. However, it is unlikely to see a high number of the already signed contracts cancelled, especially when a huge capital has already been invested. Vessel construction and FPSOs are two subsectors that companies have shown interest in, while the dominance of the LNG market has prompted them to consider investing in further development of the transportation and storage services, by ordering new carriers.

The Deep Orient vessel, image courtesy of Technip

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A rise in fracking in the US has had a great effect on the North Sea sector, causing many to question what lies ahead By: Louise Douglas


s the North Sea sector has been facing a hard economic time over the past few years, it was somewhat expected that David Cameron would take a slight interest in America’s booming shale gas industry. It seems the North Sea sector has barely had a chance to come up for air, with energy majors having to review their North Sea assets and many workforces being slashed as a result. Only recently has Technip announced that it will cut 6,000 jobs as a response to, “an even more challenging environment in oil & gas”. It is as if, the entire sector has been thrown up in the air, and is now having to be cautious about where they replace the pieces. The industry is evolving every day, formulating an unclear picture for the North Sea. The soaring production in the US has had a dramatic and depressing effect on the North Sea sector and globally. It has radically changed the way in which energy is being produced and consumed. Advances in fracking technology and new regulations have enabled US shale production to soar. Fracking now accounts for 56% of US natural gas production and 48% of its oil output. This has pushed America into the number one spot to be the world’s top producer of oil and gas, outperforming Saudi Arabia. This may be good news for the US, but the decline in oil price due to an increased rate of production, has hit the British economy hard. Even more recently, the result of


the Greek referendum vote against austerity measures has had a knock on effect on the price of crude oil. Crude oil had been holding steady at US$60 a barrel at the beginning of the summer, until it plummeted down to US$54.25 a barrel. This lack of stability is having a substantial impact on the behaviours of national and international companies. New projects are being seen to be deferred, as operators are constantly assessing their investment priorities. This behaviour has been noted in a recent oil and gas survey produced by the Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce. The survey reiterates the anxieties felt by contractors working in the North Sea sector, “four out of five contractors are now working below optimum level in the UK. Just two years ago, four out of five contractors were working at or above the optimum levels.” These daunting figures reel out the reality of the situation in the North Sea and how rapid these changes have come about. However, the North Sea is not alone, as when the survey looked at the international figures it found that, “76% of contractors are less confident than they were last year.” More worryingly, the research in regards to investment also received a negative response from the survey’s participants, with only one operator anticipating increased investment in the next two years and most saying they expect it to be reduced. This research does paint a very bleak picture of the industry as it now stands, however there has been a rise in

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NEWS IN DEPTH regards to decommissioning activity. Decommissioning in the North Sea is on the up, with more than 80% of contractors who are involved in current projects, experiencing an increase in activity. This positive spurt could mean a new chapter for the North Sea, as it contains more than 600 oil and gas installations. Only 10 major projects have been taken on so far in the UK Continental Shelf. Platforms like Shell’s Brent Field off Shetland have lots of potential for decommissioning work to take place. The field has four platforms; with only one currently producing oil. It also has hundreds of employees currently working on the platform. This just gives a general idea of how decommissioning could benefit the UK’s oil and gas job market and ironically bring it back to life. However, there is a downside to a rise in decommissioning; a rise could result in less exploration and drilling activity. But there is the argument that this is already the case, due to the secretion of oil becoming increasingly harder in the North Sea, with wells being drilled to total depths beyond 30,000 ft.

overall urban density of Britain compared to America, it is impossible to picture a future of fracking in the country without causing major disruption. On the other hand, the UK is not alone in feeling the economic effects of the low oil price and the North Sea is not yet a lost cause. There is still potential in the North Sea, with major projects like Premier Oil’s US$850 million Solan field in the West of Shetland, still flourishing. Two contracts in the past month have already been awarded at the Solan field with many more to follow as production activity increases. There are many projects in the North Sea which have been heavily invested in and operators are determined to see through. Also, if subsea technology advances as fast as it has been then the future for exploration in the North Sea could be brighter than expected. Moreover, decommissioning poses as a bitter sweet positive for the sector, bringing more job opportunities to the UK. Finally, there is no crystal ball; no one can predict the future. However, the North Sea for the time being does remain a sector on tenterhooks.

1,300 trillion cubic feet of shale gas in the north of England.

The oil and gas survey highlighted that there are a variety of worries for contractors in the North Sea at the moment. The most common constraints were the level of demand, the current economic climate and taxation issues. These problems are not unknown and with the US producing shale at its current rate it is becoming increasingly harder to see the light at the end of the tunnel. There is however, some interest in following in the American giants footsteps. The idea of fracking for shale gas is a precarious subject, with many opposed to the idea. Just recently Lancashire County Council rejected the exploration and production company Cuadrilla’s application to frack for shale in the county. If agreed, it would have been the biggest fracking exploration activity to take place in the UK to date. This is not the first time that a plan for fracking has been rejected by the British people; in 2013 protesters put a stop to another plan to drill for shale by Cuadrilla. This was in response to Cuadrilla causing two small earthquakes from drilling in 2011. So it seems that drilling for shale gas in the UK is far from becoming a reality in the near future. However, The British Geological Survey has estimated that there could be 1,300 trillion cubic feet of shale gas in the north of England. Even if 10% of this gas was recoverable it could fuel gas guzzling Britain for up to 50 years. But, is it worth it? Many argue that introducing fracking to the UK is a reckless idea for a variety of reasons. One main concern is the obdurate geography of Britain, as it is estimated by The British Geological Survey that the majority of the shale in Britain is beneath heavily populated areas, prosperous land and treasured national parks. With this in mind and taking into account the

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2016 promises to illuminate decommissioning opportunity to supply chain


ecommissioning in the oil and gas, nuclear, waste management and defence sectors are, like never before, under huge pressure to reduce costs and maximise asset productivity, both here in the UK and internationally. Billions of pounds are already spent annually and, although one of the UK’s most lucrative industries, decommissioning inevitably faces upheaval and uncertainty – bringing burden and opportunity! From industrial consortiums to SMEs - no one can escape the inherent ups and downs caused by market shifts, economic changes and political decisions – what is important is that organisations of all shapes and sizes are responsive, flexible and collaborative. The decommissioning industry can ride these changes by taking established skills and experience and transferring them to other sectors with similar issues and challenges. Joining the focus on Manchester as the current European City of Science the TotalDECOM2016 conference will be held at Emirates, Old Trafford from 19th – 20th April 2016, exploring the reality that there is a huge overlap in the skills, innovations, engineering, project management, environmental responsibilities and commercial planning required across all sectors faced with a decommissioning responsibility. Not only does this conference clearly demonstrate how learning from one sector can provide invaluable solutions and cost benefits in others, it offers a platform to help organisations diversify into new markets, vitally important at a time when the game can change in the blink of an eye. Decommissioning across the board is already experiencing eye watering levels of expenditure, as

evidenced by the oil and gas sector operators who are responding to these demands by employing their skills and expertise to confront the entirely new challenges and develop alternative solutions. Many of their issues hold similarities to those posed for nuclear and other sectors and could present significant opportunities across the supply chains via cross fertilization of knowledge. From remote operated vehicles dealing with contaminated metals, design for decommissioning and working in harsh environments – there is a lot of common ground on which to rub and polish brains together! Previous TotalDECOM Technology Conference topics included cross-sectoral innovations in Robotics, Imaging & Sensing, Decontamination, Autonomous Systems and much more. TotalDECOM 2016 will be introducing opportunities in decommissioning within the defence sector to the conference and will explore further core topics from oil & gas and nuclear sectors including: - Well Plugging & Abandonment - Asset Life Management & Extension - Liabilities and Security - Waste Characterisation, Transport, Storage and Disposal - Environmental Remediation and Restoration - Project and Cost Performance Assurance - Legislative and Regulatory Change and Implications - Design for Decommissioning - Engineering Excellence and Innovations - Skills The event will once again be a two day conference and exhibition with networking dinner, and will focus on strategic and technology issues. It will include contributions from Tier 1 level organisations focusing on their decommissioning and R&D plans and from Tier 2 suppliers showcasing their technologies and innovations. TotalDECOM 2016 aims to build on the success of its 2014 & 2015 conference. The global decommissioning market is growing at a rapid pace and there is more opportunity than ever to create long-term relationships with operators who require support and innovation. The conference and exhibition offers a rare opportunity to connect with the senior-level decommissioning community – from Sellafield, Decom North Sea and AECOM and many more.



