Offshore Oil & Gas

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Kongsberg to Equip New Heavy Lift Crane Vessel

Kongsberg Maritime has secured a contract worth approximately $13 million to equip a new heavy lift crane vessel for Offshore Heavy Transport (OHT) with an innovative technology suite. The vessel, a customized Ulstein Design & Solutions BV design, marks the entry of the Norway-based Offshore Heavy Transport (OHT) into the offshore renewables and installation market. Options exist for a further three vessels, but the first is currently under construction by China Merchants Heavy Industry (CMHI) and is scheduled to enter service in 2021.The 216.3m, 48,000 dwt vessel has been designed with

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Marine Survey Work Starts for Greenlink Interconnector

The subsea field work for the Greenlink interconnector, one of Europe’s most important infrastructure projects, gets under way with the launch of the first of MMT’s survey vessels, MV Franklin.The offshore and nearshore surveying along the proposed route of the electricity link between the UK and Ireland is expected to take approximately 40 days, depending on weather conditions. MMT were awarded the contract for the Greenlink Marine Survey (GMS) by Greenlink Interconnector Ltd in August.Further survey work along the 170km marine route will be undertaken by vessels MV Seabeam, MV Edda Fonn

Left to right: Tony Laing, NSRI director of research and market acceleration and Andy McDonald, sector director, energy and low carbon technologies at Scottish Enterprise. (Photo: NSRI)

Wave and Tidal Challenges and Opportunities

A new report outlines the steps which need to be taken to ensure the U.K. remains at the forefront of wave and tidal energy sectors.The Wave & Tidal Transformation report released today by the National Subsea Research Initiative (NSRI) highlights the opportunities and challenges for technology developers and subsea supply chain companies looking to do business in these sectors. It outlines how and where companies can get involved with the developing sector and the requirements for industry driven research.To date, more than £450 million has been spent across the U.K. wave and tidal supply

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Arkona Offshore Wind Farm Comes Online

The Arkona offshore wind farm in the German part of the Baltic Sea has supplied the first electricity into the German electricity grid.The 385 MW project, operated by E.ON in partnership with Equinor, when completed can deliver power to approximately 400,000 German households. After the first of 60 turbines now being online, further wind turbines will be launched into operation.“First power in the Arkona wind project represents a milestone in the market of renewable energy and we are proud to participate together with E.ON and the transmission system operator 50Hertz. Arkona is Equinor’s

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Total Makes Major Offshore UK Gas Discovery

French oil and energy group Total said on Monday it had made a major gas discovery on the Glendronach prospect, located off the coast of the Shetland islands in the North Sea.Total said preliminary tests on the new gas discovery confirmed good reservoir quality, permeability and well production deliverability, with recoverable resources estimated at about one trillion cubic feet (1 tcf).It said Glendronach, located near its Edradour field, will be tied back to the existing infrastructure and developed quickly and at low cost.Total said the discovery will extend the life of the West of Shetland infrastru

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Olis Robotics Acquires Machine Learning Startup

and commercial space companies to enhance mission success.“We’ve validated our technology by enhancing capabilities of robots operating in the most extreme environments,” Pickering said. “Our technology unlocks the ability for robots and sensors to conduct breakthrough work in offshore energy, nuclear decommissioning, environmental and health crises and in the infinite domain of space. Closer to home, our technology can be deployed for elder and disabled care, maintenance and service of bridges and buildings, and efficient inspection and repair of dams and other infrastructure

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ISE Sells 6000m-rated AUV to China

, Sub-bottom Profilers, Synthetic Aperture Sonars, High Definition Cameras and Laser Systems, CTDs and chemical sensors, or any combination of AUV payloads. Additional battery sections can be added to extend the endurance from 24 hours up to 72 hours.The ISE Explorer AUV has a proven track record of offshore operational success with customers from Asia, Europe, Australia, the U.S. and Canada.The vehicle’s top-notch maneuverability oit to make tight turns, avoid obstacles and dive steeply. This, combined with the vehicle’s high survey speed and three-hour turnaround time on deck, allows the

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MacArtney Supplies Moog Focal LVEOS Swivel to FPSO

