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New model tool: the iCon inspection robot searches for cracks. CREDIT: OceanTech

Subsea Robots in the Splash Zone

decommissioning in Norway has been put on hold by a wave of life-extension projects, where platforms and subsea structures are given new life — another niche market for the robot arms. “The equipment and the techniques can be used in many different ways,” says Schjetne. Meanwhile, ConocoPhillips, BP, Aker BP have all called in to inquire ahead of necessary inspections.VAT vs ROVIt isn’t just steel these splash zone robots can repair. They can lock on by magnet or suction. They can bolt on to concrete, as in Russian and Norway. “We haven’t had any projects where we have

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Oil and Gas Industry Adopts VR

routines. Furthermore, it is equipped to replicate a wide range of emergency situations that employees could potentially face in real-life while working onsite with heavy machinery, thus ensuring they are ready to deal with any unforeseen event.”GlobalData identifies Baker Hughes, BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Equinor, ExxonMobil, Gazprom, Halliburton, Shell, Saudi Aramco and Sinopec as among the leading adopters of VR technology in oil and gas operations.The oil and gas industry faces a unique challenge as many of its facilities are in remote locations around the world. Inaccessible terrains and

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China Vows to Tackle Pollution in Bohai Sea

Shandong. Its waters have been contaminated by sewage, heavy metals, plastic waste and fertilizer run-off.Served by major coal, iron ore and crude oil ports like Dalian, Tianjin, Caofeidian and Qinhuangdao, the Bohai Sea was also the location of a 2011 oil spill from a well operated by the U.S. firm ConocoPhillips.The Ministry of Ecology and Environment said in a new policy document that it would take action to ensure that around 73 percent of Bohai coastal waters are fit for human contact by 2020. It did not say how much was fit for human contact now.The document also said the ministry would establish

John Warrender (Decom North Sea)

Decom North Sea Names Warrender as Chief Executive

includes significant leadership experience in the strategic development of complex decommissioning programs in the North Sea.Most recently an independent advisor to the industry, applying his specific expertise in corporate governance and performance improvement, Warrender spent over 20 years with ConocoPhillips in a range of technical and leadership positions, latterly as General Manager, Upstream Gas Assets in the UKCS, before joining the Board of Repsol Sinopec as MD for Sinopec’s UK subsidiary during a critical transformative phase for that company. He also served on the OGA Regional Development

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Transocean Signs 11 Well Contract with Chevron Australia

services, is approximately USD 158 million. Additionally, the contract includes four one-well options.Two days ago, Transocean announced that the midwater semisubmersible Transocean 712 was awarded a 13-well contract (approximately 580 days) commencing in March 2019 in the U.K. North Sea with ConocoPhillips.The estimated firm contract backlog is approximately $75 million. Additionally, the contract includes a one-well option

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As US Opens Up Offshore Waters, Eastern GoM Beckons

operations, training and testing."   Defense Department spokeswoman Major Carla Gleason said collaboration with Interior on the issue was "a priority."    Major offshore producers such as Exxon Mobil Corp, BP Plc, Anadarko Petroleum Corp and ConocoPhillips declined to comment. Shell welcomed the expanded offshore prospects the Trump administration plans to make available, but has not committed to any new activity, said spokesman Curtis Smith. A Chevron spokeswoman, Veronica Flores-Paniagua, said the company is happy with Trump's

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Norway's Arctic Oil Plan Violates Constitution, Lawsuit Says

in the audience, adding that the lawsuit was a "performance" aimed at getting public attention. Sejersted told the court the lawsuit by the plaintiffs, should the court find in their favour, would have wider consequences than just suspending the 10 licenses awarded in 2015 to Lukoil, ConocoPhillips and others. "It would stop all future oil licenses awarded off Norway and would imperil hundreds of thousands of jobs," he said, adding that the case is based on an expansive and political interpretation of the constitution's article 112. The suit is being heard as nations are gathered

The National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa (Photo: NOAA)

Energy Industry Says 'No Thanks' to Trump Offer of Marine Sanctuaries

this opportunity,” said Catherine Reheis-Boyd, the president of the Western States Petroleum Association, referring to four marine sanctuaries off California’s coast that are under review.   The WSPA represents major integrated companies including Exxon Mobil, BP, Chevron, and ConocoPhillips, and is focused on the region that would be most affected by the review.   Officials for those companies did not respond to requests for comment.   Other sanctuaries under review include the Thunder Bay Sanctuary in the Great Lakes, the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts in the Atlantic

Executive Director of Well-Safe Solutions, Mark Patterson (Photo: Well-Safe Solutions)

New Player Enters the Decommissioning Market

market-leading decommissioning company for the future.”   Patterson and Alasdair Lock are the major shareholders. Among the other industry heavy-hitters is Paul Warwick, formerly executive director for Repsol SA, executive vice president for Talisman Energy Inc. and regional president of ConocoPhillips Inc.   Warwick added, “From an operator’s perspective, Well-Safe’s offering will be highly compelling. There is no better time for a new entrant to invest in key assets and people to build a market-leading decommissioning company for the future. Well-Safe is responding

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Statoil Set to Drill Its Biggest Arctic Hope

of more than 250 million barrels of oil equivalent (boe) or 100 million boe net for Statoil.   Sweden's Lundin Petroleum, Statoil's partner in the license, estimates Korpfjell could hold more than 1 billion boe, based on seismic surveys.   Other partners in the license are Chevron, ConocoPhillips and Norway's Petoro. (Reporting by Nerijus Adomaitis; Editing by David Holmes

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