Offshore Oil & Gas

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OPT Announces PB3 PowerBuoy Contracts

deployment off the coast of Chile.The first contract with Enel Green Power Chile Limitada S.A., a subsidiary of Enel Chile, provides for the supply of a PB3 PowerBuoy along with associated mooring system, and will provide turn-key system deployment off the coast of Las Cruces, Chile as an autonomous offshore platform powering a suite of oceanographic sensors and transmitting real-time data back to land. The scope of the agreement is in support of the Marine Energy Research and Innovation Center (MERIC) Project, an initiative that aims to diversify Chile’s energetic matrix and to convert Chile

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Ørsted to Deploy GE's 12MW Offshore Turbine

Denmark-based offshore wind developer Ørsted said it has selected GE Renewable Energy as the preferred turbine supplier for two of its US offshore wind farms which marks the world’s first commercial deployment of GE’s Haliade-X 12-megawatt (MW) offshore wind turbine.The towering Haliade-X 12 MW wind turbine has a rotor diameter of 220 meters. Each blade on the Haliade-X 12 MW is 107 meters long sweeping a total area of 38,000 square meters.Subject to final agreed and signed contract and all required project approvals, Ørsted will deploy Haliade-X 12 MW wind turbines on the

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Bibby Taps Real-time Wave Data

typically involve the visual assessment of wave conditions, which can prove inaccurate. “We have carried out comparative studies and found poor correlation between the visually reported wave height and that measured by reference equipment,” explained Gijs Hulscher, Managing Director of BMO Offshore.Bibby Marine Services were keen to drive operational performance by working closer to their limits, while simultaneously securing the safety of the crew.The Miros WaveFinder delivers accurate, reliable, real-time wave data to all relevant stakeholders in an opertion. For Bibby Marine Services, WaveFinder

Oceaneering Wins Umbilicals Job Off India

Subsea engineering company Oceaneering announced that it it was awarded contracts by Baker Hughes (BHGE) to supply subsea umbilical control systems for Oil and Natural Gas Corp. of India's (ONGC) deepwater field development in the Bay of Bengal.Oceaneering's scope comprises the subsea umbilical control systems to allow production of gas from KG‑DWN 98/2 deepwater field.The contract award includes design and manufacture of 44 electro-hydraulic control umbilicals, totaling approximately 118 kilometers in length, delivered on a combination of reels and carousels.  Manufacture of the umbilicals

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Van Oord Wins Cable Install Work

Van Oord said it has been awarded the contract by Ørsted for the cable installation works at the Greater Changhua 1 & 2a offshore wind farms located between 35 and 60 kilometers off the west coast of Changhua County, Taiwan.Van Oord is responsible for the transportation, installation and burial of the 111 inter array cables, with a total length of approximately 135 kilometers, and the three export cables, with a total of approximately 145 kilometers. To carry out the work, Van Oord will deploy its cable-laying vessel Nexus, equipped with a cable carousel with a capacity of 5,000 metric tons.

Deep Down Taps Simmons as COO

Offshore equipment and services company Deep Down said it has appointed Micah Simmons as Chief Operating Officer, a new role at the company. Simmons' appointment is part of a broader management realignment effort initiated last month, which included the appointment of Deep Down CFO Charles Njuguna to serve as CEO.Simmons was most recently Vice President of Project Management for Global Operations in Siemens Oil and Gas, based in Houston. Prior to Siemens, he spent 20 years with TechnipFMC most recently as a Vice President, Global Supply..Simmons earned an MBA from the Darden Graduate School of

Ashtead Technology’s Deflection Monitoring System being installed for a project with Ocean Installer AS in Equinor’s Askeladd and Johan Castberg fields. (Photo: Ashtead Technology)

Ashtead Supports Subsea Template Installs

vehicles (ROV). Ashtead Technology utilized a range of measurement sensors and positioning tools along with special techniques to enhance the accuracy of the data collected, ensuring maximum performance of the system.The Aberdeen headquartered business provided field engineers to support the operations offshore and were responsible for analysis of data and compiling of installation reports for each of the structures within 24 hours of completion of each structure installation.Ross Macleod, technical director at Ashtead Technology, said, “When completing subsea installation projects, it is vital that

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Film-Ocean Orders 10th Saab Seaeye Falcon

