Thursday, February 29, 2024

Offshore Energy News

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Sulmara Expands Subsea Offer with New Business Line

services that are managed internally, processed internally and reported internally, giving them greater confidence in the results, and a simpler path to issuing a contract,” added Perry Balls.Sitting alongside existing offerings across uncrewed and remote technology, site characterization and offshore support services, the new business line will complement the high-quality and efficient services Sulmara has become renowned for in recent years.The news follows the announcement of the company’s biggest commitment yet to the renewable energy industry after it signed a three-year deal with

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Helix Secures Five-Year Decommissioning Contract in Gulf of Mexico

U.S.-based oil and gas services firm Helix Energy Solutions has signed a five-year agreement with oil and gas company Talos Energy for decommissioning services in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.Helix Energy Solutions will provide decommissioning services for offshore wells and infrastructure, primarily on the U.S. Gulf of Mexico Shelf as part of the agreement signed in February 2024.Decommissioning work under the contract is expected to start in the second quarter 2024, Talos Energy said in an update.This follows Helix Energy Solutions’ engagement in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico from 2023, when the company

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DeepOcean Gets Pipelines Inspection Job in North Sea

.In addition to its extensive infield pipeline networks, Equinor also has operational responsibility for the world's most extensive subsea pipeline system for transportation of gas.The latest contract is an additional award under DeepOcean’s frame agreement with Equinor for the provision of offshore survey services.“Equinor is the largest operator on the NCS and Europe’s leading energy provider through both oil and gas and renewable energy assets. We are proud to continue to support Equinor with subsea services in the North Sea. We will utilise the vessel Edda Flora with our Superior

Helix Energy Solutions' Q4000 (Credit: Helix Energy Solutions)

Helix Secures Deepwater Well Intervention Contract in West Africa

U.S.-based oil and gas services firm Helix Energy Solutions has been awarded a deepwater well intervention contract award by Esso Exploration and Production Nigeria (Esso) at Erha and Usan fields, offshore Nigeria.The project is expected to start in September 2024 with the vessel scheduled to be in Nigeria into 2025.The Erha and Usan fields - developed by Esso, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil Nigeria - are located approximately 97 kilometers offshore of Nigeria in water depths ranging from 700 to 1,500 meters.Under the contract, Helix will provide the Q4000, a DP3 riser-based semi-submersible well interventi

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SNEPCo Wraps Up Remotely Controlled Well Completion Op Offshore Nigeria

Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo) has performed the first remotely controlled well completion operation at Bonga field, offshore Nigeria.The operation was conducted at the Bonga field, in 1,060 meters water depth. The well completion operation was performed using a Remotely Operated Controls System (ROCS) that has been supplied by Norwegian technology company Optime Subsea.Optime Subsea's ROCS eliminates the need for both the umbilical, which traditionally connects the surface to the seabed for controlling the tubing hanger in subsea well completions, and the topside

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Balmoral Comtec Names Lowdon Nonexecutive Director

Balmoral Comtec, a division of Balmoral Group and a key player in the offshore energy supply chain, announced it has appointed Dr. Alan Lowdon OBE as nonexecutive director, in move aiming to strategic Balmoral's offshore wind ambition.Lowdon brings over 35 years of experience from various directorial roles in the renewable energy sector, where he has been responsible for strategic, service and product development. Notably, Lowdon was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for 'Services to UK-US Offshore Wind Collaboration' in January 2022's Queen's New Year's Honor List.

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Kremlin Calls Denmark's Move to End Nord Stream Pipeline Blast Probe Absurd

The Kremlin said on Monday that a decision by Denmark to drop its investigation into the 2022 Nord Stream 2 pipeline explosions was "close to absurdity."Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Denmark had recognized that the blasts had been an act of premeditated sabotage, but had decided not to go further with the investigation anyway because the case involved Copenhagen's close allies.Denmark Ends Investigation of Nord Stream Pipeline BlastsHe said Denmark had refused requests to provide information about its investigation. (Reporting by Reuters, Editing by Andrew Osborn)

Far Scimitar AHTS (Credit: Solstad Offshore)

Solstad Scoops $7M for Two AHTS Vessels

Norwegian vessel owner Solstad Offshore has sold two anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessels, securing a profit of approximately $7.1 million for the transaction.The AHTS vessels, Far Sound and Far Scimitar, have been in layup in Asia since 2016 and 2018.Fars Sound is a 2007-built AHTS, with the length of 78.1 meters and of UT 712 L design.Far Scimitar is of the same design, with 78.3 length. It was built in 2008.The sale was made through Solstad Reder, a wholly owned subsidiary of Solstad Maritime Holding.Delivery of the vessels to the new owner took place on February 23, 2024.

