Offshore Oil & Gas

MDL TTS-4/310 Series Tensioner (Photo: MDL)

MDL Awarded Umbilical Installation Project

U.K. based Maritime Developments said it has won a flex lay contract on a major gas field in the Mediterranean Sea.The project, due to start in 2019, will cover installation of an umbilical connecting the production wells to a fixed offshore processing platform.The work will be carried out using MDL TTS-4/310 Series Tensioner, a 110-metric-ton unit, operated by MDL personnel, as part of the MDL Offshore Service.According to MDL, the system will allow safe and efficient handling of the product thanks to its 5m track length and wide cylindrical track opening for passing of umbilical end fittings.

New clamps designed and produced for TechnipFMC (Photo: RED Engineering)

New Clamp Technology for Subsea Well Intervention

; Stobbart said. “However, we have now added a hydraulic actuation system to improve the efficiency of deployment.”Joe Orrell, RED Engineering’s managing director, said, “Having worked closely with TechnipFMC for a number of years, we have gained an in-depth understanding of their offshore operations and business drivers. This allows us to optimize our designs to meet their specific requirements and include the learning from previous projects.“The result, as demonstrated by these new clamps, is the capability to rapidly develop and deliver effective new equipment that will be

Seven Viking (Photo: Subsea 7)

Statoil Awards Contract for Subsea 7’s Seven Viking

Subsea 7 S.A. said it has received a contract from Statoil to provide subsea inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) services on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.Subsea 7 did not specify a dollar amount for the awarded work, but said the contract is worth between $150 million and $300 million.Offshore activities will begin in January 2019 using Subsea 7’s IMR and light construction vessel Seven Viking, built at Norwegian shipyard Ulstein Verft in 2013.The contract involves the provision of a life of field support vessel Seven Viking for five years, with options for extensions. The vessel

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Rovco to Launch Live 3D Subsea Technology

million ($1.6 million) investment from three U.K.-based investment houses, Green Angel Syndicate, Cambridge Angels and Bristol Private Equity Club. The funds will see Rovco bring its latest inspection technology to the global energy market.To meet an increased market demand for subsea inspection around offshore windfarms, pipelines and cables, Rovco also plans grow its headcount from 10 to 30 employees within the next year and add three new ROVs to its fleet within the next six months.Brian Allen, founder and CEO of Rovco, said, “We have entered the second quarter of 2018 with a strong pipeline of

The progression from Landsat satellite imagery, to a satellite derived bathymetry surface, to a bENC (Bathymetric Electronic Navigation Chart). The location is Golfo de Guanahacabibes, Cuba. (Credit: Aaron Sager)

MG3 & Satellite Derived Bathymetry

work was done long before the ship embarked on its voyage. In fact, MG3 employed the data even before it submitted a bid on the project.Satellite DataBased in Warminster, England, MG3 is a marine geoscience survey firm. MG3 maintains a fleet of three multi-role DP1 vessels capable of operations in the offshore and coastal areas, each outfitted with a variety of side- and multi-beam sonar as well as towed magnetometer devices for subsurface surveying.“We work extensively on geophysical surveys for oil and gas, wind farm siting in renewable energy and cable-laying projects for telecommunications,&rdquo

McDermott Closing CB&I Deal

Offshore engineering firm McDermott International Inc will close its acquisition of Chicago Bridge and Iron Co NV on Thursday, creating an integrated onshore and offshore services group that will expand its presence in the Middle East.McDermott's offshore engineering and construction work will combine with CB&I's onshore skills including liquefied natural gas (LNG) and power plants. McDermott will bolster its service offerings in Saudi Arabia, where it is already adding facilities and has contracts with national oil company Saudi Aramco.David Dickson, McDermott's chief executive

KFBE Installation (Photo: BMT)

BMT Supports Installation of Kriegers Flak Foundations

BMT put its meteorological and wave forecasting expertise to use in supporting Jan De Nul Group with the installation of two gravity-based foundations for the Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm, located off the coast of Denmark.Christopher Derycke at Jan De Nul Group commented, “With any offshore operation, we have to try and manage the inherent uncertainty that comes with the weather. Having BMT’s weather forecaster onsite was hugely beneficial as it allowed us to plan our work more effectively and ensure the safety of our personnel at all times.”The installation of both foundations

