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Trendsetter Engineering, privately-owned oil and gas service company based in Houston, has launched the Trident Intervention System. The intervention systems have been designed for rapid field reconfiguration, providing the flexibility to perform intervention riser, riserless wireline intervention and hydraulic stimulation operations all with one system. This modular intervention approach will result in lower costs for well maintaining, improved production and increased operational efficiency of the intervention.
Oilfield services giant, Weatherford International has introduced the Velox™ wellhead system, a best-in-industry solution for operators needing to lock in pressure integrity while enhancing safety and improving efficiency. Velox delivers unmatched isolation between casing strings with quick-connect components that maintain pressure control, reduce potential leak paths, and minimises non-productive time during installation in many applications, including high-pressure, high-temperature, and sour-gas wells.
WFS Technologies has joined forces with Subsea Energy Solutions to harness their combined global expertise and market-leading range of live condition monitored cable protection systems for the offshore energy industry. The collaboration will see WFS utilize its smart wireless Seatooth technologies, which provide real-time insight in extreme environments, with SES’s offshore cable and subsea umbilical, riser and flowline protection systems.
Bluware has landed an AI deal with British oil major bp. Bluware had entered into an agreement with bp to improve its ability to interpret seismic data. Financial terms remain undisclosed. Large seismic data sets are difficult to move and use in workflows. The interpretation of these data sets is also time-consuming. Using this tool, geoscientists can interactively train and correct deep learning results, thereby, improving structural interpretation workflows.
The OOC Oil & Gas Blockchain Consortium has concluded a blockchain pilot with Data Gumbo for automating water management at the Bakken shale field in North Dakota. The trial was able to reduce process workflow to less than a week, down from 90-120 days. The OOC Consortium consists of ten prominent oil and gas players namely Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Equinor, ExxonMobil, Hess, Marathon Oil, Noble Energy, Pioneer Natural Resources, Shell and Repsol.
Halliburton introduced the DynaTrac Real-Time Wireless Depth Correlation System, a new technology that reduces uncertainty and saves rig-time by enabling operators to accurately position packers, perforating guns and the bottom-hole assembly without running wireline or moving the work string. This system takes static measurements to determine the position of the BHA before and after setting the retrievable packer.
Indian Oil Corp. is working on an energy transition strategy, which would involve producing hydrogen in a cost-effective way as well as developing technology to combine CNG with hydrogen, its chairman Sanjiv Singh told S&P Global Platts. In addition to refining and fertilizers, hydrogen provides a huge opportunity for the transportation sector, amongst other, but one of the biggest challenges to overcome is to make it commercially viable, he added.
BP has extended Petrofac’s inspection and maintenance contract for its North Sea facilities for a further three years. The award is in addition to a new four-year metering contract that covers offshore and onshore consulting and support. Last year the two parties collaborated to demonstrate new execution techniques. Petrofac combined the use of Digital Twin technology, Connected Worker and its proprietary software BuildME to digitalize all campaign maintenance and inspection.
Neptune Energy has conducted what is reportedly the “world’s first” dual drilling operation from an integrated subsea template structure at the Fenja field in the Norwegian North Sea. Neptune teams maximized the full capabilities of Seadrill’s West Phoenix drilling rig to drill two wellbores at the same time. This is a monumental step and can be adopted as a standard practice in the future.
BP Australia has announced a feasibility study into an export-scale renewable hydrogen production facility in Western Australia. This will help the energy sector to understand the possibilities of using hydrogen to export renewable energy. The project will include an initial investment from BP of (AUS) $2.7 million, with another $1.7 million by Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). It has committed to releasing the results of the study to the public.
Norwegian accredited registrar, DNV GL has approved Aker Solutions' carbon capture and heat recovery technology as qualified, paving the path for a full-scale demonstration project in Norway to eliminate carbon emissions at a cement plant. The post-combustion technology developed by Aker intends at capturing and liquefying 400,000 tons per year of the released carbon dioxide at the Norcem plant.
UK-based offshore operator Neptune Energy is all set to rope in Dutch energy infrastructure firm, Gasunie on the PosHYdon green hydrogen project. Claimed to be the world’s first offshore green hydrogen pilot, PosHYdon will be developed in the Dutch region of the North Sea. The project is engineered to combine energy generated from offshore gas, offshore wind, and offshore hydrogen in the Dutch North Sea.
In a bid to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions, ExxonMobil Corp is carrying out field trials of eight methane detection technologies, which also includes satellite monitoring. The pilot project is utilizing drones, planes, helicopters, ground-based mobile and fixed-position sensors to conduct tests at nearly 1,000 sites in Texas and New Mexico. ExxonMobil said that all technologies and deployment methods will be utilized in the detection of leaks and the identification of solutions.
Indian downstream major, Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd has devised a novel technology to test the crude oil quality at a minimal cost and time. The current method requires lengthy lab tests. The newly developed technology is called BPMarrk, engineered to optimize varied properties from the crude. A 'crude horoscope predictor tool', BPMarrk has a number of patents including those from the US and the EU.
Australian E&P major, Santos has inked a non-binding agreement with oil supermajor, BP which will pave the path for A$20 million investment in Australia's Moomba carbon capture and storage (CCS) project. The project aims at capturing 1.7 million tonnes of carbon dioxide currently separated from natural gas at the Moomba gas processing plant each year. This captured carbon will be then reinjected into the same geological formations.
TGS has completed its study of carbon capture storage in Canada for a major oil and gas company. This study helped TGS understand the latest geological carbon storage locations onshore and offshore. Its collaboration with Canadian Discovery Limited (CDL) provided with world-class basin evaluation expertise, subsurface data library, and geological knowledge. The activity was carried out throughout British Columbia and led to the creation of framework for carbon storage assessment.
A recent survey by Accenture on “Accenture Upstream Oil and Gas Digital Trends Survey 2019” reveals that cybersecurity is the main focus of upstream oil and gas companies’ digital investments. The report also says that though the focus is set, the companies are still finding it difficult to scale digital technologies and unlock additional value. The second biggest focus was identified as cloud technologies.
Illinois-based IDEX Corporation has inked a definitive agreement to purchase the flow measurement system provider, Flow Management Devices, LLC (Flow MD) for cash consideration of $125 million. Flow MD’s calibration products have been saving on enormous payment discrepancies for customers where slight inaccuracies in flowmeter measurements at transfer points. Flow MD made an annual sales of ~$60 million last year, and will join IDEX’s energy group.