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The APAC Offshore Market: Riding the Wave of Success into 2024 and Beyond

2023 was the first year of real recovery for owners in the offshore supply market and yet we have barely skimmed the surface of what’s to come.The market is still on an upward trajectory with charter rates accelerating month-by-month, availability changing day-by-day, leading to earnings doubling and, in some segments, tripling since the lows of 2020. Current rates will remind many of the glory days of pre-2014 with the demand for OSVs projected to remain elevated for years to come.In general, offshore deepwater economics have improved and the increasing pace of FID announcements indicates

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Boskalis Commissions BOKA Ocean Cable-Laying Vessel

under the names BOKA Northern Ocean and BOKA Southern Ocean.Although they are still similar in appearance, each vessel has now its own specialty. The BOKA Southern Ocean and BOKA Northern Ocean are high-end construction support vessels, busy with IRM and decommissioning work in the North Sea and various offshore wind farm construction activities in Southeast Asia.According to Boskalis, the BOKA Ocean vessel will soon install her first subsea cable for an offshore wind farm in Europe.“We thank our Boskalis Central Fleet Support department, Fleet Management department and the Subsea Cables business

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AGR Extends Well Control Services Contract with Equinor

AGR, an ABL Group company, has signed a contract extension with Equinor for the provision of blowout and well control studies on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS).Within the framework of the new two-year agreement, AGR will offer services such as blowout contingency planning, well control emergency response, casing magnetization service, and general transient flow analyses.“The contract reinforces a long-standing collaboration with the largest operator on the NCS. In fact, we have conducted more than 250 studies for Equinor since 1991, and we look forward to building on this experience and

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US Supplier to Provide Subsea Wellhead Systems for Woodside’s Trion

U.S. offshore energy industry equipment maker Dril-Quip has been selected to supply the subsea wellhead systems for the Woodside Energy's Trion development offshore Mexico.The Trion project, a greenfield deepwater development, includes 24 wells across two phases.Woodside's decision to use Dril-Quip's BigBore IIe Subsea Wellheads will leverage the system's field-proven sealing technology and 2 MM lb. lockdown capacity.The BBIIe system eliminates lockdown sleeves during drilling and production, which can save rig time and reduce costs, according to the company.Dril-Quip's Mexican

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Enhanced Drilling Wins Equinor Contract for Norwegian Ops

Enhanced Drilling has secured a five-year frame agreement with Equinor to provide its subsea technologies to be used for operations on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.The frame agreement is the first in its kind for Enhanced Drilling, and covers all technologies in its product portfolio.EC-Drill, which is included in the frame agreement, is a Controlled Mud Level (CML) system, where the wellbore pressure is accurately managed using a subsea pump attached to the riser. The system operates with subsea annulars to enable full pressure management in all sections of the well.Enhanced Drilling’s

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PGS Hooks 3D Acquisition Project in Mediterranean Sea

Norwegian offshore seismic survey firm PGS has secured a 3D project in the Mediterranean for a major energy company.The Ramform Hyperion is scheduled to start the survey early March and the project has a total duration of approximately 30 days.“We are very pleased with this acquisition project award, extending the Ramform Hyperion’s campaign in the Mediterranean until the end of March. After completing this project, the Ramform Hyperion will steam to the Norwegian continental shelf and commence well pre-funded multi-client projects,” says Rune Olav Pedersen, President & CEO of PGS.

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DOF Secures $13M Offshore Wind Export Cable Repair Job

Norwegian offshore vessel operator DOF Group has been awarded a contract by an international energy operator to repair an export cable for an offshore wind farm in Southern North Sea.The project includes the retrieval of the damaged cable and termination, installation, trenching and commissioning of the replacement cable.DOF’s contract scope includes project management, engineering, procurement and logics of cable and all associated equipment as well as the complete offshore works.Preparations have already commenced from DOF’s expert cable team across Aberdeen, Scotland and Bergen, Norway.

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EnergyPathways Gets Subsea Support for Low-Emission Gas Field in Irish Sea

of Understanding (MoU) with EnergyPathways and MCS Group, through its UK subsidiary MCS Subsea Solutions, to advance the development of the Marram field.Under the terms of the MoU signed on February 9, Mermaid and MCS Group have agreed to jointly undertake FEED, project support, procurement and offshore construction services to EnergyPathways, the owner and operator of the East Irish Sea project.As part of the work scope, EnergyPathways has already contracted with MCS and Mermaid in respect of initial work orders, the results of which will allow the company to define the scope of the final contract

Ocean Marlin (Credit: Sulmara)

Sulmara Set to Refit Ocean Marlin Vessel Under New Multi-Year Charter Deal

Glasgow-headquartered subsea specialist Sulmara has signed a three-year deal with Atlantic Offshore to charter the DP II multi-purpose support vessel Ocean Marlin, that will undergo substantial refitting to accommodate the needs of renewable energy sector.As part of the contract, Sulmara, who earlier in February announced the signing of a Master Service Agreement with Asso.subsea, will undertake a substantial refit of the emergency response rescue vessel (ERRV) to transform it for use in the renewables sector.The refit will include the installation of class-leading survey equipment, a subsea crane

