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Published:  04 November, 2016

Oil and gas work environments are inherently dangerous ones, especially when working at height is involved. Raphaël Dubois, fall protection manager at Honeywell Industrial Safety EMEA, looks at the main risks for oil and gas workers and the keys to accident prevention.

Published:  28 October, 2016

Heiko Luckhaupt, marketing manager, Industrial Division at RS Components, looks at repair and maintenance in the challenging environments of marine and offshore.

Published:  28 October, 2016

SANDVIK has announced it has recently inaugurated a new, state-of-the-art, fully automated ultrasonic testing facility for pipes to the oil and gas industry.

Published:  20 October, 2016

Following the launch of DNV GL’s service specification for Functional Safety Certification, which can be applied to all electronic or programmable systems with safety functions, the company has announced it has issued its first Functional Safety Certificate against DNVGL-SE-0141 to Rockwell Automation.

Published:  20 October, 2016

IHS Energy Strategic Report by Daniel Yergin and Elena Pravettoni. A new IHS Energy report disputes concerns by some central banks and regulators that climate change may pose “systemic risk” to the financial system.

Published:  27 September, 2016

Sulzer says its commitment to the oil and gas industry on the west coast of Australia has been boosted by significant investment in state-of-the-art equipment featuring progressive service capabilities in Australia.

Published:  21 September, 2016

An oil and gas wellstream processing company with a reputation for technological innovation reports it has launched the first phase of a global ‘augmented reality’ campaign and says it will deliver marketing, information and instructional benefits to the staff and customers of Fjords Processing.

Published:  14 September, 2016

In the marine, oil and gas sectors, components have to withstand harsh conditions and have to work effectively to reduce downtime and save costs. One aspect which can help to ensure this, is the use of the right lubricant. Klüber Lubrication says its speciality lubricants help to maximise the output of equipment and critical assets whether floating or fixed.

Published:  08 September, 2016

Embracing New Realities: Reinventing our Industry has been announced as the central theme for SPE Offshore Europe 2017 which will take place in Aberdeen from 5-8 September 2017.

Published:  08 September, 2016

SPE Intelligent Energy 2016 (IE16) took place in Aberdeen (6 to 8 September 2016) with a call to action by investors to avoid ‘bad’ capex cuts, improve transparency and create real value through innovation.

Published:  10 August, 2016

AISUS Offshore reports it has strengthened its team in Aberdeen as it continues to grow its UKCS position and gears up for significant overseas expansion. The company, which provides remotely deployed visual and ultrasonic inspection solutions to the global oil and gas industry says it is looking to double its turnover over the next three years through expansion both at home and abroad.

Published:  10 August, 2016

Gielle reports it has been a leader in fire fighting for 50 years and has announced its new installation on the base of Novec1230 fluid fire fighting system for extinguishing fires in engine rooms, pump rooms, transformer rooms and electrical rooms, for ship and offshore applications. The company says the Gielle fire fighting system can replace, without significant modifications, old systems using Halon, Halotron IIB, carbon dioxide and water mist on board ships.

Published:  13 July, 2016

Following a defiant statement from the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) that the North Sea is ‘Open for Business,' one UK hydraulics manufacturer has completed a deal to manufacture and supply a unit of eight hydraulic safety blocks to be used on oil rigs in the area.

Published:  08 December, 2015

Reliability is key to ensuring the success of ‘jackup’ operations in the oil & gas industry. With this in mind, leading provider of offshore drilling units Paragon Offshore turned to global drive technology manufacturer WEG to replace the electric motors driving its B391 jackup rig in the North Sea. WEG supplied Paragon with 58 highly reliable and energy efficient W22 motors to ensure a smooth and safe jackup process even in aggressive marine environments. ODEE reports.

Published:  27 August, 2015

As SPE Offshore Europe 2015 prepares to open its doors in Aberdeen from 8-11 September, the oil and gas industry can look forward to debating both the technical and people challenges facing the business today. ODEE reports.

Published:  27 August, 2015

During Offshore Energy 2015 in October at Amsterdam RAI, the main focus will be what the future of the industry will look like. And especially how the latest developments and opportunities can be improved upon efficiently. ODEE reports.

Published:  27 August, 2015

In an exclusive interview, Aaron Blutstein spoke to Luis Clement, Chicago Pneumatic (CP) Tools’ vice president about how the company’s values are at the forefront of technology development for the offshore oil and gas sector.

Published:  27 August, 2015

Schaeffler told ODEE it has been able to obtain its largest order for ELGES spherical plain bearings to date for the “Pioneering Spirit” (formerly "Pieter Schelte") working ship. Schaeffler is supplying a total of more than 240 bearings with outside diameters ranging from 400 to 1060 mm for the "topsides lift system", which is used for oil platform installations. ODEE reports.

