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Saturday, August 24, 2019

Oil And Gas Operations News

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Simulation: The Centre for Marine Simulation

St. CMS operates a range of marine simulation equipment that covers a broad range of marine and offshore activities. Much of the equipment is highly specialized and unique including fully motion capable simulators. The center also provides technical management and support of simulation equipment that is used by other parts of the Marine Institute. CMS simulation activities can be divided into three main areas; Training, Industrial Response, and Applied Research. To support these…

Ben Oudman. Photo DNV GL

DNV GL Bags Wintershall Noordzee's Verification Contract

DNV GL has been awarded a 5 year contract to provide in-service verification work for Wintershall Noordzee B.V.’s (‘WINZ) RAVN and A6-A platforms. The two platforms based in the North Sea are the unmanned RAVN in the Danish sector and manned A6-A in the German sector. RAVN is the first field in Denmark that Wintershall  Noordzee will transition to the production phase as operator. The A6-A platform is undergoing a major overhaul, with WINZ extending it to include an oil processing plant alongside the current gas condensate facilities.

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IUMI Position Paper on the Offshore Safety Directive

Neil Roberts, Manager, Marine and Aviation, Lloyd’s Market Association (LMA), United Kingdom, and International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) Ocean Hull Committee Secretary and Political Forum Liaison discuses  about the position paper published by IUMI. The paper is published in response to the recent Commission report on liability, compensation and financial security for offshore oil and gas operations, which raised some questions in relation to the implementation of the Offshore Safety Directive.

Dr Appapillai Thavalingam (Photo: AS Mosely)

AS Mosley Strengthens Management Team

AS Mosley has strengthened its senior management team with two new appointments. Aberdeenshire-based AS Mosley has welcomed Dr Andrew Trim (Andy) and Dr Appapillai Thavalingam (Thava) as it prepares to strengthen existing capabilities. Both bring the combined experience of its senior management team to well over 100 years. Dr. Trim  takes up a consultant engineer position with the company and holds over 30 years’ experience in both performing and supervising dynamic analysis work.

David Marchetti (Photo: Hawboldt Industries)

Hawboldt Adds Senior Sales Presence

Hawboldt Industries announced that David Marchetti has joined the company in a senior sales role. Marchetti brings to Hawboldt over 27 years of experience in operations, manufacturing, engineering, project management and aftermarket / customer service, including experience with ROV systems, and subsea oil and gas operations. Marchetti has held various positions with companies such as Schilling Robotics, GE Vetco Gray, and FMC Technologies, and most recently held the position of VP of Operations - Subsea at Forum Energy Technologies.

Top 10 Cyber Security Issues for Oil & Gas Industry

(Press Release) With the exploitation of new cost-effective operational concepts, use of digital technologies and increased dependence on cyber structures, the oil and gas industry is exposed to new sets of vulnerabilities and threats. Cyber-attacks have grown in stature and sophistication, making them more difficult to detect and defend against, and costing companies increasing sums of money to recover from. DNV GL delivering today a study to the Lysne Committee (Lysneutvalget1) that reveals the top ten most pressing cyber security vulnerabilities for companies operating offshore Norway.

Matthieu de Tugny

BV's New Academy to Meet Increased Verification Demand

Leading classification society Bureau Veritas has opened a Verification Academy which will help it to meet increasing demand for verification in the EU and globally and to cement its leadership in verification. The Aberdeen-based academy trains both BV staff and clients in implementing the most beneficial methodology for verification of offshore installations. Bureau Veritas is the only externally accredited IVB under UKAS 17020 with respect to initial suitability and operational verification.

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Vallianz Signs $458mln Contracts to Extend OSV Charters

Singapore's Vallianz Holdings has signed new contracts worth up to US$458 million (S$628 million) that involve lengthening the charter duration of 19 of its offshore support vessels (OSV) with an existing customer in the Middle East. The 15 anchor handling tug supply vessels and four platform supply vessels will continue to be deployed to the customer until June 2018, with an option to extend for two more years until June 2020. However, the fast growing provider of offshore support…

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Vallianz Bags US$300m Contract to Supply Two Platforms

Singapore-listed Vallianz Holdings has won a contract worth up to US$300 million (S$405.51 million) to supply two self-elevating platforms to a large national oil company in the Middle East. The contract from one of the world’s largest national oil companies involves the supply of two self-elevating platforms which will be used to perform well servicing for offshore platforms and well structures. The five year charter contract, which includes a two-year extension option, is expected to commence in the third quarter of 2015. The platforms will be used in the Arabian Gulf.

