Goliat Field Officially Opened

On April 18, 2016, Goliat was the first oil field to come on stream in the Barents Sea. The field applies several ground-breaking technologies, which will also benefit the industry in future developments. The Goliat project development execution has contributed to substantial ripple effects, positively impacting the supplier industry in all of Norway, and Northern Norway in particular. Goliat operations will deliver considerable income both to the state and the partnership in the years to come.

1 1Goliat EniPhoto credit: © Eni Norge

“This is a proud moment for everyone in Eni Norge. It is the culmination of years of hard work by many dedicated people. We are now entering into a new phase as operator on the Norwegian continental shelf. The start-up of production from Goliat is an important milestone in Eni’s growth strategy”, says Andreas Wulff, External Communication Manager.

Production at Goliat started safely in the evening of March 12, 2016, and was followed by a rapid production ramp-up of all wells. Full re-injection of associated gas into the reservoir has started and re-injection of produced water in order to minimize environmental impact will soon commence.

Eni, operating through its subsidiary Eni Norge AS, has been present in Norway since 1965. The company has interests in exploration licenses and producing fields such as Ekofisk, Norne, Åsgard, Heidrun, Kristin, Mikkel and Urd, with a total production in 2015 of 106,000 boed. With Goliat, eni Norge production will grow above 160,000 boed net to Eni.

1 2Eni Goliat Illustration Overview visco Large 001Eni Goliat illustration overview. Credit: © Eni Norge.

Specially built for the Barents Sea
The Goliat field is located 88 km north west of Hammerfest. Goliat is the world's largest and most sophisticated circular, floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO ) unit. The platform is fully winterized and is specially designed for operations in the Barents Sea. It is powered from shore through a subsea electrical cable, which, at the time of construction, was the longest of its kind ever made. Power from shore reduces CO₂ emissions from Goliat by up to 50 per cent. This equals the emissions from 50 000 cars annually.

The platform has a production capacity of 100,000 barrels of oil per day and storage capacity of 950.000 barrels. Its estimated recoverable reserves are ca 180 million barrels of oil. Field life is currently estimated to 20 years, with significant upside already identified.

Ripple effects
The Goliat development project has led to major ripple effects in Northern Norway. Recent research shows that goods and services worth around 1,3 billion NOK have been supplied by regional suppliers, creating ca 450 jobs. Further positive impacts have been seen in areas such as education, R&D, culture and the travel industry. Major additional ripple effects resulting from Goliat operations and maintenance are expected in the future.
Emergency preparedness
Goliat brings new technologies and standards for oil spill preparedness on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. For the first time in Norway, the local fishing fleet is a permanent part of the oil spill preparedness organization.

Xodus Group Delivers Intelligent Monitoring to Woodside

2Xodus Woodside north rankinXodus Group’s Intelligent Monitoring service is being used by Australian oil and gas company Woodside to create surveillance tools for its North West Shelf assets.

Accurate monitoring of oil and gas production is an increasingly valuable tool for operators and surveillance engineers but, until now, visibility of data has been almost exclusively available to on-site operators. For those involved in remote surveillance and decision support, the ability to visualize data and interpret an asset’s performance in real-time has been a significant hurdle.

The Woodside–operated North Rankin Complex, W.A. Image credit: Woodside Energy Ltd.

Xodus is forging a path in Intelligent Monitoring which makes information from the asset’s data historian available to engineering and management teams by creating interactive visualization tools. Information from the asset is not only displayed in real-time, it can also be used to calculate new data not recorded in the historian.

This can then be visualized even where no physical instrumentation exists, for instance via the creation of virtual meters for a process stream without instrumentation, or where a meter already exists but requires a metric for drift in calibration.

Michael Putrino, Intelligent Monitoring Lead at Xodus in Perth, explains: " Woodside’s North West Shelf offshore assets, the North Rankin Complex and Goodwyn Alpha, now employ a start-up sequence visualization tool created by our team of experts. It monitors systems coming online during a restart and displays key start-up status indicators from around the process and utilities systems. Crucially, it allows the surveillance team to monitor the asset start-up sequences proactively. Information can also be calculated from the monitoring sequence that determines how much downtime is associated with a particular activity, enabling it to be logged for further investigation."

