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Arnlea wins Malaysian contract in partnership with Dataran Elektra

Arnlea Systems Ltd, global leader in industrial mobile software for tracking, inspection and maintenance for the oil & gas industry, is providing its IntrinsixEX software in an inspection contract with Dataran Elektra Sdn Bhd ("Dataran Elektra")for Wood Group Engineering Sdn. Bhd. ("Wood Group").

Arnlea was invited by Wood Group to tender for an Ex inspection software project, while a number of inspection providers were invited to tender for the inspection element.  Arnlea's IntrinsixEX software was selected and Dataran Elektra won the inspection provision bid.  Dataran Elektra works with energy partners, manufacturers and EPCC contractors to develop business synergies, technologies and skills to enable them to maximise value.

Wood Group awarded the contract for Arnlea through Dataran Elektra to provide its IntrinsixEX inspection software, as well as a suite of tablets and Bluetooth pens for RFID tags, to enhance the inspection process, data capture and integration with SAP. This delivers superior management reporting and ensures Wood Group clients' asset register remains continually up-to-date and synchronised in real time. The team from Dataran Elektra will have a greatly enhanced system to work with, will understand more easily what they need to do, significantly improving both the inspection workload and the data collection afterwards to deliver premium data management without the need for any additional data processing.

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Wood Group and its clients will benefit from this enhanced solution and the inspection team from Dataran Elektra will experience fewer issues on the ground. Using Arnlea's IntrinsixEX's efficient inspection software facilitates greater numbers of inspections at the same time, increasing compliance for the client in real time, all the time.

This has provided a two-fold opportunity for both Arnlea and Dataran Elektra as both businesses provide complementary inspection solutions and the two businesses see a significant prospect of working together in the future. This is in addition to both companies working with Wood Group on an operationally critical project to enhance Ex inspections for the oil & gas operator.

Arnlea's managing director, Allan Merritt said, "As a SaaS provider, this is precisely what we've designed our software to do.  Wood Group and its clients will benefit hugely from working with the best Ex inspection software on the market. We are also extremely pleased to be partnering with Dataran Elektra, whose reputation for inspection service provision is second to none. We look forward to more innovative partnerships with them in the future, for mutual benefit and growth."

Dataran Elektra's managing director, Zamsari Kamid said, "Dataran Elektra has some of the best-trained inspectors in the region and this project will showcase that expertise to our industry, across South-East Asia and beyond. We are excited to be working with Arnlea on this project because of the high calibre of both their software and their team. This partnership will open up new doors for both businesses, and it is hoped, this will be the first of many."

Arnlea is a tried and trusted partner for a number of global oil & gas clients, with more than 25 years' expertise in supply chain management and operational management activities, providing software solutions to the oil & gas industry. 

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STATS Group Complete 12 Pipeline Isolations For Malaysian Operator

Pipeline technology specialist STATS Group (STATS) have completed an extensive pipeline isolation campaign offshore and onshore Malaysia.

The six month campaign covered 12 pipeline isolations on behalf of partner Handal Energy Berhad for a major operator in Malaysia, and represented the largest integrated campaign undertaken by STATS in the region.

All workscopes featured STATS’ range of Remote Tecno Plug® (RTP) which provided inline pipeline isolation to allow the live repair and replacement of valves on onshore and offshore assets in West Malaysia and Sarawak.

STATS Group are market leaders in the supply of pressurised pipeline isolation, hot tapping and plugging services to the global oil, gas and petrochemical industries. The company’s DNV GL type approved isolation tools provide leak-tight double block and bleed isolation of pressurised pipelines while the system remains live and at operating pressure.

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The RTPs ranged in size from 12” to 32” and teams from STATS Beranang workshop in Kuala Lumpur, backed up by personnel from the UK and UAE, worked jointly to complete the projects safely and on schedule.

Gareth Campbell, STATS Group’s regional manager for Asia Pacific, said: “With the successful completion of two 28” RTP isolations on facilities in Sarawak, this brings to a close our six month long isolation campaign in Malaysia, during which a total of 12 safety critical projects have been completed for valve repair and maintenance.

“Using a combination of local expertise from our Kuala Lumpur base, supported by colleagues from Aberdeen and Abu Dhabi, we have reaffirmed our position as the primary provider of safety-critical pipeline isolation services in Malaysia, and look forward to maintaining this success with future projects already confirmed for 2020.”

STATS Group

STATS Group provides specialist engineering services for the maintenance, integrity and repair of oil, gas a petrochemical installations and infrastructure.

STATS have gained an excellent reputation for providing a responsive, client-centred approach combined with expertise and innovative products which enhance safety and environmental performance, reduce system or plant downtime, improve asset performance, and support decommissioning and abandonment.

Website: www.statsgroup.com

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DNV GL launches standard reducing risk and improving quality in the design, construction and installation of pipelines using horizontal directional drilling

A new standard for site investigation, engineering, planning and execution of pipeline installation through horizontal directional drilling (HDD), has been published by DNV GL, the technical advisor to the oil and gas industry.

The new standard, DNVGL-ST-F121, was created through a joint industry project (JIP) and provides a series of minimum requirements and best practice for all phases, from site investigation, engineering and planning to execution of pipeline installation to reduce the risk associated to HDD crossings.

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HDD is a construction method in the trenchless industry which provides significant improvements over traditional open cut methods for installing pipelines beneath obstructions such as rivers, highways and railroads. These include preservation of the ground surface of the construction site, minimal requirement for site preparation and reinstatement, and secure depth of cover.

2020 01 21 231212The use of HDD installation techniques has grown significantly over the last decades. The 21st Annual Underground Construction magazine HDD survey estimated in 2019 that contractors expected HDD to be applied to nearly half (47%) of their projects. However, HDD crossings are complex in nature and always very challenging. It is not uncommon to face problems during execution with significant impact on cost and schedule. The best way to overcome this is to ensure a proper investigation, engineering, planning and execution of all drilling-related activities. Additionally, there are currently no methods for in situ repair of damaged pipelines installed by HDD, which makes it even more important to ensure the quality of pipeline design, construction and installation.

The earlier potential risks and problems are identified in an HDD project, the better for the delivery of the project.

All these challenges led to a joint industry project to consolidate the knowledge and experience of HDD. Operators, EPC companies and drilling contractors were brought together for the first time, addressing not only the borehole stability and the drilling activities perspective but also the aspects related to the pipeline integrity as well.

“DNV GL brought together a multi-disciplinary group of experts that resulted in a new standard that has established clear parameters, limits and criteria for essential issues related to HDD projects. We are confident that this standard will bring long-term benefit to HDD operations, reducing risk and improving quality,” said Frank Ketelaars, Regional Manager, Americas, DNV GL – Oil & Gas.

DNVGL-ST-F121is part of a portfolio of nearly 80 different DNV GL standards and recommended practices for the oil and gas industry, which can be accessed through subscription at: https://store.veracity.com/dnv-gl-oil-and-gas-standards-and-recommended-practices

About DNV GL

DNV GL is a global quality assurance and risk management company. Driven by our purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, we enable our customers to advance the safety and sustainability of their business. Operating in more than 100 countries, our professionals are dedicated to helping customers in the maritime, oil and gas, power and renewables and other industries to make the world safer, smarter and greener.

As the technical advisor to the oil and gas industry, we bring a broader view to complex business and technology risks in global and local markets. Providing a neutral ground for industry cooperation, we create and share knowledge with our customers, setting standards for technology development and implementation. From project initiation to decommissioning, our independent experts enable companies to make the right choices.

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Oil and gas companies getting attracted towards enormous resource potential of the Arctic region, says GlobalData

The Arctic region is largely under-explored due to its cold, harsh climatic conditions, frozen seas and lack of investment in infrastructure development. However, this picture is gradually changing. Dwindling oil and gas reserves worldwide is raising the case for exploration and production (E&P) companies to venture into the Arctic in search of hydrocarbons, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

The company’s latest thematic report, ‘Arctic Exploitation’, evaluates the competitive position of different Arctic countries in tapping the hydrocarbon reserves of the region.

E&P activities in the Arctic are primarily concentrated in the onshore and shallow water regions of Russia, Norway, and the US. Arctic operations of Russia and Norway are aimed improving their hydrocarbon reserves to overcome the anticipated decline in output from aging fields in other regions.

Ravindra Puranik, Oil & Gas Analyst at GlobalData, comments: “Russia has the natural advantage of having the longest coastline along the Arctic, giving it the territorial right to explore its continental shelves. With incentives from the Russian Government and financial support from China, Russian oil and gas companies such as Gazprom, Rosneft and Novatek are looking to develop the Arctic region into a new oil and gas hotspot.

