Qualifications Retained for Kuwait Oil

We have regained our Qualification for the supply of Pig/Scraper Traps and Pressure Vessels for Kuwait Oil Company (K.O.C.).
Obtained until September 2020.

Glapwell Contracting Services is becoming a superb training ground for producing UK Engineering Talent

Triple success, well done to Matthew Harris on winning Apprentice of the Year.


Congratulations to Matthew Harris who has been named the 2015 recipient of Chesterfield College’s Advanced Apprentice of the Year award.

Sponsored by Lincoln Electric, the award acknowledges the high standard of work Matthew has produced and distinction grades he has achieved in all of his ABC Level 3 Diploma in Fabrication and Welding units.

Matthew is an advanced apprentice at Glapwell Contracting Services, Chesterfield; who specialize in the design, manufacture and supply of pipeline launching and receiving pig traps, pressure vessels, bespoke fabrication and nuclear auxiliary systems.
Speaking of his success Matthew has said, “It was a marvellous surprise to win the award as I know I was up against some good quality welders and fabricators within my group. It was an even bigger surprise to be awarded a fantastic auto darkening welding helmet from Lincoln Electric UK. I use their consumables and equipment at work and college and I now have a state of the art welding helmet which will only improve my welding skills and techniques”.

Matthew joins previous winners for Glapwell, Jack Doxey and Matt Alcock making this the third year in a row Glapwell’s apprentices have won this coveted award

Chesterfield College’s Fabrication & Welding department has been awarded Showcase status by the Awarding Body Consortium (ABC); a leading national awarding body which develops diverse, high-quality vocational qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14.

The College have a long standing relationship with Lincoln Electric. Staff and students alike have been liaising with the company over many years, including numerous visits to Lincoln’s showroom and workshop in Aston, Sheffield to view and discuss the latest advancements in welding technology. Lincoln’s popular VRTEX welding simulator was also on show at the ABC Showcase Centre presentation event earlier this year.

Deputy Head of Learning Advanced Technologies at Chesterfield, Ray Peet has added, “We are the only welding Showcase Centre in the country and have been for 2 years running. We choose Lincoln Electric because we believe them to be the leading manufacturer of arc welding and cutting equipment, continually introducing new products, technology, and innovations. Furthermore, Lincoln have kindly supported our apprentices by sponsoring awards for the last 3 years”.

For more information about Chesterfield College visit https://www.chesterfield.ac.uk/
Information about the Awarding Body Consortium can be found via http://www.abcawards.co.uk/

Glapwell Have One of Their Busiest Years Ever!

Glapwell are enjoying their busiest year for 5 years, supplying over 100 Pig Traps to the Middle East.

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Grand Total Reaches 12 Launchers & Receivers Delivered to the South Caucasus Pipeline.

We have recently completed, and delivered, 48” Class 600# Launchers & Receivers on the South Caucasus Pipeline and the Kazakhstan – China Main Gas Pipeline a total of 12off 48” x 54”NB Class 600# Launchers & Receivers supplied in 2014/2015.

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Celebrating 40 Years in Business

Glapwell are all set for a BIG PARTY to celebrate 40 years of being a key supplier of Pipeline Launching and Receiving Traps and Pressure Vessels, both Nationally and Internationally to the facilitate the industry needs of:

  • Major Oil Companies
  • Gas Production and Distribution Companies
  • International Engineer Companies
  • Petrochemical Companies
  • Pipeline Operators

As well as working to facilitate traditional engineering projects, Glapwell have recently moved into more advanced engineering areas helping to fulfill the UK’s Nuclear vision in building more Nuclear Power Stations.  We are very excited to have reached this milestone of business operation, but even more excited to what the future holds for the business.

Fully Certified for Another 3 Years

We’re delighted to announce that Glapwell Contracting Services Ltd. have had their ASME U-Stamp certification renewed for a further 3 years.

Glapwell Workforce in Safe Hands

Rachel Plevey has just just re-qualified as the official First Aider at Glapwell Contracting Services until 2016, and will be supported with newly qualified First Aider, Dave Cox.

Shell to Raise Production in Brazil

Four New Production Wells to be Drilled off Brazil

HOUSTON, July 22

Royal Dutch Shell PLC, along with partners Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) and Oil & Natural Gas Corp., will increase production at its deepwater projects at Parque das Conchas and the Bijupira-Salema fields offshore Brazil.

Four new production wells will be drilled at the Bijupira-Salema fields as part of a redevelopment that is expected to increase production there to 35,000 boe/d in 2014. The fields, which lie in 400-900 m of water, have produced nearly 100 million boe since the project came online in 2003. Shell holds 80% in the project; Petrobras, 20%.