Xodus has also created powerful compressor and other process parameter monitoring dashboards for Woodside’s North Rankin Complex. The customized dashboards consolidate average operating values across a 24 and 48 hour period to indicate how the asset’s equipment has been operating relative to the integrity envelope. This provides surveillance engineers with a means to assess any excursions towards alarm limits and take preventative action for future excursions. With access to the asset's data historian and the facility's production and design documentation, Xodus creates a raft of intelligent calculations to monitor critical equipment. This includes: triethylene glycol (TEG) column performance, pump performance, operating and integrity envelopes, alarm and trip history, and heat exchanger performance and fouling.

Xodus’ engineering expertise is the result of extensive design and operations support in the oil and gas industry. This in-depth experience has enabled the company to extend its know-how into intelligent solutions for monitoring facility performance.

Wood Group Secures Four Statoil Contracts

3WoodGroupNewLogoWood Group has recently won four subsea contracts with Statoil on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS). The latest award is a study to deliver subsea field concept engineering for the Snorre expansion project.

This project will focus on cost efficient enhanced recovery from the Snorre reservoir, with tieback to the existing Snorre A tension leg platform and gas import from Gullfaks A. There are also options for front end engineering design (FEED), detailed design and fabrication on this contract award.

On the Oseberg field development Wood Group Kenny has been awarded detailed design for two pipelines with corresponding spools and an umbilical, which will form part of the tieback from the future unmanned wellhead (UWP) platform to the Oseberg field centre.

Wood Group Kenny also provided FEED support on the Utgard field development to support engineering on the pipeline system that will tieback the planned subsea template to the Sleipner T platform and performed lifetime extension studies to the pipeline system in the Gullfaks field.

Bob MacDonald, CEO of Wood Group Kenny said: “Norway remains a key market for Wood Group Kenny and winning this work with Statoil underlines our position there. Our independent solutions strengthen the appeal of Wood Group Kenny to clients in this challenging environment and we are focused on improved efficiency. The four latest contracts awards cover the whole project lifecycle in pipeline engineering from concept, FEED, detailed design and life time extension, utilizing our broad expertise in this area.”

Trond Grytten, operations director of Wood Group Kenny in Norway added: “Winning these four Statoil contracts is testament to our hard work and adaptability; underlining Wood Group Kenny’s capacity and capability to take on larger subsea projects in the Norwegian Continental Shelf. We look forward to continuing our good relationship with Statoil and working with them to bring the cost down for these important projects.”

DeepOcean Awarded EPRD Contract by Repsol

DeepOcean AS, a subsidiary of DeepOcean Group Holding BV (DeepOcean), has announced that the company has been awarded a contract for provision of Engineering, Procurement, Removal and Disposal (EPRD) of Varg Subsea facilities by Repsol Norge AS.

The scope of work cover subsea pre-decom survey, recovery of FPSO mooring lines, anchor piles, risers, midwater-arch buoy and subsea structures as well as onshore disposal and recycling of the recovered items.

4DeepOcean Edda FreyaThe Edda Freya 304OCV offshore construction vessel with a length of 149.8m and beam of 27m is due to join the DeepOcean fleet early in 2016.With 2 off 220HP Constructor WROV’s moon pool handling, L&R 7m Hs and accommodation for 140 people. Credit: DeepOcean

“In the current market, with tough competition for every job I am pleased that DeepOcean has been selected by Repsol for this project. DeepOcean already has an in-depth knowledge of Repsol’s assets in the North Sea, through our long term relationship on maintaining the integrity of their assets. Coupled with our significant experience for similar operations it is great to learn that our project team has been able to take advantage of this and develop a cost efficient solution for Repsol.

Further, the new construction vessel Edda Freya, arriving in our fleet in 2Q16 has been specially designed for multiple types of subsea operations, and hence prove very cost efficient for subject scope”, says Rolf Ivar Sørdal, DeepOcean’s Commercial Director for Subsea Services in the Greater North Sea.

N-Sea Awarded Renewables Unexploded Ordnance Contract

Subsea IMR provider, N-Sea, has been awarded a new contract with Galloper Offshore Wind Farm Ltd (GWFL).

The contract for pre-construction unexploded ordnance (UXO) clearance works commenced in April 2016 and includes UXO risk management, target investigations and clearance on the Galloper Wind Farm, off the coast of Suffolk.

Expected to run for between 3-6 months, the project sees the Siem N-Sea multi-support vessel utilize a WROV to investigate potential UXO targets within the array areas and export cable corridor. N-Sea’s dive support vessel, Neptunus, will also undertake similar tasks in shallow water areas.

