April 4, 2016

Danfoss Drives

With the 2015 acquisition of Vacon Inc., Danfoss Drives has more than 5,000 drive specialists in 50+ countries around the world. Combining Vacon and Danfoss resources has created a product portfolio that can now accommodate the needs of energy-intensive industries as diverse as: HVAC, water/wastewater, marine, oil/gas, mining, food/beverage, pulp/paper and chemicals. In North America, Danfoss has 8 locations serving the AC drives market, including 3 manufacturing facilities and 3 industry-specific competence and research and development centers.

Leading the new organization is Tom Doring, Head of Danfoss Drives - Americas, Vice President, Danfoss and former President of Vacon Inc. With a combined 68 years of drive application knowledge and an installed base of 18.5 million drives, Danfoss Drives is positioned to support distribution partners. Expanded logistical capabilities are driving faster product delivery while reducing environmental impact.

Antelope Oil Tool

Antelope Oil Tool, a manufacturer and supplier of patented casing and cementation equipment, adds a run with their CentraMax® RT1 Centralizer in deepwater deviated and under-reamed wellbores, saving 60 percent on casing centralization.

A customer drilling in 7,000 ft in the Gulf of Mexico faced a challenging casing string application that required them to run a very deep and heavy weight 16 in. liner to a record depth in a deviated and under-reamed well. The operator was required to run the 16 in. casing through an 18.25 in. ID restriction at the 18 in. supplemental hanger through an 18.125 in. ID restriction at the 22 in. casing shoe track. The 16 in. liner was to be run to 24,000 ft and centralized in a 21 in. under-reamed hole with 22° of inclination. The liner was a mixed string of 16 ft 97 lb and 16.15 ft 127 lbs casing and weighed well over 2,000,000 lbs. The weight was such that the client would not have been able to POOH after the shoe reached 19,000 ft making the centralization even more critical.

Utilizing Antelope's CentraMax® RT1 single-piece centralizer with a WearSox® internal thermal spray metal stop, they were able to run the casing to bottom, to complete the cement job.


EMC announced the majority of its remote communications and content customers around the world are ready to fill the high-throughput satellite (HTS) capacity coming to market this year.

Since EMC acquired MTN in July 2015, the company has invested in designing additional proprietary technologies to add to its 20 patents. The company's goal has been to deliver a much higher level QOE.

The newest patented technology to heighten customers' QOE is SpeedNet, a breakthrough solution to the satellite industry's oldest problem - latency. Using a proprietary intelligent protocol and global backbone, SpeedNet predictively fetches, compresses and pushes multiple layers of websites at once to local servers. The net result for the end-user is a browsing experience that mimics high-speed fiber.

EMC continues to enable other industry firsts, such as the only fully integrated communications and content service at sea, in the air and on land. The company provides mission-critical communications and content for people and businesses on the move, or in hard to reach places, in eight markets - energy, yachting, commercial shipping, mobile network operations, government/non-government operations, global enterprises, aviation, and cruise and ferries.

Baker Hughes

Baker Hughes announced that it is the first service company to have enrolled in the new Regional Operational Integrity Program™ (ROIP) for the petroleum and natural gas industry and to receive Gold Recognition for its Gulf of Mexico (GoM) Center of Excellence from the Wollam Petroleum Advisory Group (WPAG). Baker Hughes and WPAG, an oil and gas consulting firm, helped develop and pilot the new program that was implemented in late 2015. ROIP incorporates API Q2 standards and extends that specification's purpose of driving consistency, risk mitigation and service quality in upstream operations beyond the facility, to the regional level.

API Q2 was developed in 2010 to ensure that service providers implement quality controls at the facility level, based on identifying, assessing and managing risk. ROIP goes beyond facility certification to ensure consistency in all aspects of quality and risk mitigation control throughout a region. It is the industry's first program to incorporate global supply chain, manufacturing, drilling contractors, service providers and operators into one program to collaborate on a broader scale. The controls encompassed by the program include, but are not limited to, risk assessment and management; contingency planning; service design, quality plans and performance validation; identification and qualification of mission-critical suppliers; and change management based on risk factors. ROIP comprises six steps based on these controls in which a company must complete before receiving recognition for a region as Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze.

In 2015, Baker Hughes received API Q2 certification for its Completion Centers of Excellence in Houma and Broussard, Louisiana and for multiple product lines in Oman. It also successfully passed API Q2 certification audits in Brunei. The company is continuing to participate in the API Q2 review and certification process for its facilities globally and plans to apply for enrollment in the ROIP for operations in all of its regions.

The recent quality achievements are important components of Baker Hughes strategy to improve well efficiency, optimize production and increase ultimate recovery.

