Offshore Oil & Gas

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ROVCO Completes Galloper Offshore Wind Farm Project

Rovco completed a ROV inspection contract, a $1 million contract that resulted in completion of the baseline asset integrity survey at the newly constructed Galloper Offshore Wind Farm, a 353MW installed capacity wind farm which lies 30km off the coast of Suffolk, UK.“This project demonstrates the future of offshore inspection,” said Brian Allen, CEO and founder of Rovco. “innogy is the first of our customers to complete a whole field 3D inspection, the data they’ve obtained will go a long way to enabling and ensuring better asset integrity and knowledge of their infrastructure.

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NKT Confirms Dogger Bank OWF Gig

Danish cables supplier NKT has entered a Preferred Supplier Agreement (PSA) as main contractor for delivery and installation of high-voltage DC on- and offshore export cable systems to the Dogger Bank Wind Farms Creyke Beck A and Creyke Beck B site.Now, with an agreement of a EPCI (Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation) contract with project owners Equinor and SSE Renewables, NKT confirms the order, which is the largest XLPE power cables order ever for the company, and has added the project to its the high-voltage order backlog.As previously announced, the order represents a contract

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Albwardy Damen in Pact with Heila Cranes

, alongside an office and support centre, there will also be based an experienced electrical & automation crane specialist permanently on call, providing immediate support across the region.“Heila provides a high level of service and is a solid company with a good reputation in the maritime and offshore markets,” commented Marcel van de Kreke, operations director at Albwardy Damen Sharjah. “The agreement covers overhauls, maintenance, repairs, inspections, technical reporting, advice and the supply of spare parts. This agreement will enable us to give our customers with Heila equipment

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OES: Surge in Tidal Energy in 2020

; marine energy projects and Wave Energy Scotland committing $9.9 million in two wave energy machines next year.“In the last 12 months we have seen major progress with global tidal projects achieving extensive operating hours and wave technology progressing in large-scale laboratory and offshore test sites,” said OES chairman Henry Jeffrey from the University of Edinburgh. “A growing range of devices is now being tested in open water with an acceleration of cross-border R&D projects supported by the European Commission.“OES has also been working closely with the US

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CGG Announces Largest Ever Seabed Survey

French geoscience company CGG said it will perform its largest seabed survey to date in the UK Central North Sea.Prefunded in part by BP, the multi-client ocean-bottom node (OBN) seismic survey has already received significant industry interest, CGG said. Operations are scheduled to begin in early 2020, with first results targeted for the first quarter of 2021. CGG said it aims to acquire over 2,000 square kilometers of OBN data in the first phase of this multi-year program."In the Central North Sea, where complex salt diapirism has created significant challenges to imaging deeper reservoir

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France Plans 1 GW Offshore Wind Farm

Normandy as the nuclear-dependent nation moves to expand power generation from renewable sources, the energy ministry said on Monday.The planned 1-gigawatt (GW) wind farm could have up to 80 wind turbines of around 12 megawatts each, in an area where wind conditions and the seabed are very favorable for offshore wind power at a competitive price, the ministry said in statement.France is racing to boost the share of renewable generation capacity in its energy mix and reduce its dependence on nuclear energy. It plans to shut down old nuclear plants and will phase out coal-fired generation to curb greenhouse

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Kim Heng Enters Taiwan’s OWP

Kim Heng Shipbuilding & Engineering (KHSE), wholly owned subsidiary of Kim Heng Offshore & Marine (KHOM), has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for offshore wind farm projects (OWP) in Taiwan.KHSE did not disclose the name of the other signatory.Singapore headquartered integrated offshore and marine value chain services provider said that its subsidiary and the unnamed subsea cable installer will collaborate with each other targeting the offshore wind farm cable-laying projects in Taiwan.Both companies have agreed to cooperate to pursue submarine cable-laying work for the Taiwan

