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

    September 14, 2020

    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

    September 9, 2020

    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 ...
  • bp and Aberdeen join forces in drive for net zero

    September 8, 2020

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

    September 3, 2020

    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 ...
  • Bethan Customs Consultancy celebrates growth, new staff on milestone birthday

    September 3, 2020

    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 ...
  • Akselos deploys Digital Twin for Shell’s Bonga FPSO

    September 2, 2020

    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 ...
  • International SOS strengthens resilience with new mental health head

    September 2, 2020

    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 ...
  • Augean acquires EcoCentre drilling waste facility

    August 24, 2020

    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 ...
  • Maersk Training forms international offshore wind training partnership

    August 18, 2020

    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

    August 18, 2020

    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 ...