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Reach Subsea to Add Two ROV Support Vessels to Its Fleet

Norwegian subsea services company Reach Subsea said Thursday it had struck a deal to expand its operating fleet with two ROV support vessels.The company said it had secured "significant vessel capacity for the coming four years" through a deal to buy the multipurpose ROV support vessel Edda Sun for $29 million and through a charter contract for the multipurpose ROV support vessel Go Electra with a duration, including options, through 2027."With the favorable terms on the two new vessels, and the existing charters of Havila Subsea and Deep Cygnus, Reach Subsea now has a long-term core

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Wales’ Marine Test Center Expands Its Capabilities

Wales’ national marine test center, META, said Thursday it has upgraded its Marine License, so it can now accommodate more tidal turbines and larger mooring spreads, after successfully upgrading its Marine License. As the project moves into a new tranche of funding from the Swansea Bay City Deal, part of the Pembroke Dock Marine Project, one of the key objectives is broadening the testing capabilities for the open water sites to meet the needs of the evolving industry and wider blue economy, META said."Working with a local team from leading environmental consultancy, Marine Space

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Pryme Group Launches Specialist Tooling Systems for Offshore Wind Installation

Engineering firm Pryme Group said Wedneday it had launched two specialist tooling systems - Pile Fixation Tool (PFT) and PileProp - for offshore wind installations, via Caley Ocean Systems. The company said the tools were designed to support the installation of monopile and jacket foundations for offshore wind, by providing a localized, rigid deflection constraint - and in the case of the PileProp system - independent of vessel interaction or station - before the critical grouting process of securing the foundations.Pyme Group described the Pile Fixation Tool as a monopile foundation installation

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Autonomous OBN Seismic Survey Robots Could Enter Commercial Operation in 2024

Blue Ocean Monitoring, the UK/Australian tech company Blue Ocean Seismic Services is developing the world’s first fleet of autonomous low-impact subsea nodes. According to the company, the technology will capture high-quality seismic data from the ocean floor for multiple applications such as offshore wind, oil and gas, and CCS. "These underwater vehicles will transform the offshore seismic sector to become more affordable, faster, safer, more environmentally friendly and significantly less carbon intensive," Blue Ocean Seismic Services said.The company has recently undertaken

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Offshore Wind: Fugro Wins Geotechnical Survey Gig in Denmark

Dutch offshore survey services firm Fugro has secured a contract with the Danish grid operator Energinet for geotechnical site investigations for the North Sea I offshore wind development.The Danish government plans to expand offshore wind capacity by 4GW by 2030, and the geodata acquired by Fugro will be used to inform future bids in the area. "This award follows Fugro’s success working on the North Sea Energy Islands project for Energinet throughout 2022, a project that is the first of its kind," Fugro said."Fugro’s geodata will provide crucial insights on the seabed

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AIS Buys CRP Subsea

UK-based AIS has acquired its compatriot CRP Subsea (ex-Trelleborg Offshore UK) to expand its subsea offering.CRP Subsea specializes in polymer and syntactic foam-based buoyancy and protection products for the offshore renewables and oil and gas industries."With solutions such as buoyancy, floats, and bend protection, [CRP Subsea's ] range will complement and expand AIS' current subsea offerings that include cable protection, distributed buoyancy modules, insulation solutions, and our range of AIS Bardot and Manuplas products," AIS said."The acquisition will significantly

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SolarDuck to Build 5MW Floating Solar Plant Next to RWE's Wind Farm in Dutch North Sea

Dutch-Norwegian floating solar farm developer SolarDuck said Friday it would build the world´s largest hybrid offshore floating solar power plant at the offshore wind farm Hollandse Kust West VII in the Netherlands, following the winning bid of RWE´s subsidiary Oranje Wind Power II.SolarDuck will build a 5MW demonstrator with integrated energy storage solutions.Following the collaboration agreement signed between SolarDuck and RWE in July this year, SolarDuck was selected as the exclusive provider for offshore floating solar (´OFS´) technology with integrated energy storage in

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TDI-Brooks Wraps Geotechnical Project at Black Sea Gas Pipeline Project

;performing surface geochemical “seep-hunting” (SGE) and seabed heat flow surveys (HF).Turkey's national oil company TPAO, using the Fatih drillship, in 2020 found 405 bcm of natural gas in the western Black Sea region's Sakarya field, in what was the country's biggest ever offshore discovery

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Nord Stream Operator Gets OK to Survey Seabed in Danish Waters

Nord Stream AG, the operator of the ruptured Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline, has been granted permission to survey an area in Danish waters, the Danish Geodata Agency told Reuters on Thursday.The operator has already sent a chartered ship to waters off the coast of Sweden to inspect the damage on the pipeline, which carries gas from Russia to Germany through the Baltic Sea. Sweden and Denmark have both concluded that four leaks on the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines were caused by explosions, but have not said who might be responsible. World leaders have called it an act of sabotage. The application

