Subsea UK News - January 2017 Issue

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Welcome to Subsea UK News Another tough year behind us and another Subsea Expo to welcome in 2017 – a year where we’re going to have to get used to the new norm. Oil prices may have recovered somewhat, settling around the $55 mark. The recovery is therefore about how we deal with the current conditions and not about hoping for oil prices to reach the dizzy heights of $100 plus. We’re still in for some difficult times but I firmly believe our industry is in a strong position to embrace the new norm and even capitalise upon it. How we adapt to the new norm is the theme for this year’s Subsea Expo. But what does the new norm entail? Fewer big, deepwater projects will be sanctioned and the trend will move towards more cost-effective Neil Gordon, Chief projects that can bring returns in the short-term. At the same time, it’s Executive, Subsea UK all about getting more for less. Squeezing more out of our mature assets and making much better decisions about projects will be key. This should mean more subsea tiebacks and a focus on late life extension and production optimisation, both at home and overseas. The current focus on new ways of working and new technology has a much greater prize than maximising economic recovery for the UKCS. The technologies, methodologies and experience gained in this defining period will be highly exportable. With a greater industry focus on technology, investment in organisations like NSRI, OGIC and OGTC and a commitment on small pools led by the OGA, we can re-establish ourselves firmly as leaders in innovation and pioneers in mature provinces. If we can solve the North Sea’s challenges, while positioning ourselves in key overseas markets as proven problem solvers, we’ll be building a strong position for the future. But we need to mind our manners too. Relationships built on courtesy, respect and trust will always endure. In today’s new norm, we need robust relationships across the supply chain. It’s all very well talking about collaboration and co-operation but, if we don’t have mutually beneficial relationships, we’re unlikely to achieve a successful and sustainable supply chain. A remarkable amount of great work by industry, government and regulators has increased production, particularly from ageing assets, and dramatically reduced lifting costs. There’s still a lot to be done, particularly around stimulating investment to create new capital expenditure to replace the big projects that will close out in 2018. But we are much better positioned than we were last year. Changing the way we do things and working smarter are key, but it’s also about the way in which we behave towards each other, both on the client and the supply side. Thankfully, the majority of companies in the supply chain are working much more collaboratively with relationships centred on driving value and efficiency. However, there are some examples of poor behaviour leading to bad practices which we must tackle. Subsea UK members have raised concerns about longer payment terms putting a strain on finances, hefty tender liabilities that are difficult to carry and sometimes losing out to the cheap option, which can lead to the “buy cheap pay twice” syndrome. Our supply chain relationships must be grounded on a true understanding of the difference between cost-cutting and efficiency. We’ve gone through painful cost-cutting. There now needs to be more focus on keeping costs down, without eroding companies’ margins, so that we have a healthy and sustainable supply chain. Changing the risk averse behaviours through empowerment is vital. But of equal importance is having value built into projects at the outset. This can only happen with a strong relationship based on agreeing how that value will be delivered collaboratively and with mutual trust and respect.

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Forthcoming Events February 2017 Subsea Expo 2017 1- 3 February Aberdeen, UK

Subsea UK Networking Event 15 February 2017 Inverness, UK

Subsea UK Awards Dinner 2 February 2017 Aberdeen, UK

AOG 2017 22 – 24 February 2017 Perth, Australia

Fundamentals of Subsea Systems 14 February 2017 Aberdeen, UK

June 2017 MTS / IEEE OCEANS ’17 - A Vision for our Marine Future 19 – 22 June 2017 Aberdeen, UK

These are some of Subsea UK’s events but please visit our website for full details of all forthcoming events

Now is the time to embrace the new norm and foster strong working relationships across the supply chain.

Neil Gordon Chief Executive, Subsea UK

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Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult: Offshore Renewables a Sea of Opportunity for Innovative Subsea Firms Spurred by progressive policies, ambitious carbon reduction targets and a wider move away from fossil fuels, the UK’s offshore renewables market is in good health. Offshore wind capacity, currently at 5.1GW, is projected to almost double by 2020 and forecasts point to a stable increase of over 1GW per year beyond that. The world’s largest tidal energy project, Meygen, plans to deploy almost 400MW in the Pentland Firth, off Scotland’s north coast. For companies who can help drive down the industry’s costs, it all represents a sea of opportunity. Navigating that sea, though, can be tricky – especially for companies outside of renewables. The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult’s Innovation Challenges are a cross-industry call to action: ORE Catapult have identified a number of specific technology challenges that, if resolved, will make it cheaper to produce energy offshore. For innovative subsea companies, the potential in the nascent wave and tidal sectors – and the more mature offshore wind industry – is huge. Tidal array construction is an up-and-coming industry, so many of the processes and technologies involved are still evolving. Many tasks still require human intervention, bringing with it the costs and risks involved in offshore working. Novel Remotely Operated Vehicle solutions that can reduce that risk and increase the levels of autonomous and remote working during installation have the potential to shave huge amounts off the cost of producing tidal energy. Likewise, pioneering ways of mooring and anchoring wave and tidal platforms as they scale up in size are needed, as are robust subsea connectors that can survive in the dynamic, uniquely challenging marine environment that the sites occupy.

London Array - courtesy of The Crown Estate


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Opportunities exist in offshore wind, too: solutions that aid subsea scour prevention, facilitate cost-effective subsea surveying, and ward marine mammals away from underwater construction sites have all been identified as a priority by the Catapult. “The aim of these challenges is two-fold,” says Andrew Tipping, ORE Catapult’s Commercialisation Manager. “We want to bring down the cost of offshore renewable technology, and we want to drive growth for UK companies.

“The challenges we’re presenting to the subsea industry are not unique to offshore renewables. Experienced oil and gas companies, and others working subsea, will have come up against similar issues. By highlighting these opportunities, we hope that innovative firms will recognise the importance of addressing them, and come to the Catapult with a way forward. We have a proven track record of accelerating the commercialisation of promising technology, and we want to work with partners from all industries who can help fulfil our mission of bringing down the cost of offshore renewables.”


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James Fisher Subsea Implements Innovative ROV Methodology on Six North Sea Oil Rig Platforms for Shell UK James Fisher Subsea (JF Subsea), a world leading subsea services division of James Fisher Marine Services (JFMS), has reduced inspection downtime to 2% for Shell UK, through the innovative use of asset-based remotely operated vehicles (ABROVs) on oil rig inspection programmes in the North Sea. Traditionally, oil rig inspections are undertaken using a dedicated remotely operated vehicle support vessel (ROVSV), on which an ROV is secured. To remove the need of a ROVSV and the hazards involved with securing an ROV to the offshore platform, JF Subsea provided Shell UK with a gravity-based ABROV system. While the use of ABROVs is not a new concept, the innovative way in which JF Subsea adapted them to Shell’s needs, and the duration for which they were utilised, demonstrates the close working relationship the company develops with its customers as well as its ability to tailor ROV deployment services to specific requirements. Following focused engagement sessions between both companies’ offshore installation managers, ABROVs were successfully trialled on a planned riser and structural inspection on Shell’s Brent Bravo platform in the North Sea. JF Subsea - which has a strongly developed relationship with Shell - provided inspection equipment, ROVs and personnel as part of a bespoke turnkey solution, with the inspection completed and a final report delivered within two weeks. Post project analysis concluded that downtime was reduced to 2% over the four-month campaign period.

Tim Welford, operations manager at JF Subsea said: “We have long project managed and supplied inspection solutions to Shell UK within the North Sea, and our latest collaboration has not only delivered the exceptional service Shell have come to expect, it has also improved efficiencies from all angles and provided detailed, credible reporting. “Following the success of the 2016 ABROV inspection campaign on the Brent Bravo, Shearwater, Curlew, Brent Alpha, Gannet and Nelson platforms, Shell UK are now in discussions with JF Subsea to supply this style of service for the next five years on various platforms in the North Sea. JF Subsea is actively marketing this service globally as the benefits cannot be dismissed,” Welford concluded.

Charles Tiltscher, principle subsea engineer at Shell UK, commented: “James Fisher Subsea has

consistently provided Shell with innovative and efficient solutions. The use of ABROVs has changed the way riser and structural inspections are performed, making them infinitely more efficient and they will become the norm for fulfilling our future requirements.” An industry leader in subsea services, JF Subsea is able to utilise decade’s worth of expertise with forward thinking technology to provide an innovative, efficient and comprehensive service, globally.

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FEEDing the Elephant in the Room: Subsea Cable Fatigue

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By Dr Rachel Nicholls-Lee, Whiskerstay Subsea cable faults contributed to 77% of the financial losses of global offshore wind projects alone in 2015, and led to insurance claims totalling more than €60m, state GCube Underwriting Ltd. Natural hazards, such as shifting sediment or rock resulting in unsupported free spans, account for around 5% of all external cable faults. This equates to claims of €3m relating to failure due to cable fatigue. Failure of an export cable will result in significant losses for the wind farm operator until a repair can be carried out. 4C Offshore state that export cables have been known to be out of action for over four months due to difficulties in obtaining an appropriate repair vessel and spread, and scheduling issues. If insufficient spare cable exists then an additional delay of 12-18 months can occur whilst new cable is manufactured, resulting in a huge revenue loss for the wind farm operator. Repairs of an offshore wind export cable typically cost in the region of £10m, according to 4C Offshore. Electrical properties and response of submarine cables are well understood; however, the structural capabilities are not - particularly in fatigue. In situations where a cable that has been designed to operate under static conditions (i.e. buried in a trench) has become exposed, it is then subject to cyclic loading from metocean conditions. Such cyclic loading can, over time, cause fatigue failure of one, or a number, of the many internal layers of the cable which can result in a dramatic reduction in transmission efficiency.

local metocean conditions at an early stage in the planning process is imperative to assess the rate of degradation of the internal layers and ultimately predict a service life of the cable with respect to fatigue. DNV GL state fatigue strength as a design criterion for subsea cables in shallow water renewable applications (less than 100m) - why is this not addressed in FEED studies?

A good understanding of the fatigue properties and capabilities of the chosen subsea cable solution for a project to withstand various metocean loading scenarios at the FEED stage is essential. Fluid-structure interaction computer simulations can be used to provide this information at a cost of a few tens of thousands – with the potential to save millions.

Stabilisation of such a situation can be costly, and at times not necessary; however, proper structural analysis of the cable in the

MAATS Complete Tensioner Testing MAATS Tech Limited have completed the successful Factory Acceptance Testing on their 45tonne four track tensioners in preparation for installation and commissioning on the ABB ‘Victoria’ at Kleven shipyard, Norway during Q1 2017. The 45tonne tensioner has been designed to simplify the loading/ laying operations for offshore Cable Lay Vessels (CLVs) involved in laying heavy interconnector type cables for deeper offshore and inter island projects. The machine is completely open to the top and the only action required to load product is retraction of two upper tracks of the four track, X-layout. Track pads are steel-rubber bonded assemblies profiled to suit a defined range of products ensuring safe and secure handling. Tensioner tracks are each powered by an electrically driven variable speed motor utilising air cooled frequency converters mounted in stainless steel cabinets below deck. Squeeze force is provided by hydraulic cylinders lowering the upper tracks onto the product and served by an on-board hydraulic power unit & manifold and nitrogen accumulators for providing tactile and failsafe control of product. All hydraulics are mounted on board the machine, so only electrical services are required.


