Aug. 6, 2012

Energy Measurement Consulting LLC,

Houston, agreed to distribute the patented Vergence GasPT2 natural gas metering system in the US and Canada for CUI Global Inc., Tualatin, Ore. The system for measuring gas quality was designed by GL Industrial Services and is licensed worldwide exclusively to CUI Global. CUI Global President and CEO William Clough said introduction of Vergence Technology into the North American energy sector is a major step toward worldwide exposure and acceptance of the product.

Petris Technology Inc.,

Houston, released its trademarked PetrisWINDS Impetus 5.4.1, a Recall Application. As the PetrisWINDS Recall borehole image interpretation package, Impetus allows users to incorporate all of their data, including core, stratigraphy, and wireline, thereby making interpretation of image logs more efficient and integrated than before. This release incorporates all of the key features of the former image display package but in a more intuitive and modern interface with preconfigured templates for many standard imaging applications, said company officials. With more than 35 improvements and enhancements, the 5.4.1 release brings customers increased ease-of-use as well as powerful new functionality. In addition to enhanced visualization and improved picking, Impetus now offers more shortcuts and fewer button clicks to complete tasks, officials said.

In other news, Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd.—wholly owned subsidiary of Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas), the Malaysian national oil company—selected Petris's borehole data management solution for operations through Petris' local partner Orogenic Resources Sdn Bhd. The solution includes strategic consulting to define and develop automated workflows for quality control, data verification and integration, and data distribution with Petronas' various upstream applications.

Schlumberger Ltd.,

Paris, and Chevron Corp. were joined by Total SA in collaboration to further develop and broaden the capabilities of the next-generation trademarked Intersect reservoir simulator. Total will contribute engineering resources and expertise to expand Intersect. The simulator allows operators to test a large number of scenarios to increase the effectiveness of development plans and to design innovative production systems to maximize recoverable reserves.

Intersect began in 2000 as an extensive research and development effort between Chevron and Schlumberger and was released commercially in 2009. Total contributed to the development of the thermal option in the Intersect software in 2011.

Global Process Systems Inc.,

Dubai, a member of the Al Jaber Group of Abu Dhabi, signed a landmark cooperation agreement with Jacobs Comprimo Sulphur Solutions, part of the Jacobs Engineering Group, to develop markets for sulfur recovery systems in the Middle East and Asia. GPS is a global provider of technology-based "design and build" process facilities for the oil and gas industry, ranging from small skid-mounted units for onshore early production facilities to full topsides modules for offshore platforms, FPSOs, and MOPUs. Packages include equipment for separation, gas compression, gas dehydration, chemical injection, water injection, and power generation.

Dynamic Energy Services International LLC,

Lafayette, La., announced the resignation of Michel Moreno as chairman and chief executive officer. He remains a member of the DYNESI Board. DYNESI President Emile Dumesnil became president and CEO. Dumesnil has been on the board of the company and its predecessor for 11 years. In the last 5 years he served in various capacities including president, chief financial officer, and executive vice-president of corporate development. DYNESI one of the largest privately-held US modular fabricators and offshore and onshore construction companies serving the global upstream and downstream industries.

J&J Technical Services LLC,


Shreveport, La., added John L. Brock and Matthew B. Shirley to its sales and marketing teams. Brock has 20 years of oil and gas sales and marketing experience and another 14 years in a variety of other markets. Shirley is responsible for development of the company's artificial lift business in Oklahoma and Louisiana. He has more than 12 years of sales and financial experience in the medium- and heavy-duty truck business and in the construction equipment business. He also has extensive export experience with Russia, South Africa, Vietnam, Guatemala, and areas of South America.

JJ Tech is a worldwide supplier of artificial lift systems to the oil and gas industry. It has eight international and US distributors, three new pending international distributors, and some 200 hydraulic jet pumps placed throughout the world.

Technip SA,

Paris, was awarded a services contract for the Ichthys floating production, storage, and offloading unit to be located in the Browse Basin off Western Australia in 250 m of water. The contract covers detailed engineering and procurement assistance for the topsides facilities of the FPSO, which will have 1.2 million bbl storage capacity. Technip will provide these services to Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering through Technip's operating center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The Ichthys LNG project is a joint venture between Tokyo-based INPEX (operator) and Total. Gas from the field will undergo preliminary processing offshore to remove water and extract condensate. The condensate will be pumped to the FPSO for transfer to tankers. The gas will then be exported to onshore processing facilities in Darwin via an 889 km subsea pipeline. The Ichthys project is expected to produce 8.4 million tonnes of LNG and 1.6 million tonnes of LPG annually, along with 100,000 b/d of condensate at peak.

