Eisenbau Krämer (EBK) has secured a contract to provide approximately 30 km of metallurgically bonded clad pipe for a significant project in the Middle East.
EBK will provide some of the most delivery critical and technologically challenging sections of the pipeline. The EBK scope of work will include corrosion resistant alloy (CRA) line pipe for both onshore and offshore applications, as well as the supply of ancillary items, including hot induction bends, anti-corrosion and concrete weight coatings.
The clad pipes will be manufactured at EBK’s facilities in Dahlbruch, Germany, which employ approximately 400 people. EBK will provide DNV OSF101 steel grade 450 metallurgically bonded clad pipe in 32 inch and 24 inch diameters, with corrosion resistant alloys 625 and 825. Using its patented Impander technology, EBK will provide superior dimensional control of the finished pipes, enabling improved efficiencies during construction of the pipeline.
EBK managing director Dr. Boris Wernig said: “EBK has a history of working on some of the world’s most prestigious clad pipeline projects. This significant contract reinforces our position as a world leader in producing metallurgically bonded clad pipe and demonstrates our technical capabilities to meet a challenging design brief. It also secures ongoing employment for around 400 people.”
Endress+Hauser submitted 261 patent applications in 2017 as the company honoured its innovators at its annual innovators’ meeting.
The company owns a total of 7,479 active property rights around the world.
Endress+Hauser has placed a high value on research and development. Employees who make significant contributions to a patent filing are invited to an annual Innovators’ Meeting. Patents with particularly high business impact are recognized with special awards. This year’s event was held in mid-April in Denzlingen near Freiburg, Germany.
In 2017 the Endress+Hauser Group once again invested more than seven percent of sales in research and development. “With 261 patent filings, as well as 467 approved patents, we are innovating at a high level again this year,” says Angelika Andres, head of the patent law department at Endress+Hauser. Many of the developments stemmed from liquid analysis, level and flow measurement technologies.
“In order to strengthen the Group’s position in this competitive environment, we protect our innovations with patents in the very early stages,” says Dr Andreas Mayr, Corporate Director Marketing and Technology at Endress+Hauser.
2017 saw several new innovations, as Endress+Hauser introduced 57 new products to the market, including the self-calibrating iTHERM TrustSens thermometer and the Promass Q, which delivers highly precise mass flow, volume flow and density measurements.
Apart from the extensive research and development activities, close cooperation with select universities and research institutes is another factor that helps the Endress+Hauser Group maintain a high level of innovation. The company also established a sensor automation lab on the campus of the University of Freiburg, Germany, where a team of scientists, researchers and developers will be tasked with creating innovative sensor technologies for the Group.
Trelleborg Sealing Solutions has launched a new metal end cap seal specifically engineered for High Temperature High Pressure (HTHP) wellhead, tubing and casing hanger sealing environments.
The new sealing solution combines the pressure and extrusion resistance of a metal-to-metal bonded component with the flexibility of an elastomer.
The high performance elastomer-to-metal bonded sealing elements provide the high level of extrusion resistance necessary for high pressure and temperature casing and tubing hanger applications. Combining the range of proprietary XploR Rapid Gas Decompression (RGD) and sour gas resistant elastomers with corrosion resistant metal end caps, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions engineers can design a customized sealing solution to meet specific oil field requirements.
Eric Bucci, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions Segment Manager Oil & Gas Americas, said: “High pressure wellhead sealing environments, such as casing strings and tubing hangers, are safety critical applications requiring a robust and capable sealing product. The new metal end cap seal that Trelleborg Sealing Solutions has developed uses our proprietary and proven XploR materials, which provide superior explosive decompression resistance, oilfield fluid compatibility and longevity in HTHP environments. These benefits accelerate the performance of our customers, allowing them to operate oil & gas equipment with optimal safety and reliability.”
Sealing in the elastomer-to-metal design solution is achieved by controlled deformation of the elastomer and metal end cap elements during installation and operation. Optimal stress distribution throughout the elastomer body is modeled through Finite Element Analysis (FEA) to ensure appropriate design standards are applied to each customer’s unique application. Extrusion resistance is provided by the specially designed metal end caps that provide positive metal-to-metal sealing interference with the hardware upon assembly and conform with any potential extrusion gaps under pressure.
