Super Puma operators ordered to carry out more safety checks and upgrades

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Super Puma operators ordered to carry out more safety checks and upgrades

Written by  – 28/07/2017 11:39 am Source Energy Voice

GROUNDED: Dozens of Eurocopter EC225s were pulled from operations to investigate gearbox problems

Aviation watchdogs have ordered more safety checks and upgrades on Super Puma helicopters.

The European Aviation Safety Authority has issued fresh Airworthiness Directives for the AS332L2 and EC225 aircraft.

The Airbus manufactured choppers were banned from flying in the UK until recently after a fatal crash off Norway which killed 13 people.

During investigations into the incident, fatigue and surface degradation was discovered in the main gearbox.

This led to the grounding of UK and Norwegian operations until it could be determined if this was a contributing factor to the accident or if it was a consequence of another fault.

It is thought the rupture of a second stage planet gear “likely” caused the Norway accident but the root cause of the failure is still not understood.

The CAA announced plans to lift the flight ban earlier this month despite this being the case.

The move was met with anger from workforce representatives who claim that there is no need for the aircraft since alternatives were sourced.

The new CAA directive states that if a helicopter operators wants to return a Super Puma to service they must carry out certain “in-house” upgrades.

The work includes complying with a previously issued ‘airworthiness directive’ which called for increased maintenance checks on a gearbox particle detector and oil cooler inspection as well as the replacement of the second stage planet gear assembly.

Super Puma operators must also fit a Full Flow Magnetic Plug to support the inspection of the main gearbox oil system particle detection and a full safety case must be prepared.

Now additional maintenance checks and safety upgrades have been issued by EASA.

The work includes replacing parts of the second stage planet gear assembly as well as an upgrade to the Full Flow Magnetic Plug.

A separate Airworthiness Directive also asks operators of the two aircraft variants replace pins on the main gearbox suspension bars.

This is to prevent tightening torque loss.

EASA added: “The condition, if not corrected, could lead to structural failure of the main gearbox suspension bar attachement pins and/or fitting”.

Metal particles broken off from the fast moving gearbox parts, known as spalling, are thought to have played a part or indicated an issue in several helicopter accidents in recent years, including the 2009 crash off Peterhead which claimed 16 lives.

These particles are normally ‘detected’ by magnetic plugs which pick up the fragments and alert the pilot, typically resulting in the crew putting the aircraft down safely.

However Super Puma manufacturer Airbus now wants to improve the detection rates of gearbox spalling by fitting these additional safety measure.

It comes after a test revealed that the total detection rate – the % of all free magnetic particles expected to be collected on the plugs – was just 12%.

Airbus is currently canvassing opinion about the safety overhaul made in light of the Norway crash.

The preliminary report from the the Accident Investigation Board Norway states that Airbus launched a main gearbox spalling test program following the G-REDL accident in 2009.

The single test, presented to the AIBN, showed that the total detection rate – % of all free magnetic particles expected to be collected on the plugs – is 12 %, while 44 % of the particles were said to end up in the oil filter.

 


Unite the Union Back Home Safe Petition 2017

Do Not reintroduce the Airbus H225s and AS332s  – L2s airframes in commercial operations in the UKCS

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                                                  Unite the Union Back Home Safe Petition 2017

Do Not reintroduce the Airbus H225s and AS332s   L2s airframes in commercial operations in the UKCS

