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The best ideas can be found in unusual places

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.

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Zap-Lok™ and MPS® presented as key technology at Oil & Gas Asia 2019

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.

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Team Boost for Cortez Subsea

Cortez has more than doubled its team across Aberdeen and Kuala Lumpur (KL) after being awarded a contract to lay the first ever subsea pipeline using mechanical connectors offshore Malaysia.

The work will be jointly executed with Alam Maritim Resources Berhad under our consortium agreement and Cortez will deliver the engineering, procurement and operational activities from our office in KL.

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Cortez Subsea Limited achieve ISO 9001:2015 certification

Cortez Subsea Limited is pleased to announce that we have successfully undergone a combined ISO 9001:2015 transition, and three yearly recertification, audit on our IMS. NQA, our certification body, found no nonconformity during the two-day audit. By achieving ISO 9001:2015 certification, we continue to demonstrate our dedication and commitment to meeting our customers’ needs, operating efficient management processes and delivering consistent, good quality services.

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Cortez Subsea signs alliance in Malaysia

SUBSEA services and technology products company Cortez Subsea has established its first foothold in the Malaysian oil and gas sector after signing an exclusive agreement with a major player to introduce its supply chain capabilities into the region.

The Aberdeen-based company has joined forces with procurement and engineering company Oceancare Corporation Sdn Bhd (OCBS) to equip the firm with their modular pipelay system (MPS) which has NOV Tuboscope Zap-Lok connection technology.

The alliance will allow the companies to put their joint technology capabilities forward for Petronas’ Vender Development Program, which will give a significant advantage when bidding for work in the region.

The move marks another milestone in Aberdeen headquartered Cortez Subsea’s international growth strategy, which has already seen it undertake projects in Trinidad and Tobago.

Alasdair Cowie, managing director of Cortez Subsea said: “We are gearing up for an intense period of activity in our business with increasing demand in the industry for the services we provide across subsea pipeline, inspection and intervention.

“We have established a strong reputation for developing collaborative partnerships that deliver value to the North Sea industry and this alliance provides the platform for us to export our technology to a new international market with a well-respected and established regional partner.”

MPS allows the use of the Zap-Lok connected pipeline to be installed from any suitable offshore multi-purpose DP vessel. Designed to facilitate the storage, handling, connection and deployment of the pipeline in an S-lay configuration onto the seabed, it can deliver up five kilometres of pipe per day.

Mr Cowie added: “Malaysia is forecast to lead the South East Asian region for offshore investment over the next three years with a number of major projects and significant fields expected to come on-stream. Across the entire pipeline market, Malaysian developments are expected to require the largest expenditure over the next five years so there is a substantial market opportunity for proven technology suppliers like us.”

OCBC president Datuk Nelson Balang Rining said: “Through the exclusive signing of the agreement, it will be an added-value for OCBS by having the Zap-Lok technology from Cortez Subsea. Thus, we are confident of its potential to be part of the billion ringgit VDP project.”

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Modular Pipelay System | Cortez Subsea Secures UK Patent for Shallow Water Pipelay Technology

RAPIDLY-growing subsea services and technology products’ company Cortez Subsea has been granted a UK patent for its Modular Pipelay System, making new shallow water pipelay technology available to the North Sea for the first time.

The culmination of three years of research and development to bring the technology – a collaboration between Cortez Subsea and NOV Tuboscope Zap-Lok – to the marketplace, the first trials will get underway at the beginning of 2015 and will see Cortez Subsea build on its current six-figure investment over the next six to 12 months.

“This is a significant step in the development of our company towards advancing technology and maximising value for the subsea market,” said Cortez Subsea managing director, Alasdair Cowie.

“The Zap-Lok connection, which has been used onshore and offshore for over 40 years, has gone through significant testing and is now approved by a number of major and independent oil and gas companies who see the advantage of the Zap-Lok technology. We are now progressing towards fabrication and trials of the first of the units for operations at the beginning of 2015.”

The collaboration has seen the continued development in the application of the Zap-Lok mechanical pipeline connection for offshore application.

The Modular Pipelay System allows the use of the Zap-Lok connected pipeline to be installed from a suitable offshore multi-purpose DP vessel. The Modular Pipelay System is designed to facilitate the storage, handling, connection and deployment of the pipeline in an S-lay configuration onto the seabed at a speed of three to five minutes per joint, which is a daily installation rate of up to five kilometres.

