Oil & Gas Product Review - OTC Houston 2011

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WELCOME Designed to provide direct marketing for the offshore industry, the Oil & Gas Product Review magazine has continued to keep abreast of the latest developments through all levels of technology involved in this ever-changing market.

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Leaks in your subsea pipeline installations? Neptune Oceanographics can find them for you.

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Subsea & Underwater Operations Procedures Competency Assessment/ Familiarisation Test 3D Animations & Simulation

Long range fluorescence for tracer dyes Detection of liquid hydrocarbons Detection of gaseous hydrocarbons Differential temperature measurement Acoustic listening Detection of Mono Ethylene Glycol (MEG)

Neptune continuously strive to improve and develop new and better techniques for detection of leaks in subsea pipeline systems and provide leak detection systems and offshore engineers who can mobilise and conduct leak detection surveys anywhere in the world at very short notice.

Neptune Oceanographics Limited

With our presence at the important trade shows through the industry calendar and with the publication being released quarterly, we are now at the forefront of Offshore marketing. “Our philosophy is to provide companies with the chance to let their relevant industries know about their products and services in their own words. We do not use journalists but rather publish editorials and press-releases and in doing so, can provide a less expensive alternative for the advertiser. With our circulations being controlled to the senior buyers and specifiers (named individuals), we can ensure that companies’ details are seen by the right decision-makers” DIRECTOR OF SALES


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R&M Electrical Group Limited R & M elecTRical GRoup lTD (project and export Division) units 1 & 2, 362a Spring, Sholing, Southampton, uK, S019 2pB T: +44 (0) 2380 686620 F: +44 (0) 2380 685673 e: sales@rm-electrical.co.uk W: www.rm-electrical.com

The R&M elecTRical GRoup formed in Southampton in 1987 now enjoys an annual turnover exceeding 40 Million GBP with a combined company stockholding of over 4.5 Million. The group consists of 6 electrical distribution stocking branches based in Southampton, Portsmouth, Bournemouth, Oxford, Swansea and Neyland. In addition we have 3 specialist divisions incorporating R&M Cables, R&M Fixings and Supports and R&M Assembly Division. Overseas we have branches in Dubai, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan. We also have joint venture partners in the USA and Australia. Our head office is based in

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Southampton along with the Project, Export and Assembly Divisions. In addition to our core electrical distribution businesses our specialist divisions provide our customers with the opportunity to utilise R&M Electrical Group as a total solution provider covering every aspect of their electrical requirements. Our cable distribution division based in Bristol holds large stocks of power, instrumentation, data and control cables whilst our fixings division based in Southampton is a specialist stockist and supplier of fixings, power tools, pipe supports and cable management and containment products. Both of these businesses operate on a national basis so regardless of your location we can provide next day delivery of products vital to the completion of your project or contract. We are licensed to assemble in-house hazardous area and industrial junction boxes, control stations and distribution boards for a number of leading manufacturers such as Cooper Ceag Crouse Hinds, Group Schneider, Weidmuller and Dorman Smith and provide excellent lead times and fast turnaround delivery of fully populated and drilled Junction boxes and enclosures and wired and tested LV panel and distribution boards for safe area applications. All equipment supplied by our Assembly division is provided complete with GA Drawings and hazardous area certification if applicable. R&M are Stockists for some of the World’s 15:03 Page 1 Leading Manufacturers, each Branch holds stock utilising a variety of different manufacturers includ-

ing large stocks of Flameproof and Hazardous Area Equipment so R&M with its diverse product ranges can supply a solution for all your electrical needs whatever your specific application. Our Particular strengths lie in the supply of specialist electrical equipment and cable to the Oil, Gas, Petrochem, Industrial & Marine Sectors.. Our Export and Project Division, launched in 1996 specialises in the supply of Electrical Bulk and Cable Packages to major oil, gas and EPC companies for both onshore and offshore applications. We have an extensive track record in supplying projects globally and have successfully exported materials to over 75 Countries worldwide. Whatever you’re electrical requirement, however large or small and regardless of your location R&M feel confident that we can meet your needs both competitively and efficiently. Please Phone or Email us for further information and let us show you why we are “Number One in our Field”, alternatively please visit our recently re-launched website on www.rm-electrical.com

R&M Electrical Group Limited

Your source On-shore for everything electrical Off-shore R & M are extensively involved in supplying electrical products for hazardous area applications worldwide.

Two R & M Caspian Region Companies are supporting major oil and gas exploration operators in this area. We are stockists for some of the worldʼs leading manufacturers and also assemble populated Hazardous Area Junction Boxes.

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R & M Electrical Group Ltd Unit 2, 362A Spring Road, Sholing, Southampton SO19 2PB Tel: +44 (0) 2380 685668 Fax: +44 (0) 2380 685673 email: sales@rm-electrical.co.uk



Cutting Underwater Technologies Ltd Cutting Underwater Technologies Ltd CUT HQ, Aberdeen Science and Energy Park Claymore Drive, Bridge of Don Aberdeen AB23 8GD Scotland T: +44 (0)1224 222950 F: +44 (0)1224 826006 E: info@cut-group.com W: www.cut-group.com

CUT, THE DIAMOND WIRE CUTTING SPECIALISTS have, over the last 12 months, been able to demonstrate the effectiveness, flexibility and reliability of their technology through the adoption of a number of innovative solutions to cutting requirements across a number of very different industries.

machine able to accommodate the 120inch diameter of the jacket legs. The design of this machine allows any cut to be made in both horizontal and vertical planes in one operation. Thus the castellated profile of the finished cut means that, whilst the leg is severed, the upper and lower sections of the leg retain both stability and strength in any plane. DRYER SIZE REDUCTION PROJECT 2008/2009 The nuclear, like the oil & gas industry offers a totally different set of parameters to companies working within their confines. This is especially true when working in a “hot”, highly radioactive environment. Working in the United States CUT were required to develop a diamond wire cutting system which would reduce the size of a steam dryer which formed part of the boiling water reactor plant. The particular scope of

CASTELLATED CUTTING During the pre-planning phase of a major project, which required the deconstruction of a 10,000 tonne steel jacket in the North Sea, concerns were raised regarding how best to maintain the integrity of the structure as it was deconstructed. Thus CUT was faced with the seemingly unachievable task of performing severance cuts on the jacket legs whilst retaining both strength and stability in the members. The solution developed by CUT was termed “Castellated Cutting” which necessitated the design and build of a specialist ‘modular’ diamond wire cutting


work was to reduce the size of the dryer structure such that it would be able to store the severed sections in anti-radiation containers in dedicated storage areas. Moving away from their more traditional hydraulic power and operating systems a new electrical powered DWCS was developed that could be assembled, prepared and operated on site by CUT operatives working in full nuclear protection suits. Such was the success of the CUT equipment that additional work of this nature in Europe and the Far East has been secured. CUT, working closely with their Genoa based parent company, Tecnospamec, are able to offer their patented Diamond Wire Cutting Systems across diverse industries because of their ability to provide both standard and bespoke systems. Thus cutting packages can be tailored to offer solutions to particular project requirements without compromising either efficiency or safety. This ‘no compromise’ approach means that clients can be assured of a successful project carried out without incident, with the minimum site timescales, and at the lowest cost. Additionally CUT’s technology offers negligible environmental impact with the only residue produced from the cutting operations being the ‘fines’ produced by the actual cut itself. With over 3000 operational cuts carried out in more than 500 completed projects CUT proudly offer their motto, “Any Cut – Anywhere – Any Time – Any Industry” to all their clients; whatever their requirements.

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MCM – Mass Traceable Moisture Analysis for LNG, Offshore, Terminals and Refineries moisture control & measurement ltd rudgate, thorp arch estate Wetherby, West yorkshire ls23 7at, united Kingdom t: +44 (0)1937 844000 F: +44 (0)1937 849424 W: mcm-moisture.com e: sales@mcm-moisture.com

Historically, online moisture analysers used in hydrocarbon gas streams have often been slow to respond, vulnerable to drift effects caused by contamination and, crucially, have been difficult to validate traceably. To complicate matters, most moisture analysers are calibrated on air or Nitrogen using dew point generators, traceable back to Temperature derived Standards and not calibrated on hydrocarbons, or directly traced back to Mass, so traceability at the point of analysis is invalidated when measuring moisture in hydrocarbon gas streams in ppm terms, the mainstay of the LNG & Petrochemical Industry. The historical lack of attention to traceability and moisture standards has meant vendors and users have treated such matters as a ‘nice to have’ feature rather than a mandatory requirement when making any claims on measurement accuracy. Today, many users need to demonstrate traceability on their moisture measurements but still fail to do so effectively due to the lack of understanding. This has commercial implications when problems arise – how many times have cold boxes frozen or pipelines become plugged with hydrate? End-users want reliable moisture analysers that can be traceably calibrated for hydrocarbon service. They require a practical validation methodology and want instrumentation that is simple to operate, fast to respond and that provides reliable data with accurate results. They need localised expertise and access to traceable calibration services and support. MCM offers a Mass traceable calibration route that is certified for use on hydrocarbons. This

means it is uniquely positioned to provide traceable moisture measurements for demanding oil and gas applications. This represents a significant advantage over present suppliers. With over 40 year’s experience, MCM’s calibration facilities are now available in the UK, North America and Southeast Asia. The moisture generators used offer Mass traceability at levels as low as 20 ppbV, with an uncertainty of ±20 ppbV. The result is a commercial calibration service that is ideally suited to the demands of the LNG, Petrochemical and semiconductor industries, where measurements <1 ppmV are routinely required. neWs! MCM now provides a traceable moisture audit service that can be mobilised within 72 hours. Customers can audit existing moisture levels around a plant at a fixed day rate, providing a highly cost-effective way to independently determine the extent of moisture issues without having to invest in the specialist equipment, calibration and training that would be required to deliver a similar service. MCM will provide freshly calibrated portable hygrometers (ATEX certified) and an engineer to establish an on-site validation system that provides results quickly and reliably with the certainty and documentary evidence of laboratory traceability. neWs! MCM is opening a new “Centre for Excellence” based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in June 2011. The role of this facility will be:To provide local support and traceable calibrations to MCM’s growing user base in the region, including users in Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and Australia. To share good metrology principles within clients by holding regular technical seminars, where invited guest experts will provide an insight into the practical problems and solutions for each stage

of the gas supply chain within the petrochemical industry. MCM will work with clients to define the topics of practical interest and MCM will bring together the Industry experts best suited to highlight those topics relevant to the organisation. neWs! MCM launches its latest development in online gas analysis - the RAIZS, an auto-indexing zero & span correction system for measuring moisture levels offshore, on FPSO’s and in storage terminals. The RAIZS was developed in response to the high servicing costs associated with having to send competitive equipment for frequent recalibration due to contaminant effects which resulted in ‘out of specification’ performance from existing analysers. The RAIZS offers unrivalled response speed of less than 2 minutes to 95% confidence together with periodic self-checks of zero and span. This automated correction system has been proven in field trials and shown to effectively mitigate the effects of contaminants and minimises user intervention. Its intrinsically safe design (eex ia IIC T4) in conjunction with sampling at near atmospheric pressure simplifies access for maintenance and validation whilst the ‘plug & play’ approach minimises installation and commissioning costs. www.mcm-moisture.com

Moisture Validation System - LNG applications


Moisture Control & Measurement Ltd

Auto-Zero Systems

LNG Dry Transport Systems On-Line On Analysers

Portable Analysers

tel: +44 (0)1937 844000 fax: +44 (0)1937 849424 sales@mcm-moisture.com www.mcm-moisture.com

Moisture in Gas Analysis Moisture Control & Measurement Ltd manufacture market-leading hygrometers that are proven to be FAST, STABLE, REPEATABLE and TRACEABLE. MCM’s product set includes: includes:• Portable hygrometers for fast spot-check analysis • On-line hygrometers for continuous measurement • Self-validating Auto-Zero systems for reliable custody transfer • Custom design systems for optimal performance

We offer mass traceable audit / validation services to sub-ppmV levels, charged at fixed day rates and available within 72 hours. MCM’s products and unique validation systems have been developed over 40

Custom Design Systems

Self-Calibrating Systems

years of industry experience. With mass traceability and reliable operation at sub-ppmV levels, they are ideally suited to the most demanding applications, including:•



Storage Terminals


Custody Transfer

On-site validation

MCM Validation System

In addition to market-leading products and validation services, MCM offers ISO calibration services, in-depth application support, consultancy in design and best-practice measurement and personalised training courses either on-site or in one of our dedicated facilities. Contact us direct for more information.

Flexitallic innovations improve asset reliability and longevity Flexitallic Ltd Scandinavia Mill Hunsworth Lane Cleckheaton BD19 4LN United Kingdom T: + 44 (0)1274 300300 E: flangerescuegasket@flexitallic.eu W: www.flangerescuegasket.com

NEW FLEXITALLIC FRG RANGE TO THE RESCUE FOR THE MOST DEMANDING ENVIRONMENTS Flexitallic, who launched the unique FRG, revolutionising corrosion management in the oil and gas industries, has revealed its new FRG range of flange rescue gaskets, with specialist FRG’s for a wide range of extreme applications. THE FLANGE RESCUE GASKET RANGE Internal corrosion and damaged flange faces are responsible for a significant proportion of hydrocarbon releases and can have a major impact on operating costs, particularly on ageing assets. The FRG range was developed in direct response to the oil and gas industry requirement for effective closure on damaged flange faces, with additional corrosion inhibiting properties. FRG Utilising Flexitallic’s revolutionary sealing technology, the FRG is capable of preventing corrosion in new installations and adapting to corrosion damaged flange faces. Full closure of the corroded area prevents further deterioration, with operators able to open flanges for inspection and confidently resume operation using a new FRG, significantly reducing down-time and shutdown risk associated with HSE inspection. FRG – FS For use by engineers dealing with corrosion damaged flange faces, in challenging environments, which also require a firesafe sealing solution such as systems that contain hydrocarbon. The FRG-FS features Thermiculite®, Flexitallic’s high temperature stable, fire resistant material; FRG-FS has passed the stringent and essential API6FB fire test which involves testing the gasket in its entirety, not just components. FRG - RJ The FRG-RJ was developed for applications using ring type joints. The FRG-RJ combines the longevity and high pressure resilience of an RTJ with the FRG characteristics which stop turbulent

media flow to prevent erosion, corrosion and flange degradation. The FRG-RJ is a ring joint gasket that is suitable for both topside and subsea applications where improved corrosion resistance or prevention is required. As with the whole FRG range it can also be used on flanges that have been damaged due to corrosion or maintenance activities. Available in all ring type joint styles. FRG - SS Following analysis of the challenges faced by engineers and in response to customer demand for all the benefits of the FRG, the Flange Rescue Gasket was adapted to create a unique gasket for sub-sea use. The FRG-SS features additional functionality with an integrated, removable handle for safe and easy sub-sea installation. www.flangerescuegasket.com Email: flangerescuegasket@flexitallic.eu Tel: +44 (0)1274 300 300

New Academy of Joint Integrity addresses increase in leakages $100m turnover FDS Group (Flexitallic Group, Novus Sealing, Siem Supranite and Induseal Gaskets), has launched The Academy of Joint Integrity with dedicated facilities in Aberdeen, Teeside/ Humberside, West Yorkshire and globally in the US, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, South Africa, Nigeria, Thailand, China, Middle East and Kazakhstan.