Independent subsea contractor, Film-Ocean, has ordered its 10th Saab Seaeye Falcon.Film-Ocean have developed and patented a chain measuring system for FPSO and Offshore Wind Farm mooring systems which is easily deployed with the Falcon providing results in real time and is accurate to 0.1mm.Saab Seaeye says that the versatility shown by Film-Ocean’s engagement of the Falcon, demonstrates the success of the design’s concept that has made it the most popular underwater robotic vehicle of its class in the world.The Falcon’s winning concept comes from creating a highly reliable vehicle

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Woodside Backs Seismic Data Acquisition Company

Australian oil and gas producer Woodside said it has signed a Shareholders Agreement with Perth-based Blue Ocean Monitoring (BOM) to invest in seismic data acquisition company Blue Ocean Seismic Services (BOSS).BOSS is developing a solution that that aims to make ocean bottom seismic data acquisition cheaper and more accessible. The concept, jointly developed by Woodside and BOM, focuses on using autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) in place of remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROV) to place nodes on the ocean floor that capture and record soundwaves. The BOSS-designed AUVs are small submarines

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LNGC Containment Market to Reach $16Bln By 2025

The global liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier containment market was USD 11.21 billion in 2018 and is expected to reach around USD15.56 billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 4.9% between 2019 and 2025.The LNG carrier containment market is majorly driven by the rising demand for natural gas from various industries and LNG’s growing number of residential and commercial applications, said a report by Zion Market Research.Furthermore, LNG has witnessed an exponential increase in its demand as an automobile fuel in recent past, which has bolstered supportive government regulations for cleaner fuel

The Olis Master Controller provides both remote and local ROV operation in a user-friendly configuration that increases task efficiencies, according to its manufacturer. (Image: Olis Robotics)

Olis Robotics Partners with Forum Energy Technologies

Under a new agreement, subsea products and services firm Forum Energy Technologies will provide global sales, distribution and support of Olis Robotics' remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) controllers for the offshore energy market, the mobile and remote robotics software company said.The Olis Master Controller (OMC) provides both remote and local ROV operation in a user-friendly configuration that increases task efficiencies, according to its manufacturer.Equipped with the Olis Core Operating System that is designed to incorporate machine perception and machine learning capabilities

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DEME Starts Installation at Belgium’s Largest OWF

Belgium-based Dredging, Environmental and Marine Engineering NV (DEME) said that its installation vessel ‘Innovation’ will set sail to the Belgian North Sea with the first load of 58 turbine foundations and transition pieces for installation at the SeaMade offshore wind farm.Currently the first monopiles and transition pieces are being loaded at SIF Holdings' Maasvlakte terminal in Rotterdam.With a 487 MW capacity SeaMade is the largest offshore wind farm in Belgium. SeaMade stands for a combination of two offshore wind projects, previously known as Mermaid (235 MW) and Seastar (252 MW).

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DOF Subsea Upgrades ROV Fleet

Subsea services provider DOF Subsea has equipped a further three of its Brazilian offshore vessel fleet with hybrid acoustic and inertial navigation technology from Sonardyne Brasil Ltda.Sonardyne’s SPRINT-Nav all-in-one subsea navigation instruments are now supporting five Forum Energy Technologies (FET) remotely operated vehicles (ROV) on board the three vessels. This latest order takes the total number of DOF Subsea’s Brazilian vessels equipped with SPRINT-Nav aided ROVs to six.SPRINT-Nav combines Sonardyne’s SPRINT sensor, Syrinx 600 kHz Doppler velocity log (DVL) and a pressure

Jean Cahuzac will step down from his position as Subsea 7 CEO at the end of 2019. (Photo: Subsea 7)

Subsea 7 CEO Will Retire at Year End

Offshore services company Subsea 7 announced that Jean Cahuzac will retire from his position as CEO at the end of this year, and will be succeeded from January 1, 2020 by John Evans, who is currently COO.Cahuzac has been in the industry for 41 years and CEO for Subsea 7 since 2008, having previously worked for Transocean and Schlumberger. Following his retirement as CEO, he will continue with Subsea 7 as a Non-Executive Director.Evans has been COO of Subsea 7 since he joined the company in 2005 and has over 30 years’ experience in the offshore energy services industry. He previously worked for

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Teledyne Plans Marine Technology Workshop

explore, learn, and share their experiences on a broad range of technologies and applications.  This year’s TMTW will include over 40 industry speakers spanning concurrent morning tracks focused on the utilization of marine technology applications including: ocean observations, hydrography, offshore energy, civil engineering/marine construction, water resources, and defense/ security. Each afternoon will be comprised of product and software training, industry panel sessions, operational tips, new technology introductions, as well as dockside and on‐water demonstrations.  Full event details

