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The Oil & Gas Industry
In this issue, you will find a foreword from the Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Terje Søviknes. Important industry organisations are presented with information about their work and expertise.
Over five articles, topics currently central to the Norwegian oil & gas industry are discussed in depth. This issue’s topics include new solutions that improve cost-efficiency, new development within drones and robot technology, expansion for the industry into offshore wind and HSE initiatives on the NCS. In the second half of this issue, you will find information about Norwegian companies that offer their products and services on the global market.
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For more than 50 years, Norway has been
a global leader in offshore oil and gas
production. A key enabler for this success
was the emergence of a sophisticated
supply and service industry, capable of
taking on complex projects and delivering
tailored solutions, while constantly
improving their products and processes.
The story of Norwegian petroleum activity is the story of continuous technological development; ranging from small steps, making every day processes more effective, to great technological leaps, pushing the boundaries of what the industry can do. Technological developments have also been key in reducing the environmental impact of the petroleum activities.
Today, the oil and gas industry represents a spearhead of Norwegian technology, know-how and expertise. I believe a long-term commitment to research, development, and bringing new technologies to market will be vital when we embark on the next chapter of our petroleum history.
The past years have been challenging for the petroleum industry worldwide, and Norway has been no exception. The good news is that the situation is now improving. The Norwegian petroleum industry has worked diligently to adapt and realize efficiencies to increase productivity. As a result, Norwegian contractors have retained their competitive edge.
As part of a global industry, Norwegian contractors have deliveries to almost a hundred countries. In 2015, international sales amounted to 190 billion NOK – 40 percent of the total. These are impressive numbers, especially in light of the challenging market conditions, which further underlines their competitiveness and dedication to high quality.
However, this is not a time to relax. While costs have come down, the long-term challenge for oil and gas producers will be to keep costs down. Going forward, the willingness of producers to innovate and adopt new technology will be decisive. Great potential is still to be unlocked in areas such as better subsurface understanding, drilling efficiency, enhanced oil recovery, improved subsea systems and unmanned operations. Further, digitalisation and automation can help make processes less expensive, safer and more efficient. Norwegian suppliers are at the forefront in research and development encompassing these challenges.
The industry is also taking on new opportunities in the renewables sector. Offshore wind is a case in point, where technology and experience derived from offshore petroleum operations are being harnessed to employ new solutions. The fixed Dudgeon and fl oating Hywind projects off the coast of Scotland are bright examples, and I believe this is just the beginning.
The close interaction between oil companies, industry and research institutions has been the key to solving technological challenges on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. In turn, this has formed the basis of international competitiveness and success. I am truly proud of their results, and I trust you will find this issue of Norway Exports useful in learning more about the Norwegian petroleum industry.
The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy’s main responsibility is to achieve a coordinated and integrated energy policy
The Ministry of Petroleum is responsible for policy in the following areas:
A primary objective of the Ministry is
to ensure high value creation through
efficient and environmentally friendly
management of Norway’s energy
resources. Without a high level of
competitiveness, the efficient use
of resources, and profitability in the
energy sector, it will not be possible to
create the jobs and revenues needed to
maintain prosperity and employment.
Energy policy must be formulated to ensure the best possible use, within environmentally acceptable limits, of the country’s overall supplies of labour, knowledge, capital and natural resources.
As the secretariat for the political leadership, the Ministry’s objectives will be developed through the Government’s energy policy goals — as expressed, for instance, in relevant White Papers and Propositions (Bills) to the Norwegian Parliament (Storting). The level of expertise within the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, combined with the strategic and practical alliances within the Norwegian Government, research organizations and the industry sector, provide the basis to continue to meet short and long-term goals and requirements related to national energy issues as well as cooperative efforts on the international level.
The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy is responsible for the following associated offices and entities related to oil and gas activities:
The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) is administratively subordinate to the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. The NPD plays a key role in petroleum resource management, and is an advisory body for the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. The NPD exercises authority in connection with exploration for and production of petroleum deposits on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, including statuary powers and to make decisions based on the rules regulations governing the petroleum activities.
Petoro AS is a state-owned corporation which is responsible for the management of the State’s Direct Financial Interest (SDFI) on behalf of the state.
Gassco AS is a state-owned company responsible for the transport of natural gas from the Norwegian Continental Shelf. The company is the operator of Gassled, although it has no ownership interest in the company. Gassco AS handles this operatorship in a manner that is neutral for all owners and users.
Gassnova SF is the Norwegian state enterprise for Carbon Capture and Storage. Gassnova manages the Norwegian State’s interests in Carbon Capture and Storage. Managed interests include development of technologies, realization of CCS projects and advising the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy.
Statoil ASA is an international energy company with representation in about 30 countries. The company is listed on the Oslo and New York stock exchanges. The state owns 67% of the company’s shares.
A newly launched project by Norwegian Energy Partners aims at getting an overview of how the supplier industry has contributed to cost efficiency on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.
The industry is now in a radical change mode. The significant price fall of oil, which started second half of 2014 and first part of 2015, has led to insecurity and is characterized by big challenges. The oil and gas industry needs to think differently and the business needs to improve in many areas at the same time.
Radical and continuous improvement is a prerequisite for the industry to succeed in the years to come. The low oil price is both a challenge and an opportunity for the industry.
The downturn is also a good reason to focus
on cost efficiency. It often means new use
of technology and improvement of different
processes. The Norwegian oil and gas
industry possesses world leading technology,
has a high reservoir utilization, top HSEstandard
and environmentally friendly
production. The industry is well positioned to
take part in recovery of remaining resources
in Norway and internationally – also with a
future of lower oil price.
The operators have challenged the supplier industry to contribute to cost efficiency and make the supplier industry more competitive and sustainable. The supplier industry has responded to the challenge with great commitment and has made available cost effective products/ services /solutions the operators can take advantage of.
The Norwegian Energy Partners (NORWEP) considers it important to get an overview of what the supplier industry and NORWEP partners have contributed to cost efficiency.
The purpose of doing this is to show what has been achieved so that customers and decision makers with ease can find what is relevant for them. The customers should be able to see the advantage of using Norwegian suppliers and find relevant information about competence and qualified areas for each supplier.
One of the most important elements of information that should be covered through the project is to point at the areas where partners have achieved cost efficiency which can be relevant for the customers e.g., but not limited to, working methodology, technical specifications, use of new technology, standardization, digitalization, organization, contract structure and ways of cooperation.
The information will be accessible to the industry. As NORWEP has collected the information it will be important to communicate it to relevant parties. NORWEP can arrange meetings and workshops with the oil companies, rig owners and, engineering companies, yards and other customers with the topic “Cost effective solutions” where their partners can present their products/ services/solutions. NORWEP believe it is time to tell this exciting story and use cost effective solutions as a marketing tool on the international market.
NORWEPs plan is to collect and structure the information from partners and present it during 1st quarter 2018.
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The NHO - Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise - is the main business and employers organization in Norway with a current membership of 25,000 companies ranging from small family-owned businesses to multinational enterprises. A half million people work in those companies. As a member in NHO you will have access to a unique network and infl uence decision making. NHO offers amongst other special deals for members in legal aid, counselling, pension scheme, statistics and analysis.
In addition to the central organization
in Oslo, which has cross sectoral
responsibility for members’ interests,
members also belong to one of 20
nationwide sectoral federations and one
of 15 regional associations. The sectoral
federations represent branch-related
interests while the regional associations
offer a local point of contact between
companies and authorities.
NHO policies and priorities are decided by an executive council made up of 46 elected representatives from member companies. A ten member NHO Board chaired by the President makes decisions on policy issues with delegated authority from the executive council. A Director General is responsible for day-to-day operations in the administration.
NHO´s mission is to work in the best
interests of their member companies in a
way that also benefits society. Profitable
companies create jobs and economic
growth and contribute to the financing of
the public sector and the welfare.
Norway is heavily dependent on open trade and an open investment climate. Foreign direct investments play an important role in maintaining Norway’s competitive edge and create the needed dynamism in the private sector.