The Academy’s training programmes address the lack of standardised qualifications for bolted joint assemblers, identified by the industry as a route cause of joint leakage which can result in personnel injury and reportable hydrocarbon releases which are viewed as precursors to major incidents. The FDS Group has created The Academy to provide accredited and awareness training courses in joint integrity and flange management processes, underpinning the importance of certified bolted joint assemblers to achieving and maintaining a leak free bolted connection. The Academy training programmes recognise the important role sealing technology plays in the safe operation of a bolted joint. Significant advances in gasket technology have allowed great improvements to be made in the specification of gaskets for industrial applications, minimising the likelihood of joint leakage and resulting in reduced operating costs. Academy courses include modules on sealing technology and also provide practical identification, handling and removal of gaskets. Gary Milne manages the Global Client Training Division of the FDS Group and will head up the new Academy. Gary, with extensive technical and sealing industry experience, advises UK and international committees on industry best practice. Gary said, “This is a great opportunity to introduce much needed symmetry in training and qualifications to ensure adequate training, and transparency for the industry. The Academy is not revenue led, our mission is to deliver structured, back to basics methodology through quality training. The courses equip personnel with the skills and competence to ensure leak free connections.” The Academy offers accredited training to International Standards including ASME PCC-12010 and EN 1591 part 4 via online, on site and Academy based training. www.academyofjointintegrity.com Aberdeen Tel: +44 (0)1244 797 779 Yorkshire Tel: +44 (0)1274 300 300 Email: info@academyji.com


The Need For Subsea Leak Detection NeptuNe OceaNOgraphics Ltd sapharey house, sturt road, charlbury, Oxon OX7 3sX, united Kingdom t: +44 (0)8453 707177 F: +44 (0)8704 581979 e: chris@neptune.gb.com W: www.neptune.gb.com

NepTuNe OceaNOgraphicS LTD is a global leader in the field of detection of leaks from subsea pipelines, risers and control systems and has made, and continues to make, significant technical advances in this field. Neptune has developed several new leak detection systems based on fluorometric, acoustic, differential temperature, MEG and direct hydrocarbon detection techniques. FLuOrOmeTry In the past detecting subsea pipeline leaks has relied on ‘black light’ (unfiltered ultraviolet light) to visually detect leaked fluorescent dyes either by diver or underwater camera, however, this method is very inefficient and relies on high dye concentrations and optimum visibility and tidal flow conditions for any chance of success. More recently, deploying submersible ‘tuned’ fluorometers that send data up to the attendant vessel providing a real time visual display has largely solved these problems. These submersible fluorometers are capable of measuring concentration levels thus allowing the operator to ‘home in’ on the highest values found at the leak source. They are very sensitive and will detect dye at concentration so low as to be invisible to the naked eye or underwater camera. However, with normal submersible fluorometers spatial coverage is poor and the dye has to be in contact before it is detected. To overcome the problem of spatial coverage and the need for dye contact with the fluorometer, Neptune Oceanographics has developed a family of ‘Long Ranger’ leak detection systems that detect tracer dyes remotely. The ‘Long Ranger’ sensors have forward facing ‘tuned’ light sources (like torches) producing beams of excitation light. The fluoresced light generated by leaking fluid is detected by the sensor without the need for contact. Because the sensors have high spatial coverage and long range, quick and easy scanning for leaks is achieved without needing to consider tidal flow direction to ‘capture’ dye. The latest versions of Neptune’s ‘Long Ranger’ leak detection sensors have the potential to detect leaking fluorescent dyes and crude oil, etc. at distances of up to 20m. Other significant advantages of the ‘Long Ranger’ include the detection of leaks from risers while working at safe operating distances and detecting leaks within confined structures such as manifolds where ROV access is not possible or too hazardous. For many years the fluorescent dye typically used for leak detection has been Fluorescein, however, this is being phased out of general use as

it no longer complies with the latest legislation for discharges at sea. Other tracers such as Castrol’s SPF, Champion Clear Dye and other clear UV dyes, MacDermid’s Oceanic range of fluids, Rhodamine, Roemex’s 9022 red dye, etc., have been tested to demonstrate their compliance with the latest legislation and are now widely used. Neptune’s family of ‘Long Ranger’ fluorescent leak detection sensors are capable of detecting these dyes and by deploying the UV version can detect crude oil, lubricating oil and hydrocarbon based control fluids such as Castrol’s Brayco fluid. acOuSTicS Hydrophones are effectively underwater microphones that can be tuned to ‘listen’ for ultrasounds generated by fluids leaking under pressure. For small leaks these leak generated signals tend to be at frequencies well above the audible range, i.e. above 20kHz, thus requiring sophisticated sensors and software to reliably determine the difference between leak generated and ambient ‘noise’. The major problems with this method are the sounds caused by the attendant (ROV) and other vessels in the vicinity. In collaboration with Aquatec Group, Neptune Oceanographics have produced an acoustic leak detection sensor that incorporates a directional hydrophone with a high pass filter that significantly reduces the effects of non leak generated sounds. The sensors have been tuned to respond in the range of frequencies known to be emitted by high pressure leaks through small apertures. Acoustic signals are sent to an onboard PC via an ROV umbilical or diver cable where acoustic intensity is displayed graphically and also recorded for later playback. Typical applications are detection of leaks of gas from subsea installations, locating fluid leaks from buried pipelines and from pipe within pipe configurations. More recently, Neptune Oceanographics supplied a modified acoustic detection system complete with acoustic modem that successfully monitored the opening and closing of a large control valve during pipeline maintenance and replacement operations. DirecT DeTecTiON OF hyDrOcarbONS Hydrocarbons in liquid form such as crude oil can be detected using a ‘Long Ranger’ leak detector, however, a different method is required for gas. A direct reading hydrocarbon sensor has been added to the range of Neptune Oceanographics leak detection systems. This sensor is essentially a methane detector but it is equally a general hydrocarbon detector that will respond to most hydrocarbons, however, the potential for oil contamination on the sensors membrane make it less suitable for oil detection but good for gas detection. The very high sensitivity of the sensor also makes it ideal for the detection of gas leakages, gas in trapped in structure voids, seepage from the seabed, etc.

‘NeptuNe OceaNOgraphics Ltd is a gLObaL Leader iN the fieLd Of detectiON Of Leaks frOm subsea pipeLiNes, risers aNd cONtrOL systems.’ 10

Long Range Sensor: Two blue excitation light beams are visible. Fluoresced light produced by the dye shows as a green cloud at the leak location. Tracer dye is Fluorescein. Leak detection system output is graphically displayed on the onboard PC.

Typical screen display DirecT DeTecTiON OF mONO eThyLeNe gLycOL (meg) A new addition to Neptune’s subsea leak detection capability is a MEG (Mono ethylene glycol) sensor. This sensor detects leaks of MEG from the subsea systems without the need to add tracer dye. By eliminating tracer dye, leak detection can be accomplished with no additional environmental downside. DiFFereNTiaL TemperaTure meaSuremeNTS Under some circumstances such as with water injection flow lines, leaks can be identified using the temperature difference between the surrounding seawater and the water leaking from the flowline. The flowline water temperature is normally above ambient seawater temperature due to the high pressure pumping required. Neptune has developed a differential temperature technique that can detect very small temperature changes. The sensors comprise fast, high precision thermistors connected through the Neptune leak detection system to the ROV umbilical for onboard display and recording. The 2 channel on-board PC displays data as a colour time series plot in real time allowing the operator to easily see changes in signal that indicate the presence of a leak. The software also allows the user record data and set alarm levels. OTher NewS During 2006 Neptune Oceanographics formed a strategic alliance with Aberdeen based Dynamic Positioning Services (DPS) who provide full workshop facilities, equipment deployment, technical expertise and experienced offshore engineers to support Neptune’s global leak detection operations. Neptune’s growing list of agents includes established companies in:- Norway, Singapore, Houston, India and UAE

Leaks in your subsea pipeline installations? Neptune Oceanographics can find them for you.

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Long range fluorescence for tracer dyes Detection of liquid hydrocarbons Detection of gaseous hydrocarbons Differential temperature measurement Acoustic listening Detection of Mono Ethylene Glycol (MEG)

Neptune continuously strive to improve and develop new and better techniques for detection of leaks in subsea pipeline systems and provide leak detection systems and offshore engineers who can mobilise and conduct leak detection surveys anywhere in the world at very short notice.

Neptune Oceanographics Limited Tel: Fax:

+44 (0) 8453 707 177 +44 (0) 8704 581 979

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Neptune Oceanographics Ltd is an ISO 9001 : 2008 certified company • First Point registration number 20436

Bedford Opto Technology Limited Bedford Opto Technology 1 Biggar Business Park Market Road Biggar ML12 6FX Scotland T: +44 (0)1899 221221 F: +44 (0)1899 221009 E: lorna@bot.co.uk W: www.bot.co.uk

BedfOrd OpTO TechnOLOgy specialize in the design, development and manufacture of ATEX/IECEx certified Opto Couplers.The current range consists of 3 products;10kv tubular OPI 110/1264 series with phototransistor output and CTR’s of up to 100% minimum at 1mA If; the OPI1000L series phototransistor output giving 40% min CTR at 1mA If in surface mount configuration supplied taped and reeled: the OPI2000M with a High Speed Logic output coupled to a high speed IR emitter operating up to 2MHz with very low propagation delays, supplied in surface mount

or through board configuration. A new surface mount ATEX/IECEx coupler, the OPI5000 is under development that will comply with the Lead Free directive and be compatible with the soldering temperatures associated with the changes to soldering processes. Samples are available now. All BOT ATEX products meet the RoHS directive and are now IECEx certified. Luxion type high luminous flux white LED arrays are available to customers requirements, ideal light sources in hazardous environments. • For further information,data,samples and pricing please contact Bill Stott or Lorna Wyllie on 01899 221221(Ph) or 01899 221009(Fax) or visit our NEW Web site www.bot.co.uk

A new surfAce mount AteX/IeceX coupler, the opI5000 Is under development thAt wIll comply wIth the leAd free dIrectIve And be compAtIble wIth the solderIng temperAtures AssocIAted wIth the chAnges to solderIng processes. SS BOT Plex


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Design, development and manufacture of ATEX certified Opto Couplers. Through board or surface mount in tape and reel. High speed logic output. Special selections and lead forms readily available.



Hawke International – Providing Global Connection Solutions Hawke International U.K. Oxford Street West Ashton Under Lyne Lancashire OL7 0NA T: +44 (0)161 830 6695 F: +44 (0)161 830 6648 W: www.ehawke.com

HAWKE INTERNATIONAL, A DIVISION OF HUBBELL LIMITED is renowned as a provider of global connections solutions for safety critical explosive gas and dust hazardous applications. Its innovative ranges of cable connection and termination products have been specifically designed with the customer in mind and have gained worldwide approvals and credibility for safe and reliable use in the extreme conditions found in hazardous classified locations and hostile environments. The customer’s requirements for sustained safety and reliability under extreme conditions are and have always been Hawke’s primary objectives. Furthermore, its superior designs allow for ease of installation and inspection, use long life high quality materials for the lowest lifetime costs and are manufactured to rigorous quality standards. Its product ranges includes: CABLE GLANDS A comprehensive range of IP66,IP67,IP68 and DTS01 deluge protected brass, nickel plated brass and stainless steel cable glands which are certified to the latest international standards by notified bodies such as BASEEFA, SIRA and Underwriters Laboratories and offer either dual ATEX/IECEx

or ATEX/ UL certification for uses in Zones, Classes and Zones and Classes and Divisions These products carry a number of alternative certifications including, GOST- R, GOST –K, IMETROCEPEL, KTL, Det Norske Veritas, American Bureau of shipping and Canadian Standards Association The ATEX certified cable glands are dual certified Exe (Increased Safety) and Exd (Flameproof) for use in Gases and Dusts up to Gas group IIC and Dust Category Db and a number of ranges also offer ExnRII restricted breathing protection for Zone 2 applications. TERMINAL BOXES Hawke International’s large range of IP66, IP67 and DTS01 water deluge tested antistatic glass reinforced polyester and electro-polished grade 316L stainless steel Increased Safety Exe terminal boxes house terminals for connecting cables size 0.5sq mm up to 300 sq mm with up to1200 terminals. The PL range of GRP boxes offer zero halogen, high UV, impact and chemical resistance with a silicon rubber moulded lid seal which provides a safe reliable long term IP seal between the base and lid. The external mounting feet permit the box to be mounted without removing the terminal box lid and optional brass or zinc plated steel internal earth plates may be added to the terminal box to provide a secure earth continuity connection between the cable glands entries. The stainless steel terminal boxes offer removable gland plates and hinged lid, one piece silicon lid gasket and an internal and external earth connection. The stainless steel box range is also available

with a toughened glass window and frame unit. Both the GRP and stainless steel ranges of terminal boxes are dual ATEX and IECEx certified to the latest IEC standards and they also hold UL and GOST approvals for use in hazardous locations. CONNECTORS The Instrumex, ControlEx and PowerEx ranges of plug and receptacle connectors offer in line and bulkhead connection solutions which provides for ease of installation, reducing installation time and the associated costs. The Exd (flameproof) gas group IIC connectors are suitable for control and instrumentation, Ethernet and medium power applications in Zone 1 areas. Connectors bodies can be supplied in brass, nickel plated brass or grade 316L stainless steel materials and the internal plug and receptacle connections rely upon the well established beryllium copper Multi - Lam contact concept which incorporates spring loaded laminations to offer the lowest insertion forces and the best possible low resistance connections under extremes of vibration and thermal conditions. The connectors offer variable keying options to prevent cross connections and their cable acceptance sizes range from 0.37sq mm to 630 sq mm and are suitable for currents up to 780Amps. Dual ATEX/ IECEx marking is applied as standard with options for GOST – R certification marking also available. The InstrumEx range offer live mate and demate capabilities in zone 1 applications in circuits rated up to 250Volt and 10Amps. Hawke International offer a team of installation engineers to provide a connector installation service either at one of our global centres or at our customer chosen locations. With offices in the UK, China, America, Singapore and a worldwide distribution network, Hawke International is able to provide a rapid Connection Solutions response globally to customers exacting hazardous area requirements.




World leading range of hazardous area and industrial cable glands, providing unrivalled safety


Extremely robust anti-static Exe enclosures, providing extreme corrosion and impact resistance

UK Office Hawke International Oxford Street West, Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire 0L7 0NA. UK. Tel: +44 (0) 161 830 6695 Fax: +44 (0) 161 830 6698 E-mail: sales@ehawke.com

Singapore Office Hawke International 130 Joo Seng Road, #03-02, Olivine Building, Singapore 368357 Tel: +65 (6282) 2242 Fax: +65 (6284) 4244 E-mail: asia@ehawke.com






Extensive range of stainless steel Exe enclosures, with global certification options


Complete range of Exd Instrument, Control and Power connectors, allowing for greater flexibility

USA Office Hawke International

4140 World Houston Parkway, Suite 130, Houston, TX. 77032 USA. Tel: 00 (1) 281 445 7400 Wats: (800) 354 9189 Fax: 00 (1) 281 445 7404 E-mail: america@ehawke.com




Turner Explosion Protection Systems Turner Explosion Protection Systems Newstead Trading Estate Trentham Stoke on Trent ST4 8HT United Kingdom T: +44(0) 1782 657331 F: +44(0) 1782 644600 E: Tepsystems@turner-eps.co.uk W: www.turner-eps.co.uk

TURNER EPS DESIGN AND MANUFACTURE explosion protection systems for diesel engines operating in Hazardous Areas. They have continued to build on the 25 year pedigree established under their previous name, FlameTec. The international customer base has certainly

embraced the name change and has continued to provide challenging projects from across the world. Explosion protection is delivered through two key products: 2G-PAC (for Zone 1) and 3G-PAC (for Zone 2). These products form the backbone of the project delivery but each project is potentially unique and it is routine practice to develop bespoke solutions. A 3G PAC features Exhaust Gas Cooling, Exhaust Flame Trap (Flame Arrestor) and Ex rated Electrical Control and Safety Shutoff Systems. Gas detection can be provided by the industry leading 3G AIR (Advanced Infra Red) system. This self powered, stand alone, fail safe system is used to continuously monitor the atmosphere and safely isolate plant or equipment in the event that an explosive atmosphere is detected. Typical projects are in the Offshore Oil & Gas Industry for applications such as Well Servicing, Pump Drivers, Compressor Drivers, and Generating Sets. Turner EPS have experience of a wide range of engine makes & models therefore permitting the very best engine match to be made. The 3G PAC is available for open self ventilated

or IP56 enclosure installations to conform to EN1834-1:2000 (designation Ex II 3G Ex d e nA IIA or IIB T3). Configurations using pressurised enclosure protection concepts (to EN/IEC 60079-2:2007) are also available (designation Ex II 3G Ex d nA nC pz IIA or IIB T3 Gc). Turner EPS systems are all explosion tested with verification from a reputable third party test house. This commitment to quality and certification ensures that Turner EPS will always uphold its reputation for engineering excellence in explosion protection.


Design and Manufacture of Explosion Protection Systems 2G PAC for Zone 1 and 3G PAC for Zone 2 For Diesel Engines and Generating Sets operating in Hazardous Areas Offshore and Onshore.

