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November 2014 Issue

OAAs Accepting Entries, Adds New Category
The 2015 Offshore Achievement Awards (OAAs) are now open for entries from U.K.-registered companies operating within the renewables or the oil and gas industry.

The 2015 Offshore Achievement Awards categories are: Export Achievement, Safety Innovations, Emerging Technology, The Innovator, Great Small Company, Great Large Company, Working Together, Young Professional, Significant Achievement, Inspiring Leader, Environmentalist and Best Graduate Scheme (new for 2015).

The Offshore Achievement Awards are open for entries until December 1. The ceremony will take place in Aberdeen, Scotland, March 12, 2015.

The awards are organized and hosted by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen Section.

Last year’s winners included Hydrasun (Aberdeen, Scotland), which won the Great Large Company award, and Brian Nixon, who was recognized for his significant contribution to the offshore industry.

For further information and entry criteria, visit www.spe-oaa.org.


Louisiana to get First Natural Gas Liquefaction, Fueling Facility
Tenaska NG Fuels, LLC (Omaha, Nebraska) and Waller Marine, Inc. (Houston, Texas) have agreed to develop, construct, own and operate Louisiana’s first natural gas liquefaction and fueling facility along the New Orleans-Baton Rouge Mississippi River corridor with access to the Gulf of Mexico.

Located on approximately 80 acres at the Port of Greater Baton Rouge, Tenaska Bayou LNG will provide LNG and compressed natural gas (CNG) as alternative clean-burning fuels for the high-horsepower marine, transportation, and natural gas and oil exploration and production industries in the region.

Tenaska will provide equity for the project and will be the managing partner and commercial leader. It will also coordinate project development and construction and will be responsible for natural gas supply and commodity risk management.

If all of the technical and commercial aspects of the project can be confirmed, operations are planned to begin in the first quarter of 2017.

The facility will initially be capable of producing 200,000 gallons of LNG per day, with the ability to quickly expand and meet growing market demand.

To facilitate the marine industry access to LNG fuel, a dock will be constructed for the mooring of LNG bunker barges. Waller Marine will coordinate the bunker barge design and construction.


N-Sea TUP Diving System Completes Diving Scope
N-Sea (Zierikzee, Netherlands) has recently completed its inaugural diving scope with the innovative TUP (Transfer Under Pressure) Diving System. The diving scope involved X-mas tree assistance with the deployment of the TUP Diving System for Oranje-Nassau Energie (Amsterdam, Netherlands) on its project “L6 Diving Services” in the North Sea.

For this project, N-Sea stationed the closed bell system on the jack-up rig Paragon C46-1 between July and September.

The TUP Diving System comprises a three-man bell, launch and recovery system, triple-lock decompression chamber, gas diver control (air/trimix/nitrox) and hyperbaric rescue craft. During the last year, the pioneering system has undergone a complete refit and has been converted to allow it to be used as a mobile system, deployable from most DPII support vessels and platforms.


OPITO Chooses Finalists For Safety, Competency Awards
Following the highest ever level of entries, OPITO has announced the finalists for the 2014 global safety and competency awards. Shell Malaysia Exploration & Production (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), Stork (Utrecht, Netherlands) and Shell Philippines Exploration BV (Makati, Philippines) have been short-listed in the employers’ category, which recognizes employers who have best demonstrated their commitment to building a safe and competent workforce.

M&O Indonesia (Benkong, Indonesia), Wild Geese Solutions (Perth, Australia) and Falck Prime Atlantic (Lagos, Nigeria) are the finalists in the category for training providers, which recognizes commitment to developing the skills of staff to deliver OPITO training.

The OPITO international awards were to be presented at the annual OPITO Safety and Competence Conference in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, November 4.


New RP for Jacking System Maintenance, Inspection
A joint industry project on jacking system maintenance and inspection has resulted in a new DNV GL (Høvik, Norway) Recommended Practice (RP). This RP provides guidance in order to ensure the correct and safe functioning of rack and pinion style jacking systems.

The consequences of jacking gear failure can be severe, and while the problem is acknowledged by the industry, the correct maintenance and inspection of jacking systems have proven to be challenging due to the high turnover of people with specific knowledge on board, the evolving nature of the systems and the intermittent use of the systems.

DNV GL issued an RP proposing the following: clear definitions of competency levels supporting the organization of and knowledge transfer between the different roles involved in jacking system inspection and maintenance; clear definitions of the inspections that can be executed by the onboard crew and what should be covered in periodical surveys by experts, with specific recommendations for inspections after operations close to or exceeding jacking system design limitations; best practices for an effective maintenance organization; clear guidance on what information the operators and OEMs need to provide in the form of user and maintenance records; a detailed overview of specific components, including a short description of their functionality and consequence of failure, typical observations and recommended follow-up actions; best practice for the selection of spares, with a specific focus on obsolescence issues to avoid unnecessary delays caused by logistics; and recommendations for further improvements related to maintenance and inspection.


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