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Research Vessel Heincke: Serving Science for 25 years

  7 July 2015. A quarter of a century old, with over 900,000 kilometres (488,842 nautical miles) logged and still on the cutting edge of science and technology: 8 July 2015 will mark the Research Vessel Heincke’s 25th “birthday”. Staff from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), which operates the Heincke, take part in expeditions with the ship just as often as fellow researchers and students from Germany and abroad. Back in 1990, when Federal Minister of Research Prof Heinz Riesenhuber dedicated the Heincke to the pursuit of

Statoil installs world’s first subsea wet gas compressor

First Subsea Wet Gas Compressor Installed

  After several years of technology development, construction and testing the first subsea wet gas compressor in the world is now installed at the Gullfaks C platform in the North Sea. In May and June Gullfaks subsea compressor project (GSC) completed successful structure and module installation campaigns for the subsea station. The compressors were installed at the end of June. Subsea wet gas compression at Gullfaks C will add 22 million barrels of oil equivalent, and extend plateau production by about two years. “The installation campaigns have been successfully performed by

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New Imagery Allows Viewers to ‘Tour’ WWII Shipwrecks

High-tech underwater cameras help uncovering the secrets of HMAS Sydney   A recent expedition to survey historic World War II shipwrecks has produced a wealth of stunning imagery of sunken warships HMAS Sydney (II) and the German raider HSK Kormoran, off the coast of Western Australia.   The expedition, a follow-up to a 2008 mission which first photographed the previously undiscovered Sydney and Kormoran wrecks in 2,500 meters of water, 20 kilometers apart, about 200 kilometers west of Shark Bay, was undertaken this time with a more sophisticated spread of equipment to help researchers

Emerson Acquires Yggdrasil

has acquired Norwegian company Yggdrasil, a provider of flow assurance and production optimization software. Emerson will incorporate Yggdrasil’s METTE production optimization solution into the Roxar reservoir management software portfolio, providing operators with an integrated workflow from seismic interpretation and reservoir modeling to reservoir simulation and production optimisation. The combination of data from predictive reservoir models, production modeling and field instrumentation will enable operators to monitor production continuously and use information from the field when forecasting

Retrieving Valuable Cargo from the Seabed

Surveyors are usually engaged to investigate the cause, nature and extent of a claim, damage or incident. Their role in managing projects to salvage cargo is less known. Peer van Oosterhout and Ad de Klerk from BMT Surveys share their experiences in salvaging a cargo worth several million dollars from the seabed in the Mediterranean.   Recently, BMT Surveys in Rotterdam was approached by a major European-based underwriter, to investigate the possibility of salvaging a high value cargo from a vessel that had sunk in about 100 meters depth of water in the Mediterranean. Even though the cargo

ABB Equipment for High-tech Ocean Simulator

What is reported to be the world’s first circular wave and tidal current test facility is using a package of ABB electrical and control equipment, including servo drives and low voltage variable-speed drives, to simulate energetic sea-states typically found in British, European and international waters. Located at the University of Edinburgh’s King’s Buildings campus, the $15 million ocean energy research facility comprises a 25m diameter test tank. A central floor section, 15m in diameter, lifts above the water and the facility is designed for sophisticated testing of wave and

No Well Left Behind

Reducing reservoir and well uncertainty via wireless intervention is one large step toward the “wireless reservoir” Not knowing how connected or compartmentalized a reservoir is when evaluating appraisal or development drilling is a major concern. So, too, is well integrity. Having a better understanding of reservoir connectivity can provide significant benefits in determining the most effective drainage and field-development plans. One route to reducing uncertainty is to maximize time spent appraising the prospect. While multi-well interference and long-term pressure testing provide

Van Oord Develops Deep Excavation System

Stretching across oceans and continents, approximately 32,000km of new pipelines are constructed each year forming an industry worth $28 billion. The installation of pipelines on the seabed require engineers to develop innovative technologies and methods to inspect, repair and maintain pipelines at depths sometimes reaching 1,000 meters. The Deep Excavation System (DES) is a new, cost-saving technique designed for dredging at great water depths for use in the offshore pipeline industry. For new laid pipelines, large changes in seabed height can create free spans which can lead to stresses in the pipe.

Photo courtesy of SA  Instrumentation

Acoustic Technology Company Expands its Reach

St Andrews Instrumentation, one of the UK’s designers and manufacturers of acoustic technologies, has invested in a new headquarters and test center as it advances its global production ambitions, the company announced.   The company has taken a lease on two units at Mill Court Industrial Estate in Tayport, Dundee, effectively tripling the size of its premises. The moves comes after three years of research and development and around $1.6 million of investment by the University and the SOI Group.    SA Instrumentation, a company in real-time autonomous acoustic detection

Technip Wins Jurong's FPSO Conversion Contract

  Technip has been awarded a topsides detailed engineering and procurement services contract by Jurong Shipyard Pte Ltd. The project is part of the conversion of a shuttle tanker into a floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel, which is built at the Jurong Shipyard, located in Singapore. Technip will build on its experience in full range of offshore acilities to design the FPSO’s topsides. The FPSO will be based in the Libra field, offshore Brazil, at a water depth of approximately 2,500 meters. Once completed, it will have a capacity of 50,000 barrels of oil per day

