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Category: Aerospace Engineering

McDermott secures detailed design contract for QP’s North Field

McDermott has secured a detailed design contract from Qatar Petroleum (QP) covering the offshore jackets for the new North Field expansion project, located offshore Qatar. According to QP, the design contract plays a significant step towards awarding of an engineering, procurement, fabrication and installation (EPCI) contract by the end of this year. QP intends to begin the drilling campaign next year. The company entrusted Qatargas with the execution of the project, including the commencement of the ‘detailed engineering’ with McDermott…

Computer-controlled ‘greenhouses’ in kitchens grow fresher, healthier produce

People can grow a variety of plants in the Heliponix GroPod. This photo shows Genova basil, red Russian kale, cherry tomatoes, cilantro and arugula being grown. Credit: Chris Adam/Purdue Research Foundation A Purdue University-affiliated startup that seeks to redefine “farm-to-table” when it comes to garden vegetables by delivering its first orders of an appliance that fits under a kitchen counter and grows produce year-round. Heliponix LLC, founded by two Purdue University graduates, has begun taking orders on its GroPod, a…

NSRI to explore wave and tidal opportunities at industry workshop

In a bid to harness opportunities in the wave and tidal market, The National Subsea Research Initiative (NSRI) is hosting a MasterminingTM workshop in Aberdeen on Wednesday 16 May for subsea supply chain companies. Scotland is playing a leading role in the commercialisation of wave and tidal stream energy, including via the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney and the world’s first large-scale tidal stream array, MeyGen, in the Pentland Firth, which generated first power in 2016. The emerging sector is…

Sparrows Group appoint Superkrane as sole agent in Indonesia

Sparrows Group has appointed heavy lifting equipment supplier Superkrane as their sole agent in Indonesia. The new agreement brings together offshore and onshore crane and lifting equipment specialists to create a partnership that can deliver a broad range of equipment and services to the energy and industrial industries. As part of the collaboration Superkrane will have exclusive rights to supply Sparrows Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts and components in the country. This includes all crane brands that Sparrows hold intellectual…

Oil prices remain at four year high ahead of Trump’s Iran decision

Oil prices remained at a four-year high this morning, ahead of US President Donald Trump’s highly anticipated announcement on the Iran nuclear deal. WTI Crude was still above $70 a barrel, despite slipping by 0.8 per cent, having risen above the threshold for the first time in four years yesterday, as traders anticipate Trump confirming he will bring the deal to an end. Brent Crude was at $75.55 a barrel, having also dropped 0.8 per cent this morning. It is…

Sullom Voe oil terminal repairs complete

Repairs at Britain’s Sullom Voe oil terminal have been completed, operator EnQuest said late on Sunday, after a defect detected last week had slowed down supply of Brent, the crude which helps underpin a global oil pricing benchmark.   The Brent stream was originally scheduled to load almost 100,000 barrels per day of crude in May and is usually the smallest of five crude grades that underpin the Brent benchmark. “EnQuest can confirm that repairs to the process pipework at…

Aker BP profit tops forecast, may drill more wells

Norway’s Aker BP, partly owned by oil major BP, beat quarterly earnings forecasts on Monday, helped by record output and higher oil prices, and said it may drill more wells this year than previously planned. The company, controlled by a Norwegian billionaire Kjell Inge Roekke, is focusing more on developing its existing business after growing via a series of acquisitions, including last year’s purchase of Hess (HES.N) assets for $2 billion. Thanks to the latest purchase, which included a stake…

Total increases number of job losses in Aberdeen to 300

Total has raised the number of expected job losses at its Aberdeen operations to more than 300. Total announced plans in March to make 250 people redundant following its acquisition of Maersk Oil. But on Monday the company said it had increased that number to just over 300 after further review of its operations. It is believed the move will leave Total with about 1,200 workers in Aberdeen.     A Total spokesman said: “Total is making progress with its…

Ardyne leads the charge in technology advancement

Ardyne, the provider of innovative plug and abandonment and slot recovery technology, is delighted to have been selected by Statoil for the design and development of a combined casing vibration and pulling system. The company, based in Aberdeen and Stavanger, will perform modelling and analysis followed by prototype design and testing in support of the project goals. The technology fits within Ardyne’s recently launched Casing Recovery Toolbox suite of tools and services. The technology will initially be targeted at the…

10,000-tonne vessel heads from Great Yarmouth to Taiwan after contract win

Offshore installation company Seajacks has won its first renewables contract outside Europe, to install all 20 6MW turbines at the 120MW Formosa 1 offshore wind farm in the Taiwan Strait. The company will send its 10,000-tonne jack-up vessel Zaratan to complete the project for Siemens Gamesa, with work scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2019. Seajacks chairman Soichi Inoue said: “This exciting contract award announces the arrival of Seajacks as a global player in offshore wind farm installation…