CEO Eldar Sætre

Statoil Appoints CFO, 3 EVPs and Rejigs Top Deck

Statoil appoints new chief financial officer (CFO), and launches business area for New Energy Solutions (NES). Three new executive vice presidents (EVPs) are appointed as members of the corporate executive committee (CEC). CFO Torgrim Reitan is appointed EVP for Development & Production USA (DPUSA) after Bill Maloney decided to not prolong his contract with Statoil. Hans Jakob Hegge is appointed new EVP and CFO. Hegge comes from the position as senior vice president for Operations North in Development & Production Norway.

Randall Luthi

NOIA: Safety is First Priority Offshore

National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) president Randall Luthi joined American Petroleum Institute (API) president and CEO Jack Gerard and International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) president and CEO Stephen Coleville this morning to discuss improvements in offshore safety since the Macondo Well accident five years ago. Luthi highlighted the importance of offshore safety, addressing  many of the safety enhancements and industry measures that have been adopted since April 20, 2010. “No well is worth the loss of a life, and [the Macondo] tragedy claimed 11.

Mark Reese (Photo: Express Energy Services)

Express Energy Services Names Reese Chairman

Oilfield services company Express Energy Services has appointed Mark Reese as Chairman of the Board of Directors of ES Platform Holdings, Inc., the parent company of Express.    Reese spent more than 30 years at National Oilwell Varco (NOV) before retiring from the company as President - Rig Technology. He held a variety of executive positions in oil and gas operations and maintenance while at NOV, including President of Mission Products Group and President of Expendable Products.

Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam (Photo: Damen)

Shipdock Yards Adopt Damen Names

On January 1, 2015, Shipdock Amsterdam and Shipdock Harlingen changed names to Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam (DSA) and Damen Shiprepair Harlingen (DSH) respectively. During the last two years, both yards have successfully integrated into Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC), itself part of the Damen Shipyards Group. For example, the close collaboration between DSH and Damen Shipyards Den Helder (DSDH) strongly highlights how customers benefit from the network of yards. Damen Shipyards Group acquired the two Shipdock yards in February 2013.

ROLLS-ROYCE SECURES CONTRACT FOR FIRST OFFSHORE VESSEL TO BE BUILT IN TURKEY

Rolls-Royce Bags £12 mi Order from Myklebusthaug Management

Rolls-Royce has won a £12 million order to provide design, integrated power and propulsion systems and equipment for a highly advanced multipurpose service vessel for the Norwegian ship owner Myklebusthaug Management to be built at the Beşiktaş Shipyard in Turkey. This latest contract will see the first UT design vessel to be built by a Turkish shipyard. Around 800 Rolls-Royce UT vessels have been built or are under construction since the first one entered service 40 years ago. The vessel is a brand new design type from Rolls-Royce.

NRC Program Targets Vessel Operating Costs, Safety

As marine experts gather for the Ocean’s 14 conference in St. John’s Newfoundland, the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) announced a program aimed at finding economical and viable business based technological solutions to improve the safety and performance of marine vessels such as cargo ships and fuel tankers. Building on NRC’s extensive experience in the commercial and military markets as well as access to world-class facilities, the Marine Vehicles program will focus on technologies and processes for reducing operating costs of vessels…

Elisabeth Tørstad, CEO in DNV GL - Oil & Gas.

Tørstad Named DNV GL - Oil & Gas CEO

Elisabeth Tørstad has been appointed CEO in DNV GL - Oil & Gas. She took on the role from January 2014, operating from the company’s Oil & Gas headquarter in Oslo. “I am very pleased to announce that Elisabeth Tørstad has accepted this role. Her background, career and experience match very well with the opportunities that lie ahead for DNV GL’s Oil & Gas business,” says Henrik O. Madsen, DNV GL Group President & CEO. “The oil and gas industry is facing rapid changes and increased public scrutiny on its safety and environmental performance.

Lori Davey

Fairweather LLC Names Davey GM

Fairweather, LLC has announced the appointment of Lori Davey as the company’s new general manager. Davey will be responsible for directing all of Fairweather’s business activities and overseeing the company’s expansion and management of Deadhorse Aviation Center. A member of the Edison Chouest Offshore group of companies, Fairweather LLC is a 38-year-old Alaskan company and a leader in providing remote medical, aviation, logistics and scientific support services to Alaska’s natural resource industry.

