Flintstone Technology Launches New Mooring System at OTC

12FlinstonemooringFlintstone Technology, a production technology company for the global energy industry, has developed a new subsea tensioned mooring system that will be officially launched at OTC on Monday.

The new system provides simple connection and disconnection - allowing mooring lines to be replaced in a fraction of the time compared to traditional methods - along with the ability to tension at the seabed or mid-line, whereas traditional mooring line designed for floating production vessels relies on winches and fairleads mounted on the hull.

Flintstone’s new system, which can work in both shallow and deep waters, allows significant weight and cost savings, as well as reduced maintenance and improved safety – one system provided a weight saving of 1,600 tons on the vessel’s hull.

Flintstone, which was recently majority acquired by MacGregor Norway, developed the subsea tensioned mooring system after a client required a simple method to be able to change out mooring lines.

Andrew Clayson, Managing Director, Flintstone Technology, said: “By taking into account all aspects of a system - from installation and re-tensioning in-service, to the need to change mooring lines - we have been able to substantially reduce both the capital expenditure and the system’s ongoing running costs.”

Since it was established in 2012, Flintstone has worked to challenge, improve and deliver innovative technology that delivers capabilities far beyond what was previously thought possible.

Mr. Clayson added: “We are a small but ambitious and smart team with very competent and innovative engineers. Working on projects, we always strive to find ways to add value for customers. This can often involve challenging existing solutions and looking for ways to improve.”

Andrew Clayson will be at OTC booth 4239, with models of Flintstone Technology’s new subsea tensioned mooring system.

Aberdeen Drilling Consultants Announce New office in America with Six Figure Contract Wins

13ADC Austin HayAberdeen Drilling Consultants (ADC), a specialist rig inspection company headquartered in Scotland serving a global client base, has expanded its operations with a new office in Houston, Texas – winning several six figure contracts already this year.

With more than 30 years of global operator and contractor experience, the opening of ADC’s new American base highlights its continuing commitment to the international oil and gas industry and focus on its global clients. The contract wins involve ADC’s Rig Intake and Reactivation Services and can be attributed to the new capability of the company to provide local services to their clients across the Americas.

In recent years, the industry has seen the rapid development of upstream technology to enable drilling to go deeper, more intelligently and with greater efficiency. With these advanced systems come many advantages, but also challenges, in that reactivating them can be a time consuming and difficult task as they were never designed to be shut down.

ADC’s Rig Intake and Reactivation Services ensure advanced technology rigs that have been lying dormant during the downturn can be reactivated efficiently, safely and securely returning them ready to operate; perform as designed and in compliance with local regulatory bodies such as BSEE.

Austin Hay, President of ADC Americas, said: “The new office will allow the company to increase our presence in the Rig Inspection field throughout the US and in particular the Gulf of Mexico, enabling us to rapidly respond to, and effectively service our clients in the Americas.

“We are looking forward to continued success within the industry. We have retained and trained our staff engineers through this downturn ready for the activity level to pick up again.

Austin added: “ADC’s highly trained engineers, experience and skills in Rig Reactivation provides assurance to our clients that their assets can be brought back into use efficiently and securely when required.”

ADC will be exhibiting at The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) at block 1263, stand 021.

Major Energy Producer to Install MAX+ Technology at Terminal in Southern Louisiana

14MAX PIC 02ProSep, the industry-leading technology and service provider for integrated process solutions, announced it will supply one (1) MAX+ mixer unit to a major energy producer operating in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM). The company will install the technology at a terminal in southern Louisiana.

The intended use for the MAX+ mixer is to extract methanol from crude to meet refinery requirements of below 50 ppm [parts per million]. Refineries penalize energy producers when excessive methanol content is found in crude.

“Each of ProSep’s proprietary mixing technologies is designed and built to customer specifications,” said Gregory Hallahan, Director of Product Development for ProSep. “We are working closely with the producer to verify methanol extraction criteria and ensure that design and fabrication of the unit meet performance requirements.”

The unit is expected to be installed at the terminal in August 2017.

80:20 Welcomes New Director

15 WORKProcurement specialist 80:20, a Peterson company, is pleased to announce the appointment of Kirk Hoffman as Director for the Americas region.

Based in 80:20’s Houston offices, Kirk is looking to expand the company’s offering in Central and South America as part of his role.

Kirk joins the 80:20 team from Rowan Companies, where he was Director of Logistics. He has previously held posts as Head of Americas for Hansa Heavy Lift, and Chief Supply Chain Officer for Helix Energy Solutions Group and brings with him extensive knowledge of the field as well as an appetite to find improved efficiencies across the supply chain.

Kirk’s business background is also supported by his career in the United States Coast Guard, where he served as an officer for nine years.

Coming out of in-house supply chain leadership roles, Kirk can see the benefit that outsourced procurement can provide companies.

He explained: “I am delighted to be joining 80:20. The business’ ethos means we meet new challenges with enthusiasm and that is contagious.

“80:20 gladly takes reasonable risk away from the client, and absorb and manage it, so that clients can focus on what they do best. Our client’s success is our success.”

Kirk is confident that the procurement company can relieve the pressure on supply chain groups by taking on much of the higher volume, lower value spend, and deliver it at better prices, passing on cost savings and increased efficiencies to the energy industry.

He added: “80:20’s entrepreneurial spirit and lack of bureaucracy makes it easy to make improvements and deliver value for our clients. We must save our clients’ money and deliver on our promises.”

80:20 will also handle the receiving, inspection, OS&D, and delivery functions, which are often regarded as major burdens on a supply chain group. The procurement work carried out is completed with a lower administrative burden and reduced risk than if clients were doing it in-house.

Kirk explained, “With the supply chain group letting us handle the daily issues, they can then focus on the high value, highly technical, mission critical items that they should be focused on.

“It is important to note that we are not seeking to take anyone’s job. We are seeking to free up supply chain personnel to focus on the big tasks while we manage the other tasks.”

Kirk will be attending the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) from Monday 1st May – Thursday 4th May. To arrange a talk with Kirk, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

SDRL - Seadrill Agrees to Sell Three Jack-ups for $225 Million

16seadrill logo for web rgb jpgSeadrill Limited ("Seadrill" or "The Company"), announces that it has reached an agreement with Shelf Drilling to sell the West Triton, West Resolute and West Mischief for a total consideration of $225 million subject to customary closing conditions. The West Triton and West Resolute are scheduled to be delivered to Shelf Drilling by the end of May 2017 and the West Mischief during 3Q 2017 after completion of its current drilling contract with NDC in Abu Dhabi.

The total debt outstanding on these three units is $102 million providing excess sale proceeds of $123 million.

The carrying value of the three units totals $415 million. A loss on disposal of $190 million is expected to be realized for the first quarter of 2017.

