Monday, September 26, 2022

Offshore Energy News

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First UMACK Anchor for CorPower WEC Installed off Portugal

CorPower Ocean, Maersk Supply Service and Dieseko have installed the first commercial-scale UMACK anchor to support the HiWave-5 demonstration project. The anchor has been installed 4km off the coast of Aguçadoura, in northern Portugal, where it will be used to anchor the CorPower C4 Wave Energy Converter, as part of the HiWave-5 project.The UMACK technology is designed to provide a step-change improvement to the vertical holding capacity of pile-type anchors, touting reductions to cost and carbon footprints compared to both monopiles and gravity foundations.“We installed the pile using a

L-R Richard Knox, Romain Chambault and Cameron McNatt (Verlume).

Baker Hughes, Mocean Energy, Verlume Ink MOU

taken place between the three signatories, and the types of opportunities that can now be further explored as part of the MoU.The non-exclusive MoU is not intended to establish any joint venture, partnership or other legal entity among the three signatories.Romain Chambault, vice president services and offshore and Europe, at Baker Hughes commented: “The signing of this strategic MOU demonstrates Baker Hughes commitment to support our customers in finding clean energy technology solutions to decarbonise their offshore assets. "Being a subsea integrator in this partnership with Mocean Energy

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First Subsea Compression Station for Shell's Ormen Lange Arrives at OneSubsea's Horsøy Center

The first of two subsea compression stations built for Shell's Ormen Lange offshore field has arrived at Horsøy, OneSubsea’s Centre of Excellence, outside of Bergen.This is according to Mads Hjelmeland – Managing Director, OneSubsea Processing, who shared the news via social media."This is an important milestone for the Ormen Lange Phase 3 project, which is of major importance for a low-carbon future. Many thanks to everyone who, through exceptional teamwork and dedication to excellence, have made this happen!," Hjelmeland said.Ormen Lange lies at a water depth of 800-1

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Aker BP Taps Vissim to Develop Digital Platform for Offshore Oil Spill Monitoring

conditions and that non-functional systems shall be registered.According to Vissim, the new software is an easy configurable web-based solution for any oil and gas assets. It will be applied to Aker BP-operated assets on the Norwegian continental shelf, and will be easily accessible for both onshore and offshore personnel.The software system will also integrate meteorological data to allow Aker BP to plan for so-called compensating measures in connection with the company’s offshore operations.Vissim’s contract with Aker BP is valid for two years, with options for further extensions. Vissim has

Data from RWE Innogy’s Rhyl Flats offshore windfarm will be included within the project, alongside additional data from planned and operating windfarms in Liverpool Bay and the East Irish Sea (image courtesy of CGG).

CGG Joins UK Research Assessing Ecosystem Impact of Offshore Wind Farms

French seismic data specialist CGG is acting as a special technical partner in a consortium research project led by Bangor University to identify opportunities that benefit biodiversity and the conservation of species around offshore wind farms while also supporting wind farm developers to design long-term environmental monitoring strategies. The project will utilize data supplied by Mona Offshore Wind Ltd. (a joint venture between EnBW and BP), ENI, Ørsted, RWE, and The Met Office, among others. The £2M, four-year ECOWind-ACCELERATE project is funded by the UK Natural Environment

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Tanjung Offshore Services Wins Two-Year Subsea Inspection Contract with Petronas Carigali

Malaysian energy industry solutions provider T7 Global said recently that its subsidiary Tanjung Offshore Services had received a two-year contract from Petronas Carigali for subsea inspection services.The contract, effective until August 2024, will see Tanjung Offshore provide platform-based underwater inspection services by utilizing mini remotelyoperated vehicles (“Mini-ROV”) for over 30 offshore structures such as jackets and pipelines in Malaysia.T7 Global Group Chief Executive Officer, Tan Kay Zhuin said: "This is our third mini-ROV contract, with the previous contracts awarded

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Bouygues Travaux Publics Acquires OO-STAR Floating Wind Foundation Tech

can be adapted to a wide range of marine environments, reducing the carbon footprint of wind farm infrastructures and lowering operating and maintenance costs," Bouygues Travaux Publics said.Bouygues Travaux Publics already owns the gravity-based foundation technology with the Fécamp offshore wind farm project, and is now exclusively acquiring an innovative floating base technology. OO-STAR is a patented semi-submersible wind turbine foundation concept, originally developed by Dr.techn. Olav Olsen and later transferred to Floating Wind Solutions (FWS), which Bouygues Travaux Publics

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CGG's Sercel Buys ION Geophysical's Software Business

includes Orca: a navigation system dedicated to streamers; Gator: a navigation system dedicated to OBN; Mesa: a set of tools for optimizing land and marine seismic crews; and Marlin: a software for managing simultaneous marine operations, used for marine seismic crews, as well as for various other offshore operations and harbors."This acquisition enables Sercel to supplement its range of software and services, and opens further diversification opportunities in simultaneous marine operations, thanks to the Marlin software," CGG said.Sercel plans to operate the newly acquired technology as

