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August Issue 2013


Granite City gets set for Offshore Europe

in the oil and gas calendar where exhibitors, delegates and visitors can access a global audience.

The Aberdeen City and Shire double-deck pavilion will showcase


of meetings, workshops, presentations and seminars and will

The biannual event at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference

Centre has grown steadily year on year and this year marks its 40th anniversary. Offshore Europe is recognised as the leading events of its kind, which will this year see more than 1,500 exhibitors taking part.

the North-east at the four-day conference. It will host a series again be a hub of activity for delegates looking to find out

about businesses and energy activity in the North-east, as well as presenting a fantastic opportunity for firms based here to

introduce themselves and their capabilities on an international stage.

The four-day conference and exhibition attracts a global

Aberdeen City Council leader Barney Crockett said: “Offshore

experts to share ideas and debate the issues of the moment in

numbers of people into the city from across the globe.

audience of engineers, technical specialists, industry leaders and the upstream industry.

This year, residents of and visitors to Aberdeen are invited to

experience the OE13 Energy Festival, a fantastic line-up of live events, music and entertainment showcasing the best produce and talent from Aberdeen City and Shire. For the first time,

Offshore Europe will expand beyond the AECC and venture into

the city, including the council’s headquarters at Marischal College. The exhibition and conference presents North-east businesses

with an unmissable opportunity to gain international exposure to world energy markets.

Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Councils have secured a prime

spot to promote the region as a place of expertise and innovation in the sector at Offshore Europe 2013.

The biennial event, which has grown steadily since its launch

Europe is a fantastic and very busy event which draws huge

It is a very exciting time for the city, which is always warmly

welcomed by Aberdeen residents and businesses. The hospitality and entertainment industries enjoy very high business

throughout, and demand for accommodation is such that some city residents give up their homes for the week of Offshore Europe and lease them out to delegates.

The week of Offshore Europe brings a fantastic and exciting

atmosphere to the city and a very welcome boost to the local

economy and North-east businesses which benefit from the extra trade it generates.

Offshore Europe provides a fantastic opportunity to showcase

the city as a centre of oil, gas and energy expertise. We have a

fantastic skill set in and around the city and a fabulous wealth of knowledge and expertise which is sought after worldwide.

It provides wonderful opportunities to network and make deals or embark on new partnerships and ventures.”

in 1973, is Europe’s biggest energy industry conference and

Councillor Crockett added: “Aberdeen City Council is delighted

world, including Brazil and Iraq.

a large stand at the 2013 Offshore Europe Exhibition and

exhibition, attracting thousands of delegates from across the

It offers an unprecedented international meeting place for debate and knowledge sharing by engineers, technical specialists,

executives, policy makers, legislators and industry leaders to help maximise recovery, extend field life, improve operations and best practise levels in a safe and sustainable manner.

outside North America and is one of the most stimulating weeks

Aberdeen is preparing itself for an influx of thousands of visitors from across the world who will travel to the city for Offshore


Offshore Europe is the largest oil and gas technical meeting

to be working in partnership with Aberdeenshire Council hosting Conference.

This is an enormously important event for the region and its

businesses. Offshore Europe’s return to Aberdeen for the 20th

time shows that confidence in the area and its energy industry

remains strong. Our Economic and Business Development Service has set out to identify opportunities for our local businesses and people that will develop goods and services that are world class

and have a global reach.

It is vital that the city continues to attract the level of expertise the energy industry will need to continue to prosper and grow.

The city stakeholders are actively pursuing a strategy focussed

on attracting the skills we need whilst continuing to anchor the knowledge and expertise that already exists in Aberdeen.” Lord Provost of Aberdeen George Adam, who will host a

civic reception for 300 delegates, said: “This will be the 20th time Offshore Europe has been held in Aberdeen, marking a

major milestone for what is now Europe’s premier oil and gas exhibition.

Offshore Europe is our window on the world, and as the North Sea and the needs of the energy industry change, so must

Aberdeen. We are at an interesting stage in the life of the UKCS

and our city is looking at its own future within this new context. We are looking forward to hosting this exciting, busy and

important event, which recognises Aberdeen’s position as Europe’s leading energy city, for the next 20 years. The

opportunity to exhibit on the Aberdeen City and Shire stand is not to be missed!”

More than 50,000 delegates, representing more than 100

countries, are expected to attend the event. As a hub of activity for oil and gas, Offshore Europe attracts top executives from

companies across the world, and is a great opportunity for local businesses to promote their brand.

The two-floor Aberdeen City and Shire Pavilion has been

designed to provide maximum space for local exposure, and will also include catering facilities, a lounge area and ICT station, as well as a number of exterior pods for businesses to gain prime position on the floor. Interest in spaces is expected to be high.


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Granite City gets set for Offshore Europe


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August Issue 2013


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provide key advantages for oil and gas

applications including fast repeatable setup, and elimination of scrap

The benefits of all-electric tube bending machines for precision oil and gas

equipment manufacturing applications will be highlighted by Unison at SPE Offshore Europe 2013. Unison machines feature a bending system based on precision

digitally controlled servomotors. This allelectric architecture provides significant performance benefits in terms of rapid

Another key advantage for the high

cost of raw materials, and is particularly

and lower energy consumption and noise,

components is Unison’s unique laser-

expensive exotic alloys.

and repeatable software-based set-up, compared with traditional hydraulically powered bending machinery.

The advanced technology is helping Unison to win many new customers in the oil and gas sector, including

manufacturers of process tubing and

hydraulic systems for topside and subsea

offshore applications. Among the demands that Unison’s machines are meeting today in the sector are: supporting fabrication

processes that must manufacture precise parts in very small batches - typically

without generating any scrap; bending

complex part shapes in a single stage to

eliminate potential leak paths and points of failure; and bending expensive and

difficult specialist alloy tubing materials

that have been selected for their corrosion resistant properties.

One of Unison’s most recent users in the sector - a manufacturer of Christmas

tree assemblies - cites more accurate and repeatable results, lower energy consumption and lower noise as key reasons for investing in all-electric

bending machinery. This user also likes


the highly programmable control over the bending cycle that the machine

provides, which allows the minimization

of stressing of tubes at their bend points - for enhanced reliability.

precision bending required for oil and gas controlled spring-back correction system.

beneficial for companies working with

Available as a build-to-order option on

Visitors to Unison’s stand will be

tubes from 50 mm diameter upwards, the

demonstrating the productivity benefits

any of Unison’s machines for bending

system automatically compensates for the natural tendency of metal tubes to spring back slightly after being bent, enabling

tubular parts manufacturers to implement a right-first-time production process.

By eliminating scrap wastage associated

with conventional hydraulically-powered bending machines, the system helps

manufacturers address the spiralling

able to sign up for an innovative tour

of servomotor-controlled tube bending. Unison will take attendees to see how UK users employ the high-precision

technology - with a choice including

applications at oil and gas equipment manufacturers.

See Unison at Offshore Europe on Stand 1E111

EPLAN EPLAN, a subsidiary of Rittal International, within the Friedhelm Loh Group A leader in computer aided engineering (CAE) software and provides innovative solutions for an array of engineering

disciplines and industrial manufacturing. The company’s leading electrical engineering software suite significantly enhances

accuracy, efficiency, workflow, and documentation. EPLAN boasts 600 employees, 35,000 customers and nearly 95,000 licence

installations worldwide. EPLAN advises companies on ways to optimise their electrical engineering design processes; from

developing software solutions for mechatronic and fluid power

engineering to implementing customised CAD, PDM, PLM and ERP interfaces. This enables users to accelerate product development

processes, reduce engineering costs and speed-up time to market. EPLAN’s consultants can also offer standardisation, automation, integration and implementation training.

For more information please call: +44 (0)1709 704100 Visit our Website: E-Mail:

Or visit us at Offshore Europe on Stand No 4B71

Top speakers from industry and government confirmed for Offshore Europe 2013 Eleven panel sessions will give visitors to the SPE Offshore Europe 2013 conference unprecedented access to hear the views of top industry executives, government ministers and discipline specialists.

The panel sessions will all aim to respond to the conference theme, ‘The Next 50 Years’, and

they form just one part of the free-to-attend event to be held at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre from 3-6 September 2013.

Malcolm Webb, Chairman for SPE Offshore Europe 2013 and Chief Executive of industry trade association Oil & Gas UK, said: “The

current strong resurgence in activity shows that the offshore oil and gas industry has an exciting and important future ahead of it,

with planned projects we already know about spanning the next 50 years. However, with great opportunities come great challenges. Accordingly, at the Offshore Europe 2013 conference, we are bringing together leaders from the industry, government and other stakeholders to address the issues of the moment.

“The conference will be twice the size of anything which Offshore Europe has

staged before and will embrace commercial, employment, operational, safety and environmental aspects as well as the policy and regulatory framework in which through the 21st century.”

Five of the panel sessions have a confirmed line-up of speakers – the remaining six sessions will be announced next month. These sessions range from oil and gas in the future energy mix, North Sea drilling and industry progress since Macondo to

technology and decommissioning. Conference delegates will have the opportunity to put their questions to the speakers at the end of each session.

the industry operates. This will be the definitive event for our industry as it moves


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SPE Offshore Europe 2013: The next 50 years The UK oil and gas industry represents a continuing success

story, both in terms of future production and a strong supply

chain. And although the future of the North Sea seems assured, there are plenty of challenges ahead.

Yet challenges drive innovation, and the industry has a deserved international reputation for excellence in engineering, manufacturing and technology allowing it to operate successfully in the mature basin of the UKCS and to export its expertise. ‘The Next 50 Years’ is therefore an appropriate theme for the forthcom-

ing SPE Offshore Europe biennial conference and exhibition to be held at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre from 3-6

challenges. Another area is reserved for deep water operating

Over 48,000 visitors are expected to participate in the world’s

The exhibition halls will showcase the technologies, services and

September 2013.

largest upstream oil and gas exhibition and conference outside North America. Senior representatives from the global indus-

try, UK and international governments and academia will come

together to lead the sessions during the four-day event which is free to attend for all registrants.

Over the four days of the conference there will be a series of

panel sessions, peer-reviewed technical sessions, topical lunches and breakfast briefings. These sessions will feature a mix of se-

nior representatives from international operating companies and contractors, as well as government regulators and politicians.

