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Sakhalin Energy has become a Global Compact LEAD participant

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Sakhalin Energy has become the first and the only Russian company who was chosen by the United Nations to join the new platform for Corporate Sustainability Leadership – Global Compact LEAD, launched within the frames of the UN Global Compact. Sakhalin Energy has made a historic commitment to adopt ambitious sustainability roadmap in socially responsible performance to demonstrate with its own example integration of the most modern standards for corporate social responsibility into one of the leading oil and gas projects in the world.

Global Compact LEAD is the new platform created by the UN Global Compact to implement a range of actions in environmental, social and governance performance, as well as creation of new standards of corporate social responsibility.
The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his remarks to the group of companies: “From the beginning, the Global Compact has been driven by business leaders willing to move beyond the status quo. Through Global Compact LEAD, you can help guide the way to the level of sustainability performance our world requires from business today.”

The Sakhalin Energy Chief Executive Officer Andrey Galaev said: “It is an honor for our company to participate in such an important undertaking. I am sure that with support from our shareholders we will successfully fulfill our commitments and will bring the corporate social responsibility to a new level”.

Global Compact LEAD united 54 companies from 24 countries, such as USA, Great Britain, China, Canada, Germany and others. All of the participants have achieved high standards in corporate social responsibility.



Nalco and LUKOIL Form Energy Chemicals Joint Venture to Serve Western Siberia

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

(Naperville, Ill.) Nalco (NYSE: NLC), providing essential expertise for water, energy and air, announced today its Russian subsidiary has formed a joint venture with a subsidiary of Russia’s largest oil company, OAO LUKOIL, to provide energy chemicals and services in western Siberia.

The joint venture, OOO Kogalym Chemicals Plant, will be based in Kogalym (West Siberia, Russia) and will provide LUKOIL production operations in West Siberia with Nalco’s upstream chemical technologies and services, including well stimulation and cementing additives, as well as oil field production and enhanced oil recovery programs. “We are excited about the opportunity to combine Nalco’s leading technologies in these areas with the LUKOIL’s Kogalym supply chain capability to provide world class products and services,” said Erik Fyrwald, Nalco Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. LUKOIL’s Kogalym facility will provide blending, bulk storage, rail and road loading and unloading facilities and delivery to the well head.

Technical support laboratories together with field delivery and application teams will enable the joint venture to design customized chemical programs and provide complete chemical management services. In addition to serving LUKOIL, the joint venture will sell these oilfield programs and products to other oil and gas producers in West Siberia. Nalco’s investment in the joint venture will permit further enhancements of the production process at LUKOIL’s Kogalym facility and the production of Nalco’s innovative programs that are designed to perform in the challenging conditions of one of the world’s most severe environments. The joint venture will be majority controlled by Nalco. It is planned that production volume for the joint venture will increase seven fold by 2015, from an expected 4,000 tons to 28,000 tons per year.



Schlumberger Global Connectivity Services Achieves Cisco Managed Services Master Certification

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Organization Recognized as Having Highest Level of Expertise in Developing and Delivering Managed Services

Schlumberger announced today that Schlumberger Global Connectivity Services (GCS) has achieved the Managed Services Master Certification from Cisco. This certification recognizes GCS’s investment in the managed service ITIL® processes, practices and tools necessary to provide high-quality managed services.

“Achieving this certification in a short time demonstrate GCS’s commitment to high standards, high service quality and ITIL processes. It also validates the strength in our support processes and delivery,” said Andy Lucas, GCS manager, Schlumberger. “Ensuring that we continue to outperform our customer’s requirements and provide them with maximum value from GCS services will continue to be our first priority.”

As a Cisco Managed Services Master Certified Partner, GCS demonstrated the ability to deliver sophisticated solutions, met stringent requirements that reflect a depth of capabilities, and underwent an independent audit by an objective third-party auditor. GCS was also required to offer at least two managed services using the resources and procedures necessary to deploy, manage and support Cisco solutions.

“Schlumberger GCS’s investment in the Cisco Managed Services Master Certification ranks it among an elite group of channel partners with the resources to deploy, manage and support services for multiple technologies,” said Edison Peres, senior vice president of the worldwide channels go-to-market group at Cisco.



Schlumberger Global Connectivity Services Achieves Cisco Managed Services Master Certification

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Organization Recognized as Having Highest Level of Expertise in Developing and Delivering Managed Services

Schlumberger announced today that Schlumberger Global Connectivity Services (GCS) has achieved the Managed Services Master Certification from Cisco. This certification recognizes GCS’s investment in the managed service ITIL® processes, practices and tools necessary to provide high-quality managed services.