Peli Products has unveiled its wide range of products for the safety of professionals working in oil and gas refineries, offshore platforms, petrochemical, or other high-risk industries.
9455Z0 RALS, the first and only RALS with safety certifications for global use
The 9455Z0 RALS is the safest product in its category thanks to its three global safety certifications: The European ATEX Zone 0 (Cat. 1), IECEx ia and North American CI, D1. All of them make it the perfect choice for working in high-risk industries, regardless of the location in the World. The 9455Z0 is a compact 7,3 kg portable area lighting system, easy to hand carry and to set up. Its powerful LEDs radiate 1.600 lumens in high and 800 in low with a run time up to 10 hours. The system offers a wide beam spread of 125º of clean energy that illuminates the entire area preventing workplace injuries. It features a telescoping mast that extends to 80 cm and a 360º articulating light array.
3315RZ0 and 3315RZ0-RA Rechargeable LED lights with 300 per cent more life expectancy
The unique Peli 3315RZ0 and 3315RZ0-RA torches ATEX Zone 0 (Category 1) compliant, are powered by a revolutionary lithium ion rechargeable battery that provides a life expectancy of over 2,000 cycles, 4 times more than the 500 cycles that batteries usually last. Lightweight and with a small compact design, it offers three lighting modes (high/low/flashing), providing up to 132 lumens of clear brilliant light and up to 34 hours of run time. Additionally, they feature a full-time battery level indicator conveniently integrated into the switch. The 3315RZ0-RA (Right Angle) LED torch is equipped with an articulating head that includes an integrated stainless steel clip that allows for hands free applications.
3415MZ0 ATEX certified, the versatile torch with magnetic clip
The 3415MZ0 is the ultimate Zone 0 (Category 1) ATEX safety-certified compact work light. It generates over 336 lumens, providing up to 15 hours of runtime as well as a beam distance of up to 135 meters. Driven by only 3AA batteries, the 3415MZ0 is equipped with both a spot and flood LED. This allows for close-up as well as distant lighting needs. The articulating head and built in clip provide hands-free and handheld options so you can direct the light wherever is needed. It also includes an integrated magnet that can be hold anywhere expanding its hands-free applications, making it a truly multi-task torch designed to bring great value to your lighting needs.
Tendeka has been awarded a multi-million-dollar contract to deliver autonomous inflow control devices (AICD) screens for an operator in Sub-Sahara Africa.
Tendeka will supply its specialist FloSure Elite sand screens with its FloSure autonomous inflow control devices (AICDs) and zonal isolation products for two developments in the country.
The award, which is the company’s first in the country covers multiple oil producers and water source wells. The work will commence later in 2018.
Modelling of Tendeka’s AICD for the operator’s wells has highlighted significantly increased production in comparison to conventional completion methods brought about via reduction in both water production and the gas-oil ratio.
Gillian King, Tendeka’s Vice President Europe, Russia, CIS & Africa, said: “Our FloSure AICD technology has been installed in over 130 wells for 15 operators to date with fantastic results. Our clients see up to 46 per cent increased oil with the deployment of our technology.
“This extensive track record and our reservoir modelling capabilities enabled us to win this work. We are pleased with this award and look forward to working with more operators as we increase our operations in Africa.”
Ingersoll Rand has expanded its portfolio of ATEX certified industrial equipment with seven new heavy duty pneumatic impact tools and drills.
The new tools meet the harshest environments of specialised applications including the petrochemical industry.
The ATEX (Atmosphères Explosibles) Directive 2014/34/EU is the European Regulatory Framework for the manufacture, installation and use of equipment in explosive atmospheres. It defines the essential health and safety requirements for equipment and protective systems.
