Offshore Energy News

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Digitalization: Petrofac, James Fisher Cut Need for Offshore Survey Ahead of Modification Scopes

Oilfield services firm Petrofac said Monday it has with the help of digitalization, and in cooperation with James Fisher Asset Information Services (JF AIS), managed to eliminate the need for offshore surveys ahead of modification scopes, reducing time and cost.The digital process enables the offshore crew to capture detailed visual and measurement data through a process called Self-Capture Point Cloud, Petrofac said."Photogrammetric data is collected using intuitive camera equipment, transferred directly to the asset’s Digital Twin, and converted into a point cloud, which can be used to

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Ocean Floor Geophysics, PGS Complete Towed Streamer CSEM System Transaction

adds: “With the addition of the towed-streamer CSEM system developed by PGS, OFG now offers the broadest range of CSEM technology in the industry, covering both surface towed and AUV based systems, applicable to a variety of applications including decommissioning and environmental studies, offshore windfarms, seabed mineral exploration and offshore ground water studies.&rdquo

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Neptune Energy Deploys Gaming Tech at Norwegian Wells to Boost Output, Cuts Costs

drilling and production operations in real-time and gain better understanding of the wells’ history.As previously reported, in its digitalization path, Neptune has recently created digital twins of several of its operated platforms in the Norwegian, UK, and Dutch sectors of the North Sea, enabling offshore site inspections and maintenance planning to be carried out from shore.Neptune Energy: Tech Built for Astronauts to Reduce Need for Offshore Trave

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DNV to Conduct Safety Study at Offshore Hydrogen Production Site in France

DNV, an energy industry consultancy and assurance provider, said Thursday it would lead the process safety study to identify the main environmental, safety and operational risks for what they say will be the world's first offshore hydrogen production facilities.The offshore hydrogen production facility, developed by Lhyfe and powered by electricity from a floating wind turbine, is planned to be operational in 2022, off the coast of Le Croisic, at SEM-REV, Centrale Nantes' offshore test site.Lhyfe is a producer and supplier of green and renewable hydrogen for transport and industry. Centrale

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Equinor, Ardyne Extend Offshore Well Decommissioning Tech Partnership

casing recovery methods."The process is proven. The ability to cut days off existing processes through the innovative use of resonance is compelling at a time when the industry is seeking to maximize efficiencies at every opportunity," he said.“Equinor has already identified wells offshore Norway for the commercial deployment of TITAN RS next year. We look forward to providing them with a unique and industry-leading method to reduce operational costs and carbon emissions.”Pål V. Hemmingsen, Task Leader Low-cost P&A Equinor said: “The benefits of TITAN RS match

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Chinese Seismic Giant Buys 18,000 Seabed Nodes from Sercel

did not say where exactly in the Middle East the nodes would be deployed.To remind, Abu Dhabi's national oil company ADNOC in November 2020 said it had awarded BGP a contract worth up to $519 million to further expand the scope of what it said was the world’s largest combined 3D onshore and offshore seismic survey, taking place in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi

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Sustainable Marine's 'Ultra-durable' Tidal Turbine Rotors Can Stay in the Field for 20 Years

in Ireland.The company teamed up with the MaREI Centre at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway), through German engineering partner SCHOTTEL Hydro, to test its new 'ultra-durable' turbine rotors.The project was delivered under Marinet2 – Horizon 2020 program supporting offshore renewable energy testing across the EU.It took place within the Ryan Institute and School of Engineering at the National University of Ireland Galway, which houses a 375m2 Structures Research Laboratory - the largest of its kind in Ireland. Sustainable Marine’s floating tidal energy system

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Aker Solutions Confirms Major Subsea Compression Contract with Chevron

Norway's Aker Solutions confirmed Tuesday it had secured a "major contract" from Chevron to provide a subsea gas compression system for the Jansz-Io field, offshore Western Australia. The contract follows Chevron's sanction of the $4 billion project last week. Aker Solutions said last week its subsea compression tech had been selected for Chevron's Jansz-Io Compression Project, but that the companies were in ongoing talks to finalize the contract.The confirmation came Tuesday when Aker Solutions said it had won the deal and had booked around NOK 7 billion ($815,59 million)

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VIDEO: 'Eye of fire' Near Offshore Platform in Mexico Extinguished

A fire on the ocean surface west of Mexico's Yucatan peninsula early on Friday has been extinguished, state oil company Pemex said, blaming a gas leak from an underwater pipeline for sparking the blaze captured in videos that went viral.Bright orange flames jumping out of water resembling molten lava was dubbed an "eye of fire" on social media due to the blaze's circular shape, as it raged a short distance from a Pemex oil platform.The fire took more than five hours to fully put out, according to Pemex.The fire began in an underwater pipeline that connects to a platform at Pemex's

The Nortek Signature250 ADCP is deployed during a windfarm site survey undertaken by Partrac off the Orkney Islands, northern Scotland. Partrac chose the instrument because of its ability to provide highly accurate current profiling data out to 200 m, and wave height and direction data up to 150 m. Image courtesy Nortek

