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Published:  07 December, 2018

The offshore industry faces two main challenges: maximising production within the limits of the reservoir, and minimising operational costs while maintaining the safety of the platform. Pumps form one of the main groups of equipment that influence the outcome of both challenges and they require expert knowledge to ensure continued reliability and performance. Murray Wilson, Sulzer UK reports.

Published:  23 November, 2018

Drainage engineers from Lanes Group plc have carried out high pressure water jetting to clean tanks at an electricity sub-station for a giant off-shore wind farm in the North Sea.

Published:  22 November, 2018

Waste management can always be a challenge for businesses, no matter if you are a new business owner or an experienced one.

Published:  17 October, 2018

HI-LINE INDUSTRIES has announced it has moved into a new, larger production facility in order to meet growing demand for its range of highly efficient compressed air purification equipment. The new premises is three times the size of the company’s previous headquarters, ensuring that Hi-line will continue meeting the needs of customers in sectors such as food, beverage, medical, general engineering, dairy, automotive and laser cutting.

Published:  05 October, 2018

Portlethen-based Severn Ball Valves says it has rebranded as Severn Glocon (Aberdeen), following its best ever year for trading and a host of achievements that underline its capabilities.

Published:  10 August, 2018

In June 2017, there was a power cut that affected an estimate of 63,000 properties in North Lancashire, and Edinburgh Airport had to delay flights within the same month due to a power-related issue. With more than 170,000 km of electricity cables to maintain, power cuts will sometimes happen. But how much can they affect businesses?

Published:  09 August, 2018

The international standard for compressed air quality, ISO 8573:2010, is the primary documentation to facilitate compressed air systems component selection, design and performance measures. Hi-line Industries, UK manufacturer of high-quality compressed air purification equipment reports it has been working closely with the British Compressed Air Society to produce a best practice guide for the filtration and drying of compressed air.

Published:  08 August, 2018

Reconomy says when dealing with hazardous waste in your business, no matter the type, then it’s important that you implement an effective waste management plan to tackle any problems that could occur and can cause unpleasant damage to your company. It’s recommended that all companies avoid this, especially when the waste can be harmful to the environment as well as its employees.

Published:  22 June, 2018

A CCTV camera system designed for surveying sewers has been put to a new use - investigating concerns about a pipe blockage at a gas plant.

Published:  14 June, 2018

Mechanical testing can often be deemed as unnecessary, costly and time consuming and, in today’s world of vast computer modelling and simulation power, it can be hard to argue against this. To cut costs, companies may decide to reduce time and budget spent on testing. However, unanticipated failures of in-service products will have far greater cost and time implications.

Published:  18 May, 2018

Vroon Offshore Services Aberdeen has been awarded a long-term contract with BP. Under the multi-million pound contract, Vroon Offshore will provide emergency response and rescue vessels (ERRVs) to support BP’s on-going and future operations in the North Sea and West of Shetland. The contract is for two years with the option to extend to five.

Published:  08 March, 2018

ENDRESS+HAUSER says its iTherm StrongSens sensor cuts replacement costs and improves safety. The company says processes with high vibrations caused by pumps, compressors and turbines, for example, can often lead to premature failure of temperature sensors and increased operational costs as sensors need to be replaced more frequently and more worryingly, unreliable temperature monitoring on rotating parts (such as bearings) can lead to a safety risk through overheating of equipment.

Published:  02 February, 2018

Hydraulic cutting tools and systems specialist, Webtool, will exhibit a wide range of high performance, subsea and maritime cutting tools, together with the industry leading Webtool cable gripper, at Subsea Expo 2018 on stand 124.

Published:  18 January, 2018

BiSN, a global leader in innovative metal-to-metal downhole sealing solutions, has announced it has been awarded significant investment by the Aberdeen-based Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC).

Published:  11 January, 2018

The Challenge - As companies involved in oil and gas exploration and production continue to push the boundaries into deeper wells and more hostile environments, the reliable operation of drilling, completion and production equipment under the most extreme environments has never been more important.

Published:  05 January, 2018

Ashtead Technology has announced it has recently  completed its joint venture with Forum Subsea Rentals.

Published:  21 December, 2017

ROVOP Limited, (“Rovop”) an independent operator of underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), reports it is to immediately increase its fleet by 50% to meet ongoing customer demand following a funding boost of £56m.

