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Saipem, Equinor Working on Floating Solar Panels

Italian oilfield services firm Saipem, and Norwegian oil and gas company Equinor are teaming up to develop a floating solar panel park solution for near coastal applications and rough weather conditions.According to a statement by Saipem, the technology will be based on the in-house developed concept by offshore rig designer Moss Maritime, part of Saipem's XSIGHT division dedicated to high value-added services, which is a modularized system, designed for easy fabrication, transportation, and installation at the operation site."The technology provides the same benefits as already established

Armed and ready: an Ecotone Underwater Hyperspectral Imager, or UHI, attached to an ROV (top) and stand-alone. Photo: Courtesy Ecotone

Pipeline IMR: An All-seeing Eye

.89 billion in pipelines in 2020 to add to thousands of kilometers of pipe worldwide. The Trondheim company’s Underwater Hyperspectral Imager, or UHI camera, uses the unseen colors of the spectrum to ID and archive pipeline anomalies, moving biology or rare coral — no x-rays or acoustic pings.Equinor was so impressed with Ecotone’s UHI sensing, or hyperspectral camera tech, their investment arm … invested. Aquaculture giant, SalMar, bought a version of the tech to monitor biological conditions, a job normally done by humans. What both companies see is the UHI’s ability to

Oceaneering's electric work class eNovus ROV with handheld tooling interface. (Image: Oceaneering)

UUV Manipulators: Get a Grip

a GripGrip Offshore is also working on a fully electric manipulator, called eManip7. Bjarte Nedrehagen, the company’s CEO, points out that most electric remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROV) today still use hydraulic manipulators. In 2018, the company, signed a LOOP agreement with Equinor Technology Ventures, to develop a seven-function electric manipulator similar in design and physical capability to a Schilling Titan 4, using Grip Offshore’s standardized smart actuators as robotic joints and motion control capabilities better than a hydraulic system.Core to the project is

Bacalhau is Brazil’s first integrated SPS and SURF project (Image: Equinor)

Subsea Integration Alliance in Bacalhau Field SURF Award

Subsea Integration Alliance, a JV between Subsea 7 and OneSubsea, has been awarded an exclusive contract by Equinor for the Front End Engineering Design (FEED) study for the SURF (Subsea, Umbilical, Risers and Flowlines) on its Bacalhau (formerly Carcará) project, offshore Brazil.The awarded work is required to finalize the technical definition of the proposed field development prior to Equinor making final investment decisions (FID) late 2020. The Bacalhau field is located 185 km from the coast of the State of São Paulo, in water depths of 2050 meters. It will Bacalhau (Carcar&a

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

Subsea Robots in the Splash Zone

clamp size for the pipe is all that’s needed to get an inspection robot fixed in place ahead of monitoring, reinforcing, grinding down or drilling the crack to an end point.The iCon tool also creates “a digital twin”, and that has raised eyebrows among operators, including tech-savvy Equinor. The Norwegian operator is understood to be already piloting its use, precursor to coming contracts.IMR range: OceanTech’s own range of access tools. CREDIT: the iCo

Equinor’s Hywind Tampen project will use floating wind turbines to provide power to the Snorre and Gullfaks oil and gas production facilities.  (Image: Equinor)

Offshore Energy Outlook for 2020

“energy transition”. Increasingly, more environmentally conscious governments, societies and investors are piling pressure on the industry and calling for emissions reductions and a shift toward renewable energy.The industry has taken notice – and action. Oil and gas giants Shell and Equinor, for example, are taking part in developing renewables projects such as offshore wind farms. Claudio Descalzi, the CEO of Italian oil major Eni, said in October that he sees no future for firms focused solely on hydrocarbons.In fact, many of the sector’s biggest names – from the super

Grane (Photo: Øyvind Hagen, Equinor)

Equinor Re-ups Magseis Fairfield Contract

Magseis Fairfield announced Norwegian energy company Equinor had awarded four-year renewal for its reservoir monitoring program for the Snorre and Grane fields in the Norwegian North Sea.The containerized permanent reservoir monitoring (PRM) system, designed and delivered in 2013, has been operated by Magseis Fairfield acquiring 4D surveys twice a year over both Equinor assets. The contractual relationship under the Equinor framework a reement extends the existing scope of operations by adding the ability to utilize the system over multiple assets in different configurations, Magseis Fairfield

Equinor's Oseberg field center (Photo: Ole Jørgen Bratland, Equinor)

Norway Plans North Sea Power Grid

starting in 2023."We are in a very early stage, but we've started a dialogue with oil firms to let them know about such an option," a BKK official, who did not wish to be named, said.The company was considering several options for a potential offshore power supply hub, including at Equinor's Oseberg and Wintershall Dea's Brage fields.About 80% of emissions by Norway's oil and gas sector come from the use of gas-powered turbines on offshore platforms.The project could potentially cost up to 26 billion crowns ($2.84 billion), with the first stage estimated to cost about

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Aker Solutions, Subsea 7 Win Ærfugl Subsea Scope

Ærfugl development is a subsea project being developed in two phases, both tied into the existing floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) on the Skarv field, which is located in the Norwegian Sea, about 210 kilometers offshore Sandnessjøen.Aker BP, which together with partners Equinor, Wintershall DEA and PGNiG approved the final investment decision (FID) for Ærfugl phase 2 in early November, aims to start production from the first phase 2 well as early as in first half of 2020 -- notably, before the start-up of Ærfugl phase 1.Aker Solutions, which reported its phase

NotiloPlus’ Seasam AUV has been operating around the world. Photo from NotiloPlus.

Subsea Tech's 'March of Miniaturization'

result is a few new kids on the block and what you could call a rising march of miniaturization.They span from vehicle manufacturers to acoustic and optical sensor system makers. A number of these attended a demonstration event focused on unmanned systems in the offshore space, held by Norway’s Equinor, in Tau, near Stavanger, in October 2019.NotiloPlusStarting with the vehicle manufacturers, one was NotiloPlus, a French start-up, founded in 2016, that’s producing a small but smart ROV.The Seasam weighs in at 9kg and is the missing link between a small and compact but piloted ROV and bigger

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