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Marsol Signs Two-Year OOCEP Contract

8Marsol Tanker Operations 2017Marsol International, a UAE-based global marine solutions provider focused on the offshore oil terminal market and related infrastructure, has signed a two-year contract with Oman Oil Company Exploration & Production LLC (OOCEP) for the provision and management of the marine and offshore activities related to the tanker loading, via the single point mooring (SPM) offshore marine terminal including maintenance works, vessels, equipment, and manpower.

Mike Young, Director of Marsol International, said: “Following the successful exportation of the first and second crude oil from the Musandam gas plant we are delighted to have been selected to support OOCEP for the next two years. Our tanker operations and our product transfer services ensure safe and efficient mooring and unmooring at the SPM and are a crucial element of our asset integrity management service.”

The Musandam gas plant, located on the west coast of the Musandam Peninsula, has a processing capacity of up to 20,000 barrels of crude; 45 million cubic feet of gas and 75 tons of LPG per day.

Ashtead Strengthens Aberdeen NDT Team

16Ashtead Scott StephenSubsea equipment specialist Ashtead Technology has announced the appointment of Scott Stephen (photo) as its new Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) sales manager.

Based at the company’s headquarters in Aberdeen, Scott will be responsible for business development and general sales and rental of NDT equipment and accessories, including phased array, ultrasonic flaw detection, corrosion mapping, eddy current flaw detection, hardness testing, composite inspection and thickness management.

Scott joins Ashtead from RSL NDT where he held the role of UK manager and was previously with Euro NDT as general manager, both based in Aberdeen.

The move comes as the independent firm, which has facilities in Aberdeen, London, Abu Dhabi, Houston and Singapore, recently gained certification from the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) for the calibration of NDT equipment and has expanded its NDT equipment rental fleet.

Allan Pirie, chief executive of Ashtead Technology, said: “At the beginning of 2017 we mapped out growth plans for our NDT department and Scott is very much part of that strategy. We’re delighted to welcome him into the team and look forward to pushing forward with our plans, particularly having also recently secured further UKAS accreditation.

“We continue to strengthen our team and our collaborative network of suppliers in order to offer the most reliable, innovative and cost effective equipment solutions to our customers.”

Having previously gained UKAS accreditation for the calibration of survey, positioning and oceanographic sensors, this most recent approval also covers the delivery of calibration services for ultrasonic testing equipment used by NDT inspection companies.

Shell’s Prelude FLNG on Its Way to NW Australia

Royal Dutch Shell’s Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility left the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in Geoje, South Korea last week, marking a significant milestone for the project.

The facility, constructed by Technip Samsung Consortium, is being towed to North West Australia, where the next phase of the project will begin.

5ShellPreludePhoto credit: Shell

On arrival at the Prelude offshore gas field, 475 kilometers (295 miles) north-north east of Broome, Western Australia, pre-installed mooring chains will be lifted from the seabed and secured to the facility. Once secure, the hook-up and commissioning process will begin.

Prelude FLNG is an important project in Shell’s portfolio. It will provide liquefied natural gas for customers around the world and generate cash flow that will help drive the performance of Shell’s Integrated Gas business. The safe and reliable start-up of Prelude’s operations will be the project team’s focus throughout the next phase. Cash flow from the project is expected in 2018.

Background on the Prelude FLNG project, click here.

For film and images covering the milestone, please visit the Prelude sail away site.

M2 Subsea Awarded Internationally Recognized DNV-GL Certifications

11 1M2Subsea11 2M2Subsea dnvM2 Subsea, the global independent provider of ROV services, has been awarded a raft of industry certifications from DNV-GL for its management system standards, just seven months after starting up.

The Aberdeen-headquartered company received two of the internationally recognized ISO certifications for its quality management systems, both to the latest 2015 standards. The ISO 9001: 2015 promotes the adoption of a process approach and underpins M2 Subsea’s commitment to consistency, continual improvement and customer satisfaction. The accreditation was awarded following an independent assessment of M2 Subsea’s quality management.

