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May 2014 Issue

EV Opens World's First Downhole Video Center
EV has opened a technology center at its base in Norwich, England, to house its research and development, which the company is expected to invest nearly £2 million in the next year.

It represents a world first as a center dedicated to downhole video, and will facilitate all of the company's ongoing research and development.

EV plans to invest £1.8 million in R&D in the next year, with several product launches scheduled for 2014.

Features of the new 23,000-square-foot facility include warehouse space and a state-of-the-art lab featuring the ability to test camera technology to 175°C and 20,000 psi.

PGS Acquires GeoStreamer Survey of South Africa's Basins
Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS), based in Oslo, Norway, through an agreement with the Petroleum Agency of South Africa, is acquiring a 13,000-kilometer MultiClient 2D GeoStreamer survey covering the country's east coast basins. The acquisition program is ahead of schedule (approaching 70 percent completion to date) and has successfully surmounted the many challenges of the area, including strong currents.

The data will give an about 20-by-20-kilometer grid of high-quality seismic over this frontier area and includes well-ties into the shallower waters in the southwest and northeast areas. This is the first comprehensive data set to be acquired over these blocks.

Acquisition of the deepwater survey is to be complete in the second quarter of 2014, with data available in the fourth quarter of 2014.

PD&MS Energy, Harlen Invest £2.5 Million
PD&MS Energy (Aberdeen, Scotland) and Harlen (Aberdeen) have committed £2.5 million towards a new rig repair and subsea fabrication facility in one of Scotland's premier ports. The 38,750-square-foot facility on Princess Alexandra Wharf at Port of Dundee is expected to house up to 50 full-time personnel and manage offshore asset service works in excess of £8 million in its first financial year.

The investment allows PD&MS to provide a full concept to completion service with the support of Harlen, who will deliver fabrication services from the new facility.

An initial £1 million investment has been made in the workshop with a further £1.5 million expected.

Harkand Charters Offshore Construction Vessel
Harkand (Aberdeen, Scotland) has entered into a charter agreement with Hornbeck Offshore (Covington, Louisiana) for the vessel HOS Mystique for a period of two years plus options.

The 250-foot DP2 vessel has a 70 MT AHC crane and will be outfitted with a Harkand Triton XLS ROV to support IRM and survey work up to 3,000 meter depths in the Gulf of Mexico.

Reflex Marine Supplies FROG-XT4 to Total in Nigeria
Reflex Marine (Aberdeen, Scotland) has supplied the first production unit of the newly developed FROG-XT4 to Total E&P Nigeria Ltd. (Lagos, Nigeria) for use on the Odudu Field.

The FROG-XT is a personnel transfer technology that provides greater comfort and safety to passengers, wider operating parameters, and higher capacity transfers. Its compact frame allows for easy storage and cost-effective shipping. Lifting points are now at eye level, making them easier to access and inspect, and a new stretcher mounting system enables rapid deployment in a medical evacuation situation.

Reflex Marine is looking to launch a higher capacity version of the product, the FROG-XT10, to the market.

Pellerin Designs, Builds Horizontal Flotation Separator
Pellerin Water Solutions, a subsidiary of Pellerin Energy Group in Broussard, Louisiana, has designed and built a horizontal flotation separator for Stone Energy Corp. (Lafayette, Louisiana). The separator with dissolved gas flotation technologies will enhance the separation process of oil and produced water, maximizing production and increasing profitability. Stone Energy will incorporate the Horizontal Flotation Separator with its deepwater facility, Pompano, situated in the Gulf of Mexico.

Bibby Offshore Starts Work For Maersk in North Sea
Bibby Offshore (Westhill, Scotland) has started work with Maersk Oil UK (Aberdeen, Scotland) on a contract to provide subsea construction and inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) services to all of Maersk's North Sea assets. Dive Support Vessel Bibby Sapphire will do offshore execution work, with onshore engineering project management support. Engineering work for this project commenced in the third quarter of 2013.

The initial work scope will involve Bibby Offshore completing well tie-ins, decommissioning, supporting for flow line connection and disconnection, and IRM activities in support of Maersk Oil's Gryphon and GP3 FPSO units and the Janice floating production unit.

CIS Completes Contract Work for Weatherford Malaysia
Conductor Installation Services (CIS), based in Great Yarmouth, England, has successfully completed a contract for Weatherford Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) to provide conductor-driving services and associated equipment on behalf of Petrofac (St. Helier, Jersey).

These services were delivered as part of Petrofac's plans to develop Block PM304 for production on the Cendor Field Development and to further expand the Berantai Field Development, both offshore Malaysia.

CIS supplied full project management, specifically, drivability studies, fabrication of customized drive shoes, welding of the drive shoes to the customer's pipe, and supplying handling and cold cutting equipment.

CIS used a 90-kilojoule hydraulic hammer to drive 15 36-inch conductors into the seabed to form part of the foundations of the Cendor B and C platforms.

The contract, valued in excess of $1 million, involved work in water depths to 62 meters. CIS installed all nine conductors in just six days on the Cendor Phase II Development.


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