Published:  27 August, 2015

In today’s economic climate of low oil prices and reduced demand, producers are under pressure to maximise the efficiency of their existing offshore assets by minimising maintenance, reducing costs, and maximising process availability. ODEE reports.

Published:  27 August, 2015

The current challenging conditions for the oil and gas sector, caused by the fall in oil price, has made it difficult to predict when the sector will become more upbeat, and when then price of oil will increase and stabalise at a higher rate than its current price of around 40 US Dollars a barrel. Different reasons have been given to explain this decline, the rate offered against demand is too high; the US Dollar’s value being too high hence affecting the price of the barrel; and investors minimising their shares in oil and gas companies.

Published:  30 June, 2015

With increased demands in the oil and gas industry to eliminate losses and optimise operations, while meeting safety and environmental regulations, engineers are reviewing their entire drive chain, from the mechanical components, including electric motors, gearboxes and drives, to the control and automation components, as well as electric panels.

Published:  21 May, 2015

Against a backdrop of proven capability, innovation and quality in subsea cable installation, Global Marine Systems Limited is making impressive inroads into the oil and gas market. With a rich history in underwater engineering dating back to the 1850s, the company has evolved to become a renowned name in the design, installation and maintenance of high speed fibre optic communications networks.

Published:  29 April, 2015

The bid to create a standardised, self-contained offshore electricity generator for the wave industry has moved one step closer. ODEE reports.

Published:  29 April, 2015

With reference to guidance provided in the book ‘Hydraulic Fluids – A Practical Guide’, Chris Buxton, CEO of the British Fluid Power Association, looks at the topic of fluid contamination in hydraulic systems such as those used on offshore oil and gas platforms, and how a diligent contamination monitoring strategy can help to keep this equipment running safely and efficiently while keeping downtime to a minimum.

Published:  29 April, 2015

The changing shape of North Sea offshore workers over the last three decades is revealed in the findings of a ground-breaking high-tech study just concluded in Aberdeen. ODEE reports.

Published:  29 April, 2015

The oil and gas industry is recognised internationally as one that continually strives to make worker safety a priority. Monitoring, evaluating, updating and improving the systems, processes and equipment used daily are critical elements of this. Stuart Turnbull, interim European sales director at Honeywell Safety Products, highlights the key safety issues to consider as part of the wider engineering and maintenance procedures carried out on platforms.

Published:  29 April, 2015

A gas discovery in the Snefrid Nord prospect in the Norwegian Sea has been made by Statoil together with PL218 partners. The discovery is an important contribution to the Aasta Hansteen field development project and Polarled pipeline utilisation. ODEE reports.

Published:  29 April, 2015

A Stavanger-based provider of specialist well intervention services for the oil and gas industry - Ziebel AS - says for the first time in oil and gas history, a gravity-deployed slim carbon composite cable, was used to acquire meaningful Distributed Temperature and Distributed Acoustic fibre optic data during a commercial well intervention. ODEE reports.

Published:  29 April, 2015

Steve Kirk, area manager at Harmonic Drive UK, looks at the technological challenges of exploration and extraction in remote regions of the world and how high precision gearing is being increasingly used to drill deeper.

Published:  27 February, 2015

The marine environment is extremely harsh and delivering equipment capable of performing reliably and efficiently requires expert design engineers combined with advanced materials technology. Neil Wright, managing director of Wichita Clutch, assesses the requirements of modern marine clutches and brakes, which play such a crucial role in a variety of applications.

Published:  27 February, 2015

Dr. Steve Lacey, engineering manager at Schaeffler (UK) Ltd, describes how the operational testing of wind turbine gearboxes can help to identify potential gear- or bearing-related problems prior to installation, saving the customer time, money and their reputation.

Published:  27 February, 2015

For the offshore oil and gas industry, keeping abreast of changing regulations while maintaining the economic performance of the engine estate can be a challenge. ODEE reports.

Published:  27 February, 2015

It is normal practice to have at least two gas turbine generators on main platforms, with an additional standby generator for emergencies. While a typical gas turbine is rated up to 30 MW, the number and exact configuration depends on the degree of flexibility needed and how the platform operator plans to expand or further develop the facility. ODEE talks to ABB’s Anders Stiger, product manager, generators for steam and gas turbines, about what’s driving the development of offshore gas turbine based power generation and hear new ways to meet some perennial challenges.

Published:  27 February, 2015

One of the most popular works of Renaissance sculpture is Michelangelo’s David, a piece that has become synonymous with human strength and beauty. Despite its seemingly perfect proportions, a basic design flaw of the statue has recently been brought to light. Recurring micro-fractures in the ankles might cause the statue to collapse under its own weight.