“Achieving this certification in a short time demonstrate GCS’s commitment to high standards, high service quality and ITIL processes. It also validates the strength in our support processes and delivery,” said Andy Lucas, GCS manager, Schlumberger. “Ensuring that we continue to outperform our customer’s requirements and provide them with maximum value from GCS services will continue to be our first priority.”

As a Cisco Managed Services Master Certified Partner, GCS demonstrated the ability to deliver sophisticated solutions, met stringent requirements that reflect a depth of capabilities, and underwent an independent audit by an objective third-party auditor. GCS was also required to offer at least two managed services using the resources and procedures necessary to deploy, manage and support Cisco solutions.

“Schlumberger GCS’s investment in the Cisco Managed Services Master Certification ranks it among an elite group of channel partners with the resources to deploy, manage and support services for multiple technologies,” said Edison Peres, senior vice president of the worldwide channels go-to-market group at Cisco.

About Schlumberger

Schlumberger is the world’s leading supplier of technology, integrated project management and information solutions to customers working in the oil and gas industry worldwide. Employing approximately 108,000 people representing over 140 nationalities and working in approximately 80 countries, Schlumberger provides the industry’s widest range of products and services from exploration through production.

Schlumberger Limited has principal offices in Paris, Houston and The Hague and reported revenues of $27.45 billion in 2010. For more information, visit www.slb.com.



Rosneft and ExxonMobil to Develop Black Sea Resources

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Rosneft and ExxonMobil have entered into an agreement regarding joint development of oil and gas resources in the Black Sea, which includes an initial focus on oil exploration and production in the Tuapse Trough in the Russian Black Sea basin.

The agreement signed today in Davos, Switzerland, by Rosneft president Eduard Khudainatov and ExxonMobil Development Company president Neil Duffin, contemplates a joint operating company to conduct exploration and production in the Tuapse Trough, an 11,200-square-kilometers deepwater offshore area along the Black Sea coast of the Krasnodar region.

The agreement enables Rosneft and ExxonMobil to consider additional opportunities to expand Black Sea energy sector cooperation in areas such as additional exploration and production, crude oil sales to Rosneft’s Tuapse refinery and other Black Sea markets, development of regional transportation infrastructure, and deepwater offshore technology research and development.

“Cooperation with ExxonMobil once again underscores our commitment to the principles of transparency and vision of the Russian energy industry as a part of an integrated global marketplace,” – said Igor Sechin, deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, who was present at a signing ceremony.

“ExxonMobil technologies will effectively complement Rosneft’s experience and resources. Development of this area will become the springboard for full-scale Black Sea basin development, and this challenge will require coordinated efforts of many nations and companies in the region.”

The companies plan to apply their experience and expertise to implement this project through application of world leading technologies and the highest standards of environmental safety.

Rex Tillerson, chairman and chief executive officer of ExxonMobil, who attended the ceremony, said ExxonMobil welcomed the opportunity to expand its activities with Rosneft for the benefit of Russian energy development.

“ExxonMobil will bring its technology, project execution capabilities and innovation to complement Rosneft’s strengths and experience in the region. We will build on the successful relationship we have with Rosneft through the Sakhalin 1 project to help meet energy needs in Russia and the wider Black Sea area” – said Tillerson

Rosneft President Eduard Khudainatov said: “Commencement of implementation of the second major contract with a leading international partner this year demonstrates Rosneft’s capabilities and its management’s focus on creating a global energy company capable of undertaking the most complex offshore projects.

Source: www.rosneft.com



An Introduction to: Velocity Model Building

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Author: Ian F. Jones

Publisher: EAGE Publications BV

This book sets-out to give the reader a non-mathematical understanding of the basic principles of migration and of building a velocity model of the earth’s subsurface. The intended readership includes anyone who has to work with, or to understand, how contemporary seismic images are created: what are the underlying principles and pitfalls? How is a velocity model typically built and what are the consequences of not getting it right?

Concepts such as uncertainty and non-uniqueness are discussed as are the ways in which these topics translate to risk-reduction and reliability in the final image. The different ways of representing a velocity model are reviewed as are the techniques used for picking velocity and anisotropy related information. A review of the principles of tomography is presented, to familiarize the reader with the techniques that underpin all contemporary velocity model update. Also, the physics behind anisotropy and its consequences for obtaining images in ‘true’ geological depth are discussed.

