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With dedicated sheltered deep water anchorages, an internationally recognised supply chain and the capacity to handle some of the world’s largest subsea vessels, the Cromarty Firth is the destination of choice for multi-national subsea and drilling organisations. The Cromarty Firth Port Authority provides first class facilities, enabling fast projects to be carried out safely, meeting

SPE Offshore Europe 2013 in Aberdeen has celebrated its 40th birthday by staging its biggest and best conference and exhibition to date. This year’s theme was “The Next 50 Years”, representing the continuing success story of the industry in terms of future production and the strong supply chain, which was confirmed by the scale and magnitude of this year’s event. The show also provided a moment for reflection when many of the presenters and speakers, including the Princess Royal, paid tribute to the four people who tragically lost their lives in the recent helicopter crash off Shetland. More than 63,000 people attended the four-day show, from 3-6 September inclusive, an increase of over 25% on the 2011 event. A record-breaking 1500 plus organisations were exhibiting in the six exhibition halls which this year covered an expanded floor space of 27,217 square metres – the equivalent of eight football pitches. Twenty-two operating companies took stands this year, the largest representation of operators ever to take part, and 262 companies were exhibiting for the first time. The event also provided a valuable showcase for SMEs and many new young companies which had the chance to demonstrate their innovative technologies and products to an international audience. Confirming its place as a truly global event, companies from 37 countries were represented this year and there were 33 international pavilions. Korea and Australia both hosted pavilions for the first time. Conference chairman Malcolm Webb said that the UK oil and gas industry is the country’s greatest industrial success story in over a hundred years and this event in Aberdeen served to underline that fact. “At the biggest Offshore Europe ever, we’ve addressed

the key themes that will require industry focus to sustain activity in the UK Continental Shelf,” he said. “None of these is more important than safety. Two weeks following the tragic events of the Sumburgh crash, we have returned continually to the issue of safety in many of the presentations, besides those sessions already dedicated to the issue. “It’s clear that by investing in our industry and being exceptional at what we do, we are creating a legacy of expertise that will continue to provide jobs and support families across Britain, including many in the host city of Aberdeen, and prosperity for this country for decades to come. “However, there are no grounds for complacency. We must ensure that we continue to drive innovation and secure the best business environment possible for offshore oil and gas in the UK. We must continue to support our unique supply chain and, in particular, we must dedicate ourselves to continuous improvement in safety. “This year we have seen an unprecedented involvement from UK and Scottish governments a clear sign of this sector’s importance and a very positive signal for the future. The future for this basin lies in close collaboration across our industry and with government. Offshore Europe 2013 has given us many encouraging signs that this can and will be realised.” A number of Scottish and UK ministers attended this year’s event including Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond; Chancellor George Osborne; Lord Green, UK Minister for Trade and Investment; UK Energy Minister Michael Fallon; Fergus Ewing, Scotland’s Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism; Sajid Javid, Economic Secretary to the Treasury; Jan Panek from the European Commission and Vince Cable, UK Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills.

The Princes Royal, in her role as Patron of WISE (Women in Science and Engineering), gave an address at the Women in Industry Lunch. Egbert Imomoh, SPE President for 2013 said: “I was honoured to be part of this hugely successful event and to witness the busy exhibit halls, full keynote, and technical sessions all week long. Rightfully so, a note of sobriety ran through the event, with respects paid to those who lost their lives in the Shetland helicopter crash, but it is through these exchanges that we learn and become a safer more productive industry.”


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Vasyl Zhygalo, Senior Exhibition Director, Reed Exhibitions, said the 40th anniversary of the event had been a fantastic success. “Our conference and exhibition have been successful in equal measure. There has been an outstanding line up of top industry speakers from global operators and service companies and from government with standing room only at many of the key

“This has been fabulously successful for us because of the quality of delegates which means we have met exactly the type of people we hoped we would meet,” said Global Sales and Marketing Manager Colin Gough. “We would definitely plan to repeat this in 2015.” Franklin Lo (17) was one of a group of 40 pupils from Motherwell DL High School, who visited Offshore Europe on the closing day to take part in the skills and schools sessions. “It was very nice to visit the exhibition and to learn about the industry,” said Franklin, who is studying physics, chemistry, biology and maths. “I would certainly consider a career in oil and gas.” Although many Australian companies and territories have been represented at Offshore Europe in previous years, Australia hosted a country pavilion for the first time this year. “We found this to be a very worthwhile experience,” said pavilion organiser Mike Twiss. “We have been pleasantly surprised by the number and quality of visitors to our stand who have been relevant to our exhibitors and their products. We hope to do this in two years and next time we would like to bring some of our other Australian exhibitors closer to us to create an even bigger national presence.”

addresses and presentations. We’ve also been overwhelmed at the response from exhibitors many of whom have been queuing to sign up for 2015. “The show has reinforced Aberdeen’s position as a centre for oil and gas expertise which is exported globally and we have welcomed delegates and visitors from around the world. We could not have achieved this without the superb support from the many people and organisations who make us so welcome, and I’d particularly like to welcome the blue light services, Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Councils and the staff at the AECC.” Jeanette Forbes, CEO of PCL Group is a regular visitor to the show: “This year has been the best Offshore Europe I have ever been too,” she said. “I think the calibre of exhibitors and innovative products on display has been a credit to our industry. I sincerely hope the visitors to this prestigious event return in two years to a warm welcome from the Granite City and would say to them “haste ye back.” Aberdeen-based Equalizer International, an SME specialising in the design and development of flange maintenance tools, has exhibited in previous years within the SDI pavilion but this year decided to take its own bigger space to showcase two new products.



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Contents 5. Editorial 6. News & Products 18. Subsea 26. Pumps & Valves 32. Engineering 36. Protective Coatings 38. Contamination Analysis 40. Lifting

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A successful Offshore Europe by Malcom Webb


Harbide Coatings unveil new technology for TSP Diamonds at O/S/Europe


The National Hyperbaric Centre of Aberdeen installs ‘Environmental Testing Facility’


New Sales Engineer for Atlantas Marine


High integrity Valves from Pacson


Passive fire protection in the Offshore Industry


Contact Directory A-Z


STATIS software hones pressure pulse pipeline unblocking


GRP Composites are the material of choice for tomorrows Offshore enclosure applications


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Seafood Park redevelopment plans approved A multi-million pound redevelopment of the derelict Aberdeen Seafood Park to create a new headquarters building for oil firm EnQuest has been unanimously approved by councillors. The eight-storey. 13,600 square metre office building and 271 space multi-storey car park are to be built on the northern part of the site, close to the Union Square shopping centre. The development will create an imposing building at the gateway to the evolving North Dee office area and help to set an architectural benchmark for future development there.

Public realm improvements, including the widening of pavements on all frontages of the block, the incorporation of natural granite slabs and benches to pavements and the planting of semi-mature hornbeam trees along the Palmerston, Raik and Stell roads will be made as part of the development. An electric vehicle charging point is also to be provided.


Development Management Sub-committee convener Ramsay Milne said: “This is a really exciting development which strongly reinforces the message that business is booming in Aberdeen and we are open for business. The city has experienced a considerable amount of business interest in recent times and attracted a very significant number of planning applications for major commercial developments. The EnQuest project is another feather in our cap and I am delighted that we will soon have a high-quality development in the North Dee area. The EnQuest building will make fantastic use of a site which has been lying derelict for some time and will no doubt act as a catalyst for driving the regeneration of the area and attracting further office development here.â€? Â

FUGRO PERFORMS OIL & GAS INDUSTRY’S LARGEST AUV SURVEY The largest AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle) survey in the oil and gas industry is a core element of two contracts awarded to Fugro that also include metocean measurements and geohazard consultancy services for Eni East Africa. The data is being acquired for the Area 4 Rovuma basin development offshore northern Mozambique. The challenging AUV survey is the largest ever commissioned and one of the first in this new and remote frontier area off the coast of East Africa. Fugro is providing hull-mounted reconnaissance and AUV detailed data from the development area. The data will aid the design of subsea facilities.

piezocone penetration system, in addition to the Echo Surveyor III AUV. Meteorological and oceanographic measurements are collected using mooring buoys located in water depths ranging from 20 to 1,800 metres. To assist in the routing of the 60-kilometre export pipeline, Fugro completed a regional and local geohazard assessment, including data processing and reporting, from its offices in Europe and Asia.

Covering approximately 1,440 square kilometres, the survey area stretches from the nearshore to deepwater (depths greater than 2,700 metres). The work is being carried out using one of Fugro’s newest survey vessels, the state-of-the-art MV Fugro Equator, which is equipped with hull-mounted multibeam echosounder, sub-bottom profiler, piston gravity corer and

Hardide Coatings unveil groundbreaking new technology for TSP diamonds at Offshore Europe 2013 Hardide Coatings has developed an innovative coating to extend the life and improve the performance of drilling tools operating in extremely abrasive environments. This is the first successful high performance coating for TSP (thermally stable polycrystalline) diamonds which can withstand the higher temperatures associated with TSP brazing, extreme loads and aggressive media. This will enable a new generation of diamond-based hardfacing materials to be deployed in extremely abrasive wear and erosive conditions such as horizontal and directional drilling, as well as fracking. Improved tool performance will enhance the viability of more challenging or marginal oil and gas reserves. Hardide Coatings CEO Philip Kirkham said: “Drilling activity is taking place in deeper and more demanding conditions than ever before and tools need protection from extreme abrasive wear and erosion that current hardfacing materials can no longer provide.  Some critical drill string components need replacement after every drilling programme, so the new coating application will reduce expensive maintenance and down time costs of drilling projects. This will in turn boost the economics of smaller and more mature oil and gas fields, such as those in the North Sea.”