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PROJECT PROFILE DETAILS The Kraken field is a large heavy oil accumulation in the UK North Sea, located in the East Shetland basin, to the west of the North Viking Graben; approximately 125 kilometres east of the Shetland Islands. The project is one of the largest development projects in the UK North Sea and has an anticipated production life of up to 25 years, with its first oil targeted for 2017. The Kraken heavy oil discovery in Block 9/2b was first discovered in 1985 by well 9/02-1. Since then the discovery has found the 9/02b-5 and 9/02b-5z (appraisal well and side-track). The 9/02b-5 well flowed at stable rates of 4,000 bopd, with no pressure depletion evident during the test and achieved a peak flowrate of 4,500 bopd. Unconstrained, the well had the potential to flow at rates in excess of 10,000 bopd, confirming the full field development potential of the Kraken Area. This was good news for the operator as it kick-started plans for development.

OPERATORS At the Kraken oil and gas field the working interests are; EnQuest is the operator and holds a 60% interest, Cairn Energy holds 25% and First Oil has the remaining 15%.


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PROJECT UPDATES Kraken Field Project Development The success of the exploration campaign led to further activity at Krakens appraisal well 9/02b-6, which confirmed a separate field in 2013; this discovery is now called Kraken North. A field development plan was then approved in 2013 for the Kraken field by the Department of Energy and Climate Change. The development plan of action is to drill 25 wells, 13 producers and 12 injectors, which will be tied back through subsea infrastructure to a leased FPSO. The subsea manifolds, which make-up the subsea infrastructure are in place on the seafloor. These will connect the templates to the first drill centre. Two templates are also to be installed for the second drill centre. The drilling rig is due to leave the shipyard soon, after undergoing its five year special periodic survey. During the 2H of 2015 it should begin batch top-hole drilling. The Kraken development drilling is already underway and the Armada Kraken FPSO construction continues at Singapore with the fabrication of the main process modules having already been started. The FPSO will be one of the largest deployed in the UK North Sea with a storage capacity of 600,000 bbls and a gross fluid handling capacity in excess of 450,000 bfpd. For such a project, a variety of contractors were a necessity for the desired development outcome. Up to 8 contractors have been recorded working on the current development these include; Aker Solutions, Awilco Drilling Limited, Technip, Bumi Armada, Diamond Offshore Drilling (U.K.) Ltd, OHM Limited, Keppel Shipyard and SPX Corporation. Aker Solutions was one of the first major contractors to win a contract from Enquest for the project. The company won a contract for the supply of subsea equipment in 2013, which was estimated to be worth as much as US$440 million. The order included 25 subsea trees and six template manifolds, as well as controls, wellheads and tie-in equipment.

CONTRACTS Petrofac awarded contract Armada Kraken FPSO


The Kraken field development is an ongoing project, with many opportunities for subcontractors. Petrofac is the most recent subcontractor to be announced working alongside Bumi Armada. The contract is to support the maintenance management system implementation for Bumi’s FPSO. The scope of work includes development of an integrated risk-based maintenance programme, associated repair/replacement strategies and spares holdings. The BuildMETM, Plant Asset Management’s proprietary asset management programme development platform will support the project. It will provide a controlled environment to develop the asset hierarchy, assign maintenance, conduct the criticality assessment and spares analysis, and build bills of materials.

EnQuest selects Technip for large subsea contract In 2014 Technip was awarded a substantial contract for the North Sea Kraken development. The agreement, which is thought to be worth between US$260million and US$561million, will see the company cover engineering, procurement, and installation on the project, 400 kilometres north-east of Aberdeen. The group’s spoolbase in Evanton will weld and loadout the rigid pipe, while Technip Umbilicals and its subsidiary in Newcastle will manufacture the umbilical. All construction work on the project will be carried out by diverless construction methods. A number of vessels from the Technip fleet will be utilised for the offshore campaign, including Technip’s Deep Energy, one of the largest pipelay vessels ever built.

Another major contractor is Bumi Armada, who will be using a recently built ice-class tanker for the FPSO conversion. The company has signed a bareboat charter contract for the FPSO to be deployed at the Kraken field. Simultaneously Bumi Armada UK Limited and EnQuest Heather Limited also signed a reimbursable contract for the operations and maintenance of the Kraken FPSO. Both contracts run simultaneously for a fixed period of 8 years, valued at US$1.4 billion. The project has created a positive boom within the North Sea sector. The development is estimated to create 20,000 UK jobs during the construction period and an average of approximately 1,000 operational jobs in the UK for each year of Kraken’s 25 year life-span.

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IVAR AASEN FIELD Ivar Aasen Field project image courtesy of Statoil

PROJECT PROFILE DETAILS The Ivar Aasen field is situated west of the Johan Sverdrup field in the North Sea, and contains reserves of approximately 210 million barrels of oil equivalents. The Ivar Aasen field was first discovered by Det Norske’s semi-submersible rig, Song Delta in 2008. The project is estimated to be valued at over UD$4 billion. The development of the Ivar Aasen project is made up of two phases with a hopeful start-up of phase 1 in 2016 and phase 2 in 2019. Once up and running the field is estimated to produce 23,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day. The field development concerns two other discoveries; Hanz and West Cable, which are being developed by a manned platform. The anticipated economic life of Ivar Aasen is 20 years, depending on oil price and production trend.

OPERATORS At the Ivar Aasen Field there are a lot of contractors working on the project. The working interests for the project are; Det norske oljeselskap who is the operator with 34.7862%, Statoil Petroleum with 41.4730%, Bayergas Norge has 12.3173%, Wintershall Norge has a smaller 6.4651%, VNG Norge with 3.0230%, Lundin Norway with a 1.3850% and finally OMV Norge has the remaining 0.5540% interest in the project.


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PROJECT UPDATES Ivar Aasen Field Project Development The Ivar Aasen development comprises production of the resources of three discoveries; Ivar Aasen, Hanz and West Cable. The fields are being developed with a manned platform located above the Ivar Aasen discovery and a subsea installation on Hanz, tied to the Ivar Aasen platform by means of a flowline and umbilical system. The first two fields are to be developed under phase one and the Hanz field as part of phase two. 2015 marked a significant milestone for the Ivar Aasen development, launching the commencement of the drilling programme in the field. The campaign which will have a duration of three years will focus on the drilling of 15 wells in total, while three pilot wells to be drilled additionally by the end of the summer. For the campaign, Det norske has deployed the world’s largest jack-up rig, Maersk Interceptor. The rig has been contracted for a period of five years, with an option of an additional two years. According to the Ivar Aasen development plan, the campaign will focus on three main geological deposits: Ivar Aasen, West Cable and Hanz and comprises resources in five fields: PL 001B, 028B, 242, 338 and 547. Due to its size and constant activity, the Ivar Aasen field will be developed and operated from Trondheim. This location will give the project access to the latest technology, in turn allowing the field to be operated with high efficiency. This also means that staffing will be kept at low levels on the platform. In April 2015, Det norske completed a part of the exploration program with the drilling of the two geo pilot wells, allowing Det Norske to obtain valuable information regarding the quality of the reservoir and the geological characteristics of the wells, including their location. The primary target of the drilling campaign, focusing on the 16/1-21 S and 16/1-21 A, was to investigate reservoir rocks and the reservoir quality and on a second level identify any potential extension of the overlying gas cap at the eastern part of the field. Well 16/1-21 S encountered a total oil column of 54 metres, without any gas shows. While in the Heimdal formation, the well encountered a total oil column of 41 metres and a gas column of 4 metres.

NEWS IN BRIEF CONTRACTS Plexus wins purchase order from Det Norske Plexus Holdings received a purchase order (‘PO’) from Det norske oljeselskap ASA to supply surface wellhead and mudline equipment services for Geopilot#2, an oil and gas appraisal well on the Ivar Aasen development project. Geopilot#2 will be the seventh Det Norske well to use Plexus’ POS-GRIP wellhead equipment since 2012. The value of the latest order is estimated at approximately US$1.41 million. Under the terms of the PO contract, Plexus will supply its 18-3/4 15,000 psi High pressure/ High Temperature (‘HP/HT’) adjustable surface wellhead and mudline system. The drilling of Geopilot#2 will directly follow the Geopilot#1 well which will also be using Plexus’ POS-GRIP® based equipment. Both wells will be drilled using the recently built Maersk Interceptor rig.

Aibel contracted for hook-up and commissioning at Ivar An older contract between Det norske and Aibel regarding the hook-up and commissioning of the Ivar Aasen platform was asigned in 2013. The contract was divided into several phases, and the work commenced immediately. In order to ensure a flexible hook-up, Aibel have been cooperating closely with SMOE, the company responsible for the construction of the topside. Hook-up planning and preparations took place in May 2015, but the offshore hook-up will not start until the summer of 2016.