“At Ingersoll Rand we have always tirelessly worked to be close to our customers and offer them power tools that help them do the job effectively in their even most demanding environments,” said Frederic Jezequel, product and marketing leader at Ingersoll Rand. “Having in mind the various applications our customers need to deal with in the hazardous atmospheres, we now offer them the widest ATEX certified portfolio of tools on the market to choose from.”
These new additions make Ingersoll Rand’s portfolio of industrial impacts and drills the broadest offering of ATEX compliable impact tools on the market. The new industrial impact tools feature:
The newest additions to the ATEX certified portfolio of Ingersoll Rand tools are:
Red Wing announced the release of its PetroKing line of work boots that is purpose-built for the global energy industry.
In the energy industry, workers are often subject to long hours on their feet in the harshest conditions. Built from the ground up, both the PetroKing XT and LT lines are constructed by bonding the upper directly to the sole for an agile boot that offers stability on uneven surfaces. The high-quality foot bed and outsole system offers shocabsorption, breathability, sole puncture resistance and four layers of cushioning. Utilising premium, fiberglass-composite toe caps along with a primarily metal-free package makes PetroKing rugged and comfortable without the weight and bulk.
“We strategically built PetroKing by listening to our customers in the energy sector and designing a boot line to not only meet but exceed their expectations,” said GlennBingen, international product line manager at Red Wing Shoe Company.
“Our product development and customer support teams know these workers operate in the most extreme and demanding conditions, and it was our goal to enable their productivity, comfort and most of all safety with a stand-out footwear solution.”
PetroKing features 16 styles to meet the needs of almost every job in the energy industry. For example, the PetroKing XT includes an oxford style, 8-inch side zip boot and an 8-inch boot incorporating Boa lacing for getting in and out fast and easy. In addition, the 11-inch pull-on boot has a FLEXGRIP panel that grips around the ankle, expanding to allow the heel to easily enter and exit and contracting for a tight, comfortable fit with superior ankle support for the stability needed in more challenging work settings.
Additional features include:
• Patented D3O impact protection technology for exceptional defence from harmful drops. Incorporated around the ankle and metatarsal, D3O material instantly absorbs and dissipates forces that come in contact with the boot toretain flexibility. Incorporated in all PetroKing XT styles, the soft, lightweight material is waterproof and temperature-stable for on-the-job comfort.
• TredMax rubber outsole for best slip-resistant technology for wet and oily environments, including perimeter lugs for traction on angled surfaces. PetroKing XT and LT styles offer electrical hazard (EH) and static-dissipative (SD) options to meet job-specific needs.
BAUER KOMPRESSOREN launches its latest cutting edge compression and purification technology in the form of LabOnLocale-365®.
BAUER wants to assure that the breathing-air produced by its compressors is always reliably pure. The company is concerned about the purity of the air people breathe, be it naturally occurring or compressed. Besides pollutants that may be drawn from ambient air, a number of additional pollutants may be added during compression. These may include by-products such as lubricant vapours or odour.
BAUER talks about the origin of these nasty irritants or, in the case of carbon monoxide (CO), deadly substances. The source may be ambient air surrounding the compressor. It could be from cleaning solutions (VOCs) or even the pleasant smelling oven exhaust from nearby cooking (CH4, CO, and Hydrocarbons). Other risks include oxygen (O2) depletion resulting from leakage of an inert gas such as nitrogen (N), or hazardous levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) released by concentrated sources in the vicinity (e.g. dry ice). A poorly maintained compressor could itself produce a toxic oil mist. It is at the compressor outlet that purification processes are intended to prevent contaminated Breathing-Air from reaching you, the user.
The LabOnLocale-365 is ISO accredited & patented product, developed by U.S. based X-zam Labs, performs 2 functions:
LabOnLocale-365 is offered in two configurations; factory integrated into the BAUER Unicus-4i or added as an aftermarket accessory for any Bauer model. Every LabOnLocale-365, no matter which version, takes advantage of cloud technology where user settings can be adjusted, air quality data viewed, and air quality reports downloaded from anywhere and at any time. www.LOL365.LabOnLocale.com
There are a multitude of LabOnLocale-365 analytical configurations and regulations to which it can test. The typical Breathing-Air version can analyze for CarbonMonoxide (CO), CarbonDioxide (CO2), Methane (CH4), Oxygen (O2), Humidity (H2O), Nitrogen (N2), Oil Mist, and Particles. Proudly, the instrument can be tuned to test to nearly any worldwide ISO Breathing-Air regulation including NFPA-1989 & EN 12021.
