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Improved access to seismic data, a focus on innovation and a recasting of diverse businesses on the UK Continental Shelf all bode well for the 31st Licensing Round, Oil & Gas UK said today.

The Oil and Gas Authority today formally opened the latest licensing round, which focuses on the frontier and underexplored regions in the UK Continental Shelf.  The Licensing Round will close on 7 November 2018 with companies expected to find out if their bid is successful in the first half of 2019.

123 licenses were awarded for 229 blocks in mature areas of the UKCS, to 61 companies in the recent 30th Licensing Round in May. The 31st Licensing Round will benefit from fresh seismic data funded in part by HM Treasury, and will be supported over the longer term by increased transparency of data and samples from the new National Data Repository.

Commenting on the news, Oil & Gas UK’s Upstream Policy Director Mike Tholen said:

“This is an exciting Licensing Round and is a timely reminder of the wealth of untapped potential which lies in the UK Continental Shelf. The announcement represents the culmination of three year’s close collaboration with the Oil and Gas Authority to update the licensing process and open up under explored acreage on the East Shetland Platform, South Western Approaches, and Mid North Sea High.

“With an industry-wide focus on efficiency and innovation, a stable fiscal regime, and a positive response to the 30th Round, industry is fit and ready to usher in a new era of exploration in the North Sea.

“Frontier exploration is however a long game and requires businesses to be confident in future opportunities. Fiscal and regulatory stability remains a prerequisite if we are to realise the benefits of exploration activity which is badly needed to boost production and activity.”

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Notes to Editors

Issued by the Communications Team, Oil & Gas UK. Contact Communications Manager Natalie Coupar on 01224 577250/ [email protected]

Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its membership comprises oil and gas producers and contractor companies.

 

Oil & Gas UK has commended the UK Government for its continued support for industry, with inclusion of Transferable Tax History (TTH) in its draft Finance Bill published today (Friday 6 July 2018).

TTH allows additional investment to be unlocked in the North Sea by enabling more assets to change hands and aids new owners when providing fresh investment to many mature oil and gas fields.

Mike Tholen, Upstream Policy Director Oil & Gas UK, said: “The publication of draft legislation for Transferable Tax History is greatly welcomed by the industry as it’s an additional tool in the deal toolkit, with the potential for bringing new investment to the basin.

“TTH will help increase recovery from existing fields and encourage fresh investment which will both help generate activity for our hard-pressed supply chain. It will also help extend the lives of many mature fields and postpone decommissioning.

“Adopting this measure makes it clear that the Treasury recognises the need for a predictable fiscal regime as the basin matures, which is critical in ensuring it remains competitive.

“We look forward to continuing our work with Government for these measures to be put into law and available for use to industry for deals from 1 November 2018. This in turn will ensure industry continues to provide security of energy supply for the longer term, contributing billions to the economy and supporting hundreds of thousands of high-value jobs.”

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Notes to Editors:

Issued by the Communications Team, Oil & Gas UK. Contact Natalie Coupar, Communications Manager, [email protected] / 07531407007

Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its membership comprises oil and gas producers and contractor companies.

Problem Statement  

The internal inspection of roof pontoons can be challenging due to the requirement for personnel to work in a confined space for lengthy amounts of time.

Aims

  • A large global oil and gas company required a solution to inspect the internal roof pontoons and steel shell of a floating roof tank dedicated to the production of unrefined diesel at a refinery in the UK. Cyberhawk was selected to conduct the inspection using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Method

  • Cyberhawk’s two-man team examined the condition of 25 pontoons and the entire internal surface of the tank. The inside of the asset was fully inspected whilst the team remained in a safe position on the outside to fly the UAV.
  • With a lack of GPS signal and different entry points for each pontoon, full manual flying was required from experienced pilots. This also meant flying manually through the tank’s various compartments.

Impact

This type of inspection would usually involve personnel entering the tight roof pontoons of the tank – Cyberhawk’s solution meant that personnel were only required inside the tank for the minimum amount of time.

The traditional method of inspection would also have taken weeks to complete the workscope where as the UAV solution took just five days.

Cyberhawk successfully completed the workscope delivering a high quality inspection report with high resolution images which enabled the client to understand the tank’s condition. The pontoons were found to be in generally good condition throughout with no significant damage or defects. The client reported the project was carried out within budget and reported significant time savings.

Total hours saved

Five days vs weeks

Safety benefits

Minimum time inside for personnel

Problem Statement

Flare inspection can incur significant costs and take months to complete. Aside from the cost of using scaffolding or rope access, a production shutdown is required while the inspection takes place.  These access techniques also mean extended periods of working at height.

Aims

  • A supermajor in West Africa was looking use a new, more efficient method of inspection to examine a number of flares on five live assets.
  • As well as generating cost savings, the client was also looking for an inspection solution which was safer for personnel by reducing the requirement to work at height.

Method

  • A two man team from Cyberhawk were mobilised to the region to complete the inspections
  • Full close visual inspections (CVI) were carried out across all assets
  • Thanks to the use of UAVs, the inspections could take place without the need for a plant shut
    down

Impact

By avoiding a plant shutdown, and inspecting the assets while they were live, the client saved more than $11million.

