Oil service company Archer has secured a four-year contract extension with Apache Corporation for the provision of platform drilling operations and maintenance services on Beryl Alpha and Bravo, Forties Alpha, Bravo, Charlie and Delta in the UK North Sea.

Based on current and expected future activity, including additional services through its engineering, rentals and oiltools divisions, the extension has an estimated value of up to US$100 million.

There are currently about 95 Archer personnel employed in the UK supporting the Apache contract onshore and offshore. The award is a direct continuation of current scope of work on the Forties and Beryl fields and will help to safeguard those jobs. Read more…

 

Aberdeen and Norway-based Mintra has announced its listing on the Oslo Stock Exchange, at a price of NOK 1.3 billion.

Mintra provides workforce management systems and online training courses for safety critical industries worldwide. It has seen a surge in demand for virtual and online delivery of courses and training management support during global lockdowns, making this the optimal time for the organisation to be listed.

The company aims to be the leading provider of human capital management services to customers with rotating workforces in compliance-driven industries. Its vision is to offer a single-source solution for companies to identify training needs, choose their preferred training format from a number of providers, then deploy their workforce to any job site in the world. Read more…

 

The University of Strathclyde has endorsed a methodology developed by NSRI (National Subsea Research Institute) to accelerate the commercialisation of technology in support of the green recovery.

NSRI, which works with underwater technology companies and academia to collaborate on bringing forward new technology, has developed a way of measuring the commercial viability of a technical innovation to help fast-track its route to market. The tool, called CHASMAI, provides a clear indication of the potential commercial viability of early stage technology in the subsea industry that enables both innovators and investors.

By measuring the viability of a technical concept through analysis of various factors including market conditions and funding requirements, CHASMAI take a systematic approach and helps identify exactly where pioneering companies should be focusing their efforts. NSRI believes it will be attractive to investors, helping to speed up the investment process which will accelerate the introduction of new technical concepts. Read more…

 

Neptune Energy and its joint venture partners BP and JAPEX have announced the beginning of the subsea construction phase of the Seagull tie-back project.

TechnipFMC, working under the Neptune Energy Alliance Agreement, has deployed the Apache II pipelay vessel to start the pipe-in-pipe installation, laying approximately 5km of pipe connecting the Egret manifold to the Seagull development.

Seagull is a high pressure, high temperature (HPHT) development located in the Central North Sea on UK licence P1622 Block 22/29C, 17km south of the BP Operated ETAP Central Processing Facility (CPF). Proved plus probable gross reserves are estimated at 50 million boe. The development will be tied back to the ETAP Central Processing Facility, with gas taken onshore at the CATS processing terminal at Teesside, and oil taken via the Forties Pipeline System to the Kinneil Terminal, Grangemouth. Read more…

 

Industry training provider Petrofac has taken delivery of its second freefall lifeboat, investing £200,000 in the new model to meet increased demand for its accredited marine training courses.

Petrofac is the only company in the UK with a freefall boat for oil and gas industry training, and earlier this year launched its current freefall for the 3,000th time in five years.

Designed and manufactured by Dutch company Verhoef, the freefall lifeboat is located at Petrofac’s Marine Training Centre in Aberdeen. The world-class training facility, which has direct access to Aberdeen harbour, provides delegates with a safe and ‘real life’ training environment, with Petrofac’s experts delivering practical training using industry-recognised equipment. Read more…

 

Energy consultancy Xodus Group has delivered a review into tariffs for a landmark Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) project in the Netherlands.

The review for the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy analysed proposed fees for the transport and storage requirements of the Porthos project – a joint venture between the Port of Rotterdam Authority, Gasunie and EBN – which seeks to transport CO2 from industry in the Port of Rotterdam to empty gas fields beneath the North Sea.

