Industry and Scottish Government Back Oil & Gas Resource to Tackle Looming Experience and Knowledge Gap

A major digital resource developed for the oil and gas industry, has received £50,000 from the Scottish Government.

This supplements the £800,000 received from industry, the universities and other sponsors to enable the research, development and launch of this multi-disciplinary project.

2017 07 10 075513The International Centre for Oil and the Environment (ICOE) is working with industry, academia and regulators to produce this authoritative resource for today and tomorrow’s industry leaders. This platform captures the accumulated knowledge and inter-disciplinary expertise of the last 40 years of offshore operations to transfer it to the next generation.

Entitled Encompassing the Future: Offshore Oil & Gas Operations, Environment Safety and Performance Management, the resource pulls together authoritative and researched material on the successful development of the North Sea offshore. Covering best practice, this digital resource will enable practitioners to meet the challenges of producing and operating safely and without harm to the environment in a cost effective manner.

William Cairns, Executive Chairman, ICOE Research Limited, said that the resource will distil and develop the intellectual and operational expertise of the industry, and promote access and collaboration between industry, academia and regulators. It will create a safer, innovative and more competitive management approach to and facilitate evolution of best practice.

Paul Warwick, chairman of ICOE’s advisory council, said: “Against a backdrop of oil price volatility, a shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources and the gradual loss of experience in maturing and increasingly-challenging provinces, the global oil and gas industry is entering one of its most defining periods.

“The loss of personnel through today’s and previous downturns has created a gap in knowledge and experience. Our survivability and sustainability depend upon filling this vacuum.

“ICOE’s resource will help close the knowledge and experience gap by providing expert guidance on the best solutions to the challenges of low morale, knowledge loss, ageing infrastructure and declining investor confidence as a result of the urgent need to bring costs to more realistic and sustainable levels in a lower for longer oil price environment.”

Paul Wheelhouse, Scottish Government Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy said: “I am pleased to have the opportunity of supporting this ambitious project which seeks to harness the knowledge and expertise built up by the North Sea industry. This is a resource that is being created by industry, for industry. It will provide a comprehensive evidence base to ensure that efforts to tackle inefficiencies and change behaviours all draw on best practice experience for environmental and safety performance. This project has the opportunity to capture a wealth of knowledge, which will be of significant value to the industry going forward”

The accumulated knowledge built up in the North Sea over the past 40 years has been trawled, re-assessed and distilled to build a global offshore resource which will be launched on August 3rd at Kings College, University of Aberdeen.

ICOE was founded by Sir Alastair Dunnett and William J Cairns in 1978 with charitable status and existed in this form for twenty four years. Its aim through conferences, seminars, publications and research is to transfer knowledge gained from an industry at the forefront of technological and environmental expertise. ICOE took on the joint industry, government, consultancy and academic task to produce the initial twenty year environmental performance record of North Sea oil and gas developments published by Elsevier in 1992, entitled ‘North Sea Oil and the Environment, Developing Oil and Gas Resources, Environmental Impacts and Responses.’ This seminal project was sponsored by BP.

ICOE formed its present centre for environmental research to undertake specific assignments on a project by project basis including studies on Carbon Capture and Storage for Scottish Enterprise Energy, and a feasibility and scoping study on Global Petroleum, ‘Meeting the Sustainability Challenge’ sponsored by BP.  ICOE with the Crown Estate and the Offshore Renewables Institute organised the Workshop on Exploring the Interfaces between Offshore Oil and Gas and Renewables
ICOE has evolved as a project-oriented, innovative research centre whose purpose is to promote technology and EHS management best practice for the global petroleum industry.


Proserv looking to future growth with new £7million Great Yarmouth facility

Energy services company Proserv is preparing for future growth by investing in a new purpose built technology centre for subsea controls and communications in Great Yarmouth.

The move will see around 190 employees consolidate from two sites in the area into the new 65,000 sq ft Beacon Park site in Gorleston-on-Sea which will feature modern office, manufacturing and yard space and provides the flexibility to add a further 20,000 sq ft of workshop capacity.

Construction will commence next month with the building expected to be completed during March 2018.

David Lamont, Proserv CEO, said: “This is great news for the whole of Proserv but especially the team in Great Yarmouth. As an established employer in the region since the 1960s, we have developed an outstanding workforce that is well recognised globally for its expertise and engineering capabilities. Investing in this new facility firmly underlines our long-term commitment to Great Yarmouth and plans for growth in the area.

2017 07 10 075107(l-r) Simon Harvey, Proserv’s head of operation at Great Yarmouth, David Lamont, CEO, and Iain Smith, region president for UK and Europe, at the site of the company’s new facility in Great Yarmouth.

