BorWin Gamma Platform Sails Away
The offshore converter platform, BorWin gamma, has now safely set sail from Dubai and begun its journey to its offshore site in the German part of the North Sea.Through the Gulf of Oman, the 18,000 ton ‘topside’ will pass into the Red Sea before going through the Suez Canal onto the Mediterranean and past Gibraltar. The journey then moves through the Bay of Biscay, to the English Channel and into the North Sea where it will be integrated with the ‘jacket’ nearly 130 kilometres off the German coast.Along with BorWin3…
DNV GL bags COSCO's HVDC Converter Platform Deal
DNV GL has been awarded a contract by COSCO Shipping Company Limited (COSCO SHIPPING) of China for the installation engineering services for the BorWin gamma high voltage direct current (HVDC) converter platform. The Dutch-German transmission system operator TenneT is developing the offshore AC/DC converter platform BorWin gamma as part of the grid connection project BorWin3. The project will provide an essential renewable offshore resource to meet increasing energy demands in Germany, as part of the German Energiewende (Energy Transition) programme.
Three Specialists join Wood Group
Wood Group has appointed three senior engineering specialists who will lead a new team of up to 20 people in the UK to further build Wood Group’s capability in vibration, dynamics and noise. This follows the acquisition of BETA Machinery Analysis, a Calgary-based engineering consultancy specializing in advanced vibration analysis, and will include the opening of a Southampton office in January 2016. Mark Hutchinson will become operations manager of Wood Group’s UK vibration team…
New Man at Helm of O&G Crisis Center in Aberdeen
STIRLING Group, a global provider of health, safety and environmental services to the oil and gas industry, has appointed Alan McIntyre to head up emergency response and crisis management consultancy services in the UK which includes the running of the $394,000 state-of-the-art Incident Management Centre (IMC) in Aberdeen. The IMC provides round the clock support to global companies in the event of an emergency situation, staffed by an extensive pool of specialist responders and client representatives.
Marine Employers Urged to Prep for Regulatory Changes
Employers of thousands of marine crew are being urged to be prepared following changes to the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) - or face potentially being unable to set sail. As of January 1, 2017, seafarers must have completed the training course or updating training within the previous five years, followed by refresher training every five years. While the requirements are being introduced globally, UK employers are expected to be amongst those most affected as updating training has already been standard practice in many regions.
Alfa Laval Products for Petrofac Derrick Lay Vessel
Oil and gas industry service provider Petrofac has selected a range of Alfa Laval environmental products for the new Petrofac JSD6000. Alfa Laval PureDry, PureBilge and PureBallast will all be installed aboard this game-changing derrick lay vessel. The Petrofac JSD6000, which will be available for operations in 2017, will be a unique top-tier vessel operating in the offshore market. Offering a distinctive combination of S-lay and J-lay pipe-laying features with heavy lifting capabilities of 5000 tonnes…
North Sea Job Losses Raise Skills and Safety Concerns
Cost-cutting in Britain's North Sea oil and gas sector could lead to more acute skills shortages in future, industry experts have warned, with some expressing concerns that safety could be compromised. A plunge in crude prices over the last 12 months has prompted oil majors such as Royal Dutch Shell, BP , Chevron and ConocoPhillips to lay off hundreds of workers. Oil field services groups such as Amec Foster Wheeler , Wood Group and Petrofac are also in consultation with employees over job cuts.
5th Floating Accommodation for Lerwick
A further accommodation ship, Ocean Atlantic, is due at Lerwick on Monday 27 April 2015 and is on its way from Portland in Dorset. As with the other floating accommodation at the port, Petrofac will use it for workers constructing the Shetland Gas Plant project. Around 200 people will be accommodated onboard. The 140 metre long vessel, a former ro/ro ship, will berth at Victoria Pier in Lerwick until June and will be required to move off the berth on occasions to suit other vessel movements.
CWind Appoints Global Head of SHEQ
CWind announced it has created a new role in the business to ensure that it continues to develop and maintain high levels of safety, health, environmental and quality (SHEQ) as it expands its global footprint. Kevin ‘Pat’ Paton has been appointed to the role of Global Head of SHEQ, making him responsible for the SHEQ functions of CWind Ltd and its subsidiary companies within the U.K. and Germany. This new appointment reflects CWind’s absolute commitment to the safety of CWind’s people and partners at all times during its operations.
