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June 2015 Issue

FlexTech Enters Southeast Asia Oil and Gas Market
Flexible pipe specialist FlexTech (Aberdeen, Scotland) has established its first foothold in the Southeast Asian energy market by securing a contract with an oil and gas major in Vietnam.

The project, due for completion in the first quarter of 2016, involves FlexTech engineers managing the system design, manufacturing, inspection and delivery of flexibles on a major FPSO facility in the South China Sea.

The project involves the design of a replacement flexible pipe system to allow change out of major vessel infrastructure. It also covers infrastructure modifications to facilitate the replacement flexibles and, once sourced, FlexTech will manage the manufacturing and delivery of the flexible pipes.

Intertek Offers Decommissioning Services With Recycling Element
Intertek (Houston, Texas) is launching a new set of oil and gas decommissioning services to help manage costs and asset inventory. Intertek will complete and manage the applications and permits associated with decommissioning projects for regulators and stakeholders. They will also utilize the expertise of their labs in waste analysis to provide waste characterization and ensure that pipelines are safe to prepare for removal. Once equipment has been decommissioned and repurposed, Intertek can then recertify it to ensure it is ready to reuse.

To assist with managing inventory and data for each asset, Intertek is using GeoAIMS (Geographical Asset and Information Management System), a Web-based application that allows users to interact, query and retrieve data from the database without needing GIS software. Using GeoAIMS for decommissioning projects means real-time updates of hazardous materials can be taken as and when they are located and identified. It will also allow the type and quantities of hazardous and residual materials to be logged and tagged to their exact location.

Kongsberg Selected for Electronics, Instrumentation, Telecom Solution
Kongsberg Maritime (Kongsberg, Norway) has been selected to supply a complete electrical, instrument and telecom solution, including E-house, for the new Yinson Production (West Africa) Pte Ltd. FPSO, Yinson Genesis, expected to be operational by 2017.

The Yinson Genesis will be deployed to fulfill a 15-year contract (with five yearly extension options) for the chartering, operation and maintenance of an FPSO facility at the Offshore Cape Three Points Block (OCTP) in the Tano Basin 60 kilometers off the coast of Ghana.

The Kongsberg scope of supply for the FPSO, which will be based on a conversion of the 1996-built VLCC tanker Yinson Genesis, includes complete integration engineering, electrical systems, E-house, instrument and telecom and surveillance equipment.

Konsgberg will also deliver its K-Chief 700 marine automation system for vessel control; K-Safe for fire, gas and safety, including process shutdown (PSD) and emergency shutdown (ESD); and K-PRO for process control.

Fugro Finishes Prep For Offshore Wind Project
Fugro (Leidschendam, Netherlands) has successfully completed one of the largest seabed investigation campaigns in the history of the offshore wind industry in preparation for DONG Energy’s (Fredericia, Denmark) 1.2-gigawatt Hornsea Project One project.

Located 120 kilometers off the U.K.’s Yorkshire coast, the project is scheduled to go into operation by 2020, when it will meet the electricity needs of around 800,000 U.K. homes.

Fugro was awarded the £13 million contract in November 2014 following an extremely competitive tender process. As part of the detailed site investigation, its dedicated geotechnical vessels completed close to 2,800 meters of seabed cone penetration testing and more than 5,000 meters of boreholes over a four-month period.

Deepwater Horizon Website Monitors Spill Restoration
A new website, www.dwhprojecttracker.org, allows visitors to see where Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill restoration projects are taking place.

The largest environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico began April 20, 2010, taking 11 lives. With the fifth anniversary of the oil spill, the Gulf of Mexico Alliance released the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) Project Tracker, a comprehensive website that maps oil spill restoration projects.

“From the person who needs a snapshot of what’s going on in their state, to the scientists and public officials identifying critical coastal restoration priorities, the DWH Project Tracker will be a source of basic and critical information,” said Gulf of Mexico Alliance Executive Director Laura Bowie.

The objective of the DWH Project Tracker is to be the most complete picture of the location, type and scope of projects funded as a result of the oil spill.

The Tracker breaks out environmental, economic and science/research projects, displaying the metadata for each. A project snapshot includes a brief description, contact and link to access more technical information.

The Tracker development team works with the groups funding projects related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to ensure information accuracy. The interactive site can help organizations plan projects, enhance collaboration, and track and assess programs.

New Rotterdam Office For Offshore Independents
Offshore Independents has moved to a new office in Rotterdam, Netherlands, now open for business.

The city was chosen because of its industrial and international orientation. Rotterdam is renowned for its offshore facilities, and the Port of Rotterdam is the largest harbor in Europe.

The office is located in the old city center, called the “Oude Noorden.”

Windependents, one of Offshore Independents’ affiliates, also moved to this location.

Offshore Independents is a consulting engineering firm offering a wide range of independent solutions to parties in the offshore oil and gas industry. The company aims to align knowledge between design, construction and implementation of oil and gas subsea installations.


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