An historical overview of velocity model building techniques over the past 30 years is presented to give the reader a feel for how the black art of model building has evolved in tandem with the increase in computer power and the emergence of powerful interactive graphics, covering the evolution from a purely linear compartmentalized industrial process towards a fully interactive multidisciplinary approach to iteratively building a reliable subsurface velocity model.

The book concludes with a look at emerging and future trends: the promise of velocity-independent imaging and the potential of full waveform inversion.

Contents:
Preface
Acknowledgements
1. Introduction: from recorded data to images
2. Why do we need a detailed velocity model?
3. How detailed can we get in building a velocity model?
4. Velocity Model Representation and Picking
5. Inversion and tomography
6. Incorporating Anisotropy
7. Velocity Model Update Through The Ages
8. Iterative tomographic update
9. Near-surface and near-seabed effects
10. The future?
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

Details:
Book, 2010
Paperback
296 pages

Contact http://www.eage.org/ if you are interested in purchasing this book



Tatneft 2010 Update

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

A conference of OAO TATNEFT’s employees was held in Almetyevsk (Republic of Tatarstan) on January 24, 2011, which summed up the Company’s activity results and fulfillment of the Collective Agreement terms for 2010. The conference also approved the work plans for the current year. This annual Company’s event was attended by Sh.F. Takhautdinov, General Director of OAO TATNEFT, T.L. Vodopyanov, Chairman of the Trade Union Federation of the Republic of Tatarstan,  R.K. Sabirov, Assistant to the President of the Republic of Tatarstan, top managers, heads of structural divisions and subsidiaries of the Company.

In 2010, OAO TATNEFT produced 25 million 863 thousand tons of crude oil accounting for 13 thousand tons surplus versus the previous year. The Company produced 283.6 thousand tons of natural gas liquids, while the production volume of associated petroleum gas amounted to 770 million cubic meters.

The Company produced the first million tons of crude oil in the licensed Company’s fields outside the Republic of Tatarstan in the Russian Federation in October 2010. The amount of 248.5 thousand tons of crude oil was produced in Samara and Orenburg regions during the reporting period.

The Libyan branch of the Company intensified its activities, where the works were performed on drilling in the contract areas. Commercial hydrocarbons discovery had been confirmed in four oil structures. The plans for 2011 provide for drilling nine exploration and 7 appraisal wells.

For the first time in its history, TATNEFT started first commercial crude oil production abroad. In 2010 the Company’s joint venture Al Bu Kamal Petroleum produced the first 10 thousand tons of light water-free oil with the daily production rate at the initial stage amounting to 80 tons from the South Kishma field in Syria.

Steady increase in the reserves of crude oil and condensate of the Company has been ensured by ongoing geological exploration works in the new territories and supplementary exploration of the fields under development. Prospecting exploration works in 2010 resulted in discovering 4 new fields in Tatarstan with 3 of them falling into the category of extra-viscous oil deposits. Exploration of oil fields is carried out with application of up-to-date two- and three-dimensional (2D and 3D) seismic survey methods, allowing acquiring more detailed information about the deposits.

Today, extra-viscous oil deposits of OAO TATNET are a ground for developing efficient technologies for production and processing of bitumen, which subsequently can be used in the development of such deposits in other regions of Russia. In 2010, the amount of extra-viscous oil production at Ashalchinskoye field exceeded 27 thousand tons.

The Company widely applies innovative developments in the technological process of crude oil production.  Application of chain drives allows reducing the number of well remedial servicing in the problematic well stock by 1.5-2 times and reducing energy costs for lifting wells’ production.

The system of co-mingled completion and production of two or more layers though one well has also proved its effectiveness. This technology has been implemented in 761 producing wells, including 215 wells involved in 2010 (28% of all co-mingled production projects).

A new technology applied in the reservoir pressure maintenance system co-mingled water injection implemented in 226 injection wells. Cumulative incremental oil production from the wells influenced amounted to 383.5 thousand tons. Last year also witnessed development of the co-mingled completion and production technology with application of a multi-packer system, which protects the production casing from exposure to aggressive environment. In 2011, the plans provide for increasing the total number of co-mingled completion and production units by 185 installations, while the number of co-mingled injection units will be increased by 78 installations.

OAO TATNEFT still continues to maintain one of the highest WWI (well workover interval) among large enterprises of the oil industry in Russia. Over the past 10 years, the well mean time between failures in the Company has increased almost 2-fold and reached 1,041 days, which indicates the significant cost and resources savings. TATNEFT faces the challenge of further increasing this figure to the level of leading international companies.

