Event will see 32 participants cycling from Proserv’s HQ in Aberdeen to its Centre of Excellence in Great Yarmouth to raise funds for Mental Health UK and Mind.

Global controls technology company Proserv and fellow Scotland based power system monitoring specialist Synaptec have come together to undertake a gruelling physical challenge in early June to spotlight the importance of mental wellbeing, generate greater awareness and discussion of this topic and raise significant funds for two leading UK charities – Mental Health UK and Mind.

The 600-mile event featuring 32 cyclists, with 28 from Proserv and four from Synaptec, will set off from Proserv House in Westhill, Aberdeen on June 7th and will roll into Proserv’s Centre of Excellence in Great Yarmouth some six days later on June 12th, hopefully raising £100,000 in the process.

The participants will average an impressive 100 miles per day and will come together from as far afield as Trondheim in Norway and Abu Dhabi in the UAE. A cross-section of employees will take part, with representatives from engineering, business development, finance, operations, project management and seven members of Proserv’s senior management team including CEO, Davis Larssen.

The inspiration for this bold and imaginative event initially came from Proserv’s Aberdeen based Projects & Engineering Manager Bradley Savoldelli:

“The idea just took shape naturally. Proserv has always sought to raise money for local charities and support wider good causes and I am part of the internal group that helps create and promote these activities.

“I was actually cycling home one day and thought – you know, what about an epic cycling challenge to bring colleagues together across the country which would be fun yet challenging and most importantly would raise money for vital mental health organisations.”

He added that cycling allows him personally not only to do something physically healthy but to “zone out for a few hours from my day-to-day responsibilities and to direct my focus on the distance, and the satisfying achievement, ahead”.

Bradley Savoldelli is one of a number involved in Proserv and Synaptec’s 600 Miles for Minds initiative that has been motivated by seeing the impacts of mental health issues on family or friends.

Simon Harvey, Proserv’s Vice President, Quality, Health, Safety and Environment, can often be found on two wheels along the highways and byways around the company’s Great Yarmouth Centre of Excellence and he was one of the first to sign up. But, aside from the anticipation of undertaking the 600-mile test, he also has clear reasons for his commitment to this challenge:

“I am delighted to be part of the organising committee for 600 Miles for Minds. I would always jump at the chance to compete in a charity cycling fundraiser as the activity can be such a great promoter of mental and physical wellbeing. But there is a critically important issue at the heart of this event.

“We recognise and prioritise positive mental health at Proserv as much as we can, and we continually encourage the benefits of talking to someone, reaching out and sharing any problem or anxiety. Being able to speak about how we are feeling can potentially make a powerful difference.”

Proserv and Synaptec revealed initial details of this cycle ride earlier this month on Mind’s Time to Talk Day, a national drive to accelerate and promote dialogue around mental health.

Many of the 32 cyclists are hard at work putting in the training miles in preparation for June’s six-day marathon. One of those is Senior Software Engineer at Synaptec Morris Kelly, who observed:

“Supporting mental health is such a worthwhile aim, and such an important issue. It’s a cause close to me, which immediately prompted me to say yes to the event. All wellbeing, particularly mental, needs to be protected. Anything we can do to shine a light on this topic, and to raise much-needed funds at the same time, is excellent. The 600-mile cycle ride will be a tough challenge, but I’m already deep into training and looking forward to it.”

Proserv’s CEO Davis Larssen added:

“This is a great initiative and I am proud of the team that has come together to organise this. Mental health issues can affect anyone and there can be a variety of triggers. So, encouraging people to know they are not alone and that help and assistance are readily available is critical. Come June 12th, I may be a little sore but knowing we have helped these essential charities will more than compensate!”

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Our Chief Technology Officer Tore Erntsen is the focus of this month’s front cover story interview with the OGV Group. This month’s OGV Magazine is the annual Subsea Special and Tore talks about how our controls technology can turn possibilities into realities – maximising value for our customers. In a wide-ranging piece, Tore touches on the power of our Augmented Controls Technology (ACT) for regenerating failing, obsolete subsea electronics and how our HIPPS collaboration with Trendsetter Engineering can unlock new deep water tiebacks and extensions enabling an operator to tie a new high pressure well, safely and flexibly, into existing lower pressure infrastructure.

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Business has been operating separately since 2019 and will look to grow footprint and push into new markets.

Global controls technology leader Proserv has announced that sister company Gilmore, a Houston based specialist in flow control solutions, has been purchased by Control Devices, headquartered in Fenton, Missouri and a portfolio company of global conglomerate HBM Holdings.

