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Fugro's Augmented Reality Camera to Assist with Sepetiba FPSO Mooring

Danish offshore vessel operator Maersk Supply Service has awarded Dutch geodata specialist Fugro a subsea survey and positioning contract to support the installation of an anchoring system for the Sepetiba FPSO in Petrobras deepwater Mero 2 project, offshore Brazil.Fugro said Thursday that the operations were scheduled to begin in Q1 2022 and last about four months. For the project, Fugro plans to use its QuickVision augmented reality camera, a touchless, vision-based approach proven in Petrobras’ Mero 1 deepwater project in 2021."QuickVision is part of Fugro’s strategy to make

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Eco Wave Power to Ring Nasdaq Bell

Wave energy technology firm Eco Wave Power said Wednesday it would hold its official bell ringing ceremony on Nasdaq Stock Market on Thursday morning, at 9:15 a.m.  ET to celebrate becoming a public company on the Nasdaq U.S.  Eco Wave Power began its trading on the Nasdaq on July 1, 2021, under the symbol “WAVE.”"Becoming a publicly-traded company on the U.S. Nasdaq marks the beginning of a  new chapter for Eco Wave Power,” said Inna Braverman, the founder and CEO of Eco Wave Power.  “We have a proven track record for more than a  decade of

Transocean's Offshore Drilling Rig to Drill Carbon Injection Well in Norway

Offshore oil and gas drilling firm Transocean said Tuesday that one of its drilling rigs would later this year be used for a not-so-typical project for an offshore oil rig.Namely, the Norwegian oil firm Equinor plans to use the Transocean Enabler semi-submersible drilling unit to drill a carbon injection well and a sidetrack for another carbon injection well drilled early 2020 in support of the Northern Lights Carbon Capture Storage Project.Northern Lights is a joint venture created by Equinor, Shell, and TotalEnergies. The project is designed to mitigate emissions and remove carbon dioxide from the

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Denmark’s Energy Islands: Fugro Wins Cable Route Survey Deal

Dutch offshore survey specialist Fugro has won a contract with Danish grid operator Energinet in relation to the Energy Island that will be built in the Danish North Sea to serve as an offshore power plant distributing up to 10 GW of offshore wind to Denmark and other neighboring markets. Under the contract, Fugro will perform a combination of conduct geophysical, geotechnical, and laboratory testing services to provide insight into the ground engineering challenges along the cable route from the Danish landfalls to the future artificial island location.Fugro’s survey vessels will mobilize

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Baker Hughes Finds US Drillers Add Most O&G Rigs Since April

U.S. energy firms this week added the most oil and natural gas rigs in a week since April as rising oil prices prompt more drillers to return to the wellpad.The oil and gas rig count, an early indicator of future output, rose 13 to 601 in the week to Jan. 14, its highest since April 2020, said Baker Hughes in its weekly report.  The total count was up 228, or 61%, over this time last year.U.S. oil rigs rose 11 to 492 this week, their highest since April 2020, while gas rigs rose two to 109, their highest since March 2020. Specifically, the Eagle Ford in South Texas gained six rigs this week

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Hellenic Cables Delivers Inter-array Cables for Dominion Energy's CVOW Project

Hellenic Cables has completed cable manufacturing and loading for shipment, as part of the contract with the U.S. renewables firm Dominion Energy for the partial supply of inter-array cables for the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) commercial project.Once online, the 2.6GW Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) project will generate enough clean energy to power up to 660,000 homes.Hellenic Cables was responsible for the design, supply, and storage of approximately 50 km of 66 kV, XLPE insulated submarine inter-array cables, connecting the wind turbines to the offshore substation.The cables have

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Shell Seismic Survey Approval Complied with Rules, S.Africa Minister Says

impact assessment was carried out in 2013 (and) no objections were received," the letter said."All applicable legislative requirements were followed in granting the exploration right."On Dec. 28, a South African high court blocked Royal Dutch Shell from conducting seismic testing offshore of the Wild Coast, the latest ruling in a case brought by environmental groups and residents against Shell.Environmentalists and others have protested against Shell's plans for seismic blasting, saying its underwater acoustics are harmful to marine animals, especially migrating whales.The Wild

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Subsea Survey: CGG Confirms Phase 3 of Northern N. Sea Survey

CGG announced phase three of its dual-azimuth multi-client 3D survey in the Northern North Sea. Starting in early May 2022 and continuing throughout the North Sea season, phase three will expand on phases one and two of the program conducted in 2020 and 2021. Initial data from the phase three acquisition are expected to be available in early 2023, and final processed data in early 2024. The multi-year survey adds a second azimuth over CGG’s existing Northern Viking Graben (NVG) multi-client 3D survey and extends coverage into the UKCS. The survey is supported by industry pre-funding.“Wi

EC-OG's Subsea Battery For "World-first" Autonomous Offshore Power Trials in Hawaii

