Wood Group expands operator training and simulation capabilities with acquisition of Cape Software 

HOUSTON — 15 April 2014

cape logoWood Group has acquired Cape Software ("Cape"), a Texas provider of simulation software and services for operator training and logic validation for SCADA and DCS industrial control systems used by the oil & gas and other process-based industries. Cape will become part of the MSi Kenny Products business within Wood Group Kenny. Cape's revenue for the year to December 31, 2013 was around $5 million.

Cape's VP Link® software product, used to simulate process responses on control networks and for interactive operator training, complements MSi Kenny's more comprehensive Virtuoso® simulation modelling technology, which is used for pipelines and processes. The companies' previous collaborations have resulted in the development and implementation of integrated operator training systems for upstream offshore oil & gas facilities, enabling critical unit operations to be rigorously modelled.

Michael Mai, a member of the Wood Group Kenny leadership team and president of MSi Kenny, said: "The acquisition of Cape expands our product and service portfolio for customers worldwide and is an important part of our technology-led growth strategy. VP Link broadens our existing operator training simulator to include a full-featured, hardware-based solution, so operators can train on the same type of equipment they will operate in the control room.

"Cape also provides us with an avenue to bring our simulation technology to other industries for cost-efficient process optimization and monitoring. As process safety continues to be a core concern across industries we intend to expand on Cape's proven track record in the SCADA/DCS and safety systems verification market through Wood Group's global footprint. Cape's technology and culture are well aligned with MSi Kenny's as demonstrated by our innovative technology collaboration on previous simulator projects for major oil & gas operators."

MSi Kenny and Gazekspert announce their partnership agreement to provide and support MSi Kenny’s Virtuoso solutions in the Russian Federation.

Houston, Texas - 2 October 2013


 MSi Kenny and Gazekspert of St Petersburg are pleased to announce their partnership agreement to provide and support MSi Kenny’s Virtuoso solutions in the Russian Federation.

“This partnership creates an unparalleled know-how and insight that will accelerate the delivery of these high performance solutions, which solve many of the challenges faced by the pipeline industry today” said Michael Mai, President of MSi Kenny.

“We are already working together for the Nord Stream project and the symbiosis of Gazekspert and MSi Kenny exceeds anything possible with another partnership” says Viktor Adushev, Director General of Gazekspert.

MSi Kenny has over 16 years of experience in successfully delivering robust, real-time software systems for the efficient management of oil and gas pipeline facilities. Virtuoso is a field-proven suite of software products used for engineering studies, operator training and real-time simulation-based applications for wells, pipelines and facility operations. MSi Kenny’s solutions provide essential operational and commercial functionalities that satisfy the unique challenges confronting each installation. These project-specific solutions address the most complex multiphase and single-phase gathering, production, processing and transportation issues.

For more than 10-years, Gazekspert has been conducting technical investigations into the urgent challenges faced by the oil and gas sector, and this includes evaluating international experience of using advanced technologies to solve similar problems. The company is distinguished by its independence and astute ability to analyse and successfully deliver complex multi-disciplinary solutions including instrumentation, automat, optimization and process simulation. Gazekspert will now combine their distinguished understanding of the Russian oil and gas sector with international best practice in the application of simulation-based decision-support systems.

16th International Conference on Multiphase Production Technology

Houston, Texas - 11 June 2013

Multiphase Technology 2013

The 16th International Conference Multiphase Production Technology will take place from the 12th- 14th of June 2013 in Cannes, France. MSi Kenny is a proud sponsor of this Conference, and additionally, Jeff Zhang, Ian Kopperman, and Jorge Trujillo, MSi Kenny’s Senior Consultants, where selected to present two papers during the conference:

  • “Modelling of Topsides Repressurisation for Wet Gas Condensate Systems for Development of Dry Tree Well Start-up Strategies,” by Jeff Zhang, and Ian Kopperman.
  • “Heavy Oil Transportation as a Slurry”, co-authored by PDVSA Intevep, Universidad de Oriente, Venzuela and Jorge Trujillo, MSi Kenny.