As a direct result of Unite the union members working  in the offshore Oil & Gas sector raising their  serious concerns in relation to the reintroduction of the Airbus Superpuma H225LP and AS332 L2 helicopters Unite  is running a petition the ‘Back Home Safe 2017 `campaign to demonstrate the offshore workers and families and the general publics  no – confidence in these airframes.
  • Our petition calls for all stakeholders to back the non-reintroduction and the permanent cessation of commercial operations in the UKCS.
  • Please sign our  on – line  petition and  if you wish hard copies  or to assist in the campaign (please let us know contact details below)
The Link to the Survey Monkey  –  Unite Back Home Safe 2017 petition; for all offshore Oil  & Gas workers their families and the general public to sign and show their support for the campaign Not to  re – Introduce the Airbus superpuma 225s
Do Not reintroduce the Airbus H225s and AS332s  L2s airframes in commercial operations in the UKCS
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FW6Y8KG   please distribute as appropriate
Unite members have a vital role in making this campaign a success. Together we need to show that workers will not accept a return ‘business as usual ` and will express a vote of no – confidence in the Airbus Superpuma  225s  airframes.
Unite members have told us, their Health & Safety is paramount in the offshore sector. We are asking our members and all offshore workers and their families and the general public to visibly support this campaign and future health and safety campaigns in the industry.
To win, you will need to show publicly your support and you will need to build the campaign through speaking to your colleagues, gaining their support and asking them to play an active role. Thirty thousand workers are employed in the UK Oil & Gas Industry; thirty thousand voices united will not be ignored.
If, you have any questions or would like to assist in the campaign please e mail uniteoffshore@gmail.com
Offshore helicopter safety is no accident  Unite the union the largest trade union offshore in the Oil &Gas Sector  demands  the highest standard of  training and health &Safety for all who work on and travel in and fly on commercial offshore helicopter operations

 

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Europe’s Oil Giants Recover from Three-year Slump

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Published in Oil Industry News on Friday, 28 July 2017

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Europe’s major oil and gas companies have turned a corner after a three-year slump, reporting strong growth in profits as cost cutting paid off and vowing to press on with saving more money amid a fragile recovery in oil prices.

Royal Dutch Shell, France’s Total and Norway’s Statoil reported sharp increases in cash flow from operations in the second quarter as profits beat analyst expectations, meaning they can all comfortably pay dividends and reduce debt.

Shell led the charge, more than tripling profits in the second quarter from a year ago, boosted by its refining and chemicals business and a 16 percent rise in oil prices.

 

“This demonstrates they have moved themselves to a new level of profitability at $50 oil,” said Colin Smith, director of oil and gas research at Panmure Gordon.

Combined, the three companies more than doubled cash flow from operations to more than $41 billion from about $17 billion. Shell’s first-half cash generation rose seven-fold, a year after it completed the $54 billion acquisition of BG Group.

Oil investor hopes were raised at the start of the year by a deal to cut production between members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and some non-OPEC producers. That lifted oil prices above $58 a barrel in January, well above their 2016 low of just $27.

But Brent crude prices slipped back below $50 in the second quarter as U.S. shale production surged, sparking a wave of price forecast downgrades from banks and prompting investors to focus again on cost cutting by oil companies.

Statoil’s Chief Financial Officer Hans Jakob Hegge said he expected oil prices to rise towards the end of the year though Total said prices would remain volatile due to high global inventories.

Executives vowed to keep a tight rein on costs.

“The external price environment and energy sector developments mean we will remain very disciplined,” said Shell Chief Executive Ben van Beurden.

Total Chief Executive Patrick Pouyanne said the company had the flexibility to take advantage of the low-cost environment in the sector to launch profitable projects and acquire resources under attractive conditions.

Total maintained its 2017 cost savings target of $3.5 billion, aiming to lower production costs further.

Total and Statoil also beat analyst profit forecasts with Total seeing a strong lift from its high-margin upstream projects.

Shell, Total and Statoil shares were up by more than one percent by 0718 GMT, slightly outperforming the broader sector index.

Spain’s Repsol also posted a 43.8 percent jump in second-quarter adjusted net profit, with earnings from its oil and gas division jumping 150 percent.

The companies broadly maintained their spending plans for 2017, with Statoil slightly reducing its exploration budget.

Shell said it had sold some $25 billion of assets to pay off the BG acquisition and analysts said the new projects coming online meant it had a bright outlook.

“What drives Shell on from here is the benefit of the new growth projects that they’ve got coming through at higher cash margins. We’re yet to really to see that come through in the numbers,” Smith said.