High-resolution bathymetric data acquired by Fugro, draped over pre-existing, publicly available GEBCO data for comparison (Image: Fugro)

Fugro Sells Seep Data Before Canadian Offshore Bidding

Fugro and partner Amplified Geochemical Imaging (AGI) have reported recent success selling licenses for data from a frontier region offshore Canada. The data were acquired during a hydrocarbon seep survey, heat flow and geochemical coring campaign in the large Orphan Basin, situated on the continental margin of Newfoundland.The comprehensive data package is being licensed from both Fugro and AGI and includes multibeam echo sounder data (bathymetry, backscatter intensity and water column), sub-bottom profiler data, heat flow measurements and shipboard geochemical screening analyses; shore-based screening

Marine Technology Reporter - May 2018

The May 2018 edition of Marine Technology Reporter is now available in print and online.This edition includes features on:Subsea residency: robotic systems move closer to living on the seafloorResearch facilities: MTR goes inside Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, where the U.S. Navy tests scale models in big facilities Subsea engineering: powering up the seafloor in an effort to boost oil and gas productionNew tech: the latest from gliders to USBLsResearch vessels...and moreRead more at https://magazines.marinelink.com/nwm/MarineTechnology/201805/.

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DeepOcean Wins Equinor Susbsea Deal

 Subsea services provider DeepOcean has been awarded a long-term contract involving subsea life of field services on Equinor-operated fields.   The award covers onshore project management, engineering and offshore operations utilising a variety of vessels within the DeepOcean fleet of high quality vessels.    Offshore operations may include life of lield services such as standard inspection and survey work involving use of Work Class and Observation class ROVs, installation and replacement of subsea modules and X-mas trees using Module Handling Systems as well as scale squeeze

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Resen Waves Raises $1.3 Mln Capital

it has raised £1 million (roughly $1.3 million) capital through West Hill Capital.The company, which has developed a standalone small-scale wave energy device called the Resen Waves Power Buoy, said the new capital will be used to establish sales and marketing operations in Aberdeen focused on the offshore oil and gas sector as well as to further research and product development in Denmark.Resen Waves founder and CEO, Per Resen Steenstrup, said, “Our initial target market is the $6 billion offshore oil and gas decommissioning industry but our eventual aim is to replace polluting diesel generation

Pipes for Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in Kotka, Finland (Photo: Gazprom)

Environmental group files complaint to stop Nord Stream 2 in Finland

Environmental campaign group ClientEarth on Monday said it had submitted a complaint to a Finnish court seeking to stop the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline through Finnish waters citing the risk of serious harm to marine life.Finland approved the pipeline last month and the pipeline's operator started preparatory work shortly after that.The work involves detonating World War Two bombs on the sea floor along the pipeline's proposed route and ClientEarth said that could cause serious harm to porpoises, seals and birds.A Nord Stream spokeswoman said the project organisation would

The cable-laying vessel NKT Victoria at the Johan Sverdrup converter station at Haugsneset near Kårstø.(Photo: Øyvind Gravås - Woldcam / Statoil)

Efficient Cable Installation Slashes Emissions at Johan Sverdrup

The laying of the cable supplying Johan Sverdrup with power from shore started last week. This helps make the North Sea giant one of the oil and gas fields with the lowest CO2 emissions worldwide.On Wednesday last week the cable-laying vessel NKT Victoria began laying the cables that will supply the Johan Sverdrup field with power from shore.The starting point was the Johan Sverdrup converter station at Haugsneset near Kårstø, and by the end of May the vessel will have laid nearly 200 kilometers of power cables out to the field in the North Sea.Bundled with the power cables, a fiber-optic

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MHI Vestas signs MOU with TECO, The Switch

MHI Vestas, an offshore joint venture between Vestas and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, said on Tuesday it signed its 5th MOU with TECO and The Switch for the delivery of generator products.The company also confirmed that its 9 MW turbine platform will be typhoon ready in 2020, in time for all offshore wind projects in the Taiwanese market.