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ROVOP Partners Up with Boskalis to Boost Subsea Services Across Energy Industry

as required.ROVOP’s diverse fleet of vehicles allows for varying configurations onboard the Boskalis Subsea Services fleet depending on the end client requirements.This partnership is an extension of an existing relationship, which sees significant cooperation between both companies both on and offshore.Driven by increased demand and limited supply in the subsea market, the agreement enhances supply chain reliability, according to the companies.Being enabled with the right ROV operated by the right skilled offshore personnel is key in delivering efficiency and consistency across projects.Crucially

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TDI-Brooks Wraps Geotechnical Survey in Gulf of Campeche

TDI-Brooks, a U.S.-based marine services company specializing in geotechnical and offshore survey projects, reports it has completed a geotechnical coring campaign in the Gulf of Campeche offshore Mexico.As a subcontractor of Drebbel de Mexico out of Cd. del Carmen, TDI-Brooks deployed its geotechnical coring tools and operators on the Laguana Azul. A total of 158 gravity CPTs (gCPTs) and eight T-Bars in three pipeline corridors was performed.(Photo: TDI-Brooks)

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Eidesvik-Agalas JV to Build New IMR Vessel on Charter with Reach Subsea

Eidesvik Offshore, together with Norwegian shipowner Agalas, has entered into an agreement to build a new construction support vessel (CSV), which is on charter with Reach Subsea.The newbuild will be equipped to perform inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) work for subsea and offshore wind markets.Equipped with methanol engines and a battery hybrid system, the vessel will be owned by an entity to be named Eidesvik Agalas AS, where Eidesvik will be the majority owner with 50.1%.The remaining shares will be owned by Northern Norway shipowners Agalas.Planned delivery for the vessel is early 2026

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Metis and Esvagt Team Up to Enhance SOV Data Analytics

account of different weather conditions.The enhanced software functionality also introduces a heightened level of transparency to dynamic positioning (DP) operations taking into consideration that DP systems play a critical role in maintaining positions and ensuring the safe transfer of technicians to offshore installations using 'walk-to-work' gangways.Also new is Metis functionality harvesting weather forecast and vessel performance data with the transparency to help site managers and vessel operators work together to schedule maintenance most effectively.The ‘Smart Scheduler’ refines

Jumbo Offshore Appoints Middle East Partner as it Eyes Regional Expansion

Dutch heavy lift shipping and offshore transport and installation contractor Jumbo Offshore has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Sea Horizon Offshore Marine Services, which will act as its representative in the Middle East region.Sea Horizon Offshore, with its broad network of local partners, will represent Jumbo Offshore to potential clients in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, and Saudi Arabia.Its scope will also include commercial representation, supporting operations and providing project management on behalf of Jumbo Offshore during project execution in the region.The MoU

OPT's PB3 PowerBuoy (Credit: OPT)

OPT to Deploy PowerBuoy in Monterey Bay

Ocean Power Technologies (OPT) has received funding from California's Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) for the year-long deployment of a PowerBuoy in Monterey Bay.The PowerBuoy, integrating OPT's Maritime Domain Awareness System (MDAS) along with cutting-edge satellite communication and AT&T 5G technology, will demonstrate its persistent surveillance and communications capacities in a maritime environment.The deployment stands to showcase the potential of standalone at-sea infrastructure nodes to support the Joint Force's diverse operational needs.The project will be an integral part of

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OEG Acquires Dutch Marine Services Company

OEG Energy Group has completed the acquisition of Marine Coordination Services (MSC), a provider of marine coordination and offshore project services based in the Netherlands, for an undisclosed consideration.MCS will join the OEG Renewables division, further expanding OEG’s marine coordination capabilities and opening new market opportunities to offer integrated service solutions in the European offshore wind sector building upon MCS’s existing strong industry relationships.This is OEG’s 12th acquisition since it began growing its renewables service offering in 2020.The MCS team

TechnipFMC to Supply Subsea Systems for Shell’s Sparta Development

Oilfield services company TechnipFMC has been awarded a ‘substantial contract’ by Shell for the supply of subsea production systems for Sparta development in the Gulf of Mexico.This will be the first integrated engineering, procurement, construction, and installation (iEPCI) project to use high-pressure subsea production systems rated up to 20,000 psi (20K), according to TechnipFMC.The work scope includes manufacturing and installation of subsea production systems, umbilicals, risers, and flowlines for Shell’s Sparta development.The tree systems will be Shell’s first to be

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Weather Data Gathering Project Underway for US Offshore Wind

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have launched an 18-month initiative to gather extensive weather, ocean, and wildlife data near the sites of active offshore wind farms and lease areas off the coast of the Northeast United States.This effort, which is part of the third phase of the Wind Forecast Improvement Project (WFIP3), seeks to gather high-quality data to improve the design and operation of offshore wind turbines and wind farms. Accurate forecasts are essential for maximizing wind plant output.“The major goal of WFIP3 is to

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NOV Bags Order for Industry's First Electric Subsea Crane

