Decommissioning & Abandonment 2018

15th January 2018

Decommissioning is the administrative and technical actions taken to allow the removal of some or all of the regulatory controls from a facility. – International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Once any production facility is not economically viable, it creates the need to shut down the facility, make is safe and protect the environment effectively. Coupled with advances in technology, and new sources of energy also mean that the amount of resources that need to be decommission will also increase. In BSEE’s[1] 2010 Decommissioning Cost Update, it was forecasted that over the next 15 years, over one billion US Dollars will...

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Practical A-Z Guide to Laytime And Demurrage 2018

13th January 2018

  Laytime and demurrage comprise one aspect of English maritime law in relations to voyage charters. ‘Laytime’ refers to the period of time agreed between the parties during which the owner will make and keep the vessel available for loading or discharging without payment additional to the freight. ‘Demurrage’ refers to the agreed amount payable to the owner in respect of delay to the vessel beyond the laytime, for which the owner is not responsible.   Laytime and demurrage constitute a complicated field, both from a technical and a legal standpoint. Due to this complexity, laytime and demurrage give rise...

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Pipeline Pre-Commissioning

30th November 2017

  Pre-commissioning is generally considered to include the preparation and integrity verification or structure upon completion of construction/installation and prior to commissioning.   Pre-commissioning includes all or the combination of operations to allow the pipeline or system to be cleaned, internally gauged pressure tested and dewatered and/or dried. Sometimes there can be a final operation to prepare the pipeline for product by introducing an ‘inert’ nitrogen blanket in preparation for hydrocarbon production. However, this is often considered to be a commissioning activity. De-commissioning can also be considered within the realms of the pre-commissioning discipline, allowing preparation of existing systems or...

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Leadership In The Oil And Gas Industry

28th November 2017

  The production of oil and gas is a key industry in the primary sector, henceforth the skills and competencies of this workforce is vital to ensure safe and reliable oil and gas extraction. Only by having a safe and skilled workforce, can the oil and gas energy industry be sustained and security of supply be maintained.   Over the past few decades, the industry has built up considerable expertise, and this was shared across the globe with global exploration and production networks through human mobility. However, the need for continuing staff training and skills development is essential for the...

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New Workforce Safety Policy Enforced In Singapore

17th November 2017

  In Singapore, from January 2018 onwards, the law will clam down harder on companies that neglect workers’ safety. The new policy that was passed down on 6 November 2017, stated that companies that are found guilty of serious workplace safety breaches could be fined up to $50k.   Hazardous practices includes:- Firms’ failure to provide protective structures that prevent falls Not appointing authorised people to supervise dangerous works   Singapore government aims to halt all unsafe work practices before any incidents can occur. This policy is implemented due to the surge of such potentially serious cases that has doubled...

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What Is Instrumented Safety System?

15th November 2017

  Instrumented safety systems have in place for a long time to fit protective systems to industrial process plant. These systems are independent of the normal process control, and have implementations in place to render the plant safe in the event of a malfunction.   It was until recently, that such systems have been designed with accordance to industrial best practices within the company or local level code of practice. The broad acceptance of IEC 61508/IEC 61511 standard is given safety equipment and users a common and universal framework on which to design products and systems for safety-related applications.  ...

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What Are The Benefits Of Having A Good Project Management Team?

7th November 2017

  Project management is a growing field used increasingly by businesses of all sizes. It is important to use dedicated project managers to oversee projects from conception to completion. Understanding the right and effective project management techniques can help organisation carry out large-scale projects on time, on budget and with minimal disruption to the rest of the business.   Here are the benefits of having a well-trained project management team in the organisation: –   Temporary and unique venture   A project is a temporary venture, aimed at producing a unique product, services or process. This will mean that there...

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Infographic: What Type Of Leader Are You?

3rd November 2017

Knowing what sort of leadership style that you are more inclined to, allow you to be aware of your strengths and weaknesses in the workplace.   Here is an infographic describing the various leadership style.   Image taken from: http://www.humanresourcesonline.net/infographic-type-leader/   Opus Kinetic believes that people are why organisations are successful, and giving people the knowledge to perform well at their job is integral for success. We pride ourselves as the premier provider of knowledge, offering acclaimed in-house trainings, and many others professional training courses spanning from various industries. Our training courses are well researched and updated with the latest...

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Infographic: How Engaged Are Global Employees?

1st November 2017

  Having engaged staff is one of the main driving factor of success in an organisation. They will also be more loyal as compared to their counterparts who are not as engaged. A large part of being engaged is linked to the feelings of realising their full potential in their respective role in the organistion.   In the latest Randstad Workmonitor, it was found that three in four of employees around the globe have expressed that they are engaged in their current position. This sentiment was even stronger in Asia Pacifiic where Singapore, Malaysia and Hongkong have 83% of the...

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Why Is Basin Analysis Important?

30th October 2017

  Basin is a depression that accumulates sediments. It provides a good record of how the environment has changed over time and what tectonic processes may have been at work. For instance, if fossils are found after drilling into a sedimentary basin, it indicated that that part of the Earth surface was covered by ocean. From the record left In sedimentary basin, we can uncover a lot about the history of the Earth.   On top of that, basins are an ideal platform for vegetation to build and decay over time, and millions of years later, due to substantial pressures...

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