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Seismic From Below

record long offset refraction data for improved velocity mapping west of the Shetland Isles. One of the first commercial reflection OBS survey was undertaken in 2003/4 by Seabird Exploration for Pemex over the Canterel/Sihil field offshore Mexico. The node technology used for this survey was developed in Norway, following ground breaking research undertaken by Statoil (recently renamed Equinor) with their SUMIC (SUbsea seisMIC) ocean bottom four component cable system.“For many years the superior quality of OBS data over towed streamer data, even wide azimuth streamer data, has been widely accepted

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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.

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Real-time Sea State Data Made Available in the Cloud

.” He confirms that customers may also purchase the sensors if they choose, and subscribe to the cloud service.Energy major Equinor is the first Miros customer to take advantage of the cloud-based sea state data offering, using it to monitor wave conditions at their gas pipeline landfall on Norway’s west coast. The pipeline requires regular inspection and maintenance performed by divers, and accurate monitoring of the near-shore sea state is crucial to diver safety.“Miros dry system monitoring proved to be more attractive for Equinor than wave buoys, due to enhanced safety, low

CSS Lightweight Pipeline Lifting and Handling Frames have been used for more than 1000 freespan correction operations, and folds into a 10' container for effective transportation and storage (Photo: Unique Group)

Unique Group Partners with Connector Subsea Solutions

Offshore solutions provider Unique Group said it has entered into a formal collaboration agreement with Norway headquartered Connector Subsea Solutions (CSS).Established in the year 2000, Connector Subsea Solutions are a specialist provider of Inspection, Maintenance and Repair (IMR) solutions for subsea pipelines, risers and conductors. The company operates from four countries in Europe and South America.According to Unique Group, the newly entered collaboration will help bolster its lineup of rental subsea equipment and solutions, and further enhance and simplify its capabilities in the field of

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Equinor to Boost Drilling to Extend Norwegian Shelf Life

Oil producer Equinor aims to boost the recovery rate from its Norwegian fields to well above the global average to extend production from the mature basin beyond 2030.Equinor announced plans on Tuesday to drill up to 3,000 wells offshore from its native Norway in coming decades - almost as many as it has drilled since its startup in 1972 - to mitigate declining output from older fields, and extend the production lifetime of more than 20 installations.The company said it remained on track for to keep profitable oil and gas production in Norway towards 2030, but needed new measures to tackle a decline

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Arctic Offshore Salmon Farm to Come Online in Late 2020

Norway Royal Salmon is on track to begin output from its Arctic Offshore Farming development project in 2020, CEO Charles Hoestlund told Reuters on Tuesday."We are on track to begin output of small salmon in autumn 2020 (and then it takes 1-2 years before harvesting)," Hoestlund said while presenting the company's second-quarter earnings."Investments are in the range 625-650 million Norwegian crowns ($74-$77 million) for two facilities with 3,000 tonnes of salmon in each of them," he said.Norway Royal Salmon was awarded development licences this year to produce up to 5,990

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Aker BP CEO Predicts Fast Johan Sverdrup Ramp-up

Aker BP, a partner in Norway's giant Johan Sverdrup oilfield, expects a fast ramp-up of production when the initial development phase ends in late 2019, its chief executive said on Thursday."I think it will be done in a few months, because the production per well is so high," Karl Johnny Hersvik told Reuters on the sidelines of an energy conference.Johan Sverdrup Phase 1 will have capacity to produce 440,000 barrels of oil equivalents per day (boed), while the second phase, starting production in 2022, is expected to further boost output to 660,000 boed.Sweden's Lundin Petroleum

The Maritime Alliance Seeks Executive Director

. The ideal candidate would be in position to start on November 1, 2018.Entering its 13th year in 2019, TMA has over 90 regional and international members and is a proud charter member of the BlueTech Cluster Alliance made up of 10 leading BlueTech clusters from 8 countries (Canada, France, Ireland, Norway, Portugal, Spain, U.K. & U.S)The Executive Director works closely with the President and the Board of Directors to promote a common Blue Voice and create an ecosystem of companies, policy makers, economic development officials, researchers, educators, innovators and students that collaborate

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Kongsberg to Equip New Heavy Lift Crane Vessel