Shell will begin Phase 3 of its Parque das Conchas project, which lies on Block BC-10 in more than 2,000 m of water, by installing subsea infrastructure at the Massa and Argonauta O-South fields, which will connect to the Espirito Santo floating production, storage, and offloading vessel, the hub of the project (OGJ Online, Oct. 15, 2010). Once operational, Phase 3 will reach a peak production of 28,000 boe/d. Shell’s share of the project is 50%, with Petrobas at 35% and India’s ONGC at 15%.

Shell expects to have Phase 2 of the project, which will incorporate the Argonauta O-North field, online later this year. Phase 2’s production is expected to reach 35,000 boe/d.

As a whole, the BC-10 project has produced more than 70 million boe since its start-up in 2009.

Shell has two FPSOs in operation offshore Brazil—the Espirito Santo and the Fluminese at the Bijupira-Salema fields.

An estimated 90 percent of Britain’s oil and gas is in Scottish territory

Scotland’s bid for independence bets on meeting ambitious renewable energy goals as much as on the dwindling riches of North Sea oil and gas.

Source – Reuters

An estimated 90 percent of Britain’s oil and gas is in Scottish territory, but output is dwindling fast and with it any prospect that it alone could make Scotland viable as an independent economy.

Last year production dropped 18 percent, its sharpest decline since peaking more than a decade ago.

It was a setback for a British government struggling to revive its economy.

But it poses a bigger threat to the smaller Scottish economy, with less to shelter it from sudden shifts in tax income, either from sinking output or falling oil prices.

Fergus Ewing, Scotland’s energy minister, said the Scottish solution was to combine extracting as much of the remaining North Sea oil and gas as possible with levels of renewable ambition that outstrip EU-wide targets.

Scotland is aiming for 100 percent renewable electricity by the end of the decade and having green power to spare.

That is far more ambitious than the European Union as a whole. The EU aims to raise the share of renewables in the mix to 20 percent by 2020.

“We have a vision of an EU, integrated market with connections across the sea to Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, mainland Europe,” Ewing told Reuters.

“We have got an iron will to proceed with this. We are not going to be deflected by what we would regard as a negative approach.”

The Scottish Parliament has been investigating whether the country can achieve its renewable target.

Among 400 submissions to its enquiry, Scottish Power said the target was credible if supported by commitments from the British and Scottish governments.

Germany’s E.ON said it believed meeting such goals posed a major challenge and would require a significant acceleration in the level of investment.

Renewable sources still require government subsidies to be viable, which Britain says it has been providing. Britain provided 1.29 billion pounds through renewable obligations certificates to support renewable energy in 2010-11, of which 134 million pounds went to Scotland.

EU funds can also help, provided EU member states agree development of Scottish renewables is sufficiently strategic.


Scotland claims around a quarter of Europe’s offshore wind and tidal energy potential.

If a ballot scheduled for 2014 leads to Scottish independence, the dividing line for its renewables territory would be the same as the division through the North Sea oil and gas province, lawyers said.

Haggling is possible, but there is little doubt Scotland commands the majority of Britain’s oil and gas.

Ewing said Scotland would husband what remains of its hydrocarbon wealth, as well as shifting the focus to renewables.

He said the Scottish oil city Aberdeen would be developed not as a fossil fuel hub, but an international centre of energy knowledge.

Britain’s short-sightedness had deterred investors, he said, and cited the government’s third tax hike on oil and gas production in a decade in 2011.

“We’re talking about economic opportunities on the scale of tens of billions, or we’re talking about losing that revenue if we fail to maximize recovery by not creating the correct fiscal framework,” Ewing said.

Almost a quarter of the corporation tax paid to Britain in the financial year 2011/12 – 11.2 billion pounds ($18 billion) – was on oil output, Oil & Gas UK said.

The figures are predicted to fall as production dwindles.

For Britain as a whole, the Office for Budget Responsibility expects oil and gas revenues to decline by more than 80 percent between 2011-12 and 2022-23.

Although Scotland says it would seek to provide a conducive tax regime, business is wary and says any fall in the oil price — well above $100 a barrel for Brent – could drive desperate measures.

“It is by no means certain that the government of an independent Scotland would not behave in the same way as the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer,” Iain McMillan, director of the CBI Scotland business lobbying organization said.

Scotland’s economy, which in 2011 was 10 percent of the size of Britain’s, is more heavily reliant on oil revenues.

For 2010-11, oil revenues accounted for over 15 percent of Scotland’s total revenues, compared with around 1.6 percent for Britain as a whole, Scottish government accounts said.

However small the share, Britain does not want to lose it.

Asked about any carve up of the North Sea province, British officials said only that it was purely hypothetical.

“The UK Government is not preparing for independence – we are arguing the case that the UK and Scotland are stronger together,” a spokesman for the Department of Energy and Climate Change said. He asked not to be named.

