Offshore Industry Briefs

Oceaneering Secures a Three-Year Extension of Operational Inspection Frame Agreement with Statoil

8Oceaneering logo copyOceaneering International, Inc. (“Oceaneering”) (NYSE:OII) announces that one of its oilfield business segments, Asset Integrity, has been awarded a three-year operational inspection Frame Agreement extension with Statoil Petroleum AS (“Statoil”).

The Frame Agreement provides for Oceaneering to develop and implement inspection and maintenance programs related to 14 specified Norwegian onshore and offshore facilities. The programs include the assessment and reporting of integrity status and corrective measures, and cover non-destructive testing, video inspection, vibration measurement, thermography, and heat exchanger inspection. The agreement also provides Statoil the opportunity to add other fields to the work scope.

Roderick A. Larson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Oceaneering, said, “The extension of the Frame Agreement further demonstrates our good, long-term relationship with Statoil, which is based on the delivery of safe, reliable, and cost-effective services.”

Wood Group Signs Global Master Services Agreement with Chevron and is Awarded Conceptual Engineering Contracts for Tigris and Anchor

9Wood Group logoWood Group has signed a 10-year master services agreement (MSA) with Chevron that allows them to deliver conceptual engineering, pre-front-end engineering design (pre-FEED), FEED, detailed design and procurement services in multiple locations across Chevron’s global onshore and offshore asset portfolio.

Contracts to provide topsides conceptual and pre-FEED for two semisubmersible platforms on the Tigris and Anchor developments in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM) have been awarded as the first work orders under this new agreement.

The Tigris and Anchor platforms will operate in 4,000 to 5,000 feet of water, approximately 140 miles offshore Louisiana in the GoM.

Chevron and Wood Group share a long-standing relationship, with several projects in the GoM, including Jack and St. Malo and Blind Faith, plus the Gorgon project in Australia.

Robin Watson, chief executive of Wood Group, said, “The MSA and Gulf of Mexico contracts continue our strong relationship with Chevron and demonstrate the quality of our people, our capability and our long track record of successful delivery to this key client.

“We have in excess of 30 years of experience in deepwater developments for a broad range of customers, from concept to closure. The amalgamation of this knowledge and experience will be brought to bear for Chevron for an optimal solution.”

Speedcast Secures Multiple Professional Services Contracts with Oil and Gas Operators

11LOGO SPEEDCASTSpeedcast International Limited (ASX: SDA), the world’s most trusted provider of highly reliable, fully managed, remote communication and IT solutions, announced it has secured four new contracts for professional services with oil and gas operators in the North Sea and Asia-Pacific region.

“Our ability to match the correct personnel to the job, as well as the depth of expertise and flexibility we provide our customers, is key to our professional services model,” said Keith Johnson, EVP Energy, Speedcast. “Embedding a Speedcast employee on-site at a customer location further strengthens our relationship and enables our clients to focus on their core business rather than their telecommunications networks. Professional services is an area where we are adding resources because of the increasing interest from our customers for a partner that can provide a full range of products and services, not just connectivity.”

In the North Sea, Speedcast will provide engineering and systems integration support through the testing and commissioning of various equipment including public address and general alarm (PA/GA) systems, closed-circuit television (CCTV), ultra high frequency (UHF) and very high frequency(VHF) radios, Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS), and radar and aeronautical navigation beacons during the final part of a shipyard fit-out phase before providing ongoing support during the critical period from sail-away to first oil. The team will then execute a full handover to the operator to complete the contract.

Additionally, Speedcast has expanded its professional services role with two major operators in the North Sea to complement and provide network support to the specialist teams who it already supports through radio operator, telecom technician and project/service delivery positions.

Finally, Speedcast will provide engineering resources to another large oil and gas operator to help commission the telecommunication services on a new platform in Malaysia.

Speedcast’s professional services group provides short- or long-term technical manpower and expertise on a dedicated, project- or part-time basis at customer sites or at one of Speedcast’s global points of presence. Past professional services projects include end-to-end management of client networks, license facilitation and operation and maintenance of existing, client-owned IT systems and telecom equipment.

About Speedcast International Limited

Speedcast International Ltd (ASX: SDA) is the world’s most trusted provider of highly reliable, fully managed, end-to-end remote communication and IT solutions. The company utilizes an extensive worldwide footprint of local support, infrastructure and coverage to design, integrate, secure and optimize networks tailored to customer needs. With differentiated technology, an intense customer focus and a strong safety culture, Speedcast serves more than 2,000 customers in over 140 countries via 39 teleports, including offshore rigs and cruise ships, 10,000+ maritime vessels and 4,500+ terrestrial sites. Speedcast supports mission-critical applications in industries such as maritime, oil and gas, enterprise, media, cruise and government.

