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Trelleborg Launches Mobile Production Unit for Flexible Coating Applications

Rolls-Royce to Showcase Latest Oil & Gas Innovations at 2015 Offshore Technology Conference

Rolls-Royce will showcase its latest offshore power and propulsion solutions and MTU engine technologies designed for onshore oil and gas applications at the upcoming 2015 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), May 4 – 7. The exhibit, located at Booth #4163 at NRG Park in Houston, will feature the MTU Frac Pack and the MTU S83 Frac Bi-Fuel Kit in addition to a Rolls-Royce offshore winch simulator.

Standalone Training Units Make Learning Easier In Offshore and Remote Locations

Since Dolphin Geophysical deployed the ConTrainer from Oilennium Ltd. on its global fleet of seismic vessels, the company has experienced a dramatic improvement in its ability to deliver quality, consistent Health, Safety and Technical training to its crews offshore. The ConTrainer, a standalone Learning Management System (LMS) that features comprehensive training content for the oil and gas industry on a small computer system, is the only one of its kind to offer eLearning modules offshore and in remote locations.

Range of subsea solution advances

At the Australasian Oil and Gas Exhibition in Perth, Australia, Trelleborg presented a number of advancements in its flowline protection solutions including its T-Strake, an innovative new vortex induced vibration (VIV) system as well as subsea flow control developments, including its entire line of high performance Vikotherm insulation materials.

Subsea Processing In The Face Of Low Oil Prices

For the majority of people, recent low oil prices have simply meant a cheaper visit to the gas pump. For those who are focused on extracting and processing future fuels, however, this recent reduction in the price of a barrel of oil could have much further reaching effects.

DNV GL Cooperation with Industry to Address Risks from Offshore Co2 Pipelines

Offshore carbon dioxide (CO2) pipelines could potentially pose a risk for offshore infrastructures, ships and the marine environment. To demonstrate that CO2 pipelines can be operated safely and to ensure the risks are well understood, industry stakeholders have asked DNV GL to initiate a Joint Industry Project (JIP) “CO2 Subsea Releases - Small Scale Experimental Programme’’. Several major operators have already joined the ‘Sub-CO2’ JIP including: National Grid, ENI, and Petrobras, but there is still time for others to join.

DNV GL Launches A Joint Industry Project to Combat External Onshore-Pipeline Corrosion

Microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC) is a serious threat to the integrity of onshore transmission pipelines and can lead to unexpected failures. Despite advances in understanding, there is limited knowledge to accurately predict its location and the rate of corrosion. For this reason, DNV GL is calling for partners to collaborate in a Joint Industry Project (JIP) to develop a Recommended Practice for the detection and mitigation of MIC.

Ultradeep Drilling Scientifically Explores Seismogenic Zones

In an effort to better understand geologic processes occurring at tectonic plate boundaries, scientists around the world are drilling deep beneath the seafloor. Their targets are seismogenic zones 5 to 40 km [3 to 25 mi] below the Earth’s surface where devastating subduction zone earthquakes originate.


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Industry’s First Standard For Certifying Subsea Equipment And Components

The subsea industry is challenged by the high cost levels, complexity and low predictability of quality control requirements throughout the supply chain. DNV GL aims to help address these issues through the launch of a new ‘Standard for certification of subsea equipment and components’. The goal of the certification scheme is to help increase quality control and efficiency, in addition to facilitating projects being delivered as scheduled by shortening lead times.

Laundry skid for offshore use

Offshore accommodation specialist, HB Rentals, a Superior Energy Services company, has introduced a new  6’ x 10’ laundry pavilion and skid to its offshore fleet, announced John Nagel, Director of Domestic Offshore Operations.

Successful pipeline pressure isolation in offshore application

TDW Offshore Services AS (TDW) announced that it has successfully completed a series of pipeline pressure isolation operations offshore western Borneo in Malaysia for Sarawak Shell Berhad. The operations were carried out on the Jintan, B11 and F6 platforms in the South China Sea, as part of Sarawak Shell Berhad’s ongoing pipeline valves maintenance program.