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The tensioner can be calibrated to work in either direction and, without its subframe, can be laytower mounted to work in the vertical plane. Fully interactive PLC control is standard, with normal HMI via SCADA system. For the ABB ‘Victoria’ project, MAATS Tech have engineered and are in the process of delivering a complete laydeck system comprising of a 7,000 tonne on deck carousel with loading arm, a 4,500 tonne underdeck carousel with spooling arm, twi off 45tonne tensioners, three off 3tonne tensioners along with full deck spread and a lay spread control system. All equipment supplied has been designed and built under DNV rules and certification to meet vessel notation CLV.


Infinity Oilfield Services Driving Efficiency through Production Assurance and Optimisation Infinity Oilfield Services, an independent subsea design and project engineering provider, has used a novel and innovative approach to the application of production assurance. A recent project carried out on behalf of a client was to model a system using OLGA and write a chemical injection and hydrate mitigation strategy for an operating field. In this case, some procedures did not exist at all and in other areas they were based on conservative engineering calculations which were developed in a less financially constrained market. With a cost-effective study, significant efficiencies were realised within the operational procedure that required zero modification to the hardware and associated system. Key to gaining the maximum efficiencies through production assurance engineering is to consider the system as a whole. When this is done there are significant opportunities to optimise and identify efficiencies for relatively small investment. Particularly attractive to clients is that to carry out these studies, there is no requirement for a shut down and loss of production.

Niki Chambers, Production Assurance Specialist at Infinity said: “The Infinity approach is to tailor a solution The Team at Infinity Oilfield Services

The study utilised current operations data to run various cases of the client’s system. The output from the model highlighted simple optimisation changes to the operation of the system which resulted in a higher level of production and ultimately an increase in revenue. Over and above, the results enabled the recommendation to reduce the use of chemical injection, offering a clear cost saving whilst ensuring no impact on safety. The industry has long recognised the importance of flow assurance in the early stage of a project, however the various benefits which can be achieved during the operational and later life phase of an asset can often be the difference between extending the life of an asset or the decision to move into a decommissioning phase.

which takes a system wide approach to identify an optimal operating strategy. Using existing production and flow assurance experience and applying it in a broader fashion, has enabled Infinity to make significant commercial gains for clients. Production assurance is an area of the industry which is underutilised for optimisation purposes especially in the operational phase of an asset. With cost-effective and quick application, it can and will produce substantial results with little or no capital expenditure.”

Empire Bucks the Recruitment Trend At a time when many north-east recruitment businesses are struggling with the economic climate, Empire, one of Scotland’s leading HR, employment law and HSEQ specialists, is bucking the trend and launching a specialist HR recruitment agency. Empire, which has a presence in Aberdeen, Glasgow, Inverness and London, will launch Empire Recruitment in December, led by HR recruitment expert, Claire Buchan. The new service takes HR recruitment to the next level, by offering an online portal, allowing candidates to track their applications, update details and see their progress against vacancies.

Ms Buchan said: “Since the economic downturn, candidate and client experience

with overloaded recruitment agencies has deteriorated. We intend to dramatically change the candidate and client experience and become the number one provider of HR recruitment services in the north-east. We will achieve this through our commitment to quality and transparency.” Claire has more than eight years’ experience of HR recruitment having successfully managed entry level to executive appointments. She will be joined by Andrea Aspe, who also has an excellent track-record as a respected recruitment consultant in the fields of HR and business support.

Claire Buchan

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“We can provide greater savings through ultra-efficient operational scheduling and smart, innovative thinking”



Subsea UK News caught up with subsea stalwart, Mike Arnold, whose fledgling business is set to make waves in the sector following the acquisition of a fleet of ROVs.


ver 1,300 CVs landed in Mike’s inbox in a matter of days following the media coverage around M² Subsea’s ambitious plans to recruit 150 people.

In November, the new start-up business announced that it had secured a substantial injection of private equity investment to acquire a fleet of 32 ROVs. The Aberdeen and Houston based company attracted the investment from a fund advised by Alchemy Special Opportunities. M² Subsea is set to become one of the largest independent providers of ROV services globally and offer its customers safe, cost-effective solutions for inspection, repair, maintenance, decomissioning and light construction. It has already recruited around 35 onshore and offshore personnel in both the UK and North America and moved into offices in Westhill. “I am really excited by what we can bring to the industry,” Mike said. “We set up the business in early 2016 but the investment, which allowed us to acquire our fleet of assets, provided the solid foundation on which to build a global business that is entirely focused on delivering OPEX costsavings without compromising on safety or quality.” He believes the business is in a great position to meet the challenges of the current environment. “The time is absolutely right for a new ROV services provider with a fresh approach that can, through experience and expertise, and with the correct asset base and lean management, dramatically reduce both cost and risk whilst continuing to provide a quality service.



“It’s all about recalibration,” Mike stated. “The current oil price, give or take $10 or so of fluctuations, is here to stay for a considerable period so it’s still all about getting costs down. We’ve been able to get best-in-class assets at the right price and an overhead appropriate for the current market. Our people have the knowledge, experience and commitment required to shape a fresh approach to the market and I firmly believe it’s this mind-set that will set us apart from other companies.” Key to M² Subsea’s success will be partnering with vessel owners and operators, helping them to maximise utilisation of vessels through a collaborative approach to bring about sustainable cost-savings. Mike explained: “There’s no reason why one vessel cannot be mobilised for two or three scopes of work. But this does require real collaboration and we are focused on working with operators in helping them gain the confidence and trust required to embrace our contracting model. We are convinced that we can provide greater savings through ultraefficient operational scheduling and smart, innovative thinking rather than just cutting costs here and there which simply leads to loss of value, margins and ultimately jobs, not to mention increased risk.” Driving true collaboration across the subsea industry is a challenge but Mike believes M² Subsea has the expertise, knowledge and contacts, particularly with vessel owners, to bring about change. “Early engagement with operators is crucial to achieving this type of approach,” Mike said. “To drive down operational expenditure and come up with the solutions that will

continually add value, we need to have greater visibility around OPEX projects and a longer lead-in time. We’re currently talking to customers about this and there is a growing recognition that with increased visibility, contractors and suppliers can invest more in developing the most cost-effective solutions. We know that the onus sits with us here and we welcome the opportunity to engage with all our clients and potential clients and work with them to drive their costs down.” Mike, who has 35 years’ experience in the subsea industry, has brought together a strong management team which includes Chief Operating Officer, Mark Wood and Sales & Marketing Director, Mike Winstanley. “We’ve been able to quickly form a team of great people. Many of them have been with me for a number of years in other businesses so we understand each other and intuitively know how to meet our customers’ needs. We have also been able to bring in some new talent with fresh ideas and approaches which resulted in us developing, in a very short space of time, a cohesive, tried and tested team that has been able to hit the ground running.” There will be no shortage of news coming from M2 Subsea in the next 12 months and the team is looking forward to catching up with faces, old and new, at Subsea Expo.

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Innospection Complete Concrete-Coated Subsea Pipeline Inspection with PECT

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The external inspection of a 16” subsea pipeline with 2” concrete weight coating has been successfully completed by Innospection utilising the next generation Subsea Pulsed Eddy Current Testing (PECT) technique that has been developed to inspect through heavy coating to detect corrosion hidden under insulation. Capable of inspecting through a coating thickness of up to 2”, a critical 10m section area of the subsea pipeline located in the North Sea was inspected for general internal wall loss and subsequent lifetime assessment with the inspection data. The PECT technique is based on a static footprint by footprint measurement and shows an average reading for each footprint area with wall loss above 10%. Prior to the actual inspection, a verification of the PECT technique was performed. Based on the minimum internal defect detection requirements provided by the client, verification defects were placed in the original pipe test sample. Effort was spent on eroding the test defects to prevent false calls caused by material changes from the typical machining.

In order to understand the influence of the steel wire rebar in the mid concrete wall, a variety of test defects were also placed directly below the individual wire, under the wire crossing and between the wire positions. The PECT technique was successfully verified by fulfilling the minimum defect detection requirements and the influence of the steel wire rebar was also shown to be negligible. To deploy the PECT technique onto the specific area of the subsea pipeline, an automatic scanning system with a collar for the sensors to run circumferentially and axially along the pipe was built and deployed by diver. The required 300mm bottom free space was prepared by the divers prior to the inspection.

Clear indications were achieved from the scanning which led the pipeline operator to inspect an accessible area of the steel pipe with ultrasound to confirm and verify the PECT findings tendency.

Automatic Subsea PECT Pipescanner during verification trials

The overall inspection data achieved at the critical area of the pipe enabled the comprehensive assessment of the remaining lifetime of the pipeline without interrupting the operations or the removal of the concrete weight coating. This challenging inspection was also successfully performed within the project timeframe.

End of Petrobras’ Monopoly as Sole Operator on the Pre-salt Vera Helena de Moraes Dantas Innes (Partner, pictured right) & Carolina Hayashi Descio (Associate) at Noronha Advogados Significant changes to Brazil’s oil industry regulations were approved in November 2016 (Law 13365/2016), putting an end to the obligation imposed on Petrobras to be the sole operator in all pre-salt oil fields. With the aim of boosting foreign private investment in the Brazilian oil industry, the changes will allow foreign oil companies to operate in the pre-salt area. In line with the new regulations, Royal Dutch Shell announced in November 2016, during a field visit for shareholders in Brazil, that deep-water oil in Brazil is one of the growth priorities of the company, and that it will invest up to US$ 7 billion until 2018 in this sector in the country. Until now, as the sole operator, it was compulsory for Petrobras to conduct and execute, directly or indirectly, all exploration, evaluation, development, production and deactivation of exploration and production facilities. The new law amends Law 12351, of 22 December 2010, to give Petrobras the right of first refusal to participate as the operator at a given pre-salt block, which Petrobras will have to communicate to the National Council of Energy Policy within 30 days of being consulted on its interest to operate the block. In case


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the state-owned oil producer decides to participate as the operator, Petrobras will be required to join the consortium which will explore the pre-salt field with at least 30% minimum stake, which is the same participation percentage that was required before the law was amended.

The new regulation should not only allow the Brazilian oil producer to strategically decide in which projects it wishes to invest, allocating its resources based on more strategic and commercial policies, but also increase foreign companies’ investment in the sector and thus generate more jobs.


Edda Freya Integrated Tracks

Innovative Thinking Leads to Aquatic Securing a Sizeable Deal with DeepOcean Aquatic Engineering & Construction Ltd, an Acteon company, was challenged to devise an innovative way to make their customer’s project preparatory works more cost effective and time efficient. In an effort to reduce mobilisation time and lifetime sea-fastening costs on the newly commissioned offshore installation and construction vessel, the Edda Freya, the DeepOcean project team had decided on the inventive solution of integrating a track system into the deck. The DeepOcean project scope called for a rental company to design and fabricate a new skidding system to interface with the Edda Freya’s integrated track system. The Aquatic Engineering and Technology team responded to the ITT as presented, and proffered an alternative solution, to modify one of their existing track system sliders. This slider technology principles and knowledge was already in-house since Aquatic had successfully produced a number of track based solutions. The added benefit of modifying an existing slider system, compatible with Aquatic’s largest reel drive systems, realised substantial cost efficiencies for DeepOcean – negating the need to hire separately or purchase a comparable reel drive system. By making the decision to have a multi-reel solution erected (when required) in a fixed position on the vessel, DeepOcean has effectively saved hundreds of manhours of draughting time in solution design and reworking back deck drawings, and many thousands of dollars in seafastening and mobilisation costs. Following a period of research, development and collaboration with the project team, the Aquatic engineers and fabricators created an interface solution which allowed their existing slider system and the integrated track system to fit seamlessly together. Aquatic was given unprecedented access to the 150m vessel and host project team both in the UK and Norway, and by creating and

maintaining a single point of communication for this project, potential errors and unnecessary delays could be mitigated.

