Offshore Renewable Energy

BP, SOCAR to Ink Caspian Sea Exploration Deal

. Block D-230 covers areas in a water depth of up to 300 metres, with a reservoir depth of 3,000-5,000 metres. BP is a main investor and operator of two major projects in Azerbaijan - the Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli (ACG) oilfields, which account for most of Azerbaijan's output, and the Shah Deniz offshore gas field, which is estimated to contain 1.2-1.5 trillion cubic metres of gas.   Reporting by Nailia Bagirova; Writing by Margarita Antidz

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Underwater Vehicles Conference Set for November

sustainability and efficiency improvements, as well as market drivers and restraints.   Recent market research revealed that the underwater vehicle market is expected to grow significantly over the next five years, due to the increased demand for underwater robotics for survey and seabed mapping, offshore drilling, and pipeline inspection.   Sponsored by ROV service provider ROVOP, Tritech, Teledyne Marine, Omega Subsea and ROV Planet, the conference will take place on Tuesday, November 21 at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.   Bringing together representatives from the

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Seaweed: Fuel of the Future?

Scientists envision a future where fuel made from seaweed grown at large-scale offshore farms will be used to provide green power for homes and vehicles.   Now with help from U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) funding, researchers are working toward making that scenario a reality. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) received $5.7 million from ARPA-E's Macroalgae Research Inspiring Novel Energy Resources (MARINER) Program for two projects that have set out to develop tools and technology to advance the mass production of seaweed for

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Research Vessels: The Fleet is In

the vessel for scientific or educational purposes.  Duke said its marine lab has been without a large research vessel since two of its boats were retired—the 135-foot Cape Hatteras in 2013 and the 50-foot Susan Hudson in 2014. Faculty members have since been unable to regularly take students offshore or participate in oceanographic work.   The new vessel will allow researchers and other institutions to conduct research along the Atlantic seaboard in a wide range of vital fields, including marine ecology and conservation, biological oceanography and renewable ocean energy development.

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OSIL Buoys in Tidal Turbulence Study for SEACAMS2

International Data Buoy manufacturers Ocean Scientific International Ltd (OSIL) have shipped a network of 3 off 1.9m data buoys to Bangor University's School of Ocean Sciences for participation in a major project to study tidal turbulence at the Menai Strait in Wales.    SEACAMS2 is a project to assist the development of marine renewable energy in Wales that is run as a partnership between Bangor and Swansea universities, and is funded in part by the European Regional Development Fund. The aim is to improve the design and effectiveness of tidal energy capture devices.   The OSIL

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Oceaneering Adds New Reel Drive System

flexibility of operator position.   This latest third-generation unit is the biggest delivered by MDL to date, and takes the flex-lay equipment provider’s tally of fully-electrical deck systems across the 50th mark. The original third-generation 350-metric-ton unit, forming part of MDL Offshore Service, was first used as part of a complete MDL flex-lay spread on North Sea’s Kraken field in autumn 2015.   Conrad Picou, Global Supply Manager at Oceaneering, said, “Oceaneering’s mission is to provide the best value and service to our customers, regardless of market

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Advanced Monitoring Proves Its Capabilities Offshore

New monitoring technology developed by RED Engineering has been used for the first time to improve accuracy, speed and safety during the installation of jacket foundations for wind turbines at the Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm Ltd project in the Moray Firth, Scotland.   The development by the North East-based firm of engineers features remote proximity sensors to confirm the correct engagement of an internal lifting tool (ILT) in use by Seaway Heavy Lifting, a Subsea 7 company.   These are connected to a remote monitoring system providing improved control of the lifting tool and confirming

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Fugro Boosts Offshore Wind Projects in Taiwan

Fugro has completed geotechnical and geophysical surveys for feasibility studies, installation, commissioning and cost-effective operation of offshore wind farms in U.K., European and North American waters. In 2016 it undertook the first geotechnical and geophysical survey and metocean study project in Taiwanese waters for a major offshore wind developer for engineering design and environmental impact assessment purposes.   With 30 years of Taiwan offshore experience under its belt, Fugro counts among its successful projects in the region’s oil and gas sector a large-scale clearance

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Buoy Network Monitors Kiel Canal Project

A network of seven off 1.9m data buoys supplied by OSIL to DHI in Denmark will be deployed to support a long term monitoring project in Kiel, Germany, starting in October.    The sturdy buoy systems each incorporate two Sea-Bird Scientific WET Labs multiparameter water quality sensors; one mounted at the surface within the robust central buoy structure to prevent damage to the instrument, and the other securely located on a unique mooring frame suspended 2m above the seabed that also accommodates a Nortek AWAC on a gimbal to monitor currents and waves. The exclusive mooring design includes

The Smartrak system deployed on the front of an AUV. The dark-colored Smartrak gradiometers can be seen mounted downwards on the white mounting frame. The sensors are fitted with fairings to reduce drag through the water. The AUV is flown close to the seabed during tasks. (Photo: INNOVATUM Ltd.)