The innovational activity of OAO TATNEFT in 2010 was distinguished by numerous awards. In 2010, a group of OAO TATNEFT’s specialists was awarded the State prize of the Republic of Tatarstan in the field of science and technology for the work “Research and industrial implementation of technological solutions to improve the reliability of in-field oil transportation”. OAO TATNEFT once again became “The Best Company for inventions and rationalization of the Republic of Tatarstan”. Nine specialists of the Company were awarded the title “Engineer of the Year” and four employees were awarded the title “Professional Engineer of Russia” in the All-Russia contest. Ten projects of TATNEFT were recognized as winners in the contest “Fifty best innovative ideas for the Republic of Tatarstan”. Groups of authors received three awards named after Academician I.M. Gubkin. Developments of TATNEFT won 11 awards at the “Archimedes” Moscow International Salon of inventions and innovative technologies. The Company’s activities in the area of resource saving were also highly appreciated at the XIIth International Exhibition “Energy. Resource Saving ” in Kazan, which was attended by Elvira Nabiullina, Minister of Economic Development of Russia, and Rustam Minnikhanov, President of the Republic of Tatarstan. TATNEFT won first place in the category “Best report on corporate and social responsibility and sustainable development” at the All-Russia contest arranged by the RTS Stock Exchange in 2010, and became award winners in three nominations of the XIth All-Russia contest “Best Annual Report”.

Up-to-date approaches to development of oil fields, introduction of new equipment and technologies in crude oil production as well as efficient financial management have allowed TATNEFT creating substantial margin of financial strength and releasing funds required by the Company for the development of other strategic activities such as crude oil refining and petroleum chemistry. A special place in this area is occupied by the construction project of the oil refinery and petrochemical plants complex in Nizhnekamsk. Starting of the TANECO Complex first phase in commissioning mode was performed in 2010 and the first products – naphtha and technological export grade fuel were received.

OAO TATNEFT has also successfully implemented innovative projects in the tire manufacturing industry. In 2010 the Company started serial production of new truck tires by the “Continental” Company technology at the Nizhnekamsk solid steel cord tires manufacturing plant built by the Company in December 2009. Some other projects for the manufacturing high-performance tire products with improved technical specifications and application properties have also been implemented.

To date, TATNEFT started a new for the Company of activity: generation of heat and electricity. In 2010 Tatneft Group of Companies incorporated Nizhnekamsk Thermal Power Station and OAO Almetyevsk heating network and additionally Tatneft-Energosbyt energy sales company was established This Company is acqurin the status of a significant enterprise in the republican energy market.

The Company implemented a high tech investment business: a project for production of glass fiber by the joint Russian-German joint venture company OOO “P-D Alabuga Steklovolokno” in 2010 in the territory of the Alabuga special economic zone. Participation of TATNEFT” in this project is stipulated by the interest in its own resources feedstock for the glass fiber pipe plant and in the development of modern innovative technologies, new equipment made of alternative anti-corrosion materials needed by the oil industry.

The results of energy-efficient development of TATNEFT,   introduction of innovative developments and modernization of production are reflected in high economic and financial performance of the Company. The net revenues from sales of products shipped by OAO TATNEFT are expected to total 254 billion rubles.

The meeting summed up results of fulfilling the Collective Agreement terms between the management and the workforce of OAO TATNEFT in the past year and adopted a new contract for 2011.



Tatneft Continues the Pilot Commercial Development of Heavy Oil

Friday, January 21st, 2011

OAO Tatneft continues to test advanced methods of producing heavy oil.

2 pairs of horizontal wells were additionally completed and put into operation at Ashalchinskoye field and 27,150 tons of oil were produced in 2010. The daily production rate of the wells that have come to a stable mode of operation amounts to 30-32 tons. Drilling of 10 wells has been planned for 2011.

A distinguishing feature of developing heavy oil deposits   is a need to generate and inject steam into the reservoir, as well as increased requirements for construction of wells, which is reflected in higher production costs compared to the crude oil production from conventional crude oil fields. In addition, a special treatment and processing of this raw material is required.

Significant reserves of extra-viscous oil are essential resource assets of OAO TATNEFT and a promising area of increasing production. The Company has performed feasibility studies for development of 50 primary heavy deposits with total reserves and resources of 200 million tons. Nevertheless, despite the availability of proven and efficient technologies for production of heavy oil, under the current tax system, the economic efficiency of developing these deposits is very low. In 2011 the specialists of TATNEFT will carry out the work aimed at developing measures of the State support, including the ones in the form of tax incentives for their development.