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Rovco, HOM Partner Up for Offshore Wind Work in Japan

UK-based subsea robotic services firm Rovco, has signed an agreement with Japan's Horizon Ocean Management (HOM) for through-life subsea asset integrity and balance of plant survey solutions for the Japanese offshore wind market.HOM is a subsidiary joint venture between Japanese conglomerate Mitsui and Hokutaku, a Japan-based wind turbine maintenance company.HOM and Rovco will work together to study the Japanese offshore wind market and learn more about demand in the country. They will also create asset integrity programs to support the maintenance of critical infrastructure.The two companies'

BMT's Off-grid Project Enabling Rural Electrification in Canada

to off-grid power networks and markets across Canada and potentially globally.According to BMT, targeted plug-and-play, platform flexible-designed microgrid controllers, such as the BMT solution, have a significant impact on facilitating the microgrids’ adoption. This impact could extend to both offshore and onshore utility operators in terms of maintaining system stability during energy exchange with microgrids at their points of common coupling, BMT said."The impact of unstable energy to a remote or off-grid community can be catastrophic when critical infrastructure are interrupted for even

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UK: JDR Starts Construction of $148,M Subsea Cable Manufacturing Plant

started construction of its new subsea cable manufacturing facility in Cambois, near Blyth, Northumberland, UK.The 69,000-square-meter factory will be operational by 2024. According to JDR, the £130 million ($148,7 million) project will deliver vital subsea cable manufacturing technology to the offshore wind market and is currently providing 171 local jobs for the construction phase of the project. The project is supported by the UK government as part of the BEIS Offshore Wind Manufacturing Investment Support Scheme.According to JDR, when complete, the facility will include a new catenary

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Kraken Robotics' Brazilian Subsidiary Gets $8M R&D Funding

to Kraken’s Brazilian subsidiary over a 3-year period.Under this project, Kraken will continue the development of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning software, and subsea autonomy solutions to intelligently analyze sensor data and learn how to respond to highly dynamic environments in the offshore oil and gas, wind, hydrographic, science, and defense industries."Due to customer confidentiality, further details cannot be released at this time," Kraken said.13 Robotics Ltda of Brazi

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New Cloud Platform for Subsea Survey Data

systems from any manufacturer, into actionable, easily shared information and insight via the cloud.In development since the Kiel, Germany headquartered company was founded in 2019, TrueOcean’s smart marine data platform (MDP) arrives at a critical time for the wind energy, subsea survey and offshore contracting sectors, just as work begins on meeting ambitious new post-pandemic targets for increased renewable energy production capacity.Recently, the German government passed the new Wind Energy at Sea Act, a.k.a. the Easter Package, which calls for at least 30GW of energy to be produced offshore

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Renewable Energy: AWS Waveswing Put to the Test

Inverness-based AWS Ocean Energy announced encouraging results from the current phase of sea trials of its wave energy device at the European Marine Energy Center (EMEC) in Orkney.  In a key highlight of the scientific testing programme to date at EMEC’s Scapa Flow test site, the Waveswing wave energy converter captured average power over 10kW and peaks of 80kW, during a period of moderate wave conditions. These figures exceeded the developer’s own predictions by 20%.Other key findings underline the survivability potential of the subsea Waveswing which continued to deliver power in

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Test Results Are In: Gazelle's Floating Wind Platform Design Principles Confirmed

Gazelle Wind Power, the developer of a hybrid modular floating offshore wind platform, said Thursday it had received the results of its basin model tests at the Environmental Hydraulics Institute-University of Cantabria (IHCantabria) facilities in Spain. According to Gazelle, the test report, witnessed by DNV and Safier Ingenierie, verified the feasibility of the Gazelle platform’s concept in a wide range of conditions. A prototype model of Gazelle’s platform was analyzed through a variety of  assessments including surge and yaw excitation tests, wind-alone tests,  wave-a

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Mooring & Anchors: InterMoor Wins Floating Wind Gig in Asia

InterMoor said Thursday it had secured the engineering design scope and the transportation and installation study for two upcoming offshore floating wind farms offshore Asia. The company, a brand in Acteon’s Engineering, Moorings and Foundations Division, said that one wind farm comprised 50-80 turbines, each of 15MW capacity, totalling a capacity of 750- 1200MW, and the second wind farm had 10-20 turbines, each of 15MW capacity and with a total of 50 – 300MW capacity.  "Water depth in these sites ranges from 80 meters to 140 meters. Each wind turbine platform will be moored

In this RFI, ‘mooring technologies’ means any equipment to permanently secure a full-scale floating support structure in position within a deep water (60m+) offshore wind energy array including mooring lines, anchors, and all associated components.- ©DOE

DOE Seeks Input on Mooring & Anchoring Systems for Floating Wind

The U.S. Department of Energy is seeking input on research needs related to floating offshore wind energy mooring and anchoring systems. For this, DOE's Wind Energy Technologies Office (WETO) has issued a Request for Information (RFI).Apart from input on research priorities, DOE is seeking information on state-of-the-art innovative technologies, state-of-the-practice common operations, and aspirational targets to help meet deployment goals, DOE said.DOE further said that mooring and anchoring topics of interest include technologies, methods, performance, costs, supply chain, U.S. manufacturing