Packages for Engines Operating in Hazardous Areas

Includes: Exhaust Gas Cooling, Exhaust Flame Trap, Ex Rated Electrical Control, Safety Shutoff Systems. Full Compliance to ATEX Directive 94/9/EC Full Compliance to CEN Standard EN1834-1:2000

Notified Body Unit Verification Available

Notified Body Unit Verification

Ask your suppler for a “Notified Body Unit Verification” certificate as per Annex IX of ATEX Directive 94/9/EC. This confirms legislation compliance and is the best guarantee against explosion. Available for all Turner EPS engine packages.

Explosion Protected JCB444 Diesel Engine Driven 32kWe Generator Package II 3G Ex d e nA T3 Tamb –10°C to +35°C

UK Design & Manufacture Centre: Newstead Trading Estate, Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 8HT, UK email: tepsystems@turner-eps.co.uk tel: +44 (0)1782 657331


Specialist design. Advanced technology. From the bolt tensioning specialist you can trust Boltight understands the requirements of the worldwide oil and gas industry. We offer fast delivery on standard tools and a custom design service for specialist tools. All our products are manufactured to exacting quality and safety standards. s Bolt tensioners s Subsea tools s Hydraulic nuts s Special tool designs s Pumps and hoses s Thread protection caps

For more information on our products and services call +44 (0)845 500 5556 or visit www.boltight.com

www.boltight.com Tel: +44 (0)845 500 5556 Fax: +44 (0)845 500 5557 email: sales@boltight.com Boltight Limited, Unit 2, Junction 10 Business Park, Bentley Mill Way, Walsall, West Midlands, WS2 0LE, United Kingdom

Darchem Thermal Protection DARCHEM ENGINEERING Ironmasters Way Stillington Stockton-on-Tees TS21 1LB T: +44(0) 1740 630461 E: dtpssales@darchem.co.uk W: www.darchem.co.uk

DarmaTT THERMAL PASSIVE FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEMS Darchem Thermal Protection has developed DARMATT to provide a flexible fire protection system, which can dramatically reduce fire loss or damage by allowing a controlled shutdown of critical facilities. Danger and damage from fire at refineries, petrochemical and offshore installations can be minimised by efficient protection of the systems controlling the plant. Darmatt is designed for the protection of actuators and valves, cable routed, conduits and signal lines, junction boxes, solenoid stations, air receivers, process vessels and other equipment applications requiring fire protection. The Darmatt PFP (Passive Fire Protection) System has been supplied extensively to the oil and gas industry for both onshore and offshore applications, It is designed and manufactured as a removable, compact, flexible system, which has been tested and certified to provide protection against hydrocarbon fires. Darmatt is fully tested and certified for use in high-rise hydrocarbon fires such as denoted in the UL1709 and BS476 (pt 20 amendment 6478) fire test curves. Such fires reach approximately 1100°C within minutes. Darmatt J180 has been specifically developed to satisfy requirements for a flexible passive fire protection system to withstand jet fire and blast overpressure conditions. The increasingly onerous conditions that fire protection is now required to meet has led to the development of versions of DARMATT J180 that can withstand jet fires and greater blast overpressure. The Darmatt J180 is a composite often recommended for petrochemical plants and provides a protection window from between 15 minutes to 180 minutes in a jet fire upto 1300°C. DarSHIELD RIGID AND COMPACT PASSIVE FIRE PROTECTION ENCLOSURES Darshield Rigid Fire Protection Enclosures are the ultimate durable solution for the protection of valves, actuators, junction boxes, control units, air


reservoirs, vessels and pipework. The main features of the DARSHIELD system are: ➤ Lightweight for ease of handling and totally removable. ➤ No deterioration of performance throughout intended life span even in hostile environments. ➤ High resistance to corrosion and vibration. There are many advantages of the DARSHIELD system. Independent test have been carried out on DARSHIELD enclosures, which confirm their ability to withstand a standard hydrocarbon pool fire with temperatures in excess of 1100°C, control the temperature rise of the protected equipment, provide protection for up to 120 minutes, withstand jet fire up to 1300°C and withstand blast pressure. raDIaNT HEaTSHIELDS HEAT FLUX REDUCTION SOLUTIONS Darchem Thermal Protection specialises in the design, development and manufacture of Radiant Heatshields for the protection of personnel, equipment and structures from radiated heat and flames. The design of RADIANT HEATSHIELDS will vary from application to application relative to the incidental heat fluxes to the shielding and the amount of heat reduction required. Thermal Protection has continuous programme of research and development of Radiant Heatshields for use on both onshore and offshore installations. The use of both Chevron and Radiant Heathsield have a number of distinct advantages over other radiation shield systems. Darmet Chevron system has been developed for higher heat flux levels and is generally used for horizontal heatshields located directly below the flare tip. Darmet radiant heatshields are ➤ Durable and have been installed for more than 20 years without deterioration ➤ Lightweight ➤ Maintenance free ➤ Corrosion resistant (high alloy) ➤ Self draining ➤ Impervious to effects of weather

➤ Suited for intermittent and severe thermal cycling conditions

ENGINEErING aND SErVICES OIL AND GAS The Thermal Protection engineering team has vast experience in traditional calculating methods to analysing problems. They have experience of a broad range of bespoke design solutions. This occurs wh en cusotomer problems are outside the tested parameters. In these instances, the design provides Engineering Evaluations that can be verified by governing bodies or by further test work. SITE SERVICES Due to increased activity in recent years, and the necessity for increased customer support, Darchem Engineering Site Services team has been set up to provide our customers with an all round service including front end survey, final installation and after sales support. Resources are made available both onshore and offshore in the UK and worldwide to meet customer demands. Darchem Engineering Ltd has the capability to: ➤ Respond to urgent fast-track requirements ➤ Provide after sales services ➤ Co-ordinate manufacture and installation activities on critical programmes accommodating operational constraints. ➤ Give world wide support ➤ Provide key skilled engineers and technicians to perform design surveys, installation and training.

Engineered Materials

Ironmasters Way, Stillington Stockton on Tees TS21 1LB www.darchem.co.uk dtpsales@darchem.co.uk +44 (0) 1740 630461

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In Our Element Valeport Limited St Peter’s Quay Totnes Devon TQ9 5EW UK T: +44 (0)1803 869292 F: +44 (0)1803 869293 E: sales@valeport.co.uk W: www.valeport.co.uk

ESTabLiShED in 1969, Valeport design and manufacture instrumentation for the oceanographic / hydrographic community, with a worldwide customer base that includes the environmental, military, oil & gas, renewable, construction, dredging and civil engineering sectors. Key to our reputation for supplying high quality, reliable instrumentation is our philosophy of retaining all aspects of the development and manufacturing processes in-house. Our riverside premises in the picturesque town of Totnes in the southwest of the UK houses all our facilities for designing, CNC machining, environmental testing, assembly, calibration and servicing of all our instruments. This philosophy gives us complete control over every aspect of our products, allowing us to provide our customers with the right tools to do their jobs, with minimum fuss and maximum confidence. Now into the 41st year providing the oceanographic, coastal and hydrographic community with surveying and monitoring equipment, Valeport are maintaining their position as the UK’s leading manufacturer in this market area. Back in the early 70s, the company grew steadily making current meters and new products were introduced like CTDs and Tide Gauges. The pioneering days of North Sea exploration in the 80s allowed the 600 series CTD to become a firm favourite in the survey and seismic market, indeed this is still the case worldwide and is now known as the Midas CTD. A move into Tide Gauges during the 80’s proved to be the right decision for Valeport as the BTH700 and VTM710 became a familiar site in many ports and harbours both UK and worldwide. The portable Model 740 introduced in the mid 90’s allowed both large and small survey companies to enjoy a powerful, yet cost effective

solution to tidal monitoring and has proved to be another “industry standard” for tidal measurement. With the oil and gas exploration market entering deeper water, Valeport had to follow suit. The introduction of a 3000m depth rated CTDs allowed the monitoring necessary to support required operations. Today, we deploy both CTD, Multi-Parameter CTD’s and SVP instruments to 6000m as standard whilst technology drives us forward. The late nineties saw a new phase in development with the introduction of Wave Recorders and Sound Velocity instruments. The Model 730 Directional Wave Recorders using the well documented PUV measurement method and linear wave theory for data processing, allowed coastal monitoring projects to safely achieve data collection where a traditional wave buoy could not operate. The addition of extra parameters such as turbidity proved a powerful tool in the sediment transport and coastal erosion studies. Monitoring of sound velocity has traditionally been done via computed CTD data and still undertaken when Salinity and Density are required. These days direct measurement via Valeport’s range of mini sensors and profilers, which utilise the latest in high technology composite materials and digital circuitry, provides users with an un-beatable accuracy. A combined CTD/SVP, the Midas SVX2 has quickly become the professional choice within the oil & gas survey community in the last few years. For bathymetric products, the Midas Bathypack and miniIPS (intelligent pressure sensor) combine well to give users the best in density corrected depth measurement with simple to use topside software. Completing the survey equipment range is the Midas Surveyor, a portable, single beam, dual frequency GPS echo sounder. The Surveyor allows one unit to log and output multiple

parameters saving valuable space on small craft. As we move forward, product development is key to our future. Our products come from our customers; the skill is translating a market-led idea into a specification that can be met by our team of mechanical, electronic, firmware and software R&D engineers. Quality in the manufacturing process is paramount, from the mechanical parts from our CNC machine shop, through rigorous environmental and batch testing of pcbs in our ESD protected factory, to final assembly of the sensors and instruments we offer. The sale of an instrument is the start of our relationship with a customer, not the end. With facilities including a tow-tank, ultra-stable temperature and salinity baths, high accuracy temperature bridges and standards, and pressure test vessels for all our products, our Service and Calibration staff are able to keep your instrument performing as new for many years. That is why we offer a 12 month warranty on all services – to give you the same confidence in our products that we have. Valeport’s strength is in our customer service and the policy of continuous product development. Our aim is to maintain a high level of innovation and support for many years to come.

‘Monitoring of sound velocity has traditionally been done via coMputed ctd data and still undertaken when salinity and density are required. these days direct MeasureMent via valeport’s range of Mini sensors and profilers, which utilise the latest in high technology coMposite Materials and digital circuitry, provides users with an un-beatable accuracy. a coMbined ctd/svp, the Midas svX2 has quickly becoMe the professional choice within the oil & gas survey coMMunity in the last few years.’ 20

The UK’s leading manufacturer of hydrographic and oceanographic instrumentation. • Tide Gauges • Wave Recorders • Current Meters • Echo Sounders & Bathymetry • Sound Velocity • Ocean Engineering • CTD & Multiparameter

Tel: +44 (0)1803 869292 E Mail: sales@valeport.co.uk Web: www.valeport.co.uk

Plenty of innovation in WERMA’s Ex range Beacons and Sounders WERMA (UK) LTD Linnell Way Telford Way Industrial Estate Kettering Northamptonshire NN16 8PS UK T: +44 (0) 1536 486 930 F: +44 (0) 1536 486 810 W: www.werma.co.uk E: uksales@werma.co.uk

WERMA HAS MANUFACTURED explosionprotected signal devices in outstanding quality for over 50 years. Many years of experience and know-how in the field of signal technology make WERMA a reliable partner with an extensive range of innovative Ex products. Our Ex-products are developed and designed in accordance with the current norms and guidelines and are certified by accredited testing boards. The guidelines concerning explosion protection and the demands made upon the signal devices themselves have changed enormously over the last few years. WERMA has invested in the development of innovative Ex products which meet the most exacting standards in order to fulfil customer needs. Our new high-impact programme ranges from Ex signal beacons to optical and audible Ex signal devices. The new WERMA products can even be used in gas and dust explosion endangered areas (Zone 1 and 2, Zone 21 and 22). Ex signal devices can be found in a huge variety of settings nowadays. Refineries, filling plants, sawmills, furniture factories, mines, grain mills, granaries, cement works, hospitals in general, the chemical and petro-chemical industries, the food-technology sector and many other explosionendangered areas are all locations where Ex-signal devices are to be found. 741 SERIES LED SIGNAL TOWER WITH INTEGRAL ZENER BARRIER The requirement for Atex-certified products in traditional petrochemical enviroments is well documented. The risk of explosion in dusty environments such as flour mills is also widely known. It may not be immediately obvious that a process such as the filling of the humble aerosol canister could demand such an ap741 tower proach. Because just about any material, if divided finely enough and exposed to the right (or wrong!) conditions, can become explosive. World-leading manufacturer of machinery for the household and cosmetic aerosol industries, DH Industries of Laindon, Essex, are familiar with these problems. When faced with the challenge of providing visual signalling on an aerosol filling


line they were building for a major manufacturer of household products, they turned to WERMA. The 741 series signal tower provides full protection against explosion without compromising the signalling effect. The bright LEDs give immediate 360° indication of the production line status and, with a typical life of 100,000 hours, there are no maintenance issues. The integral Zener barrier simplifies installation. Its compact size enables it to be fitted precisely where required. Our employees are trained in special workshops and seminars for the manufacture of our Ex products, and the entire manufacturing process has been adapted to conform to the legal regulations for explosion-endangered areas. We use only materials of the highest quality as our Ex products are often subjected to extreme conditions and must still continue to function perfectly. No WERMA Ex product leaves the plant without being certified by an external independent board and comprehensive function testing and quality control by our own quality-assurance. NEW LED EX AND OBSTRUCTION BEACONS FROM WERMAEX BEACONS NOW AVAILABLE WITH LEDS FOR LONGER LIFE WERMA (UK) Ltd has launched two new long-life signal beacons: The 782 Ex LED beacons and 281 Obstruction Beacon 782 EX BEACON - PERMANENT OR ROTATING LIGHT As well as a permanent light variant, a wear-free 782 Ex LED rotating beacon is also available. The LEDs are triggered in sequence, generating an exceptionally intense rotating light effect.

782 Ex beacon

maintenance free. The LED lights have a life typically in excess of 50,000 hours TESTED AND APPROVED The beacon has been certified by the marine and shipping authorities in Germany. The WERMA 281 beacon meets the requirements of the “General Administrative Provision for the Identification of Aviation Obstacles” in Germany, and the specifications of the international civil aviation organisation ICAO (“Low Intensity Obstacle Light, Type A”).

WIDE RANGE OF APPLICATIONS The new 782 Ex beacons from WERMA can provide signalling in gas or dust explosion hazardous areas covering zones 1 and 2 as well as 21 and 22. ALL WEATHER LED 281 OBSTRUCTION BEACON Salt water and fuel resistant for the most arduous applications The powder coated aluminium die-cast housing provides effective resistance to salt water, fuels including aviation kerosene and UV radiation. The glass lens is made of toughened borosilicate glass thus ensuring that the beacon can withstand even the most arduous environmental conditions. MAINTENANCE FREE OPERATION Using the latest LED technology, the WERMA beacon is virtually

281 beacon


Is it a Belleville washer or a precision disc spring? BELLEVILLE SPRINGS LTD Arthur Street, Lakeside, Redditch, B98 8JY, United Kingdom T: 01527 500500 F: 01527 517039 W: www.bellevillesprings.com E: info@bellevillesprings.com

WHEN JULIAN BELLEVILLE patented his conical spring disc in 1861 it is unlikely he had any idea that it would have such wideranging applications. Unlike the conventional helical compression spring that has a linear force/deflection characteristic, the same characteristic in a disc spring is a function of the variable cone-height to thickness ratio. This is often a useful feature: for example, the seal on a spherical ball valve requires a spring force back-up to achieve sufficient seating stress which must be maintained throughout a significant amount of seal face wear. A disc spring with a cone height approximately 1.5 times the material thickness, offers a near constant force for a range of deflections. A constant force characteristic is also desirable in joints or bolting systems subject to thermal expansion and contraction. STACKING While the variation of cone height to thickness ratio can be employed to produce characteristics of a progressive, linear, or regressive nature, the full realisation of the versatility of the disc spring emerges with ‘stacking’ into spring columns. A disc spring ‘nested’ inside another – i.e., convex face placed to concave face (same way up) – is described as two disc springs assembled in parallel. This arrangement results in a force capacity double that of a single disc spring, yet the deflection capability remains that of a single disc. It is a misconception that the resultant force from two disc springs assembled in parallel is equal to the force of a disc spring that is twice the thickness of the single disc. Not so, due to


the fact that disc spring thickness is raised to the power of three in the force calculation formula. For example, for identical inside and outside diameters, the force to flat of a single 2mm thick disc may be 5,423N and the force to flat of a single 4mm thick disc is 26,697N. Having multiplied the force of a single disc spring by nesting further disc springs of the same dimensions in parallel, it is possible to multiply the deflection by adding further nested units to the column which are apposed to one another, - i.e. ‘back-to-back’. Single disc springs of the same dimensions can also be stacked back-to-back, termed stacking in series. When disc springs are employed in series or parallel stacks, or a combination of both, Fig 1, friction occurs at the bearing points of opposed springs in series stacking, and to a greater degree across the interfaces of parallel nested discs. Often the hysteresis due to friction is advantageous for those applications requiring a damping effect. A ‘rule of thumb’ for guidance on length of disc spring stacks to minimise friction, is that, in the unloaded condition, the stack length should not exceed 2.5 times the

disc springs outside diameter. DISC SPRING SELECTION Precision disc springs, produced to the DIN standards 2092 and DIN 2093, are pre-stressed ( scragged); machining and radiusing of edges also removes stress raisers, which could otherwise reduce fatigue life. The term Belleville washer generally applies to the lower cost, less precise form of conical spring disc, normally used on applications of a less critical nature. Scragging is omitted and the inside and outside diameters are not machined. Select therefore disc springs to DIN 2092/2093 for critical loading or dynamic applications and the Belleville washer for static applications where some setting and /or loss of force can be tolerated. BELLEVILLE SPRINGS LTD. Using computer software and our many years experience of the disc spring industry, Belleville springs are perfectly placed to help you select the correct component for your application. Whatever your questions give us a call.