French companies exhibiting in force at the WFEE

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

For the third year running, UBIFRANCE, the French agency for international business development, is organizing a national pavilion at the World Future Environment Exhibition. Thirty or so exhibitors will be showcasing their technologies at an event that has rapidly established itself as the largest international industry event in the field of advanced energies and energy efficiency. More than 600 exhibitors and 24,000 visitors are expected, including major decision-makers in the public and private sector, investors, researchers and renowned academics.

The 2011 France pavilion is sponsored by Total Regional Development, which will give companies the benefit of its experience in doing business with the United Arab Emirates. This will also be an opportunity for the group to present the environment and renewable energies sector to the Middle East, as well as its new solar power plant construction plan with the Mazdar-Abengoa consortium.

Organized in partnership with Air France KLM and the Ademe International Club, the France pavilion will host thirty 4 of them are :

AC CLEANER OI developed an innovating microbiological maintenance, cleaning and desinfecting air conditioning systems. A regular maintenance using exclusive AC Cleaner procedures enables to control the energy consumption and thus remain within the limits set by the manufacturer of the device.

Website: www.accleaner.eu

EOLE WATER is specialized in conception and assembly of technologies that create water by air. Eole Water comes to the UAE to attend the “WMS1000”: a 30 kW wind turbine able to create 1,000 liters (360 gallons) of drinkable water per day. This invention is unique worldwide and gives another solution to countries that have no water.

Website: www.eolewater.com

TEEO developed an energy accountancy software to measure consumption of electricity or water in order to have a consumption profile. So it can act to reduce waste of energy and save money. It is a decision making software for non-technical people, which enable to monitor relevant indicators and follow budgets and forecasts, in order to measure differences and anticipate the decision-making.

TEEO can also monitor the production of photovoltaic electricity.

Website: www.teeo.fr

RVE (Réunion Valorisation Environnement) is a company that collects and recycles UEEE (Unwanted Electrical and Electronic Equipment).The process includes everything from collecting it from the clients’ premises to the final recycling (+ 95 %). RVE takes charge of the UEEE in a spirit of partnership, guaranteeing a commitment to reliability, respect of the standards in force and traceability.

Website : www.rve.re



ENWA Water Treatment approved for Wartsila Engines

Monday, January 17th, 2011

ENWA | The chemical free EnwaMatic® Maritime technology by ENWA Water Treatment has obtained approval from engine manufacturer Wärtsilä.

One of the most critical parameters for maritime engine efficiency and life time is internal corrosion. This is why engine manufacturers provide very clear specifications on the water to be used for cooling.

The instant water enters the cooling system, it causes corrosion, scaling, bacterial contamination and fouling. This has a significant impact on energy consumption, motor components and overall Life Cycle Cost (LCC). No more than 2 mm of rust can reduce heat transfer by 5% across component surfaces. Scale has an even more significant effect on the transfer efficiency with a small 0.5 mm layer generating as much as 4% loss.

When specifying a water treatment regime consideration must be given to its efficacy, its whole life cycle cost, how easily it can be implemented and managed, and what potential risk it presents to personnel and the environment. A major worry for ship owners has been the fact that whenever an engine cooling system or an HVAC system is drained, the water has to be treated as special waste since chemicals are being used to avoid corrosion, scaling and bacteria.

Traditionally, water treatment for engine water is done by adding different types of chemicals to balance the water quality and in order to avoid corrosion damages inside the engine. Doing so, however, can cause localised pitting and accelerate corrosion.  Contrary to this, the EnwaMatic technology is based on filtering and treating the water with minerals balancing, removing oxygen and neutralizing the water. The unit is fully automatic while it protects the engine or the HVAC system internals.

The EnwaMatic Maritime water treatment unit combines reproducible principles of water chemistry with standard water treatment technologies. The unit provides effective dirt and air separation with environmentally sound water conditioning. It creates changes in key water parameters, such as pH, alkalinity and hardness, to elicit corrosion inhibition, control of scale formation and a biocidal effect.

The recent approval of the EnwaMatic water treatment system was preceeded by several years approval period with the final test running for 16,378 engine hours. For this reason, the EnwaMatic was installed onboard the Cruise Ferry Color Fantasy, sailing between Oslo in Norway and Kiel in Germany.

Managing Director Bjorn Dorum says: “This approval is a very important acknowledgement of our technology and we are now proud to offer our well-proven EnwaMatic system also to the maritime propulsion industry.”

In connection with the intense testing period, the shipowner Color Line, operating several cruise ferries, has decided to change all closed loop water systems for engines and HVAC systems on their entire fleet to EnwaMatic Maritime.







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