MacArtney said it has supplied a Low Voltage Electrical Optical Swivel (LVEOS) to Norwegian turret and loading systems provider for intended inclusion into a swivel stack for a floating production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO).OneSubsea, a Schlumberger company, will supply the Moog Focal LVEOS to the FPSO operating in Block SK10 of the Helang gas field located off the coast of Sarawak, Malaysia.Due for delivery in the mid-fourth quarter of 2018, the Moog Focal model 430 provides a rotating connection for low voltage power, electrical signal and optical cables in a single package. The shaft is

John Warrender, Chief Executive, Decom North Sea and Bill Cattanach, Head of Supply Chain at the OGA. (Photo: Decom North Sea)

Forum Tackles Decom Challenges

At its inaugural Collaboration and Innovation in Decommissioning event earlier this month, Decom North Sea brought together more than 110 delegates – from operator and supply chain companies – to focus upon finding solutions to current and future decommissioning challenges.Working with the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA), Decom North Sea constructed a highly interactive day comprising presentations, open forum sessions, networking and one-to-one sessions to maximize delegate engagement resulting in the generation of over 120 potential solutions.Setting the scene, the Oil & Gas Technology

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Hydra Preparing for Offshore Upturn

Offshore and subsea construction company Hydra said it has entered into the saturation diving market in anticipation of an offshore oil and gas sector rebound.Trevor Davis, president and CEO of the Texas-based company, said Hydra has converted its flagship vessel Subsea Responder and acquired a modular 200msw/12-man saturation diving system to prepare for new projects as the oil and gas industry experiences an upturn.“The oil and gas industry is showing signs of a bounce back [after] reaching a five-year low,” Davis said. “During that time, not all companies servicing the industry

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Morrison, iSIMS Introduce iJacket

to 30 percent.Greg Detiveaux, vice president business development, Morrison, said, “The modular nature of the iJacket dramatically reduces time and energy spent fabricating and makes available a wider choice of fabrication locations.“Its lower weight and reduced footprint makes transport and offshore assembly quicker and more economical than ever before, with its shape and design allowing for more optimized cargo arrangement and less barge transportation cost.”Modern 3-D engineering design and analytical tools allow engineers to design and arrange bracing in a configuration that offers

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Aker Bets on Software Engineers for Its Oil Business

in different digital silos - such as matching flow sensors with the piece of machinery they actually sit on - Cognite says its software can help reduce maintenance costs, extend the lifespan of equipment and avoid damaging breakdowns.Digitizing industrial assets can also mean fewer people need to be offshore, less downtime for oil platforms, more targeted maintenance and better analysis of information such as geological data and valve pressures.For Lundin Petroleum, sharing information from its Edvard Grieg field on the Norwegian continental shelf with Aker BP's adjacent Ivar Aasen field makes sense

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Digitization of the Norwegian Continental Shelf

A new web-based tool is being used for the first time offshore for collecting, systematizing and presenting safety critical information on the Goliat platform in the Barents Sea.The system, developed by Eni Norge in cooperation with Safetec and SINTEF, measures and monitors more than 10,600 technical components in real time.The solution reflects several years of intensive work in the industry to develop better methods and systems for risk management. Since 2013, Eni Norway with design and engineering support from Safetec and SINTEF, and software development of Eigen Ltd, has developed a

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Sonardyne Aids US Navy Underwater Vehicle Testing

rechargeable acoustic transponder and WSM 6+ transponders, which both support our secure Wideband 2 signal protocols, the NSWC has a high-performance and time-saving system for its operations at Maryland. This sale also further embeds our commercial-off-the-shelf capabilities, field-proven within the US offshore energy and science sectors, into the North American defense market.”The SFOMF has housed an active, continuously operating Navy range for more than 50 years. Its main mission is to perform electromagnetic signature tests of Navy assets, using multiple fixed, in-water electromagnetic and acoustic

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UTEC Names Rahmatullah Middle East Director

UTEC, a global survey company in subsea services group Acteon, has appointed Nadir Rahmatullah as the commercial and strategy director of its Middle East and Caspian operations.Rahmatullah was most recently managing director of UTEC StarNet, a specialist division of UTEC providing survey, inspection and data management services to the oil and gas, telecommunication, renewables, civil engineering and nuclear sectors. He joined UTEC's parent company, Acteon Group, under its Pacer Program, which is designed to attract high-achieving, driven individuals. The program gave Rahmatullah the opportunity to