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Deutsche Bahn Signs Offshore Wind PPA in Germany

German railway company Deutsche Bahn AG (DB) will be purchasing about 8% of the total production of the 295-MW Nordsee Ost offshore wind farm  from 2024.Deutsche Bahn will continue to steadily increase its purchase of electricity from renewable energy sources in the coming years. The relevant agreements for the supply of green power from the offshore wind farm Nordsee Ost between DB Energie GmbH, innogy SE and RWE Supply & Trading have been signed.The contract will run for five years, beginning in 2024. The supplied volume comprises 25 megawatts, which is the equivalent of four wind turbines.

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2nd Stage Of Pipe Laying in Absheron Field Over

Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping CSJC (ASCO) announced that its vessels - Suleiman Vazirov and Yarenga - have completed the second stage of pipe laying work in the Absheron gas and condensate field located in the Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian Sea.According to the Azerbaijani shipping company, at this stage, an 8-inch pipeline with a length of 11,459 meters was layed in the Absheron area between jackets No. 23 and No. 57.Next stage includes pipe laying works at the Gas Separation Station No. 2 of the Bulla-Deniz field. It is planned to lay a pipeline with a length of 27 km.The Suleiman Vazirov pipe-laying

The bespoke drill rig being lowered over the side of the RRS James Cook. The rig is designed to push the curved steel pipe into the seabed sediment. Image: Copyright STEMM-CCS Project

Increased Confidence in CO2 Storage

If we are going to store large volumes of carbon dioxide (CO2) in depleted oil and gas reservoirs beneath the seabed we need to be sure that, in the unlikely event of a leak, we can detect it.  A research expedition, carrying a world-first experiment designed to develop methods for the detection and monitoring of leaks, has just returned from the North Sea; it has been declared a great success.Climate change, driven by increasing CO2 levels in the atmosphere, is now a well-established side-effect of human activities that is having profound effects on the Earth’s natural systems. While

Kraken’s KATFISH high speed Synthetic Aperture Sonar towfish will be used to acquire ultra-high definition seabed images and bathymetry during the OceanVision project. (Photo: Kraken Robotics Inc.)

Kraken Launches OceanVision Project

business. Through OceanVision, Kraken aims to accelerate its strategy from sensors and system sales to becoming an integrated provider of Robotics as a Service (RaaS) and Data as a Service (DaaS), the company said.While near-term focus will be the inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) segments for offshore oil and gas and wind industries, OceanVision will also address the requirements of other stakeholders in the fisheries, aquaculture, ocean science and underwater defense industries, Kraken said.Kraken’s President and CEO Karl Kenny said, "OceanVision will result in an end-to-end digitalization

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Ørsted Sees Huge Offshore Wind Potential in S Korea

Ørsted A/S, the world’s largest offshore wind power producer, said it sees high potential in the Korean offshore wind power market, intending to build long-term, sustainable relationships with the Korean government and companies.“South Korea is a peninsula surrounded by three seas,” said Park Jung-min, head of the Korean market development at Ørsted Asia Pacific. “We estimate that South Korea’s potential offshore wind power capacity can reach 30 GW.”According to Yonhap News Agency, the Danish state-run energy firm has recently completed the establishment

Norwegian Coast Guard vessel KV Svalbard and its crew at the North Pole: the ship is the first ABB Azipod powered craft to reach the Pole. (Photo: ABB)

ABB Propulsion Takes Ship to North Pole

propulsion systems.The Azipod system was first introduced in 1990 and has since been installed on more than 90 icebreaking vessels. Power ratings range from 1 MW to 22 MW, making the propulsion technology suitable for a wide range of vessels including cargo vessels, cruise ships, ferries, mega-yachts, offshore supply fleets, research vessels, wind turbine installation boats and drilling rigs.In addition, the latest versions of Azipod have been designed so that a ship consumes less fuel driving the generators that provide electric power to the Azipod, thereby reducing CO2 emissions, helping the global

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SMD Introduces New Work Class ROV

