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Category: Aerospace Engineering

McDermott and CB&I agree to name

McDermott International and CB&I have confirmed that, following the closing of the combination of the two companies, the combined company intends to retain the name McDermott. “The name McDermott provides a strong foundation for the combined company and a platform on which we can build our future together,” said David Dickson, McDermott president and CEO, who will continue to lead the combined company. “We are known today as a company that delivers excellence in project execution in a cost-efficient delivery…

Ocean Rig Drillship Santorini Postponed

Ocean Rig UDW Inc, an international contractor of offshore deepwater drilling services, announced that its subsidiary that is party to the shipbuilding contract for the construction of its 7th generation newbuilding drillship the Ocean Rig Santorini reached an agreement with Samsung Heavy Industries  to postpone the delivery of such newbuilding drillship to September 2019. Under the agreement reached with SHI the expected delivery date will be September 30, 2019 but may be brought forward at the option of the Company.…

Inspection and industrial solutions specialist Intero Integrity Services launches with significant investment and growth plans

Intero Integrity Services (“Intero” or the “company”) today announced the launch of its new brand as a leading inspection and industrial service provider to the oil, gas refining and petrochemical industries around the world. Formerly operating as A.Hak Industrial Services, the company’s rebranding recognizes its history and excellent track record in providing its customers with technology-driven inspection and industrial services to enhance the integrity and performance of their critical midstream and downstream assets from design to end-of-life. Intero is pleased…

Quantum radar will expose stealth aircraft

Credit: University of Waterloo Stealth aircraft in the Canadian arctic will be no match for a new quantum radar system. Researchers at the University of Waterloo are developing a new technology that promises to help radar operators cut through heavy background noise and isolate objects—including stealth aircraft and missiles—with unparalleled accuracy. “In the Arctic, space weather such as geomagnetic storms and solar flares interfere with radar operation and make the effective identification of objects more challenging,” said Jonathan Baugh,…

Engineering Ethics Blog: Southwest Airlines Flight 1380: Cracks in Airline Safety?

Over the last twenty years or so, the news about airline safety in the U. S. has been mainly good.  Before last week, the last time a passenger died in a U. S. commercial airliner accident was 2009, and for some time before that it’s been true that the most dangerous part of a plane trip is the drive to the airport.  But on Tuesday April 17, the explosive decompression that resulted from an engine fan blade on Southwest Airlines…

DAV MX™’s exceptional versatility steers drilling campaigns back on track

Churchill Drilling Tools, a leading oilfield service company specializing in drilling innovation, has revealed that its award-winning DAV MX CircSub was activated for a landmark 700th time this month. Run in hundreds of wells every year and recognized for its reliability, resilience and versatility the dart activated DAV MX CircSub is a contingency tool that has helped operators drill faster and more efficiently at low risk.  In February 2018, for example, the DAV MX was activated by operators across the…

Subsea 7 offers $2 billion for McDermott

Offshore oil services firm Subsea 7 has offered to buy U.S. peer McDermott (MDR.N) for about $2 billion, it said on Monday, adding that its approach had so far been rejected. McDermott, which last year agreed to buy onshore-based engineering company Chicago Bridge & Iron (CB&I), could receive an even higher bid if it agrees to enter talks, Subsea 7 added. “The proposal is subject to the termination of McDermott’s pending transaction with CB&I,” Oslo-listed Subsea 7 said in a…

23 Guyanese working on ExxonMobil drill ship

Twenty-three Guyanese, including a doctor, have been working on a drill ship contracted to ExxonMobil for oil operations and yesterday the company flew seven journalists to the site for a first-hand look at operations. The Noble Bob Douglas has been contracted by ExxonMobil’s subsidiary to drill some 17 wells for its Liza Phase One project in the Stabroek Block, offshore Guyana. In a trip paid for by the Government of Guyana and ExxonMobil, seven journalists were yesterday given the opportunity…

Petrobras starts production of Búzios field, Santos Basin

Petrobras started the production of the Búzios field, in the pre-salt of the Santos Basin, through the platform P-74. Búzios is the first field in production under an Onerous Assignment regime. The P-74 is located about 200 km off the coast of the state of Rio de Janeiro, at a water depth of 2,000 meters and is the thirteenth platform to enter into operation in the Brazilian pre-salt.     Due to the high production potential of Búzios, in addition…

BP granted approval to start drilling off Nova Scotia’s coast

BP Canada has been given the green light to start drilling off Nova Scotia’s coast. On Saturday, the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNSOPB) granted approval for the company to begin drilling one deepwater exploration well about 300 kilometres offshore. BP has applied to drill a total of four wells in the area, but Mi’kmaq communities have opposed the project saying it poses a serious risk to food, social and ceremonial fishing areas. A spokesperson for the board said she’s…