The coating was developed in the company’s Oxfordshire manufacturing facility following several years of fundamental research. The production process was developed with the support of a Technology Strategy Board (TSB) ‘Smart’ grant for up to £250,000 which was awarded in January 2013. The technology is covered by new UK and international patent applications. Hardide Coatings has signed a mutually exclusive five-year supply agreement with hardfacing specialists Cutting & Wear Resistant Developments Limited of Sheffield for its use in oil and gas applications.

Diamonds are notoriously difficult to attach and are prone to oxidation and graphitization, limiting their hardfacing use to date. Previous attempts to solve these problems have been unsuccessful due to the porosity of other coatings and their weak adhesion to the diamonds. Hardide-D overcame these hurdles with its pore-free tungsten carbide based adhesive and

protective coating which chemically bonds to diamond and has good wettability with brazing alloys.


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USA COMPANIES PROVE REGENERATION CAPABILITIES OF REVOLUTIONARY PRODUCED WATER TECHNOLOGY Produced Water Absorbents Inc. (PWA) and Pride of the Hills Manufacturing Inc. (PHMI), both from Ohio, USA, have demonstrated the ability of Osorb® media technology to be regenerated after the conditioning of natural gas streams to lower the hydrocarbon dew point. Osorb is a regenerable granular media which removes free, dispersed, emulsified and soluble hydrocarbons and oilfield chemicals from water in both on and offshore applications. The media has a high affinity for organic compounds and no affinity for water. For the conditioning of natural gas streams, Osorb has demonstrated the ability to capture heavier hydrocarbon components, thus lowering the dew point caused by those components as well as reducing the Wobbe Index, or heating value, of the stream.

Following a number of tests over the past 12 months, both companies have been working together to devise a custom built pressure vessel to retain Osorb while passing natural gas streams through the Osorb media bed in order to lower the hydrocarbon dew point of the gas stream effluent. For control instruments on well sites a lower hydrocarbon dew point is important, as pressure from slip streams off the natural gas production lines is used to operate those controls on many locations throughout the industry.  Heavier hydrocarbons frequently fall out during these control operations and accumulate on the petrochemical diaphragm, causing maintenance issues and related down time resulting in loss of revenue.


For production scenarios, which are larger scale applications, the treatment of the full natural gas stream may enable some operators to sell refined or better quality natural gas to a lower pressure transmission line, thus increasing overall oil, condensate, or gas production. Early tests confirmed that Osorb could be fully regenerated with heat application and a nitrogen purge for hydrocarbon dew point reduction operations.

In July 2013, during further field tests at the Smith/Slater well pad test site in Hebron, Ohio, PWA and PHMI achieved appropriate temperatures in the Osorb media bed, which allowed for heavier components to desorb from the media and exit with the nitrogen purge. These heavier hydrocarbons, along with the lighter hydrocarbons such as pentane and hexane, were condensed in a series of drips upon exiting with the nitrogen purge.

confident as PWA that regeneration of Osorb is possible. The findings have also

Additional upgrades are being engineered for further regeneration and repeated capture / regeneration cycles. Once achieved, PWA and PHMI plan on implementing a bespoke system for larger scale applications and producing an efficient system for field use.

PHMI R&D Engineer Thomas Becht said: “PWA’s Osorb is phenomenal at extracting gaseous heavy hydrocarbons which effectively lowers the hydrocarbon dew point of the stream. Osorb works about 500% better by weight than other media on the market.  Our work with PWA has opened new possibilities for a majority of the industry we serve. The Smith/Slater well pad was selected for the extremely large hydrocarbon chains (paraffin’s) present and to provide the required information needed to engineer, design and implement a complete regenerative unit for any well-site.  I believe the regeneration at the pad has been a success and the testing completed gives me the confidence to have a complete regenerative unit produced and in the field in 2014.”

As a versatile media, Osorb can be applied in a vessel canister or injected into the flow stream, then recovered and reused. Results are instantaneous and there is no significant loss of performance after multiple capture and regeneration cycles.  As a result, it is an ideal tool for cost-efficient and highly effective water treatment and natural gas conditioning. PWA CEO Neil Poxon said: “Our work with PHMI has achieved fantastic results.  They have been as committed and as

shown that the successful development of equipment for small scale use may be replicated for larger applications. The regeneration capability of the Osorb media sets it apart from other water treatment techniques by not only drastically reducing the costs of media replacement, but also decreasing the amount of waste to be transported and disposed.”

kiowa create awareness and reflect on offshore europe A record-breaking 1500 plus organisation’s exhibited at SPE Offshore Europe in Aberdeen this year and Kiowa were amongst the 262 companies that exhibited for the first time. Specialists in industrial hose, hose assemblies and fluid power products; Kiowa showcased their range of breakaway couplings from Roman Seliger, Trelleborg high performance hoses and a series of Reelcraft hose reels to include power rewind/manual crank Stainless Steel large frame, powder coated high vis and ATEX approved reels. Despite being amid many other prestigious companies, Kiowa’s existence didn’t go unnoticed and the stand and products were of interest to many operators within the offshore industry. “Despite our attendance this year being about creating an awareness of Kiowa in offshore oil and gas, we were extremely pleased by the response from prospective customers, said Martin Needham Managing Director, Kiowa, “Our knowledge and experience was valuable and our product and service offering was of a greater interest than we had imagined was possible”. The attraction for Kiowa into the offshore market is around the daily challenges met by customers in terms of standards, regulations but in particular and more recently health and safety; Kiowa’s presence within the offshore market is orientated around providing bespoke hose assemblies and reels in a variety of materials that can also be ATEX approved and designed specifically for the customers’ application. There are many challenges, but challenges drive innovation and the industry has a deserved international reputation for excellence in engineering, manufacturing and technology allowing it to operate successfully.

The support of this year's show by government officials and the Princess Royal (Patron of WISE (Women in Science and Engineering)), demonstrated that there is valuable interest in the success of offshore and the importance of the oil and gas sector to our energy, technology and economic future. Conference chairman and Chief Executive of Oil & Gas UK, Malcolm Webb said that the UK oil and gas industry is the country's greatest industrial success story in over a hundred years and this event in Aberdeen served to underline that fact. "It is very good to see senior government leaders demonstrating their support for the industry by attending and speaking at this event, the world's largest 'meeting of minds' on oil and gas outside the United States".

Kiowa's product range is available on their website: Or contact their technical sales team on: 01529 416200


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Harkand closes Veolia Marine Services acquisition Acquisition expands Harkand’s fleet and global reach with Gulf of Mexico presence, deepwater expertise and high quality assets

deepwater experience and established presence in the USA, this move cements our position and reinforces our ambition of becoming a global market leader.”

Harkand, the international subsea inspection, repair, maintenance and light construction group, has confirmed the acquisition of the main assets and business of Veolia Marine Services (“VMS”).

The business, to be renamed Harkand North America, will be headed by managing director Ashit ‘AJ’ Jain, who joined Harkand on the 26th of August, working together with Jim Parker, VMS’ long standing general manager, who will remain in his post and report to AJ.

The transaction is in line with the announcement of 21 May 2013. The acquisition adds 150 onshore and offshore staff, three dynamicallypositioned multi-purpose vessels (MSV) and six work-class remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to Harkand’s growing workforce and fleet. With Harkand already active in the North Sea, Asia Pacific and Africa, this acquisition expands the group’s international reach by adding a Houston operation with an established trackrecord in deepwater inspection, repair and maintenance in the Gulf of Mexico.

Chief executive officer Nicolas Mouté said: “We are delighted to confirm the closing of the transaction. With its complementary

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A former executive vice president and chief operating officer of Dynamic Energy Services International in New Orleans and senior vice president and chief operating officer with Global Industries Ltd, AJ has held a number of senior management and engineering positions with a diverse range of companies in a career spanning more than 20 years. With extensive experience working in a number of key energy hubs around the world including the Middle East, Asia-Pacific and West Africa, as well as North and South America, the expertise he brings to the table will support our existing operations in North America and help build our presence going forward.

An alumni of the Stanford Executive Program, AJ holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Houston and a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Delhi; and is a member of both the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the Marine Technology Society. Harkand was launched in February 2013 through the merger of Iremis, Integrated Subsea Services (ISS) and Andrews Survey following investment by Oaktree Capital Management. After the acquisition of Veolia Marine Services in August 2013, and through its organic growth initiatives, the group now employs close to 1,000 people at bases in Aberdeen in the UK, Houston in the USA, Dubai in the Middle East, Singapore and Perth in Asia Pacific, and Paris in France. The group aims to grow turnover to $1 billion in the next five years. The assets included in the transaction are the DP2 multi-purpose support vessel Swordfish with a nine-man saturation diving system and two Triton XLS ROVs onboard; the DP3 multi-purpose support vessel Viking Poseidon, with two Triton XLS ROVs onboard; and the DP3 multipurpose support vessel Normand Pacific with two Triton XLS/XLX ROVs onboard.

Exporting Xodus: lessons learned from growing a global brand International energy consultancy Xodus Group today highlighted the importance of having the right people in place from the start to successfully export a company that offers expertise rather than technology or products.

another four offices this year in the Middle East and South East Asia.

COO Stephen Swindell was speaking as part of a keynote session today at the Offshore Europe Exhibition and Conference, which is taking place in Aberdeen this week. The session, entitled: The Global Opportunity: Exporting Oilfield Services, Goods, and Expertise» was chaired by The UK Minister of State for Trade and Investment, Lord Green.