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Sustainable Marine Sells Swift Anchors to Schottel

. In  particular, the rock anchors drive significant OPEX and CAPEX cost  savings, plus wide-ranging environmental benefits compared to  traditional to gravity anchors," Sustainable Marine said.Under Schottel's subsidiary Aquos, Swift Anchors will enter the floating wind and offshore aquaculture markets. Sustainable Marine will continue to distribute Swift Anchors across North America

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ORE Catapult: Tidal Stream Energy Costs Could Plummet If Current Opportunity is Realized

Tidal stream energy could plummet below £80 per MWh by 2035 if current opportunity is realized, according to a recent report by the UK-based Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult.The report ‘Cost Reduction Pathway of Tidal Stream Energy in the UK and France’ report, produced by the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult as part of the Interreg FCE funded TIGER project, documents the global state of the tidal market, and presents a cost reduction trajectory taking tidal stream energy from its current price of £260/MWh down to £78/MWh by 2035.The report found that

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Celtic Sea Floating Wind in Focus

The Celtic Sea is well positioned to maximize its position as an early hub for floating offshore wind. Still, it’s’ going to be a huge industrial challenge not unlike the oil industry faced when developing the Brents in the 1980s, today’s Floating Offshore Wind conference in Aberdeen heard.The region currently has 4-5 100MW scale projects in progress, including the TwinHub project, which received the UK’s only CFD (contract for difference – a funding mechanism) for floating offshore wind earlier this year, said Helen Donovan, senior business development manager, Energy

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Ashtead Technology Appoints Christie as Head of Mechanical Solutions Business

, who is Regional Director for Ashtead Technology’s Asia Pacific region and has been with the company for over three years, also assumes the role of Head of Mechanical Solutions "as the company looks to cement its market position as a leader in IMR and decommissioning services for the global offshore energy sector."Per Ashtead, Christie has over 22 years’ subsea industry experience following a career that has seen him accumulate extensive experience of both offshore and shore based ROV and life of field operations. In his expanded role, Christie will continue to be based in Singapore

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Kraken's PanGeo SubSea Completes Acoustic Corer Survey off the Dutch Coast

Kraken Robotics said that its PanGeo Subsea subsidiary completed an acoustic coring (AC) campaign for ONE-Dyas in the North Sea, the company's second AC survey at ONE-Dyas's GEMS development, supporting foundation engineering of the N05-A gas platforms.The campaign took place during the summer aboard the M/V Dina Star. PanGeo was the prime contractor for the project. The scope of work was to acquire an acoustic core at each of the 6 legs of the platform foundation, and an additional core centered on the wellhead.  PanGeo high-resolution data is designed to identify geohazards such as

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Bekaert Invests in Smart Mooring Solutions for Floating Wind Farms

Bridon-Bekaert Ropes Group has said it has concluded an investment and commercial partnership with TFI Marine, Dublin, Ireland, to accelerate the go-to-market of digital-enabled mooring solutions for floating offshore wind farms."As part of this strategy, Bekaert today announces an equity investment in TFI Marine (Technology from Ideas), a leading mooring innovator, which has responded to the market needs with essential, patent-protected load reduction devices for floating offshore wind and offshore fish farm mooring systems," the company said.Game-changing mooring componentAccording to the

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Nord Stream Probe Finds Evidence of Detonations, Swedish Police Say

Actor Role in Nord Stream Blasts as Probable - SpiegelPutin Ally Compares Nord Stream Sabotage to CIA-backed Attacks of 1980sSweden Sends Diving Vessel to Inspect Leaking Nord Stream PipelinesNord Stream Rupture May Be Biggest Single Methane Release Ever Recorded - UNNord Stream Operator Says Three Offshore Gas Pipelines Damaged in One DayGas from Russia's Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Leaks into Baltic Se

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CorPower Ocean, Maersk Supply Service Install Subsea Export Cable for Wave Energy Project in Portugal

CorPower Ocean, a Sweden-based developer of wave energy converters, and Danish offshore vessel owner Maersk Supply Service have installed a 6.2km subsea export cable off the coast of northern Portugal to energize CorPower Ocean's HiWave-5 Project.The 100-tonne cable was installed using the Maersk Achiever vessel and will provide power and data connection from an on-land substation in Aguçadoura to the wave energy demonstration site 5.5km offshore.Now connected to the national grid of Portugal, the site will initially accommodate the recently unveiled CorPower C4 Wave Energy Converter

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Gazelle Wind Power Appoints CTO

