Offshore Oil & Gas

PGS Sells OptoSeis to Geospace Technologies

(PRM) by exploration and production (E&P) companies, combined with our leading expertise in PRM systems, prompted the acquisition of the OptoSeis business."The OptoSeis fiber optic technology has been deployed by PGS in a marine permanent reservoir monitoring system in the Jubarte field located offshore Brazil and has also been demonstrated as a viable technology for large scale cabled land seismic data acquisition systems

Left to right: Paolo Cattaneo, Brett Laurenson and Alex Pretty (Photo: Rovco)

Rovco Grows Its Team

for strengthening the company’s market presence, geographical reach and effectively executing the firm’s global growth strategy.They will also help to develop future technology and services required to support clients in the oil, gas and renewable energy sectors, working alongside the offshore and R&D teams.Pretty will focus on developing new opportunities in the offshore renewables market, Laurenson will boost Rovco’s presence in the global oil and gas industry, and Cattaneo will work across both divisions

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Subsea Vision & Photogrammetry Lab Formed

Offshore robotics company FORSSEA ROBOTICS chose GMS as main technical partner to certify its real-time visual positioning technologies. A joint laboratory will be created to develop a common offer covering camera calibration, subsea image treatment and innovative photogrammetry solutions.FORSSEA ROBOTICS decided last year to adapt its Atoll ROV embedded visual docking technology into a stand-alone product. The company was already manufacturing and commercializing underwater cameras, mainly for R&D underwater vision applications.The so-called V-LOC (Visual LOCalization) technology has been designed

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Oil Removed from WWII Era Shipwreck

A U.S. Navy led team has removed 229,000 gallons of oil from a sunken World War II era German heavy cruiser that has been resting on the seafloor near the Marshall Islands for more than 70 years.After being transferred to the U.S. as a war prize, the cruiser Prinz Eugen was loaded with oil and cargo and used to assess survivability of warships during the Operation Crossroads atomic bomb tests in the Pacific. The ship survived two atomic blasts before being towed to Kwajalein Atoll, where it capsized and sunk in December 1946.Now, 72 years later, a project team led by Stephanie Bocek of the Navy's

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Artificial Intelligence Aids Subsea Object Detection

automatically accomplish the previously painstaking and costly task of manually sifting through data to identify, tag and report on boulders within a seabed site.Boulder detection is critical for determining whether an area is suitable for construction, such as pipeline planning for industries including offshore oil and gas and wind energy.SEADP reduces the required tasks significantly, completing them in minutes as opposed to days. Boulders are detected automatically and their measurements located on the seabed, even in high clutter environments and complex geometries. A comprehensive report on each detected

Pipelay of the Nord Stream 2 Pipeline has started in Finland (Photo: Allseas)

US warns sanctions still an option against Nord Stream 2

The United States could yet impose new sanctions to try to block construction of the Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline across the Baltic Sea to the European Union, the U.S. ambassador to the EU said on Tuesday.Asked if Donald Trump could take further measures to thwart a project which the president has said would leave EU countries even more beholden to Moscow for their energy, Gordon Sondland said: "We have not deployed the full set of tools yet that could significantly undermine if not outright stop the project."Addressing an audience at the European Policy Centre think-tank in Brussels

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ROVOP Opens Middle East Hub

Remotely operated vehicle (ROV) services provider ROVOP said it has expanded in the Middle East, opening a new base in the region.Two senior staff members, operations director Doug Middleton and business development consultant Michael O’Donnell, will relocate to the region to staff the new Middle East operation.The Middle East will now have the largest independent ROV operator providing the highest quality services to clients across the Drill Support, IRM, and Construction markets within the oil and gas sector, underpinned by operational excellence and a diverse fleet of ROVs, all managed and

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Ridge Hires Sandal as Subsurface Manager

Norwegian offshore consultancy Ridge has appointed Ole Jacob Sandal as subsurface manager, effective November 1, 2018.Sandal possesses extensive international and North Sea experience gained over 20 years in the oil and gas business, with roles ranging from exploration, drilling, corporate management and business development, combined with. He brings to the role a broad technical background, with a masters in petroleum geophysics and geology from University of Bergen, and a large national and international network within oil and gas business, research and finance.In connection with this appointment