Mr Swindell added: “You need the right people to be effective as not every engineer is a born salesman or leader and you also require local knowledge. This can mean recruitment drives or local acquisitions. One of the biggest challenges is building the brand and having appropriate training in place to ensure consistency in service, whilst respecting cultural differences. Sympathetic investors who are prepared to see the long view are essential.”

Mr Swindell, who was one of the founders of Xodus, said: “Our philosophy is to get the right team and the work will follow, which is different to a number of organisations that will only invest in setting up the team after the project is secured. Our approach relies on getting the right people with a core expertise being based in the UK.”

Xodus recently agreed terms for a major new injection of equity from funds sponsored by Chiyoda Corporation, an integrated engineering contractor specialising in the onshore middle/ downstream sector of the oil and gas industry. Chiyoda acquired majority shares in Xodus Group from the previous investors, Simmons Parallel Private L.P. and Sunrise Xodus B.V. 

Founded in Aberdeen in 2005, the company has grown from a small group of 26 ambitious engineers and support staff to become a global consultancy with currently more than 800 staff across the world. The company has a clear goal to be a global employer of choice to more than 1,000 people within the next three years. It currently has offices in the UK, The Hague, Oslo, Houston, Lagos, Perth and Dubai with plans underway for

Also in July, the Group acquired the business of Dubai based Prime Energy as part of a major expansion drive in the Eastern Hemisphere. It was the first acquisition the company made in the Middle East following the launch of its Dubai operations in 2012.  The acquisition allows the Dubai office to deliver a full complement of wells, subsurface and surface services to its Middle East clients. 

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Modular process instrument mounting system offers simple and reliable single-source installation solutions for plant engineers An entirely new range of modular manifolds and mounting accessories for installing small-bore process instruments is now available from the Instrumentation Products Division of Parker Hannifin – the global leader in motion and control technologies. The new range complies with Shell’s influential Material and Equipment Standards and Code (MESC) specification. All of the modular components are proven inter-compatible. This enables plant and instrumentation engineers to configure a complete process instrumentation hook-up that meets rigorous quality standards, and to order the fully assembled solution – including application-specific manifolds – from Parker rapidly and easily. “The modularity and scope of this new mounting system for process instruments ensures quality and at the same time delivers enormous time savings, by providing a compatible single-source

solution", says Parkers Nicolas Villemain. The system can also radically lower lifecycle ownership costs, because of the high quality of its design, and the way it creates a site standard for users. Parker developed its new range of MESCcompliant products as a direct result of its Enterprise Framework Agreement (EFA) with Shell. Under the terms of this agreement, the company is providing Shell and its affiliates with a single source supply of inter-compatible small-bore instrumentation products, including instrument valves, manifolds, processto-instrument valves, fittings, tubing and protective enclosures. Many other oil and gas companies and suppliers now specify that all components between a process pipe and instruments must be MESC compliant, as part of their drive to increase standardisation and ensure system quality.

Parker’s new MESC-compliant modular mounting instrumentation system includes a comprehensive selection of 2- and 4-valve manifolds, vent and purge blocks, seal pots, filling connectors, port protectors, heating modules and environmental protection enclosures. The company has established an excellent relationship with Shell, involving close engineering cooperation and regular reviews of its portfolio of MESC-compliant products to ensure that it is up to date and meets industry needs. Suitable for use with fluid or gas media, Parker’s MESC-compliant manifolds are available in a variety of 2- and 4-valve configurations to match the application. The 2-valve manifolds feature a single isolate/vent block, with a choice of Type C, D or E, F and G configurations to suit pressure applications and level measurement on atmospheric tanks, and different types of pressure transmitter. The 4-valve manifolds offer a Type A double-isolate/equalise/vent block for general applications, and a Type B double-isolate/double-vent block for applications where contamination of process streams is not permitted.

All Parker MESC-compliant manifolds have a pressure rating of up to 6,000 PSI (414 bar) and as standard are manufactured from 316 stainless steel, with other corrosion resistant alloys available on request. The G1/4 BSPP female port on every manifold features a ready fitted and pinned compression fitting; users can specify 10 mm or 3/8-inch OD Parker two ferrule A-LOK or single ferrule CPI fittings.


MESC Compliant Manifold

Parker offers a choice of single- and double-vent and purge blocks for MESCcompliant manifolds. The single-vent block is designed for static pressure applications, while the double-vent model is suitable for differential pressure applications and connects to impulse lines on standard 54 mm (2-1/8 inch) centres. All vent and purge valves have an anti-tamper feature. A filling connector

with an integral check valve is available for instrumentation systems that require purge protection but are not equipped with a vent and purge block. For frost protection, or to maintain the temperature of the process media being measured, Parker’s MESC-compliant manifolds can incorporate a steam tracing or electrical heating block. Both types of block mount directly onto the manifold to provide very efficient heat transfer through conduction. Rated at 50 watts, the explosion-proof electrical heating block operates directly from any voltage in the range 110 to 265 V, has an IP68 protection rating, and is ATEX certified for use in zone 1 and 21 environments. The steam tracing block is supplied with ready-fitted 10 mm or 3/8inch A-LOK or CPI compression fittings for connection to the steam line.

Other accessories in Parker’s range of MESC-compliant products include port protectors with mesh wire screens to prevent debris or insects entering outlet vents or the open ends of instrument tubing, and a seal pot for instrumentation systems that require an open seal for applications involving high temperature, toxic or corrosive media. To accommodate different layout schemes and simplify installation, Parker offers four types of back plate for its MESCcompliant instrumentation systems, each of which bolts directly to the manifold. All four back plates feature a simple clamp assembly that allows easy mounting on a 2-inch pipe stand, and are predrilled to accept accessories such as protective enclosures.

are available for Parker’s MESC-compliant instrumentation systems, to suit the climatic conditions at the installation site. To protect the flow or pressure transmitter from direct sunlight or heavy rain, a simple protective shade can be used. However, for complete environmental protection of both the manifold and the instrument body, Parker offers a fully formed enclosure, manufactured from glass fibre polyester; this material has a very low thermal conductivity, making it ideal for applications where manifold heaters are used to guard against low temperatures.

Two levels of environmental protection

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Novel tube bender boosts productivity by 500% for leading American tubular part fabricator Rotating-head bending machine replaces two hydraulic benders A rotating-head tube bender is dramatically accelerating the production of complex parts at one of the USA’s leading tube and pipe bending fabricators. The new Unison machine is installed at Sharpe Products of Milwaukee. Its rotating head action allows it to make left-hand and right-hand bends in one continuous cycle - doing the work of two of Sharpe›s previous hydraulic tube benders, while also speeding throughput by up to five times. This performance is enabling Sharpe to reduce the lead times significantly on a wide range of complex multiple-bend jobs, as well as on parts requiring bends of widely different radii.

The new machine was supplied to Sharpe by Unison›s North American partner, Horn Machine Tools. It increases the number of Unison machines that Sharpe operates to three, and follows Sharpe’s long-term strategy to gain control commonality across its tube fabrication operation by progressively replacing old machines


with Unison’s all-electric tube bending technology. This approach has major time and costsaving advantages. Operators only need to be trained to use a single type of machine, and can then be deployed wherever they are most needed within the company. Sharpe is choosing to standardize on Unison tube benders because they have proved to provide the performance that the company needs to maintain its competitive edge, and because it has found Unison’s support service to be second to none. Sharpe’s latest machine is a Unison 2-inch (50 mm) Breeze-Revolution tube bender that performs both lefthand and right-hand bending. The machine has two multi-stack tool heads mounted on opposite sides of a rotating frame. After bending using one or more tools on one head, the head retracts and a combination of transverse and rotational movement then positions the other head for subsequent bending operations. Changeovers between left-

hand and right-hand bending heads can be repeated as many times as needed, allowing complex shapes to be fabricated completely automatically without removing the tube or involving any other machines. “The flexibility of this machine has to be seen to be believed,” says Sharpe’s President, Paul Krickeberg. “A lot of the parts we produce, such as exercise machine frames and architectural handrails, are manufactured from standard 1.5 to 2 inch tubing and require a mix of small and large radius rightand left-hand bends. Until now, we have used two hydraulic benders – one for right-hand bends, the other for left-hand bends – which could involve up to three separate machine cycles and easily take five or more minutes. The Unison machine creates all the bends that are needed in a single cycle, and typically in less than a minute. "What’s more," Krickeberg adds, "by replacing the two hydraulic benders with

a single compact machine that can handle right or left bending we have gained valuable production floor space, which is always at a premium. The configuration that we ordered is capable of roll forming as well as rotary draw bending, so we can create large radius bends or tight radius bends down to 1D without changing machines.” All Unison tube benders use precision software-controlled servomotors for movement control and feature fully automatic set-up, enabling them to be configured for new batches very quickly. They can typically be set up in about a third of the time of a hydraulic bender and provide extremely tight control of the bending process, enabling parts to be manufactured right first time, or immediately after producing a single trial part. Sharpe has extensive experience of Unison all-electric tube benders – it has used the company›s 3-inch and 5-inch (76 and 130 mm) machines for many of its operations for a number of years – and is extremely pleased with their performance and reliability, as well as the level of support provided by Unison. The machines are also popular with the workshop staff, who find them easy to set up and operate. All three Unison tube benders are connected to an automation network. The first trial tube of every batch undergoes detailed examination by Sharpe’s quality assurance department, using a computer-based tube inspection machine. The machine compares measurements obtained from the trial part with those of the intended design, and sends any necessary correction data to the appropriate bending machine. Sharpe also intends using the network for downloading data from its CAD systems direct to the bending machines, to further speed design-to-manufacture.

