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Equinor Explores Floating Wind Turbines to Power N.Sea Oilfields

Norway's Equinor said on Tuesday it is considering whether to build a pioneering offshore wind farm with floating turbines to supply electricity to two North Sea oilfields as part of a strategy to curb greenhouse gas emissions.The project at the Gullfaks and Snorre oilfields would cost around 5 billion Norwegian crowns ($592 million) and could reduce Norway'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.

Francis Brown Delivers Specialist Deck Equipment

Fabrication and engineering specialists Francis Brown Limited delivered deck equipment fabrications for a global supplier specializing in subsea remotely operated equipment which is working on offshore wind farms in the North Sea.In less than 16 weeks, the company provided Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd (SMD) with specialist fabrications to form part of a winch system to operate alongside its QTrencher which was delivered to one of its major global clients in April this year.In order to meet the client’s requirements, SMD engineered a unique design and worked with Francis Brown to deliver the fabricati

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M2 Subsea Completes North Sea Project

ROV services provider M2 Subsea has completed a contract with Ithaca Energy UK Limited to conduct a subsea system survey of a North Sea field.The company deployed the Go Electra multi-service vessel equipped with a Triton XLX work class ROV to the Stella field, located 280km off Aberdeen with a water depth of 85m.The scope of work included the survey and inspection of subsea systems including pipelines and subsea structures.M2 Subsea mobilized a team from its Aberdeen headquarters this month to carry out the work.

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C-Kore Systems Rolls-out New In-line Testing Tools

a new ‘in-line’ version of their C-Kore subsea testing tools.The streamlined design makes it possible to connect into hard-to access equipment, such as cylindrical UTAs or high-density connector layouts. Eight of the new units have just been delivered for a fault-finding operation in the North Sea with a major operator.C-Kore’s Subsea testing tools save customers time and money on new installation projects and fault-finding operations by simplifying the subsea testing process.The compact Cable Monitor tests the health of electrical lines by measuring the insulation resistance and continuity

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Equinor to Boost Drilling to Extend Norwegian Shelf Life

new ideas in some prospects every year. The likelihood of discovery in these wells will be lower than in other targets, but we see it as necessary to regularly test a few of what we call 'game changing wells'," he added.Earlier on Tuesday, Equinor announced plans to partly power two of its North Sea oilfields with floating wind turbines, which in turn would help the company cuts its carbon dioxide emissions.(Reporting by Nerijus Adomaitis; writing by Terje Solsvik; Editing by Susan Fenton

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Schlumberger Introduces MEMS Gyro Surveying Service

; said Tarek Rizk, president, Drilling & Measurements, Schlumberger. “Two surveys can be completed using the GyroSphere service in the same amount of time conventional gyros take to start just one.”The GyroSphere service has been proven through extensive testing and field trials in the North Sea, Ecuador, Africa, and Russia. In Russia, the GyroSphere service enabled a customer to avoid wellbore collisions while accessing reservoirs from existing structures, eliminating drilling risks associated with deploying conventional gyro surveys

Andrew Jaffrey, Chief Technology Officer; Neil Gordon, Chief Executive; Elliot Kinch, Business Development Director. (Photo: Sentinel Subsea)

Revolutionizing Decom Environmental Monitoring

supported to accelerate its commercialization by the Scottish Enterprise High Growth Ventures team – also announced it is working toward its first offshore field trials with a large independent U.K. operator.Taking place during Q2 2019, the trials will see deployment of the technology in the North Sea. Passively monitoring the subsea environment around a suspended or abandoned well for over 10 years without the requirement for intervention, its early detection of leaks aims to mitigate the potential environmental consequences of long-term issues following well plug and abandonment (P&A)

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Petrofac Secures Well Engineering Contracts

contract from independent Exploration & Production company, Tailwind Energy Ltd (Tailwind), following Tailwind’s recent purchase of the Triton Cluster. Under the terms of this arrangement, Petrofac will act as Well Operator for the Gannet E, Belinda and Evelyn licence areas in the Central North Sea.The company has also been awarded discreet Well Engineering scopes by two major International Oil Companies (IOCs) and three National Oil Companies (NOCs) for projects in Iraq, Turkey and New Zealand. These additional scopes reflect the continued global growth of Petrofac’s Well Engineering

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Ashtead Delivers Installation Monitoring Services to Subsea 7

Subsea equipment specialist Ashtead Technology said it has completed a subsea installation monitoring project for Subsea 7 in support of Equinor’s Utgard development, located in blocks 15/8 (NCS) and 16/18a (UKCS) of the central North Sea.The contract, which was awarded by i-Tech Services on behalf of Subsea 7, saw Ashtead’s Deflection Monitoring System (DMS) used to capture critical data required to safely deploy a subsea template in water depths of 110m from Subsea 7’s vessel the Seven Arctic.The DMS monitors structure deflection, heading, pitch, roll, depth and suction at differenti

