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Longer-Endurance CTV with 'Sleep Aboard' Capability Unveiled

HybriNav35.At 35.4m long, HybriNav35 is designed to cater for increased endurance of up to two weeks, where crew will be able to sleep onboard the vessel. This design specification will enable the vessel to support infield transfers and transits between sites 24/7 in O&M and Construction on far-offshore locations.The design shares some similarities with the previous HybriNav26 in that both vessel designs have a unique hull design, which allows them to be tailored to clients’ requirements. The 26m design has waterjet propulsion, whereas the 35m design has a variable pitch propeller. Both vessels

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Expro Acquires Drilling Tools and Wellbore Services Firm Coretrax

U.S.-based oilfield services provider Expro has completed the acquisition of U.K. company Coretrax, expanding its market presence and product offerings.The acquisition of Coretrax, from an investment group led by Buckthorn Partners, will enable Expro to expand its portfolio of well construction and well intervention and integrity solutions.Total consideration paid at closing was comprised of $75 million of cash and 6.75 million newly issued Expro common shares. The effective date of closing was May 1, 2024, Expro said."Integrating Coretrax’s leading technologies will strengthen our current

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Ocean Geophysics Introduces ‘Recycling’ of Free Seismic Data for Wind Farms

energy industry supplier Ocean Geophysics has introduced a solution to recycle and reprocess freely available seismic data, which can help developers reduce cost and risk when deciding which wind farms to bid for or not.In Europe and Australia, historical seismic data – for example from the offshore oil and gas or offshore renewable industry – is often freely available through national energy authorities.This is the case in the U.K., Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway and Australia. To supplement this, it is also possible to purchase historical seismic data from the archives of

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CGG Rebrands to Viridien

French seismic company CGG has changed its name to Viridien.At the Annual General Meeting on May 15, 2024, shareholders approved the resolution to change the company’s corporate name from CGG to Viridien. “Our new name, Viridien, connects our company’s history to our future, confidently positioning us for accelerated growth as an advanced technology, digital and earth data company,” said Sophie Zurquiyah, CEO, Viridien.To further support its growth strategy, the company will launch the new Viridien brand on June 10 at the upcoming EAGE Annual Conference in Oslo, further

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Orbital Marine and GEG Ink Tidal Energy Preferred Supplier Agreement

Floating tidal turbine technology developer Orbital Marine Power has selected Global Energy Group (GEG) as preferred supplier to lead the manufacture and assembly of tidal turbines for projects in Orkney, Scotland.It is anticipated that turbine manufacture will start at GEG’s Port of Nigg facility on the Cromarty Firth, later this year with first power expected from the Orkney connected projects in 2026.The projects have secured contracts under the UK Government’s Contract for Difference (CfD) auction rounds 4 and 5.Tidal Energy Firm Orbital Wins Two CfDs in UK Renewables AuctionThese

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Kent Gets FEED Contract for Hejre Project in the North Sea

Energy services firm Kent has secured a key Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) contract for INEOS' Hejre project.The Hejre project, an offshore High Pressure High Temperature (HPHT) development, is located in the Danish sector of the North Sea.It is planned as a tie-back to the South Arne field, utilising the existing Hejre jacket structure. Kent's responsibilities under this contract include the complete FEED design for the pipeline, tie-in spools, retrofit risers, and subsea power and fibre optics cable."Having successfully completed the pre-FEED for the full project scope, this new

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OPT’s Wave-Powered Tech Nears 15MWh of Renewable Energy Production

energy production is not just for the R&D community, but is a commercially available solution. Charging USVs, monitoring the marine environment, including during whale migration season, and supporting the defense and security industry is all possible.“We have worked with customers in defense, offshore wind, oil and gas, and general ocean sciences and look forward to announcing more deployments,” said Philipp Stratmann, CEO and President of OPT

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CGG to Support Discoveries Off Africa with Two New 3D Reimaging Projects

half of 2025.These new programs will be merged with the CDI23 (6,430 km2) reimaged data - originally marketed as 2023/2024 PDSM - to create a seamless and contiguous total volume of over 16,000 km², overlapping the recently announced Calao discovery and adjacent to the world-class Baleine field offshore Côte d’Ivoire.Eni Makes Major Discovery Offshore Côte d'IvoireUsing its time-lag FWI, Q-FWI, Q-Kirchhoff and advanced deghosting and demultiple techniques, CGG aims to produce clearer images of the deep structural plays not visible in the legacy data, as well as imaging the

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SubseaPartner Lands Diving Job at Vår Energi’s Fields Offshore Norway

Norwegian diving contractor SubseaPartner has secured offshore work at the Goliat and Balder fields on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS) for Vår Energi.The contracts have been awarded by Vår Energi under the existing frame agreement for offshore contingency and diving intervention services.At the Goliat field, SubseaPartner will execute a continuous 24-hour IMR operation on the Goliat FPSO, with a duration of three weeks.The operation will utilize the highly efficient Light Diving Craft (LDC) method at a depth range from 15-29 meters of seawater.Additionally, at the Balder field