5N Sea NeptunusDive Support Vessel, Neptunus. Image credit: N-Sea

To complete the clearance works, N-Sea has sub-contracted Ordtek Ltd (provider of unexploded ordnance risk management for land and marine developments), Modus Seabed Intervention (work class ROV and crew hire) and Ramora UK (Explosive Ordnance Disposal services).

Chief operating officer at N-Sea, Roddy James, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to the development of the Galloper project, which is a key part of the UK’s renewable energy portfolio.

“N-Sea has an impressive track record of unexploded ordnance campaigns in harsh conditions, which was key to our success in securing this contract. Our personnel and equipment resources are at the leading edge of UXO services, and our efficient, robust systems ensure we complete every project safely, on-time and within budget. This is a clear reflection of our ability to always provide safe, sound and swift solutions for our clients.”

N-Sea is known for its innovative work as an independent offshore subsea contractor, specializing in IMR services for the oil and gas, renewable and telecom/utility industries, as well as for civil contracting communities. N-Sea provides near shore, offshore and survey services to major operators and service companies alike.

Ordtek Ltd recently launched a Mine Map sharing information regarding UXO around the UK coastline. The map illustrates that the Galloper area, was heavily mined in the First and Second World Wars, and has been an active British military training area.

Ordtek director Lee Gooderham: “We are delighted to be working on this important renewable energy project off our local Suffolk shoreline. This is significant and complex project for us, with considerable ordnance has previously been found at the neighbouring Greater Gabbard site.”

DOF Subsea Announces Contract Awards

DOF Subsea has been awarded several IMR and subsea installation contracts the past months, with a total contract value in excess of NOK 500 million. The contracts will secure utilization of the subsea project fleet in the regions.

In the Asia Pacific region DOF Subsea has been awarded an LOI from a key client for a EPCI project with the offshore phase during first half 2017. The scope of work includes supply chain management services for the fabrication and supply of mooring chains, replacement of eight mooring legs and PM&E.

6DOFSubseaImage credit: DOF Subsea

In the Atlantic region, DOF Subsea has been awarded several contracts the past months. A highlight was the award of an FPSO mooring installation and hook-up contract by Yinson Production offshore Ghana, on the Eni operated OCTP field. The contract will secure utilization of the Atlantic organization and regional subsea vessels in Q4 2016 and Q1 2017, and the project will increase DOF Subsea's presence in West Africa. Other highlights were the award of a 5-year pipeline inspection frame agreement for Maersk, and survey work for Nexans relating to the NordLink cable, connecting the Norwegian and German electricity markets. DOF Subsea also won repeat subsea work for Statoil, Maersk and other clients in the region.

In the North America region, DOF Subsea has been awarded several contracts with key clients in the Gulf of Mexico and offshore Canada. The scope of work includes survey, IMR and light construction. To service the contracts offshore Canada, DOF Subsea will charter the DOF-vessel Skandi Chieftain for a 100-day job, in addition to increasing the number of ROV systems deployed in the region.

Mons S. Aase, CEO, stated, "I am pleased with the contract awards, securing utilization of people and assets. The FPSO mooring award offshore Ghana, as well as allocating an additional vessel to the Canadian market, increases the Group's global presence and improves our market access. This in combination with securing repeat business for our key clients will be important going forward."

Subsea 7 Awarded Contract Offshore UK

7Subsea7logoSubsea 7 S.A. (Oslo Børs: SUBC, ADR: SUBCY) has announced the award of a sizeable(1) engineering, procurement, installation and commissioning (EPIC) contract by Apache North Sea, as part of the Callater field development, located 335km north east of Aberdeen.

The contract work scope covers the project management, engineering, procurement, construction and installation of a 4km, 45" Pipeline Bundle system consisting of production lines, and power and supply services. It also includes the installation of a 13km electro-control umbilical, associated structures, field testing and pre-commissioning works.

Project management and engineering work will commence immediately from Subsea 7's offices in Aberdeen, with offshore activities planned for the first quarter 2017.

Phil Simons, Subsea 7 Vice President UK and Canada, said: "This award demonstrates our ability to collaborate with our clients to produce cost-effective technical solutions. It further recognizes the 35-year proven track record of our Pipeline Bundle technology for extending subsea infrastructure lifespans, whilst offering clients considerable cost savings from having all service lines integrated in a single product."

(1) Contract term: Subsea 7 defines a sizeable contract as being between USD 50 million and USD 150 million.

