Overseas opportunities for UK firms as Subsea Asia’s call for abstracts opens

Identifying new opportunities and understanding regional challenges are set to be key themes at the 2017 Subsea Asia conference and exhibition, as the call for speakers is launched.

subsea logoOrganised by Subsea UK, Subsea Asia will run from 13-16 September alongside the Oil & Gas Indonesia 2017 conference in Jakarta.

Now in its seventh year, Subsea Asia provides a platform for suppliers in the subsea industry to meet potential clients and showcase technology and expertise that can meet the demand in Asia.

Neil Gordon, chief executive of Subsea UK, said: “At a time when output from mature wells is declining and Asia’s need for energy is at its highest, operators are being pushed to explore more difficult fields in the search for oil and gas. This has led to growth in exploration and production in progressively deeper offshore fields. Our conference will look at the region’s market conditions and opportunities as well as ways on how to improve overall performance in subsea operations.

“Now, the focus is on living in a world where $50 oil is the norm, and increasing performance and maximising returns from assets is in great demand. However, there will still be a need for new projects to add to future production levels and there are indications that new activity is beginning to increase.

“This year’s conference will be partnered with Oil and Gas Indonesia which attracts strong attendance from Asia as well as around the world so it’s a real opportunity for UK companies to explore new opportunities in this region.”

Since the inaugural event in 1995, Oil & Gas Indonesia has provided an opportunity for those working in the Indonesian oil fields to meet with local and international suppliers. The Asia subsea hub of Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore is where the combined activity dominates the Asia Pacific subsea activity and hosts vast industry expertise.

Featured presentation topics include: Market outlook regional and global; Adding value to subsea operations; Pipelines, flowlines and risers; Asset integrity and inspection; Subsea processing and boosting; Cost effective repair and maintenance and Life extension and decommissioning.

The call for speakers is now open and abstracts should be between 200-300 words long. The deadline for submissions is July 14. For more information and to download the submission form, visit:


Heriot-Watt sets global data landscape for BP Statistical Review

The economics professor who leads the in-depth data collation process for BP’s annual Statistical Review of World Energy has welcomed the energy major’s latest findings as “clear evidence of a major transformation in the global energy landscape”.

Professor Mark Schaffer, Director of the Centre for Energy Economics and Policy (CEERP), at Heriot-Watt University, said: “The 2017 Review is clear evidence of the interesting interaction between short and long-term energy forces. It demonstrates further progress in long run transitions in international energy production, consumption and trade. Energy efficiency is increasing globally at historically rapid rates, as evidenced by continued decreases in energy intensity*, while renewable energy is the fastest growing energy source worldwide.

2017 07 28 093131“This is set against the backdrop of carbon emissions from fossil fuel use having little or no increase for the third year running and the use of coal falling sharply for the second year in a row. This is very clear evidence of a major transformation in the global energy landscape.”

Heriot-Watt has supported BP with its Statistical Review of World Energy since 2007. The Review provides high-quality objective and globally consistent data on world energy markets and the University’s team of research associates pull together all the data for BP.

“It is an in-depth piece of work which involves around half a million data points across time and space, with multiple units of measure, over 3,000 separate sources and notes”, said Prof Schaffer. “It’s not just about checking numbers but also the drivers behind them. The analysis covers energy consumption, production, reserves and trade, based more than 300,000 data points, as well as data relating to carbon emissions, allowing for a fully integrated and dynamic picture of world energy markets.

“Our strength is how we collate, produce and make the data as comprehensive and accessible as possible for BP to analyse. We have developed a unique database system which archives all the data and allows easy extraction and conversion to standard units.”

Producing the data for BP’s analysis is undertaken within a highly-intense period. This is because it’s a survey of the most recent calendar year which means work can’t start in earnest until around February.

Heriot-Watt’s Chief Scientist John Underhill, said: "Production of BP's world-leading annual publication benchmark on oil, gas and energy trends is something which Heriot-Watt is justifiably proud to be part of and associated with.

“The University’s research team draws upon and integrates its extensive and deep-rooted knowledge of the energy industry with its economics research expertise to great effect. “The combination of our innovative approach with the analytical output from the BP Statistical Review reflects the University’s global vision to help drive the resilience of energy resources for communities around the world.” 

Heriot-Watt conducts its work for the BP Statistical Review from its Edinburgh-based CEERP hub which was established in 2015 with funding of £1.25m over three years from BP.