PIRA Energy Market Recap for the Week Ending May 1, 2017

17PIRALogoOil Prices to Recover

The reflation narrative has come back to life supported by a broad based economic expansion which is in progress. The lack of visible stock declines have undermined oil market confidence and dragged prices lower. Market jitters are unwarranted; oil on the water is declining, OPEC output is declining and surplus stocks are declining. Onshore stock declines are inevitable, though the exact timing is tricky. Refinery runs worldwide have been contained by refinery outages, closures and a heavy maintenance schedule. The resulting very strong refinery margins are creating pent up demand for crude. Gasoline cracks stay healthy for now while diesel crack continue to slowly recover. Geopolitical risks to supply are growing.

Prices Struggle to “Weather” Initially Robust Storage Refills

Mild temperatures in April have resulted in robust initial inventory builds, raising questions on the relative tightness of supply/demand balances. With the heaviest restocking typically occurring in May, the more modest inventory builds we see beginning next month will likely revive ongoing underlying supply concerns, along with upward price pressures. Moreover, it is growing increasingly clear that, as the window closes on potential supply gains this season, the overall dependency on demand destruction will increase. Consequently, we revised the front of our price curve to better reflect the slower than anticipated supply recovery — as per the guidance given during the N.A. Gas webinar given live on Wednesday, April 18th. Note that the recording is now available on Dimensions, PIRA’s website.

U.S Ethanol Prices Traded in a Narrow Range During April

Manufacturing margins were also steady. D6 RIN prices plunged as March RIN generation was higher than many expected. The 2017/2018 sugarcane harvest in the South Central region of Brazil officially started in April, but rain caused delays in output. European T2 ethanol prices bottomed.

June Setting Up as Pivotal Month for Summer Balances

The U.K. is no longer a source of incremental gas-to-power growth, as its fleet has completely switched, however, Continental demand has proven to be well correlated with weather, and even political developments in Europe and abroad. In the U.K., Power is not the only flexible demand disappearing, especially with the loss of Rough and limited slack Interconnector capacity at times. However, the bigger current issue has been the cold April weather across much of Europe that has displaced storage injections in favor of satisfying residential/commercial demand. Injections came in at nearly half of PIRA expectations, however, June looks to pick up a lot of the slack and spot levels versus daily injections are cementing this point.

Worsening Drought Drives Price Recovery

With hydro reservoirs remaining at multi-year lows, we have revised the French hydro for 3Q to 4.9 GW (-1.9 GW versus our prior monthly report), which is bullish for prices, as this is the lowest ever recorded for 3Q since 2001. With French exports to Italy and Spain set to reach new highs, there are risks of higher utilizaton of the gas fleet in France, especially as lower water levels could also lead to cooling-related losses at nuclear plants. Spain continues to offer the most upside in the near term, with higher CCGT dispatching bullish for the spark spreads in the upcoming months. As for Italy, recent official data shows that the Italian system can become easily strained under a lower hydro availability, with imports necessary to guarantee sufficient reserve margins at on-peak hours, especially if renewable availability is below normal as well. As coal plants continue to be squeezed out of the mix, German plant operators are increasingly opting for a way out of the market by submitting closure notices to the regulator. With the latest notifications, German total firm thermal capacity is set to drop below maximum winter peak demand for the first time in 1Q 2018.

Stockpiles Rise in Feb, Slight Uptrend in Place for Mar, Apr

Electric power sector coal stockpiles rose in February to sit at 162 MMst according to a Tuesday report by the EIA, which was consistent with PIRA’s estimate of 162.4 MMst in last month’s stockpile report. We foresee a slight uptick in stockpiles over March and April, though the forecast is below the normal stockpile build for this time of year.

Markets Ease Post-Cyclone, Asian Demand Robust

Coal prices initially surged in early April in the immediate aftermath of Cyclone Debbie making landfall, although prices have moved largely in line with end-March levels. Strength in Asian demand, led by China, should support prompt pricing, although this support is expected to fade in 2H17, at which PIRA shifts to a bearish outlook.

U.S. Product Stocks Gain as Crude Inventory Declines

Overall commercial stocks built by 6.6 million barrels for the latest reporting week, led by products which added about 10.3 million barrels. Overall commercial storage is about even with last year. Gasoline led the build with an inventory increase of 3.4 million barrels, with distillate gaining almost 2.7 million barrels. By contrast crude stocks declined by 3.6 million barrels, with Cushing storage falling by 1.2 million barrels. The spike in crude imports to 8.9 MMB/D was partly offset by the sharp increase in crude runs to a weekly record of 17.3 MMB/D.

Excluding U.S. Consumer Spending, Recent Data Are All Very Healthy

During the first quarter, U.S. GDP expanded at a sluggish pace, as consumer spending became stagnant. In PIRA’s judgement, this slump was a temporary soft patch, and the household sector will recover solidly in the second quarter. In fact, given the recent strength in U.S. business investment, second quarter growth is expected to accelerate substantially. In South Korea, first quarter GDP growth accelerated on the back of higher business spending. In the euro area, consumer inflation turned faster in April, but the European Central Bank maintained its dovish policy stance.

Propane Inventories Draw Due to High Exports

Propane stocks registered an 8 thousand barrel build, the first build of the injection season after continuous draws through most of April. Total inventories amounted to 39.6 million barrels which is 31.5 million barrels below last year’s levels. Exports continued to exert downward pressures on PADD III inventories which drew by 1 million barrels to 23.6 million barrels.

Wild Weekend Weather Reawakens Grain Bulls

In theory problems for this year’s HRW crop began some 8-10 weeks ago, in February, when record high temperatures of 80F+ were seen in many parts of Kansas and Oklahoma. Not expecting a late-April snowstorm the crop broke dormancy fairly early, as if it had a choice, and had settled in for an expected easy transition to spring. Instead, the western Kansas crop received over 12” of snow yesterday to go with sub-freezing temperatures and up to 50 MPH winds. While a moist blanket of snow wouldn’t be the worst thing that ever happened to a HRW crop, the depth and weight of yesterday’s snow has certainly caused irreversible damage to some of the Kansas crop given the advanced stage of development, heading, of much of the affected plants.

Prices Headed Higher on Further Affirmation of Tightness

Mild temperatures in April have resulted in robust initial U.S. inventory builds, raising questions on the relative tightness of supply/demand balances. Yet, with little signs of a production turnaround, most regional cash prices, along with Henry Hub (HH) should remain well bid as demand competition with storage injection heats up. In Appalachia, production volumes merely ramped up by merely a little more than 0.1 BCF/D compared to March. Such an increase may seem minor compared to sequential gains seen in years past — especially given the partial completion of the Transco Dalton expansion — but is more representative of the “new reality” limiting gas production growth in Appalachia. This is an important contributing factor behind the bullish price risks we see ahead.