All five assets were also inspected in less than a week – the alternative methods would have taken months to complete and would also have required a complete shutdown of the facility.

The detailed inspection reports completed by Cyberhawk’s plant inspector and flare experts provided the facility with the info required to fully plan and prepare flare tip replacement and repair work during the next planned turnaround.

Total hours saved

5 days vs weeks

Total savings anticpated

Over $11million

Problem Statement 

Flare inspection can incur significant costs and take months to complete. Aside from the cost of using scaffolding or rope access, a production shutdown is required while the inspection takes place.  These access techniques also mean extended periods of working at height.

Aims 

  • A supermajor in West Africa was looking use a new, more efficient method of inspection to examine a number of flares on five live assets.
  • As well as generating cost savings, the client was also looking for an inspection solution which was safer for personnel by reducing the requirement to work at height.

Method

  • A two man team from Cyberhawk were mobilised to the region to complete the inspections
  • Full close visual inspections (CVI) were carried out across all assets
  • Thanks to the use of UAVs, the inspections could take place without the need for a plant shutdown

Impact

By avoiding a plant shutdown, and inspecting the assets while they were live, the client saved more than $11million.

All five assets were also inspected in less than a week – the alternative methods would have taken months to complete and would also have required a complete shutdown of the facility.

The detailed inspection reports completed by Cyberhawk’s plant inspector and flare experts provided the facility with the info required to fully plan and prepare flare tip replacement and repair work during the next planned turnaround.

Total hours saved

5 days vs weeks

Total savings anticipated 

Over $11million

Plans to extend the life of the UK Continental Shelf and double the supply chain’s share of global markets will be the focus of an industry event in Aberdeen tomorrow (Tuesday 12 June), sponsored by Deloitte.

Vision 2035, developed by Oil & Gas UK in collaboration with the Oil and Gas Authority, outlines the UK offshore oil and industry’s shared ambitions for the future of the sector.

The industry association today revealed a high-profile list of speakers who will address key themes in the Vision.

  • Mike Tholen, Upstream Policy Director, Oil & Gas UK
  • Hedda Felin, UK Managing Director of Equinor
  • John Pearson, Group Managing Director of the Western Hemisphere, Petrofac
  • Nick Clark, Director in Deloitte’s Strategy and Operations consulting practice
  • Victoria Cameron, Future Industry Leaders Programme

Stuart Payne, Director of Human Resources and the Supply Chain at the Oil and Gas Authority, will join the panel discussion.

Speaking ahead of the event, Upstream Policy Director Mike Tholen said:

“Industry is on track to deliver Vision 2035 and now is the time to work harder and faster towards that goal.

“While times remain tough for many, this event is an opportunity to take stock and charter our course towards the delivery of Vision 2035. Our speakers will explore what the vision means to their company and give their understanding of what future opportunities will look like for the next generation.

“The UK’s offshore oil and gas industry is essential for security of energy supply, contributing billions to the economy and supporting hundreds of thousands of high-value jobs for many years to come. Backed by an enduring plan we can add a generation of life to the basin, double our supply chain’s global footprint and continue powering the nation for many years to come.”

Graham Hollis, office senior partner for Deloitte in Aberdeen said:

“The ambition Vision 2035 seeks to deliver is crucial to establishing a new level of focus and direction for the oil and gas sector. Tuesday’s Breakfast will provide a valuable opportunity for the industry to learn more about how the sector is adapting and, in turn, consider the role their organisation might play in helping to revive it.

“The efficiencies and improvements the industry has already made in response to recent challenging conditions are evidence of what can be achieved through fuller collaboration, better use of technology, and a shared understanding of how the sector can continue to function successfully, and should help support attainment of Vision 2035.”

 

ENDS

Problem Statement

OGUK Case Study – methanol optimisation

The use of methanol as a hydrate inhibitor in wells/pipelines is strictly controlled by Ineos for all users of the Forties Pipeline System due to the potential damage that can be caused to catalysts and effluent plant. If an operator causes the overall FPS methanol dosage to exceed the limit of 2m3 / day, it may be subject to a charge of up to £2m. This therefore leads operators to wait until a timeslot for methanol injection is allocated, causing delays in start-up and the subsequent losses for deferred production.

Aims 

Optimise methanol injection volumes required for start-up operations in subsea wells/pipelines to reduce operator contribution to overall FPS methanol injection thus facilitating the swifter approval of methanol waiver permits and reducing  deferred production.

Method

Traditional approaches use steady state analysis to calculate methanol injection volumes. Atkins developed a novel methodology combining OLGA transient simulations, inhibitor tracking and the latest equations of state to optimise the volume of methanol required during start-up operations. This provides a variable methanol injection rate which minimises the hydrate temperature margin along the pipeline.

Impact

The proposed methodology has been used to optimise methanol injection for one of the most challenging and strategically important HPHT gas-condensate subsea well and pipeline systems in the North Sea, resulting in:

  • A 30% reduction in the total methanol injection volume for a cold depressurised start-up when compared with the output of the standard steady state methodology.
  • 60 – 70% reductions in methanol volumes for warm depressurised start-ups (4-9 days after shutdown).
  • Confidence in the effectiveness of the methanol injected.
  • Maximising the length of time needed between tank refills.

