• Survivex awarded technology-led training contract for BP

    January 14, 2021

    Aberdeen-based offshore training provider, Survivex, has started work on a contract with BP to develop and deliver a bespoke four-week training programme for the operational personnel on the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim development project. The contract will see Survivex, part of the 3T Energy Group, train BP personnel in safety-critical operating procedures and processes for its floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) and Hub facilities using immersive training technology including virtual reality, augmented reality and mobile apps. Operational personnel will begin training this summer before joining the facilities during facility construction and commissioning. Up to 100 personnel will go through the training programme ...
  • Bethan Customs explores deferred Customs entries

    January 14, 2021

    As of 1 January 2021, HMRC is allowing businesses to defer entry of their Customs declarations on goods imported or exported for up to six months. In essence this will maintain the security of the supply chain during what promises to be a period of upheaval for businesses which trade with EU partners. When considering this, the most important consideration is whether the deferring of the declarations works for your commercial business. Businesses will still be required to input all the relevant information from your records into your commercial systems at the time of the transaction, however it allows them to ...
  • Digital courses launched to improve industry safety standards

    December 16, 2020

    A new collaboration that brings two major operators together with a leading energy e-learning firm is aiming to raise standards and improve training levels across the UK and wider North Sea oil and gas sector. The joint venture between Spirit Energy, Neptune Energy, and Norwell EDGE will deliver a digital well integrity training programme based around OGUK well lifecycle guidelines and Norwell EDGE’s own technical e-learning technology. The training will enable the leading North Sea Operators to deliver a standardised course of e-learning for well integrity, similar in concept to the Minimum Industry Safety Training (MIST) across their international workforce. The goal ...
  • Xodus Group expands emissions team to support Net Zero

    December 15, 2020

    Energy consultancy Xodus Group has expanded its emissions team to support clients and the wider energy industry in achieving its Net Zero goals. Xodus has added experienced atmospherics expert Natasha Howlett to lead an in-house emissions management division, which will support clients’ emissions reduction initiatives around the world. This new offering will build on Xodus’ existing services by including offshore energy assessments, exhaust stack sampling, emissions management and forecasting, ESOS compliance, BAT assessments, gas turbine and compressor performance testing and training packages. Natasha will be joined by Christopher Smith and Vicky Milne, who join from energy and emissions consultancy, PI, and boast ...
  • Tendeka appoints new Production Enhancement Manager

    December 10, 2020

    Global completions service company Tendeka has appointed a new product line manager to drive its production enhancement offering around the world. Dr Li Jiang will be responsible for bringing new products to market to bolster Tendeka’s Production Enhancement portfolio, generating revenue through fluid technologies that complement the company’s existing tools portfolio. He will also provide technical support on current products and support the chemical additives supply chain for the company’s global customers. Based in Houston, Dr Jiang joins Tendeka from Hexion where he was performance additives manager and previously worked as a principal scientist and engineering manager at Schlumberger. Across his career ...
  • Proserv, Intelligent Plant sign strategic agreement to drive digital evolution

    December 9, 2020

    Controls technology company Proserv Controls has penned an innovative strategic alliance with Intelligent Plant, an award-winning software engineering firm. The aim of the tie-up is to combine the two firms’ respective expertise in control systems and data analysis to provide operators with digital solutions tailored to their needs. This would lead to improved visibility of system information, and key metrics, enabling more effective monitoring of core equipment and a sophisticated ability to predict issues and failures. Together the two organisations not only provide cutting-edge control systems, support and data capture, but can also facilitate and supply necessary SME bandwidth and expertise ...
  • Costain gains Kitemark certification for innovation in industry

    December 4, 2020

    Smart infrastructure solutions company Costain is one of the first to achieve the BSI Kitemark for innovation. Costain worked in partnership with BSI, the business improvement company, to help design and pilot the new global certification scheme for innovation. Designed to help organisations improve their innovation management performance and demonstrate the value and impact to internal stakeholders and customers, this new scheme is based on the ISO 56002 innovation management standard. It validates that organisations have a robust innovation vision, strategy, policy, and objectives underpinned by processes to deliver innovative ideas. Read more…  
  • Petrofac partners with Intoware to drive digital deployment

    December 2, 2020

    Petrofac has signed a three-year partnership with Intoware, a provider of workflow automation software for mobile applications, to develop and deploy automation software specifically tailored to the requirements of the oil and gas industry. The development of ‘WorkfloPlus Oil and Gas’ will further optimise the efficiencies that Petrofac has gained from digitalising maintenance and inspection activity for its clients. The software has been designed to automatically generate digital workflows, schedules and reports for users, eliminating the traditional manual and time-consuming preparation required. The exclusive partnership is part of Petrofac’s strategy to drive best-in-class delivery for its clients through digital technologies. WorkfloPlus Oil ...
  • bp, Ithaca start up Vorlich field

    November 30, 2020

    bp’s head of North Sea has praised the resilience and determination of the team which has brought the 30-million-barrel Vorlich field online safely – despite the challenges of COVID-19. Vorlich is the second North Sea fast-paced, high-return subsea tieback to come onstream in as many years, following the successful start-up of Alligin, west of Shetland, in 2019. bp and partner Ithaca Energy invested £230 million to develop the field, which was discovered in 2014 and received regulatory approval for development in 2018. The field has been developed through two wells with peak production expected to reach 20,000 barrels of oil equivalent per ...
  • Bethan Customs explores business implications of Free Trade Agreement

    November 30, 2020

    As the end of the Brexit transition period looms ever closer, many businesses are waiting to find out whether the UK government and their EU counterparts can reach a Free Trade Agreement. Any such agreement would allow ‘free’ trade between the EU and the UK. It would mean that, if we have a full Free Trade Agreement covering all the relevant sectors, the rate of duty would be 0%, allowing the movement of goods without the payment of any additional duty. However, Bethan Customs Consultancy notes that there are still several changes in the pipeline that businesses should also consider, including import/export ...