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Minesto's Second Sea Kite Online in Faroes

producing electricity.The tidal energy power plant “Dragon 4” will benefit from previous configuration testing executed with the first unit, says Minesto.“As we are now commissioning the second “Dragon 4” unit, it’s with vital experience of cost-efficient onshore and offshore operations. In Vestmanna, we have created a flexible setup, where a small team can assemble and launch the kite in a few hours, practically in all tidal conditions. This operating methodology can be transferred to any location,” says Dr. Martin Edlund, CEO of Minesto.“At first glance

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Reach Subsea Adds Strategic Brazil Contract

subsea services provider Reach Subsea has recently signed contracts amounting totally in excess of NOK 200 million, including an important strategic contract in the Brazilian market, which was signed yesterday (7 Sept). The contract is the first result of a strategic partnership with a Brazilian offshore company."The contract in Brazil is very important for us, not only because of its large size, but also since expansion in Brazil has been high up on our agenda for a long time, and now we are taking the first step. "The market is large, and we have a great product offering following

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Ashtead Technology to Acquire Subsea Dredging Firm WeSubsea

and services.“The acquisition is expected to be completed during Q4 and underlines our ambition to be a global leader in IMR and decommissioning through providing one of the widest subsea equipment and service offerings in these fields to support our customers’ operations across the offshore energy sector.”Ashtead Technology did not share the financial details of the planned acquisition

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Ashtead Technology Names Gillespie as Commercial Director

UK-based subsea equipment rental and solutions specialist Ashtead Technology has named Bob Gillespie as Commercial Director. Gillespie most recently worked for the Norwegian offshore installation services firm Havfram where he was UK Managing Director. Before that he held senior commercial positions with Fugro, TechnipFMC, and McDermott before becoming UK Managing Director of DOF Subsea. Gillespie said: “Ashtead Technology is an ambitious company with a first-class reputation and I am delighted to be joining the business at such a pivotal and exciting time in its evolution. &ld

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ABS, NOV Collaborating on 'Pioneering' Subsea Storage Solution

with NOV and the other project partners on this new technology. It has the capacity to add flexibility to an operator’s logistical package, especially when topside space is limited, and to improve the overall safety profile of upstream storage needs. Our primary goal is always to work with the offshore industry to verify the components that will allow safe and reliable subsea development,” said Patrick Ryan, ABS Senior Vice President of Global Engineering and Technology."NOV is always focusing on developing purposeful and innovative technologies to support new opportunities in our customers&

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Equinor and Vår Energi Support FASTsubsea's Subsea Pump Tech

achievement,” says Morten Pedersen, Engineering Senior  VP for Subsea, at Aker Solutions.  According to Alexander Fuglesang, Managing Director of FASTsubsea, the FASTsubsea technology allows operators to more rapidly and effectively extract additional hydrocarbons from existing offshore wells and installed infrastructurež"End-users are drawn to the technology as increased recovery (IOR) now can be done in a much more environmentally friendly way, and at up to 50 percent lower investment (capex) than conventional subsea pumping systems," the company said

Geospace Technologies Launches Shallow Water Ocean Bottom Recorder

Geospace Technologies on Monday today announced the release of a new seismic acquisition product named Mariner.The company said Mariner was a continuous, cable-free, four-channel autonomous, shallow water ocean bottom recorder."Mariner is the next generation node designed for extended duration seabed ocean bottom seismic data acquisition. The slim profile nodes are ideally deployed as deep as 750 meters. The device continuously records for up to 70 days and offers more rapid recharging times. Its slim profile creates space savings on seismic survey vessels, allowing contractors to fit up to 25%

GPR300 deployed by a remotely-operated underwater vehicle (ROV). The system can also be deployed as a node-on-a-rope (image courtesy of Sercel).

CGG's Sercel Sells 12000 Seabed Nodes to China's BGP

GPR300, the crew expects a further improvement in productivity," Sercel said, without disclosing the financial details of the deal."Now deploying a total of 30,000 GPR300 nodes, the operation is considered the largest seabed seismic exploration project to date," Sercel said.Liu HaiBo, BGP Offshore President, said: “First results have clearly shown the GPR300’s efficiency in the shallow water environment and its added value for high-precision subsurface imaging.  For these reasons, it seemed obvious to continue and widen our  collaborative work with Sercel to provide

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Oceaneering's Hybrid AUV/ROV Achieves TRL 6 For Pipeline Inspection

Subsea services and technology specialist Oceaneering said Monday that its Freedom AUV, has achieved Technology Readiness Level 6 on a 1-9 scale.Oceaneering said that its Freedom, a hybrid AUV/ROV system, is the result of a long-term collaborative relationship between Oceaneering, TotalEnergies, and Chevron dating back to 2014, with Equinor joining the collaboration in 2019. In 2014, Oceaneering began efforts to optimize the delivery of a pipeline inspection service from an AUV. "The close association between customers TotalEnergies, Chevron, and Equinor, and Oceaneering as developer