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NKT Wraps Up UK-Ireland Interconnector Remediation Ops

our vessel NKT Victoria. EIDAC is a long-standing partner to NKT, and the long-term service agreement is a testament to the strong collaboration between our companies to jointly optimize performance of their interconnector,” said Axel Barnekow Widmark, Executive Vice President, Service at NKT.As offshore assets are placed in harsh environments, subsea cables are continuously subjected to extreme conditions.This exposes them to different kinds of surface or subsurface objects around the cable. Anchoring or fishing gear may also strike exposed sections of the cable or mechanical faults may happen

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Over 150 Specialist Subsea Jobs Up for Grabs at Rovco and Vaarst

UK-based tech-powered offshore wind solutions provider Rovco and its robotic spin-off company Vaarst have unveiled plans to recruit over 150 specialist subsea roles across by the end of 2025.Rovco said it will recruit over 100 new roles across its Aberdeen and Edinburgh offices, while Vaarst plans to add over 50 new tech specialist roles for its Bristol headquarters.At Rovco, most of the roles will be in its hydrographic division, which spans wind farm planning surveys, seabed mapping, and UXO (unexploded ordnance) surveys.Rovco said it will be recruiting across several areas, including survey,

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PGS Secures Survey Work in West Africa

Norwegian seismic company PGS has secured a 4D survey contract for an international energy client in West Africa.The mobilization for the work is scheduled for early September 2024. The contract has a total duration of approximately 65 days, with an option to extend, according to PGS.No additional details on the contract or the client were revealed by PGS.“We are very pleased with this contract award, securing visibility for another of our vessels well into the fourth quarter.“After completion of scheduled acquisitions programs during the Northern Europe summer season we will steam a

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Rosetti Marino Hooks $9.6M INEOS Deal for North Sea Gas Platform

Italian contractor Rosetti Marino has secured a contract with INEOS E&P for front end engineering design (FEED) for an offshore high pressure, high temperature (HP/HT) gas production platform offshore Denmark.The contract, worth approximately $9.6 million (€9 million), is for the Hejre to south Arne development project in the North Sea.The work encompasses all engineering activities related to the Hejre topsides and South Arne topsides tie-in modifications required.Hejre is a HP/HT reservoir located in license block 05/98 in the Danish sector of the North Sea, around 300 km west-northwest of

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Mermaid Gets Subsea Services Contract Extension in Middle East

subsea services in the Middle East with a national upstream oil and gas major.The contract extension, including several medium-term subcontract awards, worth approximately $125 million to Mermaid, has been secured with a ‘reputable’ company whose name was not disclosed.The work scope covers offshore inspection, repair and maintenance services in direct continuation to its current contract, which commenced in 2012.Mermaid said it will continue to provide a suite of diving services using its DP2 saturation dive support vessel Mermaid Asiana, along with remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), specialized

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James Fisher Wraps Up Decommissioning Work Offshore Thailand

James Fisher Decommissioning, part of James Fisher and Sons, has completed offshore decommissioning operations in the Gulf of Thailand as part of a major offshore operator’s wider asset end-of-life campaign.James Fisher Decommissioning extended its contract with a major offshore engineering, preparations, removal and disposal (EPRD) operator, making the project the largest to date for the offshore decommissioning specialist.The multi-million-dollar offshore decommissioning project utilized real time cutting verification technology to remove 25 dormant gas platforms in support of the client’s

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Hollandse Kust West Beta Export Cables to Come Ashore Next Week

The first export cable for the Hollandse Kust West Beta offshore wind farm will come ashore next week as the work progresses to connect the 700 MW project to the Dutch grid.According to an update from transmission system operator TenneT, several ships will appear off the coast of Velsen in the coming days to facilitate the installation of two electricity export cables.Following the onshore drilling operations, the conduits for the electricity cables are already in place. The first cable will be brought from the sea to the beach from the Giant 7 installation barge next week.A 200-ton winch on the work

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DNV's New Standard for Hybrid TCPs Set to Improve Deepwater Projects Reliability

safety factor) into a unified approach. Through this consolidated method, components are made to withstand different kinds of stresses, and extensive tests will ensure they meet safety standards under specific conditions."Overall, this initiative reflects a commitment to advancing technology in the offshore industry, ensuring the highest standards of safety, efficiency, and sustainability in deepwater projects thanks to our expertise and the dedication of our global teams of specialized experts," said Prajeev Rasiah, Executive Vice President and Regional Director Northern Europe, Energy Systems

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Odfjell Technology Boosts Asia Pacific Presence with New Contracts in Malaysia

