Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Manufacturing Plant News

MHI Vestas: Brexit Will Not Deter Investment in Britain's Wind Sector

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Japanese-Danish joint venture MHI Vestas plans to continue investing in its wind turbine blade manufacturing plant in Britain, despite the country's impending departure from the European Union, its chief executive told Reuters.MHI Vestas, a venture between Denmark's Vestas Wind Systems A/S and Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, makes wind turbine blades on the Isle of Wight, off the southern English coast.Some 76 percent of the turbine blades made at the site in 2019 will be exported to projects in Europe but Philippe Kavafyan…

Wellhead Expertise for ADNOC

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Weir Oil & Gas Pressure Control Dubai has been awarded its first three-year contract to provide in-country wellhead equipment and services to Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) Onshore from its API 6A manufacturing plant in Dubai.The hardware and services agreement will see Weir Oil & Gas engineers delivering Wellhead production to include 1,100 total surface landing systems specifically manufactured in the UAE’s first and only API 6A Wellhead manufacturing plant.“This contract signals a substantial step forward that is…

Awaiting Trump's coal comeback, miners reject retraining

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When Mike Sylvester entered a career training center earlier this year in southwestern Pennsylvania, he found more than one hundred federally funded courses covering everything from computer programming to nursing. He settled instead on something familiar: a coal mining course. "I think there is a coal comeback,” said the 33-year-old son of a miner. Despite broad consensus about coal's bleak future, a years-long effort to diversify the economy of this hard-hit region away from mining is stumbling, with Obama-era jobs retraining classes undersubscribed and future programs at risk under President Donald Trump’s proposed 2018 budget.

Suncor to Grow Oil Sands as Oil Majors Flee

Even as the world's largest energy companies exit Canada's high-cost oil sands the country's top producer Suncor Energy is lining up its next phase of growth in the world's third largest crude reserves. The preliminary plans for new projects in remote northern Alberta follow a stream of multi-billion dollar deals in which international oil majors sold off oil sands assets to Canadian producers, who are betting technology and economies of scale will make the region competitive with other plays globally. Suncor said on Monday it will file a regulatory application for its 160…

Yaskawa Announces Expansion Plan in Europe

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Japanese technology group Yaskawa announced that it will intensify its presence in Europe, with the aim of becoming one of the two leading manufacturers of industrial robots in strategic target markets in the medium term. This investment plan follows a successful first wave of expansion initiated in 2014, which included the acquisition of The Switch, one of the leading manufacturers of advanced drive train technology for the marine, wind energy and industrial sectors. This makes Yaskawa one of the few global companies able to supply components and solutions for almost all industries from a single source.

Technip Bags Woodside's Subsea Contract

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Technip has been awarded a large(1) subsea contract by Woodside to support the development of the Greater Enfield Project offshore Western Australia, at a water depth comprised between 340 and 850 meters. - multi-phase pump system (transport and installation). Technip’s operating center in Perth, Australia will execute the contract with support from Technip’s Asia Pacific Subsea Hub in the Kuala Lumpur office in Malaysia, and office in Chennai, India. - the umbilicals will be supplied by Technip Umbilicals’ facility located in Newcastle, UK.

Technip Certified in 5 More Countries to EDGE Standard

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Technip and EDGE Certified Foundation announce today that Technip entities in Australia, Malaysia, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates and United States have been certified to the EDGE (Economic Dividends for Gender Equality) global standard for gender equality in the workplace. These five additional certifications follow those obtained last year by Technip in Brazil, France and Italy. EDGE is the leading global assessment methodology and business certification standard for gender equality applicable across all industries and countries.

China to Loan South Africa's Power Firm Eskom $500 mln

China will loan South Africa's struggling power utility $500 million as part of deals agreed on Wednesday between the two countries worth 94 billion rand ($6.5 billion), the South African government said.   China will also help to build a car manufacturing plant on South Africa's coast which should begin exporting vehicles to other African countries by the end of 2017.     (Reporting by Joe Brock)

Shell to Expand Alpha Olefins Production

Press release - Shell Chemical LP (Shell) has announced the final investment decision to increase Alpha Olefins (AO) production at its chemical manufacturing site in Geismar, Louisiana, making the site the largest AO producer in the world. Shell will construct a fourth AO unit, adding 425,000 tonnes of capacity. The chemical site is used in the production of stronger and lighter polyethylene plastic for packaging and bottles, as well as engine and industrial oils and drilling fluids. “This important investment demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the growth potential in chemicals…