NOV reports its Lifting & Handling group has sold what is said to be the industry’s first-ever electric subsea crane. The order was booked at the end of 2023 with an undisclosed client in Europe, NOV said.The first-of-its-kind crane offers enhanced efficiency compared to electro-hydraulic cranes, helping lead to reduced vessel emissions, the manufacturer said, adding that the design allows for the recovery of potential energy from loads lowered to the seabed, supporting onboard use or storage.In addition, NOV noted the electric system eliminates reliance on hydraulic fluid for most components

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SubseaPartner Secures Diving Intervention Contract with Equinor

regular field operations, construction projects, and modifications.The duration of the agreement is from the fourth quarter of 2023 to the fourth quarter of 2027, with extension options until 2031.SubseaPartner will provide surface supplied diving operations based on Equinor’s demand, covering offshore oil and gas installations, offshore wind farms, and inshore sites on the NCS, UKCS, and internationally.Deliveries under the framework agreement are call-off based, leveraging SubseaPartner’s expertise within the light diving craft (LDC) method and track record from offshore operations on

L to R: Jongwook Kim, CEO of UST21, and Jerry Paisley, Fugro’s Regional Sales & Marketing Director for APAC (Credit: Fugro)

Fugro Sets Up South Korea Base for Offshore Renewables

Dutch survey company Fugro has opened a new office South Korea, dubbed ‘Fugro UST21’, as part of a joint venture with South Korean marine technology company UST21.Based in Incheon, the new office will provide geo-data solutions for South Korea’s growing offshore renewable energy sector, which Fugro has been actively supporting in collaboration with UST21 since 2019.The creation of Fugro UST21 establishes Fugro’s first permanent presence in the country.“We’ve already been working closely with UST21 for several years but this new office allows us to better support our

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Prysmian Signs $5B Contracts with Amprion for Germany’s Offshore Wind

Italian cable maker and installation services provider Prysmian Group has secured three contracts with German transmission system operator Amprion worth around $5 billion, for two offshore grid connection systems - BalWin1 and BalWin2 - and the underground cable project DC34.The contracts follow the selection of Prysmian as preferred bidder in August 2023.The package deal is the largest in value and in km of cable ever awarded to Prysmian, the company said.It includes in aggregate approximately 4,400 km of ±525 kV HVDC cables and DMR (Dedicated Metallic Return) cables, of which around 3,400 km

Kongsberg Discovery Canada's team (Credit: Kongsberg Discovery)

Mesoteh Rebrands to Kongsberg Discovery Canada

Vancouver-based developer of underwater technology Mesotech has rebranded to Kongsberg Discovery Canada, leveraging the global strengths of its parent company to enable further growth and success.Mesotech opened its doors in 1973, rapidly establishing a loyal customer base in the fishery and ocean science segments.Today, these key groups have been joined by businesses spanning areas ranging from renewable energy and infrastructure, through to search and rescue, all of whom rely on high resolution sonar systems and acoustic technology to unlock in-depth ocean understanding.Mesotech, which employs 50

Siem Day MPSV (Credit: DeepOcean)

DeepOcean Gets ExxonMobil’s Guyana Task

Ocean services provider DeepOcean has been awarded a contract by ExxonMobil Guyana for the provision of subsea construction and inspection, maintenance, and repair (IMR) services offshore Guyana in South America.Under the contract, DeepOcean will plan and execute a wide range of subsea activities, including subsea construction and jumper installations as well as subsea IMR work, at ExxonMobil Guyana’s operations at the Stabroek Block, located approximately 120 miles offshore Guyana.DeepOcean will deploy the Siem Day multi-purpose support vessel (MPSV) to conduct subsea operations.The Siem Day is

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PGS Finds Offshore Wind Site Survey Work

Norwegian offshore seismic survey firm PGS has secured an offshore wind site characterization contract in Europe.The project will be acquired with PGS' ultra-high-resolution 3D (UHR3D) streamer. According to the company, UHR3D streamer provides significantly more detailed subsurface data for shallower targets compared to traditional seismic acquisition systems.Mobilization is scheduled for early July and the contract has a total duration of approximately two months.PGS announces contract awards and multi-client projects as stock exchange releases if the contract has a value of $10 million or more

Castoro10 vessel during AWTI operation on pipeline sections offshore Germany (Credit: ABL)

ABL Wraps Up German Subsea Pipeline Survey Job

by ABL’s team in Germany, based in Hamburg.Onsite attendances were supported by ABL’s wider European network, to ensure operations are resourced with local technical expertise where possible, including using consultants from ABL Germany, Holland, Norway and France.Saipem Wins $1.97B in Offshore Contracts in Romania and German

Expro Bolsters Well Construction and Intervention Offer with Coretrax Buy

Oilfield services provider Expro has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire well integrity and production optimization company Coretrax from an investment group led by Buckthorn Partners for $210 million.Subject to customary closing conditions and working capital adjustments, the agreement covers total consideration to be paid at closing of approximately $210 million, including at least $75 million of cash and up to 6.75 million newly issued Expro common shares.The cash component of the proposed transaction may be increased at Expro’s election, and the notional value of any equity