Source: www.reuters.com

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The rise in profits is at the expense of Jobs, skills and workers pay being cut between 10% – 45%  and the casualisation of the offshore workforce and mass redundancies over the last 3 years which has resulted in a rise in fear and no job insecurity.

Workers doing more for less while the Oil majors get tax breaks and slash and burn workers pay to get back into profit busting the myth,  Oil companies can not make money & profit when the oil price is less than $50 a barrel.


 

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Unite Back Home Safe 2017 petition calls for vote of ‘no-confidence’ in Super Puma airframe

Unite the Union Back Home Safe Petition 2017

Do Not reintroduce the Airbus H225s and AS332s   L2s airframes in commercial operations in the UKCS

As a direct result of Unite the union members working  in the offshore Oil & Gas sector raising their  serious concerns in relation to the reintroduction of the Airbus Superpuma H225LP and AS332 L2 helicopters Unite  is running a petition the ‘Back Home Safe 2017 `campaign to demonstrate the offshore workers and families and the general publics  no – confidence in these airframes.
  • Our petition calls for all stakeholders to back the non-reintroduction and the permanent cessation of commercial operations in the UKCS.
  • Please sign our  on – line  petition and  if you wish hard copies  or to assist in the campaign (please let us know contact details below)
The Link to the Survey Monkey  –  Unite Back Home Safe 2017 petition; for all offshore Oil  & Gas workers their families and the general public to sign and show their support for the campaign Not to  re – Introduce the Airbus superpuma 225s
Do Not reintroduce the Airbus H225s and AS332s  L2s airframes in commercial operations in the UKCS
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FW6Y8KG   please distribute as appropriate
Unite members have a vital role in making this campaign a success. Together we need to show that workers will not accept a return ‘business as usual ` and will express a vote of no – confidence in the Airbus Superpuma  225s  airframes.
Unite members have told us, their Health & Safety is paramount in the offshore sector. We are asking our members and all offshore workers and their families and the general public to visibly support this campaign and future health and safety campaigns in the industry.
To win, you will need to show publicly your support and you will need to build the campaign through speaking to your colleagues, gaining their support and asking them to play an active role. Thirty thousand workers are employed in the UK Oil & Gas Industry; thirty thousand voices united will not be ignored.
If, you have any questions or would like to assist in the campaign please e mail uniteoffshore@gmail.com

Offshore helicopter safety is no accident  Unite the union the largest trade union offshore in the Oil &Gas Sector  demands  the highest standard of  training and health &Safety for all who work on and travel in and fly on commercial offshore helicopter operations

Get Protected! Get Active! Get Organised!

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Have a voice, take action and make change happen. Join the union

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Beware of SCAM: Offshore People Ltd Exploit Recession Hit Oil Workers

SCAM: Offshore People Ltd Exploit Recession Hit Oil Workers

Published in Oil Industry News on Monday, 24 July 2017

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Oil and Gas People ran an article last week raising suspicions about the actions of a company called Offshore People Ltd and asked for anyone who had dealings with the organisation to come forward.

After several of our readers contacted us with details of how they were duped out of money, we can confirm that Offshore People Ltd are running what is referred to as an ‘advanced fee fraud’ and is targeting entry-level oil workers to do so.

The organisation used several well known job sites to lure in their victims, advertising entry-level positions such as Roughnecks, Roustabouts and Floorhands to people without any previous oil and gas experience.

At present the low oil price has cost a third of the oil and gas industry their jobs and entry level positions are usually filled with hundreds of applicants from experienced workers. Oil and Gas People have contacted both Indeed and Reed who have now removed the organisations listings from their websites while they perform an investigation.

 

Offshore People Ltd is directed by a Nicholas Rothe and their registered address is listed as 40 Bloomsbury Way, Lower Ground Floor, London WC1A 2SE, according to Companies House.

