Future of AUVs in Brazil
With companies such as Kongsberg and ECA bringing state of the art AUV models into the Brazilian market, and with the great demand for AUV services from the O&G industry, government agencies and universities, the future of AUVs in Brazil looks really promising. Presently, most AUVs are being employed by the O&G industry for pipeline routing and monitoring, seabed mapping and other specialized services. However there is a growing demand from academia to employ AUVs is oceanographic research and environmental research, this is an important development because it will allow universities to have unprecedented leverage to undertake complex research programs from shallow water to the deepest ocean basins off Brazil and off all the eastern South American coastline…
U.S. Administration Continues Efforts to Implement Ocean Policy
The Obama Administration has proposed a National Ocean Policy (NOP), in an effort to help federal agencies manage research, and data collection to create better policy making decisions. The policy has been created to help in the efforts to save money and reduce conflict between policy makers and ocean users. The policy has highlights several goals including issues causing the most concern fro the oceans and Great lakes. The draft Implementation Plan includes more than 50 actions the Federal Government will take to improve the health of the oceans, coasts, and Great lakes. According to the National Ocean Council this will support tens of millions of jobs, contribute millions of dollars a year to the national economy, and are essential to public health and national security.
DOF Launches Largest AHT Ever Built in Brazil
Last Month the DOF Group named on the largest anchor handling tug vessel (AHT) ever built in Brazil, the Skandi Iguaçu. The vessel has over 32,000 BHP installed and bollard pull of more than 300 tons. Having been built at the STX OSV shipyard accros the bridge from the city of Rio de Janeiro, in Niteroi, the vessel will be ready for delivery to Petrobras three to five months in advance of contract requirement. Skandi Iguacu was ordered from STX OSV shipyard, with financing from the Brazilian Merchant Marine Fund through the BNDES (Brazilian Development Bank). The Skandi Iguaçu is part of a new generation of high powered anchor handling vessels, designed for operations across a wide range of deepwater depths and environmental conditions.
Drilling to Increase off Kenyan Coastline
The Kenyan government, in a move by the Ministry of Energy, published an official gazette recently announcing notice of eight new offshore sites. With these eight new sites the total number of exploration blocks in the country is now 46. With the increase in oil and gas exploration off the Kenyan coastline, corporations are jockeying to negotiate with the government. These negotiations will be for the rights to explore the area with depths between 3,000 and 4,000 meters. The Australian company FAR is slated to raise $15.04 million to fund oil and gas exploration off the Kenyan coast. Funding for the company will be raised through the placement of 280 million shares…
ROV Demand Still Increasing in Brazil
With a number of new O&G discoveries popping up nearly continuously in Brazil, both in shallow and deepwater, there has been a significant increase in ROV demand by operators, not only the major players but by all players involved on the Brazilian oil boom. In general the delivery of a complete ROV system may take around nine months, this includes the delivery of key equipment such as heavy duty winches, power and control umbilicals, flotation foam blocks, control modules, tooling kits and backup equipment. Here in Brazil, ROV manufacturers, which are basically all foreign companies with local offices, have been increasing their local stocks of ROV systems.
Advances in Undersea Communications
The process of undersea monitoring, mapping, and observation is experiencing major changes and advancements. The new paradigm is moving toward data collection and sensing operations using networks of autonomous platforms rather than platform centric and human-controlled sensing, processing and interpretation. A new command and control paradigm is called Nested Autonomy. It is implemented using MOOS-IvP architecture. This architecture is a set of open source c++ modules for providing autonomy in robotic platforms, including AUV technology. It provides fully integrated sensing, modeling, and control allowing each platform, either in collaboration or individually the opportunity to detect, classify, and track a human-created or natural event. It is then able to report back to the operator.
U.S.-to-Brazil submarine cable to be laid
In an importand development for Brazilian high-speed communications with the United States, U.S. based Seaborn Networks service provider is primed to lay a new system of submarine cummunications cable that will provide a direct route between the Unites States and Brazil. Set to go active in 2014, the new Seabras-1 submarine cable will offer 32 Tbps of capacity connecting Miami and Sao Paulo, with a branch that lands in Fortaleza, Brazil. The service provider's timing couldn't be better as the Brazilian government prepares to adopt a National Broadband Plan and the country is also preparing to host upcoming 2014 Soccer World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games, which will drive greater growth of voice, video and data services throughout Brazil. The major increase of U.S.
Identifying Oil Spill Origins
An interesting article by the leading Brazilian newspaper O Globo, signed by Journalist Marcio Beck, brings to light the need to urgently create a database with information on the “DNA” of oil produced in Brazilian fields. According to researchers from the Academia and from the O&G industry, this is essential in order to speed up the identification of those responsible for any given oil spill. According to the article, the basic characteristics found in the formation of an oil reservoir, such as types of stones, sediments and organic matter along with time, temperature and pressure conditions, which give a distinct DNA to each different oil reservoir. Therefore, it would be possible to identify from which field any given oil sample originated from.
Major New O&G Pipelines Raising Environmental Concerns
Recently Petrobras, the Brazilian national O&G operator announced that it had awarded Technip a 5-year frame agreement contract for the supply of around 1,400 kilometers of flexible pipes, with supply starting in 2013 and orders are guaranteed for at least 50% of the total value, which is currently estimated to be worth around US$2.1 billion. Flexible pipes for the contract will be produced both at Technip's existing manufacturing site in Vitoria, and also at our new manufacturing facility under construction in Açu, Brazil. This agreement is a direct spinoff of the investment Technip made last year in building a second state-of-the-art flexible pipe plant in Brazil…
New Pre-salt Port Worries Environmentalists
The Ponta Negra Terminal (TPN) to be built at the south side of Jaconé Beach at Ponta Negra Point is to be one of the biggest ports in the country. DTA Engineering, responsible for the project, unofficially called the Pre-salt port and with an investment forecast of $5,4 billion in an area of 557,2 thousand square meters, is expected to link oil & gas pipelines from the Pre-salt plays to the Petrochemical complex of the state of Rio de Janeiro (Comperj), which is located in the nearby city of Itaborai. The project includes a port, a ship and rig maintenance shipyard and a refinery. Authorities consider the location ideal due to the fact that the point has a natural depth of 30 meters.