Engineering team leader, Chuks Wayemeru commented

“The challenge throughout the subsea industry right now is to introduce efficiency though innovation. We produced what was asked for, and we were bold with an original solution. We know that establishing relationships early in the life cycle of a ship build or installation operation is key and so, naturally, we are thrilled to have been a part of this forward-thinking DeepOcean project.” The Edda Freya’s first operation mobilised in August 2016 from Kristiansund, Norway for Statoil’s Maria project. DeepOcean were awarded the SURF installation contact for the Kristin and Heidrun platforms by Statoil; the modification of the platforms was necessary for a tie-back from the Wintershall operated Maria-development. The offshore work included the installation of risers and dynamic umbilical and cable. Aquatic were successful in winning the contract to supply equipment, 500Te reel drive system, including skidding system, and operational personnel for a 50-day hire.

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NEL: Getting the Measure Right for Subsea Oil & Gas Production NEL is focusing its new suite of government research projects on developing flow metrology solutions to support well optimisation, flow assurance and fiscal measurement - this has major implications for the subsea sector to help reduce costs and increase the recovery of hydrocarbons. As industry continues to exploit more complex and deeper fields, the flow measurement technologies and techniques traditionally used by the oil and gas sector are becoming extremely limited. In many cases they are not transferrable to the subsea sector which endures much wider ranging production flows and more hostile operating environments. This is seeing many of today’s measurement systems being used outside specification. To make matters worse, many of the current measurement standards and guidance do not cater for today’s production measurement needs. Most of the research taken forward by NEL aligns with the priority areas voiced by industry under the Flow Measurement Institute and which are detailed in its recently published report. This includes the need to develop methods for the in-situ validation of multiphase flowmeters which are often deployed in remote and inaccessible locations. This can make their ongoing maintenance extremely challenging. The research will also tackle the measurement issues associated with high pressure and temperature flows. This includes investigating the shortcomings in flow metering technologies, including Coriolis flowmeters and addressing flaws in the current methods used by industry to calculate oil density. Production measurement of high viscosity flows is also another area that has been taken forward. This piece of work aims to support the coming on line of more heavy oil fields, which account for around 70% of the world’s remaining oil reserves.


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An area that has been poorly progressed, NEL will investigate the behaviour of complex heavy oil flows and the capability of existing flow metering technologies. New measurement methods will also be looked at as part of the research, including virtual metering, which is being introduced more and more by industry to support production measurement. These systems are being used to enhance measurement and could be a solution to the in-situ validation of multiphase flow metering technologies. By addressing some of the big challenges NEL hopes to reduce the financial exposure relating to mis-measurement across the oil and gas production chain – which can cost the industry tens of billions of pounds every year.


SETS Complete First Phase of Repair Contract SETS, the subsea project management, engineering & consultancy company, has completed the first phase of a contract to repair conductors on a North Sea Platform. The work culminated in a six-week offshore programme where TRAC rope access technicians deployed bespoke tools to clean marine growth from conductors, undertake millimetre accurate metrology behind conductor guides and install seven conductor repairs. The client tasked SETS to realise the economically justified, cost effective and technically acceptable repair of necessary platform conductors to enable ongoing operations and to support a drilling programme. SETS gathered an experienced project team to consider the issue from business, integrity and technical viewpoints. Due to the current business environment the project economics were established early to provide foundations for the project, which was no easy task. Diver and ROV operations were ruled out as not economically viable. The repairs locations were shallow at the first horizontal elevation of the jacket, approximately 12 metres below the surface; repair operations would therefore be very sensitive to weather. Obstructions on the conductors made lowering of repairs directly into place challenging and market research indicated that there were no off-theshelf solutions or deployment means. Other operators and contractors have been down this street before, with limited results and high costs. SETS proposed a unique combination of rope access techniques to deploy subsea repairs coupled with subsea tooling to aid installation.

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From a standing start a number of bespoke tools were developed. There was a requirement to ascertain the level of fretting on the conductors but behind the guides - a subsea laser was used to collect this information.

As a number of tools and repairs would be deployed a lifting aid was designed and built to provide consistent rotatable rigging points for the deployed equipment. Wear sleeves and shear sleeve repairs were required. The shear sleeves were a bespoke design and required a unique tool to install. This approach required a close collaborative approach between all parties on repair and tooling designs, and integration testing and training before deployment.


Subsea Opportunities in Offshore Wind A new report from NSRI (National Subsea Research Initiative) has identified Operations & Maintenance (O&M) – particularly inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) activities – as the highest potential area for subsea companies to diversify into offshore wind. Titled ‘Subsea Technological Challenges in Offshore Wind’, the report highlights opportunities the offshore wind industry holds for UK subsea companies, with a technology roadmap outlining the way ahead with industry-driven objectives. Around 40 percent of the typical lifecycle costs of offshore wind farm developments come from O&M requirements. Based on UK Government projections for offshore wind deployment, the O&M costs for more than 5,500 turbines could be worth £2billion per annum by 2025. Given the UK industry’s existing IRM capability, companies could break into the offshore wind market by offering individual services such as automated inspection, cable scour inspection, condition monitoring, remote monitoring, increased turbine access and risk based inspection. The report highlights opportunities for operators, developers, academia and the wider industry to work together to break down barriers and bring about positive change. Commenting on the report, Dr Gordon Drummond, project director of NSRI said: “Offshore renewables is a growing market which presents exciting new business opportunities for the UK supply chain. While fossil fuels are expected to continue dominating the global energy supply mix, renewables are taking off at an incredible rate. There are some natural synergies between the sectors, which provide a real advantage for subsea companies looking to expand their presence in multiple energy markets. “The offshore wind industry is focused on innovating to reduce costs, giving subsea companies the chance to introduce new technology and products to the industry. Diversifying into renewables provides greater resilience for companies and those who take an early lead will reap the benefits. “We hope this report, along with the technology roadmaps will help guide companies through the steps required to break into the offshore wind industry, highlighting the entry routes and the opportunities most accessible to the UK supply chain.”

Jamie McCallum, project engineer at NSRI, has been heavily involved in exploring the opportunities in offshore renewables for UK supply chain companies. He said:

“Companies experienced in ROV operations, subsea construction and IRM need to jump into action and adapt their offerings now if they are to meet the needs of the sector and drive long-term growth. The largest opportunity for the UK subsea supply chain is operations and maintenance. Europe is most definitely leading the way in offshore wind. However, China, Japan and the USA are growing markets, which present a host of opportunities for UK firms over the next five to 10 years.” For more information visit

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Emerson Launches Two New Products at Subsea Expo 2017

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Emerson Automation Solutions are to add two new products to their already extensive PolyOil portfolio of specialised polymer clamps. The new products; the Rotary Bush and the Anti Jar Handling Clamp will be launched at the Subsea Expo in February 2017 at stand 94. Both designed in the new Emerson facilities in Aberdeen, the Rotary Bush has been created for use in shallow water completion/ intervention activity where a Riser Sealing Mandrel is not required. The Anti Jar Handling Clamp has been designed as the replacement for the metal DST Jar Clamps worldwide. Both products are made with the unique, advanced Polymer material which makes them lightweight and easier to handle than metal products. This also prevents friction and wear & tear which can often lead to failure and lost time in the drilling and completions sector of the industry. Another key benefit is the improved safety when handling and installing the products compared to metal options. The products are designed to optimise the chances of success in tubular running and at a competitive price too.

Other flagship products include the PolyOil Control Line Poly-Tector® that allows for the easy fitting of tubing at mid joint or cross coupling positions; the PolyOil Umbilical Poly-Tector which protects umbilicals; and the Poly-Glider™ polymer centraliser used downhole for well construction and casing drilling.

Seatronics Ink Partnership Frame Agreement with Bibby Offshore Seatronics Ltd, an Acteon company and global leaders in the rental and sale of marine electronic equipment, has secured a contract with Bibby Offshore to be their preferred supplier of subsea rental equipment. The agreement is structured on the provision of marine electronic equipment to Bibby Offshore including ROV, NDT and survey equipment from Seatronics’ rental pool, consisting of more than 9,000 assets. Bibby Offshore will also benefit from Seatronics’ integrated services such as calibration, asset management and personnel support. The contract has been established for an initial 12-month period with the opportunity for extension. Seatronics and Bibby Offshore have upheld a strong working relationship for a number of years, collaborating on an extensive variety of survey and diving projects, in particular the use of the RTS Gen 5 Mux solution, exclusively available from Seatronics, which has formed an integral part of Bibby’s ROV systems.


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JFD Secures Multi-million Pound Contract to Build 500m Saturation Diving System for Shanghai Salvage

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JFD, the leading global subsea operations and engineering company and part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has been awarded a major contract with Shanghai Salvage, one of the biggest professional salvage companies in China. The contract, valued in the region of £35m, is for the design and build of a 24-man saturation dive system capable of diving to depths of 500m, to help strengthen Shanghai Salvage’s subsea operational capability and support its growth into deeper diving operations. Drawing upon JFD’s wealth of engineering expertise, the new 24-man system will be built to incorporate advanced, stateof-the-art technology which will allow the safe conduct of 500m diving, which is significantly beyond the depth rating of the majority of standard diving systems. The build consists of two independent 12-man saturation diving systems including diving bell, hyperbaric lifeboat, gas management and life support equipment built into a single lift module. The systems can be deployed individually on vessels of opportunity or installed together on board a newly designed dive support vessel (DSV).

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JFD has enjoyed a 10-year partnership with government-owned Shanghai Salvage, following the award of a contract in 2007/08 for the supply of a 300m rated saturation diving system. The delivered system has subsequently performed successfully on board the DSV ‘Shen Qian Hao’, achieving the Chinese record deepest saturation dive in 2014.

The 24-man saturation dive system will include the engineering, procurement, construction, installation and maintenance of two 12-man saturation dive system modules that are fully International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) and Lloyds Register compliant.

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This award is the result of several years’ business development effort into the Chinese market. JFD anticipates that as a result of the contract, their presence will be strengthened in the region, making China a significant market for the company.

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Bibby Offshore Wins Significant North Sea Contract with Shell Bibby Offshore, a leading subsea services provider to the oil and gas industry, recently announced that it has secured a significant contract with Shell. The campaign, due to commence in Q1 2017, will see Bibby Offshore provide engineering and subsea construction activities in the Gannet G field in the Central North Sea. Under the agreement, Bibby Offshore will utilise its multipurpose dive support and offshore construction vessel - Bibby Polaris - and its integral 1000 tonne basket carousel to lay flexible pipe systems in water depths of approximately 95m. The company has also collaborated with a third party operator who will carry out trenching operations after the initial workscope is complete. In early 2016, Bibby Offshore provided construction and inspection services for Shell on assets in the Corrib Natural Gas field in the North Atlantic Ocean, successfully completing two significant contracts.

Howard Woodcock, chief executive of Bibby Offshore said: “Securing this

project was a direct result of our established and successful track record with Shell. This contract will further strengthen our relationship, and highlights Bibby Offshore’s ability to consistently and successfully deliver on complex and challenging projects.”