Bureau Veritas forms Collaboration Agreement with ERM

13BureauVeritas Paul ShrieveBureau Veritas is pleased to announce a new collaboration agreement with leading global provider of environmental, health, safety, risk, and social consulting services, Environmental Resources Management (ERM).

Initially focussed on the North Sea Region, but applicable globally, this relationship will bolster business development for both companies, allowing them to pull on each other’s strengths and capabilities to offer their combined services within the oil and gas industry.

Commenting on the partnership, Paul Shrieve, Bureau Veritas Regional CEO North Sea Offshore Operations, said: “We are pleased to be joining forces with ERM who, like Bureau Veritas, offer strategic and innovative solutions to operational challenges across the North Sea and beyond.

"ERM is a leading sustainability consultancy that works across a diverse range of industries to help clients manage their environmental, health, safety, risk and social impacts. We believe that our combined experience and expertise will offer further solutions for the oil and gas market during this challenging time in the market place.”

Created in 1828, Bureau Veritas is a global leader in testing, inspection and certification (TIC), delivering high-quality services to help clients meet the growing challenges of quality, safety, environmental protection and social responsibility. The company employs around 69,000 people globally and over 100 in North Sea Offshore Operations, which are based in the UK and Norway.

ERM’s key clients include many of the world’s leading organisations. They operate from more than 160 offices in over 40 countries and territories, with offices in Scotland and Norway, which serve clients who operate in the North Sea. ERM holds a breadth of more than 40 years’ experience with a strong track record in delivering successful outcomes for their clients on complex and challenging projects.

Steve Matthews, ERM Managing Partner of Northern Europe, added: ‘‘We are delighted to have entered into this collaboration with Bureau Veritas. As global leaders in sustainability, we are pleased to be working with a business that maintains the same high standards as ERM and look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship working within the Oil & Gas client base.’’

New ASTM International Standard Supports Safety of Offshore Crews

14 2017bos 216ASTM International’s committee on ships and marine technology (F25) has approved the first standard for vessels designed to accommodate construction crews working on offshore projects. The new standard aims to address the wide range of quality and safety of such vessels.

“Developing offshore energy and putting new assets into service requires accommodating many construction workers in the hostile and remote ocean environment,” says ASTM International member Charles Rawson, a naval architect with the U.S. Coast Guard’s Office of Design and Engineering Standards. “We want to make sure that workers receive reasonable protection from the hazard-filled environment in which they labor.”

The standard will soon be published as: Guide for Design, Construction and Operation of Vessels Providing Accommodation Service to Offshore Installations (F3257).

The guide will help those who build and operate ships to communicate features about crew safety and environmental protection, according to Rawson. At the same time, regulatory bodies could use demonstrations of compliance to the standard as evidence that a vessel is appropriate for its intended use and fit for service.

Rawson invites ship designers, builders, and operators who use the new standard to contact the committee with suggestions for future revisions.

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Oceaneering Awarded Contract for the Appomattox Development

Oceaneering International, Inc. (“Oceaneering”) (NYSE:OII) announces that it has been awarded a contract to provide services and products to support the design, fabrication and installation of ancillary flowline hardware for the Appomattox development in the Mississippi Canyon Area of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico for Shell Offshore Inc. (“Shell”).

2appomattox highresImage credit: Shell

The scope of work for ancillary flowline hardware will include the procurement and installation of pre-lay and post-lay crossing mattresses, flowline jumper fabrication and installation, manifold installation, as well as the design, procurement, fabrication and installation of subsea buoyancy for flowline thermal expansion.

Oceaneering’s state-of-the-art, U.S. flagged vessel, the Ocean Evolution, scheduled for delivery in the latter part of 2017, is expected to be used to perform the offshore installation services in various phases commencing late 2017 and ending sometime in 2019. Oceaneering is also expected to provide project management, engineering, remotely operated vehicle services, survey services, subsea tooling and global data solution services to Shell as needed for this work.

Roderick A. Larson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Oceaneering, said, “We are extremely pleased to expand our scope of supply, in addition to previously securing the control umbilicals contract, on this Shell deepwater Gulf of Mexico development. This project demonstrates Oceaneering’s capabilities to leverage our comprehensive portfolio of offshore services and products to produce safe, reliable and cost effective solutions that meet all of a customer’s requirements.”

Oceaneering is a global provider of engineered services and products, primarily to the offshore oil and gas industry, with a focus on deepwater applications. Through the use of its applied technology expertise, Oceaneering also serves the defense, entertainment and aerospace industries.