Northern Maria vessel (Credit: Reach Subsea)

Reach Subsea Charters Two Vessels Amid Increasing Demand

vessel with a 20 tons crane and sufficient accommodation and deck capacity, suitable to meet Reach Subsea’s client’s requirements within both the renewable energy and oil and gas sectors.“It is an important step to take an increased market share in the early-stage survey market for offshore wind projects, as well as being a capable vessel to perform subsea inspections campaigns,” Reach Subsea said.For the Olympic Taurus, a project charter started in January 2024 for a duration of 100 days, with the potential for extension up to an additional 2+2 years.The Olympic Taurus is a

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Minesto Generates First Power with 1.2MW Tidal Energy Kite

Swedish marine energy company Minesto has reached a key milestone with the delivery of first electricity to Faroe Island’s grid from its 1.2MW utility-scale Dragon 12 tidal energy device.In the early morning of February 9, the Dragon 12 device was successfully commissioned and started producing power ‘at satisfactory levels’ in its first phase of operation, Minesto informed.The 12-meter wide and 28-ton heavy subsea kite, anchored with a tether to the seabed, is steered in an eight-shaped flight trajectory powered by the tidal flow.“This is a big day for Minesto. We have reached

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China Puts First ‘Home-Made’ Subsea Xmas Tree Into Operation

China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) has put into operation the first domestically developed subsea Xmas tree.CNOOC’s subsea Xmas tree is 3.5 meters long, 3.2 meters wide and 3 meters high, with an overall weight of nearly 22 tons.It is a piece of equipment used in subsea production systems in the offshore oil industry, can efficiently increase oil output of oilfields. The Xmas tree is able to pump seawater with a maximum pressure of about 17 MPa into the reservoir, to increase the overall oil production.To remind, CNOOC recently started production from its Suizhong 36-1/Luda 5-2

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CRP Subsea Secures ‘Sizeable’ Supply Deal for GoM Ultra-Deepwater Oil Field

risers (SCRs) and two flowline jumpers.Anti-fouling will be applied to the Tri-Strakes for use on specified sections of the risers to prevent marine growth.Each segment of the Tri-Strakes Lite system is designed as a single component, facilitating swift and straightforward pipe reel lay installation offshore. TCRP Subsea’s integral buoyancy modules will also be attached to the flowline jumpers. These modules will provide controlled buoyancy, reducing the bending moment on the structure.In addition, using an integral compliant clamping technology ensures a uniform clamping pressure, eliminating

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US and Denmark Team Up for $4.2M Floating Wind Innovation Call

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Wind Energy Technologies Office (WETO) and Innovation Fund Denmark have announced an intention to release a $4.2 million funding opportunity to advance floating offshore wind energy systems.The announcement builds on a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between DOE, the Denmark Ministry of Higher Education and Science, the Denmark Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities, and Innovation Fund Denmark signed in 2021.The proposed funding opportunity will focus on research to improve mooring technologies and methods, which are used to secure floating platforms

Minesto's Dragon 4 device (Credit: Minesto)

Minesto Reels In $260K Government Grant for Tidal Energy Moorings

for Minesto. This investment strengthens our technology-base in a core competitive area in collaboration with key partners and suppliers”, said Dr Martin Edlund, CEO of Minesto.Minesto is making final preparations for the deployment of its utility-scale tidal energy kite, dubbed the Dragon 12, offshore Faroe Islands.The device, rated at 1.2MW, will be deployed at the Vestmannasund site, which has been prepared with the necessary subsea electrical infrastructure to support the electricity production.Minesto’s Utility-Scale Tidal Energy Kite About to Take Of

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Shearwater Gets 3D Seismic Job Offshore India

Norwegian marine seismic services firm Shearwater GeoServices has been contracted by the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) for a 3D seismic survey project in the Cauvery Basin, located off the east coast of India.This is another contract awarded recently by ONGC to Shearwater, following the OBN survey deal signed earlier in February.Set to begin in the early months of 2024, the project will cover a 4,600 km2 area in the Bay of Bengal, utilizing the SW Empress to carry out the survey.This initiative underlines Shearwater's role in supporting efficient and technologically advanced exploration

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Seaway7 and Dong Fang Partner Up for Taiwan’s Offshore Wind

Seaway 7 and Dong Fang Offshore have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) outlining their intention to collaborate in offshore wind market in Taiwan, with a focus on cable installation.The collaboration will focus on developing a robust localized cable installation offering for the Taiwanese offshore wind projects to the companies’ clients.Seaway 7, part of Subsea 7 Group, has been operating in Taiwan since 2017, and today employs more than 100 people between their office in Taipei and their marine operations base in Taichung.They will provide comprehensive project management, engineering

Siem Helix 1 Vessel (Credit: Helix Energy Solutions)

Helix Energy Extends Decommissioning Contract with Trident

U.S.-based oil and gas services firm Helix Energy Solutions has secured the extension of its decommissioning contract with Trident Energy for work offshore Brazil.The contract extension is for an additional 12 months and in direct continuation of the current contract.The extension is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2024 at rates in line with the improved well intervention market.The original contract with Trident Energy do Brasil started late 2022 offshore Brazil in the Campos Basin and utilizes the Siem Helix 1 riser-based well intervention vessel and a 10K Intervention Riser System.