Contract Award brings MDL Tensioner to APAC Maritime Developments (MDL) has dispatched its new four-track pipelay tensioner to Asia Pacific, after securing the first job for the system with a global offshore contractor. The portable 110-tonne unit – unveiled recently during a client Open Day at the company’s testing facility in Peterhead, Scotland – will be used for an umbilical installation in the Indian Ocean, to transition 28km of product from the beach to seabed, at 300m water depth. The tensioner will be operated by the company’s experienced crew as part of the MDL Offshore Service, providing flex-lay solutions for global projects, and the campaign is expected to conclude in early March. The caterpillar-track TTS-4/310 Series Tensioner retains the unique safety and operational features of MDL’s four-track tensioner range, including failsafe grip system, self-centring track system and a modular, road-transportable design - making it a solution for global

operators and vessel owners looking to maximise their project opportunities while reducing costs.

The system is the biggest delivered by MDL to date, and will be the second TTS-4 system employed on operations in Asia Pacific, following a 50-tonne unit order to the region in 2014.

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SMD Launch Efficiency-boosting Environment and Virtualisation Platform, Sentio SMD, a leading provider of subsea technology have announced the introduction of Sentio™, a highly advanced synthetic environment and virtualisation platform that can optimise and significantly improve the efficiency of operations in any offshore environment. Sentio™, the first of a number of new offerings to be delivered from SMD Services, enables the user to virtualise any operational environment across the full ocean engineering value chain, from topside to subsea. This can improve operational safety, identify and mitigate risks and significantly lower costs by understanding operational needs before going offshore.

Dr Mahesh Menon, Digital Services Product Manager feels this is a perfect time to launch this innovative platform to the market: “Sentio™, developed with

our technology partner Tree-C, generates a unique insight into offshore operations. This enhanced perspective means the customer is able to make highly informed decisions, ensuring operations are safe, reliable and fully optimised prior to the real life operation – all virtual, from wherever they are based. This is extremely valuable to a variety of customers in the offshore industry, especially in today’s challenging oil & gas economic climate. Sentio™ will help get the job done right the first time.”

The environment can be tailor-made to meet specific requirements at any stage of the operational life cycle, from engineering assessment, to training, to mission validation and de-commissioning. This ability eliminates the need for high-cost physical testing and resources. The speed at which Sentio™ lets the user create models and environments gives them the capability to produce an unlimited number of virtual scenarios, each offering reliable insights into how your real-world operations will play out. Be it challenging geographical areas, deeper waters or dynamic working environments, Sentio™ gives the clarity to see and understand exactly how every element of the operation works, and how they are connected. This can be as complex as necessary, for example, installing new engineered products for the first time on an offshore rig requiring ROV and vessel operations. SMD will be showcasing Sentio™ on their stand at Subsea Expo in February where visitors can see first-hand how this innovative platform works on the launch console.

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In a bid to encourage the oil and gas industry to explore and adopt existing tools and technologies which have the potential to reduce operational costs and boost efficiencies, Subsea UK launched a new ‘springboard’ initiative last year. In partnership with the National Subsea Research Initiative (NSRI), Subsea UK has hosted the first in a series of Subsea Springboard events which took place in September and aimed to help connect subsea companies with end-users, highlighting the products and services currently available to them. Companies from across the country were invited to pitch their subsea offerings to a panel of operators and Tier 1 contractors, highlighting the technologies, processes and software

which have the potential to address the immediate and future needs of the oil and gas industry by significantly improving efficiency. So far, the events have welcomed speakers from AISUS Offshore, Apollo, Apsys, Astrimar, EC-OG, GE Oil and Gas, 2H Offshore, NETmc Marine and Proserv, who explored the range of technologies which can help lower operational costs, improve integrity management, extend field life, reduce risks and maximise data collection.

The next Subsea Springboard event will coincide with Subsea Expo 2017, welcoming speakers from Ecosse Subsea Systems, Hydrasun, Interventek, TSC Inspection Systems and ClampOn AS, who will look at alternative methods for well intervention, the inspection of vibration and acoustic noise, and ways of reducing the cost of energy through client-focused innovation.

SPRINGBOARD FOR INNOVATION Neil Gordon, chief executive of Subsea UK said: “Some companies simply aren’t aware of the pool of expertise available to them and the benefits that can be gained from exploring different offerings currently on the market. By bringing the supply chain and end users together, we hope to bridge this gap and encourage the uptake of current, cost-effective technologies which can improve efficiencies and speed up project delivery times. “These type of events provide a platform for the industry to come together, share ideas and challenge thinking. This is what we need to see more of, the industry working together to drive improvements which could lead to a radical shift in behaviour, processes or technological applications that solve one or several problems.

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“We have had a number of leads and follow up enquiries following our presentation, so it was a very worthwhile event, which will hopefully result in some new business further down the line. It was a fantastic opportunity to showcase our Scorpius tool which we launched earlier in the year for the internal inspection of J-Tubes and risers prior to subsea tie-back pull-ins.”

“The Subsea Springboard event was a great opportunity to showcase and expose our Subsea Power Hub to a select audience. As a speaker, I was allocated 7 minutes to present our technology and its capabilities. The swift nature of the presentations allowed for key messages from a number of speakers to come across clearly and quickly. The invite-only event was a unique opportunity to come face-to-face with key decision makers from operators who understand the value of the technologies that were presented to them. It was also an opportunity to network with other innovative people who were producing further useful technologies which provided the opportunity to explore potential collaboration opportunities.”

David Currie Acteon Group “The event led to two very good follow up meetings with companies who I possibly wouldn’t have come across if it wasn’t for meeting them at a Subsea Springboard session. I would happily participate again in future events or recommend to other Acteon group companies. Hopefully at some time in the future I will be able to say we generated some real revenue from the event.”

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Caley Builds Largest Zap-Lok Weldless Pipe Press for NOV Tuboscope

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Offshore handling systems specialist, Caley Ocean Systems, part of the Seanamic Group, has completed manufacture and testing of the pipeline industry’s largest NOV Tuboscope Zap-Lok rigid pipelay press so far. The 900Te press is capable of handling a wide range of pipes up to 16”, and features Caley’s proven friction clamp technology, to ensure quick and efficient weldless pipe jointing for rapid offshore pipelay. The Zap-Lok press is a NOV Tuboscope technology producing a mechanical connection for carbon steel pipes during pipelay. The weldless connection eliminates potential quality issues arising from welding pipe sections, and the need for weld inspection, enabling a faster, smoother pipelay. Caley’s friction clamp is used to push together the pre-formed pipe’s “bell-end” and “pin-end”, the hardened steel pads holding the pipe in position while epoxy resin is added to complete the 5 minute connection cycle. In addition to handling the largest diameter pipe to date, the Caley engineered Zap-lok press will handle pipe made from the highest grade steel and with the largest wall thicknesses so far. The ZapLok pipe connection conforms to the DNV-OS-F101 submarine pipeline systems design code, as well as ISO 13679 procedures for testing casing and tubing connections; and ISO 21329 Pipeline transportation systems -- test procedures for mechanical connectors.

Dr. Ben Chapman, Eastern Hemisphere Director at NOV Tuboscope Zap-Lok Technology said: “Zap-Lok is a highly cost-effective way of deploying pipeline offshore, especially for marginal fields in shallow water. With the ability to use the Caley press to handle larger diameter pipe, we’ve just made the case for Zap-Lok even more compelling.

Gregor McPherson, Sales Director, Caley Ocean Systems said: “Friction clamp engineering is a technology

we’ve developed over several years for offshore applications. In addition to being easy to deploy, the clamp can be readily reconfigured to handle different pipe sizes - an important operational benefit during Zap-Lok pipelay.”

Low Profile Mouldings Make High Profile Impact in Subsea Following on from the recent successful installation of their cable harnesses and connectors for the balance of plant on the Open Hydro 2MW Tidal turbine in the Bay of Fundy, Scientific Management Associates (UK) have announced another breakthrough. The SlipstreaM connector mouldings are ideal for transferring power and data in wave and tidal installations especially where there is restricted space or low resistance to tidal movements are a consideration. This offers a 90° thermoplastic sealed cable routing for a range of connectors. Optical performance is preserved and installations can be designed efficiently. When mated with SMA’s Patented PlastEthUrm technology it enables SMA to provide lifetime warranties for cable mouldings and harnesses. Advanced engineering approaches deliver key competitive advantages to wave and tidal projects through reducing the lifetime cost of installations. With more than 10,000 installations and zero failures SMA products are widely recognised as the natural choice for the tidal industry where hostile environments and missions critical installations demand absolute reliability - something SMA have been offering the worlds submarine fleets for over 25 years.

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Market Activity Report Q4 2016

Using the market intelligence tool, SubseaIntel, we have compiled this report covering the latest oil & gas developments worldwide.


Overview Companies in the subsea industry will be hoping to see more projects starting in 2017 with Operators managing to lower the cost of production and the oil price rising to over $55 a barrel. For many, this is an encouraging end to 2016, in which we have seen the oil price nearly double in value from the start of the year when the oil price was as low as $28 a barrel. The renewables industry, particularly offshore wind, continues to grow with greater investment, creating more jobs and offering companies the opportunity for diversification.

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West Africa

SBM Offshore Awarded Contracts for ExxonMobil Liza FPSO.

IFC and MIGA Support Sankofa Gas Project to Help Ghana Shift Power Generation to Natural Gas.

Shell Buys Centrica’s Trinidad Assets.

North Sea Production started at the Ivar Aasen Field The Aker BP operated Ivar Aasen project in the North Sea has produced its first oil. Production commenced per plan, four years after the PDO was submitted and within budget on the 24th December 2016. The original plan for development and operation was to start production in Q4 of 2016 which was successfully completed. The Ivar Aasen field is expected to have an economic life of 20 years, depending on the oil price and production development costs. Aker BP plans to utilise modern technology to operate the field and run the project from an operations centre in Trondheim. The Ivar Aasen field contains an estimated 186 million barrels of oil and is located in the northern part of the North Sea. These figures exclude the Hanz discovery which will be developed in phase 2 of the Ivar Assen Development which represents approximately 71 million barrels of oil.


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First Power Generation at Meygen Atlantis announced in mid-November that the Meygen Project in Pentland Firth, Scotland has produced first power. At the start of November, the turbine which was supplied by Andritz Hydro Hammerfest, was successfully installed and had been plugged into the pre-laid cable which connects to the already commissioned and energised control centre. James Fisher Marine completed the turbine and cable installation works using the Olympic Ares. The 1.5MW tidal steam turbine is the first of four to be installed. The initial four turbines will account for 6MW out of the total build out of almost 400MW. The next 6MW phase is due to commence in later in 2017. Full power generation from turbine number one was produced on the 7th December 2016.

South America SBM Offshore Awarded Contracts for ExxonMobil Liza FPSO SBM Offshore announced on the 20th December that ExxonMobil subsidiary Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited had awarded SBM


North Sea Production started at the Ivar Aasen Field. First Power Generation at Meygen.

Asia ONGC to Buy 80% Stake of GSPC with Operatorship Rights in Block KG-OSN-2001/3. Successful Production of LNG from Petronas’ First Floating LNG Facility, PFLNG SATU.

Australasia Enermech Bags Subsea 7 Contract in Australia. JGC Awarded Construction Management and Completion Support Services for Prelude FLNG Project in Australia. Offshore a contract to supply a Floating Production, Storage and Offloading Vessel (FPSO) for the Liza development and production located 193km off the coast of Guyana. The award of the contract will see SBM Offshore perform Front End Engineering and Design for the FPSO as well as construction, installation and operation subject to a final investment decision from the operator. The 27,000 square-kilometre Liza development is located in the Stabroek block and has potential resources in excess of 1 billion barrels of oil.