The study involved a top-down benchmarking analysis, where the project was compared to other planned CCUS developments globally with a focus on similar CCUS backbone suppliers. Xodus also recreated the Porthos design in its cost estimating software and database to arrive at an independent tariff estimate and range. The two approaches yielded similar transport and storage ‘best estimates’, of around 50 euros per tonne, encouragingly close to the figures calculated by Porthos. Read more…

 

Neptune Energy has extended its contract with CHC Helicopters, covering the Dutch sector of the North Sea, for a further two years. CHC will continue to conduct all helicopter flight transfers for personnel to and from Neptune’s 29 offshore platforms in the Dutch sector.

From its base at Den Helder Airport, CHC conducts approximately 3,500 flight hours each year for Neptune’s Dutch offshore teams. CHC also provides helicopter transport services for Neptune’s offshore teams in the UK, travelling to and from the Neptune-operated Cygnus platform in the Southern North Sea. Read more…

 

Controls technology provider Proserv Controls has formally unveiled two new cutting-edge facilities in Mussafah, Abu Dhabi and Cumbernauld, near Glasgow, Scotland as it seeks to drive forwards its expanding service support business. Despite the ongoing global challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Aberdeen-based firm has proactively pursued the establishment of the new sites in recent months as it continues to win significant orders amid the general slowdown.

The new facility in Abu Dhabi is an upgrade on its previous base in Mussafah, boasting a dedicated service workshop of more than 1,000 square metres, and a total footprint of almost 3,000 square metres.

The new site in Cumbernauld represents the firm’s Service Centre of Excellence for Measurement and replaces its location in Coatbridge. The facility offers almost 800 square metres of space, including a testing laboratory, workshop and office provision. The base will serve as the team’s global headquarters for its growing measurement and metering activities, with a capability to supply independent system design, build and installation. Read more…

 

Maersk Training in the UK has announced the launch of its upgraded Training Management Solution (TMS) with the aim of improving training management for companies dealing with reduced headcount and remote working amid the Coronavirus pandemic.

The software is divided into two parts – a mobile app aimed at delegates and a web-based application for the administrators and training facilitators. It offers a fully customised solution to meet global training needs whilst reducing administrative time and costs.

The app provides a full overview of the employee’s individual training requirements, from training due to expire to current courses due to be completed, as well as a training record. The web application supplies the employers with a customised view and management of individual employees’ training matrix, simplifying the administrative process, logistics and cost optimisation. Read more…

 

Petrofac’s Engineering and Production Services (EPS) business has been awarded a multi-million-dollar integrated services contract with Ithaca Energy. In a new five-year deal, Petrofac will integrate operations, maintenance, engineering, construction, and onshore and offshore technical support across Ithaca’s North Sea operated asset base.

The contract extends Petrofac’s existing working relationship with Ithaca, as well as the duration and breadth of services it provides for the Alba, Captain, Erskine and FPF-1 assets, building on the operations, engineering and support services it has been providing since 2011.

Having expanded its in-house capabilities, Ithaca will assume Safety Case responsibility for the FPF-1 asset, whilst Petrofac continues to provide all services and 96 offshore team members for the asset under the new contract. Read more…

 

Well-Safe Solutions has announced the acquisition of the West Epsilon jack-up rig from Seadrill, sparking a further job boost for the company.

Built in 1993, the asset is a heavy-duty, harsh environment jack-up with an extensive operational history in the North Sea. Well-Safe will start work immediately on the newly renamed ‘Well-Safe Protector’ to undertake an upgrade and modification programme, ready to deploy the unit specifically for enhanced plug and abandonment projects in early 2021.

The addition of the Protector follows the company’s acquisition of the Well-Safe Guardian in April 2019 and adds to its growing portfolio of bespoke decommissioning assets.
Read more…

 

Dräger Marine and Offshore UK has secured a €1 million order for wireless gas detection installation at an onshore terminal. This will be the single largest Dräger installation in the UK and one of its largest wireless gas detection installations globally, and represents a significant step forward in the adoption of wireless technology within the UK energy industry.

The new contract is also thought to be the largest wireless gas detection system employed by a North Sea operator. Work will commence on the project, which includes the installation of over 120 wireless gas detectors, in September 2020.