The University also has a well-established relationship with BP, working with the energy major on several high-profile projects including their support for the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC) Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Oil & Gas flagship whose training program currently hosts 90 PhD students and is led by Heriot-Watt University.

CEERP's other work with BP includes BP’s annual Energy Outlook which sets out a base case that outlines the 'most likely' path for global energy markets until 2035, based on assumptions and judgments about future changes in policy, technology and the economy. For example, Prof Schaffer and Julian Fennema, an Honorary Associate Professor at Heriot-Watt, worked with BP to author a background paper for BP’s Energy Outlook that looked at 200 years of world economic development and energy demand starting with the Industrial Revolution.

Heriot-Watt University’s energy expertise and offering spans an international footprint across Dubai, Malaysia, Orkney and Edinburgh, while it also has a wide range of well-established global industry partnerships and collaborations.

Its Institute of Petroleum Engineering is one of the top teaching institutes of its kind in the world for petroleum engineering and petroleum geoscience while the University’s Energy Academy is an international centre of multi-disciplinary skills and know-how across energy sectors ranging from generation & supply, renewable fuels and LNG, cold storage and cooling to fuel poverty, environmental impact and policy.

Last year, the University’s launched its new £20m Lyell Centre in Edinburgh. The global research hub for earth and marine science and technology brings together the expertise of the British Geological Survey with the academic innovation of Heriot-Watt, and aims to ensure future generations of researchers are equipped and capable of meeting the global science and technology challenges facing the world. 

* Energy intensity is the average amount of energy needed to produce a unit of GDP.

Heriot-Watt University

Heriot-Watt is a specialist university, globally minded and calibrated to the needs of society. A leading technological and business university, renowned for innovation in business, engineering, design and the physical, social and life sciences, Heriot-Watt defines its presence on the international stage in areas of world importance and value.

Our communities of scholars come from across the world and are leaders in ideas and solutions; delivering innovation and educational excellence, the University is ranked in the top 10 for Research Impact in the UK.

With roots in Scotland and a truly international reach, Heriot-Watt is a leader in transnational education and a powerful driver and engine of the economy, transforming people and the world.


Proserv secures series of decommissioning contracts in Asia Pacific

Energy services company Proserv has been awarded a series of contracts worth around $4m for its well severance, platform and FPSO decommissioning services in the Asia Pacific region.

The contracts have been awarded by Premier Oil in Indonesia; Chevron, through Baker Hughes, in the Gulf of Thailand; BHP, through Fugro, in Western Australia and by PCPP Operating Company, through Sapura Technology Solutions Sdn Bhd in Malaysia.

As part of the project work-scopes, Proserv will provide abrasive cutting, cold cutting and dredging services using its wide portfolio of field-proven products and technologies. The company will also develop custom tooling solutions, which is core to Proserv’s expertise, to support client engineering and decommissioning challenges.

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These awards build upon decommissioning successes for the company globally in recent months with around $12 million worth of work secured in Asia Pacific, the UK, Scandinavia and Gulf of Mexico.

Mathieu Al Kharfan, region president for Asia Pacific, said: “We are delighted to have secured these awards which builds on our 40 year track record in this sector and reinforces the quality and reliability of our products and services.

“These recent wins are also a sign of our growing reputation as a decommissioning services partner in the region, providing clients with the most reliable and efficient technology solutions, delivered at the lowest cost, with no compromise on best in class HSE performance.”

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.

Sapura Technology Solutions Sdn Bhd (formerly known as SapuraKencana Technology Sdn Bhd), is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sapura Energy Berhad (formerly known as SapuraKencana Petroleum Bhd).


Yokogawa to release ProSafe®-RS SIL2 Wireless Gas Detection System

–Offering of a total system solution, including consulting and engineering–

Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces that it will release the ProSafe-RS® SIL2 wireless gas detection system in September. Established by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), a safety integrity level (SIL) indicates the relative level of risk provided by a safety function. SILs 1 through 4 are defined by IEC 61508. At SIL2, the risk factor for a plant where safety measures are not in place is in a range between 1/100 and 1/1,000. At SIL3, the risk factor is in a range between 1/1,000 and 1/10,000.