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Ørsted Awards Jacket Foundation Contract

Sing Da Marine Structure Corporation (SDMS) has been awarded a multimillion dollar contract to construct the jacket foundations for Ørsted’s 900MW Greater Changhua offshore wind project off Taiwan.During 2020 and 2021 SDMS will supply 56 jacket foundations for Ørsted’s first 900MW Greater Changhua projects to be installed in 2021. The deal is reportedly Ørsted’s largest jacket foundation contract ever, as well as the largest of its kind in the global offshore wind industry.SDMS, a wholly-owned subsidiary of integrated steel maker China Steel Corporation (CSC)

From left: Jan Vegard Hestnes Operations Director IKM, Ben Pollard Managing Director IKM, Geir Sjøberg CEO AKOFS & Hans Fjellanger BD Director IKM  (Photo: IKM)

IKM Wins ROV Contract from AKOFS

IKM Subsea said it has been selected to provide remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) services as part of AKOFS Offshore's five + three year light well intervention (LWI) services contract on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) from Equinor.IKM said its 400 Million NOK ($47.2 million) contract with AKOFS includes the construction and mobilization of two Merlin UCVs (ultra-compact vehicles) on board the well intervention vessel AKOFS Seafarer. IKM will also supply ROV services with personnel and onshore support for the duration of the contract. The ROVs will be built by IKM Subsea’s

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Benthic Completes Esso Survey off Guyana

Geosciences company Benthic completed field work for Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Ltd. for an offshore geotechnical investigation and environmental baseline survey in the Stabroeck and Canje blocks offshore Guyana.Benthic said it executed the combined geotechnical and environmental scope of work from the vessel Chouest Sable in Q3 2018.Benthic’s Portable Remotely Operated Drill (PROD 3) and geotechnical equipment collected borehole samples, box and piston cores, grab samples and conducted in-situ PCPT testing at subsea infrastructure locations in water depths up to 3,100 meters.Environme

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Ørsted Concludes Deepwater Wind Acquisition

in a deal valued at $510 million.The company closed the transaction of acquiring 100% of equity stake held by D.E. Shaw group in Deepwater Wind, which was announced in October this year, after securing approval from the US competition authorities.The new combined organization—Ørsted US Offshore Wind—will be able to deliver clean energy to every coastal state in the densely-populated east coast corridor between Massachusetts and Virginia. Seven states in that region have already committed to build more than 10GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030.The new company launches as the clear

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Aquaterra Bags More Johan Sverdrup Work

to optimize the new wells. Equinor has already reduced the total estimated investment by 6 billion NOK since February of this year. Our goal is to keep costs low by continuing to streamline their early well construction operations to reduce time to first oil.”Johan Sverdrup is one of the largest offshore oil fields on the Norwegian continental shelf, with estimated reserves of up to 3.2 billion barrels of oil equivalent. The project includes the next 16 wells of the field’s development, including measures to facilitate power from shore to the Utsira High. Production start-up is planned for

OPT's hybrid PowerBuoy with seafloor battery (Image: OPT)

OPT Rolls Out New Products

services, provide more comprehensive solutions that can meet the needs of more customers requiring reliable power and communications in their subsea work across the globe.”OPT’s entry into the subsea battery market presents a complementary product to the PB3. Given OPT’s expertise in offshore energy storage systems from existing PB3 technology, the subsea batteries will provide an opportunity for OPT to differentiate through technical, cost and delivery leadership. The specialized knowledge required of pressure regulated battery solutions can create a significant barrier to entry, thus

Early-out Fast-Track Pre-Stack Time Migration showing high-resolution detail of the thick Zambezi Basin sediments and previously unseen faulting geometry in the basement (image courtesy of CGG Multi-Client & New Ventures)