Case Study: Acoustic Tech Help Offshore Wind Industry Adapt

metocean survey and consulting company Partrac to provide floating windfarm developers with detailed and accurate data on metocean conditions at potential development sites. Using acoustic Doppler current profilers (ADCPs), Partrac are able to extend their capabilities and adapt to increasingly complex offshore environments.To date, virtually all offshore wind energy produced globally has come from turbines located in water shallower than 50m, where the turbine tower can be directly attached to the seabed. But with demand for wind power growing fast – and suitable shallow-water sites filling up in

Aker Solutions' Subsea Tech Picked for Chevron's Australian Project

Norwegian oilfield equipment and technology provider Aker Solutions has said its subsea compression tech has been selected for Chevron's Jansz-Io Compression Project, offshore Western Australia."Aker Solutions remains in ongoing discussions with Chevron to finalize the contract. A further announcement will be made when a contract is finalized. The value of the contract is expected to be about NOK 7 billion [$807,6 million]," Aker Solutions said Friday.The news comes as the U.S. oil and gas major Chevron, as the operator of the Gorgon gas project, on said it would dto proceed with the

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L3 Harris Tapped to Deliver USV for Offshore Oil Spill Response

An unidentified "leading integrated oil and gas company" recently took delivery of an Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) from  L3Harris Technologies, a USV designed to help out during oil spill response operations.C-Tug 3 is an 11-ft. USV  outfitted with L3Harris' ASView control system,a system designed to enable USV remote operations from a land-based control station. C-Tug 3 is designed to execute pre-programmed mission plans and real-time teleoperation via a remote touch screen unit. Once deployed, the USV can tow an oil containment boom into position to prevent the spread of

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Scottish, French Firms Partner Up to Speed Up Tidal Energy Development

and France. "The alliance will include co-operation across French and UK sites, driving down costs, catalyzing opportunities for funding, and delivering economies of scale to tackle the climate emergency," the companies said.In November 2020, the European Commission published the European Offshore Strategy setting out the challenge of delivering marine energy capacity targets of 100MW by 2025, and 1GW by 2030. The move spurred talks between Nova Innovation and Sabella on how to combine efforts to meet the targets, resulting in the signing of this transformational MoU, Nova said Wednesday

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PXGEO Buys Fugro's OBN Subsidiary Seabed Geosolutions

Offshore seismic surveyor PXGEO has completed the acquisition of Fugro's subsidiary Seabed Geosolutions, a company specializing in Ocean Bottom Node surveys."The acquisition includes a substantial ocean bottom node inventory,  handling equipment, related technology, intellectual property and project backlog. In addition, a significant number of personnel responsible for the successful delivery of over 44,000 sq. km. of OBN  projects have accepted employment with PXGEO," PXGEO said. It did not say how many people exactly had joined the company.Duncan Eley, CEO of PXGEO said:

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Shell, RWE Hire Akselos to Build Digital Model of TetraSpar Floating Wind Foundation

Shell and RWE have hired Akselos to model the TetraSpar floating wind foundation demonstrator, which will be installed offshore Norway later this year.Akselos said it would use Integra, "the world’s most powerful structural simulation software," for the project."Akselos’ software will help accelerate the demonstration of the industrialized offshore foundation. The TetraSpar project aims to dramatically reduce the Levelized Cost of Energy (LCoE) for floating wind farms," Akselos said."The ‘Digital TetraSpar’ will interface with sensors on the

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Safety Boost: 4Subsea to Monitor Var Energi's Drilling Ops at Balder

Subsea solutions provider 4Subsea has secured a three-year service agreement with the Norwegian oil and gas firm Vår Energi to monitor and analyze wellhead integrity to ensure safe operations for the Balder Future drilling and completion operations in Norway.The company said it would monitor the West Phoenix drilling rig for Var Energi.4Subsea said that its SWIM service employs retrofittable subsea sensors to measure movement and strain on the wellhead. "It applies advanced algorithms and machine learning combined with the deep domain expertise to monitor fatigue damage accumulation

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Eco Wave Power Installs Spotter Buoy in Portugal

Israeli-Swedish wave energy company Eco Wave Power has installed a Spotter Buoy near the Barra do Douro breakwater in Portugal.Installed following approval from the Port Authority of the Douro, the Spotter Buoy will collect wave data for Eco Wave Power's proposed wave energy project in the area."The installation of the Spotter Buoy was performed today by the Portuguese diving company - OCEANSUBTECH, which has several decades of experience in commercial diving for the purpose of projects installation, maintenance, and inspection of underwater structures, maritime and hydraulic works," Eco

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Ocean Sun, Statkraft Working to Retrieve Sunken Solar Plant in Albania