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Sulmara and Asso.subsea Strengthen Collaboration

Scotland-based subsea specialist Sulmara and Asso.subsea, a subsea cable services company, have signed a master service agreement to collaborate on projects across the world.Sulmara will support Asso.subsea during cable installation operations, with the company’s experts providing survey and positioning of vessel and subsea assets.With Sulmara’s experience in subsea survey and seabed mapping, the team will also help Asso.subsea understand the seabed prior to installation as part of the burial assessment process.“Asso.subsea and Sulmara have followed similar paths in terms of rapid

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US Invests Nearly $16 Million to Advance Marine Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced two marine energy projects will receive a combined $6 million to develop a tidal energy research, development, and demonstration pilot site in the United States.In addition, a community-led river current energy research and development project was selected to receive $9.5 million.Tides and currents are incredibly predictable, meaning these resources could help balance other sources of renewable energy and be important contributors to a 100% clean energy grid. This funding, supported by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, encourages U.S. leadership in

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Fugro Gets Dutch Offshore Wind Zone Survey Job

Dutch company Fugro has secured the geophysical survey contract for the development of the Doordewind offshore wind farm zone in the Netherlands.The Doordewind project, led by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), is part of the Dutch Government’s Offshore Wind Energy Roadmap 2030, which aims to accelerate the development of offshore wind in the Netherlands.The survey work is scheduled to start in April 2024 and will be conducted with Fugro’s geophysical vessel Fugro Pioneer.Onboard are customized digital streamers and processing technology that enable 2D ultra-ultra-high resolution

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Shearwater Embarks on OBN Survey in India

Norwegian marine seismic services firm Shearwater GeoServices has been selected by the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) for an ocean bottom node (OBN) survey off the coast of India.This work, expected to last for six months, will showcase Shearwater’s Pearl node technology aboard the SW Tasman, a vessel designed for seismic and dual-ROV operations.According to Shearwater, the fusion of the Pearl node with the SW Tasman not only elevates survey efficiency and quality but also paves the way for groundbreaking seismic data collection in deepwater territories once deemed unreachable.“The

Gazelle Prepares for a Floating Wind Future

As offshore wind power spreads globally, it’s widely acknowledged that the maturation of floating wind power platforms will exponentially increase the availability of resources, as a majority of the wind power lies outside the installation zone of fixed systems. Enter Gazelle Wind Power, which offers a compelling engineered solution and value proposition to the market. Newly minted Gazelle CFO Alvaro Ortega discusses the outlook for offshore floating wind.

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Silicon Sensing’s Sales Rise 65% as it Hits 25th Anniversary

UK-based Silicon Sensing Systems, a joint venture (JV) between Sumitomo Precision Products and Collins Aerospace, is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a sales growth of over 65% over the last five years.Silicon Sensing has seen a consistent rise in demand for its rugged, high performance inertial sensing technologies since its inception 25 years ago.The company has supplied inertial sensors and systems to a range of notable projects, from the innovative Segway personal transport device to the pioneering Mayflower Autonomous Ship which crossed the Atlantic Ocean without human intervention in June

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Shell Joins Wave-Powered Subsea Project

Energy major Shell has joined the Renewables for Subsea Power (RSP) collaborative project which is currently powering subsea equipment off the coast of Orkney through a combination of wave power and subsea energy storage. The $2.5 million (£2million) demonstrator initiative, which is currently nearing 12 months in the water, has connected the Blue X wave energy converter – built by Edinburgh company Mocean Energy – with a Halo underwater battery storage system developed by Aberdeen intelligent energy management specialists Verlume.The fully operational project, located 5km east

AHTS vessel Skandi Iceman (Credit: DOF Group)

Equinor Books DOF’s AHTS Vessel for Norwegian Ops

Equinor has booked DOF Group’s anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessel Skandi Iceman for its Norwegian operations, along with ROV services to be provided by the company.The contract award means that the DOF Group will have two anchor handlers supporting Equinor’s Norwegian operations until 2027 at the earliest, with Skandi Vega having been on charter to Equinor since delivery 2010.Defined as ‘large contract’ by DOF Group, this means its value ranges between $47 million to approximately $95 million (NOK 500 million to NOK 1 billion).The contract also includes ROV services

Siem Spearfish OSCV (Credit: Siem Offshore)

Siem Secures New Contract for its Subsea Construction Vessel

Norwegian offshore vessel owner Siem Offshore has signed a contract with marine geophysical service provider PXGEO for one of its offshore subsea construction vessels (OSCVs).The contract between the parties is for one year with additional one year option for Siem Spearfish OSCV.The vessel will be engaged within the marine geophysical segment and support charterer's operations world-wide.Siem Spearfish OSCV will start its new charter upon completion of the current class renewal mid-February 2024.The 2014-built vessel is designed for subsea operation duties such as construction and installation work

