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2 Message from the EIC Chief Executive The Chief Executive Back from the festive break we are looking forward to a New Year that will present many opportunities as well as continuing economic challenges and uncertainty. Perhaps some of you escaped to sunnier climes for your winter holidays, where you may have found local prices as spicy as the food due to the reduced value of the pound. But the exchange rate knife cuts two ways, and the current situation offers potentially huge advantages for UK exporters just as energy project activity around the world is increasing. Keen as ever to help our members to identify and secure new business, we are starting 2010 with several events related to overseas markets. As those who participated in the Brazil trade mission in November/December will know, there are huge opportunities for the right products and services in that market, with the Petrobras investment programme announced in January 2009 (US$174bn over five years), the fact that Brazil suffered far less than most other countries from the worldwide downturn (reflected in a recent Economist cover) and a vibrant internal market with huge growth potential. The ECGD recently launched a US$750m line of credit for UK exporters supplying to Petrobras. All this and more will be covered in the EIC Brazil Road Show, which will visit London, Billingham and Aberdeen on January. Clarisse Rocha, Regional Manager for South America will be over from our Rio office for this event aimed at giving members a good overview of the Brazilian market and advice on working with Petrobras. The US market has seen an increase in oil drilling activity, raising hopes that the long-awaited upturn in activity will occur in EIC members will need to engage early to take full advantage of the emerging opportunities. Kenley Clark, Regional Manager for North and Central America, will come to the UK to lead a similar Road Show on February. Please visit the website events calendar (www.the-eic.com) for up-to-date details of both Road Shows. Two trade missions are planned for the first quarter of 2010: Libya (30 January 4 February) and UAE and Oman (13 24 March). At the time of writing, a few places remain available on both missions. Last but by no means least, we have some interesting overseas exhibitions coming up. The World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi on January breaks new ground for the EIC, working in collaboration with the government s UKTI; space at the UK pavilion is now sold out. Taking space at CIPPE (China International Petroleum & Petrochemical Technology and Equipment Exhibition) on March is also a first for the EIC, reflecting the ever-increasing importance of China as an energy market. Australia is also presenting remarkable development in offshore oil and gas, and we are returning to AOG (Australia Oil and Gas) in Perth on March after a few years absence. Having visited Australia myself in 2009 I am impressed by the dynamism and openness of the market. For more details of both trade missions and exhibitions please contact the overseas events team We hope you will take full advantage of these exciting opportunities. Finally on a personal note, I m delighted that the Directors of the EIC have agreed to the postponement of my retirement originally scheduled for March My thanks to them, the EIC staff and the members who have given me so much support. I look forward to working with you all to develop further the services we provide to our valued members. Mike Major Chairman of the Board of the EIC, Mike Rolls, issued the following letter concerning our Chief Executive to the nominated representatives of all members on 27 November 2009 and we re pleased to publish it below: Dear member, You will be aware that Mike Major announced his intention to retire as our Chief Executive at the end of March I am delighted now to tell you that due to a change of personal circumstances Mike has been able to offer to stay on. The Board has unanimously welcomed this offer and Mike will now continue as the CEO going forward. Candidates who applied for this prestigious post are being informed and thanked for their interest in a managed way to avoid disappointment. This is really positive news and I am sure that you will join the Board in giving Mike your continued support and confidence as the EIC continues to move ahead supporting the member companies that it services. With best wishes for the future. Yours sincerely, Michael Rolls Chairman 2

3 UK Oil and Gas Industry Oil and gas industry continues to evolve Statoil EICDataStream Flows Faster! Since the last Monthly News we have completed the latest series of upgrades to EICDataStream, focussing on improving the editor and getting new information to members as quickly as possible. New project data is now published within 20 minutes of approval. All information submitted by our global team is checked via a peer-review process. Each altered project is dynamically displayed to a reviewer who can review, approve and publish a project update with just a couple of mouse-clicks. Bob Gear, EICDataStream s architect and lead developer said: This was a great part of the project to work on. We are really seeing the benefit of all the upgrades to our systems since last year. The latest version of the editor runs on its own dedicated server and uses Microsoft s SQL Server replication technology, a well proven standard, to give EIC members excellent and stable performance. Visit: Worth billions to the UK economy, oil and gas is a dynamic and innovative industry driven in the main by technological advances. But, like any industry, its future relies on the attraction and retention of new recruits and ensuring its workforce is fully trained and deemed competent at the highest global standard. A unique employer and trade union led organisation, the OPITO The Oil & Gas Academy is leading the charge on the industry s behalf by providing an independent focal point for the identification and fulfilment of industry needs around skills, learning and workforce development. This is achieved through a partnership approach which involves working with education and academia to secure the feedstock of new recruits to sustain the industry going forward. We also work closely with learning and training providers to develop the world-class learning supply needed to support a worldclass business and a wide range of stakeholders including professional bodies, Government and its agencies, trade bodies as well as enterprise agencies and local authorities on issues of shared concern. Through a number of UK-wide grassroots and executive level initiatives the industry and its Academy are working to maintain the position of oil and gas as an attractive and thriving sector which offers opportunities to people of all ages and from all walks of life. But along with balancing the need for new blood is the duty of ensuring existing competency in safety critical areas. Working closely with the Step Change safety team, the Academy led the creation of the Minimum Industry Safety Training (MIST) programme for the UK s 30,000 existing offshore workforce and those entering the industry for the first time. Until its introduction, basic safety training was carried out to different depths of understanding and across varying safety elements, creating a lack of consistency across the industry. MIST covers nine basic safety elements that all offshore workers are liable to be exposed to during their working life. These cover an introduction to the hazardous offshore environment, safety observation systems, risk assessment, permit to work, platform integrity, manual handling, working at height, mechanical lifting and control of hazardous substances. The introduction of the MIST initiative is a clear signal of the ongoing importance the industry places on the health, safety and wellbeing of its workforce. Adopting common standards and engaging the essential support to apply them uniformly across industry is a challenge, but there is a real prize out there as training people consistently will bring significant safety improvements. A key focus for the industry has been opening up the access routes in. Working with Oil & Gas UK and the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS), the Academy has developed an online gateway to professional development for supply chain practitioners. This gateway offers a structured pathway with multiple entry points which align with NVQ levels. Providing a crucial stepping stone within supply chain management, it caters not only for those looking to enter the industry but also for the development needs of existing workers wishing to embark on a professional development route. A flexible, module-led approach, the programme offers learners the opportunity to become full corporate members of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, the attainment of which opens up significant cross-industry opportunities. Far from being an industry with a limited lifespan, oil and gas continues to evolve, adapt and indeed lead the way in terms of developing technologies and techniques. With decommissioning and the rise of renewables generating untold opportunities for companies across the supply chain, there has never been a better time to be involved in oil and gas. The Academy is now working with industry representatives to build on lessons learned. It continues to work with industry leadership to identify ongoing safety critical and workforce issues. Liz Davis-Smith Regional Manager Skills & Learning Development OPITO The Oil and Gas Academy 3

4 Trade Missions to Brazil and Australia Trade Mission to Brazil Report 30 November 4 December 2009 Rio/Macaé The recent trade mission to Brazil, sponsored by Clyde & Co and TAM Airlines, was an outstanding success. The delegation, consisting of UK manufacturers and service providers all seeking new business opportunities in the oil and gas sector participated in an in-country briefing, networking reception and numerous high level meetings. Brazil is of increasing importance to many supply chain companies as a market with continuing strong growth despite the world economic downturn, and amongst the most attractive emerging markets. The five-year investment plan announced by Petrobras in January 2009, representing an impressive 55% increase over the previous plan, was very big news indeed and has certainly captured the attention of UK companies. If the estimated size of the pre-salt discoveries are correct, Brazil would be in the top league of oil and gas producers. Having developed some of the world s leading recovery technologies in the deep waters of the North Sea, UK companies are well placed to work together with Petrobras and the many other players in the Brazilian market to address and overcome the very considerable challenges involved in subsea exploration. The delegation included representatives from Darchem Thermal Protection, Koso Kent Introl Ltd, Severn Glocon Ltd, Shipham Valves, Survival-One Limited, Weir Valves & Controls (UK) Ltd and Wood Group Commissioning Services. Trade Mission to Australia Report November 2009 Darwin/Perth The EIC supported by the British Consulate in Perth, the Northern Territory Government of Australia and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia recently organised and managed a trade mission to Darwin and Perth focused on the opportunities available for UK companies in the Australian oil and gas market. Over the week long mission the 18 delegates attended briefings and visited local key players including Ipex, Eni Australia, Wood Group and the Land Development Corporation in Darwin and Chevron Pty Ltd, Clough Limited, Worley Parsons Services Pty, Ausclad and Technip Oceania Pty Limited. Site visits included a tour of the Darwin LNG facility hosted by ConocoPhillips and a tour of the Australian Marine Complex in Perth. The itinerary also included two networking receptions sponsored by UKTI and ANZ bank. Robert Beckett for Sulzer Pumps commented on the mission: The EIC provided a well organised program of presentations and visits with some of the key companies in the industry and the supporting government organisations to showcase our products. The mission was received by Petrobras, UTC Engenharia, Halliburton Brasil and Shell amongst others, and also made a visit to Macaé, Brazil s oil town and the main supply base for the Campos Basin. There are many examples of enduring partnerships between the UK and Brazil, due to the commitment, integrity and quality of British products and services. All of the companies who attended the mission have a common firm conviction that they can contribute towards the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of Brazil s oil and gas operations in the near future. The EIC are managing the UK National Pavilion at Rio Oil & Gas For more information please contact the Overseas Events department on: Laura Tavernor, Overseas Events Manager Contact: The EIC believes that this market is a key growth area for some of our membership therefore we have recently undertaken to manage a UK Pavilion at the Australasian Oil & Gas Show (AOG) which takes place on March 2010 in Perth. For further information on this or any other overseas event please contact our Overseas Events department on +44 (0) or For further information on the Australian market please feel free to contact our Singapore office: Tel Susan Brown, Overseas Events Manager Contact: 4

