Heerema Unveils World's Largest Offshore Crane Vessel
Dutch firm Heerema Marine Contractors and Singapore's Sembcorp Marine, on Thursday, showed off the world's largest crane vessel that can be used for the setup and decommissioning of offshore oil and gas facilities.The semi-submersible vessel, which cost Heerema about $1.5 billion, is equipped with two cranes that can reach a height of 220 metres, taller than the top of Singapore's iconic boat-shaped Marina Bay Sands hotel. The cranes have a combined lifting capacity of 20,000 tonnes…
Interview: Astrid Skarheim Onsum, SVP, Head of Wind, Aker Solutions
Offshore renewable energy is gaining investment support in the United States, particularly on the east coast. While the U.S. is a full generation behind its European counterparts in tapping the wind as an energy source, if current plans come to fruition it could gain ground quickly. Recently we spoke with Astrid Skarheim Onsum, SVP, Head of Wind Aker Solutions, for her view on the path ahead and the growing role and promising future of ‘floating wind.’Please give an overview of your responsibilities as SVP…
Rotterdam Port Fund Acquires Stake in ExRobotics
Rotterdam Port Fund has invested in remote inspection robotics company ExRobotics, specialising in robots to operate in high risk environments such as oil and gas facilities.The Dutch robotics firm manfacturers modular robots that can carry out remote inspections of oil and gas facilities more efficiently and with a lower safety risk than those carried out by humans.ExRobotics will be working on the further development of this technology in close collaboration with knowledge institutes…
ABS Awards AIP to HHI’s Deepwater FLNG Hull
ABS granted Approval in Principle (AIP) to Hyundai Heavy Industries’ (HHI) Deepwater Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) hull design.HHI advises the Newbuilding Conversion FLNG hull design for offshore application can be constructed for about 80 percent less than the cost of a conventional FLNG hull. It is based on LNG carrier designs combined with the requirements for FLNG production, such as structural reinforcements to take topside module load and a hull designed to allow…
Kvaerner Bags Two Contracts for Disposal of Platforms
Kvaerner has entered into an agreement with Allseas for the recycling of the topside and bridge of the 36-year-old Valhall QP platform when Allseas removes this installation for operator Aker BP in 2019. The structures will be deconstructed during winter 2019 and spring 2020. Kvaerner has also signed a contract with Saipem Uk for disposal of the Varg A installation. Saipem will remove the installation from the field on behalf of Repsol. Varg A was originally delivered by Kvaerner’s yard in Verdal, Norway in 1997.
Port Corpus Christi to benefit from LNG partnership with China
Port Corpus Christi officials are confident that the agreement signed between Cheniere Energy of Houston and China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) will bring increased traffic to the port, according to the San Antonio Business Journal. Officials from Cheniere accompanies President Trump on his tour to China and signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Chinese company. CNPC is the largest gas and oil supplier and producer in China and is also one of the largest providers of oilfied services.
BSEE to Perform Risk-based Inspections
The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has launched a pilot Risk-Based Inspection Program in an effort to improve its focus on offshore oil and gas facilities that exhibit a number of distinguishing risk factors. According to BSEE, the new program will complement its existing inspections and audits to increase the safety of offshore oil and gas operations. “By focusing on facilities based upon their risk factors, BSEE can more efficiently and effectively manage limited inspection and audit resources,” explained BSEE Director Brian Salerno. “Risk factors include design, operating and environmental characteristics of the facility, which may correlate to a greater likelihood of experiencing an incident.
RS at Offshore Marintec Russia
From October 7-10, 2014, Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) will participate in Offshore Marintec Russia, the International Conference and Exhibition, a new project for the Russian market. The event is focused on offshore development and is dedicated to the specialists of oil and gas industry. During the exhibition RS will present “Member’s Area”, a new information service which enables the RS customers, depending on the category, to access various RS information resources and databases. RS experts will actively participate in the Conference. Within the Conference Session ’Development of Modern Offshore Fleet for the Exploration of the Arctic and the Shelf of Russia‘ Georgiy Bedrik…
Russian Class & Arctic Operations
When it comes to Arctic operations, the Russians arguably have more hands-on experience and investment than any other nation. With that in mind, Maritime Reporter spoke recently with Georgiy Bedrik, Head of the RS Business Development Division, for his input on RS and matters of the Arctic, maritime and offshore. Please give a brief description of the market you serve. In maritime, RS renders a full scope of classification services for ships including plan approval, survey under construction and in operation, as well as statutory surveys in compliance with international codes and conventions.