Honeywell announced a cloud-based simulation tool that uses a combination of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) to train plant personnel on critical industrial work activities.
The Honeywell Connected Plant Skills Insight Immersive Competency is designed to bring new industrial workers up to speed quickly by enhancing training and delivering it in new and contemporary ways.
Honeywell’s advanced training solution combines mixed reality with data analytics and Honeywell’s 25 years of experience in worker competency management to create an interactive environment for on-the-job training. It uses Microsoft’s HoloLens, the world’s first and only self-contained holographic computer, and Windows Mixed Reality headsets to simulate various scenarios for Honeywell’s C300 controller – such as primary failure and switchovers, cable and power supply failure – that train and test personnel on their skills.
“Megatrends such as the aging workforce are putting increased pressure on industrial companies and their training programs,” said Youssef Mestari, program director, Honeywell Connected Plant. “There is a need for more creative and effective training delivered through contemporary methods such as Immersive Competency, ultimately empowering industrial workers to directly improve plant performance, uptime, reliability and safety.”
Simulating specific job activities through virtual environments, which are accessed through the cloud, Honeywell’s solution offers a natural way to interact and communicate with peers or a trainer. Similar to a flight simulator, trainees can safely experience the impacts of their decisions. This approach improves skill retention versus traditional training methods by up to 100 percent and reduces the length of technical training by up to 150 per cent. Additionally, the employees’ training progress is tracked as part of a formal competency management system.
“Honeywell’s unique approach to industrial training and competency development, combined with Windows Mixed Reality platform and devices, is a good example of a major industrial player proactively and creatively driving digital transformation,” said Lorraine Bardeen, general manager for Mixed Reality at Microsoft. “This is the first solution that directly links industrial staff competency to plant performance by measuring the training’s effectiveness based on real outcomes.”
Honeywell Connected Plant turns data into insight that enable plants and businesses to run better. Honeywell delivers this capability through its unmatched domain expertise and advanced analytics capabilities to connect process, assets, people and enterprise to maximise performance. Honeywell’s breadth of cyber-security solutions ensures data stays secure from increasing external threats.
Trelleborg Sealing Solutions announced the launch of the new polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) based O-Ring energised single-acting rotary seal, Turcon Roto Glyd RingDXL.
With its design, Turcon Roto Glyd Ring DXL provides improved dynamic sealing efficiency and reduced friction by balancing the contact force on the dynamic lip under all service conditions, allowing for superior extrusion resistance and low torque. The seal is available in Trelleborg Sealing Solutions XploR range of NORSOK and API approved materials.
Eric Bucci, segment manager Oil & Gas Americas, said: “Trelleborg Sealing Solutions specialises in solving extreme oil and gas challenges, as evidenced by the new Turcon Roto Glyd Ring DXL. Compared to traditional rotary seals, the Turcon Roto Glyd Ring DXL provides superior extrusion resistance and low friction characteristics in demanding high pressure drilling mud applications, extending service life and ultimately lowering overall costs for the operator.”
Turcon Roto Glyd Ring DXL is capable of handling pressures up to 70 MPa / 10,153 psi or speeds up to 5 m/s / 16.4 ft/s. Trelleborg recommends a maximum PV value up to 48 (MPa x m/s) / 1.4M (psi x ft/min) for optimal performance. These operating conditions are typically encountered in downhole tool, rotating control devices, hydraulic motors/pumps, and hydraulic swivels.
Trelleborg said in a statement that through extensive internal R&D and customer testing, Turcon Roto Glyd Ring DXL has exhibited extended life and outstanding wear resistance in abrasive media applications.
Schlumberger introduced the Tempo instrumented docking perforating gun system that increases well productivity by efficiently deploying maximum payloads.