Production savings from swifter permit approvals

~ £3m / year

Avoidance of need for high-usage methanol waiver

~ £2m / start-up

 

The Scottish Energy Minister will address a major safety conference taking place in Aberdeen next week – three decades after the Piper Alpha disaster.

Paul Wheelhouse will deliver the keynote speech to open day two of Safety 30 – organised by Oil & Gas UK and the International Regulators’ Forum and taking place on June 5 and 6 at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.

Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse said:

“I recall vividly the awful images of the Piper Alpha tragedy, and I know how profoundly the loss of life affected the city of Aberdeen and Scotland. The 30th anniversary of this terrible tragedy provides a very important reminder to everyone working in this industry, and in these hostile and dangerous waters, that safety should always be paramount.   Nothing is more important than ensuring the safety of those who work offshore.

“Through continued vigilance, allied to innovation and dedication, we must strive to achieve and sustain new standards of offshore health and safety, aiming to make the UKCS the safest place to work in the global oil and gas industry. We owe that to the families of those who lost loved ones on the Piper Alpha, and to all those who continue to deliver the vital supplies of energy our society often takes for granted.”

Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive of Oil & Gas UK, added:

“Safety 30 is an important conference for our industry coming 30 years after the Piper Alpha disaster that led to the rigorous health and safety legislation governing us today. We look forward to hearing from the Scottish Energy Minister who is very engaged with our sector which puts safety at the heart of all its operations.”

ENDS

 

Notes to Editors:

Media are welcome to attend the conference. To book a place contact Communications Manager Jennifer Phillips on 01224 577279 / [email protected]

 

Issued by the Communications Team, Oil & Gas UK. Contact 01224 577279 / [email protected]

Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its membership comprises oil and gas producers and contractor companies.

 

Problem Statement

The normally unmanned Erskine platform has a max POB of just 12 people, which makes labour intensive well interventions a major undertaking.

There has been three years of unsuccessful attempts to remove scale and replace key down-hole equipment.

Needed to ensure that the 2017 campaign was a success.

Aims

  • A 55-day well services campaign on the Chevron-operated Erskine platform to be delivered safely, on time and on budget.
  • The campaign involved work on three wells, including the change-out of a wireline retrievable safety valve and two lower manual master valve stem seals and bonnets.

Method

  • New approach using tools trailed onshore, but new to the market and not used downhole before, including an expandable mill, allowing intervention crew to pass through narrow restriction at surface then out into the tubing where it was opened up.

    Completed downhole well-data logging, followed by the setting of plugs in the well-necessary barriers to allow the change-out of the lower manual master valve and the replacement of a Pascon valve, which is used to control pressure to the safety valve.

    Other work included replacement of storm choke valves, downhole safety valves controlled by pressure, and well-data logging.

Impact

The well services campaign is the culmination of years of work and involved
the dedication of the Erskine team, Chevron well services, Base Business
Operations Support and business partners Altus, Welltec, GE Vetco and
Halliburton.

The well services work required Erskine to be maned for 55 days, split into a
14 and 41-day campaign from April to June 2017. With limited facilities on
the platform and a max of 12 people on board, including 5 emergency
response team core crew, this only allowed for 7 other crew to carry out the
complicated and labour intensive work.

Specialised equipment meant deck space was limited to team work and
collaboration was key. Working with wireline companies chevron changed
how teams worked in order to carry out 24 hour working, saving over 20
days offshore occupation and production losses.

The work was carried out safely and successfully, eliminating three significant
well anomalies, allowing the wells to return to full integrity. Completing all
three work scopes incident free was a great achievement by the whole team.
The first work scope was challenging, with the alternatives for reinstating the
down hole safety valve would have resulted in either a costly coiled tubing
campaign or a completion workover, which would have cost missions of pounds
to restore the integrity of the well.

Total hours saved – 21.75 working days

Total savings anticipated – £4.7M

 

Problem Statement

Erskine is dependent on Lomond to provide the export route from the field.
Need to increase production efficiency and desire to extend the life of Erskine but no joined up approach to how this could be achieved and maintained.

Aims

  • Work collaboratively across both assets regardless of operatorship or Equity share.
  • Focus on what needs to change to improve the performance of both assets for the benefit of all.

Method

  • Reintroduction of a Chevron Ops Rep on Lomond as a fully integrated member of the Lomond OIM Leadership team, improving visibility and helping to mitigate key threats and vulnerabilities.
  • Joint Study work on alternative hosts, optimisations, RAM modelling etc.
  • Use of OPEX Group’s OPEX X-pas service for third party data analysis of key systems

Impact

Successful completion of the cleaning and inspection of the 30km pipeline between the two assets (first pig in the line since 2009). The team ran a total of 14 pigs, including an intelligent pig, which was essential for proving the long-term integrity of the pipeline.

These campaigns resulted in all five Erskine’s wells coming online for the first time in two years with production rate being the highest it had been over three-year span.The number of days online for Erskine platform has also steadily increased from 127 in 2014 to over 240 at the end of 2017.

Over the same period, the combined Lomond and Erskine production reached a record high since Lomond was converted to a single train operation, when it averaged 37,810 boe/d.