Crowley Takes Delivery of Louisiana, Third Jones Act Tanker with LNG Capability

Crowley Maritime Corp. has taken delivery of Louisiana, the third of four new, Jones Act product tankers being built for the company by Philly Shipyard, Inc. (PSI), the sole operating subsidiary of Philly Shipyard ASA. The delivery marks another highpoint for Crowley’s petroleum services group as its tankers are at the forefront of the industry for their potential future conversion to LNG propulsion.

Louisiana, which is 50,000 dead-weight-tons (dwt) and capable of carrying 330,000-barrels of product, is scheduled to be christened in New Orleans on May 5. Crowley’s fourth product tanker is under construction at PSI, and delivery is planned for third quarter 2016.

8Crowley LouisianajpgCredit: Crowley Maritime Corp.

Louisiana joins sister ships Ohio and Texas, which were received by Crowley in 2015 as the first-ever tankers to receive the American Bureau of Shipping’s (ABS) LNG-Ready Level 1 approval. The approval allows Crowley to convert the tanker to liquefied natural gas (LNG) propulsion in the future.

“The Louisiana’s delivery continues to enhance the services we are able to provide to our petroleum customers,” said Crowley’s Rob Grune, senior vice president and general manager, petroleum services. “We celebrate new tonnage and the advanced technology, but most important to us and to our customers are the highly trained men and women of Crowley who are committed to transporting their fuel in the safest, most reliable way possible.”

“Milestones like today show we can deliver solutions that reinforce the value of the Jones Act vessels and American-built and American-crewed trade,” Grune said.

The new 50,000-dwt product tankers are based on a proven Hyundai Mipo Dockyards (HMD) design that incorporates numerous fuel efficiency features, flexible cargo capability and the latest regulatory requirements. The vessel is 600 feet long and is capable of carrying crude oil or refined petroleum products, as well as various chemical cargoes.

“We are proud to deliver another Philly-born tanker, the shipyard’s fifth tanker for Crowley and 23rd vessel in total,” remarked Philly Shipyard’s President and CEO Steinar Nerbovik. “On behalf of the men and women who built her, we are honored knowing that the Louisiana will be another safe and quality addition to Crowley’s fleet that will serve its mariners and our nation’s waterways for decades to follow.”

Crowley’s marine solutions group is providing construction management services for the product tankers. The company has an on-site office and personnel at the Philadelphia shipyard to ensure strong working relationships with shipyard staff and a seamless construction and delivery program. Crowley routinely provides shipyard construction management services for third-party clients as well.

NSL Awarded Global Contract

9NSLASCO logoNSL, ASCO Group’s global lifting and rigging specialist, has been awarded a significant contract with Italian drilling and EPCI company Saipem S.p.A. The two-year agreement will deliver HSE competency assurance and lifting intervention of onshore and offshore lifting operations to Saipem personnel. The global scope of the Saipem agreement will see NSL extend their reach from 34 to 50 countries across the Middle East and Africa; the Americas and Australasia.

Jonathan Taylor, Group Director at ASCO said:

‘We are proud to be awarded this significant contract. It demonstrates NSL’s continued ability to deliver high value, comprehensive rigging and lifting training and competency programs to oil and gas personnel on a truly global scale.

‘We are delighted at the prospect of strengthening our relationship with Saipem and look forward to a safe and effective working partnership.’

In addition to the provision of training and competency services, NSL has over 25 years’ experience in supporting clients through lifting technical assurance; lifting intervention (including the supply of technical authorities and appointed persons); advice on lifting operations efficiency and productivity, maintenance and servicing regimes.

Saipem is one of the world leaders in drilling services, as well as in the engineering, procurement, construction and installation of pipelines and complex projects, onshore and offshore, in the oil & gas market. The company has distinctive competences in operations in harsh environments, remote areas and deepwater. Saipem provides a full range of services with “EPC” and “EPCI” contracts (on a “turn-key” basis) and has distinctive capabilities and unique assets with a high technological content.

Marine Transmission Perfect Match for Waterjet FSV

10TwinDisckFSVFast Supply Vessels (FSV) are tasked with delivering cargo and crew to oil and gas platforms, and other offshore operations with speeds unheard of in a crew boat 20 years ago. SEACOR Marine's newest FSV, the Alya McCall, relies on five high-performance Twin Disc MGX-61500SC QuickShift® transmissions. They provide the crucial links between the ship's powerful Cummins engines and Hamilton Waterjets.