Meta Downhole Limited

Schlumberger announced the acquisition of Meta Downhole Limited, a UK-based engineering and service company that offers technology and expertise to provide downhole metal-to-metal isolation solutions in well integrity applications.

The company's Metalmorphology® technology uses established principles to shape metal downhole that reliably conforms to the geometry of the wellbore casing or liner, delivering permanent metal-to-metal isolation. Once implemented, operators have a gas-tight, axial load-bearing and compliant life-of-well solution.

Meta technology can be deployed in a wide variety of applications to improve structural and casing integrity, seal tie-backs in new wells, isolate selected zones, facilitate slot recovery or assure plug-and-abandonment integrity.

Meta is headquartered in Aberdeen, Scotland, and has offices in three locations globally with 30 employees.


Borets, a global leader in the engineering, manufacturing, sales and service of electric submersible pump (ESP) systems, has successfully completed eight North American applications of its Wide Range Wear Resistant (WR2) pump system. The WR2 system is ideally suited for hash well conditions and has the ability to handle a wide range of production, abrasives and gas with the goal of extending run life and minimizing well interventions.

The initial North American installation was completed on May 15, 2015, in a North West Oklahoma well designed to test the pump's ability to handle a wide range of flow, gas slugs and flow back of frac sand over an extended period of time. The innovatively designed system utilizes a proprietary manufacturing process to provide precise dimensional tolerances, enhanced surface finishes and no undersurface cavities. The WR2 incorporates a superior hydraulic design to result in improved efficiency and reliability, less stress on the system and longer operating life.

The WR2 pump reaches a high strength limit of 2100 MPa (304.5 Ksi), compared to typical stage hardness of 57 HRC for traditional ESP systems, and is designed for flow rates of 250-1000 bpd (40-160m3/day) and 560-1900 bpd (90-300m3/day). Other system components include Borets' 4.56/117 permanent magnet motors (PMM) and Axiom II variable speed drive (VSD) which allows users to have a single VSD capable of running both PMM and induction motors from the same drive and common interface.

To date, there have been 22 successful field trials of the WR2 system, eight in North America. Several of these applications are currently still running; however, three of the wells that were pulled were capable of passing full API testing following, in one case, a 400-day test period. In addition to the successful installations and the proven ability to operate in challenging conditions, Borets is now operating a new dedicated production facility for this unique stage material.


Haws, a global emergency and hydration equipment manufacturer, announced that Zevado, an independent services provider, was selected as the principal source for nation-wide onsite facility support for their emergency shower and eyewash equipment.

Zevado is an independent company offering extensive experience with multiple equipment brands in product commissioning, ANSI Z358.1 annual inspections and training, repairs, warranty support, and preventative maintenance to enable facilities to provide properly functioning, ANSI compliant, equipment to employees.

Recently, OSHA announced a substantial fine increase of 80% in civil penalties effective July 1, 2016. OSHA regulates safety equipment compliance based on the ANSI Z358.1 Standard. With the advancement in the recent Z358.1-2014 Standard as well as the OSHA fines announcement, Haws recognizes the need to provide best-in-class support for resource-constrained customers and safety professionals. Zevado provides facilities with the necessary resources to assess, install, update, and maintain emergency equipment as required in the ANSI Z358.1 Standard.


Halliburton's Production Solutions business line introduced SpectrumSM Real-Time Coiled Tubing Services. This suite of services is designed to deliver more accurate, more complete downhole measurements, and exceptional reliability-leading to a higher return on investment for completion and intervention operations.

SpectrumSM Real-Time Coiled Tubing Services comprises two complementary offerings: Spectrum Diagnostic Services and Spectrum Intervention Services. These services integrate Halliburton's coiled tubing with down-hole measurement tools, fiber optic sensing and telemetry, to deliver complete, accurate real-time data. Operators are better able to minimize uncertainty, assess reservoir performance, and monitor wellbore conditions, helping them significantly improve well intervention operations and production.

Spectrum Diagnostic Services delivers fiber-optic distributed sensing through coiled tubing to assess well productivity and completions effectiveness by identifying fracture initiation points across the wellbore and profiling production. An alternative to traditional production logs, Spectrum Diagnostic Services can monitor a time series of data across the entire wellbore as opposed to single snapshots in time. Applications for Spectrum Diagnostic Services include determining stimulation cluster efficiency, fracture mapping, production profiling, leak detection and assessment of wellbore integrity.

Spectrum Intervention Services delivers real-time monitoring from a bottom-hole assembly, with modular sensors for measuring depth correlation with casing collar locator and gamma ray, internal and external pressure and temperature, tool inclination, torque, tension, and compression. Compared to standard operations where only surface parameters are available, downhole insight from Spectrum Intervention Services helps reduce operational risk and increase precision to deliver better wells. These services have multiple applications, including milling, wellbore cleanouts, fishing, perforating, stimulation, and completion equipment manipulation.

