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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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M² Subsea and Frontera Offshore join forces in Gulf of Mexico

M² Subsea has joined forces with Frontera Offshore to deliver remedial pipeline work for Permaducto, a subsidiary of Grupo Protexa, in the Ku-Maloob-Zaap (KMZ) oilfield in the Bay of Campeche, 65 miles north east of Cuidad del Carmen, Mexico. This contract also marks the first award for M² Subsea in the Gulf of Mexico region.

2017 05 15 074746The project will see personnel from M² Subsea’s Houston base on-board Frontera Offshore’s chartered multi-purpose support vessel (MPSV) Tehuana, to facilitate pre and post lay surveys for Frontera Offshore. The survey work will be carried out along a 7.5km section of the KMZ-94 pipeline to be stabilised for the Mexican pipeline contractor, Permaducto.

Two Triton work class ROVs will be deployed from the MPSV Tehuana to deliver the survey services, with 277 mattresses being installed at a depth of approximately 250ft.

2017 05 15 074911With over 100 years’ global subsea experience between the executive team at M² Subsea and strong financial backing, chief executive officer Mike Arnold said the company is well on track to meeting its business objectives.

He said: “Our reputation as a global ROV services company is steadily growing. We are fully focused on developing and demonstrating this further through safe, well executed, value adding project delivery throughout our client base. This, together with our flexible, low cost model, augments our overall goal to become one of the world’s leading independent ROV project management and execution companies.”

2017 05 15 074929“The Frontera Offshore contract demonstrates our willingness and desire to collaborate with other like-minded companies in order to provide strong, knowledgeable partnerships so clients feel comfortable working within region.”

Brad McNeill, CEO of Frontera Offshore said: “Frontera is pleased to have been awarded this project, and especially to be collaborating with M2 Subsea for a successful campaign. This is a big step toward our goal of becoming a leading subsea contractor in the sector.”

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Sparrows Group lands Centrica crane refurbishments

Sparrows Group has been awarded a contract to fully refurbish two offshore cranes for Centrica in the East Irish Sea.

The 27-year-old cranes are sited on the Morecambe field’s DP6 and DP8 platforms off the coast of Lancashire and Cumbria.

Centrica today announced it is set to invest up to £60million to completely refurbish both platforms and boost overall production at Morecambe Bay.

Crossing a range of engineering disciplines, the project work includes the complete removal of each crane from the platforms and their transfer onshore for full refurbishment before reinstallation.

2017 05 15 073027Sparrows work at Morecambe Bay will include the refurbishment of crane winches.

Stewart Mitchell, chief executive officer at Sparrows said: “A full refurbishment will enable these well-used and aging cranes to operate reliably and safely. With many aging installations in UK waters, we often assist operators to decide the most effective way to plan their lifting requirements for life extension and decommissioning stages. 

“The work involved in this project is core to what we do and utilises the in-house skills we have over several engineering departments. We have had a strong start to 2017, winning work and achieving success in new markets and this contract ensures a steady stream of activity to keep our workshops busy over the coming months.”

The workscope involves several engineering disciplines including mechanical, hydraulic, electrical, structural, and automation and control which are all essential to ensure the delivery of reliable safety critical equipment.

All components and machinery will be refurbished, repaired, upgraded or replaced, with inspection, testing and recertification performed to ensure compliance with safety standards. 

The Morecambe Bay gas fields are among the biggest in UK waters.

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Enpro supports operator to achieve record time for first oil

Production optimisation specialist Enpro Subsea has revealed details of how its unique subsea architecture was used for the first time by an operator in the Gulf of Mexico and was a contributing factor to the organisation achieving first oil production in under 12 months – a record time for the client. 

Enpro showcased its Enhanced Subsea Sampling & Injection (ESSI) and Flow Access Module (FAM) systems during Monday’s Standardization technical session at OTC 2017 in Houston, discussing how their equipment was instrumental to the tieback project’s success and provided added flexibility to the asset’s life of field. The ESSI FAM system is designed to use standard subsea systems to deliver faster, more cost effective and more flexible subsea systems. 

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The challenge from the operator was to tie back a new production well via a single spur into an existing subsea flowloop in the Mississippi Canyon. Enpro Subsea was invited to assist in the design of a fast track solution making use of its existing deepwater infrastructures and surplus inventory of standardised subsea hardware. For the project to remain competitive, the operator gave a challenging 12-month deadline for the campaign, from concept to first oil.

The unique nature of the well spud location, existing infrastructure and established facility operating procedures, created various hurdles for Enpro to consider when designing its system. The production chemistry and uneven seabed topography required a flow assurance strategy to be considered which successfully managed and mitigated the potential for hydrate formation within the single spur flowline.

The technical obstacles included the need to utilise existing components from different hardware manufacturers with differing hub connector designs. By enabling access to production processes at both ends of the 3.2km single line tieback, the operator was able to fit a range of enhanced recovery solutions at multiple locations, including, but not limited to:

  • flow assurance chemical injection
  • pressure balancing
  • multiphase metering
  • fluid intervention (scale squeeze)  

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Enpro Subsea business development manager for the Gulf of Mexico, Adam Hudson, said: “The ESSI and FAM systems allowed the operator to fast track the project using their existing stock hardware. With the addition of the patented FAM technology, Enpro provided the required subsea system functionality onto existing hardware, enabling the ‘life of field’ solutions to be installed directly onto existing hardware. Our solution enabled concurrent engineering, which in turn enabled first oil within 12 months”

“Looking beyond this campaign and to the future of the operator’s asset, another benefit is that our technology provides a retrievable platform which will allow a range of enhanced production solutions to be fitted at various locations throughout the life of field, including fluid intervention and sampling.

“We are extremely proud to have played an integral part in our client’s success and to have developed technologies that can be integrated into any vendor’s equipment making well intervention a safer and less expensive option throughout the life of field for new and mature assets.”