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Mappers Look to Chart World's Ocean Floor by 2030

closer to shore to national research bodies. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is separately supporting the initiative.One potential problem such exploratory research could face would be from rising geopolitical tensions in sensitive waters around the world including the South China Sea, the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea."By being open in our data sharing, we are also hoping that national hydrographic organizations will start sharing their data and closer to shore," Bindra said.Bindra said the data obtained from the multiple sources would be pulled together by experts

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China to take action against 'uncontrolled' hydro on Yangtze

China's has urged local governments along the Yangtze river to survey the environmental damage done by the "uncontrolled" development of small-scale hydropower, warning that some plants could be closed, according to a government notice on Wednesday.Local authorities have been instructed to conduct a survey into hydropower construction along the Yangtze River Economic Belt, which stretches from Yunnan in the far southwest to Jiangsu and Zhejiang on the eastern coast.Small plants that damage the environment, encroach upon protected areas or violate approval rules could eventually be

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Singapore's Offshore Industry Recovering

but not in a big way. Demand is still pretty slow."Growth in Singapore's trade-reliant economy had slowed in the wake of the oil price crash. It has since recovered as output in sectors like electronics surged, though economists say the city-state faces growing headwinds from a bitter U.S.-China trade dispute.Dwindling ContributionThe offshore and marine engineering industry's direct output contribution has more than halved since 2014 to about 1 percent of the city-state's economy, but its significance extends beyond manufacturing: real estate has been pressured as companies needed

CNOOC Developing New Deep Sea Gas Block in South China Sea

China's offshore oil and gas producer CNOOC has started developing a new gas field in the South China Sea, the official Xinhua News Agency reported on Tuesday.The Lingshui 17-2 gas field is the first deep sea gas block fully operated by a Chinese company, Xinhua said citing CNOOC officials.The deep sea project, which was discovered in 2014, is 150 km (94 miles) south of China's southern Hainan island, with an average operational depth of 1,500 metres, according to a Reuters report from that year.CNOOC is ready to start building a subsea level platform used for drilling, Xinhua said.(Reporting

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Rosneft: South China Sea Drilling is Within Vietnam Waters

Drilling in the South China Sea by Rosneft is within Vietnamese territorial waters, the Russian state oil firm said in a statement on Thursday, two days after its Vietnamese subsidiary began drilling in Vietnamese waters claimed by China.Rosneft's local unit, Rosneft Vietnam BV, is concerned that its recent drilling in an area of the South China Sea that falls within China's "nine-dash line" could upset Beijing, two sources with direct knowledge of the situation told Reuters on Wednesday."Offshore license areas of Rosneft on the South China Sea are situated within the territorial

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STATS Group Earns the Subsea Pipeline Projects Award

focused our activity on developing equipment suitable for the subsea hot tapping and isolation market, recognizing the potential and scale of this market.   “During this time STATS has completed four international subsea pipeline repair projects in a range of pipeline sizes, in the South China Sea, East China Sea, Gulf of Thailand and Gulf of Mexico.   “We are delighted to be recognized by the Pipeline Industries Guild for our achievements in this field and the award is recognition to the commitment of the STATS team in introducing the BISEP to the subsea pipeline market.  

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Peru Will Likely Create Pacific Ocean Reserve in 2019

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

CNPC Wins $1.6 Bln Seismic Survey Deals from ADNOC

State-owned Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) said on Thursday it had awarded contracts worth 5.88 billion dirhams ($1.6 billion) to an affiliate of China National Petroleum Company (CNPC) to conduct the world’s largest 3D onshore and offshore seismic survey.The contract was awarded to CNPC subsidiary BGP Inc.The survey will cover an area up to 53,000 square km, ADNOC said in a statement."The company continues to identify and unlock new opportunities and maximize value from its hydrocarbon resources and deliver on its 2030 smart growth strategy," ADNOC said.(Reporting by Rania El

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Aker Solutions to Supply Umbilicals for Liuhua FPSO