Topics cover all areas of interest to anyone directly involved in

the oil and gas industry or, indeed, anyone interested in the future outlook for this business.

Following its successful launch in 2011, the Deep Water Zone will be an important feature of the show. Deep water exploration and

production is playing an ever increasing role in the industry with a growing number of discoveries being made in deep and ultra-

deep waters off the coasts of Brazil, West and East Africa, and in

the Gulf of Mexico. Exhibiting companies from this rapidly evolving sector will display their latest products and services, and a

series of presentations is planned on current industry trends and


companies to showcase existing and new projects.

expertise of the global industry, covering the complete supply

chain of companies including operators, drilling contractors and

oilfield service companies. Over 1500 organisations are expected this year in the largest exhibition of the show’s history. Reflective of the global nature of the industry as a whole there is a large

international exhibitor presence at the event with participating companies from over 40 countries.

With so many industry leaders and influencers under one roof, there are ample opportunities to network and catch up with

colleagues from around the world. Comments Matthias Bichsel, Shell’s Projects and Technology Director: “Offshore Europe is

still one of the world’s premier events for establishing business relationships in the oil & gas industry.”

A new ‘Energy Festival’ is planned for the week of the show,

hosted by Aberdeen City Council. It will include a series of exciting evening events and will allow the show to carry on into the

evening with plenty more opportunities to network, socialise and enjoy Europe’s energy capital, Aberdeen.

For more information visit:



SPE OFFSHORE EUROPE THE NEXT 50 YEARS SPE Offshore Europe is where the E&P community meets to find the solutions required to keep up with an accelerating technology race, and understand the demands of a changing industry committed to ensuring security of supply in an increasingly complex world.

The Offshore Europe Partnership, a joint venture between:








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Proserv boss named Scottish Entrepreneur of the Year The chief executive of rapidly growing

as a leading industry specialist in

During August 2012, Proserv revealed

been named Ernst & Young Scotland

infrastructure technical solutions and

million (approx £109 million) to more than

energy services company Proserv has Entrepreneur of the Year 2013.

Judges praised David Lamont for moulding “a phenomenal business of a truly global nature” in overseeing a 25% year-on-

year growth during his two years at the company which operates from 30 sites across the globe.

A panel of experts picked Mr Lamont

ahead of 28 other business leaders and he will now go forward to represent Scotland

at the UK Entrepreneur of the Year final in October.

Proserv, which is headquartered in

Westhill, Aberdeenshire, has fast emerged

exploration & production, drilling, and services to the global energy industry.

The company has experienced exceptional growth over the past 12 months

particularly in the subsea services sector. During his time at the helm, Mr Lamont,

who has 28 years of industry experience,

has overseen Proserv’s acquisition of USbased Total Instrumentation & Controls

annual turnover had soared from $175

$310 million (approx £196 million). This success was reflected in the company’s refinancing agreement of $215million

(approximately £133million). The funding has allowed Proserv to consolidate its

position for sustainable growth and future expansion.

(TIC) and Weatherford International’s

Mr Lamont said: “At Proserv we work as a

guidance the firm has also introduced

of the hard work of everyone throughout

subsea controls’ business. Under his

a new test and manufacturing facility in Aberdeenshire, a research and

development hub in Norway and a string of contract wins worldwide.

team and I see this award as recognition the company in building our business

to where we are today. We have enjoyed

rapid growth and I am immensely proud

of the way we have been able to channel this into establishing ourselves as a

respected operator right across the global energy industry, but most importantly

in positioning Proserv for a tremendous future.

“It is a great honour to be chosen for

the award at a time when businesses

throughout Scotland are enjoying fantastic success at home and abroad.”

Proserv operates in six geographical

regions namely North UK & Africa, South UK & Europe, Scandinavia, the Americas, Middle East & North Africa and the Far

East & Australia and currently employs over 1,700 people globally.

Jim Bishop, Scotland senior partner at

Ernst & Young (EY) and the professional

service’s firm’s Entrepreneur of the Year leader north of the border, said: “David

has moulded a phenomenal business of a truly global nature. His outstanding

results were achieved by reshaping and strengthening his team and overseeing

important and impressive developments while maintaining the highest ethical standards.

“This was the strongest field in recent years and serves to highlight that the

flame of entrepreneurialism still burns

bright in Scotland.”


See Proserv at Offshore Europe on Stand 3E190

Jim Bishop and David Lamont

For more information visit:

DNV launches new training for offshore safety representatives

was developed by ESRs themselves and is fully accredited by

Following a series of successful pilot courses earlier this year,

fantastic to hear from safety reps who, after attending the

DNV is now accredited by OPITO to run courses which will be

available to more than 2,000 ESRs working across the industry. This is the first recognised standard applied to any safety

representative training since the creation of the basic course, introduced in 1989, which accompanied the “Offshore

Installations (Safety Representatives and Safety Committees) Regulations 1989” (SI971) introduced in late 1989, as a consequence of the Piper Alpha disaster.

This new advanced standard aims to support more effective

workforce involvement by giving ESRs access to training that

industry skills body, OPITO.

Fiona FitzGerald, a Senior Consultant with DNV said: “It’s been course, are returning and telling us stories of how they’ve been

able to immediately apply the learning to their next trip offshore. It seems to have opened up a new dialogue between installation management and safety reps – with increased respect and understanding from both sides.

Our focus is firmly on the management of major accident hazards and we’ve heard how alumni safety reps are now better equipped to understand the technical content of their installation safety case and challenge assumptions”.

helps them develop their effectiveness and confidence.

Robert O’Keeffe, Associate Director, Advisory Services, Aberdeen

include investigating potential hazards, dangerous occurrences,

and that DNV is the first organisation to be accredited to deliver

Independent of management, the functions and powers of ESRs

complaints and the causes of accidents, as well as the inspection of installations.

Earlier this year, four, two-day pilot courses were delivered in

Aberdeen by DNV allowing delegates the chance to trial the latest developments in safety training for the North Sea workforce.

The drive for the new courses came from the Offshore Industry

added: “We are delighted the standard has now been accepted against it. The next courses are scheduled for August at our offices in Aberdeen.

“Safety representatives hold an important role and can have

an influential impact on safety across the workplace. This new ESR training will help those in the role develop the skills and understanding to improve the safety culture for all.”

Advisory Committee’s (OIAC) Workforce Involvement Group,

See DNV at Offshore Europe on Stand 5B51

Unions, Oil and Gas UK and Step Change in Safety. The standard

Courses can be booked via

strongly supported by the Health and Safety Executive, Trade


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Looking forward to a sustainable future for oil and gas The oil and gas industry represents a continuing success story,

world. Speakers will come predominantly from Europe but will

Although its future seems assured, there are plenty of challenges


both in terms of future production and a strong supply chain. ahead.

be joined by colleagues from the US, Africa, the Middle East and

Yet challenges are the driver of innovation and the technical

The technical sessions run alongside the rest of the conference

held at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre from 3-6

ranging from the future energy mix, the independent oil

sessions planned for this year’s SPE Offshore Europe – to be

September – will demonstrate that the industry’s engineering,

manufacturing and technology excellence is set to assure a longterm sustainable future.

programme which includes 11 keynote sessions on topics

company, operations in frontier areas, industry progress since

Macondo and oilfield goods and services to drilling, safety, skills, finance, decommissioning and technology.

Anthony Onukwu, independent production technologist working for Shell UK and chairman of the SPE Aberdeen Section, said:

“We received a record number of paper proposals for this year’s conference so the barrier was set very high for those accepted. The technical committees are confident that they have selected

a strong programme, addressing the topics and issues relevant to a global oil and gas industry audience.”The themes of the

conference technical sessions cover a variety of exploration and

production topics ranging from advances in subsea construction and technology, developments in pipeline analysis and FPSO

integrity to drilling, reservoir management and health, safety

and the environment. The technical papers provide fascinating

case studies of operator and service company global experiences, as well as examples of new technology and research projects to allow the industry to explore and operate in more hostile environments and increasingly deep waters.

The conference committee has selected papers from all over the

SPE Offshore Europe unveils 2013 Chairman The Offshore Europe Partnership is delighted to announce that

Malcolm Webb, Chief Executive of industry trade association Oil & Gas UK, has accepted the role of Chairman for SPE Offshore

Europe 2013. SPE Offshore Europe is the largest upstream oil and gas event outside North America, and is held every two years in Europe’s energy capital of Aberdeen. Mr Webb is a widely

engineering, manufacturing and technology allowing it to operate successfully in the mature basin of the UKCS and to export its expertise. This industry’s story is an inspiring one that needs

to be shared with the next generation so that we can continue to have an industry that is dynamic, diverse and dedicated to maintaining a long-term sustainable future.”

Details on the free-to-attend conference, its overall theme and

since 2004. He has also played a direct role in guiding previous

later this year. Supporting the 2013 conference content will be a

Offshore Europe events as a regular member of its Executive Committee.

He commented: “I am honoured to have been appointed

chairman for SPE Offshore Europe 2013. This is an event where the offshore oil and gas industry’s engineers and technical

has a deserved international reputation for excellence in

respected and influential industry figure both in the UK and

internationally, and has been Chief Executive at Oil & Gas UK


“Challenges drive innovation. The offshore oil and gas industry

specialists, along with its business leaders and government,

come together to share their views, knowledge and expertise. Such a gathering will have particular importance against the

backdrop of the challenges presented by the prevailing global economic climate.

plenary, panel and technical programme sessions will be revealed full programme of Topical Lunches and Breakfast Briefings.

SPE Offshore Europe 2013 celebrates its 40th anniversary in style When the SPE Offshore Europe conference and exhibition opens

time or more. They represent the leading oil and gas nations

show in its 40-year history.

Norway, Canada, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Austria, the

for business on 3 September in Aberdeen, it will be the largest

To be held at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre

from 3-6 September 2013, SPE Offshore Europe is the largest oil and gas exhibition and conference outside North America and

over 48,000 visitors are expected to participate each day in the

around the world, including the United States, China, Nigeria, Faroe Islands, Greenland, Malaysia, Finland, Germany, France

and Flanders/Belgium. New for 2013 are pavilions from Korea,

Australia, Nova Scotia and Denmark. Large delegations are also expected from Brazil, Nigeria and Kazakhstan.

event which is free to attend for all registrants.

