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Vigdis subsea installation (Photo: Andre´ Osmundsen / Equinor)

Vigdis Gets a Boost

Norway's Equinor said it has decided with its partners to invest some NOK 1.4 billion ($164.7 million) in a boosting station for the long-producing Vigdis field in the Norwegian North Sea.The new boosting station, expected to come online in the first quarter of 2021, is expected to raise production by almost 11 million barrels at the subsea field Vigdis, which has been producing oil through the Snorre field for more than 20 years.“This is an improved oil recovery project which includes a multiphase boosting station that will increase production from existing wells. This adds new oil barrels

Image of pipeline on seabed acquired by AUV multi-beam echo sounder sensor. (Image: Swire Seabed)

Autonomous Subsea Pipeline Inspection

Swire Seabed said it completed autonomous inspection of offshore pipeline systems for Equinor in October 2018 utilizing Kongsberg Maritime’s Hugin autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV).The inspections were performed on three pipelines between Kollsnes and Troll A. In total, 180 kilometers of pipeline were inspected over two AUV dives.The inspections were undertaken with the subsea vehicle in autonomous mode, with a small surface vessel accompanying the AUV to provide positional updates to the vehicle and act as a communications relay between the AUV and the Control Center at Swire Seabed’s

From left: Jan Vegard Hestnes Operations Director IKM, Ben Pollard Managing Director IKM, Geir Sjøberg CEO AKOFS & Hans Fjellanger BD Director IKM  (Photo: IKM)

IKM Wins ROV Contract from AKOFS

IKM Subsea said it has been selected to provide remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) services as part of AKOFS Offshore's five + three year light well intervention (LWI) services contract on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) from Equinor.IKM said its 400 Million NOK ($47.2 million) contract with AKOFS includes the construction and mobilization of two Merlin UCVs (ultra-compact vehicles) on board the well intervention vessel AKOFS Seafarer. IKM will also supply ROV services with personnel and onshore support for the duration of the contract. The ROVs will be built by IKM Subsea’s

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Aquaterra Bags More Johan Sverdrup Work

Aquaterra Energy announced Thursday it has been awarded a contract by Equinor to deliver early well construction operations for the next 16 wells of the Johan Sverdrup field development in the Norwegian North Sea.The award follows Aquaterra Energy’s Phase I Tie-Back project for the engineering of nine complete strings of centralizers and tieback engineering services, which were delivered in Q3 2018.Under the new contract, the company will supply its Well Start solution to engineer conductor guide, cellar deck and internal centralizers for the field to ensure conductor performance for the 50-year

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NKT to Supply Cables for Johan Sverdrup 2

Denmark-based cable supplier NKT said it has received a letter of award from Norway's Equinor to supply and install a cable system of 200 kilometers of 80 kV high-voltage DC offshore power cables for the second phase of the Johan Sverdrup oil field development project in the Norwegian North Sea.The award is conditional upon finalization of the formal contract which is likely to take place within a few weeks, NKT said. The contract value is expected to be approximately EUR 110 million, corresponding to roughly EUR 82 million in standard metal prices.The cable system comprises two 200 km of cables

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Seismic From Below

Isles. One of the first commercial reflection OBS survey was undertaken in 2003/4 by Seabird Exploration for Pemex over the Canterel/Sihil field offshore Mexico. The node technology used for this survey was developed in Norway, following ground breaking research undertaken by Statoil (recently renamed Equinor) with their SUMIC (SUbsea seisMIC) ocean bottom four component cable system.“For many years the superior quality of OBS data over towed streamer data, even wide azimuth streamer data, has been widely accepted in the oil and gas industry. With the advent of “third generation” nodes

Norway to Spend More Looking for O&G Near Russian Border

the areas the government wanted to take a close look at were opposite exploration blocks awarded by Russia on the other side of the border.Russia's largest oil producer Rosneft operates three blocks bordering Norway, information on the company's website shows.Norway's state-owned oil company Equinor, previously called Statoil, had plans to drill with Rosneft in one of the blocks, known as Perseyevsky.But Western sanctions imposed on Moscow after Russia seized Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, have ended such plans.Oslo and Moscow did a deal in 2010 to end a dispute over their maritime border, which

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Real-time Sea State Data Made Available in the Cloud

is virtually no maintenance once the system is in place. That allows us to be secure in providing the service without the customer having to pay for equipment maintenance.” He confirms that customers may also purchase the sensors if they choose, and subscribe to the cloud service.Energy major Equinor is the first Miros customer to take advantage of the cloud-based sea state data offering, using it to monitor wave conditions at their gas pipeline landfall on Norway’s west coast. The pipeline requires regular inspection and maintenance performed by divers, and accurate monitoring of the

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Ashtead Delivers Installation Monitoring Services to Subsea 7