Expro International Group Ltd.,

Reading, England, contracted to provide equipment and services in support of Xcite Energy Ltd.'s 90-day extended well test in the Bentley Field, Block 9/3b, 160 km east of the Shetlands. The contract is valued at $12 million. The field is estimated to contain 116 million bbl of proven and probable reserves. Expro is to provide heavy oil well testing and data management services through Applied Drilling Technology International (ADTI) on the Rowan Norway jack up rig. Expro has provided extended well testing services in the North Sea and internationally since 1983.

Expro also opened its new operations base in Paradise, Newfoundland. In recent years, Expro has secured multi-million dollar contracts to supply offshore well test equipment and services in Newfoundland. Currently, well test equipment and services are being provided on two offshore rigs for three major operating companies in eastern Canada. "Canada has experienced strong growth during the past few years and Expro Canada has successfully secured contract wins to support the development," said Carl Cooper, Frontier Division manager for Expro. "Eastern Canadian offshore is a critical part of our success, and this new facility allows us to continue to deliver the highest standards for our customers."

The new facility supports delivery of well testing, subsea, and downhole video services for the region. Expro made a $3.4 million investment to create the base for its team in Newfoundland. Located in the new Octagon Industrial Park, the facility accommodates 30 workers, the majority of whom are local employees. The base covers a two-acre lot and includes a four-bay workshop with 8,400 sq ft of warehouse area and an office annex with 6,000 sq ft of space on two levels.

Elsewhere, Expro will provide full well services to what it described only as "a large operator in Australia" under a contract estimated at $20 million. Expro will provide well test, wireline, surface sampling, drill stem testing, and downhole memory gauges in a large scope of work encompassing several high rate gas development projects and including multiple exploration and appraisal wells in the North West shelf of Australia. The primary elements of the contract include a 6 3/8-in. simplified subsea landing string and a 7 3/8-in. subsea test tree to be deployed on three developments. A high-rate well testing package will be supplied to clean up these wells before handover to production. Work is due to commence shortly on the contract that will continue through December 2014, and will involve services on both an ongoing and specific call-out basis as required.

Meanwhile, Expro obtained a subsea services contract in the Gulf of Mexico from Chevron USA Inc. Expro is to provide two auxiliary strings complete with direct hydraulic umbilicals and reelers for tubing hanger operations for two projects in the deepwater gulf. The contract will run for an estimated 3 years with the possibility of extension. Expro said its market-leading subsea safety systems provide reliable and efficient in-riser landing strings for well interventions and completions. Expro is well established in the deepwater regions of the world, including Africa, Gulf of Mexico, Asia, and Brazil, with its technology and expertise in greater demand as development progresses in the world's deepwater provinces.

Aker Solutions ASA,

Oslo, said its subsidiary Aker Oilfield Services received a contract from Total E&P Angola to provide subsea intervention services from its purpose-built vessel Skandi Aker. Company officials said the agreement marks a breakthrough for vessel-based intervention services in deep and ultradeep waters. The contract is for 2 years with options for three extensions of 1 year each. The firm 2-year part of the contract has an aggregated value of $250 million. Start-up of operations off Angola is planned for the first quarter of 2013.

Skandi Aker is the first vessel of its kind capable of riser-based subsea well intervention in deep and ultradeep waters, officials said. Traditionally subsea well intervention was performed from drilling rigs, but high day rates have made it more expensive and rig availability is limited. The increasing water depths made it necessary to develop alternative technology and more cost-effective systems to access deepwater wells.

Aker Solutions also signed a contract with Hyundai Heavy Industries to supply a complete drilling equipment topside package for a semisubmersible drilling rig the South Korean yard is building for Seadrill Ltd. The contract includes an option to supply one more drilling equipment package. Aker Solutions will handle all major aspects of the topside equipment delivery, from engineering support and procurement to installation and commissioning. The work will be executed in Aker Solutions' facilities in Kristiansand, Horten, and Asker, Norway and in Erkelenz, Germany. Most of the equipment will be delivered in 2013, with the rig scheduled for completion in the fourth quarter of 2014.

In addition, Aker Offshore Partner Ltd. secured a 3-year contract extension worth £18 million to provide onshore and offshore operations and maintenance services to Perenco UK. The agreement includes provision of operations, maintenance, and technical support personnel for Perenco at its onshore and offshore assets in the southern North Sea.