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IOGP: making the case for Oil and Gas

Gordon Ballard, Executive Director of the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers, alongside Jérôme Pécresse, President & CEO of GE Renewable Energy, hosted a discussion at a recent BHGE Annual Meeting in Italy to open the debate on oil & gas and innovations.

As sectors around the globe, including oil and gas,  work to make efficiencies in process, reduce cost and build on production levels, the growing energy sector is included in this efficiency overhaul.

The world needs energy, the current energy mix includes coal, gas, nuclear and renewables, and the IOGP has made a recent argument in favour of oil & gas and shares the view that the need for such an energy source will be here until at least 2040.

Global Oil and Gas Production 1991 to 2016

Global Crude Oil Production 1991 to 2016 Source: Enerdata 2018

Taken from IOGP’s newsroom February 2018 article “Making the case for oil & gas”, the discussion before a plenary audience on 29 January addressed ‘the broadly shared misconception that there is no role for oil and gas in a lower carbon world.’ 

Crude Oil Demand

The aim of their dialogue was to help the audience understand ‘how a balanced approach is essential to achieving shared COP21 goals on greenhouse gas emissions’ which sets out the aim, among others, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% when compared with 1990. Their discussion also focused on exploring the ways how ‘fossil fuels and renewable sources together will shape the future of energy.’

The discussion continued with Gordon Ballard describing that ‘renewables alone can’t meet the world’s growing energy needs’. Citing the International Energy Agency’s most optimistic low-carbon forecast for 2040, he pointed out that renewables – including hydro and biofuels – will only be able to meet about 30% of energy demand. ‘Oil and gas will form about half of the energy mix then. Just as they do now’.

The Future of Energy

Gordon concluded by stressing the need for an open debate on the future of energy, with all points of view open for consideration.

World Energy Oil and Gas Production 2016

Global Energy Production Levels (Mtoe = one million tonne of oil equivalent) Source: Enerdata 2018

The aforementioned International Energy Agency press release “A world in transformation: World Energy Outlook 2017” reports that “over the next 25 years, the world’s growing energy needs are met first by renewables and natural gas, as fast-declining costs turn solar power into the cheapest source of new electricity generation. Global energy demand is 30% higher by 2040 – but still half as much as it would have been without efficiency improvements. … rising oil demand slows down but is not reversed before 2040 even as electric-car sales rise steeply”.

Daily Demand for Crude Oil 2006-2008

Daily Global Demand for Crude Oil from 2006 to 2018 in million barrels (Data source: Statista)

“Global oil demand continues to grow to 2040, although at a steadily decreasing pace – while fuel efficiency and rising electrification bring a peak in oil used for passenger cars, even with a doubling of the car fleet to two billion. But other sectors – namely petrochemicals, trucks, aviation, and shipping – drive up oil demand to 105 million barrels a day by 2040.”

Oil & Gas Workforce

As crude oil shows clear growth in demand, the oil & gas sector and it’s companies continue to work on driving the industry forward and the Oil & Gas UK Workforce Report 2017 gives an indication that workforce numbers are strong and the volume of core personnel, the number of workers at sea for 100 nights or more, is holding steady although less than the 2014 boom.  

Latest news stories report contract wins, business growth and the introduction of new vessels from major companies which is a positive indication of the need for suitably trained and competent subsea personnel; including qualified and competent commercial divers and ROV pilots. 

The Underwater Centre works closely with industry to ensure training remains up to date and relevant to changing industry demands as possible. We focus on ensuring each student completes their training as a safe diver while also giving them some of the fundamental skills that will help them to be safe and effective throughout their diving career.

We offer a range of commercial diving and ROV courses including Premium Industry Package, HSE  Surface Supplied Top Up, HSE Closed Bell and further skills training in IMCA Diver Medic Technician, IMCA Assistant Life Support Technician through to IMCA Trainee Bell Diving Supervisor and ROV Pilot Technician courses. 