“Consolidating operations into a modern purpose-built site will make us leaner, more efficient and better placed to deliver for our global customer base, whilst creating capacity for future expansion. The centre will serve as a global hub and Centre of Excellence for our subsea communication and controls activities and ensures we remain at the forefront of our field.

“I would also like to extend my sincere appreciation and gratitude to Great Yarmouth Borough Council for their unwavering support over the years in getting us to this exciting stage.”

Iain Smith, Proserv region president for UK and Europe, added: “The energy industry continues to seek new solutions that can enhance production and extend asset life and the technical developments in subsea controls and communications being made by our team in Great Yarmouth helps deliver those crucial efficiency gains.

“Some of the most exciting and innovative technology developments in our portfolio are in the subsea controls and communications arena and I envisage demand for our solutions and services growing further as we continue to invest in our technology, capabilities and expertise.”

Beacon Park is part of the Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft Enterprise Zone, which focuses on attracting and supporting energy-related businesses within the East of England. Great Yarmouth Borough Council has invested £4.5m in the base, which the council is also developing, with £1.5m coming from New Anglia LEP’s Growing Places Fund. Proserv will fund the remaining sum.

In a joint statement, the council’s political group leaders, Cllr Graham Plant, Cllr Kay Grey, Cllr Trevor Wainwright and Cllr Adrian Myers, said: “This landmark development on the Enterprise Zone reflects Great Yarmouth long-standing position as a global offshore energy capital and Beacon Park’s reputation as the location of choice for energy investment and growth.  

“The borough council is committed to supporting any businesses with aspirations to relocate to or expand within the area. This success has come about through close partnership working across the public and private sectors, and we look forward to welcoming Proserv and its staff to Beacon Park early next year.”

News of the latest development comes at a time of strong growth for Proserv after the company recently secured over £12million in contract awards for its new-build, after-market and decommissioning services.

In May, Proserv’s Great Yarmouth team won another project award for the engineering, supply and installation of a subsea control system for the Finlaggan gas condensate development operated by Zennor Pathway in the Central North Sea. The control system will include Proserv’s award winning Artemis 2G subsea electronics module, which is also one of the core technologies within the company’s Augmented Control Technologies (ACT) toolkit.

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.

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SPE Offshore Europe 2017 confronts the cyber threat to the oil and gas sector

The scale and severity of attacks on industrial cyber systems is growing and has the potential to put oil and gas infrastructure, critical processes and workers’ lives in danger. SPE Offshore Europe 2017 will host a keynote panel session on cyber and physical attacks on the industry to help delegates understand the risks, manage detection of threats and defend against malicious actions.

2017 07 06 082321Frank Gardner, the BBC’s security correspondent, journalist and author, will join the ‘Cyber and Physical Security’ panel session at SPE Offshore Europe 2017BBC security correspondent, journalist and author, Frank Gardner OBE, who survived being shot six times by Al-Qaeda terrorists in a Riyadh suburb in Saudi Arabia, will be part of the expert panel.

The session will be chaired by Deirdre Michie, chief executive of Oil & Gas UK and will involve Professor David Stupples, Director of Electronic Warfare Systems Research, University of London, who will reveal research into the cyber threat specific to the oil and gas industry. In particular, he will talk about cyber attacks on SCADA – supervisory control and data acquisition. Other keynote speakers include Dominic Armstrong, president of Herminius, a risk management and intelligence consultancy.

“The cyber threat is no longer an ‘emerging’ risk but one that is forcibly having a severe and hazardous impact on day-to-day operations,” said Sue Frye, Director Europe, Caspian, & Sub-Saharan Africa Events for the Society of Petroleum Engineers. “Understanding and managing the risks is the responsibility of everyone in the sector, from rig workers to investors.  Delegates will leave with a better understanding of the shifts in global strategic risks to oil and gas operations and the ‘new realities,’ threats and vulnerabilities that companies are facing.”

Under the theme Embracing New Realities: Reinventing our Industry, SPE Offshore Europe 2017 will offer more than 65 free-to-attend technical presentations and 11 keynote panel sessions combined with business breakfasts and topical lunches.  A ‘new for 2017’ Decommissioning Zone will feature a themed exhibition and conference space showcasing decommissioning technology and service providers and a conference programme organised in association with Decom North Sea, IMechE, ITF and SUT.

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).

Reed Exhibitions is the world’s leading event organiser, with over 500 events in 40 countries. In 2013 Reed brought together over six million active event participants from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa and organised by 34 fully staffed offices. Reed Exhibitions serves 43 industry sectors with trade and consumer events and is part of the Reed Elsevier Group, a world leading provider of professional information solutions.

