The Rugby Club Den Helder new shirts thanks to VectorMM!
Vector Maintenance Management wishes all teams a successful season!
An exciting moment for our intern!
For his study Industrial Engineering our intern Damon de Haan has held a good presentation. And now hope for a positive outcome for the rest of his training. We wish him all the best and succes.
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Den Helder benefits from Offshore industry
The port of Den Helder increasingly benefits of economic growth in the offshore industry. The number of sea-going vessels that came last year for the oil and gas industry to Den Helder, rose by 7 percent to 2776. This is the conclusion of Thursday published annual figures of port authority “Port of Den Helder”.
The offshore industry is the most important economic factor for the port of Den Helder. The region has many supporting and facilitating services to this industry. For more than thirty years are operations and maintenance activities for the offshore sector developed in Den Helder. Den Helder has an important national and international position as a supply port for the oil and gas industry offshore. There are several daily 160 production platforms and drilling rigs equipped with supplies and crews.
It’s not just the port with the shortest travel times to most platforms on the continental shelf, the port also provides optimal service to the international offshore industry.”Thanks to good alignment with the offshore companies with the fisheries and with the Royal Navy, we maximize our port capacity ‘, ‘ says Chief Executive Piet-Hein Kolff of Port of Den Helder.
The port of Den Helder is the economic engine for the developments in the northern part of Noord-Holland. The area development makes not only regional but also national and international ambitions. Because where else is there a breeding ground for maritime and offshore technology as big as here? The national water, energy, high tech systems and materials and logistics retrieved from Den Helder a hefty contribution on knowledge-and logistics area. This fast paced developments offer a wealth of possibilities for companies and institutions.
Companies that establish themselves here, make a very smart choice!
Our traditional VectorMM New Years Diner !
VectorMM supports Base- and softball Club the “Rangers” .
Handed over by Ivar Spronk (r), player of the club
On behalf of the cycling club HRTC Ellen Niewold handed us a nice t-shirt of the contest clothing which is sponsored by Vector Maintenance Management.
Welcome to the Advisory Board. The first official meeing 22-10-2014 is a fact!
Wednesday, October 22nd, is the official start given to the Advisory Board. The Advisory Board consists of individuals who have earned their stripes in the oil and gas industry, both from the asset owner as from the regulation and enforcement side. They will help Vector Maintenance Management to stay sharp and confront them with made and to make choices concerning market development and profiling.
Right side f.f.t.b.
Jan Treffers, former Director Gaz de France
Jo Peters,former Director Shell and current Secretary General of NOGEPA
Left side Joost de Boer, managing director Projects & Modifications
René Pabst, managing director Maintenance & Operations
Robert Krauweel, managing director Inspection & Asset integrity
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The Dutch oil and gas producers, United in NOGEPA, and the Dutch Government keep a large-scale offshore exercise on Thursday 2 October.
The calamity that is practiced occurs on a production platform of Total E&P Netherlands on the Dutch part of the continental shelf of the North Sea. In addition to Total E&P have the coast guard, the security region Noord-Holland Noord, the municipality of Den Helder, the Royal Navy, State supervision of Mines and Public Works an active role in this exercise.
The purpose of the exercise is, among other things, that industry and Government deal together with this kind of calamities and to have an adequate coordination with each other’s roles and responsibilities in the practice. The oil and gas sector holds annual exercises to determine whether the procedures laid down in the legislation are adequately followed.
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Dutch Offshore companies are involved in the Gas Project
The offshore companies Wintershall and GDF SUEZ, also located in Den Helder, take part in the new program “Upstream Gas”.
Dutch Government and industry try to improve gas extraction from smaller gas fields. There is an amount of 2.4 million euros available for projects that benefit for gas extraction on North Sea and mainland.
EBN (Energy Management Netherlands participant in the extraction of gas) has the ambition pronounced to keep the gas production from small fields on the level of 30 bcm/year (the 30/30 Ambition) between 2015 and 2030. Objective of the innovation program Upstream Gas is to support the 30/30 ambition of the Netherlands through the development and implementation of innovative exploration and production technologies.
