Bibby Offshore chief executive Howard Woodcock (Photo: Bibby Offshore)

Offshore Groups Bibby, Rever Merge

The U.K.’s Bibby Offshore will merge with Norwegian firm Rever Offshore AS in a move targeting opportunities in the diving and subsea umbilicals, risers, and flowlines (SURF) markets. The transaction has been agreed and is expected to close soon, announced Bibby owner Fara Holdco Limited. The merger will combine Bibby and Rever subsidiary CECON Contracting to create a larger offshore installation delivery business both in the North Sea and internationally, currently focused on the Atlantic and Mediterranean regions. Howard Woodcock, chief executive of Bibby Offshore, said, “Combinin

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BP Selects McDermott, BHGE for Subsea Contracts

 McDermott International and Baker Hughes (BHGE), a GE company  announced the selection of front-end engineering design (FEED) studies in advance of a substantial engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) contract for BP’s Tortue/Ahmeyim Field Development, a major gas project located on the maritime border of Mauritania and Senegal.   During this initial engineering phase, McDermott will work on defining the subsea umbilicals, risers and flowlines (SURF) scope for the project, while BHGE will focus on the subsea production system (SPS) scope.   The

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Ocean Installer Gets Two SURF Contracts From Statoil

solutions, especially handling complex installations. Hence, we are pleased with the trust that Statoil has given to Ocean Installer by award of this contract," says CEO Steinar Riise.   The second contract Ocean Installer has secured is for Subsea Lines Modification under Statoil’s Marine Wave scheme. This is the third Marine Wave, and Ocean Installer participated in the previous two as well. Offshore operations are scheduled for the 2019 and 2020 seasons, and includes firm work on Njord Future, Bauge, Fenja and Dvalin projects, with significant options to broaden the scope of the

Left to right:  Soo-hyeong Kim and Andrew Olson (Photo: AgileTek)

AgileTek Hires Two

Subsea engineering analysis consultancy AgileTek said it has underlined rapid growth in 2017 with two new appointments and a promotion.   Soo-hyeong Kim has joined the company as a Graduate Engineering Analyst, alongside Andrew Olson, who has taken on the role of Business Development Engineer.   Kim previously worked at a computer aided engineering software provider, and Olson recently graduated from Imperial College London with a degree in Aerospace Engineering.   The company is also building on recent successes in the Asian market, after securing a major cable and umbilicals

From left: Chris Kuykendall, Paul Chittenden and Linda Villa (Photo: Seanamic Group)

Seanamic Group Hires Three in Houston

The Seanamic Group said it has expanded the teams in Houston-based companies Umbilicals International (UI) and Flexlife.    Chris Kuykendall and Linda Villa have joined Umbilicals International as sales manager and procurement manager, bringing more than 30 years’ combined subsea experience to the firm.     Additionally, Paul Chittenden has joined Flexlife as business development manager, having held similar roles in Proceanic, Pulse Structural Monitoring and GE Oil and Gas.  He joins the firm three months after it became part of the Seanamic Group.   

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Carousel Turns Over New Leaf for Ecosse Subsea Systems

Ecosse Subsea Systems (ESS) said it has reached an agreement with a subsea contractor to buy back its 800-ton carousel which can be deployed on a range of specialist subsea projects.   Carousels are used in the storage and transportation of subsea cables, umbilicals and pipes and enable the safe deployment of equipment from a vessel to the seabed.   The Carousel was originally built and used on an offshore renewables project in 2014 after ESS identified a supply chain issue surrounding the availability of carousels required for renewables and oil and gas workscopes.   ESS managing

UTEC Bags TechnipFMC Contract in Australia

UTEC said it has been won a contract from Technip Oceania Pty Ltd, part of TechnipFMC in Australia, to provide survey and positioning services on the Greater Enfield Project, offshore Western Australia.   The work scope includes pre-lay surveys; onshore dimensional control; survey and positioning associated with installation of rigid and flexible flowlines, umbilicals, jumpers, flying leads and subsea structures; as-laid surveys, as-built surveys and final reporting.   The Greater Enfield Project will develop the Laverda Canyon, Norton over Laverda (WA-59-L) and Cimatti (WA-28-L) oil

TechnipFMC Wins Murphy Sabah Contract

 TechnipFMC said it has been awarded a subsea contract by Murphy Sabah Oil for the Phase 1A Block H Gas Development Project. The project is located in offshore Sabah, Malaysia, at a water depth of approximately 1,300 meters. The contract covers the engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning (EPCIC) of the umbilicals, risers and flowlines as well as the transportation and installation of subsea hardware and controls.  