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Dutch Build Out North Sea Wind Farms, Test Floating Solar Panels

will be cheap, and it may make sense to convert some to hydrogen for use in transport or steel-making.(Reuters - Reporting by Toby Sterling; Editing by Nick Zieminski)TenneT's HKZ Transformer Platforms in Dutch North Sea Hit Major MilestonesFirst Turbine Installed at World's First Subsidy-free Offshore Wind Far

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Inpex, Woodside, TotalEnergies win Australian Offshore Acreage for Carbon Capture Studies

Australia has awarded Japan's Inpex Corp, France's TotalEnergies and Woodside Energy Group offshore acreage permits for assessing carbon emissions storage as the government pushes to speed up emissions reductions.While environmental groups say carbon capture and storage (CCS) has yet to work effectively and will prolong the use of fossil fuels, the Labor government sees it as essential to slashing emissions by 2050.At the same time as announcing the award of the CCS permits, the government also invited bids for new offshore oil and gas exploration acreage, which it said was important for

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Helix, Volstad Agree Long Term Charters for Construction Support Vessel Duo

and emissions and to improve the environmental footprint of vessel operations.Scotty Sparks, Helix’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, stated, “Helix is a global leader in subsea robotics and trenching, and we continue to expand our specialty services to support offshore wind farm developments during their pre-construction, construction, and operations phases. We are pleased to extend the charter agreements with Volstad for the Grand Canyon class vessels as we are committed to supporting a responsible energy transition, increasing offshore renewables activity and

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Ashtead Technology Signs Rental Agreement with RTS

UK-based subsea rental equipment and solutions firm Ashtead Technology has signed a rental agreement with Norway-based RTS, a provider of electronic engineering equipment for the underwater industry.Under the deal, Ashtead Technology will have access to the RTS-owned equipment fleet. In addition, Ashtead Technology has purchased an initial ten Gen 5 multiplexer systems, which will have the capability to upgrade to Gen 6 specification."The Gen 5 is one of the most versatile survey multiplexer systems in the market offering accurate, flexible and robust subsea data transfer combined with user-friendl

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Magseis Fairfield Wins OBN Survey Work with ExxonMobil in Guyana

Oslo-listed marine seismic survey firm Magseis Fairfield has signed a contract with ExxonMobil for a large Ocean Bottom Node (OBN) project offshore Guyana, where ExxonMobil has so far discovered 11 billion barrels of oil.The project is expected to be conducted using our ZXPLR technology and last for a minimum of 14 months.“We are very pleased to have been awarded this large OBN project, which potentially sets the stage for other projects in this region,” says CarelHooijkaas, CEO in Magseis Fairfield. Financial details were not disclosed.Here is how Magseis Farifield's ZXPLR technology

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FerryBox: PONANT Exploration Vessel Collecting Arctic Ocean Data

PONANT’s new science-focused exploration vessel has started collecting Arctic Ocean data with -4H-JENA engineering’s FerryBox multi-parameter water measurement system on board.The system is now being used to evaluate the role of global warming and glacial meltwater on the rising level of oxygen in the oceans aboard PONANT’s Le Commandant Charcot, the world’s only luxury icebreaker, a hybrid-electric vessel powered by liquified natural gas.A unique concept with minimal environmental impact due to her green energy and propulsion systems, Le Commandant Charcot provides a luxurious

Strohm’s TCP provides a non-corroding pipeline solution for offshore green hydrogen projects, with a reduced CO2 footprint - Credit: Strohm

HydrogenOne Invests in Thermoplastic Composite Pipe Maker Strohm

HydrogenOne Capital Growth, dubbed the first LSE-listed investment fund dedicated to clean hydrogen, has agreed to invest £8.4m (EUR 10m) in Strohm, a company manufacturing Thermoplastic Composite Pipes (TCP) for offshore energy applications.HydrogenOne is investing alongside Strohm’s existing investors Shell Ventures, Chevron Technology Ventures and Evonik Venture Capital, in the first close of a funding round totalling £11.8m (EUR 14m). HydrogenOne may also invest up to a further £1.7m (EUR 2m) in the second close of this funding round, which is anticipated to be at least

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Smedley Named President, COO at Deepsea Technologies Inc.

Marcus Smedley has been named president and chief operating officer of Deepsea Technologies, Inc. (DTI). The Houston-based firm engineers and manufactures a wide range of subsea products and equipment used in the offshore oil and gas industry.Smedley will oversee DTI's Houston operations, including WW Industries and P&M Blasting and Coating.Smedley's career spans over 34 years in the upstream oil and gas industry. He has an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M university and an MBA from Southern Methodist University. He brings to DTI  us considerable

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Deutsche Windtechnik Wins 'Cluster' Subsea Inspection Work

