Monday, February 20, 2017

Offshore Renewable Energy

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New Open Source Software for Designing Wave & Tidal Energy Arrays

A newly launched open source software package aims to assist project developers to design wave and tidal energy arrays by identifying optimal layouts, components and procedures.   DTOcean, which stands for Optimal Design Tools for Ocean Energy Arrays, has been produced through a three-year collaborative project funded by the European Commission. The software package is now available as a free download along with manuals and tutorials from the European Commission’s Joint Research Center website.   DTOcean work planning has been implemented as five content-orientated Work Packages

Graham O’Hare  (Photo: Roxtec)

Roxtec Seals Deal on $1.8 bln North Sea Wind Farm Project

Roxtec has secured a major contract to deliver its innovative safety seal solutions to an ambitious £1.5billion ($1.8 bln) offshore wind farm project in the North Sea. Roxtec UK managing director Graham O’Hare said the firm will deliver cable transit systems which are a key safety component to safeguard workers, structures and equipment on a substation platform being created as part of the Dudgeon Offshore Windfarm.   The deal will see a wide range of sealing solutions used on the platform, which will sit 20 miles offshore near the seaside town of Cromer in North Norfolk.   Mr

Randall Luthi (Photo: NOIA)

Op/Ed: A Nail in the Coffin for US Offshore Exploration

Industries Association (NOIA) president Randall Luthi issued a statement slamming the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) denial of seismic survey permits for the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).    In yet another ‘Black Friday’ announcement targeting the offshore oil and natural gas industry, the BOEM blanket denial of seismic survey permits is an unsurprising attempt to put another nail in the coffin of sensible energy exploration in the Atlantic. Not only does this decision conflict with BOEM’s own scientific conclusion that seismic surveys are environmen

US Denies Atlantic Seismic G&G Permits

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has denied six pending geophysical and geological (G&G) permit applications to conduct airgun seismic surveys in the Mid- and South Atlantic Planning Areas of the Atlantic Ocean.    In announcing its decision BOEM cited a number of factors, including a diminished need for additional seismic survey information because the Atlantic Program Area has been removed from the 2017-2022 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program.      “In the present circumstances and guided by an abundance of caution, we believe

Patrick Grandelli (Photo: PCCI)

PCCI Appoints Grandelli as Chief Engineer

PCCI, Inc. has announced that Patrick Grandelli, P.E. has joined PCCI’s Alexandria office as a Chief Engineer. He will be responsible for providing engineering, design, installation and program/project management services to U.S. Government and commercial clients in the ocean facility and renewable energy industries.  Grandelli is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) and naval energy/operations staff officer who also served on three U.S. navy warships. He has two decades’ experience in the analysis and design of large subsea pipelines, ocean energy systems, and the conduct of

Photo: BMT

BMT ARGOSS Launches Ice Charting Capability

buildup and movement is very dependent on the weather therefore our extensive meteorological knowledge and experience will help us to further improve the service we provide.”   For the past 18 years, BMT ARGOSS has provided a wide range of services aimed at reducing the risks involved with offshore design and operations.  Its expertise in the field of metocean modeling, meteorology and weather forecasting as well as remote sensing data has been utilized for projects in areas such as Yamal, the Baltic Sea, the Caspian Sea and the Sakhalin sea area

Chris David Photo Harris Pye

Harris Pye to Refurbish Kishorn Port Dry Dock Gates

seals on them.”   The owners of Kishorn Port have identified a number of key markets that need access to sheltered deep water, big lay down areas and a large dry dock – Kishorn is one of the largest in Western Europe at 160m in diameter with 13m of draft available. These include the offshore renewables industry which has a requirement for the serial production of large concrete structures (with an on-site quarry and concrete production facilities Kishorn is ideally placed); oil and gas fabricators; and the expanding oil and gas decommissioning sector.   “Refurbishment of

Yard Photo courtesy SapuraKencana

SapuraKencana Bags Contracts of RM 1.34 bln

;). The scope of work consists of underwater services together with vessels, air and saturation diving, remotely operated vehicle (“ROV”) and other related underwater services, including inspection, maintenance and repair to support PCSB’s underwater facilities located at the offshore waters of Peninsular Malaysia. The contract is for a period of two years and the work is to be performed on a call-out basis. Award of Provision of Soil Investigation Services by PCSB. SapuraKencana GeoSciences Sdn. Bhd. has been awarded a contract by PCSB for the provision of soil investigation

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Allspeeds Debuts New Cable Retrieval Tool

projects, allowing the safe and controlled recovery of damaged power and telecoms cable up to 8” diameter. Fabricated from corrosion resistant steel and stainless steel, the mechanically locked gripping action ensures the cable cannot escape during retrieval.   “With the growth in offshore wind further offshore, recovering damaged power cable can be time consuming and expensive,” explained Keith Elliot, engineering director, Allspeeds Ltd. “The cable gripper offers offshore wind operators a quicker and more cost-effective means of lifting and lowering previously damaged

Mike Wilson (Photo: ESS)

‘Early Adopter’ ESS Reaps Benefits of Renewables Switch

year which included exceptional R&D investment of £1.4 million on the company’s SCAR 2 seabed preparation system, which is the largest boulder clearing tool in the world.   Wilson said, “Our traditional revenue streams have been replaced after successful diversification into offshore renewables and interconnector projects, and the company has strong growth opportunities in these areas.    “The rates of very fast turnover growth and profits seen in previous years are likely to be sustained, the last year of consolidation and continued investment in research

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New Compass Module Simplifies Wind Sensor Integration on Buoys

