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France Eyes Role as Tidal Energy Powerhouse

French Secretary of State for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, Sébastien Lecornu, announced preliminary studies to the launch of a tidal energy tender in Paris yesterday evening. The announcement is an important first step and strong message to the sector. A tender for tidal energy will see France become the global center of tidal energy manufacturing.   The tides in northern France are among the most powerful in the world. Following a decade of R&D development, tidal energy technology is now ready to use this resource. Tidal farms will generate predictable renewable energy, while

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EurOceanique to Become MacArtney France

The MacArtney Group said that as of January 2014, long standing MacArtney Group member, EurOceanique, will carry out a name change to become MacArtney France. MacArtney France Founded in 1994 and operating out of modern office and workshop facilities in Rousset, MacArtney France employs a strong and experienced team of engineers, sales professionals and technicians supporting the entire range of MacArtney systems and products. Under the locally established name EurOceanique, the company has operated as a MacArtney Group subsidiary for the last 8 years. With the name change, MacArtney France

Navis to Deploy Its N4 TOS to France's Largest Container Terminal

  Navis has reached an agreement to deploy its N4 terminal operating system (TOS) to the largest container terminal in France, the company announced today.   The license agreement was with EUROFOS, operator of France's Mediterranean at Fos-sur-Mer terminal, which operates off the coast of France and handles 600,000 TEUs annually.   Over the past three years, EUROFOS has invested 65 million Euros in the modernization and development of Mediterranean at Fos-sur-Mer, readying the terminal for 20 percent anticipated growth in the next five years.   Prior to selecting N4,

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Australia Submarines: It is Japan vs. France

on Tuesday. MHI chief executive Shunichi Miyanaga says Soryu-class submarines have proven capability, unlike the untested French and German designs. "We have the only proven submarine," he said.   The French counterpart said only a “complete submarine power’’ such as France can provide the strategic partnership Australia needs for its future defence.    The head of France’s DCNS Australia Sean Costello says Australia and France are now fighting side-by-side against Islamic State but this strategic engagement will be entrenched for decades at an unprecedente

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MacArtney Adds Pressure Test Facility

MacArtney France is pleased to announce the addition of a modern and fully equipped pressure test facility to its workshop in Rousset. Being unique to the French market for underwater technology, the new facility represents a notable extension of the MacArtney France service portfolio. Empowered by the newly installed pressure vessel system with a height of 1,100 mm, an internal diameter of 650 mm and a pressure capacity of up to 600 bar - the test facility is able to submit underwater connectors, cables, moldings, junction boxes and other types of equipment to extensive ocean depth pressure tests.

An overview of the MEUST project featuring detection units and seabed infrastructure. The entire detection array is installed at 2,500 meters of depth (courtesy of Nikhef)

MacArtney, Teledyne ODI Partner for MEUST Challenge

In partnership with Teledyne ODI, MacArtney France will provide the underwater mateable connectors needed to realize the Mediterranean Eurocentre for Underwater Sciences and Technologies (MEUST) neutrino observatory project. The MEUST project is a second generation deep-sea neutrino observatory infrastructure project integrated in the European network of neutrino telescope KM3NeT and deep sea observatory EMSO. This new infrastructure is the km3 scale successor of the revolutionary ANTARES underwater neutrino telescope for which MacArtney supplied all the cables and connectors. The MEUST infrastructu

France to Open Up Hydropower Sector

France has decided to open up its hydropower sector to competition after years of delays and against the wishes of many Socialist MPs, former energy minister Delphine Batho said on Monday. Many utilities and big electricity consumers have expressed an interest in France's hydroelectric sector, which is dominated by former state monopoly EDF, given that the cost of facilities that can run for decades has mostly been recouped. But voices in the Socialist government, in office since May 2012, opposed opening up the sector, arguing that the French taxpayer, who financed hydropower stations through

Landing Helicopter Dock NUSHIP Canberra: Royal Australian Navy

Submerged Politics in Aussie's $39 bln Submarine Plan

 Australian government plans to spend 50 billion Australian dollars (US$39.39 billion) on powerful new submarines, has become a political football at home, reports Reuters.   The opposition said it wanted to invite Sweden to join Germany, France and Japan in submitting tenders for submarine fleet, as part of a proposal to end political gridlock on the project.   The Government has rejected a Labor proposal to further open up the submarine tender process as "complete fantasy" and a "mirage".   Prime Minister Tony Abbott has dismissed the Labor plan warning

