Thursday, September 28, 2023

Offshore Energy News

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AUV Specialist Argeo Partners Up With Marine Seismic Giant Shearwater GeoServices

, crew and equipment to Shearwater or its affiliates from time to time and when available, for the purpose of conducting marine OBN seismic surveys, subject to the agreed terms.The companies said they share the ambition of jointly developing projects and clients within carbon capture, marine minerals and offshore renewables.Trond Figenschou Crantz, the CEO of Argeo, comments; "We leverage our vessels and equipment to provide greenfield exploration, inspection and maintenance services and comprehensive ultra-deep-water surveys at a global scale. This alliance with Shearwater, combined with the previously

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Marine Power Systems PelaFlex Floating Wind Platform Receives Feasibility Certification from DNV

Systems said Tuesday that its flexible floating platform technology, PelaFlex, has been awarded the Statement of Feasibility by the independent certification body, DNV.According to Marine Power Systems, its modular floating platform solution supports the rapid deployment of industrial-scale floating offshore wind while maximizing local content delivery through the existing supply chain.Marine Power Systems said that the high system stability, low overall mass, and zero tilt maximize energy yields, allow for simple installation using standard vessels, and increase operation and maintenance weather windows

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Ørsted to Deploy Rutter's Wave Prediction Tech on CTVs

Offshore wind developer Ørsted is deploying Rutter’s wave prediction technology on board selected crew transfer vessels (CTV) worldwide within its contracted fleet to improve the safe transfer of personnel to offshore wind turbines.Roots of the initiative stretch back to 2018, when the two companies launched a project to investigate wave prediction applications for improving safety during transfers from CTVs to offshore wind turbines, resulting in the development of wave prediction capability and operational processes to make transfers safer offshore.Rutter’s sigma S6 WaveSignal

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GUH: Subsea Cable Failures Threatening Offshore Wind Expansion

UK-based trade body Global Underwater Hub (GUH) is working to tackle failures in underwater cables, which, it says, could derail global offshore wind ambitions.GUH says that the reliability of subsea cables is “paramount” to the success of offshore wind and the energy transition, but that failure of these cables is all too common, to the point that the cost of insuring them is becoming prohibitive.GUH chief executive, Neil Gordon, said: "It’s estimated that around 85% of the total value of offshore wind insurance claims relate to subsea cables. Insurers are losing money underwriti

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Nauticus Robotics Secures $20M Loan Deal with Key Stakeholders

Nauticus Robotics, a developer of ocean robots and artificial intelligence for autonomous services to the offshore industries, said Thursday it had entered into a senior secured term loan agreement with existing stakeholders, Transocean, ATW Partners, Material Impact, and RCB Equities.The term loan deal provides Nauticus with up to $20 million in secured term loans, of which $11.6 million has already been funded.The loans are convertible at $6.00 per share of common stock, subject to certain customary anti-dilution adjustments, at the option of each Lender, until the date that the loans are no longer

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Swedish Prosecutor Hopes to Conclude Nord Stream Enquiry by Year-end

The Swedish investigation into the sabotage last year of the Nord Stream pipelines is at a sensitive stage and the prosecutor hopes to decide whether to bring any charges before the end of this year, he told Reuters on Wednesday.In September 2022, several unexplained underwater explosions ruptured the Nord Stream 1 and newly-built Nord Stream 2 pipelines that link Russia and Germany across the Baltic Sea.The blasts occurred in the economic zones of Sweden and Denmark, and both countries say the explosions were deliberate, though they have yet to single out who was responsible."We hope to conclude

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CRP Subsea to Supply Cable Protection System for Offshore Wind Farms in Taiwan

CRP Subsea, an AIS company, has been awarded a contract by Ørsted to provide NjordGuard, an integrated cable protection system, for the Greater Changhua 2b & 4 offshore wind farms in Taiwan. CRP Subsea will supply a total of 142 NjordGuard cable protection systems, which will protect all inter array and export cables on the projects. Production of the 142 NjordGuards will take place at CRP Subsea's facility in the north-west of England. Installation activities are scheduled for execution in 2024.The Greater Changhua 2b and 4 offshore wind farms will comprise around 65 wind

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Equinor Taps Ocean Infinity for Floating Wind Farm Site Survey off California

Seabed survey and ocean research company Ocean Infinity has signed a contract with Equinor Wind US LLC, for one of the first-ever floating offshore wind farms on the US West Coast. Under the terms of this contract, Ocean Infinity will undertake a comprehensive site investigation survey using multiple AUVs (Autonomous Underwater Vehicles) simultaneously for Equinor's floating offshore wind lease area (OCS-P 0563), located in Morro Bay, offshore California.Shawntel Johnson, Director, Business Development at Ocean Infinity said: "The US West Coast with its challenging deep water topography