5 New EIC Members New EIC Members New Global Member Bentley Systems Stafford Court 145 Washway Road Sale Cheshire M33 7PE Tel Fax Web The Nominated Representative is Ms Lisa Maynor, Global Marketing Manager. Bentley is the global leader dedicated to providing architects, engineers, constructors and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure. New Global Member Emerson Process Management Valve Automation 3 Furze Court Wickham Road Fareham Hants PO16 7SH Tel Fax Web www2.emersonprocess.com/en-us/divisions/ valveautomation/pages/home The Nominated Representative is Mr Darren Sheppard, Key Account Director. Valve Automation, Inc. within Emerson Process Management is a division that consolidates the company s vast array of valve automation products and services. The division brings together well-known industry leaders Bettis Actuators and Controls, El-O- Matic International, FieldQ, Hytork International, Shafer Valve Operating Systems, and Dantorque. With its comprehensive product scope, Valve Automation is a world leader in pneumatic, hydraulic, electric, and gashydraulic valve automation products and services. The division s focus is on providing valve automation products and services to complement Emerson s extensive capabilities in automation solutions for the process industries. New Primary Member Kirby Group Engineering (UK) Ltd Castle Court 41 London Road Reigate RH2 9RJ Tel Fax Web The Nominated Representative is Mr Mark Flanagan, Director. Kirby Group Engineering is one of the largest engineering services providers in Ireland offering mechanical, electrical, MV/LV, instrumentation, voice/data structured cabling and facilities maintenance services with over 630 people and a turnover of 90m from offices in Dublin, Limerick, Cork, Galway and London. New Primary Member Powertherm Contracts Insulation Ltd Unit C Crown Works Rotherham Road Beighton Sheffield S20 1AH Tel Fax Web The Nominated Representative is Ms Bekki Naylor, Sales Administrator. Powertherm has been established for over 20 years and specialises in providing insulation related services to the following industries: power generation plants (coal, gas, biomass, waste and oil fired units), petrochemical, cement, food processing, brewing, mining and construction. As well as thermal and acoustic insulation services they also provide bespoke flexible insulation products, electric trace heating, scaffolding and refractory lining services. Quality and expertise are key factors in their continuing success and they operate a registered quality management system to ISO Powertherm is also a member of the Thermal Insulation Contractors Association (TICA). New Global Member SAIC Ltd Millennium House, Campus 1 Aberdeen Science & Tech Park Balgownie Road Bridge of Don Aberdeen AB22 8GT Tel Fax Web The Nominated Representative is Mr Gordon Steven, Senior Bid Manager. SAIC is a leading FORTUNE 500 scientific, engineering and technology company with 2009 revenues of $10.1 billion. They specialise in systems integration and technology projects for energy companies and bring deep domain knowledge, strong project management, technical capability and business skills across the complete hydrocarbon chain, asset management, Smart Grid technology and cyber security. Using UK, US and offshore centres, SAIC can also provide an exceptional value proposition for support and maintenance of IT systems that deliver the economic benefits of offshore delivery, the consistency of CMMi and ITIL processes, and outcome based services tailored to customers specific requirements. 5

6 EIC Members News Members News a1-cbiss has announced that their CBISS Data Acquisition Software package has achieved MCERTS accreditation to the Environment Agencies data logging standard. Although not the first software package to achieve this standard, CDAS is the first to achieve the accreditation for section c1, the emissions monitoring component of the standard relating to acquisition, processing and storage of CEMS data. In anticipation of environmental enforcement and the MCERTS scheme broadening its cover, a1-cbiss believes it will be a requirement of the EA that software providers for CEMS installations provide fully compliant software for all parts: a, b, c1 and c2. The CDAS key features and benefits are: longest established software solution in the industry; can be tailored to individual customer reporting requirements; the easiest, automated solution for QAL 3 of EN14181 in conjunction with WID and LCPD Directives; dual redundancy functionality; remote access enabled; future proof solution. a1-cbiss can upgrade or install software on any third party systems, and have many reference sites available on request. Contact: Tel +44 (0) Fax +44 (0) Web A significant global resources company has recently replaced their existing turbine flow meter with ABLE Instruments & Controls new portable ultrasonic gas flow meter to ensure reliability and accurate measurement. The original turbine flow meter, with its history of failure, has been unavailable for long periods of time as total platform shutdown is required to replace or repair the meter. The client needed to find an alternative accurate and reliable measurement technique which they could utilise with the minimum amount of change or disruption to process. The flow meter is required to measure fuel gas usage for EU emissions trading and reporting. Accuracy of the metered fuel usage is most important to ensure correct financial payments are made. With the turbine meter being unavailable for long periods, estimated figures could have resulted in errors in the gas usage and subsequent payments. ABLE Instruments has been involved with the client s asset for many years and has successfully trialled and installed various flow and level instrumentation. With ABLE s background in measurement solutions, it s engineers were asked to trial a suitable replacement flow meter offshore at the beginning of The trial utilised ABLE s portable clamp-on gas meter with its unique and stable Widebeam technology for extremely high precision and reliability, with very low maintenance. The flow meter is suitable for pipe diameters between 25mm to 1.52m with a minimum line pressure of 7-10 bar. The portable clamp-on gas meter was ideal for the job, since alternative types of flow meters required expensive modifications to pipe work configuration. This was not practical as total platform shutdown is required to accommodate any pipe work changes. ABLE s clamp-on gas flow meter is a non-intrusive instrument which can be installed, serviced and maintained without the need for pipe alterations and plant shutdown. For further information on ABLE s clamp-on gas flow meter, please contact Leigh Evans: Tel ExxonMobil has decided to extend the maintenance and modification contract with Aker Solutions, releasing a new option on an existing agreement. Work under the new option will last until December Aker Solutions estimates the contract value to be approximately NOK million. The original maintenance and modification contract with ExxonMobil was signed in December The contract had a duration of three years, and included seven options of two years each. This is the fifth option that ExxonMobil has exercised under this contract. Aker Solutions has carried out several large modifications for ExxonMobil over the last decade, including services on the production vessels Balder and Jotun A, as well as the platforms Jotun B and Ringhorne. We are proud that ExxonMobil again has shown their trust in our services. This enables us to continue executing EPCI projects and providing support to all of ExxonMobil s offshore assets in the Norwegian North Sea. We are now heading into very interesting phases, including preparation for the 2010 shutdown and the field life extension plans for Balder, said Stian Vemmestad, President of Maintenance, Modifications and Operations at Aker Solutions. Aker Solutions scope of work for ExxonMobil typically involves engineering design studies, engineering, procurement, construction and installation contracts as well as support to the client s offshore organisation. Work under the contract is ongoing. This fifth option phase started on 18 December 2009 and will last until 17 December To submit articles to the Members News section, please send no more than 400 words, and a good quality photograph (preferably 300 dpi) to or Copy deadline is the first of the month for the following month ie by 1 February for the March issue. 6

