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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

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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ECA Group to Deliver ROV for Dams Inspection in China

ECA Group said it will provide a H300 remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) to the Guangdong Research Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower, in China, to aid in inspections of hydro-electric dams and related power plant.   Hydraulic dams require inspection, and the use of ROVs help to permit ongoing survey, thus avoiding the emptying the upstream reservoir constraint.   Parts to be monitored and inspected are most frequently the dam wall itself, but also other specific parts like the spillway, the structures – also called "overflow channels" – used to

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USV Deployed for 22 Days in South China Sea

A Singapore based designer and manufacturer of unmanned surface vessels (USVs) said one of its vehicles was recently deployed for more than three weeks in the South China Sea.   The 22-day continuous deployment marks the longest ever for Zycraft’s wholly developed Vigilant class 17-meter independent unmanned surface vessel (IUSV), which traveled a total distance of 1,900 nautical miles South China Sea.   Command and control of the IUSV was done using satellite communications from Singapore at Zycraft’s command center. The IUSV was run on autopilot mode and carried out

CNPC, Guangdong Ink Deal on S. China Sea Methane Hydrate

China's Ministry of Land and Resources, state energy giant China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) and Guangdong province have agreed to build a pilot methane hydrate project in the South China Sea, CNPC said its website on Monday.   The trial prospecting of the deep-sea gas resource, also known as "flammable ice", will be in the Shenhu area of the South China Sea, after initial tests run in May, CNPC said.   The report did not give further details on the timeline or financial investment on developing this pilot project. Methane hydrates are gas frozen into ice-like crystals

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OSIL Delivers Multi Corer for China’s XMU

Global seabed sampling experts Ocean Scientific International Ltd (OSIL) said it has delivered a 12 station Multiple Corer to XMU University in China.   The hydrostatically damped Multi Corer is capable of collecting up to 12 samples simultaneously, which include a high-quality sediment sample and the overlying supernatant water.    The corer is constructed from stainless steel and features detachable core assemblies, which enables the core tubes (or if necessary the entire core tube assembly) to be removed from the corer for analysis or storage. The core tubes are sealed top and

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China Launches Maritime Satellite

 China’s Academy of Space Technology in Beijing has launched a new high-tech satellite, called the Gaofen 3 high-resolution Earth observation satellite, which has been designed to protect its maritime interests, as well as warn of natural disasters, according to China Daily.   The satellite was delivered by a Long March 4C rocket that blasted off from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in Shanxi province.   Xu Fuxiang, Head of the Gaofen 3 project, said: “…considering China has a total of 32,000 kilometres of coastline, 380,000 square kilometres [38 million ha]

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China's 'Smart' Ship Debuts in Shanghai

 China's first "smart" ship embedded with a domestically-developed intelligent navigation system made its debut in Shanghai, according to official media Xinhua.   China Daily also reported that the world's first smart ship, developed and built by China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC),  has started its first trial voyage in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong province.   Christened as 'Great Intelligence' (Great Smart) 179-meter-long ship  is 32-meters-wide and 15-meters-high, with a maximum loading capacity of 38,800 tonnes.    The report said that

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China's Giant Floating Solar Plant Goes Live

China's Three Gorges Group started producing power from a 150-megawatt floating solar plant in east China, the largest of its kind in the world, official Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday.   The solar power project in Huainan in Anhui province, developed by the new energy unit of state-run Three Gorges Group, is expected to be in full operation in May next year, the report said.   The one-billion-yuan Huainan project is a new experiment aimed at cutting the cost of constructing and operating solar power plants, Lu Chun, chairman of Three Gorges Group was cited as saying. (Reportin

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Philippines' Duterte Green Lights China's Sea Research

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte personally made a decision to let China conduct scientific research off the Philippines’ Pacific coast, his spokesman said on Monday, despite concern among critics about threats to maritime sovereignty.   Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said that as chief architect of foreign policy, Duterte allowed China to work with the University of the Philippines in Benham Rise, an area roughly the size of Greece and believed by some scientists to be rich in biodiversity and tuna.   The United Nations declared Benham Rise, off the Pacific coast, part of

