Second installation on major Southern North Sea gas development by CIS Group goes to plan

Conductor Installation Services Ltd (CIS), an Acteon company that provides hammer services to install conductors and drive piles, announced that it successfully completed its second conductor installation operation during the last 12 months for a leading North Sea oil and gas operator.

Work was carried out on a major gas development project in the Southern North Sea. CIS installed six 30-inch conductors on the project to form the foundations of six development wells. In addition, CIS supplied all conductor-running services, handling equipment, together with drive shoes that improve driveability by 40%.

Following completion of a comprehensive drive study, CIS crew worked with rig contractor Ensco and the operator to commence the driving operation. CIS worked from the jack-up rig Ensco 80, and used a 90 kJ hydraulic hammer to drive all six conductors to their target depth on the wellhead platform. Conductors were driven as deep as 401 feet from the rig floor to the conductor toe, reaching a depth of 158 feet below the mudline.

The installation campaign was completed on time, without delay or downtime. Once again, this operator saved time and money as a result of CIS’s efforts on their behalf.

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A Year Into The Bust, American Oilfield Ingenuity Is Still Thriving

We’re now one year into the oil bust. For a time there was hope that this downturn would be kind of like 2009, where prices fell sharply in the wake of global economic collapse, but shot back up just as quickly – leaving little collateral damage behind. It’s clear now that’s not going to happen. The 2009 collapse was driven by a sudden drying up of demand. This time around there’s just too much supply — especially in the United States. And it’s simply not going away. According to the Energy Information Administration, domestic crude oil output peaked in April at 9.6 million barrels per day. Since then it has slipped to 9.2 million bpd, about where it was a year ago, when the bust began.

This isn’t how it’s supposed to happen. In every commodity, everywhere, when prices plunge the high-cost producers (U.S. tight oil and Canadian oil sands) get washed out and the low-cost producers (Saudi, Iran, Iraq) consolidate market share. That’s what the Saudis were hoping for when last November they decided to hold oil output steady. And yet, America’s high-cost oil producers are not going off quietly to meet their maker. Rather they are kicking and screaming, moving quickly to slash costs, cut rigs, cut heads (200,000 in layoffs so far), and demanding discounts from suppliers. They are getting leaner, smarter, better.

“Every company is in the process of restructuring,” says Ken Hersh, CEO of private equity giant NGP Energy Capital Management. Some might end up in bankruptcy court, but for the vast majority it’ll be a multi-year slog through the trenches before emerging on the other side, battered but stronger. “It’s a tug of war between American ingenuity and the quality of the rocks. Ingenuity is winning. It’s the great thing about our system, and it means that you can make money at $60 oil.”

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London to fast-track shale permits

The British government said Thursday it plans to fast-track the permit process for shale oil and gas exploration to ensure the industry can gain traction.

Shale oil and gas exploration is in its infancy in a country looking to reduce its dependency on foreign reserves. The British Geological Survey estimated shale basins in the country may hold more than 1.3 quadrillion cubic feet of natural gas, a level the government said could help an economy with natural gas imports on pace to increase from 45 percent of demand in 2011 to 76 percent by 2030.

The British government said Thursday it was calling on local councils to decide on shale permits within 16 weeks of an application.

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Protea delivers 23rd BOP handling system

Over the last 15 years, Protea has successfully delivered a wide range of BOP handling equipment to global offshore drilling contractors and very recently Protea delivered its 23rd BOP handling system which at the time was Falcon Energy Group Limited.

The system, comprising of two single girder overhead cranes (each with a safe working load of 100 t), successfully completed its Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) at Protea’s state of the art production facility in Kluczbork, Southern Poland.

The equipment will be shipped to the Keppel FELS shipyard in Singapore for installation on the ‘Falcon’ jack-up.

“This was a challenging project as we had to meet a very tight weight constraint whilst meeting the requirements of the relevant ABS design codes.

This required significant structural analysis during the design phase and the use of high grade materials including forged materials during the fabrication process.