Odfjell Technology, an integrated supplier of well services technology and engineering solutions, has been awarded three well services contracts in Malaysia, increasing its market share in the Asia Pacific region.The company has won two contracts in the region to deliver wellbore clean up equipment and services to operators.Odfjell Technology will provide its DrillRdillo tool, which is said to increase well productivity, improve integrity and reduce operational costs.The company will also provide its Advanced Jetting Tool and Riser Combi Tool, as well as scrapers, brushes, magnets, filter equipment

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RWE Inks Deals for Three HVDC Offshore Wind Substations with Hitachi Energy and Aibel

German energy giant RWE has signed framework agreements with Hitachi Energy and Aibel for the joint supply of three high-voltage direct current (HVDC) systems for its offshore wind farms.The agreements are long-term in nature as the secured HVDC systems are designated for offshore wind projects from RWE’s global development pipeline, which are to be connected to the grid at the beginning of the next decade.HVDC systems allow electricity transmission from offshore wind farms to onshore connection points. The agreements include the supply of HVDC systems and construction of the actual platforms.

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CGG and Baker Hughes Form CCS Alliance

French marine seismic firm CGG has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with U.S. energy services giant Baker Hughes to facilitate the parties exploring jointly offered carbon capture and storage (CCS) solutions.The collaboration and proposed commercial alliance intends to support the rapid increase of CCS projects that is underway by providing high-quality and fully integrated end-to-end solutions to screen, select, characterize and monitor potential carbon storage sites worldwide.“CGG shares a strong commitment with Baker Hughes to actively support low-carbon markets with new technologies

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SLB OneSubsea and Subsea7 Win Contract for OKEA’s Bestla Project

;on Tuesday announced its OneSubsea joint venture and Subsea7 has been awarded a "sizeable" integrated engineering, procurement, construction, and installation (EPCI) contract from OKEA.The contract will see the partnership develop the Bestla (formerly known as Brasse) Project in the North Sea, offshore Norway, specifically to accelerate the subsea tieback delivery to aging platforms for profitable and sustainable marginal field development.The two-well project, with a 13-km tieback to the Brage Platform, is the latest to be signed under the frame agreement signed with OKEA in 2017 and furthers

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TGS Launches Multi-Client Wind and Metocean Surveys Off Germany

Norwegian seismic firm TGS has started its latest multi-client wind measurement campaign using two LiDAR buoys offshore Germany in the North Sea.The buoys are equipped with a multitude of sensors, allowing detailed measurements of wind, metocean and environmental data. The collected data is streamed to shore and used to enhance decision-making to support several current and future wind lease rounds in the German Bight.The buoys, supplied by Green Rebel, will deliver a comprehensive wind data suite over a 24-month measurement campaign.In addition to wind speed measurements, the data package includes 12

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Norwegian Seismic Firm to Collect OBN Data in North America

TGS has secured an ocean bottom node (OBN) data acquisition contract in North America.This six-month-plus contract, granted by a returning client whose name was not disclosed, reinforces TGS' position in the market and underscores its commitment to delivering high-quality seismic data solutions.The project is expected to enhance the client's seismic data acquisition capabilities, facilitating more informed decision making."This initiative demonstrates the vital role that OBN acquisition plays in providing our clients with superior seismic data. We are pleased to continue our efforts in

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Aker BP Opts for Optime Subsea’s ROCS

Norwegian subsea technology company Optime Subsea has been awarded a contract by Aker BP to develop and deliver five Remotely Operated Controls Systems (ROCS) for use on the Norwegian continental shelf.Aker BP has placed an order with Optime Subsea for rental and service of five newbuild ROCS systems.The contract is valid for three years with options for two one-year extensions.The five ROCS systems will be deployed on the Skarv Satellite Projects, Symra and Solveig Phase 2 (Utsira High), and Yggdrasil. In total, these fields have approximately 55 wells that are planned completed with the ROCS.The

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Saipem’s Hydrone-R Marks Subsea Milestone at Equinor’s Njord Field

Saipem’s underwater intervention drone Hydrone-R, currently operating on Equinor's Njord Field development project offshore Norway, has achieved the milestone for continuous subsea residency of 167 days.The project, for which Saipem’s Hydrone-R is deployed, is part of a 10-year contract signed in 2019 with Equinor.The drone is tasked to carry out inspections and interventions on subsea assets, thus providing valuable information about potential hazards and ultimately improving the overall integrity and safety of Equinor’s subsea systems.This agreement was the first ever worldwide

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Sea Turtle Hormone Levels Affected by Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill -Study

New research is revealing potential impacts on the hormones of sea turtles affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.The 2010 spill, the largest marine oil spill in history, is estimated to have exposed hundreds of thousands of sea turtles to oil and killed up to 86,500 juvenile Kemp’s ridley turtles, a critically endangered species. In the aftermath of the oil spill, 319 live sea turtles were recovered from the ocean and taken to rehabilitation facilities for medical assessment and treatment. Responders collected blood samples to assess the health of each turtle, and a