CGG Releases Data from Mozambique Survey

The fast-track 3D seismic data from CGG’s recent Mozambique multi-client survey in the outer Zambezi Delta Basin is now available for license, the geoscience company announced during Africa Oil Week.The data covers a 15,400 km2 area over blocks Z5-C and Z5-D and surrounding open acreage. It was acquired as part of a multi-client program agreed between CGG and Mozambique’s Instituto Nacional de Petroleo (INP) in 2017.Interested international oil companies can view the high-end data set in CGG data rooms in anticipation of the country’s 2019 licensing round.CGG said final PSDM deliverabl

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Ashtead Inks Rental Deal with Oceaneering

Independent provider of subsea equipment rental, sales and services to the offshore industry Ashtead Technology Limited announced Wednesday that it has secured a global master lease agreement with a wholly-owned subsidiary of global oilfield services provider, Oceaneering International Inc.The agreement will see Ashtead offer Oceaneering’s range of remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) tools and systems for rental from its facilities in Aberdeen, Abu Dhabi, Houston and Singapore.  

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N-Sea Expands Its Middle East Capabilities

Inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) subsea services provider N-Sea said it has reinforced its commitment to the Middle East with expanded its service capabilities in the region.N-Sea, which opened its regional office in Dubai in 2016, said its TUP (transfer under pressure) Diving System has recently arrived in the Middle East for refurbishment and work in the regionDesigned and built in-house by N-Sea, the TUP Diving System is a mobile, surface-oriented closed bell diving system comprising a three-man bell, launch and recovery system, triple lock decompression chamber and gas diver control

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iSURVEY Completes Nord Stream 2 Survey

Survey and positioning services provider iSURVEY said it has completed a 30-day geophysical seabed survey for offshore pipelay and subsea construction company Allseas.The project team set out to identify obstructions and hazardous seabed features over a 40-kilometer section of route survey in the German Baltic prior to forthcoming pipelay anchoring and mooring operations for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project.Taking on a vessel charter, the iSURVEY team had full contract responsibility for the vessel, marine, survey, processing and reporting elements of the entire scope – a first for the group.

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Jumbo Wins Leviathan Work

Dutch offshore services provider Jumbo said it has been awarded a contract for the transportation and installation of a 410-ton subsea production manifold for the Leviathan development off the coast of Israel.Technip, which is preparing for a project including a subsea production system connecting high-rate subsea wells to a fixed platform located approximately 10 kilometers offshore Israel, awarded Jumbo's Offshore division with the contract to perform the task of lowering the manifold onto the seabed at a 1,643-meter water depth and installing various other SSIV’s and valve skids at a

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Next-Gen Autonomous Survey Vessels

marine business can be optimized through the use of autonomous and remote technology, and we are very excited that we have reached an agreement with L3 ASV,” said Wim Herijgers, Director Innovation Marine for Fugro.“This partnership aligns with our strategy to leverage technology to reduce offshore staff exposure and make our operations more efficient.&rdquo

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NKT to Supply Cables for Johan Sverdrup 2

Denmark-based cable supplier NKT said it has received a letter of award from Norway's Equinor to supply and install a cable system of 200 kilometers of 80 kV high-voltage DC offshore power cables for the second phase of the Johan Sverdrup oil field development project in the Norwegian North Sea.The award is conditional upon finalization of the formal contract which is likely to take place within a few weeks, NKT said. The contract value is expected to be approximately EUR 110 million, corresponding to roughly EUR 82 million in standard metal prices.The cable system comprises two 200 km of cables

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Kreuz Glorious Mobilized for ONGC Project

Singapore-headquartered subsea services business Kreuz Subsea and Indian consortium partner Seamec Ltd completed the mobilization of the Kreuz Glorious vessel to commence a two-year project with India’s Oil & Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC).The scope of work includes the inspection of 27 offshore jackets in the Mumbai High North, Mumbai High South, Heera, Neelam and Bassien assets, located off the coast of Mumbai in the Arabian Sea.The construction work barge is specifically designed to work around complex jackets which are often inaccessible by more traditionally utilized DP2 diving vessels

Woodside will deploy Halfwave’s ultra-wideband acoustic resonance technology: the two new inspections will be carried out in 2019 (Photo: Halfwave)

