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A diamond wire saw, one of the new assets in Ashtead Technology’s fleet following its acquisition of Aqua-Tech Solutions (Photo: Ashtead Technology)

Ashtead Acquires Aqua-Tech Solutions

Ashtead Technology announced Wednesday it has acquired Louisiana based subsea equipment rental and cutting services specialist, Aqua-Tech Solutions.According to Ashtead Technology, the combined business will offer clients in the Gulf of Mexico region a more robust and enhanced offering, allowing more timely and cost-effective access to the group’s full range of equipment and services from locations in Broussard and Houma, La.Ashtead Technology said the acquisition strengthens its remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) and mechanical tooling offering, broadening its survey sensor rental fleet.

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New WAM-V Distributor for Australia

we are pleased to be represented by one of the premier suppliers of blue technology,” Gundersen said. “BlueZone Group has the experience and capability across multiple market segments we wanted in a partner, and we look forward to working with them.”BlueZone has been a supplier of subsea equipment and systems to industry, science and academia for more than 40 years. In that time the company has introduced a number of innovative technologies to the Australian market for customers in defense, offshore oil and gas, and oceanographic science

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Forum Unveils eROV Simulator Training

to be trained in the use of the new console.The VMAX software is a 3D ROV simulation system which is predominantly used for the training and evaluation of ROV pilots. It can also be utilized by subsea engineering teams for modeling and verification of procedures involving intervention tasks for subsea equipment.The system provides a variety of ROV scenarios designed to test pilots’ skills such as tether management, manipulator control and tooling operation within realistic operational conditions.Andy McAra, VMAX product director, said, “Following the launch of the XLe Spirit vehicle last

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MacArtney Unveils New Connectors

to fit where limited space is a factor, the manufacturer said.TrustLink MS connectors are available in several configurations and can range from 4 – 37 electrical contacts with male or female insert options available within the same metal shell housing, offering excellent flexibility to subsea equipment and system operators. Additionally, all metal parts are diamond polished providing an anti-seizing surface and a high-quality finish.All TrustLink MS connectors comply with the EN 60664-1 requirements for clearance and creepage distances and meet safety standards for a pollution degree 2 within

OPT, Acteon Exploring Joint Opportunites

.”OPT’s PowerBuoy products are power and communications platforms for remote offshore applications such as topside and subsea surveillance and monitoring during oil field decommissioning activities, autonomous vehicle charging, weather and ocean data collection, and providing power to subsea equipment. The PB3 PowerBuoy supports a suite of mission critical payloads, thereby lowering customers’ operational costs and enabling real-time data transfer and real-time decision making

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TechnipFMC Scores EPCI Work from Neptune

agreement with TechnipFMC for delivering subsea projects.The agreement will run for an initial period of five years with options to extend, and will cover the full project lifecycle from early concept work, through engineering, procurement, delivery of subsea production systems and installation of subsea equipment and infrastructure, and continues into life of field support.Mark Richardson, Vice-President Projects in Neptune Energy said, “The global alliance agreement establishes a long-term relationship, based on common goals, shared values and mutual trust, supported by a commercial model where

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TechnipFMC Wins Johan Sverdrup 2 Contract

Subsea at TechnipFMC, said, “We have collaborated closely with Equinor establishing a Strategic Collaboration Agreement in 2018. This joint engagement is leading to further value creation for both of us and for Equinor’s Johan Sverdrup Phase 2 Development. It reaches beyond the supply of subsea equipment, now encompassing its installation.”The Johan Sverdrup development is one of the largest developments on the Norwegian continental shelf, with expected resources of between 2.1-3.1 billion barrels of oil equivalents, according to Equinor. The first phase, which establishes a four-platform

Iain Smith, Proserv’s president, Subsea Controls (Photo: Proserv)

Subsea Supply Chain Tightening -Proserv

lead times lengthening.Proserv itself has seen increased orders for subsea tiebacks in recent months with contracts won from major oil companies in both the North Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, including from IOCs.Another consultancy Wood Mackenzie has estimated that the supply chain capacity for subsea equipment is 25 percent lower than it was before the oil price dip in 2014, while utilization has declined by around 40 percent in the intervening period.But the firm’s analysts nevertheless regard the subsea segment as more resilient than the rest of the offshore sector and predict healthy growth

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OPT and Saab Seaeye Partner

system, providing remote charging capabilities for both autonomous and remotely operated vehicles. OPT’s PowerBuoy is a persistent power and communications platform for remote offshore applications such as autonomous vehicle charging, weather and ocean data collection, providing power to subsea equipment, and surveillance and monitoring of offshore operations both above and below the sea surface. The PB3 PowerBuoy supports a suite of mission critical payloads, lowering our customer’s operational costs and enabling real-time data transfer and real-time decision making.“We believe

