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Retrofit: new work in wind for an anchor-handling vessel. Illustration: courtesy Unitech

Offshore wind: The making of a (supply chain) star

incubator program aimed at making offshore — and especially floating marine wind installations — as efficient as surface and subsea operations in offshore oil and gas.  The Norwegian start-up program features The Sustainable Energy Test Center at Bomlo near coastal city Haugesund, where Equinor has left in place a floating offshore HyWind turbine so suppliers and would-be suppliers can test their wind-energy innovations. One of the program’s first start-up success stories is Unitech Subsea, which took over ownership of the HyWind turbine this year. Unitech’s offshore oil-and-gas

Out-of-this-world: a UX-1 HROV. Photo: EU UNEXMIN Project

Subsea Mining: The Next Big Thing for UUVs

— yes, the 47th — organizers noted the achievements and attendance of a Who’s Who of subsea maintenance and survey work.Among them, organizers heralded the news that Swire Seabed had just acquired a HUGIN AUV from Kongsberg Maritime after doing pipeline inspection work for oil company Equinor. In a press release, the Singapore-based outfit said it was now ready to “go beyond current industry needs”. In fact, early in 2018, Swire Seabed had begun the Norwegian government’s first commercial cruise to map marine mineral resources of copper, lead and silver on the Norwegian

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DNV GL To Perform Hywind Tampen Study

DNV GL said on Monday it is working with Equinor to undertake a third-party verification study of the Norwegian Hywind Tampen floating wind farm, expected to be the world’s first offshore wind farm powering oil platforms.Situated in the North Sea approximately 200 kilometers west of Florø, Norway, north of Gulfaks and south of Snorre, the Hywind Tampen project will consist of 11 8 MW turbines capable of meeting 35% of the annual power demand of the two oil fields, including the the five Snorre A and B, and Gullfaks A, B and C platforms. The introduction of floating offshore wind could cut

MacArtney MERMAC R40 AHC Winch (Image: MacArtney)

MacArtney Equips North Sea Cable Layer

A specialized winch system aboard the ASN Ile de Class cable laying vessel will facilitate the laying of seismic cables on the seabed of the Johan Castberg oilfield in the Barents Sea for Equinor’s new permanent reservoir monitoring system.MacArtney’s MERMAC R40 active heave compensated (AHC) winch purchased by Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN), part of the Nokia Corporation, will be utilized aboard the vessel in the laying of seismic cabling and sensors that will be permanently deployed on the Barents’ seabed to enable more frequent and improved 4D seismic interpretation of the

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Martin Linge Hooked Up to Shore Power

measuring 162 kilometers from the onshore substation at Kollsnes north of Bergen to the platform.The shore power solution from manufacturer NKT and installed with the help of service company Subsea 7 will allow operations to be powered from the onshore grid instead of onsite generators, helping operator Equinor save 200,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions annually once the field comes on stream in the first quarter of 2020. Using shore power will also help to reduce maintenance, noise and vibration on the platform.NKT said it specially designed, engineered, manufactured and installed the cable order comprising

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TechnipFMC Wins Johan Sverdrup 2 Contract

TechnipFMC said on Wednesday it has secured a contract from Norwegian operator Equinor for the delivery and installation of the subsea production system the at Johan Sverdrup Phase 2 development offshore Norway.The award covers the delivery and installation of the subsea production system including integrated template structures, manifolds, tie-in and controls equipment. Equinor said the production system consists of five templates and a total of 18 X-mas trees with associated components.TechnipFMC did not specify an exact dollar amount, but said the contract is worth between $75 million and $250

Illustration off the Snorre expansion field (Image: Equinor)

PSA Audits Xmas Tree for Snorre Expansion

Norway's offshore watchdog the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) said it has carried out an audit of Equinor and the fabrication of the subsea Christmas tree for the Snorre expansion project.The objective of the February audit was to ensure that fabrication of the subsea Christmas tree for the Snorre expansion project complied with the company’s own requirements and requirements in the regulations, PSA said. A sub-goal was to follow up how the project is undertaking its supervisory duty in respect of its supplier, TechnipFMC.PSA siad it did not identify any non-conformities during the audit

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Chevron to Use Subsea Compression at Jansz-Io

compressor solution, Aker Solutions said."Australia will be the first place outside of Norway to use the subsea compression technology," said Luis Araujo, chief executive officer at Aker Solutions.Aker Solutions, which delivered the world's first subsea compression system for Equinor's Åsgard field offshore Norway in 2015, worked with partners MAN Energy Solutions and ABB to reduce the size and cost of the compression system, Araujo said.The company's FEED scope will also cover an unmanned power and control floater, as well as overall field system engineering services

Pioneering Spirit transports the drilling platform topsides for Equinor’s Johan Sverdrup development (Photo: Allseas)

Pioneering Spirit Shifts to the North Sea

lift and pipelay vessel, Pioneering Spirit, will take a temporary pause from Nord Stream 2 pipelaying activities in the Swedish Exclusive Economic Zone to perform planned platform lift work in the North Sea.The Allseas-owned vessel, which in 2018 installed the 22,000 t drilling platform topsides for Equinor’s Johan Sverdrup development on the Norwegian continental shelf, will now return to the field to install the 26,000 t processing platform topsides and the 18,000 t living quarters platform topsides. This third-party engagement was already stipulated in Nord Stream 2's contract with Allseas