Aberdeen-based subsea battery developer EC-OG has made the first commercial delivery of its Halo subsea battery storage system. The lithium-ion-based device will be part of "a world-first autonomous offshore power sea trial" in Q1 2022 at the US Navy Wave Energy Test Site, off the coast of the Hawaiian island of Oahu.EC-OG’s Halo system will be integrated into the sea trial in which Columbia Power Technologies, Inc. (C-Power), a leader in ocean energy systems, will demonstrate its Autonomous Offshore Power System (AOPS) in partnership with the US Department of Energy, as well as

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Subsea Expo Awards Finalists Revealed

subsea-focused exhibition and conference, have been announced.The awards ceremony, organized by the Global Underwater Hub,  will take place on February 23, 2022, at P&J Live in Aberdeen. The awards coincide with Subsea Expo – , which will return to Aberdeen in 2022.  James Fisher Offshore, Baker Hughes and MAATS Tech have been announced as the finalists for the company of the year award, which is sponsored by  Viper Innovations. ITC Hydraulics & Manufacturing, J+S Subsea and Aquatec Group have been announced as the finalists for the best small company of the year award

The GUH made several key senior leadership appointments to move forward its mission. L to R: Kirstin Gove, Trish Banks and Jacqui Taylor. Photo courtesy GUH

Global Underwater Hub Announces Appointments

The Global Underwater Hub (GUH) announced a series of senior appointments to deliver its ambition of transforming the underwater industry in the UK, appointing a finance director and head of communications.Kirstin Gove has joined as head of communications. A former STV news anchor and broadcast journalist, Gove has nearly three decades of experience working across various sectors of the energy industry including oil and gas, drilling and decommissioning. She is also a seasoned industry event host and panel chair, having hosted two sessions at Subsea Live earlier in the year.Jacqui Taylor has been

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Prysmian to Build US Subsea Cable Plant

power transmission cables, CEO Valerio Battista said to the media in remarks confirmed by a company spokesman.The plant, to be built in Brayton Point, Mass., is part of two contracts worth a total of almost $900 million that the world's largest cable maker has won in the Unites States on two offshore wind farm projects.Battista said the company would officially proceed with the plan after it completes "a due diligence on permits and feasibility" for the plant in mid-January.The company spokesman said the 200 million euro investment was part of Prysmian's planned capital expenditure

TDI-Brooks Completes Geotechnical Program in GOM

TDI-Brooks said it completed a Geotechnical Site Investigation for Beacon Exploration & Production LLC in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. The project consisted of ‘heavy’ geotechnical coring/cone penetration testing (CPT) with TDI-Brooks’ research vessel, the R/V Gyre. The project included the acquisition of 20-m Jumbo Piston coring, 40 meter CPT-Stinger samples and 40 meter Shelby-tube Stinger samples. Other piston, box core and gravity CPT (gCPT) samples were acquired associated with oil and gas export pipelines.The Shenandoah field development project is located in the

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Floating Offshore Wind: Attention Turns Subsea for Power Transport

From being an ugly duckling, floating offshore wind is now the Cinderella of the offshore renewables world. Attention is now being paid to floating and even subsea substation concepts to help bring this power to shore. Over the past year, expectations around the growth in the floating offshore wind development have grown, significantly. Many are piling into the market, seeing that it could give them a chance to ramp up renewables capacity quickly, with 15MW turbines on the horizon and the possibility of GW-scale projects looming by the end of the decade.Much has been said about the different

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Huge Potential for Tidal Energy, Bureau Veritas

. A total of £20m per year has been ring-fenced for tidal stream projects, which represents the biggest investment in a generation into tidal power."Hailing the move as a positive opportunity for the marine energy sector, we hope that the investment will build upon the success of the offshore wind sector and provide a viable, and perhaps even stronger, alternative to wind and solar energy generation," BV said.UK Announces 'Biggest' Investment in Tidal PowerMauricio Pereira, Head of Renewable Energy here at Bureau Veritas, said: “Quite simply, tidal stream electricity

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Equinor Taps Blue Logic for Subsea Docking Stations

Subsea technology firm Blue Logic has been awarded a Frame Agreement by the Norwegian oil and gas company Equinor for the delivery of subsea docking stations, subsea equipment, and services."This is a big achievement and milestone for Blue Logic, and we look forward to a close and good relationship with Equinor," says managing director Stig Magnar Lura.Blue Logic said that Equinor has been an important customer and partner for the company in the process of developing the Universal Subsea Docking and Charging Station as well as in many other development projects throughout the company's

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Minesto Says Dragon Class Tidal Energy Kite Can Produce 3.5 GWh of Electricity Per Year

energy mix”, said Dr Martin Edlund, CEO of Minesto.The power output projection is based on analysis of continuous electricity production runs with Minesto’s grid-connected power plant in Vestmannasund, Faroe Islands during the autumn, combined with new record-level performance data from offshore testing with a Dragon Class scale model, D2, in Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland. These production data verify Minesto’s CFD simulations for larger-scale Dragon Class power plants, Minesto said. Illustration of a Minesto Tidal Kite - Credit: Minesto (File image)Stable production&ldquo