1 Single Disc Spring

2 Disc Springs in parallel

Total Force = Force of single disc spring

Total Force = 2 x Force of single disc spring

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Total Deflection = Deflection of single disc spring

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4 Disc Springs in series and parallel

Total Force = Force of single disc spring

Total Force = 2 x Force of single disc spring

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Total Deflection = Deflection of single disc spring

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PRESSURE RELIEF WITH HIGH FLOW CAPACITY & LOW COST OF OWNERSHIP: Buckling Pin Pressure Relief Valve Technology Bs&B Safety Systems Ltd Raheen Business Park Limerick, Ireland T: +353 (0)61 227022 F: +353 (0)61 227987 E: sales@bsb.ie W: www.bsb.ie.com

IN CHOOSING EFFICIENT RELIEF SYSTEM SIZING, it is the designer’s goal to obtain maximum flow for the smallest financial investment while meeting the challenging operating requirements of each application. Bursting disk devices’ full opening characteristics provide the best flow option while pressure relief valves offer significantly reduced flow but, with automatic reset, avoid immediate downtime. An alternative option uses “buckling pin” technology to control the set pressure of a high flow, in-line relief valve that equals the performance of the best bursting


disk devices. The buckling pin relief valve (BPRV) owes its high in-line flow capacity to a unique hollow rotating disc. Based upon an offset shaft butterfly valve concept, a pressure differential produces a turning moment on the valve shaft in the direction of flow. This moment converts to a force in the BPRV external mechanism and is restrained by a buckling pin under normal service conditions. At a predetermined pressure relief point, the buckling pin activates at the corresponding load, allowing the disc to rotate through 90°, full open. This exposes the hollow disc profile to the flow path, providing the maximum flow area for pressure relief. Excellent repeatability of buckling pins made from the same controlled heat of raw material assures set pressure accuracy of the BPRV. Euler’s Law of 1776 determines that a

pin held in compression will buckle at a particular load. This buckling point is controlled by three variables: 1. Diameter of the pin 2. Length of the pin 3. Modulus of elasticity (material) of the pin Precise control of buckling pin dimensions within each lot results in BPRV accuracy that equals or exceeds rupture disk devices. The BPRV applies a century’s old, highly reliable technology to a modern engineering application. Buckling pins can be installed in a cartridge form allowing a replacement to be handled conveniently like an electrical cartridge fuse; this offers the optimum ease and integrity of installation. Easy reset, typically in the field by the user, is the design basis for the BPRV. This provides a unique combination of high flow capacity, in-line valve technology designed for minimum reset downtime. Reset is by hand and typically takes less than five minutes to accomplish, even on very large nominal size valves, and without specialized tools. The buckling pin activates the BPRV and is housed in an enclosure external to the process. The enclosure protects the pin and mechanism from environmental conditions. The application of buckling pin relief valve technology is particularly suited to the following conditions: • Continuous processes - minimum downtime after activation. • Hazardous service - the operator doesn’t have to remove the BPRV from the piping system for routine pin replacement, minimizing risk of exposure to the process. • Large line size - no requirement for special lifting equipment, extensive manpower, resulting in extended downtime to install a spare buckling pin. • Inaccessible locations - the buckling pin replacement is small and convenient for installation; the option of a buckling pin cartridge simplifies installation in hard-to-reach locations. • Remote installations - the small buckling pin replacement can easily fit in limited storage space. • Frequent operation - the cost of a replacement buckling pin is modest compared to the cost of larger rupture disks and post discharge relief valve testing. Buckling pin relief valve technology allows a facility to operate at a high productivity level while increasing safety for operators. Attractive overall cost of ownership combined with certification to international codes and standards provides the pressure relief system designer with efficient means of compliance with challenging project objectives.



If your electronics can’t stand the heat, get out of the oilfield By Bob Hunt, Head of Strategic Technology, C-MAC MicroTechnology C-MAC MicroTechnology Fenner Road South Denes Great Yarmouth Norfolk NR30 3PX United Kingdom T: 44 (0)1493 743100 F: 44 (0)1493 858536 W: www.cmac.com

THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY HAS DEVELOPED to such a point that it now has a business-critical need for electronics that can work reliably in harsher environments at significantly higher temperatures than were previously required. Traditionally, conventional Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) with packaged components soldered onto them have been the technology of choice for these tools. Yet, although they are mature in this market and globally available they have severe limitations in their ability for longevity in harsh environments. Consequently, the oil and gas industry should be looking to high reliability electronic subsystems that are constructed with multi chip module (MCM) technology, or hybrid microelectronics as they are more commonly known. MCMs, and in particular MCM-Cs (where ‘C’ refers to ceramic as the support substrate) are hermetically sealed cavity packages incorporating un-encapsulated (bare) semiconductors (integrated circuits and transistors) which are wire bonded to printed precious

metal, multi layer interconnect on ceramic substrates. A key benefit of using hybrid microelectronics is that passive components can be embedded within the printed layers. These can include resistors, capacitors and inductors. This enables increased circuit packing density, simplified assembly and in particular the realisation of precise component values through techniques such as laser trimming – a procedure that is invaluable in analogue circuits where ‘off-the-shelf’ resistor values for instance are inadequate. The maximum operating temperature that any component of your system can work at will always be the limiting factor. So, for example, interconnect in drill tools are usually PCBs, and most operate at a maximum of 175oC. As the requirement to work at increasing temperatures rises (planned natural gas wells at depths greater than 30,000ft will see temperatures top 250°C) there will be a greater need to replace the PCB interconnects with ceramic interconnects or use it to support and connect a series of modules within the system. To summarise, the key to extended temperature reliability in electronics is hybrid multichip microelectronics which have the right performance, physical size, reliability and mechanical strength requirements that cannot be rivalled by competing technology. This is becoming recognised and will enable the oil and gas industry to continue to drill for reserves in increasingly challenging environments.

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Saving industry millions through innovation Stephanie Pimlott, Business Liaison & Development Officer, Great Yarmouth Borough Council IT IS SAID THAT WHEREVER IN THE WORLD there is an offshore hydrocarbon related development in hand, there will be an engineer or technician from Great Yarmouth somewhere not far away. Arguably, soon it could also be said that wherever in the world there is an offshore hydrocarbon related development in hand there will be an innovative product from Great Yarmouth saving the industry millions. A number of companies in Great Yarmouth have recently developed products for the oil and gas industry that can save millions, improve reliability and provide safety and operational benefits. Over the past decade, drilling for hydrocarbon fuels has become increasingly challenging and the industry is being forced to drill in harsher environments, along horizontal paths at ever increasing depths. This means that the cost of exploring and extracting these reserves is growing at an exponential rate and the cost of failure of a measurement tool in drilling a 20,000 feet deep well could readily incur two days delay, which for an offshore platform is in the region of a $1,000,000$2,000,000 loss. There is a business-critical need therefore for electronics that can work reliably in these conditions. Traditionally, conventional Printed Circuit Boards with packaged components soldered onto them would be the technology of choice for ‘down-hole’ instrumentation. Yet, although they are mature in this market and globally available they have severe limitations in their ability for longevity in harsh environments and only have operating temperatures typically between 140 and 175°C However there is now a new and rapidly expanding range of high operating temperature semiconductor devices and passive components (such as resistors, capacitors, inductors) that are designed and fabricated for reliable operation in excess of 200°C. By coupling this new generation of components with multi chip modules with ceramic as the support substrate, the need for conventional plastic packaging components can be eliminated and the number of interconnections between components can be dramatically reduced. This means that an unprecedented and predictable level of reliability can be achieved for the oil and gas industry without venturing into new and unproven technology solutions.

C-MAC MicroTechnology, a global supplier of electronics solutions with a base in Great Yarmouth recently announced that it is supplying its high reliability microelectronics products and technologies to the oil and gas sector including their DC-DC converter for down-well drilling which is fully operational and reliable up to 225°C. C-MAC has utilised its 60 years of experience with robust technologies that ensure long term reliable operation through addressing key challenges such as high shock and vibration, high and low temperature, high pressure and resistance to chemical corrosion. Elsewhere in the industry, Claxton, an Acteon company in Great Yarmouth, has developed a new hydraulic riser handling tool that provides a solution for running, handling and remote pressure testing of an 18¾-in. 15-m NT-2 tension joint. The tool, developed for a Norwegian client, saved 4.5 hours of rig time with each run, which equates to an estimated project cost saving of £1.8 million. In addition to cost savings, the tool provides a range of safety and operational benefits, as it eliminates scaffolding requirements and offers protection to the associated riser connector.

Further benefits can be realised from testing the joint with a previously installed Claxton slimline tension ring, which reduces Texas deck exposure. Claxton is able to use its 20 years riser supply history experience to enhance projects such as this. Corrosion is another problem which is very costly to the industry. Great Yarmouth based GEV Offshore Limited has been successful in acquiring the exclusive rights to offer a new and innovative anti-corrosion product known as Oxifree throughout the UK. Promoted as the ultimate solution to complex corrosion and contamination issues, Oxifree has been successfully tested by industrial giants such as Petrobras, Vale and BHP. Oxifree is an organic polymeric resin that is heat applied to enable total penetration and encapsulation of a range of applications rather than coating. Having undergone extensive testing to industry standard ASTM B117 (an accelerated corrosion test environment known as the “hot salt fog test”), the product achieved results approaching nearly four times the industry benchmark. This is the equivalent to in excess of 20 years plus effectiveness in the field. Interestingly Oxifree is also recyclable up to 3-5 times under normal working conditions and environmentally safe. It can therefore be handled (when cooled) without harm and incredibly can be removed in part or whole and then heated and filtered through the application machine and re-used. C-MAC, GEV and Claxton Engineering have all been finalists in the EEEGR Innovation Awards in recent years.


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seaBeD sCoUr ConTroL sYsTems LimiTeD Seabed Scour Control Systems Ltd (SSCS) is acknowledged as a Market Leader in the provision of Frond Scour Protection Systems and Scour Control Consultancy Services to the Global Offshore Oil & Gas and Renewable Energy Industries including Wind, Wave and Tidal power installations. Since its formation in 1984 its continued ability to repeatedly meet customers requirements has enabled SSCS to achieve this recognition. Its ability to anticipate market trends and incorporate these into future customer requirements has also been increasingly acknowledged. SSCS was established to develop a method of harnessing nature using the artificial seaweed concept to produce an economic, permanent and environmentally accepted solution to scour. Extensive research and development resulted in the SSCS Frond Scour Protection Mat and installation trials were successfully carried out with Shell UK at their offshore facilities in the Southern North Sea where scour was affecting the stabilisation and exposure of platforms, and pipelines, where other methods were failing to provide the required protection. Methods being used at the time such as rock dumping and concrete mattresses were not suitable at some sites and were found to propagate edge and secondary scour causing settlement, sinkage and dispersion. These are refered to as ‘hard’ methods as a result of the solid hard edge

Subsea Pipeline shortly after installation of SSCS Frond Scour Protection Mats

profile they present to tidal currents. Early field trials were a complete success, since when the Frond Mats have been used extensively worldwide to correct similar scour problems in preference to other methods. The ‘soft’ nature and tidal motion of the buoyant Fronds has led to the Frond Mat being accepted as the natural and preferred method by which to eliminate this “hard edge” effect and provide the immediate and permanent protection required. Having initially supported customer operations in the UK, SSCS has extended its customer base and arena of operations worldwide and from its headquarters in Gt Yarmouth is meeting its customer requirements in the Far East, including Indonesia, Malayasia and Vietnam, in the Middle East, in the USA and in China while maintaining and strengthening its market position in the UK. SSCS was quick to realise the opportunity to transfer its expertise in providing Scour Protection to the Renewables Energy Market far in advance of the installation of the first UK Wind Farm and initiated discussions with prospective Operators SSCS Frond Scour Protection Mats attached to Subsea Structure to facilitate their Deployment to the seabed

of UK Wind Farm Projects to alert them to the difficulties they could encounter if the issue of scour protection was not addressed from day one. This was at a time when SSCS was already involved with the established Danish Operators regarding their scour protection requirements at existing and planned wind farm projects. This pro-active attitude to business needs has led to SSCS providing protection for wind farms in the North Sea, Irish Sea and the USA and to a continuing active role in the provision of protection of wind farm installations that are presently underway and being planned in Europe and overseas. SSCS has consistently sought to discuss and address the issues regarding the need for scour protection with Oil & Gas and Renewable Energy Developers and Operators at athe earliest opportunity to ensure that their offshore installations are effectively protected in order to maintain their permanent stability and integrity. There are Two main reasons for This iniTiaTive. The First is the considerable and detrimental physical and financial impact that seabed scour, if not protected against, will have on their installed facilities, and the increasing operational and financial risks that they will run if preventative measures are not taken. The Second is the significant technical and commercial advantages to both industries of the early identification of the likelihood of scour with new developments, and the pre-planning of an effective control solution at the earliest opportunity,

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and the rectification of existing scour in the most expedient, permanent and cost effective manner. SSCS knows from its considerable experience of providing such scour protection and rectification that its Frond Scour Protection Systems enable Developers and Operators to achieve those aims.

ENVIRONMENTALLY PROVEN AND APPROVED The SSCS Frond Scour Protection Mats are Certified by DNV and Lloyds and fully approved by Defra and numerous Regulatory Authorities and Environmental Groups worldwide.

IMMEDIATE AND PERMANENT SCOUR PROTECTION AND THE FORMATION OF SEDIMENT BANKS The SSCS Frond Scour Protection Mat reduces current velocity and related turbulence in the location being protected thereby eliminating the conditions which create scour. The reduction in current velocity stabilizes the seabed and prevents scour occurring. Sediments in suspension and being transported by the current are captured by the Buoyant Fronds and fall out of suspension and into the fronded area. Immediate scour protection is combined with the build up of a fibre reinforced, compacted sediment sandbank throughout the fronded area providing strengthened stability. The Frond Mats eliminate the occurrence of scour immediately upon installation and provide permanent maintenance free protection. The Frond Mats do not create the edge scour that occurs with other methods and as a result of the natural tidal motion of the viscous drag buoyant fronds, the protection provided extends beyond the extremities of the base of the Frond Mat. Therefore the Mats do not need to cover the same area of the seabed as is required by other methods to provide the same degree of protection.

FROND MAT APPLICATIONS The SSCS Frond Mats have been installed worldwide to protect all types of Subsea Installations including: • Drill Rig Spud Cans, Foundations & Templates • Platform Piled and Gravity Base Foundations • Pipelines • Subsea Protection Structures, Templates and Manifolds • Power and Telecoms Cables, and Umbilicals • Wind Turbine Foundations and Cables • Nearshore and Inshore Pipelines and Marine and Civil Installations FROND MAT INSTALLATION The Frond Mats can be installed by divers and/or ROV.