Deutsche Windtechnik announced it has signed several contracts for underwater inspections at offshore wind farms in the North Sea and Baltic Sea. As part of a cluster campaign approach, more than 300 annual inspection reports will be generated in the next two years for wind farm owners including Trianel Windpark Borkum I and DanTysk Sandbank Offshore Wind GmbH & Co. KG (51% held by Vattenfall and 49% by Stadtwerke München).Among others Deutsche Windtechnik will conduct back-to-back inspections in Trianel Windpark Borkum I, Sandbank, DanTysk and Butendiek wind farms this year as part of the

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Trell & Trine Project: Aker BP Awards 'Sizeable' Contracts to Aker Solutions, Subsea 7

Norwegian offshore engineering and construction company Aker Solutions, and offshore installation firm Subsea 7, have won 'sizeable' contracts from Aker BP to assist with the development of Trell & Trine offshore discoveries, located in the Alvheim area of the North Sea, off Norway.The project involves a subsea tie-back of approximately 21 kilometers to the Alvheim FPSO, via the existing East Kameleon subsea manifold. Aker BP on Wednesday filed a plan for development and operation (PDO) for Trell & Trine offshore oil development project to the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

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Scana's Subseatec Wins 'Sizeable' Riser Joints Order

Scana's Subseatec has won a contract with an international energy company for the delivery of riser joints. The joints are intended for an offshore field development. Scana said the deal was a sizeable contract for the company, meaning it is worth between NOK 10 million and NOK 50 million.Subseatec’s scope is a delivery of ready-to-use riser joints in low alloyed steel, including engineering, manufacturing, procurement, and documentation. "This order is a strong recognition of the company’s capability to deliver advanced products to the industry and the continuous development

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TDI-Brooks Adds New Tools to Shallow Water Geotechnical Kit

cores up to 6-m in length (and down to 9-m or 12-m with frame extension).  "The topside display informs the winchman of the exact barrel penetration into the soil at any point during the vibrating insertion.  The pVC has been deployed successfully on the US East Coast >200 times for offshore wind farm (OSWF) projects," the company said.For cone penetration testing (CPT) acquisition,  TDI-Brooks has the Neptune 5000 CPT system with its 50-kN push.Deployment of the TDI-Brooks Neptune 5000 off its research vessel R/V BROOK McCALL, operating off the NE US.Additionally, TDI-Brooks

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Emergency Response Plans: Strohm's TCP Flowlines for Woodside's Scarborough Offshore Gas Field

Strohm, the developer of Thermoplastic Composite Pipes (TCP) for offshore energy applications, has won a contract to manufacture and deliver two TCP flowlines for Australia-based Woodside Energy's giant Scarborough offshore gas project. The company said its technology would form an integral part of the relief well emergency response plans for the well construction phase of the Scarborough field development.The development of the Scarborough field in the Exmouth sub-basin off the coast of Western Australia, will feature up to 13 subsea production wells to be constructed and tied-back to a

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International Breakthrough: Reach Subsea's OCTIO Nets 4D Geophysical Monitoring Work in Australia

Reach Subsea's subsidiary OCTIO has won a multi-year geophysical monitoring frame contract with an undisclosed operator offshore Australia.OCTIO will deploy its gWatch service to deliver gravimetry and seabed subsidence measurements."This is an international breakthrough for OCTIO and we welcome this opportunity to work with a new client. We look forward to deploying our cost-efficient gWatch service and supporting the client to maximize gas production sustainably.The Australian monitoring contract is another strong credential for the attractivity of the OCTIO offering, and we are experiencing

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Nauticus Robotics Announces Contract with Shell

team now moves onto the operational qualification phase, which focuses on remote operations of the robotic duo using supervised autonomy and tool control using Nauticus’ acoustic communication networking technology, Nauticus said. The collaboration is targeting the preliminary work required for an offshore pilot project.“Working with a leading company such as Shell marks an exciting milestone for Nauticus, and this collaboration further validates the superior capabilities and extensive use cases of our robots across the energy sector,” said Todd Newell, SVP of Business Development at Nauticus

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C-Kore Mobilizes on North Sea Campaign

around the world on both installation campaigns and fault-finding operations. The Cable Monitor unit con-firms the insulation resistance and continuity of the electrical lines while the Subsea TDR unit localizes anomalies within 20cm. With C-Kore’s automated units and on-line training, no extra offshore support is needed to run the equipment.The Lead Subsea Controls Engineer for the customer commented, “We were very impressed with the Subsea TDR unit, being the first time we used it. It provided very good insight into the state of our subsea equipment. We will definitely be looking to use

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Geoquip Acquires Deep-push CPT Vessel

Global offshore geotechnical data acquisition, analysis and reporting specialist Geoquip Marine has confirmed the continued expansion of its fleet with the addition of a further Integrated Geotechnical Survey Vessel (IGSV) the Geoquip Elena.Geoquip Elena is setup as a specialist deep-push Cone Penetration Testing (CPT) vessel and has been acquired to add vital capacity to the demand from offshore windfarm developers, especially in Europe and North America.The Geoquip Elena is a 4000 ton IGSV, 91m in length and 19m in breadth. It was built at Vard Brattvaag, Norway in 2002.Geoquip Elena is currently