7 EIC Members News Alco Valves, with over thirty years of experience and excellence in valve manufacturing, has now secured a major contract for the Holford Gas Storage Project. The project is for the supply of double block and bleed valves which range from 1/2 to 2 in size up to class 1500lbs for a natural gas application. The supply includes: monoflanges double block and bleed valves; osy needle, needle, needle configuration: trunnion double block and bleed valves; ball, needle, ball configuration. This project extends the Alco Valves Group reputation for supply of quality products from a UK manufacturer. The ability to manage this contract is the combination of an experienced project team, the latest in house design technology and internal machining facilities. This allows for client specific solutions matched with a flexibility to meet any application or market demand. The Alco Valves Group is approved by the Utilities Vendor Database (UVDB) and is also registered with 1st Point Assessment (FPAL) working under ISO Following this recent project success Alco Valves has now introduced a range of double block and bleed valves up to 12 in size, which are available in a range of materials and up to class 2,500lbs. This range is also available as a soft seated or metal seated design. Tel Web Bridon, the world leading manufacturers of specialist wire and rope solutions, has announced the appointment of Jonathan Templeman to the role of CEO. Based out of Bridon s headquarters in Doncaster, Jonathan s key role will be to develop a strong vision and strategy that will provide a development framework for Bridon over the next five years. He will also be responsible for reinforcing Bridon s brand, whilst strengthening the company s position worldwide. Jonathan was previously CEO with ESAB Global, one of the world s leading manufacturers of welding wires and equipment. During this time, Jonathan and his team took the company into new markets and helped treble profitability through the introduction of new products and services, lean initiatives, improved supply chain management and a new approach to people in the business. Talking about his appointment Jonathan said: I am delighted at this opportunity to build on the strength and reputation of such a strong brand like Bridon. With a heavy presence in the oil and gas, mining, construction and structural markets, I look forward to expanding the business into new markets and new product areas across these industries, taking our customer service to the next level. Bridon has remained resilient during the recession and is now well placed to benefit from recovery in some of our end-user markets. As a result we plan to expand our sales force, especially for the emerging markets, and strengthen our technical and customer service teams to position the organisation in good stead for future growth. Steve Brimble, Managing Director of Bridon said: We are very pleased to welcome Jonathan into Bridon at an exciting time for the company. With plans to review our current product portfolio and develop a customer led technology roadmap, we believe Jonathan will add value and guide us in our market and product development efforts with his extensive global experience. Bridon, which was originally formed in 1924 from an amalgamation of wire rope producers, was acquired by Melrose Plc, a specialist manufacturing investor, in CapRock Communications, a leading provider of global communications to remote environments, has announced a long-term agreement with Statoil to provide satellite communications to a new drillship. Statoil will use the services to support its onboard crew for the duration of its drilling campaign in the Gulf of Mexico. While operating in some of the deepest waters hundreds of miles offshore, a reliable communications solution is critical to maintaining peak performance conditions as well as connectivity with those back onshore. CapRock s fully managed VSAT solution complete with network design, equipment and installation and 24/7 network monitoring and management will enable Statoil s onboard personnel to experience voice and data communications similar to the corporate office. Crew members will be able to share data with onshore experts enabling them to collaborate and make real-time decisions necessary for operations to continue running smoothly. And with CapRock backhauling the communications traffic to some of the client s shore-based locations, Statoil experts will be able to remotely manage some of the offshore operations from their desks which will considerably lower travel costs a benefit every company can appreciate. Statoil demonstrates a level of excellence in its drilling operations and we are honoured to have been selected to meet that same level of excellence with our communication services, said CapRock Vice President and Managing Director, EMEA, Eduardo Correa. This award is testament to CapRock s proven track record of reliability and quality of service, and we look forward to further broadening our relationship with Statoil. Coates Offshore, global equipment rental specialists to the energy industry, has appointed a new management team to deliver a new strategic vision to be recognised as the provider of choice for equipment rental solutions to the global energy industry. The Aberdeen based company is one of the largest hirers of specialist offshore compressors and steam generators to the North Sea market. 7

8 EIC Members News Kieran White has been appointed Executive Director for Coates Offshore and is responsible, along with his new management team, for ensuring growth plans are met. Kieran, originating from New Zealand, previously held the position of General Manager Sales and Marketing for the Coates Group based at their head office in Sydney, Australia. No stranger to Aberdeen, Kieran also headed up the Aberdeen business between 1999 and 2004 when Coates Australia purchased Rentair Plc. Since arriving back in Aberdeen in May 2009, to develop the new strategy and drive forward the ambitious plans, Kieran has made a number of key strategic appointments. Ian Cass has joined as Sales and Marketing Director; with a strong background in compressed air, spanning over twenty years, his focus is on developing and maintaining key business relationships. Alistair Smith, who has been appointed Finance and Commercial Director, has had a solid career in the energy sector holding key positions with major service companies locally and internationally. Alan Leslie was a member of the existing management team and is now stepping into a new role as Asset Director. Kieran White, Executive Director, commented: We want to be recognised as one of the key players in the global energy industry who are proactively adding and creating value for our customers. With our bespoke range of offshore products, supported by one of the industry s best offshore engineering team we have ambitious plans for expansion, building on the strong foundation of our business to achieve a significant global footprint. We have undergone a number of changes internally over the last few months but our investment in new appointments, new premises and new systems, whilst identifying global opportunities are helping us drive forward our new strategic vision. To support their future strategy, Coates Offshore has relocated into a new purpose built global hub in Dyce s Kirkhill Commercial Park in Aberdeen accommodating over 50 staff as well as an extensive workshop and yard facility to service operations in the North Sea and globally. For more information about Coates Offshore visit: Dunlop Oil & Marine has recently secured a major order to supply hoses for the Abu Dhabi Crude Oil Pipeline (ADCOP) project in the United Arab Emirates. This pipeline will run from Abu Dhabi overland to Fujairah, on the Emirates eastern coast. It is being constructed in order to reduce reliance on Gulf oil terminals and to ease congestion in the Strait of Hormuz, one of the world s busiest shipping lanes. When complete, the pipeline will transport 1.5 million barrels of oil per day over a distance of 370km. Dunlop is supplying the oil offloading hoses for the project to their client Bluewater, who are installing three single point mooring buoys for tanker loading in deepwater offshore Fujairah. The hoses are used to transfer oil between the storage buoys and the tankers. The contract is one of the biggest undertaken by Dunlop and marks a significant step in the company s strategic aims to maintain its position as the world s leading supplier of offshore hose. Each of the three Bluewater designed single point moorings will be equipped with two 24 internal diameter floating hose lines. These lines are 320 metres long and the hoses are of Dunlop s world beating double carcass design. This unique hose system protects the environment from oil spillage which can occur if hoses are damaged in service. Dunlop Oil & Marine was the first hose manufacturer to introduce this design to the market and it has been successfully operated around the world. For the ADCOP project more than 220 lengths of hose will be manufactured and shipped to the Middle East. It is expected that the single point moorings and hoses will be installed ready for commissioning in the summer of Uncovering the causes of power asset failures can avoid the cost of future incidents, according to a new podcast on: The online film explains how investigations and forensic techniques by EA Technology Analytical Limited can identify the reasons for electrical asset failures, which cost the industry millions of pounds each year. Assets fail for many reasons, from design and manufacturing faults, to environmental conditions, said EA Technology Analytical MD Anne McIntosh. Our job is to inform owners why assets have failed, so they can take steps to prevent future failures, making their network safer and more reliable. We also provide scientific evidence if the causes of failure are in dispute. Investigating failures and acting on the results is less costly than suffering repeated incidents, where the causes remain unknown. The podcast takes viewers through the process of failure investigations. First, physical evidence is gathered as soon as possible at the scene of a failure, plus documentary evidence including plans, diagrams, specifications and maintenance records. Failed assets are then shipped to EA Technology Analytical s laboratories at Capenhurst, where they are visually inspected and photographed. Next follows a range of non-invasive investigation techniques, which may include x-ray photography, electrical testing or thermal imaging. Following non-invasive analysis, the asset can be dismantled and samples prepared for optical microscopy and powerful electron microscopy, to examine failures in increasing detail. The asset owner is presented with a report which summarises the evidence, identifies the causes of the failure and provides recommendations for preventative action. Ms McIntosh added: A single failure can often be the result of multiple causes, such as poor maintenance and operational conditions, as well as component defects. Our role is to provide the fullest picture of what led to each incident. The techniques we use are equally applicable to all types of assets, right across the voltage and asset range, and our service is available worldwide. 8