Oil and gas companies are also assuming business as usual. Firms which spoke to Reuters said they were just hoping for stability.

“The simple answer is (we’re) not planning (for Scottish independence) but we’ll see how events develop as to whether we need to plan,” Royal Dutch Shell’s Chief Financial Officer Simon Henry said.

“We would like to think that whatever the political developments, the government in question would reflect the need for a long-term, stable, attractive investment environment because volatility and change really encourages us to think about investing elsewhere.”

New Oil Find Offers Hope for Ireland


LONDON—An oil field in the Celtic Sea may prove to be a game changer for Ireland, possibly producing enough to make the country self-sufficient in crude or even turning it into an exporter of the commodity, Irish oil company Providence Resources PZQA.DB +1.80% PLC said on Wednesday.

Development of the Barryroe field could yield as much as 280 million recoverable barrels of oil, Providence said. This is just a fraction of the size of the largest recent discoveries in the Norwegian sector of Europe’s main oil-producing area, the North Sea, but could help create badly-needed jobs and boost revenue.

“It’s a calling card to the industry at large to say, hey guys look at Ireland—it’s in your backyard,” said Providence Chief Executive Tony O’Reilly. “It’s massively underexplored and here’s a demonstration there are active hydrocarbon systems in Ireland of scale.”

Ireland is struggling to recover from a collapse in its property market that caused a banking crisis and forced the government to seek an international bailout. The country has undergone five years of economic austerity while unemployment has soared to 14.8%, more than three times as high in 2007, when the boom turned to bust.

Production at Barryroe may reach a peak level of 100,000 barrels a day for each platform installed on the field, and it would be possible to build several platforms, depending on the level of investment, the company said.

Ireland consumed 142,000 barrels of oil a day in 2011, but produced none, according to the BP Statistical Review of World Energy.

Barryroe was last estimated to contain as much as 1.7 billion barrels, but there was no projection of how much of that could be recovered. The recovery rate announced Wednesday is better than many analysts had forecast.

The estimate of recoverable reserves from Barryroe was probably fairly accurate and Providence should be able to develop the field using well-established industry techniques, said Stuart Joyner, an analyst at Investec.

“It’s not really challenging,” Mr. Joyner said. “It’s well within the industry envelope of knowledge.”

Providence, a Dublin-listed company with a market capitalization of €564 million euros ($727 million), said it is seeking partners to help fund development costs estimated at around $15-$20 a barrel, or $4.2 billion-$5.6 billion for the entire field, according to a spokeswoman for the company.

Mr. O’Reilly said he was aiming to get other partners in the first quarter of next year through a sale of part of the company’s stake of 80%. Lansdowne Oil and Gas LOGP.LN +0.24% PLC is a current partner.

“There have already been a few people who’ve expressed an interest but it’s early days,” he said.

Providence was founded in 1997 and has been led since 2005 by Mr. O’Reilly, previously a senior executive at mining company Arcon International Resources LUN.T +1.76% PLC, and the son of Anthony O’Reilly, a rugby player who became an Irish national hero. Mr. O’Reilly Snr. created a business empire that included Independent News & Media IPDC.DB +5.88% PLC, an operator of national newspapers in Ireland and the U.K. Financial problems led Mr. O’Reilly to the sell the U.K. newspapers to Russian tycoon Alexander Lebedev in 2010.

Barryroe is one of several Providence oil fields that were first discovered decades ago, but abandoned because a combination of lower oil prices and high offshore production costs made them uneconomical. The oil price hovered between $10 and $15 a barrel for most of the 1970s, when Barryroe was first drilled by Esso, now part of Exxon Mobil Corp. XOM +0.60%

“That was a different time when the technology wasn’t there, the fiscal regime was different, the price was low and there wasn’t any infrastructure. You move on 30 years and all of that has changed,” Mr. O’Reilly said

Providence has been doggedly pursuing the development of these neglected Irish oil discoveries for several years. The company says that advances in technology and infrastructure, along with higher commodity prices make these fields commercially viable today.

For example, one development plan for Barryroe envisages use of 41 horizontal production and 22 horizontal water-injection wells, to be drilled over 25 years. Horizontal wells are harder to drill than vertical ones, but have become standard industry practice in recent years and allow for greater oil productivity from a smaller number of boreholes.

The final development plan will depend on, “further evaluation of technical, environmental and financial matters,” Providence said.

Providence made its first modest oil discovery in the Celtic Sea in 2007. Limited resources and the high cost of offshore exploration have slowed progress.

The company and its partners finally started a two-year, $500 million drilling program in six basins off Ireland in 2011. This is the largest probe of oil reserves ever carried out in the country’s waters and is aimed at both proving the commercial viability of existing resources and discovering new ones.

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