The other challenge was simultaneous operation in cases when crane is fully hydraulic powered and controlled. The design has now been fully certified by ABS. In addition our 100 t chain hoist trolley units have been awarded the ABS PDA ‘Type Approval’ certificate which is valid for 5 years” – commented Dawid Kurdys of Protea Project Management.

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These 3 directional drilling design advances pack more power, versatility in HDDs than ever before

The International Construction & Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE) in Louisville at the end of this month promises an innovation showcase from makers of horizontal directional drills. Intelligent hydraulic systems, telematics, configurable controls, standardization of controls and displays that can be customized from the type of information shown to colors displayed to units of measure are all appearing on drills. As the cost of these features continues to come down, they’re available on mid-level machines, not just the biggest and most expensive. Benefits include lower costs, greater productivity and better management of all resources from equipment to operators to drilling fluid.

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Sormec cranes for Nigerian OSV

The M350/EL hydraulic elbow knuckle-boom marine cranes were manufactured for the DeHoop Shipyard built Awaritse Nigeria Ltd vessel Prince Job I, now in operation in Chevron’s Agbami Field.

Santo Sorrentino, chief executive, Sormec, said that the M350/EL crane is particularly popular with offshore vessels as it is compact, reliable, easy to manoeuvre and takes up minimal deck space.

“Building and installing two identical cranes on the same vessel was quite unusual but it gave us the opportunity to further develop our expertise. Attention to detail is key to Sormec’s work. Every welded piece of metal, every bolt, every wire, every detail was rigorously tested,” he said.

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Rex range a top dog in vineyards

Italian tractor brand Landini has launched a new range of the popular Rex series on their home soil at the recent EIMA 2016 fair.

Distributed in Australia by Inlon, the specialised horticulture and viticulture machines feature four versions and numerous variants and options that should satisfy most requirements.

With the exception of the GE (low) version which is a platform only model, all come with an air conditioned cab.

Other upgrades include a 4-cylinder 2.9-litre Deutz Tier 4 Interim equipped engine with Diesel Oxidation Catalyst which deliver peak power at 2200 RPM in models offering from 50 – 80 kilowatts.

An engine memo switch can memorize the engine speed for operator convenience.

A new Landini built transmission has a mechanical or hydraulic reverse shuttle, four speeds and three ranges and allows options of hi-lo and high-medium-low, and creeper.

The tractors are available in two or four wheel drive.

The Rex 4 Series offers either mechanical or hydraulic PTOs, depending on the transmission, with two or four speeds (540, 540 Eco, 1000 and 1000 Eco).

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New CAT PL72, PL83 and PL87 Pipelayers Feature Purpose-Built Frames and Cab

The Cat PL72, PL83, and PL87 Pipelayer feature an integrated, all-Cat power train with differential steering and an electronically controlled hydraulic system that places total control of lifting functions into one single joystick. According to the company, independent, variable-speed winches for the boom and hook provide precise control, and the enhanced counterweight system ensures a low center of gravity for optimum performance. A new Roll-over Protection Structure (ROPS) provides added safety for both open and enclosed operator’s stations. The new, purpose-built Pipelayer cab is now pressurized and incorporates new operator-comfort and convenience features.

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Volvo CE intros EC160E excavator with power, fuel efficiency boosts 

Lower operating cost combined with operator comfort were key for Volvo Construction Equipment when designing the EC160E, the company’s newest E-Series crawler excavator.

The new machine features a Volvo Tier 4 Final D4 engine that delivers an 8-percent improvement in fuel efficiency and a 5-percent boost in both tractive force and engine power when compared to previous models.
“Improvements to cab design, fuel efficiency and power on the EC160E all contribute toward achieving a lower operating cost for the owner and higher productivity and comfort for the operator,” says Matt McLean, Volvo’s product manager for excavators.

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ON-TEST: DIECI MINI AGRI 25.6 TELEHANDLER

Originally launched as the Apollo range in the construction industry in 2007, the Mini Agri range, as it is now known, soon found its way into agriculture.
Several facelifts and tweaks later, we end up with the machine we have on test, the 25.6, representing the firm’s entry level agricultural machine.
Not being the most obvious choice on people’s wish lists of telehandlers, we were keen to see how the rank outsider fared against the more established stalwarts in our group test.

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