Norwegian floating solar tech company Ocean Sun is working to retrieve its floating solar power plant that sank in Albania earlier this month.As previously reported, Statkraft and Ocean Sun said the first of four Ocean Sun floating solar plants - covering 4,000 square meters and with nearly 1600 solar panels - had started operation on Wednesday, June 2, at the Statkraft Banja reservoir in Albania.However, a week later on June 9, Ocean Sun said there was an incident with the floater, located on Statkraft’s 72-megawatt hydropower plant, where the floating ring with membrane and two connected

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Ashtead Technology, Hydromea in Subsea Wireless Tech Deal

at depths of up to 6,000 meters with remarkably low latency," Ashtead said.David Mair, Ashtead Technology’s Business Development Director, said: "Adding Hydromea’s wireless optical modems to our existing capabilities means we can now offer a more efficient monitoring package during offshore construction projects, allowing our customers to further reduce project complexity, driving down overall project costs.”Ross McLeod, Ashtead Technology’s Technical Director, added: “We have been using LUMA modems on construction projects over the past 2 years and we were very pleased

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Miko Marine Delivers Magnetic Blanking Set for Bacalhau FPSO

Norwegian company Miko Marine has shipped out the first magnetic blanking set destined for the Brazilian offshore sector from its fabrication plant in Haugesund, Norway. However, the set is not going to Brazil, but to the DSIC yard in Dalian, China, where it will then be installed aboard a new Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel being completed by Japanese FPSO specialist MODEC. Upon the completion of the construction, the new FPSO will be transferred to Equinor's recently sanctioned Bacalhau development offshore Brazil.According to Miko Marine, the new blanking set

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V&SH Offshore Solutions Becomes Part of WTS Energy

V&SH Offshore Solutions, an offshore contractor specialized in testing and terminations, cable repairs, and outfitting of offshore high voltage assets has become a part of  WTS Energy, an energy services firm providing engineering support and manpower supply."V&SH Offshore Solutions is one of the pioneers and early innovators in the cable testing and terminations industry relating to offshore wind parks," WTS Energy said."During and after the installation of the offshore wind turbines, a complete electrical grid plus export lines are installed whereby many essential electrica

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X1 Wind Gets Funding for Floating Wind Project

Spain-based floating wind technology developer X1 Wind said Tuesday it had secured a €2.5 million ($2,97 million) grant to launch its first commercial floating wind project.The floating wind technology developer has been allocated the grant through the European Innovation Council (EIC) Accelerator program.X1 Wind was named among 38 of the most promising start-ups by the EIC after being shortlisted from 4200 applications to receive funding to ‘develop and scale up ground-breaking innovations.’The company, based in Barcelona, is currently preparing to deploy its PivotBuoy technology at

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As Big Oil Pushes into Offshore Wind, Seabed Lease Prices Will Rise

The world's largest offshore wind developer Orsted is concerned that Big Oil's eagerness to harness wind at sea could push up prices for seabed leases, making the technology less competitive, its chief executive told Reuters.European oil firms including Total, BP, Equinor and Shell have all outlined plans to speed up investments in renewables, including offshore wind, as they look to reduce their reliance on oil and gas to satisfy investors and governments which are demanding reductions in emissions."Short term we have seen it already, and it's a real and genuine concern," Orsted

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MENCK Delivers 'World's Largest' Hammers for Offshore Wind Installation in Taiwan

Dutch offshore installation company Heerema Marine Contractors has signed a contract with Acteon's offshore pile-driving operating subsidiary MENCK for the provision of two of the world’s largest hammers to support offshore wind installation activities in Taiwan.The contract includes the delivery and operation of the MENCK MHU 4400S hydraulic hammers and the newly developed MENCK underwater Noise Reduction Unit, MNRU, and a live penetration depths measurement system.Menck manufactured and assembled the essential hydraulic drive unit and the external shock absorber ring at its headquarters in

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ABB Wins UTC Award for Subsea Electrification Technology

ABB's subsea power system, capable of distributing up to 100 MW of electricity over long distances and in ultra-deepwater, has won this year’s Underwater Technology Conference (UTC) Award.ABB’s US$100 million Subsea Power Joint Industry Project (JIP) involved the development of subsea power and conversion technology able to work in down to 3,000 m water depth and over distances of up to 600 km.The technology unlocks the ability to move entire process systems to the seabed, lowering emissions, reducing environmental impact, enabling greater digitalization and integration with renewable

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Rovco, PanGeo Subsea in 3D O&M and Survey Services Pact

Subsea technology companies Rovco and PanGeo Subsea have teamed up to respond to what they say is the offshore energy market’s growing need for a prompt and detailed understanding of the performance of subsea infrastructure such as anodes, CPS, scour, cable burial, and the effect of marine growth during the Operations & Maintenance (O&M) lifecycle.The duo said it planned to capture and provide early insight into changing subsea components and environmental conditions that may lead to wider problems or failures without planned intervention. The partnership combines Rovco’s

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Floating Wind: New Mooring Line Monitoring Tech Passes the Test

CSignum announced the testing of the prototype solution developed with Tfl Marine as part of the Floating Wind Technology Accelerator Competition (FLW TAC) was successful. TfI developed a unique Sea Spring to reduce snatch and fatigue loads on floating offshore wind structures. The Sea Spring incorporates CSignum’s HydroFi low frequency subsea wireless communication system which enables real-time autonomous full life fatigue monitoring. The TfI Sea Spring design includes piezoelectric ceramics embedded within the system to generate power for the CSignum wireless monitoring system.