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Oceaneering Adds New Reel Drive System

Oceaneering International, Inc. has taken delivery of an 800-metric-ton SWL (Safe Working Load) reel drive system (RDS) from Maritime Developments (MDL).   The modular system will be used to deploy and retrieve SURF products (subsea umbilicals, risers and flowlines) on board the company’s new-built multi-service vessel, Ocean Evolution and joins Oceaneering’s global fleet of flex-lay equipment.   Rated for over 1,300-metric-ton DWL (Dynamic Working Load), the RDS is rated for handling 14m diameter reels weighing 800 metric tons under dynamic, sea-state conditions. The RDS

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TechnipFMC Wins West White Rose Contract

TechnipFMC has been awarded an Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation (EPCI) contract from Husky Energy for the West White Rose Project in Eastern Canada. The contract covers the supply and installation of subsea equipment including tie-in manifolds, flexible flowlines, and control umbilicals, which will connect the recently announced West White Rose Platform to the existing SeaRose FPSO (Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading) vessel. Hallvard Hasselknippe, President Subsea Projects for TechnipFMC, said, the contract "continues TechnipFMC’s strong positioning

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Aker Solutions to Supply Umbilicals for Coral South FLNG

Aker Solutions was awarded a contract to deliver three umbilicals and associated equipment at ENI's Coral South project, Mozambique's first offshore field development. The work scope includes three steel tube umbilicals that will total more than 19 kilometers in length and connect the Coral South floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility to the field's subsea production system. The umbilicals will be manufactured at Aker Solutions' plant in Moss, Norway, and are scheduled for delivery at the end of 2019. Discovered in 2012, the Coral South development is the first energy project offshore

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IMCA Plans ROV Seminar in Stavanger

strident requirements to satisfy environmental legislation is one; the challenges of ROV utilization in the growing renewables sector is another. The need to recruit and retain properly trained, competent people remains vital.   These challenges and opportunities have led the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) to organize an ROV Seminar, with the theme ‘The future for remote systems and ROVs in the offshore construction industry’. Chaired by Graham Duncan of TechnipFMC, the IMCA ROV Committee Chairman, it will be held Tuesday 30 - Wednesday 31 May at Oceaneering

BP Awards Gulf of Mexico Work to Subsea 7

 Subsea 7 said it was awarded a contract by BP as part of the deepwater Mad Dog 2 development, located approximately 190 miles south of New Orleans.    The contract scope covers engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) of the subsea umbilicals, risers and flowlines (SURF) and associated subsea architecture.    Subsea 7 has worked closely with BP to deliver a lump sum integrated solution from design through to supply, installation and commissioning. Furthermore, by collaborating with OneSubsea, a Schlumberger company, our Subsea Integration Alliance

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New Tool for Subsea Umbilical & Cable Recovery

Hydraulic systems specialist Webtool has introduced a new gripping and lifting tool for recovering subsea umbilical and cable for offshore oil and gas and decommissioning projects. The Cable Retrieval Tool (CRT200), developed in consultation with international certification body and classification society, DNVGL, allows the safe and controlled recovery of damaged cable and umbilical, up to 8” (203 mm) diameter.    Current methods of recovering umbilicals for repair or replacement involve trenching the seabed around the cable or umbilical to allow a double choke sling to be attached

McDermott Wins EPCI Contract from Saudi Aramco

McDermott International, Inc. has been awarded a contract from Saudi Aramco for engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) services in the Safaniya and Zuluf fields offshore Saudi Arabia. The brownfield project is part of a wider program to replace aging facilities with electrified platforms to enhance the potential of the fields. The contract includes the design, procurement, fabrication, transportation, installation, testing and pre-commissioning of nine slipover jackets and decks, subsea pipelines and cables, as well as the associated demolition of certain facilities, in the

The Ichthys LNG Project’s 336 metre floating production, storage and offloading facility under construction.  Photo: INPEX