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Reviewing Sapinhoá-Lula NE BSR System

The exploration and production of deepwater pre-salt plays offshore Brazil have triggered major technological challenges. Some reservoirs are located under 2,000 meters of water and have to be drilled through another 2,000 or so meters of salt. Although exploration challenges have been daunting, production challenges are no less formidable. With a number of production and injection wells placed over the large reservoirs, the difficulty of reliably and safely bringing the oil and gas to production FPSOs have been compounded by the extreme water depths involved.In 2011 Subsea 7 was awarded a milestone

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Offshore Wind: Fugro Starts Site Survey in the Baltic

Fugro has commenced a marine site characterization program at Iberdrola’s Baltic Eagle Offshore Wind Farm, in German waters of the Baltic Sea.Under a contract worth over €10 million ($11 million), Fugro will undertake a UXO survey to clear the investigation sites, followed by a geotechnical seabed investigation and borehole drilling. The workscope also includes a program of standard and advanced laboratory testing.The fieldwork takes place between August 2018 and February 2019 from Fugro vessels including the geophysical vessel Fugro Pioneer and geotechnical drilling vessel, Fugro Scout.

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Huisman Building Drilling System for CMHI

This week, China Merchants Heavy Industries (CMHI) awarded Huisman a contract for the engineering and fabrication of a drilling system which will be integrated and installed on the moored drilling semi-submersible constructed at CMHI Haimen.This drilling system will be used for oil and gas drilling activities in shallow to medium water depths all around Asia, particularly the South China Sea.The contract is a result of a constructive cooperation between CMHI and Huisman during the semi’s concept design. The drilling system comprises an 1800kips static rated load Dual Multi Purpose Drilling Tower

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Petrofac Secures Well Engineering Contracts

Petrofac has strengthened its global Well Engineering contracts portfolio following a series of award wins worth a combined value of around $20 million.Petrofac secured an exclusive five-year Well Operator Services contract from independent Exploration & Production company, Tailwind Energy Ltd (Tailwind), following Tailwind’s recent purchase of the Triton Cluster. Under the terms of this arrangement, Petrofac will act as Well Operator for the Gannet E, Belinda and Evelyn licence areas in the Central North Sea.The company has also been awarded discreet Well Engineering scopes by two major

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Damen Supplies Submersible Dredge Pump in Brazil

requires it to be broken up. An additional factor is its low assembly weight.The Porto de Sergipe I power plant is a 1,516 MW combined cycle, natural gas-fired design located in the state of Sergipe in the north-east of Brazil. A floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) positioned 6.5 kilometers offshore will receive the LNG from tankers and supply gas to the plant via a submarine pipeline. Due to begin operations in January 2020, it will be the largest gas-fired power plant in the region.The DOP150 is the smallest in Damen’s range of submersible dredge pumps with an hourly capacity of 600

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California Offshore Wind Project Progresing

Northern California energy authority RCEA and a consortium of private companies, including Aker Solutions and Principle Power, have submitted a lease application to advance the first commercial scale project for floating offshore wind in the United States.The application for the offshore wind energy development off the coast of Humboldt county in Northern California has been submitted to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).In April this year, the Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA) selected a consortium which includes Aker Solutions, Principle Power and EDPR Offshore to enter into a public-pr

Andrew Jaffrey, Chief Technology Officer; Neil Gordon, Chief Executive; Elliot Kinch, Business Development Director. (Photo: Sentinel Subsea)

Revolutionizing Decom Environmental Monitoring

become ubiquitous within the global decommissioning industry.Long-term well integrity verification specialist, Sentinel Subsea – which is being supported to accelerate its commercialization by the Scottish Enterprise High Growth Ventures team – also announced it is working toward its first offshore field trials with a large independent U.K. operator.Taking place during Q2 2019, the trials will see deployment of the technology in the North Sea. Passively monitoring the subsea environment around a suspended or abandoned well for over 10 years without the requirement for intervention, its early

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Platform Mooring Connectors Supplied for Windfloat Atlantic Project

