TechnipFMC awarded OTC Spotlight award for new compact manifold design

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3/19/2019

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Photo: TechnipFMC Subsea 2.0 In-Line Compact Robotic Manifold.

HOUSTON — TechnipFMC was honored with a prestigious OTC Spotlight on New Technology award for its Subsea 2.0 In-Line Compact Robotic Manifold design.

TechnipFMC’s Subsea 2.0 In-Line Compact Robotic Manifold has transformed the traditional manifold design to improve subsea field development economics. The compact manifold design reduces size, weight and manufacturing cost. It incorporates a robotic arm for valve actuation, can be installed using the same vessel laying the flowline and increases the flexibility for CAPEX spend over the life of the field.

The product is designed to be half the size and weight of its conventional counterpart and reduces cost and delivery up to 30%. In addition, its production schedule can be compressed up to 30%, providing faster time to first oil and return on investment.

The new compact manifold integrates all the functions of the conventional manifold pipe work and structure into a few cross drilled blocks with integral valve cavities and common interfaces to bolt on the branch and header hubs. All hydraulic functions have been eliminated to further reduce the complexity through the use of manually operated valves. The result is a simpler manifold that can be produced with 10-times fewer parts and requires no structure for support or lifting. Furthermore, production of manifolds now shifts from a customized project design to a modularized, configurable product that enables true standardization and industrialization.

The leaner, smarter design eliminates the fabrication complexity of welded pipe, bends, fittings and other structures. Its compact size and in-line feature offer more installation options and flexibility throughout the life-of-field. The manifold can be installed together with the flowline by the same pipe-laying vessel, saving the need for a purpose-built heavy lift vessel.

The In-Line Compact Manifold is optionally coupled with an integrated robot that operates the manual valves assembled into the block. The Robotic Valve Controller is an all-electric system operated by the topside master control station. In the same way, the valves can be manually, hydraulically or electrically actuated.

The In-Line Compact Robotic Manifold design is consistent with its complementary products in the TechnipFMC Subsea 2.0 platform. Coupled with the compact tree, next-generation controls, flexible jumpers and integrated connectors, the goal of reducing the total system size, weight and complexity while moving to a more modularized design is now reality. The end result are products designed to enable predictable execution with reduced risk while decreasing engineering hours and delivery schedules.

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NewTek Sensor Solutions adds 4-20mA output capability to its free core and spring-loaded LVDT product lines

3/19/2019

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Photo: NewTek Sensor Solutions.

PENNSAUKEN, N.J. — NewTek Sensor Solutions expanded the capabilities of its DC LVDT technology with 4-20mA output capabilities to meet the needs of industrial monitoring and feedback applications. In addition to offering 4-20 mA versions of its free-core and spring-loaded LVDTs, the company customizes 4-20mA position sensors to customer specifications.

The 4-20 mA loop-powered LVDTs are ideal for use in liquid level gaging, robotic automation and industrial automation controls. The 4-20mA output signal provided by the sensors integrates with a variety of PLCs, digital indicators, computer-based data processors, and QC data collection systems. It also allows for long transmissions and greater noise immunity, ideal for subsea applications requiring long cable runs.

NewTek offers hermetically-sealed versions of its 4-20 mA free-core and spring-loaded LVDTs capable of withstanding dirt, water, steam and other harsh elements. Constructed of TIG welded stainless steel, these DC-operated linear position sensors operate in hostile environments while the loop wiring connects to instrumentation remotely positioned in benign locations.

Offering the frictionless operation and high resolution associated with LVDT technology, the 4-20 mA sensors offer high resolutions with a standard 0.25% and optional 0.1% maximum non-linearity. Operating from 11 –28 VDC, the DC-operated linear position sensors are available in full ranges from 0.10” (2.5 mm) to 20” (500 mm). NewTek offers its 4-20mA output sensors with built-in surge and polarity protection to guard against voltage spikes and hookup errors.

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Rotork electric actuators used in U.S. shale oilfield pipeline’s solar solution

3/19/2019

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Photo: Rotork IQ3 intelligent multi-turn electric actuators.

BATH, UK — Rotork IQ3 intelligent multi-turn electric actuators have been specified for use in solar powered control stations for water gathering pipelines in the U.S.