The popular Deep Water Zone is back for a second time. More

The sold-out exhibition halls will showcase the complete supply

their latest products and services, and a series of presentations

chain of companies including operators, drilling contractors

and oilfield service companies. The exhibition has grown six

per cent since 2011 and over 1500 organisations are expected

this year, including over 250 companies exhibiting for the first

time. With 14 independent, national and international operators

taking stands, this is the largest operator presence in the event’s history. There will also be more service companies than in 2011 with the additions of Baker Hughes, Halliburton, WorleyParsons, Aker Solutions, Subsea7, Foster Wheeler, Honeywell, ABB and McDermott.

Reflective of the global nature of the industry as a whole there is a large international exhibitor presence with participating companies from over 36 countries and 33 group pavilions

which comprise UK and international organisations and trade

associations and more than 770 independent exhibition stands.

Many of the international pavilions are returning for the second

than 35 companies from this rapidly evolving sector will display is planned on current industry trends and challenges.

Senior representatives from the global industry, UK and

international governments and academia will come together

to lead the conference sessions over the four days event. The conference comprises a series of keynote sessions, technical

sessions, topical lunches and breakfast briefings. The forwardlooking keynote sessions cover topics ranging from industry

progress since Macondo, taking operations to frontier areas and

financing through to safety, skills, technology, decommissioning and drilling. More than 130 papers presented at the technical

sessions will address the technological challenges of field life

extension and new frontier exploration and development. Daily breakfast and lunch briefings will also span a broad range of

issues addressing energy markets, women in industry, safety and skills.

Visit for more information.


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Oceanscan Ltd

Oceanscan and Norwegian Offshore Rental Join Forces Aberdeen based offshore rental company Oceanscan, announced today that it will

be teaming up with Haugesuned based-

Norwegian Offshore Rental (NOR), effective 1st June 2013. The partnership will allow Norwegian Offshore Rental to be the

exclusive representative for Oceanscans entire product range for the Norwegian

market. This will give clients in Norway a

much larger choice of products and still be able to deal with a ‘local’ supplier.

Steven Evans, Oceanscan’s Subsea Rental Manager said, “We are delighted to have appointed Norwegian Offshore Rental

(NOR) as our partner in Norway, and look

much larger choice of products for their projects.”

forward to developing the relationship.

Oceanscan started business in 1989 and

providing the customer with a high quality

operating in the UK. Oceanscan are

We share the same vision as NOR, in of service and equipment”.

Bjørn Kalland from NOR said, “Our clients

are important to us and we are committed to providing a high quality service.

The partnership with Oceanscan will

help deliver that by giving our clients a

is one of the leading rental companies looking forward to expanding their service overseas and believe that a

partnership with NOR will be perfect for the Norwegian market.

For more information, please visit:

Norwegian Offshore Rental was

established in 2005 with emphasis on ship management and supplying personnel

to the shipbuilding industry. Early 2011,

the company changed name to Norwegian Offshore Rental as (NOR) and started

focusing on equipment rental. NOR is today a substantial provider of rental

equipment in the North Sea region, in

addition to the supply of equipment to other large oil and gas regions.

For more information, please visit:

ROB BUCHAN APPOINTED ABERDEEN GENERAL MANAGER AT GDF SUEZ E&P UK Oil and gas operator GDF SUEZ E&P UK announces a senior appointment in Aberdeen as the company pursues an ambitious UK growth strategy. Rob Buchan takes up the role of Aberdeen General Manager and will oversee the company’s developments and operations

across the UK. He will also become part of the firm’s Executive Team. He takes on the post from Mike Robertson, who is relocating to Norway as Head of Assets at GDF SUEZ E&P Norge.

His appointment comes as two major developments operated by GDF SUEZ E&P UK  move towards production. The Juliet field in the

Southern North Sea (SNS) is due to come on stream at the end of 2013 and Cygnus, the largest gas discovery in the SNS in the last 25 years, is scheduled to start producing in late 2015.

GDF SUEZ E&P UK also continues its active exploration and drilling programmes, buoyed by the successful 27th licensing round which saw the firm secure nine licenses, three as operator, including its first as an operator in the West of Shetland.

Rob Buchan has worked for GDF SUEZ E&P since 2008 when he joined as Operations Manager in Aberdeen. He moved to Head Office

in Paris in 2009 where his most recent role was Senior Vice President Operations for GDF SUEZ E&P International. Prior to joining the company, he worked with Dowell Schlumberger on international assignments for 8 years, then with BP for 24 years in drilling and

operations management roles in Aberdeen and London. He graduated from Aberdeen University in 1977 with a BSc in Geology, gained


an MBA from Robert Gordon University in 2005 and has been a Chartered Engineer since 1992.

Rob Buchan said: “GDF SUEZ E&P is at a very exciting stage of its growth in the UK and I look forward to returning to Aberdeen as we

prepare for first gas from Juliet and progress construction for Cygnus while pursuing an active exploration and appraisal programme.” GDF SUEZ E&P UK recently underlined its commitment to the region by investing in a new Aberdeen premises with capacity for up to 200 people, just three years after establishing its UK operations base in Union Plaza. The operator currently employs 140 people in Aberdeen across four sites and will occupy the new five story building from 2014.

Valeport Ltd Valeport, leading Oceanographic and Hydrographic Instrumentation Valeport are the UK’s leading manufacturer of Oceanographic and

“Bathymetric Solutions”

accurate Sound Velocity Probes / Sensors, our new Altimeter

of underwater positioning. State of the art signal processing

Hydrographic instrumentation which include the world’s most range, new Radar Level Sensor, Current Meters, Tide Gauges, Wave Recorders, CTD’s, Multi-Parameter CTD’s and GPS Echo

Sounders. Engineered solutions to your monitoring challenge.

“An Industry Standard”

Valeport have long been associated with providing reliable

products for survey operations offshore. From CTD’s in the early eighties to the well established Midas SVX2, we continue to meet customer requirements. For sound velocity data to enhance

your single or multi-beam echo sounder surveys, Valeport offer

The new VA500 altimeter delivers a new approach to the problem offers unrivalled range and performance from a 500kHz

transducer. Millimetre precision, 0.1m – 100m range, RS232/

RS485/0-5V & 0-10V analogue outputs with a wide range power supply address the needs of the ROV, AUV and Hydrographic community in a compact, robust package. The option of

integrating a high accuracy pressure sensor (0.01%) as used in the MiniIPS offers an unbeatable package for your underwater

positioning requirements, especially if combined with the Midas Bathypack

a variety of sensors and profilers. The superior performance is recognised by all multi-beam manufacturers and users making the Valeport sensor an “industry favourite” in the field. Latest developments include the Rapid SV profiler which has been

developed for the fast collection of Sound Velocity Profiles (SVP) without compromising the quality of data.

Sound Velocity data from an SVP, but still needing the Salinity and Density data from a CTD, the MIDAS SVX2 combines both technologies to give the best of both worlds.

Valeport are the only manufacturer offering a combined altimeter with pressure sensor in such a small package.

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Serving the world of Hydrography & Oceanography

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• Echo Sounders & Bathymetry • Wave Recorders • Telemetry Instruments • Ocean Engineering

• Tide Gauges • Sound Velocity • Current Meters • CTD & Multi-Parameter

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Cygnus Instruments Ltd Ultrasound in Subsea & Offshore Maintenance Ultrasound is part of our daily lives and is used in many applications to control, give warnings and provide measurements. In

the subsea and oil & gas industries, where metal corrosion is a constant challenge,

the Cygnus Instruments range of Multiple Echo through-coating thickness gauges have played a major role in providing a solution to this challenge.

The Digital Multiple Echo Technique, for

remaining metal thickness checks through

have to precisely match before a reading

is depth rated to 300 metres. The Cygnus

and 3rd return echoes largely eliminates

stringent ATEX and CSA rating. This

is displayed. This matching of the 2nd

protective coatings was pioneered by

spurious readings which can be a problem

conjunction with a single crystal probe

The comprehensive range of Cygnus

Cygnus 30 years ago. The technique, in (which ensures a straight beam passage of sound) uses three returning echoes. The 1st is ignored as it contains the coating

thickness while the 2nd and 3rd echoes

represent the time taken to travel through just the metal.

Protective coatings up to 20 mm thick are completely ignored, with Deep Coat mode enabled and the 2nd and 3rd echo timings

on instruments without this technology.

gauges includes an ROV Mountable model, two hand-held models for commercial

divers as well as an explosion proof unit for hazardous environments. The ROV

Mountable gauges are available in 3 depth ratings 500, 2000 and 4000 metre. We also offer probe handlers for use with

them on all types of ROVs. The Cygnus

DIVE wrist-mountable underwater gauge

Intrinsically Safe gauge has the most

means thickness measurement surveys can be conducted without the need for hot work permits or expensive plant shutdown.

All Cygnus Gauges are simple to use,

accurate, reliable and extremely portable.

For more information visit: See us at Offshore Europe on stand 3E65

Cygnus Instruments Ltd Cygnus House, 30 Prince of Wales Road, Dorchester, Dorset. DT1 1PW Main Reception: +44 (0)1305 265533 Email: Web:


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AlaSdair Cowie of Cortez Subsea ltd and the importance of collaboration for new technology Managing director of Cortez Subsea, Alasdair Cowie, emphasised

to new and innovative subsea frontiers. The industry would

oil and gas industry.

and developed.

the importance of collaboration to bring new technology to the

Cortez Subsea partners with a variety of companies to enhance its network and deliver a fully integrated service to its clients.

The firm’s partners vary from an Italian engineering company to an Egyptian ROV and inspection data processing equipment and services provider.

“Collaborative partnerships are vital to the success and

development of technology”, he said. “Innovation needs

collaboration. We live in a world where the pace of technology moves forward at a phenomenal rate. Being partnered with

organisations within and outwith the sector that support, drive or lead the development of a product or service can aid the success of businesses massively.”

Mr Cowie continued, “Working together is paramount. Our

partnerships have bolstered our reputation and given us access

continue to flourish if more of these relationships were formed I often refer to our collaborative partnerships as expanding our tool box to increase the offering to our clients. They’re

formed through long-term industry relationships and synergies, it’s about identifying opportunities from which the basis of a collaboration can build on.”

The subsea sector is thriving. Positive news stories surrounding healthy recruitment and a highly competitive marketplace indicate the future is bright.

The entire industry is feeling

the benefits and general buzz

around subsea developments on an international scale.”