A U.K. based subsea mooring and cable protection specialist has been called on to help connect wind turbine generator platforms to mooring lines at a floating wind farm under development offshore northern Portugal.First Subsea said it is supplying platform mooring connectors (PMC) to Windplus SA, developer of the 25MW WindFloat Atlantic Project located about 20 km off the coast from Viana do Castelo.The WindFloat Atlantic Project comprises three WindFloat 8MW WTG platforms, each with a mooring system made up of three catenary mooring lines, connected to drag embedded anchors. In all, First Subsea will

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Environmentalists File Second Complaint to Block Nord Stream 2

Environmental campaign group ClientEarth has filed a complaint with a court in Sweden to block the construction through Swedish waters of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline intended to transport Russian gas to Germany, it said on Wednesday.Sweden approved the pipeline in June, but ClientEarth's complaint argues that the Swedish Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation failed to consider the impact the project would have on wildlife in the Baltic Sea.The work involves detonating World War Two bombs on the sea floor along the project's 510 km route in Sweden and ClientEarth said that could cause

Vessel position using Sonardyne and Guidance Marine technology compared with RTK Global Positioning System data. (Image: Sonardyne International)

Project to Enable Autonomous Navigation in Denied Environments

RTK Global Positioning System (GPS) data.Trials later this year will to incorporate water track velocity data, using Sonardyne instruments, to further aid the INS positioning. Guidance Marine will also deploy its recently launched SceneScan product, which maps surface features of structures, such as offshore oil platforms, processes the point cloud data and applies simultaneous localisation and mapping (SLAM) techniques to provide relative position data – further expanding autonomous navigation capability.  “By proving and demonstrating these technologies, we will enable autonomous

Saipem Castorone at the Johan Sverdrup field in the North Sea. (Photo: Bo B. Randulff / Roar Lindefjeld / Equinor ASA)

Norway’s Largest Oil Pipeline Now in Place

Late last week, Norway’s largest and longest pipeline reached the Johan Sverdrup field in the North Sea.The last pipe of what is now Norway’s longest and largest oil pipeline was installed by the vessel Saipem Castorone, right next to the riser platform at the Johan Sverdrup field. The 36-inch pipeline extends 283 km from the Mongstad oil terminal outside Bergen to the giant field in the North Sea.“We have together with our supplier Saipem succeeded in laying the oil pipeline to Johan Sverdrup without any serious incidents. It has been a significant operation, involving more than 600

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New ROV Tools for Deep Sea Mining Monitoring

Global environmental monitoring and sediment sampling experts Ocean Scientific International Ltd (OSIL) have augmented its offering of deep sea sampling equipment for remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROV) with a multiple water sample collection system with inbuilt water quality monitoring.OSIL’s range of ROV tools now not only includes the instrumented water sample collection system, but also an undisturbed sediment sampling system, an instrumented pressure activated camera system, and a deep sea solenoid actuator, which can be adapted to suit application requirements.The ROV tools are

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2H Offshore Expands STREAM JIP

2H Offshore, a riser and conductor specialist in subsea services group Acteon, has completed the first phase of the STREAM (STeel Riser Enhanced Analytics using Measurements) joint industry project (JIP) and has expanded the work into a second phase.The JIP’s participants include Anadarko, Chevron, ExxonMobil and Shell. In this collaborative effort, field data from four deepwater steel catenary risers (SCR) and one lazy-wave riser were used to provide a measurement-based foundation for riser modelling.The data analysis revealed a wealth of information on riser-wave-induced, vortex-induced (VIV)

Point Resources Extends Contract with Aker Solutions

the Jotun A, Jotun B, Balder and Ringhorne operating facilities in the North Sea. The contract extension starts at year-end and runs until June 2022.Knut Sandvik, EVP Projects at Aker Solutions, noted, "Aker Solutions has now delivered maintenance and modifications work continuously at these offshore facilities for more than 20 years.”The order will be booked in the third quarter 2018

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Ancient Relics Found in Subsea Pipeline Route

Underwater archaeologists have been scouring the seabed where a gas pipeline is being built off Israel's coast in a bid to preserve relics near a 5,000-year-old port which once was a key trade hub for the Mediterranean's ancient civilizations.The pipeline from the deep-sea Leviathan gas field that is due to begin production late next year comes ashore near Dor Beach in northern Israel, a popular spot among Israeli sunbathers.It is also the site of the ancient port of Dor, where hidden in the seabed lie the vestiges of marine traders throughout the ages - from the Phoenicians to the Romans.