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CGG and bp Ink Data Transformation Deal

CGG on Tuesday announced a multi-year global data transformation and curation agreement with supermajor bp, that will play a key role in supporting bp’s Subsurface digital strategy.Ariel Flores, SVP Subsurface, bp, said, “In our ambition to become ever more predictable and efficient in underpinning our investment decisions, we believe this agreement will provide a true win-win opportunity to leverage the capability of both companies in bringing the hidden value of unstructured data directly into the hands of our Subsurface practitioners.”Sophie Zurquiyah, CEO, CGG, said, “We

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Saipem Wins Contract to Install Pipeline off Italy

Italian energy industry services provider Saipem said it has secured a contract worth approximately €300 million for the transport and installation of an offshore gas pipeline offshore Italy.The E&C contract was awarded by Eni subsidiary Enimed.In total, 60 kilometers of 14-inch gas pipeline will connect the four wells of Argo and Cassiopea fields to the Sicilian coast. Maximum water depth is 660 meters. Saipem said it intends to use its pipelay vessels Castorone and Castoro 10 for the project.In addition, the company's Saipem 3000 crane ship will install umbilicals connecting Cassiopea

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X1 Wind's Floater Concept Ready for Testing

;ñiga said: “Noatum Project Cargo is a very proud partner, involved in T&I operations such as GBS installation, transportation of the prototype and soon, towage towards the installation area. We are honoured to be a part of the first steps of a game changer industry with floating offshore wind, and particularly in setting a milestone with the launching of X1 Wind’s X30 model.”Hengtong central Europe region sales director Rui Batista said, “With the launch and implementation of  X1 Wind X30 model, connected with our special dynamic cable, we finished another

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TechnipFMC Wins Contract for Gas to Energy Project in Guyana

Oilfield services firm TechnipFMC announced it has been awarded a contract by ExxonMobil affiliate Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited for the Gas to Energy Project in Guyana.Subject to final project sanction, TechnipFMC will provide engineering, procurement, construction and installation of subsea risers and pipelines. The project will connect the production from Liza Destiny and Liza Unity floating production, storage and offloading units (FPSO) back to shore, delivering associated gas from the field to a gas-fired power plant that will supply electricity to the community.ExxonMobil

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US DoE Funds Marine Energy Projects

, is working on a Modular and Scalable Small-Scale Mass-on-Spring Wave Energy Convertor (MOSWEC) PowerBuoy system for reliable powering of autonomous ocean monitoring systems. This project will involve the design, build, and ocean testing of the MOSWEC power module. The prototype is designed to power an offshore vessel monitoring system with applications in defense and security.Oscilla Power, Washington, is working on wave-powered, radar-based ocean sensing systems. In their project, Oscilla will build and test in the ocean the MicroTriton, a small wave energy converter platform. The project will involve

Odd Job Multiphase Boosting for OneSubsea, Subsea 7

OneSubsea and its alliance partner, Subsea 7 have won an engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) contract on Kosmos Energy's Odd Job field in the US Gulf of Mexico.Through the EPCI contract with Kosmos, OneSubsea, the subsea technologies, production, and processing systems business of Schlumberger, will supply a subsea multiphase boosting system, topside equipment, and a 16-mile integrated power and control umbilical. Project management, engineering, assembly and testing will be performed at the OneSubsea facilities in Bergen and Horsøy, Norway, while transport to the

The memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed by Yasser Zaghloul and Eoghan O'Lionaird at a ceremony held in Abu Dhabi on May 26, 2022. (Photo: James Fisher and Sons plc)

James Fisher and NMDC Ink Deal to Partner on Marine and Subsea Projects

and Sons plc and Abu Dhabi’s NMDC Group, an engineering, procurement and construction company working in the marine construction and oil and gas industries, have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on projects and opportunities in the oil and gas sector as well as decommissioning, offshore wind and marine civil construction industries worldwide.Combining the expertise, global footprint, scale and capabilities of their subsidiaries, James Fisher and NMDC will develop a series of collaborative joint ventures and consortia to deliver major projects across multiple sectors, markets and

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Oceaneering Wins ROV Service Contract Offshore Brazil

its Subsea Robotics segment has been awarded a service contract supporting Petrobras projects off the coast of Brazil. The contract is for four years plus options to extend.The Houston-based engineering and services firm said it will provide survey and remotely operated vehicle (ROV) services for AKOFS Offshore’s subsea equipment support vessel (SESV) Aker Wayfarer. The scope of work includes the provision of two Millennium Plus work class ROVs, complete specialized tooling packages for each ROV, ROV personnel for simultaneous operations and survey equipment and personnel. Tiago Crespo, Oceaneering&#

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Dogs Trained to Detect Crude Oil on Gulf Coast Beaches

Man’s best friend has long earned its keep in service to humans when it comes to hunting, herding, providing protection, or assisting in searches.Now, a few visionary researchers at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi are interested in training canines to sniff out crude oil on Texas beaches. Poppy, an English Springer Spaniel, and Bin, a German Shorthaired Pointer, are part of the university’s new Oil Detection Canine study.At the Center for Coastal Studies (CCS), housed within the College of Science and Engineering at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, a team is currently focused on

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EMGS Gets Prefunding for a Multi-client Survey Offshore East Canada

Norwegian geophysical services company Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS) on Monday announced it secured $2 million in prefunding for a multi-client survey offshore Newfoundland and Labrador.The acquisition is expected to take place in late third quarter 2022, EMGS said, noting the contract is conditional upon securing the required permits in Canada prior to September 2022.The said it expects to recognize the revenue in the fourth quarter of this year.