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C-Innovation Wraps Guyana Survey Remotely from U.S. HQ

C-Innovation, LLC (C-I), an Edison Chouest Offshore affiliate, said on Monday that it has completed its first remote survey scope in Guyana.Remote survey operations are based in C-I’s headquarters in Mandeville, Louisiana, U.S., and conducted by C-Survey (C-S), an internal division of C-I. "This type of survey services enables C-S to be fully operational 24/7 without personnel being onboard the vessel, eliminating associated travel time and expenses, offshore health and safety exposure, and the need for COVID-19 related quarantines," C-I said.Tim Bingham, survey manager, C-I, said

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Mocean Energy’s Wave Energy System Produces First Power at EMEC Test Site

, and we will test operations including towing, installation, removal, and access at sea. The device is standalone and operated wirelessly. A 4G connection allows us to send commands and download data from shore. He said the company believed its Blue-X technology is ideally suited to a number of offshore operations, where it can make a direct contribution to net zero goals. “Longer-term, we think grid-scale machines will be able to tap into deep ocean waves to generate significant quantities of clean energy,” he said. Next year, the plan is to connect the device to a subsea

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Eco Wave Power’s Wave Energy Conversion Unit Arrives in Israel

Wave energy technology company Eco Wave Power said Monday that one of its wave energy conversion units had arrived on site at the Port of Jaffa, Israel.With preparations underway for the unit's installation the project is proceeding on schedule, the company said.EWP-EDF One wave energy conversion unit is positioned on land, making it easier to access for operation and maintenance."We are delighted with the progress the team has made so far. The conversion unit has arrived at site and everything is now in place for the installation work that will begin shortly. We are on track towards project

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Fugro, Partners Design Mooring Line Fatigue Tracker for Floating Wind Turbines

Dutch offshore services company Fugro, in partnership with AS Mosley and the University of Strathclyde, has designed a real-time mooring line fatigue tracker for offshore floating wind turbines, minimizing the need for in-person inspections.The project has received innovation funding from the Scottish Government.The consortium won the funding to develop the tracker, which fuses the motion and position measurements of floating hulls with a simulation model to monitor fatigue, in March 2020 through the Floating Offshore Wind Technology Acceleration Competition (FLW TAC), which was run by the Carbon

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Seabed Geosolutions Receives LOA for Americas OBN Survey

will transition to PXGEO, with the exact number depending on further analysis of the needs of the business. Seabed Geosolutions is currently getting ready to kick off the first of the two seismic acquisitions of the Sapinhoá field monitoring project, in the pre-salt of the Santos Basin, offshore Brazil, for Petrobras. The project is slated to begin on Sunday, June 13.Petrobras said this week that the contract signed with the company Seabed Geosolutions do Brasil includes 3D and 4D geophysical acquisition and processing, with total investments of about US$ 118 million. Base seismic

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Neptune Energy: Tech Built for Astronauts to Reduce Need for Offshore Travel

completed a virtual reality pilot on its Gjøa platform in the Norwegian North Sea, enabling teams to make highly realistic virtual visits to the facility. The technology, developed by PaleBlue and used to train astronauts traveling to the International Space Station, will reduce the need for offshore travel, lower costs and associated emissions and support safe operations. It is the first time PaleBlue’s technology has been applied to an offshore installation. Using a VR headset, offshore workers interact with an ultra-realistic 3D model of the Gjøa platform from onshore, Neptune

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Parkwind Taps JDR for Arcadis Ost 1 Subsea Cables

Offshore wind developer Parkwind has granted subsea cable manufacturer JDR a contract to provide, test, and terminate 33kV subsea cables for the Arcadis Ost 1 offshore wind farm in Germany.JDR, part of TFKable Group, will supply the 45km of 33kV array cable that will connect the 27 wind turbines. It will also provide technicians, tooling, and test equipment for the testing and termination of the array cable.  The value of the contract was not disclosed.The project is located approximately 19km northeast of the island Rügen in the federal state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and

Aker Solutions Awarded 'Large' Subsea Service Deal with Petrobras

Norway's Aker Solutions has signed "a large" framework agreement with Petrobras to provide subsea lifecycle services for Petrobras-operated oil and gas fields offshore Brazil. The agreement has a fixed period of three years and includes an option to extend the contract for two additional years. Aker Solutions defines a large contract as being between NOK 1.2 billion (~$145,3 million) and NOK 2.0 billion (~$242,2 million).The value represents an estimate of the work expected for the fixed period of the contract and will depend on the customer's future demands.The agreement

