Emerson has released a new version of its AMS Device Manager, aimed at improving plant reliability with better organised data for more informed and proactive management of field devices.

Part of the Plantweb system, new embedded tools allow project and operations teams to customise plant device hierarchies, project tracking and device alerts. The latest release also introduces system-wide automated locking of devices to protect against unauthorised changes. Read more…

 

Petrofac’s Engineering and Production Services (EPS) unit has been awarded a contract from independent E&P company, Siccar Point Energy. The three-year agreement, which includes options to extend, is estimated to be worth up to US$95 million over the term.

The contract includes provision of well operator and well engineering project management services for Siccar Point’s operated assets west of Shetland. Petrofac will be responsible for all new well work and the ongoing integrity management of existing well stock. In doing so, the company will also deploy its unique well project management software – WellAtlas – to ensure efficient and assured project delivery. Read more…

 

Subsea ROV services provider ROVOP has appointed Lee Wilson to the newly created role of head of technology. Lee will establish a detailed vision for the company, leading technology development, as well as overseeing all business and IT applications with the aim of supporting organisational growth.

A key priority, ROVOP says, will be promoting synergies between business infrastructure and operational technology. This includes, for example, enabling the use of operational data and advanced analytics to support business decisions via an integrated management system. Read more…

 

Cluff Natural Resources has entered into a binding, conditional farm-out agreement and a three-month exclusive option with Shell U.K. for the Cluff’s southern North Sea Licences P2252 and P2437, respectively.

Under the terms of the farm out agreement, Shell will acquire a 70% working interest in P2252, and be appointed as the licence operator, in return for paying 100% of the costs of an agreed forward work programme. Cluff will retain a 30% non-operated interest. Shell will also have the option to acquire a 50% working interest in P2437 by the end of April 2019. Read more…

 

Floating production and subsea specialist Crondall Energy is commencing a study to examine internal pipeline coatings, with the aim of increasing understanding of potential flow assurance benefits. Led by Crondall’s flow assurance team in Aberdeen, the study will be conducted in partnership with Heriot-Watt University, the Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) and the Oil & Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC).

Computational models will be developed to explore polymeric coating behaviour, followed an experimental phase that will focus on correlating wax deposition behaviour with coating surface parameters and flow characteristics under operating conditions. The final stage of the project will establish potential alternative polymer materials for improved internal coatings. Read more…

 

The successes and achievements of a group of mentors and their mentees have been celebrated at an awards ceremony in Aberdeen. 18 project managers from a range of companies successfully completed the Oil and Gas Industry Project Management Mentoring Programme, co-ordinated by the ECITB and the Offshore Project Management Steering Group (OPMSG).

Now in its fourth year, the six-month scheme allows qualified and experienced project practitioners to ‘mentor-forward’, imparting wisdom and providing guidance to less experienced project professionals with the aim of accelerating their performance and careers. To date, almost 50 participants have benefited, many of whom are working towards chartered status with professional bodies such as the Association for Project Management. Read more…

 

Energy consultancy Xodus Group has created a new group-wide role as part of a fresh drive for innovation and technology. Caragh McWhirr, who has worked for the company since it was established in 2005, has taken on the position of Innovation Manager where she will be responsible for leading innovation strategy.

Based in the group’s Aberdeen headquarters, Caragh will be looking at how Xodus can evolve its business into one that can supply different sectors or markets, including the addition of new software, products and other technology initiatives. Caragh previously worked in field development as a process development engineer and throughout the last year has been part of a core group set up to drive innovation by looking at ways the company could be more effective. Read more…

 

Dräger Marine & Offshore has become the first official sponsor of the Offshore Safety Professionals Register (OSPR) – an organisation established to recognise and create opportunities for those working in HSE across the offshore industry and simplify the process for energy employers searching for competent professionals.

Dräger provides technology, innovation and training in personal protection and specialist monitoring, such as gas area detectors. OSPR members are also eligible for discounts on participation in Dräger’s training courses, including face fit testing, OPITO-approved H2S and confined space. Read more…

 

ICR Integrity (ICR), an integrated maintenance and integrity solutions specialist for the oil and gas, power, chemical and nuclear industries, has appointed a new chief operating officer (COO) and chief financial officer (CFO) to support international growth.

Richard Wilson joins ICR in a newly-created role as COO, harnessing 30 years of operational and commercial experience in oil and gas – specifically from his time leading a major service contractor and oil company.