France to Launch Third Offshore Wind Tender

France plans to launch a tender to build turbines for the country's third offshore wind farm, Energy Minister Segolene Royal said in a statement on Monday.   The wind farm is to be off the northern harbour town of Dunkerque, Royal said without specifying the size of the tender nor when bidding would close.   France, unlike Britain, Germany and Denmark, does not yet have any offshore wind turbines installed. But it has already awarded two other tenders for offshore wind farms.   Royal said the new tender would include a new procedure of "competitive dialogue" with the

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Australia, France Meet to focus on Future Submarine Program

The Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, and her French counterpart, Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, today agreed to strengthen the Australia-France defence relationship by establishing formal annual Australia-France Defence Ministers meetings.   Minister Payne said Australia and France have a close and long-standing Defence relationship, based on shared interests in contributing to the rules-based global order and strong cooperation in the Pacific.   “Building on these links, and in light of the cooperation that we will have for decades to come under the Future Submarine

BOURBON to Install Mooring for Floating Wind Turbine

French offshore marine services company BOURBON said it has been awarded a contract for the mooring installation of the first floating wind turbine in France at the experimental test site of SEM-REV managed by Ecole Centrale de Nantes (ECN), in the context of European project FLOATGEN.   The mooring installation will take place during summer 2017 based on a method jointly established by BOURBON and Ideol’s engineering teams in collaboration with the Ecole Centrale de Nantes. The wind turbine will be installed at the SEM-REV site near Le Croisic, France, by the end of the year. BOURBON&rsquo

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French Bathymetric Survey Vessel Renovated and Refurbished

Global multibeam solution provided by MacArtney guarantees functioning of bathymetric surveys carried out close to the harbor of Bayonne in the southwest of France.   Located on the western border between Basque Country and Gascony, the harbor of Bayonne belongs to the region Nouvelle-Aquitaine which is under obligation to provide information to the various harbor operators about the depths in the areas of the harbor.   MacArtney France is the supplier of the multibeam solution for the bathymetric vessel ‘Ingénieurs Lesbordes’ and is likewise the integrator of the

French Renewables Lobby Wants More Offshore Wind Power in Policy Review

the French government will submit a renewable energy investment plan to the Conseil Superieur de l'Energie (CSE), a consultative industry body.   The government will then incorporate some or all of the CSE's recommendations into a long-awaited decree that will implement the broad outlines of France's energy transition law, which was voted through last summer.   The Syndicat des Energies Renouvelables (SER), France's main renewables lobby, said it was generally satisfied with targets set for renewables capacity in the years ahead but the government was not ambitious enough for offshore

Prysmian Wins Subsea Cables Contract

New contract for a submarine and land link to the U.K. Channel Islands; Normandie 1 cable interconnection will provide electricity to the Island of Jersey from France mainland   Prysmian Group, an energy and telecom cable systems industry company, said it has been awarded a new contract by Jersey Electricity plc for the Normandie 1 project to provide electricity to Jersey in the Channel Islands from the French mainland.    The project involves the turnkey supply and installation of a High Voltage Alternate Current (HVAC) cable connection from France (Surville) to Jersey (Archirondel)

MORPH Robots Tested in France

During the week from July 22-27, 2013 tomorrow’s underwater robots were tested at the European  center of Underwater Technologies, located at Ifremer, the French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea, located near Toulon, in Southern France. The tests were carried out by research engineers in the scope of a four-year-research-program named MORPH (Marine Robotic System of Self-Organizing, Logically Linked Physical Nodes). Launched in February 2012, MORPH is funded by the European Commission with a budget of €8.5 million. 32 researchers from five countries and nine

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MoU Centered on Australian Future Submarines

Flinders University and four of France’s leading Graduate Schools of Engineering have entered into an academic and research cooperation agreement relating to Australia’s Future Submarine Program. The agreement between Flinders and a consortium comprised of ENSTA ParisTech, École Centrale de Nantes, CentraleSupélec and École Polytechnique will be signed at a ceremony to be witnessed by South Australia’s Minister for Higher Education and Skills, the Hon Susan Close and the Deputy Chief Executive of DCNS and General Manager of Australia’s Future Submarine

France Picks: GE is the One for Alstom

France chose General Electric to form an alliance with Alstom on Friday - rejecting an offer from Siemens and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries - but said the deal still needed some work and added it would buy a 20 percent stake in the hotly-contested company. Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg said he had used a newly- created state decree to reject both of the existing offers as not being in France's strategic interest, and had formulated fresh demands to GE Chief Executive Jeff Immelt. The decision ended weeks of suspense surrounding one of Europe's fiercest industrial battles in years, but left

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