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DNV: Hexicon's TwinWay Floating Wind Concept Feasible for Further Development

deployment of more turbines per sea area, increasing the energy yield per acreage. Floating wind platforms also enable installation in greater water depth, allowing higher average wind speed and lower visual impact, DNV said.“In DNV’s latest ETO, we forecast Norway’s future installed offshore wind capacity to be 3GW in 2030, 10 G Win 2040 and 14GW in 2050,” explains Kim Sandgaard-Mørk, Executive Vice President for Renewables Certification. “To achieve this growth in a safe, reliable, and sustainable manner, Norwegian wind energy projects need access to robust and trusted

Maersk Drilling Launches Horizon56 Branch to Digitalize Offshore Drilling

Danish offshore drilling company Maersk Drilling has for the past two years lead the development of what it says is "a first-of-a-kind product" to support the digitalization of offshore drilling processes. The solution, named RigFlow, has now been segregated into the digitally-focused company named Horizon56 A/S to drive further development and commercialization. Horizon56 will have offices and employees located in Copenhagen, Stavanger and Aberdeen, and support customers globally."Horizon56 has been founded as a fully-owned Maersk Drilling subsidiary, with the ambition over time

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Oceaneering, BP Remotely Pilot ROV in UK from Shore in Norway

drilling operations at BP’s Clair Ridge platform West of Shetland, at 141 meters water depth. The operation ran from July 20 to August 5, 2021."ROV remote piloting from shore can increase safety and reduce the environmental footprint of operations, potentially achieving up to 25% reduction in offshore personnel on board (POB) and provide a significant reduction in emissions associated with the work," Oceaneering siad."Oceaneering and bp worked together to ensure secure offshore connectivity for the remote ROV piloting operations. This required a complex setup process to establish a

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IKM Subsea Confirms Buzios ROV Services Deal with Petrobras

Oslo-based subsea well intervention and installation services company AKOFS Offshore last week scored a three-year deal with Brazil's Petrobras for its vessel Skandi Santos.Under the contract, the Skandi Santos will perform a broad scope of subsea services in Brazil, and IKM Subsea will take care of ROV services. Bravante will be responsible for marine services.IKM Subsea on Thursday confirmed the deal and shared that the services under the contract would be carried out at Petrobras' giant Buzios offshore oil field in the Santos Basin. The field is located around 200km off the coast

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Vår Energi, Partners Team Up to Reduce Environmental Impact of Seismic Surveys

Vår Energi, the largest independent upstream oil and gas company on the Norwegian continental shelf, has said it has entered a joint industry project to develop a more environmentally friendly method for seismic data collection."Seismic data collection is among the most important tools for hydrocarbon exploration as well as for monitoring field already in production and CO2 sequestration projects in the subsurface. Together with Equinor, Lundin, and the marine geophysical company Shearwater GeoServices, Vår Energi has established Project BASS," the company said Thursday.Alexandre

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Tidal Power: Orbital Eyes Multi-device Deployment Across UK

of the company’s application sites now that onshore consents for the project have been approved by the Isle of Wight Council Planning Committee.Orbital highlighted that it had been the first company to sign up for deployment at the site which is located to the south of the Isle of Wight, and with offshore consents, onshore consents, and grid connection agreement now completed, the project is now primed to secure part of the ringfenced funding set aside in the scheme to support the UK’s world-leading tidal technology.In addition, Orbital is also targeting deployments at the Morlais project being

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Maersk Supply Service to Install Gazelle's Floating Wind Platform in Canary Islands

Ireland-based floating wind platform company Gazelle Wind Power has partnered up with the Danish offshore support vessel owner Maersk Supply Service to support the development of a 2 MW floating wind pilot plant in the Canary Islands.The project will see Gazelle's floating wind platform deployed at the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN).Maersk Supply Service will provide the project's engineering, procurement, construction, and installation (EPCI), which is expected to be completed in Q2 2023."Through Maersk's expertise in providing EPCI services, as well as their global

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Ashtead Technology Adds iXblue Tech to Rental Fleet

systems as well as Octans attitude and heading reference systems which are now available to rent throughout the company’s nine international technology and service hubs, Ashtead said.""Based on fibre-optic gyroscope technology, iXblue navigation solutions have become a standard in the offshore industry. Equipping over 80% of the subsea vehicles used in the energy and geoscience industries, iXblue inertial navigation systems and attitude and heading reference systems are accurate and maintenance-free, offering unrivaled performance and power, with robust navigation for remotely operated

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Technip Energies’ Floating Offshore Wind Concept Making Progress

Technip Energies said Thursday it had received the acceptance of its basis of the design of its INO12TM floating offshore wind concept from classification society DNV.The company said that DNV's acceptance marked important progress towards the Approval in Principle (AiP) of the floater which is designed to accommodate a 12MW wind turbine."Following an extensive review of Technip Energies’ global structural and fatigue analysis of the INO12 floating wind system design, the company is on track to receive the DNV Approval in Principle by the end of the year 2021. Technip Energies has also

The (current) world’s largest floating offshore wind farm; Kincardine. Sitting off north east Scotland, it has 9.5MW turbines on semisubmersible type foundations moored to the seabed. Photo from Cobra Group.

