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No clear route to market for newly discovered South African gas fields, says GlobalData

The large offshore South African gas discoveries of late represent the potential for vast change in the country, however, as yet there is no clear route to commercialisation for the partners, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

Conor Ward, Oil & Gas Analyst at GlobalData, comments: “The discoveries of Brulpadda and Luiperd offer South Africa the chance to develop significant gas resources and reduce its reliance upon imports. However, Sasol, a state-owned oil and gas company, currently supplies around 80% of the country’s gas demand via its pipeline from Mozambique. Development of South Africa’s newly discovered gas resources face competition from established imports flowing from Mozambique, LNG regasification and a currently unclear domestic gas outlook.”

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The gas currently being imported via Mozambique is priced at approximately US$6-7/ mcf. GlobalData has estimated a breakeven cost for the potential Brulpadda and Luiperd development of approximately US$3/mcf making it competitive against current imports.

As the major Mossel Bay Gas to Liquids plant is running out of feedstock due to depletion of domestic fields, the country will unlikely be able to take advantage of newly discovered resources fast enough to secure supply in the near term. An alternative solution currently being considered is LNG regasification, at least for the near term, as a contract period of just five to eight years has been stipulated in the tender documents.

Ward adds: “For the new discoveries to be developed, South Africa will have to transform its currently coal reliant power sector, which in the short term could be achieved through conversion of many of its diesel plants and continued investment into gas infrastructure.

“The hurdles to development for Brulpadda and Luiperd are not insurmountable, but timing will be a key factor determining a path to monetization as the discoveries will be unable to alleviate the country of its near-term gas shortage challenge.”

  • Quotes provided by Conor Ward, Oil & Gas Analyst at GlobalData

About GlobalData

4,000 of the world’s largest companies, including over 70% of FTSE 100 and 60% of Fortune 100 companies, make more timely and better business decisions thanks to GlobalData’s unique data, expert analysis and innovative solutions, all in one platform. GlobalData’s mission is to help our clients decode the future to be more successful and innovative across a range of industries, including the healthcare, consumer, retail, financial, technology and professional services sectors. 

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Bristow achieves ISO 14001 certification for UK operations, furthering its commitment to responsible environmental stewardship

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: VTOL) announced its UK operations received International Organization for Standards (ISO) 14001 certification, making it one of the first vertical lift operators in the UK to achieve the global standard. The certification confirms Bristow’s UK operations have a certified environmental management systems (EMS) in place to monitor, manage, and deliver continuous improvement at its bases in Scotland, England and Wales.

To achieve certification, Bristow successfully completed a rigorous seven-day audit, which demonstrated how its EMS is documented and implemented at all levels of its UK business, its commitment to manage and minimise its impact on the environment, and its commitment to reduce pollution and harm to the environment.

The certification encompasses Bristow’s UK oil and gas business and Her Majesty’s Coastguard bases Bristow operates on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. Under its EMS, Bristow conducts audits of its operating bases’ environmental plans to ensure a consistent approach across the company.

Bristow Ground Operations Officer Tim Leitch prepares to refuel an S-92 at Aberdeen, UK.Bristow Ground Operations Officer Tim Leitch prepares to refuel an S-92 at Aberdeen, UK.

“It’s a significant milestone for Bristow to achieve this accreditation and underlines our commitment to continuously improving on our environmental stewardship and performance,” said Matt Rhodes, director UK Oil & Gas at Bristow. “Our robust EMS is already achieving significant energy efficiencies, and we look forward to building on this.”

During the certification process, a number of criteria must be met and incorporated into the EMS. These included leadership and top management demonstrating a high level of environmental leadership and commitment, as well as ensuring that it is visible throughout the organisation.

“The environmental impact of our operations has understandably become increasingly important to us and our clients, and this certification provides assurance that we are proactively monitoring and managing our EMS and working hard to reduce and offset our environmental footprint and the crucial role we all play in protecting our environment for future generations,” added Rhodes.

As part of its ISO 14001 certification, Bristow is committed to achieving a number of environmental objectives, including proactive measures to achieve the company’s environmental and compliance obligations such as reducing aircraft emissions and decreasing the environmental impacts of its operations. To accomplish this, Bristow uses a modern fleet with the latest technologies to ensure aircraft engines perform efficiently and are regularly maintained by an experienced engineering team.

Bristow also uses flight planning software for payload management and minimising time on ground runs. Pilot procedures also play a key role, and Bristow pilots are trained to fly at a lower torque, which burns less fuel, cuts emissions, and increases component life. Bristow also uses the latest technology fuel bowsers with enhanced safety features such as automatic shut off systems, which are regularly upgraded to eliminate spillage.

Bristow is also committed to minimising other environmental impacts including emissions, preventing discharges to water and land, waste reduction, and the reduction of hazardous products by removing, reducing or replacing those products with more environmentally friendly alternatives. Bristow is also actively ensuring noise levels remain as low as reasonably practicable and ensuring that natural habitat is protected from its operations.