Ichthys Completes Subsea Installation

INPEX has announced the successful installation completion of the complex network of subsea infrastructure and equipment to safely and efficiently extract gas and condensate from the Ichthys Field for the Ichthys LNG Project.   The final laying of 49 kilometres of umbilicals and flying leads yesterday, marked the last placement of an intricate subsea network, spread across a 400 square kilometre area  of the Ichthys Field, in the Browse Basin, about 220 kilometres offshore Western Australia.   Ichthys Project Managing Director Louis Bon described the safe execution of a number of

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Subsea 7 Awarded Norwegian North Sea Contract

Subsea 7 S.A. today announced the award of a sizeable(1) contract by Centrica for the Oda field in the Norwegian North Sea. The Oda oil field (previously called Butch) was discovered in 2011 in the southern part of the Norwegian North Sea, approximately 14 kilometres east of the Ula field. The contract scope comprises Subsea 7's expertise and capabilities in engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning (EPCIC) of subsea umbilicals, risers and flowlines (SURF) including the production pipeline, water injection line, umbilical and related subsea services. Project managemen

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Technip Bags GoM Contract

Technip’s wholly-owned subsidiary Technip Umbilicals Inc. has been awarded a contract by a major Operator to supply a subsea control umbilical in the Gulf of Mexico. The contract includes the project management and manufacture of several kilometers of a static and dynamic unarmoured steel tube umbilical. Technip Umbilicals facility in Houston, USA, will manufacture this prestigious project for the high pressure field, which is scheduled to be completed in 2017. Technip Umbilicals’ Managing Director, Sarah Cridland, said: “This award confirms Technip’s position as a

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Statoil Awards Contracts on Trestakk

and Technip will jointly deliver an EPCI contract (engineering, procurement, construction and installation) – subsea, umbilicals, risers, flowlines – including subsea template, manifold, subsea trees, completion system, wellheads, pipelines, risers, control systems, control cable and marine operations.   “Statoil has cooperated closely with partners and suppliers to reduce development costs for the Trestakk field. We submitted the plan for development and operation to the authorities on 1 November, and we are pleased to be able to award contracts already now to FMC Technologies

Luva-flowlines heading for the field on board the Seven Oceans (Photo: Statoil)

Statoil: High Activity in Deep Waters

designed for ocean depths of 1300 meters. “We fully depend on good suppliers and Subsea 7 has done a great job in this year’s campaign,” says Per Rusås, project director for Aasta Hansteen.   He praises the SURF team for properly planning and completing this year’s marine season and avoiding any serious incidents. “It takes knowledge, experience and hard work to reduce risk in operations like these. The result is a perfect illustration of how to conduct an offshore installation campaign, and demonstrates Statoil’s ability to carry out complex deep-water

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MTR100: Novacavi

with Aquancable, a range of unique bespoke cables for maritime and underwater technologies including high performance tow cables, ROV cables, fiber optic hybrid cables, umbilicals, armored cables, as well as subsea detection and instrumentation cables. Novacavi is also focusing on its range of custom marine coax tow cables. Among them both heavy steel armored coax tow cables for harsh specialist applications and lightweight, neutral, positively or negatively buoyant coax tow cables for underwater environment.   Email: [email protected]     (As published in the July/August

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Aker Solutions, Det norske and Subsea 7 Form Development Alliance

Aker Solutions, Det norske oljeselskap and Subsea 7 agreed on a "one for all, all for one" collaboration model that marks a major shift in how an operator and its suppliers can work together on oil and gas developments offshore Norway. The alliance combines Det norske's exploration and production know-how with Aker Solutions' expertise in front end engineering, brownfield modifications and subsea systems and Subsea 7's capabilities in the engineering, procurement, installation and commissioning of subsea umbilicals, risers and flowlines (SURF). It will enable the operator and suppliers

The iXblue RAMSES (Photo: Ashtead Technology)

Ashtead Boosts Rental Fleet with Subsea Navigation Technology

Ashtead Technology, a leader in marine technology and subsea services has expanded its equipment rental pool following a significant investment in a state-of-the-art subsea navigation system which has been proven to deliver faster, more accurate results in the toughest environments.   The iXblue RAMSES is an acoustic synthetic baseline positioning tool with self-contained computing, for simple, efficient, real-time underwater navigation. Coupled with iXBlue inertial navigation system (INS), it delivers extreme precision in even the world’s most challenging seas.   It can be used to

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MTR100: Aquatic Engineering & Construction Ltd.