Located in the oilfields of West Texas and New Mexico, the intelligent systems allow for the remote operation of single-stage isolation and modulating valves to control the flow of produced water in a high-pressure pipeline network. To assist with the water treatment operation, automated valve technology is needed to control flow in the water gathering pipelines, which can often run for miles in areas with no mains power to activate the valves.

The customer wanted valves and actuators to be installed every five miles in areas which were off the grid, so a solution combining individual solar panels with control stations and Rotork IQ3 actuators was devised. Each control station includes an IQ3 actuator to control either a 12 “ or 16 “ ball valve and each assembly is fitted with solar panels to power either a 24, 48 or 120 VDC motor.

Rotork Site Services worked to assemble the solar panel then installed and configured the systems in the field.

The self-contained solar power stations offer an efficient and economical way of powering the control stations, while also preventing harm to the environment and cutting installation costs by removing the need to dig up land in order to install power lines along the length of the pipeline.

The robust solar system provides power for programmable logic controllers (PLCs), as well as the Rotork IQ3 electric valve actuators, to transport contaminants from fracturing sites to water gathering and disposal facilities. The system programme includes a feature that provides a low-voltage alarm to alert pipeline operators if power from the solar system has dropped below the required level for valve operation.

Rotork’s IQ3 actuators include a patented absolute encoder to provide continuous tracking at all times. Even in the event of a power loss, the actuator’s graphical interface, remote indication and datalogger are all maintained and accessible.

The use of solar power in industrial valve automation stretches back several decades but technological improvements in efficiency and storage means the technology has become a reliable and practical alternative for sites in isolated areas.

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Neptune Energy awards rig contract

3/19/2019

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Photo: Beacon Atlantic semi-submersible drilling unit, managed by Odfjell Drilling AS.

LONDON — Neptune Energy Norge AS has awarded a rig contract for six wells to CIMC Offshore AS. The contract concerns hire of the Beacon Atlantic semi-submersible drilling unit, which will be managed by Odfjell Drilling AS.

Designed for harsh environments, Beacon Atlantic will be suitable for drilling three development wells on the Duva field (formerly Cara) starting at the end of 2019. In addition, it may drill another three development wells in the northernmost part of the Gjøa field, the P1 segment. Neptune Energy Norge has options to use the rig for additional development or exploration wells.

Odin Estensen, managing director of Neptune Energy in Norway said, “With the contracting of this modern rig, we are on track to develop the Duva and Gjøa P1 fields, both of which are key growth assets in our Norwegian North Sea portfolio. First oil for Duva is expected by late 2020 and early 2021 for Gjøa P1.”
    
Beacon Atlantic is a new-built drilling rig designed to operate on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. The rig is right-sized for a combination of development drilling and exploration drilling.

Erik Oppedal, projects & engineering manager at Neptune Energy in Norway said, “Neptune Energy has high expectations for the Beacon Atlantic. The rig has 1½ derrick efficiency, allowing parallel operations and thus ensuring an efficient drilling program. We already have competent personnel present at the yard for follow-up and implementation jointly with Odfjell Drilling. Sail-away is scheduled in the summer of 2019 and the rig is expected to arrive at the first drilling location in the fourth quarter of 2019.”

Beacon Atlantic is currently at CIMC Raffles yard in Yantai, China completing final commissioning and sea trials

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NPD reports production start at Oda field

3/19/2019

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Oda field, North Sea. Photo: NPD.

NORWAY — The Oda field started to produce oil and gas on March 16, 2019. The field, which is located 13 km east of Ula in the North Sea, is operated by Spirit Energy.

Oda is a subsea development where the wellstream is routed on to the Ula platform for processing and transport. The processing equipment and hook-up to the Ula platform are reused from the shutdown Oselvar field.

The NPD is pleased that the Oda licensees have chosen a development solution that contributes to cost-effective utilization of existing infrastructure in the area, and that produced gas and water from Oda will be used to improve oil recovery on Ula.

The Oda licensees are Spirit Energy Norway AS (40%), Suncor Energy Norge AS (30%), Faroe Petroleum Norge AS (15%) and Aker BP ASA (15%).

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