Proserv was acquired by its majority shareholders Oaktree Capital Management and KKR in 2018 and Gilmore, then incorporated within Proserv’s portfolio of brands, was subsequently established as a separate division in October of the following year, as part of a corporate restructuring to enable Proserv to focus on its core strengths and capabilities. Gilmore has effectively been operating independently since that point.

Gilmore is a long-standing name in the innovation, engineering and supply of high-performance severe service valves (check, relief, regulator, solenoid, control) and other flow control solutions. This acquisition allows Control Devices, itself a major designer and manufacturer of highly engineered flow control products utilised in niche applications across various end markets, to expand its portfolio and widen its reach into oil and gas. The deal also further broadens HBM Holdings’ expertise in the flow control sector.

In anticipation of Proserv and Gilmore continuing to collaborate on future projects, a master purchase agreement has been established to accelerate the smooth and seamless procurement of components and products between both parties.

David Nemetz, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Gilmore commented:

“After many excellent years being part of, and associated with, Proserv, we are excited to now be joining Control Devices and the HBM family of companies as we seek to drive ever forwards with our growth and expansion plans. We are grateful for the tremendous support we have received from Proserv and its shareholders, as we have developed our business in recent years to take this next key step.”

Proserv’s CEO Davis Larssen stated:

“We wish Gilmore’s team every success as it moves on to this new chapter and we look forward to working alongside each other on future opportunities. These are positive times for Proserv, both subsea and topside, with market-leading technologies, extensive service abilities and our on-going, proactive push into cutting-edge digital tech and offshore wind.”

Proserv’s Chairman David Currie added:

“Proserv and Gilmore have many shared values and outlooks, not least around innovation and the ability to engineer technologies that lead the market in quality and reliability. As Proserv continues to harness its know-how in control systems and harsh environments to push into new areas and opportunities so too does Gilmore and we are delighted that the business has reached this point to continue its journey alongside Control Devices.”

As part of the acquisition, Gilmore’s team of around 100 employees will be moving across to Control Devices. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Last year, the Energy Industries Council (EIC) celebrated its 80th anniversary. We were proud to be invited to contribute a one-to-one interview to its December magazine, featuring our Vice President, Services, Angus Rodger, discussing its important role as a leading trade body and reflecting on the rapidly changing energy industry landscape.

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Our relocation to dedicated, state-of-the-art facilities in Dammam, Saudi Arabia and Chennai, India to help extend and augment our capabilities and offering has been featured prominently in recent well-known energy industry titles, including Issue 26 of Platform Magazine, published by Platform Media, and the Energy Industries Council’s monthly news title Inside Energy. Click on the below images to read the articles:

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CEO Davis Larssen and our technology partner Intelligent Plant’s Founder Steve Aitken featured on OGV Energy’s OGV Live earlier this year. In a wide-ranging panel session, Davis and Steve joined with David Newton of Repsol Sinopec to discuss how recognition of the power and reach of digital technology is firmly growing throughout the energy industry. The ability of live data to unlock intelligence insights on the performance of critical infrastructure also comes under the spotlight, as does Intelligent Plant’s excellent Inform Prize.

An exclusive video interview that our Vice President, Services, Angus Rodger gave to Dubai based energy news platform Energy Connects at the ADIPEC Exhibition and Conference 2023 has been released. In it, Angus talks about Proserv’s passion for innovation and how that is spurring the evolution of new technologies across the energy sector. Angus also explains how our asset intelligence platform can provide highly effective visibility of operations, enabling the optimisation of decision-making, maintenance planning and ultimately performance. Looking to 2024, Angus adds that Proserv is targeting further growth, referencing subsea activities in Norwegian waters and continued success in the Middle East.

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UK headquartered company spotlighted at major industry event for its global service capabilities.

Global controls technology leader Proserv has been selected as one of only three finalists for Services Company of the Year 2023 by the Energy Council as part of its upcoming annual industry awards. The Energy Council is a leading industry membership body, with more than 100,000 members, as well as an investment networking provider.

The event will once again be held on the sidelines of the World Energy Capital Assembly (WECA) in London, which is in its 14th year. WECA involves 375 participating companies, including NOCs and supermajors, representing 40 nations.

The awards evening will take place later this month. The event will see eight awards handed out across a range of categories in addition to a Lifetime Achievement Award and recognition for Executive of the Year. The Services Company of the Year category is sponsored by management consultancy Alvarez & Marsal (A&M).