The “Upstream Gas innovation program is inspired by R&D similar programs elsewhere in the world. The program is open to national and international partners who can contribute to innovative technology development for the realization of the 30/30 ambition aimed at Dutch subsurface. The second is to actively contribute to the “Upstream Gas” program at the “IEA Collaborative Platform for Oil and Gas Technologies” as established in 2010.
,, It’s a significant amount, “says Madelaine Halter of TNO”. ,With it you can accomplish much. The next few months we are looking for operators, suppliers, consultants, etc. who wants to participate in the innovation program Upstream Gas. Participants do not necessarily have to be active in projects. They must be or become a member of the Upstream Gas Consortium, “reports Halter. To the end of September interested parties can report themselves at TNO to take advantage of the research results.
Total Netherlands E&P is showing “back in the fight”
The discovery-and production division of the French energy company Total has big plans with the North Sea. That said Henri-Max Ndong-Nzue, Director of the Dutch chapter. According to him, the first results of seismic survey offer new wells into use in 2015. Ndong-Nzue considers 2014 therefore as a transition year.
Actually there was little going on in May 2014 at Total E&P, the Netherlands branch of the French energy company that deals with finding and producing gas from the bottom of the North Sea. Yes, the underwater installation K4-Z was adopted, but that’s since 2013 already running. Yet shows Ndong-Nzue itself a happy man. According to him 2014 is the beginning of a new period for gas production in the North Sea.
The seismic survey is carried out in recent years and cost almost 100 million euros. The enormous data that came up is currently being analyzed. Ndong Nzue calls the first results ‘ encouraging ‘. The seismographic research offer leads for new activities.
The focus of Total E&P Netherlands is currently fully in the North Sea. Nevertheless Ndong-Nzue also keeps an eye on what’s happening on-shore. The company is already active in different places, such as the exploration and production of shale gas in the USA, Argentina, China and England.
In the Netherlands Total does nothing at the moment with shale gas, because the Dutch Government has set up a moratorium on test drilling. “But at the end of this moratorium, if the Government has made a decision where drillings are allowed, we will of course see what possibilities there are,” said Ndong-Nzue.
A warm welcome at the office of VectorMM
Thanks RiMiLi for this nice picture!
A new training boat for the Lifeguards Den Helder ..thanks to the generous gift of VectorMM
VectorMM congratulates Total E&P Netherlands with her 50th anniversary
On 31 March some Vector colleagues celebrated the “50 years Total E&P Netherlands” — in the Hague
Passed Post HBO Maintenance & Management
Our employees Bart van Jaarsveld & Neeldert Tijl succesfully completed the Post HBO study “Maintenance and Management” at the Hogeschool Utrecht.
Both of them had to present their final thesis after which they graduated. Congratulations!
Sponsor and clothing presentation cycling club HRTC DOK
On 19 March, the sponsors for the coming period were presented. The new club clothing was also revealed.
And Vector Maintenance Management was there!
VectorMM supports de “Rangers” uit Schagen.
Vector Maintenance Management B.V. will go sporty also in 2014!
We support our local cycling club HRTC DOK
VectorMM runs Sunday 8 December 2013 during the 26th Edition of the “the Bridges course Rotterdam”
Sportsmanship, coziness and business come together during this walking experience in Christmas atmosphere. The 15 km route of the Bridges course Rotterdam is about five bridges in Rotterdam. It is successively to the Varkenoordse Viaduct, the Erasmus bridge, New Leuvebrug, Boerengatbrug and Van Brienenoord bridge.
During this wintry walk people are in a dark Christmas-like environment in which illuminated the skyline and the city centre of Rotterdam even better. Start and finish are situated at the Feijenoord Stadion .This makes the event easily accessible by both public transport and by car.
Donation and treat for Giro 555-Action Philippines
Vector supports the initiative of the elementary school The Rank for the charity of the Philippines and buys muffins.
Short Impression of the Offshore Energy Conference 2013
50% less offshore time consumption, The proven benefit of Vector Maintenance Management’s inspection solution!
With the implementation of the inspection solution at Total EPNL, Vector has reduced the required offshore manhours with 50%!