, gas lift and injection risers; reelable steel pipe; telecommunication cables; umbilicals; water pipes and wire rope products. The Aquatic carousel and integrated tensioner solution has been designed to maximize product capacity, minimize vessel days and maintain operational efficiency in demanding marine installation projects. The system provides the strength and stability that can withstand the installation of the heaviest equipment in deepwater. Its capability and flexibility in all waters is being proven on projects that demand increasingly long subsea tiebacks to processing platforms.  

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MTR100: Allspeeds Ltd

a new blade-on-blade cutting design that maintains the roundness of the steel wire rope cross-section makes it much easier to re-use cut ropes during drilling operations.   Email: [email protected]     (As published in the July/August 2016 MTR100 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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Technip Bags Woodside's Subsea Contract

Technip has been awarded a large(1) subsea contract by Woodside to support the development of the Greater Enfield Project offshore Western Australia, at a water depth comprised between 340 and 850 meters. The contract covers project management, design, engineering, procurement, installation and pre-commissioning (EPIC) of: - carbon steel production flowline, carbon steel water injection flowline, flexible risers and flowlines totaling 82.2 km; - 38.9 km of umbilicals (dynamic and static); - subsea structures and valves; - multi-phase pump system (transport and installation). Technip’s

Fugro deploys deepwater geotechnical vessel Fugro Voyager for ONGC works offshore India’s east coast (Photo: Fugro)

Fugro to Perform Offshore Geotechnical Work for ONGC

Fugro is to commence an offshore geotechnical investigations program under a $26 million contract awarded by Indian oil and gas company ONGC.   The contract involves site investigation work to gather geotechnical and geohazard data at the field, which is located in the KG-DWN-98/2 block off the east coast of India. The information will support the design and subsequent installation of wellheads, manifolds, platforms, FPSO anchors, umbilicals, pipelines and flow lines.   Fugro will deploy its deepwater geotechnical vessel Fugro Voyager which will perform the work in water depths ranging

The Helica software module in Sesam includes technology that represents industry consensus for cross section analysis of umbilicals and flexible risers, including fatigue analysis of section components such as helix wires and steel tubes. Using Helica, subsea engineers can reduce the analysis time to a fraction, as thousands of simulations may be performed in minutes. Photo DNV GL

JIP Validates DNV GL's Helica Software

A joint industry project run by DNV GL has replicated stresses measured in an umbilical subjected to tension and bending in full-scale tests, further validating the accuracy of the analysis software Helica. DNV GL’s Helica can analyse thousands of simulations in a matter of minutes, improving engineering efficiency and significantly reducing design cost. Helica software for analysis of umbilicals and flexible pipes Subsea engineers calculate stresses in umbilicals and flexible pipes using software to ensure that individual components will not fail. Such failures could lead to costly production

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Fugro Secures North Sea Trenching Projects

 Following delivery of recent cable-lay and trenching projects for the renewables sector, Fugro says it has secured three contracts for its trenching services for oil and gas clients. The contracts will see its Q1400 trenching systems deployed in the North Sea over the next 12 months.   At the Wintershall-owned Maria development in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea, Fugro will deploy the Q1400 trenching system under a contract with Subsea 7. At Det norske’s Ivar Aasen development, the system will be deployed for EMAS CHIYODA Subsea in June. For both projects the trencher will

Mike Wilson (Photo: ESS)

Carousel Acquisition Marks ESS, Bibby Collaboration

Ecosse Subsea Systems (ESS) has agreed the sale of an 800-ton carousel to Bibby Offshore Limited. Carousels are used in the storage and transportation of subsea cables, umbilicals and pipes and enable the safe deployment of equipment from a vessel to the seabed. Banchory-based ESS first diversified from its core seabed preparation and trenching services after identifying a supply chain issue regarding the availability of carousels needed for specialist subsea projects.   In 2013 ESS invested $3.5 million in the design and manufacture of the company’s first carousel as part of