The project was very time sensitive, making wireless technology a great solution due to its fast deployment and minimal installation costs, whilst still providing the ability to precisely locate the detectors where the risk was deemed highest – without having to consider existing brownfield infrastructure as part of the installation philosophy. Read more…

 

Aberdeen City Council has announced a new partnership with bp to help the Council achieve the goals of the recently approved Net Zero Vision to reduce carbon emissions and become a climate-positive city.

Under the agreement, the Council will work together with bp experts in low carbon energy systems, mobility and technology to develop and deliver green energy solutions. The partnership will explore opportunities across several themes including: hydrogen for transport, heat and power; built environment; mobility and electrification; and the circular economy.

The Net Zero Vision supports Aberdeen’s leading role in energy transition and provides a unique opportunity. With the agreement, Aberdeen becomes the second city in the world after Houston to establish a partnership with bp to collaborate on decarbonised energy solutions. Read more…

 

Global completions service company Tendeka and diagnostic specialist TGT have agreed a partnership to mitigate the costly consequences of sand control failure in wells.

The remedial sand control collaboration known as ‘Find Fix Confirm’ will see TGT’s Sand Flow product used to accurately identify the locations of sand ingress within the wellbore. Then, Tendeka’s Filtrex thru-tubing sand control system is used to quickly repair the damage. Crucially, the service can confirm the effectiveness of the solution with the redeployment of TGT’s diagnostic product.

In mature basins, Tendeka says sand issues can account for up to 10% of all shut-in wells either due to failure of the existing downhole sand control or onset of sand production due to pressure depletion and/or water production. Read more…

 

Aberdeenshire’s Bethan Customs Consultancy celebrates its fifth birthday this month, reporting a 69% rise in turnover, a new appointment to their growing team and an expanding client base.

Despite the challenging commercial landscape, the company is on track to achieve a six-figure projected turnover for 2019-20 – a 69% increase on the previous year’s figure. During the past year it has secured 16 new contracts with clients in the food and drink, automotive, construction and retail sectors.

Bethan also welcomes a new compliance executive, Gus Firth, which brings its team to six members of permanent staff. Gus joins from within HMRC and the Home Office, where he worked latterly as a Border Force Officer, with particular expertise in marine traffic and customs control at heliports. Read more…

 

Akselos has successfully deployed a structural Digital Twin for Shell’s Bonga Main FPSO, located 120km south west of the Niger Delta in Nigeria.

The structural Digital Twin, which is based on Akselos’ patented RB-FEA technology, was selected by Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo), Shell’s deepwater company in Nigeria and operator of the 225,000 oil barrel capacity FPSO, because of its unique ability to realise a number of operational objectives. These include the identification of critical areas for prioritised inspection, maintenance and repair; a reduction in personnel on board the asset; reduced need for physical inspections in hard-to-reach areas; and to support scenario planning for extreme weather and asset modification.

The deployment of the simulation technology will also enable safe asset life extension by replacing conservative estimates with conventional simulation software with accurate assessments that reflect actual remaining fatigue life. Read more…

 

International SOS has appointed Carolyn Taylor as head of mental health, resilience and wellbeing to strengthen its expertise in this field, which is an increasing issue for the offshore energy workforce. She brings almost three decades of experience in mental health, resilience and awareness training, as well as psychotherapy.

Based at International SOS’ office and clinic in Aberdeen, Ms Taylor will build a team of psychotherapists and trainers dedicated to prevention, treatment, and education around mental health. This includes providing mental health support to employees of clients who may be suffering with a mental health disorder or have recently experienced trauma.

International SOS’ research reveals that one in four energy sector workers seek medical assistance for mental health related issues. This role will be invaluable in helping clients and their workforce improve the mental health and wellbeing of their employees. Read more…

 

North Sea waste and decommissioning services provider Augean North Sea Services (ANSS) has acquired the EcoCentre at Peterhead, Aberdeenshire.

ANSS says the addition of the site compliments and enhances the range of services it offers the market, including the ability to recycle and re-use a wider spectrum of waste materials.