According to Paul Krickeberg, “Customers are increasingly demanding very accurate parts and very fast delivery. Unison’s springback correction system provides us with a powerful competitive advantage, by enabling us to bend to an accuracy of one tenth of a degree. We are about to ask Unison to retrofit this system to our 3-inch bender.”

Sharpe Products started up in 1990 as an architectural tube and pipe bending metalwork specialist, but its business has evolved and today the companys output is split almost equally between the architectural sector, tube and pipe parts for OEMs, and custom-fabricated assemblies. The company has 13 bending machines in total, with all-electric bending machines spanning a size range from 32 to 130 mm. Sharpe handles even larger tube and pipe sizes using hydraulic machinery resources.

The 5-inch Unison tube bender is equipped with Unison’s unique lasercontrolled springback measurement and correction system, which was fitted retrospectively in 2012. This ensures bending precision by automatically

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Paradigm wins deluge work and expands service Paradigm Flow Services has scooped £3 million worth of contracts for its deluge integrity management services in the past 6 months. Making the announcement at Offshore Europe this week, the firm also revealed it is expanding this service to further assist major oil and gas operators with pressing asset integrity issues.

The Aberdeenshire-based company, which detects, remediates and prevents subsea and topside blockages for the oil and gas industry, is augmenting its service to help ensure deluge and firewater systems are correctly designed, engineered, tested and maintained. By doubling its specialist in-house engineering team from 4 to 8, Paradigm now provides specific long term inspection and maintenance programmes. This integrates with the business plans of clients for ongoing operability and compliance beyond the fundamental remediation stage, to future proof these safety critical systems. Corrosion and marine growth is an industry-wide problem, particularly in ageing assets where the pipework can be more than 25 years old. This can restrict water flow, thin pipeline walls and also cause blockages in deluge pipes and

nozzles. Paradigm effectively tackles this issue and seeks action over reaction for industry going forward.

Rob Bain, managing director of Paradigm Flow Services, said: “Previously Paradigm was the problem fixer, returning operators to compliance when deluge systems failed. We still do that, but the issue of ongoing and recurring asset integrity issues is intensifying as North Sea assets age and needs a more strategic and proactive approach. It is essential to meet the required level of deluge and firewater system technical integrity for preservation of life, and safety case compliance from start up to decommissioning. Without continual asset assurance, integrity issues of this nature can risk lives and also hamper operations, which in turn impact the bottom line.”

micro-power and environmentally friendly chemical solutions used to tackle biofilm in firewater ring mains. Both of which can be used in live systems without the need for shutdown. The growing portfolio of contracts Paradigm has secured, saw the company expand its workforce to 50, requiring a satellite office to be taken on earlier this year. There are plans for further recruitment as demand for services continues to grow.

Paradigm’s holistic approach includes auditing, risk assessment, hydraulic modelling and surge analysis and application of engineering knowledge and expertise to apply correct overall procedure and assist throughout design, installation and commissioning. As part of remediation, Paradigm deploys unique technologies and methods in deluge preservation using mechanical

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‘Artic Temperature’ test facility opens

The National Hyperbaric Centre of Aberdeen has recently invested in an ‘Environmental Testing Facility’ (ETF) as it continues to develop its Testing Department. The new, large environmental test laboratory has been installed to simulate conditions down to minus 25 Degrees Centigrade for the testing of offshore equipment, and in particular, subsea oilfield apparatus.

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Testing Manager, Mike McDonald, said “The requirement to verify that critical oilfield equipment can withstand extremes of temperatures and then still function safely and efficiently is increasing requirement of many of our clients. The NHC is responding to customer requests and has decided to invest and expand its

capabilities, with even more investments on the horizon.” Even though deep ocean temperatures do not reach the extreme cold that the new ETF can simulate, the equipment can be stored on deck in such conditions and therefore needs to be capable of withstanding, and then functioning. “Typical subsea temperatures in the Arctic are around -2°C with a mixture of freshwater and sea water, but surface wind-chill adds to the complication of deploying any equipment, so testing with a good safety margin is sound engineering.” NHC has just started its first ‘chilly’ project with technicians wearing full winter gear whilst working in the ‘freezer’ – even in the height of summer.

For more information contact: Mike McDonald, National Hyperbaric Centre Ltd.

Cromarty Firth Port Authority responsible for one of the UK’s premier deep water ports The Cromarty Firth Port Authority is responsible for one of the UK’s premier deep water ports. The Port offers an internationally recognised and locally based skilled workforce, combined with deep sheltered water, no weather restrictions and access 24 hours per day 365 days per year. All of this has made the Cromarty Firth a proven destination of choice for multi-national Subsea and Drilling organisations. Originally a Naval Port, when the Navy departed the Firth in the 1970’s, the Trust Port was officially established and steadily began to grow. Today the facilities available at the Invergordon Service Base and throughout the Firth have become recognised world-wide as a centre for excellence in IRM and Subsea fabrication, maintenance and logistics. With dedicated sheltered deep water anchorages, a Service Base measuring over 35 acres, with 450 metres of deep water quay and dedicated facilities for Semi-Sub and Jack-Up rigs of all sizes, some of the world’s largest Drilling Companies have used the facilities in the Firth and the experienced local supply chain to meet their IRM requirements. Chief Executive Bob Buskie said, “The

oil and gas sector is our primary industry. Currently the Sedco 712 is alongside and is about to come to the end of one of the largest maintenance, upgrade and reactivation projects that the Firth has supported.” The figures speak for themselves. Over the last 30 years, more than 630 rigs have visited the Firth to undertake IRM works and to take advantage of the sheltered anchorage. The Port also benefits significantly from developments taking place in the central North Sea and West of Shetland and has seen a steady growth in demand for port facilities in recent years as a direct result. The Port recognises that investment has been a key factor in maintaining the appeal of the Cromarty Firth to the oil & gas sector. The Cromarty Firth Port Authority is a Trust Port managed by a small specialist team with an elected Board and all the money generated has to

be invested back into the port facilities. In 2012 Cromarty Firth Port Authority invested £1million into the reactivation of 2.6 acres of land at the Invergordon Service Base, now providing much needed additional lay down project space. Ambitious expansion plans for the Invergordon Service Base, due to get underway in early 2014, will see £20m invested and will see 9 acres reclaimed from the sea, adding much needed operational space complete with direct access to a new deep water berth. Developments at Nigg Energy Park and Highland Deephaven have also contributed to the Cromarty Firth offering.

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The Digital Multiple Echo Technique, for remaining metal thickness checks through protective coatings was pioneered by Cygnus 30 years ago. The technique, in conjunction with a single crystal probe (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

have to precisely match before a reading is displayed. This matching of the 2nd and 3rd return echoes largely eliminates spurious readings which can be a problem on instruments without this technology. The comprehensive range of Cygnus 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 is depth rated to 300 metres. The Cygnus Intrinsically Safe gauge has the most stringent ATEX and CSA rating. This 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.

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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.

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.

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

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

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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 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

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Zetechtics Ltd Powerful jumper and umbilical monitoring As subsea field umbilical arrays grow ever more complex then the integrity of the components becomes increasingly critical. C-Kore is designed to provide assurance to field installation engineers that their umbilical systems will meet the client requirements by checking electrical integrity immediately prior to connector make-up. For further information visit our website or call our sales team on 01653 602020

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Cortez Subsea Secures £1.5 million North Sea Contract Wins! Projects Encompass Installation through to Decommissioning


Rapidly growing subsea services and technology products company Cortez Subsea has secured £1.5million of contracts across its range of pipeline installation and decommissioning services following a successful start to Q3 of 2013.


The Aberdeen-based firm has completed the first phase of work on a North Sea FSPO reinforcement programme for contractor DOF Subsea.

The wins come at a time of expansion for Subsea Cortez. The company has made significant investment in new equipment and technologies in the last 12 months, in addition to a new office complex to facilitate the growth of its employee base from 20 to 40 this year.

The £1million contract, for the provision of a powered reel drive system, tensioner and personnel for umbilical and flexible riser installation, includes a second phase which is due to begin later this year. Cortez Subsea has secured a further contract for the recovery and decommissioning of three flexible production flowlines for Stork Technical

The work, from the vessel Siem Stork for operations in the Central North Sea, was scheduled to complete in September 2013.

Managing director Alasdair Cowie said: “Since our formation in 2010 we have steadily built a reputation for being a dynamic, diverse and value-adding company capable of bringing technical, operational and commercial innovation to the marketplace.

“These contracts not only demonstrate the breadth of our capabilities from production start-up to decommissioning, as significant pieces of work with new clients they also solidify growing status as subsea services and technology specialists.” Cortez Subsea provides a range of subsea services and products to UK and international clients in the offshore energy industry. The company currently works in collaboration with FlexTech Engineering, DeepTech Oil Services, Offshore Technology Solution Ltd, and MCS to provide a broad range of specialties to its clients.

