FairfieldNodal and Schlumberger Team Up for 3D Survey in Southern Delaware Basin

Phase 1 of Coyanosa Survey to cover Ward, Reeves and Pecos counties in Texas

FairfieldNodal and Schlumberger have just announced a strategic multiclient joint venture in the southern Delaware Basin of West Texas.

The area of mutual interest encompasses approximately 1,100 square miles. The first phase of the Coyanosa Survey will consist of approximately 306 square miles of high-quality, 3D seismic data in Ward, Reeves and Pecos Counties, Texas. The resulting 3D data, for which non-exclusive licenses will be available, will tie into existing FairfieldNodal and WesternGeco 3D data to provide customers with contiguous data coverage in the southern Delaware Basin.

“Under the present oil and gas market conditions, collaborations allow us to quickly and economically provide our customers not only high-end imaging solutions, but also an in-depth knowledge of the multiple reservoirs and drilling hazards that exist in the area,” said Maurice Nessim, president, WesternGeco, Schlumberger.

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“FairfieldNodal has been very active in the Delaware Basin, and this project is the logical next step for us,” added Charles (Chuck) Davison, CEO, FairfieldNodal. “WesternGeco will be a valuable partner in the success of this project, and we are excited to work with them to offer our clients a high-quality, turnkey product.”

Permitting, which is being conducted by International Technologies Management (ITM), is well underway and field operations will begin shortly. FairfieldNodal has begun designing and testing field-acquisition parameters; processing will be provided by WesternGeco. Other contributors include Dawson Geophysical, which will handle field acquisition, and TRNCO Petroleum, which will provide project management.

Data will be jointly licensed by FairfieldNodal and WesternGeco. Interested customers should contact their FairfieldNodal or WesternGeco sales representatives.

About FairfieldNodal

Privately held FairfieldNodal, a global leader in seismic nodal technology, designs and manufactures a complete range of revolutionary, true cable-free ZLand® and ZMarine® systems, and offers expert marine acquisition and data processing services. Famous for its ever-improving Gulf of Mexico Shelf multi-client database, the company is also expanding licensing coverage in the revitalized Permian Basin.

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


Sulzer offers complete supply service for subsea ROV manufacturer

Manufacturing a hydraulic power unit (HPU) that is destined to operate on the ocean floor up to depths of 2,500 metres requires considerable expertise and design excellence in order to deliver reliable and sustained performance. Having provided the build and test service for some time, Sulzer has now taken on the procurement phase of the process to release the client from this time intensive task.

The design and construction of remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs) is a specialist field and the components used to create the HPUs need to be carefully selected in order to produce a reliable, long-lasting unit. Furthermore, specialist equipment such as this is only built to order so a timely delivery is essential to ensure that the build schedule is maintained. Sulzer is now providing a complete service that delivers a fully guaranteed HPU to the world’s leading independent designer and manufacturer of work class ROVs.

2017 05 31 084510Sulzer’s Middlesbrough Service Centre has a dedicated work area which ensures high quality components are correctly assembled and tested.

Soil Machine Dynamics (SMD), based in Wallsend, near Newcastle-upon-Tyne is a leading designer and manufacturer of work class and specialist subsea remotely operated vehicles that are used in oil and gas exploration as well as maritime exploration and mining. The company has designed and built over 400 subsea vehicles as well as delivering the control systems, umbilical systems and launch and recovery systems (LARS).

The ROVs require hydraulic power to drive a number of on-board systems, depending on the configuration and prime purpose of the vehicle. SMD specialises in subsea equipment that can be fitted with a range of tools that rely on the hydraulic power generated by the HPU assembled and tested by Sulzer.

Initially, Sulzer was contracted to assemble and test new components, but this service was soon expanded as Paul Richardson, Service Centre Manager at Sulzer’s Middlesbrough facility, explains: “A few years ago we would have been sent a kit of parts that had been sourced by SMD and it was our responsibility to assemble the unit and carry out the performance and quality tests. Our working relationship has developed to such a point that we have now been handed the responsibility of the procurement phase as well.