The last few years have been tough in the
oil and gas industry. Not only in Norway,
but throughout the world. Oil prices have
plummeted from more than a hundred
dollars a barrel to less than forty. Now
prices are in the sixties. Figures from
SSB (Statistics Norway) show that more
than 40 000 jobs have been lost. On a
global scale, numbers are even more
alarming. Because of this, Norwegian
companies have been through a
substantial restructuring process. The
consequences are many. It has become
harder to acquire contracts. Expertise
has left for other industries.
But this brutal, and as some would say, necessary transition has not only been negative. On the contrary, it has given the Norwegian supply industry a chance to shine.
The costs have been – and will continue
– to be cut dramatically. The same
tasks will be performed, but to a lesser
cost than previously. The industry has,
for years, worked on innovation and
technology, but with the last years’
downturn, the focus on development of
technology has increased. This works
hand in glove with the Norwegian national
OG21 strategy document from 2016.
The document points to innovation and
technology as important priorities for
the oil and gas industry for the years to
- Norwegian supply industry has traditionally been very capable at developing technology to solve challenges on the Continental Shelf. The main challenge for the future is to continue cutting costs so that we stay competitive, says Gunnar Hjelmtveit Lille, Managing Director of OG21.
He adds that the future for the Norwegian Continental Shelf looks bright. It is estimated that Norway still has more than 50 percent left of the recoverable reserves. In other words: The Norwegian oil & gas industry still has a lifespan of several decades. However, new technology is necessary to find the reserves and extract them costeffi ciently.
Lille mentions a few areas with considerable future potential in the years to come:
- The big trend is digitalization. There are tremendous opportunities in autonomy, automation, remote controlling and monitoring, just to mention a few areas. The discovery portfolio at the Norwegian Continental Shelf is dominated by small and medium sized discoveries. To develop and produce these resources, we need to utilize existing infrastructure efficiently and find simple and innovative solutions to tie-back new fields to the existing infrastructure, the MD explains.
The common denominator for the
new technology is that it must be cost
effective. This is either by doing the job
simpler and faster, or by extracting more
oil without any halts in the production.
The overall potential is substantial.
What is easily forgotten is the fact that
abandonment of oil wells and fields is
costly. Plugging oil wells entails immense
costs for the operators as well as for the
Norwegian society at large. Both in Norway
and globally, there are great business
opportunities in developing cost-saving
plugging and abandonment technology.
The Norwegian company HydraWell
has realized this and has developed a
technology that plugs wells both cheaper
and more efficiently than previously.
Simply put, HydraWell has developed a solution where it is sufficient to enter the oil well only once to perform all the steps of plugging. The process is to perforate the casing, fl ush the holes and the back side clean and fill it all with cement. The entire job is usually completed in less than 48 hours. In comparison, when using the traditional method one has to enter and exit several times to remove debris before cementing. This process can take several weeks.
- The alternative is to remove the casing
through drilling. This is time-consuming
and generates several tons of steel
shavings to be dealt with afterwards.
Without the steel shavings, we can
complete a plugging job in two or three
days rather than weeks, says Arne G.
Larsen, HydraWell´s CEO of business
HydraWell can point to great results.
- The numbers prove that we have saved 1500 rig-days, which equals more than four rig-years. That makes for a sound economy, especially considering that the cost of one rig is 300 000 dollars a day. We are talking about savings in the order of 3.5 billion Norwegian kroner, Larsen says.
The high cost of leasing rigs has made HydraWell develop a technology to plug oil wells without using a rig. The company is still at the start-up stage, but the ambition is to secure contracts with various operators in early 2018.
As already mentioned, there has been a considerable development in innovative technology over the past few years. Critics still feel that the focus started too late, that Norwegian operators have taken high oil prices for granted. OG21´s Lille only partly agrees.
- It is important to emphasize that we have always been proficient at technology development, but we could have been better at implementing the technology earlier. My opinion is that it often takes too long from development to utilization, the MD says.
Statoil has, on several occasions, been a great supporter of several small technology companies. The oil giant has therefore established Statoil Technology Invest to get the products to the market.
- Norwegian technology has brought about the adventure on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. We depend on further innovation and new technology to continue to deliver, says Eskil Eriksen, Statoil´s media spokesperson.
Eriksen uses the Johan Castberg field as an example. The project´s original cost was estimated at 100 billion Norwegian kroner, but was reduced to 50 billion. Innovation and technology played an essential role in the cost reduction.
- The potential is enormous, especially within digitalization. That is why we will be investing between one and two billion Norwegian kroner in digital technology over the years to come. Statoil has been – and will continue to be – an important part of the Norwegian supply industry by contributing to development of technology.
These types of solutions are exactly what
the oil and gas industry in Norway, and
internationally, are requesting these days:
Operations that save time and money. In
addition, these initiatives reduce travel and
risk for the workers involved, and are also
environmentally beneficial, as it reduces CO2
The oil service company Oceaneering, has on commission from Statoil, developed the world’s first E-ROV concept. (ROV = remotely operated vehicle, the letter “E” stands for empowered.) This means that the E-ROV performs tasks powered with electricity from integrated batteries, thus the system is completely independent of a platform, vessel or other forms of infrastructure while performing subsea operations.
After thorough testing in Oceaneering’s test pool in Stavanger, the E-ROV went offshore to the Troll-Field, where it performed valves and inspection tasks on the seabed. The ROV-pilots are most commonly found in a control room on board a vessel or rig. This time they were “home” in the support center. In June 2016, for the first time in history, an empowered (battery driven) ROV was operating in the North Sea via 4G network, remotely piloted from Oceaneering in Stavanger.
A prerequisite for the ability to conduct remote-controlled operations, without fiber cable or signals via satellite, is a well-developed 4G network. Telenor, in cooperation with Statoil, has established 17 base stations for 4G network coverage on the Norwegian continental shelf. Fiber cables run from the base stations to shore. Thus, all the oil and gas fields in the North Sea and Norwegian Sea are covered.
When the remote-controlled and batterydriven E-ROV was operating at the Trollfi eld, the control signals from the support center were wirelessly transferred via 4G network to a buoy on the ocean surface that transmit data and communication signals, to and from the E-ROV, via a subsea communication cable.
The signal buoy is produced in Norway, more precisely at FugroOceanor in Trondheim, and is of the same type as the buoys used at measuring stations for meteorology.
Remote-controlled maintenance of subsea
installations and equipment is estimated to
be the future method of operations in the
oil and gas industry. Hence, developments
within ROV technologies towards resident
ROV systems (RROV) are a hot topic in the
industry. In other words, RROVs will in the
future be permanently stationed on the
seabed and perform tasks when needed.
In the future, resources will be found further
from shore, at deeper sea levels and in colder
areas. “The E-ROV and RROV technologies
are important milestones for the keys to
success for future subsea operations in
these areas”, comments Merethe Berge
Paasche, Business Development Manager at
Oceaneering in Norway.
She predicts that the need for staff deployed offshore will be reduced and that more of today’s offshore jobs will be conducted onshore. “It is easier, cheaper, safer and improves the efficiency of the operations,” she says.
Ambitions are high in the Norwegian subsea industry. Development of new and better solutions within communications, data utilization and analysis, artificial intelligence and automation is ongoing. Soon, it probably will be normal to use remote-controlled resident ROVs, permanently stationed on the seabed for inspection and maintenance. Among the most significant future challenges will be the development of more effective batteries that will provide the ROV with more capacity and power for a longer operation range. In addition, development of subsea charging stations, tolerating permanent placement on the seabed, are essential in regards of a resident ROV system. Several suppliers of ROV services in Norway are now working intensively to develop and test their resident ROV systems for future operations.
Not far from Forus and Stavanger is Bryne, where the company IKM Subsea has built its own center for remote controlling of ROVs. On assignment from Statoil, IKM Subsea has constructed three ROVs that are placed at Visund and Snorre B in the North Sea. These three ROVs will be the first permanently stationed on platforms and will be controlled either from the new control center at Bryne or from the two platforms at sea. In addition, IKM Subsea has developed and produced the world’s first resident ROV, the so-called RROV. This is a versatile work and inspection ROV that will be permanently stationed on the seabed at Visund and Snorre, but will be controlled from the IKM Subsea’s new control center at Bryne. “We are very proud that Statoil gave us the opportunity to be the first to make this happen,” says chief of operations at IKM Subsea, Jan Vegard Hestnes. He adds that the RROV will be marketed all over the world.
