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Aquaterra Energy wins multi-million pound North Sea abandonment contract

Aquaterra Energy, a leading global offshore engineering solutions provider, has won a major contract to supply subsea high pressure riser (HPR) equipment and services for a subsea abandonment project in the central North Sea.

2017 07 10 075928The multi-million pound deal will see Aquaterra facilitate the abandonment of ten subsea wells via deployment of a subsea HPR system from a jack-up rig. The scope of work could be extended to include two further subsea wells bringing the total number of abandonments to 12.

Riser analysis was completed in-house by Aquaterra and validated by Bureau Veritas. It has confirmed a 50-year return storm operating envelope after HPR and rig optimisations were implemented. This has simplified the project operationally and reduced costs to the operator overall.

Aquaterra’s Initiation Engineering or ‘Well Start’ specialism has been implemented on the project to deliver a one-stop shop for extensive expertise to optimise well activity by taking responsibility for the entire first phase of the well. This approach minimises third party interfaces across a client’s project and addresses supply and equipment requirements, before the introduction of a blowout preventer. It can also mitigate risk and cut down on costly logistics, capex/opex, the number of crew involved and therefore, helicopter and accommodation needs.

George Morrison, managing director of Aquaterra Energy, said: “Aquaterra has built a successful track record of jack-up and subsea high pressure riser operations over recent years using similar systems. The use of jack-ups can potentially mitigate the heavy loading implications and weather constraints often associated with semi-submersibles in shallow water and thus, extend the operating envelope and productive time through a reduction in waiting on weather.”

With global rates for semi-submersibles averaging around USD 250,000 per day in 2016, day rate rental charges for jack-ups in Europe and Asia remain considerably cheaper.

Morrison added: “A change in the default mindset is needed to consider jack-up drilling units equipped with a HPR for shallow water subsea drilling, completion, intervention and abandonment activities as they can significantly reduce risk and lower operational costs when compared to a semi-submersible completing the same operation.

“Our project history and ‘Well Start’ service has shown that we are more than just an equipment provider but are a trusted turnkey solutions company. We can manage the risk and interfaces associated with jack-up subsea conversion packages to ensure it is safely and efficiently carried out. The cost savings, technical benefits and greater operational up time that this translates to, particularly during these challenging times, is key.”

The project is expected to be completed by Q4 2017.

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Senior appointments as Oil Plus aims for Middle East expansion

Oil Plus Ltd, a specialist oil and gas consultancy, has boosted its senior management team as the company looks to strengthen and grow its position in the Middle East and globally.

Peter Sanders and Clarke Shepherd have taken on the respective roles of technical manager and global business development director at the firm that advises on global oilfield water management, production chemistry, microbiology, reservoir souring and process engineering.

2017 07 10 090405Peter Sanders and Clarke Shepherd have taken on the respective roles of technical manager and global business development director at Oil Plus.

Sanders, an oil and gas science veteran with over 30 years’ experience, and Shepherd, an experienced project controls and business development manager, will support Oil Plus in providing clients with advice on the design of efficient production facilities and cost-effective operations.

The company plans on increasing its operations in Saudi Arabia, Oman, UAE and India as well as strengthening its relationship with an existing strategic partner in Kuwait. This will be supported by opening a new regional laboratory over the coming months.

Kevin Murray, managing director at Oil Plus, said: “It’s an exciting time for Oil Plus as we grow in existing and new markets. Bringing Peter and Clarke on-board will inject a wealth of experience and knowledge into our team and sets us up to make the most of the opportunities we foresee in the Middle East in particular.

“Increasing our presence will enhance the range of services we can provide to clients in the region. It will also enable us to manage quick turnaround projects on time and within budget.”

Sanders was previously with the Danish Technological Institute where he led a team of PhD level scientists in areas such as biocide evaluation, Microbially Enhanced Oil Recovery, Reservoir Souring and Microbially Influenced Corrosion Risk Assessment. Prior to this he was employed in Saudi Arabia by Saudi Aramco initially as a senior scientist in oilfield microbiology, before progressing through to a supervisory role covering corrosion and inorganic scaling. He began his career at Oil Plus in 1988.