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Statoil to Become Equinor, Dropping 'Oil'

stake in the firm, has said it will back the move.The oil and gas company said the name change was a natural step after it decided last year to become a "broad energy" firm, investing up to 15-20 percent of annual capital expenditure in "new energy solutions" by 2030, mostly in offshore wind."The key reason for a company to change its name is when it wants to widen the scope of its activity or direction. Another reason would be because it is in trouble, and it has a reputational problem," Allyson Stewart-Allen, a London-based international branding expert and the CEO

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Arctic Oil 'Undrillable' amid Global Warming -UN's Ex-climate Chief

An architect of the Paris climate agreement urged governments on Tuesday to halt oil exploration in the Arctic, saying drilling was not economical and warming threatened the environmentally fragile region.Christiana Figueres, formerly head of the U.N. Climate Change Secretariat when the Paris accord was reached by almost 200 nations in 2015, told Reuters by telephone "the Arctic has been rendered undrillable."The past three years have been the hottest since records began in the 19th century, and Figueres said the heat was a threat to everything from Australia's Great Barrier Reef to ice

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Rosneft: South China Sea Drilling is Within Vietnam Waters

waters claimed by China.Rosneft's local unit, Rosneft Vietnam BV, is concerned that its recent drilling in an area of the South China Sea that falls within China's "nine-dash line" could upset Beijing, two sources with direct knowledge of the situation told Reuters on Wednesday."Offshore license areas of Rosneft on the South China Sea are situated within the territorial waters of Vietnam," Rosneft said in its statement."The Company conducts its operations on the shelf of Vietnam in a strict accordance with the license obligations and compliance with the subsoil use legislation

An ROV monitors the Moskito during oil recovery from the Thetis (Photo: MIko Marine)

Oil Removed from Decades-old Swedish Shipwreck

A diving contractor has removed oil from the wrecked research vessel Thetis, more than 30 years after the vessel sank.When the fishery research vessel Thetis went down into 30 meters of water close to Smøgen on the west coast of Sweden in 1985, it took a substantial quantity of fuel oil down with it. Quantities of the oil later escaped from the wreck and appeared periodically among the skerries on that part of the coast.Norwegian specialist Miko Marine said it had been asked by the Swedish Sea and Water Authority if its Moskito hull penetration tool could be used to remove any oil remaining in

Satellite Derived Bathymetry (SDB) at a resolution of 10m (Image: TCarta)

Satellite Derived Bathymetry Aids Hydrocarbon Exploration

organizations and infrastructure development firms, but especially energy exploration and production companies.“Global energy companies are becoming one of the largest markets for TCarta SDB and other marine geospatial products,” Critchley said.Another TCarta product used extensively in offshore hydrocarbon exploration and production is the Global GIS Bathymetry Package. This GIS-ready dataset provides a level of marine information superior to public-domain data for areas throughout the world. The 90- and 30-meter products each contain a Digital Bathymetry Model with spot-depth values,

FPSO Prof. John Evans Atta Mills (File photo: Tullow)

Ghana to Award New Oil Blocks off West Coast

Petroleum Corporation will acquire one of the blocks to explore in partnership with a strategic partner to develop its technical capacity and become an operator.Ghana, which began commercial crude production in late 2010, currently produces around 180,000 barrels per day mainly from three fields offshore the western coast, including its flagship Jubilee reserves operated by UK's Tullow Oil Plc."This year’s licensing round focus would be on the western basin because of the existence of infrastructure, including two gas pipelines to the shore, three production facilities with a fourth

Interview: David Millar, Fugro

; to humanity through our work and actions.Walk me through the creation of Fugro OARS: what was the impetus to create OARS?OARS stands for “Office Assisted Remote Services” and refers to a cloud-based technology that enables qualified staff working in centralized command centers to perform offshore survey tasks as if they were physically on board the vessel. The system was conceived in response to market demands for reduced survey costs several years ago and is now fully functional, with three command centers strategically located around the globe, operating 24/7, 365 days a year. OARS is

An ROV operates from the vessel Trio to explore the seabed close to Lubmin, Germany. (File photo: © Nord Stream 2 / Axel Schmidt)

Nord Stream 2 Dredging Starting Off German Coast

A consortium of western companies and Russia's Gazprom that is due to build the controversial subsea Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany said on Tuesday it was starting preparatory work in the Greifswald bay off Germany's Baltic coast."Five dredgers are now working on the trench for the two pipeline strings," the consortium, based in Switzerland's Zug, said in a press release. Nord Stream 2 will consist of two pipelines running in parallel."Preparatory works are in accordance with the Stralsund mining authority's planning approval," it said. The regulatory authority