Published:  04 February, 2015

The challenge of matching low voltage AC motors and AC drives for use in hazardous environments within the chemical, oil and gas industries has reportedly been overcome by ABB’s ATEX-approved motor-drive package.

Published:  29 January, 2015

Intellinova Compact Ex is the latest addition to the Intellinova product line for online condition monitoring of rotating machinery from SPM Instrument, Sweden – a leading provider of condition monitoring technology and products.

Published:  29 January, 2015

Industrial safety specialist Castell has launched heavy-duty access interlocks for use in industries such as waste and recycling, aggregates, steel and chemical processing. The AI-HD and AIE-HD have been designed to deliver robust performance where there are high potential loads and a high frequency of use.

Published:  29 January, 2015

Flexicon reports it has extended its range of hazardous area conduit systems with the launch of an Increased Safety Ex e and Dust Ignition Proof Ex tb fitting for use with metallic liquid tight conduits.

Published:  23 January, 2015

Wanner International reports it has completed a major order to supply its Hydra-Cell metering and dosing pumps to a leading Russian oil refinery. The order comprised some 44 ATEX approved pump and motor sets along with mechanical speed variators, pressure relief valves and pulsation dampeners.

Published:  22 January, 2015

A traditional maintenance check for a rupture disc device requires the plant to be fully de-pressurised and for processes to be completely stopped, while each disc is removed from its holder and inspected. This system downtime is costing companies thousands in lost production during every maintenance check, particularly in lucrative industries like the oil and gas sector.

Published:  22 January, 2015

UK flowmeter specialist Litre Meter reports it has shipped two highly customised flow meters via its Korean distributor for use on the Valemon gas and condensate field recently brought online in the North Sea by Statoil.

Published:  22 January, 2015

Belzona says already with a 100% application success rate, its high-tech pipe wrap repair system has undergone a major reformulation and enhancement.

Published:  22 January, 2015

A powerful water-jetting unit, manufactured and supplied by UK specialist manufacturer Hughes Pumps that uses a smart innovation, is said to be helping deliver essential corrosion prevention maintenance to a semi submersible offshore drilling rig that works extensively in the harsh North Sea, UK environment.

Published:  02 January, 2015

For a second consecutive year, Aker Solutions has awarded Advanced Insulation – a leading manufacturer of technical coatings including specialised fire protection and insulation materials for the upstream oil and gas industry – Supplier of the Year status.

Published:  10 December, 2014

Safety Showers that are required for the safety of employees not only have to meet the latest requirements and regulations governing health and safety, they also have to be able to withstand and operate reliably in extreme environmental conditions. Get it wrong and the employer can be liable for the consequences, and the employee could be seriously injured. Janet Dickinson, operations manager of safety shower specialists Showers & Eyebaths Services, comments on the need to look carefully at conditions facing their workforce when specifying their safety equipment needs.

Published:  10 December, 2014

A dedicated approach to preventing injuries and ill health in the workplace has enabled Wood Group PSN – a leading provider of brownfield services to the oil and gas industry – to significantly reduce eye injuries in one of its North Sea operations. ODEE reports.

Published:  10 December, 2014

Good progress is being made in developing the equipment and techniques needed for testing and faultfinding on the latest undersea power cables, says Peter Herpertz of Megger. Nevertheless, he believes that the operators of these cables, if they are to consistently achieve high reliability and minimise the potentially crippling costs that result from downtime, will need to make a much larger investment in test technology.

Published:  10 December, 2014

Ensuring a safe and productive solution to providing electrical, water, and fuel connections to a jetty is challenging at the best of times. But when that jetty is floating in the harbour at Barrow-in-Furness with rough seas and an 11 metre tide, the problems are compounded. That was the situation facing Cameron Forecourt, who installed a floating pontoon for DONG Energy that is used to service their wind farm just off the rugged North West coast of England. ODEE reports.

Published:  02 December, 2014

Dialight a leader in LED lighting technology, has revealed the new low profile linear with CE compliance. Delivering up to 7,000 lumens at 106 lumens per watt, the energy efficient, low maintenance luminaire is said to provide a perfect lighting solution for low ceiling applications and areas where a greater level of clearance is required.

Published:  15 October, 2014

With oil becoming harder to exploit and prices increasing, operations are moving into deeper waters. Active heave users need to move towards more energy efficient solutions as subsea activity needs more power to deploy the equipment to reach these hidden depths. Steve Smith, marine and offshore sector manager at Bosch Rexroth, says by innovative system design and integrating accumulators into the active heave compensation control process, end users could achieve energy savings of up to seventy four per cent.

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