Semco Maritime Wins Order for Culzean Hook-Up

Semco Maritime to participate in the preparation (hook-up) of Maersk Oil UK’s new gas field in the UK sector of the North Sea when the production units arrive from Singapore in the summer of 2018. The largest order ever for Semco Maritime’s Aberdeen office. Maersk Oil UK has selected Semco Maritime to participate in the installation and preparation (hook-up) of the new gas production field Culzean, which is located 240 kilometres east of the coast of Aberdeen in the UK sector of the North Sea. The contract is the largest ever for Semco Maritime’s Aberdeen office. Semco Maritime will be responsible for carrying out the electrical work, while the piping and painting work will be carried out by two other companies.

6Semco FSO platform2Preparation in Singapore

The Culzean complex consists of a central processing platform, a wellhead platform, a living quarter platform, which are currently under construction at the Sembcorp Marine yard in Singapore. Production from the natural gas field is expected to commence in 2019. In Singapore Semco Maritime will even now set up a team of hook up specialists to prepare the installation work in order to have everything planned when the platforms arrive in the North Sea next summer, says Vice President Carsten Nielsen, Semco Maritime Ltd. “We are very pleased that Maersk Oil UK has chosen us for this project, which marks a breakthrough for us in the UK. The order also confirms Semco Maritime’s strategy of including our competences and offshore experience in a close cooperation with customers in the North Sea, who seek highly specialized assistance within maintenance projects or hook up of new installations”, says Carsten Nielsen. The Culzean order is a very interesting and challenging project that sets the highest expectations and demands for safety and quality on time, and we will do everything we can to live up to this”.

75-150 jobs in Aberdeen

The offshore work will be carried out from the base in Aberdeen, where Semco Maritime expects to employ 75-150 people for the approx. 8-9 months it will take to prepare Culzean.

The order is a continuation of the positive development in the activities, which Semco Maritime has experienced in the UK during the past six months, says Director James Cooper, Semco Maritime Ltd., Aberdeen, who is looking forward to a good and even closer co-operation with Maersk Oil and the others involved. “The order shows the advantages of being represented with locations and experts in the same geographic areas as our customers. From our Singapore office, we can plan the work optimally, and thereby increase efficiency and minimize costs, when work is to be completed in the North Sea”. During the period the order will create jobs for approx. 20 people in Esbjerg, both internally in Semco Maritime and at Fanø Fran Service and Ocean Team Scandinavia, who have been selected as sub-suppliers for parts of the work.

Semco Maritime’s total contract is expected to exceed 100,000 working hours offshore. The Culzean field will cover 5 per cent of the gas demand in the UK in 2020/21.

Proserv Norway Secures Significant Decommissioning Project Awards

Energy services company Proserv has recently been awarded three contracts worth a combined value of more than $2.5million (approx. 21.5m Norwegian Krone) for decommissioning work in the Norwegian North Sea.

The firm’s Stavanger facility will provide cutting services as part of a full severance package covering subsea and topside work. Compared to more traditional approaches, the cutting technology solutions deployed by Proserv can save hours in well severance and plugging, which can lead to significant savings in day rates over a campaign.

7Proserv Decom ServicesA Proserv technician working on the firm’s suite of decommissioning tooling.

These awards build upon decommissioning successes for the company globally in recent months with around $8million worth of work secured in Asia Pacific, the UK and Gulf of Mexico.

As part of the decommissioning workscopes, Proserv will provide abrasive cutting, diamond wire cutting, grout removal and dredging services.

Henrik Johnson, region president for Norway, said: “To date, we have cut over 300 wells globally in a variety of challenging conditions and environments, so our track record and the reliability of our equipment was a key factor in securing these awards. Another major attraction is the fact we can offer a wide range of integrated services all under one roof helping to cut costs, reduce complex supply chains and better manage risk through using a single source provider.

“One of the contracts requires specialist engineered solutions to deal with non-standard sizes used in the structure. The complex installation requires a custom technology solution rather than an ‘off-the-shelf’ package and this is at the core of Proserv’s expertise.”

The contracts come at a time of strong investment and development with the company currently investing more than $2million to develop two new Multi String Cutting (MSC) systems for well severance campaigns, to meet market demand.

STATS Group Weighs In on Second Anchor Damaged Pipeline Repair Complex Gulf of Thailand Project on 8” Gas Export Line

STATS Group has completed its second subsea pipeline repair and isolation project which was the result of vessel anchor damage.

The pipeline technology specialist was commissioned by CUEL Ltd to repair an 8” gas condensate export pipeline in the Gulf of Thailand which had been dragged eight meters out of position by a vessel anchor and required a permanent repair.