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Chinese Sub near Disputed Islands Stokes Tension with Japan

Japan’s defense minister criticized China on Monday for sailing an advanced stealthy nuclear submarine close to disputed islands claimed by Japan and China, saying the action had stoked tension.   The submarine, which Japan detected in the East China Sea, was a 110 meter-long Shang-class vessel, which is able to dive deeper and for longer than older boats and is armed with torpedoes and anti-ship missiles, according to Japan’s Ministry of Defence.   “Operating a submerged submarine close to another country’s territory goes against the norms of international rules

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James Fisher Subsea Excavation Launches China JV

Global subsea excavation specialist James Fisher Subsea Excavation (JFSE), part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has formed a joint venture with specialist Chinese offshore project, vessel and marine equipment provider Ocean Team Asia Pacific (OTAP).   James Fisher Ocean Team Ltd will serve clients in China with equipment positioned permanently in the country. Local operational and project management personnel will deliver JFSE’s mass/controlled flow excavation (M/CFE) services alongside the company’s global experts.    As well as developing opportunities in the oil and gas sector

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China Plans First Lab on Ocean Oil Spill Cleaning

China's Ministry of Transport is planning to establish a laboratory specialising in treating oil spills at sea, the first of its kind in the country, local media Science and Technology Daily reported on Sunday.   China is spending some 200 million yuan a year on researches for emergency treatment of oil spills but the technological expertise has not been widely applied because of lack of such a lab, the report said.   The laboratory is planned in northern port city of Tianjin, off the Bohai Bay, with an initial investment 400 million yuan ($63 million). The investment will go to research

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Fugro Returns to China for Gas Hydrate Research

Dutch survey and geotechnical services firm Fugro said it has been awarded a contract by China’s Guangzhou Marine Geological Survey (GMGS) to perform gas hydrate investigation on the Northern Continental Slope of the South China Sea.   The contract is valued at approximately $40 million and is expected to commence in the second quarter of 2018.   The gas hydrate field research program is the fifth that Fugro will undertake for GMGS, and the two companies have worked together in this field of research since 2007. Gas hydrates, “frozen” gas-water solids resembling ice

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SMD to Supply Work Class ROV to China

 Subsea equipment design and manufacturer Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd (SMD) has signed a contract to supply its Atom Mk1 1000m 100hp Work Class Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) system to Chinese power specialist China Southern Power Extra High Voltage Power Transmission Company (EHV, CSG), a subsidiary of the state-owned China Southern Power Grid (CSG).    The ROV will be used for inspection of the 31km physical power cable connections in the Qiongzhou Strait between Hainan Island and mainland China. The Qiongzhou strait often experiences high currents so it was essential that CSG chose

China Seizes US Underwater Drone in South China Sea

A Chinese warship has seized an underwater drone deployed by a U.S. oceanographic vessel in the South China Sea, triggering a formal diplomatic protest and a demand for its return, U.S. officials told Reuters on Friday.   The drone was taken on Dec. 15, the first seizure of its kind in recent memory, about 50 nautical miles northwest of Subic Bay off the Philippines just as the USNS Bowditch was about to retrieve the unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV), officials said.   "The UUV was lawfully conducting a military survey in the waters of the South China Sea," one official said

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China to Return Seized US Underwater Drone

 China's Defense Ministry said on Saturday it plans to return an underwater U.S. drone seized this week by a Chinese naval vessel in the South China Sea, but complained the United States was "hyping up" the incident.   The drone was taken on Thursday, the first seizure of its kind in recent memory. It prompted the Pentagon to go public with a diplomatic complaint, and drew criticism from U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, who has vowed to take a more aggressive approach in dealing with Beijing.   The drone was collecting data about the salinity, temperature and clarity of

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