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ABB to Buy UK's Dynamotive Ltd.

ABB to acquire the Coalville, UK-based manufacturer of  drives, controls and motors for industrial and marine applications & automotive test rigs. Dynamotive has about 40 employees and is privately owned. ABB says its owners will continue to work for them. “The acquisition of Dynamotive will enable ABB to expand its service operations including upgrade and retrofit capabilities in low and medium voltage drives. Furthermore, it will help ABB to increase its sales of complete industrial motion packages, which include drives, motors, controls and related services,” said Pekka Tiitinen, head of ABB's Drives and Controls business unit. “By combining Dynamotive’s service and engineering capabilities with ABB’s manufacturing capabilities and product know-how we will better serve our customers." Dynamotive will be integrated into ABB’s Drives and Controls business unit, led in the UK by Neil Ritchie. ABB is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of electric motors and drives. Drives adjust the speed of electric motors to match the actual demand of the application thereby improving productivity and energy efficiency. “We are excited about the opportunity to join forces with ABB. We are confident that our customers and employees will benefit from the increased level and quality of services that we can offer them,’’ said David Perkins, Dynamotive’s managing director


Extension of drilling contract for Bredford Dolphin

Fred. Olsen Energy ASA has, via its subsidiary, Dolphin Drilling Ltd, received notification of a contract extension from Agip Gas BV for the semi-submersible drilling rig Bredford Dolphin. The rig has been operating offshore Libya since March 2003. The extended contract is on the same terms and conditions as the current contract and includes a rig rate of approximately $64,000 per day. The extension period covers the time to drill one additional well and test and complete five sub sea wells


GOM Well Fire Addressed

Callon Petroleum Co. reported that all equipment and manpower were in place to bring the fire on its South Marsh Island Block 261 well in the Gulf of Mexico under control. Sunday afternoon Callon experienced a natural gas blowout while drilling the No. 2 test well at Block 261, located about 70 miles south of Lafayette, La. At the time of the incident all personnel were safely evacuated from R & B Falcon Corp. R & B Falcon/Cliffs Drilling Rig No. 153, which was drilling the well


Keppel Deliver KFELS B Class Jackup

Keppel FELS Limited (Keppel FELS) will deliver a jackup to a wholly-owned subsidiary of SeaDrill Management (SeaDrill) on time and within budget. This is the third KFELS B Class rig that Keppel has completed within the first four months of 2006. During the christening ceremony of the jackup on April 21, 2006, Mr Choo Chiau Beng, Chairman & CEO of Keppel Offshore & Marine Limited (Keppel O&M), shared with the 300-strong guests


DG Shipping Recalls 27 ONGC Supply Vessels

The Directorate General of Shipping (DG, Shipping) has asked India’s biggest oil explorer Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) to recall 27 of its 46 supply ships for undergoing safety audits immediately. The DG Shipping directive, which could lead to the disruption in oil production, has come within days after an ONGC-chartered ship, Samudrika-10, sunk off the Mumbai coast, killing five people on board. In a notice dated July 11 to ONGC


PPL Shipyard Wins $134M Rig Contract

PPL Shipyard, a subsidiary of SembCorp Marine signed a rig building contract worth $133.7 million with PT Apexindo Pratama Duta Tbk (.Apexindo.), the largest Indonesian oil & gas drilling company for the construction of a Baker Marine Pacific Class 375 Deep Drilling Offshore Jack Up Rig The Baker Marine Pacific Class (.BMC Pacific.) 375 Deep Drilling Offshore Jack Up Rig is a proprietary design developed by Baker Marine Pte Ltd, a


Offshore Rig Report

Offshore Rig Counts Increase The U.S. and European offshore rig counts increased since last week, according to Offshore Data Services' weekly mobile offshore rig count. In addition, one new rig joined the worldwide drilling fleet. The U.S. Gulf of Mexico rig count posted a net three-rig increase over last week. With 149 of the area's 195 mobile offshore drilling rigs now under contract, U.S. Gulf offshore rig utilization is 76.4 percent.


Oil & Gas Sector Growth to Continue to 2012

Record high oil prices have sent the shares of companies in the offshore and marine sectors rallying up an average of 16.5 percent year-to-date. But analysts spoke to say there is still upside potential, citing factors like strong demand for offshore rigs, which may result in the order books of key beneficiaries like Keppel and SembCorp pushing out to 2012 and beyond. The Singapore stock market may have repeatedly tested new highs in recent weeks


Keppel FELS Wins $130M Rig Order

Inking the deal for the second Gulf Drilling rig: (From left) Mr Nobuo Makabe, Deputy Managing Director/General Manager of Gulf Drilling International; Mr Yousif Rashid Al Khater, Managing Director of Gulf Drilling International; Mr Tong Chong Heong, Managing Director/Chief Operating Officer of Keppel Offshore & Marine; and Mr Michael Chia, Executive Director of Keppel FELS. Keppel FELS Limited (Keppel FELS) won a contract to build a $130 million jackup for Gulf Drilling International Ltd


