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Figure 1: With the sun rising over the horizon, the coring rig sits ready for deployment. Image courtesy of A. Herre-ra- Schneider.

GOM Geotechnical Coring Program Completed for NOAA OER Expedition

of Ocean Exploration and Research for this expedition. TDI-Brooks performed geotechnical piston coring at Sabine Pass 6 and High Island Blocks 117, 118, 130, 160, 177, 178 and A7. These efforts are part of the expedition “Paleolandscapes and the ca. 8,000 BP Shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf 2020”, to add more information about the environment in which early Gulf Coast inhabitants would have lived.The original geophysical data collected in the early 1980s were printed on thermal paper, before digital data were available, and had become unusable. Coring locations were selected

Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind Installs Wind LiDAR in New Jersey

. This information will contribute to Rutgers’ research on sea breezes and coastal storms, as well as future research initiatives conducted by RUCOOL and Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind.Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind, formed in December 2018, will develop a 183,353 acre lease area on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). The lease area (OCS-0499) is located within the New Jersey Wind Energy Area. The Atlantic Shores offshore wind project is expected to go online in 2026.Commenting on the installation of the LiDar, Jennifer Daniels, Development Director at Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind, said: &ldquo

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Poland's Ministry of Defense Orders Gavia AUVs

continuous operation at survey speeds up to five knots. Each Gavia AUV will be delivered with several field-replaceable battery modules (Teledyne Energy Systems). The combination of sensors ensure that the Gavia AUV is ideal for mine countermeasures (MCM), as well as search and salvage operations, in continental-shelf waters and beyond.Gavia AUVs in Poland continue to be supported locally through Enamor Ltd, Teledyne Gavia’s official representative in Poland. Enamor is a research and production company focused on new technology and active in many projects in Poland in the fields of navigation, communicat

The Northern Lights template on the seabed. The Northern Lights carbon capture and storage (CCS) project, is Equinor's partnership with Royal Dutch Shell and Total, (Photo: Equinor)

Norway's Carbon Capture and Storage Project Estimated to Cost $2.6B

decarbonize industries such as cement production, but opponents say it could prolong the use of fossil fuels.Norway, Western Europe's largest oil and producer, wants to prove that the CCS technology can work by capturing CO2 at two industrial sites and storing it under the seabed on the Norwegian continental shelf.One project to capture the emissions is located at a cement plant in southern Norway, part of Germany's HeidelbergCement, while the other is at a Fortum's waste-to-energy plant in Oslo.Excluding operating costs, estimated total investments are between 12.9 billion and 17.1 billion

'Unusual' Underwater Rivers Found Along Australia's Coastline

Scientists from The University of Western Australia have discovered underwater rivers along most of Australia’s continental shelf that are unique and do not occur at this scale anywhere else in the world. The research has been published in Nature Scientific Reports.The discovery was made using UWA-operated ocean gliders - autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) that propel themselves through the water and collect important data about our oceans. The gliders are also part of the national Integrated Marine Observing System.The underwater rivers form in winter months and are currently at their peak.

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Fulkrum Acquires Oceaneering’s Third-party Inspection Division

a dozen exciting new clients.”Kelly and Mike bring with them a wealth of experience and knowledge that is invaluable, they’ll fit right in with our existing team in Aberdeen and globally.”FTR opened its Aberdeen office in 2018. From this office, the company support clients in the UK, continental Europe, and Africa.  

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The Emerging U.S. Offshore Wind Industry in a Post-COVID-19 World

which will make it more difficult to find crew experienced with these kinds of operations. Importantly, the Jones Act does not preclude foreign companies – or even, necessarily, foreign vessels – from performing all work in this space, including some heavylift and construction on the outer-continental shelf. But, it does impose significant limitations that need to be anticipated and accounted for in any business plan. Moreover, this is a politically charged topic, and there are several movements afoot to try to change these laws and regulations in potentially material ways, so this will need

The Sleipner field in the North Sea. (Photo: Øyvind Gravås and Bo B. Randulff / Equinor ASA)

Equinor Sanctions Sleipner Field Electrification

they do today, to cover the power need.Anders Opedal, Equinor’s Executive Vice President for Technology, Projects and Drilling: “Today, we are pleased to submit development plans for Sleipner electrification that will provide both ripple effects and major new emission cuts on the Norwegian continental shelf. This investment will contribute to further develop the NCS toward the goal of zero greenhouse gas emissions in 2050."“Yesterday’s gratifying news that broad political agreement has been reached on temporary adjustments in the petroleum tax will provide the industry

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Siemens, Equinor Sign Safety and Automation Systems Deal

Siemens and Equinor have signed a framework agreement for the provision of safety and automation systems (SAS) for multiple oil and gas installations on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS). The agreement, signed in late 2019, but revealed by Siemens this week, covers support for daily operating systems, including maintenance, modifications, and upgrades.Under the agreement, Siemens will work with Equinor to implement systems and strategies aimed at lowering costs, minimizing production stoppages, increasing uptime, reducing emissions, and improving sustainability.The agreement applies to both

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