Offshore Renewable Energy: A Port Puzzle for Floating Offshore Wind

After being very much on the margins of the offshore wind industry, floating offshore wind now appears to be ready to hit the mainstream. With gigawatt scale developments already on the horizon, what will the infrastructure needed to build and support them look like? Over the past 12 months, the floating offshore wind sector appears to have had a major dose of adrenaline. While the largest development, to date, is the relatively small-scale 50MW Kincardine project off northeast Scotland (which will be outdone by the 88MW Tampen project in Norway later next year [2022]), an ever growing number of

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Reach Subsea Acquires OCTIO from Equinor

projects in Norway, Sleipner and Snøhvit," Reach said.The deal will also add an operating team of 30 employees to advance Reach Subsea’s broader strategy for technology and data processing, as well as adding key competence required for gathering and processing of seabed survey data for offshore wind farms.“We are excited to be joining forces with Reach Subsea, a fast-growing subsea operations provider serving energy majors across the world,” said Leon Løvheim, CEO of OCTIO. “Our unique monitoring solutions and data offering will be highly complementary to Reach

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Carnegie Wins European Wave Energy Deal

, 15 c€/kWh (2030) and 10 c€/kWh (2035). By 2050 ocean energy will be able to provide 10% of Europe’s current electricity needs and 400,000 jobs, Carnegie said.CETO Wave Energy Ireland will deliver Phase 1 of the PCP with the support of a team including its consortium partner SAITEC Offshore Technologies and subcontractors Yavin Four Consultants, DNV UK Ltd, IHCantabria, and Julia F. Chozas Consulting Engineer.Carnegie’s new advanced controllers, already demonstrated via simulations, will be validated in the tank tasking campaign at the Cantabria Coastal and Ocean Basin (CCOB)

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U.S. Ocean Enterprise Grows 60% since 2015, Report

. Those businesses are also important users of NOAA's publicly available data that they turn into actionable information and value-added products and services for a broad spectrum of end-uses-- the raw material for building out the New Blue Economy, addressing everything from supporting renewable offshore energy development to ensuring efficient maritime commerce.” said Rick Spinrad, Ph.D., NOAA Administrator. “Understanding the trends affecting these businesses allows NOAA to identify new opportunities and partnerships to further support the Blue Economy.”“Ocean Enterprise

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Six Offshore Renewable Tech Developers Get EU Support

The EU-funded Ocean DEMO project has awarded recommendations for support to six offshore renewable energy developers under its fourth call. The awards support developers on their path to commercialization and ease the transition of ocean energy towards multi-device farms by providing free access to open sea test sites. Funded by Interreg North-West Europe, Ocean DEMO is a €13 million project aiming to accelerate ocean energy’s transition from single prototype to multi-device farms by providing free access to world-leading test centers: EMEC (UK), DMEC (NL), SEM REV (FR) and

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Blighter's Radars to Protect Oil Platforms Offshore W. Africa

UK-based designer and manufacturer of electronic-scanning radars and surveillance solutions Blighter Surveillance System has said it has won a contract to provide its C400 series onshore and offshore installation security radars to protect a cluster of offshore oil platforms and an onshore refinery in West Africa.Without sharing details on the client(s), Blighersaid it had been selected to provide four C400 series e-scanning radars to provide advanced threat detection for an array of oil platforms and a refinery in West Africa, comprising three offshore platforms and an onshore refinery. The

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Nova Innovation Gets UK Gov't Support for Rapid Tidal Turbine Deployment Solution

and the recognition that we can drive down tidal energy costs and open up export opportunities. This demonstrates the Government’s commitment to tidal energy where the UK currently leads the world."There are sites worldwide where tidal resources are abundant but where the onshore and offshore infrastructure is not available to make tidal energy a reality."The CREATE project will help to unlock a global tidal energy market worth £126 billion, and displace high cost, polluting fossil fuels. We are creating a solution to make tidal energy more affordable and accessible to communities

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EQS Deploys Falcon to prep for Africa's First Offshore Oil Decom

Angola sees Africa’s first offshore oil platform decommissioning underway as EQS (Environment Quality Services) successfully deploys its Saab Seaeye Falcon for determining safer upcoming decommissioning operations.Dubai-based EQS assess the integrity of offshore structures using their Falcon for visual inspection and image gathering.The range of offshore structures inspected to assess integrity includes platform (jacket), wellhead, protection dome, pipelines and umbilical.EQS help offshore energy clients navigate the complex environmental regulatory landscape to achieve regulatory compliance

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Floating Wind Tech: TetraSpar Demonstrator Starts Operation Off Norway

