Boosting innovation in Digital Design and Advanced Manufacturing: Sembcorp Marine and A*STAR deepen R&D collaboration
Qui, 13 de Fevereiro de 2020 16:13
Tuas Boulevard

Sembcorp Marine and Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research ink Master Research Collaboration Agreement

Agreement includes setting up joint laboratory at Sembcorp Marine Tuas Boulevard Yard to expand capabilities in Digital Design and Advanced Manufacturing for offshore and marine sector

Sembcorp Marine and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) have signed a Master Research Collaboration Agreement (MRCA) to jointly pursue innovation in Digital Design and Advanced Manufacturing. With this agreement, the partners aim to shorten the development cycle and time-to-market of new offshore, marine and clean energy solutions achieved through their research efforts.

Under the MRCA, Sembcorp Marine and A*STAR will set up Joint Lab@TBY, a research laboratory and work space at Sembcorp Marine Tuas Boulevard Yard that will facilitate the test-bedding and commercialisation of new Digital Design solutions, Advanced Manufacturing capabilities and other Industry 4.0-related technologies in a real-world environment.

Digital Design solutions to be explored include novel designs that support the development of offshore wind energy and risk mitigations in liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage and transportation.

Joint Lab@TBY also seeks to augment local Advanced Manufacturing capabilities in the following areas:

  • Large format additive manufacturing technology;
  • Automated robotic welding for complex offshore structures;
  • Automated non-destructive testing (NDT); and
  • Smart factory floor monitoring and control.

Speaking at the MRCA signing ceremony today, Sembcorp Marine President and CEO Mr Wong Weng Sun said the partnership with A*STAR will greatly enrich Sembcorp Marine’s efforts to develop cutting-edge, cost-competitive and greener engineering solutions.

Mr Wong said: “Innovation is a core enabler at Sembcorp Marine and we’re constantly looking at new ways to boost our engineering capabilities, production capacity and efficiency. Given the rapid technological disruption and rising environmental consciousness in the global markets, we must continuously push the innovation envelope and deliver sustainable solutions that keep us relevant to our customers. Partnering a top-class research organisation like A*STAR will help Sembcorp Marine achieve these vital objectives and stay ahead of the technology curve.”

Mr Wong said Tuas Boulevard Yard, with its operations and ongoing construction projects, will provide Sembcorp Marine and A*STAR researchers a real-world environment to experiment, test-bed and validate new technologies. “In this conducive environment, we are confident the Joint Lab@TBY team can deliver effective digital design and advanced manufacturing solutions fruitfully,” he said.

Since 2013, Sembcorp Marine, A*STAR and various other stakeholders have been working together on research projects such as green shipping and workshop automation under individual agreements. The MRCA allows Sembcorp Marine to team up with multiple A*STAR research entities under a common framework. This arrangement will smoothen the execution of future R&D collaborations, attract participation from more organisations, and enable the cross-fertilisation of unique insights and ideas to create impactful solutions.

Mr Wong added: “Sembcorp Marine views the MRCA not only as a natural progression of our long-standing working relationship with A*STAR, but also as an example of how the public and private sectors can work with each other towards highly rewarding research outcomes. We are honoured to have A*STAR on board our R&D journey.”

Mr Frederick Chew, Chief Executive Officer of A*STAR, said: “A*STAR is committed to strengthen support for local enterprises such as Sembcorp Marine, one of the key players in Singapore’s Offshore and Marine ecosystem. Sembcorp Marine is a long-time partner, and our collaborations have led to positive outcomes for industry and the economy. This MRCA to co-innovate in digital design and advanced manufacturing takes our partnership to a new level.”

Recent projects between Sembcorp Marine and A*STAR included the development of 3D printing and Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT). Through these collaborations, Sembcorp Marine last year received certifications qualifying its 3D printing procedures for making and restoring parts used in construction and repair projects, and completed the proof of concept for applying IIOT to improve the precision of steel-plate tracking at its fabrication workshop.

Sembcorp Marine and A*STAR have also embarked on projects in optimising engineering designs for gas hybrid tugs, gas containment systems and performance-based assessment for gas leaks and dispersion.