The Maersk Interceptor will now continue with the predrilling over the top of the steel jacket, which was placed at 112 metres depth at the seabed in June 2015, using the SSCV Thialf, while the topside is expected to be installed on top of the jacket by the end of 2016. The construction of the platform is also progressing according to schedule with the platform deck, currently under production in the SMOE yard in Singapore, ready to be placed by the end of 2015.

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MARINER FIELD Mariner Field project image courtesy of Statoil

PROJECT PROFILE DETAILS The Mariner Field is located in Block 9/11 on the East Shetland Platform of the UK North Sea, approximately 150 kilometres east of the Shetland Isles. The Mariner area also contains the Mariner East, however this field is located in a different block, Block9/11b on the UK Continental Shelf. Mariner East is a lot smaller in size in comparison and lies 5 kilometres to the south east. The Mariner oil field consists of two shallow reservoir sections; the deeper, Maureen Formation at 1,492 metres and the shallower Heimdal reservoir at 1,227 metres. The project lies at water depths that range between 97 metres and 112 metres. In 2012, Statoil made a large investment in the project of US$7billion. Statoil is the operator of the Mariner area alongside two other oil and gas majors. Production for the Mariner Field is estimated to begin in 2017.

OPERATORS Statoil is the operator of the field with 65.11% equity. Other partners include JX Nippon Exploration and Production (U.K.) Limited who has 28.89% and Dyas Mariner Ltd. who holds the remaining 6% interest.


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PROJECT UPDATES Mariner Field Project Development Since the discovery of the Mariner Field over 30 years ago, Statoil has been the only company to succeed with its suggested development plan. The final approval was granted in February 2013, with activity estimated to start in the third quarter of 2015. The Mariner is to be developed with a fixed production, drilling and quarters platform with 60 well slots, connected to a floating storage unit, with oil to be transported by tankers. The 30,000 tonne topsides will sit on a 19,800 tonne jacket and will comprise of two permanent drilling units to handle the estimated 145 wells that may be needed at Mariner, as well as an electrical submersible pumping pulling unit. Up to 63 production wells and 38 water injection wells will be drilled at Mariner between 2014 and 2018. The platform will be fuelled by natural gas, which is to be imported from either the Frigg UK pipeline or the Vesterled pipeline. Pipelaying for the Mariner field started on 8th June 2015. Around 40 kilometres of pipelines for gas, oil and diluent will be installed on the seabed from pipe-lay vessel Seven Navica. The Mariner field is to be developed with a production, drilling and quarters platform and only dry wellheads. All wells are to be drilled through well slots on the platform. Despite this, the field development includes an extensive subsea installation scope. Statoil will have a total of 6 vessels in rotation doing guard vessel duties to support offshore installation activities. The turnkey contract for the SURF scope on Mariner was awarded to Subsea 7 in 2013. In addition, a contract for the fiber optic cable was awarded to Tampnet. A new pipeline end manifold (PLEM) will be installed approximately 33 kilometres east of Mariner. This manifold will be the tie-in point for the gas import pipeline and also provide tie-in options for possible future projects in the area. A subsea safety isolation valve will be installed close to the Mariner A-platform. The PLEM is the largest steel structure to be installed as part of the subsea scope. It will be 16 metres long, 14 metres wide, 4 metres high and weigh 130 tonnes. The PLEM, the subsea safety isolation valve and two riser bases are currently under construction. The PLEM and the riserbases were installed in August 2015. All tiein spools and glass reinforced plastic covers will be wet stored as the last operation in the 2015 campaign. The subsea work will pick up again in 2016, for installation of the subsea safety isolation valve, flexible risers, tieins and pre-commissioning. Finally, the communication cable and control cable will be installed once the platform deck is in place.

CONTRACTS Statoil has awarded Tenaris a supply contract Statoil has awarded Tenaris the contract for the supply of casing, tubing and all related services for the Mariner Project. Tenaris will be providing TenarisHydril Blue® connections with Dopeless® technology and TenarisHydril Wedge™ connections with Dopeless® technology, together with a full range of services including demand planning, inventory management, delivery to the well, rig returns and repairs that will be managed from Tenaris’s facilities in Aberdeen, UK.

Baker Hughes bags chemical and services contract Statoil has awarded the contract for Production Chemicals and Services for the Mariner field to Baker Hughes. Baker Hughes will design and supply production chemicals and services to the Mariner field under an eight year contract, the contract began in July 2015. This specific contract also includes an extension option of four years.

IKM Testing contracted for commissioning services IKM Testing won a contract for commissioning services on the Mariner topside project. On the topside, IKM Testing will do the N2/He leak testing, but the contract leaves options for bolt work, hot oil flushing, chemical cleaning and flange machining. The work will include personnel, equipment and consumables.

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CYGNUS FIELD Cygnus alpha-wellhead-topside image courtesy of GDF Suez

PROJECT PROFILE DETAILS The Cygnus field is the largest discovery in the Southern Gas basin in the last 25 years. The Cygnus 44/12-2 well is located in the Southern Gas Basin in the United Kingdom of the North Sea. Analysis of the results from well data combined with seismic data, from the field, has led to a reserve estimate of 110mmboe. Initial production is expected to be at least 200 million cubic feet per day. The Cygnus project, sanctioned in August 2012, is expected to contribute 5% to UK gas production at peak which is estimated to start in 2016 – supplying gas to the equivalent of 1.5 million homes in Britain. GDF SUEZ E&P UK is the operator of the field and has been involved with the project since 2002, being the only successful operator to put forward an applicable development plan.

OPERATORS GDF SUEZ E&P UK is the operator of the Cygnus Field with an interest of 38.75%, Centrica has a large interest of 48.75%, and the final company involved in the project is Byerngas who has a smaller interest of 12.5%.


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PROJECT UPDATES Cygnus Field Project Development The development of the Cygnus field was agreed by the Department of Energy and Climate Change. This was due to a successful development plan being put forward by GDF Suez, after interest from many other less successful parties. This development in particular is good news for the North Sea oil and gas sector, which has been hit badly by the recent crash in the oil price. This is due to the overall size of the field and its development potential. As previously mentioned, the field is the largest discovery to be found in the Southern Gas basin, in the last 25 years. As a consequence, the field has attracted many contractors. The initial contracts were estimated to be worth US$526million. These were signed in August 2012 to kick-start the project. The majority of this figure is being invested directly in the UK generating an initial 1,200 jobs. The Cygnus field development is planned to take the form of a hub complex. This will involve four bridgelinked structures, a process platform, an accommodation platform and two wellhead facilities - with a third wellhead platform needed as the project progresses. The planned export route is through the ETS pipeline system to the Bacton gas terminal in North Norfolk. The first phase which will target the eastern part of the field was originally proposed to be tied back via a 27km, 12-inch pipeline to the McAdam subsea template. Production will then be exported through an existing pipeline to the Murdoch field centre.

CONTRACTS Asset Guardian Solutions to provide software management programme Asset Guardian Solutions Ltd (AGSL) has been awarded a key contract by GDF SUEZ E&P UK Ltd. AGSL will provide GDF SUEZ with a customised Asset Guardian tool set, its fully configurable process software management programme. The tool set will enhance management and security of all process control software that GDF SUEZ will use to manage all assets associated with the Cygnus Project.

Integrated services contract renewed with Petrofac GDF Suez E&P UK has renewed its integrated services contract (ISC) with Petrofac in the UK North Sea by three more years. The ISC covers operations, maintenance, and engineering services throughout GDF Suez’s UK continental shelf operations, including the Cygnus gas field development in the southern North Sea. Initially Petrofac will continue to support Cygnus Operations Readiness, followed by the provision of operations and maintenance services for the Cygnus asset offshore. In May 2015, the Cygnus Alpha wellhead platform topsides sailed to the offshore location from Heerema’s Hartlepool yard.

The second phase will involve the development of the western part of the field. The detailed development plan calls for two drilling centres, four platforms and initially 10 development wells. This project development in particular has a wide range of contractors. With 16 contractors currently involved in the project. One of the main contracts won last year was awarded to Sentinel Marine. The five-year, multi-million-dollar contract to Sentinel Marine was to provide a new 61 metre multi-role emergency response and rescue vessel (ERRV) to support drilling operations in the Cygnus field. The 1,890-metric-ton (2,083-ton) ship was named Cygnus Sentinel and has built in the Fujian Southeast shipyard in China. The Cygnus Sentinel is one of eight multi-role ERRVs being delivered this year by Sentinel Marine. The project is set to reach peak production in 2016, and should remain in production through 2025.