The ISO 14001: 2015, which is aligned with the 9001: 2015, sets the requirements for environmental management systems. The accreditation covers business areas including operations, leadership, planning and support to ensure the company meets all environmental objectives as part of its daily operations.

Mike Arnold, chief executive officer of M2 Subsea, commented: “We are thrilled to have achieved a number of DNV-GL accredited certifications, only seven months after M2 Subsea was launched. The certificates are a huge testament to the quality of work our teams have already provided and our continued efforts for improvement.”

M2 Subsea also received the OHSAS 18001: 2007 certificate which is an internationally recognized standard for Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) management systems. The certification supports businesses in implementing the policies, procedures and controls required to achieve the best possible working conditions and workplace health and safety.

Mr. Arnold continued: “Safety and environment is one of our core values and is always at the forefront of our operations. We achieve this through management, training, processes and a passion to deliver. To be able to assure our clients with an official accreditation is fantastic news for M2 Subsea.”

N-Sea Reaches One Million Man Hours LTI Free

Subsea IMR provider, N-Sea Offshore Limited, has reached one million man-hours without a lost time incident (LTI).

N-Sea sets a high example for outstanding SHEQ performance and the industry milestone, which was reached earlier this month, is reinforced by the recent launch of the N-Sea Golden Rules programme, which embeds excellence in SHEQ (Safety, Health, Environment, Quality).

16Roddy James Chief Operating Officer N SeaRoddy James, N-Sea Chief Operating Officer

N-Sea’s Chief Operating Officer, Roddy James, said: “At N-Sea we believe in an open and just culture and we are delighted to have reached this significant safety milestone.

“The hard work and dedication of the entire team has been integral to reaching this point. I would like to sincerely thank all my N-Sea colleagues, who have made a huge contribution to maintaining our exemplary attitude towards health and safety.

“Our Golden Rules initiative is a succinct illustration of N-Sea’s focus upon protecting our people from common hazards. Our ethos is always to operate in a safe, sound and swift manner; the Golden Rules set a benchmark for our approach to the work we undertake, on behalf of our global client base.”

The Golden Rules programme will help N-Sea continue to raise awareness of its commitment to SHEQ, both internally and externally with its partners around the world.

N-Sea is known for its innovative work as an independent offshore subsea contractor, specialising 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.

OSI Delivers Construction Phase of ATISA Network

2 1Atisa OSIOcean Specialists, Inc. (OSI) announces that it has completed its full scope of program work related to the ATISA submarine cable project. OSI has been engaged with DOCOMO PACIFIC since the earliest days of the project, helping shape the commercial and technical foundations of the program, with a continuing technical management role that extended through manufacturing, installation, and commissioning. The ATISA network was installed by NEC.

2 2OSI CableshipATISA brings much-needed capacity and redundancy to the region, with additional fiber optic connectivity to the islands of Saipan, Rota, and Tinian with high-capacity links to Guam. “DOCOMO PACIFIC and OSI have designed and delivered the ATISA network with service restoration and robust network capabilities fully in mind. OSI has appreciated the focus and drive with which the DOCOMO PACIFIC team has led the project; we are certain the network will bring significant benefit to the Marianas,” stated Tony Mosley, OSI’s Director of Asia Pacific.

“OSI’s team has worked side-by-side with us from Day One. Their suggestions and ability to balance the commercial, technical, and delivery aspects of the program were invaluable,” stated Jonathan Kriegel, President and Chief Executive Officer of DOCOMO PACIFIC.

OSI delivers network connectivity globally for telecom, energy, and scientific industries, with current projects spanning all regions of the world. Network development portfolio services range from market studies, partner identification, technology assessment, vendor selection and full network management of installation and commissioning. “As it relates to Asia Pacific, which is always a dynamic and important region, we are particularly proud of our capabilities; we have made a strong commitment to the region in terms of resourcing and staff, and it shows in our ability to meet the needs of this market,” said Tom Soja, Vice President of OSI.