Subsea Training

ROV Pilot Technician Skills Development in Fort William

The Underwater Centre recently welcomed two of subsea company eMarine ROV Pilot Technician operational staff to our Fort William training centre for a 5-week training course following the recongnised need to continue their professional development.

Dubai based eMarine a market leader in telecommunication submarine cable installation, maintenance and repair services, operates ROV technology within their fleet.

ROV Pilot Technician VMAX WROV Simulator

Abdulla Operating Our VMAX Work Class ROV Simulator

As both candidates are operational ROV pilots, they had opted for a full 5 weeks of training that incorporated ROV flying skills training plus more advanced mechanical and operational training from our 3-week ROV Pilot Technician Course and our 2-week ROV Operations Course.

Their training utilised our Observation Class ROVs, VMAX Work Class ROV Simulator, mobilised Work Class ROV on-board our vessel, and within our mechanical workshop, to provide a realistic and rounded learning experience.

ROV Pilot Technician Training

We caught up with one of the ROV Pilot Technicians, Abdulla Al Mheiri, during his 5 week training course to find out more about his experiences.

Abdulla has been a part of the eMarine ROV Pilot Technician team for 2 years and what attracted him most to this career path was “the chance to work on varied projects” and, ultimately for him, working in the offshore environment.

The mix of “practical tasks and using your hands to complete jobs” provides him with an ideal working environment to progress his career. Abdulla has applied his skills across multiple projects offshore and, through ROV systems experience, had the opportunity to develop his mechanical and electrical skills,  as well as using dredging systems.

Advanced ROV Operations Skills

eMarine ROV Pilot Technicians Working on WROV

eMarine ROV Pilot Technicians with Work Class ROV

Abdulla was looking for a training provider that could develop his existing flying skills, and provide additional electrical and mechanical training to develop his abilities to problem solve and fix the ROV equipment in an operational context. So, with this in mind, he sought advice and recommendations from his colleagues who recommended The Underwater Centre.

We ensured that both Abdulla, and his colleague, received a balance of practical and theory based training from our instructors and via a range of methods and locations across our ROV Training Suite, pier and vessel-based training areas.

During the electronics training, in particular, Abdulla found that he was now “more comfortable with interpreting and developing technical drawings because of the expert advice and insight provided by the instructors”. 

Abdulla has since returned to his role at eMarine and plans on continuously improving himself through live operations and challenging himself to be a better ROV pilot. This is something that Abdulla enjoys about his role; being challenged, troubleshooting and creating solutions to complete tasks.

If you are interested in finding out more about our range of training courses , or want to discuss your current experience to see which course is right for you, please contact our Student Advisors by calling +44 1397 703 786 or email fortwilliam@theunderwatercentre.com

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Tailored ROV Training Provided to China Based Subsea Companies

Representatives from two China based subsea companies attended The Underwater Centre to complete a tailored 10-day ROV Pilot Technician course utilising our subsea testing and training site in Fort William.

China-based Kunming Hydropower Design Institute and subsea equipment supply company Tek Meridian sent delegates to attend a tailored ROV Pilot Technician training course to learn principle ROV pilot skills and receive an observation class ROV (Obs ROV) overview from our highly experienced instructors.

Tailored ROV Pilot Technician Training

This course was our first experience of deriving training to Chinese customers in Scotland, but we have previously delivered training on-site in China China Based Tek Meridian Trainees with ROV Instructor and Log Booksfor other customers. The company representatives will be operating and supplying ROV systems, including the SAAB Seaeye Falcon, to the Chinese market so The Underwater Centre presented the perfect training location for both intensive ROV pilot technician training and experiencing our fully-operational Obs ROVs during their course.

Tek Meridian commented on the training saying “We think the considerate organisation and the first class facilities make the training easy, the experienced instructors and more practice operations make us happy to choose training at The Underwater Centre again”.

We ensured that the group were as comfortable as possible with the training material, and practical delivery, by arranging for key learning materials to be translated and working collaboratively with Tek Meridian and the trainees.; ensuring that any questions were answered and understood.