Irish floating wind platform firm Gazelle Wind Power has appointed Jason Wormald, former Global Head of Innovation of Bridon-Bekaert Ropes Group, as Chief Technology Officer to lead the company’s product design and engineering."In order to realize the full potential of offshore wind and drive down costs, we have taken a different approach to the platform design, and there is nobody better to drive this technological vision than Jason,” said Gazelle CEO Jon Salazar. “Jason is one of the foremost experts on wire moorings and his track record and hands-on experience delivering

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Argeo Charters Argeo Searcher Vessel

most project requirements and be completely independent of partners and infrastructure to do so, Argeo said."Having access to a vessel like the Argeo Searcher enables us to meet all customer needs for Argeo’s activities, adds far more flexibility and streamlines our operations in the global offshore energy and marine mineral markets," Crantz continues. The Argeo Searcher was delivered in 2001 as a cable-laying vessel. Later, in 2006, the vessel was fully converted to an OBN (Ocean Bottom Node) seismic vessel and has been in operations until January 2022. The vessel has since

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Shearwater to Introduce Deepwater Dual-ROV OBN Deployment Vessel

Marine seismic survey services specialist Shearwater GeoServices is set to introduce its first dual ROV seismic vessel, which the company says will be equipped with a broad scope of operational capabilities. "Designed to deploy ocean bottom nodes in both deep and shallow water, the vessel will also be able to provide high-quality source for surveys and conduct towed streamer surveys," Shearwater said.The dual ROV vessel, under Shearwater ownership and management, is expected to be available in the second quarter of 2023 following a conversion of the SW Tasman multipurpose vessel.

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Petrobras Taps Shearwater for Large OBN Survey Offshore Brazil

Shearwater GeoServices Holding AS said Monday it had won a contract in Brazil for a large deepwater ocean bottom node (OBN) survey.The company will conduct the survey over the Petrobras-operated Grand Iara Project, involving the Berbigão, Sururu, and Shared Reservoir of Atapu, in the Santos Basin offshore Brazil.The project is scheduled to start in the first quarter of 2023 and is expected to last around six months. The node deployment area covers a total of 1,309 sqkm, using nodes deployed by ROV, and Shearwater’s 3x2 six-string omni-directional triple source.“This is a significant

European countries say the Nord Stream pipelines were damaged by "sabotage" but have stopped short of blaming Moscow. Russian President Vladimir Putin has blamed Western countries. (Photo: Danish Ministry of Defense)

Britain to Acquire Two Specialist Ships to Protect Underwater Infrastructure

Britain will acquire two specialist ships to protect underwater infrastructure such as cables and pipelines, defence minister Ben Wallace said on Sunday, following leaks in the Nord Stream gas pipelines from Russia to Europe.European countries say the Nord Stream pipelines were damaged by "sabotage" but have stopped short of blaming Moscow. Russian President Vladimir Putin has blamed Western countries.Speaking at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham, central England, Wallacespoke about "mysterious damage" inflicted to the pipelines but made clear that he saw the threat

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C-Innovation and Grand Isle Shipyard Awarded P&A Work

C-Innovation (C-I) and Grand Isle Shipyard, LLC (GIS) have been awarded a plug and abandonment contract by Helix Alliance Decom, LLC to provide pre-feed services for the decommissioning of three offshore platforms for a major deepwater client.In Phase I of the project, C-I provided ROV services to deliver marine water inspection and integrated the data within MODS software to provide live operations for the client operating fixed leg platforms in 165 - 200 feet of water. The GIS Aerobotics Drone Division provided aerial inspection services. The joint technical innovations aim to determine the current

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Proserv Acquires Stake in Power System Monitoring Expert, Synaptec

, and Advisory Board comprising former leaders from the power sector, academic professors, and energy entrepreneurs.A technology consortium led and driven by Proserv, including Synaptec and subsea power cable engineering and consultancy specialists BPP Cable Solutions, with initial support from the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (OREC), has collaborated to innovate the pioneering holistic cable monitoring system, ECG for the offshore wind segment.Proserv’s ECG uses Synaptec’s passive electrical and mechanical instrumentation systems, integrating its distributed electromechanical sensors

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HAUV Featuring Adaptive Autonomy Deployed at Nordsee One

an optimal approach based on the prevailing conditions. The speed and quality of the data reporting are unprecedented, and we are delighted to be trialling these innovations to achieve maximum value at our windfarms.”Grace Chia, Co-Founder and CEO of BeeX said, “The unprecedented growth in Offshore Wind is key in meeting the world's energy demands in a sustainable way. By 2025, we expect BeeX’s fully autonomous systems to help wind farm developers and operators reduce costs and risks to a fraction of today’s, from consenting to end-of-life. This successful deployment is the

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First UMACK Anchor for CorPower WEC Installed off Portugal

CorPower Ocean, Maersk Supply Service and Dieseko have installed the first commercial-scale UMACK anchor to support the HiWave-5 demonstration project. The anchor has been installed 4km off the coast of Aguçadoura, in northern Portugal, where it will be used to anchor the CorPower C4 Wave Energy Converter, as part of the HiWave-5 project.The UMACK technology is designed to provide a step-change improvement to the vertical holding capacity of pile-type anchors, touting reductions to cost and carbon footprints compared to both monopiles and gravity foundations.“We installed the pile using a

