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Proserv Norway secures significant decommissioning project awards

Energy services company Proserv has recently been awarded three contracts worth a combined value of more than $2.5million (approx. 21.5m Norwegian Krone) for decommissioning work in the Norwegian North Sea.

The firm’s Stavanger facility will provide cutting services as part of a full severance package covering subsea and topside work. Compared to more traditional approaches, the cutting technology solutions deployed by Proserv can save hours in well severance and plugging, which can lead to significant savings in day rates over a campaign.

These awards build upon decommissioning successes for the company globally in recent months with around $8million worth of work secured in Asia Pacific, the UK and Gulf of Mexico.

2017 05 17 092753A Proserv technician working on the firm’s suite of decommissioning tooling

As part of the decommissioning workscopes, Proserv will provide abrasive cutting, diamond wire cutting, grout removal and dredging services.

Henrik Johnson, region president for Norway, said: “To date, we have cut over 300 wells globally in a variety of challenging conditions and environments, so our track record and the reliability of our equipment was a key factor in securing these awards. Another major attraction is the fact we can offer a wide range of integrated services all under one roof helping to cut costs, reduce complex supply chains and better manage risk through using a single source provider.

“One of the contracts requires specialist engineered solutions to deal with non-standard sizes used in the structure. The complex installation requires a custom technology solution rather than an ‘off-the-shelf’ package and this is at the core of Proserv’s expertise.”

The contracts come at a time of strong investment and development with the company currently investing more than $2million to develop two new Multi String Cutting (MSC) systems for well severance campaigns, to meet market demand.

Proserv is a technology-driven company providing products, services and bespoke solutions to clients across the drilling, production and decommissioning market sectors. Operating worldwide through 22 operating centres based in 12 countries, the company has won a string of industry awards over the years in recognition of its achievements.

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Millennials expert gives stark warning to global oil and gas sector: update approach or lose future workforce

- OSCC 2017 speaker says if next generation’s loyalty hangs in the balance so too does the industry -

Millennials expert Ryan Jenkins is warning the global oil and gas industry that it is on the brink of a dangerous ‘war on talent’ which will see young people becoming disengaged and moving into other sectors within just a few years of employment. He is urging organisations to adapt modern technology and methods to attract, train and retain young people to ensure the workforce of tomorrow also develops into a safe and competent one.

2017 05 17 092428Jenkins, a world-renowned expert and published author on the topic of millennials, will deliver his stark message during his keynote presentation at the annual OPITO Safety & Competence Conference (OSCC 2017) which is being held on 8th November and at the Royal Chulan, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia for the second year running.

OSCC 2017 is the only global event focused on safety and competency in the oil and gas industry. Now open for registrations (www.opito.com/oscc-registration), the free to attend conference attracts delegates and exhibitors from all over the world including the UK, US, Europe, Middle East and AsiaPac.

Jenkins speech will set the tone under this year’s theme ‘New Generation, New Thinking’. He will uncover the unique culture of those born between 1982-1997, what influences and attracts them to stay with companies, as well as revealing examples of global organisations successfully building a stronger future.

Originally from Colorado in the US, he has helped organisations such as soft drinks giant Coca-Cola, heavy equipment manufacturer John Deere, and international financial business Wells Fargo to adapt and better understand young people entering their industries.

Jenkins said: “A war on talent has begun in the global workplace and the oil and gas industry is at the threshold. The millennial generation makes up the lion’s share of personnel across companies with 66% of them expecting to leave their current employer by the end of 2020. This makes attraction and retention amongst the greatest challenges for businesses today.

“Companies must not only battle against competitors to be the most appealing to this generation, but they must also give serious consideration as to how they engage with them, the technology young people use, and how this group views and equates success at work.

“My presentation at OSCC 2017 will drive this message hometo delegates, reveal some of the latest working trends and provide a better understanding of who millennials are.”

The OSCC event and exhibition was introduced eight years ago to bring operators, contractors and the supply chain together with training organisations and provide a forum for improving standards of safety and competency that protect the workforce and the industry’s reputation.

OPITO interim chief executive officer John McDonald said: “The next generation has grown up in a hi-tech, fast paced, interconnected world and as an industry, we need to look at how we can further embrace these methods and gadgetry advancements whilst maintaining standards.

“We look forward to Ryan sharing his wisdom and strategic experiences with us as we consider the ambitions of millennials as well as hearing from our other speakers and industry experts discussing new practices and standards during the event.”

OPITO delivers standards to improve workforce safety and competency at a global level with business units focused on Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa, the UK and Europe; and the Americas. The organisation works with Governments, national oil companies, multi-nationals and contractors to meet their skills needs to provide independent advice and guidance on effective management of workforce skills development, emergency response and occupational standards and qualifications and quality assurance of training delivery.