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World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Opens

The world's largest offshore wind farm will open on Thursday off the northwest coast of England when Danish energy group Orsted unveils the Walney Extension project.The wind farm has a capacity of 659 megawatts (MW), enough to power almost 600,000 homes, and overtakes the London Array off England's east coast which has a capacity of 630 MW.Walney Extension is made up of 87 turbines built by Siemens Gamesa and MHI Vestas, and covers 145 square kilometers (55 square miles), which is equivalent to around 20,000 football pitches.The 40 eight-megawatt MHI Vestas turbines being used stand 195 meters

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Trelleborg, Ørsted Ink Subsea Cable Protection Deal

Ørsted recently signed a six-year framework agreement with Trelleborg for the supply of NjordGuard, a cable protection system, for use on upcoming wind farm projects.Andy Smith, Business Manager for Global Developing Markets with Trelleborg’s offshore operation said the contract “will ensure open collaboration between both parties in order to identify, develop, implement and progress initiatives within the agreement’s key focus areas.”NjordGuard is a protection system designed and developed to protect offshore wind farm power cables. Manufactured from API 17L certified

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Transocean to Buy Ocean Rig in $2.7 Bln Deal

Offshore oil driller Transocean Ltd said on Tuesday it would buy peer Ocean Rig UDW Inc in a $2.7 billion cash-and-stock deal, its second major acquisition this year as the company bets on a recovery in the offshore sector.The acquisition signals new optimism for offshore drillers, which were hit hard by the steep plunge in oil prices from 2014. Offshore projects, which are more costly than onshore work and take years to develop, became less attractive after oil prices fell to below $30 a barrel in 2016.Global crude prices have since recovered to above $70, renewing producer interest in offshore

Alan Milne, Managing Director, Water Weights; with Graham Brading, Group Director - Buoyancy & Ballast at Unique Group (Photo: Unique Group)

Unique Group Acquires Water Weights

Offshore solutions provider Unique Group said it has completed the acquisition of the Aberdeen-headquartered, load-testing equipment provider Water Weights. The newly acquired specialist will be an addition to Unique Group’s Buoyancy & Ballast division.Unique Group’s manufacturing and global supply chain capability, along with Water Weights’ distribution capabilities, will provide significant synergy potential to reach clients globally, the company said. Both firms will share their extensive network of partnerships and distribution agreements at regional bases around the globe

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James Fisher Bolsters Middle East Capabilities

its offering in the Middle East (ME) with the addition of further subsea-focused capabilities to strengthen its position and enable it to support the fast-growing oil and gas market.The deployment of a significant range of additional capabilities, including dedicated specialist equipment to support offshore construction, IRM and decommissioning services, will enable customers to benefit from a fast, local response. This combined regional capability will provide total subsea engineering solutions that draw upon James Fisher’s established regional networks and extensive operational expertise.Customer

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Bibby Hydromap's DriX Completes Trials

UK-based survey specialist Bibby HydroMap have announced the successful completion of testing of ‘DriX’, the 8-metre Autonomous Unmanned Survey Vessel (AUSV) developed by iXblue.Designed to provide a true extension of survey capability from shallow and inshore waters to a full offshore environment, DriX is a new breed of AUSV that is the first autonomous survey platform to truly rival the performance of a traditional survey vessel.The versatile system has the ability to accommodate a hydrographic and geophysical survey payload and to aid positioning of underwater vehicles, facilitating

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MultiBeam EchoSounder Enables First-of-its-kind Research

Increasingly, methane emissions from the seafloor are of greater interest as concern over global warming increases.Large quantities of the potent greenhouse gas methane are trapped within the seafloor in the form of so-called gas hydrates, solid ice-like deposits, which are only stable at particular conditions of high pressure and low temperature. As a result, only a small volume of methane bubbles up into the ocean, and therefore the quantity reaching the atmosphere is not threatening despite its greenhouse effect.However, there is a concern that rising ocean temperatures could lead seafloor methane

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New Remote Robotics Manipulator Control System Launched