The ProSafe-RS SIL2 wireless gas detection system will consist of a newly enhanced version of the Yokogawa ProSafe-RS SIL3 safety instrumented system (R4.03.10), Yokogawa field wireless network devices, annunciator panels, and subsidiary of the German company Drägerwerk AG & Co., GasSecure, wireless gas detectors GS01 or the GS01-EA which is equipped with an extension antenna.

For this system, Yokogawa will establish a total solution that will include both consulting and engineering.

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Development Background

In energy and basic materials industries such as oil & gas, petrochemicals and chemicals, a safety instrumented system is employed to safely initiate an emergency plant shutdown when a critical failure is detected, and to initiate the operation of facilities that can extinguish or prevent the spread of a fire.

A field wireless system consists of field devices that are able to communicate wirelessly with a monitoring and control system. Wireless devices have a number of advantages such as allowing installation in difficult-to-access locations and the reduction of installation costs, and they are increasingly seen as essential elements in plant safety solutions. This is a particularly important consideration with gas detection systems, as operation can easily be impacted by factors such as installation location and ambient conditions. And even after system installation, ongoing efforts to optimise its overall configuration may necessitate occasional changes in the location and number of detection devices. The use of wireless technology eliminates the need to worry about wiring and thus greatly facilitates the process of moving and/or installing additional detection devices.

To achieve SIL2 level risk reduction when using wireless gas detectors with a safety instrumented system, communication protocols that comply with the functional safety requirements specified in the IEC 61508 international standard are required. A standard for the functional safety of electrical/electronic/programmable safety-related systems. To meet this need, Yokogawa will provide a SIL2 wireless gas detection system based on a new version of the ProSafe-RS safety instrumented system that will link to field devices using an IEC 61508 compliant communication protocol.

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Features of the System

The ProSafe-RS SIL2 wireless gas detection system will consist of a new version of the ProSafe-RS safety instrumented system, R4.03.10, that will be enhanced to add support for an IEC 61508 compliant safety communication technology used in distributed automation; annunciator panels; ISA100 Wireless compliant field wireless devices; and GasSecure GS01 or GS01-EA wireless gas detectors, which are the only devices of this type in the industry that achieve SIL2 risk reduction. The ISA100 Wireless network protocol is based on the ISA100.11a wireless communication standard for industrial automation that was developed by the International Society of Automation (ISA), and the applications necessary for its implementation. This was approved as the IEC 62734 international standard in October 2014.

  1. Total system solution including both consulting and engineering

Through the use of wireless technology, the ProSafe-RS SIL2 wireless gas detection system will allow increased flexibility with the configuration of detection devices, and will be suitable for use as a fire & gas system and emergency shutdown system thanks to its achievement of SIL2 risk reduction. Based on its knowledge of each of this system’s components and its expertise in production control, safety instrumentation, and field wireless engineering and consulting, Yokogawa will be able to offer a total system solution that includes customer support.

  1. Enhanced operating efficiency

On their Yokogawa CENTUM® VP integrated production control system screens, operators will be able to easily monitor the operation of the ProSafe-RS SIL2 wireless gas detection system as well as that of any conventional wired gas detection system. Since the GasSecure GS01 or GS01-EA wireless gas detector uses the same faceplate as a wired gas detector, operators will have no trouble identifying any changes in the detector’s status, thus helping to prevent errors that can result from the misinterpretation of information.

  1. Improved maintenance

With CENTUM® VP, operators will have on-screen access to information on the status of all network devices, the charge remaining on the gas detector batteries, and the status of wireless communications, and thus will be able to quickly detect and respond to any abnormality. Thanks to this functionality, more efficient maintenance plans can be drawn up that, for example, will require fewer periodic checks.

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About ProSafe-RS

Released in February 2005, the ProSafe-RS safety instrumented system helps prevent accidents by detecting abnormal conditions in plant operations and initiating emergency actions such as a plant shutdown. An independent certification body has certified that ProSafe-RS can be used in SIL3 applications. Unlike conventional safety instrumented systems and distributed control systems, which are regarded as having different roles and functions and operate separately, the operation of ProSafe-RS and the CENTUM integrated control system can be fully integrated. ProSafe-RS is highly regarded by users and has been installed in more than 2,100 projects worldwide (as of June 2017).