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“This new arrangement means that SMD simply place an order with Sulzer and we build the new unit according to SMD specifications. The new and fully guaranteed unit will be delivered on the agreed date, which fits neatly with the build programme. In this way SMD will use Sulzer as a one-stop shop, no longer needing to spend time and money chasing the numerous suppliers.”

Sulzer’s Middlesbrough Service Centre, which recently moved to new purpose-built premises on Middlehaven, has a dedicated work area for this operation, which ensures high quality components are correctly assembled and tested. This is supported by a team that provides the necessary logistical and engineering support to ensure all the required performance criteria and quality standards are met.

Paul Richardson concludes: “Currently we are equipped to manufacture all seven models of the standard hydraulic power units, which range in output from 11.5 kW to 185 kW. This new arrangement provides an assured delivery of components and allows SMD to concentrate on creating new solutions.”

About Sulzer

Sulzer is the leading worldwide, independent service provider for large rotating equipment. With technically advanced and innovative service and maintenance support solutions, Sulzer provides a turnkey service that provides its customers with the peace of mind to focus on their core operations.

Included in this package is a highly efficient and dependable high-voltage coil manufacturing and supply service, delivered from a purpose built facility within the Birmingham Service Centre, UK. It is recognized for producing very high quality coils for high voltage motors and generators; designed, manufactured and shipped by a highly skilled and dedicated team to ensure fast and reliable service.

With an in-house copper rolling mill, Sulzer customers can benefit from round-the-clock manufacturing to ensure that every coil is delivered on schedule. In conjunction with constant quality control and full HV on-site testing facilities, Sulzer can deliver quality, precision and speed, any time, day or night.


Tapping into new technology a key focus at SPE Offshore Europe 2017

The Oil & Gas Technology Centre’s Technology Zone at SPE Offshore Europe 2017 will present a series of technologies used in alternative sectors to encourage the oil and gas industry to think differently about the adoption of new products.

The Centre believes technologies such as robots, composite materials, additive manufacturing and augmented reality are all currently underutilised in offshore oil and gas, despite being part of a general industrial transformation in other industries.

The industry-led research and knowledge organisation, backed by the UK and Scottish Governments, aims to inspire, accelerate and fund innovative technologies that will help unlock the potential of the UK North Sea and anchor our world-class supply chain in North-East Scotland.

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The Technology Zone will bring together start-up companies and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), showcasing their ideas and solutions. There will be a series of short presentations followed by a Q&A session with the Technology Centre’s Board and Leadership Team on its priorities and how to get involved.

Gareth Rapley, SPE Offshore Europe exhibition director said: “Technology transfer from other industries can offer major benefits to the oil and gas industry but requires encouragement. The Technology Zone will ask questions of the way the industry does things and how new technology can be used to lower costs, increase efficiency and improve recovery in this new reality for the oil and gas sector.”

Embracing New Realities: Reinventing our Industry is the central theme for SPE Offshore Europe 2017 which will be held at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, Aberdeen, Scotland from 5-8 September 2017.

Following the technology theme, another new initiative at SPE Offshore Europe 2017, Tech Trek, will highlight exciting new technologies, products and solutions launched within the last 12 months. Exhibitors at the event are invited to submit up to three products for consideration with the final selection made at the discretion of the organisers.

Gareth Rapley added: “One of the recurring comments from visitors has been that they would like a way to easily find new technologies and innovations among all the exhibition stands. We are launching Tech Trek to highlight these features and enable visitors to find what’s new, more easily.”  

SPE Offshore Europe 2017 will offer more than 65 technical papers and 11 keynote panel sessions combined with business breakfasts and topical lunches. Also new in 2017, a Decommissioning Zone will feature a themed exhibition and conference space. Free-to-attend, the zone will include decommissioning technology and service providers in the exhibition as well as a conference programme organised in association with key industry associations including Decom North Sea, ITF, SUT and IMechE.

