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Monday, November 20, 2017

Oil Recovery News

A Turning Point in Oil Spill Recovery

(Photo: Elastec)

Cleaning up marine oil spills can be a challenge as there are various types of oil spilled but only a few effective recovery methods. The three main technologies for oil spill recovery for inland and offshore waters are mechanical, insitu burning (ISB), and dispersant application. Absorbent booms and pads may also be used, but they are more effective for small fuel spills. Mechanical recovery, usually an oil skimmer, is a device that skims contained floating oil and transfers the recovered oil to a storage container or vessel.

Glosten Associates on Winning X‐Prize Team

On Tuesday, October 11, 2011 Team Elastec, a partnership of co‐inventors Elastec/American Marine and Glosten Associates, Inc., was awarded the $1 million first prize for winning the X‐Prize Foundation’s Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup Challenge with an ocean‐capable oil recovery system that shattered previous records for oil recovery rate and efficiency under controlled conditions. Glosten provided vessel engineering, mechanical system design, and operations support throughout the aggressive 45 day development process…

Finnish Firms Present Oil Recovery Project Results

Hanna Suutarla, Arctia’s Development Manager, presents the results of the IMOR Project. (Photo: Arctia)

A recent seminar held March 7 and 8 in Porvoo, Finland, saw Finnish companies Arctia and Lamor Corporation present the results of the IMOR (Ice Management & Oil Recovery) project, which seeks to enhance oil recovery in ice conditions. The oil recovery seminar, arranged by icebreaking services provider Arctia in collaboration with oil spill response specialist Lamor, was opened by the company’s respective CEOs, Tero Vauraste and Fred Larsen. In his speech, Vauraste stated that oil recovery is a key part of Arctia’s range of services.

Ampol Completes Oil Recovery Equipment Testing

The OHMSETT facility in Leonardo, NJ.

Oil Stop Division of American Pollution Control Corp. (AMPOL) completed phase two of its contract with the US Coast Guard Research and Development Center for the testing of Submerged Oil Recovery Equipment. The contract was completed in November after successfully executing a variety of tests at the OHMSETT facility in Leonardo, New Jersey. The OHMSETT facility allows industry professionals to work with real oil in simulated environments. As a result of testing, adaptations were made to AMPOL’s Oil Stop Bottom Oil Recovery System (OSBORS).

Water-based Oil Recovery System Increases Oil Well Yields

Water Standard is a global water treatment specialist delivering innovative desalination, water-based enhanced oil recovery and produced water solutions to the onshore and offshore oil & gas industry. By optimizing compatibility of the water used in chemical Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) applications with reservoir geochemistry, it is possible to increase an oil well's yield by 5 to 15 percent while significantly reducing the use of oilfield chemicals, claim Water Standard Piiots. Water Standard has successfully initiated a groundbreaking pilot project which confirms the performance of its H2Ocean Spectrum™ Technology for water-based enhanced oil recovery (EOR) both on and offshore.

Maritime Broadband Radio: First Wireless Network at Sea

Maritime Broadband Radio, MBR, is also installed on the Coastal Administration’s surveillance plane LN- KYV. (Photo: Kongsberg Seatex AS)

Norway has become the first nation to implement maritime broadband communication on ships and planes in public service, enabling exchange of information that can be crucial in limiting damage when accidents occur. Kongsberg Seatex and Radionor have teamed up to develop Maritime Broadband Radio (MBR), which the Norwegian companies say is, in contrast to previous systems, highly stable and has extensive reach. Among other capabilities, MBR also enables streaming of HD-video. MBR does not require an internet connection to connect units in the network…

Norwegian Shelf Subsea Contract for Aker Solutions

Aker Solutions wins a topside modification contract by Statoil to increase oil recovery at Gullfaks South. Estimated contract value is NOK 180 million. The main object of the project is to deliver topside modification for tie-in of two new templates, located at Gullfaks South, to Gullfaks A, plus topside modification for re-routing production from existing template D from Gullfaks A to Gullfaks C. Scope of work under the Gullfaks South increased oil recovery topside project includes engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning assistance (EPCIc). "This will be a challenging and exciting job. It is an important assignment for Aker Solutions, which shows that we are competitive on jobs in all levels of the market.

JBF Environmental Delivers Oil Recovery Boats

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) purchased three oil recovery boats from JBF Environmental Technology. The vessels will be stationed at the harbors of Providence and Jamestown, where oil storage and transfer operations are concentrated. The three boats are the JBF model 420, which is a square-bowed, flat-bottomed mini-barge operated by a crew of two. The 23 x 8 ft. boats are deployed like any powerboat from a boat ramp, or with a crane. Powered by twin Honda four-stroke outboard engines, they can speed to an incident at up to 25 knots. Each boat can hold 1,320 gallons of recovered spill in its hull, and has a draft of six in. light, and 18 in. fully loaded.

