Cortez has clinched a five-year deal to provide a subsea inspection management system (SIMS) offshore Malaysia.
Keith Johnston joined Cortez earlier this year as General Manager – Commercial and Projects. He tells us how he climbed up the ranks in energy as well as how to make a mean pizza in this Ten Minute Interview…
It has long been accepted that to foster creativity we need to keep moving, change things up, switch locations. Obama became famous for walking meetings to foster better solutions and conversations.
While finding a singular workspace boosts focus and readies your brain for work – having spaces designated for creativity is also helpful. I don’t know about you, but not many people come up with their best ideas sitting at their desk.
Mankind has been fascinated by the depths of the ocean since the dawn of time. Greek mythology surrounding the Lost City of Atlantis is as well known today as it was in the days of Aristotle. Scientists say more is known about the surface of the moon than our own ocean floor.
But technology in the energy sector advances at an astonishing rate. Cortez Subsea was founded in 2011 and is now part of a three-strong group of companies with offices in the UK, Malaysia and Egypt. Our sister companies, Deeptech and MCS, are specialists in remote operations and software which, coupled with our project delivery, brings our NuWave Inspection services into the digital age.
The energy sector has made great strides in recovering reserves from the deepest depths of the ocean with advanced techniques and technologies.
The demand for more complex solutions to overcome challenges increases daily, as does the desire to develop them.
Investment in research and development (R&D) is key in driving the sector forward but it’s also important that existing technology from both inside and outside the industry is optimised.
At Cortez Subsea we pride ourselves in creative collaboration to provide the best possible service and utilise state-of-the-art technologies for quicker, safer and cleaner solutions.
Our Director and General Manager in Asia, Murray Ross, presented the benefits of our technology at the Oil & Gas Asia Conference in the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Malaysia.
Murray was invited by Subsea UK to contribute to its session which addressed issues and shared the latest developments in the energy industry.
Cortez has been working with NOV-Tuboscope for many years to deliver Zap-Lok™ mechanical connectors to the Malaysian and worldwide offshore market for pipelay which is faster, stronger and cheaper.
The Zap-Lok™ technology is proven with more than 7000km of subsea hydrocarbon pipelines installed worldwide and zero recorded failures in operation of over 70,000 joints.
A challenging environment can render traditional techniques inefficient, uneconomic or impossible, and Murray explained how this solution can offer a weld-free alternative to improve safety, dramatically cut costs and reduce our carbon footprint.
The event included other speakers from Wood and Enpro Subsea and delegates heard about many ingenious technologies transforming our industry daily.
A vast volume of subsea pipelines are planned and built every year to bring the world’s energy supplies from the seabed to the surface. In an industry continuing to adjust to new norms, its vital we work together to drive the adoption of ingenious technology to make the process smarter.
Welding is the predominant method for fabricating pipe systems across the sector. But there are several applications where traditional welded pipe connections become inefficient, uneconomic or impossible. Cortez Subsea works with NOV-Tuboscope to pioneer Zap-Lok™ mechanical connectors into new markets for pipelay which is faster, stronger and cheaper.
ROVs are an integral part of offshore installation inspection in oil and gas but it isn’t just our industry that benefits from ROV technology and research. The robotic underwater explorers have been fundamental in historic discoveries of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Christmas day is over for another year and for many of us today is about eating leftovers and watching telly or braving shopping sales out on the high street. Boxing Day is also known as the start of the strange limbo period between Christmas and new year where we easily forget what day it is and consider renewing our gym memberships.
We are at the end of January, which is rarely an easy month to get through. The festivities have passed leaving funds and spirits low. This year has also started at a lower point than others with the oil and gas industry experiencing serious challenges as oil prices have continued to drop, causing anxiety for many people. As with any period of difficulty where an industry may find itself tested, a lot of advice opinions are available and it is hard to make sense of it all.