TetraSpar Demonstrator, dubbed the world’s first fully industrialized floating offshore wind foundation, has been officially commissioned and is now in operation off the coast of Norway.The floating wind foundation, fitted with an offshore wind turbine and anchored in place at the Norwegian METCentre test site, has been successfully connected to Norway’s grid and is producing power in automatic, unattended operation. It is located next to the old Hywind demo site that has been in operation since 2009.The TetraSpar foundation, owned by Shell, TEPCO RP, RWE, and Stiesdal, is a tubular

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OWGP Launches Funding Call for UK's Offshore Wind Supply Chain Firms

The Offshore Wind Growth Partnership (OWGP), an organization that describes itself as the go-to enabler to develop the UK offshore wind supply chain, has released its latest Development Grant funding call, with £3.5 million (around $4,6 million) available for UK businesses looking to accelerate their growth in the offshore wind supply chain.OWGP said the grants can be used as capital or operational expenditure in projects that will unlock significant growth potential in UK content, jobs and export opportunities within the offshore wind sector.Grants of up to £1 million (around $1,33

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Hi-Float: Hyundai Heavy Gets BV AiP for Floating Wind Turbine Foundation

Bureau Veritas (BV) has granted an Approval in Principle (AiP) to Hyundai Heavy Industries for its design and development of “Hi-Float”, a floating offshore wind turbine foundation. The offshore floating wind substructure “Hi-Float” is designed to support a 10MW wind turbine with semi-submersible and mooring technology. According to a press statement issued by BV, at Hi-Float,  a passive ballast system ensures that risk is kept to a minimum during offshore operations. The good performance of Hi-Float in the offshore environment was verified through numerical

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Scottish Firm Nova Innovation Gets Funding for Indonesian Tidal Turbine Array Study

Tidal energy developer Nova Innovation has secured funding that the company says could deliver the first-ever tidal turbine array in Indonesia.Nova’s FLITE (Feasibility of Larantuka and Indonesian Tidal Energy) project that will deliver a feasibility study for a 7MW tidal array in Larantuka Strait, has secured funding from Innovate UK, which has awarded the company £200k.Larantuka Strait lies between the islands of Flores and Adonara and has one of the strongest tidal currents in Indonesia, Nova Innovation said.The array would utilize Nova’s 100kW tidal turbines. FLITE is the

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Seanovent, Strohm in Offshore Wind-to-hydrogen Collab

Seanovent Engineering and Strohm have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to collaborate on offshore wind-to-hydrogen developments.The duo said it would focus on developing safe and dependable hydrogen transfer solutions that enable and improve the distributed green hydrogen concept, where green hydrogen is generated in each wind turbine generator and transported to shore via a subsea pipe infrastructure.Strohm designs and manufactures Thermoplastic Composite Pipe (TCP), and says that its technology, with no maintenance requirements and suitable for more than 30 years in operation, is suited

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Lhyfe, DORIS to Install Hydrogen Production System on Floating Wind Turbine

Lhyfe, a company specializing in renewable green hydrogen production, and DORIS, an offshore engineering firm, have partnered up in an offshore hydrogen production project.Lhyfe and DORIS plan to launch the first floating wind turbine for integration with a hydrogen production system and identify larger-scale opportunities for their solutions.The signing of the MoU by the two companies comes just several weeks after Lhyfe's Bouin production site in Vendée began producing the first few hundreds of kilos a day of carbon-free green hydrogen."The operational knowledge gained from this

Sustainable Marine is set to demonstrate that Nova Scotia can produce vast amounts of clean and predictable energy from its world-famous tidal streams, after completing construction of its substation at Grand Passage. Photo courtesy  Sustainable Marine

Sustainable Marine Ready to Deliver Tidal Energy in Early '22

are reconnecting with those core roots to accelerate the energy transition in Atlantic Canada, helping reinforce the region’s position as a leader in marine renewable energy. Nova Scotia benefits from some of the world’s most powerful tidal energy streams, and with rapidly advancing floating offshore wind technology, there is enormous potential to transform the future energy mix from harmful diesel and coal power generation to ultra-low impact marine renewables.”Sustainable Marine’s pioneering PLAT-I floating tidal platform has been specially designed, with significant contributions

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Portugal to Hold First Auction of Right to Install Floating Solar Panels

Portugal has launched its first auction for the right to install floating solar parks on the waters of seven of the country's dams, with a total production capacity of 263 megawatts.Floating panels are being tested around the world, and Portugal's energy secretary Joao Galamba said late on Wednesday the technology not only had benefits for the environment but was also more energy-efficient.They often complement hydroelectric generation, reusing existing facilities and avoiding the use of more land.Portugal's plan is to install solar parks with a capacity of up to 100 MW on the waters of

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Atlantic Canada’s First Instream Tidal Energy Set for Delivery in Early 2022

are reconnecting with those core roots to accelerate the energy transition in Atlantic Canada, helping reinforce the region’s position as a leader in marine renewable energy. Nova Scotia benefits from some of the world’s most powerful tidal energy streams, and with rapidly advancing floating offshore wind technology, there is enormous potential to transform the future energy mix from harmful diesel and coal power generation to ultra-low impact marine renewables.”Sustainable Marine’s pioneering PLAT-I floating tidal platform has been specially designed, with significant contributions