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Chouest Expands Subsea Capabilities with ROVOP Acquisition

vehicles (AUVs).Bringing ROVOP under the Chouest umbrella not only expands Chouest’s service offerings but also provides ROVOP with enhanced resources.ROVOP will benefit from the support and capabilities of other Chouest companies, including its vessel-based operations, Caltex Oil Tools, Bram Offshore and C-Innovation, allowing it to better serve existing clients and attract new business with expanded service offerings."This acquisition is a key part of our strategy to enhance our integrated subsea services. We are excited to welcome ROVOP's talented team into our family. Their expertise

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Balmoral Comtec Gets Hornsea 3 Cable Protection Job

UK-based offshore energy supply chain company Balmoral Comtec has secured a multi-million-dollar contract from for Ørsted for the supply of cable protection systems (CPS) for its Hornsea 3 offshore wind project.The scope of work includes design engineering which will take place at Balmoral Comtec’s Aberdeen facility, supply of 400 cable protection systems, and handling and installation training to the awarded marine contractor.According to Balmoral Comtec, managing the challenges of over-bending, abrasion and fatigue of underwater cables can be an ongoing challenge for offshore wind

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Kraken Robotics Wins $11M of New Service Contracts

Kraken Robotics has secured $11 million of new contracts since the start of the year.The work scope of the contracts will be completed in 2024, Kraken Robotics said.The contracts consist of a $8 million Acoustic Corer deal signed earlier in April, and several smaller Sub Bottom Imager contracts for offshore wind farm development totaling $3 million.Under the Acoustic Corer contract, Kraken will provide high resolution sonar imagery at depths of up to 20 meters in the seabed using its 3D Acoustic Core imaging sonar.The new contracts come in addition to $4 million of survey contracts (for KATFISH and

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UTEC Gets Offshore Wind Survey Job in Taiwan

UTEC, a geo-services brand in Acteon’s Data and Robotics division, has been awarded an offshore survey and positioning contract for the Taiwan Power Company's (TPC) Phase 2 offshore wind farm project in Taiwan. The contract further reinforces UTEC’s foothold in Taiwan building on its initial entry in 2019.As part of the geo-services scope of work, UTEC will deliver onshore dimensional control, bathymetric survey, positioning support during offshore pin pile installation and as-built survey of foundation jackets.Using its expertise in subsea positioning, UTEC, in close communication

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Sapura Energy Hooks Subsea Services Contract from Thai Oil Major Off Malaysia

Malaysia-based offshore services firm Sapura Energy, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Sapura Subsea Services, has secured a contract to provide subsea services for Thai oil company PTTEP’s subsidiaries in Malaysia.The contract, effective from February 21, 2024 for a period of five years, have been awarded to Sapura by PTTEP Sabah Oil Limited for deepwater Package B1, and PTTEP Sarawak Oil Limited for Package C1 – Sarawak.Under the call-out contracts with agreed unit rates, Sapura’s scope of work comprises of the provision of diving support vessel, air and saturation diving systems

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Fugro Gets Dogger Bank South Offshore Wind Survey Job

RWE and Masdar (Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company) have appointed Fugro to conduct geotechnical seabed survey on 3 GW Dogger Bank South offshore wind farm.The findings will give a detailed and accurate picture of the ground conditions, which will aid in designing the optimal foundations and array cables for the sites, according to RWE.The Dogger Bank South (DBS) consists of two site - DBS East and DBS West – located over 100km offshore in the shallow area of the North Sea known as Dogger Bank.Each project could will have installed capacity of up to 1.5 GW which, when combined, could potentially

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Vallourec Wins ExxonMobil’s Whiptail Order Offshore Guyana

France-based tubular solutions supplier for the energy market Vallourec has secured an order from ExxonMobil for the supply of line pipe for the Whiptail development, offshore Guyana.This is the fourth major order in the framework of the long-term agreement signed in 2021 with ExxonMobil Guyana.Vallourec will deliver over 180 km of line pipe, including X80 grade, following the lots previously booked for the Uaru order.Following the Yellowtail, Gas-to-Energy and Uaru orders, signed under the same long-term agreement, the Whiptail order further strengthens Vallourec’s strategic supplier relationship

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Bourbon Orders Exail Tech to Streamline Subsea Fleet’s Services for Offshore Energy

installed on multiple Bourbon Evolution 800 Series multi-purpose support vessels (MPSVs) dedicated to subsea operations at depths down to 3,000 meters.IMO-HSC certified, the Octans AHRS will enhance Bourbon vessels’ efficiency in installation, maintenance, and repair tasks for the oil and gas, and offshore wind industries, according to Exail.Providing measurements for roll, pitch, and heave, Octans will serve as a survey-grade surface gyrocompass and motion sensor, integrated into the vessels' Class 3 dynamic positioning (DP3) system.This integration will ensure precise positioning and stabilization

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Asso.subsea Wraps Up Subsea Cables Installation at French Floating Wind Pilot