Aker Solutions Boosting Cost-efficiency

Aker Solutions says it is making progress in reaching a goal of boosting cost-efficiency in all areas of the company by at least 30 percent as part of a broader effort to strengthen its competitiveness amid current market challenges. A quarter of the targeted improvement will be achieved this year, helping to achieve potential annualized cost-savings of at least NOK 9 billion by the end of 2017, based on the 2015 cost base and work volumes. The improvements are expected to speed up next year as longer-term processes take hold. "We're simplifying how we work and standardizing our products

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Aker Solutions Wins Order at Zohr Offshore Gas Field

Aker Solutions won a contract to deliver its longest-ever umbilicals system at the Zohr offshore gas field in the Egyptian part of the Mediterranean Sea. The agreement with Petrobel in Egypt is worth more than NOK 1 billion and will be booked in the second quarter. It stipulates the delivery of 180 kilometers of steel tube umbilicals that will connect the Zohr subsea development to an offshore control platform. Petrobel, a joint venture between The Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC) and Eni, is responsible for the development and operations at Zohr. "Aker Solutions is building on

The pump drive and coupling system works topside-less and requires a minimum of umbilicals (Image: Voith)

Topside-less Solution for Subsea Boosting

Voith and Funglesangs Subsea AS (FSubsea) signed a collaborative agreement to develop hydrodynamic variable speed drives for advanced subsea pump applications. Due to a Voith torque converter integrated in the pump on the sea floor, Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) on topside will no longer be required for speed control. The system reduces CAPEX investments by up to 70 percent and saves several hundred tons of topside equipment, making subsea boosting economical already at an early stage. Furthermore, operators benefit from a reliable, simple and compact technology.   Against the background of

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Technip Bags Statoil's Umbilical Supply Contract

Technip’s wholly-owned subsidiary Technip Umbilicals Ltd.(1) has been awarded a contract by Statoil ASA to supply the umbilical(2) to the Oseberg Vestflanken 2 field offshore Norway. This field is located approximately 8 kilometers North West of the Oseberg field center at block 30/9-30/6 on the Norwegian continental shelf, at water depths of 100 meters. The contract covers project management, engineering and manufacture of over 9 kilometers of static steel tube umbilical. The umbilical includes a large bore integrated service line and multiple power cables. Technip Umbilicals’

Umbilical lay around an FPSO (Image: Cambla)

Cambla: Soft Solutions for Hard Problems

to £250,000 per day. Disruptions or delay to the planned schedule can result in a huge loss in production and significant costs for the operator.    In response to these challenges, Cambla developed state-of-the-art software to improve the accuracy and efficiency of planning subsea and marine operations. The Schedule Animation Tool (S.A.T.) is a multi-user application that provides an accurate visual representation of a vessel’s location and planned activities, making it easier for operators to understand Simultaneous Operations (SIMOPs), construction sequences and plan integrated

Bob Conners (Photo: Umbilicals International)

Conners Named CEO of Umbilicals International

Robert “Bob” Conners has been appointed CEO of Umbilicals International, a Houston-based provider of high performance umbilicals, cables and hoses to the oil and gas, diving, seismic and defense industries. Conners will be responsible for developing the company’s global umbilicals, and cables business for the offshore, onshore and defense sectors. Formerly Vice President of the SURF Business unit at the Prysmian Group, Conner has 35 years’ experience in a range of senior management roles in engineering companies. This included President of HL Technologies (now Umbilicals

APB350 A1 deployed off of New Jersey (Photo: OPT)

Wave Energy's Power Play

a heave plate maintains the spar in a relatively stationary position. The motion of the fl oat drives a mechanical system contained in the spar that converts the linear motion of the fl oat into a rotary one, driving electrical generators that produce electricity for the payload or for export to nearby marine applications. For persistence, the system generates power even in moderate wave environments, and its spar contains space for additional battery capacity if required to ensure power is provided to a given application even under extended periods of no waves.   Though OPT’s scalable PowerBuoy

Normand Oceanic (Photo: Subsea 7)

Subsea 7 Wins BP Contract Offshore Egypt

Subsea 7 S.A. announced that it has been awarded a major contract by BP, and partner DEA (Deutsche Erdoel AG), for the development of the Giza, Fayoum and Raven subsea fields offshore Alexandria, Egypt. This is the second phase of the West Nile Delta project, where the field development will be at depths of up to approximately 800 meters. Subsea 7 said it defines a “major contract” as being over $750 million. The contract scope includes engineering, procurement, installation and pre-commissioning of the subsea infrastructure from twelve wells, with 80 kilometers of umbilicals and 220