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Baker Hughes, Mocean Energy, Verlume Ink MOU

taken place between the three signatories, and the types of opportunities that can now be further explored as part of the MoU.The non-exclusive MoU is not intended to establish any joint venture, partnership or other legal entity among the three signatories.Romain Chambault, vice president services and offshore and Europe, at Baker Hughes commented: “The signing of this strategic MOU demonstrates Baker Hughes commitment to support our customers in finding clean energy technology solutions to decarbonise their offshore assets. "Being a subsea integrator in this partnership with Mocean Energy

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First Subsea Compression Station for Shell's Ormen Lange Arrives at OneSubsea's Horsøy Center

The first of two subsea compression stations built for Shell's Ormen Lange offshore field has arrived at Horsøy, OneSubsea’s Centre of Excellence, outside of Bergen.This is according to Mads Hjelmeland – Managing Director, OneSubsea Processing, who shared the news via social media."This is an important milestone for the Ormen Lange Phase 3 project, which is of major importance for a low-carbon future. Many thanks to everyone who, through exceptional teamwork and dedication to excellence, have made this happen!," Hjelmeland said.Ormen Lange lies at a water depth of 800-1

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Aker BP Taps Vissim to Develop Digital Platform for Offshore Oil Spill Monitoring

conditions and that non-functional systems shall be registered.According to Vissim, the new software is an easy configurable web-based solution for any oil and gas assets. It will be applied to Aker BP-operated assets on the Norwegian continental shelf, and will be easily accessible for both onshore and offshore personnel.The software system will also integrate meteorological data to allow Aker BP to plan for so-called compensating measures in connection with the company’s offshore operations.Vissim’s contract with Aker BP is valid for two years, with options for further extensions. Vissim has

Data from RWE Innogy’s Rhyl Flats offshore windfarm will be included within the project, alongside additional data from planned and operating windfarms in Liverpool Bay and the East Irish Sea (image courtesy of CGG).

CGG Joins UK Research Assessing Ecosystem Impact of Offshore Wind Farms

French seismic data specialist CGG is acting as a special technical partner in a consortium research project led by Bangor University to identify opportunities that benefit biodiversity and the conservation of species around offshore wind farms while also supporting wind farm developers to design long-term environmental monitoring strategies. The project will utilize data supplied by Mona Offshore Wind Ltd. (a joint venture between EnBW and BP), ENI, Ørsted, RWE, and The Met Office, among others. The £2M, four-year ECOWind-ACCELERATE project is funded by the UK Natural Environment

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Tanjung Offshore Services Wins Two-Year Subsea Inspection Contract with Petronas Carigali

Malaysian energy industry solutions provider T7 Global said recently that its subsidiary Tanjung Offshore Services had received a two-year contract from Petronas Carigali for subsea inspection services.The contract, effective until August 2024, will see Tanjung Offshore provide platform-based underwater inspection services by utilizing mini remotelyoperated vehicles (“Mini-ROV”) for over 30 offshore structures such as jackets and pipelines in Malaysia.T7 Global Group Chief Executive Officer, Tan Kay Zhuin said: "This is our third mini-ROV contract, with the previous contracts awarded

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Bouygues Travaux Publics Acquires OO-STAR Floating Wind Foundation Tech

can be adapted to a wide range of marine environments, reducing the carbon footprint of wind farm infrastructures and lowering operating and maintenance costs," Bouygues Travaux Publics said.Bouygues Travaux Publics already owns the gravity-based foundation technology with the Fécamp offshore wind farm project, and is now exclusively acquiring an innovative floating base technology. OO-STAR is a patented semi-submersible wind turbine foundation concept, originally developed by Dr.techn. Olav Olsen and later transferred to Floating Wind Solutions (FWS), which Bouygues Travaux Publics

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CGG's Sercel Buys ION Geophysical's Software Business

includes Orca: a navigation system dedicated to streamers; Gator: a navigation system dedicated to OBN; Mesa: a set of tools for optimizing land and marine seismic crews; and Marlin: a software for managing simultaneous marine operations, used for marine seismic crews, as well as for various other offshore operations and harbors."This acquisition enables Sercel to supplement its range of software and services, and opens further diversification opportunities in simultaneous marine operations, thanks to the Marlin software," CGG said.Sercel plans to operate the newly acquired technology as

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Minesto's Second Sea Kite Online in Faroes

producing electricity.The tidal energy power plant “Dragon 4” will benefit from previous configuration testing executed with the first unit, says Minesto.“As we are now commissioning the second “Dragon 4” unit, it’s with vital experience of cost-efficient onshore and offshore operations. In Vestmanna, we have created a flexible setup, where a small team can assemble and launch the kite in a few hours, practically in all tidal conditions. This operating methodology can be transferred to any location,” says Dr. Martin Edlund, CEO of Minesto.“At first glance

