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Saitec Offshore Technologies

PHOTO: Saitec's BlueSATH Floating Wind Platform Installed in Spain

Saitec Offshore Technologies' BlueSATH floating wind platform has been installed and commissioned in its final deployment site in El Abra del Sardinero, Santander, Spain. The BlueSATH was towed from Astander's Dock Pontejos towards its destination 800 meters away off the Cantabrian coast. Once at the location, the floating wind platform was hooked-up to the already-laid mooring lines.Finally, Saitec Offshore said Monday, commissioning offshore has successfully been completed so the turbine is ready to operate.Testing will take place in a real sea environment with the deployment of a 1:6

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Petronas, FASTsubsea Working on 'Low-cost' Subsea Multiphase Pump

achievement, not least given current industry conditions," said John Macleod," chief technology officer of Aker Solutions.According to Alexander Fuglesang, managing director of FASTsubsea, the FASTsubsea technology will allow operators to faster extract additional hydrocarbons from existing offshore wells and installed infrastructure.End users are drawn to the technology as increased recovery now can be done in a much more sustainable way, and at up to 50 percent lower capex investment than conventional subsea pumping systems, which is key in this market environment, Aker Solutions said,.The

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Rovco to Survey Proposed 96MW Floating Wind Farm Site

Subsea survey services and ROV provider Rovco has won a contract to carry out survey work on Erebus, a planned 96MW offshore floating wind farm 45 km off the coast of Pembrokeshire, in the southwest of Wales.Rovco said Monday that Blue Gem Wind, the joint venture between Total and Simply Blue Energy had awarded it the survey contract worth one million pounds.The survey, set to begin in August, will consist of a detailed geophysical and environmental site investigation to assess the seabed and sub-surface conditions at both the wind farm and along the potential cable routes to shore.Hugh Kelly, Project

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GeoSpectrum Unveils New Long-range Acoustic Underwater Transducers

GeoSpectrum Technologies, an Elbit Systems’ subsidiary, announces the introduction of the C-Bass family of compact Very Low Frequency (VLF) long-range acoustic underwater transducers.Generating high power at very low frequencies from a small source is considered a technological challenge, with current high power underwater VLF sources available on the market being extremely large, costly and requiring a crew of at least a dozen people to operate. Aiming to address these deficiencies, GeoSpectrum introduces the patented C-BASS family of underwater transducers, offering the market a deployable

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Surveyors Map Sunken Liberty Ship off Texas Coast

recently mapped the Liberty Ship George Vancouver off Freeport, Texas while out on a seabed survey project with the R/V Brooks McCall. The multiple multi-phase geophysical and geotechnical site surveys program consisted of pipeline routing and subsea structures to facilitate route and project design for offshore developers.Equipment used to map the ship was a Teledyne Reson SeaBat T-20 multibeam sonar with integrated Applanix POSMV for Motion. Applying the mesh tools to the multibeam survey shows an example of the shipwreck.Texas has been involved in artificial reef development for nearly 50 years. Numerous

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Equinor's Incoming CEO Wants to Be Best in Offshore Oil, Gas

Anders Opedal, who on Monday was named Equinor's new chief executive, said he wanted the Norwegian oil company to be both best in offshore oil and gas and at the same time have higher climate targets and develop new low-carbon solutions."I want Equinor to be best in offshore oil and gas," Opedal told a news conference at the company's headquarters, adding that he also wanted the company to create a platform for growth for low-carbon solutions."I want to go further ... with climate targets," he added.(Reporting by Gwladys Fouche, editing by Terje Solsvik)

Stevie, the Taurob robot, at Shetland Gas Plant. Photo from Total.

INTERVIEW: Kris Kydd, Head of Robotics, at Total E&P UK; Total’s “Stevie the Robot”

the Argos challenge in 2013 and now getting ready to put the Taurob designed Stevie robot through its paces in a trial at Shetland Gas Plant. We spoke with Kris Kydd, Head of Robotics, at Total E&P UK.What have been the main lessons learned to date around enabling these systems to operate in an offshore environment?Total believes that robots have a huge amount to offer to our industry. We are pioneering their use on oil and gas sites, and the last seven years have seen progress, and lots of lessons learned!  Robots offer immediate advantages such as increased safety and efficiency.  In

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NOAA Raises Predicted Number of Tropical Storms to Record High

hurricane season produces 12 named storms including six hurricanes, half of which are major.NOAA's forecast is similar to that issued Wednesday by the Colorado State University Tropical Meteorology Project, which predicts 12 hurricanes, five of them major, from 24 named storms in the current season.Offshore production in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico accounts for 17% of total U.S. oil output and 5% of total natural gas production, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). Over 45% of U.S. petroleum refining capacity is located along the Gulf Coast, as well as 51% of total U.S. natural gas

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Offshore Wind Could Bring In $1.7B to U.S. Treasury by 2022

The United States has an opportunity to accelerate offshore wind energy growth, and benefit from 28 new gigawatts of wind power and $1.7 billion in U.S. Treasury revenue by 2022, according to a study released by the energy intelligence group Wood Mackenzie. Apart from the benefits to the Treasury, the offshore wind industry in the U.S. could create 80,000 jobs annually from 2025 to 2035.Commissioned by four energy industry groups, American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA), New York Offshore Wind Alliance (NYOWA), and the Special Initiative on Offshore

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Reach Subsea Adds to Its ROV Backlog

Reach Subsea, Oslo-listed subsea services provider for the offshore energy sector, has added to its contract backlog.The company had in its 1Q 2020 report said that it had secured 750 project days (representing 1,250 ROV days) for the remainder of 2020.In a statement on Wednesday, Reach Subsea said that since the 1Q report, it has, together with cooperation partner MMT Sweden AB, been awarded additional contracts and call-offs under frame agreements for 2020 execution, representing about 250 project days (400 ROV days). The projects involve both inspection, survey, and construction support work

