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Fugro ROV Supports North Sea Link Cable Installation

Fugro has completed a contract for Nexans to provide remotely operated vehicle (ROV) survey and monitoring support services to lay the North Sea Link cable through a mountain and along a lakebed in Norway.National Grid NSN Link Ltd and Statnett SF are building an electricity interconnector between Kvilldal in Norway and Blyth in the UK which, on completion, will be the longest subsea interconnector in the world.Fugro, based in the Netherlands, provided survey and monitoring solutions to support the installation of two cables through the mountain between Hylsfjorden and Lake Suldalsvatnet, and along

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Fugro Orders Two SEA-KIT USVs

Dutch offshore surveying services provider Fugro has ordered two 12-meter SEA-KIT X class uncrewed surface vessels (USVs), with one bound for their Asia-Pacific region and the other for North Sea operations.Ivar de Josselin de Jong, Director Remote Inspection at Fugro, said, “This order cements Fugro’s strategy to lead the development of remote and autonomous solutions, which is key to delivering a safer, more sustainable and more efficient approach to the construction and maintenance of marine assets. Integration of the new USVs into our global network of remote operation centers (ROC)

Spirit Energy Orders POS-GRIP System from Plexus

Spirit Energy has ordered a POS-GRIP surface production wellhead system from Plexus Holdings.The order from Spirit Energy includes Plexus' POS-GRIP 5,000psi leak-proof "HG" metal to metal sealing surface production wellhead and associated spares and equipment for a new gas well in the UK North Sea. POS-GRIP is a friction grip technology that squeezes a pressure vessel from the outside to hold and seal components in place. In wellheads, this provides the capability to simply secure casing and tubing hangers in the well.Under the terms of the contract with Spirit Energy, Plexus will receive

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Quiet Seas Open Subsea Soundscape Exploration

The Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) has seized on the quiet brought about by the COVID-19 lockdown to map the underwater soundscape of the Belgian section of the North Sea.Using its AutoNaut USV research vessel, Adhemar, VLIZ has been able to record current noise levels, which will be compared with the marine soundscape once normal sea traffic and marine activities recommence, helping to better determine the impact of man-made noise on natural sea life and the marine environment.Following a 15% fall in shipping intensity in the North Sea since the start of the pandemic, VLIZ put its AutoNaut USV

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ICONIC Installs First Instrumented Tubular Plug Offshore Norway

ICONIC, a Stavanger-based company developing wireless monitoring products for downhole applications, has said it has installed its first iTP (Instrumented Tubular Plug) in the Norwegian North Sea. The company, formed in 2020, was born out of ICON Instruments, which was awarded a LOOP contract with Equinor to to develop an instrumented tubular plug (ITP) with wireless communication, aimed at reducing cost related to "dry" wellhead operations by eliminating the need for wireline mobilization and rig-up for securing of the well.ICONIC said Monday the iTP was installed for a major internation

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Fugro Inspecting Cygnus Subsea Structures

Dutch offshore geo-data specialist Fugro will deploy remote monitoring technology to survey subsea structures at the Cygnus gas field in the UK’s southern North Sea.Under the contract awarded by oil and gas company Neptune Energy, Fugro will inspect subsea infrastructure including pipelines and umbilicals, spools and communication cables, and carry out standard structural surveys of the Neptune-operated Cygnus gas platform jackets.The giant gas development was brought online in late 2016 and consists of four platforms. Neptune operates Cygnus with 38.75% stake, with Spirit Energy owning 61.25%.

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Subsea 7's Pipelines and Umbilicals for Aker BP's Hod

Oslo-listed offshore installation giant Subsea 7 will be responsible for the delivery and installation of subsea pipelines and umbilicals at Aker BP's recently sanctioned Hod field development project, in the North Sea offshore Norway.Aker BP has earlier this month filed the plan for development and operation (PDO) of the Hod offshore field to the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy.  The Hod field will be developed using a normally unmanned installation remotely controlled from the Valhall field center, with low CO2 emissions due to power from shore. Total investments for the developmen

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Schlumberger Introduces Remote Well Op and Downhole Reservoir Testing Tech

mentioned Performance Live service "that leverages domain expertise, cloud-based applications and automated data workflows to enable faster, more informed decision making.”Per Schlumberger, extensive qualification of Symphony testing has been conducted offshore Asia, the Middle East, and the North Sea. "In offshore Asia, Symphony testing delivered perforating and well testing services in a challenging shallow reservoir. Using wireless control, Symphony testing eliminated the potential pump out of a conventional drill stem testing (DST) tool string that operates with pressure pulses

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Parat Halvorsen Electric Boilers for Edvard Grieg Platform

their ability to work with us as partners and incorporate our specific requirements, as well as listening to any input we may have,” says field development director in Lundin Energy Norway, Charlotte Berge. “This is the first time an electric boiler is placed outdoors offshore in the North Sea. Therefore, it is essential with high quality in the delivery”, says Berge who signed the documents together with Parat’s managing director, Yngve M. Halvorsen. “This is a great day for us. When the corona situation and the rapid oil price decline hit us, we noticed a wait-and-see

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