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Swire Seabed Shuttered

Swire Pacific Offshore (SPO) announced that it will be closing its wholly owned subsea services subsidiary, Swire Seabed AS and its three associated companies as oilfield services firms continue to feel the effects of the pronged industry downturn.“It is an extremely difficult decision to close Swire Seabed’s operations in Bergen, but the ongoing state of the market makes this restructuring of our subsea operations necessary,” SPO’s Managing Director, Peter Langslow, said in a statement. “Over the years, the Swire Seabed team has had a number of significant achievements

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Saipem/Subsea 7 Merger Would Create Subsea Giant

Martinsen Said.“The combined entity would have the world’s largest fleet of subsea installation vessels and be the largest provider of SURF services, with a market share of close to 40%.“In addition, Saipem has a diverse portfolio including large-diameter pipeline installation vessels, offshore drilling rigs, one of the world’s biggest crane vessels and numerous offshore fabrication yards.”Saipem and Subsea 7 have reportedly been in merger talks in previous years, though an agreement was ever reached.Such a merger would create the fourth-largest oilfield service company, after

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Partners Target Subsea Gas Seperation

Aker Solutions said it is working with a group of leading oil and gas operators in a joint industry project that aims to make subsea gas separation a reality.Using CO2 injection to increase recovery rates in offshore oil and gas fields can improve the economics of a field significantly, but so far, the separation of ‘back-produced’ CO2 from the well-stream has been considered carried out on an existing platform, adding cost and making the concept economically unattractive, Aker Solutions said.Now the Norwegian-based firm is working with energy companies Total, Pertamina, Equinor and

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Ocean Infinity Mobilizes Normand Frontier

Subsea technology and data company Ocean Infinity announced the launch of its third vessel, Normand Frontier. The vessel has now been mobilized, having been signed on a three-year year charter with the Norwegian ship owner Solstad Offshore, in December 2018.The Normand Frontier is a modern, fuel-efficient, multipurpose vessel capable of both supporting autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) and unmanned surface vehicle (USV) operations, as well as deepwater search and recovery services. The mobilization of this third vessel adds to Ocean Infinity’s current fleet consisting of the Seabed Constructor

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Saipem Wins Subsea Contract in Guyana

Italian oilfield services firm Saipem said it has been awarded a subsea contract by ExxonMobil subsidiary Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited (EEPGL) for the proposed Payara development project located in the Stabroek block offshore Guyana at a water depth of around 2,000 meters. The contract scope includes subsea structures, risers and flowlines.Saipem was awarded earlier subsea contracts for the first two phases of the Liza development in Guyana by EEPGL in 2017 and in 2018, respectively.Subject to government approvals, project sanction by EEPGL and its partners HESS Guyana Exploration

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MacArtney Expands Into Italian Market

MacArtney Underwater Technology is ready to launch its newest operation, MacArtney Italy, supporting local Italian customers with the global MacArtney brand.A long-standing cornerstone of the MacArtney strategy is to continually strengthen global reach and customer support through a strategic local presence in key markets. With a renewed focus on expanding their global footprint, MacArtney Underwater Technology will be offering their system solution technology and expertise to the Italian underwater technology markets, providing customers with sales and support of products, system solutions, access to

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Vaisala Launches New Smart Probes

Vaisala launched six new smart probes for its Indigo product family, optimized for demanding industrial applications. New options for dew point and moisture in oil measurements bring more possibilities for industries to save energy, optimize processes, and improve product quality.The new probes will improve customers’ process efficiencies by providing accurate and reliable measurement data for their industrial processes. The capabilities of the new probes are based on next-generation sensor technologies.The new Vaisala DRYCAP Dew Point and Temperature Probes DMP5, DMP6, DMP7, and DMP8 are

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Subsea Digital Alliance Launched

the best subsea solutions emerging from Norway to showcase how smart collaborative digital technology is meant to work.“Forward-thinking companies understand the tremendous opportunity of collaboration to gain a competitive advantage and deliver greater value from their significant investments offshore,” said Paal Roppen, chief executive officer of FutureOn. “The Subsea Digital Alliance brings best in class Norwegian technology solutions together to visualize subsurface and subsea data to drive collaboration, increase transparency, reduce costs, speed workflows and improve operations