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InterMoor Delivers H-Links Connectors for Appomattox FPS

InterMoor, a provider of mooring services, foundation solutions and offshore installations in subsea services group Acteon, completed the delivery of all H-Links connectors for the Appomattox Floating Production System (FPS) mooring lines. The Appomattox facility will be a four-column semi-submersible production platform moored using 16 mooring lines arranged in 4x4 clusters, in 2,255m (7,400ft) of water approximately 130km (80 miles) offshore Louisiana. The platform will become Shell’s largest floating platform in the Gulf of Mexico. Collaborating with Oceanside Equipment Ltd out of Nova

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Major Gas Hydrate Mapping Campaign Completed in Japan

Ocean Floor Geophysics Inc. (OFG), in cooperation with Fukada Salvage and Marine Works Co. Ltd. (Fukada), has completed a third high resolution Controlled Source Electromagnetic (CSEM) survey of near surface gas hydrates using the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (Scripps) Vulcan system for the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Japanese waters.Following the CSEM surveys and 3D inversion models completed in 2014 and 2015, the 2017 survey comprised more than 413 line kilometers of high resolution data collected in depths up to 1,640 m from the Fukada vessel

The riser platform is one of four platforms that make up the field centre on the Johan Sverdrup field in Phase 1 of the project Photo credit Statoil

First Johan Sverdrup Topside Installed

of the riser platform marks the beginning of one of the most hectic installation programs ever for a project in Statoil. More than 400 km of pipelines, 200 km of power cables, the drilling platform, two jackets and a bridge, will be installed during the next weeks and months. And in early May the offshore organization, which will grow to as many as 2,400 people spread across three shifts at its peak, will initiate the important work of connecting and hooking up the growing field center and starting to prepare for production start-up late in 2019. “With this milestone we firmly take a step

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MacArtney Underwater Technology Turns 40

1, 1978, where the late founders Martin ‘Mac’ MacArtney and his wife Winnie worked out of their home, MacArtney Underwater Technology has turned into a market leader within the underwater technology industry. At the beginning MacArtney was solely a distributor of cables and connectors for offshore use but gradually focus was directed towards engineering and research and development of own products. Today, the MacArtney Group is accessible around the world and around the clock with 20 Group operations supplemented by a distributor network of 25 companies spread across the globe.Since its foundation

Partners Set Out to Drive Subsea Digitalization

A five-year partnership agreement between Subsea 7 company i-Tech Services and Leidos will aim to develop and apply digital technologies to drive efficiency of operations and competitive advantage in the offshore oil and gas sector.Through the partnership, the companies say they will be able to to increase efficiencies in life of field capabilities by providing clients with greater insights into operations through the field lifecycle through digitalization.This relationship will leverage Leidos’s multi-sector expertise in digitalization and enable i-Tech Services to significantly automate manual

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BMT Bays Environmental Support Contract

BMT said it has secured a master services agreement to provide environmental support for UKCS operator Bridge Petroleum Limited (Bridge) as part of its field development work for the large Galapagos Field situated in the East Shetland basin.  Under the contract, BMT will complete the necessary Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) to facilitate the preparation of the Environmental Statement, which aligns with the project planning, permitting and management of regulatory requirements of the U.K. oil and gas industry.  

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Teledyne Bringing Its Technology Workshop to Europe

;s top-tier manufacturers.A cornerstone of this users’ conference is presentations given by customers sharing their field and laboratory experience utilizing Teledyne products. The three-day workshop will include three concurrent morning tracks dedicated to the following broad topic areas:  Offshore Energy; Oceanographic Research; Hydrography; Defense/Security; Aquaculture/Fisheries; and Civil Engineering/River Monitoring.  Teledyne is asking customers to submit an abstract sharing their experience using Teledyne products in any of these applications. Abstracts can be submitted for speaking

Antony Croston (Photo: Trelleborg)

Interview: Antony Croston, Trelleborg Offshore

Antony Croston is Business Group Director at Trelleborg’s offshore operation in Houston, responsible for the externally-facing functions of the business covering engineering, business development and project management.MTR caught up with Croston ahead of next week’s Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston to discuss some of Trelleborg’s latest developments in buoyancy, FEA and engineering analysis, and fire suppression solutions.What is dynamically adjustable buoyancy, and how does this technology benefit its users?Dynamically adjustable buoyancy is a patented technology