9 EIC Members News Fabricom GDF SUEZ UK, a subsidiary of the global energy group GDF SUEZ has recently restructured their unique maintenance services by forming a new division called Fabricom Specialist Services. Fabricom GDF SUEZ UK operates from five locations in the UK; Immingham, Chester, Teesside, Newcastle and Aberdeen and is one of the leading multi-disciplined engineering, project management and construction organisations, providing professional services to the oil, gas and power industries. Fabricom GDF SUEZ UK capabilities include FEED, design engineering, project management, construction, installation and maintenance. The new Fabricom Specialist Services division will enhance the services that they provide not only to the oil, gas and power industries, but also to all market sectors nationally. These capabilities include; heat exchanger build and refurbishment, leak repairs, valve repairs/testing, mechanical engineering, electrical and instrumentation, site machining and high purity pipework. The benefit to Fabricom Specialist Services clients, new and existing is the availability of all four services from one division that had previously operated separately. Derek Qualyle, who is the Business Operations Director for Fabricom Specialist Services, said: This is an exciting time for our newly formed division, the strength of our joint expertise will be the driving force to expand our existing business, we are building on the success of our well established services with the added benefit to clients of being able to obtain all four services through one division. Fabricom Specialist Services will be able to deliver a more cost effective and efficient business for all concerned. From Immingham, Fabricom Specialist Services provide on-site specialised mechanical services to power generators, petrochemical, refining, utility providers and 24 hour continuous process industries. Fabricom Specialist Services has recently invested in state of the art online valve safety equipment, called Teson. This Trevi testing equipment provides a cost effective safe and controlled way of testing valves, on-line and in situ. Fabricom Specialist Services also has its own technicians trained in the use of this specialist equipment; which provides a unique opportunity to its clients. Their own technicians are multi-skilled and it is possible for them to provide other associated services as part of the same maintenance project. From Chester, Fabricom Specialist Services operates their Heat Exchangers division; this long established business, formerly known as Janus Neill Engineering, has built an enviable reputation for the refurbishment and supply of shell and tube heat exchangers to Blue Chip companies in the UK. Specialist safety systems integrator Hima-Sella has just completed the first UK installation of HIMax at a major UK refinery. In 2008, engineers from the UK refinery travelled to Germany for a global engineering conference then visited the HIMA factory where HIMax was initially designed and developed. Having seen a demonstration of the new HIMax technology, Hima-Sella was awarded a 130,000 contract in November 2008 to design and commission a SIL rated fire and gas detection system, complete with field devices and incorporating the HIMax programmable electronic system (PES). Based on HIMA s XMR technology, the new HIMax offers non stop operation and unprecedented levels of redundancy and fault tolerance, without restriction and achieving safety integrity level 3 (SIL 3). It s a highly scalable system with features and tools that make it much easier to use than many systems currently available and it complements HIMA s safety controllers, HIQuad and HIMatrix. Andy Tonge, Sales Manager at Hima-Sella explained: Compared to a standard platform HIMax redefines what you can expect from a safety system. It s intuitive, more efficient and with its guarantee of uninterrupted system operation during the life of a processing plant facility, offers significant potential for improving productivity and profits. All safety-critical applications in the process industry can be implemented with HIMax including emergency shutdown systems (ESD), burner management systems (BMS), fire & gas systems (F&G), turbo machinery control (TMC), or pipeline automation. Having flexible system architecture, various rack sizes, different assembly and wiring concepts, centralised and distributed installations, HIMax can be adapted for virtually any application requirement. Its flexibility allows for integration into any distributed control system (DCS) and by using open-standard protocols guaranteed by HIMA, enables customers to choose the best DCS for their plant. Tonge added: Now that this first system has been successfully commissioned, we re exploring options for specifying HIMax for other industrial applications in the UK, including North Sea applications for the replacement of obsolete and legacy systems, where HIMax is the ideal solution. Intertec has a proprietary manufacturing technology that allows it to create application-specific fire protection cabinets, to protect the operation of emergency shutdown equipment in refineries, chemical plants and other vulnerable areas. Valve actuators are one of the most common applications for such protection cabinets. In the event of fire, emergency shutdown valves and their actuators must remain operational typically for at least 15 minutes after a fire s outbreak. Sometimes, protection times up to one or two hours may be specified, depending on the application and country. Intertec has developed and tested a protective housing that satisfies such stringent specifications. The design employs the same manufacturing principles as the company s standard enclosures for housing and protecting field-based instrumentation in harsh climates. 9

10 EIC Members News Intertec s fire protection cabinets are made from two outer layers of high-quality glass fibre reinforced polyester (GRP), enclosing a thick inner layer of mineral wool. The GRP material used in the process is naturally fire retardant (with so-called self extinguishing properties that limit flame spread). By employing a sandwich construction technique, fire resistances of up to 120 minutes can be achieved with ease. (Other materials can also be used for the inner core, to meet different protection requirements). GRP has another major advantage for oil and gas applications. It is very stable and highly resistant to corrosion from the media typically found in such applications, making it very attractive compared with steel, or stainless steel-based cabinets. The company s proprietary construction process allows it to fabricate the GRP material into complex enclosure shapes to suit the particular valve actuators or other equipment such as critical monitoring instrumentation that needs to remain operational. One recent application example of this technology was provided for Emerson Process Management the field instrumentation vendor selected for the new hydrocracking complex at the Kirishi refinery near St Petersburg. For this project, Intertec supplied over 100 fire protection cabinets to provide critical valve actuators with a minimum of 30 minutes of protection against fire. Emerson chose Intertec because no off-the-shelf solution existed for this application, and because of previous experience with the vendor. To validate performance before this particular installation, the independent Russian institution Pozhaudit tested an example cabinet. The test demonstrated that the internal temperature did not rise above 60 o C for at least 30 minutes when subjected to an oil based fire with a temperature of around 1000 o C. Intertec also has a long list of other application references in this field, as well as numerous documented tests, including results of its own testing, and testing to related standards including the demanding F30 to F120 fire resistance specifications of EN (fire classification of construction products and building elements) and UL94V-0 flammability ratings. A datasheet on Intertec s Fire Shelter technology is available at: An EN classification report of the F120 testing is available on request. A novel new half inch (12.7mm) bore instrumentation needle valve gives plant engineers the means to improve reliability, and save both money and space, in process and instrumentation applications involving viscous and contaminated media. Today, such applications are often implemented using much larger and more expensive piping valves. Parker s novel new half inch bore needle valve is available as a discrete hand valve, or integrated into a monoflange-style manifold for safe double-block-and-bleed connection of instruments to process lines. Parker Hannifin 10