Subsea cable services company Asso.subsea, in partnership with Prysmian Powerlink, has completed the cable installation, burial, and protection operations for the 25 MW Provence Grand Large floating offshore wind project in France.The project, situated in the Mediterranean Sea and developed by EDF Renewables and its partners, 17 km off the coast, on a 100-meter-deep site, is a floating wind pilot project, designed to showcase the economic viability of offshore floating wind farms.Asso.subsea was entrusted with all marine works, including engineering, cable loading of export and inter-array dynamic

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KOIL Energy Lands Multi-Million-Dollar Subsea Deal

exact value of the contract, nor the name of the client.“This contract stands as a testament to our team’s achievements in developing integrated solutions. We are thrilled to have earned the trust of our customer, allowing us to undertake this project that will enhance the safety of their offshore facility,” said Erik Wiik, the CEO of KOIL Energy, said:KOIL Energy will perform engineering and procurement activities during 2024 followed by manufacturing at its state-of-the-art production facility in Houston during 2025.Installation and testing will be carried out at the client&rsquo

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Subsea Vessel Market is Full Steam Ahead

, we register an interesting dynamic on the shipowner side, where everyone is trying to position themselves for the impeding market boom.Please note that vessel definitions and abbreviations in this part of our industry can vary, but for the purposes of this article, we will focus on what we at Fearnley Offshore Supply define as subsea construction vessels (CON), anchor handling construction vessels (AHCON), light construction vessels (LCV), and multi-purpose supply vessels (MPSV) above 68m length overall.We have previously highlighted the severe tightness of vessel supply in the offshore construction

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Argeo Lands Woodside Energy’s Calypso Survey

Norwegian offshore services company Argeo has signed a contract with Woodside Energy to conduct a geophysical survey for the deepwater Calypso field in Trinidad and Tobago.The autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) survey work will be carried out by Argeo Searcher vessel, starting in the third quarter of 2024.The project will occupy the vessel for approximately 60 days, not including any additional work.The Argeo Searcher is a DP II vessel, equipped with modern diesel electric propulsion. The vessel has significant capacities with 200 days endurance, accommodation of 65 persons and fully certified

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Mocean Energy’s Blue X Wave Device and Verlume’s Halo Battery Come Ashore

the next steps both here in the UK and overseas to further demonstrate how this combination of ocean technologies can enable reliable low carbon power and communications to subsea architecture in a live environment,” Mocean Energy said on social media.Wave-Powered Subsea Project Completes 12-Month Offshore Test CampaignThe $2.5 million (£2 million) RSP project connected the Blue X wave energy converter with a Halo underwater battery storage system developed by Verlume, demonstrating how green technologies can be combined to provide reliable and continuous low carbon power and communications

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Fugro’s Self-Elevating Platform On Call for Japan’s Offshore Wind

Fugro has transferred its self-elevating platform (SEP) Amberjack to Japan to meet the country’s growing demand for offshore wind geotechnical services.Under Japanese regulations, vessels registered in Japan follow a more streamlined procedure than foreign-flagged vessels when deployed for fieldwork, so this move will speed up mobilization to project sites and allow faster delivery of Fugro’s geo-data to the country's developing offshore wind industry.The Amberjack was reflagged in December 2023 and is now based in Tokyo, from where it will be deployed to wind farm projects in Japan

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Ørsted Picks Rovco for Offshore Wind O&M Work in US

Rovco has signed a framework agreement with Ørsted to provide operations and maintenance (O&M) work on two of the developer’s U.S. sites - Block Island Wind Farm and South Fork Wind Farm. Block Island Wind Farm in Rhode Island was the first offshore wind farm in the U.S. and generates 30 MW of renewable energy.The landmark South Fork Wind project became the U.S.’ first commercial-scale wind farm in March 2024, delivering 132 MW to Long Island in New York. Ørsted Powers Up All Turbines at First US Commercial-Scale Offshore Wind FarmTo help inform Ørsted&rsqu

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Nexans and Equinor Cement Partnership with New Agreement

French subsea power cable maker Nexans and energy company Equinor have strengthened their long-term collaboration with a new four-year contingency and preparedness contract.Nexans and Equinor are extending their collaboration through a four-year agreement that includes turnkey repair services for various cable systems.Equinor will manage and operate the contract on behalf of the Pipeline Repair and Subsea Intervention (PRSI) Pool members. The agreement covers approximately 3,000 km of cable.To ensure Equinor’s assets’ normal functioning, Nexans will provide its unique expertise of performing

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Subsea7 Wraps Up Pipeline Replacement Work Offshore Brunei

Subsea7 has completed the Pipeline Replacement Project 8 (PRP-8) offshore Brunei for Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP).PRP-8 is a turn-key project that involves engineering, procurement, installation, and commissioning (EPIC) of various sizes of flexible flowlines and risers, rigid CRA risers, diving, and an extensive brownfield package.According to Subsea7, the project was delivered in line with BSP expectations, with just over a year of preparation.“PRP-8 is another project close to my heart. I remember well some calls taken during the tender phase with already a clear vision by the Subsea7 team of