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Magseis Fairfield Awarded OBN Contract in Gulf of Mexico

Magseis Fairfield said on Monday it has been awarded an OBN project in the Gulf of MexicoThe Norwegian company last month revealed it had been awarded the conditional contract, and today confirmed the deal has been executed.The project is scheduled to be conducted with Magseis Fairfield’s ZXPLR technology. Acquisition will start in the third quarter and is expected to take approximately three months, Magseis Fairfield said.“We are pleased to continue to work for this repeat customer in the Gulf of Mexico and to continue to build our backlog at improved margins,” said Carel Hooijkaas

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CorPower Ocean Delivers First Commercial-scale Composite WEC H

CorPower Ocean has teamed up with composite machinery specialist Autonational and composite tank experts CPT Tankwell to  develop its first commercial-scale hull in Viana do Castelo (Portugal), using a custom-built machine, installed inside an environmentally controlled work cell.The composite hull forms part of CorPower Ocean’s next generation C4 Wave Energy Converter (WEC), which was recently unveiled at a global launch event in Stockholm, Sweden.Over the last year, process characterization work on quarter-scale models has enabled rapid iterations and continuous tuning to reach targeted

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First UK-Germany Power Link Gets Financial Green Light

institutions, including the UK Infrastructure Bank and the European Investment Bank (EIB).Ambroise Fayolle, vice-president at the EIB, which is set to contribute up to 400 million euros to the project, said: "This project is ground-breaking for the energy transition, as it makes it possible to use offshore wind energy more efficiently."(Reuters - Reporting by Bozorgmehr Sharafedin; editing by Barbara Lewis

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Floating Wind: DemoSATH Floater Launched in Spain (VIDEO)

Spanish offshore engineering firm Saitec Offshore Technologies and renewables giant RWE on Wednesday marked the completion and the launching operation of their DemoSATH floating wind unit. SATH Technology is based on a concrete platform concept with a plug-and-play Single Point Mooring, the same technology used for FPSOs.The DemoSATH project uses a 2MW turbine in a full-scale prototype that will be deployed offshore Bilbao and will be the first floating turbine connected to the Spanish grid."The project moves forward at a fast pace for its installation later this summer. During the next

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Bombora Making Progress with 'World’s Most Powerful' Wave Energy Converter

. The unidirectional axial flow turbine is directly connected to a variable-speed generator to produce electricity.The 900 tonne 1.5MW mWave is 75 meters long, 15 meters wide, and 6 meters high. mWave cell modules can be configured to suit either fixed-bed nearshore foundation systems or floating offshore ocean environments, Bombora said.Bombora Managing Director Sam Leighton said: "The Pembrokeshire Demonstration Project aims to provide a blueprint for future multi-megawatt wave energy projects,” he said. “It will play a crucial role proving both the reliability and competitiveness

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Technip Energies, X1 Wind, Partners to Deliver Important Floating Wind Project

Commission has chosen Technip Energies, X1 Wind, and a consortium of ten international entities, to deliver the NextFloat project, a program aimed at accelerating industrial-scale floating wind.NextFloat project's main objectives are to demonstrate a competitive, sustainable, and integrated floating offshore wind solution optimized for deep waters and to accelerate the industrial-scale deployment of floating offshore wind. The integrated solution relies on X1 Wind's floating offshore wind technology, which, according to the project partners, allows for a lighter floater design and a reduced

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CRP Subsea to Deliver Cable Protection Systems for CFXD Offshore Wind Farm

Offshore wind installation services firm Seaway 7 has awarded CRP Subsea a contract to provide 140 NjordGuard cable protection systems and bellmouths for Changfang and Xidao (CFXD) offshore wind farms located off the west coast of Taiwan. The cable protection systems and bellmouths will protect the inter-array and export power cables for 62 wind turbines and horizontal directional drilling (HDD) conduit cables, from fatigue damage due to the significant wave and current forces in the region.NjordGuard is an integrated cable protection system designed and developed to protect offshore wind farm

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Tekmar Nets Offshore Wind Gig in Japan

Tekmar Group has secured a contract to provide an integrated engineering solution, including Cable Protection Systems ("CPS") and Cable Hang-Off Clamps, for an offshore wind farm project in Japan. The contract is expected to be delivered in 2023.The company did not say who the client was. The financial details were not shared either.Alasdair MacDonald, CEO of Tekmar Group, said: "We are pleased to be announcing this significant contract award, which represents an important strategic milestone as we extend our geographical reach into the Japanese offshore wind market.  This contract