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PROJECT UPDATES Petrofac chosen to support new North Sea gas field operator Petrofac has secured a contract to support OranjeNassau Energie (ONE) UK Limited, a subsidiary of Amsterdam based oil and gas producer Oranje-Nassau Energie B.V., as the company has become operator of the Sean gas field in the Southern North Sea. The contract, for Duty Holder Support Services, is worth US$45 million over three years, with the option of two one-year extensions. The Sean assets are comprised of, a manned bridge-linked wellhead and production platform, a normally unmanned installation and a 30” export pipeline to Bacton. The facilities are located 68 miles offshore, north-east of Lowestoft. The contract will support around 40 on and offshore jobs and will see Petrofac provide operations and maintenance services, plus a range of ancillary functions.

Ezra Holdings EMAS AMC clinch contract for rigid pipelay Ezra Holdings Limited, through the Group’s Subsea Services division, EMAS AMC, has clinched several global contracts, including one for rigid pipelay on the Aviat field development in the UK North Sea. Under the auspices of the frame agreement, the company signed with Apache in the North Sea, bringing the total contract value to more than US$115 million, including options, for the Group. The subsea project scope of work for the Aviat field development includes project management, detailed engineering, procurement, and installation of 23.2 kilometres rigid pipelines and 24 kilometres umbilical via reel, flexible riser, spools, and structures as well as pre-commissioning. In project execution, EMAS AMC will utilize its latest spoolbase, EMAS Marine Base Gulen, located on the West coast of Norway, to fabricate the 24 kilometre rigid pipeline, and its pipelay reel vessel, Lewek Express. The project mix also includes engineering and offshore support work in West Africa for an oil major, which will be undertaken together with Ezra’s subsidiary company, EMAS Offshore Limited. Other subsea contract work includes remotely operated vehicle (ROV) support services and High Voltage Alternate Current pull-ins.


NEWS IN BRIEF Ampelmann to provide offshore access solutions Ampelmann will provide one of its offshore access solutions to enable “walk to work” for a commissioning campaign on Premier Oil’s Solan field, West of Shetland in the UK. Ampelmann’s E-type system will enable workers to walk onto the Solan platform from Siem Spearfish, the multipurpose service vessel chartered by Harkand; the company hired by Premier Oil to support the activities on the Solan field development. The E-type provides a stable transfer platform in conditions of up to 4.5 metres wave height. It is based on the same self-stabilizing technology as the A-Type, but with cylinders sized up 1.5 times.

Wood Group enters US$250m agreement for operating services Wood Group have entered into a US$250 million agreement with Antin Infrastructure Partners to provide operating services for the Central Area Transmission System (also known as CATS) in the North Sea for up to 10 years, subject to certain regulatory and other consents. Wood Group PSN will act as the duty holder of the CATS terminal and pipeline and will have dayto-day responsibility for operations. A dedicated Wood Group Kenny team based in Glasgow will be integrated into the operating services team to provide pipeline management expertise.

Fugro assists Technip with Alvheim IOR Project Fugro is providing wave measurements to support construction operations at an improved oil recovery project on the Norwegian continental shelf. The subsea infrastructure on the Alvheim field is being extended by offshore construction expert Technip and involves four areas that are being tied-in via subsea wells to improve oil production rates. Technip’s subsea operations, the installation and tie-in of spools and protection covers, along with a manifold, are being performed at depths of around 120 to 130 metres.

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PROJECT UPDATES Harkand to support operator activities on Solan Harkand has embarked on a contract awarded by Premier Oil Plc to support the operator activities on the Solan field development, West of Shetland. The multi-purpose service vessel the Siem Spearfish, which is on longterm charter to Harkand, arrived in Newcastle earlier this month to begin mobilisation for the campaign which will see it perform walk-to-work duties for the ongoing commissioning work on site. Spearfish is being fitted with an Ampelmann active motion compensated gangway which will allow personnel to walk onto the Solan platform safely, even in high wave conditions. The Spearfish is due to arrive on site in Block 205/26a in the UKCS later this month, with the work expected to run until August. The 120-metre Spearfish was launched last year after being designed and built at the Vard facility in Norway, with input from Harkand. Constructed with a deck layout specifically designed to increase the efficiency for mobilisation and demobilisation, it is equipped with a 250 tonne AHC offshore crane with 3,000 metre of wire and two heavy workclass Triton 4000 metre XLS ROVs and can accommodate a crew of 110.

Statoil awards Samsung fabrication contract for both the process and riser platforms Statoil, on behalf of the Johan Sverdrup license, has awarded Samsung the contract for decks for both the process and riser platforms. The total contract value is US$900 million. The contract is a fabrication contract of decks for the process and riser platforms. Aker Solutions have previously been awarded engineering work and purchase of equipment packages for the two aforementioned decks. The function of the process platform, which weighs approx. 26,000 tonnes, is to ensure stabilisation of the oil and processing into rich gas. The riser platform, which weighs approx. 22,000 tonnes, will serve oil and gas exports, water and gas injection, as well as any future connections. The power cable from onshore also ends at this platform, where the current is transformed from direct current into alternating current for further distribution to the field centre. The platform deck will be manufactured at Samsung’s shipyard in South Korea.

NEWS IN BRIEF IOG sign MOU with Baker Hughes Independent Oil and Gas plc have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Baker Hughes for the provision of oilfield services on the Skipper development and IOG’s other projects. The additional Baker Hughes work to evaluate the prospectivity beneath the Skipper discovery and also to evaluate other Southern North Sea prospects and discoveries including: Truman, Harvey, Hambleton, Tetley & Rebellion, is expected to start once the final report is completed and subject to IOG’s funding. The Carboniferous resource play beneath Blythe is encouraging and appears to be a larger structure than first anticipated, with further analysis to be undertaken.

Statoil awards Aibel a FEED study contract Statoil has awarded Aibel the contract to conduct a FEED study for the Oseberg Future Development Brownfield Topside project. The contract gives an opening for the subsequent EPCI contract. The project will be managed from Aibel’s new office in Bergen, where up to 29 associates will be involved in the study phase. If Aibel is given the go-ahead to implement the realisation phase, the project will amount to a total of 165,000 man-hours and commit 45 associates on average. Work on the FEED study starts immediately, and will continue until October 2015. An eventual EPCI contract will commence around the turn of the year and continue until the end of 2017.

NOVATEK concludes long-term LNG contract with ENGIE Novatek Gas & Power, a wholly owned trading subsidiary of NOVATEK, concluded a long-term contract with ENGIE (formerly GDF SUEZ) on the supply of LNG from the Yamal LNG project. The 23-year contract stipulates annual supply of 1 million tons of LNG from the volumes that Novatek Gas & Power will purchase from Yamal LNG; according to the previously signed contract. The LNG will be supplied to FOB Montoir-deBretagne (the western coast of France), where it will be transferred to ENGIE’s fleet of LNG vessels.

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Safe Boreas gangway connected at Edvard Grieg, all images courtesy of Prosafe

An exciting new chapter for Prosafe as its most advanced vessel to date arrives in Norway On the 12th April, 2015, the Safe Boreas, the most technologically advanced semi-submersible accommodation vessel built to date, arrived safely in Stavanger following a three month transit from Jurong shipyard, Singapore. This was an extremely proud moment for Prosafe, the world’s leading owner and operator of semi-submersible accommodation vessels. Taking delivery of the company’s first of four new build vessels marks the start of an exciting new chapter for the accommodation vessel specialist. Prior to the arrival of the Safe Boreas, Prosafe operated eleven semi-submersible accommodation vessels globally. As the market leader in offshore accommodation, the decision to build four high specification vessels demonstrates the commitment to invest in new units that are capable of operating gangway connected in the harshest offshore environments, while offering clients excellent welfare and recreation facilities. The Safe Boreas and her sister vessel the Safe Zephyrus were ordered in 2011/12 from Jurong shipyard and have been constructed to a GVA 3000E design to meet stringent Norwegian offshore regulations. Key features Prosafe is raising the standard of offshore accommodation with comfortable accommodation for

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450 persons in single cabins, a large deck area, two 50 tonne cranes and an aluminium 38.0 metre ± 7.5 metre electro-hydraulic telescopic gangway. The Safe Boreas is designed to provide maximum cost efficiency and flexibility. The introduction of technologically advanced units featuring DP3 Dynamic Positioning and a 12 point wire mooring arrangement allows for greater flexibility during operations. Focusing on personal welfare, the living quarters were designed with two glass atriums that provide natural light to all central cabins, mess room and common areas. The excellent standard of recreation facilities includes a gymnasium, golf simulator, internet café, library and games console stations. The decision to install a freefall lifeboat simulator on-board demonstrates Prosafe’s commitment to safety, giving personnel the opportunity to refresh their emergency training at their convenience. Transit to Norway The Safe Boreas was officially delivered from Jurong shipyard in January 2015 before commencing the 12,000 nautical mile transit from Singapore. The transit was an ideal opportunity for the Prosafe marine crew to gain invaluable operational experience and familiarise themselves with the new vessel in preparation for her maiden contract, in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea.