Proven that sharing knowledge and expertise leads to positive outcomes, tangible results and is contributing to maximising economic recovery from the UKCS.

Total hours saved – ongoing

 

Total savings anticipated – ongoing

2018 is a crucial year for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry. Watch this video to learn more about why the Efficiency Task Force is making the case for change.

The case for change – Efficiency Task Force from Oil & Gas UK on Vimeo.

Nominations for the 2018 Offshore Safety Awards are closing soon.

Companies and individuals who go the extra mile to improve offshore safety have been encouraged to submit award entries by 18 May to be in with a chance of being crowned an industry safety champion.

The awards – organised by Oil & Gas UK and Step Change in Safety with TOTAL as principal sponsor – recognise the people and companies taking great strides to make operations on the UK Continental Shelf as safe as possible.

Finalists will be announced at the end of June, with the award ceremony taking place on 29 August at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.

The award categories for this year are as follows:

  • Safety Leadership – for an inspirational leader who motivates and engages their team to work safely.
  • Safety Representative of the Year – for an enthusiastic and committed safety rep that is driving the safety agenda at their worksite.
  • Innovation in Safety – for a company which has put in place a clever process or technique to improve safety either across an organisation or at an individual worksite.
  • Workforce Engagement – for an individual or team which has actively embraced engagement with its employees on safety matters, showing how a commitment to worker involvement in safety has contributed to an improvement in safety performance.
  • Operational Integrity – for an individual or team which has delivered increased efficiency or understanding of risk by putting in place sensible and proportionate risk management solution(s).
  • Sharing and Learning – for an individual/team or company that can demonstrate a learning and sharing culture either within their organisation, or who has made a significant contribution to health and safety through active participation in, or engagement with Oil & Gas UK or Step Change in Safety.

For full details on the categories and how to enter, visit: www.offshoresafetyawards.com

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Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its membership comprises oil and gas producers and contractor companies.

Commenting on the launch today of the UKCS Workforce Dynamics Review by global energy skills body OPITO, in partnership with Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) Oil and Gas Institute, Oil & Gas UK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie said: 

“This insightful report shows while overall direct employment is likely to fall, we will need over 40,000 new people in the industry to deliver Vision 2035 and to continue to diversify in response to the energy transition. Vision 2035 will enable us to extend the productive life of the basin, double our share in global supply chain markets and support our UK-wide workforce.”

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Notes to Editors: 

  1. The report can be found here. 

A short publication highlighting the work of industry’s Efficiency Task Force.

Join the network

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They help develop implement and continually improve ETF good practice guidelines, as well as capture their impact in case studies.

Want to be at the forefront of industry efficiency?

Speak with our Efficiency Team on [email protected].

It’s 30 years since the world looked on in horror as the terrible events of Piper Alpha unfolded.

Lessons learned from that tragedy have ensured that the health and safety regime in the North Sea is entirely different now.

How the legacy of Piper Alpha has shaped current offshore operations, and the ongoing effort to create an even safer future, is the focus of Safety 30 – a major conference organised by Oil & Gas UK in association with the International Regulators’ Forum.

With Step Change in Safety as principal sponsor, the June 5 and 6 event in Aberdeen will shine a spotlight on the industry’s people, plant and process looking at the past, present and future.

Lord Cullen – who chaired the public inquiry into Piper Alpha – will address the conference and discuss the need to continue to heed safety lessons and other insights, drawing on investigations into Piper Alpha and other major accidents.

The conference will consider safety issues against a range of different backdrops including increased efficiency, lower costs, new operators and technological advances.  The need to transfer skills and experience from one generation to the next is also among topics up for debate.

Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive of Oil & Gas UK, said:

“We must never forget the tragic loss of life that resulted from Piper Alpha. It represented a watershed moment for health and safety in our industry and led to the world-class safety regime we have today. However, we must never lose the momentum around safe operations and have to constantly, and relentlessly, strive to keep our sector as safe as it can be, and that’s the focus of our conference.”

Les Linklater, Executive Director, Step Change in Safety, said:

“Step Change in Safety was borne off the back of industry’s desire to continue to improve post Piper Alpha and was established in 1997. While improving safety and effecting change via our members, we offer tools and guidance to support the frontline workforce. In 1990 Lord Cullen’s report emphasised the importance of workforce engagement and, in particular, the role of the Elected Safety Representative (ESR), and therefore we are pleased as principal sponsors, to be able to offer 100 free spaces for ESRs, working in the UKCS, who wish to attend this important and informative conference, which stems from such tragedy.”

Chris Flint, Director, Energy Division, Health and Safety Executive, added:

“The Health and Safety Executive is pleased to be supporting this conference which brings together the UK oil and gas industry and the Global Offshore International Regulators’ Forum. It promises to be an engaging and informative event marking a hugely important milestone.

The conference takes place at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.

ENDS

Notes to Editors:

Media wishing to attend the conference should book their place with Oil & Gas UK Communications Manager Jennifer Phillips on [email protected] / 01224 577279.

Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its membership comprises oil and gas producers and contractor companies.

New era of exploration for North Sea as 31st Licensing Round opens

Improved access to seismic data, a focus on innovation and a recasting of diverse businesses on the UK Continental Shelf all bode well for the 31st Licensing Round, Oil & Gas UK said today.