MSi Kenny Presents “A Mechanistic Slug Liquid Holdup Model for Wide Ranges of Liquid Viscosity and Pipe Inclination Angle” at OTC

Houston, Texas, USA — 6 May 2013


Shufan Wang, Flow Assurance Consultant, of MSi Kenny made a technical presentation on “A Mechanistic Slug Liquid Holdup Model for Wide Ranges of Liquid Viscosity and Pipe Inclination Angle"


SPE Digital Energy Conference and Exhibition 2013

Houston, TX, USA — 8 March 2013

SPE Digital Conference 2013

MSi Kenny exhibed at the SPE Digital Energy Conference and Exhibition at the The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in Texas from 5th-7th of March 2013.


MSi Kenny Exhibits at Subsea Tieback

Houston, TX, USA — 1 March 2013


MSi Kenny will be exhibiting with Wood Group Kenny at the Subsea Tieback Exhibition at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas from 5th-7th of March 2013. Our booth is 561.


AOG Flow Assurance Session Sponsors

Perth, Australia — 24 February 2013


MSi Kenny was the proud sponsor of the Flow Assurance Session during the Australia Oil and Gas Conference at the Perth Convention Centre in Perth from 20th-22nd of February 2013.  Dr. Christian Chavet, MSi Kenny’s head of CFD and Regional Manager for the North Sea, presented a number of case studies of where CFD can be used in the subsea environment.  MSi Kenny also exhibited with Wood Group Kenny during the exhibition.


MSi Kenny Presents and Exhibits at Subsea UK 2013

Aberdeen, Scotland - 8 January 2013




MSi Kenny will be exhibiting with Wood Group Kenny at Subsea UK 2013 at the Aberdeen Exhibition & Convention Center in Aberdeen, Scotland, from the 6th-7th of February. Our booth is B84.

Elliott Dudley, Senior Consultant, will be presenting “Integrated Modeling of Complex Gas-condensate Networks”, on Wednesday, February 6.

Click on subseauk2013 for more information.

MSi Kenny Sponsored the 4th AIChE Regional Process Technology Conference

League City, Texas - 4-5 October 2012


The 4th AIChE Regional Process Technology Conference took place from October 4-5, 2012 in South Shore Harbour Resort & Conference Center, League City, TX. MSi Kenny was honored to be a sponsor of this conference.

MSi Kenny to Design Modelling Subsystem for Gazprom's Gryazovets - Vyborg Gas Trunkline in Russia

Houston, TX — 18 September 2012

Wood Group Kenny company MSi Kenny has been awarded a contract by Gazprom Avtomatizatsiya (Gazprom) to provide a modelling subsystem for the Portovaya compressor station (CS Portovaya) on the Russian coast of the Baltic Sea. The compressor station is part of the Gryazovets - Vyborg gas trunkline, which will improve gas supply in Russia's Northwest region and feed Russian gas to Europe via the Nord Stream pipeline.
The modelling subsystem will comprise an engineering and operations simulator (EOS) for offline simulation and a gas management system (GMS) for monitoring and optimizing compressor station operations to meet operational requirements for the Nord Stream pipeline. The project will result in the most geographically extensive gas transmission simulation models ever to be implemented by MSi Kenny, and will be based on an expanded version of the modelling software used by the Nord Stream Pipeline Company. This will enable Gazprom to optimize compressor operations while still achieving optimal pipeline inventory and operating conditions.
''The 366 megawatt Portovaya compressor station will secure gas transmission across the 1200 km length of the Nord Stream Pipeline and eliminates the need for additional compressor stations,'' stated Michael Mai, president and CEO of MSi Kenny. ''MSi Kenny is pleased to be developing the modelling subsystem that will help to ensure its safe and efficient operation, which will be critical to ensuring consistent supply of Russian gas to Europe and Northwest Russia.''


Notes to editors

Wood Group is an international energy services company with $6bn sales, employing more than 41,000 people worldwide and operating in 50 countries. The Group has three businesses - Engineering, Wood Group PSN and Wood Group GTS - providing a range of engineering, production support, maintenance management and industrial gas turbine overhaul and repair services to the oil & gas, and power generation industries worldwide.