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CLIENT FEATURE closely with the PSA at all stages of the new build programme and the Safe Boreas was granted her AOC on the 29th May 2015. This milestone was a significant achievement for Prosafe and for everyone involved in the approval process, demonstrating that through health, environment, safety and emergency preparedness audits, the vessel complies with all relevant regulations, and that the company’s organisation and management systems are proficient and well maintained. Maiden contracts In May the Safe Boreas commenced her maiden contract with Lundin Norway, supporting the hook-up and commissioning operations for the Edward Grieg development. In 2016 the Safe Boreas will mobilise to the UK sector of the North Sea to commence a contract with Statoil supporting the hook-up and commissioning of the giant Mariner project. Future investment and growth

Impressive glass atriums provide natural light to cabins and common areas Aknowledgement of compliance Prior to her first contract, the Safe Boreas required approval from the Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authorities (PSA) to operate in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. The Acknowledgment of Compliance (AoC) is the final approval from the PSA validating the overall vessel design and in-depth operational procedures that support safe operations. Prosafe worked

The Safe Boreas will soon be joined by her sister vessel, the Safe Zephyrus, which is nearing completion at the Jurong shipyard. The future looks bright for Prosafe and 2016 promises to be an exciting year as two additional new build units, currently under construction at COSCO, Qidong, will also be delivered. The Safe Notos and Safe Eurus are being constructed to an enhanced Gusto MSC Ocean 500 design incorporating 500 beds, DP3 Dynamic Positioning, 10 point chain mooring and a 300 tonne crane. These vessels are designed for operations worldwide, excluding Norway, and will further enhance the Prosafe fleet of vessels and the company’s market leading position.


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erguson offers a full range of offshore containers, tanks, mud skips, refrigeration/freezer modules, engineering workspace and accommodation modules to the global offshore energy sector. The company is committed to providing the highest standard of products and delivering the best possible service to its customers. Its rental fleets are designed and manufactured to DNV 2.7-1/EN 12079 standards and operates to the highest levels of occupational health and safety. Ferguson has been supplying the offshore energy sector from bases in the UK, Norway, Australia, Singapore and the UAE and supported by partner bases in key energy hubs around the world. The group’s offshore containers have been engineered to meet the needs of each client. Having transported almost every kind of cargo, from foodstuffs to a variety of equipment, the company understands the need for flexibility in transportation. Its baskets come in a range of sizes, each fitted with multiple tie-down points, cargo nets and anti-slip surfaces, with cradles available for further cargo protection. Offshore Containers and Tanks for Transportation and Storage The fleet has to withstand all conditions and is designed to meet the rigours of working in an offshore environment, for example each cargo carrying unit (CCU) and module undergoes a three-stage paint process to guard against corrosion, which can be a key issue in remote and humid locations. The CCUs are deployed around the world and specific units are specifically designed for dealing with a range of temperatures from +50°C in the Southern Hemisphere to -40°C in Northern Europe and Baltic region. In addition to offshore CCUs the fleet includes a comprehensive range of chemical tanks, acid tanks and cryogenic tanks, all designed and manufactured to DNV 2.7-1/EN 12079 standards and approved under IMDG/ ADR/RID codes for the transportation of chemicals. Each tank type has a number of safety features fitted, which include remote vent valves, ladders with antislip surfaces, d-rings for safety harness attachment, collapsible handrails on the 20ft chemical tank and


20ft Offshore Acid Tank 20ft acid tank. The cryogenic tank has a 25-day hold time for liquid nitrogen, with the 20ft chemical and acid tanks rated for use to -40oC. A Modular Accommodation and Workspace Solution Satisfying temporary accommodation requirements in offshore locations, the company provides a range of A60 DNV 2.7-1 / EN 12079 offshore engineering workspace, accommodation and ancillary modules to the global oil, gas and renewable energy sectors. The product range contains several designs for offshore accommodation modules along with engineering workspace modules including offices, laboratories, test cabins, wireline support cabins, MWD/LWD cabins, mud logging cabins, ROV cabins, workshops and coffee shops/tea shacks. Ancillary modules are supplied to supplement larger accommodation complexes and include recreation rooms, gymnasiums, locker/toilet facilities, galley and mess rooms, laundry rooms and medic suites. Most recently the company has invested significantly in its engineering design capabilities, developing innovative solutions to meet the needs of the offshore industry. Earlier this year they launched a new dual HVAC system for its offshore workspace modules whereby they can operate at temperatures of up to 50°C for extended periods of time – delivering a comfortable work environment for the offshore crew. A Fresh Approach to Offshore Refrigeration Offshore DNV 2.7-1 / EN 12079 certified refrigeration/ freezer modules for use in both onshore and offshore locations worldwide. The fleet of refrigeration/ freezer modules provide consistent chilled or frozen temperatures for all transportation and storage requirements; the range includes 2.5m, 3m high cube, 3m Zone 2 and 6m dual zone refrigeration modules. Ferguson is committed to ensuring that its fleet of CCUs, tanks, refrigeration/freezer modules, accommodation and engineering workspace modules meet the industry’s requirements, through innovative design and robust build quality.

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SILVER FOX SOLUTIONS Why use a heat gun? ith oil hovering around US$53 a barrel, time and cost savings are now critical, especially in the area of electrical and instrumentation.


all their thermal labels. These cover: cable labels, wire marking, equipment labels, valve tags and data cable labels.

Silver Fox, a UK company, has been working to slash both time and material costs, in their words; turning “time into profit”.

Seeing the Silver Fox system working, demonstrated that it is easy to use and fast! The most difficult bit was opening the box!

An example of this - Heat-shrink is the traditional way to mark wires – but why? It is expensive, takes time to fit and requires a hot gun permit for hazardous areas.

Changing from one label type to another appeared to be really easy, with no need to re-calibrate…. Silver Fox say this is because they have written their own printer driver, you can literally “Plug’N’Play, first time, every time.”

Silver Fox have developed a non-shrink tubing solution, especially for the oil and gas industry. It has been tested against: Salt Mist Spray, high & low temperatures and even H2S. A unique shape that ensures grip on a wire, it does not slide down or turn. The cost is 10% of the equivalent heat-shrink and that’s 10 cents on the dollar. NO HEAT GUN IS REQUIRED, so it can be used at will, in hazardous areas. The Silver Fox solution allows two rolls to be printed at the same time, which makes it really fast! Arabian Falcon, the UAE distributor, claims they printed 25,000 labels in just four hours. Labelling is always at the end of the project so finishing early means faster invoicing for the contractor and in turn, a faster hand-over to the client. For additional ease and time savings, Silver Fox use the same software, same printer and same ribbon to print

So what about set-up cost? The costs are surprisingly low. The trademarked “Fox-in-a-Box®” starter kit which runs from as little as £400 (US$600). For this you get: standard Label software, DTP-1/300 thermal printer, ribbon and printer leads. For specialised printing there are higher cost versions, with more powerful software functionally. At any time, users can easily upgrade to the advanced or professional levels. They all use the same printer and ribbon, so the initial investment is never wasted. All levels of software have internal videos, showing how to use the software, these run for about five minutes and are clearly visible. Commitment to quality is well ingrained at Silver Fox. The company has been ISO 9001:2008 approved since 2004 and its labels are extensively tested. One such label using the same software, printer and ribbon, as all of the rest of its thermal ranges, is the Fox-Flo® tie-on cable label. This has been tested for an incredible 8,000 hours accelerated UV ageing, equating to 12 – 16 years in Northern European climates. This is industry leading and is the longest test of its kind carried out by the testing house. Silver Fox CEO, Nick Michaelson stated, “We continually strive to make our solutions quicker and easier, while at the same time offering fully durable lower cost options. Some people may look upon this type of commitment as the ‘small details’. Well if it is, then we believe in the small details – it’s what makes the difference between a headache label system and a great label solution!”

If you’re in need of labelling, but unsure which is the best label type for you, please call: +44 (0) 1707 37 37 27 or email sales@silverfox.co.uk with any questions or queries.