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Norwegian Seismic Specialists TGS and PGS Set to Merge

cuts amounting to $50 million, they said in a joint statement.The deal, if approved by regulators, will give TGS ownership of seven modern seismic ships, a significant shift in strategy for the company that has so far relied on chartering vessels from ship owners rather than buying its own.Collecting offshore seismic data and selling it to energy companies keen to discover oil and gas deposits, known as multi-client business, was long plagued by overcapacity, but there are now fewer owners and fewer vessels available, TGS said."The key rationale here is that there are substantial synergies between

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Floating Platforms of the Future: WES Explores Shared Infrastructure for Wave Energy, Offshore Wind

Wave Energy Scotland (WES), a subsidiary of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), is running tests at the University of Edinburgh’s FloWave facility, to determine the potential for floating platforms that can be used by both offshore wind and wave energy devices.The move has been prompted by a report by Offshore Wind Consultants (OWC) exploring the synergies between the two areas of renewable energy and the potential benefits of sharing infrastructure, services, and supply chains.According to HIE, conditions in the testing facility have been created to match one of the west of Scotland offshore

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Mounting Evidence Shows Seismic Surveys Can Harm Marine Life

it would start seismic testing for its Scarborough gas project off Australia’s west coast, before reversing the decision in the face of a legal challenge from Traditional Owners.Seismic testing is highly controversial in marine environments. Australia’s federal regulator (the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority) is currently examining a proposal for seismic testing in the Otway Basin in Bass Strait, which conservationists say has attracted more than 30,000 public submissions.Seismic testing is also mooted as part of the “PEP11” (Petroleum

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WINDEA Offshore and Subsea Europe Services in Offshore Wind Services Partnership

Offshore wind service provider WINDEA Offshore and marine data acquisition specialist Subsea Europe Service GmbH have recently entered a strategic sales partnership. With this agreement, the two partners intend to provide the European offshore wind market with essential hydrographic survey and underwater inspection technology as well as related services.Subsea Europe Services has an autonomous surface and subsea vehicle fleet for, the company says, fast and cost-effective survey and subsea inspection applications. WINDEA's shareholders operate a growing fleet of Crew Transfer Vessels

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Tidal Energy Firm Orbital Wins Two CfDs in UK Renewables Auction

achieved in the renewable space before.“We maintain our commitment to establishing a valuable supply chain within the UK. Maximizing the benefits and rewards from this endeavor will take leadership and long-term commitment from the UK Government.”Latest UK Renewables Auction Fails to Attract Offshore Wind BidsOrbital Marine Power to Develop 30MW Tidal Energy Project in Orkney Island

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TDI-Brooks Completes Phase Four of Deepwater Geotechnical Project in Black Sea

TDI-Brooks said Thursday it had completed phase four of a deepwater geotechnical coring and CPT project for DenAr Ocean Engineering S.A. TDI-Brooks used its Jumbo Piston Cores (JPC) and CPT Stinger geotechnical tools and operators to the ongoing project off Turkey in the Black Sea.The PROTEUS is outfitted with TDI-Brooks’ complete geotechnical tool kit, including a suite of innovative geotechnical tools for soil sampling and CPT measurement. The PROTEUS also has a Kongsberg EM-710 (1×1) hull-mounted multibeam (MBES) for surveys to ~2,500m water depth for performing surface geochemical

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KENC Building Flange Monopile Upending Tool for Van Oord

KENC has started the construction of a flange monopile upending tool [FMUT] for the Dutch offshore installation company Van Oord."Designed to face the challenges of varying sea conditions, the FMUT boasts unparalleled versatility. Its innovative engineering enables efficient upending and lifting of monopiles - with a diameter between 7,5 – 8 meters - while effectively managing the challenging side leads," KENC said."Next to an optimal operational performance, the FMUT is designed for a smooth construction process and minimized production cost. The FMUT’s light yet strong

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TDI-Brooks Breaks Ground on New Technical Building

along with technical work spaces, fabrication shops and storage areas. TDI-technical staff plan to move into the building by the end of the year.“This new location will not only allow for the growth of staff we’ve employed to keep up with the growing demand for our technical services in offshore wind, it will allow further space for fabrication and storage of our geotechnical tools designed for seafloor surveys,” said Daniel Brooks, Director of Technical Systems and CPT Specialist.TDI-Brooks is a 27-year-old research and service company specializing in geotechnical and offshore survey

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CorPower Ocean Installs First Commercial Wave Energy Converter Offshore Portugal

it had installed its first commercial-scale WEC in northern Portugal, "as it accelerates towards making wave energy a bankable technology for mass deployment."The CorPower C4 device was launched in the port of Viana do Castello, before being towed to the Aguçadoura site located 4km offshore.After connecting to a pre-installed UMACK anchor on the seabed, the device was connected to the Portuguese national grid through a subsea export cable. The system will now undergo a commissioning program, with functions and operational modes being gradually verified. Operations and Maintenance