11 EIC Members News Believed to be the first of its type on the market, the half inch needle valve has been developed by the instrumentation products division of Parker Hannifin the global leader in motion and control technologies. Parker s new H-series needle valve is available in two forms: as either a discrete hand valve for controlling media flow, or integrated into a monoflange-style manifold for the safe double-block-and-bleed connection of instruments to process lines. The large flow path of the half inch H-series needle valve makes it much less prone to blockages or related problems when dealing with viscous and contaminated media. Such issues can lead to measurement errors, necessitating costly maintenance or even process shutdown while problems are fixed. The new valve also offers a metal to metal seal. This provides a bubbletight shut-off mechanism and operation over a very wide temperature range of -55 to +538 o C in its standard stainless steel form. The H-series valve has a bore size of 1/2 inch/12.7mm, with a Cv value of 2.6. In its standard form the valve is fabricated from 316 stainless steel, and is rated for operation at pressures up to 6,000PSIG (414barg). The metal to metal sealing of the new valve also meets the firesafe requirements of ISO (the international equivalent to the API 607 and BS6755 Part 2 standards). The valve design can help process engineers achieve new levels of compactness and performance in a wide range of process and instrumentation applications involving difficult media. These applications include level measurement in refineries, chemical injection, gas lines that are prone to hydrate formation, and process lines carrying dangerous gases. The monoflange variant in particular extends application potential, as these space-saving manifolds are often favoured in sensitive applications such as skids for oil and gas platforms. By extending the bore size of monoflange needle valves to half an inch, engineers can now employ monoflange formfactor manifolds on skids handling liquid or gas media that are prone to hydrate deposition saving considerable weight and size compared with conventional doubleblock-and-bleed manifolds. PNS aims to provide a whole range of services to the LNG industry in order to achieve the maximum efficiency for a project from initial design, construction, precommissioning and start up. This was highlighted recently on the Dragon LNG project where PNS were involved at all stages of the project. PNS engineers created a testing philosophy for the fully welded construction and then continued to create the test packs for both pneumatic and hydrostatic testing. The decision was taken early on in the project to bridge the gap between construction and pre-commissioning and use the pneumatic testing activities as an opportunity to carry out line blowing and initial drying. Camera inspection was also used widely during construction to ensure that no debris was left within the pipe work. During the construction and testing phase PNS also supplied a complete flange management system to control both the construction and testing preparation/ re-instatement, by combining the testing and bolting activities PNS was further able to improve efficiency and safety. PNS also managed a complete blind/spade register to ensure that no components were fitted or left in the wrong positions prior to start up. PNS carried out over 500 pressure tests during the project both safely and efficiently with no single test lasting over 6 hours from start to finish. This greatly reduced the disruption to the workforce and progress of the project. The two 160,000 M3 LNG tanks also required both pressure and vacuum testing, the tanks were fitted with probes to monitor the following parameters: tank pressure; tank dew point; inlet flow rate; inlet flow dew point and inlet flow temperature. A data logging system recorded throughout the testing operation, once the pressure test was complete each PSV was function tested and the data recorded so corresponding graphs could be printed. The tanks were then dried using dry air at -80 o C dew point to an acceptable limit of -20 o C dew point. Pre drying the tanks in this way saved time and also nitrogen costs during the pre-commissioning phase. On completion of the construction all cryogenic pipe work needed to be dried to a dew point of below -40 o C. In order to achieve this drying packs were produced to split the plant in to manageable systems and identify injection/ venting/sample points. The systems were dried using dry air at -80 o C dew point, all valves within the system had the cavities and seats dried to prevent any moisture remaining as this could cause problems during the start up phase. Once all reinstatement was completed after the drying operation the whole plant was Helium leak tested, again test packs were formulated to ensure that all systems were tested to 95% of the relief valve set pressure. The threshold for acceptable leaks was set at 40scf/yr, any leak found above this limit were repaired by the PNS bolt technicians and retested until the whole system was deemed to be leak tight. During the leak testing all tight shut off valves and PSV s were tested ultrasonically to ensure that they were not passing, any valves that failed the test were removed and repaired. The final phase was the Nitrogen pre cool down of the LNG unloading pipe work, this 3km section which circulates LNG from the tanks to the jetty and back needed to be cooled to -120 o C prior to the unloading of the first LNG cargo. This operation needs to be carried out in a very controlled manner and the rate of cool down must not exceed 5 o C/hr with the top/bottom pipe temperatures maintaining a T below 30 o C. PNS installed a wireless monitoring system which enabled the top/bottom temperatures to be monitored every 100 metres and information displayed and data logged in the main control room, the system also displayed the Nitrogen injection rates and temperatures. The PNS cool down system is designed to inject cold gas at temperatures down to -180 o C. Monitoring probes are installed which limit the injection temperature above the pipe work design limits, ESDV valves are closed to stop the Nitrogen injection should this limit be reached. 11

12 EIC Members News In order to achieve the required temperature approximately 700 tonnes of Nitrogen were injected at three locations over a 50 hour period, no problems were encountered and the first LNG was introduced into the plant 6 hours after the cool down was completed. The first cargo was unloaded and the ship departed in 5 days. During the start up of the terminal no leaks and no problems were found with sticking valves etc. Once the performance trials were completed the strainers were removed from the BOG compressors and the gas sent out, no debris was found in these. This project was completed safely and efficiently with the result being a text book start up of the terminal. PNS has successfully completed testing/commissioning work on LNG plants globally and so far has tested and commissioned 7 tanks and carried out 2 pre cool downs. This article was originally reproduced in the November News, but with errors. The EIC is happy to re-publish with the correct figures. RBG Ltd, the international provider of fabric maintenance, construction support and related services to the oil, gas and petrochemical industries, has been awarded a multi million pound fabric maintenance contract by Petrofac Offshore Engineering & Operations (OE&O). The contract, to provide fabric maintenance services for all Petrofac UKCS Duty Holder assets plus offshore construction projects, is worth approximately 8m per annum and was won following a competitive market tender. The three year contract, with two one year options, commenced on 6 November 2009 and is being managed via RBG s Aberdeen and Great Yarmouth operations. Gordon Smith, VP, Commercial & Legal, OE&O commented: The award of this contract represents a new approach by our Offshore Engineering & Operations business unit in its relationships with key supply chain providers. We are working with one supplier on this contract where we previously used several on a call-off basis. Our objective is that this consolidation will lead to increased efficiencies for Petrofac and to deliver even greater value for our customers. This contract enables RBG to provide Petrofac with a broad range of fabric maintenance and support services, including specialist cleaning, inspection and construction support services. Dave Workman, RBG s recently appointed CEO, commented: RBG is delighted to receive this important contract award from Petrofac. We are committed to building the unique partnership that Petrofac seeks such that our combined capability will be wholly focused on delivering the best possible performance outcome for Petrofac and its customers. RBG Limited is a leading UK and international provider of construction support, fabric maintenance and related services. Headquartered in Aberdeen, UK, they operate in the UK and internationally and employ over 5000 people. Facilities and offices are located in principal areas of energy exploration and production activity, including Azerbaijan, Italy, Kazakhstan, Qatar, Trinidad & Tobago, the UK and the USA. Visit: R. Stahl provides uninterruptible power supplies for hazardous areas which ensure the safe operation of systems that require 100% availability. The UPS units are assembled from a modular design kit and can be optimally adapted to specific applications. They can be used to safely bridge complete blackouts or malfunctions in the mains power supply, such as frequency fluctuations or overvoltages caused by lightning strikes which can result in plant downtime. Stand-by parallel operation types as well as stand-by turn-off operation models can be implemented as required by application specifications. Explosion protection is ensured by a special feature which is so far unique to the market: an integrated Ex UPS guard monitors the functions of the battery charger and the batteries according to the ATEX directive and according to IEC/EN ff, thus allowing for safe operation. The UPS solutions ensure an autonomous supply to enable ongoing operation of connected systems for a timespan ranging from 30 minutes to several hours. Backup energy units cannot only be used for fixed installations, but also for mobile and portable equipment. The kit s component range includes battery chargers, various explosion-protected rechargeable batteries (lead gel, NiCd, NiMH), charge monitoring technology including alarm annunciators, DC power distributors and inverters for various performance classes up to 3,000VA. Additionally, R. Stahl provides a wide range of explosionprotected enclosures, such as the GUBox series which features Ex e connection chambers. Besides solutions based on standard kit components, R. Stahl also provides modules with user-specific explosion protection types as required. Proper certification is included in supply. Thanks to robust components and protective measures, the systems can be designed to withstand extreme environments such as extreme heat or cold, high humidity and salt-spray atmospheres. If required, the performance and functional range of customer-specific UPS systems can be adjusted at any time, even after installation. R. Stahl provides consultation services throughout all implementation and operation phases, including project planning, delivery and commissioning as well as maintenance. R. Stahl 12

13 EIC Members News Siemens press picture Shipham Valves has successfully completed the fire test qualification of their range of high performance, double offset, nickel aluminium bronze butterfly valves. Valves in 3 and 8 sizes, with secondary Alloy 625 metal seats, were tested in accordance with the standard BS EN ISO 10497: nd Edition (API th Edition) in the presence of fellow EIC member Lloyd s Register with both achieving zero leakage control. These successful fire tests qualify the complete Shipham range of aluminium bronze high performance butterfly valves from 3 (DN80) up to 42 (DN1050) and in both Class 150 and 300 pressure ratings (PN10, PN16, PN25 and PN40). The Shipham firesafe range of high performance butterfly valves are designed in accordance with API 609 Category B, providing bi-directional operation, blow-out proof stem protection, ISO top works pad for gearbox or actuator mounting, internal body stops to prevent disc over-travel, accessible stem packing arrangement for easy maintenance, top and bottom bearings for stem support and a double offset stem/disc design which reduces wear on the seat thereby extending the inservice valve life. The range is available in wafer, wafer lugged and double flanged body designs. The butterfly valve range will continue to be manufactured in the materials synonymous to the Shipham Valve brand including Bronze, Nickel Aluminium Bronze, Monel, Inconel, Hastelloy, Zirconium and Titanium and will be manufactured alongside traditional gate, globe, ball, swing check and dual plate check valve ranges at the works in Hull, UK and will underpin Shipham Valves enviable reputation as market leader in the manufacture of valves in nonferrous and high alloy materials developed for providing solutions for corrosive and severe service applications such as seawater and other aggressive fluids. Siemens Energy has been awarded an order for 70 wind turbines for the Los Vergeles wind farm in Tamaulipas, Mexico. This is the first order received by Siemens for wind turbines in the Latin America region. The purchaser is Grupo Soluciones en Energias Renovables (GSEER), a Mexican wind energy developer. With a total installed rated capacity of more than 160 megawatts, the Los Vergeles wind farm is expected to provide clean power to 200,000 households, making it Mexico s largest wind farm. The order value exceeds US$270 million. The Siemens scope of supply includes delivery, installation and commissioning of the 70 wind turbines with a rated capacity of 2.3MW each. In addition, Siemens will also execute its first 5 year operation and maintenance agreement in the Americas for a wind project. The Latin America wind power market is expected to grow significantly in the years to come and the contract with GSEER marks Siemens entry into this exciting market, said Andreas Nauen, CEO of the Siemens Wind Power Business Unit. It is also the largest order for our new wind turbine to date. With a rotor diameter of 101 metres this turbine is a great fit for optimising return on investment at locations with low wind levels. Wind power is part of Siemens environmental portfolio. In 2009, revenue from products and solutions of Siemens environmental portfolio was EUR23 billion, which is equivalent to more than a quarter of Siemens total revenue, making Siemens the largest provider of environmentally friendly technology. Contact: Siemens Plc Faraday House, Sir William Siemens Square Frimley, Camberley Surrey GU16 8QD Tel