Halfwave Wins Pipeline Inspection Work

Halfwave said it has has been awarded two new in-line inspection (ILI) contracts by Woodside in Australia. The awards have been made as part of a Master Services Agreement (MSA).Woodside is an early adopter of Halfwave’s ultra-wideband acoustic resonance technology (ART) inspection technique. Acoustic signals transmit readily through gas, so there is no need for a liquid coupling medium, and they penetrate internal coatings and surface deposits, such as wax within the pipe, far more effectively than traditional inspection methods.The signal transmitters and receivers can stand off several inches

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WindFloat Chosen for Kincardine Wind Farm

First power from the floating wind farm project offshore Kincardineshire, Scotland began flowing in September, clearing the way for the full 50 MW build-out of the project by 2020, Kincardine Offshore Windfarm Ltd. (KOWL) confirmed.Principle Power said its WindFloat floating wind turbine foundation has been chosen for the project.Joao Metelo, Principle Power’s CEO, said, “Once complete, KOWL will be the world’s largest floating wind farm, achieving another major milestone for the industry. We’re very pleased that WindFloats have been chosen and are excited about the project.

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Polarcus Wins 3D Project in West Africa

Offshore geophysical firm Polarcus Limited said Thursday it has received an award for a 3D marine seismic acquisition project in West Africa.The award comprises two surveys of approximately three months each, with the first survey expected to commence Q2 2019 and the second survey Q4 2019.

TGS CEO Kristian Johansen (Photo: TGS)

TGS Remains Upbeat as Shares Drop

Oslo-listed seismic surveyor TGS fell more than 10 percent after reporting disappointing third-quarter results on Thursday, as oil firms were still too cautious to spend despite a raft of upbeat earnings.TGS, which maps the seabed in search of hydrocarbon deposits for oil firms, reported quarterly operating profit of $24 million, down from $26 million a year ago and missing a forecast of $37 million returned by a Reuters poll.While oil companies like Shell, BP and Total are reporting bumper profits in the third quarter, they are keen to control costs, so their suppliers are yet to reap the benefits

New Fund to Pioneer Marine Data Technologies

use of its data, this represents an exciting growth opportunity for local technology businesses and marine supply chain companies. It is intended that this grant support will lead to new technologies which will reduce costs, create more advanced surveillance systems, and improve the accuracy of offshore monitoring.“In this region, we benefit from the world class facilities and infrastructure available to marine technology businesses, including at the University of Plymouth. Data drawn from the University of Plymouth’s High Frequency Radar array on the North Cornwall coast could be used

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The 'Digital Twin' Evolution for Offshore Wind

Testing, inspection and certification services provider Bureau Veritas said it has partnered with Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult in an effort to jointly develop a Veristar AIM 3D “Digital Twin” of ORE Catapult’s 7MW Levenmouth Offshore Wind Demonstration Turbine in Fife, Scotland.So-called Digital Twins can improve the operations and maintenance of offshore wind farms by combining real-world turbine operating data with numerical modelling to improve understanding and enable a risk-based approach to maintenance activities, thereby reducing unplanned activities, improving

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Engie Gets Green Light for Offshore Wind Projects in France

French energy group Engie said on Tuesday it has received clearance for its grounded 500 MW gigawatt capacity offshore Yeu and Noirmoutier wind projects.Engie said the 2 billion euro ($2.27 billion) projects, which it is developing with renewables company EDPR, and a unit of French public sector lender Caisse des Depots, will proceed with the calls to tender after it obtained the final authorization from the government on Monday.A spokesman said the wind farms are expected to be operational by 2021.The farms are in an 83 square kilometers zone, and they will have 62 turbines manufactured by Siemens

OFFSHORE ENGINEER (OE) is Back!