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Germany's AQUOS and Scotland's Swift Anchors Unite as SCHOTTEL Marine Technologies

SCHOTTEL Marine Technologies said Tuesday it was integrating its operations to exploit the growing business opportunities in offshore renewables, and in particular within the floating offshore wind sector. The floating offshore wind sector is forecast to have 12GW of capacity installed or underway globally by 2030 – corresponding to approximately 800 installed 15MW wind turbines – and is expected to reach 39GW by 2035, said SCHOTTEL Marine Technologies, which is the new company name for Germany’s AQUOS SCHOTTEL Marine Technologies GmbH (AQUOS) and Scotland’s Swift Anchors

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Mocean Energy to Develop 250kW Wave Machine in Orkney with EU Investment

Wave energy technology developer Mocean Energy has secured over £3 million EU funding to develop and deploy a 250kW wave machine in Orkney.The wave energy device – named Blue Horizon 250 – will be manufactured in Scotland and deployed in a grid-connected berth at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney as early as 2025.It’s hoped the project could then pave the way to a small wave farm delivering 1-2 MW of low-carbon electricity by 2030, Mocean Energy said.The Edinburgh firm has been awarded £3.2 million (€3,749,405) in Phase 3 of EuropeWave, a pre-commercia

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UH Aims to Develop Subsea Pipeline Inspection Autonomous Robot

University of Houston researchers are developing an autonomous robot to identify potential pipeline leaks and structural failures during subsea inspections. The technology will aim to make the inspection process safer and more cost effective.From 1964 through 2015, a total of 514 offshore pipeline–related oil spills were recorded, 20 of which incurred spill volumes of more than 1,000 barrels, according to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.The SmartTouch technology now in development at UH consists of ROVs equipped with multiple stress wave-based smart touch sensors, video cameras

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New Product: Balmoral Seamless Bend Stiffener Connector

Balmoral has introduced a number of subsea solutions over the past few years, including Balmoral HexDefence and Balmoral FibreFlex, scour and cable protection systems respectively for the offshore wind sector. The latest product solution to be brought to market is a bend stiffener connector.Bend restricting devices, which include stiffeners and restrictors, are used across the offshore wind and traditional oil and gas sectors where there is a requirement to control the bend radius of a pipe, cable or umbilical.They are usually attached at topside or seabed connection areas and are typically

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Sercel Extends its OBN Portfolio

high-fidelity, high-quality broadband datasets for high-precision subsurface imaging. With our comprehensive portfolio of high-tech OBN solutions — all seamlessly integrated into our new MetaBlue marine survey management solution — we are uniquely positioned to support our customers in their offshore exploration and monitoring projects, whatever the depth."

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Equinor to Test Autonomous Robots for Subsea Leak Detection

Equinor is set to trial the use of autonomous robots for subsea leak detection services in the North Sea.The Norway-based energy company has tapped Houston's Nauticus Robotics and its Norwegian technology partner Stinger Technology for the pilot project. The companies did not say where and when the tests would be performed.Nauticus, a developer of ocean robots and artificial intelligence for autonomous services, said the pilot aims to validate the its technology and provides an opportunity to qualify for future contracts with Equinor, the leading operator on the Norwegian continental shelf with a

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TGS Partners with Apparition Geoservices

TGS announced a collaboration agreement with Apparition Geoservices to jointly provide integrated, encoded simultaneous source acquisition solutions to drive the next level of efficiency in seismic surveys.During the agreement term of four years, TGS and Apparition will collaborate through joint research, development and testing to fully commercialize Apparition technology in ocean bottom node, towed streamer and XHR data acquisition programs.Apparition has developed and offers, through its Seismic Apparition methodology, advanced seismic data acquisition techniques using multiple sources for seismic

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Autonomous Vehicles Used for O&M at the Deutsche Bucht Offshore Wind Farm

A recent pilot project has verified the application of autonomous surface and subsea platforms for operations and maintenance (O&M) at the Deutsche Bucht Offshore Wind Farm, located in the German North Sea.The July 2023 project was commissioned by wind farm owner Northland Power to verify performance and further develop the operational workflows of Subsea Europe Services’ Autonomous Surveyor uncrewed surface vessel (USV) for multibeam surveying and A.IKANBILIS hovering autonomous underwater vehicle (HAUV) for subsea inspections such as scour and marine growth surveys, when deployed from a

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Talos Inks Three-year Deal with Subsea 7 for US Gulf Projects

EPCI opportunities by engaging early in the design and development phases, turning concepts into robust and reliable solutions that help to accelerate field development, Subsea 7 said.Craig Broussard, Vice President for Subsea7 US, said, "We are excited to work collaboratively with Talos to deliver offshore engineering solutions that extend across the full energy lifecycle from concept to operations and decommissioning."This partnership makes it possible for us to approach projects with an open mind to develop the best possible solutions and better understand the project drivers, costs and capacity