SPE Offshore Europe has been held biennially in Aberdeen since 1973. It is the largest E&P conference and exhibition outside North America.  

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SPE Offshore Europe is organised by The Offshore Europe Partnership, a joint venture between Reed Exhibitions Ltd and the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).

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Major applied geoscience research funding boost for Institute of Petroleum Engineering

A major funding package for the Institute of Petroleum Engineering (IPE) at Heriot-Watt University will directly support research and training for the future of the industry in UK offshore waters.

Heriot-Watt’s Chief Scientist, Professor John Underhill, has secured funding of £416k from Verus Petroleum, an independent oil company active on the United Kingdom continental Shelf (UKCS).

2017 05 30 081755The award will support a number of oil and gas related training and Applied Geoscience research activities in IPE including the NERC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT), the Ogilvie-Gordon 3D Audio-Visualisation Centre (OGAVC) and UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) and Frontier Basins PhD research activities.

These training and research activities and technical support will offer significant benefits to the future of the UKCS industry and development in terms of exploration and production and in maximising production in existing fields through the application of geoscientific innovation and state-of-the-art subsurface visualisation technology. The funding package underlines Verus’ commitment to the UKCS as well as the quality of research and training that exists within IPE.

Alan Curran, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Verus Petroleum, said, "Verus Petroleum are pleased to be able to offer this award to Heriot-Watt to support the world class Applied Geoscience research and training being led by Professor Underhill. The initiatives being supported will have a significant bearing on the future of the UKCS exploration and production activities by providing a research base to help us overcome key geological challenges and thus help us to maximise the economic recovery from and extend the life of the mature basin. The Ogilvie-Gordon 3D Audio-Visualisation centre will play an important role in knowledge transfer and collaboration and has the potential to reach beyond the immediate sphere of the oil industry and inspire future generations of geoscientists and engineers."

John Underhill, HWU’s Chief Scientist, Professor of Exploration Geoscience and Academic Director of the NERC CDT said, “I am delighted to welcome Verus Petroleum as a valued industry partner to support the management of the CDT. In so doing, they take the number of companies supporting the program into double figures, something that is a testament to the continued attraction of the postgraduate training program that has been built and being successfully provided.

“In addition to the support for the CDT, it is tremendous that companies like Verus see the benefit of our UK Continental Shelf and frontier basins research and training programs based in the Institute of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot-Watt. I look forward to working on the new projects including the launch of the Ogilvie-Gordon 3D Audio-Visualisation Centre (OGAVC) later this year”

The Institute of Petroleum Engineering (IPE at Heriot-Watt University is a leading Centre of Excellence in Petroleum Engineering and Petroleum Geoscience, recognised internationally for the quality of our teaching, training and research.

We offer a range of postgraduate opportunities, all uniquely tailored to the oil and gas industry, in a dynamic, multidisciplinary environment which provides a stimulating place for learning and research.

In 2015 we received a prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize, recognising its sustained pioneering work in innovation and research excellence, as the Institute celebrated its 40th anniversary. The prize recognises how the Institute’s research and innovation activity spans exploration to production technology, and also harnesses its findings to enhance interdisciplinary work being carried out, including in medical research.

The NERC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Oil & Gas at the Institute of Petroleum Engineering was awarded and established in 2013 with the aim of training the next generation of geoscientific and environmental researchers in oil and gas, providing them over their studentship with a total of 20 weeks’ joint training delivered by academic, governmental and industry experts from the Earth, Environment and Applied Business sectors. There is also an annual graduate school conference at which students present their results and showcase the best academic research in oil and gas to the industry, government and academic peers.

Research is focussed on four areas:

  • Environmental Impact & Regulation
    •Extending the Life of Mature Basins (e.g. North Sea)
    •Exploration in Challenging Environments
    •Unconventional Oil & Gas Resources

The Centre aims to create a highly skilled workforce with expertise that can be used across the wider energy and environmental sectors.  It will equip industry with the skills needed to explore, sustain and reduce the environmental impact of oil and gas exploration and extraction at a time of economic challenge and focus on responsible environmental management.