Luis Araujo (Photo: Aker Solutions)

Resilient Market Spurs Aker Solutions's Earnings

for projects in Norway, including a contract to deliver modules for the floating production, storage and offloading vessel for Johan Castberg, the largest oil discovery in the Barents Sea. The company also won contracts to deliver subsea production systems for the Troll Phase 3, Askeladd and Nova fields offshore Norway. It secured a maintenance and modifications services contract from Petrobras in Brazil.Aker Solutions was in the period awarded 38 front-end orders, the most in a single quarter. That compares with an all-time high of 124 contracts for all of 2017."We are seeing record demand for our

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Aker Solutions Upgrades Aberdeen Site

 Aker Solutions today officially opens its upgraded Aberdeen services facility to help capture subsea sector growth in the UK and elsewhere. Demand is increasing globally for services at oil and gas fields offshore, including in the UK. Energy companies are seeking to maximize production and returns from existing assets and infrastructure amid tighter budgets. "Our investment in the Aberdeen services base demonstrates our commitment to the North Sea, a mature basin where we see opportunities," said Sian Lloyd Rees, Aker Solutions’ UK country manager. "It’s

Fugro has reported increased confidence in identifying seabed expressions of hydrocarbon  seeps Image Fugro

Fugro Goes Hunting for Hydrocarbon Seeps Offshore Brazil

Working for multi-client geoscience data company TGS, Fugro continues the hunt for hydrocarbon seeps, this time offshore Brazil.Two modern, purpose-built vessels – Fugro Brasilis and Fugro Searcher – have been deployed to acquire high-resolution multibeam echosounder and sub-bottom profiler data in the Campos and Santos Basins.The survey is designed to mirror TGS’s 2016-2017 Gigante and Otos projects in the Gulf of Mexico in which Fugro provided similar services. Covering an area of approximately 200,000 square kilometers, Fugro will use these data to identify and recommend the most

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BSEE Regs Update to Cut Burden on Operators

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) – incorporating industry innovation, best science, and best practices – is proposing to update regulations covering offshore oil and gas drilling operations to improve reliability, safety, efficiency, and environmental stewardship, and reduce unnecessary burdens on operators. BSEE reviewed the existing regulations in response to Executive and Secretary’s Orders instructing it to identify ways to reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens while ensuring that offshore oil and gas drilling operations are conducted in a safe and

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Taiwan: The Next Battleground for Offshore Wind

Taiwan is becoming the next battleground for the world's top offshore wind developers as they seek a foothold in Asia for a technology that has been expanding fast in Europe.Taiwan announced results on Monday of its first major offshore wind farm auction that aims to add 3.8 gigawatts (GW) of capacity to its existing network of just 8 megawatts (MW).The island's offshore wind market is expected to expand to 5.5 GW by 2025, and the government aims to invest $23 billion on onshore and offshore wind projects by 2025, law firm Jones Day says.Taiwan is making a big push to attract investments in

Signing - left: Mike Read, President, Teledyne Marine; right: Abdulmohsen Almajnouni, CEO, RPD Innovations (Photo: Greg Trauthwein)

Teledyne: Custom ROV for Saudi Aramco

to collaborate on global commercialization of new technologies developed within Saudi Arabia.“We are pleased to have entered into this cooperation agreement with RPDC,” said Mike Read, President of Teledyne Marine. “It formalizes our support of new technology and collaboration in the offshore oil industry with the belief that it will facilitate new and innovative solutions.”A first success under this agreement is the award of a development contract, which will integrate a unique sensor design developed by Saudi Aramco. Under a Memorandum of Understanding signed today at the Offshore

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Polarcus Scores Two Seismic Survey Projects

Marine geophysical company Polarcus Limited announced it has secured two offshore seismic survey projects.The company said it has entered into a contract for a two-month broadband 3D marine seismic acquisition project in Australia that will commence immediately.Polarcus also received a letter of award for an XArray 3D marine seismic acquisition project in Asia Pacific. The two-month project is slated to begin immediately after the Australian project.“These awards in Asia Pacific provide important visibility, extending a regional campaign for Polarcus well into Q3 2018,” Polarcus said.

