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FLIR Launches its First Uncooled, Fixed-Mount, Connected Thermal Camera for Detecting Methane: GF77a

FLIR GF77a Offers Low-Cost Optical Gas Imaging Solution for Continuous and Autonomous Leak Detection

FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) announced today the FLIR GF77a Gas Find IR camera, its first fixed-mount, uncooled, autonomous leak detection camera designed specifically to visualize methane and other industrial gases. A new camera in FLIR Systems’ optical gas imaging (OGI) series, the connected GF77a provides upstream and midstream gas processors, producers, and operators with the ability to monitor continuously for invisible, potentially dangerous methane leaks at natural gas power plants, renewable energy production facilities, industrial plants, and other locations along a natural gas supply chain.

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FLIR designed the GF77a to combine its industry-leading gas detection features with an uncooled, fixed-mount camera platform at nearly half the price of FLIR Systems’ fixed-mount, cooled platform. The camera is engineered to detect industrial gases such as methane, sulfur dioxide, and nitrous oxide to improve inspections and reduce the chance of false readings. Featuring a FLIR-patented High Sensitivity Mode (HSM), the technology enables better detection capabilities by accentuating movement to make gas plumes more visible to the user. The radiometrically-calibrated GF77a also measures temperature, making it a solution for monitoring tank levels and inspecting components that may overheat.

The FLIR GF77a provides advanced connectivity protocols that allow for seamless integration into gas monitoring systems to meet the needs of the oil and gas industry, while also making it easy for third-party partners to integrate an analytics solution. This capability provides the industry with a solution that empowers companies to reduce emissions and ensure a safer work environment. 

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The GigE Vision and GeniCam compatible GF77a includes Wi-Fi connectivity, allowing companies to control and stream radiometric thermal data remotely. It’s also ONVIF-compliant and includes environmental accessories to allow customers to tailor the camera to their daily needs. The FLIR GF77a is available for purchase today globally from FLIR authorized distributors at less than half the price when compared to FLIR Systems’ existing solutions.

To learn more about the FLIR GF77a, please visit www.flir.com/GF77a.

About FLIR Systems, Inc.

Founded in 1978, FLIR Systems is a world-leading industrial technology company focused on intelligent sensing solutions for defense, industrial and commercial applications. FLIR Systems’ vision is to be “The World’s Sixth Sense, creating technologies to help professionals make more informed decisions that save lives and livelihoods.  For more information, please visit www.flir.com and follow @flir.

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Civil society groups welcome Royal Bank of Scotland preparing to exit fossil fuels

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Bank demands credible, ‘Paris proof’ transition plans from coal, oil and gas clients by end 2021; commits to exit coal by 2030

BankTrack, Rainforest Action Network, Reclaim Finance and ShareAction welcome the announcement by Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) of ambitious new climate targets and a set of policy measures that, if fully implemented, will see the bank move well ahead of its peers towards taking up its responsibility in tackling the climate crisis. [1]

The measures, announced last Friday by Alison Rose, the bank’s recently appointed CEO, include a significant commitment to ‘do what is necessary to achieve alignment with the 2015 Paris climate Agreement’ and halve the climate impact of its financing activities by 2030. This ambitious goal is to be achieved by measures including a termination of all lending and underwriting activities to companies with more than 15% of activities related to coal, with a full phase out of finance to the coal sector by 2030; termination of all lending for projects involving exploration for new oil and gas reserves; and ‘progressively withdrawing support’ for major oil and gas companies that ‘do not have a credible transition plan in place that is in line with the Paris climate Agreement by the end of 2021’.

Johan Frijns, director of BankTrack commented: “It is especially this uncompromising stance towards its clients in the oil and gas sector that makes RBS stand out positively from other banks that continue to finance the fossil fuel industry. Whereas in the last few years a range of banks have announced partial or even full phase-out plans for the coal sector, no large bank has so far taken similar steps to exclude ‘non-transitioning’ major oil and gas clients from its portfolio. [2] 

“RBS has come a long way since it actively advertised itself as ‘The Oil and Gas Bank’ only fifteen years ago. It is now the first large bank to demand from all its major clients in that same oil and gas sector that they face up to the reality of the climate crisis and develop credible Paris proof transition plans, and that they do so within two years or lose support from the bank. This bold posture is exactly what we need other banks to follow.” [3]