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ABL Gets Neptun Deep Job for OMV Petrom in Black Sea

is the operator, with each company having a 50% interest in the project.Later that year, Corinth Pipeworks, as a subcontractor of Sumitomo Corporation Europe, won a contract to manufacture and supply approximately 160 km of longitudinally submerged arc-welded steel pipes (LSAW) for the development of an offshore natural gas pipeline for the project.Romania: Neptun Deep Offshore Project Enters Development PhasePipeline Construction Contractor Selected for Romanian Offshore Gas Projec

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Norway Clears TGS and PGS Merger

Norwegian seismic firms TGS and PGS have received merger approval from the Norwegian Competition Authority (NCA), brining them one step closer to establish a premier energy data company.The merger between the companies, first announced in September 2023, has been subject to review by the competition authorities in the UK as well as in Norway.NCA has on April 17, 2024, cleared the merger of the two companies, whereby in the UK, the UK Competition Market Authority (CMA) is still conducting its phase I review. The deadline for the CMA to announce clearance or phase II review is June 11, 2024."TGS

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DEME Scoops ‘Most Extensive’ Cabling Contract in Its History

DEME has been awarded two contracts from cable solutions provider Prysmian for the engineering and installation works for the IJmuiden Ver Alpha and Nederwiek 1 offshore grid systems in the Netherlands, whose combined worth is over $315 million.This is the most extensive cabling award in DEME’s history and marks the company's first project involving Prysmian’s 525 kV HVDC cable technology, featuring increased transmission capacity, according to the company.The contracts encompass cable installation, landfall and rock placement, dredging, and infrastructure works.This includes the

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Shearwater and Mondaic Enter Strategic Alliance to Optimize Seismic Surveys

Marine seismic acquisition firm Shearwater Geoservices and Mondaic, a provider of proprietary software and services for high-resolution 3D imaging, have entered a strategic collaboration for development and use of full waveform inversion solutions to enhance high-resolution subsurface imaging and optimize seismic acquisition surveys.As part of the agreement, Shearwater has acquired exclusive and perpetual rights for the use and further development for subsurface applications of Mondaic’s wavefield simulation and inversion codes.Furthermore, Shearwater has acquired an equity stake in Mondaic.

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Strohm Reels In ExxonMobil’s Third TCP Deal Offshore Guyana

Thermoplastic composite pipe (TCP) technology company Strohm has secured a contract from ExxonMobil for the supply of pipes for the  Whiptail project, offshore Guyana.This brings the project count for the Netherlands-based manufacturer to three for ExxonMobil Guyana, following previous awards for the Yellowtail and Uaru projects.The latest award also marks the largest commercial award for pipe supply in the company’s 16-year history.The TCP for Whiptail will be produced at Strohm’s manufacturing facility at its headquarters in the Netherlands and used for water and gas (WAG) injection.

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TechnipFMC Picks Up ‘Large’ Subsea Contract for ExxonMobil’s Whiptail Off Guyana

Whiptail,” said Jonathan Landes, President, Subsea at TechnipFMC.Whiptail is TechnipFMC’s most recent award from ExxonMobil Guyana, where the company has been awarded subsea production system contracts since the first contract award in 2017 for Liza Phase 1.Earlier in April, the Italian offshore energy services firm Saipem received authorization to proceed with the execution of works for Whiptail oilfield development.Saipem’s scope of work entails the detailed Engineering, Procurement, Construction, and Installation (EPCI) of a subsea production facility, and the company said it will

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Venterra Expands Marine Hard Bottom Benthic Ecology and Hard Structure Services

Offshore wind services company Venterra Group said it is expanding its marine hard bottom benthic and hard structure offering, underpinned by the environmental capabilities of its marine science consultancy, INSPIRE Environmental, and small business partner, Marine Imaging Technologies, a subsea imaging company.According to Venterra, the expanded offering addresses increasing requirements to monitor marine growth on both introduced hard surfaces (e.g. turbines and infrastructure) and native hard bottom (e.g. rocks and boulders) to assess impacts associated with offshore wind project development.

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Subsea7 Secures Work with Talos Energy in Gulf of Mexico

Offshore services firm Subsea7 has secured a ‘sizeable’ contract with U.S. oil and gas company Talos Energy for its Sunspear development in the Gulf of Mexico.The project involves the subsea tie back of one production well at Sunspear to the Prince platform, 12 kilometers to the north.Subsea7 will install the flowline and related subsea equipment at 500 meter water depths.Though not specifically stated by Subsea7, the contract is valued between $50 million and $150 million.Subsea7’s Houston office will oversee project management and installation engineering, with offshore work

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Venterra’s GDG to Provide Geophysical Services for Polish Offshore Wind Farm