This combination of a plug-in gun design with real-time advanced downhole measurements enables and monitors the well’s dynamic underbalance to create clean perforations that boost reservoir productivity.
The proprietary docking components of the compact gun system streamline the deployment of up to 40 guns for selective initiation to efficiently perforate multiple reservoir zones with a maximised explosives payload in a single trip in the well. The Tempo system has the flexibility to accommodate most perforating gun sizes and shaped charges. The simplified arming process increases safety and reliability by eliminating the variability introduced by wellsite crimping and wiring, which are the primary causes of misruns and misfires.
“The Tempo system delivers a major step in improving wellsite safety and operational efficiency as well as providing real-time measurements in perforating operations,” said Djamel Idri, president, Wireline, Schlumberger. “By optimising the dynamic underbalance in the well to minimise or eliminate perforation damage, customers will benefit from increased hydrocarbon production through better-quality perforations providing improved connectivity between the reservoir and the wellbore.”
The innovative design of the Tempo system was extensively tested by an independent third-party organization to qualify as an API RP 67 Group 2 initiator for use without having to establish radio frequency (RF) silence at the wellsite. Operational risk is also mitigated by the ability to confirm system integrity both at surface and downhole, prior to positioning at the target interval.
The Tempo system is being deployed worldwide following field trials in Egypt, Oman, Kuwait, Algeria and Ecuador. In Egypt, the Tempo system’s onboard diagnostics and RF filtering technology provided operational assurance and RF protection during 11 perforation runs with no impact on simultaneous operations.
Archer has launched the VIVID acoustic listening platform - a patented, highly sensitive, acoustic technology that detects, investigates and locates leaks in real-time, verifies cement barrier seals and characterises downhole events with unparalleled precision.
The VIVID platform consists of full-spectrum acoustic sensors that accurately measure the broadest frequency bandwidth and amplitude of acoustic energy with industry-leading sensitivity and can even locate previously indiscernible low energy leaks. Developed by Archer’s Research and Development team and independently-tested, VIVID will play a key role in casing and completion evaluation, cement performance evaluation and turbulent flow analysis.
“Our VIVID acoustic listening platform represents a major turning point in the industry — detecting leaks that were previously undetectable and generating previously unavailable downhole information,” said Peter Kleinbichler, Wireline vice president Sales & Marketing at Archer.
He added: “With an increased industry focus on efficiencies, costs and safety, VIVID is the right technology for the right time — providing the clearest answers yet on downhole events, improving oil & gas performance, and providing documented evidence that operators are addressing safety and regulatory requirements during both the operational and P&A phases of the well lifecycle.”
Key applications for VIVID include:
The testing of VIVID took place at IRIS AS (The International Research Institute of Stavanger) in partnership with DrillWell (The Drilling and Well Centre for Improved Recovery). DrillWell’s objective is to improve drilling and well technology and includes AkerBP, ConocoPhillips, Statoil and Wintershall as its’ industrial partners.
Wärtsilä will supply its Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) recovery technology, LNG fuel gas handling systems and the auxiliary engines for two new shuttle tankers being built for Singapore based AET Tankers at the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in South Korea.
The order is worth more than €30 million and was booked in January 2018. The 277 metres long, 125,000 DWT tankers will operate mainly for Statoil, the Norwegian state owned energy company, in the North Sea.
The ships will operate on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as the primary fuel, but VOC – the gas evaporating from the oil cargo tanks – will also be utilised as fuel by mixing it with the LNG, thereby reducing the vessels’ bunkering needs. This is made possible by Wärtsilä’s VOC recovery system, which by combining the VOC with the LNG, provides the potential for savings of over 3000 tons of fuel each year per vessel.
In a press statement, Wärtsilä said that the ground-breaking technology for creating a fuel mix of LNG and recovered VOC, both for the 2-stroke main engine as well as the 4-stroke auxiliary engines, is expected to ignite the interest of tanker fleet owners around the world. Improved economic and environmental performance is a clear industry target for future operations.