I am proud to announce that we have acquired the assets of Atcomedia and starting in January 2019 we will relaunch the flagship title, Offshore Engineer (OE), a perfect compliment to our media offering, led by Maritime Reporter & Engineering News.OEDigital.com is back online now, and Eric Haun has been promoted as Managing Editor of Offshore Engineer, tending to the day-to-day print and electronic information components to the title. In addition, Elaine Maslin and Jennifer Pallanich will once again write and report for the title. There will be plenty of news and developments in the coming two

Claxton to support MOL Norge’s first well programme on the Norwegian Continental Shelf

Claxton, a supplier of engineering and services for shallow-water, jackup-depth markets in subsea services group Acteon, has been contracted to support MOL Norge AS on its first well program on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.The award is through Ross Offshore Well Management AS, which Claxton will support with equipment delivery.The exploration program consists of two fixed and two optional wells to be drilled from the Rowan Viking jackup rig.The well program is scheduled to start in April 2019 and estimated to last 255 days.For Claxton, the award comes in addition to its support for MOL Norge’s

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Fugro Q3 Revenue Jumps

Dutch deep-sea prospector Fugro has reported a 29.1 percent rise in third-quarter revenue on a comparable basis, driven by the expansion of offshore wind developments and a recovery in the global oil and gas market.Rising oil prices have helped Fugro by making it more economic to prospect for the hard-to-reach subsea deposits in which it specializes."In our early cyclical marine site characterisation activities we are experiencing sharp growth and improving prices, resulting in strongly improved profitability," Chief Executive Mark Heine said in a statement on Friday.Third-quarter revenue

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Rovco Buys a Falcon DR ROV

, allowing us to develop our service offering and ensure we continue to be at the forefront of innovative subsea tech.”Supported by an expanding fleet of ROVs, Rovco has the capabilities to deliver ROV services anywhere in the world. Its subsea innovation and technologies are shaping the future of offshore inspection and hydrographic survey to improve the quality of data obtained from the underwater environment.  

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Drafinsub Chooses Falcon ROV

with ROVs and we felt it was the right time to take a leap in quality, with the completion of our second diving saturation system.”The long-established company - with its all-inclusive diving operations that include its new nine-man 300msw saturation units - undertakes extensive underwater works offshore, along with dams, nuclear installations and inside tunnels. Work includes pipeline construction, cable laying, offshore platform maintenance and mine clearance.Drafinsub says they will use the Falcon for various tasks including:diver assistance in shallow and deep water (300 msw)non-destructive

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Seabed Geosolutions Wins Red Sea Ocean Contract

The provider of comprehensive ocean bottom seismic (OBS) solutions to the global oil and gas industry Seabed Geosolutions and its partner have been awarded a 3D ocean bottom node survey in the Red Sea.The S-79 project will require the acquisition and processing of high quality 3D data over a large area in various water depths.Seabed’s highly efficient 4C Manta ocean bottom nodes will be used, in combination with its best-in-class ROV deployment system in deep waters and node-on-a-wire system in shallower areas. The surveys are scheduled to commence early 2019.The contract will be jointly executed

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) can be used to provide an accurate simulation of the response of complex offshore floating structures under realistic sea states, including extreme weather conditions. (Image: HR Wallingford)

New Tools Optimize the Design of Floating Renewable Energy Devices

New research at HR Wallingford in collaboration with the Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL) in the U.S., has developed a toolkit that can be used to optimize the design of floating offshore renewable energy devices, by accurately simulating the response of these floating structures under realistic sea states.A variety of concepts for floating offshore renewable energy devices is under development around the world, and each one presents its own challenges. This is not only due to the marine environments in which the devices may be placed, where they will frequently be exposed to significant wave

Installation of the Windfloat Prototype in Portugal, in 2011 (Photo: Bourbon Subsea Services)

Bourbon Awarded Floating Wind Farm Work

Bourbon Subsea Services has been selected by Windplus to install three floating wind turbines of 8.3 MW, 20 km off Viana do Castelo, Portuguese coast. These turbines, with a total capacity of 25 MW, are the most powerful in the floating offshore wind industry. The project includes project management, engineering and the procurement of the complete mooring system (supplied by Vryhof).The mooring systems with three sets of three mooring lines will be pre-laid in the first phase. The wind turbines will be then towed to the offshore site and hooked up in a second phase, which will also include the