Several complainers have informed Oil and Gas People that they had been convinced by the organisation to pay £495 for an offshore medical, with one complainer explaining how he was told his current medical was insufficient and he still needed to pay as this was an ‘advanced’ medical. However upon receiving his certificate, it became clear that the medical was the exact same as the one he had previously completed.

The complainer stated: “Not wanting to rock the boat about this, I let the matter go.  Days went passed and I heard nothing.  Weeks went passed and still nothing. At time of writing this email to you I have not heard another word from Nick and it has now been months.”

Other complainers were asked to pay over £1,800.00 for their Medical, BOSIET and Mist certificates, which are currently available through most providers for a cost of around £825.00.

The organisation uses a promise of work to lure people in, asking for information such as coverall sizes and shoe sizes to make you believe that work commencement is dependant on certificate completion, however once you have paid and completed the courses, a variety of stall tactics are used to keep you thinking you will mobilise shortly, before communication goes dark.

Oil and Gas People confronted Nicholas Rothe who made no effort to deny the scam, refused to comment and wished us a ‘good day’.

Oil and Gas People have filed a report with Action Fraud who have asked all complainers to contact them directly. If you have been a victim of Offshore People Ltd, please contact Action Fraud as follows:

Phone: 0300 123 2040
Online Report: Click here
Live Chat: Click here

If you have any further information about the organisation or would like to make us aware of your story, please feel free to contact our news desk in confidence at: news@oilandgaspeople.com

Civil Aviation Authority SAFETY AND OPERATIONAL DIRECTIVE Number: SD–2017/001 Issued: 20 July 2017 Airbus Helicopters EC225LP and AS332L2 Limitations of Operations due to a Fatal Accident in Norway on 29 April 2016 and Return to Service Requirements

 

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Civil Aviation Authority
SAFETY AND OPERATIONAL
DIRECTIVE

Number: SD–2017/001
Issued: 20 July 2017
Airbus Helicopters EC225LP and AS332L2
Limitations of Operations due to a Fatal Accident in Norway
on 29 April 2016 and Return to Service Requirements

 
This Safety and Operational Directive contains mandatory action that is required to restore an
acceptable level of safety. It is issued in accordance with articles 17(1) and 248 of the Air
Navigation Order 2016.
Applicability:
Aerodromes: Not primarily affected
Air Traffic: Not primarily affected
Airspace: Not primarily affected
Airworthiness: All Continued Airworthiness Management and Maintenance Organisations
Flight Operations: All Operators and Pilots of Airbus Helicopters EC225LP and AS332L2
Helicopters
Licensed Personnel: All Pilots of Airbus Helicopters EC225LP and AS332L2 Helicopters
1 Introduction
1.1 This Safety and Operational Directive contains mandatory action that is required to establish
an acceptable level of safety. It is issued under articles 17(1) and 248 of the Air Navigation
Order 2016 and subject to, and in accordance with, Regulation (EC) No. 216/2008, Article
14.1.
1.2 Applicable recipients must ensure that this Directive is copied to all members of their staff who
need to take appropriate action or who may have an interest in the information, including any
“in-house” or contracted maintenance organisation and relevant outside contractors.
1.3 This Safety and Operational Directive supersedes and revokes SD-2016/003 and contains
measures to enable the affected helicopters to return to service subject to certain conditions
specified in Section 2.
Civil Aviation Authority Safety Directive SD-2017/001
2 Compliance/Action to be Taken
2.1 The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), in exercise of its powers under article 17(1) and 248 of the Air Navigation Order 2016, and subject to, and in accordance with, Regulation (EC) No.
216/2008, Article 14.1, directs operators of any Airbus Helicopters EC225LP helicopter or
AS332L2 helicopter which is:
a) registered in the United Kingdom; or
b) flying in the United Kingdom or in the neighbourhood of an offshore location,
to comply with the requirements set out in paragraph 2.2.
2.2 Operators and pilots must not conduct any flight with an Airbus Helicopters EC225LP
helicopter or AS332L2 helicopter, unless:
a) the helicopter is in compliance with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)
Airworthiness Directive (AD) Number 2017-0111 dated 23 June 2017 (as amended);
and
b) an EASA approved Full Flow Magnetic Plug (FFMP) device, to support the inspection
of the Main Gearbox (MGB) oil system particle detection, is installed.
2.3 Operators who have been affected by SD 2016/003, in addition to compliance with paragraph
2.2, should ensure that they establish and implement a comprehensive Return to Service
plan. This plan should include the provision of a return to service safety case, including
revisions to the applicable rotorcraft maintenance programmes and cover both maintainer and
flight crew training requirements. This information should be produced in accordance with the
operator’s management system procedures and, for Commercial Air Transport (CAT)
operators, be agreed with the relevant Competent Authority.
2.4 In this Directive, ‘Offshore location’ means a facility intended to be used for helicopter
operations on either:
a) an offshore installation or a renewable energy installation, as defined in paragraph 6(5)
and (9) of Schedule 13 of the Civil Aviation Act 1982 (as amended by the Energy Act
2004); or
b) floating structures or vessels; and
c) ‘in the neighbourhood’ of an installation includes anywhere within 500 metres of that
installation1
.
3 Reason
3.1 This Safety and Operational Directive is made in the interest of assuring safe operations
following a fatal accident in Norway with an Airbus Helicopters EC225LP on 29 April 2016. It
contains requirements that when implemented permit a controlled return to operations.
3.2 As a result of the preliminary report from Accident Investigation Board Norway (AIBN) issued
on the 1 June 2016, with an urgent safety recommendation addressed to the EASA, and
contact between the UK CAA and Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority (CAA-N) on 1 June 2016,