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Bob Black Joins EC-OG Board

growth within the energy transition.”Black added, “I am pleased to join the Board of EC-OG at such a significant time in the company’s growth trajectory. EC-OG’s technology portfolio will be a crucial enabler of energy transition, with broad applications across the underwater, offshore and onshore environment.”Bob Black (Photo: EC-OG

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UK Announces 'Biggest' Investment in Tidal Power

Contracts for Difference Scheme due to open next month, the UK government will ensure that £20 million per year will be ringfenced for Tidal Stream projects, giving the marine energy sector a chance to develop their technology and lower their costs in a similar way to the UK’s world-leading offshore wind industry. This will bring the total funding for this allocation round to £285 million per year," the UK Government said.It added that the £20 million additional ringfenced budget is for Tidal Stream projects, not Tidal Range, which is a different technology. Tidal Range projects

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Kraken Scores $7.1 Million of Contracts for Offshore Subsea Inspections

Canadian marine technology company Kraken Robotics's subsidiaries Kraken Robotic Systems Inc. and PanGeo Subsea Inc. have been awarded $7.1 million for two contracts from the Newfoundland Offshore Oil and Gas Industry Recovery Assistance (OOGIRA) Fund.The combined projects, valued at $9.2 million, will be executed from Q4 2021 through Q4 2022. Kraken and PanGeo’s inspection and survey platforms will assist the offshore energy sector to acquire better, faster and more valuable data.Fast-3D Inspection Digitalization ProjectKraken has been awarded $2.3 million in funding as part of a $4 million

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UTEC Uses Sonardyne’s Fusion 2 Software to Support Offshore Project in Australia

UTEC, a company providing survey, positioning, and data services in the offshore energy world, has deployed Sonardyne’s Fusion 2 software and associated hardware to support offshore construction in Australia.Combined long baseline (LBL) acoustic positioning and inertial navigation system (INS) from Sonardyne, has helped to support the latest phase of UTEC's offshore project in northwest Australia."The project is the first full use of Sonardyne’s Fusion 2 software and associated 6 ‘plus’ (6+) hardware in Australia, cementing the global adoption of the new survey and

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Houlder Supports Firm Developing Micropiling Tech for Offshore Wind

superior marine foundation and anchor solutions.Houlder is providing marine operations and engineering support to speed up market development and the deployment of Subsea Micropiles’ technology."Innovative foundation technology is essential to reducing costs and environmental impact as the offshore wind industry expands and tackles increasingly difficult seabed conditions," Houlder said.Subsea Micropiles will use a new robotic seabed drilling system to install and grout micropile anchor foundations. Mimicking the root piles of trees, the design is capable of withstanding significant axial

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CRP Subsea Invests in New Manufacturing Plant to Meet Offshore Wind Industry Demand

CRP Subsea, a UK-based company developing polymer and syntactic foam-based buoyancy and protection products for the offshore energy markets, has invested in a new manufacturing facility to support their transition from primarily oil & gas into the renewables market. The new 12,000 square-meter facility manufacturing facility includes a semi-automated production line for the NjordGuard cable protection system used in offshore wind farms. The facility is located in Skelmersdale, Lancashire, UK."The new facility enables CRP Subsea to significantly improve flow of materials, achieve throughput

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Offshore Energy Tech Firm Ashtead Technology Goes Public

Ashtead Technology, a UK-based offshore energy services and technology company, announced Thursday that it had received strong support from new institutional investors and will begin trading on the London Stock Exchange's Alternative Investment Market on Tuesday, November 23. (AIM).Current owners Buckthorn and APICORP will remain significant shareholders in the business which is set to become a publicly listed company.The Aberdeen-based firm provides subsea equipment rental solutions, technologies, and support services to the global offshore energy sector."Over the past four years, Ashtead

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TechnipFMC to Become Shareholder in Tidal Power Firm Orbital

Scottish floating tidal turbine developer Orbital Marine Power has entered a strategic partnership with offshore energy services giant TechnipFMC ( to speed up the global commercialization of Orbital’s tidal energy technology. TechnipFMC will also become a shareholder in Orbital.Orbital has developed floating tidal technology that it says is capable of cost-effectively harnessing predictable, clean energy from flowing currents. The company recently completed the construction and installation of what it says is the world’s most powerful tidal stream turbine, the O2, in the waters off

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Offshore Crane Maker Huisman Launches Drone Inspection Service

Huisman, a Dutch company best known for its cranes for the offshore energy industry, has recently launched a drone inspection service for the inspection of cranes, drilling, and pipelay equipment.The company said the service is offered from Huisman's locations in the Netherlands, Singapore, China, the USA, and Brazil."Huisman has extended its service portfolio with drone inspections based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and high-resolution camera technology to offer advanced levels of safety, visibility, and efficiency in its clients’ equipment maintenance procedures," the

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Sea Trials Complete: Mocean Energy's Blue X Wave Energy Machine Returns to Shore