 
Sembcorp Marine bags two offshore platform projects valued over S$550 million
Qui, 26 de Dezembro de 2019 13:19

The Group will take on fabrication and offshore brownfield integration works for two well-head platforms, under North Oil Company’s Gallaf Batch 2 Project to maintain production capacity at Al Shaheen oil field in Qatar

Separately, Sembcorp Marine will also fabricate certain platforms and related bridges for the Tyra field redevelopment project in Danish North Sea

Sembcorp Marine Offshore Platforms Pte. Ltd. has clinched two offshore platform contracts worth over S$550 million that support redevelopment efforts at the Al Shaheen and Tyra fields, located respectively in Qatari waters and the Danish North Sea.

Sembcorp Marine will team up with customer North Oil Company (NOC) to fabricate two well-head platforms for the NOC-operated Al Shaheen oil field, which will be bridge-linked to the field’s existing facilities.

Awarded under NOC’s Gallaf Batch 2 Project, the contract covers engineering, procurement, construction, installation, commissioning and offshore brownfield integration of the platforms, to be started-up at Al Shaheen by December 2021.

The Gallaf Project is a multi-phase development for maintaining Al Shaheen’s production capacity at a plateau of 300,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd).

Situated 80km north of Ras Laffan, Al Shaheen has one of the world’s biggest oil reserves. It is the largest oil field in Qatar, contributing to 45% of the country’s oil production.

Separately, Sembcorp Marine as a subcontractor will fabricate certain platforms and bridges for Total E&P Danmark A/S in the Tyra Redevelopment Project.

To be ready in the first quarter of 2021, the platforms will, in part, replace ageing facilities and sustain daily outputs of 60,000 barrels of oil equivalent (BOE) at the Tyra field over the next 25 years.

Tyra is the largest gas condensate field in the Danish sector of the North Sea. Post-redevelopment, it will produce enough gas to power 1.5 million homes in Denmark.

“Sembcorp Marine’s successful bids in the Gallaf Batch 2 and Tyra projects reinforce our engineering expertise in catering to different geographies and operating environments,” Sembcorp Marine Head of Offshore Platforms Samuel Wong said. “Our latest contracts reflect the confidence that global players like NOC and Total have in our track record. We are excited to partner with them and look forward to expanding our footprint at the Al Shaheen and Tyra fields.”

The Group has thus far secured S$1.5 billion of new orders in 2019 – an improvement over the total orders received last year – which will contribute to its future earnings. Some S$530 million of these orders pertain to greener solutions, such as scrubber and ballast water management system retrofits as well as gas and renewable energy projects.

The Gallaf Batch 2 and Tyra contracts are not expected to have any material impact on the net tangible assets per share and earnings per share of Sembcorp Marine for the financial year ending Dec 31, 2019.

 
EJA authorized to receive larger Vessels
Qua, 13 de Novembro de 2019 14:55

Regulation update increases the size of vessels to be received at the shipyard.

Estaleiro Jurong Aracruz's new version of the Traffic and Stay of Vessels Regulations was ratified by the Captain of the Ports of Espírito Santo, Captain of sea and war Silvio Fernando Ferreira, on October 18.

The update will bring more agility in the dispatch process for berthing and unberthing of some vessels that previously depended on express approval of special maneuvers by the ES Port Authority.

The shipyard document update was based on the results obtained from maneuverability tests performed in the University of São Paulo (USP) Numerical Proof Tank simulator, which included the participation of the Brazilian Navy and the ES' Pilotage.

This Standards' new version major change is on the increase in maximum allowable dimensions for semi-submersible platforms, FPSOs, as well as drillships and similar. EJA is also now able to receive bulk and gas tankers of VALEMAX and QMAX classes and VLCC vessels.

The document further details the operational limits, mentioning specificity for each type of vessel authorized to dock at the shipyard. However, EJA still could receive vessels that exceed the current operational limits, provided that the ES Port Authority authorizes it as a special maneuver.

Traffic and Stay of Vessels Regulations are available for information at: www.jurong.com.br/normas-e-regulamentos

 
Sembcorp Marine SchoolBAG 2019 awards S$173,500 of bursaries to 835 students
Seg, 11 de Novembro de 2019 16:06

US$4.4 million SchoolBAG bursaries disbursed to over 22,000 students since 2001

As part of its commitment to giving back to the community, Sembcorp Marine today awarded $173,500 worth of bursaries to 835 primary, secondary and junior college students through its long-standing School Book Assistance Grant (SchoolBAG).