Olis (formerly BluHaptics) says its new manipulator control system delivers an evolutionary leap over legacy robotic master controllers used by the offshore energy industry. The Extended Sense 1 (ES1) is the first in a new line of offerings from the Seattle-based technology company, offering intuitive controls and more efficient operations which combine to reduce risk, increase precision and save time.Don Pickering, CEO of Olis explained, “This product is just the beginning of how Olis is redefining the future of remote robotics. By introducing machine learning and variable autonomy in the very

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Aker Solutions CEO Expects Brazil Revenue to Double Within 5 yrs

The chief executive of Norwegian oil services firm Aker Solutions said on Tuesday he sees big growth potential from its Brazilian business and from scaling up its exposure to floating offshore windfarms."I expect Brazil in five years to be at least twice where it is today for us ... in terms of revenues," Luis Araujo told Reuters in an interview."We believe that floating wind is where we can use our capabilities," he said, adding this would be through scaling up operations of Californian company Principle Power, in which Aker Solutions owns 10 percent with an option to increase.

High-resolution bathymetric map of the Carson Basin, a frontier region offshore Newfoundland. Fugro acquired the data which will help E&P companies to evaluate lease options for Newfoundland and Labrador’s 2019 licensing round. (Image: Fugro)

Fugro Goes Seep Hunting off Eastern Canada

A geophysical acquisition portion of a 2018 Carson Basin seep hunting program offshore eastern Canada recently completed by Fugro covered an area of 18,875 square kilometers in water depths from 300 to 3,300 meters in this frontier region offshore Newfoundland. From its deepwater survey vessel, Fugro Searcher, Fugro acquired multibeam echosounder data (bathymetry, backscatter intensity and water column) and sub-bottom profiler data which were used to interpret geologic features and optimize target selection for geochemical sampling and heat flow measurements.The second portion of the program –

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Schlumberger Introduces MEMS Gyro Surveying Service

Schlumberger has introduced the GyroSphere MEMS gyro-while-drilling service at Offshore Northern Seas (ONS). The GyroSphere service responds to the needs of E&P companies for a faster and more rugged, gyro-surveying while-drilling tool that increases drilling efficiency and reliability while reducing drilling risks.As the first application of microelectromechanical system (MEMS) technology for gyro surveying while drilling in the oilfield, the GyroSphere sensor performs gyro surveys faster than conventional systems and avoids the need for recalibration between runs. Solid-state technology enables

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Equinor Explores Floating Wind Turbines to Power N.Sea Oilfields

Norway's Equinor said on Tuesday it is considering whether to build a pioneering offshore wind farm with floating turbines to supply electricity to two North Sea oilfields as part of a strategy to curb greenhouse gas emissions.The project at the Gullfaks and Snorre oilfields would cost around 5 billion Norwegian crowns ($592 million) and could reduce Norway's emissions of carbon dioxide by more than 200,000 tonnes per year, Equinor said."This could be the first time an offshore wind farm is directly connected to oil and gas platforms," state-controlled Equinor said in a statement.

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Arctic Offshore Salmon Farm to Come Online in Late 2020

Norway Royal Salmon is on track to begin output from its Arctic Offshore Farming development project in 2020, CEO Charles Hoestlund told Reuters on Tuesday."We are on track to begin output of small salmon in autumn 2020 (and then it takes 1-2 years before harvesting)," Hoestlund said while presenting the company's second-quarter earnings."Investments are in the range 625-650 million Norwegian crowns ($74-$77 million) for two facilities with 3,000 tonnes of salmon in each of them," he said.Norway Royal Salmon was awarded development licences this year to produce up to 5,990

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Equinor to Boost Drilling to Extend Norwegian Shelf Life

Oil producer Equinor aims to boost the recovery rate from its Norwegian fields to well above the global average to extend production from the mature basin beyond 2030.Equinor announced plans on Tuesday to drill up to 3,000 wells offshore from its native Norway in coming decades - almost as many as it has drilled since its startup in 1972 - to mitigate declining output from older fields, and extend the production lifetime of more than 20 installations.The company said it remained on track for to keep profitable oil and gas production in Norway towards 2030, but needed new measures to tackle a decline

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Subsea’s Future is Blowin’ in the Wind