There are several smaller manufacturers of
ROVs in Norway. One of them is Kystdesign
in Haugesund that recently delivered a high
speed ROV to Reach Subsea. This is a
specialized ROV for surveying, mapping and
inspecting the ocean fl oor as well as pipelines
and other subsea installations. This ROV
moves four to five times faster than other
inspection ROVs. Thus, it can collect much
more data in a shorter amount of time. Reach
Subsea has contracted for another high
speed ROV from Kystdesign.
Another Norwegian ROV manufacturer is Sperre at Notodden and Argus Remote Systems in Bergen, in addition to IKM Subsea that until now has only produced ROVs for their own use.
The development of autonomous
methodology runs parallel with electrification
of subsea equipment. Today, the most
common solution is hydraulic transference of
power to manipulator arms in working ROVs
and to thrusters, but electrical solutions are
In addition, Norwegian industry is developing electrification of production equipment that is permanently installed under water. All production trees are assembled on the seabed with hydraulic valves for shutdown and with electrohydraulic control systems. Aker Solutions is leading in this area through delivery and experience from Åsgard Subsea Compression which were the world’s first underwater compressors.
Einar Winther-Larssen, product manager for all-electric and new production at Aker Solutions, says that the goal is to electrify subsea production equipment so that the use of hydraulic power is no longer necessary. The advantage of all-electric, according to Winther-Larssen, is that you can remove all the equipment related to hydraulics, such as pipes in an umbilical, piping on structures and productions systems as well as equipment above water, pumps, filtering systems and other. The systems will be cheaper and easier to operate and maintain. At the same time, the production systems will be more fl exible and can more easily be developed in stages.
In 1995, Leif Johan Holand produced aerial
filming from helicopters for the Norwegian
TV, feature film and advertising industry.
He started to see that drones were
increasingly taking a share of the market,
when one of his partners in Griff Aviation
asked him: why don’t we make one? So
Today his company is fl ying and testing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) that can fl y loads of more than 200 kg for both military and civilian purposes, everything from fl ying for British troops in GPS blocked areas to more effective spraying of fungicides on banana plants in the plantations of South America round the clock.
“They saw how the banana fl owers closed during hot periods of time,” said Holand. “Drones don’t know if it’s day or night. They said this will revolutionise the banana industry.”
Drones are used in many industries today.
Agriculture is one of the biggest markets,
according to Holand. His company also
services the government and energy
markets, such as wind turbines, oil and
gas installations, and power lines. The
Norwegian company recently scored a
contract to automatically de-ice the blades
on 1,000 windmills in Canada using a
tethered drone that cuts downtime.
However, Griff Aviation is garnering international attention because of its drones’ unparalleled payload capacity. In Japan, it will test the transport of 100-kilogram fish crates from small fishing boats over several kilometres to the local islands. Griff is also collaborating with Spain and Dubai on testing drones that can carry over 300 kilograms. One customer in the private security industry has even asked if it can arrange an emergency evacuation out of his home via drone.
“We always have these crazy ideas” said Holand.
Griff Aviation recently expanded into the maritime sector with a strategic research co-operation with the Northern Research Institute (NORUT) in Tromsø. Started this spring, Griff aims to test equipment on UAVs for high-tech landings on platforms. The company plans to build a new aerial production factory at Bardufoss, the site of Norway’s military airport, next year.
So far, maritime applications for drones
have been mostly restricted to hull
inspection and on-site draft surveys. This
has more to do with the regulations than
the technological limitations, according
to Marius Johansen, Wilhelmsen Ships
Agency vice president business solutions
and marketing. It is more difficult to get the
necessary permits to fl y drones to boats,
which operate in different locations, and
especially in high-trafficked port areas near
Still, the Norwegian shipping company believes there is a growing potential with last minute deliveries of small parcels to vessels via drones. The company successfully tested delivery of a onekilogram package during Nor Shipping in Oslo this May together with a Norwegian drone operator and under the authorization of the Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority. The simulation demonstrated the delivery of a part for a broken pipe. The whole process took only one minute from mounting the package to drop off for the 500-metre fl ight.
Johansen foresees that the industry could save up to $575 billion from last mile deliveries of cash, medicines, documents, and spare parts to vessels using drones rather than launch boats. Nearly onethird of Wilhelmsen’s parcel deliveries involve packages weighing less than five kilograms. Drones would not only save costs from not having to hire launch boats, but also avoid the safety concerns when personnel climb up from the launch boat to the vessel just to hand over the package.
“It’s basically inefficient in the current market chain and the safety related risks are assumed higher using launch boats than using drones,” said Johansen.
Another trend in the maritime sector has
been the move from land-based surveys of
ships at yards to waters farther offshore.
This August, Norwegian company DNV GL
used camera-equipped drones to survey
semisubmersible vessel Safe Scandinavia
in the North Sea for Statoil’s drilling
operations on the Oseberg East field.
The assignment marked the first offshore drone survey by a classification company. The drones braved wind speeds of approximately 15 knots under the main deck to check the condition of the fairleads and their connections to the columns that hold up the vessel, saving both time and money.
“Normally this kind of operation would cause disruption to our client for several days,” said Ian Young, Prosafe chief operating officer. “The drone survey took only a few hours and was just as effective.”
DNV GL foresees drones will save operators significant costs related to the erection of staging and rafting (the process of filling a cargo tank with water to give the surveyor access by rubber boat). During its first production survey on chemical tanker MV Apollo in 2016, German shipowner Carl Büttner Ship Management saved 2-3 days – representing 14,000-28,000 – on inspecting 14 tanks.
“Imagine a tank of 30,000 cubic metres,” said Cezary Galinski, DNV GL project manager for maritime classification fl ying squad, based in Poland. “To fill it up and maintain various inspection levels leads to significant costs for pumping and discharge of water.”
Another plus from using drones is that there is no damage to the tank coating from staging, are more flexible to use, and improve safety for surveyors. DNV GL is looking at building its own drones, preferably as small as possible. In the next few years, drones might be so small that they could fit into a surveyor’s pocket, controlled via a cell phone, and taken out whenever areas are difficult to inspect.
“This is not very futuristic,” said Galinski. “We see more and more instances where it would be beneficial for the surveyor. We have to stop thinking of drones as something complicated. It’s just another tool like a hammer or a fl ashlight.”
But it is urgent to get started. – The train hasn’t left the station yet, but at least the first cars have already gone. This is what Irene Rummelhogg, the Executive Vice President and responsible for developing new energy solutions in Statoil, recently said to to the Norwegian tech magazine, Teknisk Ukeblad (TU). Developing offshore wind power on the Norwegian conitenental shelf has been a-long-time coming. Nonetheless, two of the largest Norwegian energy companies, Statoil and Statkraft; both having the Norwegian government as the largest shareholder, have committed themselves to constructing two large offshore wind farms in Great Britain. The two companies have headed up the construction at The Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm with 88 wind turbines creating a total effect of 317 Megawatts, providing enough power to cover the needs of 220 000 households. The Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm is even larger (402 MW). Both are located off the coast of Norfolk. Statoil, having invested 20 billion NOK in offshore wind farms in Great Britain, will also operate the farms when it is put into production.
The most groundbreaking project within
new wind power, that Statoil is involved in,
is Hywind. This is the world’s first floating
offshore wind turbine. First, a prototype was
placed in the North Sea, west of Karmøy,
Norway. Now there are five similar floating wind
turbines located at an offshore wind farm near
Peterhead in Scotland. More than two billion
NOK have been invested in this first fl oating
offshore wind farm.
Norwegian suppliers provided 30 % of the deliveries to the Hywind project. One of Norway’s largest offshore suppliers, Aibel, played a key role in the planning stage. The company was involved in the nitty gritty when it came to purchasing processes and how the structure was to be assembled. Norsea Group at Stord functioned as the host and provided use of their docks and big cranes, including assembly, whereas Siemens headed up the work at Stord erecting the huge monster turbines once all the parts were put together.
