Thursday, May 23, 2019

Energy Industry News

DNV GL Hires Energy, Utilities Managers

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DNV GL announced on Friday it has added two new key account managers for Energy North America. Elizabeth Kaiga will work with a wide range of accounts that include utilities, renewable developers, financial organizations and large corporations, all with a focus on renewable energy, while John Costello will focus on the utility industry in the U.S.“Elizabeth and John will lead account teams to expand and strengthen relationships with customers and enhance the services that DNV GL is delivering, both for our core customers and for new customers,” said Richard S. Barnes, Executive Vice President for Energy North America.

Energy Firms Lack in Digital Skills: DNV GL

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91% of energy companies say digital skills training is needed, data science and big data analytics identified as most important digital skillsets & 65% of organizations need employees with creative problem-solving competence in their workforce.A lack of digital skills and internal barriers related to company culture and mindset are the biggest roadblocks hindering digital progress in the energy sector, with 71% of organizations in the industry needing employees with combined domain and digital experience and 18% claiming to not have a single employee…

LNG Trailblazer Eisbrenner Dies at 58

Kathleen M. Eisbrenner (Photo: NextDecade Corporation)

Kathleen M. Eisbrenner, a liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry pioneer and Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors at US based LNG development company NextDecade Corporation, has passed away at the age of 58.Eisbrenner enjoyed a remarkable career, and was widely viewed as one of the foremost female executives in the global LNG industry. She founded NextDecade in 2010 and led the company to its listing on the Nasdaq Stock Market in July 2017. She served jointly as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer until February 2018, and remained as NextDecade’s Chairman of the Board of Directors until her death.Eisbrenner was formerly Executive Vice President at Royal Dutch Shell…

Kinder Morgan's $1.75 bln Gas Pipeline Hit with Steel Tariff

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U.S. pipeline operator Kinder Morgan Inc will pay a tariff on imported steel used in a $1.75 billion natural gas pipeline project, the U.S. Department of Commerce ruled on Monday, dealing a setback to energy industry efforts to avoid the penalties.The tariff could add up to $80 million to the construction cost of Kinder Morgan's Gulf Coast Express Pipeline, analysts estimated, because about half the project employs some Turkish pipe subject to a 50 percent tariff. It filed for an exemption nearly a year ago, citing the lack of domestic steel and the economic benefits to natural gas exports. (Reuters, Reporting by Gary McWilliams; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

Craig International Wins Spirit Energy Contract

Craig International joint managing director Jill Macdonald (Photo: Craig International)

Craig International has secured a contract with Spirit Energy, which is potentially worth £21 million ($27.4 million) over seven years, the oilfield procurement specialist announced on Thursday.Craig International said it has been awarded a five-year contract, with a two-year extension option, to source and supply products for maintenance, repair and operations at Spirit Energy’s onshore and offshore sites in the UK.Following a competitive tender process, with multiple suppliers bidding for 13 subcategories, Craig International was awarded a contract to provide third party procurement services for nine of the sub-categories including hand tools…

Talakar Named CEO of Siemens Oil & Gas

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Arja Talakar has been appointed CEO of Siemens Oil & Gas, effective April 1, 2019. He will be based in Houston.Talakar brings to this position extensive leadership experience. Prior to taking this new role, he was responsible for Siemens Saudi Arabia. He began his career with Siemens in 1996 as a rotating equipment and automation systems engineer and has since held several roles of increasing responsibility across the globe."The energy industry is transforming amidst a digital and technological revolution, which moves us toward evermore complex, multi-modal and decentralized systems," Talakar said.

Wintershall Wins Argentina Offshore Bid

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Germany's largest crude oil and natural gas producer Wintershall won the bidding process for two blocks in the promising Malvinas Basin off the coast of Tierra del Fuego as part of the “Costa Afuera” licensing round.In addition to the CMA-1 exploitation concession, with this award, the company will participate in further offshore exploration projects in Argentina. The exploration licenses are located approximately 300 km off the southeast coast of Argentina.Wintershall will hold a 27 percent interest in the licenses MLO-114 and MLO-119. The British-Irish company Tullow is the operator, while the Argentine company Pluspetrol is another partner.

A New York State of Mind

New York Bight call areas.  "Call" is a short-hand term referring to calls for proposals or calls for interest in an area. (Image: BOEM)

“A new industry is being established in New York, with the primary stimulus being a state-driven procurement process.”New York State Public Service Commission (PSC), July 12, 2018.To a great extent, this PSC comment provides direct insight into the dynamics behind New York’s pace-setting moves to establish offshore wind. First, this new energy development is deliberate – not left to chance or laissez faire markets. Second, state officials are in control, from choosing a contractor to securing money for payment. Third, state utility commissions act on projects.To that end…

Cameron LNG Project in Final Stage

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McDermott International, provider of technology, engineering and construction solutions to the energy industry, and its joint venture partner, Chiyoda International Corporation, a U.S.-based wholly-owned subsidiary of Chiyoda Corporation, Japan, announced that Train 1 of the Cameron LNG project in Louisiana has reached the final commissioning stage.This includes the introduction of pipeline feed gas into Train 1 of the liquefaction export facility, the precursor for the production of liquefied natural gas (LNG), said a press release from the American…

New Jack Up Fitted with Huisman Crane

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Huisman has been awarded a contract for the design, engineering, construction and delivery of the main crane on Jan De Nul’s newest offshore wind turbine installation vessel ‘Voltaire’.The crane will be unique in its size, capacity and novel features to allow efficient installation of the next generation offshore wind turbines. The vessel will be built by COSCO Shipping Heavy Industry in China and the Huisman crane will be built in Huisman’s own production facility in Xiamen, P.R. of China and installed at the shipyard. With an unrivaled crane capacity of over 3…