The COBRA system significantly enhances subsea safety, providing more than double the standard supply of emergency breathing gas Photo JFD

JFD Debuts Bailout Rebreather System to Safeguard Divers Lives

JFD, the leading global subsea operations and engineering company, part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has today announced the launch of its new Compact Bailout Rebreathing Apparatus (COBRA) for commercial divers, as a direct response to the urgent need for significant improvements in safety in the saturation diving industry.   The system significantly extends the duration of the supply of emergency breathing gas, delivering 45 minutes of emergency life support at a depth of 120 meters.  A conventional open-circuit 300 bar twinset bailout system will deliver only seven minutes at that depth.

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Forsys Bags subsea FEED for Statoil’s Trestakk Field

Forsys Subsea, the joint venture between FMC Technologies and Technip, has been awarded a contract from Statoil to provide a subsea front-end engineering and design (FEED) study for subsea tie-back of Trestakk to Åsgard A FPSO. The scope of the FEED includes all systems and related services from the wellhead to Åsgard A riser hang-off, including umbilicals, riser, flowlines and subsea production system, installed and made ready for operation. A key focus of the study is to arrive at an optimal technical and cost efficient development solution, as well as providing a clear and well

Caley Dive Bell Handling System (Photo: Seanamic Group)

Seanamic Expands Global Umbilical Business

Seanamic Group, is expanding its global umbilicals business with a new Umbilical International facility in Glasgow. Initially it will offer umbilical repair and refurbishment for operators and contractors, in the lead up to full umbilical and cable manufacture. Comprising Houston-based, Umbilicals International (UI) and Glasgow-based Caley Ocean Systems, Seanamic supplies fully integrated umbilical and handling systems for well intervention, workover and BOP (MUX and direct Hydraulic), saturation diving and subsea habitats, ROVs and submersibles.   Umbilicals International designs and manufactur

Angel Platform Courtesy Woodside

Wood Group Wins Browse FEED Contract

  Wood Group has secured its second front-end engineering design (FEED) contract for the proposed Browse floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) Development offshore Western Australia. Under the new contract with Woodside, effective immediately, Wood Group Kenny (WGK) will progress the configuration design of the flexible risers and umbilicals for the asset’s offshore gas-condensate fields - Brecknock, Calliance and Torosa. Wood Group commenced a contract earlier this year for the subsea flowline FEED with Woodside for the development, located 300km from the Kimberly coast. Bob

DOE’s Bergman, Sabo & Takeda

Deep Ocean Engineering

latest technology to the market, Deep Ocean has recently diversified its product line with the introduction of unmanned surface vehicles (USVs). Leveraging the knowledge and experience of the ROV world, the new USV product line continues that same tradition of an integrated robotic solution for various marine applications. In addition to offering a complete range of standard ROV and USV systems, Deep Ocean provides customized solutions for clients with specific requirements. Tailor-made solutions are engineered from component technologies, which have been proven in various industry applications. The

Robbins Technology Group joins forces with Royal IHC

Royal IHC Expands into Offshore, Mining

handling systems in its product range. These are supplied to the subsea telecoms, renewables, and oil and gas industries. FHP operates from a recently custom-built 28,000 sq ft unit at the Neptune Energy Park in Walker, Newcastle, which is perfectly located to support its customer base of offshore marine contractors. This new, sophisticated facility also offers an ideal opportunity for IHC to strengthen its position in these markets, centralise and further expand the offering of rental equipment, and provide a broader service offering to these customers. FHP has developed comprehensive supply

Transponder frames being readied for deployment and calibration, a process that took a record breaking 31 days

Total Deploy LBL Network in Record Time

  Following on from the installation of a Long BaseLine (LBL) acoustic positioning network at the giant Egina oil field off the coast of Nigeria, French oil major Total and its project partners have repeated their success using the same Sonardyne Fusion 6G technology offshore Angola at the even larger, even deeper, Kaombo oil field. The campaign to deploy, calibrate and make ready for work the field-wide array of transponder frames, was completed in just 31 days using the seabed component of a Fusion 6G system. This was half the time budgeted for, a figure that is thought to have set a new

world leader in subsea umbilical solutions

Technip Wins Umbilical Supply Order

  Technip’s wholly-owned subsidiaries Technip Umbilicals Ltd. awarded a contract by ENI S.p.A. to supply umbilicals to the Block 15/06 East Hub Development offshore Angola. This field is located approximately 350 kilometers north of Luanda, at water depths of 450-600 meters. The contract covers project management and manufacture of about 15 kilometers of dynamic and static steel tube umbilicals. Technip Umbilicals facility in Lobito, Angola, with support from Technip Umbilicals in Newcastle, UK, will manufacture the umbilicals that are scheduled to be completed in the second half of

MTR100: Caley Ocean Systems Ltd.