A new work class remotely operated underwater vehicle from SMD introduces electric drive technology to the subsea sector in a modular packageThe new Quantum EV ROV prototype, showcased at Offshore Europe in Aberdeen this week, is equipped with a new 25kW high power electric thrust system, a new long-distance DC transmission solution and locally managed DC power system. The new platform also features advanced flight processing for super stability, battery compatibility for tetherless operations and is built to accept AI command technology.SMD has been subjecting the newly developed technologies and the

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Airborne Wins TCP Flowlines Wok in Africa

Airborne Oil & Gas B.V. said it has been awarded a contract from a supermajor through Oceaneering International to supply Thermoplastic Composite Pipe (TCP) flowlines for deployment in West Africa. The manufacturer will provide a 4-kilometer, 7.1 inch ID, 160 bar design pressure TCP Flowline for water injection replacing existing corroded flowlines in the field.Martin van Onna, CCO at Airborne Oil & Gas, said, “This is an important milestone in our company’s history as we believe it to be the first TCP Flowline to be installed in West Africa, marking the breakthrough of TCP

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Subsea 7 Wins Contract from Total in Brazil

of 35 kilometers of flexible pipelines and 20 kilometers of umbilical, connecting five wells to the floating production, storage and offloading unit (FPSO) Cidade de Caraguatatuba. Project management and detailed engineering will commence immediately at Subsea 7’s office in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Offshore activities are due to commence in the fourth quarter 2019.Marcelo Xavier, Subsea 7’s Vice-President Brazil, said, “This contract builds on our track record of project execution offshore Brazil and reflects our commitment to work and learn together with our client to achieve successful

Wärtsilä’s Advanced Waste technology will enable the Regal Princess to dispose of waste safely, efficiently, and with environmental sustainability. Copyright: Princess Cruises

Wärtsilä Waste Treatment for Princess Cruises

The Finnish technology major Wartsila will supply and install an Auto Gasification solution for the Regal Princess, enabling the safe disposal of waste from the ship through a self-fueling thermal decomposition unit, thereby significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions.The gasification unit on Princess Cruises’ vessel will reduce the ship’s waste to less than 5% of it is original volume, turning it into a sterilize inert material called Bio Char and a synthetic gas that will be recycled within the unit as fuel, said a press release.It will also lessen the requirement to offload waste at

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Rovco Nets $12.8 Mln in 12 Months

. The work includes long term subsea framework agreements, technology platform sales and research grants from Innovate UK and the Oil and Gas Technology Center. This has been generated alongside numerous remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) inspections and hydrographic surveys primarily to offshore wind farms and other tier 1 service companies in the UK and Asia markets.The organization also introduced its time-saving and automation technology to the global oil and gas industry, showcasing its machine learning and computer vision systems to several oil majors.Brian Allen, CEO of Rovco, said

EvoLogics' Sonobot, an autonomous USV for bathymetric surveys. Photo: EvoLogics

MTR100: EvoLogics GmbH

, GermanyPresident/CEO: Dr. Rudolf Bannasch, Dr. Konstantin KebkalNo. of Employees: 35https://evologics.de/EvoLogics GmbH is a German high-tech enterprise, founded in 2000 by a group of scientists and R&D experts. The company’s mission is to develop innovative technologies for maritime and offshore industries through interdisciplinary cooperation between engineering and life sciences. The company designs and manufactures underwater information and communication systems based on bionic concepts, combining state-of-the-art engineering with the best ideas found in nature. Advanced product features

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Boskalis Subsea Services Eyes SURF Opportunities

the North Sea with a series of inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) projects, is also turning its attention to securing large scale SURF (subsea, umbilicals riser and flowlines) projects globally.Stuart Cameron, managing director of Boskalis Subsea Services, said, “As part of Boskalis’ offshore energy division, we can leverage a raft of specialist marine services to deliver a fully integrated solution to the most complex offshore projects in oil and gas and renewables. Working flexibly, we continually develop fit-for-purpose, cost-effective and safe ways of tackling underwater construction

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DEME, Eiffage Win Contract for French OWP

The consortium including DEME and Eiffage Métal has won an engineering, procurement, construction, and installation (EPCI) contract for 80 foundations at the Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm in France.The scope includes the design, fabrication, and installation of full face drilled monopile foundations. The consortium contract has a total value of more than EUR 500 million.Design activities already kicked off in order to start the production of the foundations in the spring of 2020.The first foundations will be installed on a rocky seabed in the spring of 2021 and the project is set for completio

The Defender equipped with dual Blueprint Labs R5M 5-axis manipulators. Image: VideoRay