Translated Training Course Material

Our pier-based training site with ROV control cabins, Launch and Recovery System and multiple Obs ROV systems ready for deployment were utilised during the time on course and the candidates enjoyed the mix of practical and theory based elements of the training delivery. The hands-on approach to training enabled all candidates to grasp a strong understanding of ROV systems and flying principles that they had demonstrated throughout their bespoke course.

Steve Ham, The Underwater Centre’s Commercial Director commented on the recent training saying, “this is the first ROV course we have delivered for Chinese company Tek Meridian and it went very well. The candidates were upmost professionals and were a pleasure to have on-site for the duration of the course. We look forward to developing our relationship with Tek Meridian further and delivering more training for the Chinese ROV market”.

Utilised Pier Based Observation Class ROV System

The Underwater Centre, highly experienced in delivering subsea training to customers globally, have previously delivered training to offshore contractor COOEC in China so this recent course delivery was another example of how we can support the Chinese market with their ROV training needs.

Our aim over the coming months is to deliver more ROV training courses in Scotland and China, to customers of Tek Meridian, as we expand our skills training into other markets.

If you would like to find out more about our corporate training options or discuss your requirements further, please contact us via corporate@theunderwatercentre.com or call +44 1397 703 786

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Tailored Training and Support Provided for JFD and Navy Testing

The Underwater Centre has successfully delivered two tailored training courses, as well as providing 19 days of operational support, to JFD and one of the world’s largest navies.

JFD, part of James Fisher & Sons plc, and one of the world’s largest navies had a requirement for tailored training and submersible training support. The Underwater Centre provided the ideal location, vessels and operation support to achieve their project needs.

Bespoke course creation and delivery

Training delivery began with our Specialist Diving Team creating and delivering a tailored theoretical and practical 4-day Hyperbaric Systems Acquaintance Course to 12 delegates covering topics such as hyperbaric systems, chamber control and procedures, gas handling and analysers, plus an overview of decompression tables.

Delegates also received practical experience of our barge-based saturation system; diving bell, transfer lock and main chamber.

Operational submersible training support

JFD-Sub-Water-Support-Vessels-Pier-Logo-jpg-tailored-trainingFor the practical training, JFD teamed up with U-Boat Worx with the provision of their SYS3.21 3-person submersible allowing the delegates to become familiar with submersible operations. 

JFD also used a range of The Underwater Centre’s facilities to store and mobilise the submersible, as well as deliver the training; including 30T crane, mechanical workshop, classrooms, FRC, workboat fitted with a crane and flat-bed truck.   

A theory and vessel-based bespoke 2-day ROV Acquaintance Course was also created and delivered, incorporating the Centre’s WROV VMAX simulator and vessel-based operational WROV and Launch & Recovery System (LARS).

Delegates received a range of informative lectures around ROV systems, standard operational procedures including pre-dive checks and LARS procedures. The bespoke course concluded with practical learning on-board our dedicated WROV vessel where LARS operations and procedures were practiced.JFD-014-Pier-Sub-Trailer-Logo-jpg-tailored-training

 

Steve Ham, The Underwater Centre’s Commercial Director, commented on the level of support and training provided saying, “We have a long history of providing world-class training and our unique subsea testing site in Fort William gave JFD the platform to successfully complete naval personnel training. Our extremely competent team of diving, ROV, and support staff and array of equipment and vessels ensured the safe and timely delivery of this training and testing for JFD.”

Bespoke ROV and Hyperbaric Systems Training 

The Centre’s unique location can accommodate various complexities of trials and testing projects owing to the mixture of facilities, equipment and staff; deep water subsea testing site down to 150m, 500m private pier, electrical and mechanical workshops, 1.5m litre onshore tank, specialised ROV training suite and WROV simulator, land and water-based vehicles including work boats, FRCs, ROV vessels, diving barges, crane, fork lift and transport vehicles.

JFD provides fast, safe and reliable submarine rescue services to the Royal Australian Navy, as well as NATO and Singapore. This encompasses all levels of submarine rescue capability, from JFD-089-Support-Vessels-Sub-Test-Site-Logo-jpg-Tailored-Trainingoperator training and maintenance of existing systems, to complete delivery of systems and emergency services.