In addition, Alan McQuade has joined as CFO. A Chartered Accountant with over 12 years’ experience, he was previously CFO of two of Acteon Group’s operating companies. Read more…

 

 

Petrofac is to establish a global workforce forum, offering a platform for elected members to engage directly with senior management and Board members on a range of key topics.

The Petrofac Workforce Forum will comprise an elected body of 12 employees drawn from Petrofac’s global workforce of 12,750, with representatives from across the company’s major geographies of operation. This body will be asked to provide input on key matters including the Group’s vision; culture and values; diversity; talent management and development; employee engagement; workplace conditions; innovation; digital development; operating model; corporate responsibility and business opportunities. Read more…

 

New research from DNV GL suggests that the UK oil and gas sector’s resilience to volatile market conditions will be put to the test in 2019, as business leaders expect the industry to commit to greater investment to meet hydrocarbon demand.

According to ‘A test of resilience,’ DNV GL’s ninth annual report on the outlook for the industry, confidence in the outlook for the UK sector has increased nearly fourfold in two years, from 18% to 71%. Two-thirds (67%) of its senior oil and gas professionals also believe that more large, capital-intensive oil and gas projects will be approved this year.

A similar percentage (68%) plan to increase or maintain capital expenditure in 2019 – more than double 2017’s figure of 33%. And the proportion of industry leaders who expect to raise or sustain operating expenditure has also grown over the two-year period, from 37% in 2017 to 72% for 2019. Read more…

 

Logistics provider Peterson has been awarded a new long-term integrated logistics contract to service Repsol Sinopec Resources UK. The contract sees Repsol Sinopec transitioning its marine and quayside operations from Peterhead to Aberdeen, with integrated supply base, logistics, transport and warehousing operations being provided from Peterson’s Aberdeen Operations Centre.

This contract, together with increased activity from existing clients, has led to significant increases in tonnage volumes across Peterson’s Aberdeen quayside operations with the company handling record annual tonnage. The increased work has seen the company add over 30 staff, increase its transport fleet and take on operation of additional warehousing. Read more…

 

Emerson has introduced the Performance Learning Platform – a portable and compact automation training solution that enables hands-on training to prepare workers to maintain plant safely and efficiently.

The Platform features a complete working control loop piping system, tanks, pumps and a fully scalable suite of Emerson instrumentation and final control valves, linked to a DeltaV distributed control system. It provides process control and instrumentation simulation to train or refresh workers on how to monitor and control complex operations involving pressure, flow, level and final control valves. Read more…

 

READ Cased Hole has signed an exclusive agreement with Advanced Logic Technology (ALT) to develop and bring to market the company’s ABI-43 acoustic borehole imaging technology.

ABI-43 has delivered improved productivity and data integrity in many mining applications, and READ will now develop the solution for the oil and gas market. Over the coming months, READ will work in close partnership with Luxembourg-based ALT to test and characterise the tool, which will ultimately offer an innovative and cost-effective solution for downhole casing and cement evaluation.

One of the most compact tools of its kind, applications will include cement evaluation, casing inspection, corrosion detection, internal casing damage detection, and casing thickness analysis, offering users a real-time picture of well casing and cement. Read more…

 

Marine operator Attollo Offshore has announced the launch of an Aberdeen-based Innovation Incubator – a dedicated team comprised of operational and academic expertise aimed at accelerating the digital transformation of offshore operations.

The Incubator reflects the company’s strategy of continued research and development into improving offshore marine operations and will explore new solutions including automation, data analytics and artificial intelligence. Attollo also plans to go beyond technology and data into human and ethical insights, identifying how the modern workforce can better engage with technology and enhance human capability in the offshore environment. Read more…

 

Augean North Sea Services (ANSS) has secured a major decommissioning contract with Shell to provide industrial cleaning, NORM decontamination and waste management services for the Curlew FPSO. Completion of these services will enable final dismantling, recycling and disposal of the vessel to take place, ensuring environmental compliance.

Curlew will be berthed in Forth Port’s Dundee site, where ANSS has recently developed a major decommissioning and decontamination facility. The contract will see the company work in collaboration with Forth Ports, Bilfinger Salamis and other tenants of the Port of Dundee. Read more…

 

Equinor has completed the acquisition of Chevron’s 40% operated interest in the Rosebank project, west of Shetland. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

First announced in October 2018, the acquisition of Rosebank strengthens Equinor’s UK upstream portfolio, which also includes the Mariner development – expected to start commercial production during the first half of 2019. Read more…

 

Global completions service company Tendeka has secured a multi-million-pound contract with a major national oil company in the Middle East.