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Subsea7 Confirms Remote ROV Piloting Capabilities

Subsea7 reports a major advance in its remote piloting technology by fully operating a workclass ROV from Scotland to carry out operations 9,400km away off the coast of Brazil. Developed by Subsea7, it can perform key inspection repair and maintenance (IRM) tasks "precisely and safely" under remote control with the potential to increase operational flexibility.“This was a major milestone for Subsea7,” said Alan Gray, ROV and Autonomy Manager. “The maturity of our remote piloting systems has been demonstrated here and shows how new technologies alongside new ways

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PGS, inApril Partner for Hybrid Towed Streamer and OBN Services

Norway-based marine seismic survey services firm PGS has entered a one-year strategic collaboration with ocean bottom node seismic operations specialist inApril for the hybrid towed streamer and ocean bottom node market."The strategic collaboration with inApril expands our service offering and capabilities in the contract and MultiClient acquisition segments, and further enhances PGS’ position in a recovering seismic market,” says Rune Olav Pedersen, President & CEO of PGS.“inApril welcomes the opportunity to work with a major marine geophysical contractor such as PGS and

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VIDEO: Ocean Power Technologies' WAM Vessel Attaches to Buoy for Remote Charging

Ocean Power Technologies said Thursday it had made a pivotal achievement in the autonomous maritime technology field, by demonstrating the Wave Adaptive Modular Vessel (WAM-V) attaching itself remotely to a buoy and establishing a connection that will enable charging."The successful connection that will enable charging represents a significant leap forward in the integration of renewable energy sources within the maritime industry," OPT said.OPT also released a video showing the vessel attaching itself to OPT's power buoy, also showing the charging progress."Our successful demonstrati

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Fugro Wins Metocean Survey Deal at 100MW Floating Wind Farm Site in Scotland

of surveys to be conducted by Salamander before starting the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA). The project team aims to submit the necessary consent applications by early 2024.Huw Bell, Project Director for Salamander said: “As a pioneering floating offshore wind project, there are technical factors which must be key considerations as we begin to develop the Salamander site.“It’s crucial that we understand the influence of the environmental conditions our turbines will be required to operate under. The metocean survey conducted by Fugro

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Rotech Subsea Clears Sand Waves and Debris for Offshore Wind Farm in Taiwan

Subsea trenching and excavation specialist Rotech Subsea said Wednesday it had completed sand wave clearance and debris removal operations at a "key" offshore wind farm in Taiwan. The contract - for an unnamed long-term client in the region - saw Rotech mobilize its TRS2 controlled flow excavation (CFE) and RSBG (Boulder Grab) spreads of equipment from its base in Aberdeen specifically for this scope of work.Operating in water depths of 12m - 40m, the TRS2 tool carried out sand wave clearance ops along multiple cable routes, progressing at 2-5m/min. Rotech’s RSBG grab tool

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System Built for Mars Operations Used for Offshore Methane Emissions Detection

Technology first developed by the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL), which is being used to detect offshore methane emissions, is to be showcased at SPE Offshore Europe 2023 in Aberdeen next month.SeekOps, the US-based sensor company, has deployed its drone-agnostic SeekIR solution, which uses technology initially created for the Mars Curiosity Rover, to gauge emissions across the North Sea.In an energy sector first, by mounting an in-situ tunable diode laser absorption spectrometer (TDLAS) on a drone, high spatiotemporal methane emission measurement surveys have been conducted in an offshore environment.

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Eco Wave Power's Wave Energy Project Connects to Israel's Power Grid

Eco Wave Power Global, a wave energy developer, said Tuesday that its station at the Port of Jaffa in Tel Aviv, EWP-EDF One, had officially connected to Israel’s national electrical grid – making it the first wave energy project to deliver electricity to the country’s power supply.The wave energy system installed at the Port of Jaffa comprises ten floaters along the Port of Jaffa’s pre-existing breakwater. Each floater connects directly to Eco Wave Power’s land-based energy conversion unit, which enables easy access for operational maintenance and upgrades.Now, the

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HAL to Sell 60% Stake in Offshore Foundation Installation Specialist IQIP

HAL, the Dutch investment subsidiary of HAL Holding, has agreed to sell 60% in IQIP, a supplier of foundation and installation equipment to the offshore wind, coastal & civil, and oil & gas markets.HAL acquired IQIP from Royal IHC in March 2023.The company has now agreed to sell 40% of IQIP to AvH Growth Capital NV1 (“AvH”) and 20% to MerweOord B.V.MerweOord can increase its shareholding to 33.33% during 2024, which would result in HAL, AvH, and MerweOord owning one-third of IQIP’s shares, each.The transaction is based on an equity value of IQIP, adjusted for dividend, of


Middle East's First Remotely Operated Subsea Inspection with Uncrewed Surface Vessel Completed

