Offshore Industry Briefs

Bibby Offshore Completes Significant Decommissioning Contract

Bibby Offshore, a leading subsea services provider to the oil and gas industry, has announced a multimillion pound contract with a global energy player, Maersk Oil UK, to provide both late life production enhancement and decommissioning support in the North Sea.

4BibbyBarry Macleod, UKCS managing director at Bibby Offshore

The contract saw Bibby Offshore’s diving support vessel Bibby Polaris operate at two separate locations, undertaking production system isolations and critical component replacements to facilitate late life production enhancement, together with comprehensive decommissioning support, which includes subsea deconstruction and infrastructure recovery.

Completed in early July, the projects represented the latest in a number of contracts the client has awarded Bibby Offshore within the past 12 months.

Barry Macleod, UKCS managing director at Bibby Offshore, said: “We have successfully completed multiple projects with this customer, with the latest contract demonstrating their confidence in our late life management and decommissioning expertise.

“This is a significant contract for Bibby Offshore. Whilst our relationship with this respected client continues to strengthen, the award is also clear recognition of our commitment to – and capabilities within - the next stage of safe, efficient and cost-effective North Sea management.”

Xodus Wins Subsurface Contract with Cairn Oil and Gas in India

Xodus Group has won a contract with Cairn Oil and Gas of Vedanta Ltd to conduct exploration and appraisal work on its Rajasthan block in north-west India over the next two years.

The first stage of the work will focus on delivering new drilling prospects and an exploration drilling plan, in partnership with Cairn Oil and Gas’ in-house team. Subsequent stages, which will likely commence in 2018, will require project management of the drilling programme in the field as well as subsurface analysis of drilling results.

10Wim van der ZandeThe work will largely be undertaken from Xodus' offices in London and The Hague with regular visits to Cairn Oil and Gas’ offices near New Delhi for workshops.

Xodus Group CEO, Wim van der Zande

Xodus Group CEO, Wim van der Zande said: “We are pleased to be supporting Cairn Oil and Gas in the pursuit of increasing discovered hydrocarbon resources in the Rajasthan block, which is of major significance to the country. At Xodus, we continue to build our experience in India and this work will be delivered with the expertise of our fully integrated team and specialised technology.”

Cairn Oil and Gas operates over a quarter of India's domestic crude oil production. The Mangala, Bhagyam and Aishwariya (MBA) are the three largest finds in Rajasthan. The oil and gas fields in the Rajasthan Block constitute Cairn's key assets in India. The Mangala field - considered to be the largest onshore hydrocarbon find in India in the last two decades - was discovered in January 2004. This was followed by the discovery of the Aishwariya and Bhagyam fields.

Maersk Oil Awards Contract to Simmons Edeco

11Maersk SimmonsEdecoSIMMONS EDECO, a leading supplier of wellhead and valve maintenance, asset integrity solutions and onshore drilling services to the global oil and gas industry, announced that it has been awarded a major contract by Maersk Oil.

The contract requires SIMMONS EDECO to provide scheduled and unscheduled wellhead maintenance services for all Maersk Oil offshore wells in the Danish North Sea. In addition, SIMMONS EDECO is to refurbish valves and wellhead maintenance equipment, and manage major and consignment stock.

The five-year contract, which commenced on 1 June 2017, features three one-year options to renew. SIMMONS EDECO is supporting the contract from its new operations base in Esbjerg, Denmark, home to Maersk Oil’s Danish Business Unit.

Working together

“We are pleased to have been given the opportunity by Maersk Oil to contribute to the smooth operation of their wells in the Danish North Sea, and look forward to working with them,” said Gavin Sherwood, Business Development Manager for SIMMONS EDECO.

While SIMMONS EDECO has a long history of working in the North Sea, this is the first time the company has worked for Maersk Oil and in the Danish North Sea.