See Cortez Subsea at Offshore Europe on Stand IBB25

GUIDANCE ON HYPERBARIC EVACUATION SYSTEMS FROM IMCA When a vessel is severely damaged there may come a time when it has to be abandoned. For such a situation vessels are required to have adequate lifeboats (or life rafts) on board for all personnel. In such an emergency, the evacuation of divers in saturation

represents a particular problem as they cannot be readily decompressed in order to be evacuated in the same way as other crew

members. The divers need to be transferred to a pressurised compartment which can be detached from the diving system on the vessel and launched or floated into the sea.

“This means that for all saturation diving operations a hyperbaric rescue unit (HRU) needs to be provided that, in the event of a vessel evacuation, is capable of evacuating the maximum number of divers,” explains Jane Bugler, Technical Director of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA).

Planning and facilities also need to be in place to ensure that the HRU and its occupants are taken to a designated location where they can be decompressed back to surface pressure in a safe and controlled manner.”

A newly published IMCA document ‘Guidance on Hyperbaric Evacuation Systems’ (IMCA D 052) aims to provide guidance on minimum requirements needed, and to identify the various factors that need to be considered during the planning phase before diving

commences. It also aims to provide guidance on the risk assessment process required to ensure that the necessary standard of safety is achieved.

“IMCA D 052 also seeks to establish standard terminology for the various parts of a hyperbaric evacuation system.” adds Jane Bugler. “As it contains many items of technical advice in its 68 pages, it is assumed that the reader has knowledge of saturation diving technology, physiology and equipment.”

The new guidance document has sections on background and explanation; medical aspects of hyperbaric evacuation; elements to

be considered in the development of a hyperbaric evacuation system; equipment and interfaces; development of documentation for

hyperbaric evacuation system construction and operation; elements to be considered for the execution of a hyperbaric evacuation and

subsequent decompression; operation emergency; risk assessment/hyperbaric evacuation plan guidance; personnel and competence

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(LSP/HRF); audit and assurance; and two appendices, one which contains acronyms and the other a glossary of terms.

Further information on IMCA and its work on behalf of its 900+ member companies in over 60 countries is available from and from IMCA, 52 Grosvenor Gardens, London SW1W 0AU, UK. Tel: +44 (0)20 7824 5520; Fax: +44 (0)20 7824 5521; and

The association has LinkedIn and Facebook groups and its Twitter handle is @IMCAint.

Atlantas Marine Ltd NEW BASIC VIDEORAY CONFIGURATION ANNOUNCED Atlantas Marine have just announced a new addition to their range of world class ROVs. The new model, dubbed the Pro 4 ULTRA BASE, is a smaller, lighter version of the standard VideoRay Pro 4 mini ROV system. Ideal for routine tasks

such as basic visual inspections or observations in normal conditions down to 305m

An ever-growing mountain of sophisticated equipment

and highly specialised configurations makes the standard

VideoRay Pro 4 capable of advanced underwater inspection tasks in some of the most extreme environments. But for

those who just need a cost-effective no-frills ROV system

that gets the job done simply and efficiently VideoRay have a new solution.

The Pro 4 ULTRA BASE offers users the same rugged and reliable technology as the standard Pro 4 in a slimmed down package. Weighing in at 7.2 kg, the extremely

portable ULTRA BASE control panel is about 40% lighter than the standard Pro 4 Control Panel and features a slick and functional 13 inch tablet PC as the control unit.

The Pro 4 ULTRA BASE packs the same power as the old

VideoRay Pro 3 GTO ROV (48 volts) giving a maximum thrust to 14 lbs total and a surface speed of approx 4 knots. A light

version of VideoRay Cockpit Software controls the ROV and

displays the video feed. The included sunshade enhances screen visibility in bright environments.

For more information visit Atlantas Marine’s Website:

Atlantas Marine Ltd Telstar House, Mead Avenue, Houndstone Business Park, Yeovil, Somerset. BA22 8RT Main Reception: +44 (0)1935 426000 Web: E-Mail: info@atlantasmarine


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Bifold Fluidpower Ltd

Bifold, Official Partner of the Marussia F1™ Team have linked Safety with Performance to provide Directional Control Valves and Valve assemblies for Subsea applications Bifold have been successfully designing and manufacturing valves for operation directly immersed in sea water since

1987 and have applied this experience to develop our extensive range of

technically superior subsea valves,

maintaining safety factors and reliable operation across the pressure range

to over 15,000 psi / 1035 bar with an

operating temperature range of -50°C to +140°C.

Designed to operate reliably on fluids

with contamination levels greater than NAS 1638 Class 12, these true failsafe

valves provide the option for reducing the sub-sea control module weight

and cost, providing the customer with

superior products for their application. With a focus on safety and reliability

in subsea control, Bifold’s directional

control valves maintain safety factors

on pull in and drop out voltage as well as de latch pressure, throughout the

pressure range, but also during long

term cycling (in cycles) and long term static hold tests.

Our state of the art production facilities based in the UK allow our superior and

innovative sub-sea valves to be subjected to extensive test programmes, these include:-

• Qualification in accordance with ISO 13628-6 • Endurance tested to in excess of 1 million cycles • Corrosion testing in direct seawater immersion for 90 days and 50/50 seawater internally at 60°C

• Contamination resistance testing on class 8 fluid over 30,000 cycles without filter


High and low temperature storage and function testing

Hyperbaric function testing to 3500m

Shock and Vibration testing

The Bifold sub-sea range includes Shearseal directional control valves, shuttle valves, pilot operated valves (ball seated and

slide), solenoid valves with a range of connector options, check valves, relief valves, pumps, intensifiers, special valve products and control pod products.

Visit us at Offshore Europe, Aberdeen UK, 3th - 6th September

2013, Stand No. 3B60, where you will be able to explore a range of our products.

For innovative and reliable valve solutions, visit our website: where more detailed information and a PDF brochure can be downloaded. For more Information contact: Gill Bancroft Tel: +44 (0) 161 345 4777 Fax: +44 (0) 161 345 4780 Email:

Bifold Fluidpower Ltd Greenside Way, Middleton, Manchester. M24 1SW Main Reception: +44 (0)161 3454777 Email: Web:

Bifold, Official Partner of the Marussia F1™ Team have linked Safety with Performance to provide Directional Control Valves and Valve assemblies for Subsea applications Bifold have been successfully designing and manufacturing valves for operation directly immersed in sea water since 1987 and have applied this experience to develop our extensive range of technically superior subsea valves, maintaining safety factors and reliable operation across the pressure range to over 15,000 psi / 1035 bar with an operating temperature range of -50°C to +140°C. With a focus on safety and reliability in subsea control, Bifold’s directional control valves maintain safety factors on pull in and drop out voltage as well as de latch pressure, throughout the pressure range, but also during long term cycling (in cycles) and long term static hold tests. Qualification in accordance with ISO 13628-6 Endurance tested to in excess of 1 million cycles

High and low temperature storage and function testing Hyperbaric function testing to 3500m

Corrosion testing in direct seawater immersion for 90 days and 50/50 seawater internally at 60°C

Shock and Vibration testing

Contamination resistance testing on class 8 fluid over 30,000 cycles without filter

Visit us at Offshore Europe, Aberdeen UK, 3th - 6th September 2013, Stand No. 3B60

For more information Bifold, Greenside Way, Middleton Manchester, M24 1SW, UK. Tel: +44 (0)161 345 4777 Fax: +44 (0)161 345 4780 Email: Web:

Official Partner of the Marussia F1™ Team

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CodaOctopus Products

A New Approach to Marine Inertial Surface Positioning Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) aided Inertial Navigation Systems (INS) have been commercially available and widely used in the marine market for

many years. These systems provide very

accurate position, altitude, heading, heave, pitch and roll outputs and are ideally

suited to provide location and motion

positioning system as part of their traditional GNSS aided INS solution.

CodaOctopus Products have produced a new GNSS aided

INS system that can be used with any existing GNSS

system. This new product

is called the F175TM and is unique in its concept.

Designed with ease of use

in mind and targeted at the

marine industry, the F175TM

compensation for swathe bathymetry

transforms your existing GNSS system into

seafloor over large areas of ocean.

a full GNSS aided INS for hydrographic

Marine targeted and easy to use F175TM configuration software

survey applications. In addition to

extending the accuracy and feature set

positioning systems. The F175-T1 TM is

of your GNSS system, the F175TM greatly

designed for use with single antenna

Trimble® systems and the F175-T2 TM

multi-beam sonars to accurately map the In the event of GNSS signal loss, these

improves robustness to GNSS dropouts

and multipath and so is ideal for harbour

and coastal areas or working around large

is designed for use with dual antenna Trimble® systems.

structures. The user continues to draw on their precision GNSS system for primary positioning, so existing investments in

training, installation and capital costs of this system are protected.

Upgrade your GNSS system with inertial capability using the new CodaOctopus F175TM System systems can still produce accurate

construction; offshore wind turbine

installation; dredging; shipping channel and environmental survey.

The F175TM accepts a digital serial input

from any commercially available GNSS

inertial measurement unit.

with inertial measurements in a tightly

To date, commercially available GNSS

aided INS systems in the marine market have been supplied with the precision

GNSS component as an integral part of the system. This solution is a suitable

approach for those users requiring a new precision positioning system; however most vessels, and certainly all survey

vessels, are already equipped with a high-

system and will use this in conjunction integrated Kalman filter to produce a very accurate blended solution of position,

altitude, heading and motion data. The

F175TM professionally packaged for the survey industry

outputs are provided in industry standard formats across Ethernet and dual serial

Martin de Kievit worldwide business

ports and support for leading navigational

development manager for Trimble® Marine says “The Trimble® and

packages and intelligent heave processing (iHeaveTM) comes as standard.

In addition to the generic F175TM product,

precision survey-grade GNSS system.

CodaOctopus have also produced two

not requiring, a secondary survey-grade

at the Trimble® SPS range of marine

This results in the user paying for, but

dam and harbour inspection; marine

outputs via the three accelerometers and three gyroscopes that compromise the


Typical applications include: bridge,

product variants targeted specifically

Tampa Bay, Florida captured using an F175-T1TM, Trimble® SPS851 and R2Sonic 2024. Image courtesy of Measutronics Inc.

CodaOctopus solutions are ideal for

system integrators and users who require

easy deployment and high-quality motion measurement.

