Technology & Innovation

Research Centre established in Denmark

DENMARK’S Technical University (DTU) will be the home of a new Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Centre set up by the Danish Underground Consortium (DUC) – operated by AP Moller-Maersk. The centre aims to help support future oil and gas production from the Danish North Sea, with Maersk saying it could potentially create research opportunities for up to 100 scientists. To be based at DTU’s Lyngby campus, the centre will maintain

Ichthys, Prelude fund subsea communications system

NEXTGEN Group will build a subsea fibre optic cable system stretching about 2,000 kilometres between Darwin and Port Hedland under a deal with Shell and Inpex. The cable system will provide access to high speed data and voice communication services for the Shell Prelude floating liquefied natural gas project and the Ichthys project, Nextgen said. Nextgen will build, own and operate the system, to which the two projects will contribute

Nereus ROV lost in Kermadec Trench

ONE OF only four submersible vehicles in history to reach the deepest part of the ocean in the Marianas Trench, the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Nereus, has been lost at sea while exploring the Kermadec Trench, northeast of New Zealand. The ROV was confirmed lost at a depth of 9,990 metres, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) wrote in May, with scientists saying a portion of the vessel likely imploded

Second train continues Taranaki Mangahewa innovation story

By New Zealand Correspondent Neil Ritchie FROM a 1961 “sub commercial” discovery to rivalling the coastal Pohokura field as New Zealand’s largest onshore gas resource, the development of the onshore Taranaki Mangahewa gas field is a story of innovation. Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce officially opened the latest innovation – the NZ$120 million Mangahewa Expansion Train Two project commonly known as MET2 – in early May, describing it as another

Unprecidented opportunity in NT

NORTHERN Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles said bold and innovative action was needed in the next few years to ensure this nation-building opportunity delivered real benefits to the national economy. “Developing Northern Australia will increase national prosperity and help ensure Australia’s position among the world’s top economies,” he said. “Through sustainable and responsible development, we have an opportunity to increase future government revenues and reduce welfare expenditure, redirecting taxpayer funds

New training centre for ACEPT

THE AUSTRALIAN Centre for Energy and Process Training (ACEPT) at Western Australia’s Challenger Institute of Technology will build a specialist engineering training centre following a $15 million funding commitment from the Western Australian Government. The facility will be used to train electrical and instrumentation control engineers and engineering technicians, focusing on developing the high level technical skills required for the operation and maintenance of LNG plants. ACEPT director Greg Guppy

Orrcon launches zinc alloy tube range

ORRCON Steel will soon launch a range of zinc alloy pre-coated steel tube sections into the market, providing what it says is exceptional corrosion resistance for tubular steel products used near marine and orrosive industrial environments. Orrcon Steel sales and marketing manager Lester Kirkwood said the new Maxi-Tube range would provide a sustainable solution to corrosion issues. “It is a real game-changer for us, suitable for a wide range of

Meter range to improve uptime

A RANGE of ultrasonic flow meters produced by Emerson Process management have faster flow sampling rates to reduce measurement uncertainty and improve uptime, the company has announced. The Daniel range incorporates the JuniorSonic one-path (3411) or two-path (3412), and SeniorSonic four-path (3414) gas ultrasonic meters, which Emerson says is ideal for a number of f low measurement applications. The Daniel four-path (3814) liquid ultrasonic meter expands on the functionality and

Gantries launched for higher lifts

A HYDRAULIC lifting gantry with a lifting capacity of 5,000 kilonewtons has been developed by Enerpac, designed to safely lift loads to 12.8 metres. Enerpac Integrated Solutions Manager for Australasia Richard Verhoeff says the new MBL5000 design incorporates the Intellilift wireless control system with automatic synchronisation and overload detection, as well as a foldable boom design, which facilitates transport inside a 20 foot container and enables access to confined areas.

Choose valve design to control fire hazards

REQUIRING minimal maintenance and lasting for many years, the FM fire safe fusible link manual shutoff valves developed by Assured Automation have been developed to protect refineries and chemical processors from fire hazards. The shutoff assemblies, which are API 607 compliant and Factory Mutual approved for flammable liquids, are commonly used to activate sprinkler systems to control fire and to shut down hazardous lines when fire occurs. When a fire