U.S. Ethanol Stocks Rise

U.S. ethanol inventories rose by 235 thousand barrels to 23.3 million barrels the week ending April 21, as PADD I stocks reached a five-year high. Domestic ethanol production decreased by 6 MB/D to 987 MB/D, only 1 MB/D higher than the six-month low achieved two weeks earlier. Ethanol-blended gasoline manufacture soared to a 2017-high 9,220 from 9,044 MB/D in the preceding week.

India/China FSRU Market Swap as Niche Market Matures

Regas tanker maneuvers between the largest emerging new LNG buyers reveal a new dimension to an aspect of trade that has, for the most part, been relegated to buyers that have been smaller, short term, more remote, or seasonal. India and China, both of which boast multiple large-scale conventional regas facilities, will be essentially swapping FSRU capacity, which shows a different scenario for such capacity utilization. The deal indicates that such niche markets have expanded considerably and are being strategically utilized by large growing conventional long term LNG buying markets as well as less stable, seasonal, and short term buyers.

Ukraine's Industrial Gas Prices Get Price Reduction

Naftogaz of Ukraine from May 1, 2017 will reduce the price for gas supplied to industrial customers and other economic entities, the company’s press service reports. “The offered prices for natural gas from the Company's resource are differentiated depending on the volume of purchases, terms of payment and the state of previous settlements with Naftogaz. In May 2017, prices will be reduced by 3% compared with the prices in April of this year,” reads a report.

Heat, Outages, Gas Buoy Southwest Markets

Neither snowmelt nor rainfall nor light of day could keep SP15 prices from rising in April. Driven by heat in inland markets, generation outages, and rising gas prices, SP15 on-peak climbed $3.50/MWh to average $27/MWh. In contrast, Northwest and Northern California markets remained submerged near March levels. With precipitation more than twice the normal level in April, the Northern Sierra 8 station index has risen above 90 inches, the highest level ever recorded. This did not translate into much incremental generation, in part due to outages at the Oroville complex undergoing repairs to the damaged spillway. NW precipitation remained above normal and runoff increased, but much of the incremental flow will likely be spilled.

Huge Japanese Crude Stock Build, Along With Higher Runs

Japanese crude runs rose 143 MB/D on the week and crude imports surged, which ballooned crude stocks 6.6 million barrels. Finished product stocks also built 1.8 million barrels, with stock increases in all the major products. Demand trends remain largely seasonal, but are holding up well. Kerosene demand fell back modestly, and the stock change rate transitioned from a modest draw to a modest build of 8 MB/D. Margins improved again, this week by $0.53/Bbl, and are now verging on acceptable, but not exceptional. All the major cracks improved on the week.

Reduced European Risks Keep Stresses Low

Financial stresses remain extremely low. Most noted is an increased divergence between bank equity performance (higher) and a flatter yield curve. This is noted in the major regions (US, Europe, and Japan). The election outcome in French was extremely bullish for Europe. Their equity market moved sharply higher, while sovereign and “fragile bank” CDS quotes eased noticeably. Energy credit indicators are not as soft as cash oil prices, with high yield energy credit still looking solid. Emerging market debt performance was noticeably higher on the week. There still is a good level of comfort in the higher yield debt instruments, both in general, in energy, and in emerging markets.

Peak Seasonal Build Likely to Disappoint

With the heaviest restocking typically occurring in May, we expect that the more modest builds we see ahead for inventories next month will likely revive supply concerns. Our provisional projections through May suggest weekly builds will more often be below the five-year average levels, and also often below the corresponding 2016 builds, thereby enabling the Y/Y storage deficit to re-widen.

U.S. February 2017 DOE Monthly Revisions: Demand and Stocks

EIA just released its final monthly February 2017 (PSM) U.S. oil supply/demand data. February 2017 demand came in at 19.188 MMB/D, 515 MB/D lower than the weeklies. Total product demand declined -2.5% versus year-ago (-492 MB/D), compared to the February 2016 PSM data. It was the first decline since July 2016. Resid demand showed growth of 70 MB/D (35%), while kero-jet was flat with year-ago. Distillate demand declined -1.4%, but outperformed, while gasoline fell -2.4% (218 MB/D), and was near the barrel average. End-February total commercial stocks stood at 1,357.2 million barrels. Compared to final February 2016 PSA data, total commercial stocks were higher than year-ago by 36.3 million barrels, versus an excess of 43.5 million barrels seen at end-January.

Global Equities Post a Broadly Positive Week

Again, most equity tracking indices posted a positive week. The broad U.S. market rallied back towards record highs. Technology and consumer discretionary did the best. Energy was only modestly changed. International indices also were mostly higher, with Europe doing the best.

Can Offshore Projects Compete with U.S. Shale?

Shale breakevens have fallen dramatically over the last several years, displacing offshore and other higher cost projects on the supply cost curve. Rightsizing, efficiency gains, and service price reductions have lowered breakevens for both shale and offshore. However, relative to offshore, shale has seen a larger portion of its breakeven reductions come from structural efficiency gains versus cyclical pricing adjustments. Offshore will likely see costs continue to deflate in the near-term as long-term contracts continue to roll-off and move to lower spot pricing but it seems unlikely that offshore breakevens will move significantly lower or again move below shale.

Indonesia will Remain a Major Outlet for Refined Products

Indonesia is the largest importer of refined products in Southeast Asia. Indonesia’s oil demand has far outpaced its domestic production due to a lack of refinery capacity additions, leading to large and growing import requirements, particularly for gasoline and gasoil/diesel. However, net imports for the two products have weakened over the past few years due to factors such as economic slowdown, subsidy reduction, and re-start of a mothballed refinery, as well as the commissioning of a new RFCC unit at Pertamina’s Cilacap refinery. This declining trend is likely to continue this year before reversing next year.

Earthquake Activity Subsiding in Oklahoma

The significant increase in earthquake activity in Oklahoma in recent years became a growing concern for the state’s oil industry. There appears to be a strong link between increased salt water disposal and seismic activity which has caused regulators to impose restrictions on the disposal of produced water. These restrictions, which impacted a small amount of Oklahoma’s oil production (<30MB/D), appear to be working as shown by a recent study from the Oklahoma Geological Survey. The study shows a significant decrease in earthquake activity (from 5 per day in 2015 to around 1 per day now) as water injection in the Arbuckle formation was cut in half (1.5 MMB/D now versus 2.8 MMB/D in 2015).

February 2017 U.S. Crude Production Rises On Strong Texas

U.S. crude and condensate actuals for February 2017 came in at 9.03 MMB/D, up 193 MB/D month-on-month, down 116 MB/D year-on-year and 160 MB/D above PIRA’s forecast. The miss relative to PIRA’s Reference Case was driven by strong growth from the Lower 48, up 222 MB/D month-on-month, with Texas alone growing 119 MB/D.