Dutch offshore survey services firm Fugro said Monday it had completed the Middle East’s first remotely operated subsea inspection using an uncrewed surface vessel (USV)The site survey and inspection of an offshore gas platform in UAE waters was executed entirely from an onshore remote operations center (ROC) in Dubai using Fugro’s Blue Essence technology without sending personnel offshore."Having commissioned the region’s first-ever government-licensed USV in early 2023, Fugro has successfully completed its first USV operation for a client in the Middle East. The Fugro Pegasus

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Balmoral Develops In-Line Mooring Buoyancy for Offshore Wind and SURF Applications

Aberdeen-based Balmoral has developed mooring buoyancy for the offshore wind and SURF sectors."A comprehensive range of ‘off-the-shelf’ products are deployed across a number of applications, from simple location markers to short term installation/deployment aids, while specialized mooring buoy arrangements bring unique characteristics and advantages to the floating wind and SURF markets," Balmoral, which has a long track record of buoyancy installations around the world.Balmoral’s in-line mooring buoyancy system is designed to secure floating wind turbines and other structure

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Seaeye Falcon Gets to Work in Japan's Offshore Wind Industry

Japan’s expanding offshore wind industry has added a further Seaeye Falcon underwater robot as a key operational resource for working in complex environments.Tokyo based systems provider Marimex says Japan’s wind power construction operators value the Falcon for being a compact and powerful robot that is ideally suited for shallow waters and strong currents.The small footprint of the metre-sized Falcon is also important for offshore energy operators as construction is carried out using fleets of small service vessels needed in shallow waters. Growth in Japan’s offshore wind power

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Offshore Wind Farms Could Offer New Habitats For Lobsters

Over the past decade, offshore wind turbines have become an ever more present feature along UK coastlines. As part of reaching net zero, the government has ambitious plans for increasing the capacity of offshore wind from 13.9GW to 50GW by 2050.Expanding the UK’s renewable energy sector is necessary to replace fossil fuels and meet increasing energy demands. But the rate at which offshore windfarm development is planned makes it difficult to understand the effect it will have on the marine environment and the people who rely on it for their livelihood.To date, most offshore wind turbines have

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How Floating Solar Panels Could Power Future Population Hotspots

Vast arrays of solar panels floating on calm seas near the Equator could provide effectively unlimited solar energy to densely populated countries in Southeast Asia and West Africa.Our new research shows offshore solar in Indonesia alone could generate about 35,000 terawatt-hours (TWh) of solar energy a year, which is similar to current global electricity production (30,000TWh per year).And while most of the world’s oceans experience storms, some regions at the Equator are relatively still and peaceful. So relatively inexpensive engineering structures could suffice to protect offshore floating

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Aker Solutions Wins "Sizeable" Order from BP-Eni JV for Offshore Angola Project

Norway's Aker Solutions has won a "sizeable" contract from Azule Energy, a BP-Eni JV in Angola, to provide subsea umbilicals for the Ndungu project offshore Angola.Aker Solutions defines a sizeable contract as between NOK 0.5 billion (currently around $48,57 million) and NOK 1.5 billion (currently around $145,7 million). The contract includes the delivery of eight infield umbilicals, including spares totaling over 25 kilometers in length.  Project execution, engineering, and manufacturing will take place at the Aker Solutions facility in Fornebu and Moss, Norway. The work will begin

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Japan's KEPCO Becomes Co-Investor in DemoSATH Floating Wind Project

The Japanese utility Kansai Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) has signed an agreement with Spanish offshore engineering firm Saitec Offshore Technologies to join the DemoSATH floating wind technology project as a strategic partner and co-investor. "With this partnership, KEPCO becomes the second world-class utility to join DemoSATH Project since RWE Offshore Wind is already part of the project since 2020. The collaboration between Saitec Offshore Technologies, RWE Offshore Wind, and now KEPCO, creates a powerful alliance that will drive innovation, accelerate the commercialization of SATH

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Thai Oil Giant Joins for Renewable Subsea Power Project in Scotland

Thailand’s state oil and gas company, PTTEP, has joined the Renewables for Subsea Power (RSP) collaborative project, which is intended to prove the concept of powering subsea equipment with wave power and intelligent subsea energy storage.The £2 million demonstrator initiative, which has taken to the seas in the north of Scotland, has connected the Blue X wave energy converter – built by Edinburgh company Mocean Energy – with a Halo underwater battery developed by Aberdeen intelligent energy management specialists Verlume.The fully operational project, which is in situ off the

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Tenaris to Supply 46,000 Tons of Pipe for Turkey's Giant Offshore Gas Field

Steel pipe supplier Tenaris will supply pipes and services for phase II-A of the Sakarya offshore gas field development in the Black Sea, offshore Turkey.The offshore gas field is operated by Turkish Petroleum (TPAO) and located in the ultra-deep waters of the western Black Sea, approximately 175km offshore Eregli, Turkey.“In a challenging environment, Tenaris successfully managed the delivery of 65,000 tons of pipes and services for the first phase of the Sakarya project," said Andrea Previtali, Tenaris Vice President Line Pipe and Process.Previtali said that the positive experience

