A UK equipment supplier has announced a joint venture allowing it to supply a surface wellhead and tree production equipment package that it says will enhance oil and gas production integrity and reduce the need for long-term repair and maintenance. Plexus, based in Aberdeen, is partnering

with BEL Valves to provide surface trees and wellhead annulus valves to complement Plexus’ existing surface wellhead product line. The complete production package will use technology to reduce repair, intervention and life of field costs whilst upholding high standards of well integrity. The technology has the potential to save operators tens of millions of pounds in Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) over the life of a project. Plexus’ patented POS-GRIP technology has

been supplied to over 400 wells and is a method of wellhead engineering which offers high capacity hanging, lockdown and enhanced sealing capabilities. “HG” seals are metal to metal seals activated by POS-GRIP, which seal directly between hangers and the wellhead bore, and provide a gas tight, weld- quality seal which requires no maintenance throughout field life. The new complete wellhead and tree

solution, managed by Plexus, will combine the

field proven POS-GRIP “HG” wellhead with BEL Valves’ gate valve technologies to produce a new wellhead and tree offering targeting the North Sea and international markets. In 2017, according to the UK Oil & Gas

Authority, 46% of Intervention on ‘shut-in’ wells was attributed to wellhead and tree repairs. Plexus aims to prevent these unnecessary interventions and avoid production revenue losses by keeping wells flowing. Furthermore, Plexus aims to reduce operational risk and NPT by eliminating multiple complex operations during installation, intervention and abandonment. Extended warranties will be offered on

Plexus’ permanently installed wells equipment, which will reduce unpredictable OPEX costs and provide a stable and known CAPEX cost. Plexus CEO, Ben Van Bilderbeek, said: “This

development provides the opportunity for operators to apply advanced technology that restores commercial predictability and heightens technical assurance. This is particularly important at a time where there is increasing pressure to limit emissions within the oil and a gas supply chain combined with a large number of marginally economical field developments.”


A thought-provoking new research report revealing what makes a great leader in the industrial and manufacturing sectors, is now available to download for free. The ‘World Class Leader Report’ has been produced by executive search and recruitment specialist TS Grale. It offers in-depth interviews with more than 20 board level executives and directors across private, listed and private equity backed businesses, with turnovers ranging from less than £20m to more than £1bn. The research highlights the traits that many

great leaders, as well as successful businesses, share. It also answers a range of key questions relating to leadership. These include:- • How critical are the younger generation to

the manufacturing and industrial sectors and how valuable are their technical skills? • Why should current leaders pay attention

to their younger colleagues? • What specific skills do women bring to

leadership roles and is business better for having different viewpoints round the table? • How well are leaders embracing


• Do people want leadership roles as much as they used to? • What key traits will leaders of the future need? • Do great leaders know it all, or are they hungry to keep learning? • What makes a

world class leader?

Jason Saunders, co-founder and director at TS Grale, said: “...the big

question we wanted to ask, was whether the

old models of leadership skills and roles are fit for purpose in this ever-changing world, or do we need a new type of leader for the future? He added: “The results give us a very clear

set of qualities that make a great leader. We’re now looking at how we can incorporate this research and identify the qualities highlighted, during our selection processes, in order to help develop world class leaders of the future.”


Curtis Instruments is pleased to announce the establishment of the Curtis UK Engineering Centre (UKEC). The UKEC is a new Research & Development Engineering facility that will be located in the Newcastle/Sunderland area. The UKEC expands Curtis’ position as an expert

electrification partner to OEMs and EV system suppliers. The UKEC will also strengthen Curtis’ ability to provide systems engineering services to the major UK and European vehicle and mobile machinery manufacturers. This new engineering facility will work closely with

existing Curtis global engineering teams in California, New York, Switzerland, and China, deepening the company’s powertrain electrification competencies. Ties with local colleges and universities will provide opportunities at the vocational, undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Curtis is now actively recruiting innovative and

capable engineers with mobile electronics experience to join the UKEC team.




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