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Aker Solutions, Equinor Sign LoI for Askeladd Subsea System

and two subsea trees with associated control systems.Aker Solutions estimates the value of the potential contract to be about NOK 400 million (approximately $41,3 million)The contract will include deliveries from the company’s sites in Tranby, Egersund and Ågotnes in Norway as well as Brazil, Malaysia and the UK. Contract award is subject to Equinor and partners' approval and final investment decision later this year.Worth noting, TechnipFMC has earlier this week secured potential contracts worth up to NOK 1.8 billion ($187,1 million) with Equinor for pipelaying and subsea installation

The Four Leopards will be deployed from Belov’s DSV fleet. Photo: Saab Seaeye

Belov Engenharia Orders Four Saab Seaeye ROVs

Four Saab Seaeye 3000m rated electric Leopard work vehicles have been ordered by Belov Engenharia for Petrobras operations in Brazil.“The Leopard was chosen for its compact size to power ratio,” says Belov’s Director of Operations, André Weber Carneiro. “We like the quality of Saab Seaeye products and their technical support, which is always available when needed.”Half the size of an equivalent hydraulic work vehicle, it is more agile and responsive, has greater workability and can handle stronger currents - opening up wider operational windows.  A key benefit

OceanPact’s RV Seward Johnson (Photo: OceanPact)

Sonardyne USBLs Installed on Brazilian Geoscience Vessels

Brazilian geoscience services company OceanPact Geociências has chosen deep water positioning technology from Sonardyne Brasil Ltda. to support its geophysical, geotechnical and environmental research operations across the region.Ranger 2 Ultra-Short Baseline (USBL) systems have been installed on board OceanPact’s research vessels Seward Johnson and Austral Abrolhos, both currently on hire to Brazilian oil major Petrobras. The systems will be used to precisely track the location of underwater equipment and sensor packages deployed from the ships, including seabed corers, towed sensors and

Elizabeth Steffen, scientist at NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Lab and University of Hawaii, deploys a Deep Argo float off Hawaii on May 16, 2018. The float was tested here in preparation for its recent release as part of a new array in the western South Atlantic off Brazil. NOAA and Vulcan collaborated to deploy 27 Deep Argo floats off Brazil that report back ocean temperature and salinity data from the surface to the seafloor. Credit: Blake Watkins/ University of Hawaii

NOAA, Vulcan to Explore and Map the Deep Ocean

major collaboration between NOAA and Vulcan and its philanthropic work funded by The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. The groundbreaking public-private collaboration began in 2017 to deploy a large array of new deep ocean floats, expanding observations in a key area of the western South Atlantic off Brazil. As of February of this year, that array of Deep Argo floats has been deployed and 27 floats are reporting back ocean temperature and salinity data from the surface to the seafloor. These data will be publicly available and used to better understand how changes in the bottom half of the ocean may

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FarSounder Enters Brazilian Market

FarSounder announced Ulstein Belga Marine headquartered in Centro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is its newest dealer and their first in Brazil. Ulstein Belga Marine will integrate FarSounder’s Argos series of 3D forward-looking sonars into its product offering.“Our strategy has been moving towards digitalization and sensor related solutions for communication, navigation, sea-state monitoring and optimization of performance,” said Jan Lomholdt, Managing Director of Ulstein Belga Marine.The Argos system’s technology provides vessels with real-time 3D imagery of the waters ahead

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Sandvik Wins Mero Steel Tube Umbilical Order

Sandvik reports it has won the first large-scale stainless steel umbilical tube order in Brazil’s pre-salt Mero oilfield.Mero is an expansive pre-salt oilfield in the Santos Basin offshore Rio de Janeiro with immense oil production potential. The Mero oilfield is being managed by the Libra Consortium, made up of a partnership between Petrobras, Total, Shell Brasil, CNPC and CNOOC Ltd.The first phase of the project - Mero 1 - is an ultra-deepwater project consisting of 17 wells in a water depth of approximately 2,000 meters.According to Sandvik, the stainless steel umbilical tube order contract

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Amazon's Pink Dolphins Threatened by End of Fishing Ban

The Amazon river dolphin is an intelligent and friendly mammal that appears to grin and flush like a human blushing when it gets excited.But some are concerned about the world's largest freshwater dolphin coming under threat again in Brazil, where fishermen hunt and kill it illegally to make bait for a catfish called piracatinga.A legal moratorium on fishing the piracatinga ended last month, prompting calls for its renewal from environmentalists and researchers such as biologist Vera da Silva, who has worked to preserve the so-called pink river dolphins for 25 years."I never stop being amazed

Johan Sverdrup subsea layout (Image: Equinor)

Uptick for Subsea Tree Installs Coming

phased, scaled down and accelerated projects. In fact, subsea tieback project activity is already above 2013 levels, and it’s going to stay consistently high in coming years, says Bjørvik, with the subsea market driven more broadly by a lot by activity in Norway but also by Petrobras in Brazil, through floating projects.Henning Bjørvik (Photo: Elaine Maslin)Subsea tree demandThat increase in activity has seen subsea tree demand – a key indicator – increase. Subsea tree demand dropped to below 100 trees awarded in 2016, compared with about 530 in 2013, marking a low point

Bacalhau is Brazil’s first integrated SPS and SURF project (Image: Equinor)

Subsea Integration Alliance in Bacalhau Field SURF Award

Subsea Integration Alliance, a JV between Subsea 7 and OneSubsea, has been awarded an exclusive contract by Equinor for the Front End Engineering Design (FEED) study for the SURF (Subsea, Umbilical, Risers and Flowlines) on its Bacalhau (formerly Carcará) project, offshore Brazil.The awarded work is required to finalize the technical definition of the proposed field development prior to Equinor making final investment decisions (FID) late 2020. The Bacalhau field is located 185 km from the coast of the State of São Paulo, in water depths of 2050 meters. It will Bacalhau (Carcar&a

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