Offshore wind is hot, with the potential to be a significant area of growth for the global maritime, subsea and energy markets for years to come. Eric Haun does a deep dive on eight companies leading the way.GE Renewable EnergyAs offshore wind projects across the globe look to incorporate the latest innovations in wind turbine technology to maximize efficiency and drive down costs, many manufacturers are producing larger turbines on advanced foundation designs for even greater water depths. These larger turbines, which are able to capture more energy and are more efficient, allow for fewer installations

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Kongsberg's Operational Advisory Solution for Harsh Environment Semi-Submersible

Odfjell Drilling has awarded Kongsberg Maritime the contract to deliver a real-time monitoring and advisory solution to provide operational safety and non-productive time (NPT) improvements for the 6th generation semi-submersible, Deepsea Stavanger. The contract is in specific relation to an upcoming offshore South Africa campaign awarded to Odfjell Drilling.Kongsberg Maritime’s integrated services and systems delivery for Deepsea Stavanger is designed to provide high operational safety and availability in deepwater harsh environments, strong currents and high waves. The scope of supply includes

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Goldie Appointed to Enpro Subsea Board

Hal Goldie has joined the board of production optimization specialist, Enpro Subsea, in a non-exec director role. He joins the company during its most successful period to date, with 41 of their patented Flow Access Modules (FAM) now being adopted by major and independent operators globally.  The Aberdeen based company delivers flexible subsea solutions to support operators across the life of field from development phase through to decommissioning. Their FAM system was most recently deployed by LLOG Exploration in the Gulf of Mexico on the Crown and Anchor field.Goldie, who is based in

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iSURVEY Completes Industry First Project for Norske Shell

iSURVEY, a provider of survey and positioning services to the global oil and gas, offshore renewables and telecommunications markets, has completed a pioneering project for A/S Norske Shell.  The project, which took place last month as part of the operator’s Scarabeo 8 drilling campaign, utilized iSURVEY’s survey support remotely from its Oslo headquarter. This marks the first time remote positioning has been applied for a regular DP drill rig move operation on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.The survey equipment was initially mobilized on board, and then operated from the iSURVEY

STL Secures $2m Contract

environment in which it operates to “optimize through-life results” for the user. STL’s range of innovations, including the patented, industry-first XR Connector, have been developed to overcome the challenges posed by maintaining efficient operations in the most demanding offshore environments. 

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Aquaculture: Huon Expands ROV Fleet

As the offshore aquaculture business continues to grow, so too do the number of in-water and subsea tools to do the business more efficiently. Huon Aquaculture , with more than 24,000 tonnes of fresh salmon farmed a year, reports that it recently invested again in underwater robotic technology, doubling its fleet of Saab Seaeye Falcons from two to four vehicles to help it inspect nets, rigging and moorings at Huon’s aquaculture pens.The pens are positioned in areas of strong current and rough water favoured for salmon farming as it mimics their natural habitat.The Falcon’s iCON behaviour-bas

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MMT Inks 10 New Contracts over 2 Months

Swedish based marine surveyor MMT has during the past two months received 10 new subsea survey and inspection projects within the offshore wind, renewable energy and oil and gas industries.MMT said the contracts, some of which are in joint collaboration with MMT’s Norwegian partner Reach Subsea, come from a wide portfolio of old and new clients, including Siccar Point Energy, Equinor, Perenco, SSE, Örsted, Vattenfall, GreenLink Interconnector, National Grid, Wintershall and BP Trinidad.Services range from traditional geophysical surveys to unexploded ordinance (UXO) inspection and excavation

Shearwater to Buy Schlumberger’s Seismic Business

software. The company will also have a portfolio of proprietary streamer technology and processing software enabling effective execution of geophysical surveys and delivery of high-quality data. After completion of the transaction, Shearwater will have close to 600 employees and operate in all major offshore basins around the world.“Our customers will benefit from our expansion as a full-service provider that has critical mass, global reach and long-term viability. We intend to grow, and we are committed to investing in technology and people to drive the efficiency of our services,” says

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Saipem Wins $700 Mln Worth of Offshore Contracts

Saipem has been awarded contracts for the second phase of the ExxonMobil led Liza development offshore Guyana.These contracts, assigned by Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited (EEPGL), an affiliate of ExxonMobil, as the project operator, are in addition to those awarded to Saipem in 2017 for Liza Phase 1.Following engineering and subject to requisite government approvals, project sanction from the joint venture and an authorization to proceed with the next phase, Saipem will then perform detailed engineering, procurement, construction, and installation of the risers, flowlines, and associated

