Patent Success For World-First Well Kill Hardware

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Add Energy, the international energy consultancy and software provider, and its partner Trendsetter Engineering, have secured a second US patent for their world-first well kill equipment, they confirmed today

The Relief Well Injection Spool (RWIS) is the world’s only well kill solution that is capable of killing a blowing well with just one relief well – a process that typically would require two or more relief wells when faced with high discharge rated wells.

The RWIS received its first US patent in 2018 for the protection of the hardware. This second patent covers the process and system for killing a well through the use of relief well injection spools. 

Morten Haug Emilsen - Add Energy

Morten Haug Emilsen, Senior Vice President of Well Control at Add Energy commented, “In addition to the RWIS assuring single relief well contingency, the RWIS also enables operators to optimize well economics and help unlock projects that wouldn’t normally be sanctioned. In purchasing access rights to the RWIS, operators are able to comply with legislation and in addition, reduce the number of wells required to meet production targets by increasing the completion size of the well bore, reducing CAPEX costs and maximizing production.”

Brett Morry - Trendsetter Engineering

Add Energy partnered with subsea hardware experts Trendsetter Engineering to design and develop the RWIS in 2015. Securing the second patent is an important milestone for both companies.

Brett Morry, Technical Director at Trendsetter Engineering added: “We are proud to receive a second patent for the RWIS. Not only does this patent validate the innovation in the design of the RWIS, but it also protects the means and methodology our experts created to use the RWIS for performing dynamic well kill operation via a single relief well.”

RWIS Methodology:

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The RWIS increases the pump rate of kill mud into the blowing well by up to four times the rate of traditional methods. It achieves this by removing bottle-necks caused by restrictive choke and kill lines from the surface vessel to the seabed.

The spool, which pumps in excess of 200 barrels of kill mud per minute, is a significant advance for the industry. It allows the utilization of multiple vessels as opposed to the traditional method which requires the drilling of multiple relief wells.

About Add Energy Group

Add Energy has extensive well kill experience - its experts were part of the Deepwater Horizon / Macondo relief well, top well kill and investigation teams. Other projects include providing multiphase flow modelling and well control supervision during the Elgin gas blow out and similar support during the Montara blowout.

The company is headquartered in Stavanger and has offices in Europe, Asia, North America and Australia. The group provides specialist engineering and software solutions to the energy sector including engineering studies and improvement plans, technical assessments, incident investigations and support, performance analysis and management, strategic advice, reporting and benchmarking, production studies, testing and planning, process development and training.

About Trendsetter Engineering

Houston-based Trendsetter Engineering is a premier provider of specialized subsea solutions for oil and gas companies across the globe. Its Subsea Well Control Response division, namely Source Control Solutions, provides industry with:

  • Response Planning & Services including SCERP’s

  • Instructor led training for basic & advanced source control and eLearning software

  • Drill & Exercise support including design, facilitation, SME support & ROV Simulation services

  • Actual Response Support with provision of tactical response teams, SME and Engineering Support, including hardware solutions

Add Energy Secures Queen’s Award For Enterprise

Add Energy’s Asset and Integrity Management (AIM) division has been awarded one of the most prestigious business awards in the UK, it was announced today Tuesday, 23 April 2019.

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The Aberdeen-based company will be presented with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in the spring. The accolade is in recognition of achieving outstanding short-term growth in overseas sales over the last three years. 

 

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Peter Adam, Executive Vice President of Add Energy AIM, said:
“We are truly honoured to have been recognised in this way. There are few greater accolades for a UK business than the Queen’s Award. 

 “The expertise and products that we offer are ideally suited to unlocking value for energy firms and it’s a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team that we have been able to achieve this level of international growth, given the challenges faced by the oil and gas sector during that time. We look forward to working in partnership with our clients around the globe tocontinue to build on this momentum.” 

 

Add Energy is just one of 201 companies throughout the UK to be recognised this year, with eight businesses in Scotland gaining recognition in the International Trade and Innovation categories. 


UK Government Business Secretary Greg Clark said:
 
“These prestigious awards help shine a light on all that is great about UK business today. I am extremely impressed to see such a wealth of talent and innovation from across the UK being recognised today by Her Majesty The Queen.

“These awards recognise the innovative products and services being provided by British businesses that are in demand across the world, as well as the sheer determination and hard work that comes with starting and running a business. 

“Many of these winners are small businesses - the backbone of our economy – and we are backing them to grow, increase their productivity and create more jobs and opportunity across the UK through our modern Industrial Strategy.”



