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June 2011 Issue

Xodus Group, Mos Baker Partner To Launch XMOS in Lagos
Xodus Group (Aberdeen, Scotland) joined with Mos Baker Nigeria Ltd. (Lagos, Nigeria) to launch an operation in Lagos called XMOS.

XMOS will have an initial focus on three divisions: process and facilities, flow assurance and subsea engineering. The partners said they are each investing more than $1 million and plan to recruit 20 people in the first year and grow to 100 people within three years. Sam Unuigbe, a former director of Stanbic IBTC Bank and owner of Mos Baker, will take on the role of chairman. His son, Ohioze Unuigbe, will be managing director. Rod McInnes has been appointed operations director of XMOS. For more information, visit www.xodusgroup.com.

Marine Well Containment Co. Opens Headquarters in Houston
Marine Well Containment Co. (MWCC) announced May 2 the opening of its headquarters in Houston, Texas. The offices house the day–to–day business operations and a dedicated emergency response center in the event MWCC is called to respond to a deepwater well control incident in the Gulf of Mexico. For more information, visit http://marinewellcontainment.com.

GE Oil & Gas Expands Suite of BOP, RM&D Technology
GE Oil & Gas (Florence, Italy) has expanded its suite of blowout preventer (BOP) and remote monitoring and diagnostic (RM&D) technologies for the offshore drilling industry, the company announced in May.

GE said the products are the result of renewed research and development focus and acceleration of projects to improve shearing capacity, monitoring of BOPs and gas–handling capability.

The technologies include the Hydrostatic Pressure–Assisted Shearing system from GE subsidiary Hy?dril Pressure Control (Houston, Texas), which enables operators to increase the force available for the shearing operation without requiring additional accumulator bottles. GE said the system can reduce the accumulator bottle count by up to 90 percent.

The Drilling iBox system is a hardware and software solution that turns existing data into reports and status updates for event sequence, cycle counts as well as condition–based and predictive maintenance. It connects to the existing data logger and provides diagnostic and prognostic–condition monitoring reports.

Hydril's Pressure Control RamTel Plus System provides a direct method of determining ram position in addition to the standard method of using indirect flow meter calculations. The system also will display when the ram has contacted the pipe and when it has sheared the pipe.

Hydril's Pressure Control ROV Subsea Display Panel can be retrofitted on all GE subsea BOP systems. It allows an ROV to directly read stack sensor data as well as ram position subsea indicators.

The Black Box DDRTM System, a device similar to the black box recorder system deployed on aircraft, captures all of the information generated when operating the BOP control system. GE said Hydril's Gas Handler System diverts gas "kicks" from the riser into the choke line before they reach the drill floor and is located below the telescopic joint. For more information, visit www.ge-energy.com.

Sanmina–SCI Corp. Announces New O&G Industry Services
Sanmina–SCI Corp. (San Jose, California) announced May 2 the availability of specialized services to help oil and gas companies be more competitive with scalable capacity.

The specialized services include a number of complex design and manufacturing capabilities such as precision machining, high–speed and custom cables, electromechanical subassembly, and wireless and data communication systems.

Sanmina–SCI representatives said that with 70 plants around the world near major oil and gas exploration and production, the company is able to quickly introduce products and scale production.

"As oil and gas production continues to accelerate worldwide, companies must respond with manufacturing services and stable, but flexible, capacity close to their global locations, without requiring additional infrastructure," said Randy Thomas, the company's vice president of business development.

For more information, visit www.sanmina-sci.com.

Paradigm Introduces Technology for Removal of Subsea Blockages
Paradigm Flow Solutions (Aberdeen, Scotland) launched on May 4 a system designed to fix restrictions and blockages in subsea pipelines, taking the treatment topside for the first time.

Pipe–Pulse is a remote, nonintrusive method of locating and removing blockages in long–distance pipes of up to 30 miles. The system is designed to be connected on the topside facilities of the host platform through either the pig launcher or the umbilical termination unit to clear the blockages. It delivers high–energy, high–volume pressure pulses into the pipeline or subsea umbilical, which are transmitted at the speed of sound to the blockage several miles away.

Paradigm said Pipe–Pulse can remove persistent blockages in a matter of days by sending high–frequency, low–amplitude pressure pulses into the flowline while controlling the length and pressure of the pulse. The system operates using a series of control valves, which are contained within the main body of the Pipe–Pulse unit.

Paradigm said algorithms determine the optimum wave structure for each pulse, of which there are potentially millions generated for each particular job. The Pipe–Pulse unit then creates and injects the pulse into the pipeline, which is then transmitted to the front face of the blockage. During test phases, it successfully cleared a four–inch multiphase flowline for Shell UK Ltd. (London, England) that had been blocked with sand and wax for 11 years. It also removed a stuck pig in a deepwater eight–inch flowline for Petrobras Americas (Houston, Texas).

Paradigm said the Pipe–Pulse system can also detect the location of blockages and leaks in subsea infrastructure without the need to deploy expensive vessels. For more information, visit www.paradigmflow.com.


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