The first in a new class of FSV from SEACOR Marine—Express Plus—the 206' x 32' US-flagged Alya McCall will accommodate 16 crew, 100 passengers and 300 LT of deck cargo. The aluminum FiFi-I class vessel has dual FFS pumps and remote-controlled monitors. Her five Cummins QSK60 Tier 3 engines each deliver 2,680 bhp. Paired with Twin Disc transmissions and Hamilton HT-810 Waterjets, the combination achieves a top speed of 38 kts. She is currently in service in the Persian Gulf.

Provided by Twin Disc distributor Sewart Supply of Morgan City, Louisiana, the MGX-61500SC transmissions feature industry-leading QuickShift technology. They instantly deliver smooth, seamless torque to the waterjets, from neutral to full ahead. And while waterjets rely on deflectors for reverse thrust, the shaft rotation can be reversed to backflush an intake screen if debris blocks its flow.

Bristow Group Strengthens Operational and Leadership Structure

11BristowGroupBristow Group has announced the strengthening of its operational structure by centralizing, simplifying and standardizing its business operations to improve safety performance, effectiveness and efficiency for clients. This new structure will enable the company to continue to reduce costs, while improving its leading competitive position. As part of these operational changes, Bristow will also continue to pursue its diversification strategy into new business growth areas, similar to the UK SAR contract.

As part of this new organizational structure, Chet Akiri has been named acting senior vice president operations and chief commercial officer reporting to Bristow Group President and Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Baliff. Jeremy Akel, who previously served as Bristow’s senior vice president and chief operating officer, has departed the company, and Bristow is eliminating the chief operating officer position. Also departing the organization is Mike Imlach, Bristow’s vice president of global operations and Mike Sim, vice president of business development.

Jonathan Baliff commented: “The current downturn in our industry is likely to further impact our clients’ capital spending in fiscal 2017. As a result, in order to improve our safety performance, maintain our leadership position and sustain our long-term success, we have actively taken the additional and necessary steps to strengthen the business during these challenging times. These changes flatten our corporate leadership team structure, provide me with closer oversight of the operations and help us drive further revenue enhancements and cost reductions that are required. I would like to thank Jeremy, Mike and Mike for their years of service and contributions to Bristow and wish them much success in their future endeavors.”

In his new role, Akiri will merge corporate strategy and diversification with the other commercial areas of the company, including oil and gas business development, that further benefit Bristow’s customers and increase its competitiveness. Akiri will oversee operations on an interim basis while a search is underway for a new senior vice president of global operations.

Akiri joined Bristow in 2014 as Bristow’s senior vice president and chief corporate development, new ventures and strategy officer. Prior to joining Bristow, Akiri built high performance teams and successfully led strategic, commercial and operations planning and implementation in senior management positions at General Electric (GE). He served as chief operating officer for Global Nuclear Fuels America, and vice president and general manager of GE Hitachi Parts Services, where he had full profit and loss responsibility and was accountable for sales and margin growth, product development, operations, manufacturing, supply chain and regulatory compliance. He also served as a global sourcing leader for the Consumer & Appliances and Industrial Systems businesses, and was a merger and acquisition executive at GE’s corporate headquarters and aviation units.

Trelleborg Talks Floatover Developments at OTC Houston

12Trelleborgs new Floatover Forecast1As offshore topsides become heavier and more oil reserves are identified in harder to reach locations, innovative solutions are key to effective oil & gas extraction. As a result, floatover installations are experiencing an upturn, rather than traditional heavy crane lifting. JP Chia, Engineering Manager and floatover specialist for Trelleborg’s engineered products operation, will be on stand at OTC Houston to discuss this trend, share market insights and answer any questions.

An active, global industry expert since the technology was introduced in the early 2000s, Chia has compiled his first hand experiences in a new whitepaper, The Floatover Forecast. He recounts lessons learned, changes in technologies and materials, as well as trials and errors that have contributed to developments in the field.

JP Chia, says: “Supported by statistics from a current research paper, our whitepaper details just how far the offshore industry has come in three decades of floatover developments, and how much further they can advance as oil companies utilize the technology in far-off locations. Visitors can get their copy of the whitepaper from our stand, number 5541 (hall A).”