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Gardline's Horizon Geobay Vessel to Support Ocean Winds' Geotechnical Survey in Moray Firth

Offshore wind developer Ocean Winds is set to start a geotechnical survey campaign in Moray Firth in Scotland, to support the development of the 2GW Caledonia offshore wind farm."Sediment from deep bore hole samples from across the Moray Firth site will provide crucial geotechnical data to allow further planning of the project’s engineering design and installation phases," Ocean Winds said."Following the success of the recent geophysical survey campaign, the geotechnical survey will see the use of Gardline’s Horizon Geobay vessel. This will support soil analysis across the

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Eni and SLB in Pipeline Integrity Monitoring Collab

, a vibroacoustic wave detection system capable of providing real-time analysis, monitoring, and leak detection for pipelines around the world."As the latest addition to SLB’s Midstream Production Systems portfolio, this global alliance will bring the e-vpms technology to onshore and offshore pipelines, and with it, the ability to monitor the integrity of even the oldest assets. Operators will be able to receive reliable and specific real-time information, allowing for focused and timely responses, especially in instances of an environmental nature," Eni said."The e-vpms technology

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Hitachi Energy to Supply HVDC Converter Stations for UK's Longest HVDC Link

(MW) of electricity, which is enough to power around two million UK households."The link will help to secure power transmission in the northern UK and support the integration of new renewable electricity generation in Scotland, as part of the UK’s Net Zero Strategy. As much as 11,000 MW of offshore wind capacity is possible in Scottish waters by 2030, and HVDC transmission will play a large part in bringing this vast amount of renewable power to shore and south, to communities across the country," Hitachi Energy said.“The UK’s Net Zero Strategy has ambitious targets which

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Benthic Completes Site Investigation for Baltic Sea Wind Farm Projects in Poland

, a Geo-services brand in Acteon’s Data and Robotics division, said Wednesday it had recently completed a site investigation comprising cone penetration tests (CPTs) using its portable remotely operated drill (PROD) that has enabled the design of foundations for about 100 wind turbines and two offshore substations for the Baltyk II and III wind farms offshore Poland in the Baltic Sea. The work for the developments, which are 50–50 joint venture between Norwegian energy company Equinor and Polish power utility company Polenergia, was performed at 16 locations in 40–55 m water depths

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Pascal Radue Takes the Helm as Executive VP at Nexans' Generation & Transmission Business Group

Business Group, effective from September 1.Pascal Radue has more than 20 years of experience in leading international teams around the world and in a wide range of positions, including Project Management and General Management and Business Transformation."As Nexans aims to extend its momentum in offshore markets and interconnectors, especially in the US and Europe, Pascal Radue will actively contribute to the Group’ s ambition to become a pure player in electrification worldwide," Nexans said.Pascal Radue is from Switzerland, he holds a Master of Engineering (Hons) degree in Naval Architecture


CRP Subsea Secures 'Major' Contract for Deepwater Oil Field Project in Brazil

CRP Subsea has recently won a "major" contract from an unnamed "leading energy technology company," AIS, CRP's parent company, said this week.CRP Subsea will deliver 333 distributed buoyancy modules (DBMs) for a deepwater oil field project located in the pre-salt Santos Basin, offshore Brazil.Distributed buoyancy modules (DBMs) are typically used between structures and a surface vessel or platform, providing uplift generated by a two-part buoyancy element and a clamp.For this latest contract, CRP Subsea’s DBMs will be used on three flexible production risers that carry oil


Halliburton, Baker Hughes Beat Profit Estimates as International Demand Offsets Weak N. America

;s invasion of Ukraine, weaker oil and gas prices have forced U.S. shale producers to cut oil rigs. "Growing economic uncertainty continues to drive commodity price volatility globally... Market softness in North America is expected to be more than offset by strength in international and offshore markets," Baker Hughes chief executive officer Lorenzo Simonelli said in a statement, adding that he was constructive on producer spending in 2023. Halliburton shares were down 2.1% in premarket trading at $37.30, while Baker Hughes' shares were down 3.5% at $33.98 as markets

Construction Starts on First UK-German Power Link Project

Work has begun on a 2.4 billion pound (2.8 billion euro) project to build the first power cable linking Britain and Germany, said NeuConnect Interconnector, which is leading the move to connect two of Europe’s largest energy markets for the first time.The new energy link will extend over 725 kilometres (450 miles) in length, mostly under the sea, and will be one of the world's largest interconnector projects.     The cables could transfer up to 1.4 gigawatts (GW) of electricity to flow in either direction between Britain and Germany, NeuConnect said in a statement on Wednesday.