Wood Group Kenny is the world's largest independent specialist subsea, pipeline and riser engineering and management contractor employing more than 2300 people worldwide, part of international energy services company, Wood Group. Wood Group Kenny comprises five companies -

  • WGIM - an independent engineering, management and software company, specialising in all-of-asset integrity assurance with extensive materials engineering resources, service life prediction and inspection management expertise in the oil & gas petrochemicals, power, mining & mineral processing.
  • J P Kenny - one of the world's leading independent subsea and pipeline organisations, operates from 11 locations worldwide and provides its clients with solutions that range from the planning stage through to procurement, fabrication, construction management, commissioning and operations support services.
  • MCS Kenny - a world leader in compliant riser design with an extensive track record across all riser types and water depths. This includes flexible risers, steel catenary risers, hybrid steel-flexible risers, and top tensioned risers for both floating production and floating drilling platforms. The company also provides advanced structural analysis, software and technology development capabilities for subsea and pipeline facilities.
  • MSi Kenny - a leading flow assurance and process optimisation engineering and software company
  • SgurrEnergy - a leading renewable energy consultancy 

Gazprom is one of Russia's five largest oil and gas producers and the largest owner of power generating assets. Gazprom holds the world's largest natural gas reserves and it accounts for 15 and 78 per cent of the global and Russian gas output, respectively. A reliable supplier of gas to Russian and foreign consumers, Gazprom owns the world's largest gas transmission network, the Unified Gas Supply System of Russia with a total length of over 161 thousand kilometers. Gazprom sells more than half of overall produced gas to Russian consumers and exports gas to more than 30 countries within and beyond the former Soviet

The Portovaya Compressor Station will be part of the 900 kilometer Gryazovets - Vyborg gas trunkline used to transport gas from Russia's unified gas supply system to the Nord Stream gas pipeline, supplying consumers in Europe and Russia's Northwestern region. The Gryazovets - Vyborg trunkline will have a design capacity of 55 billion cubic meters per year. The Portovaya Compressor Station will be a unique gas transmission facility in terms of capacity (366 MW) and operating pressure (220 Ata). It will transport gas over 1,200 kilometers via the Nord Stream gas pipeline, with subsequent delivery to onshore pipelines in Germany, while eliminating the need for additional compressor stations. The Portovaya Compressor Station will comprise eight gas pumping units and is designed to dehydrate 120 million cubic meters of natural gas per day.

Nord Stream is a natural gas pipeline that links Russia and the European Union through the Baltic Sea. It is a joint project involving five major companies: OAO Gazprom, Wintershall Holding GmbH (a BASF subsidiary), E.ON Ruhrgas AG, N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie and GDF SUEZ. The European Union's annual natural gas imports in 2009 were approximately 312 billion cubic metres (bcm) and are projected to increase to over 523 bcm by 2030. By then, the EU will need additional gas imports of 211 bcm per year (Source: IEA, 2011). Nord Stream will meet more than a quarter of this additional gas import requirement by connecting the European gas pipeline network to some of the world's largest gas reserves. The project will be an important contribution to long-term security of supply and a milestone of the energy partnership between the European Union and Russia.

For further information contact
Bobbie Ireland, Director, Corporate Communications - Americas, Wood Group
Tel: +1 281 828-3505, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Carolyn Smith, Director, Corporate Communications - Eastern Hemisphere, Wood Group
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The 8th North American Conference on Multiphase Technology, a Successful Conference for MSi Kenny

Houston, Texas - 28 June 2012


The 8th North American Conference on Multiphase Technology took place from the 20th- 22nd of June 2012 in Banff, Canada. MSi Kenny was honored to be a sponsor of this Conference, and additionally, Dr. Eric W. Smith, one of MSi Kenny’s Senior Consultants, was selected to present two papers during the conference:

  • “Transient Matched Asymptotic Analysis of Heat Transfer in Buried and Partially Buried Pipe,” by Dr. Eric Smith, PhD, and James Holbeach, PhD.
  • “Pseudo-component Based Fast Composition Tracking Model”, co-authored by Eric Smith, PhD, Pradeep Dhoorjaty, PhD, and Dale Erickson, PhD.

Following the presentations, Dr. Smith was approached by several members of the petroleum industry interested in the methods presented. Several client companies are exploring the possibilities opened by incorporating this new technology method with the Engineering Simulator in the Virtuoso suite of software developed by MSi Kenny. The improved heat transfer modeling is likely to enable more precise engineering and higher confidence in flow assurance analysis. As a result, pipeline and maintenance costs will come down, and perhaps previously unrealistic projects will become economically feasible.

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