;Credit: Mocean EnergyWaves to power subsea batteryNext year, the company plans to put the device to sea in Orkney again and will connect the machine to a subsea battery which will be used to power a remotely operated autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) – with potential applications for oil and gas offshore operators.The deployment and demonstration of the Blue X at EMEC has been funded by Wave Energy Scotland and supported by Interreg North-West Europe’s Ocean DEMO project.Tim Hurst, Managing Director of Wave Energy Scotland said: "It is only through testing technologies at sea that we

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DeepOcean Secures Subsea Services Deal in U.S. Gulf of Mexico

Subsea services company DeepOcean has said it has won a frame agreement contract with an undisclosed US-based operator.The deal is for the delivery of engineering, project management, and vessel support to execute "a wide range" of subsea activities throughout 2022.DeepOcean said that the contract was for project management engineering capabilities for specialized subsea services, including the utilization of light construction vessels and ROVs from DeepOcean’s fleet in the US Gulf of Mexico to execute the offshore work. 

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Nexans Opens Expanded Subsea Cable Facility in Charleston

France-based offshore cable manufacturer and installation contractor Nexans announced Tuesday it has officially opened its transformed high voltage subsea cable plant in Charleston, S.C.From the Charleston facility Nexans will deliver subsea cables up to 525kV HVDC and 400kV HVAC, covering the full range of needed products for export cables for offshore wind and subsea interconnectors. The first subsea high voltage export cable will be delivered to an offshore windfarm in the U.K. beginning 2022.The plant is also part of the comprehensive supply chain that is being developed to support offshore wind

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Tech Files: SmartTouch Helps Detect Oil Pipe Flange Leaks

microprocessor for individual control and offers a future-flexible concept that can readily adopt evolving technologies.“The SmartTouch robotic system,” says Dr. Chen, “can totally automate and dramatically reduce the cost and risk of subsea inspection, leading to safer operations of offshore oil and gas pipelines.”The Saab Seaeye Falcon (Image: Saab Seaeye

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Aker Solutions to Deliver Subsea Umbilical for Chevron's J-IC Project Off Australia

Norwegian offshore energy equipment supplier Aker Solutions has won more work at Chevron's Jansz-Io subsea gas compression development, offshore Australia.After it in July secured a contract to deliver the subsea compression system for the project, Aker Solutions has now won a deal to deliver the dynamic subsea umbilicals for the offshore gas compression development.Under the contract, Aker Solutions will be responsible for the engineering, design, and manufacturing of a total of about 70 kilometers of dynamic subsea umbilicals. The scope of work includes three subsea compressor umbilicals, two

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A Seismic Shift

Despite oil prices recently edging past $80 a barrel, scars from two recent oil industry downturns in five years have forced offshore seismic surveyors to look at ways to diversify.Marine seismic survey companies provide essential data to offshore oil and gas explorers to make better-informed drilling decisions. However, with every oil industry downturn, seismic players are among the first to feel the pang, as exploration budgets usually get cut significantly and revenue streams for seismic data firms dry up.This was particularly the case last year when the industry was hit with a double whammy:

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Gazelle Wind Power Opens US Office

Dublin, Ireland based floating wind platform company Gazelle Wind Power announced its entry into the U.S. offshore wind energy marketplace with the opening of its first U.S. office in Austin, Texas.“The addition of this U.S. office is a significant milestone for Gazelle as we take our innovative technology to the global market. We chose Austin for our U.S. office because several leading sources rank the city as a top cleantech innovation hub, which gives us unparalleled access to potential partners,” said Jon Salazar, founder, and president of Gazelle Wind Power. “Austin also provides

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PGS, Magseis Fairfield Team Up for Hybrid Towed Streamer and OBN Seismic Surveys

Offshore seismic services companies PGS and Magseis Fairfield have agreed to collaborate in the growing hybrid towed streamer and OBN seismic market. The hybrid market is defined as the simultaneous use of towed streamer and ocean bottom node acquisition technologies.The strategic collaboration has a global scope with an initial focus on the North Sea, and a duration of one year with options to extend by two plus two years.Rune Olav Pedersen, CEO of PGS said: “We believe the strategic collaboration with Magseis Fairfield, the industry-leading node company, will create a unique opportunit

Gavin Cowie, Managing Director (L) and John Sangster, Technical Director (R) at Interventek, pictured with the company’s newly launched, API-17G qualified, subsea landing string. (Photo: Interventek)

Interventek Launches Revolution-7 Subsea Landing String

Aberdeen-based, subsea well intervention technology specialist Interventek announced the commercial launch of a new API 17G qualified, in-riser subsea landing string system. The Revolution-7 landing string is an advanced, 7-inch nominal, 10,000psi rated system incorporating Interventek’s Revolution safety valve. The system also includes Interventek’s PowerPlus technology, which is a unique arrangement of a locally integrated, gas-accumulated power source, providing valve actuation in less than a second.The landing string incorporates lower and upper subsea test tree valves, a latch, a