VideoRay Wins US Navy Deal

ROV, which has been delivered for military and commercial uses to customers worldwide.The Defender vehicle, based on VideoRay’s Mission Specialist technology, is becoming the technology of choice for a wide variety of challenging missions. It is chosen by Navies, Coast Guards, First Responders, Offshore Oil and Gas Producers, and Offshore Renewable installation companies for many reasons:Defender is a powerful, portable unit with open architecture, featuring Greensea Integrated Control and Navigation. Greensea's EOD Workspace software for sophisticated supervised autonomy and precise maneuvering

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MTR100: InterMoor

, Texas, President/CEO: Mark Jones, CEONo. of Employees: 300www.intermoor.comIn the past 12 months, InterMoor was chosen by operators and large contractors to secure some of the largest floating assets on the planet. During this time frame, it completed tow and permanent mooring engineering and offshore operations for the Ailsa FPSO in the North Sea, the Benchamas FSO 2 in Asia, and mooring line replacement on two FPSOs in West Africa, amongst others. It has delivered across the lifecycle of operations, from engineering and installation, through to retrieval and decommissioning of their mooring

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EDS Provides Cable Testing to Vattenfall at Horns Rev 1

High voltage engineering specialist EDS HV Group (EDS), part of the UK’s leading marine services company – James Fisher and Sons plc, has carried out an innovative cable testing campaign for Vattenfall at Horns Rev 1 after the windfarm had experienced network issues.In a first for the offshore wind industry, EDS used Damped AC testing (DAC) to collect a wealth of beneficial partial discharge (PD) and tanδ data to interpret the condition of the array cables and subject the entire array system to a high voltage withstand test.  Luke Bishop, group engineering director at EDS,

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MTR100: Sonardyne International Ltd.

Sonardyne International Ltd.Hampshire, UKJohn Ramsden (Managing Director)Staff: 290 worldwidewww.sonardyne.comFrom the day it was founded close to 50 years ago, Sonardyne’s focus has been customer-driven innovation in our oceans for energy, science and security. Today, it operates on a global scale, providing underwater acoustic, inertial, sonar and optical technologies that are enabling users to position, monitor, measure, detect, image, log, analyze and communicate data, when and where they want in the ocean space.The company is at the forefront of the drive towards safe, efficient and cost

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Swire Seabed Completes Unmanned Pipeline Inspection

Swire Seabed said it has completed a second offshore pipeline campaign for Equinor in the North Sea. The campaign, undertaken in July 2019, is the first fully unmanned offshore pipeline inspection ‘over the horizon’ ever completed, surveying up to 100 kilometers from the shore.The  inspections were completed using Kongsberg Maritime’s Hugin autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) with the SeaKit Maxlimer unmanned surface vessel (USV) acting as the host vessel for surface positioning and communications to shore. The complete operation was controlled from an onshore control center

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Polarcus Wins Work in Southeast Asia

UAE-based offshore geophysical company Polarcus said it has been awarded a contract to carry out an XArray marine seismic acquisition project in Southeast Asia.The project will commence in the fourth quarter of 2019 with an approximate duration of 40 days.

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CGG Kicks Off Deepwater Survey in Brazil

Paris-headquartered geosciences company CGG said it has commenced a new, large, long-offset BroadSeis survey located in the Campos and Santos Basins, offshore Brazil.The Nebula 3D survey is supported by industry funding.With an initial focus on Brazil’s 15th License Round blocks, the data is being acquired by the Geo Caribbean and a portion of the survey will provide 3D data coverage where no other 3D data currently exists.CGG Geoscience’s Subsurface Imaging Center in Rio will employ advanced data processing techniques to deliver improved imaging of pre-salt structures in these prolific

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US Offshore Wind Pipeline Reach 25.8GW

The U.S. offshore wind project development pipeline grew to a potential generating capacity of 25,824 MW across 13 states, including the Block Island Wind Farm commissioned in 2016.Projects totaling 21,225 MW have exclusive site control, meaning the developer has a lease or other contract to develop the site. Most of these projects are on the Eastern seaboard, with one in the Great Lakes, said Offshore Wind Technologies Market Report, prepared by DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory.California and Hawaii have several early-stage floating offshore wind projects in the planning phase, it said.