Soundnine Inc., a manufacturer of sensors, inductive modems and real-time systems for marine research and monitoring, has introduced its new Inline Compass Module (ICM) that combines heading and tilt data with wind speed data from RS-232 wind sensors to produce a serial data stream of wind speed and vector-averaged wind direction on buoys or other moving platforms. It’s suited for upgrading existing sensor installations and can also be operated without a wind sensor as a digital compass and accelerometer. The ICM contains a three-axis magnetometer and accelerometer that measure heading and

David Neill of TAM International (left) receives a plaque from George Hendry, business development manager for Forum AMC, recognising the purchase of the 350th RT torque machine. (Photo: TAM)

Forum Delivers 350th RT Torque Machine

Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. said it has designed, manufactured, tested and delivered its 350th rotational torque (RT) torque machine to TAM International, a globally recognized downhole inflatable packer leader.   The torque machine, or bucking unit as it is commonly referred, was manufactured at the Forum AMC facility in Aberdeen, U.K. This represents the sixth unit that TAM has purchased from Forum in three years, and is a testament to TAM’s growth plans, as well as their trust in Forum’s equipment and global support network. The machine will be used to make up or breakout

McDermott Wins Offshore Contract from Saudi Aramco

McDermott International, Inc. said it has secured a contract award from Saudi Aramco for the engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) of four jackets and three gas observation platforms offshore Saudi Arabia. The total weight of all structures combined is 11,595 tons.   “As the third fast-track jacket contract from Saudi Aramco in the last 18 months, this award is a testament to McDermott’s successful performance on previous fast-track projects for Saudi Aramco,” said Linh Austin, McDermott’s Vice President, Middle East & Caspian. “McDermott

Scenes from OI 2016 in London. (Photo: Reed Exhibitions)

Preview: OI North America 2017 San Diego

Center from February 14-16, 2017. Visitors to the event will have access to a myriad of marine and ocean science technology organizations from an array of sectors, including academia, fisheries and aquaculture, government, marine environmental protection, marine renewables, marine science, ocean mining, offshore construction, offshore oil and gas, ports, harbors and terminals, ships and shipping and telecoms.   With the attendance of so many industry experts, OINA provides the opportunity to network, make new contacts, share knowledge and conduct business all under one roof.    The North

Photo: Port of Rotterdam Authority

First Monopile Loaded at Sif’s Maasvlakte 2 Location

on board a seagoing vessel. The ship in question is the Innovation, a heavy-lift jack-up vessel owned by Geosea, part of the Belgian DEME Group. It was also the first job handled at the new section of Maasvlakte 2’s deep-sea quay (port number 8317). Monopiles are used for the foundations of offshore wind turbines. They can weigh up to 1,000 metric tons apiece. All in all, four monopiles will be loaded for transport today. Together with the so-called ‘transition pieces’: connecting sections that are used to join the turbine towers to the monopiles. The Innovation is expected to leave

OINA 2017 - Blue Robotics will showcase its high performance, affordable underwater drone, the BlueROV2 at OINA 2017

OINA 2017 to Feature New ‘BlueTech’

With the inaugural Oceanology International North America (OINA 2017) conference and exhibition fast approaching, exhibitors are preparing to unveil a host of new technology developments to the ocean science community. Taking place February 14-16 at the San Diego Convention Center in association with The Maritime Alliance, exhibition space at OINA 2017 is already over 90 percent booked. Teledyne Marine (booth #D20) will be out in force at OINA 2017 in San Diego CA. In addition to its full line of instruments, imaging, vehicles and interconnect products, the company will promote the newest product

Photo: Alfred-Wegener-Institut/Jaroslav Obu

Retreating Arctic Coasts Cause Drastic Changes

The thawing and erosion of Arctic permafrost coasts has dramatically increased in the past years and the sea is now consuming more than 20 meters of land per year at some locations. The earth masses removed in this process increasingly blur the shallow water areas and release nutrients and pollutants. Yet, the consequences of these processes on life in the coastal zone and on traditional fishing grounds are virtually unknown. Scientists from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) urge to focus our attention on  the ecological consequences of coastal

DBU Platforms Tyra East Photo Maersk Oil

Maersk -Tyra Decommissioning to Start Next Year

Maersk Oil has on 30th December issued a notification to the Danish gas market announcing that an economically viable solution for full recovery of the remaining resources in the Tyra field has not yet been identified, and that production from the Tyra field is consequently expected to cease 1 October 2018. Under EU regulatory requirements, a decision impacting production must be notified to the market in a timely manner. “Tyra has since 1984 been the main hub for gas production and processing in the Danish North Sea. The Tyra facilities are approaching the end of their operational life

Memorandum of understanding signed on October 24 by our CEO Pedro Parente and Total CEO Patrick Pouyanné. Photo Petrobras

Petrobras, Total ink Strategic Alliance Deal

Petrobras signed a Master Agreement with French outfit Total today related to the strategic collaboration set forth in the memorandum of understanding signed on October 24 by our CEO Pedro Parente and Total CEO Patrick Pouyanné. Under the new agreement, Petrobras will substantially increase the level of technological cooperation in the fields of geosciences, subsea systems, and in joint studies in areas of mutual interest with a view to reducing the risks of investments and increasing the likelihood of exploration success in the coming years. Besides it will also be partners in the Iara and

Photo: Paul Unterweiser

Tech File: Blue Robotics BlueROV2

 The popularity and availability of aerial quad-copter drones have grown exponentially over the past few years. But, in large part because of the complexities that water penetration poses for electronics, underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) have not experienced that same level of popularity. The technology required to fabricate the components for an ROV to explore beyond a few meters depth has been beyond the capabilities of all but a handful of companies who have mastered the skills. In many cases, those skills have been kept proprietary and the products have demanded high prices.

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