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A Seismic Shift Towards Quieter Surveys

companies to find the hydrocarbons they can then produce.Seismic data helps geophysicists and geologists understand the rock formations in the earth, what might be happening in them and, crucially, if they might contain oil and gas. Similar to acquiring seismic data onshore, it means emitting sound energy (a source) then detecting its return and interpreting that information to image the subsurface.While the industry moved away from use of dynamite as a source in the 1960s, the sound energy created, now mostly by air guns, can still impact marine life. As such, it’s use is highly regulated.

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Damen Partners with Maris to Consider Seaweed Solution

a dedicated solution based on a specially developed MultiCat for harvesting, preprocessing and transportation Sargassum. Maris brings experience in scalable preprocessing and anaerobic conversion technology. With this, the consortium is assessing the viability of turning the Sargassum into methane for energy purposes.The two partners have identified a local operating partner – CMC – that can harvest the seaweed in Martinique and Guadeloupe. Currently, the partners are discussing a contract that will create the consortium to be known as Blue Caribbean Energy Solutions.The consortium aims to

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Partners Plan Floating Wind Farm in South Korea

in the development company Korea Floating Wind Power (KFWind), joining founding shareholder WindPower Korea. Principle Power, which had a role in originating the KFWind project portfolio, will supply its WindFloat foundation technology for the project.South Korea has become a hotbed for renewable energy projects, and offshore wind in particular. The South Korean Government has called for 13 gigawatt (GW) of offshore wind to be installed by 2030 and set a target of at least 30% renewable energy by 2040.KFWind signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Ulsan in January 2019 to cooperate

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Nexans Celebrates Construction of Aurora Cable Installation Vessel

worldwide operations, covering the full range of shallow and deep subsea activities.Ragnhild Katteland, Vice President Subsea & Land Systems expresses that “The construction of this groundbreaking cable laying vessel is a major milestone in our long term strategy for the future of the global energy market. It will enable Nexans to maintain and extend our position as an important turnkey player in the field of subsea cables. In particular, the capability to install cables at even greater depths will  contribute to securing the world’s energy supply and advancing the the shift to environmen

Jim Milne, center, with Balmoral Comtec directors Gary Yeoman, Bill Main, Allan Robertson and Fraser Milne (Photo: Balmoral)

Balmoral Scoops Three Awards

Aberdeen-based deepwater specialist Balmoral announced it has won three industry awards in recent weeks.Earlier this month, the company picked up two prizes at the Energy Industries Council (EIC) national awards in the ‘Service and Solutions’ and ‘Collaboration’ categories. The week before, it secured the ‘Inspiration from Innovation’ gong at the Northern Star Business Awards.The privately-owned company noted it has won many other accolades since its inception in 1980, including three Queen’s Awards.The buoyancy, protection and insulation products provider

Dr.  Jyotika Virmani and Dr. Marlon Lewis at OceanObs’19. Photo: OceanObs’19

OceanObs’19: Innovation Expanding Ocean Observations

, and the public in general.The Breaking Waves, Breaking Barriers Panel at OceanObs’19. Photo: Justin ManleyTo address these goals, the OceanObs’19 organizers built the conference around seven themes: Ecosystem Health & Biodiversity, Climate Variability & Change, Water Food & Energy Security, Pollution & Human Health, Ocean Hazards & Maritime Safety, Discovery, and the Blue Economy. Two cross-cutting topics, Data & Information Systems and Observing Technologies and Networks, connect and integrate across the themes. The end result was a program encompassing five days

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Offshore Wind & Politics: Elizabeth Warren

.Ten candidates in ten days: Today we take a closer look at Elizabeth Warren.Opening statement:“The science is clear. The world’s leading experts have long known that climate change is caused by human beings, it is here, and it is accelerating.”Warren presents a veritable library of energy and climate issues and ideas.Central focus: a 10-year plan to achieve 100% clean energy by decarbonizing electricity, vehicles and buildings.  She proposes:• A “Green Apollo” plan – investing $400 billion in 10 years in R&D.  Outcomes would be linked to her &ndash

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Drilling Activity Buoyant in Norway

The number of wells drilled could challenge all-time high levels by the end of the year in the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS), while global offshore exploration activity has been flat year-to-date.Rystad Energy expects that this high activity level will be sustained through the winter season and into 2020. Around 30 to 50 exploration wells will be drilled per year towards 2023.“Our preliminary analysis shows that a total of 130 wells are likely to be drilled this year – a 16% increase compared to 2018. The increased activity this year relates primarily to an uptick in exploration

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IBM Joins Mayflower Autonomous Ship Project

Autonomous Ship (MAS) will use IBM’s AI, advanced servers, cloud and edge computing technologies to navigate autonomously and avoid ocean hazards as it makes its way from Plymouth, England to Plymouth, Massachusetts. During the 12-day voyage, the ship will be powered mainly by wind and solar energy."Putting a research ship to sea can cost tens of thousands of dollars or pounds a day and is limited by how much time people can spend onboard – a prohibitive factor for many of today's marine scientific missions," said Brett Phaneuf, a Founding Board Member of ProMare and Co-Director

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Industry Shares North Sea Data with Scientists

data relating to offshore structures. We are pleased that the initiative has been enthusiastically embraced by the research community developing proposals under the NERC call and look forward to extending access to the wider scientific community.”With its specialist GIS capability, Aberdeen based energy consultancy Xodus Group was selected to facilitate the delivery of the tool.Christina Horspool, Xodus’ environment manager, said, “As a company, we pride ourselves on knowledge sharing and collaboration. This work is crucial for the INSITE project as it provides visibility of available

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