Subsea equipment specialist Ashtead Technology said it has completed a subsea installation monitoring project for Subsea 7 in support of Equinor’s Utgard development, located in blocks 15/8 (NCS) and 16/18a (UKCS) of the central North Sea.The contract, which was awarded by i-Tech Services on behalf of Subsea 7, saw Ashtead’s Deflection Monitoring System (DMS) used to capture critical data required to safely deploy a subsea template in water depths of 110m from Subsea 7’s vessel the Seven Arctic.The DMS monitors structure deflection, heading, pitch, roll, depth and suction at differenti

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Mapping the Future

, remote operation and cloud functions. MASS is a major initiative. Kongsberg builds on mature products, invests in development and runs stepwise test and qualification programs.Can you tell us about any recent developments in your AUV or USV portfolio for the subsea market?In partnership with Eelume, Equinor and NTNU we bring forward new radical technology for subsea inspection, maintenance and repair. The underwater vehicle is called Eelume and is a self-propelled robotic arm that can transit over long distances and carry out IMR in confined spaces. Eelume is very hydrodynamic and capable of complex

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Arkona Offshore Wind Farm Comes Online

The Arkona offshore wind farm in the German part of the Baltic Sea has supplied the first electricity into the German electricity grid.The 385 MW project, operated by E.ON in partnership with Equinor, when completed can deliver power to approximately 400,000 German households. After the first of 60 turbines now being online, further wind turbines will be launched into operation.“First power in the Arkona wind project represents a milestone in the market of renewable energy and we are proud to participate together with E.ON and the transmission system operator 50Hertz. Arkona is Equinor’s

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Aker BP CEO Predicts Fast Johan Sverdrup Ramp-up

on the sidelines of an energy conference.Johan Sverdrup Phase 1 will have capacity to produce 440,000 barrels of oil equivalents per day (boed), while the second phase, starting production in 2022, is expected to further boost output to 660,000 boed.Sweden's Lundin Petroleum, another partner in the Equinor-operated, on Wednesday said it expected the field to start producing before November next year.Equinor has said it expects the field to start in late 2019 but has not provided an estimate for when the first phase could reach full capacity.(Reporting by Nerijus Adomaitis, editing by Terje Solsvik

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Transocean to Buy Ocean Rig in $2.7 Bln Deal

this year acquired Norwegian rig firm Songa Offshore in a $1.1 billion deal."We see strong contract opportunities emerging across the globe for the combined fleet (particularly in Brazil)," analysts at Tudor Pickering & Holt Co wrote in a note on Tuesday.Majors, including Norway's Equinor, Chevron Corp and BP, won bids for offshore blocks in Brazil, which hold billions of barrels of oil.Elsewhere, Exxon Mobil Corp said last month it had begun offshore exploration drilling off Australia's southeast coast, while also pursuing finds at its offshore Guyana discovery."The announcement

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Equinor Explores Floating Wind Turbines to Power N.Sea Oilfields

Norway's Equinor said on Tuesday it is considering whether to build a pioneering offshore wind farm with floating turbines to supply electricity to two North Sea oilfields as part of a strategy to curb greenhouse gas emissions.The project at the Gullfaks and Snorre oilfields would cost around 5 billion Norwegian crowns ($592 million) and could reduce Norway's emissions of carbon dioxide by more than 200,000 tonnes per year, Equinor said."This could be the first time an offshore wind farm is directly connected to oil and gas platforms," state-controlled Equinor said in a statement.

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Equinor to Boost Drilling to Extend Norwegian Shelf Life

Oil producer Equinor aims to boost the recovery rate from its Norwegian fields to well above the global average to extend production from the mature basin beyond 2030.Equinor announced plans on Tuesday to drill up to 3,000 wells offshore from its native Norway in coming decades - almost as many as it has drilled since its startup in 1972 - to mitigate declining output from older fields, and extend the production lifetime of more than 20 installations.The company said it remained on track for to keep profitable oil and gas production in Norway towards 2030, but needed new measures to tackle a decline

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Subsea’s Future is Blowin’ in the Wind

uploaded to the SkySpecs software product, Horizon, which classifies images by damage type and severity. An advanced feature set in the software that includes repair planning workflows, analytics dashboards and insights then enable users to spot trends, project repair costs and determine ROI.Equinor, MasdarPartners Equinor (formerly Statoil) and Masdar have installed a battery storage system they call Batwind, which stores energy generated from the world’s first commercial floating wind farm. Electricity produced 25 kilometers offshore at the Hywind Scotland wind farm is transported via

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MMT Inks 10 New Contracts over 2 Months

subsea survey and inspection projects within the offshore wind, renewable energy and oil and gas industries.MMT said the contracts, some of which are in joint collaboration with MMT’s Norwegian partner Reach Subsea, come from a wide portfolio of old and new clients, including Siccar Point Energy, Equinor, Perenco, SSE, Örsted, Vattenfall, GreenLink Interconnector, National Grid, Wintershall and BP Trinidad.Services range from traditional geophysical surveys to unexploded ordinance (UXO) inspection and excavation, 2d seismic and remotely operated vehicle (ROV) inspections.MMT will deliver its

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