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Arctic Oil 'Undrillable' amid Global Warming -UN's Ex-climate Chief

Secretariat when the Paris accord was reached by almost 200 nations in 2015, told Reuters by telephone "the Arctic has been rendered undrillable."The past three years have been the hottest since records began in the 19th century, and Figueres said the heat was a threat to everything from Australia's Great Barrier Reef to ice in Antarctica.The former Costa Rican diplomat who campaigns for a peak in global emissions by 2020 said it made no economic sense to explore in the Arctic, partly because it was likely to take years to develop any finds.Capital investment would be better used developing

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Aquabotix to Support U.S. Navy

UUV Aquabotix, an underwater robotics company with operations in Australia and the U.S., announced its agreement to support the U.S. Navy’s Forward Deployed Energy and Communications Outpost (FDECO) program as a member of the Innovative Undersea Prototype Development Consortium (iUPDC).Historically, unmanned underwater vehicle use has been challenged by limitations in endurance and difficulties in transferring data. FDECO’s publicly-stated mission is to seek to prototype a forward deployed, open, scalable and coordinated undersea energy replenishment, data management, and communications

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Peru Will Likely Create Pacific Ocean Reserve in 2019

whales, seals, seahorses and commercial fish species, according to the document.The companies that have exploration or drilling rights inside the borders of the proposed reserve include Savia Peru - a joint venture of Ecopetrol and Korea National Oil Corp - BPZ Exploracion & Produccion, Karoon Gas Australia Ltd and China National Petroleum Corporation.(Reporting by Mitra Taj; editing by Jonathan Oatis

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Shell Feeds Gas to Australia's New Prelude FLNG

tanks and process equipment and pipework with gas and is an opportunity to test processes and systems before the subsea wells are opened at start-up," she said.Shell and Inpex Corp, Japan's biggest oil and gas producer, are vying for first gas from two overlapping fields from offshore northern Australia, where both have spent billions of dollars building the world's biggest maritime vessels to grab a slice of Asia's booming LNG market.The Shell spokeswoman declined to comment on the estimated start-up date but reiterated that the oil major expects to get cash flow from Prelude in 2018

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Ocean Infinity to Deploy AUVs for Scarborough Survey

Seabed exploration company Ocean Infinity said it has been awarded a contract to provide data in support of the development of the Scarborough field 375 kilometers west-north-west of the Burrup Peninsula in Western Australia.The contract, awarded by Australian oil and gas company Woodside Energy, involves a deepwater geophysical pre-engineering route survey, extending approximately 300 kilometers from the Scarborough subsea field in 950- to 1,400-meter water depths up the scarp break toward existing onshore liquefied natural gas (LNG) processing facilities on the Burrup Peninsula.The deepwater geophysic

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Looking to the Future of Satellite-derived Bathymetry

the global standardization of hydrography, we have understood that we need to adopt this new technology in the IHO framework and see how to associate it to our technical standardization and how to anchor it with our education and training programs.”Dr. Magnus Wettle, Managing Director at EOMAP Australia, said the involvement of speakers underlined the growing importance of the SDB technology for shallow water surveys: “We are happy that the conference came up with such an impressive uptake on SDB, and with the support of providers and users we can all play an active part in this ongoing

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MH370 Search Comes to a Close

MH370 disappeared with 239 people on board while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March 2014. It’s believed someone may have deliberately switched off the plane’s transponder before diverting it over the Indian Ocean.Following an unsuccessful $160 million search effort conducted by Australia, China and Malaysia that was called off in January 2017, Malaysia this year agreed to pay Ocean Infinity, a technology company specializing in collecting high resolution seabed data, up to $70 million if it found the plane within 90 days.Ocean Infinity set off from South Africa on January 3, 2018

Ocean Infinity’s AUVs being prepared to autonomously map the ocean floor, aboard Seabed Constructor (Photo: Ocean Infinity)

Ocean Infinity Donates Data to Seabed Mapping Project

data – acquired while travelling between client projects- bringing the total private sector data donated to the project to 220,000 square kilometers, equivalent to almost the entire land mass of the U.K.With the inclusion of 710,000 square kilometers of open source bathymetric data released by Australia, this year’s map will incorporate at least 930,000 square kilometers of data not previously included in the global grid – an area larger in size than Nigeria.Recognizing the power of crowdsourced data as a tool to empower all those who use our oceans to contribute to science, Seabed

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TechnipFMC Awarded Pluto Contract