Verus Petroleum is a production and development company focused on the UKCS with a strong commercial, operational and technical track record and ambitious growth plans in the region. Over the next few years we will build a high quality, sustainable business.

We are continually striving to develop strong working relationships with business partners who understand the need for fundamental change to the future running of the UKCS.

Backed by Europe’s leading upstream oil and gas private equity investor HitecVision, Verus has an experienced and agile in-house technical and commercial team to screen, evaluate and complete acquisitions.


SengS appoints new MD and wins £600k of new business

A leading engineering services firm, SengS, has announced significant new deals which will take its turnover for this financial year past the £2million mark for the first time.

The Ellon-based business has also strengthened its senior team with the appointment of a new managing director. Formerly the company’s operations manager, Peter Thomson has taken on the key strategic role to drive continued growth both in the north-east and further afield.

2017 05 30 080614With more than 15 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, Peter initially joined SengS in 2014 as workshop manager before being promoted to operations manager last year.

Since assuming the role of managing director in March, SengS has already secured new contracts worth more than £600,000 with oil and gas operators and tier-one service companies for the repair and maintenance of several North Sea offshore installations.

Peter said: “I’m extremely pleased to have been appointed to this new position at such an exciting time for SengS and look forward to building upon the ambitious growth strategy we have in place here.”

“The investment made in the business over the past few years gives SengS a strong platform to support our broadening customer base with our cost-competitive solutions in ‘the new normal’ environment for the oil and gas industry, as demonstrated by these latest contract wins.”

Murray Kerr, who founded SengS in 2012, has taken on the newly-created role of group strategic commercial director at Pryme Group, following the Dundee-based organisation’s acquisition of SengS in November 2016. Murray retains an active interest in SengS.

Peter’s appointment as managing director will allow Mr Kerr to concentrate on business development across the broader Pryme Group and improving group operational efficiencies using working practices successfully implemented at SengS.

Murray said: “Peter’s appointment is well deserved and is testament to the hard work and dedication he has brought to the fold since first joining the company. He will continue to play a vital role in driving SengS forward as we look to identify new growth opportunities that will give the business a real competitive edge.”

SengS expects to achieve turnover of over £2million for its June 2017 year-end – a projected increase of 30% on the prior year.

The company, which currently employs 19 people, is targeting additional growth of 20% by 2018 and expects to recruit further personnel, having already added two new employees since the beginning of the year.

Murray added: “Despite the uncertainty still facing much of the industry, SengS has continued to outperform expectations and grown significantly over the past year. We have experienced a 36% increase in the service side of our business in the past year alone, while the engineering side of the business is coming back strongly.

“Overall, we are beginning to see increased positivity in the North Sea market and momentum is definitely picking up. With Peter at the helm of SengS, I have complete confidence that we will achieve our goals for the business.”

SengS provides engineering, testing, control and hydraulic systems and tooling to the energy industry. Since 2012 the company has successfully delivered more than 450 projects across multiple disciplines for clients in the North Sea, Scandinavia, the Middle East and North Africa.

The business has invested £4.2million over the past two-and-a-half years in developing its 9,817 sq ft test facility. This included a £250,000 investment last year to enhance its existing pressure testing capability with the addition of a custom-built 60ft test rig and a 7.8m diameter by 5.8m high external water test tank.

Based at the Balmacassie Commercial Park in Ellon, SengS provides engineering, testing, control and hydraulic systems and tooling to the energy industry.

In 2015, company founder Murray Kerr won a hat-trick of prestigious business awards: the Young Professional Award at the SPE Offshore Achievement Awards; the Emerging Entrepreneur (Scotland) accolade at the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards; and, the Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year honour at the 2015 Elevator Awards.

Murray was also named Emerging Industry Leader at the 2016 Press & Journal Gold Awards, while SengS won Business Success Under Three Years at the 2014 Elevator Awards.

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