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Thermal Printer, Ribbons & Labacus Innovator Software Three Levels of Fox-in-a-Box: Standard, Advanced, Professional

Labacus® Innovator Software: Basic Standard Advanced Professional

Ordinary Office Laser Printer

Fox-Flo® Tie-on Labels

Fox® Tie-on Labels

Legend™ 2-Part Labels and Tubing

Prolab® Wrap-Around Labels

Legend™ Tie-on Polyester Labels

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Prolab® Asset Labels Legend™ 2-Part Labels and Tubing

Legend™ Tie-on

Prolab® Optical Flag Labels

Raised Profile Labels Prolab® Patch Panel Labels

Legend™ Heat Shrink Tubing

Legend™ Non-Shrink Tubing

Endurance® Valve Tags

Prolab® Wiring and Connector Block

Prolab® Equipment Labelling

Silver Fox also Offer Pipeline Identification Systems: Endurance® Pipeline Identification Tape Endurance® Modular ID System

For more information: +44 (0) 1707 37 37 27 sales@silverfox.co.uk


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Beat the Rush Bar at Offshore Europe 2015 Taste the scientific delights of The Gastronomy Guys, at an exclusive event after the exhibition with 3M and Offshore Engineer Magazine. Tickets will be limited, go to the 3M stand (#5A101) on the day to gain entry to the Hospitality Suite of the Holiday Inn Express, between 4.30pm and 7pm on the 8th, 9th and 10th September.

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Borcoat for oil and gas pipelines

Since its introduction to the market in 1997, the Borcoat bimodal HDPE system, approved together with the grafted Borcoat adhesive, has been recognised as a reliable and efficient coating system by a large number of operators and oil and gas authorities. The Borcoat bimodal HDPE system and Borcoat PP Three Component System both pass the relevant existing standards and local specifications with superior safety margins, such as DIN30670, NF A49-710, DIN30678, NF A49-711, CSA-Z 245.21-02 and ISO 21809-1.

A complete steel pipe coating range Steel pipelines for the transportation of natural gas, crude oil, petrochemicals and water need to be protected against corrosion and external damages by coating systems. As a pipe coating material, polypropylene has long been recognised as one of the best technical and economical solutions for ensuring the long-term corrosion protection of steel pipelines in offshore applications. Borealis and Borouge offer a full range of durable Borcoat™ systems for steel pipe coating, including:

Innovative field joint coating solution Borealis and Borouge are committed to addressing global challenges such as energy and water with innovative plastic solutions. A sustainable infrastructure is the artery of modern society and requires continuous step changing technological developments, where Borealis and Borouge are leading the way. Field joints are often the pipeline’s weakest link. Therefore, Borealis and Uponor Infra have developed a new PE field joint coating solution. The system is based on a specially modified molten Borcoat polymer and the rotating Wehocoat machine, designed by Uponor Infra.

• Borcoat bimodal high density PE systems for design temperatures from -45°C to +90°C.

• Borcoat PP systems for design temperatures down to -20°C and up to +110°C.

• Borcoat PP thermal insulation systems for offshore projects for design temperatures up to +140°C.


Leading the way to new pipe coating solutions BorcoatTM pipe coating solutions The oil and natural gas that power industry and society go through extreme conditions on their way to their end destinations and consumers. Whether they pass through scorching deserts or arctic tundra, they need to be protected against corrosion and external damages. Borealis and Borouge deliver a full range of durable Borcoat™ systems for steel pipe coating to protect pipelines for the transportation of natural gas and crude oil, as well as petrochemicals Visit our websites to learn more. www.borealisgroup.com www.borouge.com www.uponor.com

and water. These PE or PP coating solutions include materials for field joint coating and are designed for a variety of onshore or offshore applications and individually customized temperature ranges. Borealis and partner Uponor Infra Ltd (former KWH Pipe) have developed a field joint coating process consisting of a rotating Wehocoat machine that applies the epoxy powder and the specially tailored Borcoat™ polymer in molten form onto the pipe weld area.


Sustainability for the energy and utilities industry Building a sustainable future together The world’s environment and climate are front and centre in today’s political, legislative and social agenda and now more than ever the world’s Energy and Utilities companies must find more sustainable ways to harvest, produce and transport energy to satisfy the world’s thirst. Energy and Utilities manufacturers and their suppliers must improve the environmental friendliness of their offerings without compromising safety and reliability. Finding the right balance between the three aspects of sustainability – environmental, social and economic considerations – is what defines a sustainable product. Success at creating sustainable offerings using sustainable manufacturing processes requires understanding and effective lifecycle management. This enables today’s companies to make more effective decisions based on the sustainability of product and process knowledge that is available throughout an entire lifecycle.

Plan for sustainability Planning is the key step. Sustainability becomes a major business factor when planners evaluate marketplace alternatives and factor lifecycle impacts during the early stages of the planning analysis. These impacts include but are not limited to; the product’s raw materials, supply chain considerations, manufacturing operations, usage, service and decommissioning. By considering the product’s entire lifecycle during the planning stage, companies can ensure more sustainable choices for their portfolio at the start of the development process.

Design for sustainability Companies can design sustainable products and processes to support an overall corporate effort. To do this, organisations must consider the regulatory requirements and the effect it has on the production of your product. Full visibility into operations is key and something as simple as, the ability to rolling up the energy or water used across a fleet of plants, allows quick assessment of status to energy or other sustainability targets. Fast access to documentation and information helps engineers narrow down alternatives in order to create a sustainable product or process.

Sustainable manufacturing Today’s manufacturing engineers must ensure the


environmental friendliness of their company’s plants and processes, protect the health and safety of its workers, and optimise plant operations and assets to reduce energy, water consumption, waste and emissions. Manufacturers are also challenged to ensure that the supply chain can embrace sustainable practices.

Sustainable service and end-of-life Energy and Utilities facilities and infrastructure must be designed to aid in the quick and easy service. To do this, engineers must consider service and endof-life implications during product planning and development to facilitate strategies for commissioning/ decommissioning, re-use and recycling.

Governance, compliance and reporting For Energy and Utilities companies, increased regulations are a way of life which requires an increased need for processes that facilitate internal governance, auditing and reporting. Regulatory standards cover every aspect of the production and operation processes. These product and operational regulations require companies to demonstrate compliance and issue reports to government and regulatory agencies.

How can Siemens PLM Software help? Siemens PLM Software provides a complete platform for sustainability that enables Energy and Utilities companies to plan and design for sustainability, operate sustainable plants, facilitate sustainable service and to ensure that governance, compliance and reporting is available across the lifecycle. As a result, Energy and Utility companies can: • Ensure compliance and reporting transparency with governmental regulations, and with customer and company requirements, by facilitating complete traceability from requirements to delivery. • Achieve market success and build a positive company image and goodwill by developing environmentally responsible offerings. • Reduce costs through waste reduction, minimise use of resources and protect employee health and safety in a sustainable production environment. • Win new business profitably with known risk and known costs, learning from actual performance into your next bid.


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The Beamex MCS200 Workshop offers a controlled environment enabling very accurate calibration and ergonomic ready-to-use equipment. Beamex has recently launched the product, MC6 Workstation, an advanced panel mounted documenting calibrator and communicator. MC6 Workstation offers calibration capabilities for pressure, temperature and various electrical signals. Full fieldbus communication for HART, FOUNDATION Fieldbus and Profibus PA instruments is available. MC6 Workstation communicates with pressure controllers and temperature blocks, enabling fully automatic calibration.

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GLOBAL PROJECTS Updates from around the world

NORTH AMERICA Project: Otis Field (Mississippi Canyon Block 79) The Otis field is an oil and gas development lying in 3,800 feet of water. The discovery is located in Block Mississippi Canyon 79 and will be developed as a subsea tieback to the Delta House Floating Production System (FPS). The Sevan Louisiana drilled the Otis discovery well in 2014, with the sidetrack confirming the discovery. LLOG is the operator of the field with a 70% interest, while Ridgewood Energy holds a 30% nonoperating interest in the field.

SOUTH AMERICA Project: Carcara Field - Block BMS-8 Pre-salt The Carcara discovery is situated in Block BM-S-8 in the pre-salt area of the Santos Basin in Brazil and is expected to produce its first oil in 2018, with the prior drilling of development wells throughout 2016-2017. Petrobras is the operator of the consortium. A drilling campaign taking place in June 2015 discovered light oil at 31 degrees. The discovery showed that the oil-bearing rock is connected to the previous Carcarรก find in the same BM-S-8 block.


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AFRICA Project: Coral Discovery - Area 4 The Coral project, located offshore Mozambique, comprises construction of a Floating LNG (FLNG) unit which will be fed by subsea wells. The award of the relevant engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning (EPCIC) contracts for the construction, installation and commissioning of the floating facility is expected by the end of 2015.


EUROPE Licenses: FEL 2/13 and FEL 3/13 Licenses FEL 2/13 and FEL 3/13 cover approximately 580 square miles in the South Porcupine Basin, offshore Ireland. In 2014, Europa Oil & Gas commenced the 3D seismic data acquisition program, while in June 2015 an independent assessment filed additionally to the Competent Persons Report by ERCE detailed total Gross mean Un-risked Prospective Resources of 1.49 billion barrels of oil. The three prospects are in the pre-drill stage and the development will focus on the further drilling of exploration wells.