F175TM, F175-T1TM, F175-T2TM and iHeaveTM are trademarks of CodaOctopus. Trimble® is a registered trademark of Trimble Navigation Ltd

To find out more about CodaOctopus Products, visit our website: Or send an email to:

CodaOctopus Products Anderson House, 1 Breadalbane Street, Edinburgh. EH6 5JR Main Reception: +44 (0)131 5531380 Web: E-Mail:

Environmental Technologies Ltd Flowmeters and Flowmeter Systems for the Oil & Gas Industry ETL supplies and designs a variety of Flow meters and Flow

meter Systems for the oil and gas industry. One of our specialist

product ranges is Subsea Flow meters either as stand alone units or complete systems.

Our range of Subsea custom built Flow meters are made to our customers exact specifications, and are typically suited to the

most demanding environmental conditions. 4000 metre depth

and 400 bar working pressures are standard, with flow ranges from 0.5 litres/hr up to 18,000 litres/min.

Typical applications include ROV’s, tooling skids, BOP’s and

dewatering pigging systems. Flow meters are supplied with UKAS traceable certification; TUV certification and Lloyds

All products are UK manufactured and supplied from our ETL office and distribution in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire.

witness testing are also possible. The Flow meters can have

analogue, pulse, RS232/ RS485 outputs, and can be fitted with the customers preferred interface connection such as Seacon, Subcon, Burton, Tronic.

ETL can design and build complete systems which can include subsea displays and data logging.

Environmental Technologies Ltd Grimbald Road, Knaresborough. HG5 8PY Main Reception: +44 (0)1423 522911 Email: Web:

For more information please call: +44 (0)1423 522911 Or visit our website:


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Hayward Tyler Ltd

Delivering service for almost 200 years by leaders in fluid filled Electric Motor application

To support activities in global markets Hayward Tyler provide

this range of service and repair facilities from their strategically located service centres in England, Scotland, China and the USA.

An integrated network of service engineers operate all over the world, bringing peace of mind to the Customer’s door.

Established in 1815 in the UK, the

Hayward Tyler developed the first subsea

Hayward Tyler Group manufactures a

electric motor in 1908 for marine

comprehensive range of Fluid Filled

salvage. The design has advanced

Electric Motors and Pumps, custom

considerably since that time and today

designed to meet the most demanding

the Company can service HV HP motors

of applications and environments. In

up to 5,500kW, engineered to meet the

the oil and gas markets the company

complex operating Subsea conditions.

leads the field with their advanced

fluid-filled motors that are supporting

The low maintenance, long life solutions

some of the most advanced deep sea

can meet and exceed expectations in the

technology available today.

most extreme conditions. A key design

feature is the high-pressure capability.   The

Hayward Tyler designs and manufactures

high voltage, HP bi-directional penetrator is

Sea Water Lift, Fire Water, Fire Water Jockey and

Service Water Pumps for offshore platforms and

FPSOs. The company also supplies Submersible Water-Filled

Motors for use with the above-mentioned Pumps, and for POD Drives, Gas Expanders, ROVs and Trenchers to the Oil & Gas

sector. Hayward Tyler is a leading proponent in the development of Deep Submersible Motors for driving Subsea Seawater Injection and Booster Pumps.

Hayward Tyler wet wound motors are accordingly designed for higher power output and deeper deployment with greater than

5 year service intervals for subsea applications. Hayward Tyler has global experience of servicing & maintaining over 3000

fluid filled electric motors and pumps in demanding applications across many countries and sectors.

design for depths of 3,000m.

The Hayward Tyler design ensures a ‘uniform electric field’ that minimises electrical stresses, to maximise the winding cable life. All Hayward Tyler Subsea motors have a variable speed

capability. Hayward Tyler design engineers ‘heat balance’ the

system to ensure the optimum temperature within the motor by careful selection of the internal flow pattern and external heat

exchanger. The design also allows for all the pressure variation scenarios and extended operational life. The materials of

construction are typically duplex or super duplex stainless steel. Hayward Tyler is a trusted name in the oil and gas and power

for both their large installed base & to all

oil and gas industry and the company works closely with subsea

other major contractor and Oil and Gas

clients. This comprises a comprehensive range of aftermarket services including Maintenance and Repair, Spare Parts, Motor Re-winding, Field Service

industries. Customers include some of the biggest names in the and oil and gas committees including The Energy Industries Council (EIC), The Subsea Forum and Offshore Technology, ensuring that they remain at the forefront of design and innovation for critical subsea applications.

Support, Overhaul, Performance Testing,

Hayward Tyler Services supports the Company’s worldwide

assessment and extension including total

and India with field engineers available 24 hours a day and 365

Reverse Engineering 3D Modelling, life care programs.

customer base including Europe, China, North and South America days per year.

What makes the service unique is the fact that Hayward Tyler

Hayward Tyler

of being able to closely monitor quality and turnaround. With a

accordance with

manages the whole operation in-house. This has a positive effect

balanced, terminal box. These have been pressure tested

to 930bar and a differential pressure of 585bar qualifying the

Accordingly, Hayward Tyler Global

Services provide around the clock support


housed in a deep-water, oil filled and pressure

background in wet wound technology that stretches back more

than 100 years there is no other company with Hayward Tyler’s pedigree in submersible pumps and motors. Combined with a fully equipped service centre and a submersible test facility,

products are in

a quality assured system to ISO 9001.

which can test units up to 20 meters long with a power rating of up to 11kv, delivering a complete support service in wet wound motor technology to the offshore sector.

Hayward Tyler Ltd Ltd 1 Kimpton Road, Luton, Luton. LU1 3LD Main Reception: +44 (0)1582 731144 Email:

fluid filled electric motors & pumps custom designed to meet the most demanding of applications and environments

Celebrating 100 years of subsea motor technology

• Seawater Lift • Firewater Pumps • Boiler Circulating Pumps and Motors • Subsea Motors • Submersible Generators

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Flexitallic Ltd


Fire-Safe – FRG-FS

In 2010 Flexitallic launched the first-ever solution to seal

stable, fire resistant material;

damaged flanges without the need for replacement or machining – the Flange Rescue Gasket (FRG).

Innovative Solution

For use by engineers dealing with corrosion damaged flange

faces, in challenging environments, which also require a fire-safe sealing solution such as hydrocarbon containing systems. The FRG-FS features Thermiculite®, Flexitallic’s high temperature FRG-FS has passed the stringent and essential API6FB fire

test which involves testing the gasket in its entirety, not just components.

Internal corrosion and damaged flange faces are responsible for

NACE Corrosion Innovation Award – Winner!

major impact on operating costs, particularly on ageing assets.

Innovation Awards. The award, for Integrity Assessment in

a significant proportion of hydrocarbon releases and can have a The FRG is an innovative invention developed in response to

customer demand for a sealing solution to reduce the lengthy

and costly process of flange maintenance in corrosive offshore

environments. Flexitallic went further by creating the FRG which actually negates the requirement for flange replacement or

The FRG has recently won an award at the 2013 NACE Corrosion the Corrosion Control Category, was presented to FRG inventor and Head of Engineering, Russ Currie, by NACE International President Kevin Garrity, at the awards in Florida held in March 2013.

machining, potentially reducing every flange inspection by 24 hours.


Utilising Flexitallic’s revolutionary sealing technology, highly

Russ Currie, inventor of the award-winning FRG, commented,

flange surfaces to seal and prevent further deterioration.

recognition for an innovation which truly addresses a major

compressible Sigma® ensures the FRG conforms to damaged Restructured Sigma® PTFE bonded to the high integrity serrated metal ring provides a leak-free seal and blow out resistance.

The bright, easily identifiable FRG has a PTFE coated body which

is corrosion resistant and features integral bolt holes for ease of installation and ensures correct location. Superior mechanical

integrity allows the use of the full range of torque reducing the

risk of operator error to meet stringent HSE standards.


“It is a privilege to receive the award for the FRG. It is great

corrosion issue for the industry and vastly reduces the lengthy

and costly processes involved, which are carried out in extreme environments.”

FRG Subsea installed on a J-Tube on the Dunlim platform, on behalf of Fairfield Energy

For more information on the FRG please visit us at: Offshore Europe stand C40 Visit our website: Flexitallic Ltd Scandinavia Mill, Hunsworth Lane, Cleckheaton. BD19 4LN Main Reception: +44 (0)1274 851273 Web:

FLANGE RESCUE GASKET corrosion management

75% of all hydrocarbon releases come from flange connections *

Flange joints are a major source of hydrocarbon emissions from oil and gas facilities, and one of the most significant contributing factors is the corrosion of the sealing faces. Flexitallic is the only company to specifically design and develop a gasket to effect a seal on corroded flange faces, helping reduce the associated costs with standard maintenance techniques and the resulting loss of product containment. *Source: Major oil company, North Sea






Corrosion Management Sealing Systems

UK. +44 1274 851 273    USA. +1 281 604 2400 Flexitallic Ltd. Scandinavia Mill, Hunsworth Lane, Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire BD19 4LN Tel. +44 1274 851273 Fax. +44 1274 300303

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PARKER INTEGRATED API-RATED INSTRUMENTATION VALVES DELIVER SYSTEM-LEVEL GAINS FOR WELLHEAD OEMS Block and bleed and double block and bleed assemblies provide compact, reliable process-to-instrument solutions.

Wellhead equipment suppliers and operators can make major

enhancements to their ‘Christmas tree’ and related equipment designs by using a new range of API-rated integrated valve

assemblies from the Instrumentation Products Division of Parker

Hannifin - the global leader in motion and control technologies.  

The integration offered by Parker’s new valve assemblies reduces weight by as much as 40% compared with double-block-and-

bleed configurations using discrete valves, and can reduce space envelopes even further - by as much as 75%. Users can choose from a range of connection styles including flanged, welded,

Grayloc hubs and Autoclave cone-and-thread connectors - to suit the particular installation.

The new product range provides integrated process-to-

instrument interfacing solutions that dramatically reduce weight

and size, and eliminate many potential leak paths and risk,

compared with configurations based on discrete valves and connectors - the typical implementation approach used up to now.

