Gulf Of Mexico News

The Olis Master Controller provides both remote and local ROV operation in a user-friendly configuration that increases task efficiencies, according to its manufacturer. (Image: Olis Robotics)

Olis Robotics Partners with Forum Energy Technologies

Core Operating System that is designed to incorporate machine perception and machine learning capabilities, the OMC is designed to decrease training needs and minimizing pilot burden.The technology has beeen put to use by customers operating subsea vehicles in the North Sea and has been tested in the Gulf of Mexico and off the Brazilian coast.“The Olis Master Controller unlocks vast new opportunities for offshore energy companies to increase efficiencies, reduce human risk and greatly lower their costs,” said Don Pickering, CEO for Olis Robotics. “By partnering with Forum Energy Technologies

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MTR100: InterMoor

, now enjoying a new popularity due to its cost efficiencies,• H-Links (InterMoor holds the record for the largest/strongest H-Link)• Pre-commissioning of the Stones Turritella FPSO in ultra-deep water – 9,490 ft. (2,892 m) – the largest foundation pile ever installed in the Gulf of Mexico (32ft. in diameter and 55 ft. long)• A multi-purpose mooring swivel, allowing for 360° rotational freedom under tensionIn 2019, InterMoor continued to expand its product range, by acquiring all intellectual property of the BEL Grapnel & Chaser company, including drawings, designs

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TechnipFMC Tallies Shell PowerNap Award

TechnipFMC has been awarded an engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) contract by Shell for the deepwater PowerNap project, located in the US Gulf of Mexico, the services company announced on Thursday.The award, an integrated EPCI (iEPCI) contract combining subsea production systems (SPS) and subsea umbilical, risers and flowlines (SURF) scopes, is worth between $75 million and $250 million, TechnipFMC said.TechnipFMC will design, manufacture and install subsea hardware, including subsea tree systems, subsea distribution controls, topside controls, flying leads and connectors

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Hunting Acquires RTI Energy Systems

only supplier of titanium stress joints. An operating subsidiary of lightweight metals engineering and manufacturing company Arconic, RTIES also performs fabrication and precision machining as well as inspection and maintenance services RTIES, which has historically focused its business on the Gulf of Mexico, operates from a single site facility in Houston, with 87,000 square feet of covered operating floor space, and currently employs 21 personnel.Hunting said it anticipates that key members of the senior management team will continue with the company.Hunting noted that RTIES is currently loss making

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MTR100: #4 Martin McDonald , SVP, Oceaneering

functions, according to McDonald. “We’re developing this technology at an advanced stage now, and we expect to be trialing one of our next-generation vehicles in Q3 2019.”Significantly, the company conducted a demonstration of remote operations and autonomous docking in the Gulf of Mexico, where it remotely piloted an ROV, which was stationed on board a drilling rig, from its operations center in Houston while also performing autonomous docking functions. “Remote piloting technology is maturing and is currently operational in the North Sea, where we have a number of contracts

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Saipem to Establish US Spool-base

Saipem announced on Monday it will establish a "highly specialized" spool-base on Greenwood Island, Pascagoula, Miss. designed to provide support for vessels performing pipelay activities for offshore oil and gas development projects in the Gulf of Mexico.The new spool-base will support the Saipem Constellation, the latest addition to the Saipem fleet, suitable for the installation of rigid and flexible pipes in ultra deep waters as well as for heavy lifts of up to 3,000 tons, the company said.Under a Long Term Agreement, the Saipem spool-base is in a dedicated area within the facilities of

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OneSubsea Awarded Chevron Master Agreement

Chevron has awarded OneSubsea a 20-year subsea equipment and services master contract for development projects in the Gulf of Mexico, the subsea supplier’s parent company Schlumberger announced on Tuesday.Combining this master contract with a preapproved catalog of standardized subsea equipment will enable the US supermajor to decrease operating costs in its subsea projects, Schlumberger said.The provision of a OneSubsea custom catalog of equipment will also include innovative technologies that meet Chevron’s project requirements, including high-temperature projects or high-pressure

R/V Point Sur Captain Nick Allen recovers the Medusa. Image courtesy of Danté Fenolio

Giant Squid Filmed in America's Backyard

paying out 610 meters (2,000 feet) of rope, this time in bigger waves and stronger winds, soaking our shoes in saltwater.A day later, the dust has cleared, and what do we know? We found the squid after only five Medusa deployments, despite the fact that thousands of ROV and submersible dives in the Gulf of Mexico have not done so. This suggests that the animal does not like the bright lights of ROVs and that stealth monitoring of the sort possible with the Medusa can allow us to see what has never been seen before.We also found it here, only about 100 miles southeast of New Orleans. The old maps often

Island Venture (Photo: C-Innovation)

C-Innovation to Perform RLWI for BP

US-based marine services firm C-Innovation (C-I) said it has been awarded a contract to perform riserless light well intervention (RLWI) activities for oil major BP in the Gulf of Mexico.C-I, an affiliate of Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO) and its family of companies, said the initial contract calls for both mechanical as well as hydraulic acid stimulations, which will be executed from its flagship Gulf of Mexico assets, the offshore construction and light well intervention vessels Island Venture and Island Performer.Work is expected to begin as early as July 2019 and will be performed in water depths of

The Mad Dog platform (File photo: BP)

CGG: Imaging Innovation at Mad Dog

Subsurface Imaging, part of CGG’s Geoscience division, has delivered a step-change in subsalt image quality over the Mad Dog field in the Green Canyon area of the US Gulf of Mexico.Fast access to high-quality images was critical to BP and partners in modifying and optimizing the ongoing drilling program.Through continued investment in imaging technology and supercomputing capacity, CGG said it was able to reduce project cycle time by almost half while delivering improved subsalt images. Ocean-bottom nodes (OBN) seismic data combined with full-waveform inversion (FWI), for velocity model

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