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GoM: FMC Technologies Wins Subsea Equipment Order

FMC Technologies, Inc. announced today that it has received a subsea equipment order from LLOG Exploration Company, LLC (LLOG Exploration) for the Who Dat field. The order has an estimated value of $30 million in revenue.

The project is located in the Gulf of Mexico Mississippi Canyon Block 503 in water depths of approximately 3200 feet (975 meters). FMC Technologies’ scope of supply includes subsea trees, a subsea manifold, multiphase meters and a subsea distribution system. The equipment is scheduled for delivery in 2013.

“FMC Technologies is pleased to have been chosen by LLOG Exploration to provide subsea systems for its continued development of the Who Dat field,” said Tore Halvorsen, FMC Technologies’ Senior Vice President, Subsea Technologies. “We welcome the opportunity to continue supporting LLOG Exploration with its Gulf of Mexico developments.”

Subsea World News – FMC Technologies Wins Subsea Equipment Order (USA).

Gulf of Mexico: FMC Technologies’ Subsea Equipment for LLOG’s Delta House Project

FMC Technologies, Inc. announced that it has received a subsea equipment order from LLOG Exploration Company, LLC (LLOG Exploration) for their Delta House project. The order has an estimated value of $114 million in revenue.

The project is located in the Gulf of Mexico Mississippi Canyon area in water depths of approximately 5000 feet (1524 meters). FMC Technologies’ scope of supply includes nine subsea trees, four subsea manifolds, five multiphase meters and associated topside control systems and subsea distribution systems. The equipment is scheduled for delivery in 2013.

“FMC Technologies is pleased to provide LLOG Exploration subsea systems for their recent Mississippi Canyon developments,” said Tore Halvorsen , FMC Technologies’ Senior Vice President, Subsea Technologies. “We welcome the opportunity to provide them with the subsea technology to meet their needs.”

“LLOG Exploration’s strategic alliance with FMC Technologies has been critical to LLOG Exploration’s success,” said Scott Gutterman , LLOG Exploration’s President and CEO.

Gutterman added, “We are pleased that FMC Technologies will provide the subsea equipment for this important project.”

Subsea World News – USA: FMC Technologies’ Subsea Equipment for LLOG’s Delta House Project.

USA: Caterpillar to Produce More Gas Fueled Equipment and Engines

Caterpillar Inc., the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives, announced at the inaugural Natural Gas for High Horsepower Applications (HHP) Summit on Sept. 27 its intentions to go ‘all-in’ on natural gas and produce even more natural gas-fueled equipment and engines for a variety of applications.

Joel Feucht, Caterpillar’s director of gas engine strategy for the energy and power systems businesses, made the announcement during his keynote address at HHP Summit 2012, a first-ofits-kind event that examined the economic and environmental benefits of using the clean-burning, domestically abundant natural gas in fuel-hungry high horsepower applications.

We have decided to go all-in on gas,” declared Feucht during his keynote address at HHP Summit on Sept. 27. “We are going to invest because we see a global market long term. Large engines are going gas. It’s not debatable; it’s our conclusion.”

Feucht’s remarks confirmed that Caterpillar will provide natural gas fuel as an option for engines across its many high horsepower lines for marine, rail, mining, earthmoving and drilling operations. The company recently announced its first expected liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered will likely include Cat 793, 795 and 797 mining trucks, and locomotives produced by Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD), a unit of Caterpillar’s Progress Rail Services.

“There is huge economic incentive to move to natural gas,” Feucht stated noting that price of oil and gas are going to stay disconnected for the foreseeable future thereby creating an economic incentive to use natural gas in fuel-hungry high horsepower applications.

Current users of natural gas to power high horsepower equipment are realizing a cost savings of 30 to 50 percent. New technologies expanding access in North America have contributed to the low-cost of natural gas.

Caterpillar to Produce More Gas Fueled Equipment and Engines, USA LNG World News.

UK: Rolls-Royce Equipment for Iceman AHTS

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Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has been awarded a £15 million contract by STX OSV to supply an extensive deck equipment package for an advanced anchor handling vessel to be operated by Iceman AS.

