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April 2014 Issue

New Company Forms for Industry Rentals
Wellsite Rental Services, LLC has formed a new company. Headquartered in Broussard, Louisiana, Wellsite Rental Services specializes in providing new and reliable rental products for drilling and production.

Wellsite Rental Services will be announcing other staffing, investment and product lines in the near future.

Joint Initiative Will Aid Mid-Atlantic Operation Planning
BMT ARGOSS (Marknesse, Netherlands) announced a joint initiative with the Met Office, the U.K.'s national weather service, and Oceanweather Inc. (Cos Cob, Connecticut) to support oil and gas majors with offshore engineering design and operational planning in the mid-Atlantic region.

The main deliverable of this project, entitled the Mid-Atlantic Current Hindcast (MACH), is a 20-year high-quality ocean current reanalysis for the mid-Atlantic region, with nested high-resolution grids covering principal oil and gas concession areas.

Following completion of a pilot two-year integration and a detailed validation study against available concurrent in-situ current measurements, a full 20-year integration is underway to produce an ocean current hindcast database, suitable for use in offshore engineering and operational planning.

Bibby Adds IRM Vessel, Two ROVs to Fleet
Bibby Remote Intervention Ltd. (Westhill, Scotland) has further expanded its fleet by signing a charter agreement for an IRM (inspection, repair and maintenance) light construction vessel and adding an additional two ROVs to its operations.

The charter agreement with Olympic Shipping (Fosnavåg, Norway) is for a newly built MT6021 vessel for a three-year period, with options to extend for two years. The vessel will be mobilized with ROVs from BRIL and is expected to arrive in Aberdeen, Scotland, in early April next year. Initially, the MT6021 will carry out North Sea IRM scopes.

The two ROVs, due to arrive in March and June this year, are both SMD (Newcastle upon Tyne, England) Quasar 150-horsepower vehicles. Capable of survey, construction and drill support operations, these units will most likely be used to support Bibby Offshore's (Westhill) expansion into Southeast Asia and North America.

OTC to Give Out 14 New Technology Awards
The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), which will take place May 5 to 8 in Houston, Texas, has announced 12 technologies that will receive the 2014 Spotlight on New Technology SM Award.

The Spotlight Award recipients and products for 2014 are: Baker Hughes (Houston)—LaunchPRO Wireless Top Drive Cement Head, FMC Technologies (Houston)—Iso Pump, FMC Technologies—Offshore Loading Arm Footless, GE Oil & Gas (London, England)'SeaLytics, GE Oil & Gas—Zenith GFI Ground Fault Immune ESP Monitoring System, Geoservices (Houston)—FLAG Fluid Loss and Gain Detection Service, Halliburton Drill Bits and Services (Houston)—TDReam Tool, SBM Offshore (Schiedam, Netherlands)'Very High Pressure Fluid Swivel, Schlumberger (Houston)—Seismic Guided Drilling Pore-Pressure Prediction Ahead of the Bit, Weatherford (Geneva, Switzerland)—CasingLink, West Production Technology AS (Stavanger, Norway)—SwarfPak Technology, and WesternGeco (Houston)—IsoMetrix Marine Isometric Seismic Technology.

InterMoor Decommissions Innovator in Gulf
InterMoor (Houston) has successfully completed decommissioning operations of the Innovator platform in Gomez field, Mississippi Canyon Block 711, Gulf of Mexico. The scope of work, conducted in water depths of 910 meters, involved disconnecting 10 risers/umbilicals, disconnecting 12 mooring lines and then towing the Innovator to Ingleside, Texas.

InterMoor developed special procedures for disconnection and towing, procured rigging and tow equipment for all vessels, including the Anchor Handling Vessel (AHV), FPU and tug vessels, and provided essential personnel for the AHV and FPU throughout all phases of operations.

Joint Lab Launches for R&D In Maritime, Offshore Sectors
Building on the fruitful past decade of U.K.-Singapore cooperation in scientific research and development, A*STAR's Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC) and the Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute (SMMI) launched a joint laboratory in Maritime and Offshore Engineering R&D in order to develop innovative technological solutions through modeling and simulation using high-performance computing technology. The laboratory is aimed at solving technical issues faced by the maritime, energy and offshore sectors.

The strategic aim of the IHPC-SMMI Joint Lab is to deepen the understanding of the science and technology deployed in the design, construction and operation of future ships used, and new offshore structures that are utilized for the exploration and extraction of oil, gas and renewable energy sources from deep oceans under extreme harsh environments and translate these insights into impactful industrial applications.

The research areas are aimed at addressing two challenges faced by the maritime and offshore sector: the continuing trend in deep-water offshore oil and gas drilling, and the growth in shipping from the increasing size, variety and complexity of ships and a requirement for vessels to be greener.

The Joint Lab will undertake projects in collaboration with partners in the maritime and offshore R&D community, including researchers from National University of Singapore (NUS) and the IHPC-Lloyd's Register Joint Lab co-located within IHPC premises.

The first four projects undertaken at the IHPC-SMMI Joint Lab cover the following areas: hydrodynamics and fluid-structure interactions, applied mechanics and structure engineering.

The Joint Laboratory is located on A*STAR premises to promote engagement and more seamless scientific exchanges with researchers from other research fields, such as those from the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech), and the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE).


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