Aker to deliver drilling equipment package for Mariner platform

Aker Solutions has won a contract from Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) to deliver a drilling equipment package for the production platform at the Mariner oilfield in the UK North Sea.

Aker will also provide necessary support services at DSME’s shipyard in South Korea and during the offshore installation phase. It will also provide necessary support services at DSME's shipyard in South Korea and during the offshore installation phase. Delivery of the equipment will be completed in 2015.

The contract includes an option to supply an identical drilling equipment package for the production facility at the nearby Bressay field.

Mariner, located about 150km east of the Shetland Isles, and Bressay are operated by the oil company Statoil.

The contract work will mainly be executed at Aker's Kristiansand and Asker facilities in Norway, as well as Erkelenz in Germany. Installation and commissioning services will take place at DSME's yard in South Korea and in the North Sea.


The next 'big thing' in process - at your local supermarket

News Blog – We are all now well used to seeing and scanning barcodes in shops and supermarkets, where they are used to identify and track goods coming in to the supplier and, finally, out through the tills.

So you would guess that a similar, much higher-spec, version of this tracking technology would also be well established in the cutting-edge world of oil & gas.

Well - owing to the highly conservative and risk-averse nature of companies in this sector - this is not at all the case. 

BP, however, has now grasped the nettle and come up with a way to track some of the billions worth of equipment being shipped around the world for the construction of its production facilities.

The development took the company's top engineers on a journey from the FMCG industry to aerospace manufacturers. The resulting system, based on RFID and GPS, is initially being used to track equipment from 150 suppliers serving the Clair Ridge project.

The development has been led by Blaine Tookey of BP's Chief Technology Office - a unit comprising 12 of BP top technology experts charged with bringing new ideas and concepts into the oil & gas business.

In PI Match Newsletter, Tookey explains how track-and-trace is already saving BP many millions, and why the technology represents the next 'big thing' both for BP and for the industry as a whole.


Exmar taps Honeywell for world's first floating LNG unit

Honeywell is to provide an integrated control and safety system (ICSS) for the world’s first floating LNG liquefaction, regasification and storage unit (FLRSU) for the Exmar-Pacific Rubiales Energy project offshore Colombia.

Honeywell is working with Black & Veatch on topside pre-treatment and liquefaction processes and with Wison for the barge, cargo tanks and utilities.

This vessel is a non-propelled barge equipped to convert natural gas into LNG. It is also able to store the LNG for offloading to shuttle tankers or LNG carriers. LNG takes up about 1/600th the volume of natural gas in a gaseous state and allows companies like Exmar to more efficiently transport the product to its end-customers.

“This partnership enables us to bring the right technology and approach to make production of LNG at sea a commercial reality,” said Greg Wayne, project manager, Black & Veatch Corp.

The FLRSU will be constructed at Wison Offshore & Marine’s fabrication yard in Nantong, China, with Black & Veatch providing the topside LNG plant design as well as LNG equipment and components.

International ship management group Exmar will own and operate the FLRSU in the Caribbean Sea starting in the first quarter of 2015.

“Exmar is the first operator to do re-gasification onboard a ship, and we are the first one doing ship-to-ship liquid transfer,” said Exmar CEO Nicolas Saverys. "Now, with the FLRSU, we will be the first one to do floating LNG liquefaction, enabling us to bring previously-untapped gas to consumers at a time when the world wants cleaner fuels.”


Foster Wheeler nets major Saudi Aramco projects

Saudi Aramco has chosen Foster Wheeler to perform the front-end engineering design (FEED) for a gas compression project -  part of Aramco Overseas Co’s 'master gas system expansion; programme in Saudi Arabia.

The engineering company will be responsible for the fast-track development of a FEED package - initially for two compressor stations. AOC plans to develop up to three additional compressor stations in a subsequent phase of this expansion.

Foster Wheeler has also been awarded contracts for the front-end engineering design (FEED) for Saudi Aramco’s Khurais Arabian Light Crude Increment Program in Saudi Arabia.

The project aims to increase production capacity at the Khurais Central Processing Facilities (CPF) by 300k barrels of oil a day from its current capacity of 1,200k level.

Another target is to enhance production from the Mazalij and Abu Jifan fields by installation of a satellite Gas Oil Separation Plant (GOSP).
Foster Wheeler will be responsible for the FEED, equipment and material specifications, development of a cost estimate, and procurement assistance for long-lead items. The FEED is expected to be completed during the second quarter of 2014.
Foster Wheeler executed the original Khurais CPF FEED in 2005/2006, and was subsequently awarded an engineering, procurement and construction contract, with a joint venture partner, for the gas plant, a key part of the CPF.
“Foster Wheeler has enjoyed a very successful long-term relationship with Saudi Aramco, and we are delighted to continue to play a role in Saudi Aramco’s strategic investments,” said Umberto della Sala, president and COO of Foster Wheeler AG. 
“This award reflects the confidence of Saudi Aramco in our FEED capability and project execution expertise, proven on previous major Saudi Aramco oil and gas developments, including Haradh, Qatif, Manifa, Karan and the original Khurais developments.”

Metso valve units for 'largest refinery project' in China

Metso is to supply over 4,000 intelligent valve controllers from Sino-Venezuela Guangdong Petrochemical Co. for its 20,000 kilotonne per annum (ktpa), heavy crude refinery project in China.

The project, the Jieyang Nandahai petrochemical industrial zone in Guangdong province. is to process 20,000 ktpa of heavy crude annually. It includes 29 processing units, a 300ktpa crude oil terminal and a 30-50kt product terminal, making it one of the largest oil refinery projects in China.

Total investment has reached $9.54 billion, with PetroChina a 60% stakeholder and Petróleos de Venezuela SA of Venezuela holding a 40% stake.

The raw material to be used by the refinery is Merey-16 crude from Venezuela, which will be turned chiefly into petroleum, aviation fuel and diesel. The refinery's chief products will also meet Euro IV environmental standards with a number of products also meeting Euro V standards.

Metso's order includes its ND7000 intrinsically safe, and explosion-proof models, which come with online diagnostics for predictive maintenance functionality. The same type of positioner can be used with single- and double-acting actuators, linear actuators, and rotary actuators: reducing the need for spare device inventory.

Metso will provide its client with a comprehensive suite of technical services, including on-site technical training to ensure smooth operation of the positioner.

Service engineers will oversee the controller installation, while Metso said it would work with the DCS supplier to handle installation and to debug the valve management software.