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Reach Subsea Adds Strategic Brazil Contract

subsea services provider Reach Subsea has recently signed contracts amounting totally in excess of NOK 200 million, including an important strategic contract in the Brazilian market, which was signed yesterday (7 Sept). The contract is the first result of a strategic partnership with a Brazilian offshore company."The contract in Brazil is very important for us, not only because of its large size, but also since expansion in Brazil has been high up on our agenda for a long time, and now we are taking the first step. "The market is large, and we have a great product offering following

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Ashtead Technology to Acquire Subsea Dredging Firm WeSubsea

and services.“The acquisition is expected to be completed during Q4 and underlines our ambition to be a global leader in IMR and decommissioning through providing one of the widest subsea equipment and service offerings in these fields to support our customers’ operations across the offshore energy sector.”Ashtead Technology did not share the financial details of the planned acquisition

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Ashtead Technology Names Gillespie as Commercial Director

UK-based subsea equipment rental and solutions specialist Ashtead Technology has named Bob Gillespie as Commercial Director. Gillespie most recently worked for the Norwegian offshore installation services firm Havfram where he was UK Managing Director. Before that he held senior commercial positions with Fugro, TechnipFMC, and McDermott before becoming UK Managing Director of DOF Subsea. Gillespie said: “Ashtead Technology is an ambitious company with a first-class reputation and I am delighted to be joining the business at such a pivotal and exciting time in its evolution. &ld

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ABS, NOV Collaborating on 'Pioneering' Subsea Storage Solution

with NOV and the other project partners on this new technology. It has the capacity to add flexibility to an operator’s logistical package, especially when topside space is limited, and to improve the overall safety profile of upstream storage needs. Our primary goal is always to work with the offshore industry to verify the components that will allow safe and reliable subsea development,” said Patrick Ryan, ABS Senior Vice President of Global Engineering and Technology."NOV is always focusing on developing purposeful and innovative technologies to support new opportunities in our customers&

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Equinor and Vår Energi Support FASTsubsea's Subsea Pump Tech

achievement,” says Morten Pedersen, Engineering Senior  VP for Subsea, at Aker Solutions.  According to Alexander Fuglesang, Managing Director of FASTsubsea, the FASTsubsea technology allows operators to more rapidly and effectively extract additional hydrocarbons from existing offshore wells and installed infrastructurež"End-users are drawn to the technology as increased recovery (IOR) now can be done in a much more environmentally friendly way, and at up to 50 percent lower investment (capex) than conventional subsea pumping systems," the company said

Geospace Technologies Launches Shallow Water Ocean Bottom Recorder

Geospace Technologies on Monday today announced the release of a new seismic acquisition product named Mariner.The company said Mariner was a continuous, cable-free, four-channel autonomous, shallow water ocean bottom recorder."Mariner is the next generation node designed for extended duration seabed ocean bottom seismic data acquisition. The slim profile nodes are ideally deployed as deep as 750 meters. The device continuously records for up to 70 days and offers more rapid recharging times. Its slim profile creates space savings on seismic survey vessels, allowing contractors to fit up to 25%

GPR300 deployed by a remotely-operated underwater vehicle (ROV). The system can also be deployed as a node-on-a-rope (image courtesy of Sercel).

CGG's Sercel Sells 12000 Seabed Nodes to China's BGP

GPR300, the crew expects a further improvement in productivity," Sercel said, without disclosing the financial details of the deal."Now deploying a total of 30,000 GPR300 nodes, the operation is considered the largest seabed seismic exploration project to date," Sercel said.Liu HaiBo, BGP Offshore President, said: “First results have clearly shown the GPR300’s efficiency in the shallow water environment and its added value for high-precision subsurface imaging.  For these reasons, it seemed obvious to continue and widen our  collaborative work with Sercel to provide

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Oceaneering's Hybrid AUV/ROV Achieves TRL 6 For Pipeline Inspection

Subsea services and technology specialist Oceaneering said Monday that its Freedom AUV, has achieved Technology Readiness Level 6 on a 1-9 scale.Oceaneering said that its Freedom, a hybrid AUV/ROV system, is the result of a long-term collaborative relationship between Oceaneering, TotalEnergies, and Chevron dating back to 2014, with Equinor joining the collaboration in 2019. In 2014, Oceaneering began efforts to optimize the delivery of a pipeline inspection service from an AUV. "The close association between customers TotalEnergies, Chevron, and Equinor, and Oceaneering as developer

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Dutch Build Out North Sea Wind Farms, Test Floating Solar Panels

will be cheap, and it may make sense to convert some to hydrogen for use in transport or steel-making.(Reuters - Reporting by Toby Sterling; Editing by Nick Zieminski)TenneT's HKZ Transformer Platforms in Dutch North Sea Hit Major MilestonesFirst Turbine Installed at World's First Subsidy-free Offshore Wind Far

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Inpex, Woodside, TotalEnergies win Australian Offshore Acreage for Carbon Capture Studies