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Global Offshore Wind Market Grows 30%

The global offshore wind market grew nearly 30% per year between 2010 and 2018, benefiting from rapid technology improvements and about 150 new offshore wind projects are in active development around the world.Europe in particular has fostered the technology’s development, led by the United Kingdom, Germany and Denmark, but China added more capacity than any other country in 2018, says 'Offshore Wind Outlook 2019',  a report funded by the governments of Denmark and Germany.Yet today's offshore wind market doesn't even come close to tapping the full potential – with

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SeaBird Wins New OBN Survey

Norwegian seismic company SeaBird Exploration has received a letter of intent for the exclusive provision of source vessel services for an ocean bottom node (OBN) survey.The survey will take place in the Eastern Hemisphere, said the global provider of marine acquisition for 2D/3D and 4D seismic data, and associated products and services to the oil and gas industry.The survey is expected to start in Q1 2020, with an approximate duration of 60 – 90 days.SeaBird did not disclose the name of the client nor the value of the contract.SeaBird specializes in high quality operations within the high end

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New Offshore/Subsea Lever Hoist Launched

Offshore lifting hoists and chains specialist William Hackett has launched SSL5 offshore and subsea lever hoist, incorporating its patented quad pawl (QP) mechanism.“It’s a piece of engineering innovation that will transform safety levels globally when lifting offshore and in subsea operations using lever hoists,” said Ben Burgess, Director at William Hackett. “We’ve designed this hoist to provide the highest level of safety, with increased levels of redundancy and resilience to failure. Its QP offset load bearing mechanism is the best in the market, and it offers enhanced

This is one tab of the graphical user interface for the Miros Wavex. Wavex calibrates automatically, providing users with a range of ocean insights in real time, without the need for calibration using reference equipment. Ocean surface data delivered by Wavex includes (but is not limited to) current speed and direction, forming the basis of Miros’ new Speed Through Water functionality, which can be seen in the display. (Image: Miros)

New Tech: Automatic Calibration of Sea State Data

Availability of reliable, real-time ocean surface data can improve the safety, efficiency and performance of offshore and marine operations, as well as coastal monitoring, but the quality of the data is dependent on accurate calibration.Calibration of wave spectra and integrated wave parameters from radar-based measurement systems has historically depended upon external reference sensors, such as wave buoys, which can present a number of challenges.Miros’ ocean surface monitoring systems support fully automatic calibration, providing the user with high-quality wave and current parameters for a

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Saipem Wins $100 Mln Pipeline Contract

Equatorial Guinea has awarded a $90-$100 million contract to build a 70 km subsea pipeline linking the Noble Energy operated Alen Unit to the country's Punta Europa petrochemical hub to Italian firm Saipem , the oil ministry said on Thursday.The first gas is expected to be delivered from the project early in 2021, said oil minister Gabriel Obiang Lima in a statement.(Reporting by Wendell Roelf; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)

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ABS Calls for New Tech in Marine Fuels

;Within each of these pathways are many variables related to energy content, the state of storage or containment technology, and the overall maturity of the fuel’s technology,”  said the chairman of the global provider of classification and technical advisory services to the marine and offshore industries.“The reduction targets by 2030 are challenging but we know today’s technology can get us there if we basically focus on LNG as a fuel, speed optimization, and more efficient utilization of the voyage. But if we are going to reach 2050 goals, much of the new capacity going

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MacArtney Supplies Time Saving Solution to MMT

MacArtney has recently supplied the latest in a series of seven customized NEXUS MK C ‘Super MUX’ multiplexers to MMT, providers of customized marine surveys for the offshore energy industry.Multiplexers, designed to simultaneously transmit data along a single channel of communication, provide operators with the opportunity to gather numerous types of data at once. The Swedish based, MMT working in close collaboration with Reach Subsea, ordered the customized NEXUS MK C connectivity solution (named the Super MUX by MMT) from MacArtney Underwater Technology earlier this year.MMT assists

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Cougar XT Chosen for Africa Subsea Ops