“The market for shallow water and replacement pipelines is significant and expected to continue growing as operators increasingly look to maximise the return on their investments,” added Mr Cowie.

“The Zap-Lok connection coupled with the Modular Pipelay System provides the market with a cost effective pipeline installation method and positions us, as a business, for the next stage of our growth strategy.”

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Cortez Secure First Contract in West Africa

RAPIDLY-growing subsea services and technology products’ company Cortez Subsea has secured its first contract win in Ghana for pipeline inspection work worth $1m.

Cortez Subsea will perform pipeline inspection and commissioning activities using a work class ROV for Microperi Marine Contractors.

The award marks the first contract for Cortez Subsea in West Africa and follows on from projects in the Mediterranean, Caribbean and Middle East, extending the company’s reach from its North Sea base to supplying tailored subsea services to the global market.

Managing director Alasdair Cowie said: “Over the past 12 months, we’ve made a significant investment in new equipment, technologies and staff ensuring we have the workforce and systems in place to respond to customers’ needs quickly and cost-effectively anywhere in the world.

“This scope of work in Ghana not only demonstrates our capabilities in the deepwater environment but also enables us to strengthen our on-going relationship with Microperi Marine Contractors and develop our technical expertise and abilities in the burgeoning West Africa region.”

Cortez Subsea provides a range of subsea services and products to UK and international clients in the offshore energy industry, specialising in the four areas of installation, inspection and intervention and decommissioning in the UK and international oil and gas industry offshore.

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Demand more from your Subsea Inspection

Cortez Subsea announce an exclusive contract with Egyptian information solutions firm, MCS.

MCS has been developing and providing data acquisition and management software services for offshore inspection to meet the needs of oil and gas companies for 14 years. The agreement means the Aberdeen-based business is the only licensee to distribute and operate MCS software in the European Union and Africa.

Managing Director Alasdair Cowie said: “The demand for subsea inspection services is growing. Together with our collaboration partners, we offer a different solution to our customer base. Our objective is to maximize the efficiency of offshore inspection operations by applying proven data management and processing technology with ROV and survey capability and consequently reduce the operating costs to the operator to perform their pipeline or structure inspection.

“We can now provide full MCS data processing, reporting and management capability directly to subsea contractors and operators. Ultimately, this means less people, less cost and fewer complications.”

Cortez are currently using the system on a project in offshore Spain.

CEO of MCS, Wael Bakr said: “Our systems are the dominant offshore inspection solution used in Egypt and the Middle East. Our partnership with Cortez means subsea contractors and operators in the UKCS and Europe now have direct access to our products under the management and operations of Cortez.

“Our products have been successfully proven as cost effective and efficient in many pipeline inspection surveys and we look forward to seeing them adopted globally.”

Cortez Subsea provides a range of subsea services and products in installation, inspection, intervention and decommissioning to UK and international clients in the offshore energy industry.

The company works in collaboration with a number of partners to provide a broad range of specialties to its clients.

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£1.5million worth of North Sea Contract Wins

RAPIDLY-growing subsea services and technology products company Cortez Subsea has secured £1.5million of contracts across its range of pipeline installation and decommissioning services following a successful start to Q3 of 2013.

The Aberdeen-based firm has completed the first phase of work on a North Sea FSPO reinforcement programme for contractor DOF Subsea.

The £1million contract, for the provision of a powered reel drive system, tensioner and personnel for umbilical and flexible riser installation, includes a second phase which is due to begin later this year.

Cortez Subsea has secured a further contract for the recovery and decommissioning of three flexible production flowlines for Stork Technical Services.

The work, from the vessel Siem Stork for operations in the Central North Sea, is scheduled to complete in September 2013.

The wins come at a time of expansion for Subsea Cortez. The company has made significant investment in new equipment and technologies in the last 12 months, in addition to a new office complex to facilitate the growth of its employee base from 20 to 40 this year.

Managing director Alasdair Cowie said: “Since our formation in 2010 we have steadily built a reputation for being a dynamic, diverse and value-adding company capable of bringing technical, operational and commercial innovation to the marketplace.

“These contracts not only demonstrate the breadth of our capabilities from production start-up to decommissioning, as significant pieces of work with new clients they also solidify growing status as subsea services and technology specialists.”

Cortez Subsea provides a range of subsea services and products to UK and international clients in the offshore energy industry. The company currently works in collaboration with FlexTech Engineering, DeepTech Oil Services, Offshore Technology Solution Ltd, and MCS to provide a broad range of specialties to its clients.

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