Aramco Pricing Adjustments: Further Discouraging U.S. Liftings, Staying Competitive in Asia

Saudi Arabia's formula prices for June were just released. Pricing for the U.S. was raised for the second straight month on all grades as Saudi continues to discourage liftings. Differentials in Asia were cut reflecting a wider Dubai structure, while Europe was tightened in line with a lessening in the Urals discount to Dated Brent. Aside from the tightening in the U.S., the adjustments were reflective of the key regional drivers used to set pricing. As such, Saudi is choosing to remain competitive with market fundamentals as exports have already been cut to agreed levels.

April Weather: U.S. Warm, Europe Normal and Japan Cold

April weather was warmer than normal by 8% in the three major OECD markets, bringing the month’s oil-heat demand below normal by 69 MB/D. The three-region composite was almost 17% warmer on a 30-year-normal basis.

The information above is part of PIRA Energy Group's weekly Energy Market Recap - which alerts readers to PIRA’s current analysis of energy markets around the world as well as the key economic and political factors driving those markets.

DW Monday, May 1, 2017: Unpicking the Outlook for the OFS Sector

18 1DW Monday Logo PNG 300x75 copyThe oilfield service industry can, at times, be intimidating in its complexity and depth. Furthermore, mega-mergers (e.g. GE – Baker, Technip – FMC, Wood Group – Amec Foster Wheeler) have created a supply chain that no-longer has homogenous competition that can be easily-grouped and segmented. All the leading players in OFS now have a materially different business mix and service line provision.

The launch of Douglas-Westwood’s major update to the Sectors online service provides a good opportunity to reflect on the outlook for the OFS business. We have added expenditure data for 103 service lines to SECTORS, covering Capex and Opex – totalling over $8tn of spend across 2005-2023. Our users are now able to look across multiple industries to create tailored views that fit their needs, rather than applying a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach that is no longer relevant for many of the larger OFS businesses.

18 2DW SECTORS Database May 2017(Top-Right to Bottom-Left, displayed by DW Region) Annual Drilling Volumes, Annual Drilling & Well Services Expenditure, Annual Oilfield Equipment Expenditure, Annual Offshore Maintenance, Modifications & Operations Expenditure Source: SECTORS Database

The overall story is one of mixed fortunes for the OFS sector. A North American led recovery in onshore drilling activity is expected to boost the onshore Drilling & Well Services (D&WS) sector over the coming years, while offshore spending is likely to be sluggish in rebounding. SECTORS data shows strong growth for D&WS expenditure through to 2023, with a cumulative total of $1.6tn to be spent – 76% of which is allocated to the onshore sector.

Oilfield equipment, on the other hand, is expected to see stagnation in terms of dollar demand through to early next decade before signs of a recovery emerge. This is primarily due to the marked oversupply across the vast scope of equipment covered by the new SECTORS data – comprising 59 equipment components. Most critically, the newbuild offshore rig market (comprising jackups, semisubs, and drillships) is expected to continue to decline from a peak of $24bn in 2013 to just $4.2bn by 2023. This is a result of the substantial number of rigs currently idle, with offshore drilling volumes expected to be insufficient to warrant a new build cycle without wholesale rig scrapping. Similar stories are seen across the oilfield equipment sector, with operators and service companies alike expected to concentrate on bringing idle units back to the market before placing new orders.

In terms of growth rates, offshore MMO looks to be the most promising sector, with a substantial and sustained recovery in expenditure likely to be seen through to 2023. This is a result of the return of previously delayed non-essential workscopes, such as platform modifications, in addition to continued growth in the installed production platform population. This, coupled with the supply chain shifts which have and will continue to shape the MMO sector, presents a prosperous market outlook for Opex focused players within the OFS supply chain.

To arrange a demonstration of the latest SECTORS data, please visit Douglas-Westwood, a Westwood Global Energy Group company, here.

Matt Adams, Douglas-Westwood London

Wind Powered Oil Recovery Concept Moves Closer to Implementation

1win win illustration hiRezThe DNV GL-led joint industry project, WIN WIN (WINd powered Water INjection), has completed its first phase and determined that wind power could be used to power offshore water injection. The project is currently moving into its second phase, which includes refining and testing the electrical systems, and investigating possibilities for broader applications. The project consists of four partners: DNV GL, ExxonMobil and ENI Norge – all part of the first phase – and the Norwegian Research Council – a new participant for this second phase.

The first phase of the project determined the concept is technically feasible, capable of meeting performance targets, and cost-competitive with conventional water injection solutions. The WIN WIN concept includes a floating wind turbine, which supplies power to a typical water injection process that includes pumping and basic water treatment. The second phase will focus on extensive physical lab testing of the electrical systems at the DNV GL power laboratories in Arnhem, the Netherlands, thereby maturing the technical concept and expanding the system performance.

“In this next phase of the project, we’ll use a small scale physical set-up to conduct tests on the systems,” explains project manager Johan Slätte. “We aim to instil confidence in the industry that the system and components in this configuration will perform well over time with a variable power input. While phase one was a desk top study, this phase is a natural step before going into piloting with real prototypes. The second phase of WIN WIN is expected to run over the course of one to two years and will result in an application guideline document for the industry. If all tests are successful, a realistic timeline for a first full scale prototype could be around 2020.”

The next phase of WIN WIN will also help to further develop the economic feasibility of wind and potentially other renewables in complex environments with demanding functional requirements. The concept showcases alternative sources of energy and its reliability for off-grid situations.

“The WIN WIN project has shown great potential for the oil and gas industry to lower costs and increase efficiency, while also reducing its environmental footprint," says project sponsor Johan Sandberg. "Proving that large-scale renewable units can be integrated well into oil and gas systems will also expand the industry's toolbox of technology solutions. It is a win for society with regards to emissions, and for the oil companies who can lower their costs on both equipment and operations.”

“We are encouraged by the success of the first phase and look forward to continued collaboration as the project progresses,” said Tom Schuessler, president, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company. “Recent advancements in wind technology, particularly in offshore oil and gas applications, are improving the economic feasibility and allowing for wind to contribute to the overall energy mix at a time when demand continues to rise.”

“Eni is delighted to be part of the WIN WIN joint industry project to explore a step deeper the potential of a stand-alone wind powered water-injection system,” said Redha Safer, Senior R&D Engineer, Eni Norge. “Such a self-contained system could provide an unrivalled flexibility while still being cost effective compared to conventional solutions. Moreover, its inherent low carbon emissions would clearly meet our company’s targets for a reduced CO2 footprint.”

Please see more on the WIN-WIN project here.