Oil, debris skimming boats

Elastec/American Marine (USA) has delivered two custom oil and debris skimming boats manufactured in Europe to a major client in Asia. The 10 m (32-foot) craft is capable of collecting, storing and transporting recovered oil and debris.

Turbine generator models to provide power for production unit

GE Oil & Gas will supply three customized aeroderivative gas turbine-generator modules to provide reliable electric power for a new Chevron floating production unit that will produce oil and gas from the Jack and St. Malo fields in the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 280 miles south of New Orleans and at a water depth of approximately 7,000 feet.

3.5MW subsea electric motor tested successfully

Flowserve Corporation has announced the successful completion of full load performance testing of a 6.6 kV, 3.5 MW, high-torque subsea electric motor. This 4-pole motor is one of the world's largest oil-filled motors designed for subsea applications. The Flowserve facility in Hamburg, Germany, engineered and built the motor using the combined technology of the Flowserve Pleuger and Byron Jackson brand submersible designs. The high-power motor is designed to enable the oil and gas industry to produce ultra-deep subsea fields and is part of a larger technology advancement initiative to develop high-pressure multiphase boosting for subsea applications.

Unique 'diving bird' technology highlighted for design innovation

Kongsberg Seatex's 'eBird' Seismic Streamer Control System has been nominated for the prestigious Honours Award for Deisgn Excellence by the Norwegian Design Council (NDC). Kongsberg Seatex, Kongsberg Maritime's specialist in position reference systems, and attitude determination, is one of four companies to be nominated, with the winner to be announced during the Norwegian Design Day on Wednesday 16th March, 2011.


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Marlink expands presence in oil rig sector with latest agreement

Marlink, the global provider of maritime satellite communications has recently confirmed delivery and installation of its innovative Sealink VSAT solution on the Atlantic Oilfield Services oil & gas support unit 'KS TITAN 2'. Chartered by Exxon Mobil, KS TITAN 2 is the second Atlantic Oilfield Services rig to be installed with Marlink's Sealink system.  

HYPRON, a new environmentally friendly alternative to lead-sheathed cables for onshore oil and gas installation


Nexans has developed its new HYPRON range to provide an environmentally-friendly alternative to lead-sheathed cables for onshore power, control and instrumentation applications in the oil and gas industry. The HYPRON design offers exactly the same protection against aggressive petrochemicals as traditional lead-sheathed cables, with the added advantage of improved ease of handling and installation thanks to its lower weight and smaller cross-section.

 All types of cables used in the onshore oil and gas industry require protection against chemicals – acids, bases, aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons – that can penetrate towards the conductors. Traditionally, a lead sheath has provided this protection. However, in response to the growing market demand for more environmentally-friendly cables, Nexans undertook a five-year program to develop a new lead-free chemical barrier in the form of HYPRON.

Co-extruded construction elements

HYPRON complies with IEC 60228 and also meets other international standards such as IEC 60502-1 for Low Voltage and BS EN 50288-7 for instrumentation cables.

 HYPRON comprises three co-extruded construction elements: AluPE, an HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) sheath and a PA (Polyamide) sheath. The AluPE layer is an aluminum coated tape, applied longitudinally, that provides a watertight seal. The HDPE sheath provides resistance to inorganic chemicals such as chlorine, and the PA sheath provides resistance to organic materials such as benzene.

 HYPRON has been fully tested to prove its suitability for a wide variety of applications – including MV (medium voltage) and LV (low voltage) power as well as control and instrumentation – when exposed to aggressive chemicals as well as temperatures ranging from -20 degrees C to +60 degrees C.

Fire resistance

Where a higher level of fire resistance is required, another version of  HYPRON based on HFFR polyamide is available. It complies with IEC 60332-1 on flame propagation, IEC 60332-3 for fire propagation as well as IEC 60331 and BS 6387 for fire resistance applications.