Published:  30 November, 2017

E2S Warning Signals, is an independent manufacturer of audible and visual warning signals for use in fire detection systems installed in commercial, industrial and hazardous areas and says its new D2xB1LD2 beacon is UL1638 approved for private mode fire applications and general signalling duties.

Published:  17 November, 2017

Hi-line Industries, a UK manufacturer of high-quality compressed air purification equipment, says it has launched its new HTD condensate drain into the UK market. Featuring an isolation valve for strainer cleaning to 250 micron, the latest-generation HTD offers a 100% ED rated solenoid coil and multi-voltage timer controller to ensure automatic compressed air system drainage.

Published:  29 September, 2017

Published:  21 September, 2017

M2 Subsea, a global independent provider of ROV services, has unveiled its recently commissioned purpose-built test tank at the company’s base in Westhill, Aberdeenshire.

Published:  21 September, 2017

Published:  15 September, 2017

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions reports it used SPE Offshore Europe Conference & Exhibition in Aberdeen as a platform to launch its latest Isolast perfluoroelastomer (FFKM) material development and says specifically engineered for the offshore industry, Isolast J9554 matches up to the most demanding of upstream requirements and is ideally suited for Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) systems.

Published:  07 September, 2017

E2S, a leading independent manufacturer of audible and visual warning signals, reports it has extended its range of MED compliant products. The range includes alarm horn sounders and now combined audio-visual alarms with Xenon strobe beacons.

Published:  24 August, 2017

In the second annual roundtable hosted by Trelleborg, industry experts agreed that the silver lining in the low barrel price was the willingness of the industry to embrace innovative solutions that could lower overall costs while not compromising safety. The roundtable explored issues raised from Trelleborg’s 2017 ‘Next Level Report’ that gathered views from individuals involved in the offshore oil & gas industry.

Published:  18 August, 2017

A leading product designer, manufacturer and global supplier of fire, blast and heat hazard protection solutions - Mech-Tool Engineering (MTE) – has been awarded with one of the UKs most prestigious Occupational Health and Safety Awards.

Published:  11 August, 2017

Global Marine Group (GMG), a leading provider of offshore engineering services to the renewables, telecommunications and oil & gas industries, has announced that it has successfully completed a remedial cable burial project for Prinses Amaliawindpark (PAWP), a wind farm off the Netherlands’ West Coast. PAWP covers an area of around 14km2 and comprises of 60 wind turbines that are connected by eight in-field cable strings that converge at the central offshore high voltage station.

Published:  01 August, 2017

In any deep water field development it is important to monitor oil and water production from all wells in order to manage fluid movement and maximise hydrocarbon output. The use of Smart Tracers integrated into a lower completion, alongside the use of waterflood tracers, can provide a number of advantages over traditional oil and gas inflow measurement technologies, often at a fraction of the cost.

Published:  21 July, 2017

Osbit, an offshore engineering and technology company, reports it has successfully delivered an innovative hybrid monopile cleaning tool to Van Oord, designed to support the efficient installation of offshore wind turbine foundations.

Published:  12 July, 2017

DNV GL reports it has reorganised its research and testing capability in the UK adding a facility at Bishop Auckland, County Durham, UK, to the portfolio.

Published:  22 June, 2017

John Crane Asset Management Solutions reports it has secured a three-year £3million contract to provide condition based maintenance services with a major operator in the UK North Sea.

Published:  08 June, 2017

The Global Marine Group (GMG), a market leader in offshore engineering, is reporting a successful first five months of 2017 with a strong outlook for the rest of the year. All key assets from the GMG fleet are currently mobilised, either supporting maintenance zone agreements around the world, or on installation, maintenance or repair contracts.

Published:  02 June, 2017

Saab Seaeye customer, Stinger Technology, reports it has found a way to penetrate the labyrinth inside offshore production tanks in search of environmental contaminates prior to decommissioning. The company says it managed to squeeze a unique underwater robotic systems configuration loaded with sampling technology through a 150 cm square hatch to search the tank’s internal maze of baffles, and navigate along 25.5 cm diameter pipe-runs of curves and bends.

Published:  12 May, 2017

Hydraulic cutting tools specialist, Webtool, says it has developed an integrated fibre rope emergency cutter for maritime winches. In the event the winch gets into difficulties during towing and lifting, the softline cutter provides an instant emergency disconnect, preventing further risk to the vessel.