, allowing uninterrupted tensioning of the cable during installation. The Company Based in Glasgow, Scotland, and established in 1968, Caley Ocean Systems Ltd. has a strong international reputation as a center of excellence in offshore handling systems for the oil and gas industry; oceanographic, marine science and naval emergency vessels, and offshore cabling. Caley Ocean Systems is a business within the Seanamic Group, which also includes leading designed and manufacturer of dynamic thermoplastic subsea umbilicals and cable, Umbilicals International. Together they offer packaged surface to seabed

MTR100: Allspeeds Ltd.

roundness of the steel wire section makes it much easier to re-use cut ropes during drilling operations. A further recent development in Webtool cutting technology is the emergency disconnection tool for tugs and offshore support vessels, and subsea well intervention systems.   The MTR100 is Marine Technology Reporter's Annual report on 100 leading companies in the subsea industry, published in the July/August 2015 edition of MTR -

Modulift subsea modular spreader beam (Photo: Modulift)

Modulift Spreader Beams Meet Revised DNV Standard

bars.   DNV, formerly known as Det Norske Veritas AS, a global provider of knowledge for managing risk, has updated the standard that covers loadout, transport and installation of subsea objects.   This was a new document in a series replacing the DNV Rules for Planning and Execution of Marine Operations (1996/2000). The standard replaces Pt.2 Ch.6. Extensive revisions have been made and three new sections have been added: loadout and transport; subsea lifting; and installation of pipelines, risers, cables and umbilicals.   Excerpts from ‘Section 5—Subsea Lifting&rsquo

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Subsea Network Helps Total Save Time at Egina

French oil major Total, operator for the Egina oil field offshore Nigeria, together with its construction and survey partners, has installed a Fusion 6G subsea positioning network to support its development of the $15 billion project.   Supplied by Sonardyne International Ltd, UK, the acoustic technology specified for Egina, which is still ongoing, included a field-wide array of Compatt 6 seabed transponders that were deployed and made ready for work eight days ahead schedule.    Located 150 kilometers off the coast of Nigera, in water depths of up to 1,750 meters, the Egina field

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Red Marine Expanding Test Site – Again

Two months after announcing the launch of its expanded test facilities, Hexham-based Red Marine has announced another expansion of its testing capabilities with the development of a new high capacity Test Rig.   The 200t capacity Cable and Umbilical Test Rig, the CTR200, is currently under construction and will enable testing of subsea power cables and umbilicals prior to installation offshore.   Speaking on the expansion, Steve Pocock, Test Services Manager at Red Marine said, “Testing is becoming an increasingly important part of our client’s requirements as the industry

MTR100: Novacavi

of specialist applications. Its specialties are: custom cable design and manufacturing, high standard products and technical support, fast response time, solid delivery performance and great experience in subsea application. Novacavi has been further expanding its production of bespoke cables for marine industry. In 2014 it launched Aquancable , our range of bespoke cables for maritime and underwater technologies including high performance Tow cables, ROV cables, Fiber Optic hybrid cables, umbilicals, armored cables, as well as subsea detection and instrumentation cables. It also introduced

Aquatic Awarded Moho Nord Subsea Project Contract

Aquatic Engineering and Construction Ltd, an Acteon company, has been awarded a multimillion pound contract on the $10 billion Moho Nord subsea project, off the coast of the Republic of Congo, West Africa. The contract was awarded by a UK-based subcontractor working for Total E&P Congo. Aquatic’s 10-month campaign portion will mobilize in October 2015. Aquatic, the global partner for complete flex-lay solutions, will supply reel drive systems, together with a team of supervisors and technicians. They will provide the technical expertise and support to operate the equipment hired for the

