Friday, April 20, 2018

Subsea Equipment News

Proserv Secures $5.5 Mln Repsol Contract

Photo: Proserv

Energy services company Proserv has secured a contract worth over $5.5 million (45 million Norwegian Kroner) with Repsol to upgrade and build new subsea production control equipment for the Yme field redevelopment in the Norwegian North Sea. The award scope initially covers the refurbishment and upgrade of the existing subsea control system. Using Proserv’s unique technology and expertise, the life of the existing equipment will be extended significantly beyond its original design life, with no compromise on functionality.

Sabah Shell's offshore Malaysia contract for TechnipFMC

Forsys Subsea Photo TechnipFMC

TechnipFMC has been awarded an Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation contract by Sabah Shell Petroleum Company Ltd. This award covers the delivery and installation of subsea equipment including umbilicals, flowlines and the subsea production system for the Gumusut-Kakap Phase 2 Project. Hallvard Hasselknippe, President of TechnipFMC’s Subsea business, commented: “We are extremely honored to have been awarded this project by Sabah Shell Petroleum.

AKOFS Offshore Gets Contract Extension from Petrobras

Skandi Santos

AKOFS Offshore, a part of Akastor ASA, has been notified of a five-year contract extension from Petrobras to use the Skandi Santos, a Subsea Equipment Support Vessel in Brazil. The extension, worth about NOK 2.5 billion, will start March 1, 2015 in direct continuation of current contract. The vessel is currently operating under a five-year contract with Petrobras that began March 1, 2010. The Skandi Santos is designed to install and retrieve subsea trees and modules…

Aker Solutions Opens Subsea Plant in Brazil

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Aker Solutions has formally opened its new subsea manufacturing and technology plant in Curitiba, Brazil. The facility will employ about 850 people and is dedicated to machining, welding, surface treatment, assembly and testing of Christmas trees and other subsea equipment. It will provide the first subsea control systems manufacturing capability in Brazil, enabling delivery of complete well systems that are placed on the seafloor. “The facility will build on and strengthen our nearly four-decade presence in Brazil…

Statoil Awards Johan Sverdrup Contract to FMC

The contract has an estimated value of NOK 1.3 billion, and includes deliveries of 13 Subsea trees and well heads, in addition to three subsea templates and control systems.

On behalf of the Johan Sverdrup partnership, Statoil has awarded an EPC contract for subsea equipment for the Johan Sverdrup project to FMC Kongsberg Subsea AS. The contract involves establishment of a new and cost efficient standard for subsea equipment. In addition, contracts have been awarded for aftermarket services and additional components related to the Johan Sverdrup field. The contracts include options for further deliveries to cover any future needs on the Johan Sverdrup field, and other possible field developments on NCS.

Wood Group Pioneers Five JIPs

Technology developmenrts Courtesy Wood Group

Wood Group is leading five new joint industry  projects (JIPs) which will use the company’s extensive subsea experience to solve  industry-wide challenges. SURFIM  Network involves the largest number of operators for a Wood Group Kenny JIP,  with 14 major companies having participated in its first phase. SURFIM Network Phase  II will organise, convene and facilitate face-to-face and virtual forums for  knowledge sharing and delivering solutions to subsea integrity and reliability  challenges, focusing especially on subsea hardware.

Petrobras Deploys Pre-salt Subsea Equipment Technique

Petrobras headquarters in downtown Rio de Janeiro.

At the end of last year, Petrobras deployed its first wet Christmas tree (equipment installed on a wellhead, composed of a set of remotely operated valves designed to control the flow of fluids such as oil, water and natural gas from a reservoir to the surface) using cables in the pre-salt area. The main change involved was the use of a subsea equipment support vessel (SESV) to install the equipment rather than a traditional drilling ship. This resulted in a time saving of approximately 10 days, generating a gain of more than US$5 million.

OneSubsea to supply production systems for Zohr offshore Egypt

Courtesy OneSubsea

OneSubsea, a Schlumberger company, has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction contract totaling more than $170 million from Belayim Petroleum Company (Petrobel). OneSubsea will supply the subsea production systems for the first stage of the Zohr gas field, located in the Shorouk Concession, offshore Egypt. “Zohr is one of the largest gas fields discovered in the Mediterranean Sea to date, and is also the world’s second longest step-out, a distance greater than 150 km.

Safer Maintenance of Critical Offshore Subsea Equipment

Photo courtesy of HCS

HCS Control Systems has launched a fleet of new mobile workshops which will make the maintenance of critical subsea control systems offshore much safer. The company, which designs, manufactures, assembles and tests subsea equipment, has invested $1.1m in the development of a unique Test and Flushing Workshop. These mobile cabins can be used onshore and offshore to carry out pressure-testing, flushing and cleaning of controls pipework, umbilicals and hydraulic equipment without exposing personnel to the dangers associated with such work.