Daisy Termorshuizen, climate campaigner at BankTrack, added: “RBS is taking significant steps towards meeting the three demands of the global ‘Fossil Banks, No Thanks’ campaign, supported by over 325 civil society groups; acknowledge the responsibility of the fossil fuel industry for causing the climate crisis, stop financing new fossil fuel projects and come up with a credible phase-out plan.  Even though RBS already reduced its support for the coal, oil and gas industry over the years, this policy change signifies an important commitment that other Fossil Banks must follow”. [4]

The move from the Scotland-based bank is also important as the United Kingdom readies itself to host the next Climate Summit in Glasgow in November 2020. So far, the three largest UK banks Barclays, HSBC and Standard Chartered continue to be enthusiastic supporters of the fossil fuel industry, embarrassing the United Kingdom as host to the summit. RBS is now showing these three banks a way more constructive way forward.

Yann Louvel, policy analyst at Reclaim Finance, said: "RBS becomes the first big bank to adopt a 15% exclusion threshold for coal companies, which is laudable, but the approach on coal from its French peer Crédit Agricole still remains the most comprehensive so far as it excludes all coal developers, phases out all exposure to any company active in the coal sector by 2030 in EU/OECD countries and by 2040 elsewhere, and calls on non-excluded companies to adopt by 2021 a detailed phase out plan of their coal assets. The main breakthrough of this new policy from RBS lies in its oil & gas approach with the exclusion of major oil and gas companies without a credible transition plan in line with the 2015 Paris Agreement by the end of 2021. We will closely track the implementation of this policy and call on other financiers such as Barclays and BNP Paribas to follow suit and stop financing climate destruction."

Patrick McCully, Climate and Energy Program Director at Rainforest Action Network, said: “While this policy still has some apparent loopholes on coal and while as ever the proof of its value will be in its implementation, RBS has now positioned itself as a global leader on climate among big banks. Its requirement that major oil and gas clients adopt Paris-aligned transition plans and its goal to at least halve the emissions it finances by 2030 are especially significant. It is now time for RBS’s UK peers, and the global mega-banks like JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo which bear most responsibility for bankrolling the climate crisis, to follow RBS’s lead and announce their intention to phase out fossil-fuel financing on a Paris-aligned timetable.”

Jeanne Martin, Campaign Manager at ShareAction, said: “We applaud RBS for raising the bar of ambition for banks by committing to stop lending to major energy companies that do not have credible transition plans aligned with the Paris climate agreement by 2021. RBS’s new commitment is in line with what ShareAction’s climate change resolution asks of Barclays, Europe’s largest fossil fuel financer. If RBS, which used to market itself as “the oil and gas bank” can do it, so can Barclays.”

Johan Frijns of BankTrack added: ”While the bank has not yet provided details on how exactly it will measure the climate impact of its financing activities, or how it will assess the quality of transition plans of major oil and gas clients, and with the devil usually hiding in these details, we all wish to salute Alison Rose for her courage and sector wide leadership on this matter.”

[1] See RBS: ClimateOur Approach to Climate Change and Oil & Gas, Mining & Metals and Power Generation.

[2] For an overview of fossil fuel related climate commitments of major banks see Banking on Climate Change (2019). A new edition of this report will be published in March 2020.

[3] For an historical perspective, see The Oil & Gas Bank, RBS & the financing of climate change (2007).

[4] See www.fossilbanks.org

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New era for Enpro Subsea following acquisition by Hunting PLC

Production optimisation specialist, Enpro Subsea has been acquired by Hunting PLC (LSE:HTG). In a statement issued earlier today (Feb 21st 2020), Hunting, the international energy services group, confirmed acquisition of one hundred percent of the issued share capital of Enpro Subsea and its subsidiaries in Norway, US and Ghana. 

Enpro previously received growth capital investment from EV Private Equity in January 2018 to assist the Company’s growth strategy. 

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Enpro was founded in 2011 and since this time has developed leading subsea production technology that has been adopted by offshore operators within the global oil and gas industry. Enpro’s products focus on delivering production enhancing technologies and include Flow Access Modules, Flow Intervention Services and Decommissioning. These products offer a low cost, flexible field development solution to clients and allow for multiple production and intervention modules to enhance recovery from oil and gas wells. Due to its modular configuration shorter development timescales can often be delivered to enable quicker production of hydrocarbons.