The Oil and Gas Authority today formally opened the latest licensing round, which focuses on the frontier and underexplored regions in the UK Continental Shelf.  The Licensing Round will close on 7 November 2018 with companies expected to find out if their bid is successful in the first half of 2019.

123 licenses were awarded for 229 blocks in mature areas of the UKCS, to 61 companies in the recent 30th Licensing Round in May. The 31st Licensing Round will benefit from fresh seismic data funded in part by HM Treasury, and will be supported over the longer term by increased transparency of data and samples from the new National Data Repository.

Commenting on the news, Oil & Gas UK’s Upstream Policy Director Mike Tholen said:

“This is an exciting Licensing Round and is a timely reminder of the wealth of untapped potential which lies in the UK Continental Shelf. The announcement represents the culmination of three year’s close collaboration with the Oil and Gas Authority to update the licensing process and open up under explored acreage on the East Shetland Platform, South Western Approaches, and Mid North Sea High.

“With an industry-wide focus on efficiency and innovation, a stable fiscal regime, and a positive response to the 30th Round, industry is fit and ready to usher in a new era of exploration in the North Sea.

“Frontier exploration is however a long game and requires businesses to be confident in future opportunities. Fiscal and regulatory stability remains a prerequisite if we are to realise the benefits of exploration activity which is badly needed to boost production and activity.”

Ends

Notes to Editors

Issued by the Communications Team, Oil & Gas UK. Contact Communications Manager Natalie Coupar on 01224 577250/ [email protected]

Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its membership comprises oil and gas producers and contractor companies.

 

Industry body welcomes Government measures to improve competitiveness

Oil & Gas UK has commended the UK Government for its continued support for industry, with inclusion of Transferable Tax History (TTH) in its draft Finance Bill published today (Friday 6 July 2018).

TTH allows additional investment to be unlocked in the North Sea by enabling more assets to change hands and aids new owners when providing fresh investment to many mature oil and gas fields.

Mike Tholen, Upstream Policy Director Oil & Gas UK, said: “The publication of draft legislation for Transferable Tax History is greatly welcomed by the industry as it’s an additional tool in the deal toolkit, with the potential for bringing new investment to the basin.

“TTH will help increase recovery from existing fields and encourage fresh investment which will both help generate activity for our hard-pressed supply chain. It will also help extend the lives of many mature fields and postpone decommissioning.

“Adopting this measure makes it clear that the Treasury recognises the need for a predictable fiscal regime as the basin matures, which is critical in ensuring it remains competitive.

“We look forward to continuing our work with Government for these measures to be put into law and available for use to industry for deals from 1 November 2018. This in turn will ensure industry continues to provide security of energy supply for the longer term, contributing billions to the economy and supporting hundreds of thousands of high-value jobs.”

Ends

Notes to Editors:

Issued by the Communications Team, Oil & Gas UK. Contact Natalie Coupar, Communications Manager, [email protected] / 07531407007

Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its membership comprises oil and gas producers and contractor companies.

New: Cyberhawk – Internal roof pontoon internal inspection conducted using drones from outside tank

Problem Statement  

The internal inspection of roof pontoons can be challenging due to the requirement for personnel to work in a confined space for lengthy amounts of time.

Aims

  • A large global oil and gas company required a solution to inspect the internal roof pontoons and steel shell of a floating roof tank dedicated to the production of unrefined diesel at a refinery in the UK. Cyberhawk was selected to conduct the inspection using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Method

  • Cyberhawk’s two-man team examined the condition of 25 pontoons and the entire internal surface of the tank. The inside of the asset was fully inspected whilst the team remained in a safe position on the outside to fly the UAV.
  • With a lack of GPS signal and different entry points for each pontoon, full manual flying was required from experienced pilots. This also meant flying manually through the tank’s various compartments.

Impact

This type of inspection would usually involve personnel entering the tight roof pontoons of the tank – Cyberhawk’s solution meant that personnel were only required inside the tank for the minimum amount of time.

The traditional method of inspection would also have taken weeks to complete the workscope where as the UAV solution took just five days.

Cyberhawk successfully completed the workscope delivering a high quality inspection report with high resolution images which enabled the client to understand the tank’s condition. The pontoons were found to be in generally good condition throughout with no significant damage or defects. The client reported the project was carried out within budget and reported significant time savings.

Total hours saved

Five days vs weeks

Safety benefits

Minimum time inside for personnel

New: Cyberhawk- Brunei – Drone inspection for manned and unmanned platforms

Problem Statement

Flare inspection can incur significant costs and take months to complete. Aside from the cost of using scaffolding or rope access, a production shutdown is required while the inspection takes place.  These access techniques also mean extended periods of working at height.

Aims

  • A supermajor in West Africa was looking use a new, more efficient method of inspection to examine a number of flares on five live assets.
  • As well as generating cost savings, the client was also looking for an inspection solution which was safer for personnel by reducing the requirement to work at height.

Method

  • A two man team from Cyberhawk were mobilised to the region to complete the inspections
  • Full close visual inspections (CVI) were carried out across all assets
  • Thanks to the use of UAVs, the inspections could take place without the need for a plant shut
    down

Impact

By avoiding a plant shutdown, and inspecting the assets while they were live, the client saved more than $11million.