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Decom Engineering Wins Contracts in UK North Sea and W. Africa

Northern Ireland-based Decom Engineering has said it has won two contracts worth more than £300,000 in the North Sea and offshore West Africa. strengthening their reputation as a leading provider of decommissioning services.The company said it had designed and developed a range of cold cutting saws which are deployed on a variety of energy sector decommissioning projects which require pipelines and associated infrastructure to be safely removed.The UK Continental Shelf contract is a conductor recovery and removal project deployed topside on a vessel and Decom’s C1 Chopsaw is expected to

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Mocean Energy Starts Tank Testing Models for 250kW Wave Energy Machine

Mocean Energy has started tank testing models of its 250kW Blue Horizon wave energy machine as part of the EU-funded EuropeWave program.The Edinburgh-based wave power company is of seven technology developers awarded contracts for phase 1 of the €20 million R&D scheme, which will ultimately see three prototype technologies tested at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney and the Biscay Marine Energy Platform (BiMEP) in Spain.The eight-day development program is taking place at the FloWave test facility at the University of Edinburgh, which is able to generate representative sea

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Deepsea Technologies Acquires AF Global UK

Houston-based Deepsea Technologies, Inc. (DTI) on Tuesday announced it has acquire a 100% share AF Global UK Ltd. (AFGUK), the subsea division of AFG Holdings Corporation. The company will now operate under the name Deepsea Technologies UK Ltd.Subsea connection systems specialist AF Global UK has delivered more than 1,700 systems, serving all key subsea regions globally.DTI said it will integrate its existing technologies and products to create a solutions-based subsea hardware organization. The acquisition adds UK operations to DTI's existing structure in the US, Brazil and India.Sanjay Reddy

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RWE Brings Online Its First Floating Solar Plant

RWE has commissioned its first floating photovoltaic (PV) project. The project consists of around 13,400 solar panels that float on a lake near the Amer power plant in Geertruidenberg, in the Netherlands’ province of Noord- Brabant. The floating solar field has an installed capacity of 6.1 megawatts peak (MWp). The floating project was the latest of three solar installations at the Amer power plant.Roger Miesen, CEO of RWE Generation and Country Chair for the Netherlands: ”With Solar Park Amer we demonstrate that it is possible to turn conventional asset sites into landmark projects

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Portugal's EDP to Scale Up Offshore Solar Plants in Southeast Asia

Portugal's main utility EDP will scale up its offshore floating solar farms in Southeast Asia, hoping to get a big slice of 16 gigawatt of photovoltaic power the region is expected to install over rivers and seas by 2030.EDP Chief Executive Officer Miguel Stilwell said on Friday the first of these farms, with a capacity of 5 megawatts, launched last year in Singapore by its unit Sunseap - Southeast Asia's fourth-largest solar operator - showed "positive and encouraging results"."EDP sees this new technology as a good trigger for its expansion in Southeast Asia, and is already

Rovco Nets UXO, Seabed Survey Deal at Dutch Offshore Wind Farm

Subsea and hydrographic survey services firm Rovco has signed a contract with the Dutch marine services contractor Van Oord to carry out subsea investigation works on Dutch offshore wind farm Hollandse Kust Noord. Rovco will perform an unexploded ordnance (UXO) investigation and identification campaign, as well as survey work across nominated locations on the wind farm with the removal of any potential debris objects at the site which may impede foundation and cable installation works.A high-definition 3D reconstruction of a surrogate UXO target using SubSLAM X2 technology. The surrogate target

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VIDEO: Ørsted, DSV Test Cargo Drone Use in Offshore Wind Operations

Offshore wind developer Ørsted and logistics firm DSV are partnering up to test the use of cargo drones on offshore wind farms, with the aim to bring the spare parts warehouse closer to the service technicians.Ørsted said: "Offshore wind farms are usually located far from shore, and the service technicians and necessary spare parts are usually transported by ship. "Technicians bring their tools and the components most often needed for the wind turbines, but if special spare parts are needed, they must go back onshore to get them. This is both costly and time-consuming

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MANTAS USV Enters the SES Rental Pool

; of MANTAS T12 USVs, as synchronized unmanned platforms can survey an area of the seafloor many times faster than a single manned platform. “Speed is a key factor in optimising marine surveys and providing more value to the end-customer,” said Daniel Esser, Managing Director of Nicola Offshore, which will be one of the first survey companies to augment its provision of survey services with the MANTAS T12. “As an offshore specialist with our own high-speed survey vessels, we are very keen to see how this new USV can help us deliver more value for our clients and potentially offer

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TSC Subsea Deploys 'Industry's First' Acoustic Deepwater Hydrate Detection Solution