“Wärtsilä is once again ahead of the curve with its VOC recovery technology, which was a key consideration in the award of this contract. The fuel savings efficiency of the system enables a fast pay-back time, while the reduction in emissions of CO2 equivalents is as much as 40 percent when compared to conventional solutions,” says Timo Koponen, vice president, Processing Solutions, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions.
Wärtsilä’s scope of supply for each of these ships includes the VOC recovery plant, the liquefied VOC fuel tank, the fuel mixing unit, the LNG fuel tank and fuel supply system, the gas valve unit (GVU) and two Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel auxiliary engines. The equipment is scheduled for delivery to the yard commencing in the autumn of this year.
DTN has released a new web-based pricing tool, DTN Price Admin, and an update to its existing tool, DTN Allocation Tracker to better support downstream oil and gas automation.
DTN Price Admin is an easy-to-use pricing tool that provides pricing managers the tools they need to electronically send prices to their customers. It allows them to manage price adjustments at any time and from anywhere they have internet access.
DTN Price Admin allows users to see their last published price, make simple changes to the price and send a new price to customers in their preferred format at any time. Communication is simplified by sending data electronically and quickly distributing pricing information to a specific customer or price group with one click. In addition, prices can be inputted and managed through a number of ways including an uploaded spreadsheet, manual entry, or auto calculating the price with DTN Price Admin’s “move” column.
Other capabilities include setting your effective time, publishing unique price groups, and authorizing your customers for the terminal/channel combination they need. In addition, users can send out critical messages to groups to communicate non-pricing information such as product outages and holiday hours. DTN Price Admin provides fuel managers with an efficient solution to create prices and electronically send them to customers. Click here to view the video.
DTN also added a GPO function to DTN Allocation Tracker which allows them to easily request more gallons. This save buyers valuable time, as they can make GPO or Add Load requests all on one screen and avoid the hassle of logging on to each supplier’s website.
Ampelmann’s A-type Enhanced Performance (AEP) gangway system will transfer personnel from Wagenborg Offshore’s second Walk to Work Emergency Response and Rescue Vessel Kasteelborg, to support gas production in the Dutch and UK sectors of the Southern North Sea.
The six-year contract is with Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij (NAM) and Shell UK Exploration & Production.
The Kasteelborg was converted from a standard offshore supply vessel to a specialised Walk to Work vessel in just 12 weeks at the Royal Niestern Sander shipyard in The Netherlands.
The dimensions of the AEP are the same as Ampelmann’s original A-type gangway system. However, it boasts the ability to use smaller vessels to obtain similar or even better performance and operational stability. This ultimately saves cost by allowing flexible positioning on the vessel.
Joeri Poelmann, Ampelmann’s Manager Sales & Business Development Europe & Africa, said: “As NAM/Shell UK is pursuing their strategy to simplify operations on unmanned offshore assets in the Southern North Sea, Wagenborg’s latest Walk to Work vessel combined with Ampelmann’s AEP will enable workers safe and easy access to carry out essential offshore maintenance activities.
“The gangway system significantly improves operational up-time on projects year-round and provides benefits to operators in rougher waters, including the North Sea, the coasts of South America, and the Middle East.”
The Kasteelborg is also equipped with an additional accommodation module and motion compensated crane.
Emerson Automation Solutions recently hosted a workshop at the Collaboration Center in its new headquarters in Dhahran Techno Valley with more than 50 representatives of its regional stakeholders to identify their needs and priorities for applied research in the processed industries.
Organisations represented at the workshop included King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM); Saudi Aramco Process & Control Systems Department; Saudi Aramco Exploration and Petroleum Engineering Center - Advanced Research Center (EXPEC ARC); Dhahran Techno Valley Company; and the Ministry of Education and Small & Medium Enterprise Support Group for Eastern Province.
The workshop discussed the roadmap for the development of the Collaboration Center, in addition to strategies to ensure that all stakeholders obtain maximum benefit from the center’s facilities. The forum that began with a tour of the Collaboration Center, featured fruitful discussions on potential areas of research; project selection criteria; project support and mentoring; and key performance indicators required to ensure the investment time and resources delivers results to the stakeholders and the country. The output from the workshop will help align the center’s operations with the needs of the stakeholders and ensure its beneficial use moving forward.