UTEC Secures Floatover Project in the Middle East

UTEC, a surveying company in subsea services group Acteon, said it has, in partnership with offshore services provider Zamil Offshore, secured a contract in Saudi Arabia for the floatover, from Oman to Saudi Arabia, and installation of multiple platform topsides.UTEC said its scope includes topside dimensional control, positioning and motion monitoring during topside transportation and installation, and metocean and weather prediction services.“2018 has been a great year for UTEC in the Middle East and we have seen a sharp increase in demand for our services,” said Bill Hickie, UTEC Middle

Neil Gordon is chief executive of Subsea UK  (Photo: Subsea UK)

Subsea State? Steady with Waves of Optimism

of health and wealth. They contain rich, valuable and diverse resources and the U.K., with such a preeminent capability in subsea technology and engineering, is in an enviable position to exploit this enormous economic values. We’ve demonstrated our success in oil and gas and, more recently, offshore wind. As we look to the future, we need to ensure we have the technology and appropriate skills to continue to grow and create high-value jobs through further diversification in emerging and maturing areas such as wave & tidal energy, deepsea mining and aquaculture

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Aker BP Q3 Operating Profit Beats Forecast

Aker BP's third-quarter operating profit rose more than expected, helped by a boom in oil prices, the Norwegian oil firm said on Friday, while reducing planned capital and exploration spending.Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) rose to $548 million from $219 million in the same quarter a year ago, beating the $521 million expected by analysts in a Reuters poll.The company slightly reduced its 2018 capital spending guidance to $1.25 billion from $1.3 billion, and exploration spending to $400 million from $425 million, while maintaining its production guidance at 155,000-160,000 barrels of

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Partners to Produce Innovative Dive Vessel

Marine, subsidiary of Paramount Maritime Holdings, and Unique Group announced a strategic Agreement for the continued manufacture of the next-generation HYDRACraft 1400 Diving Daughtercraft. The maritime platform will be deployed by Unique Group customers with the primary purpose of supporting ongoing offshore oil and gas diving operations.The combination of lightweight composites and aluminum ship building technologies, the light weight 14m, MCA certified HYDRACraft 1400 Diving Daughtercraft can be deployed from a single point Mac Gregor 10T Davit while supporting the diving operations of up to 3 divers

This slice, at a depth of 595 m through the Q model, clearly highlights the extent of the Peon gas field (image courtesy of CGG Multi-Client & New Ventures)

High-End Seismic Imaging Solves Shallow Gas Challenges

The latest Q modeling, and Q-compensating imaging techniques bring greater clarity to Northern Viking GrabenCGG has recently completed seismic depth imaging of its entire Northern Viking Graben multi-client survey, in the Norwegian North Sea. The latest visco-acoustic (“Q”) velocity modeling and seismic imaging technologies have been applied to BroadSeis broadband variable-depth streamer field data, acquired between 2014 and 2016. The final output forms a contiguous data volume covering 35,400 km².The Northern Viking Graben, like many other areas around the globe, contains a wide

JFS’s twin grab offshore equipment on back deck (Photo: James Fisher and Sons plc)

James Fisher Continues Growth in Middle East

to support our customers in the region.”James Fisher now has its largest ever deployment of equipment and manpower in the Middle East, working on installation, operations and maintenance and decommissioning works. It is represented in the Middle East by the following subsidiaries:James Fisher Offshore - a specialist offshore partner in the delivery of subsea and topside projectsJames Fisher Marine Services - an integrator of complex marine and offshore projectsJames Fisher Subsea Excavation - subsea excavation specialistFendercare Marine - ship-to-ship transfers and supplier of marine products

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UTEC Introduces New AUV Launch and Recovery System

a small boat, thereby simplifying operations and improving safety. It also increases efficiency and reduces costs by enabling AUV surveys in parallel with construction or laying activities, as the LARS can be deployed from the same work vessel.The LARS will see its first use on a pipeline inspection offshore West Africa later this month.The system’s design uses flanged and bolted steel and aluminium tubulars for quick assembly and disassembly to ease transportation and storage. It can also be used for subsea launches. Global navigation satellite and ultra-short-baseline positioning systems can

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Partners Lead New Swarm Technology Research

system for the flying node system which will allow the flying nodes to operate in a swarm and move from their initial seabed position to a new seabed location. This Swarm Technology will be used to enhance the capability of the flying node system and provide even greater savings in cost and time for the offshore energy operators performing ocean bottom seismic surveys.“I would also like to thank the Oil & Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC) for their support of this project. OGIC assists companies to find academic partners and provides funding for innovative projects which benefit the oil and gas industry

