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Deme Offshore Joins Neptune's Hydrogen Project

Offshore installation contractor Deme Offshore has joined Neptune Energy's PosHYdon pilot, the world’s first offshore green hydrogen project, being developed in the Dutch North Sea.Part of the Belgian Deme Group,  the company joins as a partner and will provide the hydrogen unit for installation on the Neptune-operated Q13a platform. The pilot aims to integrate three energy systems in the North Sea: offshore wind, offshore gas, and offshore hydrogen by producing hydrogen from seawater on the Q13a.Lex de Groot, Managing Director of Neptune Energy in the Netherlands, said: “The

The Northern Lights template on the seabed (Photo: Equinor)

Equinor-led Group Approves Northern Lights CCS Project

A group of European energy companies led by Norway's Equinor agreed on Friday to develop jointly a facility beneath the North Sea to store carbon dioxide storage, a technology that helps in the fight against climate change.The Northern Lights carbon capture and storage (CCS) project, a partnership with Royal Dutch Shell and Total, is expected to cost 6.9 billion Norwegian crowns ($675.23 million), Equinor said in a statement.The project is still subject to final approval by Norwegian authorities.CCS technology includes pumping heat-trapping carbon dioxide from the air and injecting it into undergrou

10 million m³ of sand have been deposited around the Houtribdijk levee, protecting infrastructure against waves and nature’s elements. Photo: Frank Janssens/Rijkswaterstaat.

Dutch Flood Defense, The Natural Way

system, Nortek was selected to supply key measuring instruments and set up the data telemetry system.The Houtribdijk is a 25 km long levee, or dike, separating two large artificial lakes, the IJsselmeer and Markermeer. The lakes and accompanying levees protect the Netherlands from the forces of the North Sea’s extreme weather events, and from flooding from inland freshwater river systems.After years of exposure to the elements, the Houtribdijk was in need of major maintenance. The traditional way to make it more secure would have been to bolster the barrier of rocks and other building materials

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IOG Taps Subsea 7 for North Sea Project SURF

Offshore installation company Subsea 7 has won a contract by Independent Oil and Gas (IOG) to provide Subsea, Umbilicals, Risers, and Flowlines (SURF) for Phase 1 of IOG's Core Project in the UK Southern North Sea.Subsea 7 will be responsible for the project management, engineering, procurement, construction, and installation of 35km of flow lines between the IOG's Southwark, Blythe, and Elgood fields, together with subsea structures, an umbilical, and associated subsea tie-ins.More precisely, Subsea 7 will provide a 6km 24-inch extension to the Thames Pipeline to the Southwark platform

Neptune Energy’s Q13a platform, set to be home to a hydrogen production facility under the pilot project. (Photo: Neptune Energy)

Another Partner Joins Dutch Offshore Hydrogen Project

Oil and gas firm Neptune Energy has informed that another partner - Eneco - has joined the PosHYdon pilot, the world’s first offshore green hydrogen project, being developed in the Dutch North Sea.PosHYdon integrates three energy systems in the Dutch North Sea: offshore wind, offshore gas, and offshore hydrogen and will involve the installation of the hydrogen-producing plant on the Neptune-operated Q13a offshore platform. The plan is for the plant to convert electricity generated by offshore wind farms into hydrogen.As a partner, Eneco will supply simulated wind data from its offshore wind farm

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Van Oord Installs Slip Joint Foundation at Borssele Wind Farm Site

Dutch offshore installation and construction company has installed what it calls the "Slip Joint" foundation at the Borssele Wind Farm Site V in the Dutch sector of the North Sea.The Slip Joint is an alternative connection between foundation elements, a monopile, and a transition piece. It consists of two conical sections placed on top of each other. The foundation was installed at at the Borssele Wind Farm Site V on April 25."It is the first time anywhere that a submerged Slip Joint was used on a full-sized offshore wind turbine on a fully commercial basis," Van Oord said Tuesday.

Ashtead -DMS installed on a Subsea Template as seen from ROV camera. Photo: Ashtead

Challenges of Underwater Structure Monitoring for Offshore Operations

, it is crucial that the positioning and monitoring of vast subsea structures can be tracked in real time. Global subsea equipment solutions specialist Ashtead Technology has developed technology suitable for subsea installation monitoring, which was successfully deployed for two major projects in the North Sea.First carbon capture and storage project for Ashtead Technology’s DMSDeveloped by Equinor in partnership with Shell and Total, the Northern Lights project is the first of its kind in the North Sea and aims to securely collect and transmit CO₂ from onshore sources and store this under the

Barry Macleod, Rever Offshore CEO - Image by Rever Offshore

'Major' North Sea Deal for Rever Offshore with Perenco

UK-based Rever Offshore has said it has won "a major" contract win with Perenco the Southern North Sea.The company said the contract was a multi-million-pound one, but did not provide the exact value.According to Rever Offshore, the award is part of the larger Southern Hub Area Redevelopment Project (SHARP), and comprises two campaigns.During the course of the two campaigns which will last for a year and a half, Rever Offshore will install a rigid riser and complete the pipeline tie-in diverting production from the Leman AC Platform to the Leman AP Platform, in addition to conducting pre-commi

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Offshore Drilling: It’s Going to Get Worse Before It Gets Better

awards, particularly those where drilling is not planned until 2021 or later, should continue but it is reasonable to assume that the number of contracts finalized during the next few months will be minimal. Note, however, during this writing there was a contract signing for a short semi program in the North Sea, so not all is lost!The world has been transformed in the past month. Many are predicting a prolonged downturn in the oil market but there remains much uncertainty over its duration and depth. COVID-19 is having a catastrophic impact on oil demand and how long the various travel bans and lockdowns

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OSV Powers Up for Deepwater Efficiency the Island Offshore Way

. Our newest W2W vessel, Island Clipper retains most of its original PSV capacities, but we have expanded its capabilities with a flexible gangway that can be mobilised within 48 hours, making it an ideal solution for maintenance on unmanned installations – the number of which is growing in the North Sea. Looking ahead the safe passage and transfer these vessels provide could be a real alternative to helicopters for some projects.”Navigating a recoveryThe introduction of Island Victory and Island Clipper shows that something is being done right at Island Offshore’s HQ in the well-known

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