As oil and gas exploration continues to develop year-on-year, and technology becomes more sophisticated, the effectiveness of extraction will improve. However, as floatover installations become more popular, it is vital that the industry applies the right thinking to ensure that projects are implemented safely and efficiently from beginning to end.

Chia continues: “Our whitepaper will help owners, operators, EPC contractors and consultants to confidently keep up to speed with the world of floatover installations.”

Available to view on stand, Trelleborg’s leg mating units consist of steel structures incorporating engineered elastomeric pads. They make a floatover transition possible by damping the forces created as the topside’s load is transferred to the jacket. The elastomeric pads are designed to take up the static and dynamic forces of the topside structure, as well as the horizontal forces due to open sea motions during the float-over mating operation. The assembled LMU can be installed either on the topsides or jacket.

Pick up your copy of ‘The Floatover Forecast’ from stand 5541 (hall A) at OTC Houston. For additional information about Trelleborg’s engineered products operation, click here.

Surge in Orders Sees Optimarin Surpass 400 Systems Sold Mark

13OptimarinBallast water treatment (BWT) specialist Optimarin has cemented its place at the vanguard of the market, with the news that it has now sold over 400 of its environmentally friendly UV-based systems. The landmark has been surpassed on the back of a succession of major contracts, fuelled by the firm’s unique retrofit experience, proven technology and upcoming USCG certification.

2016 has been a boom year for a company that installed the first ever commercial BWT system back in 2000. Optimarin Ballast System (OBS) orders have been confirmed with Atlantis Tankers (10 units) and Sinopacific Shipbuilding Group (nine), while the firm also made its first foray into fishing, with a contract for the Fisherman’s Finest vessel America’s Finest. The latest win, with Carisbrooke from the UK, was the largest - a fleet agreement with the potential to encompass retrofits on 46 bulk and multipurpose vessels.

“We’ve been working with BWT technology since our formation in 1994,” comments Optimarin CEO Tore Andersen, “so we feel this surge in business reflects an appreciation of our established expertise, technology, and ability to satisfy all individual customer, and vessel, requirements.

“Now that the ratification of the IMO’s Ballast Water Management convention is finally imminent, we’re seeing more and more shipowners engaging us for fleet wide retrofit assignments. This is because they know they can trust us, our market proven system, and unparalleled retrofit experience.”

Together with its global engineering partners, Goltens and Zeppelin, Optimarin has now fitted over 70 units on existing vessels, alongside over 200 on newbuilds. Its flexible, modular system is perfect for making the most of limited vessel space, while its totally compliant technology ensures peace of mind.

This latter point has proven to be another of Optimarin’s strengths. The firm has invested millions of dollars in testing and certification, with certificates from DNV GL, Lloyd’s, Bureau Veritas, MLIT Japan, and American Bureau of Shipping, alongside full IMO approval. However, it’s the latest testing with USCG that appears to be elevating the business to a new commercial plane.

“USCG has the most stringent approval demands, thanks to its FDA/CMFDA test, which judges the life forms transported in ballast water as either living or dead,” Andersen explains. “The power of the 35kw UV lamps in the OBS ensures it has the power to instantly kill invasive organisms and that’s exactly what USCG wants to see.

“The system has now satisfied all marine water tests and is in its final testing stage, with full USCG approval expected later this year. For shipowners with large global fleets this gives them the flexibility to sail in and out of US waters, discharging ballast, as desired. For those with fleets based exclusively in North America this is a ticket to trade, full stop.

“USCG approval is becoming a benchmark standard for forward-thinking customers planning for guaranteed future regulatory compliance. This is proving to be a key business driver for Optimarin.”

Optimarin’s customers include names of the order of Saga Shipholding, MOL, Grieg Shipping Group, Gulf Offshore, Farstad Shipping, NYK, Nor Line, and Evergreen Marine Corp, amongst others. Its OBS system is easy to install, simple to maintain – with no moving parts – and does not use, or discharge, any chemicals.

“We believe we have an industry leading proposition,” Andersen concludes, “and it’s hugely satisfying to see the market respond to that at this key time for the BWT sector.”

API: Key Moment for Next Decade Of U.S. Energy Leadership and Affordable Energy

14APIlogoThe API has called on the administration to maintain and promote U.S. oil and natural gas development through the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) 2017-2022 offshore program, API Group Director of Upstream and Industry Operations Erik Milito said in a briefing with journalists on April 26.

