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Premier Oil Testing PB3 PowerBuoy in the North Sea

US-based ocean energy solutions company Ocean Power Technologies (OPT) said it has deployed a PB3 PowerBuoy to serve as an autonomous intelligent platform to provide communications and remote monitoring services for its customer Premier Oil at the Huntington field in the UK sector of the central North Sea.During the deployment, Premier will demonstrate the PB3 PowerBuoy capabilities, its ability to monitor the local environment and alert ships of the field’s safety zone as a potential solution to help with their future decommissioning related operations, OPT said.This deployment begins a nine

From left to right: CEO of Vattenfall Magnus Hall, Chairman of Vattenfall Lars G. Nordström, HRH Crown Prince of Denmark, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, Minister of Climate, Energy and Utilities Dan Jørgensen and pupils from Hvide Sande School. Photo: JESPER VOLDGAARD

Scandinavia's Largest Offshore Wind Farm Opens

European energy giant Vattenfall opened Scandinavia’s largest offshore wind farm, Horns Rev 3.The 49 wind turbines on the Horns Rev 3 also represent Vattenfall’s and Denmark’s largest offshore wind farm, which is located 25-40 kilometers off Denmark’s west coast in the North Sea.Yesterday (22 August 2019), Crown Prince of Denmark accompanied by Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and the Minister of Climate, Energy and Utilities Dan Jørgensen officially opened Denmark’s, Scandinavia’s and Vattenfall’s largest offshore wind farm.“Horns

Saipem’s Hydrone R – in the flesh and ready for real world testing. Image from Saipem.

MTR100: Five "Ones to Watch"

power and communications to a subsea payload throughout the test period. OPT said that the system was being tested as a standalone charging station and communications platform.OPT also has other ideas. In fact, another PB3 PowerBouy was recently shipped to the UK ahead of being sent out into the North Sea to work for Premier Oil, providing power for monitoring a safety zone around suspended wells in the Huntington field, as well as providing communications to shore. Its potential for future use, generating power to operate subsea assets, is also being assessed.The company is also designing a hybrid

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Subsea Network Repaired in the North Sea

Faulty elements in the subsea network within the Greater Guillemot Area field were diagnosed and replaced within 24 hours of the start of a recent fault-finding campaign, subsea testing tools manufacturer C-Kore Systems said.The GGA area in the UK North Sea is operated by Dana Petroleum with partner Tailwind.C-Kore’s compact Cable Monitor Units are used on fault-finding operations and installation campaigns to test the health of electrical lines by measuring the insulation resistance and electrical continuity. With their Subsea TDR units, faults can be localized with an accuracy of 10cm in the

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MTR100: #4 Martin McDonald , SVP, Oceaneering

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. We’re piloting ROVs remotely from our mission support center in Stavanger, Norway. This center has enabled us to complement ROV operations offshore with onshore operations,” said McDonald.  When McDonald and his team look at emerging technology

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Tenaris Tests in Culzean Project

and expert services, generated outstanding results for its work on Total’s Culzean project.According to the supplier of tubes and related services for the world's energy industry and certain other industrial applications the Culzean gas field is located in the challenging waters of the North Sea, about 145 miles off the coast of Aberdeen.The field began production in June and is anticipated, at peak, to provide five percent of the United Kingdom’s gas demand.Tenaris supplied TenarisHydril Blue Max and TenarisHydril Blue Heavy Wall connections, and Dopeless technology for the project&rsquo

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First Subsea Installations Begin at Duva

development is now underway with the installation of the Integrated Template Structure (ITS), Neptune Energy said on social media on Tuesday.The ITS is the first large scale piece of fabrication work to be completed for the Neptune Energy-operated Duva oil and gas field in the northern part of the North Sea, Norway. Weather conditions permitting, it is expected to be installed over the course of a five-day campaign, the London-based independent oil company said.According to Neptune Energy Norge’s Managing Director Odin Estensen, "By installing the ITS now, we are on track for undertaking

Construction at the Hornsea One wind farm (Photo: Ørsted)

Seaway 7 to Install Cables at Hornsea Two

Seaway 7 has won a contract from Ørsted's Optimus Wind to install the entire inner array grid cable system for the Hornsea Two offshore wind farm project in the UK sector of the North Sea.Seaway 7 parent company Subsea 7 said the contract is worth between $50 million and $150 million.The 1,386 megawatt capacity Hornsea Two offshore wind farm project is located approximately 90 kilometers off the Yorkshire coast and consists of 165 Siemens Gamesa wind turbine generators, each with a capacity of 8.4 megawatts.The inner array grid cable system consists of 165 66-kilovolt copper-core submarine

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TechnipFMC Bags Seagull iEPCI Award

TechnipFMC announced on Monday it has been awarded an integrated engineering, procurement, construction and installation (iEPCI) contract from Neptune Energy for the Seagull project, located in the UK North Sea.The contract, which is said to be worth $75 million-$250 million, is the second call-off under the recently announced five-year strategic global alliance agreement between the two companies.Under the latest deal, TechnipFMC will manufacture, deliver and install subsea equipment including production and water wash pipelines, umbilicals, subsea structures and control systems, it said. The offshore

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MDL Builds HLS for Double North Sea Scope

Maritime Developments (MDL) said it has added a horizontal lay system (HLS) to its rental fleet following a double project award from a new client in the North SeaThe HLS is designed to work in conjunction with the complete range of MDL 2-track or 4-track tensioners for installation or retrieval of subsea umbilical, risers and flowlines (SURF) products.In its current configuration, the system features a 3-meter entry chute, a 4.5-meter overboarding chute and can handle pipe diameters of up to 600 millimeters.The modular structure is road-transportable and has been designed in accordance with DNV

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