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Cable Solutions Manufactures 50km of Bespoke Subsea Cable

cable of various configurations and sizes for a variety of clients throughout the world during the last quarter.The oil and gas, marine, shipbuilding and renewable energy industries have specific bespoke cabling and connectivity requirements to ensure high levels of productivity and durability in harsh offshore environments."The last quarter was especially busy for Cable Solutions, we undertook bespoke cable design and manufacture for a variety of subsea projects, with production runs of 300 to 5000 meters. We were active in fiber optic cable manufacture, supporting projects with more efficient communicati

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TechnipFMC to Split into Two Companies

on Monday it would spin off its engineering and construction operations into a separate company, leaving it as a technology-focused equipment supplier to oil and gas companies.TechnipFMC, which had a market capitalization of $10.31 billion, said the new Paris-based company will deal with onshore and offshore oil and gas projects. The split is expected to be final in the first half of 2020.The spin-off comes nearly three years after Technip merged with rival FMC Technologies, creating a leading London-based offshore services company with combined revenue of $20 billion. That deal closed near the nadir

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ROVOP Joins ORCA Hub

ROVOP, the global subsea robotics specialist, is the latest company to join the ORCA (Offshore Robotics for Certification of Assets) Hub offshore robotics, artificial intelligence and autonomous systems development program. The ORCA Hub is a consortium of five universities – Heriot-Watt University, University of Edinburgh, University of Liverpool, University of Oxford and Imperial College London – that are working together to develop highly specialized robotics and AI technologies for the inspection, repair, maintenance and certification of offshore energy platforms and assets.The

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DNV GL Launches Renewables Certification Ops in U.S.

With the U.S. offshore wind industry poised for rapid growth, DNV GL has established a Renewables Certification office in Medford, Mass., to meet the growing demands for certification services. While the U.S. is still a generation behind Europe in the exploitation of offshore wind energy resources, it could catch up quickly, as, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), there is the potential to install 22,000 MW of offshore wind projects in the U.S. by 2030. Much of this activity is taking place in the Northeast, with Massachusetts and New York setting aggressive targets and leading the

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Premier Oil Testing PB3 PowerBuoy in the North Sea

US-based ocean energy solutions company Ocean Power Technologies (OPT) said it has deployed a PB3 PowerBuoy to serve as an autonomous intelligent platform to provide communications and remote monitoring services for its customer Premier Oil at the Huntington field in the UK sector of the central North Sea.During the deployment, Premier will demonstrate the PB3 PowerBuoy capabilities, its ability to monitor the local environment and alert ships of the field’s safety zone as a potential solution to help with their future decommissioning related operations, OPT said.This deployment begins a nine

From left to right: CEO of Vattenfall Magnus Hall, Chairman of Vattenfall Lars G. Nordström, HRH Crown Prince of Denmark, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, Minister of Climate, Energy and Utilities Dan Jørgensen and pupils from Hvide Sande School. Photo: JESPER VOLDGAARD

Scandinavia's Largest Offshore Wind Farm Opens

European energy giant Vattenfall opened Scandinavia’s largest offshore wind farm, Horns Rev 3.The 49 wind turbines on the Horns Rev 3 also represent Vattenfall’s and Denmark’s largest offshore wind farm, which is located 25-40 kilometers off Denmark’s west coast in the North Sea.Yesterday (22 August 2019), Crown Prince of Denmark accompanied by Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and the Minister of Climate, Energy and Utilities Dan Jørgensen officially opened Denmark’s, Scandinavia’s and Vattenfall’s largest offshore wind farm.“Horns Rev 3 is

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Oil Price Controls Subsea Market Growth

The subsea market in 2019 will experience year-on-year growth for the first time since 2014. But the positive outlook is vulnerable to any significant decline in oil prices over the next few years, according to analyst Rystad Energy.“We expect the subsea market to thrive during the coming years, but market growth will be at risk if the oil price falls to $50 per barrel,” says Henning Bjørvik, an analyst on Rystad Energy’s oilfield service team.Rystad Energy, the independent energy research and consulting firm headquartered in Norway, has analyzed the outlook for global subsea

Saipem’s Hydrone R – in the flesh and ready for real world testing. Image from Saipem.