“Rising U.S. production has dramatically increased our ability to protect consumers and the U.S. economy from energy shocks even within a low price environment,” said Milito. “Forward-looking energy policy recognizes long lead times needed for offshore energy development. The nation’s long-term energy security can only be ensured with a lasting commitment to expanding offshore oil and natural gas development to new areas.”

In 2010, over 30 percent of the oil and 11 percent of the natural gas produced in the United States was produced in the Gulf of Mexico, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). New projections by the EIA estimate that Gulf of Mexico production will increase to record high levels in 2017. This and other data have informed BOEM’s analysis, recently released as part of the 5 year program’s decision document, and led the agency to state that “there is no reason to exclude any of the proposed program areas in the Proposed Program Options based purely on the price of oil and gas.”

“The five year program is a critical part of our nation’s ability to secure affordable and reliable energy and create jobs for future generations of Americans,” said Milito, ahead of the public hearing held in Washington, D.C., on offshore areas in the program. “Too many promising areas are already excluded from the proposal, taking off the table thousands of potential jobs and billions of dollars in potential government revenue. Knowing that oil and natural gas will be needed for many more decades to come, the Department of the Interior should promote robust development of U.S. offshore energy resources and recognize the Arctic and Gulf of Mexico as core components of the five year program.”

API is the only national trade association representing all facets of the oil and natural gas industry, which supports 9.8 million U.S. jobs and 8 percent of the U.S. economy. API’s more than 650 members include large integrated companies, as well as exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine businesses, and service and supply firms. They provide most of the nation’s energy and are backed by a growing grassroots movement of more than 30 million Americans.

By Reid Porter, API

DW Monday, April 25, 2016: What Should We Expect in 2017?

15DWMondayScanning the newspapers, social media and analyst coverage this year, there is consensus that a recovery in oil prices is coming, as a function of a reduction in over-supply, and that we should expect upward movement in prices later this year.

The extent to which this view is built upon analysis of data or gut feel is unknown (and in all likelihood there is a bit of both) but our analysis of Douglas-Westwood’s own drilling & production (D&P) data supports this view. We expect to see a fall in US production this year of nearly 900,000 bpd, the largest drop in output for a country since Libya in 2011 (civil war) and Saudi Arabia in 2009 (OPEC cuts). There will be production growth in a number of countries, the most-significant being Iran and Iraq, with the result that overall global production will increase by 460k bpd. With demand growth forecast at 1.2 million bpd this year, the overall net position is a reduction in net over-supply of some ¾ million bpd. This reduction in over-supply should put upward pressure on oil prices as it develops over the course of the year.

So can we expect the same trend to continue into 2017? Analysis of the data (which is built-up on a project-by-project basis) suggests not. Whilst there will be further demand growth, this will be offset by significant production. We anticipate net increases in production both onshore and offshore. Most of the additional volumes are from offshore (net 1.1 million bpd increase) with an overall impact (taking into account demand growth) of a slight increase in over supply in 2017. In the years that follow, we expect reduction in over-supply every year to 2020.

Why the blip in 2017? Put simply, we are not over the hangover from several years of record levels of industry spend (2011-2014). Major projects were committed to at that time and the lead times for some of these projects are long. But this dynamic works both ways. The current hiatus in spend is brewing a major supply problem towards the end of the decade – if nothing changes, the data suggests under-supply of oil by 2020.

Steve Robertson & Matt Cook, Douglas-Westwood London

Aker Solutions Wins Engineering Framework Agreement from Lundin Norway

16AkerSolutions copyAker Solutions secured a framework agreement from Lundin Norway to provide engineering services for offshore developments in Norway.

The agreement covers early-phase studies, pre-engineering (FEED) work, verifications and follow-on engineering for Lundin Norway. It encompasses engineering work from Aker Solutions' three business areas - Engineering, Subsea and Maintenance, Modifications and Operations - as well as the company's integrated study house, Front End Spectrum. The contract has a fixed period of three years and may be extended by as many as two years.

The first delivery will be a study for a floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) unit for the Alta and Gohta oil development in the Barents Sea. The contract is part of the first-quarter order intake.

"We are pleased to have this opportunity to work long term with Lundin," said Per Harald Kongelf, head of Aker Solutions' Norwegian operations. "The company's focus on the southern Barents Sea fits well with our technology and engineering expertise for even the most challenging conditions."

Aker Solutions has previously provided engineering work for Lundin's Edvard Grieg development as well as the subsea production system for the Brynhild field. The new agreement gives Lundin access to Aker Solutions' technical expertise and lifecycle knowledge from the full range of field developments.