Alnmaritec Supplies New Pollution Control Boats

The two new Wave Skimmer class boats undergoing trials at Blyth

Alnmaritec Limited, which is recognised as one of the UK's leading specialist boat builders, has recently delivered two new oil pollution control boats for operation in Asia. The new ‘Wave Skimmer’ class boats were delivered by Alnmaritec earlier this year to Elastec American Marine who also supplied all of the oil recovery and storage equipments on board. These boats follow on from the successful Wave Provider class boat that was delivered by Alnmaritec to Elastec (a major manufacturer of oil spill equipment) in 2010, also for operations in Asia.

Rosneft & Cupet to Cooperate at Brownfields, Cuba

Head of Rosneft Igor Sechin and General Director of Union CubaPetroleo Juan Torres Naranjo signing  the Agreement

On July 11, Head of Rosneft Igor Sechin and General Director of Union CubaPetroleo (CUPET) Juan Torres Naranjo signed in Havana the Agreement on Cooperation in the Area of Enhanced Oil Recovery at Brownfields. The Agreement was signed in the presence of the Russian President Vladimir Putin and the President of the State Council of Cuba Raul Castro. The document provides for the joint activities concerning comprehensive studies of field development and well production conditions in the territory of Cuba.

Shell, Statoil Announce Joint Energy Plan

Shell and Statoil announced a plan to use carbon dioxide to increase offshore oil recovery in the North Sea. Carbon dioxide (CO2) would be captured from power generation and pumped into an underground reservoir to enhance oil recovery, resulting in increased energy production with lower CO2 impact. The project was estimated to cost about $1.4 billion dollars. The project, due to be phased in between 2010 and 2012, comprises a gas-fired power plant and methanol production facility at Tjeldbergodden near Trondheim in central Norway, which would provide CO2 to the Draugen and Heidrun offshore oil and gas fields. Operations in the Draugen field began 1993 and production was projected to run through 2013. The new project could extend production several years.

Van Heck Launches “Green and Easy Oil Recovery”

Photo: Van Heck

Van Heck revealed its newest world premiere, a complete pump system that enables the controlled, contained, fast oil recovery after incorrect or off-spec fueling and in the event of grounding or calamity at sea. The pump, named Sea Trophy, ensures a fast, easy and well controlled solution for the removal of oil which will limit, or even eliminate any or all economic and environmental damages, not to mention the possible depredation of company image. Van Heck’s Sea Trophy underlines the motto “intervene…

GeoSwath Echo-sounder Installed in Fourth KBV Ship

KBV 033 oil recovery operation: Photo courtesy of Kongsberg

Kongsberg GeoAcoustics has completed the Swedish Coast Guard (KBV) project with the installation and full acceptance of a 125 kHz GeoSwath Shallow Water Multibeam echosounder on the fourth and final new-build multipurpose vessel. These vessels, all under Swedish flag, are defined as multipurpose vessels with the possibility of oil recovery, conforming to class GL 100A5 DP0 Oil Recovery Vessel E2 HC-/2 and conforming to the Swedish Maritime Administration for traffic in international voyage service area ‘A’.

Coast Guard Tests Oil Recovery System

The Coast Guard is scheduled to deploy its Vessel of Opportunity Skimming System Tuesday at 3 p.m. from the Coast Guard Cutter Maria Bray in the St. Johns River during a training exercise. VOSS is designed to be transported to an oil spill site and convert any suitable ship available (commercial, private or government-owned vessel) into a single ship, oil-recovery platform. The Coast Guard has 19 of these systems pre-positioned nationwide for pollution response. This VOSS deployment is part of Sector Jacksonville's three-day training program designed to better prepare Sector Jacksonville personnel for a hazardous materials spill on the First Coast. The training includes extensive classroom discussion and hands-on training for VOSS deployment. The Maria Bray is a 175-ft.

Hurricane Pollution Recovery Ops Update

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, federal, state, local and industry personnel continue to work together to conduct pollution recovery operations to mitigate further damage to the environment. - Crude oil that remains in the tank is being offloaded into a barge. - Damage to the pipeline resulted from a breach in a hurricane protection levee. The line has been de-pressurized and is no longer leaking. The area has been boomed and crews continue to clean-up pockets of oil using absorbent materials. - One 420,000 gallon capacity removal barge has been filled with oil from the secondary containment pond and has disembarked for the Valero Energy refinery at Krotz Springs. - A 1.26 million gallon capacity removal barge is now being filled. - 502,236 gallons recovered as of Sunday.

OPTION Attracts New Partner for Oil Recovery

This Project combines novel technologies and recent scientific discoveries with the ambition of creating a game changer in the oil field

OPTION (Optimizing Oil Production by Novel Technology Integration) aims to significantly improve simulation tools for the prediction and control of the flow between the horizontal wells and the reservoir – with a focus on enhancing oil recovery. As part of their investment in the project, DONG Energy will contribute with the complete subsurface dataset from the Siri and Stine fields, located in the Danish sector of the North Sea. Dr Michael Kragh Engkilde, Subsurface Manager of Siri Asset at DONG Energy says: “With our ambition to extend the life of the Siri Area…

Norway's Oil Sector May Face More Project Cuts, Delays

Credit: Harald Pettersen - Statoil

More oil and gas projects in Norway could be put on hold because of rising costs, adding to a growing list of developments that have been delayed or called off, Bente Nyland, the head of the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate said on Thursday. Most vulnerable will be small fields, projects to increase the recovery from producing assets, and new finds further than 40 km from existing infrastructure, Nyland told Reuters. Oil firms are cutting back on capital spending across the world as years of cost inflation has squeezed margins, cutting back their ability to pay dividends.

Offshore O&G: Cuts, Delays in Norway as Costs Soar

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More oil and gas projects in Norway could be put on hold because of rising costs, adding to a growing list of developments that have been delayed or called off, Bente Nyland, the head of the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate said on Thursday. Most vulnerable will be small fields, projects to increase the recovery from producing assets, and new finds further than 40 km from existing infrastructure, Nyland told Reuters. Oil firms are cutting back on capital spending across the world as years of cost inflation has squeezed margins, cutting back their ability to pay dividends.

StatoilHydro Increases Investment in Research

StatoilHydro is investing $413 million in R&D activities in 2008, 20% more than in 2007. The R&D portfolio is divided into: exploration, increased oil recovery, new development solutions, oil and gas value chain, new energy as well as new ideas. Video available includes: headquarter, offshore and onshore facilities shots, as well as new technology projects animations.

AMPOL Wins Coast Guard Contract

NEW IBERIA, La. (March 14, 2011) – The Oil Stop Division of the American Pollution Control Corp. (AMPOL), the industry leader in oil spill response and total environmental solutions, has been granted a Phase 2 contract for development and testing of its OSBORS (Oil Stop Bottom Oil Recovery System) submerged oil recovery system by the United States Coast Guard Research and Development Branch. “Working with the United States Coast Guard Research and Development Branch is a great honor,” said CEO Kirk Headley.

Regional Report: Pacific Coast

Seattle's MARCO shipyard has been completing a rush job for Great Lakes Towing affiliate TUGZ International and is expected to have three new tractor tugs ready for christening by February 13. At the same time, the yard has just started to cut steel for two slightly larger tractors being built for San Francisco-based BayDelta. The latter will measure 105 ft. and will be powered by twin Caterpillar diesels of 4,400 combined hp driving Ulstein Z-drive units fitted with high-performance Nautican nozzles. Towing winches and headline winches will be provided by Burrard Iron Works Ltd of Vancouver, B.C. The three TUGZ boats, to be christened Z-Three, Z-Four and Z-Five, are 95-ft., and will also make use of Caterpillars turning Ulstein z-drives.

Trinity Offshore to Build Very Shallow Multi–System Skimmer

Trinity Offshore, LLC announced that they have signed a contract to build one 56-ft by 14-ft MKII Very Shallow Multi-System Skimmer (VSMSS) with Clean Gulf Associates of New Orleans, La. Clean Gulf Associates, one of the largest oil spill response cooperative in North America, will operate the vessel to provide marine service and environmental clean up along the Gulf Coast to its member companies. Designed by Trinity’s in house engineering department, this revolutionary multi-purpose shallow draft skimmer is designed to travel at speeds exceeding 25 MPH, carry two three-ft wide bow mounted belt skimmer systems and store up to 249 BBLs of recovered product. Upon delivery she will be USCG certified to carry Grade D cargo.

Vikoma and Mobimar Supply Oil Spill Response Equipment for Finnish Border Guard

	Photo Courtesy of Vikoma International

OPV Turva, the Finnish Border Guard's new 314 foot (95.9 meter) offshore patrol vessel, will be outfitted for oil spill response just seven months after its launch. UK-based Vikoma International Ltd and Mobimar Ltd of Finland will provide the vessel with oil spill response equipment, including 800m of Vikoma oil containment boom, four Vikoma boom reels, and Mobimar's in-hull integrated recovery system, along with other oil recovery systems. The equipment will provide a recovery capacity of over 1000m3.

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