8 1STATS GROUP HTM Hot Tapping Machine and Clamp Deployment OverboardSTATS GROUP HTM (Hot Tapping Machine) and Clamp Deployment Overboard

STATS utilized its range of subsea products to facilitate the repair, which included BISEP’s, slab valves, hot tap fittings, completion plugs, end connectors and abandonment plugs – all engineered, manufactured, tested and deployed in-field - allowing a pipeline repair with no impact to production, the environment or risk to diver safety.

Working with CUEL and the pipeline owner, a repair methodology and solution was developed, whereby an 8” bypass was installed on the seabed as a permanent repair to re-route the pipeline medium away from the damaged pipeline section, which was situated at a water depth of approximately 60 meters and had an operating pressure ranging from between 7 and 21 bar.

8 2STATS Group 8in Hot Tap Fitting and Slab ValveSTATS Group 8in Hot Tap Fitting and Slab Valve

Mark Gault, Subsea and EPRS Product Line Manager for STATS Group, said: “This subsea pipeline repair project presented many operational and technical challenges. The successful completion demonstrates STATS ability to accommodate complex operations while maintaining high levels of safety at all times.

“STATS range of subsea isolation and intervention equipment provides operators a turnkey service for pipeline repair scenarios and establishes STATS’ capabilities within the subsea market. We will use the experience and our proven track record of first class delivery of these major projects to seek out other global opportunities for similar subsea contracts.”

STATS’ patented BISEP was selected to provide leak-tight isolation of the pressurized pipeline and was deployed through a full bore hot tap penetration at the isolation location through a mechanical hot tap fitting.

Mr. Gault added: “The DNV GL type approved BISEP provides a fully proved, fail-safe, double block and bleed (DBB) isolation barrier from the pressurized pipeline. This level of isolation complies with industry guidance on isolation and intervention for diver access to subsea systems, ensuring diver and worksite safety.

“The pipeline repair solution incorporated installing a permanent bypass pipeline, which allowed the operations to be completed without the need for shutting-in pipeline production or depressurizing, thus, ensuring production was maintained uninterrupted.”

STATS have previously completed a subsea isolation on behalf of COOEC Subsea Technology when the Yacheng pipeline in the South China Sea – an important asset for suppling gas to Hong Kong – was severely damaged by a ship’s anchor. The pipeline was repaired at an unpiggable location 280 km from shore and in water depths of 60 meters without depressurizing and flooding the entire pipeline.

UK-headquartered STATS Group is supported on Asian projects from its base in Kuala Lumpur and has engineering, design and storage facilities in Abu Dhabi and Qatar.

ELA Container Offshore GmbH delivers Control Room for Thialf

ELA Container Offshore GmbH delivered an Offshore Office Container to Heerema Marine Contractors. The container was placed on board their Semi-Submersible Crane Vessel (SSCV) Thialf and was used as a control room to operate their anchor winches.

Heerema Marine Contractors (HMC) is a world leading marine contractor in the international offshore oil and gas industry and excels at transporting, installing and removing offshore facilities. These include fixed and floating structures, subsea pipelines and infrastructures in shallow waters, deep and ultra-deep waters.

11ELA Offshore OfficeOnThialf webThe Thialf is their largest SSCV and capable of a tandem lift of 14,200 t (15,600 short tons). Its two cranes provide for a depth reach lowering capability as well as a heavy lift capacity to install topsides. This multi-functional dynamic positioned SSCV is customized for the installation of foundations, moorings, SPARs, TLPs, and integrated topsides, as well as pipelines and flowlines.

"Originally HMC was looking for a 10ft office container to monitor the work. However, we managed to convince them in using our standard 20ft offshore office container to serve as a control room. The container was needed on short notice and we managed to adjust the interior for installing their monitors and further inventory", explains Frank ter Haak, Business Development Manager Netherlands at ELA Container Offshore GmbH. “The container was placed on top of our winch container and a stairway and platform was built from scaffolding, providing us a perfect view on the hoses over the stern of the Thialf. We were very pleased with the way things were handled by ELA Container Offshore”, says Water de Winter, Equipment Management NFE at HMC.

“During past offshore projects, we recognized the need to deliver containers immediately or just within a few days. To be able to promise and realize an on-time delivery to our clients, we start producing new containers for our fleet as soon as stock is low. Again, this was a perfect example of how quick we can provide a solution to our clients. We are of course delighted and proud to have served Heerema Marine Contractors this way and we hope to have demonstrated our quality product and excellent service”, says Managing Director of ELA Container Offshore GmbH, Hans Gatzemeier.

ELA Container 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 Cargo 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 20 ft High-Cube ISO standard dimensions
  • Highest quality standards