Ryan Jenkins is the author of the book ‘The Millennial Manual: The Complete How-To Guide to Manage, Develop and Engage Millennials at Work’. He has featured in Forbes, Fast Company, Inc., and SUCCESS magazine. Ryan is also a partner in 21mill.com, a micro-learning platform for training Millennials.

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US market entry heralds growth opportunities for Polaris Learning

A Scottish training firm has announced a joint venture with a US-based energy company as its plans for international growth heat up.

Polaris Learning will work together with Safety Management Systems (SMS), part of Acadian Companies, to deliver a range of training courses to onshore and offshore workers in the US oil and gas industry, which will help the company secure a vital foothold in the lucrative American market and allow the business to support the global operations of existing North Sea clients.

2017 05 17 070450Keith Adam, managing director at Polaris LearningPolaris Learning has been supported throughout this international expansion by Scottish Development International (SDI), which has provided business and marketing strategy support as well as advice on exporting services.

SMS has training centres in Houston, TX and Louisiana which have welcomed more than 134,000 students since 2011. The link-up with Polaris Learning will allow these learners to complete qualifications remotely at the click of a button, through the Scottish firm’s online and blended learning portal, PLUS. Polaris Learning staff will provide additional support through webinars, video conferencing and email.

Courses initially on offer will include assessor, verifier and leadership management training along with a range of practical and work-based certificates, aimed mainly at large drilling and marine companies. It is expected that additional services, particularly around competency management, will be introduced to US learners as the relationship develops.

Keith Adam, managing director at Polaris Learning, said: “Breaking into new markets whilst working with other well-respected training providers ties in with our wider growth plans, which has seen our company work in an ever-increasing number of international locations over the past 12 months.

“Safety Management Systems is a major player in the US training sector so we are extremely pleased to be working so closely with an established partner to bring our knowledge and experience to bear for individuals working in the country’s energy industry.

“This link-up is an important first step and we expect to secure a number of key clients for our range of training courses within the first year of this collaboration. To begin with, the scope of our agreement will cover the US only but we are hopeful this could lead to further opportunities in Canada, Mexico and South America.”

Safety Management Systems (SMS), headquartered in Lafayette, Louisiana, is one of the largest health, safety, environmental, medical, security and training service companies in the United States. It is a provider of highly-rated and comprehensive training programmes for the oil and gas industry, including OPITO, API and USCG-approved courses. In addition to its dedicated training facilities, SMS provides on-site training for customers around the world.

Marc Pretorius, training manager at Safety Management Systems’ Houston training facility, said: “We first approached Polaris Learning as a training partner based on its track-record and reputation for providing high-quality training courses to clients in the oil and gas industry.

“The synergies between the two companies made this the right fit for both parties so we are excited about the potential this agreement brings, particularly in terms of the ability to offer our clients a bespoke online learning experience. This service will perfectly complement our company’s existing range of practical assessments and qualifications to give the end-user greater flexibility when it comes to completing qualifications and assessments.”

Polaris Learning recorded turnover of just under £1million for its December 2016 year-end. The company is targeting year-on-year growth with turnover projected to increase by more than 50% to £1.5million by the end of 2018.

Established in 1996, Polaris Learning provides competency management services as well as an extensive range of accredited training and qualification programmes from the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM).

The business was recently approved for the Business Gateway Growth Pipeline, an intensive 18-month programme which provides across-the-board support covering business strategy, marketing strategy, IT resources and research into overseas markets.

In November 2016, Polaris Learning exhibited at the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) as part of the SDI Scotland Pavilion. The company has also expanded into new geographical markets over the past 12 months, Scandinavia, Central Europe, the Middle East and the Far East, following the development of its online and blended learning portal, PLUS.

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Wood Group Engineers Support NSRI’s Diversification Initiative

Two engineers from Wood Group have supported the National Subsea Research Initiative (NSRI) in its drive to speed up the development and implementation of near to market technologies in the subsea sector.

Jamie McCallum and Christer Fjellroth, who are both working towards becoming Chartered Engineers, beat off competition from a number of hopefuls who applied to join NSRI on a one year secondment last year.

Over the past 12 months, Jamie and Christer have carried out a number of engineering studies in a bid to widen the remit of NSRI’s initial oil and gas focus.  Jamie was tasked with exploring the opportunities in offshore renewables for UK supply chain companies, while Christer focused on the potential and economic viability of deep sea mining; two sectors which offer immediate diversification opportunities for the subsea supply chain.

2017 05 17 064751Jamie McCallum and Christer Fjellroth, have carried out a number of engineering studies in a bid to widen the remit of NSRI’s initial oil and gas focus.

They also developed NSRI’s Matchmaker database, a resource which aims to partner end users with technology researchers and developers in the renewables sector as well as the growing subsea mining community. 

