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New Floating Wind Center Launched

North East is a partner in the Center and with its strong energy track record we can create a competitive global energy transition cluster in the North East of Scotland.“As a country, our vision should be to use our industrial and academic expertise to create an integrated net zero offshore energy sector built on partnership across the different parts of the energy mix.”Dr Paul Ellsmore, Program Manager  for MEECE, said, “There is huge potential for floating wind off the coast of Wales, representing a major opportunity for the Welsh supply chain companies and the Welsh Economy

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Seaway 7 Scores Taiwan Job

to continue to support the Jan De Nul Group in the development of the Formosa 1 and Formosa 2 wind farms in Taiwan. This contract builds upon our significant capability in the installation of large foundations in the offshore wind industry and increases our experience in the Taiwanese renewable energy sector.&rdquo

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ORCA Hub Readies Drones for Offshore Energy

, the ORCA Hub’s aim is to advance robotics and Artificial Intelligence technologies for the inspection, repair, maintenance and certification of offshore energy platforms and assets.Creating solutions to some of the most challenging, hard to reach and hazardous real-world problems in the energy sector, ORCA Hub was launched in October 2017. It forms part of the Government’s GBP93m R&D funding on “Robotics and AI for Extreme Environments” through the Industry Strategic Challenge Fund (ISCF).The ORCA Hub is led by the Edinburgh Center for Robotics, a partnership between

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COVE Announces Five New Board Members

President of Indigenous Relations of Stantec, and Ken Walker, President of PGS Consulting. Finishing their term on the board are Janet MacMillan, Senior Counsel at NATIONAL Public Relations, and Mike Roberts, Chief Human Resources Officer of Emera, Inc.The expertise of the new members ranges from the energy sector, analytics, to defense and sustainability. The new board members bring with them a depth of knowledge and wealth of industry experience to further the collaboration and innovation happening at COVE.Completing the COVE Board of Directors are:Alice Aiken, Vice-President Research and Innovation

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Offshore Wind: Regulatory “Takes” – Take a Close Look

system used for fishery observers, which sets universal standards for all wind projects and requires reporting after each construction activity/trip.”In a new industry even old and familiar concepts can present as new.  For wind developers and for people looking to work in this new energy sector, these operational questions will eventually get worked out.  The first project teaches the most important lessons.  Pay close attention if you cast off into these waters

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MTR100: #4 Martin McDonald , SVP, Oceaneering

ROVs. The ROV division has approximately 2,400 full-time personnel, with about 2,000 of these people in the field. And with ROVs diving daily it conducts more than 100,000 missions in a year.  While the numbers are impressive, Oceaneering is not immune to the prolonged downturn in the offshore energy sector, and it has retired units that have come to the end of their working life, trimming the ROV fleet from its peak of 318 work class ROVs in 2014.With its leadership, Oceaneering has been and remains a driving force in the technological and capability development of ROVs. “We’ve identified

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Acteon Acquires Proserv’s Field Technology Services

welding, pipeline maintenance and surveying no longer equated to Proserv’s core controls technology offering, so a sale process was subsequently initiated.“Proserv will continue to develop and roll out leading solutions, based around its controls technology, for its clients across the energy sector.&rdquo

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MeeMaken Buys Into Blue Offshore

.Blue Offshore, headquartered in The Hague, the Netherlands, supplies basket carousels and tensioners for the offshore installation, transportation and storage of export cables, array cables, umbilicals and flexible pipelines in the offshore oil and gas industry, as well as the offshore renewable energy sector.MeeMaken, which has a large global network and a portfolio of service companies in the offshore energy sector, is familiar with the offshore market as well as with the equipment and technology of Blue Offshore, said MeeMaken operation partner Natasja Sesink. "We see synergy opportunities

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Liberty Wins North Sea Pipe Contract

Liberty. It will ensure that both the 42” and 84” mills at Hartlepool have full order books as the operation moves into Spring 2019.Order books for both mills were also bolstered in recent months by major contracts totaling more than 20,000 metric tons of pipe from the U.S., one for the energy sector and another for the construction of chemical giant Lyondell Basell’s new showpiece plant in Texas.The comeback of the mills, which suffered badly during the downturn in the steel industry over recent years, has seen job numbers grow from 120 up to 200 over the past few months.This latest

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Rebuilding Confidence in Reactivated DP Assets

The offshore energy sector, like any industry, is constantly subject to market cycles. Challenging conditions may lower demand, resulting in a significant number of resources such as offshore support vessels (OSVs) and drillships being deactivated for potentially extended periods. Over time, however, cycles reverse and demand increases for these same assets.Operators reduced expenditures on offshore exploration and production activities, with a subsequent lower demand for these offshore assets, many of which were ultimately deactivated and laid-up (or “stacked”) for extended periods.

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