Shell Buys Centrica’s Trinidad Assets Centrica has sold its entire portfolio of gas assets in Trinidad and Tobago to supermajor Shell in a $30 million deal. The deal is expected to be completed in the first half of 2017. The assets in the deal consist of 17.3% of the producing NCMA-1 block and 80% and 90% operated interests respectively in the undeveloped blocks NCMA-4 and Block 22. As part of the deal, Centrica will receive further payments subject to NCMA-4 and Block 22 upon Shell reaching agreed project milestones. The sale of assets by Centrica is in line with the company’s strategy to focus its exploration and production activity in the UK, Netherlands and Norway and exit its current positions in both Trinidad and Tobago and Canada.

Australasia Enermech Bags Subsea 7 Contract in Australia Enermech has entered the Australian market for the first time by securing a contract win from Subsea 7 to work in the North West Shelf (NWS) Project. Enermech will perform a wide range of subsea flowline and umbilical pre-commissioning work on the Woodside-operated NWS projects – the Persephone Project and North Rankin Complex in Western Australia. The work scope which started in December 2016 included hydro-testing, flooding and dewatering of flowlines and well jumpers along with testing all hydraulic, electrical and optical cores on the main line umbilical, electrical flying leads and hydraulic flying leads.

JGC Awarded Construction Management and Completion Support Services for Prelude FLNG Project in Australia JGC Corporation announced in mid-December that they had won a contract from Shell Australia for the construction management and completion support services for the Prelude FLNG (Floating Liquefied Natural Gas) project. The Prelude FLNG project is the

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SPECIAL 4 PAGE REPORT world’s largest FLNG project which is located approximately 475 km North-North East of Broome and is expected to produce 3.6 million tons of LNG annually. This will be produced by using natural gas from the offshore Prelude and Concerto Gas Fields. The FLNG is being built in South Korea and once completed, will be towed to its operating location offshore Western Australia. JGC Corporation have had previous relations working with Shell, most notably in 2012 when JGC Corporation played a large part in the successful completion of Qatar Mega GTL (Gas to Liquids) Project where JGC was contracted for the engineering, procurement and construction of the main GTL production facility within the plant.

West Africa IFC and MIGA Support Sankofa Gas Project to Help Ghana Shift Power Generation to Natural Gas IFC and MIGA, members of the World Bank Group announced in the second half of December the commitment of $517 million in debt and guarantees to help support Ghana’s Sankofa Gas Project. The project is an integrated offshore oil and natural gas project that will provide a source of affordable and reliable energy to West African Country. The project will help Ghana meet its growing energy needs by fuelling up to 1,000 megawatts of power generation allowing the country to displace oil-fired power generation with a clean burning alternative. The Sankofa Gas project will be developed by Vitol Ghana and Eni Ghana in partnership with Ghana’s National Petroleum Corporation and will cost $7.7 billion. Ghana’s Government has identified the Sankofa Gas project as one of two transformational projects that will help the country achieve the COP21 commitments for climate mitigation. Gas Production is estimated to start production in early 2018 and to generate $2.3 billion in revenue for the Ghanaian Government each year.

Asia ONGC to Buy 80% Stake of GSPC with Operatorship Rights in Block KG-OSN-2001/3 Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd. (ONGC) and Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (GSPC) have held discussions on a potential transaction for sale by GSPC’s stake and operatorship in NELP-III Block KGOSN-2001/3 in Krishna Godavari Basin offshore to ONGC. The $995.26 million for the entire 80% participating interest of GSPC along with operatorship rights of the Deen Dayal West Field is being considered by the ONGC Board. ONGC shall also pay part consideration of US$ 200 million to GSPC towards future consideration for six discoveries other than Deen Dayal West Field, which will be adjusted upon valuation on these discoveries.

Successful Production of LNG from Petronas’ First Floating LNG Facility, PFLNG SATU An industry breakthrough has been achieved on Petronas’s first floating liquefied natural gas facility the PFLNG SATU with the successful production of its first drop of LNG from the Kanowit gas field, offshore Sarawak on 5th December 2016. The operational milestone has been a decade long journey for the operator. The concept of a floating LNG facility was a game changer in a way of maximising the potential of remote and stranded gas reserves in the global LNG business. PFLNG SATU completed the final stages of commissioning and the start up with the introduction of gas on the 14th November 2016 from the KAKG-A central processing platform at the Kanowit gas field. The gas is treated and liquefied via its Nitrogenbased Liquefaction Unit – the heart of PFLNG SATU, and processed into the first drop of LNG. Operating at water depths between 70 metres to 200 metres deep and with a processing capacity of 1.2 million tonnes per annum, the PFLNG SATU is expected to achieve commercial operations and lift is first cargo in the first quarter of 2017.

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New Technology Collaboration Lights the Way for Improved Diver Safety A new on-demand wireless ribbon lighting system, designed to revolutionise diver safety and efficiency in remote subsea locations, has been launched following a collaboration between award-winning technology companies WFS Technologies Ltd and PhotoSynergy Ltd (PSL). Seatooth LIGHTPATH™ is a combination of two advanced technologies – WFS’ Seatooth, a subsea wireless communication system that can download and log information gathered on subsea installations remotely, and PSL’s LIGHTPATH™, a side-emitting flexible fibre that projects a continuous line of light that carries no electrical power.

WFS Technologies is the world leader in Subsea Internet of Things (SIoT) – subsea wireless automation solutions to increase uptime and reduce asset management costs. With more than 90 patent applications filed in Europe and the US, WFS products deliver cost savings and new capabilities to the energy and environment, and homeland security and defence industries.

The new product works for both diver and ROV operators working either near surface or at depths of up to 4,000m. The light is engaged automatically when the diver or the ROV comes within 5m of a structure, and provides instant illumination of subsea architecture and delineating features such as control valves, docking bays and even the outline of the structure itself against the natural darkness of the underwater environment.

Chairman Brendan Hyland, Chairman said: “This is a further example of the ‘Subsea Internet of Things’, where intelligent devices automatically communicate with one another wirelessly, improving efficiency and safety.”

It switches off automatically when the diver or the ROV departs the scene, and has the ability to act as a proximity warning system when approaching installations, other divers, ROVs or danger areas. The unit has been successfully tested in the lab, and will be trialled in subsea conditions in early 2017.

PSL has its origins in scientific research undertaken at the University of St Andrews’ Photonics Innovation Centre, and aims to turn LIGHTPATH™ into a global commercial product allowing it to become part of the broad and growing domestic upstream oil and gas supply chain. Its suite of patented products can be used for a wide range of applications from guide path illumination through to the extremes of challenging, hazardous and submerged environments.

PSL Director Don Walker said the companies had joined forces in a bid to find a solution to an industry request for a wireless light product which would save subsea operational companies time and money, increase productivity and avert potential damage to ROV and structures. “Combining Seatooth technology with the LIGHTPATH™ product increases the capability of LIGHTPATH™, which currently must be connected to a battery when used on seabed installations,” Don said.

“Either the unit operates continuously, in which case the battery requires regular recharging making it inconvenient and costly, or it must be switched on when required. By integrating the two products, we have produced a much more convenient and efficient method for lighting a challenging environment with no physical contact required from a distance of five metres. “The subsea environment is an intrinsically dangerous place where it is easy to become disoriented, so the Seatooth LIGHTPATH™ is a very significant development in safety.”

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Savante Subsea: Delivering Safe Measurements from Unsafe Areas Savante Subsea will launch the latest dynamicscanning subsea laser tools at Subsea Expo 2017: the Certus (latin “Certain”) 300 subsea laser scanner. The Certus offers simplified means of rapidly recording high accuracy, precision 3D models from the submerged environment using ROVs or divers. It creates an accurate and digital representation of submerged structures using a cloud of precisely-determined 3D points. Accompanied with integrated photogrammetry measurements, these digital point cloud models are of photo-realistic quality, offering full colour and immense resolution: essential for accurately reporting upon the development of corrosion or mechanical issues. Once a laser-scanned point cloud has been captured, it can be exported into any CAD package to which a wide spectrum of engineering computational tools, such as finite element analysis, can be applied. This proves useful in providing the necessary diligence and evidence to support cases for deferment or reducing the frequency of risk-based inspection campaigns.

Dr. Grant Thomson, founder of Savante Subsea, said: “Subsea laser measurement just delivers

superior precision and resolution compared to conventional diver operated tools such as a graduated steel ruler whilst eliminating many forms of measurement error. “Critically, subsea laser measurements can be delivered from a remote, non-contact manner with a diver positioned at a safe distance from dangerously dynamic objects without compromising safety of limbs or digits. While this enhances safety in traditional IRM applications, such as the periodic assessment of mooring chains, it now also enables safe access to novel, previously inaccessible concerns, such as the determination of fretting damage on the surface of non-centralised production conductors and their guide-frames.”

Aquatec Launches Next Generation of Hydrotest Monitoring Instrumentation

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Following the success of the reliable and popular HYDROlog 2000 hydrotest logger, Aquatec Group is proud to announce the launch of the next generation of hydrotest monitoring equipment – HYDRO 3000. At the core of this new range is the HYDROlog 3000PT instrument – a compact logger measuring test pressure to 1000bar and ambient temperature. The integral pressure sensor meets the new more stringent DNVOS-F101 testing specification, with ±0.05%FS accuracy and ±0.01%FS precision. New features include enhanced memory and faster downloads. With increasingly stringent lithium battery shipping regulations, the HYDROlog 3000 overcomes potential transport issues by using standard field-replaceable batteries available across the world. Users can choose the type of battery most suitable for each deployment, whether alkaline, lithium or rechargeable. The HYDROlog 3000PT is available in two additional models - one measuring gauge pressure, and one measuring two test pressures in a compact and efficiently designed instrument. Aquatec also introduces the HYDROlog 3000F, a flow monitoring logger with additional test pressure and ambient temperature sensors. The family of data loggers all feature the intuitive AQUAtalk software and selfcontained compact design, and are compatible with the new higher speed AQUAmodem Op2 optical modem. The HYDRO 3000 range also includes the HYDROskid 3000, a compact monitoring skid with everything needed to successfully monitor a hydrotest. Featured within are the new HYDROlog 3000PT, faster AQUAmodem Op2 and updated AQUAdisp subsea display.

These same components are available separately, or in compact mini-manifolds for ease of transport in baskets or incorporation into other structures. The new instruments are complemented by the existing HYDROgauge digital gauge, which features the same high specification sensor. The range is completed by the introduction of deck versions of the HYDROlog 3000PT and HYDROlog 3000F, allowing surface training and testing to be completed with ease, as well as making onshore hydrotesting cost-effective and efficient. The units are built into durable cases, with an optional integrated tablet, removing the need for a separate PC.

Andy Smerdon, Managing Director, said: “This new range combines over 10 years’ experience in hydrotest monitoring instrumentation with new innovative technologies to produce an integrated family of instruments and systems, designed to improve and speed up operations.”