Fleeming Jenkin CLV (Credit: Jan De Nul)

Jan De Nul Group Picks MacArtney’s CEMAC Tensioners for CLV Fleet

MacArtney Offshore Wind Solutions has been hired by Jan de Nul to design and supply custom CEMAC tensioner systems for its entire cable laying vessel (CLV) fleet, which includes the world’s largest cable layer - the Fleeming Jenkin.MacArtney's comprehensive scope involves designing, constructing, and delivering advanced tensioner systems for Jan De Nul Group’s CLV fleet, including the Connector, Willem de Vlamingh and the new Fleeming Jenkin.The scope also encompasses upgrading tensioner systems previously delivered for the Isaac Newton CLV.For the Fleeming Jenkin CLV, MacArtney will

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Sapura Bolsters Subsea Capabilities with Exail Rovins INS

Sapura, a Brazilian provider of subsea services, has recently acquired eight units of Exail Rovins Nano Inertial Navigation Systems (INS) to enhance its ROV capabilities in offshore installation of subsea equipment.Integrated into Sapura's fleet of remotely operated vehicles (ROV), Exail INS will help Sapura to lay flex pipes and deploy subsea hardware onto the seabed, such as templates and manifolds, rigid jumper spools or tie-in-spools.The Exai INS are said to be able to ensure highly accurate navigation down to 6000 meters.Rovins Nano, equipped with advanced sensors such as accelerometers and

 PDE Offshore's MV Geo Energy (Photo supplied by Sonardyne)

PDE Offshore Gets Sonardyne Upgrade for Geo Energy Vessel

Taiwanese offshore geophysical and geotechnical investigation company PDE Offshore has upgraded its underwater acoustic positioning system onboard MV Geo Energy to Sonardyne’s Ranger 2 USBL system.The upgrade will further enhance PDE Offshore’s capability in the exploration of offshore renewable energy (ORE) in Taiwan, the company said.Having already used Sonardyne’s Mini Ranger 2 for several years, investing in the full Ranger 2 system was a logical choice to provide the reliable dynamic positioning references essential for the vessel’s operations, whilst also giving the

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ROV Specialist FET Names First Ever Energy Transition Chief

ROV specialist Forum Energy Technologies (FET) has appointed Martin Thomson as its first ever energy transition business development manager within its subsea business.Martin Thomson, who will be based at the company’s Aberdeen office, brings with him a wealth of experience in both the subsea and offshore wind sectors as the firm seeks to bolster its influence in the market.Thomson has previously held senior sales positions at Subsea7, GE Oil & Gas, KCA Deutag and Oerlikon Surface Solutions. He joins FET from Dril-Quip where he was director of sales – Europe and Africa. His appointment

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Southeast Asia’s 1MW Tidal Energy Plant to Feature HydroWing Tech

Energies PH, through its affiliate San Bernardino Ocean Power Corporation, has awarded an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract to Inyanga Marine Energy Group to build tidal energy plant in Southeast Asia, which will feature HydroWing technology.The location of the plant will be at the remote Capul Island of Northern Samar in the Philippines, along the San Bernardino Strait, a passage well-known for the strength of its marine currents.San Bernardino Ocean Power Corporation awarded an EPC contract to Inyanga following a tender launched in January 2023.The 1MW project, which is

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EMGS Scoops $11.7M Survey Contract Offshore Brazil

Norway-based Electromagnetic Geoservices (EMGS) has secured a contract with Petrobras for a fully prefunded multi-client survey offshore Brazil.The total contract value is approximately $11.7 million, according to EMGS.The survey is expected to start late March or early April 2024, the company said.“We are delighted to return to Brazil for EMGS’ first acquisition project offshore Brazil in almost 10 years. As 2023 marked a year with little acquisition activity for EMGS, we are very pleased and encouraged by a notable increase in the number of active and mature customer discussions for

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McDermott and Baker Hughes Install Subsea Infrastructure at Ichthys Field

oil and gas projects in the world. The energy development is a joint venture between INPEX group companies (the operator), major partner TotalEnergies, and the Australian subsidiaries of CPC Corporation Taiwan, Tokyo Gas, Osaka Gas, Kansai Electric Power, JERA and Toho Gas.Located about 220 kilometers offshore Western Australia and 820 kilometers southwest of Darwin, the Ichthys Field covers an area of around 800 square kilometers in water averaging depths of around 250 meters.The Ichthys Field is estimated to contain more than 12 trillion cubic feet of gas and 500 million barrels of condensate

Connector CLV (Credit: Jan De Nul)

Jan De Nul Reels In Ørsted’s Hornsea 3 Export Cable Job

Belgium-based offshore installation contractor Jan De Nul has signed the export cable contract with Ørsted for its 2.9 GW Hornsea 3 offshore wind farm in the U.K.Jan De Nul will be responsible for the seabed preparation, transport, installation and protection of 350 km of DC export cables connecting the wind farm to the U.K. electricity grid.For the installation and protection of the DC export cables, the company is going to deploy several vessels.Cable-laying vessels Isaac Newton and Connector will transport and install the cables, and to protect the cables a variety of burial solutions will