ANSS assists the treatment, recycling and re-use of waste material derived from well drilling and maintenance activities on rigs (offshore) through to treatment, recycling and safe disposal of waste onshore. The EcoCentre facility will allow staff to access and optimise existing and introduce further waste treatment processes for a broad range of offshore materials, including drill cuttings and slop waters through a variety of novel technology processes. Read more…

Safety and technical training provider for the wind, oil and gas and maritime industries, Maersk Training, has entered a global partnership with Bristol Community College’s National Offshore Wind Institute (NOWI) in Massachusetts, US.

The collaboration is the next step in securing Bristol’s National Offshore Wind Institute as the region’s leader in basic safety training and basic technical training programs certified by the Global Wind Organization (GWO). Read more…

 

Neptune Energy has formed a partnership with 3D technology specialist Eserv as part of the ongoing digitalisation of its assets, including its operated Cygnus gas platform in the UK southern North Sea.

Using 3D and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, a digital map of all three bridge-linked jackets was captured, enabling Neptune to detect asset integrity issues early and plan fabric maintenance work on Cygnus. This allows a significant amount of engineering work to be done from onshore, reducing the cost and environmental impacts associated with travelling offshore.

The partnership with Eserv is part of the first phase of Neptune Energy’s strategy to digitise its assets and processes and enables remote subject matter expert advice for offshore personnel, and virtual visual inspections and site surveys. Read more…

 

Archer secures a four-year contract extension with Apache

Oil service company Archer has secured a four-year contract extension with Apache Corporation for the provision of platform drilling operations and maintenance services on Beryl Alpha and Bravo, Forties Alpha, Bravo, Charlie and Delta in the UK North Sea.

Based on current and expected future activity, including additional services through its engineering, rentals and oiltools divisions, the extension has an estimated value of up to US$100 million.

There are currently about 95 Archer personnel employed in the UK supporting the Apache contract onshore and offshore. The award is a direct continuation of current scope of work on the Forties and Beryl fields and will help to safeguard those jobs. Read more…

 

Mintra announces NOK 1.3 billion listing on Oslo Stock Exchange

Aberdeen and Norway-based Mintra has announced its listing on the Oslo Stock Exchange, at a price of NOK 1.3 billion.

Mintra provides workforce management systems and online training courses for safety critical industries worldwide. It has seen a surge in demand for virtual and online delivery of courses and training management support during global lockdowns, making this the optimal time for the organisation to be listed.

The company aims to be the leading provider of human capital management services to customers with rotating workforces in compliance-driven industries. Its vision is to offer a single-source solution for companies to identify training needs, choose their preferred training format from a number of providers, then deploy their workforce to any job site in the world. Read more…

 

Strathclyde backs NSRI commercialisation tool

The University of Strathclyde has endorsed a methodology developed by NSRI (National Subsea Research Institute) to accelerate the commercialisation of technology in support of the green recovery.

NSRI, which works with underwater technology companies and academia to collaborate on bringing forward new technology, has developed a way of measuring the commercial viability of a technical innovation to help fast-track its route to market. The tool, called CHASMAI, provides a clear indication of the potential commercial viability of early stage technology in the subsea industry that enables both innovators and investors.

By measuring the viability of a technical concept through analysis of various factors including market conditions and funding requirements, CHASMAI take a systematic approach and helps identify exactly where pioneering companies should be focusing their efforts. NSRI believes it will be attractive to investors, helping to speed up the investment process which will accelerate the introduction of new technical concepts. Read more…

 

Neptune Energy commences subsea construction on Seagull project

Neptune Energy and its joint venture partners BP and JAPEX have announced the beginning of the subsea construction phase of the Seagull tie-back project.

TechnipFMC, working under the Neptune Energy Alliance Agreement, has deployed the Apache II pipelay vessel to start the pipe-in-pipe installation, laying approximately 5km of pipe connecting the Egret manifold to the Seagull development.