Yokogawa’s Commitment to the Field Wireless Business

Yokogawa developed wireless communication technologies for continuous processes that necessitate advanced control and released the world’s first ISA100 Wireless system devices in July 2010, thereby offering its customers a wider range of products to choose from. Currently, Yokogawa offers its customers in the oil & gas, and other industries a wide range of field wireless management stations, field wireless access points, wireless field devices, and wireless adapters for conventional wired devices. 

Major Target Markets and Applications

For use in fire and gas systems (FGS) and emergency shutdown systems (ESD) in process industries such as oil, natural gas, petrochemicals, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, electric power, and iron and steel.

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About GasSecure

GasSecure AS is a subsidiary of Dräger and develops, markets, and sells the world's first truly wireless optical gas detector for demanding industrial applications. Representing an evolution in gas detection, the detector is based on innovative ultra-low power MEMS optical technology and has introduced a new level of reliability and flexibility for the detection of gas leaks. The totally wireless detectors increase safety and dramatically reduce costs for the oil & gas, petrochemical, marine, and other process industries. For more information, please visit

About Dräger

Dräger is an international leader in the fields of medical and safety technology. Its products protect, support, and save lives. Founded in 1889, Dräger generated revenues of around EUR 2.43 billion in 2014. The Dräger Group is currently present in more than 190 countries and has about 13,500 employees worldwide. For more information, please visit

About Yokogawa

Yokogawa's global network of 114 companies spans 59 countries. Founded in 1915, the US$3.7 billion company engages in cutting-edge research and innovation. Yokogawa is active in the industrial automation and control (IA), test and measurement, and aviation and other businesses segments. The IA segment plays a vital role in a wide range of industries including oil, chemicals, natural gas, power, iron and steel, pulp and paper, pharmaceuticals, and food. For more information about Yokogawa, please visit

About Yokogawa Europe B.V.

The European headquarters of Yokogawa were founded in Amersfoort in the Netherlands in 1982.  Throughout Europe Yokogawa has its own sales, service and engineering operations.  This dedicated network has been extended to Central and East Europe to further enhance the coverage and support associated with serving the process control and automation market place.  Yokogawa develops and produces flowmeters at Rota Yokogawa in Germany and liquid analysers and industrial safety systems in the Netherlands.  In addition to this dedicated network of Yokogawa subsidiaries, a select organisation of Test & Measurement (T&M) subsidiaries and distributors is established in certain areas to support the specific customer needs of this continuously developing and specific market of T&M instrumentation.


Denholm Valvecare adds design/manufacturing through international partnership

International valves partnership to bring new benchmark to oil and gas industry

A market leading provider of valves to the global oil and gas industry, Denholm Valvecare, has announced a strategic partnership which will add design and manufacturing capabilities to its existing sales and service offering.

The Aberdeen-headquartered business has signed an exclusive distributor agreement with Spanish firm IBOR Valves, which will see Denholm Valvecare given sole UK distribution rights to a complete suite of European Standard valves.

The deal between the two companies will see bespoke products and services offered in both directions, with IBOR Valves benefiting from a strong history of service and supply in the North Sea.

2017 07 10 095700Roy Wood (left), managing director at Denholm Valvecare, and Eduard Ibarro, managing director at IBOR Valves.

Roy Wood, managing director at Denholm Valvecare, said: “Having the support of a design and manufacturing specialist, such as IBOR Valves, in the current climate strengthens our existing capability and provides a significant competitive edge.

“We are pleased to work closely with another family-run business, one that shares the same values as those of the Denholm group, and we look forward to growing together and further developing this relationship.”

Located in Barcelona, IBOR Valves is a specialist provider of valves to the oil and gas and petrochemical industries with key international operations in Russia, China, Mexico, Iran and the Middle East.

The established family-run business has in-house machining capability which allows IBOR to offer fast delivery times to clients for specialist products, whilst remaining extremely competitive.

Eduard Iborra, managing director at IBOR Valves, said: “We are excited about the opportunity to work in partnership with such a respected firm as Denholm Valvecare. This new agreement will act as an important gateway into the UK for the company and will also set a new benchmark in terms of quality for valve operations in the oil and gas industry.”

Denholm Valvecare, part of the Denholm Oilfield Services group, is a trusted provider of bespoke solutions for subsea, wellheads and all types of process valves – from design, procurement, commissioning and repair, to testing, certification and reclamation.

With more than 40 years’ comprehensive expertise across all sectors, Denholm Valvecare offers well-equipped facilities globally including in the UK, UAE, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan.