PEOPLE, PRODUCTS & NEW TECHNOLOGY: Dry-Flo deluge system debut: Statoil service contract for Venteq: Enerquip set for Caithness expansion

Rob Bain, Managing Director, Paradigm Flow Services
Rob Bain, Managing Director, Paradigm Flow Services

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Dry-Flo deluge system debut

Aberdeenshire-based Paradigm Flow Services has been awarded DNV GL certification for its Dry-Flo dry deluge system testing technology. 

The system has been qualified in accordance with DNV-DSS-401 Technology Qualification Management and it is considered by DNV GL to be qualified for its intended use following DNV-RP-A203, Qualification of New Technology.

Dry-Flo offers advantages over traditional wet testing methods including a reduction in the number of personnel required, faster set-up and job completion times, the elimination of the need to cover and protect electrical equipment, and the ability to be used for all hazardous zoned areas while the deluge system is live. 

In addition, Dry-Flo implementation reduces the risk of accidental shutdown due to seawater ingress therefore reducing potential impact on production.

Dry-Flo has been successfully deployed twice during projects with major operators in the UKCS and is set to be rolled out on other assets for the same clients.

The system was a finalist in the Emerging Technology category at the offshore achievement awards and is a finalist in the innovation category for a forthcoming industry award.

A Venteq technician at work
A Venteq technician at work

VENTEQ lands new four-year Statoil inspection contract

Quality assurance and control service provider VENTEQ has secured a new contract with Statoil to deliver third party inspection services for its Mariner development in the North Sea.

The four year deal will see Grampiank-based VENTEQ – part of the  CAN Group – provide a range of vendor inspection services to Statoil – the Norwegian state oil operator – at its new operations base in Aberdeen.

These services will include inspection and release of hired and transportable equipment, new fabrications, witness testing, quality assurance and quality control.

Statoil’s Mariner project is the largest field development on the U N. Sea in more than 10 years, with a gross investment of more than £4.5 billion. It is expected to produce more than 250 million barrels of heavy oil during its projected 30-year lifespan.

Looking down the right end of the barrel are  Enerquip  team  membersDave Clark, Andrew Polson and John Duncan
Looking down the right end of the barrel are Enerquip team membersDave Clark, Andrew Polson and John Duncan

New jobs on the horizon in Caithness with EnerQuip

EnerQuip, a new Aberdeen oil and gas services business, has added a new director to its team and is aiming to recruit people to new jobs over the next 12 months as it re-locates to Caithness.

Andrew Robins joins the company as controls director. The business provides torque machines and associated services to the drilling and downhole tools sectors.

EnerQuip has recently acquired a large workshop, yard and office facility in Lybster, Caithness, to host fabrication and repair activities and is planning to move its existing Aberdeen-based headquarters into a larger facility in the north in 2016.

The business is expects to recruit an additional three people by the end of year taking the company’s staff to 12 people. EnerQuip’s key products include a range of bucking units and fully rotational makeup and breakout torque machines and associated products, such as jar testers, containerised workshops and pipe handling systems.

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