MTR100: Five "Ones to Watch"

to remain subsea for long periods performing inspection and intervention operations. It’s the subsea docking station (SDS) for Equinor’s underwater intervention drone concept (UiD – a name trademarked by Equinor). Two have so far been built, with one now installed in 365m water depth offshore Trondheim, at an open test lab run by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), and another due to be installed at the Aasgard field offshore Norway, following a detour to Sweden, where it was trailed with a Saab Seaeye Sabertooth AUV. Equinor not only outsourced the creation of

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Triton Knoll Selects Seacat for OESV

Offshore energy support vessel (OESV) operator Seacat Services signed a  deal to support the construction phase of Triton Knoll offshore wind farm.The contract, which includes options for further vessel charters, will initially see two Seacat Services OESVs – one 26-meter and one 24-meter catamaran – operating out of Triton Knoll’s new Grimsby construction base, providing specialist crew transfer and logistical support at the 90-turbine, 857MW project off the UK’s East Coast.With offshore construction set to commence in Q1 2020, the first of the two vessels will begin

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Further Delay for Vineyard OWP

Netherlands-based provider of steel foundations to the offshore wind, Sif Holding NV  said that the Vineyard Wind, which was set to be U.S.'s largest offshore wind farm will be further delayed.Early July 2019 Sif and Vineyard Wind announced the manufacturing by Sif of 84 monopiles for Vineyard Wind’s offshore wind project (OWP) in Massachusetts USA.The installation of the monopiles is subject to a schedule that includes seasonal restrictions on pile driving activity as a protective measure for the highly endangered North Atlantic Right Whales.Sif’s ability and confidence to meet

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Subsea 7 Seeks Engineers - From Any Sector

Offshore contractor Subsea 7  isn't limiting its search to the offshore and subsea talent pool as it looks to grow its engineering team. The company said it is offering experienced engineers from all sectors the opportunity to forge a new career in the subsea industry.Since 2005, the company’s Engineering Conversion Program has enabled more than 70  engineers from aerospace to automotive, and onshore construction to ex-military, to transfer their skills into oil and gas.The intensive program, which begins later in 2019, delivers a mix of on the job and classroom based training as

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Aker Solutions Wins ADNOC Umbilicals Contract

Norwegian engineering and equipment firm Aker Solutions said it has secured a NOK 700 million ($78.2 million) order from ADNOC (Abu Dhabi National Oil Company) to deliver subsea umbilicals for the Dalma gas development project located offshore the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the shallow waters of the Persian Gulf.The scope includes four steel tube umbilicals totaling more than 100 kilometers. The umbilical system will provide power supply, communication services and chemical injection fluids. It will connect the subsea equipment to three new wellhead platforms and link the topside equipment located

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World’s First: LR Digital Type Approval to HHI

onboard ships.HHI Senior Executive Vice President, Hyung-Kwan Kim, commented: “We are glad to receive this digital type approval certificate from LR for the first line network security component of our smart ship system, ISS. We will continue our efforts to lead the digitization of the marine and offshore industry in order to maximize the benefit for our customers with new technology, ensuring it is applied safely.”Young-Doo Kim, LR’s North Asia Technical Support Office Manager said: “We have been working closely with HHI to ensure that the first line network security component

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Offshore Wind: Regulatory “Takes” – Take a Close Look

authorization” (IHA).  An IHA is a legal and enforceable document presenting the terms and conditions with which a company must adhere in order to protect wildlife.  In this case, the draft IHA was for Vineyard Wind, the wind energy company ready to start construction on an 800 MW offshore wind farm in the Atlantic, covering about 675 square kilometers, starting 14 miles from the coastline of Martha’s Vineyard.  This would be the first large-scale, ocean-based US wind energy project, consisting of up to 100 wind turbine generators (WTG), an onshore substation, offshore

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Hunting Acquires RTI Energy Systems

group Hunting said it has acquired the business and assets of US-based riser technologies manufacturer RTI Energy Systems (RTIES) for a total cash consideration of $12.5 million, funded from existing cash resources.RTIES manufactures production riser technologies for deepwater applications within the offshore oil and gas industry, and according to Hunting, is unique within the industry as the only supplier of titanium stress joints. An operating subsidiary of lightweight metals engineering and manufacturing company Arconic, RTIES also performs fabrication and precision machining as well as inspection

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MTR100: #4 Martin McDonald , SVP, Oceaneering

class ROVs. The ROV division has approximately 2,400 full-time personnel, with about 2,000 of these people in the field. And with ROVs diving daily it conducts more than 100,000 missions in a year.  While the numbers are impressive, Oceaneering is not immune to the prolonged downturn in the offshore energy sector, and it has retired units that have come to the end of their working life, trimming the ROV fleet from its peak of 318 work class ROVs in 2014.With its leadership, Oceaneering has been and remains a driving force in the technological and capability development of ROVs. “We&rsquo