14 EIC Members News Stapleton has announced the appointment of David Ridley FRICS as a consultant to the company to help in the expansion and future development of the business with particular emphasis on London and the international market. David trained as a quantity surveyor at the College of Estate Management, part of the University of London, before joining Faithful and Gould in 1971 where he spent the next 30 years developing the practice into the largest QS practice in the world. In 1996 the practice was sold to WS Atkins where David sat on the Management Board and represented F&G at the Plc board until his retirement in Since this time he has formed a new company, Aspin International, of which he is Chairman and has been a non executive Director of Severfield Rowen Plc, the largest fabricator and erector of structural steelwork in the UK based at Dalton in North Yorkshire. They have been responsible for projects such as the Emirates Stadium, T5 Terminal Heathrow, the Wimbledon sliding roof and the 2012 Olympic Stadium. David has worked with some of Stapleton s Directors in the past and brings a wealth of experience to the company which will be called upon to make sure they maximise the potential of the upturn we are now experiencing around the world. Stingray Geophysical Limited has been contracted by BP to conduct two Life of Field Seismic feasibility studies. The studies will identify the requirements for an integrated approach to LoFS or Permanent Reservoir Monitoring on the Clair and Schiehallion fields, operated by BP in the UK North Sea. The first study will focus on the challenges of installing LoFS solutions on the Clair field. The second study will evaluate the impediments and risks associated with costeffective LoFS solutions for the Schiehallion field on the Atlantic margin. The field is produced through subsea completions and an FPSO, resulting in an obstructed and changing seabed environment which presents new challenges for the installation of PRM systems. Recognising BP s position as an industry leader in the commercial application of Life of Field Seismic, Martin Bett, Stingray s Chief Executive, said: We are delighted to be pooling our collective knowledge and experience with BP to address the issues surrounding cost-effective and successful LoFS projects. Stingray has adopted a full life-cycle approach to reservoir monitoring and has been working on novel installation methods for its Fosar seismic PRM solution for some time. The most effective project approaches will understand the interdependencies and opportunities provided by taking an integrated approach to the supply of equipment and its installation. We look forward to working closely with BP on these studies so that LoFS can make an increasingly important contribution to optimising BP s reservoir management strategies. Please visit: Leading industrial technology specialist Tracerco, part of the Johnson Matthey group, is celebrating the 10 th anniversary of its groundbreaking Profiler TM technology, which has revolutionised separator level measurement and control within the oil, gas and petrochemical industries. Providing unparalleled insight and reliability, widespread acceptance of the technology and advances in the oil and gas industry mean that the Profiler TM is expected to play a significant part in developments for many years to come. Almost 300 Tracerco Profilers TM have now been deployed by major operators in the world s leading oil and gas producing regions. Originally intended for topside operations, the Profiler TM is now used in some of the most challenging and diverse applications including deepwater seabed processing, on floating production units, at onshore refineries in high temperature desalter vessels, in onshore oil sands in Canada and in LNG/gas plants. The Profiler TM is a unique instrument. It measures accurately, in real time and high resolution, the vertical distribution of all phases within multi phase vessels. This information gives operators the means and confidence to realise maximum benefits from their process including optimising throughput, cutting chemical costs, eliminating maintenance and the additional benefit of keeping a clear environmental record. The Profiler s ability to give a clear picture of activity within the separator vessel has led to it being labelled the sat nav of separation. By contrast, conventional separator instruments were designed to give a single point measurement, not a profile. Conventional instrumentation cannot accurately measure sand, emulsion or foam and incorrect levels of these can lead to problems in the outlet and discharge phase, affecting the efficiency of a vessel. The major oil producing companies told us that they wanted to see precisely what was happening inside separator vessels and we responded by designing the greatest advance in separator measurement and control in 50 years. The Profiler TM is the only instrument of its kind. It is the next best thing to having a glass vessel where you can see all of the contents, said Tracerco Managing Director Andy Hurst. But the Profiler TM provides much more than a series of outputs that relate to the various phase elevations, it provides a complete picture of what is happening within a vessel and delivers this using the most reliable, information rich technology available. Designed and built to the highest safety and integrity standards, the Profiler TM has the benefit of being able to accommodate SIL2 trip and shutdown requirements whilst also providing accurate level and interface visualisation. Advances in control systems have allowed remote connectivity, the ability to replay process events and for operators to visualise separation performance and behaviour. We see several growing markets for the Profiler TM in future. One of the big questions yet to be answered by the industry is to what extent separation will take place in 14

15 EIC Members News subsea locations. If multi-phase separation is to develop in this area then nucleonic profiling technology, with no direct contact with the process and no moving parts, is the best available technology. Oil exploration into deeper waters means that heavier, more viscous crudes, are discovered. Equipment like the Profiler TM, which does not come into contact with this process and has no mechanical parts to suffer wear and tear, aligned with its ability to reliably identify all possible phases, is seen by operators as the best way forward and has become the industry standard. The Profiler TM is evolving. From its original starting point, it is now used in a number of different application areas and will continue to be modified to meet the needs of the market, said Mr Hurst. Tracerco employs innovative technologies to measure, characterise and control process systems and diagnose operational problems in all aspects of the oil and gas production supply chain. For further information about Tracerco visit: Trouvay & Cauvin UK has formed a filtration and accessories division to help contractors source and manage speciality items such as strainers, filters, sight glasses, silencers, sample coolers and separators. Many projects require a large number of these speciality items which individually or collectively may not be of large value, said Trouvay & Cauvin s Jon Mason. We can put these into manageable cost effective packages for the client and not only that, provide the vital technical and engineering support. The company can point to several projects where such packages were proposed and successfully adopted. For Costain, on the GDF project, Trouvay and Cauvin, alongside specialist manufacturer CDB, offered an option of alternative strainers that were more economical and better met the practical needs of installation and maintenance at site. Similarly, with Aker Kvaerner on a project for Artenius, Trouvay and Cauvin and partner Sileo, starting almost from a blank sheet of paper, optimised the commercial and operational supply of silencers substantially benefiting the project in many ways Compliance is vital to any supply situation and customers need have no worries in that direction. Trouvay and Cauvin guarantees, through its experienced suppliers like CDB, Sileo and fellow EIC member Elmac, who are particularly strong at providing products that conform to international design standards, that products will meet all requirements. Jon Mason considers the service meets a real need: The packaging of these products definitely reduces the costs of purchasing and because this a specialisation of Trouvay and Cauvin there is no lack of technical support. He added: Of course, clients can also choose to buy these products individually. In which case they can be bought from us or our manufacturers directly. Contact Jon Mason: Tyco Fire & Integrated Solutions, who supply Spector Lumenex voice alarm and public address systems, are to introduce Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) capability to their certified Mentor Digital intercom systems. Tyco has already supplied many hazardous area systems to onshore and offshore oil and gas installations around the world. A typical application of Mentor Digital requires direct dial point-to-point duplex speech, plus all-call or zoned announcements made over the integral loudspeakers, from any field station. The Mentor Digital system utilises a central exchange offering almost limitless expansion and provides advanced features including onboard menus, conference calls, call transfers, error recognition and system diagnostics. These features enhance the integrity of the Mentor System, when used in safety critical applications. It can also interface with public address, PABX and handheld radio systems, as well as providing system status indications to other host systems, which means that the system can be fully integrated with other installation communication systems to give greater flexibility in use. Currently, installations range from refineries to complex plant-wide operational intercom systems, covering onshore gas and process plants and offshore installations such as FPSO s, FSO s, semi-subs and jackups. There are even specialist configurations available which cater for the Drillers Intercom and Mustercom requirements of offshore platforms. By adding IP subscriber cards at the central exchange and connecting field stations to an IP network, using Cat 5 cable, via an IP intercom box, it is now possible to establish a Local Area Network (LAN), with other shared systems. This is a simple way of delivering VoIP functionality. By allowing field stations to be located anywhere on the LAN, operators get a lower cost installation with enhanced accessibility through system operations or fault finding available from anywhere in the world via the internet. Mentor Field Stations can also now be paired with other associated equipment, such as CCTV cameras, to enable them to deliver added functionality over a shared internet resource. Additionally, if there are many inter-related installations, with a need for integrated communications, then each of these local LAN s can be linked together, to form a Wide Area Network (comprised of up to 120 LAN), serving a maximum of 30,000 subscribers. Benefits of using Mentor Digital in the new VoIP format: co-sharing of IP networks; avoid site cable duplication, installation time and therefore cost; simplify post installation maintenance by reducing cable congestion; improve system flexibility by allowing field equipment to be repositioned anywhere on the LAN; increase system integrity field stations are now connected using a bi-directional communications loop, which will tolerate a single break; additional after sales support is now available immediately over the internet; common purpose field devices can be installed to work in concert for example IP intercom stations can be located adjacent to IP CCTV, for access control. The new VoIP Mentor Digital intercom system offers enhanced installation and operational flexibility, whilst retaining the integrity expected from a system designed for use in hazardous area applications. 15