Australia has awarded Japan's Inpex Corp, France's TotalEnergies and Woodside Energy Group offshore acreage permits for assessing carbon emissions storage as the government pushes to speed up emissions reductions.While environmental groups say carbon capture and storage (CCS) has yet to work effectively and will prolong the use of fossil fuels, the Labor government sees it as essential to slashing emissions by 2050.At the same time as announcing the award of the CCS permits, the government also invited bids for new offshore oil and gas exploration acreage, which it said was important for

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Helix, Volstad Agree Long Term Charters for Construction Support Vessel Duo

and emissions and to improve the environmental footprint of vessel operations.Scotty Sparks, Helix’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, stated, “Helix is a global leader in subsea robotics and trenching, and we continue to expand our specialty services to support offshore wind farm developments during their pre-construction, construction, and operations phases. We are pleased to extend the charter agreements with Volstad for the Grand Canyon class vessels as we are committed to supporting a responsible energy transition, increasing offshore renewables activity and

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Ashtead Technology Signs Rental Agreement with RTS

UK-based subsea rental equipment and solutions firm Ashtead Technology has signed a rental agreement with Norway-based RTS, a provider of electronic engineering equipment for the underwater industry.Under the deal, Ashtead Technology will have access to the RTS-owned equipment fleet. In addition, Ashtead Technology has purchased an initial ten Gen 5 multiplexer systems, which will have the capability to upgrade to Gen 6 specification."The Gen 5 is one of the most versatile survey multiplexer systems in the market offering accurate, flexible and robust subsea data transfer combined with user-friendl

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Magseis Fairfield Wins OBN Survey Work with ExxonMobil in Guyana

Oslo-listed marine seismic survey firm Magseis Fairfield has signed a contract with ExxonMobil for a large Ocean Bottom Node (OBN) project offshore Guyana, where ExxonMobil has so far discovered 11 billion barrels of oil.The project is expected to be conducted using our ZXPLR technology and last for a minimum of 14 months.“We are very pleased to have been awarded this large OBN project, which potentially sets the stage for other projects in this region,” says CarelHooijkaas, CEO in Magseis Fairfield. Financial details were not disclosed.Here is how Magseis Farifield's ZXPLR technology

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FerryBox: PONANT Exploration Vessel Collecting Arctic Ocean Data

PONANT’s new science-focused exploration vessel has started collecting Arctic Ocean data with -4H-JENA engineering’s FerryBox multi-parameter water measurement system on board.The system is now being used to evaluate the role of global warming and glacial meltwater on the rising level of oxygen in the oceans aboard PONANT’s Le Commandant Charcot, the world’s only luxury icebreaker, a hybrid-electric vessel powered by liquified natural gas.A unique concept with minimal environmental impact due to her green energy and propulsion systems, Le Commandant Charcot provides a luxurious

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HydrogenOne Invests in Thermoplastic Composite Pipe Maker Strohm

HydrogenOne Capital Growth, dubbed the first LSE-listed investment fund dedicated to clean hydrogen, has agreed to invest £8.4m (EUR 10m) in Strohm, a company manufacturing Thermoplastic Composite Pipes (TCP) for offshore energy applications.HydrogenOne is investing alongside Strohm’s existing investors Shell Ventures, Chevron Technology Ventures and Evonik Venture Capital, in the first close of a funding round totalling £11.8m (EUR 14m). HydrogenOne may also invest up to a further £1.7m (EUR 2m) in the second close of this funding round, which is anticipated to be at least

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Smedley Named President, COO at Deepsea Technologies Inc.

Marcus Smedley has been named president and chief operating officer of Deepsea Technologies, Inc. (DTI). The Houston-based firm engineers and manufactures a wide range of subsea products and equipment used in the offshore oil and gas industry.Smedley will oversee DTI's Houston operations, including WW Industries and P&M Blasting and Coating.Smedley's career spans over 34 years in the upstream oil and gas industry. He has an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M university and an MBA from Southern Methodist University. He brings to DTI  us considerable

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Deutsche Windtechnik Wins 'Cluster' Subsea Inspection Work

Deutsche Windtechnik announced it has signed several contracts for underwater inspections at offshore wind farms in the North Sea and Baltic Sea. As part of a cluster campaign approach, more than 300 annual inspection reports will be generated in the next two years for wind farm owners including Trianel Windpark Borkum I and DanTysk Sandbank Offshore Wind GmbH & Co. KG (51% held by Vattenfall and 49% by Stadtwerke München).Among others Deutsche Windtechnik will conduct back-to-back inspections in Trianel Windpark Borkum I, Sandbank, DanTysk and Butendiek wind farms this year as part of the

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Trell & Trine Project: Aker BP Awards 'Sizeable' Contracts to Aker Solutions, Subsea 7