NO REQUIREMENT FOR MAINTENANCE The SSCS Frond Mats do not require maintenance. They are as a result of their natural, tidal action self maintaining. Other methods are known to require repeated maintenance and SSCS Frond Mats have frequently been installed to provide protection where these other methods have failed. COST COMPARISON OF THE SSCS FROND MATS WITH OTHER METHODS There are two main areas for significant cost savings using the SSCS Frond Mats. On Installation The Frond mats can be installed using relatively small and inexpensive installation vessels against those required to install other alternatives.

Divers installing


LIFE EXPECTANCY The SSCS Frond Mats are designed for a working life in excess of 30 years. The first SSCS Mats were installed in the Southern North Sea for Shell in 1984 and the pipeline that they were installed to protect remains protected to this day. This effectiveness of the Mats in providing permanent protection has been repeatedly proven on successive projects worldwide.

Post Installation (during the lifetime of the Subsea Facility) The Frond Mats are Maintenance free and self maintaining. These savings have proven the overall cost of

An SSCS Frond Scour Protection Mat filling with sediment shortly following installation

Formation of sediment bank within the SSCS Frond Scour Protection Mat approx: 30 days following installation

installing the Frond Systems to be to approximately 30% to 50% of the cost of using other methods and to remove all maintenance costs that with other methods can result in considerable bi-annual expenditures. ENGINEERING CONSULTANCY AND DESIGN SSCS carries out Site Scour Assessment Studies. These comprise an analysis of site environmental, tidal, current, wave and soils data,

an assessment of the likely extent of scour, its impact on the proposed subsea installation(s) and recommendations for the most technically and commercially effective deployment of the SSCS Frond Mats. SSCS EXPERIENCE AND THE TRANSFER OF TECHNOLOGY TO THE RENEWABLES ENERGY INDUSTRY SSCS has consistently recommended that the issue of scour should be addressed at the earliest opportunity when found at existing installations and from the outset of any new project. SSCS has also repeatedly advised against the use of ‘hard’ methods where it is known that the seabed soils types and metocean conditions are such that scour will undoubtedly occur, and has recommended that its Frond Mats be installed on installation of subsea facilities, or as soon after installation as is practically possible. However SSCS repeatedly encounters reluctance by some operators and developers to move away from the ‘hard’ methods with which they are familiar. Acknowledged as a common problem in the Oil & Gas industry this reluctance to do things differently and the ‘wait and see’ approach is already giving rise to problems at Offshore Wind Farm developments around the UK coast line, and overseas, resulting in deeply scoured out turbine subsea foundations and exposed cables. As a result the SSCS Frond Mats have already been deployed at existing UK, Irish and USA wind farm sites to protect turbine foundations and cables. The success of the Frond Mats has enabled

SSCS Frond Scour Protection Mats installed to reinstate a polluted River Bed in the USA

SSCS to expand its Marketing and Operative base to both “harsh” and “soft” weather areas around the globe. This has in turn enabled the company to transfer its experience and technology to the Middle East, Far East, China, Australasia and the Americas. This is particularly relevant to the Far East and China where the programmes for development provide significant opportunities for continued expansion.


Bluelimit Surveys Ltd Bluelimit Surveys Ltd Unit 6, Riverside Industrial Estate Riverside Road Gorleston Great Yarmouth Norfolk NR31 6PU T: +44 (0)1493 653900 F: +44 (0)1493 442774 E: bluelimit@paston.co.uk W: www.bluelimit.co.uk

BLUELIMIT SURVEYS has a proven track record with more than 30 years experiance providing NDT , inspection and heat treatment services to the Offshore oil & gas , petrochemical , MOD and energy sectors of industry. Today we offer a comprehensive non-destructive testing capability, applying our skills and experience to everything from traction engines to environmental renewables. Founded in 1977, Bluelimit’s early success ran parallel with the growth of the North Sea oil and gas industry. In those boom years, the company quickly established a reputation, not just for its comprehensive range of inspection and testing procedures, but also for the quality of its communication and advice to clients. We have always been a company ready and willing to offer a level of service above and beyond normal contractual requirements, and this is one

of the factors which leads many clients to regard Bluelimit as long-term partners in quality control. Today, we stand ready to meet any client requirement, planned, unplanned, or emergency, at any time of day or night. Our highly qualified personnel use the latest NDT technology in areas as diverse as construction engineering, petro-chemicals, shipbuilding and repair,

and the public utilities, including the nuclear industry, as well as continuing to serve offshore oil and gas installations. And wherever we apply our skills and experience, we do so with the reliability and integrity that these sectors demand. In short, it’s not that we do anything different from many other NDT companies; it’s simply that we do it better.

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The new deep waTer ouTer harbour at Great Yarmouth’s EastPort UK could not have come at a better time for the energy industry. Not only is EastPort UK perfectly placed for the biggest wind power revolution in history, it is also poised to maximize on the multiple opportunities for recommisioning and decommissioning of gas platforms in the Southern North Sea. Already England’s number one offshore energy port, the construction of the outer harbour means the port now has more than 55 acres of land available for quayside tenants, with a further 20 acres to develop and an additional 21 acres which can be reclaimed if required. Purpose built and contained within the port estate, the outer harbour offers rapid start up for companies wishing to develop a Great Yarmouth presence. Major players like MT Hojgaard, A2Sea and Seajacks have in the last few months staked their claim to be part of the future of EastPort UK, and Noble Corp’s decision to refurbish its jack-up rig in the outer harbour reinforces not only the versatility of the new facility, but also the relevant and experienced supply chain in and around Great Yarmouth. The potential for EastPort UK is significant with the wind energy established with Round 1 & 2 sites and growing through Round 3 sites East Anglia Array, Hornsea and Dogger Bank all running

parallel with major work in the offshore gas industry. england’s no 1 offshore supporT porT offshore Well-established centre of excellence further enhanced by the addition of the deep-water outer harbour, which extends the overall operability to most offshore support vessels, construction rigs and specialist vessels. Developed over four decades, EastPort UK’s successful ongoing relationship with the offshore energy industry provides a versatile 24-hour port with a skilled workforce aligned to the needs of the industry. deCoMMIssIonIng With some offshore structures nearing the end of their natural lifespan, the decommissioning of redundant installations will require a level of expertise and versatility of facilities that only an experienced offshore support provider can deliver. Situated at the heart of the Southern North Sea gas basin with a culture and attitude aligned to the offshore industry and now offering deep water, significant quay space and available land, EastPort UK is the logical choice. offshore wInd As demand increases in the renewable energy sector, EastPort UK is ideally placed to become a key strategic base for the manufacture, construction, installation, operations and maintenance of wind farm developments in the North Sea. The port is the closest deep water facility to the East Anglia Offshore Wind Farm site and the near Continent, and arguably has the largest concentra-

tion of offshore wind projects in the world within 100 miles of the port. The newly constructed and fully operational outer harbour offers significant quay space, available land and deep water with direct from sea access. With permitted development rights and a flexible approach by the ports owners, the outer harbour offers rapid delivery of new facilities. Labour, facilities and support infrastructure is already established as is the culture required to deliver the service levels the industry requires. EastPort UK is the trading name of Great Yarmouth Port Company Limited


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Firmly at the ForeFront oF oFFshore liFting and with its range of API 2C kingpost cranes, Seatrax UK Ltd has successfully been fulfilling its client’s lifting requirements in the demanding world of offshore marine and drilling industries. the Company “Seatrax has been manufacturing kingpost type pedestal cranes to the latest API 2C specifications for over 30 years from its Houston, USA world headquarters and in particular for the last 13 years here in Great Yarmouth.

Seatrax UK’s Sales & Marketing Manager, Graham Manning, reveals. “Here in Great Yarmouth, we’ve been successfully going about our business without a lot of fuss for many years - manufacturing ‘state of the art’ cranes for our clients in the UK and around the World. We’ve been operating as a UK company since 1998 at our quayside facility on the River Yare employing on average between 70 – 80 personnel. Surprisingly, around 85 - 90% of our business has been ‘Export’, yet all of our staff and almost all of the services, equipment, materials we need are sourced locally or within the UK - so we are proud to have made a significant contribution to the local economy in Great Yarmouth one way or another for so many years. Seatrax is also a firm believer in the merits of ‘apprenticeship’s as we have proved by attracting a constant stream of young people who have been given the opportunity to develop and learn the necessary industry skills that have benefitted us as a company and themselves as individuals. Considering the extremely tough market that we’re in, Graham asserts: “Customer focus, corporate flexibility, product quality along with the experience and dedication of our workforce has contributed to our continued international success. Reflecting on recent challenges and the impact on Seatrax’s development, Graham says: “In the four years prior to 2010, Seatrax in Yarmouth expanded significantly due to the booming oil industry. In 2009 and for the most part, 2010 crane orders were low and growth really didn’t happen, but we were busy with the supply of spare parts and service along with a high level of enquiries. During this lean ‘manufacturing’ period, Seatrax

decided to invest in new plant and equipment, to enhance and improve our facilities while restructuring in certain areas – to maximise our potential and allow us to capitalise when the market eventually bounced back. Seatrax’ approach and investment appears to have been a positive step as we now have a good order book through 2011, as a result of several contract awards during the last few months of 2010. One of our current projects will see the largest ‘Kingpost’ crane ever built in the UK take shape over the coming months, with completion scheduled for the latter part of the year The crane is a model S12648, weighing over 350 tonnes when complete and with boom lengths of up 73 mtrs has a lifting capability of over 300 tonnes. Note: The S126 boom is large enough to enable a transit truck drive down the middle – a real monster!

The ProducT… Seatrax is synonymous with providing the international offshore industry with a safe, easy to use, efficient and reliable crane that offers lifelong cost effectiveness. Seatrax machines are utilised on all types of offshore installation, such as; Drillships’ Jackups’ FPSO’s, Fixed Platforms, TLP’s, SPAR’s that are operating in ‘oil and gas’ theatres around the world, those destined for use in the North Sea and European waters being CE marked in accordance with the European Machinery Directive. Reliability and safety are also central to Seatrax’s offering: “Our kingpost crane is fundamentally the safest form of offshore crane mounting available in the world simply through basic design. The cranes of most of our competitors have ‘slew bearing assembly type cranes, that have a ring of bolts to retain the revolving part of the crane to the platform structure, but the Seatrax machine has a ‘simple’ kingpost design. If you can imagine placing a pen top over a pen and rotating it around the end of the pen – this is very similar to how our crane works. It eliminates a critical point of failure, which has proved significant over the years.” Elaborating further on the development of its product, Graham continues: “In 2004 the international crane specification API 2C was changed from the fifth edition to the sixth, at that time Seatrax introduced its ‘S’ series product that met and exceeded the 6th Edition requirements. Seatrax remain firmly at the forefront of offshore crane design with its participation in the development of the latest 7th Edition, due for publication later this year - at which time it will be regarded as the most effective and comprehensive offshore crane specification in the world.

In 2009, Seatrax introduced a brand new range of offshore portable rental cranes that can be configured to meet customers’ specific needs, easily deployed and quick to assemble, while offering API 2C design and manufacturing standards. Previously, offshore crane rentals were mostly reconfigured, long serving platform cranes, some are 30 to 40 years old, and not built to any recognised international specification. This prompted Seatrax’s engineers to design a modern, state-of-the-art rental fleet, presenting the market with cranes that can be shipped, lifted and built on any platform, drilling rig or vessel around the world. “Our current rental fleet came on stream last year and all of our rental cranes are less than 18 months old, consisting of 5 models; the 70P, 90P, S100, S140P and the largest of its kind in the world - the Model S230P.” The FuTure… Looking to the future, Graham shares thoughts on the coming years: “2011 and beyond looks very promising – but we won’t be ‘counting our chickens’ as the market and available opportunities can change very quickly! We are continuing to see a significant amount of interesting enquiries and have seen operators and contractors with enough confidence to release funds for the many projects that have been simmering on the back boiler around the world – giving them the ‘all important’ green light! Finally, with such a quality product, experienced workforce, good location, improved facilities and new plant - Seatrax UK considers itself well placed to remain a valuable piece of the industrial jigsaw in Great Yarmouth for years to come!

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J.BARNSLEY CRANES LTD Overseas, J.Barnsley Cranes’ is recognised as one of the UK’s Middle East office in Abu Dubai leading manufacturers of explosion continues to go from strength proof cranes for the petrochemical to strength and is enabling the and pharmaceutical industries. company to capitalize on inWe have built a reputation for the creasing demand for work from quality of our explosion proof cranes this part of the world. and explosion proof equipment for All of our Cranes are use in Zone 1 or Zone 2 Hazardous manufactured at our workshops Areas; with some 80 per cent of our orders for located in the West Midlands region of the U.K. the design and manufacture of overhead traveling We have a specialist Crane Manufacturing Area of cranes and hoists for the 1800 M3, which employs the latest manufacturoil and gas industry. The ing techniques. We have a dedicated, skilled and remaining 20 per cent of experienced workforce who ensures our equipment our business is for the is manufactured to the highest standards. design and manufacture Our Design and Engineering department is also of cranes for general located on the same site and utilises the latest industrial use including CAD equipment. Our Qualified and Professional water treatment plant Engineers have vast experience of Crane Design and ship’s cranes for the and Innovation in order to get the right solution to marine industry. meet the customer’s needs. Part of the secret Our Documentation department has great expeto JBC’s success has rience in the preparation of documents, in particubeen the decision to lar special requirements for Documents to meet concentrate on providGOST requirements for Russia and Kazakhstan ing quality, personal as well as ENACT/DPP requirements for Cranes Innovation in Miniature service; a commitment to being exported to Algeria. deadlines and budgets; J.Barnsley Cranes are approved by quality acLee Products Limited, 3 High Street, Chalfont St Peter, Gerrards Bucks. SL9 9QE. and aCross, willingness to go creditations including our ISO 9001 Certificate, anywhere in the world to formally recognising our quality system for explosion meet existing and poten- e-mail: proof crane design, manufacture and installation. Tel: 01753 886664 Fax: 01753 889588 www.leeproducts.co.uk sales@leeproducts.co.uk tial new customers.

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Produced WATer is The lArgesT single by-product of oil and gas production. The continued demand for oil coupled with tighter environmental legislation means that more and more water needs to be treated to higher and higher levels. The Alderley Group first established itself in produced water treatment (PWT) technologies during the late 1990’s with the introduction of the Alderley AP20 hydrocyclone liner. Hydrocyclones work by inducing a spin to the oily water causing the less dense oil droplets to separate out. The AP20 is a second generation high efficiency deoiling hydrocyclone specifically designed for removing dispersed oil from produced water. Alderley are justifiably proud of their AP20 hydrocyclone that remains today one of the most efficient high capacity liners available on the market. Alderley have over 150 hydrocyclone vessels in the field with capacities ranging from just 2 m3/hour to over 600 m3/hour. In combination with the deoiling hydrocyclones, Alderley also manufacture a range of desanding hydrocyclones to remove sand and scale from the produced water. Removal of the sand not only prevents blockage of downstream PWT equipment, but also reduces the measured oil in water content by removing the oil that can coat the sand particles. Manufactured in erosion resistant ceramic materials, 3 sizes of desanding hydrocyclone are available to tailor the throughput


and solids removal for the particular application. Alderley have recently expanded the use of their desanding technology to include systems to wash the oil coating from the separated sand so that the sand can be safely disposed. Whilst hydrocyclones remain the primary oil separation device, Alderley also provide a range of secondary and tertiary separation processes, as well as process enhancement technologies. Some form of degasser vessel is often installed

downstream of the hydrocyclones so that gas liberated by the reduction in pressure can be separated from the produced water. By using this liberated gas as an oil droplet flotation aid the degasser can be used as a secondary stage of separation. Designed correctly the degasser can halve the discharged oil levels in the water. The performance of the degasser can be further enhanced by fitting specially developed inlet devices to maximise gas bubble contact with the oil droplets. Taking this concept one stage further, Alderley have developed a Compact Flotation Unit (CFU) to maximise oil separation with reduced equipment foot print. Flotation gas is either breakout gas from upstream hydrocyclones or is injected from an external source. Utilising a proprietary swirl device to generate swarms of fine gas bubbles in a rotating body of liquid, the Alderley CFU combines enhanced flotation with an element of hydrocyclone technology. Flotation with a twist! If space is not an issue then Alderley also offer conventional 4 cell Induced Gas Flotation (IGF) systems. The IGF process has been widely proven and works by drawing blanket gas from the top of the vessel down into the liquid to act as flotation gas. Available as mechanical IGF using motor driven cycloturbines, or as hydraulic IGF using liquid eductors to generate the bubbles, the IGF process remains a good option for low pressure systems where space is available. Alderley is capable of using coalescing enhancement processes, typically used to increase the oil droplet size upstream of a conventional separation system. One such system not only coalesces the oil droplets but can also be used as a separation stage in it’s own right. On occasions even tighter discharge constraints require tertiary polishing processes for final oil and solids removal. Here, Alderley can provide a range of conventional filter cartridges, absorbent medias and deep bed media filtration processes. For example, Alderley’s nutshell filters are being utilised as the final treatment stage prior to produced water re-injection, where removal of the fine solids is imperative for the reinjection process. The nutshell filters use a patented backwash technology developed in Canada. With ever increasing volumes of produced water, Alderley is well placed to offer attractive solutions to meet industry requirements. With an eye on the future, development of the next generation PWT technologies is already underway.