The company will continue to trade under the Enpro Subsea brand and operate with the existing senior management team from its existing facilities in Westhill, Aberdeen. The business currently has a headcount of 40 personnel.

Commenting on the acquisition, Ian Donald, Enpro Subsea CEO, said:

“This is an exciting and positive transaction which represents a new chapter in the successful evolution of the company. With Hunting, we see significant opportunity to globalise our business and to enhance delivery of our production enhancing subsea technologies and services to our valued customers.”

Jim Johnson, chief executive of Hunting added:

“The acquisition of Enpro further strengthens Hunting’s subsea offering and adds a high technology product group to our portfolio. The offshore market continues to strengthen and we look forward to providing a wider technology offering to our customers who continue to seek lower cost, enhanced production and more efficient solutions to the production of oil and gas.”

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Sparrows Group’s cranes to support Qatargas’ North Field expansion

Sparrows Group has secured a contract to manufacture three cranes for Qatargas’ North Field expansion project.

The project, awarded through engineering firm McDermott International, will see the firm deliver two of its EC750 cranes for installation on wellhead platforms, as well as an EC1000 crane for a riser platform.

North Field is the world’s biggest single non-associated natural gas field, located offshore north-east Qatar peninsula. The field has recoverable reserves of more than 900 trillion standard cubic feet, or approximately 10% of the world's known reserves.​ The expansion project includes the development of four new LNG trains and eight wellhead platforms, where 80 new wells will be drilled.

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The cranes, which will be manufactured to API specification 2C 7th edition, are expected to be completed in Q4 of this year. On delivery to Batam, Indonesia, where the platform topsides are currently being constructed, Sparrows will oversee installation and commissioning of the cranes.

Once on-location in the North Field, Sparrows’ local team in Qatar will support the continued operation of the cranes. Spare parts will be stored locally, ensuring future maintenance work can be carried out efficiently.

Stewart Mitchell, Sparrows chief executive officer, said: “We have a strong presence in Qatar and our ability to provide ongoing support in-country for safety critical equipment was a key factor in us securing this project. The award is a testament to our experienced local workforce who continue to deliver operational excellence for our customers.

“The North Field expansion is a key project for the Middle East and will see LNG production capacity increase by 43% upon completion. We’re excited to be part of this key development in Qatar and look forward to working closely with Qatargas and McDermott.”

Sparrows currently employs approximately 300 people across the Middle East at its bases in Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

The Sparrows Group is a global provider of specialist equipment and integrated engineering services to the oil and gas, renewables and industrial sectors. The firm supports customers by delivering a broad range of expert solutions that optimise efficiency and ensure the performance, reliability and safety of critical equipment and people.

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TWMA appoints new CEO

Specialist drilling waste management company, TWMA, has announced the appointment of Halle Aslaksen as its new CEO.

Mr Aslaksen joins the Aberdeen-headquartered company from the Norwegian hydropower operator Småkraft, where he served as CEO. He was previously CEO at TCO and president of ALTUS Intervention in Scandinavia.

2020 02 20 112244Halle AslaksenWith more than 20 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, Mr Aslaksen has built a career across several disciplines and has worked across various roles for Smith International, Schlumberger and Aker Solutions in the North Sea, Continental Europe, North America, Russia and Central Asia. He holds a MSc degree in petroleum engineering.

TWMA develops solutions for the safe and efficient transfer, store and processing of drilling waste and other associated materials generated from drilling operations. The company’s specialist technologies continue to be internationally recognised for reducing drilling costs, increasing operational efficiency and lowering the carbon emissions of drilling operations.

Last year, TWMA secured new contracts valued at more than £20 million in the North Sea and invested more than £10 million into new equipment and facilities.

Mr Aslaksen said: “I am extremely proud to be joining a fast growing, dynamic business that supports customers objectives to deliver safer operations that reduce cost and lower carbon emissions.

“I have long admired the company’s specialists and technology, and I look forward to working alongside this talented team to deliver significant value for our clients.”

TWMA employs more than 700 specialists across bases in Europe, the Americas, Africa and the Middle East.

TWMA is the market leader in the provision of integrated drilling waste management and environmental solutions to the oil and gas industry. The company delivers operational efficiencies by using the latest technology to optimise drilling operations and effectively process drilling waste to the highest environmental standards. https://www.twma.co.uk/