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2018:  MARCH

November 2017 Issue

GMG Adds Blyth
As Base in UK

The Global Marine Group (GMG) has expanded its operations base in the United Kingdom to include the Port of Blyth, Northumberland. Blyth, a modern, well-specified port, has emerged as a major support base for U.K. offshore energy projects.

Operating from the Port of Blyth, both of GMG’s two business units, CWind, which provides services to the offshore wind industry, and Global Marine, which provides fiber-optic cable solutions to multiple sectors, will be able to offer regionally focused support, resulting in faster mobilization, greater flexibility and enhanced response times for customers, according to the company.

Texo Conducts UAV
Survey-Grade LiDAR Scan

Texo DSI (UKCS) Ltd., the offshore division of Texo Drone Survey and Inspection, has carried out the first ever unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) survey-grade LiDAR scan of an offshore asset, combined with ground-based simultaneous location and mapping (SLAM).

The collaboration between the tailored equipment and precision data technology has applications in both engineering and asset life cycle management.

Confidence Rebounds for UKCS,
But Challenges Remain

Reacting to the latest Oil and Gas U.K. Economic Report, Graham Hollis, senior partner for Deloitte in Aberdeen, said: “A cautious optimism has returned to the industry, as it weathers the storm of the past three years.”

The latest economic report demonstrates just how much progress the U.K. Continental Shelf (UKCS) has made on reducing operational costs and the encouraging level to which confidence is returning to the basin, most notably through a significant uptick in M&A activity across the sector.

Nevertheless, challenges remain for the North Sea, and its recovery needs to be carefully fostered, Hollis said. The report shows there is a potential £40 billion worth of developments in companies’ business plans, requiring a collaborative approach between government, the business community, the supply chain and wider stakeholders to be realized.

BiSN Completes P&A
Project in North Sea

BiSN has successfully completed its first project in the North Sea. The plugging and abandonment (P&A) work in the Valhall Field for Aker BP involved the use of BiSN’s innovative metal-to-metal downhole sealing solutions.

Using modified thermite heaters, BiSN’s technology reduces the heating time required to create metal-to-metal seals from hours to minutes.

The technology eliminates the need for special wireline equipment, or restriction on deployment depth, as it is designed to be run on standard wireline.

Mooring of Private Rig
Offshore Mexico

InterMoor has moored the first privately operated rig in Mexico’s offshore waters since 1938.

InterMoor was contracted by Talos Energy to moor semisubmersible ENSCO 8503 in the Bay of Campeche, offshore Mexico.

The asset is the first privately operated rig to be moored in the area since the energy reform of 2013 opened the Mexican waters to the private sector.

InterMoor’s scope provided Talos Energy with engineering services, mooring equipment, shorebase loadout services and experienced personnel to deliver the project.

Safety Zone Management
Assurance for Offshore Installs

Seacroft Marine Consultants has launched 500-m zone management assurance and auditing for offshore installations following the success of its training courses for offshore installation personnel to help address safety concerns.

The new assurance process will continue to monitor operational safety standards after providing initial training to help installations manage ship movements when they come close to platforms.

The company aims to raise awareness of the need to control marine operations inside the 500-m zone around offshore installations following Health and Safety Executive concerns regarding the control and monitoring of support vessels.

With 97 percent of collisions occurring within the 500-m zone involving vessels there on legitimate business, the company offers guidance, recommendations and training courses on how to improve existing practices and safety and, now, ongoing assurance to verify that standards continue to be maintained.

The safety zone is the area extending 500 m from any part of an offshore oil and gas installation, and it is established automatically around all installations.

JIP to Develop Drones
To Inspect Enclosed Spaces

Bureau Veritas has joined RECOMMS (Remote Evaluation of Coatings/ Corrosion on Offshore Machinery and Marine Structures/Ships), a joint investment project (JIP), to develop drones with the capability to inspect steel structures in enclosed spaces.

The JIP’s primary objectives are to develop a steady, stable and reliable drone capable of following programmable flight paths, either predetermined by 3D imagery software or flown by a pilot, using 3D simulator ship-specific training programs developed in unison with the drone design. This will lead to the development of a complete and marketable inspection drone when delivered with the required software package. Key investment partners also include: Akzo Nobel, Barrier Group, Drone Ops, Hempel Paints A/S, Marine Technical Limits and a major oil company.

In the first phase of development, the drone will be designed to carry an unobstructed HD camera, as well as lighting and batteries with suitable strength, durability and longevity to perform structural and coating inspections within a ballast tank while providing reliable, clear images fit for comparison with close-up inspection.

As a secondary goal, the project will also address the potential for inspection of open space marine structures such as offshore wind turbine blades.

The drone will also be designed to perform paint and coating application analysis and steel thickness measurement.

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