ECA Group Awarded Sonatrach Contract

ECA Group said it has been awarded a €4 million service contract from the Algerian state-owned oil group Sonatrach for the Arzew natural gas liquefaction plant in Algeria.This contract of more than €4 million provides for the cleaning of the four seawater inlet galleries of the plant thanks to the VISIT submarine system of ECA Group. The powerful 6-ton vehicle equipped with hydraulic tools will clean all the walls of the pipes during Summer 2019.

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Nexans Wins Cable Contract for Northwester 2 Wind Farm

Nexans said it will supply a subsea power cable and associated accessories for the 219 MW Northwester 2 wind farm 46 km offshore from Zeebrugge, Belgium.The French based company has been awarded a contract from Northwester 2 developer Parkwind to design, manufacture and test the submarine power export cable for the offshore wind farm.The Northwester 2 wind farm comprises 23 turbines. It will be the seventh wind farm to be constructed off the Belgian coast and the first worldwide to feature the record-setting 9.5 MW V164 turbine manufactured by MHI Vestas. Northwester 2 is expected to be fully operationa

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20’ WAM-V Delivered to XPrize Finalist TeamTao

, starting in 2019. The WAM-V is an innovative class of watercraft from 8’ to 150’ that can be tasked with port surveillance and security, UAV & UUV deployment and retrieval, MCM (Mine Countermeasures), nodal communications, benthic operations survey, maritime interdiction, and offshore oil and gas operations

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Schlumberger, TGS Bags New US Seismic Project

Norwegian seismic specialist TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company (TGS) and oilfield services providers Schlumberger have announced a new multiclient nodal seismic project in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.The project, named Amendment, will comprise acquisition of a 2,350-km2 multiclient seismic survey in the Mississippi Canyon and Atwater Valley protraction areas of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. This prolific area includes open acreage, existing producing assets and new discoveries.Seismic data will be acquired using Fairfield Geotechnologies 4C nodal acquisition technology with operations expected to commence in Q4

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LNG Report: Floating Liquefaction & Regasification

capability is user friendly and our IT staff is available to assist with any issues or questions at any time.  Experience of a  Professional TeamThe FLNG/FSRU study and database has been prepared by a small team of seasoned industry professionals with many years of hands-on experience in the offshore sector.  The team’s direct experience in planning and executing FLNG and FSRU projects provides the foundation for a “reality check” evaluation of the likelihood that projects in the planning queue will go forward to development.  Jim McCaul, founder of IMA and co-founder

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Oil And Gas CEO: New Tech Creates Opportunity

Data from KPMG’s 2018 Oil and Gas CEO Outlook, released Oct. 10, reveals that globally, almost all oil and gas CEOs believe new technology creates opportunities. Eighty-five percent are piloting or have already implemented Artificial Intelligence (AI).However, only 59 percent feel their organization is an active disruptor in their own sector, and 57 percent feel that the lead times to achieve significant progress on transformation can be overwhelming"Technology is disrupting the status quo in the oil and gas industry. AI and robotic solutions can help us create models that will predict

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Osbit Builds Cable Test Rig for Subsea

North East engineering specialist Osbit Ltd has developed a cable bend fatigue test rig for the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult that will support the development, and improve the performance and reliability, of subsea cables.According to a press release from the company, the Northumberland-based Osbit designed and built the 15-tonne cable fatigue test rig to ORE Catapult’s specifications.With cable-related failures accounting for up to 80% of offshore wind project insurance claims, the rig enables the testing of offshore array and subsea cables to improve their efficiency and resilience

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RE2 Robotics is Developing Manipulators for the US Navy

A developer of humanlike robotic manipulator arms has received a $2.5 million contract from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) to continue development and commercialization of its Dexterous Maritime Manipulation System (DM2S).RE2 Robotics’ DM2S technology will provide Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) personnel with the ability to remotely and effectively address Waterborne Improvised Explosive Devices (WBIEDs).WBIEDs and mines pose a significant threat to vessels, bridges and ports, and when placed in congested areas, such as bridge pilings, they can be particularly difficult to access and

