Proserv has formed a partnership with
KLAW Products to prevent offshore spills in
the Middle East. KLAW, an oilfield equipment
provider, supplies breakaway couplings and
emergency release systems for the safe transfer of hazardous and non-hazardous material.
Proserv, a topsides/subsea controls specialist,
will offer KLAW’s products across the Middle
East region backed by in-country technical
Seacroft Marine Consultants has won
two contracts to provide support vessel
services in the North Sea. BP’s contract, for
three years plus two one-year options, is for
emergency response and rescue vessel assurance services. Centrica’s contract for the
same services runs for five years with three
Delek Group subsidiaries Avner Oil Exploration and Delek Drilling Ltd. Partnership are considering a merger. At present,
this will likely involve Delek Drilling acquiring
Avner Oil, subject to board and other approvals.
As of Oct. 1, the UK government will
establish the Oil & Gas Authority as an independent regulator with new powers. This will
allow it to take action more quickly and with
greater flexibility to help drive investment,
support jobs, and further the UK’s competitive
edge in the oil and gas industry.
Subsea 7 has acquired Swagelining, a
subsea polymer lining technologist.
Oil and gas rental equipment specialists
Centurion Group and ATR Group have
agreed to merge, forming an operation with
a turnover of more than £100 million ($132
million), and bases in the UK, Netherlands,
Caspian, Singapore, Australia, and US. The
group will be headquartered in Aberdeen.
James Fisher and Sons has acquired
Hughes Sub Surface Engineering, a diving,
subsea, and marine project specialist. The
acquisition is expected to allow the group’s
existing clients to achieve further supply chain
optimization and reduce contractual interface
risks, supporting project mobilizations at various locations around the UK coast.
Hoover Container Solutions, Ferguson
Group, and CHEP Catalyst & Chemical
Containers have agreed to merge and form
Hoover Ferguson Group. Global supply
chain solutions company, Brambles Ltd., the
owner of Ferguson and CCC, and First Reserve, the owner of Hoover, a private equity
and infrastructure investment firm exclusively
focused on energy, reached an agreement to
form a 50: 50 joint venture through the merger.
The merger transaction is expected to close in
Two KPMG LLP representatives have
been appointed as joint administrators of
PressureFab, parent company Twickler
Industries, and four more group companies.
PressureFab designs and manufactures of
specialist rig topsides and subsea equipment
and claims to be Scotland’s largest offshore
container manufacturer. It operates from
a 250,000 sq-ft ( 23,226-sq m) facility with
resources to handle customized projects of up
to 2,000 metric tons ( 2,204 tons) of steel and
single components of up to 50 metric tons ( 55
tons). The oil and gas downturn has caused
the company’s revenues to plummet over the
past year resulting in unsurmountable cash
flow difficulties. At peak last year the company
employed around 100 staff, but all have now
been made redundant.
Permasense has completed the first
installation of the ET210 integrity monitoring
system in the UK North Sea, on Total’s Alwyn
platform. The company installed 12 sensors
to deliver continuous wall thickness and
temperature measurements from topsides and
surface equipment directly to desk.
Damen Shipyards Antalya has secured
comprehensive ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and
OHSAS 18001 certification.
Oceaneering International Inc. has
completed its acquisition of Meridian Ocean
The Harris Pye Engineering Group has
formed a new dedicated global Boiler Division.
ASTM International and the American
Petroleum Institute (API) have col-
laborated to launch a petroleum standards
collection to help customers throughout the
oil and gas industry access the standards
they need in one convenient location. Housed
in the ASTM Compass online platform, the
API collection includes 685 active standards,
specifications, and recommended practices as
well as more than 300 historical documents.
Users will have access to globally-recognized
API documents on a range of topics: explora-
tion and production, refining, safety and fire
protection, storage, petroleum measurement
tables, health and environmental issues, and
Emerson Process Management has
donated unlimited licenses of its reservoir
management software to Universiti Teknolo-gi PETRONAS (UTP). The software will be
deployed in UTP’s Geosciences and Petroleum
Engineering departments and the Centre of
Excellence in Subsurface Seismic Imaging &
Hydrocarbon Prediction. As part of the agreement, UTP has also committed to developing a
number of technical papers.
Aquatec Group has appointed Casco
Antiguo as a representative for the distribution of its underwater instrumentation for
oceanographic, environmental, and coastal
applications in Central and South America.
Vallourec Mexico celebrated its 35th anniversary in July.
Sembcorp Marine Integrated Yard has
an agreement to acquire 100% of LMG Marin
for $20 million. LMG is a naval architecture
and ship design/engineering house based in
Bergen, Norway, with offices in Poland and
France. The company, established in 1943,
has worked on floating structures, platforms,
drillships, FPSOs, FSOs, and offshore support
vessels. It also originated various designs
adopted by Sembcorp Marine, including the
next-generation Espadon drillship design;
the design used in the ongoing construction
of a newbuild FSO for deployment in the UK
North Sea; and the Gravifloat modular LNG
and LPG platform solutions designed as a cost-
competitive alternative to FSRU, FLNG, and
land-based terminals; and the Robusto FPSO
hull design, customized for operation in Brazil
and West Africa.
Sparrows Group and SPIE Oil & Gas
Ser vices have agreed to collaborate globally.
Initially they plan to offer their combined
service offering throughout Africa before
expanding the scope geographically. SPIE
claims to be one of the world’s leading
technical services providers for the oil and
gas industry, and is the general maintenance
contractor for numerous offshore facilities
around the world. Sparrows Group claims to
be the leading specialist in cranes, lifting and
mechanical handling, fluid power, and cable
Add Energy has expanded its operations
with the launch of a new advisory service,
ADDvisor. The bespoke service offers a
team of subject matter experts with more
than 30 years of experience who can provide
specialized expertise within oil and gas, well
construction, and operations.
ELA Container Offshore GmbH has
moved into its new office building in Haren,
Germany. The new building offers space for 12
offices, a reception area, two kitchen facilities,
one meeting room, and sanitary facilities.
Statoil has awarded Peterson two long-term contracts to provide logistics support
for the Dudgeon offshore wind farm in the
southern North Sea. Peterson will deliver
comprehensive logistics services including
stevedoring, ship agency services, provisions
delivery and transportation of personnel for
walk to work security. It will also be responsible for the supply of fuelling services from
its facility in Great Yarmouth. The 402-MW
offshore wind farm will be located some 20 mi
( 32 km) off the coast of Norfolk.
The United States Second Circuit Court of
Appeals has affirmed a judgment of more than
$465 million for KBR subsidiary Commisa
against PEMEX following a decade of litigation. According to KBR, the case involved two
offshore natural gas treatment, processing and
reinjection platforms which Commisa built for
PEMEX Exploracion y Produccion (PEP),
platforms which PEP has used since 2004 but
for which Commisa was allegedly never fully