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Transforming the Renewables Landscape With an already impressive track record of successfully delivering the majority of offshore renewables projects in Scotland, Global Energy Group is leading the way in the manufacture of prototype wave and tidal projects and has become the manufacturer of choice in this sector, further highlighted by its selection for key roles in two important offshore renewables projects in 2016. Headquartered in the Highlands, with strategic hubs located around the world, the service contracting Group have been involved in the development, manufacture, assembly and load out of renewables projects for more than ten years. Nominated as a staging port for one of the largest private investments ever made in Scottish infrastructure, Global’s Port of Nigg facility will be a key player in the delivery of wind turbines for the Beatrice offshore wind project situated in the Outer Moray Firth, which is expected to kick off in 2017. A number of recent successes with pioneering projects also include the provision of suction anchors to HyWind/Statoil, for the world’s first floating offshore wind farm and working alongside Atlantis Resources to deliver the MeyGen project – the world’s largest free stream tidal power project. Global’s Extensive fabrication capacity has allowed the company to offer something unique to the renewables market. In 2011, Global purchased the Nigg yard and has since invested in excess of £45 million in to developing the site and transforming it into a world class, multi user facility. The strategic location and unique offering has attracted numerous renewables companies to the site, benefitting from the deep water quaysides and direct access to substantial laydown areas, including 700,000m2 of adjoining land, extensive storage and laydown areas, project offices and on site accommodation. Looking to the future, the port’s capacity and capability to continue playing a key role in the development of renewable energy has also been recognised with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Global and Moray Offshore Renewables Ltd. The two companies are in discussions over the suitability of the facility to build turbines for the Moray Firth Offshore Wind Farm, which has the potential to support up to 2,400 jobs during its construction and 330 through operations and maintenance.

Currently ready for delivery are 15 suction anchors destined for Statoil’s Hywind pilot park at Buchan Deep, 25km off the coat of Peterhead. Once complete, this unique floating wind park will harness wind power and generate renewable energy for around 20,000 households. Another step towards Global’s, Nigg Energy Park becoming a beacon for the renewables industry was the award of the multi million pound Siemens contract. Global will be supporting Siemens in the delivery of their £2.6 billion Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd (BOWL) project which is due to commencing spring 2018 and will see the installation of 84 turbines in the Moray Firth area, capable of generating 588MW or renewable energy. The most recent renewables contract award for Global Energy comes from Dounreay Tri for the for the construction of a novel floating wind farm. The project, which is subject to Marine Scotland and Scottish Ministers processing the planning application by 31 March 2017, will be carried out at Nigg Energy Park. The entire 9000 tonne assembly will be completed on site, utilising our dock facility and then towed into position off the North Coast of Scotland.


“We have been working hard since purchasing the Nigg yard back in 2011 to transform it in to the facility that we are all extremely proud of today. We are extremely well placed both in terms of location and unique facility offering to service the emerging renewables industry”. Global Energy Group Chairman, Roy MacGregor commented.

Aerial picture of Global Energy Group’s Nigg Energy Park facility


Webtool Subsea Resettable Emergency Disconnect Cutter

Find us on Stand 52 at Subsea Expo

Hydraulic cutting systems specialist, Webtool, announces a resettable emergency disconnect cutter for light and medium subsea well intervention. As an integral part of either a workover tool or dedicated emergency disconnect package, the Webtool guillotine cutter can now be reset subsea by ROV, avoiding the need to return the cutter to the surface vessel for resetting. The Webtool emergency cutter is a simpler and quicker emergency disconnection than more complex multi-line stab-plate systems for mixed material bundles. Within a well intervention emergency disconnect package, the bundles are securely positioned in the mouth of the cutter. Multiple fluid transfer lines and hydraulic flying leads (HFL), steel tension member, fibre rope, reinforced hoses, electrical conductors, cables and electrical flying leads (EFL), are all cut in single guillotine action taking just a few seconds.

The Webtool cutter offers considerable weight savings compared with other emergency disconnect methods, and is easily retrofit to intervention systems. In the event of an emergency disconnection, the Webtool cutter is reset by the ROV releasing the blade and re-charging the hydraulic system. The ROV then places the new HFL and EFL / mixed material bundles in the jaw of the cutter. The Webtool emergency cutter is set and ready for action. As an alternative to rechargeable accumulators, Webtool also offers a solution which requires no external power source, and automatically activates when the emergency disconnect package separates. In this way, proven Webtool cutting heads and blade technology are combined with hydraulic pump actuators to provide the mechanical power necessary to cut modern connection bundles.

“The Webtool cutter has proven to be an effective solution for companies looking for a way of quickly disconnecting mixed media bundles in an emergency,” said Keith Elliot, Engineering Director, Allspeeds Ltd. “By making the Webtool cutter ROV resettable, it is now even easier for companies to opt for a Webtool cutter for their emergency disconnection needs.” The Webtool Emergency Disconnect is part of the Webtool range of high performance cutting tools, designed and manufactured exclusively by Allspeeds Ltd.

Webtool ROV Resettable ED cutter


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Who is the True Competition? By David Lamont, CEO, Proserv The subsea sector is possibly under greater pressure than any other producing sector be that land, offshore or shale. This is even more apparent in mature basins such as the UK where great opportunities still exist but the combination of aging infrastructure, lower productivity and more marginal upside opportunities challenge the sector as never before.


nnovation and teamwork (I am purposefully not using the word collaboration!) is needed more than ever, but our commercial structure actively discourages them. We still see the competitive threat as being between the subsea players rather than between the subsea sector and others.

There is no doubt that innovation has a very important part to play. We must also however leverage the excellent knowledge and skill base we have from across the sector in an aligned manner rather than as opposing teams. Boundaries between supply chain and operators need to blur. In short, we need to work as a unified sector to create the best commercial outcomes for all. We have seen great shifts in Oil and Gas over the past 5-10 years. The phenomena of US Shale has been incredible with the sector’s ability to use technology and innovation to drive down their cost base being its single most outstanding achievement. Every decision is driven by commercial

considerations; and this process never ends, with the incremental benefits gained locked into all future projects, resulting in a truly innovative and lean approach to field development and management. Commercially-driven innovations spread like wildfire with any operational advantage very short lived before it is quickly embraced as common best practice.

becoming less competitive compared with other sectors such as US shale.

We have not seen this approach taken with subsea. The reason cited is that the risks or cost of failure are too great to allow compromise. Rather than ratchet down costs, as in the case of US Shale, this ‘no compromise’ approach has seen relative costs ratchet up over the decades as designs become more complex, heavier and more expensive.

It’s not only during the initial design or construction phase that we must adopt a harder edge, lean approach. At Proserv, ‘ingenious simplicity’ is our company philosophy and at the core of all that we do. To remain true to our unique brand ethos, we continually challenge ourselves, not just in the design of new equipment or technical solutions, but in the way we conduct our business overall.

According to Calash data, the capex cost of a shallow subsea well (less than 500m) increased by 43% between 2012 and 2016, a CAGR of 9.4%, far outstripping well productivity gains. As such the commercial trends in the subsea sector suggest we are

There are a number of industry wide initiatives being implemented to address this, including standardisation and industry wide protocols, but are we commercially tough enough to compete with the likes of US Shale?

‘Life of field’ solutions for our clients are similarly challenged. The risk and cost of failure will always be high but this should never give us the excuse to be lazy and conservative with our innovation.


Proserv specialises in field development and life extension solutions

In a recent example, we were approached by a client who was frustrated with the OEMs’ classically conservative solution to an aging equipment challenge. They had purchased a subsea controls system which included pipeline subsea safety isolation valves (SSIVs). A field ready spare was also purchased to provide contingency and the decision was taken to re-FAT the spare to check its serviceability. The client’s controls supplier was unable to support this valve, or offer a replacement for the obsolete parts. Instead their proposal was to sell a new electrohydraulic SSIV which would not have been compatible with the installed system. They would also have had to replace a 400m umbilical and upgrade the existing controls system to operate the new electro-hydraulic SSIV. The complete refurbishment and testing solution provided by Proserv saved the client from spending many millions to replace the existing subsea system and the cost of lost production. Furthermore, we were able to offer a future-proof component obsolescence management plan. Another example involved a remote, unmanned platform in the North Sea. The subsea control system was over 20 years old, suffered from repeated failures and unscheduled shutdowns leading to significant loss of production and was unsupported by the OEM. Proserv provided a retrofit solution using the existing subsea control module (SCM) hydraulic and mechanical hardware but replacing the subsea electronic module (SEM) for a more reliable and fully supported unit. This provided a replacement solution with the incumbent subsea control modules (SCMs) and therefore an upgrade path to improve availability, support and system capability.

Optimising field development and life extension solutions can only occur with true collaboration, involving one team sitting with the commercial model to understand the options and implications of multiple scenarios. The conservative approach we continue to see is where we, as technology providers, are called in to bid only after the design is virtually complete. Driven by the “need” of supply chain for a competitive environment, a common and generally conservative design is sent out for tender. The process excludes the technical experts from the design discussion resulting in a ‘cut and paste’ solution putting the need of a competitive tender before commercially astute innovation. We have seen many cases where an innovative alternative has been kicked out as “not conforming” despite being technically and commercially superior. So who is the real competition? Like two dogs fighting over one bone, can we afford the expensive and wasteful beauty pageant we know as our bid process; a system based on the fundamental belief that we are

not to be trusted and will take commercial advantage at the first opportunity? Or do we recognise that the true competition is outside our sector and unless we unite and align our commercial interests in a truly trusting manner, we will simply be overrun by sectors that continually challenge, improve and innovate.

“The future is still in our hands but maybe not for as long as we think.”


ALL OCEANS’ TV Studio, Underwater

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ALL OCEANS Engineering Ltd., designers and manufacturers of the AC-ROV micro ROV, went public last year with the fact that they were developing a new small ROV – designed to reinforce the company’s position at the forefront of mini and Fly-out ROV technology and available as a surface deployed system. ALL OCEANS are pleased to announce that the MAC-ROV has now arrived and is focused on enabling the Blue Economy with 4K visualisation, discovery and recovery, from the surface to 6000m. On its own it is a work system, but doubled up and packaged with flexible lighting it’s a TV studio, underwater. Lights and cameras are separate in any studio environment, but this was difficult to create underwater beyond diver depth. On top of this, the quality, quantity and type of cameras and lights required differs from the needs of industrial applications, but all of this is changing. The standard MAC-ROV has a 4k camera and three HD cameras and the “TV Studio” system can deploy and process three times this amount, split over three separate independently controllable platforms. Deployment options range from “Tow and Throw” live boat type systems to 1000m. Fly-out systems to 6,000m for mounting to bigger host submersibles such as work class ROVs and mining machines. Then surface deployed “Shuttle” systems providing mission flexible payloads to 6,000m and the “TV Studio” option.


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The “Shuttle” system is simply a Launch and Recovery package with a 1Te x 3g rating. The Shuttle itself is a simple open frame with three power points each rated to 5kw (a MAC-ROV is 4kw), and a telemetry hub that can handle the control of three MAC-ROVs and deliver the output from 3 x 4k and 9 x HD cameras real time to the surface over more than 6000m of umbilical. A TV Studio Shuttle would typically consist of two MAC-ROV Flyout systems. The Shuttle, fitted with thrusters, cameras and lights forms the third controllable camera and light platform. Any need for significant amounts of flood lighting would be provisioned for on the Shuttle whilst the two MAC-ROVs would be the principle mobile cameras and spot lighters. A wide area scanning sonar survey system may enhance capability. In comparison a Discovery Shuttle may consist of one MAC-ROV flyout system, wide area scanning sonar survey system, a manipulator sample and artefact retrieval system and possibly a small rock corer or marine biology sampler.


C-Kore Systems Allows Subsea Testing of SCMs C-Kore closes out a phenomenal year with a record number of orders for the delivery of their C-Kore testing tools. C-Kore is becoming the preferred partner of choice with both operators and installation contractors, saving them money on fault finding and installation/commissioning campaigns. The innovative low-voltage testing technology used by the C-Kore units was originally intended as a safety feature where divers do not have to retreat during tests on subsea intervention campaigns. This in itself results in major time savings.

testing allowing operations to be completed much quicker, saving customers’ time and money by reducing vessel days. The C-Kore units measure the insulation resistance, continuity and more, quickly finding faults in existing field and proving new equipment during installations.