The package, which is designed to improve operational safety, will include a new anchor handling frame (AHF) and a hydraulic anchor winch, which is capable of pulling 500 tonnes. It will also feature anchor handling cranes and systems to ensure controlled management of wires and chains when pulling heavy loads.

Arne Tande, Rolls-Royce, Senior Vice President – Offshore Deck Machinery said: “This latest contract cements Rolls-Royce’s position as the market leader in anchor handling equipment. We supply world leading technology which enables safer and more efficient operations in deep water oil fields.”

As the exploration and production for oil and gas moves towards deeper waters, mooring lines become heavier, more difficult and more hazardous to handle. The new AHF is designed to reduce the handling forces and wire tension during anchor deployment and retrieval operations, while also minimizing the human exposure to hazardous operating conditions. The AHF is mounted at the stern of the vessel to ease the deployment and recovery of anchors. It makes it simpler to deck the anchor with correct orientation and without repeated efforts or assistance from other vessels.

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WellEz Updates Wellbore Schematic Software for Drilling & Completion Reporting

WellEz (http://www.wellez.com) released a significant upgrade to their wellbore diagram feature, allowing users to see both vertical and horizontal wellbore diagrams, including casing info and downhole equipment

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Wellbore Schematic for Completions Operations

Instead of creating wellbore diagrams manually in spreadsheet programs or by-hand, our system creates the entire diagram automatically

Houston, Texas (PRWEB) February 15, 2012

WellEz released a significant upgrade to the wellbore schematic component on January 24, 2012. The new wellbore schematic allows users to see both vertical and horizontal wellbore diagrams, and is automatically populated throughout the entire well lifecycle (from drilling through completion).

“Our clients will see a major benefit in time-savings” said Fernando Salazar, Technical Coordinator at WellEz Information Management. “Instead of creating wellbore diagrams manually in spreadsheet programs, or by-hand, our system creates the entire diagram automatically.”

The updated wellbore diagram component requires no input from the operator. The entire wellbore schematic is created based on drill bits, casing, and bottom hole assembly information already entered by field personnel.

Updates to the system will allow the wellbore schematic to show deviation based on survey entries, and will automatically populate diagram information from one job in the well to the next (ex. Drilling to Completion).

WellEz is also offering an expanded library of component icons. When filling out bottom hole assembly items for the drilling morning report, or entering the tubing string in a completion job, users will be able to select from a wide-variety of pre-configured icons. Additionally, packers and perforations will be displayed in the diagram during the completions phase of the well.

About WellEz

Founded in 2000, WellEz Information Management is a privately held, international oilfield service company located in Houston, Texas. The leading provider of field reporting tools for drilling, completions, and other operations, WellEz is staffed by experienced oil and gas professionals and a team of highly qualified software developers. The company’s web‐based field software for well lifecycle reporting is the comprehensive solution to limitations, user difficulties, and support issues that are often encountered with traditional reporting software. For more information, visit our website.

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USA: Deep Down Inc. Receives Subsea Equipment Orders

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Deep Down, Inc. , an oilfield services company specializing in complex deepwater and ultra-deepwater oil production distribution system support services, today announced it has been awarded multiple contracts for subsea hardware and deployment equipment orders worth in excess of $2.6 million.

Two orders were placed by a major controls OEM and the third order placed by an international installation contractor.

Deep Down, Inc. will be manufacturing Umbilical Termination Assemblies (UTA), Flying Leads, Umbilical Termination Heads (UTH), Rapid Deployment Cartridges, Moray® and Flying Lead Deployment Frames; the majority of the work is scheduled to be completed in the first quarter 2012, with the remainder completed in the beginning of the second quarter 2012. The products and equipment will be used on three international projects in the Far East and Mediterranean and one project in the Gulf of Mexico.

The patent-pending Moray® Termination System contains a light-weight and compact termination head and very flexible steel tube bundle allowing for easy make up of the heads by the ROV on the ocean floor.