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Global Underwater Hub Appoints New Regional Manager

, prioritising the best interests of industry. I’m looking forward to meeting businesses doing great work in the underwater sectors and helping them to drive opportunities and growth.”As an industry body, GUH represents companies working in the underwater industry across the oil and gas, offshore wind, marine renewables, telecoms, aquaculture and defense sectors.  

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Nexans to Install Section of World's Longest and Deepest Interconnector

Subsea power cable maker Nexans has been awarded a major contract valued at €1.43 billion for the section of the EuroAsia Interconnector that connects Greece and Cyprus."As a critical part of a broader project to connect the grids of Greece, Israel, and Cyprus, the 525kV high voltage direct current (HVDC) cable  will be the longest and deepest interconnector in the world with a bi-pole length of 2x900 km, and will run across the Mediterranean Sea floor at depths of over 3,000 meters," Nexans said.Impregnated cables will be manufactured in Nexans’ facilities in

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Wave-Wind Offshore Platform with Hydrogen: Floating Power Plant's SEAWORTHY Selected for EU Grant

Danish technology developer and integrator Floating Power Plant A/S said Tuesday it had been selected to negotiate a significant grant by the European Commission to support its SEAWORTHY project at the PLOCAN test site.SEAWORTHY is an acronym for "Sustainable dispatchable Energy enabled by wAve-Wind OffshoRe plaTforms with onboard HYdrogen." Floating Power Plant said SEAWORTHY was an initiative aimed at combining wave and wind resources to generate electricity while using excess power to produce and store hydrogen.The SEAWORTHY project will be executed off the coast of Las Palmas in the Canary

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Fugro to Map Seabed Off Curaçao for Future Offshore Wind Farms

The Government of Curaçao has commissioned the Dutch offshore survey company Fugro to map the seabed of the island’s surrounding waters for the future development of floating offshore wind farms. The Curaçao Government’s target is to realize 6GW in renewable energy capacity by 2035, which is more than the domestic need for energy, ultimately enabling the production and export of green hydrogen. The survey work by Fugro follows a feasibility assessment by research organization TNO, which concluded that Curaçao’s territorial waters are some of the best in

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Optime Subsea Tests Wireless Comms System for Well Completion Operations

Norway-based Optime Subsea said Friday it had successfully tested and qualified a high-speed wireless communication system for the completion of subsea wells. "The wireless communication system, part of Optime Subsea’s Remotely Operated Controls Systems (ROCS), was successfully tested at the Wintershall Dea-operated Nova field, which is located about 120 kilometers northwest of Bergen, Norway, in 370 meters water depth," the company said.“This is a game-changer for the oil and gas industry, which for 20 years has tried to solve this challenge. For the very first time, the

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Seafloor Data Firm Bedrock Raises $25.5 M to Accelerate Offshore Wind Energy Development

Seafloor data acquisition and distribution firm Bedrock has said it has secured $25.5 million in its Series A funding round, bringing its total funding to date to $33.5M. The funds will be utilized to bring its data offering to the offshore wind market this year, and grow the company's proprietary unmanned autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) acquisition system. Bedrock says it has the potential to accelerate and reduce risks for the development of offshore wind energy projects, a key strategic interest supported by the Biden administration with significant support from the IRA (The


McDermott Bags Major Subsea Pipeline, Cable Order in Qatar

Offshore installation firm McDermott has secured a major subsea pipelines and cables engineering, procurement, construction, and installation (EPCI) project from Qatargas.The award is related to the North Field Production Sustainability (NFPS) Offshore Fuel Gas Pipeline and Subsea Cables Project, COMP1. McDermott defines a major contract as between $750 million and $1.5 billion.The COMP1 project is part of the NFPS Offshore Compression Project involving the installation of new assets in Qatar's North Field, including compression complexes at seven locations to sustain gas supply to the existing


TDI-Brooks Develops Tool for Enhanced Soil Testing

TDI-Brooks, a company specializing in geotechnical and offshore survey projects, said Wednesday it had developed and tested a new instrument called the Auto-Minivane.  "The Auto-Minivane instrument is a self-contained, stand-alone miniature vane shear testing device that can be used in a 0.5 m vertical-stroke format by an onshore or offshore laboratory. The 1-m-stroke format can be mounted onto a box corer at sea to measure soil strength deep into the box core soil sample," TDI-Brooks said.According to TDI-Brooks, the new Auto-Minivane accurately and precisely measures the undrained

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TDI-Brooks Awarded Geotechnical Coring Project Off US East Coast

of work includes utilizing a TDI-Brooks’ owned Datum Neptune 5K (pCPT) at 155 sites and a newly-designed TDI-Brooks pneumatic vibracorer (pVC) at 80 sites. The pVC is a light weight (4,600-lb in air), high power vibracorer and has been successfully deployed on the US East Coast >200 times for offshore wind farm (OSWF) projects. The pVC can be used for cores up to 6-m in length (and down to 9-m or 12-m with frame extension). Upon completion of the geotechnical vibracoring, all samples are sent to the TDI-Brooks’ ISO-certified geotechnical and environmental laboratories in College Station