Tristam Horn, DeltaTek Chief Executive Officer (Photo: DeltaTek  Global)

DeltaTek Announces Inaugural North Sea Contract Win

contract from Aberdeen-based operator, Siccar Point Energy.Operating on a call off basis – and with an optional contract extension - DeltaTek will provide cementing services via its SeaCure technology, in support of Siccar Point’s drilling and field development operations within the North Sea.SeaCure is a unique system which delivers stabbed-in, inner string cementing for subsea wells. The brainchild of DeltaTek CEO and founder, Tristam Horn, it provides a range of major cost and time benefits to drilling and field development operations - including elimination of shoetracks and clean

MTR does not present an “MTR100 Creative Photo” award, but if we did this year’s winner is Houston Mechatronics. Pictured is Houston Mechatronic’s Aquanaut in wet testing earlier this year holding it’s MTR100 ‘trophy’. (Photo: Houston Mechatronics)

MTR100: The Ones to Watch

2017, in Vancouver, which included holding station, waypoint tracking, maneuvering around obstacles, autonomously findings its docking station, then docking, uploading data and recharging using Sonardyne technology and WiSub pin-less connectors, respectively. It was then due to perform work in the North Sea this year.Meanwhile, Cellula is also working on onboard fuel cell technology for long-duration, long-endurance AUVs. The fuel cell system will incorporate a novel hydrogen peroxide oxygen delivery system. Complementary to the fuel cell is a suction anchor system so that a fuel-cell-supported long-durati

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World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Opens

are the largest wind turbines in operation globally.Orsted said they have been optimized to generate as much as 8.25 MW each.Matthew Wright, Orsted UK managing director, told Reuters in an interview Britain's offshore success was due to a combination of strong wind speeds and shallow waters in the North Sea and Irish Sea as well as continued support from the government."For the last 10 years governments of all colors have supported renewable energy and offshore wind in the UK, leading to a thriving industry," he said.Britain is the world's largest offshore wind market, hosting 36 percent

Point Resources Extends Contract with Aker Solutions

Resources has executed the remaining part of the option for the maintenance and modifications contract with Aker Solutions.The EPC O&M contract between Point Resources and Aker Solutions was first signed in June 2012, covering the Jotun A, Jotun B, Balder and Ringhorne operating facilities in the North Sea. The contract extension starts at year-end and runs until June 2022.Knut Sandvik, EVP Projects at Aker Solutions, noted, "Aker Solutions has now delivered maintenance and modifications work continuously at these offshore facilities for more than 20 years.”The order will be booked in

John Warrender, Chief Executive, Decom North Sea and Bill Cattanach, Head of Supply Chain at the OGA. (Photo: Decom North Sea)

Forum Tackles Decom Challenges

At its inaugural Collaboration and Innovation in Decommissioning event earlier this month, Decom North Sea brought together more than 110 delegates – from operator and supply chain companies – to focus upon finding solutions to current and future decommissioning challenges.Working with the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA), Decom North Sea constructed a highly interactive day comprising presentations, open forum sessions, networking and one-to-one sessions to maximize delegate engagement resulting in the generation of over 120 potential solutions.Setting the scene, the Oil & Gas Technology

Saipem Castorone at the Johan Sverdrup field in the North Sea. (Photo: Bo B. Randulff / Roar Lindefjeld / Equinor ASA)

Norway’s Largest Oil Pipeline Now in Place

Late last week, Norway’s largest and longest pipeline reached the Johan Sverdrup field in the North Sea.The last pipe of what is now Norway’s longest and largest oil pipeline was installed by the vessel Saipem Castorone, right next to the riser platform at the Johan Sverdrup field. The 36-inch pipeline extends 283 km from the Mongstad oil terminal outside Bergen to the giant field in the North Sea.“We have together with our supplier Saipem succeeded in laying the oil pipeline to Johan Sverdrup without any serious incidents. It has been a significant operation, involving more than 600

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Total Makes Major Offshore UK Gas Discovery

French oil and energy group Total said on Monday it had made a major gas discovery on the Glendronach prospect, located off the coast of the Shetland islands in the North Sea.Total said preliminary tests on the new gas discovery confirmed good reservoir quality, permeability and well production deliverability, with recoverable resources estimated at about one trillion cubic feet (1 tcf).It said Glendronach, located near its Edradour field, will be tied back to the existing infrastructure and developed quickly and at low cost.Total said the discovery will extend the life of the West of Shetland infrastru

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Swire Seabed Awarded Wintershall Framework Agreement

Swire Seabed announced it has secured a framework agreement with Wintershall Norge AS for the provision of marine subsea services (MSS) in the North Sea.The agreement will commence this year and has a duration of three years plus four yearly options, the subsea services firm said.The work scope includes the supply of vessel and services which encompasses survey, IMR and light construction.The agreement is call-off based, meaning that during the course of the frame agreement, Wintershall can award MSS contracts on an as-needed basis.

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