Flintstone Secures Contract for Tullow FPSO

vessel located on the Jubilee field off the coast of Ghana.The mooring system will allow the conversion of the FPSO to a spread moored configuration.The Kwame Nkrumah MV21 is installed in approximately 1,100 meters water depth on the Jubilee Field, which is one of the largest oil fields discovered offshore West Africa in the past 10 years.Earlier this month, Flintstone, part of MacGregor and the Cargotec group, announced it was is diversifying its mooring operations to help drive down costs for the offshore floating wind industry. The company’s solutions can match specific project requirements

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McDermott, CB&I Shareholders Approve Merger

McDermott International shareholders on Tuesday approved a merger with Chicago Bridge & Iron Co that creates a vertically integrated onshore and offshore engineering and construction company, thwarting an attempt by offshore drilling contractor Subsea 7 to block the deal.More than 50 percent of McDermott shareholders supported the deal and approved a 3-to-1 reverse stock split, according to a spokesman. CB&I shareholders also voted in favor the merger, the companies said, and the combination is expected to close on May 10.Shares of CB&I were up about 6 percent, trading at around $16.

File Image: A photo taken during an offshore DNV GL Drone-enabled survey (CREDIT: DNV GL)

In US Gulf, Robots, Drones Take on Dangerous Offshore Oil Work

as BP and Statoil are racing to create the oilfields of the future, where smart devices replace workers. They have the potential to cut costs, save lives, and reduce the scope for human error. "This is going to change the way oil and gas does business," Carri Lockhart, senior vice president of offshore at Statoil USA, said in an interview earlier this year, referring to the push towards autonomous gear and facilities.     Magnetic Crawlers Maggie belongs to a group of devices known as magnetic crawlers, which can move across rigs, platforms, and pipelines above

Wellhead schematic (Photo: DNV GL)

New Recommended Practice for Wellhead Fatigue Analysis

failure for drilling operations has been a growing challenge for the oil and gas industry over the last decade. Wellhead fatigue can have significant safety, technical and financial implications. DNV GL has for a long period and in close cooperation with industry partners addressed structural loading of offshore well systems and wellhead fatigue issues through an ongoing JIP.The results from multiple technical analysis in the JIP project have been turned into specific recommendations to perform fatigue analysis. Examples are; rig motions including low frequency motion, BOP hydrodynamic properties, implementation

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New Consortium for Offshore Decommissioning

oil and gas industry.The consortium includes experts to cover all aspects of decommissioning, from late life management to planning, readiness for removal, execution, waste management and monitoring post removal. The consortium has the capability to take well operatorship, duty-holdership and title of offshore structures, in addition to providing independent third-party assurance.“This consortium offers a new, collaborative approach to decommissioning for operators,” highlights Steve Gilbert, Director of Asset Management and Decommissioning from LR. “It represents a fundamental step

RIMCAW robot being deployed for trial (Photo: TWI)

Chain-climbing Underwater Robot Passes Trials

These simulated trials have proved that RIMCAW is fit-for-purpose, as well as commercially viable, thereby paving the way for further field trials in real-world operating conditions.Channa Nageswaran, RIMCAW Project Leader and NDT Team Manager at TWI explained, “Failure of mooring chain systems in offshore oil and gas structures represents a critical threat to the assets themselves, human life and to the environment. As a result, considerable effort goes into ensuring that the integrity of the chains is maintained to high standards, and a key part of this is increasing the precision and reliability

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Op/Ed: Connecting to the Future of Offshore

,000-horsepower devices lift drilling equipment weighing up to 3 million pounds out of holes lying 10,000 feet beneath the water. Keeping such sea monsters in good working order, often for years at a time, is no mean feat. Oil companies spend between $300,000 and $800,000 per day on each vessel drilling offshore. Any failures can result in losses that run into hundreds of thousands of dollars per day.With such high costs and massive market pressures, including volatile oil prices, increasing competition and operations in complex environments, offshore companies are seeking new ways to boost efficiency and

Anglo American to End Investment in Deep Sea Miner Nautilus

small minority shareholding in Nautilus, as part of the prioritisation of our portfolio on our largest and greatest potential resource assets," Anglo spokesman James Wyatt-Tilby said, confirming a report in the Financial Times.Anglo has a 4 percent stake in Toronto-listed Nautilus. Nautilus mines offshore in Papua New Guinea and Australia for minerals such as copper, gold, nickel and cobalt.(Reporting by Kanishka Singh and Zandi Shabalala; Editing by Susan Fenton