A win-win solution for decreased costs AND increased safety by minimizing the offshore exposure hours for now and future inspections.
The proposed strategy is implemented in customers CMMS (SAP) with clear and complete scope descriptions minimizing work preparation. Drawings and pictures of the situation are retrieved from the CMMS with the work orders to simplify the search for sections and measurement points to inspect. The reporting on measurement points does not leave room for mistakes, creating a risk based solution with immediate feedback.
A text book Plan DO Check Act!
Vector Maintenance Management is present on the Offshore Energy Conference !
New oil and gas reserves in the North Sea
There may be discovered a new gas and oil supply in the Dutch part of the North Sea. The operation of these fields may cause extra billions in the future.
This is evident from first seismic data that soil researcher Fugro recent years collected from the bottom of the North Sea. The Dutch company Fugro has made since november 2010 seismic shots of almost 8000 km2 of the Dutch sea floor. This part of the North Sea has long been a white spot.
Energy Management Netherlands, which on behalf of the Dutch State participates in oil and gas extraction is hopeful. EBN hopes that oil companies quickly are going to do some test drilling in order to win oil and gas. Within five years there could be drilled. EBN would want to invest for 40 percent if an oil or gas company starts and share in the profits. At nearly all current gas fields the State does that too.
VectorMM sails along on the 21st of June on the vessel “DE UTRECHT”
Vector Maintenance Management BV on TV at RTL7 program “Ondernemend Nederland”
“Total Recognized by Peers for Its Deep Offshore Expertise”
Paris, May 6th, 2013: At the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, Total was honored with the Distinguished Achievement Award for Companies for its Pazflor deep offshore development. The prestigious award is presented annually to the company that has advanced deep-water oil expertise and technology as part of a major project.
The Pazflor project integrates major technological breakthroughs in bringing challenging deep-water fields on stream. The technological feat – a world first – consisted of installing subsea separation units and pumps to boost the liquids from the three Late Miocene reservoirs, near the production wells.
This technological achievement is also a people-led success. A significant part of the Pazflor development was carried out in Angola, as part of Total’s commitment to increasing local content in its projects.
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Better approach oil control against Wadden Sea through cooperation
Department of public, who’s responsible for the water quality of the Wadden Sea and for water management (and with it the fight against oil pollution), the Wadden Sea Association and the Program to have a new tool to a rich Wadden Sea has created a new instrument to better protect the Wadden Sea against an oil incident: the Ecological timetable Wadden Sea.
In this timetable can be seen what the best method is to clean up oil at sea, on the salt marshes or on the mudflats beaches. Holland is renowned for its oil control. Oil control in the Wadden Sea is complex because this area consists of shallow gullies, consisting and forming muddy parts. By cooperation the oil-fighting on the Wadden Sea can be further enhanced. All depends on a good preparation. On the basis of the timetable, appointments can be made about how to act if oil reaches the coast.
Department of public works and the Wadden Sea Association combined their knowledge in this booklet for the precious Wadden area and also received input from the area managers. The timetable is written for area managers and emergency responders. They can support Department of public at an oil spill control. With more material there can be faster intervention in a targeted way for optimal oil reduction in the Wadden Sea.
> Risk reduction and cost control are becoming increasingly important in industry.
> Companies must decide individually how to ensure compliance with the high quality and safety requirements that apply in respect of personnel, the environment, resources and production.
Vector Maintenance Management B.V. strives for a prominent position of maintenance within the industry. As a result of stricter requirements towards safety, health and environment as well as the demand towards companies to demonstrate their technical integrity, responsibilities are shifting from the authorities back to the industry.
Impression Vector New Years Diner 2013
On behalf of the whole Vector team, we wish you all the best for 2013
Large oil field above Den Helder hopefully leads to a beneficial effect for the activity in the harbor city
Wintershall announces an oil discovery in exploration license F17a in the Dutch North Sea about 120 kilometers north of Den Helder. Preliminary resource estimates indicate a potential of at least 30 million barrels recoverable oil with a more than significant upside.