Pipetech Set To Diversify and Grow With New Leadership Team

Pipetech, the independent pipe and process cleaning solutions specialist, has set out ambitious plans to expand its services to industrial markets and introduce subsea and wells to its offshore portfolio following recent contract wins and the appointment of a new leadership team.

14Pipetech Eric Doyle and Alan Brunnen of Pipetech 2Eric Doyle and Alan Brunnen of Pipetech

Eric Doyle has been appointed managing director following management positions at several energy companies including most recently regional director at Aquaterra Energy. Alan Brunnen, former executive vice president at Aker Solutions has joined the company as non executive director. Both bring a wealth of industry experience which they are applying as Pipetech enhances its technology and solutions targeting costly flow and blockage challenges at oil and gas assets and industrial power plants and refineries.

The Aberdeen headquartered company has developed a novel Deep Water Cleaning System which has been deployed in a £1.2 million campaign by a major operator to successfully clear a blockage in a subsea manifold in a Norwegian North Sea campaign and plans to further expand its subsea capabilities in the coming months. The team is also developing a new wells downhole cleaning tool.

Pipetech has also recently won industrial services contracts including process cleaning at a gas terminal in Scotland as well as the company’s first contract in Sweden for a major oil refinery. The organization plans to continue its expansion into new international markets, particularly in Denmark, Sweden and Holland.

Eric Doyle, managing director of Pipetech said: “Pipetech has a new business strategy which will see us focus on solutions designed to tackle the inefficiencies faced both offshore and at industrial power plants and refineries by scale, flow and blockage problems. Alan’s advice and influence is going to be invaluable as we invest in expanding our subsea and wells offerings and continue to invest in new technologies to solve the challenges being faced by industry.”

Alan Brunnen retired from Aker Solutions last year after a career in oil and gas spanning more than three decades. He joined Aker Solutions in 2005 and was appointed executive vice president in 2011. He previously held various international managing director positions and was Chief Operating Officer at Stolt Offshore.

He said: “I see great potential for developing Pipetech’s solutions for the subsea industry and the first deployment of the Deep Water Cleaning System instils confidence in the performance of this new cleaning technology for subsea pipelines and manifolds. Wax build-up is a particular challenge and there is the potential for operators to move from regular chemical cleaning to a more effective solution that can be planned into maintenance schedules. I look forward to working closely with the team to maximize the opportunities around the subsea market.”

Pipetech launched in 2001 and has bases in Aberdeen, UK and Stavanger, Norway.

Tim Charters Joins National Ocean Industries Association Staff

15NOIA TimChartersTim Charters has joined the staff of the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) as Senior Director of Governmental and Political Affairs. He comes to NOIA from the National Stripper Well Association (NSWA) where he represented over 18,000 small business men and women in America’s upstream energy industry as Vice President of Governmental and Regulatory Affairs.

“I am very pleased to welcome Tim as the newest member of the NOIA staff. His experience representing the energy industry while at NWSA coupled with his extensive Congressional experience focusing on offshore energy and natural resources issues make him an excellent fit for NOIA and will serve our member companies well,” said NOIA President Randall Luthi.

Charters brings nearly 20 years of Congressional experience to NOIA. From 2008-2015, he served as Staff Director of the Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee of the House Natural Resources Committee under Chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA). During his tenure, the Committee focused on upstream oil and natural gas legislation, and Charters worked closely with Committee Leadership, House Leadership and the Senate to craft multiple bipartisan successes including authoring the legislation enacting the U.S.-Mexico Transboundary Agreement, leading House passage of legislation enacting revenue sharing for outer continental shelf (OCS) revenues, and directing the Secretary of the Interior to lease the OCS areas with the greatest known resources. In addition, Charters served as Director of Policy Coordination for the full Natural Resources Committee.

