Sales, contracts and deployments

OFS Portal, ION, CapRock, Globe Claritas, SPT, Coreworx, Emerson and PinnacleAIS.

Calgary-based Petrobank Energy and Resources has joined the OFS Portal community as a trading partner. OFS Portal provides e-commerce trading functionality through the use of the API’s PIDX electronic invoicing standards.

ION Geophysical has signed a five-year agreement with Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS), for software from ION’s Concept Systems division. PGS will upgrade its seismic vessels to Concept’s ‘Orca’ command and control package. Orca manages the complex data workflows onboard modern seismic vessels, including hardware, software, and positioning technologies.

Transocean has signed with CapRock Communications for global satellite communications coverage for its offshore rig fleet. The five-year deal consolidates Transocean’s existing VSAT systems and services into a single network. CapRock’s teleports and regional support centers will provide Voice over IP, secure access to the corporate network and broadband internet.

Sesmic processor Spectrum Group has upgraded its seismic data processing capabilities with the latest technology from Globe Claritas. Spectrum CTO Ron Silva said, ‘With these new tools, any parameter that affects the data can be adjusted and visualized in real time. This is a powerful addition to our processing suite, complementing our existing technology with powerful QC and interactivity.’ An interface to Globe Claritas enables Spectrum to use its proprietary ‘SPA’ programs within the new processing environment. The new software will be deployed on Spectrum’s Sun SPARC and Linux computing clusters worldwide.

Rashpetco selects SPT Group’s eField Dynamic Production Management System (EDPM) for real time monitoring of its South Sequoia and Rosetta Fields. The solution will be deployed by SPT Group and its North Africa regional partner OnSpec Engineering Solutions. EDPM is powered by OLGA, SPT Group’s flagship dynamic multiphase flow simulator. Other system components include Emerson’s ‘DeltaV’ process control system. Rashpetco is a joint venture of Egyptian Gas, BG Group and Petronas.

In a separate announcement, SPT Group has signed with Indonesian engineering consultant PT Synergy Engineering (PTSE) for the sale of a perpetual OLGA license. The software will be used for PTSE’s core flow assurance services. Engineering document and workflow specialist Coreworx has announced CAD $3.1 million worth of contracts with oil and gas multinationals for major capital projects. CEO John Moore said, ‘These awards contrast with the media’s portrayal of a global retrenchment in energy infrastructure spending due to falling prices and demand. We are positioned to benefit from the largest and most complex construction projects ever, the rebuilding of our oil and gas infrastructure and upgrading the world’s electric grid.’

BP Oil is to deploy Emerson Process Management’s ‘DeltaV’ safety instrumented system (SIS) at fuel storage and distribution sites across the UK following a technology evaluation by Glasgow, UK-based Trident Engineering Consultants. The SIS will be used in BP’s tank overspill protection systems. The systems comply with IEC61511, an international standard for process industry safety systems. DeltaV SIS ‘predictive diagnostics’ monitor the whole safety loop, diagnosing faults before they cause spurious trips.

Pasadena Refining System Inc. (PRSI) is to deploy PinnacleAIS’ UltraPipe platform for inspection data management. UltraPipe provides advanced mechanical integrity functions for petrochemical facility requirements. The package manages inspection activities, data and statistical analysis and future inspection planning and optimization. The PRSI refinery in Pasadena, TX is a 50/50 joint venture of Astra Holding USA and Brazil’s Petrobras.

This article originally appeared in Oil IT Journal 2008 Issue # 12.

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