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New model tool: the iCon inspection robot searches for cracks. CREDIT: OceanTech

Subsea Robots in the Splash Zone

by marine life: they can also develop tiny leaks, as can infield pipelines accessible via an iCon-equipped ROV.“Climbing down” a platform and into those difficult areas is sort of natural for OceanTech. The company’s origins lie in putting up the transmission lines that crisscross Norway’s fjords. In 2009, they began bringing the tech and techniques offshore. Masts and platforms are structurally similar.“We made climbing our trade,” Schjetne says. “We saw that there was a need for working just below the surface. Divers couldn’t work there. No one could

PSW Spoolbase, the image has been cropped. Source: PSW Group

PSW Takes Over EMAS Spoolbase In Norway

Norway's PSW Group has taken over the operation of the former EMAS spoolbase located in Gulen Industrial Harbor, Western Norway. In a statement on Wednesday, PSW Group said the agreement to take over the spoolbase covered all activities related to the production and spooling of pipelines for offshore use. The spoolbase will be named "PSW Spoolbase".The spoolbase capable of handling a wide range of subsea and offshore piping projects in Northern Europe has a 3700m2 fabrication facility including an integrated indoor tie-in area. It was constructed in 2014 to optimize logistics and

Seismic streamers - Image by DedMityay / Source: Adobe Stock

TGS Q4 Revenue Misses Forecast

Norway's TGS, a supplier of seismic data to the global oil industry, reported lower-than-expected fourth-quarter revenue on Thursday.So-called net segment revenue hit $230 million for the October-December period, while analysts on average had expected revenue of $257 million, according to forecasts published by Refinitiv.TGS did not provide a year-ago comparison for the fourth quarter, but said full-year revenue was up 16.2% from 2018 and that the sales outlook for the first quarter of 2020 was "promising".(Reporting by Terje Solsvik; Editing by Himani Sarkar)

Kevin Murphy, Deputy CEO. Photo: Ocean Installer

Ocean Installer Appoints New CEO

University. In addition to his roles in Technip and TIOS, has experience from the renewables industry with REC Solar as Vice President for Projects.Strømsnes starts his new career in Ocean Installer on February 1, 2020 and will divide his time between the company’s headquarters in Stavanger, Norway and its soon-to-be-opened new office in Oslo

Equinor’s Hywind Tampen project will use floating wind turbines to provide power to the Snorre and Gullfaks oil and gas production facilities.  (Image: Equinor)

Offshore Energy Outlook for 2020

Tampen project will see 11 floating wind turbines deployed as to replace gas turbine power for the Snorre and Gullfaks oil and gas production facilities.Other emissions cutting solutions such as electrification of production assets and unmanned platforms are also high on the agenda, including that of Norway’s largest oilfield services company Aker Solutions, who announced in October that it aims to generate half of its revenue from renewable energy and low-carbon technologies (such as carbon capture and storage, subsea gas compression, floating wind farms, electrification, etc) by 2030.Equinor&rsquo

Peter Nilsson, President & CEO. Photo: Kitron

Kitron Wins OWF Orders

; said Peter Nilsson, President, and CEO of Kitron ASA.Peter added: "This also confirms our ability to supply advanced technical services, such as test development.”  Deliveries are planned for 2020 with a startup in the second quarter. Production will take place at Kitron's plant in Norway

Equinor's Oseberg field center (Photo: Ole Jørgen Bratland, Equinor)

Norway Plans North Sea Power Grid

gas emissions," Jannicke Hilland, chief executive of BKK, said in a statement.Depending on the transmission capacity it could cut emissions by as much as 5 million tonnes a year, or by around a third from current levels, BKK said.BKK and CapeOmega's joint venture Serene Onshore will notify Norway's energy regulator about its plans this week. However, BKK officials said it could take more than a year to make a formal application, with construction potentially starting in 2023."We are in a very early stage, but we've started a dialogue with oil firms to let them know about such

Image Courtesy: uSEA

uSEA Receives Funding for Autonomy

Norwegian start-up uSEA, a company which is proposing a hybrid system to disrupt existing manned vessel supported subsea operations via a subsea and surface drone combination,  has received about $725,000 (6.5 million NOK)  from the Research Council of Norway to develop its active towed docking station for AUVs.uSEA works to step-change autonomy for marine and underwater robotics to offer seabed surveys andThe new project awarded to uSEA will be conducted in collaboration with Blue Logic and NTNU. This will address parts of the overall concept of autonomous underwater docking operations with

(Image: Subsea 7)

Aker Solutions, Subsea 7 Win Ærfugl Subsea Scope

Aker BP has tapped Aker Solutions and Subsea 7 to deliver and install subsea infrastructure for the second phase of the Ærfugl development offshore Norway.The Aker BP operated Ærfugl development is a subsea project being developed in two phases, both tied into the existing floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) on the Skarv field, which is located in the Norwegian Sea, about 210 kilometers offshore Sandnessjøen.Aker BP, which together with partners Equinor, Wintershall DEA and PGNiG approved the final investment decision (FID) for Ærfugl phase 2 in early November

NotiloPlus’ Seasam AUV has been operating around the world. Photo from NotiloPlus.

Subsea Tech's 'March of Miniaturization'

support them. The result is a few new kids on the block and what you could call a rising march of miniaturization.They span from vehicle manufacturers to acoustic and optical sensor system makers. A number of these attended a demonstration event focused on unmanned systems in the offshore space, held by Norway’s Equinor, in Tau, near Stavanger, in October 2019.NotiloPlusStarting with the vehicle manufacturers, one was NotiloPlus, a French start-up, founded in 2016, that’s producing a small but smart ROV.The Seasam weighs in at 9kg and is the missing link between a small and compact but piloted

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