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Partners Designing Autonomous Seismic Nodes

research institute Senai-Cimatec to develop autonomous technology to make the monitoring of Brazil’s deepwater pre-salt oil fields more efficient.The new 4D seismic monitoring system, based on so-called On Demand Ocean Bottom Nodes, is being developed under a National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP) promoted program.According to Sonardyne, the goal is to increase the autonomy of ocean bottom nodes and enable them to be deployed and remain on the seafloor for up to five years. During that period, no interventions, such as connections for data extraction or replacement

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New Tech Simulates Methane Hydrate Recovery

enable support for the safe and efficient operation of shallow methane hydrate lifting equipment and gas processing equipment.(Photo: MES-HD)MES-HD said it has acquired various hydrate-related technologies and patents through its many years in the development of technologies for the transportation of natural gas hydrate (NGH) in pellet form. The company also possesses testing facilities for measuring various attributes of multiphase flows (mixtures of solids, liquids and gases) inside lifting pipes, and has conducted experiments on flows containing methane hydrate. Adding to this knowledge and expertise

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Rebuilding Confidence in Reactivated DP Assets

will continue the trend of slow but steady growth within the offshore sector as it lays the foundations for a longer-term resurgence.Buoyed by this optimism and a tangible increase in oil prices, deepwater drilling is making a comeback. With the price of oil relatively steady above $60 a barrel and natural gas projected to provide 45% of power generation by 2040, drilling rigs are coming out of lay-up to meet the market’s demand. As a result of a positive forecast for the future of the industry, vessel operators are beginning to reactivate idle OSVs as the demand for their services climbs in conjunctio

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USVs Secure Offshore Oil and Gas Infrastructure

While much of the “buzz” regarding America’s increased energy production has focused on onshore fracking, which has opened up billions of barrels of oil and trillions of cubic feet of natural gas to production, the offshore oil and gas industry continued to provide a huge amount of the U.S. energy production. According to Forbes Magazine, offshore energy production has been increasing this decade and now stands at over two-and-one-half million barrels of oil, and almost three trillion cubic feet of gas a day.This massive production effort is sustained by offshore drilling rigs

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Inpex Wins Exploration Acreage Offshore Norway

depth ranges between approximately 350 and 1,000 meters.Additionally and also as a part of the APA 2018 licensing round, Inpex was awarded a 40% participating interest in exploration license PL767B, an extension area to exploration license PL767 in which Inpex acquired* a 40% interest in 2017.Oil and natural gas exploration activities in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea began in the 1960s, resulting in the discovery of numerous large-scale oil and gas fields. Thereafter, exploration activities have expanded north to the Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea.In recent years, oil and gas fields estimated

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Forum Bags Mojave ROV Deal

will also be used by ESEA Submarine’s sister company, ESEA Marine AS, which has customers that include fish farms, port authorities and insurance companies, said the international oilfield products company, serving the subsea, drilling, completion and  production sectors of the oil and natural gas industry.In addition, the Mojave will play a training role in helping ROV pilots to develop their skills.Georg Stranden, general manager at ESEA Submarine, said, “We see opportunities in the Norwegian inshore market and found the Mojave suitable for the purpose because it is a truly mobile

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Eriksen Joins Kreuz Subsea Board

a steady pipeline of projects into 2019 across the Asia Pacific region. This includes the previously announced seven-year award with Brunei Shell Petroleum, and a five-vessel contract with Larson & Toubro to support pipeline campaigns in the Mumbai High and Daman field operated by Oil & Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) off the west coast of India.Eriksen said, “Kreuz Subsea has a growing track record for its workforce delivering reliable, quality and safe operations from its versatile fleet of assets. It is making all the right moves in the subsea sector as it looks to expand its services

Murphy Oil Closes Gulf of Mexico JV

Murphy Oil Corporation announced  that it has closed its previously announced deal to form a Gulf of Mexico joint venture with Petrobras.The global independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company said in a press release that its wholly owned subsidiary, Murphy Exploration & Production Company - USA, has closed the previously announced strategic deep water Gulf of Mexico joint venture with Petrobras America (PAI), a subsidiary of Petrobras for net cash consideration of approximately $795 million.The transaction has an effective date of October 1, 2018, it added.Murphy’s

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Equinor Explores Floating Wind Turbines to Power N.Sea Oilfields