With almost S$4.4 million disbursed to more than 22,000 beneficiaries since 2001, SchoolBAG bursaries can be used for purchasing school supplies or paying for student enrichment programmes.

In this year’s presentation ceremony held today at Ahmad Ibrahim Primary School, Ms Indranee Rajah, Minister, Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister for Finance and Second Minister for Education, presented the SchoolBAG bursaries to student representatives from 74 schools.

“The SchoolBAG grants go a long way in helping students to focus on their education without being constrained by their financial circumstances,” said Ms Indranee. “More importantly, these grants give them the reassurance that they will continue to receive the support they need, as they work towards their goals and achieve their fullest potential in life.”

Sembcorp Marine President and CEO Mr Wong Weng Sun said SchoolBAG aims to reach out to as many students as possible. “This programme gives Sembcorp Marine the opportunity to help nurture and develop our children and youths,” Mr Wong said. “While many of the beneficiaries face challenging circumstances, they impress us with their resilience and determination. We have been inspired by them to organise SchoolBAG for the past 19 years, and we will continue to do so.”

SchoolBAG bursaries are open to students from households with monthly incomes not exceeding S$1,500. They receive the following amounts:

  • $150 for Primary 1 to 3 students
  • $200 for Primary 4 and 5 students
  • $250 for Secondary 1 to 3 students
  • $300 for Junior College Year 1 students

Besides SchoolBAG, Sembcorp Marine partners with various non-profit and governmental organisations on a number of programmes promoting the development of youths, education, community and the environment. These programmes include the Green Wave Environmental Care Competition and the Financial Assistance Grant for ITE engineering students, as well as staff volunteering activities such as beach cleanups and year-end festive events for students.

Last year, Sembcorp Marine contributed more than 6,600 hours of employee time and about $1.7 million to corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives.

 
Sembcorp Marine delivers Q7000 well intervention semi-submersible rig to Helix
Sex, 08 de Novembro de 2019 16:01

Sembcorp Marine today delivered the Q7000 well intervention semi-submersible rig to Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc., following a fruitful collaboration between the two companies to complete the project amid challenging market conditions.

Measuring 93.6m in length and 61.1m in breadth, the Q7000 was jointly designed by Sembcorp Marine and Helix. The vessel can perform a wide range of production enhancement operations as well as field development support, well cleanup and well decommissioning tasks such as tubing removal and sea floor clearance.

Equipped with an IMO-certified Class 3 Dynamic Positioning System and the Helix-designed Intervention Riser System, the Q7000 is able to execute well intervention and decommissioning operations in water depths of up to 3,000m. This makes the Q7000 suitable for deepwater operations globally, including in the UK North Sea, the Gulf of Mexico as well as offshore West Africa and Brazil.

In February 2015, Sembcorp Marine also delivered to Helix the Q5000, a vessel similar to the Q7000.

"We are very grateful to Helix for partnering with us to build the Q5000 and Q7000, particularly the latter project which was executed during a difficult time in the market," Sembcorp Marine President & CEO Mr Wong Weng Sun said. "The delivery of the Q7000 demonstrates not only Sembcorp Marine's proven ability to provide innovative design and construction solutions, but also our firm commitment to working with our customers to overcome challenges and complete projects smoothly. We look forward to the possibility of collaborating with Helix again in the future."

The Q7000 is expected to commence its first project in January next year, providing subsea services off the West African coast.

 

Boosting innovation in Digital Design and Advanced Manufacturing: Sembcorp Marine and A*STAR deepen R&D collaboration

Sembcorp Marine and Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research ink Master Research Collaboration Agreement Agreement includes setting up joint laboratory...

Sembcorp Marine bags two offshore platform projects valued over S$550 million

The Group will take on fabrication and offshore brownfield integration works for two well-head platforms, under North Oil Company’s Gallaf...

EJA authorized to receive larger Vessels

Regulation update increases the size of vessels to be received at the shipyard. Estaleiro Jurong Aracruz's new version of the Traffic...

Sembcorp Marine SchoolBAG 2019 awards S$173,500 of bursaries to 835 students

US$4.4 million SchoolBAG bursaries disbursed to over 22,000 students since 2001 As part of its commitment to giving back to the...

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