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Carnegie Launches Wave Energy Device to Power Moored Vessels

ASX-listed wave energy technology company Carnegie Clean Energy has launched a CETO-derived wave energy product designed for moored vessels, which "offers a solution to the challenge of securing clean and reliable energy for offshore activities, reducing reliance on diesel generation."CETO is a fully submerged, point absorber-type wave energy technology. A submerged buoy sits a few meters below the surface of the ocean and moves with the ocean’s waves. This orbital motion drives a power take-off (PTO) system that converts this motion into electricity.The new $3.4m product, called

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Wave Energy Firm Opens Aberdeen Office to Meet Demand from Oil & Gas Industry

Crossland says.Earlier this year Mocean Energy partnered up with energy storage developers EC-OG together with Harbour Energy, Baker Hughes and AUV specialists Modus on a demonstration project, part-funded by the Net Zero Technology Centre, to trial the use of subsea power in laboratory conditions, with offshore deployment trials planned for spring of 2022.Wave Energy Scotland has contributed £3.3 million enabling the development and deployment of the at-sea prototype.Mocean Energy’s Wave Energy System Produces First Power at EMEC Test SiteWave Energy Device to Power Subsea Oil & Gas Equipment

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Sentinel Subsea Attracts Investment for Subsea Well Monitoring Tech

Passive well integrity monitoring firm Sentinel Subsea has secured an investment from Alba Equity and Scottish Enterprise as it continues to develop its technology for the monitoring of subsea wells.Founded in 2018, Sentinel Subsea has developed WellSentinel, described as a unique method of monitoring and managing the integrity of subsea wells, wellheads and xmas trees. "Without the complexity of active power or data communication, Sentinel Subsea offers a proven method of long-term remote well integrity monitoring," the company said.With successful field trials already carried out

MacArtney’s Phil Middleton and STR’s Neil Jackson confirm the NEXUS 8 transaction at OB21. Photo courtesy MacArtney

STR Invest in MacArtney’s NEXUS 8 Multiplexer

for the Nexus MK IV Multiplexer and Nexus MK VI (HD) Multiplexer systems, both STR and MacArtney collaborated on design, development and the launch of the Nexus MK-C. The NEXUS 8 is a natural progression for MacArtney and STR to offer to its customers, and these systems will be operational in the offshore energy industry from all STR's facilities Aberdeen, Great Yarmouth, Houston, Perth and Singapore.STR have been going through a period of international growth over the last four years, opening new offices in Aberdeen, Houston, Perth and Singapore. A growth pattern that aligns with the global

Evologics Quadroin penguin inspired underwater vehicle. Image courtesy Hereon - Florian Büttner.

MTR100: When it Comes to Drones, Big is Good. <1m is Better.

Over the last couple of decades, autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) have become fully established work horses of ocean mapping and surveillance. That doesn’t mean there’s not room for some innovation. Elaine Maslin takes a look at some activity in the sub-1m collaborative drone market.New breeds of AUV are on their way. Some are bigger, but there’s also a host of companies developing small (<1m), lower-cost AUVs to use in swarms, allowing either faster aerial coverage of the seabed or faster more three-dimensional sampling of bodies of water in shorter periods of time.It’s

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Fugro Supports Saipem's Construction Work at BP's Greater Tortue Ahmeyim Project

Italian energy industry services firm Saipem has awarded Fugro a monitoring contract to support the construction of an LNG jetty for BP’s Greater Tortue Ahmeyim field offshore Senegal/Mauritania.Starting in December, Fugro will deploy its InclinoCam vision technology to install more than 190 piles with centimeter precision over a period of approximately 6 months, working from a jack-up barge. Fugro said its InclinoCam will acquire Geo-data to position the monopiles at the exact location on the earth’s surface, delivering to Saipem’s tight installation tolerances and providing

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Scana's Seasystems to Provide Mooring Solution for World's First Floating Tidal Energy Array

Scana’s subsidiary Seasystems has secured a contract for the mooring of the world’s first floating tidal energy array,  the Pempa’q In-stream Tidal Energy Project in Minas Passage in Nova Scotia, Canada. When completed, the project run by Scottish Sustainable Marine will provide up to nine megawatts of electricity to the province’s power grid. This is enough to power around 3,000 homes and will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 17,000 tonnes of CO2 annually.The first phase consists of a 420-kilowatt PLAT-I tidal energy platform, and Sea systems AS has been commissioned

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UTEC Deploys iXblue's Subsea Positioning Technology on Ultra-deep Water Project

Offshore survey services company UTEC, an Acteon subsidiary, has deployed iXblue new subsea positioning technology on "a world-class" ultra-deepwater field development project in Africa, with depths below 2,000 meters.According to iXblue, its sparse LBL solution, brings together Canopus intelligent transponders, Ramses transceivers, Inertial Navigation Systems, and Delph Subsea Positioning Software, to provide more informative positioning and spool piece metrology at multiple drill centers throughout the project execution."A third-party friendly solution able to be easily integrated

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