The agreement will see the Aberdeen-headquartered company provide reservoir modelling and the installation of its FloSure Autonomous Inflow Control Devices (AICDs) to boost production and improve reservoir performance in several mature fields. Read more…

 

Oranje-Nassau Energie (ONE) and SHV Holdings have reached an agreement on the merger of their upstream energy businesses, forming a combined entity called ONE-Dyas.

ONE-Dyas will be a prominent, North Sea-focused independent operator, the companies said, with 2019 gas and oil production of some 35,000 boe per day. ONE’s parent company, ONH, will own 51% of the shares in ONE-Dyas and SHV 49%. The merging of activities is subject to regulatory approval, with the transaction expected to be completed during the first half of 2019. Read more… 

 

Kishorn Port Ltd (KPL) has landed its first major contract and will now host the largest semi-submersible offshore drilling rig in the world – the Ocean GreatWhite – in early 2019.

Owned by drilling contractor Diamond Offshore, the 60,800-tonne vessel requires deep water for anchoring, with Loch Kishorn providing ideal sheltered conditions. During its station, the rig will be made ready for its drilling program, with marine agency and stevedoring support from Ferguson Transport and Shipping. It is then slated to begin a drilling contract in the North Sea early in 2019.

KPL was created as a joint venture between and Leiths (Scotland) Ltd and Ferguson Transport and Shipping in 2008. With the Kishorn Yard having been largely dormant since the early 1990s, the venture has sought to promote regeneration of the dry dock as a major facility for manufacturing, decommissioning and support to the North Sea oil and gas sector. Read more…

 

Emerson issues improved asset management software

Emerson has released a new version of its AMS Device Manager, aimed at improving plant reliability with better organised data for more informed and proactive management of field devices.

Part of the Plantweb system, new embedded tools allow project and operations teams to customise plant device hierarchies, project tracking and device alerts. The latest release also introduces system-wide automated locking of devices to protect against unauthorised changes. Read more…

 

Petrofac secures UK well services agreement

Petrofac’s Engineering and Production Services (EPS) unit has been awarded a contract from independent E&P company, Siccar Point Energy. The three-year agreement, which includes options to extend, is estimated to be worth up to US$95 million over the term.

The contract includes provision of well operator and well engineering project management services for Siccar Point’s operated assets west of Shetland. Petrofac will be responsible for all new well work and the ongoing integrity management of existing well stock. In doing so, the company will also deploy its unique well project management software – WellAtlas – to ensure efficient and assured project delivery. Read more…

 

ROVOP appoints new Head of Technology to enhance digital agility

Subsea ROV services provider ROVOP has appointed Lee Wilson to the newly created role of head of technology. Lee will establish a detailed vision for the company, leading technology development, as well as overseeing all business and IT applications with the aim of supporting organisational growth.

A key priority, ROVOP says, will be promoting synergies between business infrastructure and operational technology. This includes, for example, enabling the use of operational data and advanced analytics to support business decisions via an integrated management system. Read more…

 

Cluff Natural Resources agrees farm-out deal with Shell

Cluff Natural Resources has entered into a binding, conditional farm-out agreement and a three-month exclusive option with Shell U.K. for the Cluff’s southern North Sea Licences P2252 and P2437, respectively.

Under the terms of the farm out agreement, Shell will acquire a 70% working interest in P2252, and be appointed as the licence operator, in return for paying 100% of the costs of an agreed forward work programme. Cluff will retain a 30% non-operated interest. Shell will also have the option to acquire a 50% working interest in P2437 by the end of April 2019. Read more…

 

Crondall Energy launches internal pipeline coatings study

Floating production and subsea specialist Crondall Energy is commencing a study to examine internal pipeline coatings, with the aim of increasing understanding of potential flow assurance benefits. Led by Crondall’s flow assurance team in Aberdeen, the study will be conducted in partnership with Heriot-Watt University, the Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) and the Oil & Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC).

Computational models will be developed to explore polymeric coating behaviour, followed an experimental phase that will focus on correlating wax deposition behaviour with coating surface parameters and flow characteristics under operating conditions. The final stage of the project will establish potential alternative polymer materials for improved internal coatings. Read more…

 

ECITB celebrates project management mentors

The successes and achievements of a group of mentors and their mentees have been celebrated at an awards ceremony in Aberdeen. 18 project managers from a range of companies successfully completed the Oil and Gas Industry Project Management Mentoring Programme, co-ordinated by the ECITB and the Offshore Project Management Steering Group (OPMSG).