Gilbert van den Brink, Managing Director of Wintershall Noordzee B.V. stated: “We are delighted with the results from this well. It has been a while since one of our exploration wells has been targeting for oil. This discovery gives us the opportunity to grow our business in the Netherlands and provide a more balanced portfolio in terms of oil and gas. The well will be plugged and abandoned. Commercial viability of the discovery as well as further upside will need to be confirmed through appraisal drilling planned in 2013.
Wintershall controls 19 of these platforms from Den Helder, the Netherlands, with one of the most modern radio surveillance and control systems in order to manage these operations efficiently.
Port of Den Helder now officially founded
Port of Den Helder N.V. is founded on 23 October 2012. With this decision the City Council has given the green light to bring in real estate, land, manpower and contracts in this Company. It paved the way to start on 1 January actually with an operational port company “Port of Den Helder”.
The Port Alderman is pleased with the decision of the Council. “Port of Den Helder will help to place the international competitiveness of our offshore- and defense harbor as Centre of the North Sea. Thus we get activity and employment to the town and the region, because the port is the jobs engine and the breeding ground for innovations for Maritime-and Offshore Technology.
Port of Den Helder now already is the offshore harbor for oil and gas in the area of Operations & Maintenance (approximately 90% of the national turnover). By the unique location and the presence of the Royal Navy, knowledge institutes and research- and training institutions, the harbor has everything to offer for this specialization and also for being a port for the offshore windenergy sector in the near future.
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North Sea Energy Soccer Cup 2012
North Sea Energy is all about bringing the network together, this time in a sporty environment as sports and business go well together. North Sea Energy Cup 2012 is a must for everyone who is involved in On-, & Offshore activities. North Sea Energy Soccer Cup is The Place to Be!
North Sea Energy Cup Soccer is not only about business but reserves Also charity by supporting a very good cause: KIKA. North Sea Energy Donates Soccer Cup sponsorship money to charity KIKA. Kika’s goal is to Increase the chance of recovery for children with cancer to 95% by 2025.
Location: accommodation the Dogger of the football club HCSC in Den Helder.
Date:Saturday 30 June 2012
Oil and gas platforms better protected
Detection and extraction of safety around gas and oil platforms in the North Sea will be better protected. The public prosecutor demands higher fines against captains who come too close to these platforms. Minister Verhagen of Economic Affair, agriculture and innovation (EL&I) wrote this to The Second Room on Friday the 25th may 2012.
Ships must not come within a safety zone of 500 m around a drilling platform. A collision can result in leaks to pipelines and platforms. In extreme cases a collision can lead to an accident with serious consequences for man and environment.
It is punishable when ships come too close to a drilling platform. The maximum fine which a court may impose on a company amount to nearly eight thousand euro.
Source: – National Government news message 25-05-2012
Den Helder makes space for offshore
At the Ewea exhibition in Copenhagen harbor alderman Kees Visser has awarded the contract for the extension of the Fishing Quay in Den Helder harbor to Ballast Nedam. The Alderman and the Director of Ballast Nedam are pleased with the news that there can be started quickly to make room for the offshore sector.
The development of the Fishing Quay accommodates offshore companies who would like to settle in Den Helder. If the quay is achieved there can be met in the near future on the demand of the offshore sector to moor ships along the quay. “By awarding this contract we can start setting up a so-called Multipurpose Quay. Here we can both the fishing and offshore sector continue to facilitate. The next few years, we as a municipality convert in the development of the port. For the region there lies the opportunity for economic growth”. Companies in the offshore sector see the port of Den Helder as like home.
Strong point of the harbor is the favorable geographical location. Den Helder has a favorable tide and at the harbor rapid handling of the logistics supply takes place. Together with Defense there will be looked at possibilities of shared use of civil defense areas and new, port-related industrial development. All this puts the economic engine of Den Helder in full swing.
Source : Maritiem News – 18 April 2012
Bluestream Offshore awarded GDF SUEZ E&P IRM contract Den Helder.
Bluestream Diving B.V. has been awarded the 2012 IRM contract by GDF SUEZ E&P Nederland B.V. The contract encompasses diving and ROV services for 27 production platforms and 5 subsea wells within the Dutch Continental shelf, a program entailing approx. 250 days per year. Bluestream Diving B.V. will provide inspection services of the GDF Suez E&P offshore installations.