ASIA Project: Dongfang Gas Field The Dongfang Gas project is a development 100% owned and operated by China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC). The Dongfang 1-1 gas field is located in Yinggehai Basin of Beibu Gulf in the South China Sea at water depth of approximately 70 metres. The field is producing approximately 53 million cubic feet of natural gas per day from 5 wells. The project is expected to reach its peak production of approximately 54 million cubic feet per day by the end of 2015.


MIDDLE EAST Project: Ghasha Oil Field Ghasha field is located north of the industrial hub of Ruwais field, under the concession areas of Adma-Opco and holds 5 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. In April 2015, Occidental Petroleum won a contract from Adnoc, which will see Oxy investing up to US$500 million to run 3D seismic surveys, drilling appraisal wells and engineering studies, to evaluate development prospects of the field by 2017.

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Project: Persephone Project In January 2015, Woodside Petroleum announced its plans to go ahead with the US$1bn Persephone gas project, offshore north-west Australia, after North West Shelf (NWS) participants approved the development. Woodside will operate Persephone, and holds a 16.7 % stake alongside project partners including BP, Chevron, Shell and BHP Billiton. The Project management and engineering started in March 2015, but offshore operations are not scheduled to commence until the fourth quarter of 2015.




ALE makes progress with Malikai project ALE has half completed the Malikai project in Malaysia, which is expected to include the world’s highest jack-up and skidding operation. ALE was awarded the contracts for the Malikai project on behalf of Technip and Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering Sdn Bhd joint venture, TMJV. ALE was given the scope of weighing and transporting four unit hull blocks, living quarters and mega beams for the ‘superlift’ activities. This superlift includes weighing the topsides, skidding the topsides (80 metres) above ALE’s Mega Jack System, jacking up to a height around 40 metres using the Mega Jack System, skidding the topsides at height above the hull (90 metres), and mating the topsides to the hull. ALE has also been contracted to remove all equipment using ALE’s 900t strand jacks (pre-installed on the main deck of the topsides), skidding equipment and SPMTs. Once this has been performed, ALE will also carry out the load-out of the TLP.

Permasense secures Shell order Permasense has secured an order from Shell’s Pulau Bukom refinery in Singapore. The application will see Permasense deliver its 10,000th permanently installed corrosion and erosion sensor in its largest single installation in Asia to date. Following an initial order of 25 sensors last year, installed to extract thickness data from inaccessible locations, Shell will expand its monitoring system in August 2015 to include an additional 128 sensors spread across three of the Pulau Bukom refinery’s units. The initial installation enabled an enhanced understanding of the impact of changes in crude slate on asset integrity, prompting Shell to install a wider distribution of sensors. This will provide a more complete image of the corrosion status of the refinery. Peter Collins, CEO, Permasense said: “We’re immensely proud to be delivering our 10,000th sensor to Shell’s Pulau Bukom, having proved the value of our technology at this refinery and other Shell business units around the world. Our cost-effective corrosion and erosion monitoring systems deliver real-time measurements directly to the desks of decision makers who use the enhanced quality and frequency of data to operate their facilities more profitably and safely. Shell has actively embraced our technology from its commercial introduction as a means to optimise their operations.”


NEWS IN BRIEF MMHE secures contract for Baronia CPP-B project Marine and Heavy Engineering Holdings Berhad’s (MHB) subsidiary, Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering Sdn Bhd (MMHE), has secured a contract for the fabrication of substructures and a bridge for the Baronia CPP-B project offshore Malaysia. The substructure consists of jacket, piles, appurtenance and relevant auxiliaries and services where MHB will be the subcontractor for Hyundai Heavy Industries Co Ltd. The CPP project is for the Integrated Baram Delta Gas Gathering II (Bardegg II) and Baronia enhanced oil recovery project, offshore East Malaysia. The total estimated weights of these structural components under MHB’s scope are 10,736 metric tonnes and these are due for load-out and sail-away to the client, PETRONAS Carigali Sdn Bhd, in March 2017.

Prosafe wins extension for Safe Astoria accommodation support vessel Prosafe and Shell Philippines Exploration B.V. (‘SPEX’) have agreed a one month extension to the firm period for the provision of the Safe Astoria accommodation support vessel. The vessel is located at the Malampaya Phase 3 Depletion Compression Project offshore Philippines. Total value of the firm extension period is approximately US$5 million.

Alam Maritim wins subcontract Alam Maritim Resources Berhad through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Alam Maritim Sdn Bhd, has recently entered into a subcontract with Petronas Floating LNG 1 Ltd (PFLL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Petroliam Nasional Berhad. The works, awarded by PFLL, are for the engineering, procurement, installation and related activities for the floating liquefied natural gas offshore works, namely the mooring system installation. The contract value is approximately US$13 million. The duration for subcontract works, which already started in May 2015, are set until September 2015.

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Exova granted US$3.88 million pipeline contract Exova has been awarded a US$3.88 million contract by CRC–Evans Offshore to provide pipeline material, welding and AUT qualification testing for the Kaombo project offshore, Luanda in Angola. Pipelaying is expected to begin early in 2016 on the ultra-deepwater offshore project which will involve 59 subsea wells connected by 300 kilometres of pipelines at water depths of up to 1,950 metres. As well as AUT validation, the pre-production qualification requirements include mechanical testing, fracture mechanics, fatigue and sulphide stress cracking corrosion tests. Four of Exova’s specialised laboratories will be involved in delivering the technically demanding services. Crack Tip Opening Displacement and Routine Mechanical testing will be carried out in Edinburgh, with Exova’s Corrosion Centre in Dudley performing the Sulphide Stress Corrosion tests, and Single Edge Notched Tension and full scale riser fatigue testing conducted at Daventry. The large number of specimens requiring sub-sized straining and ageing will be shared between Exova’s Daventry and Spijkenisse, Netherlands facility.

TPSMI Congo secures offshore diving contract for Moho TPSMI Congo has secured an offshore diving contract for Moho 1bis main umbilical at Alima FPU by Technip UK (Congo branch). Technip secured the Moho Nord EPSCI project back in April 2013. The project, operated by Total E&P Congo, is located approximately 75 kilometres off the coast of the Republic of the Congo, at water depths ranging from 650 to 1,100 metres. The contract, which started in May 2015, is for call out diving support services and allows for the provision of TPSMI’s other capabilities. In addition, prior to Technip contract award, TPSMI successfully passed TOTAL EP Diving Safety Management Systems audit to reach approved supplier status. The audit took place towards the end of 2014 and was conducted at the TPSMI’s Africa head office in Congo, where a full review of the processes, facilities and staff competencies were carried out.

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NEWS IN BRIEF Saipem wins new rig contract The operator of the OML113 license has, on behalf of the joint venture partners, entered into a rig contract with Saipem for the Scarabeo 3 drilling rig to carry out the drilling and completion programme for the Aje Field Cenomanian oil development. The Scarabeo 3 rig is a semi-submersible rig currently stationed offshore Lagos. The rig will be moved 18 nautical miles to the Aje drilling location and will be used to carry out well operations for the first phase of the Aje Cenomanian Oil field development, which includes two subsea production wells. The well operations will comprise the completion of the existing Aje-4 well as a production well. Also the drilling and completion of a new well, Aje-5, which will be drilled to the Aje-2 subsurface location.

Jefferies International appointed as strategic advisor Madagascar Oil has appointed Jefferies International as a strategic advisor to identify and secure a strategic partner who will work with the Company on the development and funding for the Development Phase of its Tsimiroro project. In order to allow its funding planning to continue, Madagascar Oil has entered into a working capital facility, with a company connected to the Company’s substantial shareholder.

Boskalis awarded contract by Angola LNG Boskalis has been awarded a contract by Angola LNG Ltd. for dredging activities related to maintaining the access channel and turning basins of the Soyo LNG port. The project will be executed in joint venture and involves the removal of approximately 11 million cubic metres of sand and silt by medium-sized trailing suction hopper dredgers. Work is set to commence in the third quarter of 2015 and will be completed by the end of 2017. The company also executed the initial capital dredging and reclamation works from 2007-2009.