Speaker Line-up for the 4th Annual Offshore Well Intervention Conference

13on owi gom17 logo topbanner v2 1Shell, LLOG, Total, Marubeni, ConocoPhillips, Wild Well, Baker Hughes and Schlumberger are amongst the speakers who will be gathering at this year’s Offshore Well Intervention Conference on November 1-2 in Houston to discuss the critical challenges facing the Gulf of Mexico’s well intervention community.

As both operators and contractors continue to plot the path to increasing intervention efficiency for platform and subsea assets, the conference will help you integrate new completion designs, advanced workover technologies & a reliable late life strategy to maximize production throughout your assets’ lifecycle by discussing:

  • Market Potential: Analyze GOM dynamics and activity forecasts to understand how well intervention can provide excellent ROI in the current market
  • Production Enhancement: Hear how a pro-active intervention strategy coupled with new contracting models & an efficient use of proven technology can increase well stock value
  • Well Design: Uncover the impact of intelligent field development on well intervention and grasp the value of a multi-disciplinary approach to platform and subsea well work
  • Late Life Management: Explore how a robust well integrity and P&A strategy can help maximize production for mature assets ahead of a reliable & cost-effective abandonment
  • New Technology: Discover how innovative approaches to eline, slickline and CT can help you get the most out of your GOM shallow and deepwater assets

With over 180 attendees exchanging experiences and knowledge at the DoubleTree by Hilton Greenway Plaza in Houston, the conference will provide you with all the tools you need to deploy an effective well intervention strategy.

Download the brochure for the full speaker line-up.

Stena Drilling Extends Inspection Contract with Sparrows Group

5stena don1Sparrows Group has been awarded a three-and-a-half-year extension to its inspection services contract for Stena Drilling’s global fleet of drilling vessels.

The contract scope includes carrying out LOLER lifting gear surveys, potential dropped objects surveys, cargo carrying unit (CCU) and non-destructive testing (NDT) inspections as well as rig specific maintenance.

As well as an extension to the contract, the scope has also been expanded to cover Stena’s entire fleet of seven vessels, including the Stena Don in Norway.

Initially awarded until the end of 2017, the extension will see Sparrows deliver the inspection service provision until the end of 2020 and marks over 10 years of Sparrows holding the contract.

Stewart Mitchell, chief executive officer of Sparrows Group, said: “We have developed a strong relationship with Stena and we are pleased to continue it with the extension of the inspection services contract. The inclusion of the Stena Don is testament to the excellence of our inspection team and the level of service delivery they have achieved to date.

“Effective inspection and maintenance routines are essential to guarantee the safe and reliable operation of critical equipment and avoid unnecessary downtime. Our inspection team’s experience and reliability will ensure continuity and integrity across Stena’s global fleet.”

This is the latest in a string of contract wins for Sparrows having recently announced the refurbishment of two offshore cranes for Centrica’s Morecambe Bay fields and a three-year maintenance, lifting and rigging contract for the Ichthys LNG project in Australia.

Veolia and Peterson Facility Receives the First Offshore Structure for Decommissioning

7 1Veolia PetersonVeolia and Peterson have accepted the first offshore structure into their Great Yarmouth decommissioning facility. The Shell Leman BH platform accommodation block, known as the ‘topside’, arrived into the harbor on 11th July and the 50m-high steel jacket structure that supported the topside is due to follow later in July. The topside, which was previously used as living quarters for personnel working on the Leman BT and Leman BK platforms, has now come to its new home to be recycled.

The contract was awarded to the partnership by Boskalis which are responsible for offshore removal and transport operations. With a target of achieving a 97% recycling and reuse rate, it covers the receipt and treatment of offshore assets and materials from 50km off the Norfolk coastline in the Southern North Sea.

7 2Veolia Peterson2The purpose built Great Yarmouth decommissioning facility will manage the deconstruction and recycling of both topsides and jacket structures that comprise around 1,600 tonnes of materials and assets. The Great Yarmouth facility is ideally placed to manage projects from the Southern and Central North Sea, supporting the local economy and supply chain. It has also provided employment opportunities through the creation of approximately 10 jobs, with further expansion and employment as the projects develop.