In a bid to boost its offshore deep water operations, RusselSmith, a Nigeria-based oilfield services provider, has chosen Saab Seaeye’s Cougar XT electric underwater robotic vehicle to boost its ROV fleet.“The Cougar is an ideal choice,” says RusselSmith CEO, Kayode Adeleke. “It is a powerful, highly maneuverable and capable ROV and we believe it will add a lot of value to our subsea operations.”RusselSmith sees the Cougar meeting its current and projected subsea undertakings which include inspection, repairs, maintenance, light construction work and drill support.For them

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Complete Oil Spill Monitoring Solutions for Vulnerable Areas

Global environmental monitoring experts Ocean Scientific International Ltd (OSIL) produce oil spill monitoring solutions for remote areas for both aquatic and terrestrial applications where there is a concern over the potential for exposure to hydrocarbons.OSIL build and install systems including oil spill monitoring buoys that are capable of detecting and monitoring surface sheens, oil in water monitoring buoys that can identify and quantify crude oil and refined fuels present in the water column using submersible sensors, and land-based non-contact oil spill detection systems. These structures can

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Steel Cut for 1st LNG-fueled Ship in France

MSC Cruises, a global cruise line registered in Switzerland and based in Geneva, has held a steel-cutting ceremony for its first new-generation World-Class ship at the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France.The first of five liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered cruise ships on order, MSC Europa is the first LNG ship to be built in France.On the occasion of the cutting of the first steel ceremony held in Saint-Nazaire, MSC and Chantiers de l’Atlantique unveiled a groundbreaking R&D project named PACBOAT.The project focuses on the integration of a new fuel cell technology

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WaveRoller Tested in Portugal

A first-of-a-kind commercially-ready offshore wave power generation device is soon to be completed thanks to the experts from Finnish-based wave energy technology developer AW-Energy. The team has deployed its WaveRoller device offshore at Peniche, a seaside municipality and a city in Portugal.Extended sea trials are being used to fine-tune the WaveRoller’s control system to maximize its performance and yield. Engineers are also monitoring the device’s performance using the company’s next generation monitoring software which can be used to remotely access the device by any of

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SGRE Lands World’s Largest Floating OWF

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) said that the world’s largest floating wind power plant will be installed in Norway, equipped with 11 Siemens Gamesa SG 8.0-167 DD turbines.Scheduled to be commissioned in late 2022, Hywind Tampen will be the first ever floating wind power plant to power offshore oil and gas platforms.“We are pleased to have received the firm order from Equinor to be the supplier of this ground-breaking project. Thanks to our strong collaboration and joint focus on innovation, we are now at the forefront of developing this exciting technology and unlocking the vast

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Oil and Gas Industry Adopts VR

The oil and gas industry is witnessing wide-scale deployment of virtual reality (VR) technology across its value chain, according to GlobalData.According to the report, ‘Virtual Reality in Oil & Gas’, VR is finding its way into upstream, midstream and downstream sectors with applications in the simulation of new processes, analysis of project designs, reviewing of maintenance requirements and planning disaster responses.Ravindra Puranik, Oil and Gas Analyst at GlobalData, said: “Over time, this technology will transform oil and gas processes and workflows and help create new

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New Floating Wind Center Launched

The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult launched a new multimillion dollar national Floating Offshore Wind Center of Excellence to drive forward the development of next generation offshore wind technologies.The initiative is backed by up to £500,000 ($647,000) funding each from the Scottish Government and the Catapult’s Welsh-based Marine Energy Engineering Center of Excellence (MEECE), match funding from industry and active support from Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership. The aim is to develop an internationally recognized center of excellence that will work

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Polarcus Wins 4D Project in West Africa

Marine geophysical company Polarcus said it has received an award for a 4D marine seismic acquisition project offshore West Africa.The project duration is approximately two months and is scheduled to commence in the fourth quarter of 2019 following a scheduled class docking.