The Matchmaker resource is a starting point on which NSRI will build to ensure that it truly represents the entire industry and relevant research organisations, providing the best and most relevant contacts and collaborations needed to progress the development of new technology.

Christer Fjellroth, who graduated from Robert Gordon University with a Masters in Mechanical and Offshore Engineering, said: “I feel extremely fortunate to have been given the opportunity to work with NSRI on a number of game-changing projects. I learned so much about key subsea developments currently underway and the technologies which will underpin the industry’s long-term prosperity as it moves into increasingly challenging territories and deeper waters.

“It has been really interesting to find out how UK supply chain companies can modify and adapt their technology to diversify into other sectors and sustain long-term growth.”

Jamie, who is a Master of Engineering graduate from the University of Aberdeen, worked with the NSRI team to identify how universities and specialist research centres can support the industry in its drive to get new technology off the ground.

Gordon Drummond, project director for NSRI, said: “Jamie and Christer are both extremely passionate about the subsea industry and understand the important role that technology will play in prolonging the life of the sector. They are great ambassadors for the industry and have proved that if you give people the tools and support to solve a wide variety of challenges, they will excel.

“The work that they have carried out so far has been extremely valuable in supporting our ongoing initiative. They both have a very bright future ahead of them and I hope this experience will go some way in helping them become leaders in subsea one day.”

Maria Farid and Emmanuel Okoli, both engineers from Wood Group will be following in the footsteps of Jamie and Christer when they join NSRI on a one year secondment later this month.

Bob MacDonald, CEO of Wood Group’s Specialist Technical Solutions business said: “We are delighted these talented individuals from Wood Group have used their energy, experience and expertise to support the NSRI in further developing new opportunities and innovations for the subsea sector and in particular it’s supply chain.

“The research and development Jamie and Christer have achieved will play a part in helping to enhance the industry’s future prospects and solve its challenges. We are proud as a company to collaborate with NSRI and remain committed to working in partnership with them, to support the subsea sector as it continues to adapt, diversity and advance.”

As the technology arm of industry body Subsea UK, NSRI is the focal point for subsea research and development, bringing together industry, developers and academia to collaborate effectively to fast-track the introduction of new technology which and help the UK maintain its global position.

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Schlumberger Launches New Fluid Mapping-While-Drilling Service

SpectraSphere service uniquely enables the understanding of reservoir properties while drilling for improved reservoir characterization, well placement and reduction in overall well construction cost

Schlumberger has just launched the new SpectraSphere* fluid mapping-while-drilling service at the 2017 Offshore Technology Conference.

logo slb headerThe service is the industry’s first to deliver downhole fluid composition during drilling with real-time pressure measurements-while-drilling. Applicable in a variety of environments, from exploration wells to highly deviated development wells, SpectraSphere lowers risks associated with fluid analysis and sampling operations while enhancing well placement, maximizing reservoir contact and ultimately boosting future production.

“Understanding the parameters of the reservoir in real time is critical for all our customers during all stages of field development,” said Richard Brown, president, Drilling & Measurements, Schlumberger. “The SpectraSphere service enables customers to obtain laboratory-quality fluid analysis while drilling, which reduces the overall cost of operations and risks associated with conventional fluid analysis.”

The SpectraSphere service is the industry’s only service to enable real-time fluid mapping by providing critical fluid properties, including fluid composition, fluid typing, fluid fractions and gas/oil ratio while drilling. The reliable characterization of these properties is essential for estimating reserves, optimizing completions, designing surface facilities and meeting production goals.

The service has been field tested in the Gulf of Mexico, Middle East, Africa, the North Sea and offshore Malaysia. While developing a field offshore Malaysia, a customer used the new service to acquire formation fluid samples and pressure measurements in a highly deviated wellbore that intersected pressure-depleted zones with increased risk of differential sticking. The customer obtained all fluid samples and pressure measurements in one run, with fluid samples showing less than 1% contamination. The customer completed sampling in two hours per station and eliminated the need to conduct further formation testing in two additional wells, saving three operating days.

For more information about the SpectraSphere fluid mapping-while-drilling service, visit www.slb.com/spectrasphere.

About Schlumberger

Schlumberger is the world's leading provider of technology for reservoir characterization, drilling, production, and processing to the oil and gas industry. Working in more than 85 countries and employing approximately 100,000 people who represent over 140 nationalities, Schlumberger supplies the industry's most comprehensive range of products and services, from exploration through production, and integrated pore-to-pipeline solutions that optimize hydrocarbon recovery to deliver reservoir performance.

Schlumberger Limited has principal offices in Paris, Houston, London and The Hague, and reported revenues of $27.81 billion in 2016. For more information, visit www.slb.com.

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