“The award of this contract marks another significant step for Bluestream Offshore”, announced Managing Director Rolf de Vries. “GDF SUEZ E&P Netherlands BV. is one of the largest operators in the Dutch sector and we are delighted to be working with them on the inspection, repair and maintenance of their assets. This contract perfectly reflects Bluestream’s focus and the company’s capabilities”.
There are various ways to monitor the condition of an offshore installation. Ultimately, the final report is key, as it provides the basis for trend analysis. Bluestream offers tailored services with a genuine commitment to continuous improvement. As well as aiming for the highest quality output, the company ensures that the most efficient inspection methods are used to reduce risk and critical vessel time.
All diving and ROV operations will be coordinated and executed from Den Helder, base-port of Bluestream Offshore and GDF SUEZ E&P Nederland BV.
Source: IRO – 15 March 2012
Bluestream Offshore uses Seabed Worker for maintenance work to the Dutch platforms of Total E&P NL
The Dutch dive company Bluestream Offshore has rented the big divesupport vessel Seabed Worker of the Norwegian Seabed AS for maintenance and construction work to the Dutch platforms of Total E&P in the North Sea.
Platforms should be developed in the blocks L4 and K5, which will take several weeks. The vessel is equipped with a large amount of advanced diving equipment plus a 100 tons swell matched offshore crane that burdens can hoist up into 3,000 m deep water. The vessel working deck has an area of 650 square meters and on board accommodation for 65 persons. The ship is propelled by two Voith Schneider screw units and has two bow screws in tunnels plus a retractable azimuth bow thruster, all attached to a class 2 dynamic positioning system
source: Schuttevaer – 11 February 2012
Nice donation for Rescue-squad Den Helder.
On Friday the 13th of January the Rescue-squad received a donation from Vector Maintenance Management.
Instead of the usual bottle of champagne, which we gave other years as a promotional gift, we wanted to think in this time of recession to a charity, to an organization committed to the society and that could use some support. It had to be an organization in Den Helder, the location of Vector, and preferably one that is related with safety and has a maritime background and this because of the work area of Vector. With all these key words we came quickly on the Rescue-squad Den Helder.
The Rescue-squad was not only very pleased with this financial contribution, but also was very happy with the moral aspect of this sponsorship that came so spontaneously out of business life. Our own relationships were already informed about our initiative and we assume that they agree with this gift.
Director Total E&P Netherlands baptizes Glomar Pride
Under great interest is Thursday 24 November in Den Helder the brand new safety / standby vessel Glomar Pride of GloMar Shipmanagement baptized by mrs. Martine Valeix, Director of Total Netherlands E&P. Mrs. Martine Valeix stated in her speech that the Glomar Pride the first of two new ships is that the next three years become part of the Total fleet. “This two should guarantee the security of our offshore personnel. They also play an important role in our bailout”. And according to her, there is still a lot to happen in the coming years. “We are going to develop two oil rigs committed to new gas fields. Furthermore, we will launch a large-scale 3D seismic data acquisition program that an area of 3,500 square kilometers will cover and go through with our inspection and maintenance campaign of our existing offshore installations.
source Offshore Visie – Oil & Gas Netherlands – 02 January 2012
We wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy 2012
Vector Maintenance Management BV moves to new location
The increased request to our knowledge and our products is the cause of our recent growth in our personnel file. This growth requires the need for a more suitable accomodation.
From the 14th November we will continue our activities in a new office building. The building with a characteristic look is located on the Blokmakersweg 12 at the industrial park Kooypunt Den Helder.
Management and employees both are very pleased to move in to the new office.
Wintershall and Gazprom agree on framework for asset swap
According to the agreement, two further blocks of the Achimov formation of the Urengoy field in western Siberia will be developed by the two companies.
Wintershall will initially hold a working interest of 25 percent plus one share in the development of blocks IV and V. Wintershall retains the option of increasing this shareholding to 50 percent. The framework agreement stipulates that Gazprom will receive interests of equal value in selected exploration and production projects by Wintershall in the North Sea (Netherlands, UK).