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OneSubsea, Subsea 7 Win Ormen Lange Contracts

Schlumberger said its subsea technologies division OneSubsea has secured a frame agreement with A/S Norske Shell for an engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) contract for the supply of a subsea multiphase compression system for the Ormen Lange field in the Norwegian Sea.Through the EPCI contract, OneSubsea and its Subsea Integration Alliance partner Subsea7 will supply and install a subsea multiphase compression system that uses the industry’s only subsea multiphase compression technology. OneSubsea will, in the first phase of the project, do the engineering and design

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DNV GL RP for Subsea Pumping Systems

;s perceived novelty and unfamiliarity of subsea processing technology which can prevent new projects from being sanctioned, even though the concept is proven. Dozens of subsea pumps have been installed and several have been in operation for more than a decade, for example off the coast of Norway and offshore Angola.Lower emissions and the decarbonization of processes are the benefits of adopting energy efficient subsea processing systems when compared to conventional upstream facilities.  This is due to the reduction in topside equipment and use of less electrical power when boosting closer to

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Equinor Awards Hywind Tampen Contracts

for operation and maintenance of the wind farm. Maintenance of the wind turbines will be carried out by Siemens Gamesa’s Norwegian service organization through its five-year contract regarding the wind turbine delivery.The oil and gas platforms will be the first ever powered by a floating offshore wind farm. Emissions from the Gullfaks and Snorre fields will be reduced by more than 200,000 metric tons per year.The Hywind Tampen investment will be close to NOK 5 billion ($543.3 million). All contracts are subject to final approval of the plan for development and operation (PDO) by Norwegian

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Seaway 7 Scores Taiwan Job

Seaway 7, Subsea 7's renewables and heavy lifting business unit, has won a contract from Jan de Nul for the Formosa 2 Offshore Wind Farm project in Taiwan.The contract scope includes the transportation, pre-piling and installation of 47 jacket foundations for wind turbines. Seaway 7 will execute the work in 2020 and 2021 using the heavy lift vessels Seaway Yudin and Seaway Strashnov.The contract award is worth between $50 million and $150 million, the company said.Steph McNeill, SVP Subsea 7 Renewables & Heavy Lifting, said, "We are pleased to have the opportunity to continue to support

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Straightpoint Launches Subsea Link

the company’s Trawlex shackle range, amongst others. The IP68 / NEMA 6P-rated Subsea Link also boasts components from SubConn, a specialist manufacturer of pluggable electrical connectors to the demanding underwater industry.SP staged a soft launch of the product at this month’s (October) Offshore Energy Exhibition and Conference (OEEC) in Amsterdam, where attendees noted its potential in subsea and submersible projects where accurate load monitoring is required. However, the advantages of a standard product where a fully engineered solution has been the only option to date will endear the

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#Oi2020 History

While today’s technologically advanced robotics systems continue to dominate the industry, the offshore petroleum industry, coupled with the scientific needs for manned subsea diving continue to move forward. Therefore, today’s modern atmospheric diving systems provide and enclosure for the operator at one atmospheric pressure—this is “regardless of depth, thereby eliminating the necessity for decompression,” according to the Oil & Gas Historical Society. Currently, a specialized suit designed for these types of subsea dives known as the “Hardsuit 2000” is

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New 3D Geophysical Survey Vessel Named

On September 29, a delivery ceremony for a new 3D geophysical seismic survey vessel was held at the port of Tokyo and attended by NYK chairman Tadaki Naito.The new vessel, Tansa, will be operated by Ocean Geo-Frontier Co. Ltd (OGF), a company jointly owned by NYK and others.Through a consignment service agreement with OGF and JOGMEC, NYK is entering the geophysical survey business at the most upstream part of the energy value chain and making efforts to accumulate experience and technical expertise in new fields.This survey will promote the development of domestic resources and contribute to the

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Orca-1 is Largest Gas Discovery of the Year

in the BirAllah area off the coast of Mauritania.“The deepest and largest discovery so far this year, Rystad Energy estimates Orca-1 holds around 1.3 billion barrels of oil equivalent (boe) of recoverable resources,” says Palzor Shenga, a senior analyst on Rystad Energy’s upstream team.Offshore continues to dominate exploration in 2019, both in terms of the number of discoveries and the volume of resources unearthed. Boosted by the find, Mauritania now ties Guyana for the second most discovered volumes this year, trailing closely behind Russia with 1.5 billion boe.“This type of significan

