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US Announces $18.5 Mln for Offshore Wind Research

;s Block Island Wind Farm off Rhode Island), further research is needed to address U.S.-specific conditions. This research will focus on conditions such as:deep water, where floating foundations are required,areas where the seabed conditions are not well understood,the impact of hurricanes on the East Coast, andchallenging environments for installation and operations at sea.DOE said all of these challenges will benefit from industry-wide collaboration to reduce costs and maximize U.S. economic benefits.NYSERDA will administer and coordinate the collaborative R&D activities of the consortium, which

Sri Lanka Signs Deal for $50 Mln Offshore Seismic Study

Sri Lanka on Wednesday signed an agreement with a subsidiary of U.S. firm Schlumberger for a $50 million seismic study off the country's east coast to evaluate any prospective oil resources, a senior government official said.Sri Lanka signed the agreement with Eastern Echo DMCC, a subsidiary of Schlumberger, to carry out seismic data acquisition surveys, advance data processing and interpretation work or modelling of petroleum systems."The main objective of entering into this agreement is to acquire more petroleum data using modern acquisition and processing techniques," Arjuna Ranatunga

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Race Bank Offshore Wind Farm Officially Opens

Bank is owned by Ørsted (50 percent), Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 5 (25 percent), Sumitomo Corporation (12.5 percent) and funds advised by the Green Investment Group, Arjun Infrastructure Partners and Gravis Capital Management (12.5 percent) and operated from Ørsted’s East Coast Hub in Grimsby, the U.K.’s largest offshore wind Operations and Maintenance (O&M) base.The project features a new way of carrying out offshore maintenance, using a state of the art Service Operation Vessel (SOV) that remains offshore with technicians working shifts of 14 days on and 14

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Scottish $2.6 Bln Offshore Wind Project Green Lighted

of a 2 billion pound ($2.6 billion) Scottish offshore wind power project said on Wednesday it had won a two-year court battle with a bird charity over plans for the site.   Scottish ministers in 2014 approved plans to build the 450-megawatt Neart na Gaoithe wind farm, off Scotland’s east coast. The project had been held up, however, by a legal challenge from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), which said it could cause the death of hundreds of native birds.   Mainstream Renewable Power, the developer, said the decision in Scotland's Court of Session cleared the

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TechnipFMC Wins West White Rose Contract

connect the recently announced West White Rose Platform to the existing SeaRose FPSO (Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading) vessel. Hallvard Hasselknippe, President Subsea Projects for TechnipFMC, said, the contract "continues TechnipFMC’s strong positioning within Canada’s East Coast offshore industry.” The Husky West White Rose Project will use a fixed platform tied back to the SeaRose FPSO vessel. The main White Rose field is located approximately 217 miles east of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, on the eastern edge of the Jeanne d’Arc Basin in

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Australia Navy Stage Submarine Escape Exercise

An intensive three week submarine escape and rescue exercise has drawn to a close off the east coast of Australia.   During Exercise BLACK CARILLON 2013, members of Navy’'s Submarine Force simulated being evacuated from HMAS Farncomb, which was bottomed in 112 metres of water, in the James Fisher Rescue Service LR5 submersible. The 21.5 tonne submersible was then lifted onto the deck of a rescue vessel, where its passengers were transferred into decompression chambers without being exposed to the outside air pressure.   The James Fisher Rescue Service LR5 Submersible was mobilised from

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Fugro, AGI to Supply Seep Data to Canada

Fugro said it has teamed up with Amplified Geochemical Imaging (AGI) to acquire offshore hydrocarbon seep data in advance of Canada’s 2018 east coast bid round. Bathymetry, backscatter and water column anomaly data will be collected to pull together a comprehensive picture of surficial geological features.   These data will be used to identify and precisely target the best locations for geochemical sampling, enabling clients to improve and de-risk their exploration programs. The information may also be used in a variety of further investigations such as establishing environmental baselines

North Korea Test Fires Submarine Missile

North Korea test fired a submarine-based ballistic missile (SLBM) from its east coast on Wednesday, CNN reports quoting South Korean authorities.   The missile flew about 500 kilometres before splashing into the Sea of Japan — the first missile of its kind to reach such a distance.   The launch took place at 5:30 a.m. local time, according to a statement from the South Korean Foreign Ministry.   The South Korean government and experts said the launch showed technical progress in the North's SLBM program.    Having the ability to fire a missile from a submarine