TechnipFMC said it has been awarded a contract by Woodside to upgrade the Pluto Platform Offshore for water treatment, located offshore Western Australia.The contract includes the engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning (EPCIC) of the Pluto Water Handling Module. This module, to be installed on the existing Pluto Alpha Gas Production Platform, will consist of facilities for water separation and treatment, together with upgraded power generation units.Nello Uccelletti, President of TechnipFMC's Onshore/Offshore business, commented, "We are honored to be entrusted

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Aquabotix Unveils New Swarm USV/UUV

UUV Aquabotix Ltd, an underwater robotics company with operations in Australia and the U.S., has unveiled its new micro unmanned surface vehicle (USV) and unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) that is designed to operate in a swarm.The new vehicle, called SwarmDiver, is able to function with others simultaneously as a single coordinated entity, or “swarm”. The entire swarm can be easily controlled via one operator on the surface to perform dives and collect intelligence on command.“This vehicle is a game-changer for both the industry and Aquabotix,” said Whitney Million, Aquabotix&rs

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Xodus Strengthens APAC Team

Xodus Group’s Perth office has won more than A$3.5 million (£2million) in new contracts over the last six months.   Xodus’ Asia-Pacific (APAC) region has had significant success in the growth of its decommissioning business, both in Australia and South-East Asia, where the company has established relationships with several key players. The company has also enhanced its digital production optimization and monitoring tools.   With the success, Xodus has increased its workforce locally and appointed Simon Allison as operations director for the APAC region.   Allison

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Hydro Group Scoops Queen’s Award

to the next level, resulting in on-the-ground client support, which has driven a significant increase in overseas business. “This has allowed us to focus efforts on further international growth, and the past 24 months have seen Hydro Group successfully develop new strategic partnerships in Australia, Denmark, Turkey, Vietnam, China, the Philippines and Indonesia. “To receive recognition in the form of a Queen’s Award is a succinct illustration of the commitment the Hydro Group team has brought to the company’s international ambitions; we accept the honor with the utmost

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Subsea 7 Makes Hostile Bid for McDermott

.Subsea 7 said combining the two companies would help them to handle large offshore engineering contracts for the oil industry, known as EPCI projects, with Subsea 7's strengths in Brazil, the Gulf of Mexico and the North Sea complementing McDermott's strengths in the Middle East, India and Australia."Geographically speaking, Subsea 7 and McDermott are a perfect match," Rystad Energy's Audun Martinsen said.The Middle East and Asia regions represents more than 90 percent of McDermott’s upstream revenues, Rystad Energy said."The train is about to leave the station. McDermott

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Polarcus Scores Two Seismic Survey Projects

Marine geophysical company Polarcus Limited announced it has secured two offshore seismic survey projects.The company said it has entered into a contract for a two-month broadband 3D marine seismic acquisition project in Australia that will commence immediately.Polarcus also received a letter of award for an XArray 3D marine seismic acquisition project in Asia Pacific. The two-month project is slated to begin immediately after the Australian project.“These awards in Asia Pacific provide important visibility, extending a regional campaign for Polarcus well into Q3 2018,” Polarcus said.

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US Navy-owned Research Vessel Back in Action

systems, stronger compliance with environmental requirements, and reduced obsolescence of various systems and components."Since finishing the refit earlier this year, the revamped Thompson has sailed to New Zealand and Taiwan-and will travel to India, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, South Africa and Australia in coming months. Research projects include using special floats to measure the ocean's temperature and salinity, mapping underwater mountains, and studying the heat flow generated by an aquatic volcano and hot springs."The R/V Thompson has performed very well since its refit, and the

Anglo American to End Investment in Deep Sea Miner Nautilus

, as part of the prioritisation of our portfolio on our largest and greatest potential resource assets," Anglo spokesman James Wyatt-Tilby said, confirming a report in the Financial Times.Anglo has a 4 percent stake in Toronto-listed Nautilus. Nautilus mines offshore in Papua New Guinea and Australia for minerals such as copper, gold, nickel and cobalt.(Reporting by Kanishka Singh and Zandi Shabalala; Editing by Susan Fenton

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ROV Roundup: Recent Tech Innovations

MTR highlights recent technological advances in the world of remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROV).SaabSeaeye: It’s ElectricOperators, from the Gulf of Mexico to offshore Australia, report multi-million-dollar savings as they switch to the new generation of electric work vehicles, and the Saab Seaeye Leopard it touted as the most powerful electric robotic work vehicle of its size in the world.Compared to a 66-ton hydraulic equivalent, its 25-ton complete package brings considerable savings in footprint, mobilization, maintenance and staff.Operators report the Leopard reducing costs by up

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