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Baker Hughes is Exploring Advanced Manufacturing with AFRC

The University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Center (AFRC) and Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE), have joined forces to explore how some of the latest advanced manufacturing tools and processes can drive more efficient, smarter ways to reduce cost and increase productivity across BHGE’s operations.Joining the research center as a tier one member, BHGE will work with the AFRC’s team of engineers and researchers to improve its manufacturing processes and delivery of services. Using its expertise and state-of-the-art equipment, the AFRC will help BHGE identify opportunities

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Minesto Generates Deep Green Tidal Power

has achieved initial electricity generation from the kite.“This is the first step towards full power production. Our focus now is on enhancements of the power production capacity as we progress with our Holyhead Deep tidal site and other establishments,” said Martin Edlund.Commenting on the offshore activities in Wales, Minesto’s COO David Collier said: “At this stage it’s all about demonstrating that the technology works as planned. What’s most pleasing with the commissioning of this first device at a larger scale is that we have shown that we have safe and efficient

VERIPOS GAJT-710-MS (Image: VERIPOS)

New GPS Interference Mitigation Solution

A new anti-jamming antenna is designed to mitigate intentional and unintentional interference and jamming in challenging offshore environments.The VERIPOS GAJT-710-MS helps combat the growing threats of interference and jamming in the offshore oil and gas environment that can cause major delays in projects and impact vessel, operational and crew safety.The new antenna from VERIPOS, part of Hexagon’s Positioning Intelligence division, works to nullify the interference or jamming source that’s trying to overpower the satellite signals that GPS positioning systems use to determine location.

Sonardyne’s SPRINT-Nav all-in-one subsea navigation instrument for underwater vehicles. (Image: Sonardyne)

DOF Subsea Selects Sonardyne Navigation Tech

International subsea services provider DOF Subsea has chosen acoustic and inertial navigation technology from Sonardyne Brasil Ltda. to support its deepwater operations from three vessels offshore Brazil.The three vessels will be equipped with Sonardyne’s SPRINT-Nav all-in-one subsea navigation instrument for underwater vehicles. A remote operated vehicle (ROV) on one of the vessels will also be fitted with a Sonardyne Syrinx Doppler Velocity Log (DVL), in place of its existing system. All three vessels are on long-term contract in Brazilian Waters.SPRINT-Nav combines Sonardyne’s SPRINT

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C-Innovation Opens Port Fourchon Facility

550 ft of open quayside, Bayou Lafourche is a main entrance into the facility, which is supplied with a Manitowoc 777 crane and forklifts for rapid mobilizations of C-I’s subsea construction and inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) fleet of vessels, including the 525 ft long Island Venture offshore construction vessel.The dock facility, which will be manned 24 hours a day, will serve as the base for C-I’s Fourchon operations and features client offices, conference rooms with full streaming connectivity, bunk houses and parking for offshore crews

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Seismic From Below

by the oil industry was in the late 1990s when OBS units were deployed to record long offset refraction data for improved velocity mapping west of the Shetland Isles. One of the first commercial reflection OBS survey was undertaken in 2003/4 by Seabird Exploration for Pemex over the Canterel/Sihil field offshore Mexico. The node technology used for this survey was developed in Norway, following ground breaking research undertaken by Statoil (recently renamed Equinor) with their SUMIC (SUbsea seisMIC) ocean bottom four component cable system.“For many years the superior quality of OBS data over towed

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C-Innovation Opens New Dock Facility

C-Innovation, LLC (C-I), an affiliate of Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO) and its family of companies, said it has opened a new dock facility in Port Fourchon, La., to expand the capabilities of its Subsea Services group.The new facility is located at the end of AJ Estay Road and was previously known as the Martin South Terminal.With more than 550 ft of open quayside, Bayou Lafourche is a main entrance into the facility, which is supplied with a Manitowoc 777 crane and forklifts for rapid mobilizations of C-I’s subsea construction and inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) fleet of vessels, including

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