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US Firm Expects MH370 Search Contract Soon

government. The cost will also be decided by Malaysia.” Investigators believe someone may have deliberately switched off the transponder of the Boeing 777 before diverting it over the Indian Ocean. Various pieces of debris have been collected from Indian Ocean islands and Africa’s east coast and at least three of them have been confirmed as coming from the missing plane. ($1 = 1.2770 Australian dollars) (Reporting by Rozanna Latiff in Kuala Lumpur, Additional reporting by Ed Stoddard in Johannesburg; Editing by Robert Birsel)  

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US Firm Gets Go-ahead to Resume MH370 Search

to Perth, Australia, Reuters shipping data showed. Investigators believe someone may have deliberately switched off the transponder of the Boeing 777 before diverting it over the Indian Ocean. Several pieces of aircraft debris have been collected from Indian Ocean islands and along Africa’s east coast, with at least three being confirmed as being from the missing plane. (Reporting by Rozanna Latiff; Editing by Nick Macfie)  

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Search Resumes for Malaysian Flight MH370

en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March 2014 with 239 people, mostly Chinese, on board.   Investigators believe someone may have deliberately switched off MH370's transponder before diverting it over the Indian Ocean. Debris has been collected from Indian Ocean islands and Africa's east coast and at least three pieces have been confirmed as coming from the missing plane.   Australia, China and Malaysia ended a fruitless A$200-million ($159.38 million) search of a 120,000 sq km area in January last year, despite investigators urging the search be extended to a 25,000 sq km area

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China Plans First Lab on Ocean Oil Spill Cleaning

.   To date, only the United States and France have laboratories capable of undertaking tests and inspections required in treating ocean oil spills, the report said.   The Iranian oil tanker Sanchi collided with a dry cargo vessel early this month about 160 nautical miles off China's east coast, in the world's worst oil tanker disaster for decades. ($1 = 6.3268 Chinese yuan renminbi) (Reporting by Chen Aizhu; Editing by Alison Williams

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N-Sea Bags $56 Mln in International Contracts

U.K. and Netherlands-based subsea provider N-Sea said it secured major contracts to the value of £40 million ($56 million), during Q4 of 2017 and in early Q1 2018, providing a sound backlog for the coming season.   The projects, which include U.K. east coast windfarm work, interconnector cable projects and German Baltic scopes, will be delivered with a variety of vessels on behalf of customers in the oil and gas, renewables and utilities sectors.   N-Sea commercial director, Gary Thirkettle, said, “N-Sea continues to evolve, developing our expertise and assets to match the

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Maersk, McDermott Complete Contract off India

Maersk Supply Services said it has completed the first contract for one of its Stingray-Class newbuild subsea support vessel, Maersk Installer, with McDermott. Maersk Installer joined the project in January 2018, supporting the Vashishta development off the East Coast of India.This part of an ongoing development project by India's largest oil and gas exploration company, Oil & Natural Gas Corporation.   The contract utilized the Stingray's advanced capabilities, including its stationary DP3 to work in these challenging waters, and its 400t AHC crane with large outreach to load and install

BOEM-funded Hurricane Sandy initiative is creating a new inventory of potential offshore sediment resources in federal waters in the Atlantic. Photo Lamont-Doherty

BOEM and Atlantic Sand Assessment Project

on Tuesday, October 25 at 11:00 a.m. The collection is a result of the BOEM-funded project to create a new inventory of potential offshore sediment resources in Federal waters in the Atlantic. The project involved collecting, analyzing and cataloging sediment cores from federal waters offshore 11 East Coast states from Miami, Florida, to Massachusetts beginning in 2015. The core analysis provides important information on thickness of sediment layers, composition of sediment layers, organic material content, and overall compatibility with beach sands.  LDEO is a world-renown earth sciences institution

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US Interior Secretary Sees Little Demand for New Offshore Drilling

from drillers, and he added the likelihood for strong demand elsewhere is small."If you don't have the infrastructure, it's more expensive," Zinke said at an offshore wind power conference in Princeton, New Jersey, responding to a question about the possibility of drilling off the East Coast.Zinke also noted the strong political opposition to drilling, and said governors have significant leverage in controlling their waters.California, which has not allowed drilling off its coast since the 1980s, has said it would block any oil from new leases in the Pacific from reaching its shores

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BP, Reliance Move Ahead in Deep Water

new domestic gas production onstream, phased over 2020-2022.   Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director of RIL, said: “In consonance with our announcements last year to raise domestic gas production, we are delighted to announce the on-schedule progress of the Satellite cluster in the east coast of India. This development supports the country’s imminent need of increasing domestic gas supply and is a firm step towards making India a gas-based economy.   Integrated field development of deep-water gas fields The Satellites cluster is a dry gas development and comprises four

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