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OSIL Reports Export Milestone

UK-based marine monitoring systems manufacturer Ocean Scientific International Ltd (OSIL) says it has achieved an export milestone for global sales. Now exporting to more than 100 countries, OSIL’s global customer base is expanding despite a challenging climate, the company says.The 105th export country was Georgia with an order for Niskin Bottles and a Marine Nutrient Standards Kit shipped to an oceanographic laboratory for water quality monitoring. Other recent export sales include a 30m Giant Piston Corer system to Korean Institute of Ocean Science & Technology (KIOST) for its ongoing

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Ocean Explorer Finds WWII Submarine off Hawaii

A veteran ocean explorer and his team have employed advanced underwater technology to discover and scan World War II submarine USS S-35 (SS-140) offshore Hawaii.This is the 7th US WWII submarine found by Tiburon Subsea CEO Tim Taylor and his "Lost 52 Project" team. This recent discovery utilized pioneering robotics and methods at the forefront of today's underwater technology. The explorers applied a combination of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV), remotely operated vehicles (ROV) and advanced 4D Modeling photogrammetry.The USS S-35, built at the end of WWI, launched in 1919 and

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Fugro Orders Two SEA-KIT USVs

Dutch offshore surveying services provider Fugro has ordered two 12-meter SEA-KIT X class uncrewed surface vessels (USVs), with one bound for their Asia-Pacific region and the other for North Sea operations.Ivar de Josselin de Jong, Director Remote Inspection at Fugro, said, “This order cements Fugro’s strategy to lead the development of remote and autonomous solutions, which is key to delivering a safer, more sustainable and more efficient approach to the construction and maintenance of marine assets. Integration of the new USVs into our global network of remote operation centers (ROC)

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SRO Updates Stena Drilling's Rigs with IBM’s Maximo System

Offshore drilling contractor Stena Drilling has had its asset management software system on six offshore rigs replaced.The company hired UK-based tech firm SRO Solutions which, over the course of 14 months replaced its existing asset management system with IBM’s Maximo software. Six engineers from SRO carried out the work, and also delivered training on the rig fleet in the Canary Islands, Israel, Guyana, and Scapa Flow in Scotland.SRO operations director Andrew Carrie led the project which is the 20th major asset management system upgrade SRO has undertaken, using IBM’s Maximo

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Fugro Conducts 'First Fully Remote Inspection' of Offshore Platform in UK

Dutch offshore services provider Fugro said Tuesday it had delivered "the first fully remote inspection of an oil and gas platform in UK waters."The operation took place 250 km east of Scotland, using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and Fugro’s remote operations center (ROC) in Aberdeen. "In a first for the UK sector, the platform’s entire jacket structure was inspected remotely, demonstrating Fugro’s proficiency in remote operations capabilities," Fugro said.Fugro said it had originally intended to trial the remote inspection provision during the campaign.

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Fugro Starts Shallow Water Survey for 2Africa Fiber-Optic Cable Project

Offshore surveyor Fugro has kicked off its shallow water campaign for the “2Africa” subsea fiber-optic cable project.The cable project, once completed, will connect 23 countries in Africa, the Middle East, and Europe and deliver more than the total combined capacity of all subsea data cables serving Africa today.Fugro is providing offshore and onshore survey services, including a geophysical route survey and shallow geotechnical testing to overcome any challenges along the planned route.The Dutch company started its survey program for Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN), which includes a

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All American Marine to Build NOAA Research Vessel

Bellingham, Wash. aluminum boat builder All American Marine (AAM) said it has been awarded the contract by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to construct a 50’ aluminum research catamaran for the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary.The twin-engine Teknicraft Design vessel will be constructed by AAM to USCG Subchapter T standards. The vessel will carry up to 18 personnel on board on a near coastal route. Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary OCNMS) includes 3,188 square miles of marine waters off the rugged Olympic Peninsula coastline. The sanctuary extends 25 to 50

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Petronas to Use Honeywell UOP Tech at Kasawari Gas Field

Malaysian oil and gas company Petronas Carigali will use Honeywell UOP modular natural gas processing technology at the Kasawari gas field offshore Sarawak, Malaysia.Honeywell UOP said Petronas would use its technology in the development of a 900 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscfd) offshore gas purification plant in the Kasawari gas field in the South China Sea. The Kasawari gas field was discovered by Petronas in 2011.UOP’s acid gas removal technology that removes contaminants such as carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulfide, and mercury from natural gas, will be used at the facility. Once

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$10.5m Funding for CorPower Wave Energy Tech

CorPower Ocean announced the award of $10.5m in new funding for it’s wave energy tech innovation, a funding round led by Midroc New Technology, with additional investment from ALMI Invest Greentech, EIT InnoEnergy and a group of private investors.  CorPower Ocean’s Wave Energy Converters (WECs) are inspired by the pumping principles of the human heart. According to the company, advanced control technology allows large amounts of energy to be harvested using small, low-cost devices.Proceeds from the recent round of funding will be used to demonstrate the first commercial scale WEC

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Webinar: Floating Production Forecasts & Analysis

already operating in the Buzios oilfield. The company aims to have a dozen FPSOs operating in the large deepwater oilfield by the end of the decade.WER expects deepwater projects in Brazil, as well as Guyana, Australia and potentially Nigeria, will be in the vanguard of production floater orders as the offshore rebound begins.Webinar speakers Matthew Tremblay, ABS Senior Vice President of Global Offshore Markets, and Jim McCaul, World Energy Reports Managing Director, will address these developments and more, with insight into the 214 floater projects in the planning stage, 44 production or storage floaters

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