In US Gulf, Robots, Drones Take on Dangerous Offshore Oil Work
At BP's massive Thunder Horse oil platform in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, a dog-sized robot called Maggie uses magnetic tracks to creep along pipes connecting the giant oil facility to the sea floor. Before MaggHD, dubbed "Maggie" by BP, the dangerous inspection job was reserved for highly paid specialist technicians who did their jobs while rappelling along the platform. The energy industry has turned to robots and drones to cut costs and improve safety in some of the world's tougher working environments. Drones inspect gear high up on floating rigs.
BP Expects 90% Compliance for Marine SOx Emissions Caps
Oil major BP Plc expects more than 90 percent of the world's shipping fleet will comply with new regulations slashing sulfur levels ships are allowed to burn starting 2020, a company executive said on Tuesday. Coming International Maritime Organization (IMO) rules will cut the amount of sulfur emissions that ships worldwide are allowed from 3.5 percent to 0.5 percent by 2020. "Potential non-compliance is a significant issue that the market has been contending with," Jason Breslaw, who leads BP's distillate trading origination across the Americas, said at an industry conference in New Orleans.
NNS Appoints John Temple V-P at SRNS
Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) appoints John Temple as Vice President of Contracts Management for Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS). Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII ) announce that John Temple has been promoted to vice president of contracts management for Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS) – a joint partnership between Newport News Shipbuilding, Fluor Corp. and Honeywell that manages operations of the Department of Energy's Savannah River Site in Aiken, S.C.
Qatar Commits to $13 billion LNG Project
Persian Gulf emirate Qatar will invest about $13 billion to boost liquid natural gas production by 40 percent, according to a Monsters and Critics report. Qatar Petroleum and ExxonMobil Corp. jointly formed Ras Laffan Liquefied Natural Gas Co., or RasGas, to supply a soon-to-be built LNG re-gasification terminal on the U.S. Gulf of Mexico coast. Recently, RasGas let contracts for an expansion of Ras Laffan Industrial City facilities that will process natural gas from Qatar`s giant North Field, according to the report. Among those contracts is one awarded to Fluor Corp. for engineering, procurement and construction management in the building of six LNG trains. The Fluor contract has a potential value of about $1 billion. Source: Monsters and Critics