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Nominate “Top 10 Subsea Leaders” Today

.com), the editors at MTR are accepting your nominations for the “Top 10” leaders in subsea in 2018.“MTR’s Top 10 Leaders” nomination rules:The nominee can be a person, a company or an organization.The nominees can serve any of the three major subsea sectors: defense, offshore energy, science/academia.All nominees must be submitted in writing, to [email protected], by June 30, 2018.The selection of “MTR’s Top 10 Leaders” is at the sole discretion of the editors of Marine Technology Reporter.In addition, please be sure to visit the online application

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Shell Awards Deepwater Installation Contract in GOM

In another sign that activity in the moribund offshore sector is starting to loosen, Jumbo said that it has won the installation contract for the Shell deep-water Vito development in the US Gulf of Mexico.    The Vito development is located in the Mississippi Canyon, approximately 150 miles south of New Orleans in water depth of more than 4,000 feet.   Jumbo’s installation contract involves the initial pre-lay of the mooring system as well as the subsequent tow and hook-up of the FPS. Roddy Lafontaine, VP Offshore for Jumbo says:   "The Jumbo Offshore team is very

Sapphire (Photo: Bibby Offshore)

Bibby Offshore Bags Spirit Energy Contract

Subsea services provider Bibby Offshore said it has secured a fixed term framework agreement with independent oil and gas operator Spirit Energy.Awarded in April, the two-year agreement, which follows on from a previous five-year agreement, will see Bibby Offshore carry out inspection repair and maintenance (IRM) works, remotely operated vehicle (ROV) inspection and subsea survey operations across a number of North Sea structures and pipelines.The project will utilize Bibby Offshore’s diverse fleet capabilities, including its multi-role diving and ROV support vessel, Bibby Sapphire, a Quasar

Keel Laid for Second Bibby Wavemaster

last week.The vessel’s final name will be announced after a competition within Siemens Gamesa and EnBW, however it will continue to be part of the Bibby WaveMaster series.The SOV 9020 is a new class of purpose-built SOV with Walk-to-Work (W2W) capability developed by Damen in consultation with the offshore renewables industry. The design is an entirely new concept from the ground up, combining DP-2 capability, a new motion-compensated gangway, innovative hull design, a revolutionary internal layout, and a comprehensive range of additional innovations designed to increase efficiencies and reduce costs

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Emerson Launches Roxar Tempest 8.2

Emerson has launched Roxar Tempest 8.2 – the latest version of its reservoir management software, bringing advanced uncertainty analysis tools and increased support to the Big Loop workflow and robust risk analysis and reserves estimates across the seismic to simulation workflow. The announcement also further strengthens Emerson’s end to end Exploration & Production (E&P) software portfolio, helping operators achieve top-quartile performance and greater project certainty on investment and operational goals within new and established reservoirs.Enhancements to the Big Loop workflow

SaabSeaeye Leopard (Photo: SaabSeaeye)

ROV Roundup: Recent Tech Innovations

MTR highlights recent technological advances in the world of remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROV).SaabSeaeye: It’s ElectricOperators, from the Gulf of Mexico to offshore Australia, report multi-million-dollar savings as they switch to the new generation of electric work vehicles, and the Saab Seaeye Leopard it touted as the most powerful electric robotic work vehicle of its size in the world.Compared to a 66-ton hydraulic equivalent, its 25-ton complete package brings considerable savings in footprint, mobilization, maintenance and staff.Operators report the Leopard reducing costs by up

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Maersk Likely to Shelve Plans to List Drilling Division

Shipping group A.P. Moller-Maersk is likely to shelve plans to list its struggling offshore drilling division because of weak market conditions, according to five finance sources familiar with the matter.The Danish company is now expected to focus on a trade sale of Maersk Drilling, and extend the timeline to divest the unit beyond its initial target of the end of 2018, said the sources who declined to be named as the discussions are private.Maersk group has not publicly put a price tag on the division, but analysts value it at around $4.8 billion.It has not yet received any firm offers for the unit

Oeyvind Eriksen (Photo: Aker)