Estelle Brachlianoff, Senior Executive Vice President, Veolia UK and Ireland said: “These are valuable assets in our seas and by decommissioning these platforms we can unlock resources to give them a second, third or even fourth life. This latest project will continue to show how we can maximize the recycling of these platforms and drive sustainability in the industry. Our partnership has successfully delivered a number of projects over the last ten years, this latest one will further the growth of the business and local opportunities in Great Yarmouth.”

Peterson’s Regional Director Ron van der Laan added: “This project is a positive sign for Veolia - Peterson in Great Yarmouth, and follows the award of two contracts late last year. It will build on the successes achieved so far and represents a further step towards establishing Great Yarmouth as a center of excellence.”

Recovering offshore production platforms and facilities and decommissioning them in a responsible manner is routine business for operators as oil and gas fields reach the end of their productive life. Decommissioning is a step in the lifecycle of any oil and gas project. Making use of the assets helps increase the sustainability of the industry and by using the new facilities the valuable materials that they contain can be carefully extracted and reused or resold if they have further use elsewhere.

Set up to provide a full decommissioning service Veolia-Peterson services include decontamination, deconstruction, waste management and environmental services together with associated integrated logistics, marine and quayside services. To date the joint venture has recovered over 80,000 tonnes of offshore materials and achieved ‘excellent’ environmental assessment ratings in the process.

Ocean Installer Awarded Subsea Installation Contract from Statoil

9OceanInstaller NormandVisionThe award is part of Statoil’s Marine Wave 2 program and means that Ocean Installer will continue playing a key role in the Johan Sverdrup subsea works, initiated under the Marine Wave 1 umbrella. The complete work scope encompasses umbilical installation at Johan Sverdrup, Bauge and Utgard, as well as spools, cover, tie-in and manifold installation at Utgard.

“Ocean Installer is conducting widespread work for Statoil under the Marine Wave 1 program this year and we are truly pleased to have been selected as a key contractor also for the second phase of this Statoil scheme in 2019. We welcome this opportunity to continue to develop our good working relationship with Statoil,” says Ocean Installer CEO Steinar Riise.

Project management and engineering will be based at Ocean Installer’s headquarters in Stavanger and commence with immediate effect. Offshore operations will take place in 2019 and Ocean Installer will utilize a combination of the construction support vessels (CSV) Normand Vision and Normand Reach.

Corvus Energy Continues to Lead the Industry and Electrify Offshore Oil & Gas Platform Supply Vessels with Latest Project Win

Corvus Energy announces that it has been selected as the supplier of a lithium ion based energy storage system (ESS) for the hybridization of Farstad Shipping’s PSV Far Sun being integrated by Vard Electro, in the second half of 2017. The Orca Energy ESS from Corvus will supply electrical power to the PSV’s propulsion system electrical network to enable environmentally-friendly and lower cost operations.

12Corvus Vard Far Sub PSVFarstad Shipping’s Platform Supply Vessel (PSV) Far Sun

The energy storage system will be utilized during all aspects of the PSV’s operation, particularly during dynamic positioning and harbour operations where fuel consumption and emissions will be significantly reduced. Equally important to Farstad and Statoil (who maintains a long-term charter for the PSV), the ESS will increase safety through provision of spinning reserve for improved response time as well as increased redundancy.

“As we have experienced with many vessel types, the Orca ESS is ideally suited for the hybridization of the Far Sun PSV”, says Ronald Hansen, Global Service Manager of Corvus Energy. “Through close collaboration with Vard, our teams have developed a lean solution which meets the aggressive environmental, safety, performance and operating cost objectives of Farstad and Statoil.”

Statoil, an important client of Farstad Shipping, is focused on improved safety, efficient operations and reduced environmental impact. Through a long-term contractual relationship and a strong emphasis on reducing emissions, Statoil has been a key element in the efforts to have battery technology installed on board Far Sun.

