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Alka Mittal is first woman to head ONGC

Alka Mittal has been appointed Interim Chairman and Managing Director of Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC). Dr Mittal is the first woman to head India’s largest oil and gas producer. Her appointment was approved for a period of six months, with effect from 1 January 2022. Dr Mittal has been serving as Director (HR) since 27 November 2018 and was the most senior director on the Board. Dr Mittal replaces Subhash Kumar, another interim head who retired at the end of 2021. A post-graduate in economics, MBA (HRM) and a Doctorate in commerce and business studies, she joined ONGC as a graduate trainee in 1985. Dr Mittal was the first woman to hold the charge of a full-time Director ...

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Adapter kit upgrades energy-limited shakers to new Hi-E technology

Solids control and process technology provider Fluid Systems has introduced adapter technology that readily upgrades older drying and flow line shakers to the significantly higher efficiencies of the new generation Hi-E shaker. Applicable for most manufacturers’ brand of shakers, the Hi-E Kit Adapter more than doubles the G-forces generated by less efficient conventional shakers, thereby increasing processing capacity, reducing retention on cuttings (ROC), improving drilling fluid recovery and lowering operating costs. The relatively non-intrusive kit adapter is installed on the shaker basket with minimum cuttings and welding, and once in place, consistently increases the energy delivered across the screen panels up to 20 g. Conventional shakers typically deliver constant G-forces between 5 and 7 g, severely limiting the energy available to produce drier cuttings ...

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Valaris appoints Anton Dibowitz as President, CEO

Valaris announced that its Board of Directors has named Anton Dibowitz as President and CEO, effective 8 December. Mr Dibowitz, who had been serving as interim President and CEO of Valaris since 3 September, is also a member of the company’s Board of Directors. “Anton has done a tremendous job leading Valaris over the past three months and we are delighted for him to continue building upon this positive momentum in a permanent capacity,” said Elizabeth Leykum, Chair of the Board of Valaris. “After a thorough and deliberative search process, the Board unanimously agreed that Anton’s extensive knowledge of Valaris and the offshore drilling industry make him exceptionally qualified to lead this company forward and deliver value for shareholders.” “It ...

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SPM QEM 5000 e-frac pump designed to reduce environmental impact, costs

SPM Oil & Gas, a provider of systematized pressure pumping and pressure control equipment and services, announced that SPM Quintuplex Extended Max (QEM) 5000 e-frac pump is reducing environmental impact and yielding positive cost savings in the Haynesville, Permian, Eagle Ford and Marcellus Basins. The SPM QEM 5000 is the only true continuous duty, electric or gas turbine-capable, 5,000-horsepower pump currently operating at full capacity in the field. The SPM QEM 5000 is designed from the ground up for electric or gas turbine and 5,000-hp capacity in a single unit, rated for service at 100 percent of its 308,000-lb rod load capacity, 24 hours per day, seven days per week – even in extreme conditions. Half of the SPM QEM ...

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Expro launches autonomous well intervention system

Energy services provider Expro launched Galea – the world’s first fully autonomous well intervention system – to maximize production while reducing intervention costs, HSE risks and environmental impact. Galea replaces larger, conventional and more labor-intensive wireline rig-ups for a range of slickline operations such as solids removal, plug setting/pulling and logging surveys. The system can be configured in a variety of operating modes to suit a range of applications both onshore and offshore. In fully autonomous mode, the system deploys a tool string into the well either at regular intervals or as defined by the well conditions. With continuous remote monitoring available from anywhere in the world, Galea can increase production at reduced operating costs and remove personnel from the ...

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Tenth-generation inVision X technology introduces field-proven frac valve activation

Intelligent Wellhead Systems (IWS), a supplier of digital technologies that improve oil and gas well completion operations, today released its tenth-generation digital completion technology, inVision X. The upgrade to the inVision Technology Platform integrates engineered safety controls, automated digital standard operating procedure compliance, and remote valve activation. “The inVision X release promises to deliver a step change in completion performance for operators and service companies. This software upgrade helps to improve efficiency and safety, and further minimizes risk to wellsite personnel by integrating valve position sensors, pressure interlocks, Digital Handshake processes and remote valve activation,” said IWS CEO William Standifird. Since the inVision I Technology Platform was introduced in 2018, the system has delivered more than 26,000 stages without a ...

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GD Energy Products opens new Dubai facility to boost service capabilities in Eastern Hemisphere

GD Energy Products (GDEP), the global provider of high-pressure pumps, parts and services, has opened a new international sales facility in Dubai to increase customer service and support capabilities across the Eastern Hemisphere. The new sales facility is located in Dubai’s Jebel Ali Free Zone and has adjacent distribution facilities for the Eastern Hemisphere (Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa regions). Sales, customer service, technical support, field service and operations will all operate from the new facility. Within the 170 cu m of new office space, a dedicated training center will provide a home for customer training and product experiences, as well as GDEP’s Pump University, a mobile classroom that travels to a customer’s facility and trains employees how to properly ...

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FutureOn signs digital twin partnership with Kongsberg Digital

Global energy software company FutureOn announced a strategic partnership with Kongsberg Digital (KDI), the digital division of the Kongsberg Group, strengthening its position as a leading international digital twin software provider. The partnership will bring together FutureOn’s FieldTwin and KDI’s Kognitwin platforms, supporting a comprehensive approach for designing, building and operating digital twins for energy projects. Central to the partnership will be a focus on energy transition through the development of digital twins for renewable projects. This will include emerging sectors such as offshore wind, green hydrogen and carbon capture solutions, where many oil and gas operators are seeking solutions as part of diversification strategies. This new partnership fully complements FutureOn’s existing partnership with Bentley Systems and its iTwin platform, and positions FutureOn as a ...

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Welltec releases new Well Tractor system

Welltec has launched a fully revised and transformed design of its Well Tractor conveyance solution: Well Tractor 212 CVT, equipped with Continuous Variable Tractoring technology.  The new CVT system automatically maximizes speed and power at all times, optimizing every conveyance run, making operations faster and more efficient than ever before. “The Well Tractor remains a key service that we provide, it’s the foundation of everything that we do in conveyance and a solid base for our powered mechanical interventions platform.  It’s what started the entire domain of interventions on wireline,” said Alex Nicodimou, Welltec VP Sales & Marketing “Now our engineers are bringing something special to the market that will ensure we continue to lead in conveyance solutions.” In addition to ...

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