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Atlantas Marine Ltd NEW SALES ENGINEER FOR ATLANTAS MARINE Atlantas Marine Limited, the specialist in the supply of equipment to the commercial marine industry, have just announced their recent appointment of Paul Falloon as Sales Engineer. This appointment comes as part of the Yeovil based company’s ongoing expansion. Paul will be responsible for all sales across the UK and Ireland. With the benefit of extensive experience in high-tech camera equipment through his previous role at Visi-tech, Paul brings a fresh eye to the commercial marine industry. Commenting on his appointment, Paul says “Atlantas Marine have a great reputation within the industry and I am pleased to be joining this growing and ambitious organisation. I am looking forward to my new role and the challenges ahead” “We are pleased to welcome Paul to the team. His vision, drive and experience will be instrumental to driving our business forward. I am positive that he will be invaluable in strengthening our sales function” adds Atlantas Marine Managing Director Charlie Foll

For more information about Atlantas Marine Please call: +44 (0)1935 426000 E-mail: Or visit our website:

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Atlantas Marine Ltd Telstar House, Mead Avenue, Houdstone Business Park, Yeovil, Somerset. BA22 8RT Main Reception: +44 (0)1935 426000 Web: Email:


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Walther Couplings Ltd

Walther 87 series ROV Hot Stab Most existing ROV Mono Stabs are either bayonet locking which require depressurised lines before connection due to high reactive forces or Thru Bore Hot Stabs which cause line contamination every time they are dis-connected. The superior principle of the WALTHER 87-series has been field proven since its 1st installation subsea during 1996. Since then thousands of units serve trouble free in many different oil and gas fields globally. The primary application for the 87 Series is Hydraulic Controls, Chemical injection where single line jumpers have been specified

At a glance: ■ All primary seals and complete drive mechanism on retrievable half ■ Metal sealing with Inconel C Seal ■ Generous guide funnel for easy make up under bad visibility ■ Connection/disconnection at full Working Pressure ■ Low connection torque at 10,000 psi ■ Constant flow due to fixed valves ■ Heavy duty ring valves ■ Design life 25-50 years

■ Depth compensating valves to prevent sea water ingression during deployment. ■ Parking stations, Long and short term protection caps ■ Qualified for up to 5000 m water depth. ■ ROV interfaces “T” Bar, “D” Bar, Fishtail, Class 4 Bucket ■ Keyed version for non inter changeability ■ Venting valves to release internal pressure only when disconnected (for BOP function). ■ Bore sizes come in 3/8” ½” ¾” 1” With the success of this series Walther Präzision have taken the initiative to declare the most common 87 Series Hot Stab as a standard product and supply on a much reduced lead time. With the much improved availability this measure allows Walther to price competitively. We are also still able to deliver customised versions as before, but those will fall back into the standard delivery periods Full data sheets and drawing in 2D and 3D available and if you are looking for a solution to your coupling requirements then give us a call:

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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.

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

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NETZSCH Transfer and multi-phase pumps have proven long service life even in the most extreme applications and installation conditions. Operational and maintenance costs are low together 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. We want to ensure the continued high performance of your pump system and will therefore always be there to assist you with whatever needs you may have – pre order, during the contract, during installation, commissioning and operation. Our highly skilled sales and service staff and our local service partners are always available.

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Pacson Valves Ltd

High integrity valves Setting the standard Pacson Valves is a key supplier of high integrity valves to the world oil and gas market, and is a leading developer for severe service and highly critical applications. A privately owned company with its headquarters and modern 50,000 sq ft manufacturing facility in Dundee, Scotland, Pacson Valves also maintains a global presence with sales representation in every major oil and gas producing country in the world. Pacson Valves Limited began trading in 1990 having secured the UK distribution rights for Autoclave Engineers Valves and Fittings range, which complimented its own design of high quality subsea cartridge needle valves, and double block and bleed needle valves. Over the next few

years the company experienced steady growth, to the point where it decided to focus solely on its own products. With the in-house ability to develop manufacturing to suit valve products, Pacson Valves began to introduce additional types of valves to compliment its original range, including through conduit gate valves, ball valves, and check valves in smaller bore sizes. From here the size range began to increase to include larger bore main piping and manifold valves, resulting in a complete valve package.

Through this offering, Pacson Valves has dealt with all of the major oil companies, EPCI contractors and wellhead manufacturers over the last two decades. The company’s valve products are supplied to all major subsea oil producing areas including the North Sea, Gulf of Mexico, Australia and West Africa. In particular, the scope of this supply sees small bore valves going to wellhead manufacturers in the UK, Norway, US, and the Far East, and large bore pipe and manifold valves to EPCI contractors and oil companies worldwide.

“We pride ourselves on the quality of products and services, with a total inhouse capability for the manufacture of bespoke surface and subsea valves, and pressure control products of up to 16 inch/400 mm bore, or 25,000 psi working pressure. This range consists of ball, gate, needle, and check valves. All design and engineering activities are performed in-house, and supported through significant investment into manpower, training, hardware and software. Our in-house machining facility is capable of processing a wide range of valves and equipment components in standard or exotic materials, before assembly and testing,” describes Derek Mason, Business Development Manager.


Particular improvement investments include the latest 3D modelling packages, which allows for accurate modelling and design of valve components, as well as complete assemblies. Pacson Valves’ manufacturing department’s CNC machines also operate with the latest tooling technology, which enables the

company to remain at the forefront of machining techniques. This results in the highest quality components and most cost-effective machining processes. Product and process compliance is monitored by the independent Quality Assurance and Quality Control departments, with the company’s own expectations of quality set to meet and exceed all relevant customer and international specifications. This is ensured through on-site facilities for hardness testing, liquid penetrant and magnetic particle inspection, as well as two CMM measurement arms for highly accurate dimensional measurement of machined components. Pacson Valves’ latest acquisition in the quality segment is the capability to carry out positive material identification (PMI) of raw materials, which further satisfies its customer’s needs. “As Pacson products are of a highly engineered nature, we feel it is important to discuss the customer’s specification at the earliest opportunity to ensure the customer is getting exactly what they want,” notes Derek. “As an example, we are in regular discussion with our customers regarding changes and updates to international specifications and how these changes affect valve manufacturing.”

engineering, aligned with increased investment in machinery. As such, Derek is confident about where the business will go to next: “So far in 2013 we expect to meet our targets for the year. There have been significant project awards in the second quarter and more are expected to follow throughout the remainder of the year. With the ongoing growth in subsea oil & gas production and demand, we see opportunities to further expand the business worldwide, and will continue to invest in people and equipment to meet that challenge.”

For more information: Call: +44 (0)1382 513655 Or visit our website:

The company’s order book reflects this optimism, as since March 2010 Pacson Valves has seen its forward orders starting to rebuild, signalling the end of the recession for the business. By October 2011 the order book was back to the same level as before the recession, and 2012 saw the best order intake in the company’s history. 2013 is expected to be another strong year for Pacson and over the past 24 months Pacson Valves has increased staffing level by 18 per cent in key areas such as sales, quality, purchasing, production and

Pacson Valves Ltd Unit F, Claverhouse Industrial Park, Dundee. DD4 9UA Main Reception: +44 (0)1382 513655 Email: Web:

However this doesn’t mean that Pacson Valves is without challenges in the market, as Derek continues: “There is a far higher emphasis on product validation testing, which ultimately increases the costs of the product and lead times. We have our own in-house testing facilities and can accommodate customer’s special requirements but clients don’t always appreciate that no one vendor can fully qualify their entire range just waiting for an order. Some customers also ask for material specifications which are very difficult to actually achieve in the market place. Therefore we always try to advise and guide the customer to ensure the best product is achieved, based on a relationship of mutual understanding and trust.”

Today the subsea sector of the oil and gas market is of major focus for Pacson Valves, as demonstrated by its coming presence at key industry events such as Subsea 2014 and most recently Offshore Europe 2013 in Aberdeen . “We predominantly manufacture bespoke subsea isolation valves as currently approximately 30 per cent of world production comes from offshore and this percentage will increase over the years as more subsea fields become economically viable due to improvements in drilling technology and the like. The market for subsea isolation valves is buoyant worldwide with almost 300 Subsea Development projects in various stages. This can cause constraints within the supply chain in order to cope with a surge of requirements, however Pacson Valves has built a strong supply base over the years which allows competitive lead times,” enthuses Derek.


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Young & Cunningham Ltd DMI Young & Cunningham add offshore industry to their reputation with firesafe “Quiclose” Valves. The name of Young & Cunningham (founded in 1924) is known worldwide as a Valve manufacturer and supplier of the highest quality to the marine and offshore industries. Y&C’s patented “Quiclose” Valve has become the first choice in Oil & Gas for offshore Quick Closing Valve systems due to high quality and the unique built-in automatic firesafe feature which trips the Valve shut automatically in the event of a fire. The “Quiclose” Valve can be supplied in several designs and materials of construction, all produced in the on-site Lloyds approved foundry/ manufacturing works:Offshore – Carbon or Stainless Steel Gate or Globe Valves, manual tripwire operated or complete with hydraulic or pneumatic Control Panels. Full documentation packages supplied, including DPI, PMI and Radiography as required. US Navy – Stainless Steel Gate Valves approved to MIL-V-24569 Type II, shock tested to MIL-S-901D Gr.A Cl.1, vibration tested to MIL-STD-167-1 Type 1, 4-15 Hz. MOD/Marine - Carbon Steel or Gunmetal Gate or Globe Valves, manual tripwire operated or complete with hydraulic or pneumatic Control Panels. DMI Young and Cunningham have recently secured a prestigous order for the supply of “Quiclose” Valves & Control Panels for a North Sea Platform. The Valves are manufactured in Stainless Steel 316 and the Control Panels in Stainless Steel 316 and CR25 Duplex with Swagelok components. With the management team each having over 40 years experience, Young and Cunningham pride themselves on the ability to cope with any fluid contril problem and these Fireside Quick Closing Valve Systems are a testement to their professionalism and drive in the valve industry and offshore markets today.