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Sonardyne to Go Carbon Neutral by 2025 End

Marine technology equipment supplier Sonardyne has set a target of becoming carbon neutral by the end of 2025.Sonardyne said the commitment makes it the first company of its type in the UK subsea industry to publicly announce such a target.The goal covers direct and indirect emissions, including those associated with manufacturing as well as supply chain activities, from its UK sites and operations. The target will be guided by and certified to PAS 2060, the internationally accepted standard for carbon neutrality.PAS 2060 covers Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions, where scope 3 is more than 1% of the total

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OneSubsea Taps Siemens Energy for Bacalhau Subsea Sensors, Connectors

Schlumberger's OneSubsea has ordered a turnkey package from Siemens Energy for the Bacalhau field development project in the Pre-salt region of the Santos Basin. The Bacalhau oilfield, operated by Equinor, is located approximately 115 miles (185 kilometers) off Sao Paulo, Brazil, at a water depth of 6,726 feet (2,050 meters). Equinor sanctioned the field development, which will cost $8 billion, last week.OneSubsea, as part of Subsea Integration Alliance with Subsea 7, last week after the FID won the contract award for the delivery and installation of the subsea pipelines (SURF) and production

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Harvey Gulf Hires Olmos as EVP Subsea Installations

Harvey Gulf International Marine announced that Steve Olmos has been brought on board to manage and continue to grow Harvey Gulfs Subsea Solutions installations group.Olmos leaves Oceaneering International after 40 years in which he performed various roles, most recently overseeing umbilical installations, flexible pipe and jumpers as well as various decommissioning projects.Harvey Gulf CEO, Shane Guidry, said, "With our successful start of Harvey Gulf Subsea Solutions and, the demand we have seen so far in the industry, I am happy to welcome Steve Olmos to my Subsea Solutions executive team.

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UK: Eleven-I and Innvotek Join Offshore Wind Robotics Challenge

Two UK-based firms have been awarded an opportunity to develop and showcase their innovative robotic solutions with GE Renewable Energy and the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult.Eleven-I and Innvotek have both successfully applied to a robotics innovation call, the latest in a series of challenge competitions through GE Renewable Energy and ORE Catapult’s ‘Stay Ashore’ research and development program, delivered through the Offshore Wind Innovation  Hub’s Innovation Exchange (OWiX) in partnership with KTN, ORE Catapult said.Derbyshire-based Eleven-I, which provides

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Bureau Veritas Launches Digital Simulation Tool for Floating Wind

Bureau Veritas (BV) has launched a new digital simulation tool – Opera – saying it will be a key asset for the certification of floating units, notably floating wind turbines."As offshore wind farms are built further offshore, floating wind turbines are becoming increasingly more common, a trend which has accelerated due to a growing demand for alternative energy sources that can support a zero-carbon society. Bureau Veritas is in a leading position to enable the commercialization of floating offshore wind, by providing solutions and guidance to develop safe, reliable, and cost-competit

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Acteon Team to Manage Installation on Calvados Offshore Wind Farm

Acteon won an integrated project with Saipem for casing installation and drilling support on the Calvados offshore wind farm (Courseulles-sur-Mer). The contract was signed by LDD, a product and service line brand in the Acteon foundations and cables segment, and will be managed by the Acteon integrated solutions (AIS) team.The Calvados development is a 450-MW offshore wind farm under construction near Caen, France, and is being developed by Éolien Maritime France (a consortium including EDF Renewables, EIH S.à.r.l, a subsidiary of Enbridge Inc., CPP Investments) and wpd. The wind farm

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Five Firms Selected For North of Tyne Offshore Wind Innovation Program

Five companies in the North of Tyne region of England have been selected to present their offshore wind solutions to the offshore energy industry players EDF Renewables and Equinor as part of the Technology, Innovation & Green Growth for Offshore Renewables (TIGGOR) programAccording to Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, the successful companies are Transmission Dynamics, Kinewell Energy, SMD, Trident Dynamics, and Unasys.They'll receive a share of £1.7m in match funding made available through the first round of the TIGGOR program’s technology demonstration strand, funded by

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Sercel Launches Seabed Node for Shallow Water Seismic Acquisition

Sercel, part of the French seismic data firm CGG, on Wednesday launched GPR300, a seabed nodal seismic acquisition solution designed for deployment in shallow waters down to depths of 300 meters."Developed in partnership with BGP, the new solution expands Sercel’s existing GPRNT range which includes GPR1500 for high-end deepwater subsurface imaging," Sercel said.According to Sercel, the compact and lightweight GPR300 features Sercel’s QuietSeis broadband digital sensor technology for ultra-quiet performance and "unmatched digital fidelity.""Its ability to record

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Subsea 3D Printing Tech Targeted for 2022