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Eni-led Group to Build Wave Power Stations

partnership agreement will focus on two phases: during the first phase, the companies will develop a business model and define a deployment plan for Italy. At the same time, the first ISWEC industrial installation will be completed near Eni’s Prezioso platform in the Strait of Sicily, in the Gela offshore, with a launch planned for the second half of 2020.During the second phase, the parties will work on the formal constitution of the new company, in addition to devising a plan for the production and development of activities, starting with the implementation in Italy’s minor islands first

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Polarcus Awarded XArray Project In Australia

Offshore geophysical company Polarcus said it has revived an award for an XArray marine seismic acquisition project in Australia with an approximate duration of one month.The project will commence in the first quarter of 2020, immediately following completion of another XArra project in Australia announced last week.

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Deep Down Reports New Contracts

Houston based equipment and services firm Deep Down announced on Thursday it has received orders exceeding $2 million from different customers, within one week.The orders are for flying leads, riser isolation valve controls and other offshore equipment and services, primarily destined for the Gulf of Mexico, the company said. All of the work is expected to be complete by the end of the first quarter of 2020.Charles Njuguna, Deep Down president and CEO, said, "These awards highlight the success of our efforts to expand the scope of our offerings to existing customers, and the early signs of

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New Decommissioning Cutting Tool Passes Tests

A new cutting and sealing tool for the decommissioning sector has been put through its paces in Balmoral Subsea Test Center's submersion tanks in Aberdeen, UK.Accrington-based Allspeeds, manufacturer of Webtool hydraulic remotely operated vehicle (ROV) cutters and systems, was awarded a contract by Chevron USA to develop an environmentally friendly, fast intervention tool (FIT) for subsea pipeline decommissioning work.The tool is designed to cut and seal pipework to prevent marine environment contamination removing the need for a containment dome during operations.The concept of the FIT relies on

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McDermott to Build SPS for Greater Tortue

McDermott International announced it has been subcontracted to build subsea production system (SPS) for the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim natural gas project offshore Mauritania and Senegal."Fabrication for both the SPS and subsea, umbilicals, risers and flowlines (SURF) scope for the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim project will now be undertaken in McDermott's yard in Batam, [Indonesia], which enables a fast-tracked fabrication schedule to be delivered," said Ian Prescott, Senior Vice President for Asia Pacific.McDermott said the contract is worth between $1 million and $50 million, and will be reflected

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W2POWER Floater Passes First Test

Testing of the W2Power multi-turbine floating offshore wind platform prototype has been completed at the Plocan test site at the Canary Islands in Spain.The Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN) said the test was developed between June 2019 and October 2019, focused on a 1:6 scale prototype, aiming to collect information from different parameters that will allow a further development and optimization of this multi-turbine platform.The platform, which comprised two 100kW turbines, aimed to collect information on different parameters to allow further development and optimization.The project

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Offshore Wind: New York Moves on Sunrise

Sunrise Wind, a joint venture of Ørsted A/S and Eversource Energy, has signed a 25-year OREC purchase-and-sale agreement with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).Earlier in July 2019, New York selected Sunrise Wind as the preferred bidder for an 880MW offshore wind farm (OWF).The Sunrise Wind project has an average all-in development cost of USD80.64 per MWh (2018 prices) with an expected average OREC cost of USD22.62 per MWh.Sunrise Wind is the world’s leading offshore wind developer, and Eversource, New England’s largest energy company.