Based on the design of one of the leading process to instrument valve manufacturers, Parker’s Pro-Bloc range of integrated

manifolds for interfacing instrumentation to process piping, the new Pro-Bloc API range integrates a complete double-blockand-bleed assembly of fire safe isolation and venting valves

that is suitable for interfacing process pressure and temperature instruments. The assembly is available in three main forms: with ball valves, needle valves, or high-performance needle valves

that can also meet the Class A or Class B ultra-low-emissions levels of the ISO 15848 standard. The new valve assemblies

are initially available in three choices of pressure ratings: 5K, 10K and 15K PSI, and have all been independently tested for conformance with the API 6A specification for wellhead and Christmas tree equipment.

Up  to now, OEMs and operators producing

Christmas tree configurations and wellhead control systems have typically constructed any instrumentation interfacing

subsystems required using larger processsized valves that are rated to the API

specifications preferred in this application sector. These systems have not benefited from the substantial size and weight

savings - and designed-for-purpose flow paths - that are typical of the double-

block-and-bleed manifolds that are readily available for instrument interfacing in other parts of the process world.

The integrated design also eliminates

numerous interconnection joints, each of

which is a potential leak path and source

of unreliability, and system building cost;

this can amount to a reduction of as many

as four potential leak points compared to a system built from discrete valves.

The close-coupled flow paths inside Parker’s Pro-Bloc API process-to-

instrument valve assemblies provide

another significant advantage, as they are ‘purpose-designed’ to support accuracy of measurement. In the case of the ball

valve variant of the design, the flow path

is completely straight, with a uniform bore.

It is not possible to create such a short


flow path with a system based on discrete valves, and it can also be very difficult to avoid bends - and sometimes changes

of bore sizes - that impact measurement

accuracy by generating turbulence. Parker has already had feedback from end users

the technology available to the wider market. “The API valve assemblies will cut the weight and size of the instrument-interfacing parts of their equipment to a small fraction of many current implementations,” says Spencer

Nicholson, Business Development Manager of Parker Hannifin’s

Instrumentation Products Division, Europe. “The highly integrated nature of the designs also provides near-perfect flow paths

- with many fewer potential leakage points - a considerable reliability advantage for the harsh and remote operating

environments in which many of these systems will be installed.” The new integrated valves have been tested for conformance to

API 6A specifications by an independent test house, as well as by the internal test laboratory that Parker operates at its European design and manufacturing facility in Barnstaple, UK. that its close-coupled designs are helping to support novel

measurements that are being made on wells for asset integrity investigations.

Parker developed these new integrated process-to-instrument interfacing solutions rated to API 6A after application-specific

For more information visit: See us at Offshore Europe on stand X60

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Consultancy, Design, Manufacture and Distribution...

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Netzsch Pumps & Systems Ltd

NETZSCH offers the complete progressing cavity and rotary lobe pump programme for up-stream, mid-stream and down-stream production. The pumps are mainly used for fluids with the following properties:

They can handle fluids with a viscosity up to 5000 cP at the well head.


High solid content (up to 30% sand)

NETZSCH Transfer and multi-phase pumps have proven long


Low to high viscosities

conditions. Operational and maintenance costs are low together




High content of gas


High content of water


High fluid and environmental temperature


Large range of capacities and pressures


Capacities from 6 bpd up to 2,200 bpd


Pressures up to 240 bar (3,400 psi)

We want to ensure the continued high performance of your pump


Installation depth up to 2,200m (7,700ft)

whatever needs you may have – pre order, during the contract,

Artificial lift pumps offer a volumetric efficiency between 75 and 95% with an overall system efficiency between 40 and 70%.

service life even in the most extreme applications and installation with a low initial investment.

NETZSCH high-pressure pumps are rated for pressures up to 240 bar (3,400 psi) for universal applications. They are also suitable for water re-injection.

At NETZSCH we strive to use our expanding global technological and market leadership for our customers benefit. We see

ourselves as far more than just a developer and producer; it is

our aim to be your partner for everything from project planning

to process consulting to integral service. Consultation services, technical support and product quality are our core strengths.

system and will therefore always be there to assist you with

during installation, commissioning and operation. Our highly

skilled sales and service staff and our local service partners are always available.

Moving Energy Forward

Ideal solutions for onshore or offshore, upstream or downstream As an expert manufacturer of downhole and surface pumps, we produce oilfield pump systems according to the highest quality standards. The viscosity of your crude oil or its percentage of gas or sand makes no difference to the NETZSCH progressing cavity pumps, our helical rotor system is unbeatable.

NEMO® High Flow Transfer Pump


NETZSCH Pumps & Systems Ltd. Horchester Holywell Dorchester Dorset, DT2 0LL United Kingdom Tel.: +44 1935 483900 Fax: +44 1935 83288

Netzsch Pumps & Systems Ltd Horchester, Holywell, Dorchester, Dorset. DT2 0LL Main Reception: +44 (0)1935 483900 Email: Web:

Walther Couplings Ltd High Pressure Coupling solutions for the global oil and gas industry. Walther have an extensive range of mono quick release couplings and

multi-couplings for topside and subsea

applications. Our products have been in

service dating back to the Britoil Northern Gas Leg Pipeline in 1981 where standard Walther HP006 quick release couplings

were supplied for diver make-up and are still in service today which is testimony to their longevity for working in harsh environments .

The high pressure HP series of quick release couplings was introduced by

Walther in the early 1960’s for heavy

duty high pressure applications for

All male couplings as standard can either

the late 1970’s Walther was asked for the

connection of hoses, male and female

general industry such as steel mills. In

first connectors for the new developing offshore market, the HP connector was

an ideal choice and with a simple change

of material to stainless steel immediately gave the offshore market a connector

which met with their high demands and

requirements. Today Walther have a global market for the Walther HP connectors

from ¼” to 1” being used by many of the

major oil companies for testing & flushing,

hydraulic controls, chemical injection, deck jumpers, umbilical joints, IWOC systems and HPU reelers.

The HP range of connectors has been

developed even further in recent years to meet the ever increasing system

working pressures. Using innovative

locking and new materials has allowed the introduction of the ⅜” HP006-Z61 for a

be bulkhead mounted or used in-line for couplings are supplied with caps and

plugs as standard and due to the flexibility of the design most thread forms male

or female can be supplied on a slightly longer delivery of 2-3 weeks.

Visit us on stand 4B72 Offshore Europe,

Aberdeen 3-6th Sept 13 to see and hear

what we can do to help your business in

one of the most extreme environments on the planet.

If you are looking for a solution to your

coupling requirements then give us a call

Telephone: 01442 891929O Or visit our Website E-mail:

working pressure of 1500bar/21,750psi which can be extended to 2000Bar if required.

In September Walther is launching a

new ½” version HP-010-Z61 which will

come with a standard 1035bar/15,000psi working pressure and so sure of its

success Walther UK will have from midSeptember ex-stock availability.


are a manufacturer of precision engineered coupling solutions for the global oil and gas industry. Walther have an extensive range of mono quick release couplings and multi-couplings for topside and subsea applications.

Whatever your quick connection demands Walther and the team in the UK have a solution for you. If you are looking for a solution to your coupling requirements then give us a call or visit our Website

High Pressure mono and multi couplings Diver Screw Types ROV hot stabs IWOCS Plates Plate elements EDU

e-mail: Telephone: 01442 891929


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HepcoMotion® linear and continuous motion systems are particularly well suited to the rigors of offshore and underwater engineering

these screw jacks are used widely to lift,

loads up to 50 tonnes.

effective prime movers that can be used

designer or manufacturer seeking

HepcoMotion® linear and continuous

Fully assembled handling systems with a

motion systems are particularly well suited to the rigors of offshore and

lower, push and pull. They are highly singly or in multiples for a variety of

applications. Aluminium, stainless steel, plated or specialist bodies can also be supplied.

Also important to this industry is the Winkel high load, combined bearing system. Winkel is the ideal choice

for heavy duty applications that have very high radial and axial loads. It is a modular system with up to 18,000

permutations so the optimum system for the application can be easily achieved.

choice of drive systems are suitable for

For any machine builder, system

simple and effective automation, the

HepcoMotion® range of linear motion products provides unmatched choice. The company can supply a simple

ex-stock component right through to

custom designs and multi-axis systems complete with motion control.

For more information, please visit: See us at Offshore Europe on stand 4E60

underwater engineering. Typical

requirements are for ring slide and driven systems for sub-sea cutting, scanning or plotting and heavy duty lifting systems

for guiding masts on drilling platforms. Proven HepcoMotion® components are

chosen for their ability to perform reliably in arduous conditions and at this year’s Offshore Europe, HepcoMotion® will be focusing on this strength.

For those needing circular or continuous motion, HepcoMotion® offers marketleading solutions. The company is

unique in its ability to produce rings

with diameters from .1m to 8m; or even larger. The HepcoMotion® Precision

Ring Track product programme - PRT2 – provides an extensive range of products and ring segments with a very wide

scope of application. In common with

all HepcoMotion® product ranges, PRT2 includes stainless steel and corrosion resistant options as standard.

Rings and ring segments are also available within the company’s Heavy Duty Ring and Track HDRT range, indeed a 2.4m diameter ring will be featured on the

stand. Also under the Heavy Duty banner is the versatile high load linear system,

HDS2, available with various bearing and slide options including integral rack and

pinion drive. The choices also include the

HB33 Heavy Duty Beam and slides with a


capacity of up to 10 tonnes.

No HepcoMotion® display for the offshore sector would be complete without the

ZIMM Screw Jack System. Based around

a cubic body and building block system,

HepcoMotion Lower Moor Business Park, Tiverton Way, Tiverton, Devon. EX16 6TG Main Reception: +44 (0)1884 257000 Email: Web:

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Delivering Speciality Alloys Delivering speciality alloys throughout europe throughout Europe

NeoNickel companies have been supplying a wide range of speciality alloys for more than 30 years across the UK and Europe. We have developed the resources, skills and inventory to satisfy the industry’s demanding needs which includes value added processing and the capability to process fast track daily transactional business to major turnkey projects. NeoNickel is dedicated to quality, which is reflected in our quality approvals. Our knowledgeable staff and our team members understand your requirements. We are dedicated to handling orders quickly, accurately and efficiently to support our goal of constantly surpassing your expectations. NeoNickel is a leading European supplier and processor of high alloy creep, heat & corrosion resisting stainless steels, nickel alloys (including C276 & 22) and titanium alloys. Materials stocked include the leading brands ZERON 100® super duplex stainless steel, AL6XN® super austenitic steel, 253MA® heat resisting stainless steel and RA 330® heat resistant alloy. Our extensive product portfolio and conversion capability is designed to deliver quality materials for arduous applications. NeoNickel are specialists at servicing the high performance material requirements for the Aerospace & Power Generation, Oil & Gas, Chemical Process Industries & Thermal processing markets. Available 24 hours a day, NeoNickel provide a rapid response to enquiries and despatch requirements. Same day – next day shipments are a key part of NeoNickel daily routine.