Norwegian robotics company Kongsberg Ferrotech has joined forces with Equinor, SINTEF, and Gassco to develop 3D printing technologies for subsea equipment repair and maintenance.The company has already developed a subsea robotic system, Nautilus, that can be used to carry out remotely operated composite repairs on subsea pipelines.Now the Kongsberg Ferrotech wants to add additive printing capability to these systems, using metallic media to repair defects, with support from the Research Council of Norway through the PETROMAKS 2 program. The company will use 3D printing to rebuild damaged metal structure

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Petronas, TechnipFMC Sign Limbayong SURF Contract

Malaysian oil and gas company Petronas on Tuesday confirmed the contract award to TechnipFMC for the engineering, procurement, construction, installation, and commissioning for a subsea production system, umbilical, riser, and flowline (SURF) for its Limbayong deepwater development, offshore Malaysia.A virtual signing ceremony was held Tuesday to commemorate the award of the contract to FMC Wellhead Equipment Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of TechnipFMC.  Petronas' Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of Upstream Adif Zulkifli:"The Limbayong project is aligned with Petronas'

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Subsea Research Institute NSRI to Become Part of Subsea UK

. It has been pivotal in identifying industry challenges and then driving targeted development along a technology roadmap to meet these opportunities.“NSRI has had notable success, particularly in collaborating across geographies, such as Japan, and across sectors, most notably in defence and offshore wind to explore innovation with applications for multiple markets across the blue economy. The Global Underwater Hub offers the opportunity to progress this work at a much larger scale and it’s, therefore, the appropriate time to absorb NSRI into Subsea UK.”Tony Laing, who heads up NSRI

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Magseis Fairfield's 100th OBN Survey is Also 'First Ever' Carbon Neutral Seismic Survey

Norway-based ocean bottom node seismic surveyor Magseis Fairfield said Friday it had completed the acquisition of its 100th OBN survey, and with that announcement also shared what it was doing to become a carbon-neutral company, and what it did to make the 100th survey also the first-ever carbon neutral seismic survey.The OBN survey for BP over various assets in the US Gulf of Mexico was announced in December last year and used Magseis Fairfield’s ZXPLR node technology, the company said.Magseis Fairfield said its plan was to become Carbon Neutral by 2040 or earlier. "The strategy to

ORPC Advanced TidGen Project marine energy device with Sustainable Marine Swift Anchor anchoring system. Image courtesy Sustainable Marine's Swift Anchors division

Innovative Anchoring Solution for ORPC’s TidGen Project

ORPC has engaged Sustainable Marine’s Swift Anchors division to provide its novel rock anchoring system for ORPC’s Advanced TidGen Project set to launch in Maine later this year.Swift Anchors will be among a number of subsystems which ORPC will develop, test and integrate to validate a full TidGen system in a commercial site over 12 months, providing practical demonstration that it is technically, economically and environmentally viable. The U.S. Department of Energy is providing partial funding for the project.Swift Anchor’s technology has been driven by industry demand for greener

Atlantic Shores Keeps Fugro Busy Offshore New Jersey

Dutch offshore survey firm Fugro has won a contract renewal with the U.S. offshore wind developer Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind.The contract is for the provision of real-time wind and metocean measurements off the coast of New Jersey in the U.S. over the next 2 years."The award is the latest in a set of three contract renewals between Fugro and Atlantic Shores based on a successful 2020 work season. Along with metocean services, Fugro’s geophysical and geotechnical contracts have also previously been renewed, all three to support the safe design, permitting and construction of future wind

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James Fisher Renewables Nets Offshore Wind UXO Survey Gig in France

James Fisher Renewables has been selected by the French transmission grid operator Réseau de Transport d'Electricité (RTE) to identify unexploded ordnance (UXO) along the export cable routes for the Fécamp offshore wind project.The 18-kilometer export cable, which will be buried at depths of 5 to 35 meters, will provide the electricity transmission connection for the 71-turbine offshore wind project, which will be located 13 to 22 kilometers off the northwest coast of France. In preparation for laying the cable, RTE has hired JF Renewables to identify and investigate

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Aker Solutions, Siemens Energy to Deliver HVDC Converter Stations for 1.4GW Wind Farm in UK

Norwegian offshore engineering and construction firm Aker Solutions, in a consortium with Siemens Energy, has signed a contract with ScottishPower Renewables for the supply of the HVDC (high-voltage, direct current) converter stations for the East Anglia THREE offshore wind project in the UK.The delivery of what Aker Solutions says is "a very large" EPCI scope for East Anglia THREE is subject to the project reaching financial close in 2022.Aker Solutions defines a ‘very large’ contract as being between NOK 2.0 billion ($241 million) and NOK 3.0 billion ($361.5 million)East Anglia

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GE Researchers Unveil 12 MW Floating Wind Turbine Concept

GE researchers are working on a project to design and develop advanced controls to support a 12-megawatt (MW) floating offshore wind turbine, in an effort to enable larger, more powerful turbines to be installed deeper waters unlocked by floating wind technologies.The $4 million project is being run through ARPA-E’s ATLANTIS (Aerodynamic Turbines Lighter and Afloat with Nautical Technologies and Integrated Servo-control) program, which aims to accelerate the development of new technologies to promote the future of floating offshore wind energy.Rogier Blom, a senior principal engineer in model-base