;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. The two fields currently are powered by generators running on natural gas at the platforms.Norway's greenhouse gas emissions have remained high despite pledges for deep cuts under international accords such as the Paris climate deal. Last year, Norway's annual emissions were 2.4 percent above 1990 levels at 52.4 million tonnes."To maintain profitable operations

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Kreuz Glorious Mobilized for ONGC Project

Singapore-headquartered subsea services business Kreuz Subsea and Indian consortium partner Seamec Ltd completed the mobilization of the Kreuz Glorious vessel to commence a two-year project with India’s Oil & Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC).The scope of work includes the inspection of 27 offshore jackets in the Mumbai High North, Mumbai High South, Heera, Neelam and Bassien assets, located off the coast of Mumbai in the Arabian Sea.The construction work barge is specifically designed to work around complex jackets which are often inaccessible by more traditionally utilized DP2 diving vessels.

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Damen Supplies Submersible Dredge Pump in Brazil

;s hydraulic power plant and the ease and speed with which the sand mining head can be exchanged for the cutter unit when the density of the material requires it to be broken up. An additional factor is its low assembly weight.The Porto de Sergipe I power plant is a 1,516 MW combined cycle, natural gas-fired design located in the state of Sergipe in the north-east of Brazil. A floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) positioned 6.5 kilometers offshore will receive the LNG from tankers and supply gas to the plant via a submarine pipeline. Due to begin operations in January 2020, it will

ECA Group Awarded Sonatrach Contract

ECA Group said it has been awarded a €4 million service contract from the Algerian state-owned oil group Sonatrach for the Arzew natural gas liquefaction plant in Algeria.This contract of more than €4 million provides for the cleaning of the four seawater inlet galleries of the plant thanks to the VISIT submarine system of ECA Group. The powerful 6-ton vehicle equipped with hydraulic tools will clean all the walls of the pipes during Summer 2019.

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Seacor Marine Acquires Three Cosco PSVs

a subsequent upgrade to a battery hybrid power solution. They will be registered in the Marshall Islands and be named the M/V Seacor   Alps, Seacor   Andes, and Seacor   Atlas, respectively.Seacor Marine provides global marine and support transportation services to offshore oil and natural gas and windfarm facilities worldwide

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DNV GL to Test Bolt Fatigue for API

and companies achieve quality management and safety goals,” said Debra Phillips, vice president of API Global Industry Services.“Through research and testing such as the work that DNV GL will complete, we contribute to a culture of safety, innovation and continuous improvement in the natural gas and oil industry,” Phillips added.Frank Ketelaars, Regional manager Americas, DNV GL - Oil & Gas, said, “It is encouraging to see API taking a leading role in enhancing industry safety. The type of fasteners tested are used in critical subsea applications and are often exposed

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Aqueos Supports South Texas-Tuxpan Gas Pipeline

Gas Pipeline is being constructed by a joint venture between TransCanada (60%) and Sempra Energy’s Mexican unit IEnova (40%), also known as Infraestructura Marina del Golfo (IMG). The $3.1 billion project is being sponsored by the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) of Mexico.Carrying U.S. natural gas to Mexico from west Texas, this 42-in. pipeline is ~800km in length and runs offshore from Brownsville, Texas to a shore-end approach and pump station in Altamira, Mexico back offshore then making landfall in Tuxpan, Mexico. The pipeline will deliver natural gas to power the Mexican electrical

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Nord Stream 2 Seeks Alternative Route to Avoid Danish Waters

half of 2019, he said. The alternative route would be 175 kilometres long and pass north-west of the island of Bornholm.The consortium said it was not withdrawing an application filed in April last year to build a parallel pipeline to the existing Nord Stream pipeline that is already shipping Russian natural gas to Germany.Sweden, Finland and Germany all earlier this year issued permits for the pipeline to run through their exclusive economic zone, which is regulated by U.N. law.($1 = 0.8736 euros)(Reporting by Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen; additional reporting by Oksana Kobzeva in Moscow. Editing by Susan

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Equinor to Boost Drilling to Extend Norwegian Shelf Life

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 after that, including a deliberate push to find more natural gas."We aim to achieve an average recovery rate of 60 and 85 per cent respectively at our oil and gas fields. This is almost twice the average global oil recovery rate of 35 per cent," Arne Sygve Nylund, Equinor's head of development and production in Norway, said.Equinor's current

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