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PDi Taps O’Sullivan as New CEO

Project Development International (PDi) Ltd - part of the Tattva Group – has appointed Michael O’Sullivan as its new Chief Executive Officer and board member.Bringing over 25 years’ subsea oil and gas experience to PDi, O’Sullivan began his career in the subsea industry with riser consultancy MCS, serving in a variety of technical and managerial positions. This culminated in his appointment as Managing Director of MCS UK in 2009 - following its acquisition by Wood Group – a position he held until 2013. Subsequently running JP Kenny’s operations in Aberdeen, he most

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Greensea Names Yopak Applications Engineer, Service Manager

for the marine industry, has appointed Regina Yopak as Applications Engineer, Service Manager.Yopak comes to Greensea with extensive at-sea experience having spent several tours as Lead Navigator and Mapping Specialist on board E/V Nautilus for the Ocean Exploration Trust. In addition to her offshore experience, she holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and Environmental Science, and a Master of Science degree in Ocean Engineering from the University of Rhode Island.In her new role, Yopak will work as a bridge between Greensea customers and engineering teams, provide technical support

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Okeanus Expands Fleet of Deepwater Oceanographic Winches

expanded its fleet of oceanographic winches to become the largest of its kind in the world. Available for rent or sale, the fleet supports projects globally with winches designed to meet the needs of survey companies, environmental contractors and scientific researchers.Oceanographic professionals and offshore surveyors can now select from an international pool of winches, from 2HP to 125HP with over 6,000 meters of cable capacity. The expanded fleet enhances Okeanus’ ability to service the growing number of deepwater sampling and survey campaigns.“The expansion of our ‘off-the-shelf&rsquo

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Autonomous Vehicle Completes Survey Mission off Alaska

for survey with line following precision and excellent sea-keeping ability.”Andrew Orthmann, Charting Program Manager, TerraSond, said, “The ASV C-Worker 5 was once again advantageous to our charting work for NOAA along a remote stretch of Aleutian Islands coastline. It was productive in an offshore capacity, but also effective when working close to rugged, rocky shoreline with an abundance of uncharted navigational hazards. It allowed us to reduce risk to our personnel while still obtaining the seafloor data important to our client.”C-Worker 5Length: 5.5mBeam: 1.7mDraft: 0.9mHeight:

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ABS Issues Subsea Processing Advisory

few years. Future publications will include guidance notes, advisories and white papers that provide insight on subsea processing technologies.Deepwater production remains an essential part of the global energy mix and economically viable projects continue to progress. To maintain competitiveness, the offshore industry continually evaluates ways to optimize system designs and streamline operations with OPEX/CAPEX-reducing solutions.Subsea processing systems (SPRS) are increasingly being considered as a cost-effective solution for both brownfield (mature) and greenfield (new) developments given its various

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Offshore Test of New Installation Technology Successful

The Carbon Trust and Fistuca, in conjunction with industry partners announced the successful completion of the offshore trial of the Fistuca BLUE 25M hammer as part of the Offshore Wind Accelerator BLUE PILOT project.The industry partners include E.ON, EDPR,  EnBW, Equinor, Ørsted, Shell, Sif, SSE, Van Oord, and Vattenfall. The offshore test was carried out on August 13, 2018, using Van Oord’s offshore heavy lift installation vessel, Svanen, off the coast of the Netherlands.The BLUE Hammer is an innovative, new hammer utilizing a large water tank to provide a more energetic, but

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Shipping Companies Recognized for Efforts to Save Whales

LLC.Awards were presented by William Douros, Western Regional Director of the Office of the National Marine Sanctuaries; Greater Farallones Superintendent Maria Brown; and Dan Howard from Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary.NOAA’s Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, which lies entirely offshore, off the Marin/Sonoma Coast, was established in 1989. Established in 1981, Greater Farallones waters now extend from off Half Moon Bay north of Pt. Arena. Greater Farallones also manages the northern area of the Monterey Bay sanctuary, from Pt. Año Nuevo north to the Bay Area. Sanctuary waters

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