Source Wintershall – 28 October 2011
EU seeks stricter Offshore Oil rules
European Union regulators proposed stricter safety standards for offshore oil and natural –gas exploration to curb the risk of a major accident after the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Draft regulation presented by the EU, sets risk-assessment rules for offshore platforms and gives national regulators more powers to inspect their operations. The draft regulation fixes rules for the entire life cycle of all exploration and production activities, requiring the offshore oil and gas industry to improve safety standards on a regular basis. Technical solutions that are critical to safety will be subject to verification by an independent third party.
The proposed measure also obliges national licensing authorities to ensure that operators have “sufficient technical and financial capacities necessary to control the safety of offshore activities and environmental protection”.
Source BusinessWeek – October 2011
Spot on at the Offshore Energy beurs 2011
‘Another 50 years of gas production from Dutch fields’ Natural gas production in the Netherlands can continue for at least 50 years.
This is the prediction of Bart van de Leemput, Director of NAM. New technology will make production in very small fields viable, meaning that production of the enormous Groningen field can take place at a slower rate. For its onshore operations, NAM has developed a standard installation that can be deployed ‘off the shelf’. The company has also developed standard installations for its offshore activities. This means that offshore fields can be viable where it is possible to tie into existing infrastructure for energy production.
Van de Leemput says that they can now take the ‘smaller of the small fields’ into commercial production since the cost of drilling has reduced by half in the past ten years.
Ten years ago, the producible gas reserves in the Netherlands were good for around a further 25 years of production. The newly extended lifespan of Dutch gas production is part of a global trend. Global gas reserves have increased sharply in the last ten years because new technology makes it possible to produce more difficult gas. It is estimated that the world now has enough gas for the coming 250 years.
Source: 14/1/2011 – Dagblad van het Noorden – Oil & Gas Netherlands
Spot on at the Offshore Energy beurs 2010
On Thursday 7th of October 2010, the third edition of Offshore Energy (OE) took place at the Old Navy Yard Willemsoord in Den Helder, The Netherlands. Existing and new relations came to visit us at our stand. Besides welcome explorarory conversations, the first leads receive their followup already! The major “disadvantage” of this exhibition was that it was not possible to explore the exhibit ourselfs due to continuous busyness…..
Vector Maintenance Management wil be present on the Offshore Energy exhibition 2010
On Thursday 7th of October 2010, the third edition of Offshore Energy (OE) takes place at the Old Navy Yard Willemsoord in Den Helder, The Netherlands. Offshore Energy, which focuses on the international offshore, oil & gas and energy market is the only dedicated offshore energy event in The Netherlands which combines an extensive exhibition with a conference program on the latest developments and latest markets in offshore.
Offshore Energy is totally focused on the (inter)national offshore and (wind) energy sector, is moreover the first exhibition of its kind in The Netherlands and offers a defined and targeted visitors profile, consisting of decision makers in the offshore, dredging and (wind)energy industries, directors, purchase managers, project managers and engineers of oil companies, subcontractors, offshore services, operators and students in their final year of offshore technology.
Tailor made training
Vector has developed a tailor made training describing and explaining the maintenance organisation, proces, routing and systematics. Information systems, CMMS, Maintenance, inspection, purchasing, material management, KPI’s are all part of the training. The training consits of theoretical and practical aproach custom made for your company including excersises to verify the required competence level is achieved. The training can be held at the premises of Vector or inhouse at your site.
Additional gas production in the North Sea
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The Minister for Economic Affairs, Maria van der Hoeven, has taken stepsthat should lead to the production of more tight gas from fields in theNorth Sea. On Tuesday, she signed an agreement to this effect with theoffshore operators. The minister expects that the agreement will result inthe production of an additional 21 billion cubic metres of gas, about halfthe annual gas consumption of the Netherlands.
The Netherlands has received approval from the European Commission tointroduce a special tax incentive. This measure is particularly aimed atareas where production is difficult. This differs from the tax incentiveoffered by the government in 2003, as that was a general incentive thatbenefited all oil companies operating offshore.
Under the new measure, companies producing natural resources are nowallowed to set off the normal depreciation on their additional capitalexpenditure against the tax payable on profits they make in the future.This is in addition to the normal depreciation allowed on capitalexpenditure.