Kongsberg Maritime has secured a contract worth approximately $13 million to equip a new heavy lift crane vessel for Offshore Heavy Transport (OHT) with an innovative technology suite. The vessel, a customized Ulstein Design & Solutions BV design, marks the entry of the Norway-based Offshore Heavy Transport (OHT) into the offshore renewables and installation market. Options exist for a further three vessels, but the first is currently under construction by China Merchants Heavy Industry (CMHI) and is scheduled to enter service in 2021.The 216.3m, 48,000 dwt vessel has been designed with

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Mapping the Future

ahead of us and it will require a variety of different approaches. Each innovation, however, plays an important role as we focus on understanding our oceans better. The key benefits to using a USV and AUV is that they are cheaper and safer ways to produce higher-resolution data.You tested USV Maxlimer in Norway with Kongsberg Maritime last September. What were you aiming to achieve at this stage and did everything go according to plan?Our sea trials over the summer prepared us well for the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE Technology Readiness Tests and allowed us to successfully complete all 11 of the criteria

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Transocean to Buy Ocean Rig in $2.7 Bln Deal

.Transocean earlier this year acquired Norwegian rig firm Songa Offshore in a $1.1 billion deal."We see strong contract opportunities emerging across the globe for the combined fleet (particularly in Brazil)," analysts at Tudor Pickering & Holt Co wrote in a note on Tuesday.Majors, including Norway's Equinor, Chevron Corp and BP, won bids for offshore blocks in Brazil, which hold billions of barrels of oil.Elsewhere, Exxon Mobil Corp said last month it had begun offshore exploration drilling off Australia's southeast coast, while also pursuing finds at its offshore Guyana discovery

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Digitization of the Norwegian Continental Shelf

.The system, developed by Eni Norge in cooperation with Safetec and SINTEF, measures and monitors more than 10,600 technical components in real time.The solution reflects several years of intensive work in the industry to develop better methods and systems for risk management. Since 2013, Eni Norway with design and engineering support from Safetec and SINTEF, and software development of Eigen Ltd, has developed a BSP-Barrier Status Panel (BSP) tool to provide better information about the status of major accident-critical barriers for use in daily priorities. The tool had its official launch

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Nexans Wins Cable Contract for Northwester 2 Wind Farm

wind farm to the Elia-owned Offshore Switch Yard (OSY) platform connected to Modular Offshore Grid (MOG). The three-core HVAC cable, rated at 220 kV, with state-of-the-art XLPE insulation will be supplied by Nexans in one length. Cable testing and termination works will then be carried out by the Nexans Norway team.The submarine cable will be manufactured in early 2019 in the Nexans Norway facility in Halden, Norway, while the associated accessories will be delivered by Nexans Switzerland plant located in Cortailod, Switzerland.The Northwester 2 wind farm is expected to make a significant contribution

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Aker Bets on Software Engineers for Its Oil Business

even agreed to share its real-time oilfield data with Aker in what they say is an industry first."This will be the first time two different operators, or oil companies, will share operations/production data live from two producing fields, that is between Edvard Grieg and Ivar Aasen," a Lundin Norway representative told Reuters.By combining all the data that typically sits in different digital silos - such as matching flow sensors with the piece of machinery they actually sit on - Cognite says its software can help reduce maintenance costs, extend the lifespan of equipment and avoid damaging

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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Teledyne Gavia Introduces ASW Training Target Module

Autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) manufacturer Teledyne Gavia said it has recently delivered a Sonar Transponder Module (STM) for ASW training to an undisclosed military customer.The STM module made by Scanmatic AS of Norway and integrated into a Gavia payload module is capable of receiving and retransmitting sonar signals for training sonar operators. The STM consists of a flooded transducer compartment, an electronic compartment and a hydrophone that is towed behind the Gavia AUV. The STM is programmable to emulate different types of realistic submarine target characteristics including sizes and

Norway to Spend More Looking for O&G Near Russian Border

Norway plans to step up spending on looking for oil and gas in the northern Barents Sea close to its border with Russia, the country's 2019 budget showed on Monday.The government has proposed to allocate an extra 50 million Norwegian crowns ($6.04 million) to conduct a so-called 3D survey over a large geographical structure that straddles the border with Russia."Knowledge is crucial both for good resource management and for safeguarding national economic interests," Norway's Oil and Energy Minister Kjell-Boerge Freiberg said in a statement.The country's oil and energy ministry

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