Jane Bugler (Photo: IMCA)

IMCA Revises Diving Guidance

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has published revisions of two important diving publications – Diving Equipment Systems Inspection Guidance Note (DESIGN) for Mobile/Portable Surface Supplied Systems (IMCA D 040 Rev 1) and Mobile/Portable/Daughtercraft Surface Supplied Systems (IMCA D 015 Rev 1). Both documents can be downloaded free of charge from the IMCA website, with printed copies available for purchase from the association. “Our diving guidance documents are used throughout the world, indeed often use of them is a requirement for diving contractors responding

Platform Structure Repairing Courtesy PBJV Group

Barakah Adds Deepwater Capability with Ocean Installer

  Barakah Offshore Petroleum Berhad’s wholly-owned subsidiary, PBJV Group Sdn Bhd (PBJV), has recently signed a Memorandum of Collaboration (MOC) with a Norwegian subsea service provider, Ocean Installer Ltd. (OI) to exclusively work together in Malaysia to provide deepwater installation of subsea umbilicals, risers and flowlines (SURF) and related services. The MOC is a platform for exploring the key areas below: 1. Sharing each party’s expertise, resources and develop business for the offshore oil and gas market jointly in Malaysia. 2. Identifying prospects for suitable oil

Schematic of the Goliat field in the Norwegian Barents Sea (courtesy ENI Norge AS)

First Subsea Completes Work on Goliat FPSO

Subsea connector specialist First Subsea informs it has completed the installation of bend stiffener connections for gas lift and production risers, power cables and umbilicals, for the Goliat FPSO in the Norwegian Barents Sea.   Operated by ENI Norge AS, the Goliat FPSO is the first offshore oil development in Norway's Arctic region, in the Barents Sea.   In total the Goliat FPSO features 11 Type II bend stiffener connections (BSC) at present, with a further 10 receptacle I-tubes preinstalled within the base of the vessel, enabling more tie-backs to be added as field production increases.

The Gullfaks A platform in the North Sea. (Photo Øyvind Hagen)

More Oil from Gullfaks - Statoil

  Production from the Gullfaks South (GSO) fast-track project for improved oil recovery in the North Sea started on 27 July. GSO will increase the output from the Gullfaks area by around 65 million barrels of oil equivalent. "GSO demonstrates how we can increase recovery and profitability by use of standardised, simplified development solutions tied to existing infrastructure,” says Arild Dybvig, vice president for fast-track projects in Development & Production Norway. Production started three years after the project was approved. NOK 9 billion have been invested in the


Saipem Scarabeo 3 Spuds Aje Well

  Panoro Energy ASA , the independent E&P company with assets in Nigeria and Gabon, informed that drilling has commenced on the Aje-5 production well on the OML 113 license, offshore Nigeria. The well is being drilled with the Saipem Scarabeo 3 semi-submersible drilling rig. Aje is an offshore field located in the western part of Nigeria in the Dahomey Basin close to the border with Benin. The field is situated in water depths ranging from 100 to 1,000 metres about 24 km from the coast. Panoro Energy holds a 6.502% participating interest in OML 113 (with a 12.1913% revenue interest and 16.

Prahlad Enuganti (Photo: 2H Offshore)

2H Offshore Names Enuganti Technical Manager

2H Offshore has appointed Prahlad Enuganti as technical manager in its Aberdeen office to strengthen its management team and drive business growth, the company announced. Enuganti holds a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from The University of Texas in Austin, and joined 2H’s Houston office in 2006 as an engineer. He worked on subsea structural monitoring projects in the Gulf of Mexico and was responsible for a variety of 2H’s offshore riser engineering and integrity assessments. He was also the integrity team lead for BP’s Holstein, Horn Mountain

Photo courtesy of Umbilicals

Umbilicals International Invests in Dynamic Cable Production

Umbilicals and cables specialist, Umbilicals International, part of the Seanamic Group, has invested over $2M in new cable manufacturing lines at its Houston production facility. The two lines will streamline cable production, and marks a significant expansion of the company’s dynamic cable manufacturing capability. Umbilicals International (UI) designs and manufactures high performance cable, hose and umbilical systems for subsea oil and gas field development, oceanographic and environmental research and naval defense. The new machines are a 56 position dual purpose planetary cabling and

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