MMS Reports on Ike Damage Assessments

Minerals Management Service (MMS) reports that as of September 15, 2008, 28 of the 3,800 offshore oil and gas production platforms in the have been destroyed by Hurricane Ike. Several other platforms have been reported as significantly damaged; information on those facilities is being compiled and will be released in the near term. Initial estimates are that the destroyed production platforms produced a total of 11,000 barrels of oil per day and 82 million cubic feet of gas per day


SOSI Delivers Mooring Winches; Completes Test Pad

Photo: SOSI

Sound Ocean Systems, Inc. (SOSI) announced the delivery of two unique mooring winches, both tested on its newly constructed test pad at its primary manufacturing facility in Sultan, Wash. Mooring Winches Delivered SOSI recently delivered two all-electric, custom designed


New Standard for LNG Cargo Containment Systems

Ti Group provided the insulation systems for six Sayaendo-design 150,000 cubic meter capacity LNG carriers under construction at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Japan for NYK/MOL and K-Line.

Wilhelmsen Technical Solutions (WTS) said it has successfully completing the gas trial for the first LNG carrier built to a Boil Off Rate (BOR) of 0.08% per day.  WTS subsidiary company Ti Group completed the test on the LNG carrier Seishu Maru


Offshore Oil: Lamprell Completes Caspian Sea Drilling Unit

(Jim Moffat, CEO of Lamprell. Source: Lamprell)

UAE-based Lamprell said that it completed construction of the second Caspian Sea jackup drilling rig, Mercury, for service in the Caspian Sea.   "I am delighted to report that we have completed the second drilling rig for use in the Caspian Sea


Renewable Energy: Schottel Tidal Turbines Ready For Use

Photos courtesy of Schottel

In the last months Schottel  successfully tested its hydrokinetic turbines in Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland. The full-scale tests included 260 operating hours under realistic conditions.   The result: One turbine with a rotor diameter of four meters generates 50 kW per second at


Petrobras Signs LoI for Libra FPSO

The extension of the Libra reservoir (blue) compared to Rio de Janeiro

  Libra Consortium has signed a letter of intent with Odebrecht/Teekay (OOG-Teekay), winner of a tender process, for the charter of a FPSO-type platform (floating production, storage and offloading) designed for the extended well test campaign of Libra, in the Santos Basin pre-salt deposits


Tamtron Develops New Shackle Dynamometer

Image: Tamtron

Tamtron Group announced it has joined with selected customers to develop a device for measuring tension or pulling forces. This shackle dynamometer, also known as a shackle load cell, is suited for field tests due to its light structure that has been achieved by replacing the pin of the shackle


Kalleklev to Head DNV GL's SE Asia Oil & Gas

Arve Johan Kalleklev regional manager for Oil & Gas in South East Asia

  Energy demand in South East Asia is expected to grow at twice the rate of the rest of the world. DNV GL has appointed Arve Johan Kalleklev regional manager for Oil & Gas in South East Asia just as the company is establishing a dedicated LNG and Gas Consulting unit in Singapore


Ocean Rig Partners Files for IPO

  DryShips Inc. through its majority owned subsidiary, Ocean Rig UDW Inc. of offshore deepwater drilling services, today announced that Ocean Rig’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Ocean Rig Partners LP  filed a Registration Statement on Form F-1 with the Securities and Exchange


MacGregor Mooring Systems for Tender Rigs

Image of tender rigs

  MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has won new contracts that will see electrically-driven versions of its mooring systems fitted to two new tender assist drilling rigs for Thailand-based Mermaid Maritime Public Company Limited. The Self-Erected Drilling Tender (Hull No


Innovation Goes Global: Safely Testing Marine Bollards

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A UK-based manufacturer has come up with a new solution for safely testing marine bollards and is now planning to take the innovation global. Working with the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS), Tyne and Wear Marine (TWM) has spent the last year developing the ‘Bollard Load Test’


Transocean to Raise Money with Caledonia Offshore Offering

Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: RIG) (SIX: RIGN) announced that Transocean Inc., its wholly-owned subsidiary, intends to proceed with an unregistered offering of shares of Caledonia Offshore Drilling Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Transocean, in connection with an offering being made to eligible


GE Helps US Navy Improve Energy Efficiency

GE’s Power Conversion business was chosen by Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) to build a test system for a cleaner and more productive future in full scale testing of shipboard propulsion and electrical distribution systems at its Naval Ship Systems Engineering Station (NAVSSES)


China, Vietnam Pledge Maritime Cooperation

China and Vietnam have agreed to "address and control" maritime disputes, state media said on Friday, as differences over the potentially energy-rich South China Sea have roiled relations between the two countries and other neighbors.


Rolls-Royce Expands in the Canary Islands

Rolls-Royce announced it has signed a cooperation agreement with the Astican Shipyard in Las Palmas, Canary Islands that it said will enhance the service capabilities of both parties to meet growing demand from rig and drillship owners. A new 1


Ocean Rig, Petrobras Agree to $1.1b Drill Ships Lease

Cyprus-based Ocean Rig UDW Inc said on Monday that it signed a $1.1 billion three-year contract with Brazil's state-run oil company, Petroleo Brasileiro SA, to extend a lease on two ultra-deepwater drilling ships. Petrobras, as the Brazilian oil company is known, will get the ships






 
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