Speaking about the occasion, the Energy Council stated:

“Our Annual Awards of Excellence ceremony represents a global benchmark of excellence…recognising and honouring the individuals and companies who have been at the forefront of first-class deals, value creation, innovation, or exceptional financial and operating performance.”

Proserv’s Senior Vice President, Iain Smith said of the award shortlisting:

“We are delighted to be a finalist at this prestigious industry event and we congratulate the other shortlisted companies. This is well-deserved recognition for our global capabilities, support and broad portfolio of expertise. We look forward to the evening and we thank the Energy Council for hosting it and A&M for sponsoring this particular service award.”

HIPPS collaboration with Trendsetter supports expansion of deepwater Gulf of Mexico Shenzi field which came online in September via a two-well subsea tieback.

Global controls technology company Proserv and Trendsetter Engineering, a provider of specialised subsea solutions for the oil and gas sector, have engaged their respective expertise to successfully deliver their unique high integrity pressure protection system (HIPPS) to accelerate initial production at Woodside Energy’s Shenzi extension multiple months ahead of targeted first oil in Q1 2024.

Proserv and Trendsetter first penned a Memorandum of Understanding in late 2021 which has seen the former combine its cutting-edge energy production control systems, and related services, alongside Trendsetter’s state-of-the-art pressure protection systems, connection systems and manifolds, to engineer their BSEE approved offering.

Their technology brings together Trendsetter’s HIPPS module and Proserv’s field proven HIPPS subsea controls into a SIL 3 rated solution, enabling an operator to tie a new high pressure well, safely and flexibly, into existing lower pressure infrastructure, effectively addressing varying pressure regimes by supplying a high reliability, localised safety system that will shut in automatically in the event of a pressure spike.

The HIPPS innovation has been designed to adapt to greenfield, brownfield and infrastructure-led exploration, entirely able to co-exist with already installed networks. By delivering the required protection safeguards to prevent the need for time-intensive, and cost prohibitive, new high pressure rated infrastructure to be installed to tie in a new well, the HIPPS technology can be integrated as a “plug and play” concept.

Woodside’s Shenzi North expansion project saw a final investment decision taken in July 2021, with first oil achieved from this deepwater asset only 26 months later. Start-up has been achieved five months ahead of the original target of Q1 2024.

The oil and gas field lies around 195 km off the coast of Louisiana in the Green Canyon protraction area with Woodside owning a 72% interest, and Repsol owning a 28% stake.

The Shenzi North extension consists of two single well tiebacks, each with a dedicated HIPPS module, connecting to the existing Shenzi infrastructure. Woodside has been able to use the current flowlines, risers and topside facilities, significantly enhancing the cost-effectiveness of the tieback to the Shenzi tension leg platform.

Proserv’s sister company Gilmore, the Houston based flow control solutions specialists, supplied high reliability quick exhaust valves to its HIPPS technology innovation alongside Trendsetter.

More widely, Proserv’s relationship with the Shenzi field first commenced several years ago as part of the on-going subsea upgrade work with its augmented controls technology, widely known as ACT, being engaged through numerous key phases to help drive production efficiencies.

Ron Downing, President, Trendsetter Engineering, commented:

“We are thrilled to see the successful deployment of Trendsetter’s advanced manifold, HIPPS and connector technology as part of the Shenzi North project. Trendsetter developed the critical HIPPS manifolds and supported the project through to start-up. Woodside is an outstanding operator, and we look forward to continuing our excellent working relationship with them on future projects.”

Davis Larssen, Proserv’s CEO, added:

“This is a landmark moment in our tie-up with Trendsetter as we seek to deliver best-in-class quality and advantage for customers. It has been hugely satisfying to work with Woodside and to play our part in its successful, and swift, journey to first production. Our HIPPS technology offers a highly reliable means of maximising and unlocking assets in deep waters, while taking advantage of the many gains and efficiencies from using existing infrastructure.”

Proserv and Trendsetter’s tie-up is based around combining their market-leading capabilities yet remaining entirely independent specialist providers in the market. Their HIPPS offering has already been taken up by further leading operators in the Gulf of Mexico as they seek to optimise deepwater projects and extend production capacity.

At the recent RenewableUK and Scottish Renewables Floating Offshore Wind event in Aberdeen, our Business Development Manager – Renewables, Callum Maxwell, spoke with Moray Melhuish, moderator of OGV Energy’s “Let’s Talk Transition” podcast, about our attendance at the show, the impact and potential of our ECG™ holistic subsea cable monitoring system and its suitability for existing and new-build wind farms.


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