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Design and Manufacture of Pressure Vessels and Associated Process Plant predominantly for Oil, Gas and Petrochemical, either in Offshore (including FPSO’s) or Onshore applications.

Design and Manufacture of Pressure Vessels and Associated Process Plant predominantly for Oil, Gas and Petrochemical, either in Offshore (including FPSO’s) or Onshore applications.

Situated in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, with easy access to all the main road and rail routes, the Gateway Plant is capable of 50 metres long and in weights of up to 200 Tonnes.

Situated in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, with easy access to all the main road and rail routes, the Gateway Plant is capable of 50 metres long and in weights of up to 200 Tonnes.

Design and manufacture is offered in accordance with all National and International Codes of Practice, including: PD5500, ASME Section VIII Div 1 & 2 and Stoomwezen and in a wide range of materials as follows:

Design and manufacture is offered in accordance with all National and International Codes of Practice, including: PD5500, ASME Section VIII Div 1 & 2 and Stoomwezen and in a wide range of materials as follows:


Carbon Steels: Stainless Steels: Alloy Steels: Clad Steels:


SA 516-60, 65 & 70, BS1501-224/225 Types 304, 316, 321, 904, Duplex & Super Duplex 625,825 Either Roll Bonded or Weld Overlayed


Carbon Steels: Stainless Steels: Alloy Steels: Clad Steels:

SA 516-60, 65 & 70, BS1501-224/225 Types 304, 316, 321, 904, Duplex & Super Duplex 625,825 Either Roll Bonded or Weld Overlayed

Quality Management Systems are fully certified/accredited in accordance with the following:

Quality Management Systems are fully certified/accredited in accordance with the following:

BS EN ISO 9001 : 2008 ASME “U” & “U2”

BS EN ISO 9001 : 2008 ASME “U” & “U2”

Whiteley Read Engineering Ltd: The Gateway Industrial Estate Parkgate, ROTHERHAM, South Yorkshire, S62 6NR T: 01709 710661 Fax: 01709 710961 E: sales@whiteley-read.co.uk

Whiteley Read Engineering Ltd: The Gateway Industrial Estate Parkgate, ROTHERHAM, South Yorkshire, S62 6NR T: 01709 710661 Fax: 01709 710961 E: sales@whiteley-read.co.uk

WIRELESS Gas Detection – saving time, reducing cost RAE SYSTEMS UK LTD Scott L. Wilkie – UK Sales Manager T: +44 (0)1865 408368 M:+44 (0)7714 999268 F: +44 (0)1865 408 301 E: swilkie@raesystems.com

WIRELESS SYSTEMS HAVE FAST been gaining acceptance in many industries where field proven reliability has increased their usage and allowed the subsequent realisation of savings in both time and cost. Never has this been truer than in the sphere of Gas Detection where the speed and ease of deployment may additionally lead to increased safety for both plant and personnel. Wireless Gas Detectors have been available as rapidly deployable area monitoring systems but for some applications, the recent arrival of fully certified, multi-point systems with “mesh-radios” has lead to further advantages over traditional hard-wired systems. Wireless Mesh Networks are highly reliable communication networks where radio nodes are used to form a mesh topology. Mesh networks route data around obstacles and provide redundant routing to ensure high-data transmission. If a node is removed or if its transmission is interrupted, the network automatically “self heals” maintaining its connection by routing via a new signal path. It is accepted that the installation of conventional, hard-wired systems can be costly and timeconsuming and this burden is compounded further

during the decommissioning stage. Factors such as physically “laying” cables in congested plant areas or in locations where severe weather conditions are present may also hinder the installation process. Additional engineering resources are required to ensure the Hazardous Area Requirements are met and this process includes compliance with specific legislation relating to the approval of the field-devices, cabling and the qualifications of the person performing the installation. The MeshGuard System is a wireless solution by RAE Systems Inc. specifically designed to simplify the installation of gas detection equipment. It is the first wireless gas detection system of its kind to have all field-devices certified as Intrinsically Safe to American, Canadian and European Hazardous Area Approvals. This allows global companies to benefit from the advantages of wireless installation in any location throughout the world and also removes any Hazardous Area “classification concerns”. Whilst many projects benefit from the planned use of wireless gas detection it may also provide a solution to specific applications requiring a temporary or “quick fix”. Examples of this include the planned maintenance or upgrade of traditional fixed systems or indeed where abnormal site activities warrant the use of shorter-term, supplementary monitoring. The Meshguard solution comprises Intrinsically Safe field devices which include detectors for a variety of gases, routers/repeaters and heavy-duty power supplies. The detectors are weatherproof to IP 65 rating and can operate up to six months without calibration or battery replacement. The radio range for the units is 300m (1000ft) line of sight, with each unit also providing optional radio repeat capability as standard. The FMC 2000 Controller is the systems “command and

control element”, supporting up to 24 MeshGuard sensors by gathering all data and monitoring alarms. Housed in a tough stainless-steel, wallmounting enclosure which incorporates a backlit LCD and battery backup facility, the FMC-2000 is extremely simple to install, set up and monitor. It includes five programmable relay outputs, an Ethernet port, RS-485, internal datalog storage on an industry-standard Secure Digital memory card, and built-in audible and visible alarms. For larger deployments, additional FMC 2000s can be clustered together and RAE Systems ProRAE Guardian Software Solution could also be used to pull the data from each system to allow seamless visualisation on one “Front End” user interface. Wireless technology on the 2.4GHz frequency with DSSS technology (WIFI) makes the Mesh networking capability both possible and secure. A channel selection option is available so users can allocate a specific frequency range to Meshguards Systems, thereby ensuring other wireless systems on the same site operate over a different frequency range. MeshGuard Wireless Systems are available as either system components for custom applications or as a preconfigured Rapid Deployment Kit (RDK) that includes everything required to set up the system and be operational quickly. The MeshGuard RDK includes all of the system elements necessary to quickly deploy a gas detection safety perimeter, including: FMC 2000 WIRELESS CONTROLLER ➤ Up to 8 MeshGuard monitors, with CO, H2S, LEL or SO2 gas sensors ➤ Dedicated wireless router ➤ Spare disposable batteries, gaskets, filters etc. ➤ Protective stainless-steel covers with various mounting brackets ➤ All housed in a rugged, weatherproof transportation case Further optional system components include extended run-time, rechargeable RAEPowerpacks, hand-held “mimic” panels for remote viewing of alarm information and visual/audible alarms bars. • For more information on MeshGuard and RAE Systems’ full line of personal, portable, wireless and radiation detection monitors, please visit www.raesystems.com


Reliability in any condition Hatlapa Marine Equipment Ltd. Discovery Court Business Centre 551-553 Wallisdown Road Poole Dorset BH12 5AG UK T: +44 (0)1202 85 31 80 F: +44 (0)1202 85 31 91 W: www.hatlapa-uk.com E: info@hatlapa-uk.com

HATLAPA HAs been mAnufAcTuRing marine equipment for the merchant shipping industry for over 90 years and is also well known in the offshore industry. As the offshore industry has shown extensive growth in the recent past, HATLAPA further developed its winch portfolio to meet specific offshore requirements, especially for anchor handling. Over the years, continuous internal improvements and product developments have made HATLAPA the well established global organisation it is now, striving to meet different industry standards, including tough offshore regulations. HATLAPA’s products are well known for their quality and reliability, which is particularly important in the offshore sector. Founded in 1919 in Germany, HATLAPA Marine Equipment has continuously grown and presently employs over 400 staff worldwide. The company’s main production facility remains in Germany, with some of its larger steering gear being manufactured in South Korea. Additional sales and service offices include China, Cyprus, Norway, Singapore, UK and USA. HATLAPA’s product portfolio includes a wide range of deck machinery (winches for AHTS and research vessels, anchor and mooring winches, capstans, etc.), air and water cooled compressors and steering gear (ram type, rotary vane and others). In addition to its high quality products, the company is renowned for its comprehensive fleet support, ranging from troubleshooting to on-board repairs and supply of spare parts – for its own products as well as for other brands. HATLAPA’s global service network allows the company to act fast to support enquiries all over the world. • For further information see www.hatlapa.de or email us on info@hatlapa.de.

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C-Bridge: An Integrated Solution for Safety, Coherence and Elegance Boughton road rugby warwickshire cv21 1BU UK t: +44(0)1788 563563 F: +44(0)1788 560767 e: sales@converteam.com w: www.converteam.com

Power conversion sPecialist converteam is, perhaps, best known for its core products and systems: • Power generation and electric propulsion systems • C- Series dynamic position control systems (DP) • C-Series vessel control systems (VCS) • Drilling systems Capitalising on core competencies and vast experience associated with these principal engineering disciplines, Converteam, as a true single source system integrator, also offers bridge and control room solutions which enhance the safety, coherence and elegance of any ship. the Bridge The modern bridge is a highly sophisticated environment in which electronic systems play a vital role in the control and evaluation of various elements of equipment relating to safe and efficient vessel operations. There is a trend for various “independent” elements of electronic equipment to have common needs such as shared interfaces with other sub-systems. These interfacing challenges, when left to chance, can result in the multitude of equipment suppliers who contribute their systems to the bridge, being asked to resolve critical issues of disputed responsibility and functionality. Often this vital stage is confronted long after “final” designs are approved and implemented. A further feature of the electronic bridge is the way in which equipment from various suppliers is

often allocated into the available space. The risk is that this ad hoc approach to design integration may be at the expense of the optimum bridge layout and may compromise functionality. Converteam, with their C-Bridge, addresses these issues through the provision of a range of standard enclosures and through the engineering and attention to detail that’s required at the onset of a ship’s design. A Converteam designed C-Bridge is a single entity rather than merely a collection of parts. The ergonomically designed C-Series workstations on which C-Bridge is based meet all major classification society and regulatory requirements such as; Det Norske Veritas, Lloyd’s Register, Bureau Veritas, American Bureau of Shipping, Norsok, US Coast Guard and International Maritime Organisation recommendations. The C-Series workstations comply with Type Approval environmental requirements, and workstations can be custom built to meet extra high level shock, vibration and temperature limits for special applications. The various elements of a bridge vary from ship to ship and depend on ship type and its exact role. Some or all of the following may be included: • Machinery and propulsion controls • Vessel control system (VCS): • Central alarm system • Centralised power plant monitoring/control • Propulsion/thruster/steering systems • Auxiliary & fluids systems • Ballast & bilge • Tank gauging • Dynamic positioning (DP) system • Manoeuvring joystick • Conning station • Autopilot • Gyrocompass • Magnetic compass • Speed log • Inmarsat system • Satellite positioning systems (GPS & GLONASS) • Navtex receiver • Radars • Voyage data recorder (VDR)

• ECDIS • Echo sounder • Chart table • Navigation lights controls • Communications • VHF/HF/MF • Internal communications systems • CCTV • Vessel administration LAN • Automatic Identification System (AIS) • GMDSS equipment • Helideck instrumentation • Environmental measuring systems • Safety systems • Mission specific systems Many of these systems and equipments are Converteam core products, other systems are bought in from other leading suppliers. Particular manufacturers of such additional equipment and systems can either be nominated by the customer or can be proposed by Converteam based on our stringent technical and commercial selection procedures. Another option is for Converteam to work alongside other nominated suppliers to co-ordinate the integration of their equipment and systems into the Converteam bridge console suite. This is bridge integration rather than integrated bridge. the control room A similar situation exists in the control room. A proliferation of systems and equipment from a variety of independent suppliers is co-located, in a setting which demands the same consideration for a logical, coherent layout which maximises safety and operator friendliness. • Machinery & propulsion controls • Telegraph • Vessel Control System (VCS): • Central alarm system • Centralised power plant monitoring/control • Propulsion/thruster/steering systems • Auxiliary & fluids systems • Ballast & bilge • Tank gauging • Internal communications • Safety systems • UMS related systems: • Watchcall panels • Dead man alarms


Converteam, the power conversion company, provides customised solutions and systems converting electrical energy into productive performance. These solutions are built around three core components: rotating machines, variable speed drives, automation and process controls. Our scope covers consulting, design, manufacture, system integration, installation, commissioning and a broad range of services. Our worldwide workforce remains fully committed to one overriding goal: to bring you the best in technology, backed up with truly effective service in all markets. Many hundreds of ships have been fitted with Converteam’s electric propulsion systems, with extensive experience in FPSOs, dive support vessels, OSVs/PSVs and many other vessel types. Converteam are world leaders in integrated electric power and propulsion solutions.

For more information please visit Converteam at OTC: Booth Number 1205 2nd - 5th May 2011


CORROSION SOLUTIONS: the way ahead Corrosion Solutions Limited Unit 5 Kirkhill Place Kirkhill Industrail Estate Dyce, Aberdeen AB21 0GU Tel +44 (0)1224 772694 Fax +44 (0)1224 775810 E-mail sales@corrsol.co.uk Web www.corrsol.co.uk

AS A ProvIDEr oF SPECIALIST CorroSIon ConTroL SErvICES Corrosion Solutions Ltd (CSL) is firmly established within the worldwide Oil, Gas & Petrochemical industries as well as many others. The company is based in Aberdeen, UK and offers a range of services that include; application, inhibitor supply, instruction, supervision and technical writing/ application manuals. The company assists its clients by offering reduction of maintenance, inspection and reworking costs by the use of Vapour phase Corrosion Inhibitors (VpCI). VpCI’s provide effective levels of corrosion protection in all areas of electrical, mechanical & process systems in each phase of the equipment lifecycle from fabrication, commissioning, shutdown & storage to operational use. The use of VpCI is virtually unlimited and can be used in any process industry. There is even a range of consumer corrosion inhibitors to protect areas like classic cars, motorcycles, boats and gardening equipment. Below are just few of the industrial areas we can assist with. Deluge systems – currently there is a major focus within the industry on the corrosion problems that affect the safety and operational performance of firewater piping/deluge systems. CSL has successfully developed an innovative cost reducing initiative to address these deluge problems. The pipework is first cleaned internally with a safe, nontoxic, non-corrosive biochemical rust remover followed up by a treatment of corrosion inhibitor “ fogged” through the pipework. These methods are achieving major cost savings over conventional methods. External maintenance coatings – these specialized VpCI based nano technology coating systems offer far higher levels of corrosion protection in maintenance type applications than

traditional coatings. The main reason being the difficulty in preparing surfaces to a standard suitable for traditional coatings and their ability to provide protection in the recessed/crevice areas where corrosion occurs first. The use of biochemical rust removers to prepare surfaces followed by an application of a vapour corrosion inhibitor means these problem recessed/crevice areas are protected. An application of VpCI wax coating is then used to effectively seal the corrosion inhibitor onto the surfaces requiring protection. Once applied the coating is suitable for temperatures up to 180oC. E & I preservation – for many years now VpCI foam emitters have been used to protect the internals of electrical & instrumentation enclosures against the damage caused by corrosion. By using these VpCI’s it is possible to reduce the frequency of inspection in these areas. The opening of these enclosures for

inspection allows salt laden moisture in which in turn accelerates corrosion. By reducing the frequency of inspection and the use of VpCI the corrosion activity is greatly reduced. These VpCI’s have been passed for use by BASEEFA in flameproof & increased safety enclosures. Mothballing – mothballing is a term used in our field to describe long term preservation of equipment and systems during extended periods of operational shutdown. Mothballing incorporates all aspects of our preservation services to ensure equipment and systems remain in a condition “fit for purpose” until required. New builds – assets under development and construction need careful consideration to ensure equipment and systems do not deteriorate in the periods between vendor and eventual start up. With the varying processes between vendor and start up, any vendor preservation is usually lost. Timescales between vendor delivery to site and start up can be 1-5 years and without adequate preservation, reworking and delays are the usual outcome.