Track Cables and Pipelines with an AUV

Autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) can now be prepared for cable and pipeline tracking missions using survey tool Smartrak from U.K. based INNOVATUM Ltd. The company designs, manufactures and operates compact, low-powered magnetic cable and pipeline tracking systems.   INNOVATUM said recent tests have successfully demonstrated fully autonomous passive magnetic tracking of a submarine cable by AUV, using Smartrak.   INNOVATUM has released the AUV data protocol for a standard communications format between Innovatum Smartrak and AUVs. The data protocol allows operators and AUV manufacturer

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GMG Acquires Fugro’s Trenching, Cable Laying Business

24 percent in the combined business valued at $65 million, and a one year secured vendor loan of $ 7.5 million. Fugro said it will realize a gain on this transaction, valued at approximately $73 million.   GMG is a supplier of subsea cable installation and maintenance services in the telecoms, offshore renewables, power and oil and gas market segments. The acquisition of Fugro’s trenching and cable laying business provides added high-end capabilities that strengthen its service offering. The transaction involves the transfer of the vessel Fugro Symphony, two trenchers and two work class

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First Ever USV-supported Cable Route Survey

For the first time ever, a seabed cable route survey has been performed with support from an unmanned surface vehicle (USV).   The survey route included various water depths and strong currents, while facing difficult wind and sea conditions in the Bering Sea offshore Alaska. The project was mobilized immediately following a 9,000km nautical charting survey by Terrasond, of which 4,750km (53 percent) was executed by an ASV Global C-Worker 5 autonomous surface vehicle (ASV). The cable route survey required a new payload including a hull mounted multibeam sonar, a sub-bottom profiler, and a towed

Marine Technology Reporter - October 2017 Edition

technology used to find and explore the long-lost USS Indianapolis Deep-sea mining: the promises of subsea riches pose a threat to subsea environments   Unmanned forces: building a multi-domain autonomous fleet   Aerial drones improve safety and performance offshore   The Arctic “Roomba”: new technologies for recovering oil spills in icy waters   Read more at http://digitalmagazines.marinelink.com/nwm/MarineTechnology/201710

Becoming a NVIDIA member will allow Rovco to enhance its 3D reconstruction capabilities and inspection techniques. Picture – 3D reconstruction of jacket structure. (Photo: Rovco)

Rovco Joins NVIDIA Inception Program

modern computer graphics, and revolutionized parallel computing. It has since ignited modern AI with graphic processing units to enhance computers, robots and cars. With an expanding fleet of ROVs, sized from micro to large inspection vehicles, Rovco has the resources required to provide inshore/offshore services and inspections anywhere in the world. Offering a unique approach to technical subsea challenges, Rovco has the expertise to deliver a high quality, extremely innovative solution for underwater hydrographic survey and inspection services, using state-of-the-art cameras, scanning 3D sonars

The Bourne Tidal Test Site will be installed on the left side of the railroad bridge next to the Army Corps of Engineers secure facility. Photo of the Cape Cod Canal looking from Buzzards Bay to Cape Cod Bay (Image: MRECo)

US Approves First Permanent Tidal Power Test Site

The first permanent tidal power test site in the U.S. has been approved, following several environmental studies and careful review by multiple agencies. The Marine Renewable Energy Collaborative (MRECo) has received final approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to install the Bourne Tidal Test Site within the Cape Cod Canal.   “The Corps of Engineers has determined that the Bourne Tidal Test Site will have no impact on the critical mission of the Cape Cod Canal and the local environment,” said John Miller, Executive Director of the MRECo.   MRECo expects to install

The CARTHE drifter (Photo: GreenWave Instruments LLC)

Meet the CARTHE Drifter

version, using a biodegradable parachute, is coming out next year to increase the deployment capabilities of the instrument.   Typical applications are physical and biological oceanography, search and rescue missions, marine pollution tracking, as well as surface current monitoring for the offshore industry and the Navy for purposes of navigation and operational risk reduction. More than 1,500 of these drifters were recently deployed in two large scale experiments (named LASER and SPLASH) conducted by CARTHE to study the upper ocean processes that control the transport of hydrocarbons in the

Aker BP recently awarded a contract worth up to $68 million to Odfjell Drilling for the lease of the semi-submersible drilling rig Deepsea Stavanger in the Norwegian Sea and the Barnts Sea (Photo: Aker BP)

Offshore Rig Firms See End to Historic Downturn

Demand for offshore rig rental globally is starting to recover from its worst ever downturn, led by oil firms' growing demand for harsh-environment exploration and triggering multi-billion dollar tie-ups among drillers hoping to profit, executives said.   While the 2014-2016 oil price crash caused firms to cut exploration budgets, ending a boom in rig demand and bankrupting many owners, energy companies are now seeking to replenish their hydrocarbon reserves.   The nascent demand for harsh-environment rigs, particularly for North Sea drilling, could lead to increased rates for these

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Baltic Pipe Route Survey in the North Sea

MMT has been awarded a contract by the Danish energy transmission system operator Energinet as part of the Baltic Pipe project. The assignment includes a route survey for a new offshore pipeline in the North Sea and in Lillebælt, the inner Danish Seas.   The pipeline is planned to have landfall on the west coast of Jutland and the total length of the North Sea offshore part of the pipeline is approximately 105km, the Lillebælt area is approximately 5 km . The entire route is located within the Danish EEZ and the scope includes geophysical seabed survey, geotechnical investigations

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Safety Zone Management Assurance for Offshore Installations

An Aberdeen-based maritime specialist has launched 500m Zone Management assurance and auditing for offshore Installations following the success of its training courses for offshore installation personnel to help address safety concerns.   Seacroft Marine Consultants has developed a new assurance process to continue to monitor operational safety standards after providing initial training to help installations manage ship movements when they come close to platforms.   It is the latest development from the leading marine assurance providers which builds upon training it launched earlier

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New Solution Simplifies Relief Well Operations

vessels to the system. This enhancement excludes gate valves, accumulators, ROV panels and a BOP, reducing the complexity of the subsea hardware configuration. In addition, the deployment method is a duplicate of the original set up of the RWIS, so it can be run off a vessel of opportunity or a mobile offshore drilling unit (MODU) using either a drill pipe or a wire line.    “When the RWIS Lite is used alongside an RWIS, it requires one less drill ship and utilizes the existing BOP emergency disconnect system for maximum efficiency,” said Morten Haug Emilsen, Managing Director

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