Seagull is a high pressure, high temperature (HPHT) development located in the Central North Sea on UK licence P1622 Block 22/29C, 17km south of the BP Operated ETAP Central Processing Facility (CPF). Proved plus probable gross reserves are estimated at 50 million boe. The development will be tied back to the ETAP Central Processing Facility, with gas taken onshore at the CATS processing terminal at Teesside, and oil taken via the Forties Pipeline System to the Kinneil Terminal, Grangemouth. Read more…

 

Petrofac invests in second freefall lifeboat

Industry training provider Petrofac has taken delivery of its second freefall lifeboat, investing £200,000 in the new model to meet increased demand for its accredited marine training courses.

Petrofac is the only company in the UK with a freefall boat for oil and gas industry training, and earlier this year launched its current freefall for the 3,000th time in five years.

Designed and manufactured by Dutch company Verhoef, the freefall lifeboat is located at Petrofac’s Marine Training Centre in Aberdeen. The world-class training facility, which has direct access to Aberdeen harbour, provides delegates with a safe and ‘real life’ training environment, with Petrofac’s experts delivering practical training using industry-recognised equipment. Read more…

 

Xodus Group advises Dutch government on CCUS project

Energy consultancy Xodus Group has delivered a review into tariffs for a landmark Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) project in the Netherlands.

The review for the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy analysed proposed fees for the transport and storage requirements of the Porthos project – a joint venture between the Port of Rotterdam Authority, Gasunie and EBN – which seeks to transport CO2 from industry in the Port of Rotterdam to empty gas fields beneath the North Sea.

The study involved a top-down benchmarking analysis, where the project was compared to other planned CCUS developments globally with a focus on similar CCUS backbone suppliers. Xodus also recreated the Porthos design in its cost estimating software and database to arrive at an independent tariff estimate and range. The two approaches yielded similar transport and storage ‘best estimates’, of around 50 euros per tonne, encouragingly close to the figures calculated by Porthos. Read more…

 

Neptune extends CHC Helicopters contract

Neptune Energy has extended its contract with CHC Helicopters, covering the Dutch sector of the North Sea, for a further two years. CHC will continue to conduct all helicopter flight transfers for personnel to and from Neptune’s 29 offshore platforms in the Dutch sector.

From its base at Den Helder Airport, CHC conducts approximately 3,500 flight hours each year for Neptune’s Dutch offshore teams. CHC also provides helicopter transport services for Neptune’s offshore teams in the UK, travelling to and from the Neptune-operated Cygnus platform in the Southern North Sea. Read more…

 

Proserv rolls out two new facilities to boost global service operations

Controls technology provider Proserv Controls has formally unveiled two new cutting-edge facilities in Mussafah, Abu Dhabi and Cumbernauld, near Glasgow, Scotland as it seeks to drive forwards its expanding service support business. Despite the ongoing global challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Aberdeen-based firm has proactively pursued the establishment of the new sites in recent months as it continues to win significant orders amid the general slowdown.

The new facility in Abu Dhabi is an upgrade on its previous base in Mussafah, boasting a dedicated service workshop of more than 1,000 square metres, and a total footprint of almost 3,000 square metres.

The new site in Cumbernauld represents the firm’s Service Centre of Excellence for Measurement and replaces its location in Coatbridge. The facility offers almost 800 square metres of space, including a testing laboratory, workshop and office provision. The base will serve as the team’s global headquarters for its growing measurement and metering activities, with a capability to supply independent system design, build and installation. Read more…

 

Maersk Training launches training management app

Maersk Training in the UK has announced the launch of its upgraded Training Management Solution (TMS) with the aim of improving training management for companies dealing with reduced headcount and remote working amid the Coronavirus pandemic.

The software is divided into two parts – a mobile app aimed at delegates and a web-based application for the administrators and training facilitators. It offers a fully customised solution to meet global training needs whilst reducing administrative time and costs.