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Mooring Change-out for the Alba FSU

(FSU) currently moored in 140 meters water depth in the UK North Sea.The scope of the project included engineering, procurement, delivery, vessel supply, and installation of over 3,135 metric tons of mooring equipment including spiral strand wire ropes, chain and connecting links.Utilizing the Island Offshore anchore handling tug supply ship (AHTS) Island Valiant as the primary installation vessel, and the Swire Pacific AHTS Pacific Duchess as the heading control vessel, InterMoor recovered, installed and tensioned the 12 replacement mooring lines between May and July 2019, the company said.Operations

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Aker Solutions Eyes Low Carbon Tech

more energy, with a lower carbon footprint.The company will focus on floating wind power, having taken a 23% stake in U.S.-based Principle Power, which is currently installing its proven floating wind technology for the WindFloat Atlantic project off the coast of Portugal. Aker Solutions is involved in offshore wind farm developments in the US and South Korea.It also provides technology to capture carbon emissions from offshore and onshore industry. It delivered the Sleipner storage solution in 1996 and is involved in the Northern Lights CO2 storage project in the North Sea."Growth in segments such

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Searcher Completes Northern Basins Study

Searcher Seismic announced the expansion of its modern offshore data library with the completion of its Northern Basins Prospectivity Study in Papua New Guinea.The independent multi-client company providing seismic datasets and associated products to the global oil and gas industry, said that in conjunction with Discover Geoscience, it has compiled the Northern Basins Prospectivity Study following its successful acquisition of the Solomon Sea Broadband Non-Exclusive 2D seismic survey in 2017.The study offers the industry a detailed understanding of the basins and hydrocarbon potential of the region

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Mayflower Wind Survey Wraps Up

echosounder, a magnetometer and passive acoustic monitoring sensor were deployed from the Geosea DP2 multipurpose support vessel. The acquired data are now being processed for delivery in November.The site is being developed by Mayflower Wind, a joint venture between Shell New Energies US LLC and EDPR Offshore North America LLC, who in 2018 won the rights to develop a lease area that can support up to 1,600 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind. The wind farm, scheduled to deliver energy in the mid-2020s, has the potential to power up to 680,000 homes.“We used our offshore-wind-sector expertise to deliver

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New Conference for Subsea Umbilical Industry

Subsea UK and the Umbilical Manufacturers Federation (UMF) have joined forces to deliver a conference focusing on the new developments and opportunities which exist in the subsea umbilicals industry.The global subsea umbilicals, risers and flowline market is forecast to be worth more than $6.4 billion by 2021 and the half-day conference, which will take place on Thursday, November 21st, at the Chester Hotel in Aberdeen, will focus on the opportunities which exist in the growing sector. Ahead of the conference, a networking reception will take place at the hotel the night before.  A number of

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TechnipFMC Wins Perdido Phase 2 Scope from Shell

TechnipFMC said it has been awarded an integrated engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) contract by Shell for the deepwater Perdido Phase 2 development, located in the Gulf of Mexico.Arnaud Piéton, President Subsea at TechnipFMC, said the development incorporates the firm's latest generation of subsea equipment.The contract covers the delivery and installation of subsea equipment, including flexible flowlines, flexible jumpers, steel flying leads, electrical flying leads, and will utilize compact manifold technology, with the Subsea 2.0 In-Line Compact Manifold

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Fugro Enters the South Korean Offshore Wind

Fugro said on Tuesday it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Underwater Survey Technology 21 (UST21) in a move that opens up the South Korean offshore wind farm market.The agreement with UST21 will facilitate collaboration on marine projects in South Korean waters, whereby Fugro will expand UST21’s local hydrography capacity to provide site characterization services, including geotechnical, geophysical and offshore metocean solutions. In return, UST21’s local hydrographic expertise will provide logistical and operational support to Fugro’s offshore metocean projects.