ISO 14001 establishes an EMS that can be used to enhance environmental performance, fulfil compliance obligations, and achieve environmental objectives. The international standard ensures environmental responsibilities are managed in a systematic manner that contributes to the environmental pillar of sustainability. ISO 14001 helps an organization achieve the intended outcomes of its environmental management system, which provide value for the environment, the organization itself and interested parties.

About Bristow Group

Bristow Group Inc. is the leading global provider of vertical flight solutions. Bristow primarily provides aviation services to a broad base of major integrated, national and independent offshore energy companies. Bristow provides commercial search and rescue (SAR) services in several countries and public sector SAR services in the United Kingdom (U.K.) on behalf of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA). Additionally, the Company also offers ad hoc helicopter and fixed wing transportation services. Bristow currently has customers in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Guyana, India, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad, the U.K. and the U.S. To learn more, visit our website at www.bristowgroup.com.

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Biden’s carbon-free power plan equivalent to quadrupling renewables growth, says GlobalData

Following President Biden’s moves to implement new climate policies when he took office on the 20th January.

Will Scargill, Managing Oil and Gas Analyst at GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, offers his view on the targets set out for decarbonizing the power sector:

2021 01 25 083912“Biden’s target of a carbon-free power sector by 2035 is extremely ambitious and would require a massive acceleration in investment in renewable power generation and energy storage solutions.

“GlobalData’s current outlook for the US power sector sees renewables continuing to achieve rapid growth, increasing their share of total generation from around 20% currently to over 35% by 2035, driven by solar and wind. Fossil fuels, which represent around 60% of generation today, are still expected to contribute half of US power generation as gas generation remains relatively stable while coal declines. The replacement generation needed to phase out fossil fuels would be equivalent to a quadrupling of the growth currently expected in renewables.

“There may be some room to meet the target of a carbon-free power sector while retaining some fossil fuel generation through implementation of carbon capture and storage. However, we would expect such a transition to rely primarily on renewables growth, which would also necessitate a parallel acceleration in energy storage capacity. The ambitious nature of the target does not mean it is unachievable though, as there is still plenty of room for growth in US renewables. In particular, the nascent US offshore wind sector is currently on track to be less than 25% of the size of the European sector by 2030.”

About GlobalData

4,000 of the world’s largest companies, including over 70% of FTSE 100 and 60% of Fortune 100 companies, make more timely and better business decisions thanks to GlobalData’s unique data, expert analysis and innovative solutions, all in one platform. GlobalData’s mission is to help our clients decode the future to be more successful and innovative across a range of industries, including the healthcare, consumer, retail, financial, technology and professional services sectors.

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North America’s O&G trunk/transmission pipeline to be almost twice as long as FSU by 2024 as the region continues to lead global pipeline length additions

North America is expected to have the maximum share of the global oil and gas trunk/transmission pipeline length by 2024, representing around 43%. Running for a length of 899,399km, the region continues to lead global pipeline additions by 2024 with 25,335km, lagging only behind Asia, says GlobalData, a leading data, and analytics company.

GlobalData’s report, ‘Global Oil and Gas Pipelines Industry Outlook to 2024 – Capacity and Capital Expenditure Outlook with Details of All Operating and Planned Pipelines, reveals that the total length of the global trunk/transmission pipeline network is 2,083,369km (with start years up to 2024, as of November 2020). Of the total global pipeline length, among the regions studied, North America is on top with 899,399km, followed by the Former Soviet Union (FSU) and Asia with 419,021km, and 225,382km, respectively.

Adithya Rekha, Oil and Gas Analyst at GlobalData, comments: “Despite the North American transmission pipeline sector having faced several headwinds last year, gradual crude oil price recovery and improvement in the region’s economic outlook means the sector is expected to make a fortunate rebound. This will help retain the region’s global leadership in terms of pipeline length and register an impressive growth in the pipeline network by 2024. It will also sit it in second place worldwide, losing out only to Asia.”

In North America, there are currently 1,243 active and suspended pipelines operating with a total length of 874,064km. The region is expected to witness a total length additions of 25,335km, representing 22% of the total global length additions.

Expected to start operations in Mexico by 2021, the longest of the upcoming projects is San Fernando–Cactus, with a length of 1,609km. However, this pales in comparison to the onshore natural gas pipeline NGTL System in Canada, the longest active pipeline in North America, which has a length of 24,575km. Overall crude and natural gas pipelines lead growth in the region.

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GlobalData also notes that the FSU is expected to represent 20.1% of the global transmission pipeline length by 2024. The total length of the transmission pipeline network in the FSU is 419,021km, of which active and suspended pipelines constitute 405,910km. The region is also expected to witness planned and announced pipeline length additions of 13,111km by 2024. The region’s largest active pipeline system – Russian Gas System in Russia – runs for a length of 172,100km and has pipelines with a diameter ranging from 12” to 56”.