Fluor Awarded Offshore Compression Platform FEED by BP

2bpTT Cassia A compFluor Corporation (NYSE:FLR) announced that it was selected by BP Trinidad and Tobago (BP) to perform the front-end engineering and design (FEED) for the Cassia Compression Project off the east coast of Trinidad and Tobago. Fluor booked the undisclosed contract value into backlog in the first quarter of 2017.

Fluor’s scope includes the design of a new offshore gas compression platform, new connecting bridge and modifications to the existing Cassia hub. The platform will compress gas produced from the existing Cassia platforms.

“Fluor has 50 years of experience developing some of the world’s most complex offshore projects, including several BP facilities in Trinidad and Tobago,” said Mark Fields, president of Fluor’s Energy & Chemicals business in the Americas. “In addition, our Stork division currently provides maintenance, modification and asset integrity services to BP’s offshore assets there. With a focus on maximizing local content, we will deliver a safe, reliable and capital efficient solution to BP.”

“As the project advances, Fluor will use its integrated solution model to support the project,” said John Harrower, executive director of offshore operations for Fluor. “Benefits of this model include an improved design through fabrication and maintenance team engagement in the design process, reduced costs through the global sourcing of major equipment and improved execution through Fluor and Stork’s extensive in-country experience and use of local resources.”

FEED activities are expected to be completed in 2017 with first gas expected in 2020.

Cyberhawk Achieves 50% Cost Saving for Large North Sea Operator

3cyberhawk InforgraphicCyberhawk Innovations, a world leader in inspection and survey using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), has once again proven its credentials thanks to analysis from a leading international E&P company, which shows UAV inspection is twenty times faster and half the cost of traditional inspection methods.

The company has analysed inspection data from the last two years and concluded Cyberhawk’s UAV inspection technique proved 20 times more efficient than traditional inspection methods, such as rope access. This meant that for every day on site, Cyberhawk inspected 20 times more structures than rope access was able to achieve.

This data also highlighted that Cyberhawk was 50% cheaper than rope access inspection, which means that Cyberhawk delivered each inspection report for half the cost of traditional inspection techniques.

Aside from the cost and efficiency savings, use of UAVs also means reduced working at height, reduced requirement for offshore bed space, reduced use of standby boats and less helicopter usage, meaning further indirect efficiencies and savings.

Chris Fleming, CEO at Cyberhawk, said: “More and more operators are changing their inspection philosophy, and looking at safer, more efficient techniques which minimise risks to personnel and reduce costs. By adopting a forward thinking, innovative approach, and using UAV technology for all initial visual and thermal inspections, this means that personnel are only required for contact and advanced inspection if required.

“The feedback received from the client confirms what we already know – that UAVs offer the most efficient solution when it comes to asset inspection, across a multitude of industrial sectors. Few methods offer the same safety, time and cost advantages.

“Having completed more than 18,000 commercial inspection flights, clients who have worked with us know that they can trust our highly-trained teams to safely capture data and deliver detailed inspection reports in the most efficient way possible.

“We expect demand for UAV technology to continue growing, particularly in the international oil and gas sector as operators adjust to working in a new, lower oil price environment. Innovative technologies such as drones, which can offer cost savings of up to seven figures and boast huge potential, cannot be ignored.”

Total and Heriot-Watt University in Research Partnership

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon visited the Edinburgh Campus of Heriot-Watt University on April 20, to mark the signing of a five-year Partnership Agreement between Total and the University’s Institute of Petroleum Engineering.

Worth a minimum of £2.5m, the agreement was signed by Elisabeth Proust, managing director, Total E&P UK, and Dr. Gillian Murray, deputy principal, Business and Enterprise, at Heriot-Watt University.

The Agreement marks Total’s ongoing commitment to Research and Development at Heriot-Watt, following over two decades of research partnership, and recognizes the world-class research being undertaken at the University.

4HeriotWatt TotalLeft to Right, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon; Elisabeth Proust, Managing Director, Total E&P UK; Dr. Gillian Murray, Deputy Principal, Business and Enterprise, Heriot-Watt University.

The Partnership Agreement covers global R&D and educational activities undertaken jointly by Total and Heriot-Watt, including sponsored PhD and post-doctoral studies, Guest Lectures and presentations, internships and scholarships, seminars and training events, career, business and education forums and conferences and University and industry-based site visits.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “Ensuring the future of Scotland’s offshore industry is a key priority for this government and it is hugely encouraging to hear the positive impact this partnership will have for both the oil and gas sector and our university system.

“Not only will this provide an excellent opportunity to harness the technological advances Scotland’s universities are so famed for, but it is also set to help ensure Scotland’s oil and gas sector will continue to prosper for future generations.”

Elisabeth Proust, managing director, Total E&P UK, said: “Total is proud to announce our five-year partnership with Heriot-Watt University. Today’s ceremony formally acknowledges and strengthens Total’s long-term commitment to research conducted by leading academics at this world-renowned University. It is vitally important for Total and Heriot-Watt to continue to work together to progress, develop and embrace new and innovative technology through research projects that will help define and shape the future of the offshore industry.

“We are delighted that the First Minister was able to come and see for herself not only the scale of our ambition but also some examples of the type of robotic technologies which will help the transformation of the oil and gas industry.”

Dr. Gillian Murray said: “This is the latest development in a long-term and much valued partnership between Total and Heriot-Watt University. Such partnerships and joint ventures are key to the way the University operates and are of great value to development and the wider economy.

“This Partnership Agreement covers education as well as research and development, underpinning the future success of the offshore oil and gas industry and the Scottish Government’s economic priorities. With this in mind we are particularly delighted that the First Minister was able to join us to celebrate the signing.”

During their visits the First Minister and representatives of Total E&P UK met with key academics involved in Total-funded research, development and education, and toured high-tech laboratories and Centres at the University’ Institute of Petroleum Engineering, including the Centre of Enhanced Oil Recovery and CO2 Solutions and the Flow Assurance and Scale Team (FAST) laboratories, and discussed the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Oil & Gas.

Total is also a sponsor of Heriot-Watt University’s year of Robotics and one of the University’s robot stars was also on hand to welcome the First Minister and Total representatives.

Trendsetter Engineering and Add Energy Awarded Contract to Provide Contingency Assurance Against Potential High Flow Dynamic Kill Operations for a Major Operator

5Trendsetter RWIS subseaTrendsetter Engineering and Add Energy have combined expertise to provide market leading engineering and hardware support services to the industry’s most challenging problems in a nimble and responsive environment. The companies have recently been awarded a contract to supply engineering expertise and access to Trendsetter’s patented Relief Well Injection Spool (RWIS) in support of an operators’ drilling campaign on a newly sanctioned field development.

The RWIS has been designed and built to greatly increase the pumping capacity of a single relief well by enabling the ability to pump in excess of 200 bbl per minute of kill mud through a single relief well, utilizing multiple vessels as opposed to the conventional method of multiple relief wells. The RWIS is installed on the relief well wellhead beneath the blowout preventer (BOP) to provide additional flow connections into the wellbore. Using high‐pressure flex lines, the inlets enable pumping units from separate floating vessels, in addition to the relief well rig, to deliver a high‐rate dynamic kill.