Drydocks World's to build BorWin3
Drydocks World signed an agreement today with Petrofac to build the BorWin3 high voltage direct current (HVDC) converter platform in the North Sea, named BorWin gamma. When completed, this will provide an essential renewable offshore resource to meet increasing energy demands. Drydocks World has successfully secured the contract for the fabrication, commissioning and load out of the BorWin3 platform, which will transmit electricity from the connected offshore wind farms to the mainland of Germany.
Lamprell First Half Results Beat Expectations
Lamprell today announced its financial results for the first half of 2014, reporting results ahead of expectations due to strong operational performance and early results from savings initiatives, generating improved margins. Revenues rose by $125.7 million against H1 2013 as a result of the high H1 activity levels and phasing of construction activity during the period. According to Lamprell, successful rights issue and refinancing provides a strong financial platform and enables delivery of long-term growth strategy.
Oilennium Gears Up for Demand
Oilennium Ltd, a Petrofac Training Services (PTS) company that provides eLearning training services to the oil and gas industry, is expanding its UK and USA offices as demand for its services continues to fuel dramatic growth in the UK and USA. Oilennium has bolstered its employee ranks by 30%, bringing the total number of employees in the UK and USA to 44, over the last five months. To accommodate its growing numbers, Oilennium also doubled the size of its global headquarters in Norfolk, England, and its US office has recently moved along with PTS into new, larger premises in Houston.
Boston to Host AVEVA World Summit 2013
AVEVA announced that the AVEVA World Summit 2013 is being held from October 30 to November 1 in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. Customers from across the world’s process plant, power and marine industries are invited to the Summit, which is once again being held as a single global event. “Responding to delegate input, we have evolved the Summit to include dedicated agendas for plant Owner Operators, EPCs and shipbuilders” explained Mat Truche-Gordon, Executive Vice-President, Business Strategy and Marketing.
Petrofac Training Services Bolsters Team
Petrofac Training Services (PTS), a provider of competency-led training to the energy industry, has added five new members to its team to strengthen its position within the market. The company has invested in recruiting some of the industry’s most promising talent and has attracted Fiona Wallis to the position of Senior Business Development Manager, Jim McKay, Allan McEwan and Jennifer Hall as Business Development Managers and Karen Scott as Europe Marketing Manager. Fiona Wallis has experience in senior positions in training, occupational health and safety and joins from Falck Nutec.
Petrofac Offers Accredited Offshore Safety Training in Russia
Petrofac Training Services' training centre the first in Russia to offer OPITO accredited OERTM, CASS & Escape Chute training. The company has achieved OPITO accreditation at its state-of-the-art base on Sakhalin Island, having continuously added to its offering at the STTC since it first opened its doors in 2008, initially providing technical and language training to meet the demands of the region’s rapidly expanding oil and gas workforce. After significant investment in the STTC (Sakhalin Technical Training Centre) the hub now incorporates an offshore survival facility…
Smit Lamnalco Wins Significant Contract in Iraqi Waters
Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) associate company Smit Lamnalco wins Single Point Moorings (SPM) support contract from Petrofac. The contract is to support Single Point Mooring operations 20 km off the Al Fao Peninsula for the Iraq Crude Oil Export Expansion Project (ICOEEP). The annual contract value is approximately US$-70 million (Boskalis share 50%) and services will commence November 2012. The Single Point Mooring (SPM) contract covers operations and maintenance of four SPM systems.
STATS Group Add Directors to Boost International Expansion
Pipeline isolation specialist STATS Group has appointed two new directors, as it gears up for major international expansion, following a £7.8 million equity investment. Former Expro executive chairman Graeme Coutts takes on a non-executive role in what is his first appointment since retiring from the global oilfield services company last year. Leigh Howarth, former managing director of Petrofac Training Services, has joined the STATS Group board as chief financial officer. Both directors were introduced to STATS by the Business Growth Fund (BGF)…
Topaz Appoints Bayliss as COO
Topaz Energy and Marine announced the appointment of Bill Bayliss as the Chief Operating Officer of Topaz Engineering, the company’s engineering division. Bayliss has been appointed COO of Topaz Engineering, effective immediately. He replaces the outgoing COO Jim Masterton who remains with the company in an advisory capacity. A 20 year veteran of the oil & gas industry, Bayliss has had a successful career with industry names such as KBR and Petrofac. He has joined Topaz to head the engineering division that encompasses fabrication and construction…