16 EIC UK & Overseas Events UK & Overseas Events Venue 7 Technical Workshop: Carbon Capture & Storage University of Edinburgh 11 HSE Workshop: ATEX BASEEFA, Buxton, Derbyshire 13 EIC Road Show: Oil & Gas Opportunities in Brazil London 14 EIC Road Show: Oil & Gas Opportunities in Brazil Billingham 15 EIC Road Show: Oil & Gas Opportunities in Brazil Aberdeen 19 Sector-Based Forum: Renewables 20 Industry Overview: The Fundamentals of Power E.ON, Ratcliffe, Nottingham 26 Business Presentation: Petroleum and Petrochemical Projects Singapore 28 Industry Overview: The Fundamentals of Renewables Mott MacDonald, Brighton February Sector-Based Forum: Power 4 Technical Workshop: Introduction to a CCGT Station Centrica Energy, Killingholme 8 Technical Workshop: Introduction to Steam & Condensate Systems Spirax Sarco, Cheltenham 16 EIC Road Show: Opportunities in North and Central America London 17 EIC Road Show: Opportunities in North and Central America Billingham 18 EIC Road Show: Opportunities in North and Central America Aberdeen 18 Industry Overview: The Fundamentals of Petrochemicals CMAI Global, London 22 Technical Workshop: The Principles of Electric Motors ATB Laurence Scott, Norwich 23 Sector-Based Forum: E&P/Pipelines 24 Sector-Based Forum: Refining/Petrochemical March Business Presentation: Opportunities in Australia Singapore 2 Technical Workshop: LNG Fundamentals Kongsberg, Aberdeen 3 National Event: EIConnect LNG Emirates Stadium, London 10 Sector-Based Forum: CO2 10 Technical Workshop: Gas Storage Centrica Storage, Easington 16 Sector-Based Forum: Subsea 18 Technical Workshop: Introduction to a Nuclear Power Station British Energy, Dungeness, Kent 23 Management Course: Crisis Management in the Energy Industry Kenyon International, Bracknell 24/25 Management Course: The New Engineering Manager EIC London 29 Industry Overview: The Fundamentals of Oil & Gas ESD, EIC London April Technical Workshop: Diesel Generating Sets Fundamentals Cummins Power Generation, Ramsgate 27 Management Course: Negotiation Skills EIC London 28 Sector-Based Forum: Gas Treatment & Process 29 Technical Workshop: Centrifugal Pump Design & Manufacture Sulzer Pumps, Leeds May Technical Workshop: Wind Turbines Nordex, Scout Moor, Rochdale 10 Technical Workshop: Introduction to Steam Boilers Doosan Babcock, Glasgow 18 Sector-Based Forum: Renewables 18 Technical Workshop: Introduction to Bolting Hydratight, Birmingham 24 Management Course: Why do we need Contracts? Costain, Manchester For further information on UK & Overseas Events please contact: 16

17 EIC Exhibitions & Missions Exhibitions & Missions 2010 Venue January World Future Energy Summit Sold Out Abu Dhabi 30 Jan - 5 Feb Trade Mission to Libya Booking Now Tripoli/Benghazi March Trade Mission to UAE and Oman Booking Now Abu Dhabi/Muscat March CIPPE Booking Now Beijing March Australasian Oil & Gas (AOG) Booking Now Perth 3-6 May Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) Sold Out Houston 7-11 June Trade Mission to India Register your Interest New Delhi/Mumbai 8-10 June Global Petroleum Show & Conference Booking Now Calgary August Offshore Northern Seas (ONS) Booking Now Stavanger September Rio Oil & Gas Booking Now Rio de Janeiro September Trade Mission to Japan and Korea Register your Interest 1-4 November ADIPEC Booking Now Abu Dhabi 30 Nov - 3 Dec Offshore South East Asia (OSEA) Booking Now Singapore March Middle East Oil & Gas Show (MEOS) Register your Interest Bahrain March Gastech Register your Interest Amsterdam For further information on Exhibitions & Missions please contact: 17

18 EIC Southern Region News Southern Region News Office News On behalf of the Southern Region, I would like to wish all our members a very happy and prosperous 2010! I hope you have all enjoyed a fun filled holiday and new year. Event Reports Corporate Entertainment: 32 nd South West Annual Dinner & Dance 4 December 2009 The Park Hotel, Tenby Once again it was lovely to see so many members and guests attend and support the EIC annual dinner and dance at the Park Hotel in Tenby. The evening began with members and guests gathering at the bar for a drink before sitting down to a three course dinner followed by an evening of lively dancing. I would like to offer my thanks to those companies that were kind enough to donate various gifts for the raffle. I do hope that we will have the pleasure of seeing you all again next year. Business Presentation: FPAL Helping every buyer find the perfect supplier 17 November 2009 EIC London FPAL, the direct route to business in the oil and gas industry, aims to find the perfect supplier for every buyer. FPAL works to identify, qualify, evaluate and monitor suppliers on behalf of its purchasing members. Malcolm Wilson, Subscriber Support Manager, FPAL introduced FPAL and its services to the EIC membership. This included advice on how to make a company s supplier record attractive, using performance feedback in order not to lose satisfied customers. He explained FPAL Verify which is a process of evaluating suppliers H&S, E & Competence & Training capabilities and the fact that it verifies that suppliers are actually doing what they say they do. Malcolm took members through the process of accessing the new PILOT Forward Workplan which was originally initiated by the supply chain forum, to address the need to communicate forward opportunities as requested in the supply chain code of practice. He explained that PILOT Forward Workplan contains important information about forthcoming contract opportunities. Lastly he looked at important changes to the laws governing procurement and the impact that they would have on suppliers. Business Presentation: Opportunities in Nigeria 10 November 2009 EIC London Rolake Akinola, Senior Analyst West Africa, Global Risk Analysis, Control Risks spoke about the perceived challenges and developments in Nigeria. She argued that the savvy investor will recognise that the gap between perception and reality is often where opportunity lies, and offered her perspective on navigating business risk in this frontier, yet, nevertheless, promising market of 140 million people. Rolake covered the trends driving investor interest in Nigeria, impact of the global economic climate on the business environment, key political, operational, reputational and security risks and challenges, implications and recommendations for business and the outlook. The presentation was well received by those that attended and some lively and involved discussions took place over a networking lunch. Chrystalla Leontis, Manager, Southern Region Contact: EIC Road Show: Oil & Gas Opportunities in Brazil London Wednesday 13 Billingham Thursday 14 Aberdeen Friday 15 With a US$174bn investment programme over five years, the Brazilian state oil and gas company Petrobras is creating substantial opportunities for UK supply chain companies. Despite a focus on local supply, the potential to export remains huge but it is important to know the rules as they apply to different products and services. Petrobras has published an extensive list of capital goods and services which it is urgently sourcing from overseas. The UK government export credit agency, ECGD, recently opened a US$750m guaranteed bank loan facility for export contracts with Petrobras. In other areas, UK suppliers may find advantage in increasing the local profile of their products or services. With one of South America s most stable and open economies and a vibrant domestic market with huge growth potential, Brazil is an attractive investment destination and reliable local partners are not difficult to find. Leading our team in Rio, Clarisse Rocha has been Regional Manager for South America since June Prior to joining the EIC, Clarisse spent several years working in Petrobras materials/procurement division and is ideally placed to advise the opportunities and challenges of doing business in Brazil. She will be opening this event; other speakers will include representatives from Petrobras (tbc), EIC member companies already doing business in Brazil and ECGD. Following a networking lunch there will be One 2 One opportunities with the speakers, bookable in advance. Please visit the events calendar on the EIC website for details. EIC Newsbriefs Keeping you up to date on energy news from around the world. 18

