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Jeremy Cresswell: Piper Alpha and the Generation Gap

 It might seem odd choosing this issue of Energy to mark the 25th year since the Piper Alpha disaster of July 6, 1988, but we have taken our cue from the North Sea industry’s three-day Piper25 conference on June 18-20.


A quarter of a century is a long time . . . nearly a generation in the classic sense and long enough for direct memory of Piper to be eliminated from corporate minds. By that I mean the “Great Crew Change” that characterises this industry in a very particular way. I’ll come back to this.


Total Recognised by Peers for Its Deep Offshore Expertise

 At the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, held from May 5 to 9, Total was honoured with the Distinguished Achievement Award for Companies for its Pazflor deep offshore development. The prestigious award is presented annually to the company that has advanced deepwater oil expertise and technology as part of a major project.


New Online System Aims to Further Enhance Oil and Gas Transactions

 LOGIC, a not-for-profit organisation established to improve competitiveness throughout the UK oil and gas industry, is marking both the tenth anniversary of its Master Deed system, which streamlines commercial processes between licence holders on the UK Continental Shelf, and the expansion of its on-line service.


Technip and Air Products Global Hydrogen Alliance Marks 20 Years of Success

 Technip and Air Products are celebrating two decades of operational excellence and success to mark the 20-year milestone of the longest and most productive global hydrogen(1) alliance supporting the oil and gas industry around the world.


Savante releases underwater subsea image scaling laser; APEX.

Savante writes:  

Savante is proud to announce the release of the latest in their range of underwater subsea laser measurement solutions; APEX.

Designed to add scaled measurements to conventional ROV digital-stills or video footage, APEX projects precision parallel-aligned laser points in a reference grid pattern of known dimensions.  Managing director Grant Thomson feels the new product fullfills an immediate requirement in the oil and gas sector for fast, intuitive and low cost subsea measurement; particularly for the sizing of debris or boulders as a component of pre product-installation or pre-trenching survey operations.  "APEX is a result of lessons learned from a substantial UK-wide seabed survey programme used to classify dimensions of seabed rocks and marine fauna.  Integrating four lasers into a single module dramatically increases the accuracy of this technique, whilst eliminating the cost, fuss and burden of providing mechanical brackets and cabling needed to arrange multiple lasers on a subsea vehicle."  Prior to the official launch, Savante recieved multiple orders for the unit and commitments to further seabed surveys.


Specifications sheets for the APEX and APEX-lite (designed for microROVs) may be downloaded from;


For more information, contact;

Savante Offshore Services Ltd,
Riverside House, Riverside Drive, Aberdeen, AB117LH

Tel: +44 1224 224336



UK Government's Oil and Gas Strategy One More Step in the Right Direction, Says

 Welcoming the publication of the UK Government's strategy to secure investment and create jobs, Malcolm Webb, Oil & Gas UK’s chief executive said: “Close engagement with the UK government and the resulting tax changes introduced last year to promote investment in the oil and gas sector are now bearing fruit. Record investment is forecast this year to search for and produce UK oil and gas reserves. This will be followed by an upturn in production from 2014, sustaining growth across the supply chain and reinforcing the industry’s already significant contribution to the UK economy.”


Total Sells its 49% Interest in the Voyageur Upgrader Project to Partner Suncor

 Following the decision not to proceed with the Voyageur Upgrader project located in Northern Alberta, Total announces that it has reached an agreement to sell its entire 49% interest in the Voyageur Upgrader Limited Partnership to Suncor Energy Inc, which owns the remaining 51%. The transfer of interest for cash is effective immediately.


Updated Guidelines Promote Best Practice for Well Operations Across Industry

 Oil & Gas UK has released the second edition of its guidelines on Relief Well Planning for Offshore Wells to provide operators with good industry practice for well operations on the UK continental shelf  (UKCS).


Technip Receives the Top Employers 2013 Certification for its Excellent Human Re

 Technip is proud to announce that it has been certified as a Top Employer Europe 2013, a prize rewarding companies for the good care they take of their people. This independent certification, delivered by the CRF Institute, underlines the quality of Technip’s human resources (HR) policies as well as its outstanding employee offerings.


International growth for Hydro Group

 Aberdeen-based Hydro Group Plc, a global design and manufacturer of underwater cables and connectors for subsea, underwater, topside and onshore applications, sets sights on further international growth with opening of new Singapore office.

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