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Simec Atlantis Energy's Tidal Turbine Passes Test in Japan

response to an emergency stop trigger from shore.VIDEO: Scottish-made Tidal Turbine Installed in Japan"The turbine tests, which were successfully passed during one of the strongest tides expected this year, follow an exhaustive process of inspection and verification of both the onshore facility and offshore equipment against national electrical standards," Said said.According to SAE, the Scottish-built AR500 tidal turbine has been generating electricity since it was installed in January 2021, and has generated more than 90MWh of power, at a high turbine availability.  "This pilot is

 Jon Landes, President, Subsea, TechnipFMC. Photo courtesy TechnipFMC

Tackling the Energy Transition, the TechnipFMC Way

TechnipFMC has been in the renewable energy space for quite some time, but we are proud to be moving forward in new, substantial ways. Over the past four years, we have been developing Deep Purple, a new energy system concept that uniquely integrates proven technologies to deliver at-scale solutions for offshore green hydrogen production and sustainable renewable energy. We are also working with Bombora to evolve a concept that combines offshore floating wind and wave to reduce cost of renewable energy. In addition, we recently formed a partnership with Magnora in Norway to bid for licenses developing offshore

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SEAJET Offers Its Excavation Tech to Offshore Industry through 'Own and operate' Model

Dubai-based SEAJET Systems has offered its controlled flow excavation (CFE) technology to the offshore energy industry through an "own and operate" model."Usually offered as a rental product, SEAJET identified an opportunity to provide a more cost-effective, flexible, and efficient CFE solution with additional performance benefits," SEAJET said.Established by Dr Hector Susman and Faisel Chaudry, SEAJET offers what it says is one of the most versatile CFE systems on the market. "Dr Susman pioneered industry-leading subsea excavation equipment for companies such as Rotech

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CorPower Says 'World’s Largest' Wave Energy Test Rig Nearly Complete

Wave energy technology developer or CorPower said this week it was approaching completion of" the world’s largest wave energy test-rig" following a two-year project. The 45-tonne moving mass system located in Stockholm is capable of simulating ocean wave conditions anywhere in the world, the company said."Measuring 40m in length and 9m in width at 7.2MW rating, the system will play a fundamental role supporting CorPower’s flagship HiWave-5 demonstration project, involving the deployment of the firm’s first full-scale WEC (Wave Energy Converter) off the coast of

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DNV, Partners Working on Automated Verification of Offshore Wind Turbine Inspection Results

, to improve inspection quality and performance. The project aims to contribute to the development of the UK automated inspection industry."Unmanned autonomous and remote-controlled vehicles and drones are routinely used to conduct asset inspections in the hard to reach, extreme environments of offshore wind farms. These vehicles can collect rich and extensive data sets including high-definition video, images, geo-positioning and sensor data, to provide integrity information about the installed structures without personnel having to access these dangerous locations," DNV said.The research

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Tech File: Underwater Unmanned Digital Twinning Project Gets Funding

infrastructure.In collaboration with Whitecap Scientific, SubC Imaging, and Nova Scotia Community College SEATAC division, the new digital twinning technology is designed to develop a bridge between Welaptega’s and Whitecap Scientific’s technology systems. Once launched, conventional offshore ROV and vessel crew will be enabled to collect high quality image data for post-processing digital twins, guided by real-time 3D reconstruction, to give feedback on image quality and coverage.Digital twins digitize replicas of physical assets, used for integrity management, simulations, and the

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Wind-Powered Offshore Drilling Rigs in Canada: Saitec, WESI Get Gov't Funding

The Government of Canada has approved funding for Waterford Energy Services Inc. (WESI) and Saitec Offshore's project designed to power offshore drilling rigs using a plug-and-play renewable energy solution.The funding program aimed to support programs that would help reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from offshore oil and gas activities in Newfoundland and Labrador. The funds granted to the Saitec-WESI partnership come from a competitive process in which around under a hundred plans were assessed for a pool of $24.4 million."The partnership between WESI and Saitec brings together WESI&rsqu

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OTC Award for Subsea 7 Offshore Corrosion Monitoring Tech

Offshore energy services company Subsea 7, and its subsidiary Xodus Group have received recognition from OTC for Subsea 7 Nano Engineered Sensor Platform (Subsea 7 NESP), and will receive a Spotlight on New Technology Award at this year's Offshore Technology Conference (OTC).Describing its technology, the company said that Subsea 7 NESP, developed in collaboration with Xodus, is a transformative solution that can continuously monitor fatigue and corrosion offshore, reducing OPEX in these areas. "The wireless nano-technology sensor can be deployed efficiently and easily across any operating

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Finland-based Pipeline Inspection Firm Rocsole Wins Another OTC Award