Aker to explore options for Aker Energy after Ghana plan filing

Norwegian investment firm Aker will consider options for its stake in oil startup Aker Energy after the unit has appraised its offshore field in Ghana and submitted a development plan for the site to the Ghanaian government.Aker Energy bought a 50-percent stake in Ghana's ultra deepwater Tano Cape Three Points block from Hess for $100 million in February.Options for the stake include listing Aker Energy separately, offering it for sale to oil companies in the area or those seeking to enter Ghana, or a combination of both, Aker's CEO Oeyvind Eriksen told Reuters.Aker Energy is 50 percent owned

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University of Limerick Buys ROV for Renewables Research

, was officially launched at the docks in Limerick City by Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen TD.The Comanche ROV was selected due to its high thrust-to-drag ratio enabling it to operate in strong currents, typical conditions for the offshore renewables industry. The ROV is equipped to a high specification with precision positioning and navigation systems, camera and lighting systems and sonars. The systems will be used as a test bed for research to develop capabilities for inspection, maintenance and repair work on Marine Renewable

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Norway Launches New Licensing Round in Mature Offshore Areas

Norway will hold a new licensing round for its offshore oil and gas fields in already opened areas, further expanding the exploration acreage available to energy firms, the oil ministry said on Wednesday.Areas in the North Sea, the Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea will be offered to oil companies, who have until September to submit their applications. The ministry plans to award licenses at the beginning of 2019, it said."Access to prospective exploration acreage is crucial in order to make new petroleum discoveries. New discoveries on the Norwegian continental shelf ensure value creation

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The Underwater Centre Under New Ownership

; Gas UK Chief Executive, Deirdre Michie, said, “I visited The Underwater Centre and I saw first-hand the value it adds to the U.K.’s world-leading subsea sector. As we continue to move out of the downturn and adapt to a changing future, it’s increasingly important that the U.K.’s offshore oil and gas industry works together to consolidate areas of strength.“Oil & Gas UK is pleased to have worked with our peers to secure an outcome which maintains the breadth of expertise and institutional knowledge at this excellent facility.”David McGhie, Managing Director of The

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Egypt Approves Oil Exploration Deal with Eni, Tharwa

Egypt has approved an exploration agreement with Italy's Eni and the Egyptian Tharwa company to search for oil and gas in the Mediterranean off the coast of northern Sinai, the Egyptian oil minister said on Wednesday.Under the deal, Eni and Tharwa will spend $105 million in two stages over six years, which involve drilling one well in the first stage and another in the second, Tarek El Molla told journalists.Reporting by Momen Saeed Atallah, writing by Sami Aboudi

Nippon Foundation and Deepstar signed an MOU in Houston. Photo: Greg Trauthwein

Offshore: Nippon Foundation, Deepstar Sign MOU

Nippon Foundation Chairman Yohei Sasakawa said "We need to acquire the resources to discover and reach (our) natural resources. There is no question that Houton is the hub of space exploration, but ehere are two other areas of clear leadership: baseball and the World Champion Houston Astros, and offshore energy."   In an interview with Maritime Reporter & Engineering News before the signing, Chairman Sasakawa said that there were two significant points in the signing of the MOU with Deepstar: one is "hands-on" and surrounding the discovery and recovery of natural resources

Argentina Offshore Auction Attracting Oil Producers

International oil firms including Norway's Statoil, U.S. Anadarko Petroleum, China's CNOOC and Malaysia's Petronas have shown interest in Argentina's auction this year of offshore blocks for exploration and production, the country's energy minister said on Wednesday.Argentina, which is still defining the areas to be included in the auction, also wants oil companies currently exploring at its large Vaca Muerta shale field to move from pilot to full development phase after offering incentives to cut costs.Six projects have moved to the production stage in recent months, and the

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Unique Grillage Design for Offshore Wind Farm

Conbit has developed a unique grillage design as part of a collaborative scope for an offshore wind farm project in the U.K. and one of the biggest in the world.Conbit said it is providing the specialist offshore engineering for parent company ALE, who has been contracted to provide the marine transportation, sea-fastening, load-out and ballasting of over 100 TPs for Ørsted’s Hornsea Project One in the North Sea, set to be the biggest wind farm in the world.For the structural engineering, Conbit used its internal structural engineering expertise to conduct the structural integrity and sea

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