Defender Stasis LT (Photo: USI)

New Fluid Helps Preserve Subsea Equipment

A newly introduced preservation fluid is designed to provide long-term protection for subsea equipment components and interface profiles.The environmentally friendly Defender Stasis LT from Universal Subsea Inc. (USI) is a lightweight, nontoxic, biodegradable preservation fluid that is compatible with all commonly used metals and nonmetallic materials in oilfield service.USI said it identified the need for the product during the development of its nonmetallic, low-pressure, subsea isolation cap product line. The company needed a lightweight preservation fluid for subsea wellheads and trees for long-term

Kristin Færøvik, Lundin Norway and Arild Selvig, TechnipFMC (Photo: Lundin Norway)

TechnipFMC Bags EPCI Work for Luno II and Rolvsnes

not reveal an exact dollar figure for the contract, but said it is worth between $250 million and $500 million.The Lundin Norway operated Luno II and Rolvsnes are situated on the Utsira High in the North Sea, and will be tied back to the Edvard Grieg platform. TechnipFMC will deliver and install of subsea equipment including umbilicals, rigid flowlines, flexible jumpers and subsea production systems.The contract represents a continuation for TechnipFMC, who has also performed integrated work for Lundin in the FEED phase for Luno II and Rolvsnes.Arnaud Piéton, President Subsea at TechnipFMC, said

Proserv’s new Skene Facility, housing much of the firm’s Field Technology Services business unit, is now up and running. (Photo: Proserv)

Proserv Relocates Within Aberdeen

sum has already been earmarked for expansion of the premises and existing office space has been doubled as part of the move.Proserv said it intends to utilize its new site to focus on growing its intervention workover control systems (IWOCS) division as well as its marine technology business and its subsea equipment maintenance and testing, which recently saw a major multimillion dollar award from an international oil and gas supermajor.Richard Lind, general manager, Skene Facility said, “We will now be based at a much more integrated facility which has been tailored to our exact requirements. This

Allan Pirie (Photo: Ashtead Technology)

Ashtead Partners with 4Subsea

Subsea equipment rental, sales and services provider Ashtead Technology announced it has entered into a global strategic partnership with 4Subsea.Under the deal, Ashtead said it will add 4Subsea’s sensors to its portfolio for inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) services and gain access to 4Subsea’s domain experts within subsea production, well intervention and drilling. 4Subsea hardware and digital services delivery through Ashtead’s sales and distribution network including facilities in Aberdeen, Abu Dhabi, Halifax, Houston and Singapore.Allan Pirie, CEO of Ashtead, said

Atlantis platform (Photo: BP)

TechnipFMC Scores Contract for BP's Atlantis Phase 3

with its $1.3 billion Atlantis phase 3 development on Tuesday after it discovered an additional 400 million barrels of oil in place at the Gulf of Mexico’s third largest oil field.Following final investment decisions from all partners, TechnipFMC said it will manufacture, deliver and install subsea equipment, including subsea tree systems, manifolds, flowline, umbilicals and subsea tree jumpers, pipeline end terminations, subsea distribution and topside control equipment. The contract also includes provisional services for tooling and personnel required to install the hardware.The BP operated Atlantis

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Eni Deploys OPT's PowerBuoy

standalone charging station and communications platform that would enable the long-term remote operation of AUVs.OPT’s PB3 PowerBuoy is a persistent power and communication platform for remote offshore applications such as autonomous vehicle charging, meteorological and ocean data collection, subsea equipment powering, and well monitoring for offshore oil and gas operations. The device supports a suite of end user selectable mission critical payloads while extending their range of operation, lowering their operational costs, and enabling real-time data transfer and decision making, the manufacturer

DNV GL's test laboratory in Norway (Photo: DNV GL)

DNV GL to Test Bolt Fatigue for API

controlled environment within DNV GL’s global laboratory network involving its sites in Columbus, Ohio and Norway, which provide extensive corrosion expertise and the ability to test up to capacities of 7,500 kN. These laboratories have key subject matter experts in the areas of fatigue of subsea equipment, bolting connections, cathodic protection and instrumented tests. The tests will be highly instrumented to record the number of cycles, stresses, strains, current, pH and oxygen level.After testing is completed by late 2019, the data will be shared on DNV GL’s digital platform Veracity

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Ocean Power Technologies Pact with NEC Energy Solutions

what we believe will be a very high quality and desirable subsea battery technology."Last month, OPT expanded its product line to include subsea battery solutions that will provide sea floor energy storage for offshore operations.OPT's subsea battery solutions will enable the powering of subsea equipment, sensors, and communications, and the recharge of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) and electric remotely operated vehicles (eROV). They can power sensors, chemical injection systems, and even electric trees and control systems, which regulate the flow of oil, chemicals, and water and gas

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