Subsea Seven in Stavanger installed the offshore cables correlating to the areas where the turbines would be moored in Scotland, while Nexans in Halden and in Rognan produced export cables and underground cables. Technip Norge was in charge of the marine operations at sea and near Stord, while, MacGregor from Arendal delivered the mooring system.
Statoil’s project director, Leif Dep, stated at a press conference at Stord last summer that in order to lower the cost for this kind of project, the building and installation must be industrialized and rationalized.” The Norwegian supplier industry should be a driving force here”, said Dep.
According to Executive Vice President, Irene
Rummelhoff, it is a huge advantage for Statoil
that the company has many employees with
skills pertaining to extraction of offshore oil and gas. Rummelhoff stated, according to
Teknisk Ukeblad, that Statoil has completed
constructions in wind power both quicker
and far under budget, without the need to
hire even one new wind power engineer in
the process. There are now between 150 and
200 Statoil employees working fulltime with
renewable energy projects.
Even though development of offshore wind power from Statoil has primarily taken place abroad, Rummelhoff points out that possible pilot projects with fl oating offshore wind farms could provide electricity to oil and gas installations on the Norwegian continental shelf. If this were to be successful, it could encourage more Norwegian industries to contribute to fl oating offshore wind projects.
The majority of offshore ship owners have
looked to offshore wind power to find new
areas of use for inactive ships after the plunge
in oil prices. Eidesvik Offshore in Bømlo has
retained contracts for three of their subsea
vessels in the renewable energy market. The
most recent contract was signed in September
with the German company Adwen for a period
of five months and an option to renew. Eidesvik
Offshore will provide ships with many cabins
intended for service personnel that work daytime
at the wind turbines far out at sea. The subsea
vessels are equipped with telescopic and motion
resistant gangways that ensure the safe move of
staff between the wind turbines and the ship.
Østensjø Shipping is an offshore company that is becoming involved in offshore wind power by way of building two specially designed service ships. Østensjø has signed a long-term rental contract with offshore wind power specialist Dong Energy for the two new constructions that will be serving the new wind farm Hornsea off the coast of England. Siem Offshore and Deep Ocean, shipping companies and innovators in underwater centers, have contributed immensely in the wind power field by mapping out and preparing the sea bed prior to installing the cables and additionally the installation of the actual cables. Fred Olsen Wind Carrier was early on board offering a specially designed ship for installing offshore wind turbines and special vessels for transporting service personnel to and from the offshore wind turbines. The Fred Olsen company is known to have installed more than 220 wind turbines at sea.
“One third of the entire fleet of subsea service vessels, built for the oil and gas industry in the North Sea, are now working on offshore wind projects”, informs Henrik Tobiassen in the brokerage firm Uno Offshore. This is an increase of 15 % as compared to the summer of 2016. “This growth will continue”, says Tobiassen.
Norwegian shipyards have also a foot inside the offshore wind business. Kværner Verdal has built the steel bottom for the turbines in German offshore wind farms. Umoe Mandal now builds hovercraft catamarans that will transport personnel to and from the wind turbines in a comfortable fashion. Oma Båtbyggeri at Stord, having built many high-speed passenger boats, has signed the shipyard’s first contract for building high-speed boats for staff in the wind power industry. Odfjell Wind AS from Bergen is the company in charge of ordering these boats for transporting workers. The sky is the limit for Norwegian industry in this growing market for production of renewable energy at sea. According to the organization Norwegian Energy Partner, (earlier known as Intpow and Intsok) more than 500 billion NOK has been spent on investment and operating costs in the European offshore wind industry since 1991. The prognosis indicates that another 1000 billion NOK will be spent in the years leading up to 2025.
Norway’s dedication to best practice has
resulted in a multidisciplinary approach to
HSE-related studies in the fields of medicine
and technological innovation, which is
beneficial from a human aspect and for
long-term investment purposes. There is
broad agreement between the Norwegian
government, oil companies, unions and
research bodies to improve safety standards,
already very high, within the sector.
The Research Council of Norway’s largescale Petromaks 2 programme works to promote knowledge creation and industrial development in order to ensure enhanced value creation for Norwegian petroleum resources within an environmentally sustainable framework.
Norwegian researchers have found that
the incidence of skin cancer which shows
that oil workers who have had direct
contact with crude oil and benzene have
a greater risk of developing skin cancer.
The PETROMAKS 2 funded research
concluded that some cases of skin cancer
were specific to the forearms and hands
from the elbow and beneath, where the risk
of direct contact was the highest.
According to Tom K. Grimsrud, senior researcher in occupational medicine, “the relevance and benefits are that this research addresses the growing concern that work in the offshore industry may cause health damage.” The findings will lead to improved monitoring of work conditions and better hazard control which reduce the risk of work-related skin cancers. There is continuous dialogue, unique to Norway, between researchers, unions, industry and the regulating authorities. This benefits the industry directly by providing opportunities for joint R&D projects which assists production efficiency. The Norwegian petroleum sector is an important employer, and information on potential health effects is of public interest.
The research, carried out by the Cancer Registry of Norway, studied the incidence of skin cancer between 1999 and 2010 amongst 25,000 oil workers working in the North Sea between 1965 and 1998.
“We found that oil workers exposed to crude oil and benzene for ten years or more had up to seven times higher risk of skin cancer on the hands and forearms compared with those who were never exposed,” says Dr. Jo S. Stenehjem postdoctoral fellow of the Cancer Registry’s research department.In terms of environmental impact, it is hoped that improvement in the chemical working conditions with enclosed systems and improved monitoring may increase awareness which may lead to better external air quality.
Another example of Norwegian safety
initiative is the technological development
of a “safety water curtain”, which improves
safety by preventing compressed air
from escaping and forming an explosive
atmosphere which can ignite with the
slightest spark or with static electricity.
This technology has been developed for
large installations where both accidents
and development costs are highest. But
with this new technology, less installation
equipment is needed, thereby reducing
costs which benefit the industry from both
a HSE and profitability perspective.
“The aim of this new technology can be used to reduce spacing and hence reduce plot plan sizes which in turn can be cost driving especially for offshore development.” says Asmund Huser, Safety Specialist at DNV GL, a Norwegian company which specializes in quality assurance and risk management.
“The goal is to increase the profit and the competitiveness of the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NIS) to maintain investments and jobs in the Norwegian petroleum industry.” says Anders J. Steensen, Special Advisor and Programme Coordinator, DEMO 2000, a demonstration and qualification programme for technology.
The project called Dowes is run by DNV GL and is a joint industry project (JIP) with support from DEMO 2000 which aims to investigate the effect of a “safety curtain” separating two process areas and how this can be used to reduce or prevent spreading of large-scale explosions. The concept is different in that the “safety curtain” is designed to be used when an accident has already happened so that damage can be contained. Large-scale testing in the UK is due to begin and the outcome is expected to be interesting for the industry.
The term “black swan” was coined
as a metaphor for something which
is impossible to predict but could still
happen. The concept is defined as “a
surprising extreme event relative to one’s
In risk assessment, this is used to focus attention on the fact that serious incidents and accidents are possible. These are incidents which nobody had thought of or known about, which had been ignored or regarded as inconceivable. These are referred to as the unknown unknowns, the unknown knowns and known dangers that are considered highly unlikely and therefore will not be realized.
The term “black swans” is used to sharpen awareness of and caution about uncertainty and risk related to activities in the oil and gas industry. “Black swans” help to identify uncertainty and risk before the threat of an accident becomes a reality. The Petromaks 2 funded project which comes under the heading “Black Swans – an enhanced perspective on risk” is a risk assessment project run by Professor Terje Aven of The University of Stavanger. This “enhanced perspective on risk” involves uncertainty, knowledge and surprises and how to manage them. This approach goes beyond the traditional probability-based principles to offer a broader insight into the important aspects of uncertain events and in doing so explores the ways to manage them. For example, a hydrocarbon blowout on an oil installation could be analyzed based on certain knowledge and several assumptions. Traditional risk analysis considers consequences and probabilities associated with known factors which, while important, is often not enough according to Professor Aven, which can lead to important risks being overlooked leading to bad decisions being made.