Installation benefits

Elimination of lead results in a smaller overall cable cross-section. This in turn makes the cables easier to manipulate during installation due to a reduced bending radius

BP Oil spill rescue: Online suggestion platform seeks new approaches


An Oregon technology company launched a website to capture suggestions of the world’s best and brightest on innovative solutions for stopping BP’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. BP has reportedly received 10,000 phone calls and 60,000 emails offering solutions since last month’s disaster. The website is intended as a vehicle to organize these ideas, through the use of "crowdsourcing", to encourage new thinking and promote collaboration among interested people around the world.  Crowdsourcing refers to the concept that the wisdom of crowds, if harnessed, can usually provide the best answer (think the "Audience" lifeline in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire").

"We believe the answer to capping the oil spill may emerge through the collaborative efforts of disparate individuals worldwide, from every-day tinkerers to professional scientists in the farthest corners of the world," said Dan Afrasiabi, president of Portland's ARM Insight.  "Technology allows us to invite people with different talents and ideas to jump in to this collaborative forum where every idea is welcomed."

The site http://www.whatshouldBPdo.com has an innovative strategy itself. Idea contributors, whether an innovative farmer in Omaha, an engineering visionary in Russia, or perhaps a high school physics teacher in Brazil, can post their ideas and all site visitors can vote for their favorite idea. The most innovative ideas then quickly rise to the top of the list because they have the most votes. Dan Afrasiabi hopes BP experts will monitor the website for the best and most innovative ideas.

“We believe that complex problems require revolutionary solutions” said Afrasiabi. “Few problems require the urgent cooperation of global brain-power in the way the oil spill crisis does. Our hope is to quickly uncover the solution to this problem and at the same time produce a wealth of ideas to prevent or minimize the effect of future accidents which are likely to occur as the global hunt for deep water sources of energy continues.”

Afrasiabi invites everyone with an idea to submit a proposal or who simply wants to vote on the ideas presented by others to visit www.whatshouldBPdo.com

Polyethylene fibre offers maximum strength and minimum weight

Dyneema, an ultra strong polyethylene fibre, brings many benefits to the offshore industry. DSM Dyneema’s offers solutions for offshore ropes bringing benefits to industries including the seismic, oil exploration, drilling and production and installation/pipe laying, and their respective markets. Offshore ropes made with Dyneema deliver high performance and durability under extreme conditions as well as offering easy transport, handling and quick installations. Because Dyneema fibre is much stronger than steel, lines can be made equally strong at similar diameter, with only 1/7th of the weight of steel. Some current applications that benefit from Dyneema fibre include MODU mooring systems with inserts of Dyneema for pipeline or sub sea equipment crossings – taking into account that more and more sea bottoms are becoming cramped with sub sea systems. Furthermore, lifting with slings made from Dyneema offers great benefit in use, even with slings in excess of 1,000 tons break load, especially during sub sea installations where Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV – small underwater robots) are involved. Another example is installation rope made from Dyneema for ultra deep waters at upcoming Shell Perdido spar, which is ideal for installation of sub sea equipment at 8,000 feet water depth where the high strength neutrally buoyant rope with Dyneema ensures equal lifting capacity at every depth.

Visualization technology

The Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise (LITE) and Global Industries partnered earlier this month to share LITE visualization technology and high-performance computing capabilities with oil and gas industry leaders at OTC. tough to line up precise“Oil and gas companies come to LITE to manipulate multi-gigabyte data sets to plan, minimize risk, reduce cost, increase safety and visualize geoscience uncertainties. Our technologies are applicable for land, near shore or the new frontiers of deep water drilling and are used in reservoir management, quality quickcontrol, simulations, forecasting, repairs and maintenance, optimizing recovery rates and more,” said Marty Altman, LITE’s technical director. “Using visualization technologies, company leadership can make decisions that reduce risks and save costs while still in the early stages of a project. New uses for this technology are emerging all the time. Using 3-D visualization for real-time control of underwater remote vehicles is a good example.”


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