Sparrows Group

Sparrows Group has secured an initial five-year contract to deliver cranes and maintenance services at one of the North Sea's largest and most prestigious new developments in over a decade.

The firm will supply Statoil's Mariner development on the UK Continental Shelf with crane operator personnel to support drilling, operations, maintenance and logistics, and will deliver maintenance and engineering services to ensure the availability and reliability of the Mariner A platform's two pedestal cranes.

Options to extend the contract mean it could potentially run for a total of nine years.

Statoil has already engaged Sparrows Group's engineering team to support them with the integration of the cranes' and mechanical handling equipment during the platform's construction phase which is currently ongoing in South Korea.

Mariner A will be equipped with A-frame, lattice boom cranes mounted on fixed pedestals. The two crane capacities are 50 tonne capacity at 40 metre radius and 17 tonne capacity at maximum radius of 60m.

Full provision of training and competency services is included in the contract, along with equipment modification, upgrade and replacement components, as well as repair and maintenance of equipment onshore.

The Mariner Field is located approximately 150 kilometres east of the Shetland Isles and consists of two shallow reservoir sections. The Maureen Formation sits at 1492 meters with the Heimdal reservoir at 1227 meters.

Due to begin operation in 2018, it is expected that the field will contribute more than 250 mmbbls reserves with average plateau production of around 55,000 barrels per day. Mariner is expected to have a 30-year field life.

Established originally in 1946, the Sparrows Group the company provides engineered products and services, primarily to the offshore sector, specialising in lifting and handling, cable and pipe lay, and fluid power solutions.


Fugro is to supply ROV drilling support services on board the Ocean Guardian MODU under a new contract awarded by Dana Petroleum (E&P) Ltd.

Operating one of its fleet of FCV 600 ROVs, specifically designed for North Sea drill support activities, Fugro will carry out drilling and completions projects at the Dana-operated Western Isles developments in the northern North Sea.

The scope of work covers standard drilling support, which begins this month, and intervention tooling support, with all ROV tooling designed and supplied by Fugro. This ensures 100% compatibility with the FCV 600 class of ROV and American Petroleum Institute (API) tooling standard 17D.

Fugro has been operational on board the Ocean Guardian since the summer of 2012 and completed a number of successful projects in the North Sea, Western Isles and West of Ireland.


One of the UK's largest oil producer's employee development and competency systems has been recognized as among the best in the world after it secured approval from industry skills organization OPITO.

Designed to ensure high quality performance and safe working practice, the Competence Management System (CMS) approval guarantees personnel working on all three of Nexen Petroleum UK Limited's North Sea assets - Buzzard, Scott and Golden Eagle - are performing their roles to global best practice criteria.

Nexen embraced the opportunity to implement the OPITO scheme by deploying around a third of its UK-based workforce to deliver the challenge - this reduced the overall time frame to achieve OPITO's high standards of excellence. The work scope involved developing and enhancing Nexen's own in-house process and led to more robust roles and responsibilities being identified and created within the organization.

To gain approval, OPITO carried out a series of audits covering 15 different safety critical roles across the business, including offshore installation managers, superintendents, supervisors, lead technicians and technicians.

Having achieved approval, Nexen continues its commitment to mitigating risk and ensuring the continual development of its workforce. Nexen has plans to develop the OPITO approved CMS further and extend it throughout its global operations in the near future.


Schlumberger introduced the ACTive Q* CT real-time downhole flow measurement service, which delivers real-time injection diagnostics and treatment evaluation in just one run in a well.

With the ACTive Q service, which couples fiber-optic telemetry and calorimetric flow measurements, customers and Schlumberger can evaluate the flow rate contribution to each interval, review the data in real time and adjust the pumping schedule as needed for diversion and subsequent stimulation stages.

The ACTive Q service has provided real-time flow measurement information for several operators in the Middle East, North Africa and Central America.

When a water injector well in the Sabriya field exhibited falling injection rates and an increase in injection wellhead pressure, Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) wanted to effectively target sections that needed stimulation or diversion while avoiding additional logging runs. Using the ACTive Q service, two primary thief zones at each extremity of the well were identified. The middle section that was not taking any fluid was targeted for acid placement. As a result, the wellhead injection pressure decreased from 1,000 psi to 0 psi with a constant injection rate of 8 bbl/min. In addition, the ability to combine real-time flow monitoring, injection profiling and acid stimulation in a single run significantly reduced costs by eliminating three days of operations.