“Knowledge is the key to preventing all these dangers,” says Aven, “but different approaches and methods are required as preparing for the unthinkable and the unlikely are not the same.”
The aim of the project is to continue developing new principles and methods to meet safety challenges in the oil and gas industry.
Aquateam COWI’s key areas include:Seawater Injection
The main products range from simple weather stations to advanced complete helideck monitoring systems and environmental monitoring systems for marine and offshore users and other demanding applications. Typical add-on functions include anchor line monitoring, stress monitoring, motion and accelerations measurements, alarm functions, SCADA applications and many others. Offshore MetOcean Systems are exposed to the most extreme weather conditions and are not only expected to function in these conditions, but expected to measure accurately, providing correct data in order to document these conditions. All offshore platforms and vessels need environmental data for daily operational use and as an important tool for safety purposes. In more recent years these systems are also being tailor-made to measure the movements and conditions of the helideck and are used as a tool for improving the safety for helicopter traffic.
The company has had its software package DADAS in use in a large number of MetOcean data systems all over the world since 1992. The DADAS software is basically a general data acquisition package incorporating a very fl exible display module, a comprehensive reporting module, alarm modules and the possibility to control smaller processes directly. DADAS-PB is a special version now being used as standard MetOcean software for all Petrobras installations.
These are often known as EMS/EMP systems, weather stations or MetOcean systems and are a very important tools for many users onshore and offshore. EMS systems using the well proven DADAS software from Automasjon og Date have been in use for more than 18 years and have an excellent track record
Automasjon og Data has been involved in developing helideck monitoring systems since these systems were first introduced. New systems will comply with all known rules and regulations worldwide, including the CAA CAP 437, NORMAM 27 and the Norwegian Standard for HMS systems.
Drilling in deeper waters will often bring challenges related to fl uctuating and unpredictable currents. These may have a critical infl uence on both rig location and installation of expensive equipment. A system equipped with profiling current sensors (ADCPs) can give vital information about these parameters. DADAS software has simple and userfriendly displays that will give the user a quick and useful understanding of the situation. Current profilers with capability of measuring down a depth of 1,000 meters are available and can be tailor made for an installation. Automasjon og Data has developed current sensor deployment systems both for through hull deployment and for external guideline based installations for all kinds of offshore installations.
Automasjon og Data has vast experience in selecting, operating and maintaining the best sensors for the tough operational conditions offshore. Only sensors with an excellent track record will be recommended for use in such critical applications. The company can supply everything from single sensors to complete turn-key systems.
Automasjon og Data has a well qualified team of offshore service engineers, including experienced and certified support engineers onshore, who can undertake service work on all makes and models of MetOcean systems, EMP / EMS systems, HMS systems, meteorological and oceanographic sensors, etc. The company’s workshop is equipped for servicing and calibrating most kinds of sensors and instrumentation and has a fast track supply line for spare parts.
Automasjon og Data can perform an unconditional survey of older MetOcean systems—regardless of supplier—to evaluate the condition of the system and the need for upgrades. A thorough report is issued after the survey that documents the status of existing equipment, proposes upgrades if necessary and shows how such upgrades can result in less service and maintenance.
The Quality Management System is ISO-9001:2008- certified by DNV and all manufacturing and testing is documented thoroughly. The Quality Management System has been audited and approved by a number of third parties, among them Achilles Joint Qualification System and CAA.
Comet Consular Services’ strategy allows the
company to satisfy any need that a potential
client might have. Be it a business visa to
China, a Certificate of Origin that needs an
embassy stamp or an employee that needs to
be relocated to a foreign country.
This enables the clients to focus on their core business. Thanks to a global network of partners, Comet is able to help its clients conduct business all over the world. All partners worldwide are selected carefully and thoroughly checked to ensure that they fit the Comet mode of operation in terms of compliance and values.
Comet employs around 50 specialists that are stationed throughout the offices in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland. 50 – 60 embassies and instances such as the Notary Public and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are visited everyday which enables the company to be up to date with all requirements and regulations these instances have. Clients of Comet operate on a varying field of different markets such as Oil & Gas, Life Science and Manufacturing companies, to name a few. The company itself operates in all markets where there is a need for its services.
DeepOcean’s competitive strength lies in its ability to provide a suitable spread for solving its clients’ subsea challenges. The company has access to both owned and chartered DPII class subsea support and construction vessels as platforms for mobilizing suitable equipment fit for each work scope. DeepOcean’s owned equipment ranges from work class and observation class ROVs, module handling systems, carousel systems, subsea ploughs, jet trenching ROVs and mechanical trenchers, as well as a substantial pool of other subsea tools.
DeepOcean is in business to generate industry leading returns for all its stakeholders through the provision of safe, quality and innovative subsea services, while embodying a dynamic, fun and winning culture to attract and retain the best talent in the industry. DeepOcean has a global team of over 1,100 highly professional and experienced employees with a range of capabilities covering design, project engineering, geotechnical, project management and operational expertise.
DeepOcean’s project teams combine youthful enthusiasm and highly skilled experienced colleagues in a dynamic and vibrant work environment. The company is still small enough that each one contributes to the success and big enough so that employees are inspired to engage in personal development and take on new challenges. To support its operations, DeepOcean has its own marine base facilities in the UK, Norway and the Netherlands, as well as mobilization capacities in Brazil, Mexico and Singapore.
At DeepOcean, the distance is short between planning and offshore operations. The company’s employees really appreciate this and it gives ownership to the tasks in the projects and provides a fast and effective way for exchanging experience and on-the-job training.Survey & Seabed Mapping
NEK Kabel has a long history of
developing products for various
industrial customers. NEK Kabel
has unique knowledge of standards,
certificates and international
Ship and offshore products include LAN cable, bus cable, RF coaxial cable and fibre optical cable. NEK Kabel can meet any specific requirements as oil- or MUD resistance, UV-resistance, extreme temperatures, extreme mechanical resistance, subsea or fire resistance. NEK Kabel can also offer cable meeting EMC-requirements. NEK Kabel supply cable products to customers in Europe, America and Asia.
Fjell Technology Group research has developement and engineering competence. With a wide range of experience and proven excellence in oil and gas upstreammidstream- downstream technology, maritime technology and environmental technology, Fjell Technology Group is at the forefront of complex projects delivery through the application of the following:
The group’s team of specialists has a proven track record in thermodynamics, fl uid dynamics, process design, and mechanical design. Fjell Technology Group is an expert in process development, process design, installation and commissioning of process equipment and plant as well as complete EPCI of systems involving phase separation, mass transfer and heat transfer. Fjell Technology Group has the capability to perform engineering studies and advanced FEM-analyses that exhibit linear, nonlinear and transient material and geometry behaviour. Demanding challenges are undertaken, evaluated and solved by stress and strain analysis and fl uid flow analysis.
All engineering and production is performed in-house including pressure vessel design thermal design and 2-D and 3-D mechanical design. As a trusted partner Fjell Technology Group currently develops and delivers process solutions and key ready plants to the petrochemical industries’ biggest players. Innovation and commitment are of paramount importance in all projects performed by their skilled and experienced team.
From conception to birth providing full service delivery Fjell Technology Group offers quality process solutions for the on and offshore industries.
Located in Straume, Norway, FSP is at the
heart of all the on and offshore industries in
Norway, allowing the company to work closely
in collaboration with some of the petrochemical
industry’s biggest players. FSP focuses on
engineering products to the offshore energy
industry worldwide, providing integrated
services and with a proven track record in
delivering complex projects in deep-water and
challenging environments. FSP are experts
in seabed products, servicing and complete
maintenance and repair. FSP’s expertise in
subsea operations is the key to pioneering
products with lower complexity and high
mechanical strength. These are produced
with great production efficiency and without
compromising on quality and/or safety,
enabling the low cost and fast delivery needs
of today’s subsea industry to be met. As a new
entrant into the subsea market sector, FSP has
supplied products and services to a number
of leading offshore operators and service
companies globally, including Statoil, NTOS
and Aker Solutions.