it was agreed by both National Aviation Authorities to extend the scope of their Airbus
Helicopters EC225LP and AS332L2 Safety Directives to all operations, including Search and Rescue operations.
1
Paragraph 6(8) of Schedule 13 of the Civil Aviation Act 1982 (as amended by the Energy Act 2004).
Civil Aviation Authority Safety Directive SD-2017/001

3.3 The AIBN continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding the accident and will report
fully in due course. However, following extensive investigations and liaison with all parties,
Airbus Helicopters have issued several revised Alert Service Bulletins and these have been
reflected in the latest EASA AD (2017-0111). This incorporates requirements for the
replacement of certain gears, improved particle detection, revised gearbox monitoring and
overhaul procedures, and the fitment of new chip detectors on the EC225LP. As a result of the close collaboration between regulators and the manufacturer, the CAA and the CAA-N
have now determined that with this latest level of airworthiness oversight and with careful
return to service plans, operations with the EC225LP and AS332L2 may recommence.
3.4 The embodiment of the Full Flow Magnetic Plug (FFMP) device modification provides for the
collection of particles in the main gearbox oil system upstream of the oil cooler. This
modification enables the check of the MGB oil filter and oil cooler to be cancelled thereby
reducing maintenance and human factor risks associated with repetitive inspections and
dismantling of sections of the transmission areas.
3.5 In parallel with this activity, the CAA and CAA-N will continue to support and work closely with
Accident Investigators, EASA and Airbus Helicopters to attempt to establish the root cause of
the accident and to identify new methods/techniques to further improve impending failure
detection capability and minimise maintenance burden.
4 Queries
4.1 Any queries or requests for further guidance from AOC holders as a result of this
communication should be addressed to the assigned Flight Operations Inspector in the first instance.
4.2 Otherwise, queries should be addressed to Flight Operations Policy at the following e-mail  address: ISPTechnicalSupportTeam@caa.co.uk.
5 Revocation and Commencement
5.1 Safety and Operational Directive SD-2016/003 dated 2 June 2016 is revoked from 20 July
2017 at 12:00 hours UTC2
.
5.2 This Directive comes into force on 20 July 2017 at 12:00 hours UTC and will remain in force until revoked by the CAA.
2
UTC: Co-ordinated Universal Time.