Additional benefits generated by this hardware include an increase in redundancy and flexibility of operations by moving the additional required pumps and mud storage to the remote vessels, allowing for the potential for an off-bottom kill which could provide a faster relief well intercept, thus reducing spill volumes to the environment.

A kill operation with two or more relief wells is recognized as being a challenging operation. In the event of multiple relief wells being required to dynamically kill a well, all relief wells will have to successfully locate and intersect the blowing wellbore. The blowing well must be killed through a simultaneous coordinated kill operation. Assuming a blowout where a relief well intervention is the only option and that the kill requirements are expected to be very demanding, the use of the RWIS provides a viable cost effective solution.

Brett Morry, Global Technical Director of Trendsetter Engineering commented; “We are delighted to have been contracted to support our client in their quest for best in class and safe operations. We believe that Add Energy’s expert knowledge and experience in well control engineering, in partnership with our patented RWIS equipment will provide well control assurance for this operator if an incident was to occur.”

Morten Haug Emilsen, Senior Vice President at Add Energy also commented; "We are eager to implement our combined expertise with this client to ensure safe and economic drilling operations. Our recent enhancements in well control technology will now allow for drilling of prolific reservoirs that maintain single relief well contingency. The RWIS technology has a huge cost saving potential that enables larger completions and optimized casing design. We are pleased with this contract win and to be given the opportunity to provide substantial and unique benefits to our client in safety assurance."

Bollinger Delivers the 23rd Fast Response Cutter to The USCG -- The USCGC Benjamin Dailey

Bollinger Shipyards has delivered the USCGC BENJAMIN DAILEY, the 23rd Fast Response Cutter (FRC) to the U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard took delivery on April 20, 2017 in Key West, Florida and the vessel’s commissioning is scheduled for July 4, 2017 in Pascagoula, MS.

6BenjaminDaileyUSCGC BENJAMIN DAILEY during builders trials in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

“We are pleased to announce the delivery of the latest FRC, the USCGC BENJAMIN DAILEY,” said Ben Bordelon, Bollinger President & C.E.O. “This FRC built by Bollinger Shipyards will be stationed in Pascagoula, MS. FRCs already in commission stationed in the mid-Atlantic and the South Eastern U.S. have seized multiple tons of narcotics, interdicted thousands of illegal aliens and saved many lives. In just one case, on February 28, 2017 the Coast Guard announced that the Coast Guard Cutter JOSEPH NAPIER, a Bollinger built FRC, had seized 4.2 tons of cocaine in international waters north of Paramaribo, Suriname, in the Atlantic Ocean.

The FRC program is a model program for government acquisition and has surpassed all historical quality benchmarks for vessels of this type and complexity. The results are the delivery of truly extraordinary Coast Guard cutters that will serve our Nation for decades to come. We are extremely proud that the Fast Response Cutters built locally on the bayou by Louisiana craftsmen are having such a major impact on our nation’s security. We at Bollinger Shipyards are looking forward to hearing of the heroic exploits of the USCGC BENJAMIN DAILEY as it joins the Coast Guard’s operational fleet.”

The 154-foot patrol craft USCGC BENJAMIN DAILEY is the 23rd vessel in the Coast Guard's Sentinel-class FRC program. The FRC has been described as an operational “game changer,” by senior Coast Guard officials. This will be the first FRC to be stationed in the 8th Coast Guard District in Pascagoula, MS. Previous cutters have been stationed in Florida, San Juan, PR, Cape May, NJ and Ketchikan, AK. To build the FRC, Bollinger used a proven, in-service parent craft design based on the Damen Stan Patrol Boat 4708. It has a flank speed of 28 knots, state of the art command, control, communications and computer technology, and a stern launch system for the vessel’s 26 foot cutter boat.

Each FRC is named for an enlisted Coast Guard hero who distinguished him or herself in the line of duty. This vessel is named after Coast Guard Hero Benjamin Dailey. Dailey, Keeper of the Cape Hatteras Life-Saving Station, was awarded the Gold Lifesaving Medal on April 24, 1885 for his exceptional bravery in one of the most daring rescues by the Life-Saving Service.

Wärtsilä to Power World's First LNG Fueled Offshore Construction Vessel

The technology group Wärtsilä is to supply the engines and other propulsion machinery for a new offshore construction vessel being built at the Cosco shipyard in China. The ship owner is Belgian operator Dredging International (DEME). This will be the first vessel of its kind to be fuelled by liquefied natural gas (LNG) and in addition to the dual-fuel engines, Wärtsilä will also provide its LNGPac fuel storage and supply system and propulsion systems. The orders with Wärtsilä were booked in the fourth quarter of 2016 and in February 2017.

7OrionThe world's first LNG fueled offshore construction vessel being built for DEME will be powered by Wärtsilä.

"The decision to utilise clean burning LNG fuel represents our commitment to provide environmentally sustainable solutions for our operations. Wärtsilä has extensive experience and vast technological know-how in this field, which is why we have selected them as our partner in this project," says Jan Gabriel, Head of newbuilding and conversion department at DEME.

"We are pleased to have been involved in this newbuild project from the conceptual design stage, since this enables our input on providing the most fuel efficient solution. We are also delighted that the Wärtsilä 46DF engine has been selected, as the dual-fuel version of this well proven and popular engine has only recently been introduced," says Arthur Boogaard, General Manager, Business Development Special Vessels at Wärtsilä.

This 210 metre long vessel, the 'Orion', will be powered by four 9-cylinder Wärtsilä 46DF dual-fuel electric propulsion engines, and two 6-cylinder Wärtsilä 20DF dual-fuel engines. Wärtsilä will also supply two custom made retractable thrusters, four underwater demountable thrusters, the Wärtsilä LNGPac storage and supply system, as well as commissioning, site supervision and extended project management services. The Wärtsilä equipment is scheduled for delivery to the yard in the latter part of 2017.

The 'Orion' is expected to be delivered to the owners in 2018 and will undertake operations involving the installation of offshore windfarms in locations around the world.

DEME is a long-standing customer of Wärtsilä and has, in recent years, utilised Wärtsilä solutions for numerous vessels, including three hopper dredgers, a cable installation vessel, a cutter suction dredger vessel, as well as the 'Orion' offshore construction vessel.

Working Together to Provide Damen’s Green Solutions

Bringing together the experience and knowledge of two Damen companies is the close cooperation between Damen Green Solutions and Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC). The two companies combine their specific skill sets to offer ship owners a smoother transition towards compliance with new environmental regulations and cleaner sailing.