The minister considers the measure important because the offshoreinfrastructure in the North Sea, including the pipelines, will eventuallybe dismantled if companies no longer have the prospect of producible gas.The tight gas would then remain unproduced. The measure raises money forthe state because the extra gas revenues generated for the Treasury farexceed the cost of providing the tax incentive.
Earlier, the minister had already decided to make it possible to withdraw‘dormant’ gas production licences from companies and to transfer them tocompanies willing to invest money in gas production. However, it is notexpected that this measure will need to be used since the Chairman ofNogepa, Cricket van den Brink, also signed the covenant on Tuesday.
Source 2/9/2010 – ANP – Energy policy
“Half of Dutch offshore platforms at end of life”
Vector can help with independant integrity verification of the maintenance- and inspection process
Half of all offshore platforms in the Dutch sector of the North Sea havealready reached the end of their expected life, Jan de Jong,Inspector-General with the State Supervision of Mines (SSM), told BNR NewsRadio.
The SSM is the watchdog for the offshore platforms in the Dutch part ofthe North Sea. De Jong was responding to a warning by the Britishregulator, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), that offshore platformsin the UK sector of the North are seriously outdated and that the risksare increasing.
Most of the oil platforms, which are designed for a life of around 25years, were built in the 1960s. Furthermore, the number of minor incidentsis increasing. If no action is taken, a serious accident could follow, theHSE warned.
The Inspector General of Mines assured that the quality of Dutch platformsis good. De Jong bases his view on studies carried out by certification companies that oil companies instruct to inspect their platforms.
Member of Parliament Paulus Jansen, however, calls the reliability of thismethod into question. He likened it to ‘sitting in judgement at your owntrial’.
Financial stimulus measures for gas production from small fields finallylaunched.
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THE HAGUE (Energeia) – The fiscal stimulus measures aimed at making itmore attractive to explore for and produce gas from small fields will come into force in mid-September. The scheme that makes this possible, andwhich was announced as early as 2008, was published Wednesday in theNetherlands Government Gazette.
The scheme gives companies the option to set off 25% of the costs incurred in finding and producing gas from marginal fields against their profits,
on which corporate income tax must be paid. The measure is designed toencourage firms to move exploit gas fields, which without this arrangement would otherwise be left untapped.
To prevent fields that would have been exploited anyway from benefiting from this tax benefit, a formula has been produced to calculate whether agiven gas field constitutes a marginal field or not. The formula is basedon factors of volume, distance and productivity. The formula “establishes
a generic relationship between the economic attractiveness of gasformation” and the three aforementioned technical parameters.
The formula ensure that the measure does not cost the Dutch state a penny, said Jan van Diepen, spokesman for the Ministry of Economic Affairs whenasked by Energeia. The stimulus measure is intended for fields that wouldotherwise remain unexploited, so when these fields do go into productionit generates more in revenues for the Dutch treasury than the revenueslost through the reduced corporate income tax receipts. It goes to showthat such an investment does reap rewards. The measure could lead to theproduction of 21 billion cubic metres which is currently untapped, theMinistry of Economic Affairs estimated last year.
The only reason it took so long to get the scheme running was because ofBrussels, Van Diepen told Energeia. The European Commission only decided on 20 July that it did not have any objection to the measures, meaningthat the measure did not therefore constitute illegal state aid.
Next Tuesday, Van der Hoeven will sign an agreement with the NetherlandsOil and Gas Exploration and Production Association (Nogepa), says VanDiepen. According to the spokesperson, Nogepa and the government wouldengage to reach further agreements to encourage the development of smallfields on the Dutch continental shelf.
Source: 27/8/2010 – Energeia – Energy policy
Vector moves to new office building in Den Helder
As from April 2008 Vector was located into a multi-office building at the Burgemeester Ritmeesterweg. As a first location from the start of the company this was fine. But the steady growth require the need for more suitable accomodation. From January 1st 2010 Vector will be located at the IJzergietersweg 1 in Den Helder. In this building the ATO Synergy Centre is located as well. Vector will occupy a department on the second floor on the North side. Vector will be able to utilise 4 offices, a canteen, service-desk, a meeting room and a conference room. This new location will facilitate us to professionalise our services even more. Management and employees both are very pleased to soon move in to the new offices.