FSP is a growing company building its business around a valued, energetic and motivated workforce. FSP pride themselves on being an integrated international team with colleagues from all over the world bringing experience to FSP. With the shortest lead times in the industry, the company is confident it can deliver faster than anyone else ensuring that its clients’ operations mobilize and deliver more quickly.
FSP is one of the leading suppliers of hydraulic couplers and valves for the subsea industry globally – acknowledged for smart design and fast and reliable deliveries.
- Our raison d’être
Hansen Protection is the market leader and manufacturer of immersion suits. All suits are tested and approved according to the most stringent national and international standards. The company places great emphasis on innovation and development and pushes the boundaries at the leading edge of design, ergonomics, materials and suitability for purpose. Hansen Protection develops and refines different types of suits in close collaboration with specific user groups to ensure optimal design and performance. Functionality is particularly important. The company´s unique approach to customization and extensive service network makes it the preferred partner.
Hansen Protection´s high-tech SeaWind suit is certified by SOLAS, ISO and EASA. As such it is approved for most of the most demanding work situations imaginable. No other survival suit can match its suitability for such a wide range of applications.
Hansen Protection has two Emergency Breathing Systems. One manual and one automatic. Both systems can be supplied with Hansen Protection´s range of SeaAir survival suits. The company´s manual Emergency Breathing System is classified as a “rebreather”. It is connected to an integrated infl atable lung and one breathes through a mouthpiece and “reuses” one’s own air. Hansen Protection set a new standard for automatic Emergency Breathing Systems when it launched SeaAir EBS. Suitable for use in extreme cold, being able to start breathing whilst still under water, a unique nose clip and other features make this one of the best automatic solutions on the market.
(Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon)
Our HPL EPIRB is specifically designed for helicopter transport passengers wearing our emergency immersion suits. The device is integrated in the suits to facilitate quick and easy localization. The emergency distress location signal is activated automatically when the wearer ends up in the sea.
HTS Maskinteknikk works closely with customers in demanding sectors like subsea, defence and aerospace in the role of a mechanics subcontractor and partner. Parts from the company’s production have found their way to the deepest subsea installations as well as to satellites bound for outer space. HTS Maskinteknikk, based in Drammen in the heart of the ‘Subsea Valley’ and close to the technological milieu in Kongsberg, supplies customers all around the world. Currently, approximately 50% of the company’s production is directly exported.
HTS Maskinteknikk specializes in high precision
turning, milling and sophisticated welding
related to its turning and assembly production.
The impressive range of machines is among
the most modern and extensive in Norway.
More than fifty (CNC) numerical machines,
many of them customized to make one or a few
products, reflect a clear and targeted strategy.
The company has always been willing to
engage its resources in prototype production,
but with its extensive range of machines and
skilled people the company balances it with a
constant flow of serial work at the same time.
After a massive wave of investments in buildings and machines several years ago resulting in, amongst others, the Deckel Maho department which features impressing milling precision and capacity, HTS Maskinteknikk has increased the number of dedicated turning machines for its subsea components during recent years.
Just in 2014 there were four new machines installed and paired with its organic growth it has now reached a comfortable capacity level where it is prepared to have continuous growth in the subsea sector. Furthermore, HTS Maskinteknikk has also made considerable investments within programming and has a good base of skilled programmers for five axis dynamic milling through the Mastercam tool that was installed last year.
The importance of quality welding has been
increasingly emphasized in recent years,
and HTS Maskinteknikk has definitely been
at the forefront when it comes to investing
in advanced welding equipment. The
company’s welding is performed under
laboratory-like conditions where the key
factor for success lay in perfecting the
repetitiveness controlling all the perimeters
in order to obtain the best possible
weld. The company approached Danish
manufacturer Migatronic and had a custom
made welding centre based on their special
needs. The centre has a robot and two
workstations providing both efficiency and
great HSE advantages. After three years of
service the company sees close to 0-defect
capability in the welding process and thus
the second machine was ordered. After only
a few months in service HTS Maskinteknikk
has now received a third welding machine
and seems to be well prepared for market
expectations for the years to come.
HTS has an extensive range of welding qualifications for various materialcombinations utilized for the subsea industry, and in diameters up to 1 inch.
HTS has always put a lot of effort into control and inspection and its main control department has its flooring separate from the rest of the building to ensure maximum accuracy in the company’s measurements. In total, three CMM measuring machines offers the opportunity to the continuous serial measuring of finished parts as well as control during production. During 2013 the company also invested in a scanner and a profile measuring machine for efficient in process measurements. HTS has even invested in its own calibration machine to ensure calibration of its equipment and the company also does some calibration for other companies.
With over 6,200 square metres featuring
operator-friendly working conditions, all
processes, including NDT and pressure
testing, are managed in-house in order to
achieve cost effective and efficient logistics
as well as a maximum of flexibility to support
the company’s customers’ needs.
HTS Maskinteknikk has a very dynamic organization and swiftly implements improvements that will become necessary in the future. A major ramp-up in personnel has been made since 2012 to better respond to the markets’ needs and what the future seems to hold.
HTS Maskinteknikk is proud to be a major mechanical actor with a base in Norway.
The company’s experience from the oil and
gas industry has been closely associated
with the development of the North Sea oil
and gas fields. Since the early 1970s, leading
expertise in complex offshore concrete and
steel structure has been developed using
advanced tools for the analyses and design.
Multiconsult has extensive experience with
developments in Arctic climates.
Multiconsult’s expert teams are often integrated in a larger project organization, with staff delegated responsibility for defined project areas such as design and follow up of offshore components and installations, or complete civil works in the case of onshore projects.
Multiconsult has a wide range of experience from complex and challenging projects both offshore and onshore, carried out in successful participation with Norwegian and international companies.
With over 40 years in the onshore industry,
Olimb Offshore’s experience from challenging
assignments can also benefit the
Internal pipe renewal using Olimb Offshore products can double the service life of pipes.
Olimb’s first major offshore installation was on the Statfjord B platform in 1992, where the company’s task was specifically to extend the service life of existing pipes. Olimb Offshore can document that a successful pipe renewal is also a sound financial investment.
The primary objective of the methods the company uses is to stop further corrosion of the existing pipe and prevent leaking from low-pressure pipes.
Rolls-Royce Marine specializes in ship design and the design and delivery of propulsion, positioning, maneuvering, motion control and ship systems. The company is one of the world´s foremost suppliers of marine propulsion systems, deck machinery and steering and stabilizing systems for the offshore, merchant and naval segments of the global marine market.
The company places great emphasis on fulfilling customer requirements – often designing and developing vessels before customers request them – and creating innovations that anticipate future demands. Its UT series ship designs are built worldwide. Rolls-Royce system solutions include fully integrated ship equipment systems in which the company provides designs and relevant documentation, delivery coordination, and guarantees of high quality and low lifecycle costs. It also offers a wide range of consultancy services, ranging from initial design to ship equipment supply and planned maintenance.
Technological strength and decades of experience gives Rolls-Royce the ability to design, build, deliver and support fully integrated system solutions.
TechnipFMC is uniquely positioned to deliver greater efficiency across project lifecycles from concept to project delivery and beyond. Through innovative technologies and improved efficiencies, TechnipFMC offering unlocks new possibilities for its clients in developing their oil and gas resources.
Each of the company´s employees is driven by a steady commitment to clients and a culture of purposeful innovation, challenging industry conventions, and rethinking how the best results are achieved.
To learn more about TechnipFMC and how the company is enhancing the performance of the world’s energy industry, go to www.TechnipFMC.com and follow the company on Twitter @TechnipFMC.
TESS offers complete engineering, procurement, construction and installation services. Together with Partners, TESS undertakes the full responsibility of:
TESS has extensive field experience and product knowledge. TESS service personnel receive continuous training and assessment; certified by DNV approved training courses. The company offers strategic Service Agreements, Customer Support and Life Cycle Care Systems aimed at improving operational efficiency and HSE/QA performance. Including:
TESS’ experts and engineering staff are
continuously improving the product range
enabling TESS to meet the present and
future demands. TESS is innovative, and
cooperates directly with world leading
Hoses and couplings
TESS has a quality assurance system in accordance with the requirements in ISO 9001:2008 and NS-EN ISO 3834-2:2006.