“The energy storage system will provide significant savings for Farstad and Statoil over time, enabling the ship to more efficiently utilize energy produced by the generators, as well as simplifying the use of shore power. This will substantially reduce consumption and emissions. Another effect is less noise from ships in port”, says Christian Søvik, VP Global Services of Vard Electro.

As the leading manufacturer of energy storage systems for maritime applications, Corvus continues to lead the industry with 80+ installations utilizing a Corvus ESS, totaling over 45MWh and 1 million operating hours.

Saipem Awarded $500 Million in New Contracts

2Saipem fpso gimboa sitoSaipem has been awarded a new E&C Offshore contract by Saudi Aramco for EPCI (Engineering, Procurement, Construction, Installation) activities and T&I (Trunklines & Installation) works in Saudi Arabia, under the Long-Term Agreement in force, renewed in 2015 until 2021.

Saipem's FPSO Gimboa

The scope of work includes the design, engineering, procurement, construction and installation of a total of 19 jackets for the development of fields in Marjan, Zuluf, Berri, Hasbah, and Safaniya, among the most important offshore fields in the region of the Arabian Gulf.

Stefano Cao, Saipem CEO, commented: “With this award, Saipem is further reinforcing its presence a highly strategic area such as the Middle East. The new contracts assigned by a long-standing customer like Saudi Aramco are also a strong and tangible sign of a major client’s trust in Saipem, in the high quality of its services and in the solid expertise the Company can ensure in the construction and installation of offshore platforms”.

Additionally, Saipem has negotiated the extension in Angola of the deployment of vessel FPSO Gimboa, inclusive of management and maintenance services, personnel, material and consumable supplies for 3 years, plus one optional year.

Finally, Saipem has defined change orders for projects in West Africa and in the Caspian Sea.

Together, these new acquisitions, relevant to the second quarter, amount to a total of $500 million.

Trelleborg Wins Contract for Johan Sverdrup Oil Field

13Trelleborglogo copyTrelleborg’s engineered products operation announces it has been awarded a contract for the supply of elastomeric bearings to Statoil’s Johan Sverdrup oil field, Norway's largest offshore development in the past three decades.

Located on the Utsira Height in the North Sea, 160 kilometers west of Stavanger, the Johan Sverdup oil field will be operated by electrical power generated onshore, significantly reducing offshore emissions of climate gases. Daily production during the project’s first phase is estimated at 440,000 barrels per day, while peak production is estimated to reach 660,000 barrels daily - 25% of all Norwegian petroleum production.

The riser platform – the largest of the four platforms comprising the project’s field center – will be the first of the Johan Sverdrup topside to be installed in 2018. Trelleborg will manufacture and deliver 96 custom designed, sliding elastomeric bearings for use across the 23,000 ton platform’s six support points that will be in direct contact with the heavy transport vessel that will deliver the topside, which is being manufactured in South Korea, to the field.

JP Chia, Engineering Manager for Trelleborg’s engineered products operation, says: “The Johan Sverdrup oil field is one of the largest ongoing projects in the North Sea. Therefore, it is vital that the finest quality bearings were used to successfully secure each of the platform’s support points. We design and manufacture all of our elastomeric bearings specifically for their application, to ensure that they always perform exactly as required. We are very proud to have been selected to supply a project that will be of major importance to Norway for decades to come.”

Trelleborg’s elastomeric bearings are steel plate laminated and installed between the hull of the facility and its modules. They accommodate axial, shear and rotational movement to keep the modules safe from impact, damage and deformation. Similarly, they prevent the concentration of excessive strains and stresses around the mounting points of the modules and the hull caused by adverse sea and weather conditions.

All of Trelleborg’s bearings are tested to the highest of standards. Trelleborg’s engineering team check the design for specified loads and deformations and the fatigue performance by means of crack growth analysis calculations. After production they are a 100% individually tested at the company’s laboratory for full-scale research and development. The press used for the tests is the largest in the world of its type, with a load capacity of 18,300 metric tons and weighing in at 600 tons.

For more information about Trelleborg’s engineered products operation, or any of its products and solutions, please visit the Trelleborg Engineered Products website.