Emerson’s Collaboration Center is equipped with modern technology-enabled capabilities including five research pods (for individual and team initiatives) fully equipped with a distributed control system and simulation panels, a collaboration and brainstorming space for creativity and idea sharing, a solutions theater for exploring a wide range of solutions in the process automation field with full 3D capabilities, and an advanced teleconferencing room for connecting to Emerson’s network of centers, experts and consultants or any external site.
Liam Hurley, vice president and general manager of Emerson Automation Solutions in Saudi Arabia said: “This workshop was successful in engaging all stakeholders in exploring the roadmap for further development of the Center. We are pleased to provide our technology expertise to all stakeholders, thereby facilitating the role of technology as a major driving force to boost economic development activities.”
The new headquarters with its focus on technology and collaboration, aligns with Saudi Arabia’s National Transformation Plan and the Saudi Vision 2030 development agenda which looks at technology as a key enabler for boosting job creation and economic activities in the non-oil sector. The project is also in line with the In-Kingdom Total Value Add (IKTVA) program, the initiative created by Saudi Aramco to baseline, measure and support increased levels of localisation in the Kingdom.
Specialist directional coiled tubing drilling service company AnTech Ltd has launched RockView - a technology that makes real-time, high resolution geosteering possible for the first time.
The breakthrough will enable more accurate wellbore placement than ever before and provide a tangible decrease in the amount of footage drilled out of zone. This will lead to a direct improvement in the production of a well.
Predicting the exact position of a target reservoir from surface is difficult and utilises geosteering to analyse the cuttings returning from the bit or with Logging While Drilling tools positioned back from the bit. Both of these methods involve a delay between the time that the bit drills a formation and the time that the formation is identified.
The new RockView service works by using the measurements gathered from the full range of sensors on AnTech’s latest generation COLT and POLARIS BHAs. Using proprietary techniques, these can be combined to determine how hard it is to drill through a particular rock formation.
The new technology offers considerable advantages over current methods of geosteering, which are accurate but suffer from limitations which create the delay in the transmission of data.
“RockView is an exciting innovation for the industry. It will increase drilling productivity because it is an at-bit technology that will help the directional driller identify the target zone and then keep in zone. Inaccurate drilling reduces well output and is simply a waste of time and money,” says Toni Miszewski, managing director of AnTech Ltd.
RockView has been developed to mitigate that delay in service for wells that can be drilled with coil tubing. It provides near instantaneous information about conditions at the bit, and fine linear resolution. The directional driller can determine which formation is being drilled by comparing to logs prepared by the geologists. The well trajectory can be adjusted to keep the drill bit in zone thereby avoiding the overshooting that can be caused by other geosteering methods.
The LNG test centre, located in Groningen, The Netherlands, will enable safer and more efficient use of LNG by supporting stakeholders across the value chain.
The facility is located at the organisation’s existing renewable energy technology and gas laboratory site and is the first type of facility with a capacity compatible for the downstream sector. Its capacity is up to 250kg of liquefied gas and boasts a heat exchanger that allows the temperature of the LNG – and therefore its boil-off – to be precisely regulated.
Johan Holstein, Head of gas testing and analysis at DNV GL – Oil & Gas, said the testing of new sensor technology to rapidly identify the composition of LNG would be a priority. “The current accredited technology, gas chromatography, can take 3-5 minutes to show the composition of LNG,” Holstein explained. “Sensors can give an answer in a second.”
A stable and known composition of LNG is important for accurately assessing energy content and engine performance control. With accurate fuel composition monitoring, DNV GL`s online Propane Knock Index (PKI) methane number calculator can be used to assess the fit-for-purpose of gaseous fuels with end-use appliances instantaneously. LNG from different regions have different compositions, which change further as LNG is used or boils off. Holstein noted that sensors have already been tested with other gas compositions, and further validation could lead to DNV GL certification.