Shepherd joins from supporting upstream developments for Maersk Oil, where he held the position of project controls specialist. With 14 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, Shepherd has also previously worked with Premier Oil, Parkmead Group, LR Senergy and BP. Clarke is also the co-founder of Aberdeen-based Evolve Group, where he heads up the recently launched software development division, Evolve iMS.

Sanders said: “Oil Plus already has successfully established itself in the Middle East and I am confident Clarke and I can help to grow this presence. After more than a decade of work in the region, I have observed how the industry here works and can see where the services provided by Oil Plus can help operators work more effectively and efficiently through site specific maintenance, monitoring, mitigation solutions and training programmes.”

In March 2017, Oil Plus was acquired by Mark Cavanagh, managing director of Crandale Consultants, from John Crane Inc. Since 1978, Oil Plus has worked with more than 250 upstream oil and gas companies in key disciplines of production chemistry, microbiology, specialised reservoir souring and process engineering.

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Schlumberger and Seitel Announce New 2D Multiclient Reimaging Program Onshore Mexico

Program covers both conventional and unconventional lease blocks

Schlumberger and Seitel have just announced a strategic multiclient alliance to reimage and acquire new geophysical data in key areas across onshore Mexico. Approximately 25,000 kilometers of 2D seismic data from Mexico’s National Hydrocarbons Commission (CNH) data library will be reimaged covering lease blocks in the current Bid Round 2, as well as future onshore lease round blocks. In addition, new multiclient data acquisition projects are already in development.

The newly reprocessed seismic data and any new acquisition projects will provide subsurface images of proven oil and gas reservoirs in the Sabina-Burgos, Tampico-Misantla, Veracruz and Sureste areas, as well as the under-explored Chihuahua province, and other strategic areas. The reimaging program covers both conventional and unconventional onshore lease blocks in the areas.

“The areas for reimaging were strategically selected to deliver regional analysis of the prospective plays across onshore Mexico with both organizations using high-end processing workflows,” said Maurice Nessim, president, WesternGeco, Schlumberger. “This alliance capitalizes on each organization’s strong commitment to Mexico exploration over some of the largest onshore Mexico fields, including the onshore Cuenca del Sureste Basin, which shares many hydrocarbon system elements with the prolific Pilar Reforma-Akal in the shallow water Campeche area.”

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“In 2015, Seitel was one of the first companies to expand its data library coverage into Mexico, and we have seen great enthusiasm from our customers for the onshore data already available for license,” said Seitel Chief Executive Officer, Robert D. Monson. “We are excited to form this alliance with Schlumberger as we continue to expand our library and continue to provide additional value to our customers.”

Leveraging both companies’ extensive experience in onshore imaging and multiclient projects, the program offers clients the first modern regional seismic images in these areas. Final products over the prolific fields of the Tampico-Misantla Basin are available for license now.

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.

About Seitel

Seitel is a leading provider of onshore seismic data to the oil and gas industry in North America. Seitel’s data products and services are critical in the exploration for and development of oil and gas reserves by exploration and production companies.

Seitel has ownership in an extensive library of proprietary onshore and offshore seismic data that it has accumulated since 1982 and that it licenses to a wide range of exploration and production companies. Seitel believes that its library of 3D onshore seismic data is one of the largest available for licensing in North America and includes leading positions in oil, liquids-rich and natural gas unconventional plays as well as conventional areas. Seitel has ownership in over 45,000 square miles of 3D onshore data, over 10,000 square miles of 3D offshore data and approximately 1.1 million linear miles of 2D seismic data concentrated in the major active North American oil and gas producing regions. Seitel has also expanded into Mexico through reprocessing existing 2D seismic data for licensing to oil and gas companies. Seitel serves a market which includes over 1,500 companies in the oil and gas industry. For more information, visit www.seitel.com.

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Sparrows Group and INNOVO complete first electric reel drive system contract

Sparrows Group and leading engineering and manufacturing firm INNOVO have deployed INNOVO’s new electric drive 700 Te multi-reel drive system for the first time. Sparrows was hired by a global energy services provider to deliver the system and personnel for an umbilical laying operation off the coast of Trinidad.