All five assets were also inspected in less than a week – the alternative methods would have taken months to complete and would also have required a complete shutdown of the facility.

The detailed inspection reports completed by Cyberhawk’s plant inspector and flare experts provided the facility with the info required to fully plan and prepare flare tip replacement and repair work during the next planned turnaround.

Total hours saved

5 days vs weeks

Total savings anticpated

Over $11million

New: Cyberhawk – $11m saving generated through drone flare inspection

Problem Statement 

Flare inspection can incur significant costs and take months to complete. Aside from the cost of using scaffolding or rope access, a production shutdown is required while the inspection takes place.  These access techniques also mean extended periods of working at height.

Aims 

  • A supermajor in West Africa was looking use a new, more efficient method of inspection to examine a number of flares on five live assets.
  • As well as generating cost savings, the client was also looking for an inspection solution which was safer for personnel by reducing the requirement to work at height.

Method

  • A two man team from Cyberhawk were mobilised to the region to complete the inspections
  • Full close visual inspections (CVI) were carried out across all assets
  • Thanks to the use of UAVs, the inspections could take place without the need for a plant shutdown

Impact

By avoiding a plant shutdown, and inspecting the assets while they were live, the client saved more than $11million.

All five assets were also inspected in less than a week – the alternative methods would have taken months to complete and would also have required a complete shutdown of the facility.

The detailed inspection reports completed by Cyberhawk’s plant inspector and flare experts provided the facility with the info required to fully plan and prepare flare tip replacement and repair work during the next planned turnaround.

Total hours saved

5 days vs weeks

Total savings anticipated 

Over $11million

Oil and gas industry charters course to deliver Vision 2035

Plans to extend the life of the UK Continental Shelf and double the supply chain’s share of global markets will be the focus of an industry event in Aberdeen tomorrow (Tuesday 12 June), sponsored by Deloitte.

Vision 2035, developed by Oil & Gas UK in collaboration with the Oil and Gas Authority, outlines the UK offshore oil and industry’s shared ambitions for the future of the sector.

The industry association today revealed a high-profile list of speakers who will address key themes in the Vision.

  • Mike Tholen, Upstream Policy Director, Oil & Gas UK
  • Hedda Felin, UK Managing Director of Equinor
  • John Pearson, Group Managing Director of the Western Hemisphere, Petrofac
  • Nick Clark, Director in Deloitte’s Strategy and Operations consulting practice
  • Victoria Cameron, Future Industry Leaders Programme

Stuart Payne, Director of Human Resources and the Supply Chain at the Oil and Gas Authority, will join the panel discussion.

Speaking ahead of the event, Upstream Policy Director Mike Tholen said:

“Industry is on track to deliver Vision 2035 and now is the time to work harder and faster towards that goal.

“While times remain tough for many, this event is an opportunity to take stock and charter our course towards the delivery of Vision 2035. Our speakers will explore what the vision means to their company and give their understanding of what future opportunities will look like for the next generation.

“The UK’s offshore oil and gas industry is essential for security of energy supply, contributing billions to the economy and supporting hundreds of thousands of high-value jobs for many years to come. Backed by an enduring plan we can add a generation of life to the basin, double our supply chain’s global footprint and continue powering the nation for many years to come.”

Graham Hollis, office senior partner for Deloitte in Aberdeen said:

“The ambition Vision 2035 seeks to deliver is crucial to establishing a new level of focus and direction for the oil and gas sector. Tuesday’s Breakfast will provide a valuable opportunity for the industry to learn more about how the sector is adapting and, in turn, consider the role their organisation might play in helping to revive it.

“The efficiencies and improvements the industry has already made in response to recent challenging conditions are evidence of what can be achieved through fuller collaboration, better use of technology, and a shared understanding of how the sector can continue to function successfully, and should help support attainment of Vision 2035.”

 

ENDS

New: Atkins – Methanol Injection Optimisation Using OLGA Simulation

Problem Statement

OGUK Case Study – methanol optimisation

The use of methanol as a hydrate inhibitor in wells/pipelines is strictly controlled by Ineos for all users of the Forties Pipeline System due to the potential damage that can be caused to catalysts and effluent plant. If an operator causes the overall FPS methanol dosage to exceed the limit of 2m3 / day, it may be subject to a charge of up to £2m. This therefore leads operators to wait until a timeslot for methanol injection is allocated, causing delays in start-up and the subsequent losses for deferred production.

Aims 

Optimise methanol injection volumes required for start-up operations in subsea wells/pipelines to reduce operator contribution to overall FPS methanol injection thus facilitating the swifter approval of methanol waiver permits and reducing  deferred production.

Method

Traditional approaches use steady state analysis to calculate methanol injection volumes. Atkins developed a novel methodology combining OLGA transient simulations, inhibitor tracking and the latest equations of state to optimise the volume of methanol required during start-up operations. This provides a variable methanol injection rate which minimises the hydrate temperature margin along the pipeline.