19 EIC Northern Region News Northern Region News Event Reports Sector-Based Forum: Refining/Petrochemical 25 November 2009 St George Hotel, DTV Airport, Darlington The last Refining/Petrochemical Forum for 2009 began with a presentation from Malin Amundsson from the Business Information department. Malin provided a very detailed update on recent project movements in the sector, along with an overview of the impact of the current economic climate on refining and petrochemicals. Our guest speaker was Andy Teague, UK PE Project Director, SABIC. Andy s presentation entitled Bringing the world s largest LDPE plant to Wilton began with an overview of SABIC as a company, the markets in which it is involved and how its business has progressed over the last two decades. He then provided an explanation about what LDPE is, where it is used and why it was chosen. He concluded the presentation by looking at the plant in Wilton, highlighting the key facts and benefits to the local community. Feedback from the delegates has been very positive with a view that this is one of the best speakers we have had at this forum and I would like to extend my thanks to Andy for making the event such a success. Any ideas for future forums are always greatly appreciated and should be sent to: Sector-Based Forum: CO2 18 November 2009 Tyco Valves & Controls Distribution, Market Harborough This CO2 Forum was very kindly hosted by Tyco Valves & Controls Distribution at their premises in Market Harborough. We were welcomed to the venue by Stuart Medford, the MD at Tyco and Diane Parks who provided housekeeping and health and safety information. In the absence of the Chair, Paul Main from the EIC Business Information department ensured the forum ran smoothly. Paul also delivered a detailed presentation covering recent news in the sector, an update on key projects and some facts and figures about Carbon Capture and Storage. The keynote speaker for the forum was Jon Periselneris from E.ON. Jon is a Project Engineer and has been involved in CCS for about 5 years, being Lead Project Engineer on the Killingholme IGCC and Kingsnorth Post Combustion Capture projects. His presentation provided a utilities perspective on CCS which included looking at all aspects from capture and conditioning to transportation and storage. He also provided information about the Kingsnorth project. The presentation was very well received and generated some very positive feedback afterwards with all of the delegates very keen to obtain a copy. We would like to extend our thanks to Jon for his presentation and also for arranging the tour of the Combustion Testing Facility at Ratcliffe-on-Soar that a significant number of the delegates took part in. We would also like to thank Tyco Valves & Controls for hosting this very successful event. Newscast/Ally Carmichael Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station Business Presentation: Opportunities on the Tees Renewable Energy Plant Project 12 November 2009 Middlesbrough Football Club The Tees Renewable Energy Plant (Tees REP) is a development to construct a 295MW biomass fired power station project in Teesport. This project is 100% owned by MGT Power with Pöyry Energy leading the development of the power plant for MGT. Pöyry is a global expert in consulting and engineering offering in-depth industry expertise, innovative solutions and lifecycle engagement to their clients. The organisation has a vast knowledge which extends across hydropower, oil and gas, power and heat, renewable energy, the pulp and paper industry, the chemical process industry, transportation, water and environment, and construction services. The presentation was compiled and delivered by Chris Moore, Director, MGT Power and Julian Scutter, Head of Renewable Energy, UK, Pöyry Energy Ltd. They were also supported by Peter Ellis who works very closely with MGT Power. Chris provided an overview of the project, including the location and the status. Following this Julian gave an insight into Pöyry as an organisation and how it s set up, along with providing examples of other projects in which they have been involved. He then went on to look at the project structure and how companies should register their interest to be involved. With the highest attendance for a Business Presentation in the Northern Region in 2009, being fully booked with 120 delegates, this presentation was extremely well received. I think this reflects the sheer scale of interest in this local project from companies from across the whole of the UK. Positive feedback has been received from many of the delegates and many stayed on after the presentation to network with the speakers. Many thanks to both Chris and Julian for delivering such an excellent presentation. Helen Doona, Acting Manager, Northern Region Contact: EIC Newsbriefs Keeping you up to date on energy news from around the world. 19

20 EIC Scottish News Scottish News Event Reports Business Presentation: Opportunities in Western Australia 9 December 2009 EIC Aberdeen A presentation by Stuart Russell, Senior Trade & Investment Manager, Government of Western Australia, European Office provided an overview of the Western Australian economy with a review of resource sector activity in the region. Stuart briefly outlined some of the major oil and gas and LNG projects and highlighted the forthcoming AOG 2010 conference and exhibition. Stuart revealed that activity in Western Australia, particularly in the oil and gas arena, is currently very buoyant and the addition of the A$43 billion Gorgon LNG project more than doubles the value of projects in hand. Stuart was very approachable and the delegates in attendance had ample opportunities for additional questions. As the event was held at Carden Place it gave the EIC team the opportunity to showcase the new facilities. Business Presentation: Opportunities with Maersk Oil 1 December 2009 Aberdeen Football Club Maersk Oil is a midsize international oil and gas company operating an oil production of about 650,000 barrels per day and a sales gas production of up to some 1000 million cubic feet per day. The company has a net equity production exceeding 550,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day from fields in the Danish and British part of the North Sea, offshore Qatar, in Algeria and in Kazakhstan. Activities are ongoing in, among others, the Danish, British and Norwegian sectors of the North Sea, Qatar, Algeria, Angola, Kazakhstan, Oman, Brazil and the US Gulf of Mexico. In 2005 Maersk Oil acquired interests in ten producing fields in the North Sea and North Atlantic. Maersk Oil is operating five of these. Maersk Oil has now become one of the world s top 25 independent oil and gas producing companies. Martin Rune Pederson, Director of Petroleum Engineering, gave an overview of the A.P. Møller - Mærsk Group, Maersk oil operations technology and innovation drivers, UK North Sea operations projects and challenges ahead, company priorities and contacts. Maersk Oil also spoiled EIC members with a substantial range of promotional items, company brochures and additional marketing material. A.P. Møller - Mærsk A/S The EIC attends AREG meeting 30 November 2009 Aberdeen Football Club This AREG (Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group) meeting revolved around recent developments in offshore wind and Les attended on behalf of the EIC. Iain Todd, AREG Renewables Champion, provided an introduction and comprehensive overview of the industry and presentations followed from Clipper WindPower, Burntisland Fabrications and Subocean. It was one of AREG s busiest meetings yet and thus signified the growing interest in and relevance of renewables within the energy mix in the region. The EIC attends NSIG Focus Group meeting 23 November 2009 DECC, Aberdeen NSIG recently invited the EIC Scottish Office to attend one of their focus group meetings in Aberdeen. NSIG is an energy and engineering umbrella and lobbying organisation whose area of operation stretches from Orkney and Shetland to the Outer Hebrides, Caithness, Ross-shire, Inverness, Moray and Aberdeen. More than 50% of its 100-plus members are involved in renewable energy. Representatives from AREG and Oil & Gas UK were speaking at the event and Les and Tim appreciated the invitation and enjoyed the hospitality extended by Ian Couper, NSIG Chief Executive, at the event hosted at DECC s facilities. The EIC speaks at ACC (Aberdeen City Council) and SDI (Scottish Development International) Event Australian Market Opportunities for Scottish Companies 17 November 2009 Palm Court Hotel, Aberdeen This seminar focused on Australia s burgeoning energy sector. Australia and in particular Western Australia is experiencing rapid growth in its onshore and offshore oil and gas reserves, alongside a growing alternative energy industry. The event was planned with the Government of WA to promote opportunities predominantly in WA. Les appreciated the offer to the EIC of the first speaking slot of the day (on Economic and Market Forecasts, Major Projects and Growth Sectors) from Rebecca Sales of ACC. Paul Main, EIC Business Information Manager, spoke at length on the wealth of opportunities that the country (as a whole) has to offer. Kerry Sanderson, Agent General Government of Western Australia, spoke of Western Australia s energy sector, growth areas and benefits of having a base in Western Australia. Companies perspectives were offered by Warrego Energy, Baker RDS and Xodus Group Limited. Key country specific factors were tackled by Ernst & Young, Westpac Banking Corporation and SDI and One 2 Ones were offered. Lesley-Anne Brodie, Manager, Scotland Contact: EIC Newsbriefs Keeping you up to date on energy news from around the world. 20

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