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Saipem’s Hydrone R – in the flesh and ready for real world testing. Image from Saipem.

MTR100: Five "Ones to Watch"

Hydrone R started a six-month trial in Saipem’s underwater “play park” near Trieste, northeast Italy. Later in the year, or early next year, its FlatFish design is also expected to enter the water, ahead of deep-water trials in 2021. Flatfish is under license from Shell (which bought BG Group, which had in turn been developing the FlatFish concept with Brazilian and German institutions).Hydrone is in fact part of a family of electric subsea vehicles – from tethered resident work class vehicles through to hybrid AUVs with station keeping features, ranging from high bandwidth real-time

Lomond platform. Images courtesy Chrysaor and Subsea 7

SUBSEA ENGINEERING: By-pass, superfast

assets can come with issues, including that they’re older, complex, interconnected and have been through multiple owners and therefore might not come with complete records – including exactly where and what diameter pipelines are.The Lomond platform (initially operated by Amoco, BP, BG Group and then Shell) sits 145m east of Aberdeen in 83.8m water depth and started producing in 1993. Gas condensate from the Erskine facility, operated by Chevron, is exported to the Lomond platform and then 57.8km on to the Everest platform for onward export via the CATS system into the Forties Pipeline

Prelude. Photo: Shell

LNG Report: Floating Liquefaction & Regasification

by numerous clients in the offshore oil and gas sector.   Jim has been advisor on planned FSRU projects in Ghana, Jamaica, India, elsewhere.George Tilley, senior researcher, is a 30+ year veteran of the international oil and gas industry having worked in Brazil, Kazakhstan, India and Tanzania for BG Group. In his last assignment in Tanzania George was responsible for the commercial arrangements with partners and government for the proposed LNG project. Our other senior analyst in the study has 30+ years of experience as offshore field development engineer in offshore oil and gas projects and has

Saab Seaeye’s Sabertooth hybrid ROV/AUV (Photo: Saab)

Unmanned Vehicles May Soon Take Up Residency Subsea

then the ALIVE (autonomous light intervention vehicle) concept (an intervention-AUV, or I-AUV) in the late 1990s early 2000s.Subsea 7 has long been developing its autonomous inspection vehicle (AIV) resident concept and in recent years has been testing the vehicle offshore, including docking ability. BG Group, now part of Shell, developed the FlatFish AUV, with the help of German research institute DFKI and Brazilian research organisations. It is an inspection and survey vehicle which was aimed at being able to be launched from a floating production platform or docked subsea. (read more in November/December

Rosane Zagatti (Photo: BG Group)

BG Group & the FlatFish AUV

or actually being docked at the seafloor next to the subsea systems has been an industry goal for some years and offers a solution to two major problems: making deepwater subsea inspection become a simple task and decreasing the related costs. MTR’s correspondent in Brazil spoke to Rosane Zagatti, BG Group’s Subsea Technology Manager, about its FlatFish AUV project, which promises to bring solutions to deepwater infrastructure inspection challenges.   Subsea systems are now an integral part of offshore oil production and vital to deepwater production. In deepwater developments, ROVs may

Buzzard Platform in the UK North Sea (Photo: Nexen Energy)

UK's Buzzard Oilfield Pumping More in 2016

British field can boost Brent prices and lead to higher premiums of Brent futures for immediate delivery - leading to price volatility.   Buzzard is operated by Nexen, a unit of Chinese state company CNOOC. Other field partners are Suncor Energy Inc and Royal Dutch Shell following its purchase of BG Group.   Last year, Buzzard's production averaged 163,000 barrels per day (bpd) according to UK government data. So far this year, the average has risen to about 173,000 bpd, even though output has slowed in June because of a Forties pipeline flow restriction, sources said.   "There

FPSO Cidade de Itaguaí (Photo: BG Group)

BG Group Starts up Sixth FPSO in the Santos Basin

BG Group announced first oil from the Cidade de Itaguaí floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel, the sixth unit to start production across the group's discoveries in the Santos Basin, offshore Brazil. The FPSO will produce from the Iracema North area of the Lula field in the Petrobras-operated BM-S-11 block.    Anchored 240 kilometers off the coast of Rio de Janeiro, the Cidade de Itaguaí is approximately 2,220 meters above the ocean floor. This is the second leased FPSO deployed on the Iracema development and will double the gross production capacity to

Shell Green Lights GoM Field After Cost Cuts

Information Administration and was the location in 2010 of the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, involving BP's Deepwater Horizon well.   Shell's investment decision shows the energy giant's bet on deep water as it seeks to finalise by early 2016 the $70 billion acquisition of Britain's BG Group, which holds large stakes in Brazil's offshore oil production.   The project, some 80 miles (130 km) off the coast of Louisiana, is expected to start production by the end of this decade and reach peak output of around 175,000 barrels of oil equivalent (boe) per day, Shell said on Wednesday


EMGS - Vessel update for 1Q 2015

by industry funding, covered approximately 10 new blocks in the Nordkapp and Tiddly areas. Due to poor weather conditions, the duration of the campaign has been somewhat longer than expected. The vessel's utilisation for the first quarter was 95%.   The EM Leader started on the contract for BG Group on 16 December and worked on the project the entire first quarter. The vessel's utilisation was 98% in the first quarter.   Multi-client revenues in the first quarter The Company expects to record a total of approximately USD 10 million in multi-client revenues for the first quarter 2015

Uruguay Eyes Extending Oil Exploration Contracts

Uruguay is considering extending the length of its oil exploration contracts with foreign companies drilling in its waters in order to shore up investment at a time of plunging crude prices, it said on Wednesday.   BP, BG Group, Total, a joint venture of Tullow Oil and Inpex, and a consortium of YPF, Royal Dutch Shell and Galp all have exploration agreements with the South American country and have invested around $2 billion to date.   But the recent fall in oil prices has made exploration in Uruguay unattractive, Hector de Santa Ana, exploration manager at state oil and gas company Ancap

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