Provided a Range of Vessels, Crane, Classrooms and Specialist Support

The Underwater Centre is a purpose-built subsea training and testing facility which incorporates an extensive pier complex including four dive stations, classrooms, workshops and decompression chambers.  

With access to sea depths to 150m, the Centre’s Fort William facilities also include a range of vessels providing air and saturation diver training and an ROV fleet including a fully operational work-class ROV.

Our location and facilities provide the ideal position for your subsea testing, and tailored training delivery, as well as the ability to operate in all-weathers and conditions. 

The Underwater Centre is set up to provide its clients and candidates with the skills and experience to succeed in their new careers, and provide the subsea industry with the workforce and testing that it requires.

If you, or your company, have a requirement for testing or bespoke training please get in touch with The Underwater Centre by calling +44 1397 703786 or email direct on steve.ham@theunderwatercentre.com

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Kawasaki Test New AUV Technology in Fort William: How Did We Support The Trial?

The Underwater Centre has successfully supported the delivery of a complex Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) testing project.

This significant 15-day operational trial was planned for almost two years and involved the use of the Centre’s workshops, vessels, deep water test sites, ROVs and specialist support staff, amongst other assets, resulting in completion of the complex testing project conducted by Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI).

Significant Operational Trial of AUV Technology

With a focus on the growing demands for pipeline maintenance in the offshore oil and gas fields, Kawasaki has been developing cutting-edge component technologies of AUVs, utilising the sophisticated underwater vehicle technologies deployed by Kawasaki internally.

Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Operational Testing

The operational subsea trial used a prototype AUV and charging station; tasks included automated docking of the AUV to the in-water charging station, contactless charging and large-capacity optical communication tests. kawasaki-auv-on-crane

The Underwater Centre provided a high level of experienced and specialist support to deliver deployment, operational and recovery assistance utilising the Centre’s array of transport vehicles, crane, WROV and vessels.

This also included the use of our mechanical workshop to allow Kawasaki to prepare the AUV to help ensure that the team and equipment were ready for the testing phase. The Centre’s ROV team mobilised both WROV and OBSROV assets in support of the deployment of a test station and along with the provision of footage of the AUV in the water.

During the trial, representatives from major oil and gas companies, underwater vehicle and equipment operating companies, UK subsea scientific and government organisations attended the Fort William test site to view demonstrations.

Utilising the Centre’s Array of Transport Vehicles, Crane, WROV and Vessels

Steve Ham, The Underwater Centre’s Commercial Director, commented on the successful trial saying, “This was a major subsea trial of AUV technology in UK waters. Kawasaki chose us for their testing due to the unique combination of equipment, facilities and subsea test site. Our personnel worked tirelessly to support Kawasaki and it’s a further testament to our dedicated operational team, plus the range of vehicles, equipment and assets available, that mean we can support complex trials and testing such as this.”

The Centre’s unique location can accommodate various complexities of trials and testing projects owing to the mixture of facilities, equipment and staff; deep water subsea testing site down to 150m, 500m private pier, electrical and mechanical workshops, 1.5m litre onshore tank, land and water-based vehicles including work boats, FRCs, ROV vessels, diving barges, crane, fork lift and transport vehicles.

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We Can Support Your Trial or Testing Project

The Underwater Centre is a purpose-built subsea training and testing facility which incorporates an extensive pier complex including four dive stations, classrooms, workshops and decompression chambers.  With access to sea depths to 150m, the Centre’s Fort William facilities also include a range of vessels providing air and saturation diver training and an ROV fleet including a fully operational work-class ROV.

The Underwater Centre is set up to provide its clients and candidates with the skills and experience to succeed in their new careers, and provide a range of industries with the workforce and testing that it requires.

If you would like to find out more about The Underwater Centre, or to discuss your upcoming testing project, then please contact us by calling 01397 703 786 or email steve.ham@theunderwatercentre.com