The ability to monitor the composition of LNG in real time (combined with advances in flow metering) could also improve pricing transparency in bunkering, which has traditionally relied on mass alone rather than mass and energy content.
The impact of changing LNG composition on engine performance can also be studied at the Groningen site. Engine developers can optimise ignition patterns and compression ratios depending on the LNG composition, for example, and the facility will allow OEMs to perform compliance tests ranging from automotive engines of around 10hp to off-road and marine engines of around 500kW.
Ben Oudman, regional manager - Continental Europe, Eurasia, Middle East, India and Africa, DNV GL - Oil & Gas, stated that “The 2017 DNV GL Energy Transition Outlook report predicts that LNG and LPG will account for 32 per cent of total shipping energy use in terms of technology and fuel uptake, so I believe DNV GL’s continuing investment in facilities, recommended practices and online tools is timely and builds on our established expertise in downstream LNG. Our aim is to support the industry adoption of LNG in an efficient, reliable and safe way.”
For LNG fuel quality testing, DNV GL has engaged in a strategic partnership with Veritas Petroleum Services (VPS) to further develop procedures and practices to ascertain and monitor LNG quality. DNV GL and VPS aim to develop a set of validated tools and measurement methods to provide the LNG industry with accurate, reliable and cost-efficient tools which will help break down the perceived barriers to LNG adoption.
Aberdeen-based, STL (Subsea Technologies Limited) has reached the next stage in its efforts to secure worldwide patents for its Xtreme Release Connector, currently in use globally. STL has been awarded a Norwegian patent.
The company’s high-angle release connector greatly enhances safety and reduces environmental risks, whilst saving time and money by increasing a vessel’s operating window.
A pioneering product by having no maximum disconnect angle, it also allows the vessel’s crew enough time to respond to challenging scenarios without the risk of getting stuck to the wellhead or damaging the connector if the crew do not react fast enough - a risk presented by all other connectors on the market.
Drummond Lawson, STL managing director, said the patent recognised the product’s unique offering in the subsea riser connector market.
He said: “The award of the Norwegian patent for our Xtreme Release Connector adds to our growing number of patents and is a true testament to the team’s dedication and focus on quality and integrity in bringing this advanced technology to the global subsea market.
“We overcame a variety of challenges experienced by existing products in the market, demonstrated by securing this new patent. Our XR Connector differs from other subsea connectors by offering face-to-face technology, which we believe is highly advantageous to both our existing and potential customers.
“It also reinforces trust in our continued ability to design and develop products for both common and tailored applications across the subsea sector.”
MaK Middle East LLC, a Caterpillar company established in 2017, recently announced the opening of its new workshop in Dubai Maritime City to provide product support services in the Middle East region for Caterpillar’s MaK, CM and EMD branded medium speed engines.
The new workshop will cater to customer needs for high quality factory after-sales support in the region. The official opening of the facility was attended by owners and operators of MaK, CM and EMD engines as well as top management from Dubai Maritime City who toured the new workshop and were given an insight into its main capabilities.
Commenting on the new workshop, Alan Naisby, managing director of MaK Middle East and MaK Asia said: “We are proud to establish this new office and workshop in Dubai Maritime City to expand the business model we have successfully deployed over the last 8 years with MaK Asia based in Shanghai and Singapore. The new state-of-the-art workshop in Dubai is equipped with top-quality, dedicated machines to provide high quality component overhauls. It also serves as the base for the factory trained service engineering team offering a wide range of services including troubleshooting, turnkey repairs, supervision and scheduled overhauls. Service exchange components are stocked in the facility and new parts are stocked in the Jebal Al free trade zone. Initially, the Maritime City facility will employ 16 marine trained professionals and field service engineers with back-up coming from Singapore and the UK.”
Naisby added, “The Middle East maritime market is very competitive and that’s why we are keen on bringing our factory’s know-how to the region to better serve our clients, build customer satisfaction and ensure new MaK, CM and EMD engine sales. Our goal is to be the one-stop parts and service provider.”