“These companies are benefiting from global warming as the shrinking ice cover is enabling maritime activities in the region. By integrating strategic planning with resource development, Russia is working towards converting the Northern Sea Route as a cost-efficient alternative to the Suez Canal and profit from trade and industrialization in the Arctic.” 

For operators in the US, the productive shale patches in the Lower 48 region continue to gain preference over oil and gas fields in the Alaska North Slope. The major incentive for the US in exploring the Arctic is to protect its maritime boundaries and counter the growing influence of Russia and China in the region.

GlobalData’s thematic research identifies oil and gas companies such as Gazprom, Rosneft, Novatek, Equinor, and Hilcorp Energy as the key companies in the Arctic exploitation theme based on their recent activities in the region.

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Puranik continues: “The Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous region of Russia continues to attract greater E&P activity from operators, such as Gazprom, Novatek, and Rosneft. Novatek is developing the region into a liquefied natural gas (LNG) hub with one liquefaction terminal presently operational and a few more in the pipeline. In the neighboring country of Norway, Equinor and other operators are evaluating the possibility of exploring the Barents Sea for natural gas prospects similar to the Snovhit gas field. The Beaufort Sea remains a key area of interest among E&P operators in the US, such as Hilcorp and Eni. However, strong resistance from environmental groups have hindered E&P activities in offshore Alaska.”

Environmental groups have repeatedly opposed E&P activities in Arctic countries in an attempt to safeguard the sensitive ecology of the region. Lately, these groups have received substantial backing with the adoption of the United Nations’ Climate Change Framework of 2015. The framework has also prompted several financial institutions including Royal Bank of Scotland, Societe Generale, Goldman Sachs, and ABN Amro to discontinue their exposure to oil and gas projects in the Arctic.

Puranik concludes: “The call for limiting industrialization in the Arctic is bound to be severe in this new decade and might dictate the future direction of E&P operations in the region.”

Information based on GlobalData’s thematic report: ‘Arctic Exploitation

  • Quotes provided by Ravindra Puranik, Oil & Gas Analyst at GlobalData
  • Information based on GlobalData’s thematic report: ‘Arctic Exploitation
  • This press release was written 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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Chevron Joins Hydrogen Council

Company Continues to Explore Hydrogen’s Potential in the Energy Transition

Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX) has just announced it has joined the Hydrogen Council, a global advisory body providing a long-term vision for the role of hydrogen in the energy transition.

Chevron’s knowledge and experience with hydrogen complements the collaborative strength of the Council. Hydrogen is used at Chevron refineries to refine crude and in other chemical processes. From 2005 to 2010, Chevron operated five hydrogen filling stations at fleet operator sites using multiple technologies for on-site generation, storage and dispensing as part of a U.S. Department of Energy hydrogen demonstration project that included AC Transit in Northern California. Since that time, new regulations, automaker commitments, and technology advancements have enhanced the potential of hydrogen.

2014 09 04 201222 chevron“Chevron has solved some of the world’s most complex energy challenges of the past. And, we continue to explore ever-cleaner energy solutions for the future,” said Michael Wirth, Chevron's chairman and CEO. “Our support for the Hydrogen Council reflects our view that hydrogen can play a role in a lower carbon future as a transportation fuel, an industrial feedstock and an energy storage medium.”

Hydrogen Council membership supports Chevron’s approach to the energy transition and is an example of the company’s ongoing commitment to innovate and to pursue ever-cleaner energy sources. In addition to joining the Hydrogen Council, Chevron plans to conduct hydrogen fueling station “test-and-learn” pilots at locations in California. The company also recently contributed to a report developed by the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association entitled Road Map to a US Hydrogen Economy. The report stresses the versatility of hydrogen in a lower-carbon future.

To learn more about the Hydrogen Council: https://hydrogencouncil.com/en/. To read the Road Map to US Hydrogen Economy: www.ushydrogenstudy.org. For more about Chevron’s approach to climate change and the energy transition: www.chevron.com/climate.

Chevron Corporation is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies. Through its subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide, the company is involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and lubricants; manufactures and sells petrochemicals and additives; generates power; and develops and deploys technologies that enhance business value in every aspect of the company’s operations. Chevron is based in San Ramon, Calif. More information about Chevron is available at www.chevron.com

Source: Chevron Corporation