As A provider of speciAlist corrosion control services corrosion solutions ltd (csl) is firmly estAblished within the worldwide oil, GAs & petrochemicAl industries As well As mAny others. the compAny is bAsed in Aberdeen, uK And offers A rAnGe of services thAt include; ApplicAtion, inhibitor supply, instruction, supervision And technicAl writinG/ ApplicAtion mAnuAls. 50

AREAS OF PRESERVATION CONSTRUCTION/ NEW BUILDS ♦ Protection of equipment & systems from procurement to commissioning DECOMMISSIONING ♦ Protection of capital equipment until disposal or re-commissioning OPERATIONS ♦ Process stream inhibition SHUTDOWNS ♦ Drilling rig/packages ♦ Individual systems MAINTENANCE ♦ Electrical enclosures ♦ Deluge systems (ultra safe chemical cleaning & preservation) ♦ Bolt preservation ♦ Corrosion under Insulation (chemical & dry air systems) ♦ Oilfield spares (onshore & offshore) ♦ Corrosion under tubing clamps

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THE offsHorE indusTry has been working in deep water for some time now. However, the meaning of deep water continues to change with water depths inexorably increasing. Most assume technological developments have solved the challenges of going deep. However, these increasing water depths are posing challenges that cause engineers to lay awake thinking! Most subsea power cables are installed on the seabed and these ‘static’ cables have been a feature of the electrical infrastructure for decades. The interesting design variation that connects the cable on the seabed to the floating structure on the surface brings a new set of challenges. A subsea ‘dynamic’ power cable, also known as an electrical umbilical, requires more attention to the mechanical and fatigue design of the cable components. There is a growing need for subsea power cables to be deployed in severe environments, and consequently there are more dynamic cable applications. This is driving the development of field specific cable along with advanced


component designs and materials. Subsea power cables are usually of the alternating current (AC) type but power transmission over long distances is often better served by direct current (DC) solutions. In both AC and DC cables, the engineer must develop a conductor material and configuration design solution that provides an acceptable level of mechanical as well as electrical performance. The insulation layer is predominately an electrical barrier, but has a significant impact on the final overall dimensions and resultant weight of the cable. A type of degradation known as water treeing has been a concern, especially in the US, since the introduction of cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) insulation. In the early days of using XLPE, the phenomenons of water trees and age related degradation were not well understood. As a result, there were many cable failures, and the industry fell back on to the known and trusted ethylene propylene rubber (EPR). These failures set in place material advancements that have seen tree-retardant XLPE grades developed. The ‘wet’ and ‘dry’ competing design concepts for subsea power cables are differentiated by the need for a water blocking mechanism. Dry designs require a defence against water ingress. This defence is a combination of prevention (water blocking) layers and materials that swell when in contact with water. Wet designs have sufficient defence against water trees to

DISCOVER AN OCEAN OF KNOWLEDGE tolerate the presence of water around the insulated conductor elements. The weight and fatigue properties of traditional lead sheathing used in static cables make it unsuitable for use in dynamic cables. Novel approaches, empirically tested, will provide low weight, fatigue resistant solutions. The outer layers of armouring provide mechanical protection, torsional stability and strength. These components predominately define the cable’s mechanical performance during installation and throughout the operating life.


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The armouring is made up of helically wound steel wires that isolate the electrical components from external forces. An outer sheath is often used for impact and abrasion resistance. The initial cross section model is made at an early stage in the cable design process based on its electrical requirements. The resulting design has to be analysed through local and global dynamic simulations to give an indication of component stresses and strains. The output from this process can be used to provide an estimated service life of the cable. The optimisation of the cable design at this stage will drive modifications to the sizing and placement of the components that through an iterative process generate a revised service life estimate. Once the design

Environmental impact assessment Cross section design Design optimisation Dynamic simulations Mechanical stress analysis Service life estimations Prototype manufacture Testing Product manufacture


meets the theoretical criteria for its required service life, the cable can move to a prototype manufacture, testing and then on to product manufacture (diagram i, opposite). The cable designer needs to be diligent in the engineering of a dynamic cable, aware of possible issues that arise during manufacture, transportation, and installation even before it is commissioned for operation. Issues that occur during these phases can significantly reduce the service life of the installed cable, and lead to premature ‘in service’ failures that are almost always expensive to resolve. BPP-Cables, part of the BPP Group, has recently pioneered a design for a 132 kV, high capacity, 100 MW dynamic cable. BPPCables led a Power Cable JIP on behalf of BG International Ltd., BP Exploration, DUCO (Technip), Shell UK and Norske Shell. The objective was to design and manufacture a power cable that would meet increasingly severe operating environments and deepwater installations. The vision was to provide reliable asset survivability by validating a field specific design concept. The design process followed the flow diagram outlined above, but as it was a step change in technology, it had several iterations within each design loop, with critical reviews at every stage. BPP-Cables’ engineers used proprietary software for the detailed design and crosssection analysis. The cable design model needed to be verified, so a realistic testing programme was developed. Temperature is a factor during operation, so the internal temperature of the cable during the test reflected the expected temperatures that a cable would experience in seawater. The conductors were energised and

the temperature of the test cable was monitored. The cable survived a series of mechanical and electrical tests including tension and cyclic bending. The post-test forensic analysis was critical to understand how the components had behaved and interacted during the test. In addition, the power cores were again subjected to the electrical tests carried out during the original factory acceptance tests (FAT). These showed no deterioration in electrical performance, even though some of the samples had been in sections that had been extensively tested. All test data was fed back into the design model and reviewed in detail. The overriding conclusion was that the cable had outperformed the original expectations. BPP-Cables offer high voltage (HV) designs for dynamic power cables for specific operational parameters. The cable will be optimised for electrical performance, and mechanically designed for the actual installed environment. The qualification programme offered would enable the operator to influence the details of tests to ensure their concerns on their particular project were taken into account.

KENNY MACK Oilfield Consultant


Specialist Drill Retrieval


PATENTED Kenny Mack, (AIExpE) is a well known figure on the oilfield scene and has over 30 years experience in the specialist retrieval of stuck drill strings and associated tools and equipment. He has developed and patented the LE MACK, a Safety Side Entry Drive Sub which is used to control the well pressures during various wireline, slickline or coiled tubing operations that permits the fluids to be circulated for well control or pump down operations particularly in HP, HT & highly deviated wells. Kenny has a proven track record and all the tools and experience to provide his customers with the expertise to recover drillstring and associated equipment when all other options have been exhausted.

KENNY MACK Oilfield Consultant

Specialist Drill Retrieval

LE MACK is used to control well pressures during various wireline, slickline or coiled tubing operations and permits fluids to be circulated for well control or pump down operations particularly in high deviation or high pressure wells. It is compatible with all sizes of wireline and is suitable for Top drive, Side Drive or Kelly Drive Systems. LE MACK allows right or left handed radial and axial movement of the drill string with the wireline or coiled tubing installed, eliminating wear and damage to the wire, Top Drive and drilling equipment. It avoids hazadous and time consuming removal of the washpipe, bullplug and mud screens. The split grease tube sealing system can be readily checked for wear and enables rig up, rig down, tool and cable head changeover times to be kept to a minimum. Additionally, wireline and tool recovery to the surface can be achieved under pressure conditions. Extra entry ports are provided in the upper end plate for a second wireline entry, coiled tubing or for the introduction of drilling fluids, cement or special fluids.

KENNY MACK Oilfield Consultant

Specialist Drill Retrieval

The LE MACK tool maximises safety during these recovery operations and provides many additional time saving and cost cutting benefits to the overall operation.


APPLICATIONS: 1. Perforating 2. Gyro Surveying 3. Drilling/Logging Measurement 4. Running Free Point Indicator Tool 5. Back Off Operations 6. Explosive Cutting 7. Chemical Cutting 8. Drill Collar/Drill Pipe Severing 9. Pump Down Operations 10. Tubing Conveyed Perforating 11. Plug Setting 12. Cement Bond Logging 13. DST Latched Inductive Coupling 14. Depth Determinations 15. Multi Finger Caliper Logging 16. Temperature Logging 17. Slimhole Drilling 18. Slickline Operations 19. Sandline Operations 20. Cementing 21. Severing/Cutting Coiled Tubing 22. Tough Logging Conditions (T.L.C) 23. Snubbing 24. Fishing Operations 25. Coiled Tubing Operations

KENNY MACK Unit 8 Piper Alpha Centre, Badentoy Place, Badentoy Industrial Estate, Portlethen, Aberdeen AB12 4YF T/F: 01224 783898 Home T: 01569 731879 Home F: 01569 731891 M: 07860 112653 E: mrkennymack@aol.com


CLYDEUNION Pumps Ltd 149 Newlands Road Cathcart, Glasgow G44 4EX United Kingdom T: +44 (0)141 637 7141 W: www.clydeunion.com

WHILE THE NAME IS COMPARATIVELY RECENT, CLYDEUNION Pumps is one of the most experienced specialist engineering companies in the world. Formed through the acquisition and integration of a series of highly respected pump manufacturers and designers on both sides of the Atlantic, CLYDEUNION Pumps incorporates an accumulation of well over 300 years of engineering expertise. Soon after our formation in 2008, we brought together engineering experience from throughout our global organisation to create a specialist team focused solely on serving the upstream oil industry and meeting its specific requirements. This dedicated business unit serves the needs of our customers in the onshore and offshore oil & gas production; oil pipeline & transportation; oil storage pumping and subsea / multiphase markets. Our product portfolio is comprehensive and includes main oil line pumps, crude oil and gas condensate export and pipeline pumps, water injection and produced water re-injection pumps, seawater lift and firewater pumps and pumps for general service applications.


We are a complete pump package supplier and are able to provide a comprehensive through life service including: • Research & Development • Project Management • Engineering & Design • Manufacturing • Assembly & Test Facilities • Installation & Commissioning • After Sales Service • Spare Parts Management • Total Vendor Maintenance Through a process of continual development our product have evolved to include many unique features which differentiate our products, through compact lightweight designs for offshore applications, development of corrosion and erosion resistant materials, increased efficiencies, improved reliability and enhanced operational longevity.

CLYDEUNION Pumps main strengths are in engineered pumping solutions to satisfy onerous service requirements whilst meeting the latest industry and customer specifications. Highly experienced in-house engineers are employed to optimise pump design, driver and ancillary equipment for each application, all of which are focused towards reducing CAPEX and OPEX costs. CLYDEUNION Pumps products cover a wide range of pump types from the smallest end suction and vertical in-line pumps, through low and medium pressure single and multi-stage axially split casing pumps, to high pressure and high power barrel casing multi-stage units. Many of these units, including high pressure barrel casing pumps, can be supplied in a vertical configuration to minimise plot size; a concept particularly applicable to offshore installations where space can be at a premium. Vertical bowl pumps are available for water winning and firewater duties and may also be installed in a suction canister for low NPSHA applications. We also manufacture a range of water filled submersible electric motors for offshore seawater lift applications. Recent innovations include our hydraulic turbine driven downhole pumps for secondary recovery, multiphase pumping and downhole separation systems. The trend in offshore exploration is now moving in to deeper water with wells requiring higher water injection pressures and subsea boosting, CO2 capture and storage is also a hot topic in the current environmental arena, an application which is not dissimilar to high pressure water injection in deep wells, therefore our current development strategy is focused on adapting our existing proven equipment to meet the requirements of ultra-high pressure injection applications, subsea injection and wellhead multi-phase boosting to meet the needs of tomorrow’s oil & gas producers.

CLYDEUNION was formed in November 2008 and has a rich heritage dating back to 1871 this includes a diverse portfolio of technologies, process knowledge and expertise of both Union Pump and Clyde Pumps. CLYDEUNION incorporates the product heritage of *Weir Pumps, Union Pump, Mather & Platt, DB Guinard Pumps, David Brown Pumps, Girdlestone and other respected names. With our vast experience in critical services such as water injection, sea water lift, fire water and crude oil export pumps we are a trusted supplier to key players in the upstream oil industry. Our extensive range covers most duties and provides the highest levels of reliability even in the most demanding of environments. For more information: Tel: + 44 (0) 141 637 7141 E-mail: sales@clydeunion.com Our Extensive Brand Heritage: CLYDEUNION Pumps offer leading solutions for: *Weir Pumps - Mather & Platt - Drysdale WH Allen - Girdlestone - Allen Gwynnes Harland

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Economical, safe and environmentally friendly. Hayward Tyler Group Ltd 1 Kimpton Road, Luton LU1 3LD UK T: +44 (0) 1582 731144 F: +44 (0) 1582 452198 E: info@haywardtyler.com W: info@haywardtyler.com

HayWaRD TyLER SUccESSFULLy TEST 3MW SUbSEa MoToR FoR SUbSEa booSTinG RESEaRcH PRojEcT. Following a 2 year programme, Hayward Tyler has completed the development, construction and FAT testing of a Subsea motor for a Subsea research project. Designed as a test bed for a Subsea boosting pump, the wet-wound motor is driven by a Variable Speed Drive (VSD) and designed to operate over a range of different frequencies and speeds, rated for the delivery of 2.7MW power output at 60Hz. This unit represents the next generation of Subsea motors incorporating a number of improvements both in terms of reliability, service life and ease of maintenance. In a progressively increasing technically and regulatory challenging arena, the Hayward Tyler motor design is evolving to meet the demands of higher power output, deeper deployments and 5-year intervention intervals which are becoming the norm for Subsea applications. Awarded the contract for the motor in early 2009, the 2.7MW 4-pole 60Hz motor has been designed and manufactured at Hayward Tyler’s


Luton, UK facility. The design is based on the established Hayward Tyler wet-wound motor design using a triple layer Super-Duplex helical coil heat exchanger to cool the motor. This is coated in Xylan to discourage marine growth complementing, the Amercoat 385 coating on the motor casing. Constructed to the European Pressure Equipment Directive (PED), the motor case is a low alloy steel designed for the test bed application, whilst the motor cartridge and interface components have been designed to be interchangeable with a Super-Duplex Subsea housing for potential use in a future deployment. Hayward Tyler adopted a cross-functional team approach to manage the contract and co-ordinate the research and development necessary to support the delivery of the motor. The design has been informed and verified through significant analysis using a combination of rotordynamic and torsional analysis techniques. These studies were undertaken in-house by Hayward Tyler’s experienced Oil & Gas Engineering team. Detailing of the engineering was completed using SolidWorks 3D modelling and Finite Element Analysis (FEA), again utilising in-house capabilities. As part of the wider documentation and client deliverables, a comprehensive analysis of Hayward Tyler’s installed base was undertaken to support the system wide Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA). The resulting

study indicated a Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) of the Subsea motor unit of a minimum of 140 years for components not subject to periodic maintenance, far exceeding the requirements for the overall system. The motor incorporates innovative T3 bearing technology, reducing the frictional losses within the motor and delivering greater efficiency. This new material application of this technology has been extensively tested in a range of simulated different operating conditions to qualify it for Subsea duty. Capitalising on the experience from previous Subsea developments, Hayward Tyler has modified the cooling arrangements to facilitate easier assembly and maintenance. Investment in new capital equipment and refurbishment of existing clean room facilities has enhanced our capability to meet the stringent cleanliness requirements associated with manufacture of Subsea equipment. Hayward Tyler has also met the challenge of prequalifying its existing penetrator design for higher current duty to Statoil standard TD0153. The penetrator has undergone considerable pressure and temperature cycle testing resulting in the design being rated to 350A at a pressure of 90 bar. The penetrator utilises Hayward Tyler’s substantial experience of XLPE moulding to provide a solution for connection of the motor electrically whilst maintaining the integrity of the pressure boundary; delivering another critical component of any Subsea system. The motor has been comprehensively tested both externally and at Hayward Tyler’s own facility. During this programme, the motor was subject to load testing at frequencies from 40Hz to 60Hz facilitating qualification of motor operation up to 80Hz. This speed range will deliver greater flexibility in the operation of the unit and increase the number of potential applications for deployment of the Subsea boosting system. Throughout the contract, Hayward Tyler has provided considerable project and engineering support to its client, facilitating the management of the complex interface and supporting system design. Whilst advising specifically on the motor application, Hayward Tyler has been able to participate in the wider application discussions, identifying transferable design solutions and supporting the overall delivery of the system. Hayward Tyler is excited to partner in this new and exciting development in Subsea technology. This builds upon Hayward Tyler’s almost 200 year history of innovation, establishing them as a world leader in the Power and Oil & Gas markets. The Hayward Tyler Group was established in 1815 in London, England.