Norway-based subsea inspection solutions provider TSC Subsea said Thursday it had launched an industry first in acoustic deepwater hydrate detection solution, first deployed at a project offshore Angola.According to the company, the solutions. called the ART vPush, provides efficient, cost-effective, hydrate detection at a level that has not been previously available.The tool uses TSC Subsea’s ART technology on a moving platform to rapidly assess pipeline contents over complete pipe runs. Data is collected in real-time and processed with several algorithms to monitor signals from the far side of

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Havfram Bags Senegalese Mooring Pre-Lay Contract from MODEC

Offshore services company Havfram announced it has been awarded a contract from MODEC Offshore Production Systems (Singapore) Pte Ltd. (MODEC) for the pre-installation of the subsea mooring system for a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) in 2022.MODEC’s parent company, MODEC, Inc., will supply this facility to Woodside, for deployment in Senegal as part of the Sangomar Field Development Phase 1 project. This phase will target approximately 230 million barrels of crude oil.“The Sangomar Field Development Phase 1 FPSO Mooring Pre-Lay project is another significant mooring

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Digitalization: Leveraging Digital Innovation in Offshore Energy

There is an increasing expectation that oil and gas firms can demonstrate their value and efficiency through more data-centric processes, managing costs and reacting more quickly to changing market conditions. While the sector has typically been slow to adopt digital innovations, today’s offshore energy markets are fluid and fast-changing, and the ‘business as usual’ model will not necessarily yield the best future results.AI, automation and data-driven solutions are helping companies across industries to reduce costs, improve efficiency and cut emissions. Implementing digital

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TechnipFMC to Deliver Subsea Production Systems for TotalEnergies' CLOV3 Project Offshore Angola

Oilfield services company TechnipFMC has won a contract with TotalEnergies EP Angola to supply subsea production systems for the CLOV3 development in Block 17, offshore Angola. TechnipFMC said the contract was a “significant” one, which for TechnipFMC means it is worth between $75 million and $250 million.This is the first contract under the companies’ new framework agreement covering subsea trees for brownfield developments in Block 17 in Angola. The CLOV3 contract includes what TechnipFMC calls Subsea 2.0 trees and associated controls, umbilical termination assemblies, jumpers

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Rovco Returns to Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm

For the third year running, Rovco, a provider of offshore subsea and survey solutions, has been awarded a contract to carry out work on the Beatrice offshore wind farm.Commencing this month, the project will be delivered by Rovco’s UK-based team, and will involve survey work on all inter array cable and subsea jacket locations across Beatrice. The survey work provides a focused approach to the monitoring and reporting of asset and critical infrastructure conditions year-on-year, delivering vital insights that enable the planning of potential preventative maintenance and remedial works.Operated

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James Fisher Wraps IRM Project for NEO Energy

;s continued operational capability and high performance to preserve safety and stability around the GPIII’s turret mooring system during ongoing production activities.Following the fast-tracked development of project specific procedures by the project delivery team, JF Subtech chartered the offshore construction vessel Olympic Challenger and mobilized a team of 35 offshore personnel to safely execute the scope of work.The scope of work included the removal of an existing thruster by lowering it through the GPIII hull, followed by subsea transfer and recovery to the deck of the diving support

UTC Award jury chair Bjørn Søgård presents this year’s award to Ronan Michel, DC/FO product line manager, and Karl Atle Stenevik – Equinor Specialist, Subsea Umbilicals and Cables. Image courtesy UTC

Alcatel Submarine Network’s DC/FO Tech together with Equinor ASA wins the 2022 UTC Award

An innovative new subsea controls architecture designed to simplify how new fields and carbon capture and storage (CCS) sites can be developed and expanded has been announced as the winner of this year’s Underwater Technology Conference (UTC) Award.Alcatel Submarine Networks’ (ASN) DC/FO subsea power and communications solution combines subsea controls and power in a single, open-standard and standardised high voltage DC and fibre optic cable, reducing the cost and complexities involved in traditional and often more bespoke umbilical cable solutions.The same standard cross section can be

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Subsea Compression: A Step Change at Ormen Lange

Shell and OneSubsea are on track to realizing a vision for subsea compression that will set new standards for delivering gas. When it comes onstream in late 2025, the Ormen Lange Phase 3 subsea multiphase compression project will expand the limits of this technology through one of the lowest carbon footprint developments globally, supporting the roadmap to net zero.How this step change in subsea technology is being achieved in the Norwegian Sea was the focus of an Underwater Technology Conference plenary session on subsea compression, led by Mads Hjelmeland – Managing Director, OneSubsea Processin

CorPower Ocean Debuts "Commercial Scale" Wave Energy

CorPower Ocean unveiled the CorPower C4, its first commercial scale Wave Energy Converter (WEC) and CorPack clusters, which the company contends will provide the building blocks for utility scale wave farms.Ultimately, the new CorPower C4 device will form part of a four-system wave array, off the coast of Aguçadoura, Portugal, creating a grid-connected wave farms.“This has been a decade-long development, with significant strides in the last few years to industrialise and optimize our wave energy technology," said Patrik Möller, Co-founder & CEO. "Following today’s

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