Research Vessel Heincke: Serving Science for 25 years

  7 July 2015. A quarter of a century old, with over 900,000 kilometres (488,842 nautical miles) logged and still on the cutting edge of science and technology: 8 July 2015 will mark the Research Vessel Heincke’s 25th “birthday”. Staff from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), which operates the Heincke, take part in expeditions with the ship just as often as fellow researchers and students from Germany and abroad. Back in 1990, when Federal Minister of Research Prof Heinz Riesenhuber dedicated the Heincke to the pursuit of

First Subsea Wet Gas Compressor Installed

  After several years of technology development, construction and testing the first subsea wet gas compressor in the world is now installed at the Gullfaks C platform in the North Sea. In May and June Gullfaks subsea compressor project (GSC) completed successful structure and module installation campaigns for the subsea station. The compressors were installed at the end of June. Subsea wet gas compression at Gullfaks C will add 22 million barrels of oil equivalent, and extend plateau production by about two years. “The installation campaigns have been successfully performed by

New Imagery Allows Viewers to ‘Tour’ WWII Shipwrecks

High-tech underwater cameras help uncovering the secrets of HMAS Sydney   A recent expedition to survey historic World War II shipwrecks has produced a wealth of stunning imagery of sunken warships HMAS Sydney (II) and the German raider HSK Kormoran, off the coast of Western Australia.   The expedition, a follow-up to a 2008 mission which first photographed the previously undiscovered Sydney and Kormoran wrecks in 2,500 meters of water, 20 kilometers apart, about 200 kilometers west of Shark Bay, was undertaken this time with a more sophisticated spread of equipment to help researchers

Retrieving Valuable Cargo from the Seabed

Surveyors are usually engaged to investigate the cause, nature and extent of a claim, damage or incident. Their role in managing projects to salvage cargo is less known. Peer van Oosterhout and Ad de Klerk from BMT Surveys share their experiences in salvaging a cargo worth several million dollars from the seabed in the Mediterranean.   Recently, BMT Surveys in Rotterdam was approached by a major European-based underwriter, to investigate the possibility of salvaging a high value cargo from a vessel that had sunk in about 100 meters depth of water in the Mediterranean. Even though the cargo

No Well Left Behind

Reducing reservoir and well uncertainty via wireless intervention is one large step toward the “wireless reservoir” Not knowing how connected or compartmentalized a reservoir is when evaluating appraisal or development drilling is a major concern. So, too, is well integrity. Having a better understanding of reservoir connectivity can provide significant benefits in determining the most effective drainage and field-development plans. One route to reducing uncertainty is to maximize time spent appraising the prospect. While multi-well interference and long-term pressure testing provide

Van Oord Develops Deep Excavation System

Stretching across oceans and continents, approximately 32,000km of new pipelines are constructed each year forming an industry worth $28 billion. The installation of pipelines on the seabed require engineers to develop innovative technologies and methods to inspect, repair and maintain pipelines at depths sometimes reaching 1,000 meters. The Deep Excavation System (DES) is a new, cost-saving technique designed for dredging at great water depths for use in the offshore pipeline industry. For new laid pipelines, large changes in seabed height can create free spans which can lead to stresses in the pipe.

Technip Wins Jurong's FPSO Conversion Contract

  Technip has been awarded a topsides detailed engineering and procurement services contract by Jurong Shipyard Pte Ltd. The project is part of the conversion of a shuttle tanker into a floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel, which is built at the Jurong Shipyard, located in Singapore. Technip will build on its experience in full range of offshore acilities to design the FPSO’s topsides. The FPSO will be based in the Libra field, offshore Brazil, at a water depth of approximately 2,500 meters. Once completed, it will have a capacity of 50,000 barrels of oil per day

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Fugro, Cross Group Bag Multi-Well Contract

  Fugro’s dynamically positioned multi-purpose drilling, well intervention and geotechnical vessel, Fugro Synergy, is proving her capabilities on a multi well intervention campaign which recently started in the Gulf of Mexico. The well intervention campaign involves utilisation of a top tensioned 6 5/8” riser and coiled tubing, and fieldwork for the contract is being undertaken jointly by the Cross Group Inc and Fugro. It employs the expertise of both organisations, providing a safe, efficient and cost-effective field-proven MODU (mobile offshore drilling unit). The vessel was

Manohar Parrikar, Indian defence minister. Photo: Ministry of Defence.

Germany Lobbies for India's Submarine Project

 Germany is hopeful in bagging multi-billion-dollar Indian submarine project for building six conventional submarines, says a PTI report.   German Ambassador to India Michael Steiner said the P-75(I) project was under discussion and that the matter also came up during German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen's visit here last month.     He said that the talk did not specify the modalities of the deal on whether this should be Business-to-Business or Government-to -Government.     According to Michael his minister said that it was a clear sign that there is

Nick Hardman-Mountford from CSIRO checks a BioArgo’s satellite communication link. Photo Credit: CSIRO

Australian Bio-Robots to Explore in the Indian Ocean

 CSIRO will be releasing a fleet of floating bio-robots between Christmas Island and Madagascar next week to measure biological indicators in the Indian Ocean including dissolved oxygen, nitrate, organic matter and particles.   A bio-robot is a robot which can measure properties relevant to biology like organic matter. Four bio-robots, each worth up to $100,000, are being dropped into masses of spinning water.   It will be the first time CSIRO has used the new BioArgo robotic floats to measure this massively under-sampled part of the world.   "These can tell us about the

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