Technip Wins the 2016 National Ocean Industries Association Safety in Seas Culture of Safety Award

17technip logo1 2Technip USA, Inc., an affiliate of Technip SA of France has been presented with the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) 2016 Safety in Seas (SIS) Culture of Safety Award today during the association’s annual meeting in Washington, DC.

Technip USA won the Culture of Safety Award in recognition of Technip’s Pulse program, a global vehicle for HSE climate change through leadership and communication.

Technip USA’s award-winning entry was selected by an independent panel of judges from the U.S. Coast Guard, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, the National Academy of Sciences Transportation Review Board, and an industry safety consultant.

“We are honored and delighted to have been selected as the winner of the NOIA 2016 Culture of Safety Award. HSE is essential to our industry and is an absolute priority for Technip. Our Pulse program, implemented in 2007, is a simple, effective philosophy to create an HSE climate change across the company to achieve our goal of being “the reference company” in HSE performance. Everyone at Technip is responsible for ensuring a safer environment on our worksites throughout the world. We are thrilled that our efforts and accomplishments have been noticed and recognized,” said Deanna Goodwin, President of Technip USA, Inc.

NOIA President Randall Luthi congratulated Technip on our exemplary commitment to safety culture saying, “Technip’s award-winning entry is one of many examples in the offshore oil and natural gas industry that “safety culture” is more than just a buzz phrase. Technip has demonstrated how to develop and maintain a true culture of safety”.

Wild Well Raises the Bar for Riserless Plug & Abandonment

18Wild Well Control1Wild Well Control, Inc., a Superior Energy Services company and a global leader in well control and engineering services, announces that its DeepRange™ tool, in conjunction with its 7Series riserless intervention system, has successfully performed full plug and abandonment operations on four subsea wells in the Gulf of Mexico. These wells are a part of a larger plug and abandonment campaign which began earlier this year.

“The new tools and techniques used on this project have already exceeded expectations,” said Martial Burguieres, Wild Well VP of Marine Well Services. “Our methods offer reduced costs while maintaining full BSEE compliance.”

Each of the first four wells used the new DeepRange tool to isolate an outer annulus by circulating a minimum of 200 feet of cement in place and pressure testing the plug as per BSEE regulation.

“This new technology and methodology will help operators reduce their subsea P&A liabilities as riserless operations represent dramatic cost reductions when compared to traditional subsea P&A operations,” said Burguieres.

Wild Well will host a press conference Monday, May 2, at 2 p.m. in the onsite press conference room located in the NRG Center, level 2, rooms 406-704 during the 2016 Offshore Technology Conference in Houston to discuss how DeepRange™ impacts today’s industry.

Hoover Container Solutions Announces Changes to Executive Management Team

Hoover Container Solutions (“Hoover” or the “Company”), a subsidiary of Hoover Group, Inc., has announced that Scott Meints has been appointed Vice President of Service Operations and Adolfo Aguilera is joining Hoover’s executive team as Vice President of Manufacturing. Both will report directly to Johan Wramsby, Chief Operating Officer.

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Joining Hoover in 1992, Meints has served in various management positions where he has played a key role in ensuring Hoover remain at the forefront of innovation in the chemical tank industry. In his new position, Meints will be responsible for growing Hoover’s service-related offerings in the global market, in addition to driving product development and innovation.

Adolfo Aguilera joins Hoover with more than 18 years of manufacturing experience, most recently serving as the Director of Manufacturing at TAS Energy Inc. As Vice President of Manufacturing at Hoover, Aguilera will be responsible for managing all aspects of manufacturing operations including safety, production, quality assurance and maintenance.

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“Hoover is fortunate to have an incredible depth and breadth of talent across our team. It’s these contributions that allow us to continuously provide a comprehensive range of high quality products and services to each of our customers,” said Johan Wramsby, COO, Hoover. “Scott’s deep knowledge of technical standards, products and industries, coupled with his energy, makes him a great fit to head the growth of Hoover’s global service network, and I’m incredibly happy to welcome Adolfo Aguilera, who will bring his motivation and diverse leadership experience to enhance our manufacturing operations.”

Meints has an associate degree in manufacturing engineering from the Southeast Community College in Milford, Nebraska, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bellevue University. He is also a certified welding inspector.

Aguilera received a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso, as well as a Master of Science in engineering from Purdue University.