8 1Damen Marcel Karsijns Kees Jan Groen lowresMarcel Karsijns, Managing Director of Damen Green Solutions & Kees Jan Groen, Commercial Director at Damen Shiprepair & Conversion

Regarding the subjects of Ballast Water Management, exhaust after treatment systems, LNG conversions and also other, more traditional, methods of cleaner shipping, the synergy between Damen Green Solutions and DSC provides ship owners and operators the very realistic benefits of proven project management skills, reduced downtime and informed product selection.

Smoothing the way for compliance

Since the IMO-ratification of the Ballast Water Management Convention last year, ship owners have been left with no choice but to tackle their Ballast Water Treatment issues head on. However, with close to 70 different manufacturers offering Ballast Water Treatment Systems, selecting the best option for a vessel can be a daunting task.

Damen Green Solutions’ approach to this has been to help ship owners make the right decision. “We have investigated the market thoroughly – looking into the pros and cons of all the available systems,” says Marcel Karsijns, Managing Director of Damen Green Solutions. “This includes the technology, the energy consumption, the physical footprint of the system and the after sales service. With this information, we have made sales agreements with the best Ballast Water Treatment Systems producers.”

The added value of combining the knowledge and experience of Damen Green Solutions and DSC is seen in the fact that an entire Ballast Water Treatment System retrofit can be handled in one contract. “This is the One-Stop-Shop that we talk about,” continues Mr Karsijns. “Damen Green Solutions deals with the work preparation and planning and then DSC performs the project management and execution in a very efficient way – with minimal downtime. This is what they specialise in.”

Cleaner emissions

Also included into the concept of green solutions are exhaust after treatment systems; known as scrubbers. “For a ship owner, a scrubber represents an investment that he will see a return on,” says Kees Jan Groen, Commercial Director at Damen Shiprepair & Conversion. “The difference in price between HFO and MDO will determine how fast he sees a return on that investment.”

8 2Damen Scrubbers 1 lowresScrubbers

“We have built up valuable experience performing scrubber retrofits. Of course, every ship is different, but we can transfer the knowledge gained from previous projects to new projects that we are planning.”

DSC has developed a modular approach to scrubber installation where some components are installed in the funnel and others on the deck to reduce the amount of work in the engine room. “Our competitive strength comes in being able to complete complex projects in tight schedules to the highest quality,” states Mr. Groen.

Once again, close cooperation between Damen and a specialist manufacturer has been important. “We found a partner in AEC, part of the VDL group,” adds Mr. Karsijns. “They have an IMO-certified scrubber system which is very cost effective.”

Conversion experience

Another subject in the sustainability conversation concerns Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). This is often described as the ‘transition’ fuel towards cleaner shipping because, even though LNG emissions still contain significant levels of CO2, they are much cleaner in terms of NOx, SOx and Particulate Materials. For ship owners examining the possibility of an LNG engine conversion, it is DSC’s existing experience with conversion projects in EPC contracts that is often the initial stimulus to make contact.

“The LNG industry is taking its first steps. Even though it is still at a small scale, we are seeing more and more enquiries,” says Mr Groen. “With engine conversion contracts, we have all the procedures in place to complete the project on time and on budget. This includes all the engineering and installation work while integrating the specifications with contractors and suppliers.”

Don’t forget low-tech

Mr Groen is also keen to point out that certain ‘green solutions’ do not necessarily have to involve extensive engineering and preparatory work. “A ship owner can utilise low-tech solutions too,” he says. “For example, getting a vessel into drydock to clean the propeller, and then clean and repaint the hull with antifouling can yield instant results in terms of fuel consumption. What’s more, we offer this type of service based on a fixed number of days and a fixed price.”

‘Sentinel’ at Attention for OTC Launch

9CMPs new Sentinel corrosion shieldThe largest oil and gas show in the world will provide the backdrop for the launch of CMP Products’ latest innovation, the ‘Sentinel’ corrosion shield.

CMP Products, a market-leading specialist in cable glands and cable cleats, has designed and engineered the Sentinel to protect glands in some of the harshest environments on the planet, including freezing temperatures where the Sentinel withstands impact tests at temperatures as low as -76o F (-60oC).

The new shield is fully resistant to corrosive substances such as potash, ammonia, chlorine, hydrogen chloride (sour gas) and salt spray; as well as being resistant to other environmental factors such as UV exposure.

Initially developed for Potash mining applications in Canada, the Sentinel is designed for the TMC2 and TMC2X products, which are used predominantly throughout North and South America.

CMP has been designing, engineering and manufacturing cable glands for more than 60 years and the company is keen to showcase the product from their booth at the exhibition, as Jamie Hughes, Regional Manager explains:

“Launching the Sentinel at OTC provides us with the opportunity to showcase our product to as large an audience as possible and directly to the North and South American markets.

Vince Patterson, CEO of CMP Products added:

“CMP is constantly bringing solutions to the market that help solve the problems of our customers. In the current economic climate, customers need cost-effective solutions that extend the life of products, so the Sentinel corrosion shield is sure to attract a great deal of attention.”

Ampelmann Unveils The Icemann for Transfers in Extreme Conditions

10Ampelmann N type Icemann 3Ampelmann, a leader in the provision of safe offshore access to the energy industry, has unveiled the latest Walk to Work system which has been specially designed for operation in extreme cold conditions.

The N-type, nicknamed Icemann, was officially launched in front of 200 guests on Thursday, April 20, in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Designed to safely and efficiently transfer crew in extreme icing and temperatures as low as -28C (-18F), the fully enclosed and insulated system is operational in sea states up to 3.5 meters significant wave height and comprises active motion compensation. The Icemann rotates to 360 degrees and is controlled from the vessel with flexibility in platform landing locations and directions.

Walk to Work systems, where workers transfer between offshore platforms and adjacent vessels, are increasingly being used by the offshore industry as a safe and cost effective alternative to helicopter and basket transfers.

Ampelmann created the Icemann in response to growing demand for effective and safe personnel transfer equipment in frontier regions. The company anticipates strong demand for the Icemann to service remote and extreme cold oil and gas areas in non-Arctic Russia, Norway and Canada as well as regions of the Caspian Sea.

Ampelmann announced last year that Sakhalin Energy had ordered an Icemann system for use at the Sakhalin-2 field in eastern Russia (outside of the Arctic Circle). Set to be installed later this year, Ampelmann has worked closely with Sakhalin Energy to tailor the system to the unique requirements of the project which will be installed on one of the company’s ice class vessels for the next 10 years.

Jim Craig, Ampelmann’s chief executive officer, said: “The system has been designed from the bottom up with every single component selected for its ability to operate in these extreme conditions. Given the remoteness of the work, it is crucial that maintenance is minimal and this has been reflected in the design.