Published:  04 May, 2017

OES Oilfield Services Group, a global Third Party Audit, Inspection and Project Management Company, which has UK offices in Aberdeen and Teesside, has announced it has become OES Asset Integrity Management launching a suite of new specialist lifecycle inspection technology for the offshore industry.

Published:  27 April, 2017

Emerson Automation Solutions reports it has introduced a new platform for its RosemountX-wellTechnology surface sensing temperature measurement solution and says the X-well Technology with a Rosemount 3144P transmitter takes its place alongside the original WirelessHART X-well Technology to extend this non-intrusive temperature sensing technology for users in conventional wired I/O environments.

Published:  20 April, 2017

Ampelmann, a leader in the provision of safe offshore access to the energy industry, reports it has unveiled the latest Walk to Work system which has been specially designed for operation in extreme cold conditions.

Published:  11 April, 2017

On stand G21 at the Utility Week Live 2017 exhibition, from 23-24 May 2017 at the NEC in Birmingham, instrumentation specialist Impress Sensors & Systems reports it will be showcasing a new range of easy-to-install wireless pressure transducers for harsh, inaccessible environments. These transducers are easily paired to either a single or a five-channel wireless receiver, providing a cost effective pressure measurement solution.

Published:  23 March, 2017

Trelleborg’s offshore operation has announced it has developed an interactive e-learning tool with a series of lessons on installing the Elastopipe flexible piping system for offshore installations. The company says the new tool uses different learning approaches to pre-train installers across the globe in a cost effective and timely manner.

Published:  10 February, 2017

Saab Seaeye says the winning formula of the Falcon – one of the most successful underwater electric robotic vehicles of its class in the world – has received a considerable boost.

Published:  03 February, 2017

MONITRAN has announced it has launched a new look and user friendly website and says the new site is quicker, easier to navigate and more user friendly. Monitran says it includes a responsive layout for all platforms including mobile and desktop versions and it has also improved the structure of the content, so customers should find what they are looking for with fewer clicks.

Published:  10 January, 2017

Students have been getting hands-on experience operating a Saab Seaeye Falcon ROV in the Gulf of Maine on the eastern seaboard of the USA where they explored the undersea world and developed their environmental awareness.

Published:  06 January, 2017

Dr Tony Trapp, executive chairman of Osbit and a leading figure in the North East offshore industry, has been awarded the Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2017 New Year’s Honours. Dr Trapp is said to have been instrumental in the formation and success of the subsea technology industry in North East England having been a co-founder of Soil Machine Dynamics (SMD), and the founder of IHC Engineering Business and, more recently, Osbit.

Published:  06 January, 2017

AMETEK Land, a leading non-contact temperature measurement specialist has announced it will launch its Near Infrared Borescope (NIR-B) 3XR to the international market February 27 to March 2, 2017 at Nitrogen + Syngas 2017, London, at stand 75. Nitrogen + Syngas 2017 is one of the world’s leading annual events for the nitrogen and industrial gas market. The four-day technical conference and exhibition attracts technology experts, innovators and plant operators from around the globe.

Published:  06 January, 2017

Emerson says its AMS 6500 Machinery Health Monitor is now certified for Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 2, providing users greater confidence against asset and process failures. The company says common examples of process applications where SIL 2 advanced safety integrities are needed are steam and gas turbines in power plants and critical refinery and nuclear industry assets.

Published:  23 November, 2016

Roberts Machining Solutions (RMS) has announced it has developed an innovative solution for minimising weld failures when using the cold metal transfer welding process. The company says the cold metal transfer (CMT) welding process has been proven to reduce fabrication costs by up to 60% and the solution involves internal and external pipe deformers which can re-shape the tubulars to within 0.010" of roundess.

Published:  23 November, 2016

Flash Tekk Engineering has announced it has chosen the Saab Seaeye Panther XT Plus ROV as a key diving support vessel resource. Flash Tekk is a major diving equipment supplier for the international offshore industry worldwide and supplies diving systems and ROVs for Ultra Deep Solutions who make and operate ultra-deep diving and heavy construction vessels.

Published:  17 November, 2016

The FORESEA (Funding Ocean Renewable Energy through Strategic European Action) Programme’s has announced the second call for support package applications is now open.

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