DP2 vessel Glomar Worker (Credit: Rovco)

Rovco Grows Offshore Wind Survey Fleet

, according to the company.Rovco has started the conversion of the sister vessel to the already contracted Glomar Supporter, already under long-term charter.After completion of these role specific upgrades, the vessel will launch as a specialized and dedicated geophysical survey asset to serve the offshore wind market.Rovco’s newest survey vessel will be equipped with a hull mounted gondola and the highest specification sensor package, along with additional stern and starboard A-Frames to allow deployment of specialist towed survey equipment and multi sensor towing.Worker and her sister, Supporter

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CGG Pens Multi-Client Reimaging Deal with Trinidad and Tobago

France-based marine seismic data firm CGG has signed an agreement with the Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries of Trinidad and Tobago to reimage vintage 3D seismic data from four deepwater offshore blocks.CGG’s work scope will cover blocks 25a, 25b, 26, and 27 offshore Trinidad.Located in the country’s deep waters, the project has received firm industry commitments and will deliver early products in late February 2024.BP, Shell Reach Agreement with Trinidad to Explore Deepwater BlocksThe agreement also includes the generation of well and geological products that will be delivered

BP Launches Its ‘Largest-Ever’ Seismic Program at Azerbaijan Oil Field

BP has started a new four-dimensional (4D) high-definition ocean bottom node seismic program on its Azeri-Chirag-Deepwater Gunashli (ACG) oil field in the Caspian Sea, offshore Azerbaijan.This is the largest-ever seismic acquisition commitment made by BP globally by all its aspects – area size, cost and program duration, the company said.The program, which will focus on ACG’s Balakhany and Fasila reservoirs, will cover an area of 740 square kilometers under source and 507 square kilometers under receivers, with a total cost of around $370 million and a duration of five years (2024-2028).

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Red Rock to Supply Cranes for New Nexans Aurora Cable Layer

Norwegian offshore crane supplier Red Rock has been hired once again by Ulstein Verft to deliver upgraded crane package for a new and updated version of the DP3 cable laying vessel (CLV) Nexans Aurora.The cable-laying vessel will feature a split turntable on deck capable of holding up to 10,000t of cable, an under-deck turntable with a 3,500t cable capacity.It will be one of the world’s most advanced cable layer vessels, measuring 31 meters in width and 149.9 meters in length. The updated Nexans Aurora vessel will be able to accommodate a crew of 90.In addition to the upgraded crane package from

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Longitude Gets Subsea Engineering Job on Egypt’s Burullus Gas Field

has secured a contract to provide detailed design and engineering services for the subsea development of Phase-X at Egypt’s West Delta Deep Marine concession, part of the Burullus Gas Field in the Mediterranean Sea.The West Delta Deep Marine (WDDM) concession is located approximately 90 kilometers offshore Egypt, on the north-western part of the Nile Delta.Significant gas volumes have been discovered in numerous fields and reservoirs. These reservoirs have been progressively developed to maintain current and future gas supplies to the Egyptian domestic market and the Egyptian Liquefied Natural Gas

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Aquaterra Energy Inks 3-Year Contract with UK Oil And Gas Operator

Aquaterra Energy has secured a three-year contract with a UK independent exploration and production company to provide analysis services across its global offshore operations.The contract will see Aquaterra Energy deliver a comprehensive range of offshore analysis services, including riser and conductor analysis for jack-ups and semi-submersibles, plus integrity management, decommissioning and late life analysis.Aquaterra Energy will support the operator with insights and recommendations to manage risks and optimize offshore designs for its full operational portfolio to help optimize its operational

Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project (Credit: Bladt Industries)

First OSS for 2.6GW US Offshore Wind Project Arrives to Denmark

The first of a total of three offshore substations (OSS) for the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project has been delivered to Bladt Industries in Denmark, where it will now undergo further outfitting.The first 880 MW OSS has been shipped from Spain, where it was fabricated by Tecade on behalf of Bladt Industries.A consortium of strategic partners Bladt Industries and Semco Maritime was awarded a turnkey contract for the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project by the Dominion Energy Virginia back in November 2021.The contract comprises three 880 MW OSS units that will constitute the backbone of the

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Enauta Set to Receive Key Equipment for Atlanta Field Offshore Brazil

The first multiphase pumping subsea system (MPP), that will support oil and gas production at the Atlanta field in Brazil's Santos Basin, has been shipped from Norway, Brazilian oil and gas company Enauta has informed.The MPP, manufactured by OneSubsea, was loaded on January 21, 2024, in Norway ahead of shipping for Brazil.The delivery of the equipment according to the schedule highlighted one of the key challenges to reach FPSO Atlanta’s first oil aimed by August 2024, according to Enauta, which is the operator of the Atlanta field.“According to data presented at the Enauta Day

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