GE to Move US Engine Plant to Canada

General Electric Co said on Monday it will move production of large, gas-powered engines to Canada from Waukesha, Wisconsin, along with 350 jobs, to access export financing no longer available in the United States. In its latest salvo aimed at persuading Congress to renew the U.S. Export-Import Bank's charter which expired in June, GE will invest $265 million in a new state-of-the-art manufacturing plant at a Canadian location yet to be determined. The facility, to open in about 20 months, can be expanded to provide flexible manufacturing capacity to support other GE businesses, including engines for railroad locomotives, GE said.

MacGregor Launches Training Center for Offshore Davit Operations

Central to the training centre has been the creation of a bespoke, real-time davit training rig. Now MacGregor will be able to offer highly-skilled personnel and service to its customers

MacGregor launches a new training centre in its Aberdeen office in the UK to deliver specialists skills and competencies to its engineers and customers. Aberdeen office is the leading launch and recovery service provider within MacGregor’s Global Lifecycle Support Division. Central to the training centre has been the creation of a bespoke, real-time davit training rig, which replicates the operation of onboard work boat and lifeboat launch and recovery davit systems including towing boom operation. By having the training centre…

Technip Bags 2 Stone Energy's Contracts

Technip awarded two subsea contracts in the Gulf of Mexico by Stone Energy Corporation

Technip has been awarded by Stone Energy Corporation both a flexible pipe supply contract and an installation contract for the Amethyst field, located on Mississippi Canyon 26, in the Gulf of Mexico. The first contract includes the detailed engineering, procurement, fabrication, assembly and testing of a 5-inch production static riser (almost 9 kilometers long) as well as all associated hardware. The second award covers the installation of the pipe as a tieback to the Pompano fixed platform, in approximately 395 meters of water depth.

Technip to Modernize Flexi France

The site encompasses the world's first and largest unbonded flexible pipemanufacturing facility as well as Technip's flexible pipe R & D center, onshore and offshore engineering, offshore construction

Technip announces an investment over four years to modernize its flexible pipe manufacturing plant, Flexi France, in Le Trait, France. Further strengthening Technip’s expertise and industrial capabilities at the site will reinforce its global position in the production of flexible pipes, for the development of offshore oil and gas fields. This modernization plan focuses on the installation of new-generation machines and site optimization to fit 12 meter diameter reels, on which flexible pipes are spooled. Increasing the reel capacity from 9.6 to 12 meters in diameter will provide room for twice as much flexible pipes on each reel.

ZeoGas hires Foster Wheeler to Plan Gulf Coast Project

ZeoGas hires Foster Wheeler to Plan Gulf Coast Project

Foster Wheeler AG announced today that a subsidiary of its Global Engineering and Construction Group has entered into a Collaboration Agreement with ZeoGas LLC. In the first instance, Foster Wheeler will support ZeoGas’ final site selection and project planning towards the development of ZeoGas’ first fuels manufacturing plant, to be located on the US Gulf Coast. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed, and the contract value for an initial release of work related to the development of a cost estimate and assistance in final site selection and due diligence will be included in the company’s third-quarter 2014 bookings.

TDW Helps Relieve Stress on Riser Offshore Malaysia

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T.D. Williamson (TDW) announced that it recently completed a comprehensive pipeline services program for a major offshore operator to assist with efforts to relieve increasing contact stress between a gas export riser and platform jacket offshore East Malaysia. Due to changes in seabed conditions, the platform jacket had moved, producing stress on the gas export riser attached to the platform jacket. The stress was most acute at the contact point between the bracings - or riser clamps - that anchor the riser to the platform structure.

PPG Begins Protective/Marine Coatings Production at Poland Facility

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PPG Industries announced it has started manufacturing protective and marine coatings (PMC) at the company’s facility in Ostrów Wielkopolski, Poland. The facility, which previously produced architectural coatings and was part of PPG’s January 2012 acquisition of Dyrup A/S, now produces PMC products for the construction, petrochemical, shipbuilding and energy industries. “The Ostrów manufacturing plant is a key part of our strategy to grow and expand in this region," said Tim Knavish, PPG vice president, protective and marine coatings.