“Various different extreme weather technologies are employed in the design of the Iceman, making it the most high performance gangway system that has ever been built from an operations and conditions point of view. The system has been in development for a long-time and we have worked with the customer to meet their exact requirements.”

Ampelmann designs and delivers innovative, safe, reliable and efficient transfer solutions to the offshore energy industries globally. With a track record of more than three million safe people transfers, more than 1.5 million kg cargo transfers and 200 projects worldwide, Ampelmann operates in Europe, Africa, Asia Pacific, the Americas and the Middle East.

CGG GeoConsulting Launches Provenance, A Pioneering Global Sediment Provenance Solution

11CGGlogoCGG GeoConsulting announces the launch of Provenance, a ground-breaking integrated global sediment provenance database, tool and knowledgebase. Explorers can use the database to help make meaningful interpretations on clastic reservoir distribution and quality.

Provenance is an industry-first, global database bringing together public-domain and CGG multi-client sediment provenance data catalogues, to give explorers a quality-controlled data set at the touch of a button. An integrated platform allows teams to interpret the data in minutes, supported by insights from sediment provenance experts and leading authorities in the international scientific community.

Provenance helps geoscience teams optimize their use of sediment provenance data in their exploration workflows. It is designed to reduce lead times for in-house specialist sedimentologists and put the data, tools, and understanding in the hands of every member of the geoscience team in order to improve exploration outputs.

Mark Weber, Senior Vice President, CGG GeoConsulting, said: “CGG is committed to helping clients more fully understand the reservoir, and sediment provenance data has an important contribution to make in this effort. Our Provenance solution will help exploration teams to better understand the distribution and quality of clastic reservoirs and reduce exploration risk.”

If you’d like to attend a webinar about our new integrated Provenance platform, being held on Wednesday 31 May at 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm CEST, sign up here.

ELA Container Offshore GmbH Delivers Office Containers for MPI Enterprise

ELA Container Offshore GmbH has recently delivered three ELA Offshore Multipurpose Rooms on the MPI Enterprise, an offshore construction jack up vessel. The vessel, which is designed to transport, lift, install and decommission components such as jackets, monopiles, wind turbines and transformer stations, has been contracted to complete a turbine installation project including monopiles.

The ELA Offshore Containers are equipped as Office containers and will be used during the offshore transportation and installation of turbines on an Offshore Wind Farm.

12MPI EnterpriseThe MPI Enterprise is an offshore construction jack up vessel designed to transport, lift, install and decommission components such as jackets, wind turbines, monopiles and transformer stations

The containers are expected to be used until July 2017 and are equipped with tables, whiteboards, cabinets, chairs, fire extinguishers and trash cans as requested by the client. These containers will offer employees the best possibility to work offshore while still feeling at home in well-designed containers with wooden details in the interior. ‘’Thanks to their ISO 20 ft. High Cube dimensions and plug & play system, lifting and installing the containers is very easy. Hence the reason why the client chose to install the containers themselves’’ says Frank ter Haak, Business Development Manager at ELA Container Offshore. In addition, all containers are delivered with a technical handbook, explaining the electrical outfitting of the containers and enabling a smooth connection to the board system. ‘’If assistance during assembly or disassembly is required, ELA technicians will be able at any time to assist during installation in any on- or offshore location in the world’’, continues ter Haak.

Within 10 days after the purchase order ELA Container Offshore was able to deliver the containers to the mobilization port, where they were installed on the vessel. In addition, parent company ELA Container GmbH has also provided onshore containers for the companies in the mobilizing port. Hence, the ELA Container Group worked closely together to offer an ‘’all-in-package’’ both on- and offshore to satisfy all needs and requirements of their customers. Thanks to good communication between ELA Container Offshore and the client, delivery went smoothly and the containers are currently being used during the installation project, both on- and offshore.

ELA Container Offshore has already gained diverse experience in the Offshore-Wind and Offshore Oil & Gas Industry. Whether on pontoons, transformer platforms, rigs or supply vessels - ELA Container is the ideal partner, offering tailor-made concepts for all requirements in the form of Living Quarters, Offices, Dining Rooms, Galleys, Laundries, Recreation or Locker Rooms and all types of Carrying Units. ELA Offshore containers are equipped with all the necessary utilities. This guarantees, in combination with all ELA Offshore features, a long service life, functionality and comfort.

The high quality Containers are “Made in Germany” according to German quality standards and possess all necessary certifications such as DNV 2.7-1 / EN 12079-1, DNV 2.7-2, based on SOLAS, IMO FSS Code and MLC as well as CSC and are approved from several IACS-companies. In terms of fire resistance, an A60 insulation provides high safety standards. Every container will be checked before delivery. Depending on customer requirements, ELA Offshore Containers are individually customized, immediately operational and are available at short notice.

The main features of ELA offshore accommodations include:

  • Flexibility on demand
  • One base type with various accommodation solutions
  • Easy handling thanks to standard 20ft High-Cube ISO standard dimensions
  • Highest quality standards

KLAW Launches New Marine Breakaway Coupling

13 1KLAW4 marine2 image1 highresThe Marine2 launched by KLAW is 32% shorter and 25% lighter than alternative Marine Breakaway Couplings on the market and is designed to reduce stress on hoses used on offshore hose reel applications.

The shorter design as shown in illustration A reduces coil disruption on the hose reel; unlike alternative designs (illustration B) that are longer and therefore increase hose stress and fatigue.

The KLAW Marine Breakaway Coupling provides a safe parting point within the hose transfer system in ship-to-ship, ship-to-shore and vessel to offshore platform transfers. The coupling is designed to activate in an emergency such as vessel drift in stormy conditions or pressure surge. When activated, the valves within the coupling shuts both upstream and downstream flow within the hose transfer system and allows immediate separation of the line.

13 2KLAW4 Marine2 Reel Illustrations AThe KLAW Marine2 therefore minimizes risk of spill and reduces the risk of damage to assets, injury to personnel, extended downtime and contamination of the environment.

Like its KLAW predecessor, the Marine2 is designed to resist those bending moments and torsional forces expected from floating wave motions and the rigors of the marine environment and reacts only to those axial forces that occur in an emergency.

The KLAW Marine2 also continues to use the proven and reliable KLAW Flip-Flap Valve system which delivers 100% instant closure.

KLAW Easy Reset Facility is also fitted as standard on the Marine2 which means the coupling can be serviced or reset after activation within the line – again reducing downtime and stress on the hose due to the reduced need for additional handling.

The design of the KLAW Marine2 Breakaway Coupling is based on 18 years of successful field performance and over 15,000 KLAW units in reliable operation around the world.

The KLAW Marine2 comes in standard nominal bore sizes of 2”, 3”, 4”, 5” and 6” and is compatible with soft walled, hard walled, and composite hoses. A variety of end connections are available including NPT and BSP threaded, flange connections, and hammer union fittings.