From 2006 to 2008, Charters served as Legislative Director to Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM), a former oil and gas service company owner and senior member of the House Financial Services Committee and Chairman of the Western Caucus. Prior to that, Charters owned and operated his own lobbying company, Charters and Company, and before that served nearly ten years for multiple members of the California Delegation.

LAGCOE Names Don Briggs as LAGCOE Looey 2017

16 1LAGCOE organization logoLAGCOE announces LAGCOE Looey 2017 as Don Briggs, founding member and president of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association. LAGCOE Looey is an honorary position given to someone who has accomplished something great in the oil and gas industry. LAGCOE Looey recipients have shaped the oil and gas industry through years of devoted hard work while continuously giving back to their community.

16 2Don Briggs“Don Briggs has worked tirelessly to ensure the existence and health of Louisiana’s oil and gas industry,” said Kenny Crouch, Pressure Control Systems and LAGCOE chairman of the board. “He is quite deserving of the honor of wearing the golden hardhat in recognition for all he has done for the industry.”

Briggs holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, which is now known as the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He began his career in the oil and gas industry by founding Aztec Pipe and Supply, which became the conglomerate known as the Aztec Corporation. Aztec serviced the oil and gas industry from pipeline supplies to drilling fluid. Briggs also started the Louisiana Independent Oil and Gas Association (LIOGA), serving as president of the association of only 12 members, which has since become the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association (LOGA).

Today, LOGA’s membership comprises more than 1300 members, representing the independent exploration, production and servicing sectors of Louisiana’s oil and gas industry. Under Briggs’ leadership, the association has worked with governors, legislators and members of Congress - from both sides of the aisle - to ensure that the culture of the oil and gas sector remains in Louisiana.

Briggs still holds the title of president of LOGA, where he remains committed to fight for Louisiana’s oil and gas industry and serve in his community.

LAGCOE will host a luncheon to honor Don Briggs as the 36th LAGCOE Looey in August as part of the kick-off to LAGCOE 2017, held October 24-26, 2017, at the Cajundome & Convention Center in Lafayette, La., USA. 

ELA Container Offshore GmbH Welcomes New Employees

ELA Container Offshore GmbH announced that three new employees have joined the company to expand its international activities. Since its founding in August 2014 the company now counts 15 employees.

“Next to our Sales Representative in the Netherlands and Belgium we decided to expand our activities within Northern Europe and the Middle East”, Managing Director of ELA Container Offshore GmbH, Hans Gatzemeier, says.

17ELAOffshoreAlready in January and May Hans Gatzemeier welcomed two new international sales employees: Fabian Brands and Niels Albers

Within the first six months the new employees will complete a training at the headquarters in Haren (Ems), Germany, to learn everything about the offshore container business: from production and transportation up to assembly and customer service. According to Hans Gatzemeier these basics are essential for explaining and highlighting the different types of ELA Offshore Containers and its benefits to potential clients. “Working in a ‘Blue-collar’ in the production line helps to get familiar with the container and its structure by heart. This training gives me great insights that I will need for my future tasks”, new Business Development Manager Northern Europe at ELA Container Offshore GmbH, Niels Albers, explains.

Also, the Middle East region will now be served by a Business Development Manager. Seif El Guindy recently joined the team and is doing his traineeship in Germany right now. “For me this new job is a very exciting opportunity and challenge. I arrived from Egypt last week and already fell in love with Germany”, Seif El Guindy comments on his new job as Business Development Manager Middle East at ELA Container Offshore GmbH. The ELA group already has a subsidiary in Dubai, Seif El Guindy will join the local team to expand offshore business within that region.

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 ELA Container Offshore GmbH, part of the Albers Group. ELA Container GmbH, is a family-owned company in northern Germany and has been continuously developing container technology providing the rent and sale of high quality mobile rooms and containers since 1972. Currently, the company has leased out more than 23,000 mobile units throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East. ELA’s own fleet of 60 special trucks with loading cranes ensures safe transport and installation on site. Offices throughout Germany provide fast deliveries on short notice to any location.