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Valmet to supply automation engineering for Gasum's LNG operations in the Nordic countries

Valmet will supply the basic automation engineering for Gasum's liquefied natural gas (LNG) operations in the Nordic countries. The aim is to identify the optimal automation solution for collection and central control of all measurement data connected to the LNG terminal operations of Gasum's subsidiary Skangas.

The order is included in Valmet's first quarter 2017 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The basic automation engineering phase has already started, and will be finished in early May.

Once the basic engineering phase is complete, Gasum and Valmet will together define the needed functionalities and equipment, based on Valmet's DNA automation system. If Gasum decides to go forward with the system, Valmet's solutions would be installed and used at LNG terminals in the Nordic countries operated by Gasum's subsidiary Skangas.

2017 04 12 130241Valmet offers a complete automation solution for LNG operations, including complete export/import management and real-time tracking

"The Valmet DNA automation system will strengthen our capability to collect measurement data and control it centrally. The cooperation with Valmet has started effectively," says Pertti Norjos, Chief Information Officer at Gasum Group.

"Valmet is today able to offer a complete automation solution for LNG operations. Our optimization tool lets our customers reduce costs without compromising on safety or reliability," says Jani Hautaluoma, Director of Process Automation at Valmet.

Valmet, a leading global developer and supplier of technologies, automation, and services for many industries, has more than 40 years' experience in automation. The company's skills are based on expertise in marine and land-based projects, along with significant R&D investments across the automation offering.

"Valmet's strategy is for us to become the best solutions provider for small-scale LNG players. Also, we want to support our customers by offering a wider scope than merely being a system provider," Hautaluoma adds.

Valmet is the leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. We aim to become the global champion in serving our customers.

Valmet's strong technology offering includes pulp mills, tissue, board and paper production lines, as well as power plants for bioenergy production. Our advanced services and automation solutions improve the reliability and performance of our customers' processes and enhance the effective utilization of raw materials and energy.

Valmet's net sales in 2016 were approximately EUR 2.9 billion. Our 12,000 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers' performance forward - every day. Valmet's head office is in Espoo, Finland and its shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.

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Valmet to supply automation technology to Vietnam Oil and Gas Group's Long Phu 1 thermal power plant project in Vietnam

Valmet will supply automation to Vietnam Oil and Gas Group's (PetroVietnam) Long Phu 1 thermal power plant project in Long Phu District, Soc Trang Province, Vietnam. The order was placed by OJSC Power Machines (Power Machines), St. Petersburg, Russia, as the general contractor and consortium leader for the project and Valmet's value-added reseller.

The order was included in Valmet's fourth quarter 2016 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The order value of this kind of automation system deliveries ranges from EUR 3 million to EUR 6 million. The systems will be handed over to the customer in October 2018 and February 2019.

The Long Phu 1 thermal power plant currently under construction will feature two 600 MW coal-fired boilers supplied by Power Machines that run with Valmet's automation technology.

 2017 04 06 100434Valmet will supply automation for the Long Phu 1 thermal power plant currently under construction in Long Phu District, Soc Trang Province, Vietnam

"The energy market in Vietnam, as well as in Southeast Asia as a whole, is highly promising for Power Machines. Long Phu 1 is one of the biggest foreign thermal power plants built by Power Machines within the consortium under the terms of a turnkey contract," says Denis Ryabkov, Deputy Chief Engineer of the Long Phu 1 project at Power Machines.

"Valmet has had a cooperation agreement with Power Machines since 2010. We have successfully carried out joint projects and automated many hydroelectric power stations, thermal power plants and combined heat and power plants with Power Machines. The Long Phu 1 project will further strengthen our relationship," says Sergey Filippov, Sales Director, Power, Metal and Marine Industries, Automation, Russia, Valmet.

Details about Valmet's delivery

Valmet's delivery includes two Valmet DNA automation systems and a burner management system, a boiler protection system, an information management system and an interface with PLCs for each unit as well as the engineering, factory acceptance testing, commissioning and training. Included are also energy performance applications, such as boiler performance monitoring, a DNA Sootblowing Manager application, continuous emission monitoring, combustion optimization and advanced boiler controls.

The overall number of hardware I/Os will amount to 28,400 and about 40 operator stations will be included in the system.

Information about the end customer Vietnam Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam)

Vietnam Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam) is a state-owned company. The Long Phu 1 thermal power plant project is one of three projects of the Long Phu - Soc Trang power complex.

With a capacity of around 1,200 MW for the national power grid, the plant will speed up the local socio-economic development.

Valmet is the leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. We aim to become the global champion in serving our customers.

Valmet's strong technology offering includes pulp mills, tissue, board and paper production lines, as well as power plants for bioenergy production. Our advanced services and automation solutions improve the reliability and performance of our customers' processes and enhance the effective utilization of raw materials and energy.