Rocsole, a Finland-based developer of offshore pipeline inspection technology, has received an Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) Spotlight on New Technology award for a system that inspects pipelines while allowing production to continue without interruption.The award was given to Rocsole for its Deposition In-Line Inspection (DILI) system. DILI system uses a non-nuclear tomographic technology to inspect pipelines for deposition build-up thickness, type, and location.This is Rocsole's second OTC Houston Spotlight award. The company was recognized last year for its Liquid In-Tank Inspection

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Irish Gov't Grants Funding for Micropiling Tech for Offshore Wind Applications

Irish companies Mincon Group plc and Subsea Micropiles along with research centers at the University of Limerick and University College of Dublin are working on a low-cost, environmentally "sympathetic" micropiling technology aimed at the offshore wind industry.The Irish government has now awarded a €2.9-million grant in support of a new construction method for marine foundations and anchors paving way for a demonstration project next year. According to the developers, this new technology has the potential to benefit the offshore wind industry by "substantially" lowering

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Seismic Data Firm CGG Launches Pollution Monitoring Solution

solution named SeaScope."Combining expertise in remote sensing science, Earth observation data, machine learning and high-performance computing, SeaScope provides critical sea surface slick intelligence for a range of industries to strengthen situational awareness of the interaction between offshore assets, coastal facilities, local vessel activity and the natural marine environment," CGG said.For energy companies with offshore assets, CGG said, SeaScope’s proactive monitoring enables the establishment of production water baselines and provides early detection of anomalous events

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$4.4m Marine Energy Mooring, Anchoring and Quick-connect System Project set for Trials

A new mooring, anchoring and quick connect solution optimized for marine energy systems is set for Atlantic sea trials, following a range of laboratory and on-land test campaigns currently underway.The $4.4m UMACK (Universal Mooring, Anchor & Connectivity Kit) Project has developed a unique mooring and anchoring solution aimed at superseding widely used ‘gravity-based’ anchor solutions – reportedly helping to reduce CAPEX, installation and O&M (Operational & Maintenance) costs by more than 50%.UMACK Project Manager and CorPower Ocean Head of Projects Matt Dickson said the

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Eco Wave Power Set to Install Wave Energy Tech in Port of Jaffa as Sea Wall Works Near Completion

performed from the seaside, the company said.The EWP-EDF One conversion unit will be located on land, just like a regular power station, enabling an easy access for operation and maintenance, EWP said."This highlights the significant advantages of the EWP onshore technology, in comparison with offshore solutions," EWP added. The EWP-EDF one project is executed in collaboration with EDF Renewables IL and co-funding from the Israeli Energy Ministry.File Photo: Eco Wave Powe

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Ocean Infinity Buys Abyssal

Ocean Infinity, marine robotics and offshore survey company, has acquired Portugal-based software engineering specialists, Abyssal.Abyssal develops and implements proprietary software solutions for the offshore industry aimed at improving the safety and efficiency of subsea operations. "As part of Ocean Infinity, the [Abyssal] team will play a key role in shaping the enlarged group’s software development capability as it continues to grow and provide ever expanding robotics and data acquisition services to its marine customer base," Ocean Infinity, a company in the process of

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PanGeo Subsea Delivers Sub Bottom Imager for Formosa 2 Depth of Burial Survey

Sub-Seabed 3D Acoustic Imaging Technology Enters Taiwan Market to Support Jan De Nul’s Offshore Wind Farm DevelopmentsPanGeo Subsea introduced its patented Sub-Bottom Imager (SBI) to Taiwan to deliver sub-seabed imaging for Jan de Nul, in support of Formosa 2 Offshore Wind Farm Project. Initially, PanGeo plans to have one SBI unit resident in Taiwan with a plan to ship additional SBI units as operations dictate. PanGeo will be supporting the growing renewable markets in the region by providing acoustic imaging services for cable depth of burial specifically for Formosa 2 with plans to

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Baker Hughes to Deliver Subsea Equipment for Petrobras' Campos Basin Fields

Oilfield services company Baker Hughes has won a subsea oilfield equipment contract with the Brazilian oil company Petrobras as part of the Marlim and Voador field revitalization plan in the Campos Basin, offshore Brazil. Baker Hughes will supply up to five subsea production and injection manifold systems, which the company said will benefit from a lightweight and compact design for installation from smaller vessels and include integrated hydraulic connection systems and retrievable choke modules to realize life of field cost savings. The manifold systems will also include Baker Hughes’

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Can the Subsea Factory Support a Net Zero World?

;re seeing that these technologies really do add value– and the good news is that we already have the building blocks. There are exciting opportunities and, even more so, if we connect some of these building blocks further.For example, you could look at some of Equinor’s initiatives around offshore wind, and envision an offshore electricity grid, powered by renewable energy, that you can just plug into your subsea building blocks and bring production back to shore with zero emissions.There are now significant opportunities that actually have a low threshold to realization, compared to the

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