Young & Cunningham Ltd West Chirton Ind Est, Gloucester Road, North Shields, Tyne & Wear. NE29 8RQ Main Reception: +44 (0)191 2704690 Web: Email:

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30 years in sea water and still looking good… • Langley developed the original superduplex stainless steel, proven in use over 30 years • FERRALIUM® 255-SD50 sets the benchmark as the highest strength superduplex available • stock available worldwide in a range of bar sizes and plate, sheet and pipe UK Tel: +44 (o)1782 610250 USA - PORTLAND Tel: +1 (800) 878-3675

• high quality NORSOK certified material • Ferralium 255, UNS S32750 (Alloy 2507) and UNS S32760 all available from stock

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Delivering speciality alloys 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. Processing includes: • Laser cutting

NeoNickel operates a metal conversion centre located in Sheffield. With a team of qualified metallurgists we can offer a 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. ®Registered trade names of Rolled Alloys, Inc., ATI & Outokumpu

• Water jet • Under Water Plasma • Shear

NeoNickel operations in Europe

• Automatic Band Saws

NeoNickel Blackburn Email: 0044 1254 582999

• Metal Spinning • Machining

NeoNickel Kingswinford Email: 0044 1384 282400

• Fabricating • Positive Material Identification • 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 a material selection advice, corrosion testing, metallurgical testing and detailed metallurgical analysis for support in problem solving.

NeoNickel Milton Keynes Email: 0044 1908 275700 NeoNickel Sheffield (Conversion Centre) Email: 0044 1142 841890 NeoNickel Czech Republic Email: 00420 581 604712 NeoNickel France Email: 0033 4 72 47 46 46

NeoNickel Germany Email: 0049 211 542 0680 NeoNickel Italy Email: 0039 0362 494 1 Web site:

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34 Unit 16, Walker Industrial Park, Guide, Blackburn, Lancashire. BB1 2QE

Main Reception: +44 (0)1254 582999 Email: Web:

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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


Zeron® 100 (UNS 32760 F55)

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* Zeron® 100 AFPTM advanced forging properties for the most demanding environments! * Zeron® 100 FG fastener grade NeoNickel are exclusive representatives in Europe of both Rolled Alloys Inc and Corrosion Materials Inc

NeoNickel Unit 16 Walker Industrial Park Guide, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB1 2QE. Tel: +44 (0)1254 582 999 Fax: +44 (0)1254 582 666

NeoNickel 8 First Avenue, The Pensnett Estate, Kingswinford, DY6 7TG. Tel: +44 (0)1384 282 400 Fax: +44 (0)1384 270 800

NeoNickel Number 1 Java Park Bradbourne Drive,Tilbrook Milton Keynes, MK7 8AT. Tel: +44 (0)1908 275 700 Fax: +44 (0)1908 275 701

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PASSIVE FIRE PROTECTION IN THE OFFSHORE INDUSTRY As oil and gas exploration shifts to even deeper locations, higher pressures and higher temperatures place more of a focus on the efficiancy of fire protection. World gas consumption continues to rise and demand for liquefied natural gas (LNG) grows. The recent ‘dash for gas’ has resulted in a need for increased passive fire protection (PFP) measures. Safety remains of paramount importance and intumescent coatings must comply with internationally recognised test standards to meet the industry’s strict fire protection requirements. In a harsh environment, it is also important that intumescent coatings are anti-corrosive to give protection from high risk atmospheric conditions and ensure corrosion resistance for the life of the asset.

Offering full, third party verified certification and engineering support, Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings has more than 85 years of experience in delivering safe and costeffective solutions to the oil and gas industry. With a commitment to delivering first class service and logistical support, the value that Sherwin-Williams brings goes beyond the product in the can. Giving access to a global distribution network, the specialist industrial coatings supplier offers specification guidance throughout a project and can provide dedicated on-site technical support for fabrication shops and module yards, as well as field training for applicators and inspectors.


will continue to innovate with products that meet the needs of key markets. An extension to the existing FIRETEX range of time-tested, high performance intumescent coatings, FIRETEX M90/02, M93/02 and M89/02 are independently tested to the highest international standards. This next generation of products is verified and certified by globally recognised organisations, and has been subjected to ISO 22899, the highest standard of jet fire testing. Providing a solution to meet the needs of upstream, midstream and downstream segments, FIRETEX technologies have 14 years’ salt and fresh water immersion testing and are NORSOK M-501, Revision 6 compliant. FIRETEX M90/02 covers an industryleading range of steel sections and provides a competitive, proven solution for protection against both hydrocarbon pool and jet fires. As part of the series, the FIRETEX M89/02 thermal insulator protects against both sub zero and elevated temperatures, allowing the epoxy fire proofing to be applied on storage tanks and vessels with contents between -75°C and 150°C. Used together, the duplex system offers protection against both cryogenic spillage and hydrocarbon pool and jet fire. The FIRETEX M90 series performs in aggressive corrosive environments, providing a ‘total’ fire and corrosion solution.

Taking the lead

A worldwide leader in asset protection, the in-house structural engineers at Sherwin-Williams are experienced in the technical challenges faced by our customers. Available to support from design through to completion, we can often provide options to help the engineer solve challenges and achieve an optimised solution. Sherwin-Williams recommends that its Fire Engineer and Estimation Team (FEET) experts are invited to join the discussion as early as possible, to achieve the highest degree of detail to ensure fire protection is optimised. In a sector that often poses complex engineering challenges, having as much information available in the initial stages of a project will avoid time and cost implications later.

Latest innovations

Sherwin-Williams’ dedicated R&D teams have a history of developing industryleading PFP products to meet the highest standards of performance and

Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings Tower Works, Kestor Street, Bolton. BL2 2AL Main Reception: +44 (0)1204 521771 Email: Web:

Belzona Polymerics Ltd Cold Solution to Hot Issues Belzona, world leader in the design and manufacture of polymer repair composites and industrial protective coatings, showcased its novel yet proven cold bonding technology for deck reinforcement at Offshore Europe Exhibition 2013. This high performance cold curing epoxy system has already been used to bond a multitude of substrates in various industries and was perfected for offshore deck plate bonding in 2004, when it was applied to a badly deteriorated deck on a North Sea platform. Independent testing showed that the Belzona bonding method in this case was equivalent in strength to a welded plate. Good resistance to impact loading was achieved and considered by the independent engineering designers to be “robust enough to withstand the rigours of the laydown area operations”. Daily operations were not interrupted during the application and the passive fire protection in the machinery space below was not affected. This work has been inspected annually and now, almost 10 years on is still in perfect condition. To demonstrate this high performance bonding technology at Offshore Europe 2013, Belzona fabricated pieces simulating the four stages of the application incorporating Perspex in place of a steel plate to show how the injected fluid material distributes between the plates, achieving full contact, thus ensuring no air entrapment. A video demonstrating this step-by-step process was also featured and is now available to view on the BelzonaTV Youtube channel. In addition to the deck plate bonding technology, Belzona showcased its total solution for eliminating corrosion of the process vessels, by lining the vessel, forming flange faces and bonding prefabricated nozzle inserts into small bore nozzles.

Novel yet proven epoxy composite technology as showcased at Offshore Europe 2013 PLATFORM DECK PLATE COLD BONDING Watch it in action • • • •

No air entrapment Eliminates voids No stress Fast and simple solution





Marina Silva: 01423 567641 In order to improve lining, forming and bonding specification and application standards, Belzona will be delivering a series of technical workshops via the Energy Industries Council (EIC) in London, Houston, Rio and Singapore.

Belzona Polymerics Ltd Claro Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG1 4DS Main Reception: +44 (0)1423 567641 Email: Web:


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MP Filtri (UK) Ltd

Question..... How long can you afford to have your production or hydraulic application not working? How much can contamination monitoring save you?

Moisture and temperature sensing for compatible medias.

Condition monitoring has traditionally been expensive but now becoming less so in comparison to downtime, repairs and loss of production.

Data logging and internal 4000 test result memory.

The Product: ICM – Inline Contamination Monitor – now available ATEX approved – rated to Ex nR T5 Gc IP66 Ex II 3G. The ICM- Inline Contamination Monitor is designed to measure and quantify the numbers of solid contaminants in hydraulic, lubrication and transmission applications. The ICM is designed to be an accurate instrument for permanently installed applications using hydrocarbon and synthetic offshore aggressive fuels as well as Bio–medias. There’s also an option for monitoring moisture and temperature levels. (Subject to media compatibility.)

A continual focus on quality and business improvement has meant that we can provide the best solution for our customers with a vast array of oil and gas applications including offshore, ROV’s, marine and harbour systems.


Features and benefits of the ICM units include channel contamination measurement and display of particulate 4µ - 70µ inclusive. Measures and displays ISO 4406:1999, NAS 1638, AS 4059E Table 1 & 2 (Table 2 is now becoming the standard for Offshore Oil and Gas applications) and ISO 11218.

■ Manual, automatic and remote control functions

Along with all these features and benefits, we have released a new ATEX version of the ICM, with its own display enabling the user to see the cleanliness of their application without having to connect via a PLC or PC/ Laptop. The unit is supplied in a stainless steel enclosure rated to – Ex nR T5 Gc IP66 Ex II 3G.

■ Multicolour LED and remote alarm signalling The ICM is available in many configurations as follows: ■ With and without relays ■ With and without screen ■ Communications with Modbus/Canbus protocols and RS485

For further information, please contact:

■ PC and laptop compatible including Ethernet communication.

Or call 01451 822522.

There’s also an optional water content percentage saturation (Relative Humidity 0 -100%) and temperature for compatible medias.