Venterra Group's company Gavin & Doherty Geosolutions (GDG), a global offshore wind services provider, has secured a contract to provide early supervisory and investigatory geophysical and geotechnical services for the Baltica 1 offshore wind farm.As part of the contract with Poland’s PGE Baltica, GDG will provide services which include the development of a ground model and the conceptual design of foundations for subsequent design stages for the Baltica 1 offshore wind farm.Having worked in Poland for more than a decade and establishing a local presence in 2022, Venterra has been at the

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Sulmara on Offshore Survey Job at Bayou Bend CCS Scheme in Texas

Subsea specialist Sulmara has delivered offshore geophysical survey for Bayou Bend carbon capture and storage (CCS) project in the United States, being developed by joint venture owned by Chevron, Talos Energy and Equinor.Bayou Bend CCS joint venture commissioned Sulmara to conduct an archaeological and geohazard assessment of the proposed Bayou Bend pipeline route from the landfall to the future offshore platform locations, which has the potential to reduce emissions from regional industrial facilities by safely storing carbon dioxide underground.Sulmara utilised an electric WAM-V 16 USV for the

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PGS Secures 3D Contract in South Atlantic

Marine seismic data company PGS has received a letter of award for a large 3D contract offshore South Atlantic margin from a multiclient company.A Ramform Titan-class vessel is scheduled for mobilization in June, with a forecast acquisition duration of up to 300 days.The value of the contract has not been disclosed, but PGS announces contract awards with a value of $10 million or more, multiclient projects with a duration of 2 months or more, and strategically important contracts.“Seismic activity offshore South Atlantic margin is increasing as a result of recent exploration success, and we are

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NextGeo Taps Frank Koopman as Offshore Wind Strategy Director

Marine geosciences and offshore construction support services company NextGeo has appointed Frank Koopman as Offshore Wind Strategy Director.Koopman is an experienced executive and leader in the offshore energy sector, with over 20 years of experience in leading complex organizations, projects and innovation programs. He was Global Director Offshore Wind and Global Director Marine Site Characterization at Fugro from 2019 to 2023.Giovanni Ranieri, CEO of NextGeo, said, “We are thrilled to confirm our collaboration with Frank Koopman, who will serve as NextGeo's Offshore Wind Strategy Director.

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Sapura Energy to Provide Subsea Services for Shell Off Malaysia

Malaysia-based offshore services firm Sapura Energy, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Sapura Subsea Services, has secured a contract to provide subsea services for Shell’s Malaysian subsidiaries Sarawak Shell Berhad and Sabah Shell Petroleum.The contract for the provision of pan-Malaysia underwater services for Petronas group of companies and Petroleum Arrangement Contractors, whose value was not disclosed, takes effect from January 31, 2024 for a period of five years.The scope of work comprises of the provision of diving support vessel, air and saturation diving systems, remotely operated

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Bekaert Joins Tailwind Floating Wind Moorings Innovation Project

Belgium-based offshore mooring systems specialist Bekaert has joined the Tailwind project, which aims to develop advanced mooring solutions for floating wind industry.The Tailwind project, launched in January 2024, will aim to deliver advanced station-keeping technologies, designed to maintain the position of floating offshore wind energy farms through innovative mooring lines and anchoring systems.The development of these technologies is critical to open new paths towards the global effectiveness and sustainability of floating offshore wind farms, driving tangible cost savings while reducing dependency

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PGS Hooks Northern Europe Seismic Deal

Marine seismic data company PGS has secured a 4D contract in Northern Europe for an independent energy company.PGS said it will mobile its Ramform Tethys for the survey in late April.The project has a total duration of approximately 30 days.As for the value of the contract, PGS announces contract awards and MultiClient projects as stock exchange releases if the contract has a value of $10 million or more, MultiClient projects with a duration of 2 months or more, and strategically important contracts.“We are very pleased with this contract award, marking the start of the Northern Europe summer

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DOF Lands Transport and Installation Job Offshore West Africa

Norwegian offshore vessel operator DOF Group has been awarded a contract for a construction transport and installation project in West Africa.The project includes installation of flexible product and various subsea structures.Preparations for the project have already started, while the offshore execution is planned in third quarter of 2024.According to DOF, the contract value is in the range $19 - 29 million.DOF said it plans to utilize the vessel Maersk Installer for the project, with a duration between 100 - 150 days.“With the recently announced award from Shell this is the second large job

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Equinor Hires DeepOcean for Subsea Infrastructure and Cable Repairs

Equinor has awarded ocean services provider DeepOcean a frame agreement for marine services covering subsea intervention and repair contingency for subsea pipelines, structures and high voltage cables for both offshore renewables and oil and gas fields.The agreement is valid for four years, with options to extend it for up to four more years.Geographically, the agreement covers work on the Norwegian continental shelf and internationally for planned Equinor work and for contingency work for the PRSI pool members. The PRSI pool consists of 23 energy companies that cover their offshore pipeline and power

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Survey to Assess CCS and New Oil & Gas Opportunities Gets Underway Off Malaysia