Porter Voices Concerns Over Texas Pipelines
Commissioner David Porter of the Texas Railroad Commission (RRC) Tuesday visited several south Texas border oil and gas facilities and pipeline rights-of-way to meet with field staff, operators, law enforcement and security officials to examine the vulnerability of Texas’ critical industry infrastructure. "While oil and gas operators take every precaution to limit any threat to their equipment and product, the unfettered flow of illegal aliens complicates their efforts,” said Porter. Commissioner Porter recently sent a letter to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner R.
ABS Secures Prestigious PFLNG Classification Contract
ABS, a leading provider of classification and technical services to the global offshore industry, has been awarded the classification contract from PETRONAS, Malaysia’s national oil company, for the company’s second floating LNG facility (PFLNG 2). The vessel will be built at the Samsung Heavy Industries yard in Geoje, Korea. “This is a very significant award for us,” says ABS Chairman and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki. ABS has a long history working with floating gas concepts, classing the first offshore LPG storage unit in the world in 1997 and the first LPG FPSO in 2005.
ABS Wins Petronas FLNG Classification Contract
ABS, a provider of classification and technical services to the global offshore industry, has been awarded the classification contract from Petronas, Malaysia's national oil company, for the company's second floating LNG facility (PFLNG 2). The vessel will be built at the Samsung Heavy Industries yard in Geoje, Korea. "This is a very significant award for us," said ABS Chairman and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki. ABS said it has a long history working with floating gas concepts, classing the first offshore LPG storage unit in the world in 1997 and the first LPG FPSO in 2005.
ABB Wins US$60-Million Statoil Offshore Contract
Power and automation technology group, ABB, informs it has won three orders worth $60 million for internal and external telecommunication systems for three Statoil projects on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. The three contracts have been signed with leading shipyards in South Korea. ABB will be a system integrator of telecommunications on the offshore installations built for the Aasta Hansteen and Gina Krog fields in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea and for the Mariner field in the British sector.
RS, Baku Shipyard Enter Crewboat Agreement
Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) signed an agreement with Baku Shipyard LLC of Azerbaijan for the design approval of project 38М сrewboat high speed craft (designer - SHIPTECH, Singapore). The new boats are intended for the carriage of specialized personnel employed at offshore oil and gas facilities and will be one of the first orders placed with the newly built shipyard in Baku. Under the terms of the design approval agreement, the RS experts are to review the design documentation of five ships under construction for compliance with the new RS requirements as well as other RS applicable normative documents and also, with statutory requirements coming within the terms of RS reference. The new boats will be constructed as part of the Azerbaijan state program for fleet renovation.
Hutton's Expands Renewables Service
Hutton’s Group is expanding its Renewables Division to better service the growing offshore oil and gas and renewable energy sectors. Hutton’s Renewables has relocated to larger quayside premises in the centre of Great Yarmouth’s vibrant maritime community in order to expand its stock holding capabilities and support services for the East Coast windfarm developments and offshore oil and gas facilities. With its deepwater harbor, Great Yarmouth is situated within 100 miles of one of the world’s largest concentrations of offshore renewable projects.