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SAE Deploys Upgraded Turbine at MeyGen Tidal Power Site

homes, according to info on SAE's website.Phase 1 incorporates two different turbine technologies (SAE's AR1500 and Andritz Hydro Hammerfest AH1000 MK1).The second phase - Meygen Phase 2 - is a 27MW development with planned commissioning in 2027. According to SAE's website, the MeyGen offshore lease and site resource allows for a capacity out to 398MW to be installed


In a First for Norway, TGS Deploys LiDAR Buoy for Offshore Wind Development

Offshore energy industry data services provider TGS has recently deployed the first-ever LiDAR buoy measurement campaign to support Norwegian offshore wind development. "This event represents the first industry-led investment and installation toward making large-scale Norwegian offshore wind a reality," TGS said."The buoy, which is part of a global campaign by TGS to deliver high-quality wind measurements to wind developers, has been deployed in the Utsira Nord zone. It uses state-of-the-art sensors to conduct wind, metocean, and environmental measurements to enhance decision-making

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ABS Issues Safety, Technical Guideline for Floating Offshore Wind Substations

The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has published requirements addressing safety and technical standards for floating offshore wind substations in what has been described as an industry first. Together with input from offshore wind project developers, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of substations, and transportation and installation (T&I) companies, ABS developed the Requirements for Offshore Substations and Electrical Service Platforms which, according to ABS, addresses not only fixed bottom substations but also includes new information for the rapidly increasing project size of

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Italian Cable Giant Ups Emission Reduction Targets for the Near Term

Italy's Prysmian has adopted a net zero carbon target by 2050 and slightly upped its emission reduction targets for the near term, the world's largest cable maker said on Wednesday.Prysmian - which supplies cables for industries including high voltage power transmission, offshore wind farms and telecoms - said in a statement it was committed to reducing all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions throughout the value chain by 2050.As part of this plan, the company will cut so-called Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 90% by 2035, compared to 2019 levels, and reach end-user emission reduction, referred to as

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Nauticus Inks Deal with Petrobras

Nauticus Robotics said it a contract with Petrobras to deploy Aquanaut in its offshore activities. Specifically, Aquanaut is planned to work in Petrobras’ Deepwater Production Field using supervised autonomy for infield inspection services. This contract consists of approximately two months of subsea inspection time. The electric Aquanaut carries an array of multi-spectral perception sensors that allow the robot to detect, classify, inspect, and act upon subseainfrastructure using its pair of manipulators without direct operator control, aiming to trim both costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

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Fred. Olsen 1848 Introduces Floating Solar Array

Fred. Olsen 1848 has introduced near and offshore floating technology it has named BOLETTE.The company says it has overcome the main challenge for floating solar, particularly in marine environments: how to handle wave loads in combination with wind.BOLETTE achieves this by allowing the PV modules to move freely and independently within a rope mesh, distributing the forces to the mooring system.BOLETTE enters the market at an advanced technological stage, and with a final tank test successfully completed. Fred. Olsen 1848 will install a 150kW pilot in Norway during summer 2023. Following a plan to

Windfarm Site Overlap Spat Resolved

which is expected on July 12."Endurance's capacity alone could account for at least half of the 20 million to 30 million metric tons of CO2 Britain aims to capture a year by 2030.The windfarm's planned capacity of 2.6 gigawatts (GW) would help Britain move towards its goal of increasing offshore wind capacity from 11 GW in 2021 to 50 GW by 2030.(Reuters reporting by Shadia Nasralla and Rowena Edwards in London; editing by Robert Birsel

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Baker Hughes Wins Subsea Contract from Eni in Ivory Coast

Energy technology company Baker Hughes announced it has been awarded a contract by Eni and its partner Petroci for the Baleine Phase 2 project in Ivory Coast, Africa’s first Scope 1 and 2 net-zero emissions development.This award, which includes eight deep water trees, three Aptara manifolds, the relevant subsea production control system, and flexible risers and jumpers, strengthens Baker Hughes’ presence in West Africa and unlocks considerable growth potential in the country.Baker Hughes will deliver a configured-to-order product portfolio across subsea production and flexible pipe systems

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TechnipFMC Signs 20-Year Agreement with Chevron Australia

TechnipFMC has signed a 20-year framework agreement with Chevron Australia under which TechnipFMC may provide Subsea 2.0 configure-to-order subsea production systems for gas field developments off Australia’s northwest coast.The agreement covers the supply of wellheads, tree systems, manifolds, controls, flexible jumpers, and flying leads.Jonathan Landes, President, Subsea at TechnipFMC, commented, "Subsea 2.0 is field-proven technology, which reduces engineering complexity and shortens lead times. We are delighted to have the opportunity to support Chevron's gas production needs under

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