In January the move will be celebrated.
Vector continues to expand
2009 Was an excellent year for Vector. This conclusion can be drawn already. The order portfolio was loaded and the revenues did not lack behind. The expectations for 2010 are positive as well so the need for new employees remains. Please take a look at the vacancy page.Remarkable fact is that a main part of the growth is in the field of Asset Integrity Management. I you feel interested please do not hesitate to respond to one of the vacancies that suits you.
Vector and the NVDO Jongerenboard
As from the start of the “NVDO – jongerenboard”, a board of young maintenance professionals into the NVDO organisation. Vector has taken a membership by means of Ivar Spronk. NVDO stands for “Dutch Union for Effective Maintenance”. By the jongerenboard NVDO enforces the opportunity to build professional networks and contribute to push maintenance professionals into the labour market. By organising gatherings at challenging locations and companies the members get the opportunity to exchange ideas and practices from other companies. The first event was in February at the Winter-wonderland looking Walibi-World. In September a company visit at pro-rail was organised. Theme of the day “Centre of Excellence” and “Networking”. At the end of the day a walk around on the terrain ending at Pro-rail’s latest invention the “mobile workshop”.Vector has the opinion that these kind of events are of utmost importance to build networks and share practices and expects to contribute to these kind of activities for a very long time.
Vector shows at the Nogepa Maintenance Network meeting
On September 9th the Maintenance Network meeting was hosted at Total E&P Nederland. Vector was present as Maintenance Methods contractor. Vector was given the opportunity to present its vision and results for Total. After a methodolical and structured review of the Maintenance concept of Total the maintenance performance increased tremendously. Production downtime reduced and cost were saved. The Return on Investment of the project that took 2 years was only 1 year. Vector stated that the independent position of Maintenance Methods in the organisation is indispensible to obtain maximum benefits compared to the Methods incorporated in a “General Maintenance Contract”. This statement was confirmed by the other operator attendees that (partly) subcontract the maintenance.
Vector gets involved in corrosion monitoring
By recruiting a material and corrosion specialist the market responded by issuing a request for quotation to Vector to implement a “Corrosion Control Manual”. Vector finally was rewarded with the order and has provide the document for Total ICD for part of Totals’ Gas field assets on the North-Sea.
Vector working together with “Advies- en Ingenieursbureau DHV”
DHV provides its activities world-wide in various disciplines for years and for many different oil & gas companies. DHV acknowledges the importance of safety and is capable of providing the best solutions in any situation. Based on excellent references on professionalism, quality and reliability DHV selected Vector as its partner in a tender for TAQA for the development of maintenance concepts for modifications and projects. TAQA is the Oil Company from Abu Dhabi that aquired the BP Exploration & Production assets in 2007 on the Dutch continental shelf.
Vector recruits 2 new employees
To be able to respond to the emerging demand of our customers Vector has recruited two new Maintenance Engineers. Both gentlemen are currently full speed involved with the currently running projects of Vector. As the demand for services keeps on growing Vector expects to recruit number 3 employee later this year.
Vector gets order from Total Inspectie & Integrity department
The project involves the implementation of Pressure Safety Devices (PSD) in SAP. By selecting SAP as main management system for Maintenance and Inspections Total decided not to continue managing PSD’s in their Credo system but to transfer to SAP.
Ths project involves validating data, inspection plan definition and compiling all into upload templates. Other “Inspection projects” will follow soon.
Vector Maintenance Management shows at the Total SAP user committee UUC8.
From November 11th to 15th 2007 Total organized the annual seminar of SAP users in Nice, France. As one of the maintenance representatives of Total EPNL (Netherlands), Vector had been invited to present its Maintenance reference project to the SAP PM users of other Total affiliates. By showing examples of achievements and best practices Vector has put herself into the spotlights of the Total world community as a specialist in maintenance and SAP PM. In the meantime other affiliates including headquarters have shown interest in the activities of Vector Maintenance Management.
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