 

Thatcher skipped Piper Alpha memorial to attend lunch

Thatcher skipped Piper Alpha memorial to attend lunch

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The Prime Minister instead sent the Scottish and energy secretaries to the service.

Thatcher: PM skipped memorial in Aberdeen.
Thatcher: PM skipped memorial in Aberdeen. PA

Margaret Thatcher skipped a memorial service for victims of the Piper Alpha disaster so she could meet a top Conservative fundraiser.

The Prime Minister was invited to the event at a church in Aberdeen five days after the tragedy on July 6, 1988, which claimed the lives of 167 men.

After being told it would mean cancelling a series of meetings, she sent Scottish secretary Malcolm Rifkind and energy secretary Cecil Parkinson.

Instead the Prime Minister held a lunch with industrialists in London and met Tory fundraiser Lord McAlpine.

She also attended an event at Westminster marking the 300th anniversary of the Glorious Revolution.

Thatcher’s decision was revealed in newly declassified documents held by the National Archive.

Diary secretary Tessa Gaisman wrote to the Prime Minister on July 11, 1988, telling her that if she wanted to travel to Aberdeen “time would be tight”.

“You could do it if you left the house at 11.40am… and went by helicopter from Wellington Barracks to Northholt and then flew up to Dyce,” she said.

But she added: “This would mean moving your afternoon engagements and cancelling or postponing the lunch for industrialists.”

In a eleven-word response, Thatcher wrote back: “I thank the lord chancellor if he would kindly represent me.”

The Prime Minister had travelled to Aberdeen on July 8 to meet victims and hold a meeting with Piper Alpha operator Occidental Petroleum.

She flew to Scotland alongside the Scottish secretary and was urged by her private secretary, Dominic Morris, to use the flight to lobby Rifkind on “outstanding policy issues”.

The newly-released documents also include a letter from energy advisor Greg Bourne, where he warns the Prime Minister: “Trade unions will try to make political capital out of this catastrophe.

“Their frustration is more from not being able to make much headway in recruiting members offshore, rather than real concern over safety standards.”

An inquiry held in the wake of Piper Alpha led to more than 100 improvements to safety in the North Sea. It remains the worst offshore disaster in history.

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Unite Back Home Safe 2017 petition calls for vote of ‘no-confidence’ in Super Puma airframe

Survey calls for vote of ‘no-confidence’ in Super Puma airframe

Written by  – 21/07/2017 10:13 am source Energy Voice

 

 

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Unite the union’s Back Home Safe 2017 campaign logo

A survey has been launched to block the return of controversial offshore helicopters to the North Sea.

A website, purported to be associated with Unite the union, is hosting the questionnaire entitled ‘Do Not reintroduce the Airbus H225s and AS332L2s airframes in commercial operations in the UKCS’.

The two models of Super Puma helicopters have been banned from flying in the North Sea until recently as an investigation into a fatal crash off Norway continues.

The Civil Aviation Authority made moves to lift the flight ban earlier this month despite there being no root cause of the tragedy off the Norwegian island of Turoy identified.

However the survey claims that there is “no public confidence” in the Airbus aircraft and calls for stakeholders to back the “permanent cessation” of Super Puma operations in the region.

A statement on the website said: “Unite members have a vital role in making this campaign a success. Together we need to show that workers will not accept a return ‘business as usual’ and will express a vote of no – confidence in the Airbus Superpuma 225s airframes.

“Unite members have told us, their Health & Safety is paramount in the offshore sector. We are asking our members and all offshore workers and their families and the general public to visibly support this campaign and future health and safety campaigns in the industry.

“To win, you will need to show publicly your support and you will need to build the campaign through speaking to your colleagues, gaining their support and asking them to play an active role.

“Thirty thousand workers are employed in the UK Oil & Gas Industry; thirty thousand voices united will not be ignored.”

Unite the union has been contacted for comment.

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