The app provides a full overview of the employee’s individual training requirements, from training due to expire to current courses due to be completed, as well as a training record. The web application supplies the employers with a customised view and management of individual employees’ training matrix, simplifying the administrative process, logistics and cost optimisation. Read more…

 

Petrofac expands support for Ithaca Energy

Petrofac’s Engineering and Production Services (EPS) business has been awarded a multi-million-dollar integrated services contract with Ithaca Energy. In a new five-year deal, Petrofac will integrate operations, maintenance, engineering, construction, and onshore and offshore technical support across Ithaca’s North Sea operated asset base.

The contract extends Petrofac’s existing working relationship with Ithaca, as well as the duration and breadth of services it provides for the Alba, Captain, Erskine and FPF-1 assets, building on the operations, engineering and support services it has been providing since 2011.

Having expanded its in-house capabilities, Ithaca will assume Safety Case responsibility for the FPF-1 asset, whilst Petrofac continues to provide all services and 96 offshore team members for the asset under the new contract. Read more…

 

Well-Safe Solutions adds jack-up rig to decommissioning fleet

Well-Safe Solutions has announced the acquisition of the West Epsilon jack-up rig from Seadrill, sparking a further job boost for the company.

Built in 1993, the asset is a heavy-duty, harsh environment jack-up with an extensive operational history in the North Sea. Well-Safe will start work immediately on the newly renamed ‘Well-Safe Protector’ to undertake an upgrade and modification programme, ready to deploy the unit specifically for enhanced plug and abandonment projects in early 2021.

The addition of the Protector follows the company’s acquisition of the Well-Safe Guardian in April 2019 and adds to its growing portfolio of bespoke decommissioning assets.
Read more…

 

Dräger secures wireless gas detection contract

Dräger Marine and Offshore UK has secured a €1 million order for wireless gas detection installation at an onshore terminal. This will be the single largest Dräger installation in the UK and one of its largest wireless gas detection installations globally, and represents a significant step forward in the adoption of wireless technology within the UK energy industry.

The new contract is also thought to be the largest wireless gas detection system employed by a North Sea operator. Work will commence on the project, which includes the installation of over 120 wireless gas detectors, in September 2020.

The project was very time sensitive, making wireless technology a great solution due to its fast deployment and minimal installation costs, whilst still providing the ability to precisely locate the detectors where the risk was deemed highest – without having to consider existing brownfield infrastructure as part of the installation philosophy. Read more…

 

bp and Aberdeen join forces in drive for net zero

Aberdeen City Council has announced a new partnership with bp to help the Council achieve the goals of the recently approved Net Zero Vision to reduce carbon emissions and become a climate-positive city.

Under the agreement, the Council will work together with bp experts in low carbon energy systems, mobility and technology to develop and deliver green energy solutions. The partnership will explore opportunities across several themes including: hydrogen for transport, heat and power; built environment; mobility and electrification; and the circular economy.

The Net Zero Vision supports Aberdeen’s leading role in energy transition and provides a unique opportunity. With the agreement, Aberdeen becomes the second city in the world after Houston to establish a partnership with bp to collaborate on decarbonised energy solutions. Read more…

 

Tendeka and TGT create ‘industry-first’ solution for sand control failures

Global completions service company Tendeka and diagnostic specialist TGT have agreed a partnership to mitigate the costly consequences of sand control failure in wells.

The remedial sand control collaboration known as ‘Find Fix Confirm’ will see TGT’s Sand Flow product used to accurately identify the locations of sand ingress within the wellbore. Then, Tendeka’s Filtrex thru-tubing sand control system is used to quickly repair the damage. Crucially, the service can confirm the effectiveness of the solution with the redeployment of TGT’s diagnostic product.

In mature basins, Tendeka says sand issues can account for up to 10% of all shut-in wells either due to failure of the existing downhole sand control or onset of sand production due to pressure depletion and/or water production. Read more…

 

Bethan Customs Consultancy celebrates growth, new staff on milestone birthday

Aberdeenshire’s Bethan Customs Consultancy celebrates its fifth birthday this month, reporting a 69% rise in turnover, a new appointment to their growing team and an expanding client base.