Rising US Oil Clout on Show in Houston

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A glance at the attendee list at one of the world's largest energy industry events in Houston this week left little question about the growing influence of the United States over global oil politics.Present: top U.S. diplomat Mike Pompeo. Absent: leading Saudi and Russian officials, and most OPEC nations.As the United States weans itself off foreign oil imports - thanks to booming domestic production - the complex web of politics and business interests that have shaped decades of Washington's energy diplomacy in the Middle East and beyond is changing.That shift was unmistakable in Houston this week.In his keynote address…

Repsol, Emerson Pact for Geoscience R&D

Emerson is enabling Repsol to accelerate time to first oil using digital transformation technology. Pic: Emerson

Emerson and Repsol announced they have established a strategic alliance to deliver advanced subsurface geophysical technologies to reduce the time to prospect and produce first oil.Emerson, a global engineering and technology company,  will work collaboratively with Spanish energy company Repsol to implement and deploy advanced subsurface imaging technologies, with core technologies developed by Repsol as part of Kaleidoscope, its 10-year innovation project."These advances will be used by a broad range of the geoscience community within Repsol and in all oil and gas companies that choose to license the technologies.

VA Offshore Wind: A Strong Foundation

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Virginia officials have established a well-planned, extensive strategy to build out an offshore wind industry, including wind towers for electricity generation and the supply chain to support that extensive infrastructure and operations. The State’s big picture is ambitious: developing 2,000 MW of offshore wind by 2028.As currently envisioned, VA’s offshore wind development will likely start this year with two 8-megawatt wind turbines 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach. This is a Dominion Energy pilot undertaken in partnership with the Danish wind company Orsted.

OPITO Names Asian Pacific VP

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OPITO, a global, not-for-profit skills body for the energy industry, has appointed Hart Victor in the role of vice president of strategy for the Asia Pacific region.Victor had previously spent more than a decade with National Oilwell Varco (NOV) as regional training manager for Asia where he supported the growth of the team from 50 to over 1,000 people, as well as establishing new safety training centers in the region.Victor, who will be based at the company’s office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, will increase support to the region’s oil and gas sector through implementing OPITO standards and global qualifications…

DNV GL Study on Wind Turbine Blades

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The global quality assurance and risk management company DNV GL released an in-depth study, commissioned by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, which examines the challenges associated with manufacturing and deploying next-generation, increasingly larger land-based wind turbines.In the past decade, the U.S. wind energy industry has achieved significant improvements in energy production and cost efficiency, driven in part by increased turbine, blade, and tower size.However, the industry is quickly approaching…

McDermott Bags Pan Malaysia Jobs

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American multinational McDermott International has announced Malaysian offshore projects contracts for developing pan Malaysia oil fields.One contracts was from Sarawak Shell Berhad and the other from Sapura Exploration and production, a press release from the fully-integrated provider of technology, engineering and construction solutions to the energy industry said.McDermott's scope of work for SSB includes the transportation and installation of jackets, topsides and pipelines for the Gorek gas field. The company's scope of work for SEP includes the transportation and installation of jackets, topsides and pipelines for the Larak and Bakong gas fields.

NOIA Statement on Trump’s SOTU Address

National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) President Randall Luthi

Increase Access to All Offshore Energy Sources for American Energy Greatness.National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) President Randall Luthi issued this statement following President Trump’s State of the Union address:“In his second State of the Union address, President Trump reiterated his bold vision for American energy dominance in conjunction with facilitating new energy infrastructure. NOIA applauds the Administration’s efforts to date toward achieving American Energy Dominance and supports the hard work that remains to be done to continue our American energy revolution. “The Administration initiated regulatory and tax reforms that are allowing more U.S.

Proserv Acquires SGC Metering

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The  global energy services company has announced the acquisition of SGC Metering from Petrofac.SGC Metering is a specialist in the design and manufacture of flow computer metering systems for the oil and gas industry. It provides expertise right across the full life cycle of a metering project, including conceptual design through to installation, operations and maintenance.The firm was established in 1988 and its wide array of systems allows the measurement of all the important metrics associated with hydrocarbon production, namely volume, temperature…

BP to Expand Emissions Disclosure

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BP has agreed to broaden its disclosure on greenhouse gas emissions to show how it thinks future investments in oil and gas align with U.N.-backed climate goals, it said on Friday.Following talks with a large group of investors, BP also agreed to back a shareholder resolution on the measures at its annual general meeting (AGM), further evidence of the way the energy industry and investors are engaging on climate issues.The agreement with a group of investors with $32 trillion under management, known as Climate Action 100+, comes weeks after rival Royal Dutch Shell agreed to introduce broad carbon emissions targets linked to executive pay.Unlike other companies…

Siemens Gamesa to Suppy 270 Turbines in India

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Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE)  has won a new order in India from ReNew Power, India's large largest renewable energy independent power producer (IPP), for the supply of 270 SG 2.1-122 wind turbines with a total capacity of 567 MW.The agreement is one of the largest announced in India and will see Siemens Gamesa provide the infrastructure needed to install and operate two wind power facilities, 127 SG 2.1-122 wind turbines for the project in Bhuj, Gujarat and 143 SG 2.1-122 wind turbines for the project in Davanagree, Karnataka, respectively.Both projects are expected to be commissioned by the first quarter of 2020.