Between 2016 and 2018 Add Energy’s AIM division has seen earnings rise from £1m to £12.4m – a total rise of more than 1000%. The majority of activity has been international in regions including North America, the Middle East, Australasia, west Africa and Europe. The company has continued its trajectory in 2019 having secured over £3.6M worth of new business in the first quarter this year alone.

 

The company, which employs 130 in its offices in Aberdeen, Houston and Muscat, provides consultancy and software solutions which optimise asset performance including Oil and Gas, Power Generation and Chemicals. 

 

It is a division of Stavanger-headquartered Add Energy which provides consultancy and software solutions to the global energy sector.

Unique Group to exclusively represent Add Energy to provide asset and maintenance management solutions in the UAE

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Unique Group, one of the world’s leading integrated subsea and offshore solutions providers, has announced that it has entered into a key agreement with Add Energy Asset & Integrity Management to provide asset and maintenance management consultancy and software solutions to energy and manufacturing companies in the UAE.

Over the past 30 years, Norway-headquartered Add Energy has confirmed its position as a trusted service provider to the energy industry. Through this collaboration, Unique Group will offer clients specialised engineering solutions designed to increase safety, optimise expenditure and maximise plant performance.

The combination of consultancy and software solutions will mainly focus on performance analysis, CMMS data improvements, maintenance optimisation, materials management and operational support. As a business, Add Energy has a significant track record of delivering results in safety assurance, equipment reliability and uptime to clients including Shell, BP, E. ON, TAQA and other global energy providers.

Sharad Kumar, Group Director for Business Development at Unique Group commented on the partnership: “We’re pleased to represent Add Energy in the UAE, and together we can offer our customers robust solutions and specialised consultancy services that enable operations to be safe, compliant and efficient.”

Peter Adam, Add Energy’s EVP of Asset and Integrity Management commented: “Add Energy are proud to partner with Unique Group in delivering asset and maintenance management solutions to UAE operators. We believe that their local footprint and excellent track record within this region will provide a solid platform for growth, and most importantly, help operators to increase efficiency and considerably optimise operational costs.”

Add Energy Appoints New Vice President of its Asset and Integrity Management Division in the USA

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Add Energy, the international energy consultancy and software provider, has appointed a new Vice President to oversee the continued growth of its Asset and Integrity Management division in the USA and Canada.

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Susan Steyn will be based in the firm’s Houston office and will be central to delivering the division’s ambitious global expansion strategy. She will also be responsible for delivering recently won projects and adding value to clients by ensuring the right resources and infrastructure are in place.

 

Susan has more than 15 years’ experience in operations, supply chain, business development and engineering fields, in various energy industries including power, oil and gas and infrastructure. She has held numerous global senior positions in multi-national companies including, GE, Dow, Roche and Bayer.

 

Peter Adam, Executive Vice President of Add Energy’s Asset and Integrity Management division, said:
Susan brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience from across the energy mix. She will play a critical role in delivering our global growth strategy and her insights will be key to supporting both our projects and management teams.

 “We have seen an increase in activity in the Canada and the Gulf of Mexico as well as throughout the USA. That, combined with our UK focus is providing significant opportunities for us and we’ll be working with Susan to ensure we capitalise on those.” 

 

Add Energy is on track to achieve their growth plans for 2019, having secured over $2.3M worth of new business in the first quarter of 2019 for their Houston and Aberdeen offices.

 

Susan, who holds a Six Sigma black belt and is fluent in multiple languages added:
I’m delighted to be joining Add Energy. The team’s knowledge of the energy sector and their passion for identifying ways to work more efficiently and more safely is impressive, as is their determination to grow globally.

 “The energy sector continues to face challenges and I’m looking forward to working with both the team and industry to help it become even more productive and reduce costs.

 

Add Energy’s Asset and Integrity Management division provides consultancy and software solutions which optimise asset performance including Oil and Gas, Power Generation and Chemicals. The company is active in Europe, Asia, North America, Canada and Australia.

 

In addition to this, Add Energy recently launched Aim-Hi™, a software designed to optimise maintenance expenditure and improves overall asset performance by providing significantly greater insights and control over key performance indicators such as preventative maintenance, corrective maintenance and emergency maintenance. Through deployment with different power, oil and gas and mining companies, the technology was found to have the potential to identify combined savings and increase revenue in excess of $2.6 (£2m).

 

Add Energy has a global Asset and Integrity Management team of 130 people based in Houston, Aberdeen and Muscat.