Alloys for demanding applications NeoNickel supplies its products, which include bar, billet and forgings, sheet and

coil, plate, pipe and tube, flanges and pipe fittings, fasteners, precision ground bar, machined parts and fabricated components to customer drawings, laser cut kits and metal spinnings for a wide range of demanding applications. These include Aerospace, Power Generation, Oil and gas, Refinery and Petrochemicals, Chemical process, Pharmaceutical, Environmental, Thermal processing, Waste incineration and Motor sport.

complete range of forged, heat treated and tested machined parts. This is supported by detailed production plans including forging, heat treatment, testing, machining, Ultrasonic’s and final inspection.

Processing includes

NeoNickel operations in Europe


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NeoNickel Blackburn Email:


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NeoNickel Kingswinford Email:


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Ferritiscope Testing &

In situ Metallography NeoNickel operates a fully integrated laboratory on site at our facility in Blackburn in the UK. With the support of qualified metallurgists, corrosion and welding engineers, we can offer material selection advice, corrosion testing, metallurgical testing and detailed metallurgical analysis for support in problem solving. NeoNickel operates a metal conversion centre located in Sheffield. With a team of qualified metallurgists we can offer a

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Delivering Speciality Alloys throughout Europe OIL AND GAS NeoNickel is proud to be a certified supplier of speciality metals to the Oil and Gas Industry. In addition to our proprietary grades ZERON® 100 and AL-6XN, we offer an extensive inventory of stainless steels, nickel alloys and titanium grades in a variety of product forms. NeoNickels approach sets the industry standard by offering reliable service, superior materials, and unmatched expertise. We also offer in-depth knowledge of material specifications, supply chain management, and metallurgical expertise. NeoNickel brings your project from concept to delivered product. Alloy


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Nautilus Rigging (UK) Ltd

Secure, Safe Subsea Lifting Solutions NAUTILUS Rigging (UK) Ltd, the leading

innovators in safe lifting solutions, have introduced their new and unique range

of ROV operated lifting hooks for subsea operations. The hooks utilize patented

Nautilus “positive locking” technology, an

innovation that significantly enhances the

operational and safety aspects of subsea/ ROV lifting operations.

The Nautilus patented “positive locking”

system was sighted as the deciding factor in winning the Woefel, Best Mechanical Engineering Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers at

OTC and the Offshore Support Vessel

conference Innovation of the year award. Bill Toon, Managing Director, said “ The

nautilus ROV hook is specifically designed to meet industry concerns and prevents unintentional self release of the load

which is a known, inherent, design hazard associated with the standard spring latch

“snap on” design of ROV hooks, especially prevalent when loads pass through the

“transition zone” (from air to water) which, under the varying hydrodynamic forces,

The new Nautilus ROV hooks incorporate

from industry, who have recognised

company’s topside hooks, including the

cost savings that our subsea hooks

all the innovative safety features of the

integrated safety handle and dual sided

sliding lock mechanism which makes the

topside handling a simple, safe and secure operation, removing fingers from the

hazardous hook/sling interface area and

promoting an easy one handed operating method.

can produce “slack” in the lifting train

Nautilus Subsea Hooks are currently

latch and then pull back down through the

22 tonnes, the Long shank

and allow the slings to flip up over the

hook and self release the load which often results in costly equipment damage and recovery operations.

The risk of self release is eliminated with

the Nautilus ROV hook where the positive locking function maintains load integrity

until released by the ROV, in addition the positive locking arm also prevents the

hooks from unintentional hooking on to

umbilical cables and subsea equipment”

available in 2 versions, both have a WLL of NH-ROV22E and eye top release hook

the immediate operational benefits and provide, so much so that the first sample production batch sold out within weeks

of the launch. I am pleased to advise that we have recently completed the first full

production batch and both models are in

stock and available for immediate supply. Nautilus ROV hooks are the cost efficient solution to ensuring load integrity,

safety, and security for all subsea and ROV assisted lifting and installation operations”

NH-SS22E are supplied with a bespoke 316 stainless steel ROV activation wire fitted, All Nautilus Hooks are manufactured to exceed industry

standards and are individually proof tested to 2.5 x the WLL, in addition

Nautilus Hooks are individually numbered for traceability and come complete with the manufacturers test certification. Nautilus Rigging has produced an

excellent operational video detailing the unique operational and safety benefits

that these new, technically advanced, ROV

hooks provide to operators, The video and

full product specification can be viewed at:

Following the successful introduction of the first 2 models at Subsea 2013

in Aberdeen Mr Toon advised “We are delighted at the positive response

Nautilus Rigging (UK) Ltd

22 23E Burnside Drive, Dyce, Aberdeen, Scotland. AB21 0HW 38

Main Reception: +44 (0)1224 772323 Email: Web:







Across industry and around the globe Award winning Nautilus Hooks© are setting the new safety standard for lifting operations • Winner 2010 ASME Best Mechanical Engineering Award - technically advanced • CE Certified and DNV type approved - safer operation • Eliminates pinch and trap hand injuries - reduces risks • Range of hooks from 4 to 20 tonne W.L.L. - cost effective

Safety, it’s in your hands. NautilusRigging Manufacturers of NautilusHooksTM

To find or become a distributor contact: Tel +44 1224 772323

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William Hackett Chains Ltd

Manufacturing Chains in the West Midlands since 1892

William Hackett cHains ltd.

Hot Stab

William Hackett Chains Ltd. has manufactured chain products in the West Midlands since 1892 making it one of the oldest companies in this industry. In recent years the manufacturing in the UK has focused on bespoke chain products and assemblies whilst cooperating with key manufacturers abroad. WHC lifting division was formed in Alnwick, Northumberland in 1989 and this operation has grown into a market leader in the UK lifting market. WHC prides itself on working closely with distributors and their clients to adapt and improve products for specific applications by using in house technical expertise and manufacturing facilities and also those of our key suppliers. This philosophy has led to the development a range of subsea lifting products designed for use by ROVs including chain hoists with ROV friendly interfaces. Originally the challenge was to try to ensure that standard hoists would function subsea but it was concluded that whilst most standard hoists would function subsea, there were hazard factors unique to the subsea environment that caused problems in standard hoists. It also became apparent that subsea operations were being undertaken at greater depths where only ROVs could work. We knew that we could engineer solutions to deal with these challenges and we developed the Hackett Shark subsea chain hoist as a result. We stock the component parts for these ROV hoists because our commitment with specialised products is the same as standard items, which is to deliver from stock. Our hydraulically driven ROV chain hoist represents a major step forward in subsea lifting. It offers complete control with the huge benefit of built in load limiting because we can factory set the hydraulics to a specific maximum load. To download the ROV Subsea Chain Block Brochure, go to:



William Hackett Chains Ltd

ROV SUBSEA Chain Block

Hot Stab and Fishtail Drive

Fishtail direct drive interface

Corrosion resistant

Available 3t and 10t

Specialist subsea brakes

Lightweight handles in either stainless steel or mild steel galvanised

3D Models available

Tel: 01665 604200 • Fax: 01665 604204 Email: •

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Tube Tech International Ltd

Cleaning Gas Coolers for Inspection Removing deposits to provide accurate inspection results Ensuring gas coolers are cleaned back to bare metal in

preparation for inspection is a prerequisite on all offshore

oil platforms. Operators like to work with specialist cleaning contractors who work safely, have trained technicians and

arrive on the platform with cleaning technology ready for all

eventualities. When a cleaning contractor can also provide the inspection services that are required the operator benefits

from only having to liaise with one company who then take

responsibility for the entire project. Here Tube Tech International details two gas cooler cleaning contracts in two very different locations.

360° Surface Contact via Bespoke Unblocking & Polishing Heads A High Pressure Compressor Discharge Cooler on a North Sea platform developed leaks. To establish the extent of damage there was a need to unblock and clean the tube bores in

preparation for full Eddy Current and IRIS inspection. Tube Tech were asked to mobilise quickly with the remit that no one knew what level or how much fouling would be found in the tubes – come prepared for the worst was the brief from the client.

An initial flood test inspection of the gas cooler showed two

leaking tubes. Tube Tech used bespoke unblocking heads to remove deposits from the tube bores whilst simultaneously

Koch gas cooler tube plates

very acceptable for IRIS inspection following which the tubes

were dried. Eddy Current and IRIS inspections were performed

polishing the bores. All tubes were cleaned and confirmed as

to provide the client with a clear idea of the integrity of the remaining gas cooler tubes.

Scott Donson, Technical Sales Manager: “Having a team of

offshore trained operatives ready to mobilise at short notice was a big bonus for this client. We were able to clean and achieve

the desired standard quickly, and above all safely, allowing very searching inspection to take place. Ensuring the platform’s

shutdown progressed with the minimum of downtime and no incident was paramount”.

Gas Coolers Cleaned and Inspected in Nigeria Tube Tech International cleaned and inspected a number of

gas coolers, including Koch / Brown Fin tube units, on one of

the largest FPSOs (Floating production storage and offloading)

units in the world off the coast of Nigeria. This was the first time

the gas coolers had been cleaned in preparation for a detailed


integrity inspection since the unit was built three years ago and Tube Tech was awarded the contract due to their ability to both clean specialist small bore tubes (including twisted tube) and inspect the coolers.

FPSO in Nigeria

The client provided Tube Tech with a very tight timeline in order to transport both equipment and crew out to site. Cleaning

and inspection of the gas coolers took place directly beneath

FPSO flare so high temperatures were a challenge. Tube Tech technicians had a limited working area as a host of other

operations were taking place during the TAR (turnaround) so constant liaison with scaffold crew, fitters, riggers etc was essential.

Tube Tech used their unique SafeFlex™ system with bespoke

unblocking and polishing heads to clean the gas cooler tubes. These techniques and technologies were able to remove coke

formations and achieve the standard suitable for IRIS inspection without using excessive pressures or rigid semi-automated

equipment. Tube Tech also conducted an IRIS inspection which showed the tubes on the gas coolers to be in good condition.