Impact

The proposed methodology has been used to optimise methanol injection for one of the most challenging and strategically important HPHT gas-condensate subsea well and pipeline systems in the North Sea, resulting in:

  • A 30% reduction in the total methanol injection volume for a cold depressurised start-up when compared with the output of the standard steady state methodology.
  • 60 – 70% reductions in methanol volumes for warm depressurised start-ups (4-9 days after shutdown).
  • Confidence in the effectiveness of the methanol injected.
  • Maximising the length of time needed between tank refills.

Production savings from swifter permit approvals

~ £3m / year

Avoidance of need for high-usage methanol waiver

~ £2m / start-up

 

Scottish Energy Minister at Safety 30

The Scottish Energy Minister will address a major safety conference taking place in Aberdeen next week – three decades after the Piper Alpha disaster.

Paul Wheelhouse will deliver the keynote speech to open day two of Safety 30 – organised by Oil & Gas UK and the International Regulators’ Forum and taking place on June 5 and 6 at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.

Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse said:

“I recall vividly the awful images of the Piper Alpha tragedy, and I know how profoundly the loss of life affected the city of Aberdeen and Scotland. The 30th anniversary of this terrible tragedy provides a very important reminder to everyone working in this industry, and in these hostile and dangerous waters, that safety should always be paramount.   Nothing is more important than ensuring the safety of those who work offshore.

“Through continued vigilance, allied to innovation and dedication, we must strive to achieve and sustain new standards of offshore health and safety, aiming to make the UKCS the safest place to work in the global oil and gas industry. We owe that to the families of those who lost loved ones on the Piper Alpha, and to all those who continue to deliver the vital supplies of energy our society often takes for granted.”

Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive of Oil & Gas UK, added:

“Safety 30 is an important conference for our industry coming 30 years after the Piper Alpha disaster that led to the rigorous health and safety legislation governing us today. We look forward to hearing from the Scottish Energy Minister who is very engaged with our sector which puts safety at the heart of all its operations.”

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Notes to Editors:

Media are welcome to attend the conference. To book a place contact Communications Manager Jennifer Phillips on 01224 577279 / [email protected]

 

Issued by the Communications Team, Oil & Gas UK. Contact 01224 577279 / [email protected]

Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its membership comprises oil and gas producers and contractor companies.

New: Chevron – Erskine Well Intervention campaign 2017

 

Problem Statement

The normally unmanned Erskine platform has a max POB of just 12 people, which makes labour intensive well interventions a major undertaking.

There has been three years of unsuccessful attempts to remove scale and replace key down-hole equipment.

Needed to ensure that the 2017 campaign was a success.

Aims

  • A 55-day well services campaign on the Chevron-operated Erskine platform to be delivered safely, on time and on budget.
  • The campaign involved work on three wells, including the change-out of a wireline retrievable safety valve and two lower manual master valve stem seals and bonnets.

Method

  • New approach using tools trailed onshore, but new to the market and not used downhole before, including an expandable mill, allowing intervention crew to pass through narrow restriction at surface then out into the tubing where it was opened up.

    Completed downhole well-data logging, followed by the setting of plugs in the well-necessary barriers to allow the change-out of the lower manual master valve and the replacement of a Pascon valve, which is used to control pressure to the safety valve.

    Other work included replacement of storm choke valves, downhole safety valves controlled by pressure, and well-data logging.

Impact

The well services campaign is the culmination of years of work and involved
the dedication of the Erskine team, Chevron well services, Base Business
Operations Support and business partners Altus, Welltec, GE Vetco and
Halliburton.

The well services work required Erskine to be maned for 55 days, split into a
14 and 41-day campaign from April to June 2017. With limited facilities on
the platform and a max of 12 people on board, including 5 emergency
response team core crew, this only allowed for 7 other crew to carry out the
complicated and labour intensive work.

Specialised equipment meant deck space was limited to team work and
collaboration was key. Working with wireline companies chevron changed
how teams worked in order to carry out 24 hour working, saving over 20
days offshore occupation and production losses.

The work was carried out safely and successfully, eliminating three significant
well anomalies, allowing the wells to return to full integrity. Completing all
three work scopes incident free was a great achievement by the whole team.
The first work scope was challenging, with the alternatives for reinstating the
down hole safety valve would have resulted in either a costly coiled tubing
campaign or a completion workover, which would have cost missions of pounds
to restore the integrity of the well.

Total hours saved – 21.75 working days

Total savings anticipated – £4.7M

New: Chevron – Erskine/Lomond Hub Strategy

 

Problem Statement

Erskine is dependent on Lomond to provide the export route from the field.
Need to increase production efficiency and desire to extend the life of Erskine but no joined up approach to how this could be achieved and maintained.

Aims

  • Work collaboratively across both assets regardless of operatorship or Equity share.
  • Focus on what needs to change to improve the performance of both assets for the benefit of all.

Method

  • Reintroduction of a Chevron Ops Rep on Lomond as a fully integrated member of the Lomond OIM Leadership team, improving visibility and helping to mitigate key threats and vulnerabilities.
  • Joint Study work on alternative hosts, optimisations, RAM modelling etc.
  • Use of OPEX Group’s OPEX X-pas service for third party data analysis of key systems

Impact

Successful completion of the cleaning and inspection of the 30km pipeline between the two assets (first pig in the line since 2009). The team ran a total of 14 pigs, including an intelligent pig, which was essential for proving the long-term integrity of the pipeline.