Aker Solutions said it has been contracted to deliver power umbilical systems to China National Offshore Oil Corporation's (CNOOC) Liuhua oil fields in the South China Sea, off Hong Kong.The order, which is said to be worth more than NOK 350 million ($36.6 million), was booked in the third quarter of 2018. The work scope includes more than 35 kilometers of dynamic and static power umbilicals for the Liuhua 16-2, 20-2 and 21-2 fields, linking the subsea development to a new floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) unit.Power umbilical systems are bundled cable and fiber optic systems

Exxon Expects More Oil from Guyana's Offshore Block

of oil equivalent could be recovered from the Stabroek block, which is part of one of the biggest oil discoveries in the world in the last decade.The previous estimate was 3.2 billion barrels of oil equivalent, Exxon, the world's largest publicly traded oil producer, said.Besides Exxon and Hess, China's CNOOC is also part of the consortium that is interested in Guyana's Atlantic coast resources.Exxon said production from Stabroek could reach over 750,000 bpd by 2025, which could place Guyana in the same league as South American peer Ecuador, a member of the OPEC group of oil producing

Harbin Engineering University from China takes first place in the 2018 International RoboSub Competition. RoboSub is a robotics program where students design and build autonomous underwater vehicles to compete in a series of visual-and acoustic-based tasks. (Photo by Julianna Smith, RoboNation)

Students Face Off in Underwater Competition

Roadmap for Unmanned Systems (short version), which lays out a plan to seamlessly integrate more unmanned systems into the naval services and across all domains, having a well-rounded generation of engineers and scientists is essential to the Navy’s future force.Harbin Engineering University (China) took this year’s top prize, while National University of Singapore and École de Technologie Supérieure (Canada) placed second and third, respectively.Smaller awards in specially judged categories went to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; École de Technologie

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Drone Boats to Face-Off in Global RobotX Challenge

demonstrate navigation and control; obstacle detection and avoidance; station keeping and docking; and observation, identification and reporting of a specified target.The competition, set to take place in Oahu, Hawaii from December 8-15, will include students from 13 universities representing Australia, China, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan and the U.S.The purpose of the challenge is to foster innovation as students develop their skills in systems engineering and autonomous command and control, while collaborating with the engineers and organizations that develop the required sensors and technologies.The WAM-V

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MacArtney, OSIL Partner in China

exclusive sales agreement puts MacArtney and OSIL in a favorable position to satisfy demand and provide higher-quality customer service in the Chinese market, MacArtney said. Having already completed several sea acceptance tests in conjunction with OSIL staff and products, the local MacArtney crew in China is already acquainted with the OSIL range.The OSIL range of products perfectly matches that of MacArtney China who primarily focuses on the Ocean Science market. Furthermore, the majority of the OSIL products require a winch and handling system so the two business lines complement each other perfectly

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MH370 Search Comes to a Close

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 with search

TechnipFMC Wins Subsea Contract Offshore China

TechnipFMC said it has been awarded a subsea contract by CNOOC Limited for the Liuhua 16-2, 20-2 and 21-2 Oilfield Joint Development Project in the South China Sea, at water depths ranging from 380 to 430 meters.The contract covers the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of subsea equipment, including 26 units of Enhanced Horizontal Christmas Trees (EHXT) as well as wellheads, subsea control systems, manifolds, tie-in systems and intervention workover control systems (IWOCS). This contract also covers support services for the installation and commissioning, as well as the provision of a

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New Range of Underwater Connectors

a lot of freedom to design to very specific requirements. Although most of our business in marine applications is currently in France and the UK, we are well enough known to be able to develop the U.S. market too, through our network of representatives and distributors, as well as in Asia, principally in China, Japan and Korea."

Argentina Offshore Auction Attracting Oil Producers

International oil firms including Norway's Statoil, U.S. Anadarko Petroleum, China's CNOOC and Malaysia's Petronas have shown interest in Argentina's auction this year of offshore blocks for exploration and production, the country's energy minister said on Wednesday.Argentina, which is still defining the areas to be included in the auction, also wants oil companies currently exploring at its large Vaca Muerta shale field to move from pilot to full development phase after offering incentives to cut costs.Six projects have moved to the production stage in recent months, and the

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