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How much can we save you? Loss of component efficiency

Without Contamination Monitoring

Equipment repair and replacement Decline in product quality

System Downtime


If you are you looking for an ATEX approved product, which is low cost & compact, water & dust resistant, with real time system analysis, easy integration into control systems, simple installation & operation, then look no further.

Having the facility to store 4000 test results allows you to plot trend analysis for your system, thus guaranteeing and certifying your system and applications. Our easy to use Windows based ‘LPA View’ software is included free of charge with all our contamination monitoring products.


MP Filtri’s range of low cost Condition Monitoring Equipment WILL SAVE YOU MONEY!

The unit has two internal relays which can perform external events by contamination codes and/or individual particle sizes. By using the two internal relays, (set to an upper limit suitable for your application and a lower one) the ICM can control an external kidney loop filtration system. When the cleanliness is above your recommended level the filtration unit will run and control your cleanliness until the level drops below your lower set cleanliness level. It will then switch off the unit, saving your filter life and power consumption, only using electrical power when required.

Cost of Condition Monitoring Loss of component efficiency

With Contamination Monitoring

Equipment repair and replacement Decline in product quality

System Downtime

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

Contamination Monitoring and Filtration for Offshore Applications

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

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WilliamHackett Hackett chains William Chainsltd Ltd Product range develoPments

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Lifting Point

Weld-On Lifting Point

The offshore and subsea markets are growing strongly. In addition to ROV operated chain hoists William Hackett Chains now have a range of ROV hooks and shackles. These components have developed to allow deployment and retrieval of loads subsea using ROVs. William Hackett has recently introduced their latest generation of chain hoists and lever hoists. The specification for these hoists has been tailored to be fully compliant with international standards, whilst meeting the harsh offshore New Hackett Beam Clamp service environment. Developed alongside the new range of hoisting is the latest clamp design which offers enhanced fleeting performance. Recent investment in the WHC Cradley factory has improved the stainless steel welding capability of the company. WHC can now offer made to order, fully welded stainless steel lifting assemblies up to 20mm diameter. WHC has developed a wide range of load attachment product solutions. Increasing safety awareness standards have driven the requirement for load attachment products in preference to old practices of wrapping a lifting sling around a load. WHC load attachment products vary in features and sophistication, some being permanently welded into position with others able to be temporarily bolted to the load.


William Hackett Chains Ltd. has been established for over 121 years and has a policy of continuously increasing its product range. WHC is well known for its chain sling systems, master links and hoists but the company has the aim of becoming the complete lifting solutions provider.

For more details go to: Swivel Hoist Ring

William Hackett Chains Ltd

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Exodus Group Flexitallic Ltd Fugro Subsea Services GAI-Tronics Hadar Lighting Hardide Coatings Harkand Hayward Tyler Ltd Intertec Instrumentation Kiowa Ltd Langley Alloys MP Filtri (UK) Ltd Nautilus Rigging (UK) Ltd

Tel +44 (0)1224 628300 Tel +44 (0)1274 851273 Tel +44 (0)1932 784807 Tel +44 (0)7798701873 Tel +44 (0)1670 814877 Tel +44 (0)1869 353830 Tel +44 (0)1224 857711 Tel +44 (0)1582 731144 Tel +44 (0)800 7561102 Tel +44 (0)1529 416200 Tel +44 (0)1782 610250 Tel +44 (0)1451 822522

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NautilusRigging Manufacturers of Nautilus Hooks™

Introducing the world’s first range of ROV hooks with ‘positive locking function’ Nautilus Rigging are raising industry standards with the launch of a range of ROV hooks with patented ‘positive locking function’, built to complement our range of award winning topside hooks. u Nautilus ROV hooks manufactured to BS/EN 1677-1 - CE certified u Individually numbered and proof tested to 2.5 x WLL - supplied with test certification u Long Shank and Eye Top models are supplied with a bespoke primary activation wire fitted u Additional primary wires and secondary wire kits are available as accessories For full details and specifications visit

NautilusRigging Safer lifting, efficient solutions

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SEA CON®’s API CONNECTOR SERIES Based on the highly successful Metal Shell Series connector range, SEA CON’s API connectors comply with American Petroleum Institute specifications 16D (Control Systems for Drilling Well Control Equipment and Control Systems for Diverter Equipment) and 17E (specification for Subsea Umbilicals). Manufactured from 316 stainless steel with glass filled epoxy inserts and copper alloy gold plated contacts, this connector range has a voltage rating of 600 VDC and a pressure rating of 10,000 psi (approx. 22,500ft/7,000m).



■ Bulkhead connectors are designed to be compliant with appropriate section of API 16D specifications.

■ Cabled connectors and assemblies are designed to be

compliant with appropriate section of API 16D and API 17E specifications.

gold-plated contacts. Alternate materials including Titanium shells and Glass to Metal inserts are also available.

■ Voltage rating of 600 VDC. ■ Pressure rating of up to 10,000 psi

■ Redundant sealing at all pressure barrier interfaces. ■ Multiple test ports for in-the-field o-ring testing and verification.

(approx. 22,500ft / 7,000m).

■ Applications include Blow Out Prevention Systems,

Riser Monitoring Systems, Drilling Control Systems and Wellhead and Christmas Tree Equipment.

■ Boot sealing in cabled connectors and assemblies in event of flooded cable conditions.

■ Electrical, optical and hybrid connectors configurable in 8 shell sizes.

■ Factory Acceptance Testing (FAT) includes both mated and open-face pressure testing.

■ Custom interfaces available. ■ Flanged Connector [bulkhead] Receptacle connectors

■ 316 Stainless Steel with GRE inserts and copper-alloy,

have inboard water-blocking boots over the electrical termination to eliminate risk of failure in a flooded housing scenario.

For more information please call: +44 (0)1493 652733 Visit our Website: Or E-mail:

■ Pressure Balanced Oil Filled

(PBOF) cables operate fully in the event of breached hose/ water ingress with fullpressure water-blocking on the solder cup side of the connectors.

■ Oil-filled cable connectors


options available without valves eliminate a direct path for water to reach the face of the bulkhead connector in case of hose flooding.

American Petroleum Institute (API) Compliant Connector Series

SEA CON (europe) Ltd Seacon House, Hewett Road, Gapton Hall Industrial Estate, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. NR31 0RB Main Reception: +44 (0)1493 652733 Email: Web:

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Elemec3 Hubbell GAI-Tronics is delighted to announce the launch of Elemec3 a digitally controlled Public Address and General Alarm system (PA/GA). Designed principally for life critical installations in the Oil and Gas market, it is suitable for many industrial communications requirements.

The Elemec3, high integrity Public Address & Alarm system, is commonly used on Oil & Gas Platforms, FPSOs, Power Stations, Oil Refineries, Chemical Plants & Industrial Complexes worldwide to ensure the safety of personnel. The equipment is specifically and fundamentally designed for failsafe operation, with extensive system and fault status monitoring to ensure maximum availability at all times. In addition to general paging and emergency broadcasts, alarms can be automatically initiated via a common interface with the fire & gas and

emergency shut down systems. For ease of installation and maintenance all cabinet internal connections are on a plug/ socket basis. The modular design ensures minimum spares holding is required to support the systems, all of which are standard of the shelf units. System expansion is easily achieved by simply adding more modules and reconfiguring the system software accordingly.

■ Dual audio paths for simultaneous broadcasting requirements

Rich in features, the Elemec3 includes: -

■ Optional fibre optic links,

■ Class D intelligent power amplifiers Dual 300W (D600i), Single 550W (D550i) or Single 300W (D300i)

■ Auto alarm inhibit,

■ Up to 35.2 kW (64 amplifiers) of audio Power

■ Ultrasonic loudspeaker network monitoring

■ Background Music Panel (BGM) option ■ PABX telephone access, ■ Page/Party® access, ■ Engineers test panel,

■ Beacon cable monitoring,

■ Multiple hot standby power amplifiers

■ 256 inputs / outputs

■ Up to 64 programmable audio zones

■ CE compliant

■ Fully duplicated, redundant or single configuration

Being compliant to UKOOA, PFEER, IMO, ABS, SOLAS, DNV, CCS, NORSOK, RINA & Lloyds guidelines, The Elemec3 has been designed to meet global standards and can be configured to meet a variety of applications where the installation of a highly reliable and safety critical communication system is essential.

■ Up to 16 fully monitored & feature rich programmable access panels ■ Message storage and replay up to 50MB ■ System status and fault monitoring via Portal remote monitoring software. ■ Intrinsically Safe ATEX/IEC Ex access panels

For sales enquiries, please contact: Jason Allen +44 (0)7798701873

STATIS software hones pressure pulse pipeline unblocking


Paradigm Flow Services has developed software to effectively model pipelines for operation of its Pipe-Pulse system, which remediates pipeline blockages using pressure pulses. STATIS can build detailed models of pipelines or umbilicals, including components such as flexible risers, or down to the flowpath through an umbilical diver mateable connection. It allows Paradigm to determine the optimum amplitude pulse to be used, and calculate the generated stress within the pipeline walls. Simulating client systems, STATIS is used for optimizing setup, tracking effectiveness of operations and generating reports. Comparisons can be made between the expected (modelled) response and received response in real time. STATIS can build in a variation table to examine variations in pipe and fluid parameters. When cases are run in STATIS to animate the Pipe-Pulse effect, it can measure the pulse wave against time and also take a snapshot of the amplitude plot and pressure wave bouncing back. Ultimately, the client’s pipeline can be animated with the predicted pressure wave passing through it in slow motion or in real time, assisting in optimization and client understanding of the Pipe-Pulse system. Statis has been verified in trials and is now being used in liveprojects at Paradigm

EPLAN - Efficient Engineering EPLAN is a subsidiary of Rittal, within the Friedhelm LOH Group, and a leader in Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) Software. The company provides innovative solutions for a wide range of engineering disciplines and industrial manufacturing. EPLAN advise companies on how they can 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. Renowned for their innovative design products, EPLAN’S goal is to be the world’s leading provider of engineering solutions. EPLAN develops products of the highest quality that deliver maximized efficiency and professional advice in compliance with global standards. EPLAN has 600 employees, 35,000 customers and nearly 95,000 license installations worldwide.