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EMGS Confirms Equinor Data Contract

Electromagnetic Geoservices (EMGS) said it has entered into final contracts with Equinor for a range of seismic data across the Norwegian continental shelf.The final deal includes both licensing of Barents Sea, Norwegian Sea and North Sea data from EMGS’s existing multi-client library, as well as prefunding for a new multi-client acquisition in the North Sea.Of the combined gross contract value of approximately $8 million, the EMGS said it expects to recognize approximately $7 million of revenue in the first quarter of 2019.CEO of EMGS, Bjørn Petter Lindhom, said, “EMGS is very

A PIES unit is put to the test ahead of being shipped to Norway for cabled installation at Johan Sverdrup (Photo: Sonardyne)

Enhanced Seismic Monitoring at Johan Sverdrup

Cabled subsea instrumentation will help increase the accuracy of time-lapse seismic data for Norwegian energy firm Equinor at the giant Johan Sverdrup oil field in the North Sea, about 87 miles west of Stavanger, Norway.From first production at the development, Equinor plans to use seafloor based seismic cable permanent reservoir monitoring (PRM) technology from Sonardyne International Ltd. to observe what is happening in the reservoir over time to help maximize recovery rates.While PRM technologies increase the amount and quality of data that operators have about their reservoirs, processing it can

Hywind Scotland floating offshore wind turbines. (Photo: Øyvind Gravås / Woldcam - Equinor)

Equinor Lines Up Floating Wind in S.Korea

Equinor and South Korea's state-owned National Oil Corporation (KNOC) will explore opportunities to develop commercial floating offshore wind farms in South Korea, the Norwegian company said on Friday.South Korea aims to reduce its dependence on nuclear and coal power, targeting an increase in the share of renewable energy to 20 percent by 2030, compared with 7.6 percent in 2017, the country said last year.Equinor says this translates to a target of 49 gigawatts (GW) of new generation capacity.KNOC plans to develop a 200 MW floating offshore wind project 58 km off the coast of Ulsan City, the

(Image: Helge Hansen / Equinor)

Kvaerner to Study Floating Wind Structures

Norway based Kvaerner said it has signed a contract with Norwegian energy company Equinor to study how floating concrete substructures for offshore wind turbines can be designed and constructed for the planned Hywind Tampen project in the North Sea.The objectives of the front-end engineering and design (FEED) assignment are to further mature the design of the concrete substructures, to identify appropriate construction site(s), and to develop a plan for construction, method and cost for production of 11 floating concrete substructures, Kvaerner said.“Another important part of the FEED contract

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High-tech Buoy Launched in New York Bight

A high-tech, specialized buoy has been launched to collect useful information for developing wind farms offshore the U.S. East Coast.Equinor Wind US said it deployed the cutting-edge buoy as it works to develop its offshore wind lease site in the New York Bight.The Floating LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) device will measure wind speed, wind direction, wave conditions and several other marine characteristics that help inform critical decisions in regard to the resource potential and eventual development of the wind farm. It will be deployed to record this information for two years.The floating

Luis Araujo, CEO, Aker Solutions

Aker Solutions Revenues Up 8%

through our global organization, ultimately saving time and money for our clients."Key contracts powering the results include ones from CNOOC to deliver a subsea production system in the South China Sea. Also in the fourth quarter, Aker Solutions landed a strategic win on Northern Lights with Equinor as the project initiator and with Shell and Total as partners. This is a full-scale carbon-capture project. In Africa, its operations have gone according to plan with solid execution of major projects including Kaombo in Angola.Demand for early-phase work continues to grow, and in the fourth quarter

Largescale pipe ready for dispatch by rail from Liberty Pipes, Hartlepool (Photo: Liberty)

Liberty Wins North Sea Pipe Contract

workers at Hartlepool will make around 22 miles of heavy-duty pipe that will lie 90 meters under the sea, helping channel millions of cubic meters of gas each day to the huge St Fergus onshore terminal in Aberdeenshire.This order, along with the Subsea7 contract to provide large diameter steel pipe for Equinor’s Snorre Expansion Project off the coast of Norway, is among the largest contracts secured by the Hartlepool mill since its acquisition by 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

HUGIN AUV System (Photo: Kongsberg Maritime)

Swire Seabed Orders a HUGIN AUV

Arvid Pettersen explained. “We believe that the future of inspections and subsea survey is indeed autonomous and we are excited to be at the forefront of an evolving industry.”In October 2018, Swire Seabed completed its first commercial autonomous inspection of offshore pipeline systems for Equinor using Kongsberg Maritime’s HUGIN AUV and, shortly after in December 2018, was awarded a frame agreement with Equinor for provision of offshore survey services.Now, the firm will have a HUGIN AUV of its own. Due for delivery in 2020, the vehicle will be rated to 4,500 meters and equipped with

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