Norwegian offshore engineering and construction company Aker Solutions, and offshore installation firm Subsea 7, have won 'sizeable' contracts from Aker BP to assist with the development of Trell & Trine offshore discoveries, located in the Alvheim area of the North Sea, off Norway.The project involves a subsea tie-back of approximately 21 kilometers to the Alvheim FPSO, via the existing East Kameleon subsea manifold. Aker BP on Wednesday filed a plan for development and operation (PDO) for Trell & Trine offshore oil development project to the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

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Scana's Subseatec Wins 'Sizeable' Riser Joints Order

Scana's Subseatec has won a contract with an international energy company for the delivery of riser joints. The joints are intended for an offshore field development. Scana said the deal was a sizeable contract for the company, meaning it is worth between NOK 10 million and NOK 50 million.Subseatec’s scope is a delivery of ready-to-use riser joints in low alloyed steel, including engineering, manufacturing, procurement, and documentation. "This order is a strong recognition of the company’s capability to deliver advanced products to the industry and the continuous development

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TDI-Brooks Adds New Tools to Shallow Water Geotechnical Kit

cores up to 6-m in length (and down to 9-m or 12-m with frame extension).  "The topside display informs the winchman of the exact barrel penetration into the soil at any point during the vibrating insertion.  The pVC has been deployed successfully on the US East Coast >200 times for offshore wind farm (OSWF) projects," the company said.For cone penetration testing (CPT) acquisition,  TDI-Brooks has the Neptune 5000 CPT system with its 50-kN push.Deployment of the TDI-Brooks Neptune 5000 off its research vessel R/V BROOK McCALL, operating off the NE US.Additionally, TDI-Brooks

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Emergency Response Plans: Strohm's TCP Flowlines for Woodside's Scarborough Offshore Gas Field

Strohm, the developer of Thermoplastic Composite Pipes (TCP) for offshore energy applications, has won a contract to manufacture and deliver two TCP flowlines for Australia-based Woodside Energy's giant Scarborough offshore gas project. The company said its technology would form an integral part of the relief well emergency response plans for the well construction phase of the Scarborough field development.The development of the Scarborough field in the Exmouth sub-basin off the coast of Western Australia, will feature up to 13 subsea production wells to be constructed and tied-back to a

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International Breakthrough: Reach Subsea's OCTIO Nets 4D Geophysical Monitoring Work in Australia

Reach Subsea's subsidiary OCTIO has won a multi-year geophysical monitoring frame contract with an undisclosed operator offshore Australia.OCTIO will deploy its gWatch service to deliver gravimetry and seabed subsidence measurements."This is an international breakthrough for OCTIO and we welcome this opportunity to work with a new client. We look forward to deploying our cost-efficient gWatch service and supporting the client to maximize gas production sustainably.The Australian monitoring contract is another strong credential for the attractivity of the OCTIO offering, and we are experiencing

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Nauticus Robotics Announces Contract with Shell

team now moves onto the operational qualification phase, which focuses on remote operations of the robotic duo using supervised autonomy and tool control using Nauticus’ acoustic communication networking technology, Nauticus said. The collaboration is targeting the preliminary work required for an offshore pilot project.“Working with a leading company such as Shell marks an exciting milestone for Nauticus, and this collaboration further validates the superior capabilities and extensive use cases of our robots across the energy sector,” said Todd Newell, SVP of Business Development at Nauticus

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C-Kore Mobilizes on North Sea Campaign

around the world on both installation campaigns and fault-finding operations. The Cable Monitor unit con-firms the insulation resistance and continuity of the electrical lines while the Subsea TDR unit localizes anomalies within 20cm. With C-Kore’s automated units and on-line training, no extra offshore support is needed to run the equipment.The Lead Subsea Controls Engineer for the customer commented, “We were very impressed with the Subsea TDR unit, being the first time we used it. It provided very good insight into the state of our subsea equipment. We will definitely be looking to use

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Geoquip Acquires Deep-push CPT Vessel

Global offshore geotechnical data acquisition, analysis and reporting specialist Geoquip Marine has confirmed the continued expansion of its fleet with the addition of a further Integrated Geotechnical Survey Vessel (IGSV) the Geoquip Elena.Geoquip Elena is setup as a specialist deep-push Cone Penetration Testing (CPT) vessel and has been acquired to add vital capacity to the demand from offshore windfarm developers, especially in Europe and North America.The Geoquip Elena is a 4000 ton IGSV, 91m in length and 19m in breadth. It was built at Vard Brattvaag, Norway in 2002.Geoquip Elena is currently

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CGG and bp Ink Data Transformation Deal

CGG on Tuesday announced a multi-year global data transformation and curation agreement with supermajor bp, that will play a key role in supporting bp’s Subsurface digital strategy.Ariel Flores, SVP Subsurface, bp, said, “In our ambition to become ever more predictable and efficient in underpinning our investment decisions, we believe this agreement will provide a true win-win opportunity to leverage the capability of both companies in bringing the hidden value of unstructured data directly into the hands of our Subsurface practitioners.”Sophie Zurquiyah, CEO, CGG, said, “We

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