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Ambitious valve manufacturer Bifold continues to grow developing 48hr despatch for efficient and quick delivery Bifold has recently moved to larger premises in Chadderton (see advert below for full address) and as a result has been able to develop many different initiatives, due to their expansion within the factory and growing workforce. The initiative that has the biggest impact for customers is that Bifold now has the capability to deliver products, configured and built to order within 48 hours. Bifold’s modular approach to product design and extremely efficient build and test processes have provided increasing levels of flexibility as to the number of valve types that can be assembled and tested with very short lead times. Along with the preferred range that is advertised, Bifold is also able to accommodate reasonable requests for alternative, configurable valve options that the customer may require and are more than willing to cater to

individual customer requests. Whilst this 48hr service is applicable to single valves and small batch quantities, Bifold are also able to, within reason, accommodate specific demands for large quantities. Bifold are dedicated to maintaining the excellence of their products and their new facility confirms their commitment to shortening lead times and meeting customer demands. Bifold would like to take the opportunity to thank all its customers for their continued support.

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Bifold can now offer an expedited delivery service on selected products, typically within 48 hrs of receipt of order. Credit Card and PayPal transactions now accepted, all this teamed with a front end sales desk for customer service. Available product ranges are as follows:Hydraulic Range

Check Valves FP15, FP15E Solenoid Valves, Interface Valves / Pilot Valves Direct Acting Solenoid Valves Model FP01 Indirect Acting Solenoid Valves Model FP15

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Direct Acting Solenoid Valves Models FP06P, FP10P & FP12P Check Valves QEV’s (Quick Exhaust Valves) Models SH and SC Filter Regulators Flow Control Valves Relief Valves Volume Booster Range Model VBP Series High Speed Exhaust Valve Range HIPEX Series

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Ready to ship within 48 hrs from receipt of order (Excluding Saturday and Sunday) Controlled batch quantity on 48 hr despatch, for more information please contact Bifold on Tel: +44 (0)161 345 4777 Positive Material Identification (PMI) is available on 72 hr despatch Additional Documentation available upon request, standard document package = C of C and FAT certificate Price on application

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Bifold Fluidpower Ltd, Bifold Group, Broadgate, Oldham Broadway Business Park, Chadderton, Greater Manchester, OL9 9XA. UK. Tel: +44 (0) 161 345 4777 Fax: +44 (0) 161 345 4780 Email: marketing@bifold.co.uk



A suite of technologies to provide a tailored solution for your project, from trenching to pipe-lay and subsea structure installation and decommissioning Ecosse Subsea (ESS) is a leading technology provider with an advancing reputation for project support, execution and delivery in the oil & gas and renewables markets. ESS has a suite of technologies that are well suited to the challenges of decommissioning. These technologies offer cost effective solutions to multiple activities within the decommissioning scope. One such technology is ESS’s Ambient Lifting and Ballast (ALB) system. ALB can be used to lift, lower and hover objects within the water column to allow the installation, repositioning or recovery of subsea assets. The technology operates by changing gas and fluid balances within an internal receptacle to vary the overall buoyancy of the structure. The system is fully scalable and can be utilised for small lifts such as mattress removal through to manifold and SSIV recovery. An ALB system can be deployed from Anchor Handling Tug Supply (AHTS) vessels that can reduce the requirement for Heavy Lift Vessel activity by either complementing DSV operations or being deployed independently. In addition to the ALB technology, ESS has access to fast activation, reusable and fully scalable mechanical connectors that are capable of handling high loads and thus would create a rapidly-deployable lifting package for decommissioning activities. ESS also offers SCAR, PREP and Olympic Spoolbase technologies that can offer a solution for pipeline decommissioning for a range of different removal/burial strategies. ESS’s SCAR Seabed System has been proven on multiple renewable projects to prepare the seabed prior to cable installation and to trench products to depths of approximately 1.4 metres. For deeper trenches required for pipeline or bundle burial, ESS’s newest subsea plough, SCARMax (which is currently in late stages of fabrication) will have the capability to produce trench depths of up to 3 metres in a single pass and will also have multi-pass capability. This exciting new addition to ESS’s suite of equipment will be available to the market in Q3 2015. PREP is a modular pipe lay/recovery technology which can handle pipe of up to 8” in water depths of up to


150 metres. The system provides a tailored solution for shallow water pipe-lay projects. This low risk system induces only two strain cycles. By utilising the elastic properties of the pipes, the PREP system allows the pipe to be laid/recovered from smaller, more readily available vessels thus achieving considerable cost savings. The PREP system is capable of laying/recovering of umbilicals and flexible pipelines. The PREP system eliminates the requirement of the traditional fleeting tower by incorporating a fleeting spooling device using the elastic properties of pipe. Multiple small reels can then be carried on the vessels deck to increase the volume capacity and maximise cost efficiency. ESS understands the need for pipeline recovery during decommissioning and believes the PREP system can save time on the project schedule as well as the costs associated with these operations. The PREP system can be complemented with ESS’s Olympic Spoolbase technology. The Olympic Spoolbase technology adds significant value to the method of manufacturing, storing, loading and transpooling for pipe lay projects. The modular system has the capacity to store pipelines prior to reeling or offloading. ESS Olympic Spoolbase technology can be utilised for storage of pipes that have been recovered from the sea and have yet to exceed its design life. By deploying Olympic Spoolbase for storage there is a reduced risk/ cost in mobilisations and demobilisations as well as interim mob durations. The spoolbase can be built on cheaper land/sites and add economic benefit. There is also no requirement to stern moor the vessel giving greater port availability. The robustness, simplicity and versatility of ALB, SCAR, PREP and Olympic Spoolbase allows for a tailored decommissioning solution which has potential to significantly reduce operational costs whilst still being conducted in the safest possible manner. ESS welcomes all enquiries to assist in addressing decommissioning challenges.


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hether you are drilling in shallow, deep or ultradeep water, Panalpina has proven expertise in end-to-end services from exploration to production. This skillset allows Panalpina to offer turnkey logistics solutions to match your exact requirements. Panalpina has established the largest global team of experts in the logistics industry to provide value during all phases of your field’s; exploration, development and expansion. Panalpina has the capability, capacity, tools and expertise to help you operate safely and compliantly whilst reducing costs. You can focus on your core competencies, knowing that your ancillary support services are in trusted hands. The current downturn in commodity pricing provides big challenges but also new opportunities, which compel the energy industry to look at new ways to sustainably manage its business. Panalpina’s numerous industry awards confirm its position as a market leader and an advantageous partner of choice for your company and its goals. Do you need to reduce cost? Talk to the specialists The team at Panalpina can help to take out waste from your supply chain. They can help a company to speed up asset turn-around, reduce stock holding levels, and reduce tool rental timeframes. Panalpina’s IT tools enable the company to create the required visibility; cost avoidance and reductions between 5 to 20% can be achieved. Every minute counts Safety and compliance is paramount. Rig or production down-time is not acceptable. Panalpina’s Energy Solutions team can help to minimise the risk of downtime through early engagement in the value chain. Its operation teams add value long before operations start; beginning with the planning process and operations. Panalpina can be present at pre-spud meetings and also on the rig site, if required. Geology is unpredictable Emergencies may still occur and Panalpina can help mitigate the risk. A deep water emergency – a problem

with the BOP – Panalpina’s dedicated specialist team is on 24/7 standby to help major oil companies get 60 truckloads of capping stack equipment to the clients operating site anywhere in the world, by air within 72 hours. Panalpina regularly test its readiness with emergency drills. From pre-FEED to post construction Facilities take months or years to be designed and built. Panalpina’s specialists can assist you throughout the process. Start early with the front-end engineering, construction, delivery, and positioning at the desired site and end with commissioning and re-supply. We ensure that the right, safe and compliant logistics solutions are in place through all phases of the construction process. Panalpina’s project specialists have only one goal: to get equipment to site safely, on time and on/or under budget. Value creation for its customers is at the heart of Panalpina’s strategy; and accepting challenges from companies is how it can leverage its expertise, improve company logistics and material supply chain, reduce risk and decrease total cost of ownership. “At Panalpina we have a passion for solutions.” About Panalpina The Panalpina Group is one of the world’s leading providers of supply chain solutions. The company combines its core products of Air Freight, Ocean Freight, and Logistics to deliver globally integrated, tailor-made end-to-end solutions. Drawing on in-depth industry know-how and customised IT systems, Panalpina manages the needs of its customers’ supply chains, no matter how demanding they might be. Energy Solutions is a specialised service for the energy and capital projects sector. The Panalpina Group operates a global network with some 500 offices in more than 70 countries, and it works with partner companies in a further 90 countries. Panalpina employs over 16,000 people worldwide who deliver a comprehensive service to the highest quality standards – wherever and whenever.


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ProjectsOGP Autumn Edition 2015  

ProjectsOGP Magazine is proud once again to be at both Offshore Europe and Offshore Energy this year. In this edition, we have focused on...

ProjectsOGP Autumn Edition 2015  

ProjectsOGP Magazine is proud once again to be at both Offshore Europe and Offshore Energy this year. In this edition, we have focused on...