Tim Overfield, managing director of C-Kore commented,

Tim Overfield continued, “C-Kore was designed specifically to speed up subsea testing, while remaining easy to use. Our testing units save time and money when installing all types of new equipment or performing interventions.”

“We started to get more questions from clients regarding the testing of their umbilicals when SCMs remain in place. Subsea engineers get nervous when these items are tested subsea as the sensitive electronic equipment on board does not like the high voltage used with traditional testing methods. The use of our C-Kore low voltage technology was a natural fit.” Proceeding cautiously, most operators required that their SCMs be tested at their suppliers’ factories first. Once assured of the results, the C-Kore units were used subsea to confirm the health or find faults in all electrical assets, including umbilicals, EFLs, SCMs and distribution units. SCMs did not need to be disconnected ‘just in case’. The subsea testing tools performed fast automated

C-Kore Fault Finding

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Viper Subsea Launches V-SUPPLY Topsides Electrical Power Module at Subsea Expo

Viper Subsea’s V-SUPPLY

Viper Subsea has added to its already impressive and innovative product portfolio with the introduction of V-SUPPLY, a topsides Electrical Power Module, which as well as providing a stable and reliable source of electrical power to the subsea equipment, incorporates state-ofthe-art monitoring technology. The development of the V-SUPPLY has primarily been driven by a growing obsolescence issue that is being faced by a number of Operators and the need for more advanced condition monitoring of the electrical systems. Not only does V-SUPPLY provide the latest control and monitoring technology, it will deliver improved safety performance and cost savings for operators as it provides remote umbilical testing without the need for technicians to be mobilised offshore. The remote testing capability is a novel technology proprietary to Viper Subsea. V-SUPPLY is also unique in its capability to monitor the condition of both the electrical conductors and cable insulation on a live system, detecting both transient and permanent problems in the cables and the umbilical. V-SUPPLY incorporates the V-LIM, Line Integrity Monitoring functionality, and also the proprietary Insulation Resistance recovery technique of V-LIFE, which can be easily activated through the use of a software licence. V-SUPPLY also incorporates Spread Spectrum Time Domain Reflectometry (SSTDR) for continuous integrity monitoring of electrical conductors. SSTDR is especially targeted at integrity monitoring of copper conductors in dynamic umbilicals where the risk of faults is at its highest. Speaking about the new technology, which is being officially launched at Subsea Expo 2017, Neil Douglas, Managing Director of Viper Subsea said: “The V-SUPPLY will offer our clients the

opportunity to upgrade their topsides located subsea power delivery equipment in a cost effective way whilst at the same time integrating the latest monitoring technology. Offering operators remote access to full electrical performance monitoring delivers obvious cost savings and operator safety improvements.

“This is especially important at this time as operators are working in an increasingly difficult marketplace and are under pressure to ensure continuous production while minimising disruption.” V-SUPPLY is designed to be compatible with both brownfield installations and new greenfield developments and offers a touch screen display as a user interface. Optional electrical supply conditioning provides precise voltage control and variable frequency of output supply. With administrator rights, the onshore engineer can remotely change the subsea supplies and monitor parameters such as transient faults and harmonic distortion.

Cambla Launches Upgraded Technology to Renewables Market

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Alexander MacLeod, founder of Cambla

International project services consultancy, Cambla, has launched an upgraded version of its Schedule Animation Tool (S.A.T) to the renewables market. Initially launched to market last year, the technology was a world-first for the oil and gas industry and has been further developed to ensure effective and efficient planning of renewable marine operations. S.A.T provides an accurate visual representation of vessel locations and planned activities, offering project teams full fleet management support and significant cost savings. The most recent upgrades to the tool significantly improve user experience and include improved comparison view, detailed project infrastructure and the addition of renewable graphics. Alexander MacLeod, founder of Cambla, said: “Ultimately, we aim to ensure that S.A.T offers the best possible user experience for planning renewable marine projects, so we have continued to upgrade the technology to meet our clients’ business requirements. Cost effective, time saving processes are always in demand and S.A.T offers operators an innovative tool for the most efficient project planning.


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“The tool is particularly effective for renewables projects, and allows operators to view the fabrication of project infrastructure including the installation of wind turbines and associated subsea construction work. Users can also monitor the delivery requirements for the project to effectively control the management of parts, materials and equipment required for the complete construction of a renewables project.“


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Innospection is a provider of advanced and innovative inspection services and solutions for the integrity and lifetime assessment support of topside, splash zone and subsea assets in the Oil & Gas industry The demand for integrity support inspections of splash zone and subsea assets have led Innospection to develop both smart and cost effective technology solutions combined with multi-function MEC-Combi inspection tools. The next generation Magnetic Eddy Current (MEC) technique, used by Innospection as a key tool for integrity assessment support, is capable of achieving a very high sensitivity in the detection of defects like pitting, general corrosion, wall loss and cracks. The multi-function MEC-Combi inspection tools are versatile and enable supporting techniques such as high resolution Ultrasonic mapping, Pulsed Eddy Current, laser triangulation system and camera system to be easily incorporated to provide reliable qualitative and quantitative data within a single deployment.



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Splash Zone Inspection The range of marinised MEC-MPS Scanners deployable by divers and rope access personnel enable the internal and external condition assessment of rigid risers, caissons, conductors and structures including through the neoprene coating and Monel cladding. An advanced marine growth cleaning system can be easily incorporated for a simultaneous cleaning and inspection operation.

Subsea Inspection The fleet of divers or work-class / inspection-class ROV deployable MECCombi Crawlers have been built to target inspection, deployment and subsea accessibility challenges in the inspection of coated and uncoated subsea pipelines, Flowlines and manifold pipes. For the advanced inspection of concrete weight coated subsea pipelines, Innospection offers the latest generation of Subsea PECT Technology in a diver or ROV deployed system.

Flexible Riser Inspection The patented MEC-FIT™ technique is capable of detecting cracking, pitting, corrosion, wire misalignment and gaps in the single wire and multiple wires in up to 3 metallic layers of the flexible risers. The fleet of sophisticated self-crawling MEC-Hug Crawlers has been built to deploy the MEC-FIT™ technique onto the flexible risers, umbilicals and mooring lines at their working locations to perform inspection for various degrees of wire angle structures.

Whatever your inspection challenges and integrity targets are, Innospection is your solution provider. For more information, please contact or call Aberdeen: +44-1224-724744


Metrology Targets on the Dockside

Launching the Metrology Targets

Processing the data using Metro software ROV awaiting launch

Dynamic Seabed Mapping Technology Showcased in Fort William In December 2016, DOF Subsea, together with subsea technology companies Sonardyne, 2G Robotics, and Seatronics (an Acteon company), demonstrated a new, industry-leading, underwater surveying technique that will have a significant impact on the time needed to map underwater structures and offshore sites. Representatives from across the energy sector attended demonstrations held at The Underwater Centre in Fort William to showcase the capabilities of Dynamic Mobile Mapping. This new solution brings together three independent systems, 2G Robotics ULS 500 Pro Laser (exclusively available from Seatronics), Sonardyne’s SPRINT acoustically-aided inertial navigation sensor, and DOF Subsea’s exclusive Metro software. The solution is ROV-mounted and mapping operations are conducted while the vehicle is in motion in order to simultaneously survey multiple horizontal or vertical flanges. Pieter Jansen, Geomatics Global, said: “The combined system components brought together and showcased in Fort William were proof of further advancements within the survey industry, combining technological advancements with operational efficiencies. A much


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welcome and needed approach in an economically hard hit oil and gas industry.” By combining the 3D laser data with precise underwater acoustic and inertial navigation information, the solution generates high-resolution engineering models from which accurate measurements can be instantaneously and repeatedly captured.

Colin Cameron, DOF Subsea said: “The

development of this solution is hugely important for the energy sector, and we were delighted with the data that we were able to gather in Fort William. We have proven that the technologies work together in this application and that the method can generate the quality and complexity of data required. We can save days on traditional metrology work, and provide much higher quality data. This in turn brings savings to the operations teams running the projects.”


Winners Carolina Gomez Garcia, Priya Sihag and Greig McAndrew

RGU Students Wins Energy Institute Competition Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) Carolina Gomez Garcia has taken home the top prize in an annual competition held by the Energy Institute (EI) to celebrate Aberdeen’s best MSc students. The event, sponsored by Nexen Petroleum (UK) Ltd, was organised by the EI Aberdeen, Highlands and Islands branch to honour the best energy papers from MSc students at Robert Gordon University (RGU) and the University of Aberdeen (UoA). Carolina Gomez Garcia, who won £250 for her efforts, presented her winning thesis ‘Integration of the Minimum Well Profile Energy Criterion and Geomechanics Model for Wellbore Trajectory Control, a Roadmap Tool for Drillers’ to a panel of experts at a special event held last month. This annual event is held to bring together industry and academia, showcasing the latest thinking and research from MSc students and provide chance to network with prospective future employers. Six students were shortlisted by the two universities with the judging panel including senior industry figures from Well-SENSE Technology, Ensco, Aker Solutions, ENGIE E&P, The Oil and Gas Technology Centre and Ecosse-Subsea Systems in addition to host Nexen Petroleum. Winning student Carolina, who is studying an MSc in Drilling and Well Engineering, said: “I am very proud to have won the first prize of the ‘Energy Institute MSc Student Best Paper Competition 2016’. “There was a high level of talent and to be selected out of so many students is a fantastic surprise. Being recognised at the Energy Institute competition is a big confidence boost and I look forward to progressing in my career in oil and gas engineering.” RGU student Priya Sihag, won the third place prize of £100 for her thesis – ‘Hydraulic Fracturing Design Optimization to Minimise Proppant Flowback’. Priya who won £100, said “It was brilliant to take home the third place prize given the level of knowledge and skill of my fellow participants.”

Laurie Mackay FEI, Chair of the local Energy Institute branch said: “The judges were extremely

impressed with both the quality and relevance of all six student presentations and this was clearly reflected in the close scoring. It is really encouraging to see in-depth research and fresh ideas coming from the next generation and I want to congratulate all the students for their high calibre submissions. Students are the lifeblood of an ever evolving sector and in the current climate it is even more important that academia and business are closely aligned.”

Providing Competent Personnel to the Subsea Markets Atlas Professionals has extensive knowledge and an unrivalled track record in providing specialists to the Survey, Management & QC and ROV, Diving & Inspection industries. Our dedicated teams ensure that client requirements are met, and that our professionals receive the best opportunities the industry has to offer.

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GROWTH Enhancing the rental fleet - High Powered Zone II Triplex Pumps

Find us on Stand 136 at Subsea Expo

North East Engineering Firm Investing Towards Industry Upturn Along with many others, Aberdeenshire engineering firm Hiretech Limited has witnessed the prolonged turbulence in the oil and gas industry and associated dramatic changes within the respective supply chain. Hiretech has remained positive during this period however, embracing the opportunity presented to further develop its business offerings to capitalise on current project requirements and to prepare for an inevitable industry upturn. Hiretech, a leading independent equipment rental, sales, service and maintenance company offering pumping spreads, powered umbilical reels, hydraulic power packs and supporting equipment, has taken a proactive approach by looking at opportunities in new sectors, investing in additional equipment and identifying further service offerings in order to enhance its overall capabilities to meet the needs of existing and new clients. The current climate has resulted in a greater demand for cost effective solutions to meet project requirements, which Hiretech has capitalised on by offering reliable quality products with a proven track record. The company has also looked towards new opportunities, gaining clients through developing additional market sectors, including abandonment and renewables. Significant investment in its rental fleet has allowed Hiretech to compete effectively and to offer full package solutions to its clients. This has been achieved through the purchase of used oilfield equipment which is being refurbished to as new quality, and also through the manufacture of additional products, all undertaken by Hiretech’s in-house team of skilled and experienced technicians.