Rekha concludes: “After North America and the FSU, Asia occupies the third place with a 10.8% share in the global transmission pipeline length. Asia’s total length of crude oil and natural gas pipeline network is 225,382km. Sui Northern Gas Transmission natural gas pipeline in Pakistan is the longest pipeline in the region with a length of 7,915km.”

  • Comments provided by Adithya Rekha – Oil & Gas Analyst at GlobalData
  • Information based on GlobalData’s report: Global Oil and Gas Pipelines Industry Outlook to 2024 – Capacity and Capital Expenditure Outlook with Details of All Operating and Planned Pipelines
  • Active: Denotes assets that are currently operational/have started commercial operations
  • Announced/Planned: Denotes only new build assets that are in different stages of development and have not started commercial operations
     
  • Announced: A new build project that has not received relevant/ required approvals to develop/build the project is considered as announced
     
  • Planned: A new build project that has received relevant/ required approvals from the national government/ energy ministry/ regulatory authority/ local environmental authority/ port authority/local government, etc to develop/build the project is considered as planned
  • This report was built using data and information sourced from proprietary databases, primary and secondary research, and in-house analysis conducted by GlobalData’s team of industry experts.

About GlobalData 

4,000 of the world’s largest companies, including over 70% of FTSE 100 and 60% of Fortune 100 companies, make more timely and better business decisions thanks to GlobalData’s unique data, expert analysis, and innovative solutions, all in one platform. GlobalData’s mission is to help our clients decode the future to be more successful and innovative across a range of industries, including the healthcare, consumer, retail, technology, energy, financial and professional services sectors.

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Emerson Introduces Advanced Redundant Control System (ARCS) for Increased Operational Certainty in Emergency Shut Down Situations

ARCS is the only safety system in the industry with individual valve isolation for online maintenance without process interruption

Emerson has released its ASCO™ 141 Series Advanced Redundant Control System (ARCS) to provide a redundant solution for a variety of emergency shutdown valve applications, such as those found in the chemical, power, oil and gas industries. Available globally, it includes various redundant solenoid configurations to enhance the reliability of the process and meet specific safety or reliability requirements in automation processes. The single inlet/single outlet design provides a streamlined installation process compared to traditional bypass systems, while almost eliminating potential failure points.

The ASCO 141 series ARCS is designed for use as a component in safety instrumented systems. Utilizing 1oo2, 2oo2 or 2oo3 voting solenoids to enhance the reliability of the circuit, it functions as a redundant pneumatics tripping device to control the pilot air signal to a process valve actuator. The ARCS features either two or four electrically actuated solenoid valves, visual indicators and a manually controlled bypass or isolation valve. The unique control functionality allows for maintenance of the solenoid valves without having to shut down the process valve. In fact, the use of the maintenance bypass or isolation valve is not required for functional testing of the ARCS unit — a downtime-reducing feature not possible with common bypass functions.

Image 1: ASCO™ 141 Series Advanced Redundant Control System (ARCS)Image 1: ASCO™ 141 Series Advanced Redundant Control System (ARCS)

“By addressing the concerns common with typical bypass systems — particularly those in critical or emergency shutdown applications — our ASCO 141 series ARCS provides a reliable, time-saving alternative,” said vice president of global marketing for Emerson’s industrial automation business, Erik VanLaningham. “Although the use of a common bypass is a typical solution, the end-user doesn’t know if they’ll be able to shut down on demand in the event of an emergency because their redundant system is in bypass mode. This is where our unique ARCS value proposition comes in. The ARCS individual valve isolation option provides increased safety and operational availability during online maintenance to help customers achieve their required SIL rating.”

With just a single part number, the ASCO 141 series ARCS features several advances that simplify specification, installation and operation. Supplied as a fully integrated, comprehensive solution using a manifold instead of individual valves, ARCS comes pre-tested from the factory and ready to install. The direct valve-to-valve design eliminates pipework and fittings between the solenoid valves and minimizes leak points for increased reliability and a lower total cost of ownership. A status indicator with feedback helps facilitate preventive maintenance while providing online fault detection. It provides digital input feedback (via pressure switches or Emerson-exclusive GO Switch options) to the control room. And for additional peace of mind, the ASCO™ 327 series 3/2-way direct acting solenoid valves included on the ARCS manifold are certified to SIL 3 capable (exida) standards.

A direct-acting platform with advanced diagnostic capability and online maintenance features, ARCS is suitable for a wide variety of valve piloting applications to meet both safety and operational availability requirements.

For more information, visit www.emerson.com/en-us/catalog/asco-arcs

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About Emerson

Emerson (NYSE: EMR), headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global technology and engineering company providing innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and residential markets. Our Emerson Automation Solutions business helps process, hybrid, and discrete manufacturers maximize production, protect personnel and the environment while optimizing their energy and operating costs. Our Emerson Commercial and Residential Solutions business helps ensure human comfort and health, protect food quality and safety, advance energy efficiency, and create sustainable infrastructure. For more information visit www.emerson.com