Improved design and integrity of offshore assets

BMT has released BMT Deep, an advanced interactive asset data platform that delivers deeper insights for enhanced asset performance management and is the product of over 20 years’ practical infield experience in offshore oil, gas and renewables, a press release stated. BMT Deep harnesses Big Data to deliver a clear picture; it is designed to quickly store, manage, integrate, post-process and visualize vast datasets. The platform is interactive, intuitive and facilitates the exploration of data from multiple sensor time series to post-processed and statistical data from a single asset or a fleet. All data are stored, managed and processed in the secure environment provided by BMT. The platform also is fully customizable. The processing and analytics can be scaled and configured to match specific needs so that users can gain the most important insights within their time frame.

BSEE launches risk-based inspection program

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has announced the implementation of a new risk-based inspection program that employs a systematic framework to identify facilities and operations that exhibit a high-risk profile, according to a press release. The risk-based inspections supplement BSEE’s existing national safety inspection program. The Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act authorizes BSEE to conduct annual scheduled inspections and periodic unannounced inspections of all oil and gas operations. The new risk-based inspection protocol looks beyond compliance and assesses the integrity of critical safety systems on facilities and in operations. Inspection findings and incident reports are used by BSEE to assign a risk factor score to each production facility in the Gulf of Mexico. The risk factor score is based on specific performance and risk-related information that falls into two types of risk-based inspections: facility based and performance based. Based on analysis of this information, BSEE prioritized the areas that require follow-up under the risk-based inspection protocols.

New downhole tools released to market

Rival Downhole Tools has released two of its proprietary products, Rival PDM and Rival FRT, a press release stated. Rival PDM is a drilling motor designed to exceed downhole performance and reliability requirements. Rival FRT is a downhole friction reduction system that creates axial movement along the drillstring, increasing both the ROP and the reach in drilling and completion operations.

HMI designed for extreme environments

Beijer Electronics has created the X2 extreme 7/12/15 human-machine interfaces (HMIs) for harsh environments. They are approved for -30 C to 70 C-plus (-22 F to 158 F-plus) operating temperatures, dust and water ingress protection per IP66, NEMA 4X/12, UL Type 4X/12 outdoor specifications, UL Class I Division 2 and ATEX Zone 2/22 certifications, according to the company. The HMIs come in standard and high-performance, high-bright panel-mount models and fully sealed models. The sealed models do not require a separate enclosure but are fully sealed against the elements with rugged M12 connectors and VESA mounting.

Blockchain technology for the oil and energy sector

PetroBLOQ, a subsidiary of Petroteq, is developing the first blockchain-based platform designed exclusively for the supply chain management needs of the oil and gas sector, a press release stated. According to the press release, the upsides of implementing blockchain are increased efficiencies and cost reduction. Additionally, PetroBLOQ is supported by prominent oil majors and industry partners that recognize the benefits and opportunities of developing, designing and deploying a blockchain- powered supply chain management. In December 2017 Pemex was the first petroleum company to accept cryptocurrency as a form of payment. Shortly thereafter Petroteq entered into an agreement with Pemex’s chosen international liaison, Grupo Pelge, to represent Petroteq’s interests in Latin America, the press release stated.

World’s first bi-fuel distribution unit for hydraulic fracturing

The launch of the world’s first automated, mobile diesel and natural gas distribution unit in the U.S. by Frac Shack America Inc. is a 16-m (53-ft) mobile trailer unit that enables the oil and gas industry to achieve improved substitution rates when using cleaner natural gas to offset diesel fuel consumption during fracturing operations, a press release stated. Accuracy of analysis also is improved with modernized consumption data reporting. The elimination of pressure loss from the unit’s quick connections on each horsepower pump means higher efficiency and increased productivity, according to the company. The Bi-Fuel Frac Shack has been proven in field operations, working with Liberty Oilfield Services’ (LOS) Quiet Fleets on a regular basis in Colorado, safely and efficiently fueling their pumpers with both natural gas and diesel. This has resulted in reduced emissions and has created fuel cost savings for both LOS and its customers. The mobile unit features custom-built natural gas and diesel distribution lines and has its own 7,900-gal diesel tank, which is designed to significantly reduce costs with the elimination of large diesel transport trucks needed on location. Once spotted on the fracturing location, the unit then distributes both diesel and natural gas to the hydraulic fracturing pumpers. The Bi-Fuel Frac Shack is compatible with LNG, CNG, field gas and pipeline gas.

Partnership creates full package for oil spill response

Norwegian suppliers Framo, Maritime Partner, Norbit Aptomar and NorLense have come together to create the OSRV (oil spill recovery vessel) Group to offer a complete oil spill response solution, a press release stated. The OSRV Group offers a package that covers everything from detection and containment to recovery of the spill, processes which are conducted with reliable equipment that can handle the challenges if an accident occurs. “The customer only has to deal with one of the partners to get access to a complete system that covers everything and is fully adapted in terms of functionality, volume and size,” said Roy Arne Nilsen from the international sales team at NorLense. Aptomar’s radar and infrared camera identifies and produces an overview of the oil slick, whereas Maritime Partner’s powerful, high-speed vessels are perfect for pulling equipment such as booms in place, the release stated. The oil is contained with booms from NorLense, and then recovered onto a vessel with the Framo TransRec Oil Skimmer System. This is equipment that is in use worldwide, and the technologies are tested annually as part of realistic drills.,,,

Connection features close-tolerance, wedge-style thread forms

Hunting Energy Services has introduced its TEC-LOCK semi-premium connection technology. According to a press release, the new technology, which surpasses American Petroleum Institute performance guidelines, features close-tolerance and wedge-style thread forms. TEC-LOCK BTC and BTC-S close-tolerance thread forms minimize connection stresses and eliminate the open “J” area, thus creating a flush inside diameter for turbulent free flow and reduced tool hang-ups. Available in 4.5-in. to 9.625- in. sizes, the connections deliver multiple make and break capabilities and are compatible with BTC accessories. The wedge-style thread form, TEC-LOCK Wedge, features a semi-flush outer diameter (OD) and offers extremely high-torque capabilities and maximum axial efficiencies. Its expanded box OD, smaller than coupling, provides less drag during installation. When used with Hunting’s SealLube thread sealant, TEC-LOCK Wedge provides a gas leak-proof seal on a product without a metal- to-metal seal. It is available sizes range from 4.5 in. to 7 in. Both thread forms underwent extensive testing to confirm performance.

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