Aker Wayfarer Wins 5-Yr Contract from Petrobras

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Aker Solutions' subsidiary Aker Oilfield Services (AKOFS) has won a contract worth USD 465 million over five years from Petrobras to provide subsea intervention services offshore Brazil from the Aker Wayfarer vessel. The contract will start within the fourth quarter of 2016 and has a five-year option extension. AKOFS will at the end of September become part of Akastor, an oilfield services investment company that will be one of two companies formed as part of the announced separation of Aker Solutions.

Douglas Westwood: FEEDing the Recovery

Backlogs for subsea equipment manufacturers have been historically high in recent years – following record levels of subsea tree orders posted in 2013-2014. The process of working through these backlogs has thus-far cushioned the market against the decline in order activity seen in 2015. However, these backlogs are now being eroded rapidly as new orders are dwindling. This will expose original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to the reality of the oil price downturn, with a trough in installations expected in 2017-2018.

Aberdeen Subsea Section for DNV GL

The subsea sector is reportedly set to quadruple in size, with projected annual revenues of $137.83bn by 2020. Currently 45% of the UKCS (United Kingdom Continental Shelf) production comes from subsea wells and with an increased focus on maximizing economic recovery, one of the key challenges is to increase the use of subsea tie-backs to existing installations. To increase our ability to react to this growth a new DNV GL subsea team has been created.

Fugro Enables Safer Drilling for BP in Strong Currents

Fugro deployed its WARIS to monitor bpTT’s subsea equipment integrity in an area of strong currents (Photo: Fugro)

Fugro has provided a spectrum of services to BP Trinidad and Tobago LLC (bpTT) to allow safe drilling and completion of five subsea wells in an area of strong currents. The services include wellhead motion (fatigue) monitoring, metocean measurements and positioning services. The positioning activities were carried out onboard the drilling vessel as well as on the three supporting anchor handling tugs (one tug had subsea acoustic ROV positioning).

TechnipFMC Wins Peregrino 2 Contract

TechnipFMC  has been awarded by Statoil an Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation contract. It covers the execution of the subsea pipeline connection for the new production platform in Peregrino Phase II Project, located in Campos Basin, offshore Brazil. This new fixed platform will be connected by the in-field lines to the existing platform. TechnipFMC will be responsible for the overall execution for engineering, procurement…

TechnipFMC Wins West White Rose Contract

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TechnipFMC has been awarded an Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation (EPCI) contract from Husky Energy for the West White Rose Project in Eastern Canada. The contract covers the supply and installation of subsea equipment including tie-in manifolds, flexible flowlines, and control umbilicals, which will connect the recently announced West White Rose Platform to the existing SeaRose FPSO (Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading) vessel.

Remote Surveillance for Subsea Equipment Manufacturing

Remote surveillance test setup at DNV GL offices (Photo: DNV GL)

The oil price collapse of 2014 triggered a wave of cost reduction among upstream businesses that saw global oil and gas companies slash capital expenditures by about 40 percent between 2014 and 2016. For DNV GL, the message was clear: everyone in the supply chain must advance cost reduction strategies for the offshore industry to remain competitive. With innovation and cost savings in mind, DNV GL developed a solution for remote surveillance service for subsea equipment manufacturing.

Partners Aim to Revolutionize Subsea Boosting Pumps

(Photo: Fuglesangs Subsea)

Ask an equipment manufacturer for cheap, light and strong, and most will tell you it can’t be done. Fuglesangs Subsea, project manager for the JIP, will tell you otherwise. “We think we’ve cracked the code,” said CEO Alexander Fuglesang. Statoil joins Aker BP, Lundin and National Oilwell Varco in the DEMO2000 JIP. The project aims to bring the Fuglesangs Subsea Omnirise single-phase booster to market by early 2019. “Once we eliminated the single biggest problem with subsea pumps, all the other pieces fell into place,” Fuglesang said.

Subsea Boosting Starts in the Gulf of Mexico

OneSubsea, a Schlumberger company, announced the successful commission and startup of subsea boosting systems installed in ultradeep waters, located in the Gulf of Mexico. “We strive to deliver the solutions that help customers reduce costs while increasing recovery from the reservoir, and in this case, our subsea boosting technology is enabling the customer to optimize production from one of the world’s deepest subsea reservoirs,” said Mike Garding, president, OneSubsea, Schlumberger.

Viper Subsea JIP Partner Commits to V-LIM

V-IR System (Image: Viper Subsea)

One of the sponsors of Viper Subsea’s Join Industry Project (JIP) to develop the company’s V-IR Subsea Integrity Monitoring System, has committed to deploy V-LIM line insulation monitor units into a number of North Sea fields. The commitment, which will see V-LIM deployed by the partner in June, will enable an immediate benefit through improved umbilical condition monitoring and will enable easy integration of the V-IR subsea monitoring hardware.

Aker Solutions, Petrobras Ink Subsea Services Deal

Courtesy Aker Solutions

Aker Solutions secured an agreement to provide maintenance and other services for subsea facilities at Petrobras-operated oil and gas fields offshore Brazil. The contract is for a fixed term of three years valued at BRL 435 million net of taxes (NOK 1 billion) and may be extended by another three years. It covers maintenance, storage, supply of parts and technical assistance for all subsea equipment delivered by Aker Solutions to Petrobras in Brazil.