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Peppers are always working to develop new and innovative products Peppers cable Glands limited stanhope road camberley surrey GU15 3BT UK T: +44 (0)1276 64232 F: +44 (0)1276 691752 e: admin@peppers.co.uk w: www.cableglands.com

PePPers has always sPecialised in the supply of cable glands for Ex d / Ex e and industrial applications, including oil, gas, marine, mining and petrochemical industries. As more emphasis is being placed on companies by governments to become more environmentally aware of products, processes and their carbon footprint, we have tried to support the greener energy markets by diversifying our range and updating our approvals to include materials that are known to be less harmful to the environment which has proven to be a major success. Peppers has an extensive range of international approvals incorporating UL, CSA, ATEX, IECEx, GOST, INMETRO & NEPSI as well as marine type approvals by ABS (American Bureau of Shipping), RMRS (Russian Maritime) & Lloyd’s Register.


Our range of approved products are designed and tested for use in Ex d, Ex e, Ex nR and Ex t hazardous area protection concepts. We are constantly striving to improve the quality of our range whilst continually working to design and develop new and innovative products. A major innovation has been the introduction of the PEPPERS T-1000 COMPOUND. A hand-mixable, UL-approved epoxy putty sealing compound, that mixes easily in minutes and cures in one hour to provide water, dust and vapour-tight seals for cable fittings and electrical connectors. PEPPERS T-1000 COMPOUND is in a handy concentric putty with the curing agent encapsulated in the contrasting colour base material. Its dough-like consistency eliminates drips and runs for a “no mess” application with no tools required. PEPPERS T-1000 COMPOUND cures to a hard rigid material that is resistant to hydrocarbons, ketones, esters and alcohols with excellent adhesion to most substrates including metals and ceramics.

Tested in accordance with IEC / EN 600791:2007, IEC 60079-31:2008 (Ex ta) and IEC 60079-15:2010. The introduction of this compound has enabled the enhancement of the Peppers Barrier gland range including an increase in the number of cores the glands are approved to accommodate, an extended temperature range covering -60oC to +135oC , and it is now dual NEC/IEC certified. A further development has been the introduction of a cost effective solution for connecting two or more Ex d enclosures in a Zone 1 area. Peppers CR-S*M range of barrier glands can now be installed directly between two Ex d enclosures., the gland is capable of maintaining the integrity of the installation having passed pressure and sealing tests from both directions to simulate an explosion in either enclosure. New innovations coupled with our excellent customer service and sensible lead times makes Peppers your first choice for all your gland requirements.

PePPers has an extensive range of international aPProvals incorPorating Ul, csa, atex, iecex, gost, inMetro & nePsi as well as Marine tyPe aPProvals by abs (aMerican bUreaU of shiPPing), rMrs (rUssian MaritiMe) & lloyd’s register.

Advanced Actuators Limited Advanced Component Technology Unit 4, Ryefield Way Silsden West Yorkshire BD20 0EF T: +44 (0)8707 576664 F: +44 (0)8707 576665 E: sales@adcomtec.co.uk W: www.adcomtec.co.uk

AdvAnced ActuAtors As it stAnds todAy is a company with over 40 years of experience in the design and manufacture of specialist actuators. Originally founded under the name of Elram International, the company supplied hundreds of hydraulic actuators from its EK and ZBG Actuators ranges, many of which are still operating today. In line with the changing nature of the market, in the 1980’s we designed a new range of actuators aimed at the power generation, and oil and gas markets, including hazardous area applications. Today the business has widened its scope

to electrical, pneumatic, and multi-turn and linear actuators amongst others. This enables Advanced Actuators to offer its customers complete actuation solutions as a complete package. At the core of Advanced Actuators’ ethos is a commitment, a fully supported product range with technical assistance through a worldwide distributor network. “Our speciality has always been producing actuators for challenging or difficult applications, or unusual specifications – be it temperature, speed, or size,” explains company director Stephen Lund. “The smallest actuator size we offer is 5 Nm and the biggest unit is 1.4 million Nm, and to date no other company can offer that range within a complete support package. Working on more technically challenging and bespoke solutions means that we have a wealth of experience in this field, most company’s steer clear of the really challenging aspects of this industry or are unable to offer products that fulfil these needs, we specialise in finding a solution.”

The company’s range of stepping actuators is based on widely used mechanical principles; these have been refined and improved upon to produce a reliable and cost effective product with either pneumatic or hydraulic controls. These actuators are used widely for precise choke valve control and can be supplied with complete mounting kits. In terms of expanding this reach further, Stephen comments on Advanced Actuators current plans: “We have established strong links with partners and distributors in various countries, and are looking to begin manufacturing in the near future in the Middle East, East Asia and Brazil.” Certainly it is apparent that the market for specialist actuators is continuing to thrive, with Advanced Actuators experiencing an extremely busy period of enquiries for systems for 2011 as well as 2012. “Through both the new products that we are bringing to the market and the global partnerships we are forming, we have already established a lot of the foundations of this expansion and are on target to fulfil our projected growth.”

The company’s range of sTepping acTuaTors is based on widely used mechanical principles; These have been refined and improved upon To produce a reliable and cosT effecTive producT wiTh eiTher pneumaTic or hydraulic conTrols. These acTuaTors are used widely for precise choke valve conTrol and can be supplied wiTh compleTe mounTing kiTs.

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Thorne & Derrick International are global exporters of LV-HV Cable Accessories, Joints, Terminations and Hazardous Area Electrical Equipment. In partnership with SPS, the UK’s leading manufacturing assembler of LV-HV Heat Shrink Joints, Terminations and Cable Repair solutions, we service the global oil, gas and petrochemical industries. The Products *LV Power, Control & Instrumentation Cable Joints – XLPE, PILC, EPR *LV-HV Cable Joints & Terminations – 3.3kV, 6.6kV, 11kV, 33kV *LV-HV Cable Abandonment & Live Pot End Seals *Shipwiring & Offshore Cable Joints, Terminations & Repair Kits *Underwater Subsea Cable Joints *Zero Halogen & LSF (Low Smoke Fume) Cable Joints *Fire Resistant Cable Joints (IEC60331 Cables) *Heat Shrink Wraparound Cable Repair Kits *Heat Shrink Cable Caps, Breakouts & Tubings The Service T&D UK guarantee globally competitive prices, technical support and express delivery service of products tested to international standards –. T&D UK have a dedicated Export customer service department to process your enquiries today : exports@thorneandderrick.co.uk

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Worldwide Marine Technology Ltd Leaders in Documentation and Technical Services Worldwide Marine Technology Ltd Dee House Parkway Zone 2 Deeside Industrial Estate Flintshire, CH5 2NS Tel : +44 (0) 1244 287 850 Direct: +44 (0) 1244 287 870 Fax : +44 (0) 1244 288 609 Web: wmtmarine.com E-Mail : info@wmtmarine.com WMT offer independent, specialised and technical expertise to the Oil, Gas and Marine industries with a comprehensive range of engineering and operating consultancy services. From installation-specific operating manuals through to Computer Based Training and Testing, WMT are industry leaders in delivering tailored solutions to blue chip companies worldwide. Our portfolio of services is extensive and includes expertise in the application of specialist hazard and fault identification techniques, such as FMEA, HAZOP studies, and Risk Assessment. Additionally, our Safety Case Development demonstrates that all possible hazards which could affect safety have been properly considered, and contains evidence of the elimination, control and mitigation of safety risks. Our Commissioning and Start-Up Coordination team consists of multi-discipline engineers and process commissioning start-up engineers with proven oil and gas experience. WMT offer fully documented commissioning services and a seasoned project management team to provide the vital link between projects and operations, improving the likelihood that the system is designed, installed and will operate as intended. The initial start-up of an offshore production facility when hydrocarbons are produced for the first time is one of the most challenging and hazardous periods in the operational life of the facility. Field Start-Up Procedures are written

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for the initial start-up and these differ in important ways from the normal operating procedures. WMT’s Process team will ensure that the Start-Up Manual is in place, on time, technically accurate, and user-friendly to the personnel on board. When it comes to Operations Support and Debottlenecking, WMT’s extensive experience, technical expertise and asset knowledge can add significant value to operating assets. We can quickly review system capacity and identify bottlenecks, recommending practical solutions to overcome bottlenecks and increase production. WMT have been providing documentation and technical information services to the marine and offshore industries for over 20 years and have supplied manuals to several hundred vessels. Our Platform-Specific Procedures are developed from information and data contained in the shipyard and manufacturer’s documentation, combined with our wealth of operating expertise and hands-on survey verification visits to the platforms during the project. WMT Manuals are clear and concise technical system operating manuals, which provide a one-stop point of reference for all technical equipment and systems on board for the guidance of the ship's officers and crew. WMT personnel bring a high degree of operational experience to the learning process, and have the qualifications necessary to provide a range of training and competency assessment options tailored to meet client or national standards. Computer Based Training has real benefits for the training of offshore and marine staff, as the training can take place in the working environment or remotely, and can be

undertaken by individuals when they have time or during allocated time slots. CBT is particularly suited to the familiarisation of new operators with company procedures and technical systems. Illustrations and 3D Animation of on board systems and equipment that enable the user to gain a clear understanding of how the vessel systems should be operated. This can make the overall project more efficient and cost effective. Conducting a thorough induction and Familiarisation program on board a vessel ensures that new staff get to know ship-specific equipment and systems on board as quickly as possible and for safer operation. The WMT Familiarisation program provides an extremely effective means to ensuring rapid ship familiarisation which is simple and easy to use.

For the offshore industry we provide installation-specific Competency Assessment systems that enable training to be delivered at the workplace, increasing effectiveness and retention. Combining layered technical information with self-assessment questions, offers staff the chance to learn about a system or to 'refresh' knowledge whenever it is needed, and significantly reduces the training workload for supervisors. Integrated system workbooks provide the framework of evidence required to demonstrate knowledge and skills competency. WMT provides high-quality customised training content to the Marine, Oil and Gas sectors, starting from the basic fundamentals level delivered digitally, right through to on-site installation-specific classroom courses for complex process plant familiarisation and operation.

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How can you build your facility 6 months ahead of schedule? also write and manage the environmental management plans for the site, allowing the main contractor start building the facility months ahead of schedule. Fully conversant with ISO 14001 requirements and the needs of the Oil and Gas Industry, unique solutions, we are able to offer the full suite of environmental assistance, from the EIA through to abandonment plans for sites, and all phases in between, including procedures, plans, audits and inspections etc etc.

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IvedesIgn Is a small envIronmental ConsultanCy, specialising in Onshore Oil and Gas facility environmental issues. That said, a lot of what we do, such as waste management can be applied offshore and to the marine industry in general. And so to the eye catching headline. Have you considered the time and money spent on your main contractor bringing the sub contractors to the site, building camps (which rarely meet the standard required) and keeping pace with their struggle to keep generators going for example? A Utility Corridor is an infrastructure that is installed in a fenced compound along the length of the proposed camp location. It is installed as a SEPARATE contract to the main contractor, and is managed

by the Corridor Company for the duration of build of the facility. It means that the power, water, waste water, diesel, communications, firewater, waste handling and even kitchen gas supply, can be ready to use as soon as the subcontractors arrive with their cabins and offices. Ivedesign is in a consortium of companies who work with local suppliers to get the infrastructure up and running IN ADVANCE! Once the system is up and running, we will

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Suretank proudly launches its new 10ft Offshore Cryogenic tank with fully removable vessel… For all cryogenic product enquiries, please contact: Martin Woodhouse Sales & Marketing Manager Suretank Cryogenics Shamrock Hill Dunleer, Co Louth Ireland T: + 353 (0) 41 686 20 22 F: + 353 (0) 41 686 20 27 M: + 44 (0) 7742 338 572 E: mwoodhouse@suretank.com

SURETANK IS A WORLD LEADING MANUFACTURER of cargo carrying units for the global Oil & Gas Industry. It has a broad range of products which includes offshore chemical tanks, acid transport tanks, helifuel tanks, offshore containers, workshops, mud skips and baskets. All of these products are designed and manufactured by Suretank with certification to meet the most demanding international standards. After repeated demand from Suretank’s major customers, within the Oilfield Service Industry, a program was put in place to develop a DNV certified offshore nitrogen tank culminating at the beginning of 2011, with the introduction of Suretank’s 10ft Offshore Cryogenic tank

the SC 2000. With the first 4 units already manufactured and on route to Western Australia and a further 6 currently in production Suretank is intent on becoming a major player in this market. This new tank is designed to set new standards in terms of product carrying capacity, higher working pressure, lower evaporation rate, longer holding times, wider product approvals, higher build quality, greater reliability and ease of maintenance for the operator: with a new bolt down vessel and pipe work which can be fully removed for inspection, repair or repainting. With Suretank’s proven technical expertise and design capability, the new design offers a 10ft Offshore Cryogenic tank with the following design approvals: EN 13530-2, ASME VIII Div 1, ADR/RID, IMDG, UN Portable Tank T75, TPED, US DOT CFR 49, Worksafe (Western Australia), DNV 2.7-1, EN 12079, ISO 1496-3, CSC, and TIR Suretank offer this new design of tank certified for the safe transportation of LIN, LOX and LAR by road, rail and sea. Supplied with the recognized industry standard cryogenic valves manufactured by Herose and Rego, Suretank also offer this new design of tank with the option of a full stainless steel outer vessel and all the valves, pipe work, paint work and logo, designed/fitted and supplied to the customers

own specification. Suretank’s new cryogenic manufacturing facility has been established adjacent to the company’s headquarters in Dunleer, County Louth, Ireland and is open to inspection by any of its customers and suppliers. Taking advantage of the existing chemical, acid and helifuel manufacturing lines in its adjacent plant, Suretank can also offer shorter lead times than many of its rivals for this new design of 10ft Offshore Cryogenic tank… Suretank was established in 1995 and in the last 16 years has become established as a world class manufacturer with modern production facilities in Ireland, UK, Poland, Thailand and China which are serviced additionally by established sales offices in the US, Brazil, Norway China and Thailand with products sold in more than 25 different countries globally. Suretank has been certified by the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) and operates to ISO 9001:2008 with a comprehensive quality control system which incorporates all aspects of product design, manufacturing, quality control and testing. Suretank is fully ASME (U Stamp) and DNV accredited and is also registered under the Achilles JQS scheme for recognized suppliers to the Oil & Gas Industry for Norway and Denmark.

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Cryogenic tanks Offshore chemical tanks Acid transport tanks Helifuel tanks Offshore containers Workshops Mud skips and baskets

All of these products are designed and manufactured by Suretank with certification to meet the most demanding international standards.


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Global & Local Steel Solutions for the Oil, Gas and Petrochemical Industries Stemcor Special Steels is a quality driven market leader in the stockholding and supply of special steels. We bring a wealth of supply chain experience, technical know-how, state-of-the-art systems & logistics along with solid financial strength to deliver long term supply agility and super-reliability in metals management. We have fully stocked depots, managed by experienced Oil Industry professionals in Dubai, Houston, Singapore and the UK ready to service your bespoke material requirements. We can supply heat treated cut blanks, semi finished and fully machined components either as bespoke one off’s or as regular scheduled just in time deliveries. All our material is sourced from approved mills and is subject to stringent quality controls including in house inspection by our NDT/NDE inspectors.

We hold several thousand tonnes of material for immediate despatch, material is available as bar (12.7mm to 1,500mm dia), billet, forgings and machined geometry;

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