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March 2016 Issue

Scottish Officials Visit
Bibby Offshore

Bibby Offshore hosted Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell and Scotland Office Minister Andrew Dunlop in January as they announced a new trading partnership between Aberdeen and the Mozambique town of Pemba.

Mundell and Dunlop formally announced the move during their visit, when they met with representatives of the offshore industry and Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Council.

A tour was conducted of The Hangar, Bibby Offshore’s 50,000-sq. ft. purpose-built state-of-the-art workshop and warehouse facility.

Separately, a £250 million City Region Deal for Aberdeen was announced by Prime Minister David Cameron, which will see the U.K. and Scottish governments jointly invest in the area. The City Region Deal agreement includes funding for an energy innovation center and the expansion of Aberdeen Harbor to help the city compete for oil and gas industry decommissioning work.

Protea Delivers Winch
For Man-Riding Ops

Protea has further expanded its product range with the delivery to Norway of its first winch certified for man-riding operations for installation on a jack-up rig.

The winch is fully compliant with DNV-OS-E101, NORSOK standards R-002 and R-003 and is also CE marked and approved for operations in ATEX Zone 1. The winch has an SWL of 150 kg and can operate at speeds up to 60 m/min.

Outlook for Oil, Gas
Industry in 2016

One-third of U.S. respondents are concerned that they do not have a strategy in place to maintain innovation in a declined market, according to a new research report published by DNV GL, which reveals that skills shortages are seen as a barrier to growth and an increasing concern throughout the U.S. More than half of the respondents believe organizations are taking a short-term approach to skills and career development.

“A New Reality: the outlook for the oil and gas industry in 2016,” a DNV GL report based on a global survey of 921 senior professionals in the sector, shows that an increased portion of U.S. respondents see cost management as the top priority in 2016. The majority believe that oil prices will remain lower for longer, which ultimately leads to continued pressure on cost management.

Key findings in the research report include: 38 percent still believe their company is taking a long-term approach to innovation and R&D; 28 percent of respondents expect to see additional job losses, especially in the publicly traded sector; and 60 percent believe that operators will increasingly push to standardize their operations.

Low oil prices and the weak global economy are seen by U.S. respondents as the two biggest barriers to growth in 2016, and a growing regulatory burden is also cited by 21 percent of U.S. respondents. One-third of U.S. respondents listed subsea technologies as the top new or emerging technology impact area for 2016.

MMT Contract for

MMT was awarded a contract for the OTEC (Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion) NEMO project by DCNS.

This project is jointly developed by DCNS and its partners with the purpose of characterizing the geophysical and geotechnical context of the area of an offshore power plant with a floating platform and a potential cable route to the town of Bellefontaine in the western coast of Martinique.

This floating platform is anchored in the sea and will use the temperature difference between the warm water at the surface and the cold water in the depths to produce nonintermittent, carbon-free electricity.

MMT will conduct the survey with resources from the joint venture with Reach Subsea, including a DP2 vessel equipped with a work-class ROV mounted with a geophysical setup.

The project is scheduled for two months in the first quarter of 2016.

Subsea Cable Grab
For Repair Projects

Pharos Offshore successfully completed a diver-less export cable repair for London Array using the Subsea Hydraulic Cable Grab, leading to further work for this technology.

The new project involves Basslink, a subsea cable connecting George Town in Tasmania and Loy Yang in Victoria, Australia. There is a possible fault with the cable, which is approximately 100 km off the Tasmanian coastline in Bass Strait.

Using the Subsea Hydraulic Cable Grab and a team of personnel from Pharos, the cable will be recovered for repair. Pharos delivered a work package with the rapid mobilization of expertise and equipment to locate and recover the subsea cable.

JIP to Develop Codes for
Offshore Cable, Pipe Laying

Aquatic Engineering & Construction Ltd. is working with DNV GL and other organizations in the subsea supply chain on a joint industry project (JIP) to develop a set of guidelines to be incorporated into new or existing DNV GL Offshore Standards or Recommended Practices.

The project will address the current lack of coherent standards for the specification, design, manufacture, procurement and approval of equipment intended for use in offshore cable and pipe-laying operations.

The project phases are: Phase One—mapping the big picture to provide a common, system-level understanding of the equipment required for the successful laying of cables and pipes; Phase Two—mapping the detail to focus on the individual components of the system to identify their inputs, outputs and interaction with other system components; and Phase Three—the publication of a DNV GL Standard for Certification or Recommended Practice.

Phase One participants include: Allseas Engineering; Amclyde Norson Engineering; Aquatic Engineering & Construction Ltd.; IHC Engineering Business; IHC SAS BV; MAATS Tech Ltd.; NLI Offshore & Marine Products AS; Parkburn Precision Handling Systems Ltd.; Reel SAS (IMECA); Saipem Group; Subsea 7; and Technip UK Ltd.


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