The wind- and solar-powered Datamaran system aims to make offshore wind data gathering easier, faster, cleaner and more cost efficient. (Image: AMS, Equinor)

New Autonomous Vehicle for Offshore Wind Surveys

A new autonomous sailing platform aims make the collection of offshore wind energy data easier, faster, cleaner and more cost efficient.The 16-foot wind- and solar-powered Datamaran, launched recently by Norwegian energy company Equinor and US technology firm Autonomous Marine Systems Inc. (AMS), carries a LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging, a well-established technology used to record wind characteristics hundreds of feet above the surface) to gather data on wind and weather conditions at offshore lease areas for the development of wind energy projects.Typically, this data has been collected by a

Jussi Åkerberg, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of AW-Energy Oy (Photo: AW-Energy Oy)

US Patent Approval for Wave Energy

power cuts have severely impacted the US in areas such as Wisconsin, Michigan and Texas as well as South America, India and in Australia.The USTPO Patent Approval for WaveRoller provides further reassurance of AW-Energy’s approach on protecting the commercial opportunities for its technology and offshore energy expertise

Subsea Innovation Next Generation Pipe-in-Pipe Waterstops (Photo: Subsea Innovation)

Subsea Innovation Scores TechnipFMC Contract

the supply and installation support of subsea protection equipment.In 2018 Subsea Innovation engineered next-generation seal for their Pipe in Pipe Waterstops, designed and developed from its head office in Darlington, UK.Waterstop Seals provide a solution for isolating a section of flooded annulus in offshore risers or flowlines by preventing water passage to the adjacent Pipe-In-Pipe sections during installation and normal operation. The new design addresses potential challenges experienced with High Frequency Welded (HFW) pipes and seam welded pipes being introduced within the industry as part of cost-savin

From left: Chris Overton and Djamel Hamel (Photo: Xodus Group)

Xodus Group Adds Subsea Staff

Energy consultancy Xodus Group said it has appointed two principal consultants to its subsea integrity management team.Djamel Hamel and Chris Overton combined add more than 60 years’ experience to Xodus’ team which regularly provides integrity management support to UKCS operators.Hamel has been appointed to the role of principal consultant, having previously worked within a senior pipeline position for six years at Spirit Energy, as well as engineering roles at Wood, Subsea 7 and Technip.A chartered engineer, Hamel holds a PhD in Hydrodynamics from the University of Glasgow and has worked

A TCP Jumper being prepared by Airborne Oil & Gas for deployment in West Africa (Photo: Airborne Oil & Gas)

Airborne to Supply TCP Jumpers in Nigeria

Airborne Oil & Gas announced on Wednesday it has secured a contract with Addax Petroleum which will see the firm deliver two gas lift jumpers offshore Nigeria.The Netherlands headquartered business will supply two, 180-meter-long thermoplastic composite pipeline (TCP) jumpers to support the Sinopec subsidiary’s operations in the Okwori field, within an eight-week timeframe, marking the first permanent application of TCP products in the West Africa region, Airborne said.This is the first time one of its TCP technologies has been ordered through its newly launched “Jumper on Demand”

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Massive TP's Shipped for Taiwan Windfarm

;heaviest, tallest and the largest diameter "Transition Pieces (TP’s) it has ever transported.The TP’s were shipped for Jan De Nul Group in cooperation with brokers Multi Marine Chartering B.V. from Laem Chabang to Taichung, where they will form part of Taiwan’s Formosa 1 Phase 2 Offshore Wind Farm (OWF).The Formosa 1 OWF will have a total capacity of 128MW once built and commissioned. Phase 1 of Formosa 1 features two Siemens 4MW demonstration turbines, the first ever wind turbines to be installed off Taiwan. The Formosa 1 Phase 2 is owned by Formosa I Wind Power Co. Ltd., a partnership

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Offshore Wind Cable Market to Reach $3B

The global offshore wind cable market is estimated to grow at CAGR above 16% over the forecast time frame 2019 to 2026 and reach the market value around $3 billion by 2026.The demand for offshore wind cables has seen significant development due to the paradigm shift towards fresh renewable techniques with increasing consciousness of carbon emission limits, said a report by Acumen Research and Consulting."Offshore wind turbines are rapidly growing, with a higher capacity production more than onshore wind generation. In addition, offshore wind wires play a major part in the transport of fresh

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