These campaigns resulted in all five Erskine’s wells coming online for the first time in two years with production rate being the highest it had been over three-year span.The number of days online for Erskine platform has also steadily increased from 127 in 2014 to over 240 at the end of 2017.

Over the same period, the combined Lomond and Erskine production reached a record high since Lomond was converted to a single train operation, when it averaged 37,810 boe/d.

Proven that sharing knowledge and expertise leads to positive outcomes, tangible results and is contributing to maximising economic recovery from the UKCS.

Total hours saved – ongoing

 

Total savings anticipated – ongoing

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Last chance to get nominations in for 2018 Offshore Safety Awards

Nominations for the 2018 Offshore Safety Awards are closing soon.

Companies and individuals who go the extra mile to improve offshore safety have been encouraged to submit award entries by 18 May to be in with a chance of being crowned an industry safety champion.

The awards – organised by Oil & Gas UK and Step Change in Safety with TOTAL as principal sponsor – recognise the people and companies taking great strides to make operations on the UK Continental Shelf as safe as possible.

Finalists will be announced at the end of June, with the award ceremony taking place on 29 August at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.

The award categories for this year are as follows:

  • Safety Leadership – for an inspirational leader who motivates and engages their team to work safely.
  • Safety Representative of the Year – for an enthusiastic and committed safety rep that is driving the safety agenda at their worksite.
  • Innovation in Safety – for a company which has put in place a clever process or technique to improve safety either across an organisation or at an individual worksite.
  • Workforce Engagement – for an individual or team which has actively embraced engagement with its employees on safety matters, showing how a commitment to worker involvement in safety has contributed to an improvement in safety performance.
  • Operational Integrity – for an individual or team which has delivered increased efficiency or understanding of risk by putting in place sensible and proportionate risk management solution(s).
  • Sharing and Learning – for an individual/team or company that can demonstrate a learning and sharing culture either within their organisation, or who has made a significant contribution to health and safety through active participation in, or engagement with Oil & Gas UK or Step Change in Safety.

For full details on the categories and how to enter, visit: www.offshoresafetyawards.com

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Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its membership comprises oil and gas producers and contractor companies.

Workforce Dynamics report: Oil & Gas UK response

Commenting on the launch today of the UKCS Workforce Dynamics Review by global energy skills body OPITO, in partnership with Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) Oil and Gas Institute, Oil & Gas UK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie said: 

“This insightful report shows while overall direct employment is likely to fall, we will need over 40,000 new people in the industry to deliver Vision 2035 and to continue to diversify in response to the energy transition. Vision 2035 will enable us to extend the productive life of the basin, double our share in global supply chain markets and support our UK-wide workforce.”

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Notes to Editors: 

  1. The report can be found here. 

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Offshore safety three decades on from Piper Alpha

It’s 30 years since the world looked on in horror as the terrible events of Piper Alpha unfolded.

Lessons learned from that tragedy have ensured that the health and safety regime in the North Sea is entirely different now.

How the legacy of Piper Alpha has shaped current offshore operations, and the ongoing effort to create an even safer future, is the focus of Safety 30 – a major conference organised by Oil & Gas UK in association with the International Regulators’ Forum.

With Step Change in Safety as principal sponsor, the June 5 and 6 event in Aberdeen will shine a spotlight on the industry’s people, plant and process looking at the past, present and future.

Lord Cullen – who chaired the public inquiry into Piper Alpha – will address the conference and discuss the need to continue to heed safety lessons and other insights, drawing on investigations into Piper Alpha and other major accidents.

The conference will consider safety issues against a range of different backdrops including increased efficiency, lower costs, new operators and technological advances.  The need to transfer skills and experience from one generation to the next is also among topics up for debate.

Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive of Oil & Gas UK, said:

“We must never forget the tragic loss of life that resulted from Piper Alpha. It represented a watershed moment for health and safety in our industry and led to the world-class safety regime we have today. However, we must never lose the momentum around safe operations and have to constantly, and relentlessly, strive to keep our sector as safe as it can be, and that’s the focus of our conference.”

Les Linklater, Executive Director, Step Change in Safety, said:

“Step Change in Safety was borne off the back of industry’s desire to continue to improve post Piper Alpha and was established in 1997. While improving safety and effecting change via our members, we offer tools and guidance to support the frontline workforce. In 1990 Lord Cullen’s report emphasised the importance of workforce engagement and, in particular, the role of the Elected Safety Representative (ESR), and therefore we are pleased as principal sponsors, to be able to offer 100 free spaces for ESRs, working in the UKCS, who wish to attend this important and informative conference, which stems from such tragedy.”

Chris Flint, Director, Energy Division, Health and Safety Executive, added:

“The Health and Safety Executive is pleased to be supporting this conference which brings together the UK oil and gas industry and the Global Offshore International Regulators’ Forum. It promises to be an engaging and informative event marking a hugely important milestone.

The conference takes place at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.

ENDS

Notes to Editors:

Media wishing to attend the conference should book their place with Oil & Gas UK Communications Manager Jennifer Phillips on [email protected] / 01224 577279.

Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its membership comprises oil and gas producers and contractor companies.