The 700 Te reel drive system is the largest capacity in the rental market and the electric drive provides better control for offshore operations, in this instance allowing the umbilical to be laid directly from the system therefore reducing the deck space required. 

2017 07 10 085543Sparrows and INNOVO have successfully deployed their 700Te multi-reel drive system for the first time at a project in Trinidad.

The work saw the collaborative team commission and test the 700 Te reel drive system at Sparrows’ facility in Aberdeen before the modular unit was shipped to Trinidad.

Mike Morrison, head of cable and pipe lay solutions at Sparrows Group, said: “The power and efficiency of the reel drive system, combined with its small footprint, made it the ideal solution for our client to successfully lay multiple products from a smaller vessel deck.

“In addition to providing the 700 Te reel drive system, Sparrows and INNOVO engineered a customised track system to allow one tower to be moved forward to facilitate swapping of the reels offshore from a barge. By working together with INNOVO, we have been able to deliver a tailored solution for our client which addressed the challenges of the work scope.”

Francesco D’Antonio, INNOVO sales manager, added: “The efficient and safe completion of this contract, and the excellent cooperation with a player like Sparrows, marks another milestone in our research of reducing cost through innovation in the SURF and cable business.”

The completion of the project follows the announcement last year that Sparrows Group and INNOVO would be collaborating to provide the offshore oil and gas industry with the first fully electric-drive flexible lay system for rental.

INNOVO is devoted to providing high value professional services and high technology equipment for the renewables, oil and gas and marine business sectors. They are a member of DNV GL’s Joint Industry Project (JIP) aimed at developing a new set of guidelines related to the development of codes and standards for offshore equipment for cable and pipe laying.

The Sparrows Group is a global provider of specialist equipment and integrated engineering services to the energy industry. The firm supports customers by delivering a broad range of expert solutions that optimise efficiency and ensure the performance, reliability and safety of critical equipment and people.

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Alfred Wegener Award for Heriot-Watt University Academic

Professor Sebastian Geiger, Director of the Institute of Petroleum Engineering (IPE) and Foundation CMG Chair at Heriot-Watt University, has been awarded the 2017 Alfred Wegener Award by the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE).

The Award is made to an Association member who has made an outstanding contribution over a period of time to the scientific and technical advancement of one or more of the disciplines in the Association, particularly petroleum geoscience and engineering.

2017 07 10 084530Jean-Jacques Biteau, Vice-President, EAGE; Professor Sebastian Geiger, Heriot-Watt University; Chris Ward, President, EAGE.

The citation for the Award mentioned that his contributions to the field of carbonate reservoir modelling and simulation as head of the Carbonate Reservoir Group at Heriot-Watt, co-director of the International Centre for Carbonate Reservoirs in Edinburgh, and Foundation CMG Chair in Carbonate Reservoir Simulation. It also spoke of his ‘open, accessible teaching and supervision’ and his publication track record, which comprises over 120 technical papers and 1 edited book.

It noted, ‘Sebastian is an outstanding contributor to petroleum and reservoir engineering in both academia and industry. He has advanced fundamental understanding of multi-phase, multi-rate processes in hydrocarbon and hydrothermal reservoirs, and of methods to represent them efficiently in reservoir simulations.’

The citation specifically emphasised that ‘His scientific leadership is reinforced by core values that set the highest ethical standards for young geoscientists and engineers. For his ground-breaking contributions Sebastian Geiger fully merits the 2017 Alfred Wegener award.’

Professor Geiger said, “I am deeply grateful to have received the prestigious 2017 Alfred Wegener Award from the EAGE. However I would never have been able to achieve this without the support of my students, colleagues, and collaborators, who are truly inspirational and the driving force behind our work. This award is as much theirs as it is mine.”

Heriot-Watt’s Chief Scientist, Professor John Underhill, said, “The award of EAGE’s prestigious Alfred Wegener Award to Sebastian Geiger is a fitting and fully deserved testament to his academic prowess and dedication to his subject. It is yet another superb example of the quality, breadth and considerable depth of expertise housed in our world-leading Institute of Petroleum Engineering”

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