Now in its fourth year, the six-month scheme allows qualified and experienced project practitioners to ‘mentor-forward’, imparting wisdom and providing guidance to less experienced project professionals with the aim of accelerating their performance and careers. To date, almost 50 participants have benefited, many of whom are working towards chartered status with professional bodies such as the Association for Project Management. Read more…

 

Xodus creates new innovation-focused role

Energy consultancy Xodus Group has created a new group-wide role as part of a fresh drive for innovation and technology. Caragh McWhirr, who has worked for the company since it was established in 2005, has taken on the position of Innovation Manager where she will be responsible for leading innovation strategy.

Based in the group’s Aberdeen headquarters, Caragh will be looking at how Xodus can evolve its business into one that can supply different sectors or markets, including the addition of new software, products and other technology initiatives. Caragh previously worked in field development as a process development engineer and throughout the last year has been part of a core group set up to drive innovation by looking at ways the company could be more effective. Read more…

 

Dräger Marine & Offshore supports energy safety professionals

Dräger Marine & Offshore has become the first official sponsor of the Offshore Safety Professionals Register (OSPR) – an organisation established to recognise and create opportunities for those working in HSE across the offshore industry and simplify the process for energy employers searching for competent professionals.

Dräger provides technology, innovation and training in personal protection and specialist monitoring, such as gas area detectors. OSPR members are also eligible for discounts on participation in Dräger’s training courses, including face fit testing, OPITO-approved H2S and confined space. Read more…

 

ICR Integrity adds key appointments

ICR Integrity (ICR), an integrated maintenance and integrity solutions specialist for the oil and gas, power, chemical and nuclear industries, has appointed a new chief operating officer (COO) and chief financial officer (CFO) to support international growth.

Richard Wilson joins ICR in a newly-created role as COO, harnessing 30 years of operational and commercial experience in oil and gas – specifically from his time leading a major service contractor and oil company.

In addition, Alan McQuade has joined as CFO. A Chartered Accountant with over 12 years’ experience, he was previously CFO of two of Acteon Group’s operating companies. Read more…

 

 

Petrofac to establish global workforce forum

Petrofac is to establish a global workforce forum, offering a platform for elected members to engage directly with senior management and Board members on a range of key topics.

The Petrofac Workforce Forum will comprise an elected body of 12 employees drawn from Petrofac’s global workforce of 12,750, with representatives from across the company’s major geographies of operation. This body will be asked to provide input on key matters including the Group’s vision; culture and values; diversity; talent management and development; employee engagement; workplace conditions; innovation; digital development; operating model; corporate responsibility and business opportunities. Read more…

 

DNV GL survey finds uptick in UK sector confidence

New research from DNV GL suggests that the UK oil and gas sector’s resilience to volatile market conditions will be put to the test in 2019, as business leaders expect the industry to commit to greater investment to meet hydrocarbon demand.

According to ‘A test of resilience,’ DNV GL’s ninth annual report on the outlook for the industry, confidence in the outlook for the UK sector has increased nearly fourfold in two years, from 18% to 71%. Two-thirds (67%) of its senior oil and gas professionals also believe that more large, capital-intensive oil and gas projects will be approved this year.

A similar percentage (68%) plan to increase or maintain capital expenditure in 2019 – more than double 2017’s figure of 33%. And the proportion of industry leaders who expect to raise or sustain operating expenditure has also grown over the two-year period, from 37% in 2017 to 72% for 2019. Read more…

 

Peterson wins new contract with Repsol Sinopec

Logistics provider Peterson has been awarded a new long-term integrated logistics contract to service Repsol Sinopec Resources UK. The contract sees Repsol Sinopec transitioning its marine and quayside operations from Peterhead to Aberdeen, with integrated supply base, logistics, transport and warehousing operations being provided from Peterson’s Aberdeen Operations Centre.

This contract, together with increased activity from existing clients, has led to significant increases in tonnage volumes across Peterson’s Aberdeen quayside operations with the company handling record annual tonnage. The increased work has seen the company add over 30 staff, increase its transport fleet and take on operation of additional warehousing. Read more…

 

Emerson launches automation training platform

Emerson has introduced the Performance Learning Platform – a portable and compact automation training solution that enables hands-on training to prepare workers to maintain plant safely and efficiently.