Ron Smith, Chief Executive Officer stated, “These awards continue to build upon Deep Down’s expansion into the international oil and gas market. Deep Down continues to gain recognition outside of the Gulf of Mexico as a solution provider. By working with our customers, we are able to provide them with innovative cost effective solutions for their offshore projects.”

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USA: Aker Solutions to Open Hi-Tech Drilling Equipment Simulator in – Houston

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Norway based, international oil services group Aker Solutions is about to open North America’s most advanced drilling equipment simulator in Houston, Texas. The simulator will be available to rig operators with the objective of making offshore drilling operations safer and more cost effective.

Aker Solutions is investing USD 2.5 million in the new state-of-the-art drilling equipment simulator, which will be available 24/7 for North American based rig operators and oil companies. It will double the capacity of the current training centre located in Katy near Houston. The new drilling simulator is expected to be officially opened early 2012.

“This will be the most advanced drilling simulator in North America and we will double our training capacity when it is ready for use. It will have dedicated staff who can provide round-the-clock service on Aker Solutions’ complete range of topside drilling equipment. We look forward to start working with our customers in this new and upgraded centre,” says Glenn Ellis, head of drilling technologies for Aker Solutions in the US.

Aker Solutions is one of the world’s top providers of drilling equipment packages and technologies for deepwater drilling operations. Using advanced 3D visualisation technology, the company has developed the market leading drilling simulators, which are already in operation in Brazil, Singapore, Norway and South Korea, in addition to Houston. A new simulator is also being prepared in Baku, Azerbaijan.

The centrepiece of the 9,800 square foot training centre is a new 240 degree domed simulator. Its dome-shaped screen, combined with utilization of actual drilling control systems software, creates a realistic environment that emulates what is experienced on a rig. Each specific rig is meticulously recreated as a virtual asset, including all rig equipment and control systems. This offers the possibility of onshore training and detailed operational planning, with the same signal treatment, in virtual environments that are identical to those that will be experienced offshore.

The training centre’s extensive server systems are made up of 88 individual servers, which provide enough capacity to run simulations on two drilling rigs simulator systems simultaneously. A manual switchover solution allows quick change of the rig configuration in the simulator to ensure maximum simulator utilisation.

“A realistic, real-time visualisation of drilling operations enables rig operators to learn to make better and faster decisions. The result is safer operations, more efficient drilling and increased rig uptime. This simulator technology certainly allows us to offer superior training facilities for our clients and our own employees,” adds Glenn Ellis.

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Norway: Aker Solutions to Supply Production Equipment for Brynhild Project

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Aker Solutions has signed a contract with Lundin for the engineering, procurement and construction of a subsea production system for the Brynhild project on the Norwegian continental shelf. The contract value is approximately NOK 700 million (USD 123 Million).

The scope of work includes one template-manifold structure, one riser base, three subsea trees, three wellhead systems, control system, a tie-in system, 38 kilometres of umbilicals, HP riser and rental tooling. The contract contains several options for additional equipment, including other field developments.

The Brynhild field is located north-west of the Ula field and 38 kilometres east of the Pierce field. The water depth is approximately 80 meters. Brynhild will be developed as a fast track subsea tie-back to the Pierce FPSO.

“We are very pleased to be awarded this first subsea production system contract with Lundin. This contract allows us to utilise the total strength of our subsea offering and work closely with this important customer”, says Alan Brunnen, EVP Subsea within Aker Solutions.

Management, engineering and procurement of the subsea production system will be primarily performed at Aker Solutions’ headquarters in Oslo, Norway. Fabrication of the subsea trees will be completed at Aker Solutions’ manufacturing centre in Tranby, Norway and production of the template-manifolds will be carried out at the company’s fabrication yard in Egersund, Norway. The umbilical will be manufactured in Moss, Norway and the control and wellhead systems will be delivered out of Aberdeen, UK. Installation and commissioning will be handled by Aker Solution’s service base in Aagotnes, Norway. Final deliveries will be made in Q2 2013.

The contract has been signed and booked as order intake in Q3 2011. The contract party is Aker Subsea AS.

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