Valmet's net sales in 2016 were approximately EUR 2.9 billion. Our 12,000 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers' performance forward - every day. Valmet's head office is in Espoo, Finland and its shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.

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Will LNG Continue To Remain a Key Energy Source?

Energy authority expect that Japan’s reliance on LNG will continue to grow

Japan imported 8.3 million tonnes of LNG in January, an increase of 1.06 million tonnes compared to the previous year. The data, released by the Japanese Ministry of Finance, also reveals that the amount the country pays for LNG imports had increased by 6.7 percent since 2015.

gastech logoJapan is one of the largest LNG importers in the world and it is expected that gas and LNG will continue to remain a key energy source in the future. The nation’s reliance on LNG rose in 2011 following the closure of the country’s nuclear reactors, and as these latest figures show, has continued to increase since then.

Ahead of next month’s Gastech Exhibition & Conference in Tokyo, Koichi Wada, Division COO, Natural Gas Business Division, Mitsubishi Corporation stated: “Natural gas has an advantage from environmental and supply-diversification perspectives and could compensate if the targets of other fuels are not achieved. In this context, we see that natural gas could potentially have a higher share in the mix target of 2030 and the trend might continue until 2040.”

The Paris Agreement, which calls for governments to reduce their greenhouse emissions, will transform the future of the Japanese energy mix. Whilst renewable energies will account for a certain percentage in the energy mix throughout the world. The current shortcomings around operability will mean that renewable energies will be unable to supply all energy needs. According to analysts, Eclipse, Japan’s total LNG demand is predicted to stand at 77 million tonnes by 2020.  

Gavin Sutcliffe, Head of Content at Gastech organise, dmg :: events Global Energy, states: “As a signatory of the Paris Agreement, Japan needs to quickly reprioritise its energy policy. Whilst the nation’s energy sector has remained largely unchanged over the past few decades, we are expecting to see significant shifts in the composition of the country’s energy mix in the near future, with a marked preference for LNG and gas.”  

Japanese energy companies are continuing to invest in the LNG and gas aspects of their businesses. Mitsubishi recently commissioned the PT Dinggi Senoro LNG (DSLNG) project, demonstration that gas will continue to play a significant role.

Mr Sutcliffe continues: “We are expecting to see Japanese energy companies engaging in the development of prime assets, as well as exploring and cultivating new demand in emerging countries.”

Japan will play host to this year’s edition of the Gastech Exhibition and Conference. Hosted by Mitsubushi Corporation and nine of the country’s biggest energy companies: JERA, Mitsui & Co., Tokyo Gas, INPEX Corporation, ITOCHU Corporation, Japan Petroleum Exploration Co., Ltd (JAPEX), JX Nippon Oil & Energy, Marubeni Corporation and Sumitomo Corporation.

Gastech 2017 will take place over four days from April 4th to 7th in Tokyo, Japan. It promises to bring together top global chiefs, energy experts and decision-makers to explore the key topics affecting the industry.

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Ashtead Boosts Rental Fleet with State-of-the-Art Inspection Technology

Ashtead Technology has expanded its equipment rental pool following a significant investment in the latest Pulsed Eddy Current (PEC) technology to deliver faster, more accurate asset integrity inspections.

A global leader in marine technology, non-destructive testing and subsea services, Ashtead will now supply the Eddyfi Lyft™, an inspection tool for identifying corrosion under insulation (CUI), a major asset integrity issue for the oil and gas, and petrochemical sectors.

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CUI is a type of corrosion that occurs as a result of a moisture build-up on the external surface of insulated equipment. The corrosion is most commonly galvanic, chloride, acidic, or alkaline, and if undetected, the consequences can lead to the shutdown of a process unit or an entire facility.

Lyft™ can be used to accurately measure corrosion and wall thickness on insulated pipes without the need to remove insulation, significantly reducing time and costs. It’s suitable for use on a number of materials including metal, aluminium, stainless steel and galvanised steel weather jackets, to provide real-time C-scan imaging, wall thickness measurements and fast data acquisition (up to 15 readings per second).

Allan Pirie, chief executive of Ashtead Technology said: “This investment underlines our commitment to the subsea and non-destructive testing markets, by offering the latest, cost-effective technologies ensures our customers are getting the most efficient, reliable solution available.

“CUI is one of the most difficult processes to prevent. No matter the precautions taken, water invariably seeps into the insulation and corrosion occurs.  

“With traditional methods it was near on impossible to identify and measure the severity of corrosion without physically removing the insulation, however Eddyfi Lyft™ provides a fast, reliable and flexible solution.”

Headquartered in Québec, Canada, with offices in France, USA, and the UAE, Eddyfi focuses on offering high-performance eddy current and electromagnetic solutions for the inspection of critical components and assets.