The Platform features a complete working control loop piping system, tanks, pumps and a fully scalable suite of Emerson instrumentation and final control valves, linked to a DeltaV distributed control system. It provides process control and instrumentation simulation to train or refresh workers on how to monitor and control complex operations involving pressure, flow, level and final control valves. Read more…

 

READ Cased Hole signs agreement with Advanced Logic Technology

READ Cased Hole has signed an exclusive agreement with Advanced Logic Technology (ALT) to develop and bring to market the company’s ABI-43 acoustic borehole imaging technology.

ABI-43 has delivered improved productivity and data integrity in many mining applications, and READ will now develop the solution for the oil and gas market. Over the coming months, READ will work in close partnership with Luxembourg-based ALT to test and characterise the tool, which will ultimately offer an innovative and cost-effective solution for downhole casing and cement evaluation.

One of the most compact tools of its kind, applications will include cement evaluation, casing inspection, corrosion detection, internal casing damage detection, and casing thickness analysis, offering users a real-time picture of well casing and cement. Read more…

 

Attollo launches Aberdeen Innovation Incubator

Marine operator Attollo Offshore has announced the launch of an Aberdeen-based Innovation Incubator – a dedicated team comprised of operational and academic expertise aimed at accelerating the digital transformation of offshore operations.

The Incubator reflects the company’s strategy of continued research and development into improving offshore marine operations and will explore new solutions including automation, data analytics and artificial intelligence. Attollo also plans to go beyond technology and data into human and ethical insights, identifying how the modern workforce can better engage with technology and enhance human capability in the offshore environment. Read more…

 

Augean wins major decommissioning contract with Shell

Augean North Sea Services (ANSS) has secured a major decommissioning contract with Shell to provide industrial cleaning, NORM decontamination and waste management services for the Curlew FPSO. Completion of these services will enable final dismantling, recycling and disposal of the vessel to take place, ensuring environmental compliance.

Curlew will be berthed in Forth Port’s Dundee site, where ANSS has recently developed a major decommissioning and decontamination facility. The contract will see the company work in collaboration with Forth Ports, Bilfinger Salamis and other tenants of the Port of Dundee. Read more…

 

Equinor completes acquisition of Rosebank project

Equinor has completed the acquisition of Chevron’s 40% operated interest in the Rosebank project, west of Shetland. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

First announced in October 2018, the acquisition of Rosebank strengthens Equinor’s UK upstream portfolio, which also includes the Mariner development – expected to start commercial production during the first half of 2019. Read more…

 

Tendeka secures AICD contract in Middle East

Global completions service company Tendeka has secured a multi-million-pound contract with a major national oil company in the Middle East.

The agreement will see the Aberdeen-headquartered company provide reservoir modelling and the installation of its FloSure Autonomous Inflow Control Devices (AICDs) to boost production and improve reservoir performance in several mature fields. Read more…

 

ONE, Dyas agree upstream merger

Oranje-Nassau Energie (ONE) and SHV Holdings have reached an agreement on the merger of their upstream energy businesses, forming a combined entity called ONE-Dyas.

ONE-Dyas will be a prominent, North Sea-focused independent operator, the companies said, with 2019 gas and oil production of some 35,000 boe per day. ONE’s parent company, ONH, will own 51% of the shares in ONE-Dyas and SHV 49%. The merging of activities is subject to regulatory approval, with the transaction expected to be completed during the first half of 2019. Read more… 

 

Kishorn Port secures first major contract

Kishorn Port Ltd (KPL) has landed its first major contract and will now host the largest semi-submersible offshore drilling rig in the world – the Ocean GreatWhite – in early 2019.

Owned by drilling contractor Diamond Offshore, the 60,800-tonne vessel requires deep water for anchoring, with Loch Kishorn providing ideal sheltered conditions. During its station, the rig will be made ready for its drilling program, with marine agency and stevedoring support from Ferguson Transport and Shipping. It is then slated to begin a drilling contract in the North Sea early in 2019.

KPL was created as a joint venture between and Leiths (Scotland) Ltd and Ferguson Transport and Shipping in 2008. With the Kishorn Yard having been largely dormant since the early 1990s, the venture has sought to promote regeneration of the dry dock as a major facility for manufacturing, decommissioning and support to the North Sea oil and gas sector. Read more…