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EU Targets 450 GW Offshore Wind by 2050

The EU Commission’s big goals for offshore wind – between 230 and 450 GW by 2050 – are achievable provided the right investments in electricity grids and Governments take the right approach to maritime spatial planning, said a report.According to the WindEurope report examines where 450 GW of offshore wind could be deployed most cost-effectively around Europe, bearing in mind there is only 20 GW today. 450 GW of offshore wind is part of a European Commission scenario to deliver climate neutrality by 2050.The report is a remit from the Energy Ministers of the 10 ‘North Seas’

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Europe's Wind Industry Needs More Sea Space

The European offshore wind industry needs an area equivalent to the size of Ireland to install enough turbines to reach carbon neutrality by 2050, a target for most EU members, a leading industry group said in a report.Fighting climate change is a top priority for the European Commission's new head Ursula von der Leyen, who has set out a "European Green Deal" intended to achieve "climate neutrality" - adding no greenhouse gases to the atmosphere beyond what can be absorbed - by 2050."Today we have 20 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind in Europe and the European Commission

Recent acceptance to operate in Rotterdam and proof of sustainability claims after more than 500 hull cleaning operations help propel ECOsubsea, the robotic hull cleaning system. Photo: Ecosubsea

Robotic Hull Cleaning Advances in Dutch Ports

of sustainability claims after more than 500 hull cleaning operations help propel ECOsubsea, the robotic hull cleaning system.The Dutch national regulatory body Rijkswaterstaat gave the Norwegian company the green light to start offering hull cleaning services to vessels at all Dutch Ports including Europe’s biggest port, the Port of Rotterdam, a move that is helping the firm solidify its position in Europe following similar permissions in Antwerp, Zeebrugge, Ghent and Southampton.“Ports want evidence that our system works,” said ECOsubsea CEO Tor Østervold. “We can now

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Enpro Subsea Completes Ghana Campaigns

West Africa under our belt, we are now well placed to deliver these services to others in the region and beyond looking for a low-cost hydraulic intervention solution.”Following the success of the 10,000 psi FIS system in Ghana, Enpro showcased its second generation 15,000 psi version at Offshore Europe 2019 in Aberdeen before sending it to the Gulf of Mexico region for further trials. Rated for 3,048 meters water depth, it encompasses additional functionality and enhanced safety features. In addition to hydraulic intervention of the wells, the new system is configurable for other subsea treatments

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France Plans 1 GW Offshore Wind Farm

Borne, who is also in charge of the energy portfolio, said in the statement.The ministry said it plans to boost the share of renewables in the French energy mix to around 40% by 2030. Nuclear power from its 58 reactors currently covers around 75% of French electricity needs.Although France has one of Europe's biggest coastlines with good wind speeds for viable wind farm projects, it is lagging its European peers in developing offshore wind projects.The government announced in June that it will double its target for developing offshore wind projects to 1 GW per year from 500 MW. It currently has

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i-Tech 7 Performs UWILD for Borr Drilling

UWILD solutions can carry out inspections on mobile drilling units (MODUs) and floating production, storage and offloading units (FPSO), using ROV machine-vision technology combined with fast acquisition, processing and reporting of data.Robin Mawhinney, i-Tech 7’s regional director for Europe, Africa and Canada, said, “This is another great project example that showcases the strength and depth of our UWILD service offering.“Our success lies in our repair expertise combined with our advanced automated analysis and data reporting capability. It is further strengthened with our

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Global Offshore Wind Market Grows 30%

The global offshore wind market grew nearly 30% per year between 2010 and 2018, benefiting from rapid technology improvements and about 150 new offshore wind projects are in active development around the world.Europe in particular has fostered the technology’s development, led by the United Kingdom, Germany and Denmark, but China added more capacity than any other country in 2018, says 'Offshore Wind Outlook 2019',  a report funded by the governments of Denmark and Germany.Yet today's offshore wind market doesn't even come close to tapping the full potential – with

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IMO Launches Compendium

chain more efficient, for the more than 10 billion tons of goods which are traded by sea annually across the globe.IMO is not the only organization dealing with electronic data exchange in maritime transport. But others, notably the World Customs Organization, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and the International Standards Organization, have aligned their own data structures with the IMO Compendium to promote harmonization

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Baker Hughes Wins Subsea Deal from Apache

and money while decreasing risk and increasing certainty. The field proven medium water depth horizontal tree technology is based on a “make-to-order” Baker Hughes product already familiar to Apache, while also supplying MS700 well-heads from an existing off-the-shelf system.Romain Chambault, Europe Director, Oilfield Equipment, Baker Hughes said, “We are pleased to continue our long-standing partnership with Apache in the North Sea, to support their ongoing and future development campaigns, and remain a strategic partner to optimize their efficiency and production results.”The equipment

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Steel Cut for 1st LNG-fueled Ship in France

;Atlantique, this innovative solution will make it possible to exceed the future regulatory requirements for emissions for new ships by 2030 and 2050.It is also an important technological breakthrough to head for the definition of “zero-emission” ships that will meet the ambition of the new European Commission to make Europe the first continent with a carbon neutral impact

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