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BOSS' Ocean Bottom Seismic Robotic Vehicle Prototype Passes Sea Trials

the design and development of the final product ahead of commercialization. It marks a significant step towards achieving the BOSS vision for autonomous OBS data acquisition.  The next steps are constructing and testing 10+ alpha prototypes, culminating in a seismic sea trial late Q3 [...] in the North Sea," said the company whose shareholders Blue Ocean Monitoring, bp Ventures, and Woodside Energy.What's In Store for 2021? More Remote, More Data, More AutonomyThe BOSS tOBSrV is an early-stage prototype vehicle and associated Communication, Command & Control (C3) system that uses the

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Seismic Data Firm CGG Launches Pollution Monitoring Solution

and insight to mitigate risk. The solution was developed with the support of the European Space Agency together with a group of energy companies and emergency response organizations. "This process included a highly successful 12-month prototype demonstration across assets in the North Sea along with select producing regions of the Gulf of Mexico and South-East Asia. SeaScope is highly scalable and can deliver remote monitoring across global asset portfolios," CGG added.Peter Whiting, SVP, Geoscience, EAME, CGG, said: “SeaScope is the latest in our expanding portfolio

The Troll A platform, offshore Norway. Source: Øyvind_Gravås_and_Espen_Rønnevik, from Equinor.

Subsea Tiebacks: A Troll with a Kinder Surprise

got a low carbon footprint; the project is set to deliver about 2.2 billion barrels of oil equivalent with a CO2 intensity of 0.1 kilo per barrel.The project is Troll Phase 3, which will produce the gas cap over the Troll West oil column, in about 330 m water depth, 80 km off Bergen in the Norwegian North Sea. The NOK 7.8 billion (US$900 million) Troll Phase 3 project will extend the plateau production for gas from Troll for about seven years and the expected productive life by about 17 years. The development includes two subsea templates, eight new big bore production wells, a 36-inch pipeline back

Equinor’s Breidablikk project in the Norwegian North Sea, with 23 wells, was one of four projects adding to subsea tree order numbers last year. Image copyright Equinor.

2020: A Year Like No Other with a Mixed Outlook for Subsea

like Bay du Nord, Cambo and Rosebank were on the verge of being sanctioned. “But we’re not in this world anymore,” said Bjørvik. Last year, subsea tree ordered for Woodside’s Sangomar off Senegal, ExxonMobil’s Payara off Guyana, Equinor’s Breidablikk in the North Sea and Petrobras’ Mero III in Brazil’s Santos basin, made up the bulk of the subsea tree orders, Bjørvik said. “If those four projects weren’t moving ahead, 2020 would be a devasting year for the subsea market,” he told the SUT event.But there’s hope within

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Fugro, MMT Tapped for Seabed Mapping Work at Danish Wind Energy Hub in North Sea

Dutch offshore survey firm Fugro and Sweden's MMT have won contracts with the Danish grid operator Energinet, to carry out seabed surveys for the Danish Energy Island project in the North Sea.The contracts follow an announcement by the Danish authorities in February that the country would build the first of its kind wind energy hub in the North Sea that promises to produce yet unseen amounts of green electricity, in what has been described as the largest construction project in Danish history.The energy hub - an artificial island - will serve as an offshore power plant gathering and distributing

Trygve Hagevik, CCO Tampnet  - Credit: Tampnet

Tampnet Buys BP's Offshore Fiber Cable System in Gulf of Mexico

offshore high-capacity communication networks has completed the acquisition of BP's Gulf of Mexico (GoM) offshore fiber cable network, in what Tampnet says is one of the most significant milestones in the history of the company.Tampnet says that the deal replicates Tampnet’s position in the North Sea, and cements the company’s ambitions and willingness to invest in GoM and confirms its position as the leading telecommunications provider in the basin."After having received regulatory and governmental approvals a couple of weeks ago, all documents were signed and the transaction completed

“In developing a floating system, the real challenge is dealing with the huge loads through the mooring system. To give you an idea, two of our turbines produce the same thrust as an F-35 fighter jet on full afterburner. So you take our new six-turbine platform, and that's like taking three F-35s, telling the pilots hit full throttle, and putting that on a leash.”
Jason Hayman, CEO, Sustainable Marine Energy

Riding the Tides: Interview with Jason Hayman, CEO, Sustainable Marine Energy

environment.What do you see as the key hurdles to bring tidal power to utility scale?I think first is the public acceptance, the social license, especially within the Bay of Fundy. Hopefully we can bring long-lasting economic benefit back to that area. It's not like what's happening in the North Sea, where the (oil and gas) resources are going to one day run out and then the industry is going to wind down and people are going to be looking for jobs. I think people have got to understand it's a long-term play, but it's hard yards to get there. It's going to require support and once

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HPR ROV Increases International Footprint with KSA Partnership

firm to offer its full suite of specialised ROV systems to the Middle East marketplace.Offering a catalogue of ROV systems and predominantly known for its unique micro ROV capabilities, HPR ROV has worked on an array of projects with tier one operators and service companies for inspection scopes in the North Sea, Central Asia and West Africa. Its cost-effective solutions have also seen the company complete a number of late life asset management work scopes within the UK decommissioning sector.The agreement with i-Energy, a provider of drilling tools, completion equipment, and plug and abandonment solutions

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Baker Hughes, Horisont Energi Working on Barents Sea Carbon Capture Project

of the energy industry. Our complementary competencies allow for a strategic partnership for scalable, energy-efficient and flexible technology solutions.”  “Baker Hughes has a broad and established portfolio of CCTS technology and proven expertise in executing some of the North Sea’s most complex offshore projects,” said Uwem Ukpong, executive vice president of regions, alliances and enterprise sales at Baker Hughes. “We are proud to be partnering with Horisont Energi for new energy frontiers, taking the Polaris carbon storage project from concept to reality

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