E-Plan Can your CAD do all this... Automate timeconsuming electrical engineering tasks like wire numbering, device tagging and cross-referencing Create and store unlimited devices with ease and update them accordingly Prevent you from making repetitive errors?

EPLAN can!

For more information call: +44 (0)1709 704100 Visit our Website:


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GRP COMPOSITES ARE THE MATERIAL OF CHOICE FOR TOMORROW’S OFFSHORE ENCLOSURE APPLICATIONS Enclosure designs for protecting offshore equipment are evolving rapidly to combat the widespread problem of corrosion, and to meet industry demands for higher levels of safety and reliability, and new functionality. At Offshore Europe 2013, Intertec is highlighting advanced enclosure materials and fabrication techniques for offshore applications that provide solutions meeting both current and projected future trends. Among the demands satisfied by enclosures made from Intertec’s unique GRP (glass reinforced polyester) based composite materials are superb resistance to the corrosive forces of the offshore environment, an ability to make pressurised explosion proof (Ex p) enclosures in any size - not just the small types that are commonly available - as well as the ability to withstand blast forces and jet-fires.

All oil and gas platforms have ‘hazardous areas’ where the atmosphere is potentially flammable and electrical equipment must be made explosion proof. Traditionally, such equipment is installed in protective ‘flameproof’ (or Ex d rated) enclosures. One marked current trend offshore is a move away from flameproof cabinets towards other types of explosion proof protection such as Ex e (increased safety) or Ex p (pressurised). This is because of numerous issues including corrosion - most Ex d enclosures are fabricated from metal - problems from the build up of condensation, and a need for routine maintenance to ensure good sealing.


Intertec’s Ex p or Ex e enclosures have an intrinsic performance advantage over similar metal enclosures for the offshore environment. This stems from the use of a composite ‘sandwich’ material with high-performance GRP sheets enclosing internal insulation, and environmental protection provided by a gelcoat surface layer. Intertec’s GRP material is almost as strong as stainless steel yet is some 75% lighter - which makes it particularly desirable for offshore use. This material offers exceptional resistance to ‘corrosion’ - it does not rust or degrade in any meaningful way, allowing maintenance-free lifecycles of 30 years. Another benefit of Intertec’s unique approach is the surface gel-coat, which is around an order of magnitude thicker than the protective paint coatings sprayed onto metal. Intertec has documented examples of enclosures and cabinets that have survived over periods of 30 to 40 years in petrochemical environments - with local atmospheres containing corrosive chemicals such as sulphuric acid. Another key attribute of the material - compared to metal - is very high thermal resistance. Internal insulation greatly reduces the energy required to heat or cool equipment. Intertec’s composite fabrication technique also makes it easy to build enclosures that have no ‘thermal short cuts’ - conductive links between interior and exterior - avoiding cold-spots (or hot spots) that lead to condensation. This can be much more difficult to achieve for any metal-based enclosure.

The composite material can also be prepared and treated in numerous ways to deliver other useful properties for offshore applications. Enclosures can be constructed to withstand extremely high pressures such as offshore winds (240 km/h), for example, or the blast pressure of an explosion. Another possibility - and one which is expected to be subject to more regulation in the near future - is the ability to utilise different insulation materials and construction techniques to construct higher-performance fire-resistant walls to separate hazardous and non-hazardous plant areas. Intertec’s walls can even protect against rapid-temperature-rise hydrocarbon pool or ‘jet’ fires – resulting from the continuous escape of pressurised flammable media. This innovative fire-resistant enclosure technology has recently been tested and demonstrated to maintain internal temperatures below 60 degrees C for periods of two hours, for example. For added versatility, Intertec is able to make these advanced enclosures in any size. Flameproof enclosures have been commonly used for offshore electricity power supplies for example, but one trend today is to replace local gas turbine power generating equipment with high voltage supplies cabled from the shore. The transformer and other electrical equipment required for this application can be quite large, and Intertec is able to easily provide corrosion-proof and maintenance-free

enclosures protected by Ex p or Ex e techniques for such applications. Intertec has many years of experience of providing enclosures, cabinets and shelters for offshore applications - as well as decades of experience providing outdoor enclosures for petrochemical terminals and processing plants. The company’s recent offshore experience includes protective enclosures for an extremely diverse range of applications including process instrumentation, shelters for analyzers, cabinets for fire fighting equipment, safety shower cubicles, and fitness equipment rooms.

HADAR LAUNCH T6-RATED LED FLOODLIGHTS Hadar Lighting have announced the latest addition to their highly successful HDL106 family of LED floodlights which was launched at Aberdeen’s prestigious Offshore Europe exhibition in September. The new HDL106A lights, certified for Zone 1, T6 Hazardous Areas, are a variation of the company’s HDL106 LED floodlight which was the world’s first certified Ex e LED floodlight and which has made such an impact both offshore and onshore since its launch 3 years ago. They have been developed in response to increasing demand for a low surface temperature fitting.

Established in 2005, and now part of the A-Belco Group, Hadar Lighting is a specialist manufacturer of hazardous area products for the oil, gas, petro-chemical, pharmaceutical and marine industries worldwide offering the design and production of products for Zone Classification Areas 1, 2, 21 & 22, Gas and Dust. Further details of the Hadar range is available at:

The new HDL106A LED floodlight certified for T6 Hazardous Areas.

Bill Armstrong, Hadar’s Sales Director, explained, “Our current range of HDL106 LED floodlights have a surface temperature of around 105°C and are therefore rated for T4 applications where surface temperatures cannot exceed 135°C. The byproducts of some

processes, however, require higher rated lighting with the highest rating being a T6 which means the surface temperature will never exceed 85°C. To achieve this, we’ve used the very latest generation of LED units but run them at low power, thereby producing less heat whilst still producing superb light.” Modern environmental standards ensure such potentially hazardous processes are now carried out in enclosed areas for the safety of the immediate surrounding population. They therefore require proper lighting to ensure the safety of process personnel and the new lights will provide this whilst also requiring less power and being virtually maintenance free.” Weighing and looking the same as normal T4 HDL106 lights, the T6 range is the latest addition to the 106 family which already includes single, double and triple units and the hugely successful emergency variation, the HDL 106E, which was designed specifically for stairwells, muster areas, lifeboat stations and other critical zones in Zone 1 & 2 Hazardous Areas requiring large amount of light even when normal power supplies fail.


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The more accurate and reliable solution to sealing glands in explosive atmospheres 15 minutes at 40°C, more than 15 times faster than traditional compounds. This means not only is the installation inherently more reliable, but an installation time saving can also be achieved. ■ Simple cable preparation to reduce error and application time

The latest innovation from CMP Products is “Rapid Ex” For CMP Products, the cable gland and accessory specialists, the protection of electrical power, control and instrument cables are paramount to our work. Correctly sealing these cables as they enter explosive atmosphere electrical equipment is an essential safety requirement the world over. Traditional barrier type cable glands employing clay based sealing compounds have been used in our industry for many years to provide effective explosion protection. However, there are a number of issues associated with this method. CMP Products have identified crucial risks associated with and developed an innovative and revolutionary sealing solution for barrier gland that delivers increased reliability, RapidEx. RapidEx is a liquid pour, fast curing, liquid resin seal that installs in seconds and cures within minutes. Its unique formula begins with a low viscosity liquid that pours into the cable interstices, completely surrounding the cable conductors and displacing the air from the cable gland’s sealing chamber. This eliminates the human error risks associated with clay compounds as, instead of being manually compressed down, using this liquid resin to naturally flow around all the cable conductors ensures a perfect seal. This enhanced accuracy of application allows for a more reliable sealing solution. RapidEx cures in 30minutes at 20°C, more than 18 times faster than traditional epoxy/clay based compounds and also cures in

■ Easy liquid pour RapidEx resin application ensures the perfect seal ■ Enhanced accuracy, improved reliability ■ Cleaner, faster mixing process, reducing the risk of human error

■ More durable and reliable due to high consistency of liquid pour fill ■ Fully compatible with IEC & CEC/NEC wiring code rules ■ Thermal endurance / age tested to the latest version of IEC 60079-0 ■ Explosion pressure tested to IEC 60079-1:2007, CSA-C 22.2 and UL 2225 ■ No need for repeated cable gland disassembly before connection to equipment

The CMP RapidEx Solution also provides additional cable gland benefits: ■ Metal to metal armour clamping (when terminating armoured cables) ■ Flameproof labyrinth joint, maintained in disconnectable barrier chamber ■ Inspectable flame path, with measurable dimensions to define benefits

■ Facility to inspect for earth continuity without disturbing the cable armour termination

Every barrier gland product supplied by CMP with RapidEx liquid pour resin has an internal flame proof joint, enabling the cable to be easily disconnected and the assembly inspected. This arrangement is certified to both the IEC installation system (Ex d), in accordance with IEC 60079-1, and the CEC/NEC installation systems (Class 1 Division 1 & 2). The outcome of this is a range of products that can be selected for global applications without the need to specify or order different products for different situations.

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