Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Installation Methodology Ophir WHP

The platform for the Ophir development off Malaysia is set to commence its journey to the field from the Muhibbah Engineering yard at Port Klang.
Project co-owner Octanex revealed Monday the jacket and topsides had been loaded out onto transport barges and would be transported to the field shortly.
Upon arrival, the 350-tonne platform will be installed by Dutch company SPT Offshore which has been subcontracted by Muhibbah for the transport and installation of the platform.
The Ophir field is being developed via three production wells, a well head platform and a floating production, storage and offloading vessel.
It was reported last month Malaysian contractor MTC Engineerig had bought an oil tanker - Puteri Bangsa - for conversion into the MTC Ledang FPSO which will be used at the field.
Output at the $90 million Ophir development is expected in the second half of the year.
The Ophir oilfield is being developed under a risk service contract. The co-owners are Octanex (50%), along with Malaysian companies Scomi Energy (30%) and Vestigo Petroleum (20%).

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Triple Offset Valves used as Isolation Application

Can Triple Offset Butterfly valve used as isolation application?
Many engineers are not aware Triple Offset Butterfly valve can be used as isolation valve, and it benefit in term of saving in weight, space and most importantly, cost.

Triple Offset Valves in Upstream Applications

Triple offset valves provide an efficient solution for critical and non-critical applications when positive isolation is required in upstream oil and gas operations. Their compact nature offers savings in weight and space and most importantly, cost.
Most onshore and offshore installations traditionally use ball valves and occasionally gate valves for the majority of flow isolation applications. Specifications typically call for 6D valves, but engineers seldom look beyond these specifications to other valve types with similar or better performance.
Many of these engineers are not yet aware that in many offshore isolation applications, a triple offset valve (TOV) offers benefits in terms of weight, overall dimensions and performance versus the standard ball or gate valve. A TOV can be the right choice for applications in the turret of a floating production storage and offloading vessel (FPSO), and in virtually all topside process applications of FPSOs and platforms such as separators, water treatment, gas compression and other systems.
Today’s TOVs, with pressure ratings up to ASME Class 1500 and zero leakage, cover enough applications to achieve significant savings in weight and space, as well as total cost of ownership.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

FLNG market update

Petronas FLNG 1

With the low oil price environment dampening project sentiment.
Below are list of FLNG projects status:

1: Petronas’ PFLNG1 is expected to commence operations in 2016
2: Ophir Energy’s Fortuna FLNG still set for mid-2016 FID
3: ENI’s Coral FLNG development plan approved by Mozambique
4: Delfin FLNG project pushing ahead at for Port Delfin project
5: Petronas Delays PFLNG2
6: Browse FLNG decision delayed
7: Exmar, PEP cancel Caribbean FLNG deal

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Accident: An offshore oil platform in Azerbaijan’s section of the Caspian Sea

4 Dec 2015

A major fire has broken out on an offshore oil platform in Azerbaijan’s section of the Caspian Sea. The company says one person died and 32 were evacuated - while 30 more are missing.

The fire started overnight at a rig at the Gunashli field southeast of Neft Daşları (Oil Rocks) settlement. It was caused by strong winds that damaged a gas pipeline on the platform, the Azeri state energy company SOCAR said.

"The fire in the gas pipeline has not been completely extinguished and it has not been ruled out that it could spread to oil and gas wells near the platform," it stated.

The rescue operation was hampered by stormy weather with waves rising up to 11 meters high, Trend news website reported.

Initial statements did not mention those missing. The order signed by President Ilham Aliyev to launch a probe into the fire only said 1 person was killed and 32 were saved.

At the same time, the independent Oil Workers' Rights Protection Committee told Reuters that over 30 platform workers were killed in the blaze.

"According to our information, 32 workers died, while 42 workers were rescued last night," said Mirvari Gakhramanly. He later told the AP those were not dead, but missing.

SOCAR eventually confirmed people were missing, but put the number at 30.

"One body was found and a search-and-rescue operation for 30 missing workers is under way," the oil company said in a statement.

Local reports suggest one of the rescue boats was overturned in rough sea.

The search and rescue mission continues.

It is still not clear how many people worked on the rig. The Azeri news agency ARA says 63 people were there, which doesn’t match the numbers provided by the independent committee.

In a separate incident in the area, the storm waves hit a small house near e Caspian shore with three people inside who remain missing, according to the news website Day.Az.

Monday, July 13, 2015

US labels DuPont as ‘severe’ safety violator after chemical plant accidents

Four workers died in November 2014 after being poisoned by exposure to methyl mercaptan,
which is used to make insecticide at DuPont’s La Porte, Texas, plant.

OSHA placed DuPont in its severe violator program, which devotes additional resources to inspect companies with a “demonstrated indifference toward creating a safe and healthy workplace.”

DuPont Co. was placed in a US Department of Labor program for “severe” violators of workplace safety rules and was fined for more alleged infringements after the deaths of four workers last year at a Texas herbicide factory.

The proposed fines of $273,000 are for eight violations -- three “willful,” one “repeat” and four “serious” -- found at DuPont’s plant in La Porte, the department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said in a statement Thursday. The fines are in addition to $99,000 levied in May for nine violations related to the November deaths, OSHA said.

OSHA placed DuPont in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program, which devotes additional resources to inspect companies with a “demonstrated indifference toward creating a safe and healthy workplace.” CEO Ellen Kullman early in her career led the creation of a safety consulting business at the company.

“DuPont promotes itself as having a ‘world-class safety’ culture and even markets its safety expertise to other employers, but these four preventable workplace deaths and the very serious hazards we uncovered at this facility are evidence of a failed safety program,” Assistant Secretary of Labor David Michaels said in the statement.

A worker at the plant was overcome when a supply line released more than 20,000 lb of methyl mercaptan, a deadly chemical. Three more were asphyxiated by the colorless gas when they came to his aid in a failed rescue attempt. The latest fines stem from expanded inspections at the plant, OSHA said.

Plant Shutdown

DuPont is “disappointed” with its inclusion in the Severe Violator program as the company has worked to continuously improve its safety procedures since they were first implemented more than 200 years ago, said Dan Turner, a DuPont spokesman.

DuPont has shut the herbicide unit to fix any problems and will work with OSHA to better understand the latest citations and any additional abatement needed, he said.

“We believe we have identified and are addressing most if not all of OSHA’s significant findings,” Turner said in a e- mailed statement. “We have and will continue to take the necessary steps to ensure all units are safe to operate.”