Marine seismic data company TGS, together with joint venture consortium partners PGS and SLB, has kicked off a multi-client 3D seismic project in the Penyu Basin, offshore Peninsular Malaysia.The project aims to provide insights on the exploration opportunities in a broader play fairway and to assess the carbon storage potential across Penyu Basin area.It is being conducted in partnership with Malaysia Petroleum Management (MPM), which acts for and on behalf of state-owned energy giant Petronas in the overall management of Malaysia's petroleum resources.The acquisition of the new seismic data will

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Motus to Supply Platform Main Crane for Empire Wind 1 OSS

Norwegian crane specialist Motus Technology has secured a contract from Seatrium to deliver engineering, design, and construction of the platform main crane for Empire Wind 1 Offshore Substation (OSS).The main platform crane from Motus will be delivered to Seatrium’s Singapore yard, before the offshore substation platform will be installed about 20 miles south of Long Island as part of Empire 1 offshore wind farm.The delivery from Motus Technology consists of a self-contained electric-hydraulic offshore crane, developed to lift 5-tonnes at 30 meters and designed in accordance with the API 2C

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Vattenfall, ORE Catapult Extend Test & Demo Alliance at Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm

Vattenfall and Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult have signed a three-year extension on their testing and demonstration collaboration at Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm.The partnership at the 96.8MW offshore wind test and demonstration facility first began in 2019.Since then, technologies which have the potential to address operation and maintenance challenges currently facing offshore wind farms have been tested at the site, such as blade repair, leading edge erosion, robotics, remote cable monitoring and autonomous inspection.Now, more companies ready to test their technologies offshore will be

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Mooreast to Anchor Floating Offshore Wind Farm in Southern France

Singapore-based mooring and anchoring specialist Mooreast Holdings has secured an order to supply its proprietary anchors for Eolmed pre-commercial floating offshore wind farm.Mooreast has partnered with French installation contractor Bourbon Offshore to supply Mooreast’s MA5S mooring drag anchors for the Eolmed project located off the Port-La Nouvelle and Gruissan in Southern France.Bourbon will provide transport and installation services to the 30MW pre-commercial project, which is being developed by Qair, a European independent energy company, with TotalEnergies and floating technology

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AGR Secures Frame Agreement with Petoro for Oil and Gas Work

Norwegian state-owned company Petoro has awarded a frame agreement to AGR for the provision of independent consultancy and third-party verification studies within subsurface, drilling and wells and field development.Petoro is a state-owned limited company which manages the Norwegian state’s direct financial interest in the Norwegian oil and gas sector.The company’s most important task is to ensure maximum value and achieve the highest possible income to the state from its oil and gas assets. Petoro is not an operator, but has the same rights and obligations as other licensees on the

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TDI-Brooks Completes Survey Off New York & New Jersey

Between January 2023 and February 2024, TDI-Brooks conducted an extensive site investigation program in two offshore wind blocks in state and federal waters. The projects involved surveying in excess of 20,000 line-kms of analogue and either single or multi-channel seismic in lease blocks and cable routes along the coasts of New York and New Jersey. Various tasks were carried out at different stages, such as offshore geophysical surveys, UHRS detailed surveys, archaeological identification surveys, light geotechnical coring, and benthic sampling.TDI-Brooks utilized three survey vessels, namely the

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Forssea Unveils Hybrid ROV for USV Applications

French company Forssea Robotics has introduced its newborn remotely operated vehicle (ROV) ARGOS-X specifically developed for integration with uncrewed surface vessels (USV) and shallow water deployments.The ROV has been optimized for offshore wind O&M applications with ability to conduct faster surveys in the water column up to +2.5 knts current, according to Forssea Robotics.The ARGOS-X ROV will be equipped with Forssea full autonomy software suite and compatible with Starlink real-time remote supervision through any web browser.“Forssea Robotics has been collaborating with EXAIL since

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Ocean Infinity Inks Deal with Shell for Subsea Data Capture Services

Ocean Infinity signed a global framework agreement (GFA) with Shell to provide its robotic fleet for servicing the offshore energy sector.The GFA marks a significant milestone in the provision of lean-crewed and robotic seabed geomatics, spanning geophysical and geotechnical services, within the offshore energy sector.It covers a 5-year period, encompassing all countries where Shell is currently active or plans to operate in the future.Services governed by the GFA include the Armada fleet of uncrewed and lean-crewed vessels."This agreement enables new, lean-crewed vessels into high-value

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Acteon Acquired by Private Equity Investors with New CEO in Charge

Acteon Group, the international offshore energy infrastructure services business, has been acquired by private equity investors Buckthorn Partners and One Equity Partners (OEP).Buckthorn and OEP are making a substantial investment in the business to improve Acteon’s standing with suppliers and customers and enable it to compete even more strongly in its core markets.The investors’ focus will be on developing Acteon’s capabilities across survey, foundations, moorings, decommissioning and consulting engineering services that support and differentiate the business in the offshore

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