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) is a not-for-profit professional association whose members are engaged in energy resources development and production. SPE serves more than 164,000 members in 143 countries worldwide. SPE is a key resource for technical knowledge related to the oil and gas exploration and production industry and provides services through its publications, events, training courses, and online resources at

Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its membership comprises oil and gas producers and contractor companies


Yokogawa wins analyser package order for Petrochemical Complex in Oman

–Commission to deliver 75 GC8000 process gas chromatographs–

Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces that its subsidiary, Yokogawa Electric Korea, has received an order to supply an analyser package solution for the Liwa Plastics Industries Complex, which is being built for Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company (Orpic), a company owned and operated by the Oman government.

2017 07 05 111952The Liwa Plastics Industries Complex is being built in Sohar, on Oman’s northern coast. This package order is for 15 analyser houses and associated analysis systems consisting of process analysers and sampling instruments. The client is a joint venture between Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. (CB&I, a major US construction company) and CTCI Corporation (a major Taiwanese engineering company) that is responsible for the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) of an approximately 800,000 ton per annum naphtha cracker and related utility facilities at this complex. The analysis systems for this steam cracker and its off-site utility facilities will rely on Yokogawa GC8000 process gas chromatographs to separate mixed gases and volatile liquids into their respective components and measure their concentrations. A total of 75 GC8000 units have been ordered, and this is Yokogawa’s largest single project order to date for this product. Yokogawa Electric Korea will have overall responsibility for analyser house fabrication, system integration and site commissioning services. As both Yokogawa Electric International and Yokogawa Europe Solutions B.V. have extensive experience in constructing analyser houses, Yokogawa Electric International will manage the engineering, delivery, and commissioning of these Yokogawa solutions, and Yokogawa Europe Solutions B.V. will provide project execution support. The analyser houses will be delivered by the third quarter of 2018, and the Liwa Plastics Industries Complex is scheduled to start operation in the first quarter of 2020.

It is believed that Yokogawa won this large order because the customer highly evaluated the company’s advanced knowledge of gas analysers and liquid analysers, expertise in the construction of analyser houses, and track record in supplying gas chromatographs to oil refineries and chemical plants all around the world. In recent years, there is an increasing need to improve product quality in the oil, natural gas, petrochemical, and chemical industries by using gas chromatographs for analysing gas components. Backed by this order, Yokogawa will expand sales of its GC8000 and other process analysis solutions, grow the process analyser system integration business, and help customers improve the quality of their products.

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

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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.


Great Depths of Opportunities in India for UK Firms

UK subsea companies showcased their technology and expertise to senior officials from India's largest oil and gas exploration and production company, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), last week on a trade mission to South Asia.

subsea logoOrganised by industry body Subsea UK, in partnership with the Department for International Trade (DIT), the five-day mission saw representatives from Expro Group, Flexlife, GE Oil and Gas, SMD, Sonardyne and Tata Steel participate in a series of workshops to demonstrate their deep-water exploration and production capabilities.

Following the announcement that ONGC will make a $10 billion investment into exploration and production in the east coast region of India, with $5 billion for the 98/2 fields in the KG Basin, already committed, UK companies were being asked to suggest ways they could help unlock India’s deep-water potential.

The workshops took place in New Delhi, Kakinada and Mumbai from 22-26 May. Each company also got the opportunity to engage with ONGC’s technical leaders and India’s most influential energy players.

The mission included a technical session with India’s second largest company, Reliance Industries, a conglomerate holding company which owns businesses engaged in energy, petrochemicals, textiles, natural resources, retail and telecommunications. Attendees also gained detailed market insights as they look to exploit export opportunities in deep-water blocks off India.

Neil Gordon, chief executive of Subsea UK said: “With UK subsea exports valued at almost £5 billion, we want to see an increase of British firms targeting international expansion to sustain long term growth.

“UK companies have a long history of successfully developing deep-water energy projects worldwide. By exporting that knowledge, experience and proven deep-water technologies, we can unlock new resources and increase the sector’s international capabilities and reputation.

“Joined by a select group of some of the UK’s most innovative companies, we hope the mission will deliver thought provoking discussions with senior officials from ONGC and Reliance Industries and ultimately lead to future business.”

Subsea UK is a self-sustaining body that champions the UK subsea supply chain, representing over 300 members. It acts as a focal point for all stakeholders to promote the sector and maximise its opportunities at home and abroad and provides a national forum for collaboration, diversification and technology development.