Scott Donson, Technical Sales Manager: “With so many different

Gas cooler tube face

disciplines in one very tight area the client was amazed at how


each discipline to conduct its work in an efficient safe manner.

Always aware of the pressures placed on offshore operators

by day, but was executed within the tight timeframe and to

development to find safer, faster and more effective methods

well the TAR personnel were able to integrate thereby allowing This was an extremely challenging contract that evolved day

the specifications given by the client.” Tube Tech received the

following feedback from their client’s Superintendent “Tube tech did a very professional job and it was a privilege to work with

such team players. They were very professional and took safety

as their prime driver. All members of their team participated fully in all safety programs. Their equipment was all fit for purpose

and was well maintained with all relevant paperwork and certs.

These were available on request. They completed all their tasks on schedule and with zero incident and accident”.

Tube Tech International continue to invest in research and to clean heat transfer equipment on offshore platforms.

Appreciating the critical nature of most offshore cleaning

contracts the company constantly questions the ‘this is how it

has always been done’ nature of traditional cleaning techniques and Tube Tech’s clients are impressed with the level of commitment they receive.

For more information visit:

Tube Tech International Ltd 14 Rawreth Industrial Estate, Rawreth Lane, Rayleigh, Essex. SS6 9RL Main Reception: +44 (0)1268 786999 Email: Web:

Gas Cooler clean by Tube Tech International


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MP Filtri (UK) Ltd

Contamination Control Most hydraulic systems are contaminated with solid, liquid and gaseous particles, either generated externally or

internally through fluids, component wear and tear, or just bad housekeeping. These contaminates can cause system inefficiencies or system failures.

One of the first questions asked when presenting or training

about condition monitoring products is “How much is this going to cost me?” Our response is always “How much is this going to save you”? Let’s look at a few points where investing in condition monitoring can help you save costs.

We know that around 70 – 90% of hydraulic breakdowns can be

attributed to particulate contamination. That’s quite a high figure in anyone’s terms if we can reduce this figure by 30 – 40% then surely there is a cost saving there.

So what are the costs of these breakdowns? The biggest cost

is system downtime especially in production. Add manpower

and more critical component clearances. For that reason we recommend fitting low cost particle monitors.

Online particle monitors can analyse your systems 24/7 initiating

can you afford not to have your production working?

or in some cases moisture levels change. These alarms can

Components are being subjected to contaminants before actual component failure, therefore losing component efficiency right from the start. Whereas at new, the system will run at full

pressures, loads and speeds. When contamination is a problem, over a period of time, these can all be affected by causing wear and cracks at critical component surface areas and therefore

begin to lose the efficiency of the component and how well it

operates. Sometimes the component may even stop operating due to the blocking of small orifices by large contaminates. Typically we are looking at component clearances of 0.5 micron up to 50

micron. It doesn’t take much to block an orifice, to reduce or stop

internal and external alarms should any levels of contaminate

initiate external functions from simply putting a warning light

on, controlling a traffic light sequence, turning an offline filtration system on, or even shutting down the system. Protection is provided for your components and applications. Thus

eliminating and reducing high cost breakdowns and unscheduled downtimes. All this, for a relative small cost.

So if your question is – ‘Can I afford contamination monitoring products?’ the answer is – ‘Can you afford not to?’ The benefits are online particle counting is

the flow of hydraulic media, hence stopping or slowing down the

■ Saving money on total cost of filtration eliminating

Costs can also be attributed to the product quality, scoring,

■ Constant system monitoring = predictive maintenance

hydraulic application.

wearing, and damaged components and finishes. Add all these together and the value can be quite high. How can we control this contamination problem and extend component life?

The first step is to add filtration. But which type of filtration do

unscheduled filter changes

= cost savings

■ Constant system monitoring = tracking system cleanliness = cost savings

we install? Pressure, return, offline even a suction strainer. They

■ Prolonging major component life due to predictive

We have to take each individual hydraulic application into

■ Save time – high cost processes effectively monitored

sensitive the components are, flows, pressures, temperatures,

■ Predictive control – low cost, efficient method of

all do a job but are they the right filter for the application?

consideration to see how it is operating, for example how

using high-tech products, thus creating finer tolerances

to this, the time to fault find as well as remove and replace the

component that has failed. So is the question really - How long


We know that applications are becoming far more sophisticated,

environment and how critical the operation is. Only after

considering all factors are we able to select the filters to suit the application. But how do we know we have selected the correct

filters? We can analyse the oil using several different methods, but the quickest and most efficient method is online.


system monitoring when system cleanliness levels are exceeded.

For more information please see our website:

MP Filtri (UK) Ltd Bouton Industrial Park, Bourton on the Water, Gloucestershire. GL54 2HQ Main Reception: +44 (0)1451 822522 Email: Web:

Contamination Monitoring for Offshore Applications

70–80% of all failures on hydraulic systems are due to contaminants in the hydraulic fluid.

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Dates For Your Diary

Asia Global Fair 2013 27 - 29 August 2013 Lagos, Nigeria, Africa

This event is going to provide the exhibitors with unparalleled branding and positioning opportunity to showcase their products, services and concepts to wide range of visitors such as potential buyers, investors, movers and shakers of the world economy, world business leaders, buyers and investors, and the interested delegations from largest to smallest in volume, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa, America, Europe.

Offshore Europe Conference and Exhibition 2013 3 - 6 September 2013 AECC, Aberdeen, UK

SPE Offshore Europe conference and exhibition attracts a global audience of engineers, technical specialists, industry leaders and experts to share ideas and debate the issues of the moment in the upstream industry. It is a multi-faceted event that reflects the E&P community’s desire for continuous learning, showcasing the innovation, solutions and tools required to compete in an accelerating technology race in an increasingly complex business.

Oceanology International China 2013 3 - 5 September 2013 INTEX, Shanghai, China

Oceanology International China is the only forum in Asia where industry, academia and government share knowledge and connect with the marine technology and ocean science community, improving their strategies for measuring, exploiting, protecting and operating in the worlds oceans. Developed with government and industry associations, Oceanology International China will provide energy & marine sources.

DIOGE 2013

7 - 10 October 2013 Doha Exhibition Centre, Qatar The 8th Doha International Oil and Gas Exhibition (8th DIOGE) will be held from the 7th – 10th October 2013 at the Doha Exhibition Centre. The 8th DIOGE will showcase the latest technologies and development of the gas industry. This will become the major meeting forum, from which commercial activities can be accomplished. This event will undoubtedly create a fantastic platform that strengthens relationships with key players and suppliers to the gas industry, where the latest products, services and areas of expertise can be showcased directly to the most influential gathering of gas professionals.

European Shale Gas & Oil Summit 2013 19 - 20 September 2013 IOM3, London UK

The European Shale Gas & Oil Summit 2013 is a two-day conference, exhibition and networking event covering the latest developments, strategies and opportunities within shale gas exploration across Europe.


10 - 13 November 2013 ADNEC, Abu Dhabi, UAE

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The Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference, ADIPEC, has been closely linked with the growth of the Middle East’s oil and gas industry. As the largest oil and gas event within the region and the largest outside of North America, ADIPEC started in 1984 as a government owned event and, as the industry grew, so did ADIPEC, which has grown into the largest regional conference that hosts 4,000 delegates and an exhibition that includes 1,600 exhibitors over 38,000 square meters of space.

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CMP Products

Triton CDS (T3CDS) – Three forms of protection, Ex d, Ex e, Ex nR The Triton CDS is the most advanced

Sectioned T3 showing CDS seal compressed

flameproof cable gland on the market

today, recently certified to the latest IEC and EN 60079 standards. This world

beating cable gland is the perfect answer to your onshore or offshore explosive atmosphere cable termination needs.

The Triton CDS is now available with a

temperature rating from -60°C to 200°C, the widest available on the market. Triton T3CDS cable glands deliver

Armour Termination ·

a unique concept in cable sealing

for Single Wire Armour, Steel Tape

techniques incorporating the patented

Compensating Displacement Seal system

CDSTM. Introduced to effectively handle all types and sizes of cable construction, the CDS concept takes the concern out of the

Armour & Braided Cables.

Deluge Seal ·

mind of the operator letting the product

and protected from damage

effective sealing on the cable inner sheath,

during and after the installation.

utilising a proven reliable and robust

Shell deluge tested to DTS01:91,

explosion proof sealing device no matter

Taking a crucial care principle into account in its design, this concept

after 20 years simulated ageing.

Outer Seal ·

leaves nothing to chance yet delivers


Unique Compensating

Displacement Seal (CDS) system,


compliance covers not only the traditional protection required against ignition of gas and vapours, but also the latest

dust Hazard protection. This enables the

product to be CE marked and coded with

an ATEX Category 2 gas and dust marking, and it is effectively labelled Ex II 2GD.

Can be tightened face to face

the market.

New High Temperature Rating ·

New seals now rated an industry

leading -60°C to 130°C or -20°C to 200°C

This latest development in a long line of

At the critical cable sealing

Products is designed and fully approved

the cable inner sheath from any

potentially explosive atmospheres. This

Closure range accepts all

compatible with all types of cable.

point the CDS system protects

of equipment intended for use in

installation of other products on

having to release the cable.


in relation to the design and construction

unlike the subjective hand tight

is terminated correctly every time without

Inner Explosion Proof Seal

Annex 11 of Directive 94/9/EC (ATEX 95)

with a spanner every time,

visual inspection will show that the gland

benefits of the Triton CDS?

& Safety Requirement that is detailed in


simplicity that guarantees a safety level

So what are the design features and

complies fully with the Essential Health

commonly used cables in the

the ultimate in assembly and installation that is unsurpassed by its rivals. An easy

Proven, reliable “O” Ring

arrangement which is concealed

do the job instead. This concept provides

how soft the cable bedding.

Multiple Universal Armour Clamp

IEC 60079-0,1,7,15,31. Triton CDS

original cable gland solutions from CMP to EN 60079-0,1,7,15,31 &

excess force, which is transferred

to and absorbed by the internal

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compensator incorporated in the CDS system. ·

Allows the Cable Gland to be

tightened face to face (metal to

metal) every time regardless of cable diameter.

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Subsea & Offshore Service Magazine August Issue '13