...and other world class customers!
The TCC® has unique characteristics which are the consequence of generating heat through friction. A major differentiator compared to any thermal technology is the extreme short retention time of the waste in the TCC unit which not only results in recovered oil that is comparable to newly created base oils but also in very clean solids, a high processing capacity and a small footprint. A very important effect of the friction process is that it allows for full temperature control meaning temperature stability and the possibility to adjust temperatures immediately when needed to achieve an optimum separation result. With almost 60 TCC units in operation in the world, the TCC is the most applied technology for treatment of oily drilling waste and the TCC is the only thermal system used offshore.
Thermtech AS is located in Bergen, Norway and is the owner of the TCC technology. Thermtech supplies mobile units, stationary units and offshore units. Thermtech’s mission is to support its customers, mainly oilfield services - and waste management companies, to deliver superb treatment services of oily waste streams.
A TCC unit will be tailored to meet specific needs which derive from project specific requirements, climate conditions and environmental objectives such as discharge limits. Once the technical specification of the unit has been agreed upon with the customer, Thermtech will perform the detail engineering and the manufacturing of the unit. Installation and Commissioning is done by Thermtech field engineers in close cooperation with the customer’s personnel.
Once the unit is on location and in operation, Thermtech field engineers will stay on site to supervise the execution and to perform on-thejob- training and education of the customer’s operations personnel. Once the operators are well trained, Thermtech engineers move out. In Norway Thermtech has a workshop in which process mills are produced and refurbished, a test center for new waste streams and a warehouse for the storage of spare parts. From Mongstad, spare parts are distributed all over the world and if required field engineers are travelling to location to perform repairs. From the office at Paradis, remote technical support is provided through Internet connections with the TCC® units securing the optimum performance.
Kvale’s core oil and gas team numbers 10
lawyers. Statoil ASA has been Kvale’s main oil
and gas client since the firm was founded. Kvale
now acts for many of the large and medium-sized
oil and gas companies and various suppliers on
the Norwegian continental shelf and abroad.
Our team has a long and broad experience from the upstream sector, and the strong ability to understand the commercial risks involved and provide tailor made legal advice arguably gives us a unique market position. We regularly assist in complex development projects, corporate and asset transactions, financing and restructuring and a broad range of operational issues applicable to the oil and gas industry. We follow our clients from their entrance to the Norwegian continental shelf through the exploration and production phase until the final abandonment of the various fields. Kvale has been involved in some of the largest litigation cases within the oil and gas industry, and is rated as a top tier oil and gas firm.
The core oil and gas partners are all top ranked by international rating bureaus, and combines an extensive experience from both Norwegian and international oil and gas projects.
Jens Brede is one of the leading oil and gas litigators in Norway, and has been involved in several of the largest court cases during the last decades. Yngve Bustnesli is also highly rated by international rating bureaus, and has extensive experience with contractual and regulatory issues related to all parts of the petroleum activities. Bustnesli is one of the co-authors of the reference book on Norwegian Petroleum Law published in January 2010, and is also the author to the book “Petroleumsregelverket” (English: “The Petroleum Regulations”) published in November 2013 (Vol. I & II). Erik Brannsten has extensive experience from domestic and international offshore construction projects, and is a leading lawyer within this field.
“Kvale Advokatfirma DA is the best law firm in oil and gas sector, procurement and construction.”
“Kvale Advokatfirma Da’s Jens Brede is regarded by some as the best lawyer in Norway for offshore construction-related work, and is able to grasp very complicated technical issues and discuss such issues in a contractual context.”
“Client comments that Yngve Bustnesli’s knowledge of oil and gas regulations is second to none.”
“The ‘very client-focused’ Erik Brannsten, who has ‘practical and solid expertise in offshore construction’, is increasingly handling international work such as his current involvement in a major oil development programme in Brazil.”
(Quotations from leading international rating bureaus)
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To utilize the ocean’s marine resources efficiently and sustainably, it is crucial to obtain accurate, up-to-date, information about the continuously changing ocean environment. Traditional approaches of collecting environmental data from research vessels are costly and requires significant investments in labor and equipment. To meet future challenges and opportunities, routine and continuous access to information on the ocean’s biological and oceanographic conditions is crucial for all ocean industries and for managers of ocean and coastal resources.
Businesses and environmental managers at the forefront are seeking easily accessible high quality ocean data, and increasingly from more remote areas of the ocean. Therefore, scientists are now testing unmanned ocean vehicles, equipped with a range of sensors, as a more cost-effective approach to collect large sets of data over vast areas of the ocean. The unmanned ocean vehicles collect data from the ocean surface and deeper in the water-column. They are easily re-programmed to adapt to changing data-collection needs and to operate in new ocean areas.
The project “GLIDER - Unmanned Ocean Exploration” is financed by the Research Council of Norway DEMO2000 program, with additional support from the offshore industry. The research and consultancy company Akvaplan-niva (Tromsø, Norway) is leading the project. In 2017, the project consortium will perform a series of technology testing activities. Three different unmanned vehicles was deployed August 1st outside Sandnessjøen, Norway, and retrieved September 7th at Bodø, Norway. In 2018, the unmanned vehicles will be continuously deployed from March through September.
The vehicles are a diving Seaglider™ (produced by Kongsberg Maritime AS), a Sailbuoy (produced by Offshore Sensing AS) and a Wave Glider (operated by Maritime Robotics AS). These are energy efficient platforms that also take advantage of energy from waves, wind and solar power. They are equipped with a GPS and programmed and navigated from land.
Each vehicle carries a variety of sensors for the collection of chemical, physical and biological ocean and atmospheric data. These sensors provide continuous measurements of weather, waves, currents, temperature, salinity, O2, CO2, pH, ocean acidification, marine algae, animal plankton, fish fry and marine mammals. The Glider project will collect a vast amount of metocean and environmental data in time and space at greater flexibility and lower cost compared to traditional sampling.
The project will use this experience to realize a professional business solution to manage data-collection and to develop data-analysis routines that can be offered to different markets for field campaigns to acquire both, short- and long-term, time-series of data. The project will, in cooperation with users, develop a system for distribution and management of the collected data. This will ensure that data are tailor-made for different marine and maritime industrial users (such as offshore oil and gas, aquaculture, fisheries, offshore mining and tourism), and for government authorities and the research sector. The goal is to offer baseline information for decision making to support profitable ocean businesses and governmental management. The collected data will contribute to better understanding of the structure and function of the marine ecosystem, improving existing ecological, oceanographic and meteorological models.
The partners in this project will use this experience to realize a professional business solution to manage data-collection and to develop data-analysis routines that can be offered to different markets for field campaigns to acquire both, short- and longterm, time-series of data.
In addition to Akvaplan-niva AS, the research and innovation partners are Met.no, the Norwegian Institute of Norwegian Institute for Water Research, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Nord University, Kongsberg Maritime AS, SIMRAD, Maritime Robotics AS, Offshore Sensing AS, Christian Michelsen Research AS, Aanderaa Data Instruments AS and ConocoPhillips Skandinavia AS.
is led by the research and
consultancy company Akvaplan-niva
For more info, contact Salve Dahle, Director Akvaplan-niva Phone: +47 90649490. E-mail: [email protected]
NORSAR’s Department of Microseismic Monitoring conducts research and consulting services with focus on:
To observe microseismicity, networks of geophones need to be installed in a specially designed configuration. Ideally, long strings of geophones should be deployed in several wells. However, offshore costs have pushed for an alternative solution using large sea floor deployments.
To facilitate this process, NORSAR has developed the commercial software MDesign.
NORSAR’s first processing results obtained from such sea fl oor sensors at the Oseberg field demonstrate that microseismicity can be detected and successfully located.