DNV Publishes Oil and Gas Safety Report

In the report entitled Enhancing offshore safety and environmental performance, DNV suggests critical levers to provide a more holistic safety framework across the oil and gas industry. CEO Remi Eriksen, DNV Maritime and Oil & Gas, said new regulations, such as the EU directive, mirror society’s zero tolerance for offshore accidents. “The offshore industry has achieved an outstanding improvement in occupational safety over the past three decades. Although it has learned much from major accidents in the past, such accidents are still occurring.

Danos Announces Organizational Changes

Oil and gas operations partner Danos announced several personnel adjustments in various areas throughout the company. Mark Danos was named Division Manager of Construction and Fabrication. Mark joined Danos earlier this year as a Project Coordinator after eight years with ExxonMobil. Mark worked in various project management roles with ExxonMobil in Spain, Italy, Nigeria, Gibraltar, Angola and the U.S. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He is the latest of the third generation owners to join the company.

Salerno to Take Helm at BSEE

Secretary Jewell Names Former USCG Vice Admiral Brian Salerno  Director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today named former Vice Admiral Brian Salerno as the Director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), which provides federal oversight for oil and gas operations on the Outer Continental Shelf. Salerno, who retired from the U.S. Coast Guard last year as its Deputy Commandant for Operations, will assume his new position on August 26.

Governor signs tax bill: Photo credit: State of Louisiana

Louisiana Ports: New Legislation Grants Tax Breaks

Governor Bobby Jindal has signed legislation that supports Louisiana’s ports by expanding a tax cargo credit for certain port projects. SB 122 — authored by Senator Norby Chabert— modifies the Investor Tax Credit (ITC) and the Import-Export Tax Credit (IETC) by expanding the types of projects that qualify for exemptions. Projects that will qualify for the credit include warehousing and storage, port operations, marine cargo handling, ship building and repairs and oil and gas activities. Governor Jindal said, “Today is a great day for Louisiana’s ports.

Offshore Installations: BSEE to Host Hurricane Preparations Forum

The Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) will host a public forum on offshore energy infrastructure hurricane preparedness and response on Thursday, June 27, 2013, as part of its efforts to improve the safety of offshore oil and gas operations. “In our continuing efforts to be fully prepared for hurricane season, we are bringing together representatives from the government, oil and gas industry and environmental community to discuss our actions to protect offshore energy infrastructure and the environment during a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico…

104,800 Attendees at OTC 2013

Experts from the offshore energy industry around the world came together May 6-9 for the 2013 Offshore Technology Conference at Reliant Park in Houston. Attendance at the conference reached a 30-year high of 104,800, the second highest in show history and up 17% from last year. Attendance surpassed the 2012 total of 89,400 and the sold-out exhibition was the largest in show history at 652,185 ft², up from 641,350 ft² in 2012. The event had 2,728 companies representing 40 countries, including 244 new exhibitors in 2013. International companies made up 39% of exhibitors.

Europe Deliberates Avoidance of a Second 'Deepwater Horizon'

A provisional deal on proposed legislation for the safety of offshore oil and gas operations has been struck by MEPs and Council negotiators. Before oil and gas firms can get a licence to drill, the directive would require them to submit major hazard reports and emergency response plans and prove their ability to remedy any environmental damage caused. "Europe learned its lessons from the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe and wants to reduce the risks of offshore oil and gas drilling to a minimum.

Blumenthal Acquires Majority Stake in Terresolve

Blumenthal Holdings, Radiator Specialty Company (RSC) LLC owners, acquire a majority stake in Terresolve Technologies, Ltd. Terresolve Technologies, LTD, is a leading manufacturer of biobased hydraulic and functional fluids and lubricants for the offshore marine, marine transport, oil and gas and turf care industries. The acquisition will complement RSC’s existing business, RSC Bio Solutions, LLC, and further solidify the company’s commitment to delivering high performance chemistries that do not negatively impact the environment or the employee safety of their industrial customers.

Halt Arctic Oil Drilling Urges UK Parliamentary Committee

The Environmental Audit Committee has published the report of its inquiry into Protecting the Arctic. "The oil companies should come clean and admit that dealing with an oil spill in the icy extremes of the Arctic would be exceptionally difficult. The infrastructure to mount a big clean-up operation is simply not in place and conventional oil spill response techniques have not been proven to work in such severe conditions. Drilling is only currently feasible in the Arctic during a short summer window when it is relatively ice-free.