Despite the challenging commercial landscape, the company is on track to achieve a six-figure projected turnover for 2019-20 – a 69% increase on the previous year’s figure. During the past year it has secured 16 new contracts with clients in the food and drink, automotive, construction and retail sectors.

Bethan also welcomes a new compliance executive, Gus Firth, which brings its team to six members of permanent staff. Gus joins from within HMRC and the Home Office, where he worked latterly as a Border Force Officer, with particular expertise in marine traffic and customs control at heliports. Read more…

 

Akselos deploys Digital Twin for Shell’s Bonga FPSO

Akselos has successfully deployed a structural Digital Twin for Shell’s Bonga Main FPSO, located 120km south west of the Niger Delta in Nigeria.

The structural Digital Twin, which is based on Akselos’ patented RB-FEA technology, was selected by Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo), Shell’s deepwater company in Nigeria and operator of the 225,000 oil barrel capacity FPSO, because of its unique ability to realise a number of operational objectives. These include the identification of critical areas for prioritised inspection, maintenance and repair; a reduction in personnel on board the asset; reduced need for physical inspections in hard-to-reach areas; and to support scenario planning for extreme weather and asset modification.

The deployment of the simulation technology will also enable safe asset life extension by replacing conservative estimates with conventional simulation software with accurate assessments that reflect actual remaining fatigue life. Read more…

 

International SOS strengthens resilience with new mental health head

International SOS has appointed Carolyn Taylor as head of mental health, resilience and wellbeing to strengthen its expertise in this field, which is an increasing issue for the offshore energy workforce. She brings almost three decades of experience in mental health, resilience and awareness training, as well as psychotherapy.

Based at International SOS’ office and clinic in Aberdeen, Ms Taylor will build a team of psychotherapists and trainers dedicated to prevention, treatment, and education around mental health. This includes providing mental health support to employees of clients who may be suffering with a mental health disorder or have recently experienced trauma.

International SOS’ research reveals that one in four energy sector workers seek medical assistance for mental health related issues. This role will be invaluable in helping clients and their workforce improve the mental health and wellbeing of their employees. Read more…

 

Augean acquires EcoCentre drilling waste facility

North Sea waste and decommissioning services provider Augean North Sea Services (ANSS) has acquired the EcoCentre at Peterhead, Aberdeenshire.

ANSS says the addition of the site compliments and enhances the range of services it offers the market, including the ability to recycle and re-use a wider spectrum of waste materials.

ANSS assists the treatment, recycling and re-use of waste material derived from well drilling and maintenance activities on rigs (offshore) through to treatment, recycling and safe disposal of waste onshore. The EcoCentre facility will allow staff to access and optimise existing and introduce further waste treatment processes for a broad range of offshore materials, including drill cuttings and slop waters through a variety of novel technology processes. Read more…

Maersk Training forms international offshore wind training partnership

Safety and technical training provider for the wind, oil and gas and maritime industries, Maersk Training, has entered a global partnership with Bristol Community College’s National Offshore Wind Institute (NOWI) in Massachusetts, US.

The collaboration is the next step in securing Bristol’s National Offshore Wind Institute as the region’s leader in basic safety training and basic technical training programs certified by the Global Wind Organization (GWO). Read more…

 

Neptune Energy and Eserv partner for Cygnus digitisation

Neptune Energy has formed a partnership with 3D technology specialist Eserv as part of the ongoing digitalisation of its assets, including its operated Cygnus gas platform in the UK southern North Sea.

Using 3D and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, a digital map of all three bridge-linked jackets was captured, enabling Neptune to detect asset integrity issues early and plan fabric maintenance work on Cygnus. This allows a significant amount of engineering work to be done from onshore, reducing the cost and environmental impacts associated with travelling offshore.

The partnership with Eserv is part of the first phase of Neptune Energy’s strategy to digitise its assets and processes and enables remote subject matter expert advice for offshore personnel, and virtual visual inspections and site surveys. Read more…