Geological storage of CO2 in large scales will inevitably change the stress field within and around the selected storage reservoir. If such stress field changes exceed the strength of rock, or the strength on pre-existing faults and fractures, the stress field will be relaxed through sliding of the rock along such fractures and faults. For the safety of any CO2 storage site, real-time detection and location of such microseismicity is required.
The unique advantage of microseismic monitoring is the real-time aspect. Once the smallest amounts of microseismic activity occurs, this information can be reported to the operators within seconds. Hence, countermeasures to e.g. reduce injection pressures can be initiated immediately. In addition to the risk management aspects, the occurrence of microseismicity within the reservoir will allow the operators to track the pressure front of the injection process. The principles of induced seismicity apply also to many other research areas, such as mining, rock-slope monitoring and hydrocarbon production.
CO2 storage must be scaled up immensely in order to meet legally-binding emissions targets of the Paris agreement
The challenges for oil and gas companies charged with operating and monitoring mega-scale storage operations are to predict capacity, maximize efficiency and minimize risk. Uni Research CIPR has developed a suite of fit-for-purpose methodology to meet the developing needs of industry where traditional methods fall short.
Standard reservoir simulators are un-fit to meet the challenges of gigatonne CO2 storage. Kilometer-wide CO2 plume migration must be coupled with centimeter-scale physics of convectivedissolution.
At the same time, injection-induced pressure pulses can extend 100s of kilometers into far-field, high-risk zones. Fit-for-purpose simulators are more efficient than one-size-fits-all.The VESA software provides:
Operators must demonstrate containment to conform to regulatory frameworks. Seal integrity must be ensured around faults and fractured zones.
Leakage of fluid and pressure outside of the licensed area can cause unwanted costs and project delays. Uni Research CIPR can provide reliable assessment of fault stability and other high-risk features in the reservoir.Geological consulting includes:
Geophysical monitoring is crucial for operational safety and efficiency. Key issues are: CO2 placement, hazardous pressure buildup, CO2 leakage to the overburden, and history matching. Proper use of geophysical monitoring results requires the ability to interpret (invert) the data.
Uni Research CIPR employs 40 researchers with expertise in mathematics, physics, chemistry, geology and engineering. Most researchers in the department have education at the PhD level with many years of experience in international projects.Specific areas of R&D are:
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Communication Equipment & Accessories
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Casing, Tubing, Liner, Connectors & Accessories (OCTG)
Coil Tubing Tools & Accessories
Down Hole Pressure Control Equipment
Drilling & Mud Handling Modules
Drilling Tools & Retrievable Production Tools
Pipe Handling & Lifting Equipment
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Generators, Power Sources, Units & Accessories
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PIPES/TUBES/HOSES & FITTINGS
Safety & Protection Equipment/Products, Life Boats & Life Rafts
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Pressure Vessels, Drums, Accumulators
Storage Tanks incl. Spheres & Accessories
Heavy Lift/Construction Vessels
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Construction Management & Supervision
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Hydrocarbon Reservoir Development & Production Services
Well Management/Construction Services
The following list provides an overview of the Norwegian embassies, Consulate Generals and Innovation Norway offices located internationally. For more information on Norwegian embassy and Consulate General activities, please visit www.norway.info
Baku – Embassy
11 floor, ISR Plaza, 69 Nizami str., Baku
Tel: +994 12 4974325 +994 12 4974325 / +994 12 4974326 +994 12 4974326 / +994 12 4974327 +994 12 4974327
Fax: +994 12 4973798
Email: [email protected]
Brasilia – Embassy
SES 807 Avenida das Nacões; Lote 28, CEP 70, BR-418-900 Brasilia - DF
Tel: +55 61 3443 8722 +55 61 3443 8722 / +55 61 3443 8720 +55 61 3443 8720
Fax: +55 61 3443 2942
Email: [email protected]
Rio de Janeiro – General consulate
Rua Lauro Muller, 116-Suite 2206
Torre do Rio Sul/Botafogo CEP: 22 290-160, Rio de Janeiro
Tel: +55 21 2586 7500 +55 21 2586 7500
Fax: +55 21 2586 7599
Email: [email protected]
Rio de Janeiro – Innovation Norway
Rua Lauro Muller, 116 - Suite 2206, Torre do Rio
Sul /Botafogo, 22290-160Rio de Janeiro
Tel: +55 (21) 2586-6800 +55 (21) 2586-6800
Fax: +55 21 2275 0161
Email: [email protected]
Shanghai – General Consulate
Room 1701, Bund Center, 222 East Yan’an Road
Huangpu District, Shanghai 200002
Tel: + 86 21 - 6039 7500 + 86 21 - 6039 7500
Fax: + 86 21 - 6039 7501
Email: [email protected]
Bogota – Embassy
OXO CENTER, Cra. 11A No.94-45, Of.904, Bogota
Email: [email protected]
New Delhi – Embassy / Innovation Norway
50 C Shantipath; Chanakyapuri, IND-110 021 New Delhi
Tel: + 91 11 41 77 92 00 + 91 11 41 77 92 00
Fax: + 91 11 41 68 01 45
Email: [email protected] / [email protected]
Jakarta – Embassy
Menara Rajawali Building, 25> th floor, Mega Kuningan, Kawasan Mega Kuningan, Jakarta 12950
Tel: +62 21 576 1523 / 24 +62 21 576 1523 / 24
Fax: +62 21 576 1537br> Email: [email protected]
The Embassy Section in Antananarivo
Batiment 2D, Business Explorer Park (ex. Village des Jeux)
Ankorondrano, 101 Antananarivo, P.O Box 12180, 101
Tel: +261 (0) 20 22 305 07 +261 (0) 20 22 305 07
Fax: +261 (0) 20 22 377 99
Email: [email protected]
Mexico D.F. – Embassy
Avenida Virreyes 1460; Col Lomas Virreyes, C.P. 11000 Mexico D.F.
Tel: + 52 55 55 40 34 86/87 + 52 55 55 40 34 86/87 / + 52 55 55 40 52 20/21 + 52 55 55 40 52 20/21
Fax: +52 55 52023019
Email: [email protected]
Maputo – Embassy
Ave. Julius Nyerere 1162, Maputo
Tel: +258 21 480 100/1/2/3/4 +258 21 480 100/1/2/3/4 / +258 21 485 072/4 +258 21 485 072/4
Fax: +258 21 480 107/ + 258 21 485 076
Email: [email protected]
Al Ram – Representational office (West Bank/Gaza)
World Bank Building, First floor Dahiat Al-Bareed, Al Ram, West Bank
Tel: +972 2 234 5050 +972 2 234 5050
Fax: +972 2 234 5079
Email: [email protected]
Manila – Embassy
Petron Mega Plaza Bldg., 21st floor, 358 Senator Gil Puyat Avenue,
1209 Makati City, Metro Manila
Tel: +(63 2) 886 3245-49 +(63 2) 886 3245-49
Fax : +(63 2) 886 3384
Email: [email protected]
Khartoum – Embassy
House no. 63, Street 49, Khartoum II
Tel: +249 183 578336 +249 183 578336 / +249 183 578343 +249 183 578343 / +249 183 578345 +249 183 578345
Fax: +249 183 577180
Email: [email protected]
Cape Town - Innovation Norway
Norton Rose House, 16th Floor, 8 Riebeek Street, 8000 Cape Town
Tel: +087 150 0120 +087 150 0120/ +087 150 0128 +087 150 0128
Fax: +2712 362 4287
Email: [email protected]
Seoul – Embassy / Innovation Norway
13th fl. Jeong-dong Building, 15-5 Jeong-dong, Jung-gu Seoul 100-784, Republic of Korea
Tel: +82 (02) 727 7100 +82 (02) 727 7100
Fax: +82 (02) 727 7199
Email: [email protected] / [email protected]
Bangkok - Innovation Norway
Blue Business Solutions Ltd., 14th Fl. Mahatun PlazaBangkok
Email: [email protected]
Houston – Consulate General / Innovation Norway
3410 West Dallas Street, Houston, TX 77019
Tel: + 1 (713) 620-4200 +1 (713) 620-4200
Fax: +1 (713) 620-4290
Email: [email protected] / [email protected]