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Offshore Wind & Politics: Bernie Sanders

Offshore wind is hot, and so too is the race to win the Democratic presidential candidate nomination for the 2020 U.S. presidential election. In its October 2019 edition of Marine Technology Reporter, government reporter Tom Ewing takes a closer look at each of the Dem candidates to give insight and overview on their policies and their potential impact on the offshore wind industry.Ten candidates in ten days: Today we take a closer look at Bernie Sanders:Opening statement:“The climate crisis is not only the single greatest challenge facing our country; it is also our single greatest opportunity

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Higher Learning & SINTEF’s Existential Rise

two-tier approach: help regulators study the salmon, the lice and the river and offer to help creating innovations like lasers that shoot the lice off the fish. For large-scale aquaculture and fisheries vessels, there’s SINTEF wave and model analysis in first-class test tanks. The result has been offshore aquaculture structures on the scale of an offshore oil rig and fish-handling vessels for worldwide markets.“The commercialization of our research results is part of SINTEF’s role in society. We achieve this by means of licensing and creating new companies based on technologies developed

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#Oi2020 History

The ROV market continues to expand and grow rapidly throughout the 2000s, and it doesn’t seem to be slowing its pace. According to Advances in Marine Technology (as published by The Marine Technology Society), this exponential growth is “attributed to advances in technologies related to offshore oil and gas.” In addition, the book states that “As deepwater and ultra deepwater production stepped up, a corresponding complexity in subsea installations has increased the demand for work class ROV systems with an average cost of up to $5 million each.” Markets such as telco

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ORCA Hub Readies Drones for Offshore Energy

A consortium of five universities, including Heriot-Watt University, working with 35 industrial and innovation partners, has unveiled the latest results from its research collaboration.The largest academic center in the world for research into robotics technology for offshore energy infrastructure, the ORCA Hub’s aim is to advance robotics and Artificial Intelligence technologies for the inspection, repair, maintenance and certification of offshore energy platforms and assets.Creating solutions to some of the most challenging, hard to reach and hazardous real-world problems in the energy sector

A five-member team from NUS Engineering, Keppel Data Centres and SLNG will jointly develop a prototype to demonstrate the novel, energy-efficient and cost-effective cooling technology for data centres. Photo:  National University of Singapore

Singapore: LNG Terminal to Develop Data Center

The National University of Singapore's Faculty of Engineering (NUS), Singapore LNG Corporation (SLNG) and Keppel Data Centers Holdings join forces to develop new energy-efficient cooling technology for data centers.This innovation could further pave the way for more sustainable and compact data centers, said Singaporean conglomerate Keppel Corporation.With the rapid expansion of cloud-based services, AI, the Internet of Things and big data analytics, there has been an exponential demand across the globe for data centers in recent years. As the leading data center hub of Southeast Asia, Singapore

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China Offshore Wind Applies USV Intel Solution

of the latest solutions and achievements about Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) marine application was showcased at the 2019 China Marine Economy Expo, a national class exhibition that has extensive influence in the international industry.Among the eye-catching demonstrations, an unmanned solution about offshore wind farm operation and maintenance attracted the most attention from industry insiders and government officers.  The solution is featured with utilizing USVs to automatically monitor the scouring of pile foundations, submarine cables, offshore booster stations, etc., and map the surrounding

3D visualization of an interpreted horizon (Base of Salt) from the Santos Basin, Brazil (File image: CGG)

Seabed Geosolutions to Perform Santos Basin Survey

Seabed Geosolutions has secured a letter of award to provide a 3D ocean bottom node (OBN) survey in 2,000 m of water in the Santos Basin, offshore Brazil.The 410-square-kilometer survey, which has a contract value of more than $50 million, will be performed for a prominent energy company using Seabed Geosolutions’ proprietary Manta OBN technology and remotely operated vehicles. The four-component (4C) project will begin in the second quarter of 2020 and will take around 4 months to complete.Stephan Midenet, CEO of Seabed Geosolutions, said, “We are excited to work with a pioneer in ocean-bot

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A Seismic Shift Towards Quieter Surveys

Since the earliest days of offshore oil and gas exploration, the need to “shoot” seismic surveys has been helping companies to find the hydrocarbons they can then produce.Seismic data helps geophysicists and geologists understand the rock formations in the earth, what might be happening in them and, crucially, if they might contain oil and gas. Similar to acquiring seismic data onshore, it means emitting sound energy (a source) then detecting its return and interpreting that information to image the subsurface.While the industry moved away from use of dynamite as a source in the 1960s

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