New ABS Guidance Notes: Accidental Load Analysis
ABS, provider of classification services to the global offshore industry, announced the release of the ABS Guidance Notes on Accidental Load Analysis and Design for Offshore Structures. ABS developed a new and unique Guidance Note for assessing the structural consequences of accidental loads. While conventional design criteria typically take into account such variables as wind, wave, current and weather conditions, they do not include guidance on assessing design integrity under the accidental loads of impact from moving vessels, dropped objects, fire or blast hazards. ABS Guidance Notes on Accidental Load Analysis and Design for Offshore…
CIGI Urges Canada to Increase Arctic Ops, Spur High North Economy
To prepare Canada’s northern communities for the “New Arctic,” the federal government needs to devote greater policy attention and resources to strategic Arctic maritime areas such as Nunavut, says a new policy brief issued by The Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). In Nunavut and the New Arctic, CIGI Senior Fellow John Higginbotham highlights the need for basic maritime transport infrastructure in Nunavut, which is the Canadian region with potentially the most…
Nigerian Offshore Equipment Facility Taking Shape
Kaztec Engineering announced that construction of its Phase 1 Lagos factory is now underway. Kaztec, a subsidiary of the Chrome Group a leading West African oil and gas conglomerate, intend to fabricate drilling and production platforms and other specialized structures for the oil and gas industry at the new plant. Following the completion of the first phase, Kaztec expects to commence development of a second phase of the fabrication yard, which is expected to be completed by mid- to late-2014. Snake Island Integrated Free Zone is an industrial free zone facility and port development strategically located in the coastal waterways of Lagos, with immediate access to the open seas. Addax Petroleum Limited is a technical partner in Kaztec's fabrication yard project.
Aker Solutions Q1 Results 2011
6 May 2011 - Aker Solutions' operating revenues in the first quarter of 2011 were NOK 12 billion, and earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation amounted to NOK 1.8 billion, including profit from asset sales and non-recurring items. "The streamlining of our business is nearly complete, and Kvaerner is scheduled to be listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange in July. Solid first quarter earnings and gains from strategic asset divestments have generated a NOK 1 billion net cash position.
AMEC names Andy Sallis President of Oil & Gas Americas
Houston, TX (21 July 2011) – AMEC, the international engineering and project management company, has named Andy Sallis to the position of President, AMEC Oil & Gas Americas, responsible for Houston-based project operations, including supervision of joint ventures AMEC Black & McDonald in Canada and Paragon Angola in West Africa. Previously, Mr. Sallis served as Senior Vice President, Business Capture and Delivery, for AMEC Paragon, the oil and gas business unit of AMEC Natural Resources Americas.
Environmental breakthrough in Abu Dhabi
The Norwegian companies SAAS System and Aker Technology have received an order for the delivery of a system to prevent pollution from gas flaring on an oil field in Abu Dhabi. in different types of environmental technology. The delivery includes a system which removes the demand for flaring at an oil plant in Abu Dhabi in the United Arabian Emirates UAE. Unnecessary flaring is still in use at oil and gas facilities all over the world. achieved without the pollution. Arab Emirates, which is one of the world's largest oil exporters. Under the turnkey contract the two companies will use a local company for installation work. since 1997 on marketing systems which avoid the use of pollutive flaring at oil and gas facilities. company of the United Arab Emirates.
Sharp Rise Seen in North Sea Decommissioning
Decom North Sea (DNS), the organization which represents the North Sea’s oil and gas decommissioning industry, has welcomed changes in the budget which will boost the sector, leading to new jobs and investment in new equipment. With annual decommissioning expenditure in the North Sea forecast to top £1billion within a few years and a total of about £35billion due to be spent over the next 20 to 30 years, DNS had called for the budget to provide long-term certainty. The forum has around 200 members, drawn from across the full spectrum of the industry, including operators and contractors. The Government announced it will introduce a package of oil and gas measures to secure billions of pounds of additional investment in the UK Continental Shelf…
Senergy Appoints Director to Leadership Team
Senergy Development Solutions (SDS), which specializes in oil and gas facilities engineering and total project delivery, has positioned itself to harness the increasing market demand for its services by appointing a third director to its leadership team. Rob Fisher joins fellow directors Murray Douglas and Stuart McAuley at SDS, which is part of global energy services company Senergy. He will underpin and lead SDS’s subsea, pipeline and construction management business and further build on the company’s track record in engineering and project management.