Andy Buchan, Managing Director at Hiretech, comments:

“We have introduced new and additional equipment to further strengthen our rental offering, including High Powered Zone II Triplex Pumps, which enables Hiretech to offer full equipment packages to ensure the effective, efficient and successful delivery of our clients’ projects”.


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“Investment has also been made to optimise existing product lines to suit a variety of project applications. Recently, an umbilical reel has been converted to constant tension, with a rotary coupling fitted to allow it to support ROV operations. An additional umbilical reel has also been certified to full NORSOK specification for a plugging and abandonment application. Such efforts strengthen our commitment and abilities within the industry and provide clients with the reassurance they are working with approved quality equipment.” In addition to this, Hiretech has introduced a range of additional service offerings, including enhanced personnel training and maintenance and testing of client equipment, allowing the company to offer a full package complement to its clients. By embracing the opportunity for the positive, coupled with a forward-thinking approach by the management team at Hiretech, the company has benefitted from continued high levels of enquiries and the company is in a good position to remain competitive in current markets as well as be prepared for an inevitable industry upturn. Andy Buchan, Managing Director, Hiretech Limited


Swan Hunter Continue Hardware Investment with a New 60Te Tensioner Swan Hunter has grown its installation equipment pool with the purchase of a 3-track 60Te tensioner. The 60Te tensioner, now the flagship in Swan Hunter’s tensioner range, enables the company to offer a substantial unit capable of installing larger, heavier products, where installation tensions exceed that of the more common 5Te – 20Te rental tensioners currently available on the market. The unit is scheduled for modification works in the new year, which once complete will enable it to be split into two sections for road transportation.

Kees Havik, Package Manager, said: “This

tensioner unit should provide an attractive and cost effective option to our clients, providing a high capacity tensioner that is easily road transported to site, and swiftly re-assembled on the quayside ahead of mobilisation to the vessel.” The Swan Hunter 60Te Tensioner

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Product Development and New Staff as C-Tecnics See Growth C-Tecnics’ strategy to develop diverse markets, and have an international spread, has paid off, with new products expanding its portfolio and new distributors being established around the world, and more are required. C-Tecnics is a market leader in the design and manufacture of underwater video systems, underwater lighting & lasers, diver communication systems and specialist underwater electronic products for projects.

(PTZ) camera system for a scientific establishment, the technical design team at C-Tecnics will half the cost of such equipment and offer exceptional performance as electronics development moves rapidly ahead once again.

C-Tecnics has also welcomed new opportunities to dive into other market territories, such as the marine science and oceanographic markets. Tasked with designing a new underwater Pan/Tilt/Zoom

Recent months have seen the launch of new communications products which are praised for being robust, reliable and affordable units. The ‘C-Phone HE4R’, is a Helium Unscrambler System, with four independent communications channels each with their own helium speech setting. The latest product to be launched, this sets the tone for deciphering the helium influenced speech of saturation divers. A new wireless tenders headset is another practical addition to the range which gives dive supervisors un-tethered movement.

The C-Tecnics range

The company’s growth into marine science, military, offshore, onshore, nuclear, and even the super yacht leisure market is proof that quality products built for harsh marine environments can cross over to provide a more balanced commercial business model. C-Tecnics are optimistic about the future and have also expanded their work force in 2016 with the addition of new technicians and business development personnel.

Scrabster Harbour sees Further Growth in Energy Activity

Find us on Stand 87 at Subsea Expo

Scotland’s most northerly mainland commercial harbour has reported record energy traffic activity in 2016. Oil & gas vessel tonnage increased by 13% to 551,561 tonnes at Scrabster Harbour, with associated cargo volumes increasing by 42%. The Caithness port has undergone more than £18 million of port infrastructure improvements over the past five years. This investment by Scrabster Harbour Trust, which included the new Jubilee Quay, was aimed at growth in the renewables and O&G markets. In addition to increased support of oil and gas installations West of Shetland, Scrabster also accommodated a number of energy related project activities in 2016. This ranged from supporting the deployment of 24 locally manufactured two hundred tonne blocks for MeyGen’s tidal energy site in the Pentland Firth, trenching trials for the Caithness Moray HVDC project, the load out of modules destined for Eon’s Rampion wind farm and the importation of transformers for SSE’s upgrading of the electricity transmission system.

Sandy Mackie, Port Manager said: “It

is an exciting time at Scrabster. Our vision and past investment is reaping benefits for the port and the local area. Since the creation of the Jubilee Quay, we have delivered record revenues in the past two financial years, and are on track to for a further record in 2016-17. This will enable the Trust to bring forward plans for further port development.”


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Scrabster Harbour


Forum’s onshore simulation set-up

Forum Energy Technologies: Using Rigid Body Simulation to Accurately Prepare for Work Offshore Onshore simulation plays an effective role in minimising risk and training for live situations when work takes place offshore. As the industry adapts to the new lower oil price environment, we still find that the primary driver of cost is the time spent on site and the equipment itself. Therefore, getting it right first time and within the required timescale whilst working in what can be remote and inhospitable environments is key in ensuring project profitability and safety. Where this approach can go awry is when the preparation onshore doesn’t fully account for the scenarios faced in the field. To counter this, rigid-body simulation can be used to determine acceptability of equipment and procedures in an artificial setting. Most subsea activities are performed by remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) controlled from the surface. Whilst ROVs can perform a range of tasks, there are occasions when the work is more complex than anticipated. As an example, indicators, handles and valves may be inaccessible for larger vehicles. Rigid-body interactive simulation provides an immersive look into the tasks and equipment in a virtual environment that mimics the real life environment ROV operators will face. The experience can help operators and equipment manufacturers understand where improvements can and must be made weeks or months before equipment is manufactured and operations begin. The simulation can also provide a dry run for pilots which can lead to reduced time on-site.

The VMAX product line includes full console ROV simulators, portable ROV simulators, engineering analysis services, as well as development products that provide customers with the capability to create their own unique simulations within their own company.

As Forum prepares to release version 3.1.4 of VMAX, Geoffrey Bixby, Software Development Manager, said:

“We worked together with training supervisors from the major ROV companies from Brazil, Europe and the US to fine tune the product, focusing on updating stability, performance and usability. The refined system includes the ability to have 1080p resolution and also the updated state-of-the-art VORTEX physics engine which gives our simulator an amazing level of realism.”

To support this, VMAX, the premier subsea simulation product of Forum Energy Technologies, focuses on the rigid body simulation space for engineering analysis and training. Over the past 10 years, the product has been in service throughout the world with training and engineering simulators in Asia, Europe, Australia, Africa and the Americas.

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Connector Specialist SECC Oil & Gas Appoints Engineering Manager

BHR Group Announces Appointment of Benoit Post

Subsea connector company SECC Oil & Gas has strengthened its senior management team with the appointment of Christophe Cenac as engineering manager.

BHR Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Benoit Post as Head of Energy & Power Consulting.

Cenac, an experienced R&D and PLM (product lifecycle management) specialist, was formerly a global manager at Renold, which manufactures power transmission products for a diverse range of international markets. He was also group applications manager at GCE, which manufactures gas control equipment for industries including automotive, aeronautic and healthcare. At Cheshire-headquartered SECC he will be responsible for managing the company’s portfolio of patented connector technologies, leading teams of engineers, developing relationships with customers and suppliers, and overseeing R&D and innovation. Christophe Cenac

“Christophe joins us with considerable engineering experience and a deep understanding of the process implementation and decisionmaking needed to develop an innovative, product-driven company like ours,” said Dr Paul Armitage, managing director of SECC Oil & Gas.

Benoit Post

Previously with Atkins Energy, Benoit brings a wealth of experience in developing single discipline and multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy services in partnership with clients throughout UK, Europe and Central Asia markets. Benoit’s profile combines solid engineering consultancy skills for supporting clients’ design projects and operations with a genuine interest in understanding client issues in order to shape added value solutions and deliver winning performance. Benoit has more than 20 years’ experience with specific technical skills in CFD, flow assurance, process simulation, process-led design, technical safety and reliability. He brings strong commercial skills acquired through business development, proposal management and client relationship management roles. Benoit will lead BHR’s Energy Consulting Services Team, delivering solutions to clients in the oil & gas, nuclear, aerospace and defence sectors.

Avoiding the Pitfalls of Developing a Thermal Qualification Program BHR Group has launched a free technical seminar program for subsea engineers to share best practice in how to develop a thermal qualification program. Typically, thermal qualification (or cooldown) testing is used to show that insulation material meets the thermal requirements of the field, to ensure flow and limit formation of unwanted species. Specifically, that under shut-in conditions, fluids within the pipeline remain at a sufficiently high enough temperature, for a long enough period of time to prevent hydrate or wax formations. Key to developing an effective thermal qualification program is an understanding of the pitfalls that can be encountered. There is also a balance to be made between physical and CFD modelling methods. Physical testing is usually performed on a full scale system. Ideally CFD modelling should be undertaken on the physical model tested, so that it can be validated against a physical model that can be interrogated. CFD modelling can be used to identify trouble spots and get some understanding of the trends in the flow behaviour. Physical testing can then be used to validate the CFD model, demonstrating the accuracy of the assumptions made so that these can be used as the basis for developing a CFD model of the full field development. Crucial to the qualification program success are the decisions made around test piece design, the test facilities and the instrumentation used for temperature control and data acquisition. Some key considerations are that the test piece design must match the field


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unit as closely as possible and that any end caps required to seal the component under test and guard zones must be designed to avoid effects on the test. Water tanks and temperature control systems must be designed to ensure accurate and homogeneous temperature. Temperature measurement relies on Well-designed test facilities and appropriate thermocouple parameters help ensure robust positioning, calibration and data thermal qualification testing programs acquisition to ensure accurate results. With so many factors to consider and complex structures to accommodate, test data can only be as good as the test design and execution. BHR Group are running free technical seminars for subsea engineers with the aim of sharing their best practice in how to develop a thermal qualification program. Held onsite at your premises, BHR Group’s seminars are an efficient way to get a whole group of your engineers up-to-speed with the current thinking on thermal qualification testing.

Emerson Launches Two New Products at Subsea Expo 2017 Emerson Automation Solutions are to add two new products to their already extensive PolyOil portfolio of specialized polymer clamps. The new products; the Rotary Bush and the Anti Jar Handling Clamp have been designed in the new Emerson Solutions Centre in Aberdeen and will be launched at the Subsea Expo in February 2017. The Rotary Bush has been created for use in shallow water completion/intervention activity where a Riser Sealing Mandrel is not required. The Anti Jar Handling Clamp has been designed as the replacement for the metal DST Jar Clamps worldwide. Both products are made with the unique, advanced Polymer material which makes them lightweight and easier to handle than metal products. This also prevents friction and wear & tear which can often lead to failure and lost time in the drilling and completions sector of the industry. Another key benefit is the improved safety when handling and installing the products compared to metal options. The products are designed to optimize the chances of success in tubular running and at a competitive price too. Other flagship products include the PolyOil Control Line Poly-Tector® that allows easy fitting to tubing at mid joint or cross coupling positions, the PolyOil Umbilical Poly-Tector which protects umbilical’s and the Poly-Glider™ polymer centralizer are used downhole for well construction and casing drilling applications. For more information on Emerson’s portfolio of PolyOil solutions, visit us at stand 94

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