Jim Costain, vice president of sales for Eddyfi, said: “We are thrilled that Ashtead Technology has added the Lyft to its range of Eddyfi inspection tools. This provides Ashtead’s large customer base with access to this unique, cost-effective technology, alongside its highly skilled technical support team.”

Further information and a brief explanatory video is available from www.ashtead-technology.com

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Oil and gas still an attractive draw – for now, warns skills body

- New research sheds light on youth perception of North Sea career prospects -

YOUNG people living in the UK’s key energy hubs preparing for and making choices about their future careers still believe there is a long term future in the North Sea and want to pursue a career in the oil and gas industry, according to a new study.

2015 06 16 095233More than 500 students from Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Great Yarmouth, Waveney and Norwich were asked to contribute to the Youth Perception of a Career in the Oil & Gas Industry report which was conducted by oil and gas industry skills organisation OPITO throughout 2016.

The study will be shared with industry as well as the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) National Careers Service, to help inform and shape national career initiatives in the year ahead.

The report shows that 81% of respondents are still interested in pursuing a career in the sector, with the opportunity to work around the world (24%), the development and use of cutting edge science and technology (20%); and salary (19%) given as the top three reasons among young people aged between 14 and 21.

Opportunities for personal development and the global oil and gas community are also ranked (18% and 12% respectively) while the few respondents who cited an alternative reason expressed a desire to “make a difference in the world” and spoke of the association with forward thinking and innovative processes and equipment within the industry.

A total of 77% of respondents said they consider there to be longevity in the UK Continental Shelf. For those that disagree (18%), a lack of confidence in long term resources, competition from more attractive basins in terms of investment opportunities; and increased future sustainability in alternative energy sectors, namely renewables, are cited among the reasons.

The report concludes that, mirroring the demographics of the industry itself, a larger percentage of males (82%) are still being attracted to a career in oil and gas compared to females, providing the industry with a significant opportunity to tap into new talent.

“Despite a general concern with the current messaging being communicated about oil and gas due the challenges facing the industry, a significant 77% of students who provided feedback in 2016 perceive there to be a long term future in the North Sea oil and gas industry,” said John McDonald, interim chief executive of OPITO and member of the Scottish Government’s Energy Jobs Taskforce.

“The students who participated are likely to have an increased interest given that they had, themselves, chosen to take part in an industry specific event but these results are extremely encouraging for the future of the UK’s exploration and production sector, particularly in light of the challenges posed by the ongoing low oil price environment.

“We do need to take a long term view however and should not lose sight of the fact that roughly a quarter of those who attended the events disagree, suggesting that if we do not take action we are in danger of having a reasonable proportion of next generation talent discouraged from pursuing a career in this industry.”

Mr McDonald said it was also encouraging to see the desire to enter the sector so heavily influenced by the capacity to work internationally, to be involved with innovation and benefit from the industry’s opportunities for personal development.
“The high salaries associated with oil and gas have often been cited as a primary attraction in the past so it is refreshing to see other factors coming to the fore,” he added.

“Whilst there is much of positive note to take from this report, it is clear that we do need to continue to find ways of attracting women into the sector. Estimates around the proportion of female employees in the oil and gas workforce generally average around 20% and attendance by female students at industry events is even lower which tells us there is a significant pot of untapped talent out there.”

Director of energy at Scottish Enterprise and a member of the Scottish Government’s Energy Jobs Taskforce, Maggie McGinlay, added: “Oil and gas will provide most of our primary energy for decades to come and although the industry is going through a period of change, it will continue to offer significant career opportunities right across Scotland in the long term.

“I am reassured by today’s results that young people do still recognise the important, rewarding and diverse jobs the oil and gas sector can offer and together with our partners, including Skills Development Scotland, we will continue to do everything we can to ensure the sector continues to attract fresh young talent to support its growth ambition.”

OPITO will continue to track changes in youth perceptions at its careers events throughout 2017, including surveying more than 200 pupils from 11 schools across Aberdeen City & Shire who will be connecting with organisations attending Subsea Expo, the world’s largest subsea exhibition and conference.

About OPITO

OPITO is the oil and gas industry's focal point for skills, training and workforce development. A not-for-profit organisation, its mission is to support the industry to build a sustainable, competent and safe oil and gas workforce.

About the Survey

The survey was conducted at three key student events hosted by OPITO during 2016. These were: Energise Your Future which took place in Aberdeen and was attended by 250 third to sixth year secondary school pupils; Platform of Opportunity which took place in Norfolk and was attended by 175 GCSE, A-level and BTEC Engineering students; and Industry Awareness which took place in Aberdeen and was attended by 80 fifth and sixth year secondary school pupils.  Feedback was collected from 381 participants in total, a response rate of 75%.