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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)

Figure 1: With the sun rising over the horizon, the coring rig sits ready for deployment. Image courtesy of A. Herre-ra- Schneider.

GOM Geotechnical Coring Program Completed for NOAA OER Expedition

collecting data to help answer questions about areas of the continental shelf that were once exposed as dry land.Throughout time, global sea level has risen and fallen, alternately covering and exposing the land. Today, the Gulf of Mexico is largely known for its shrimping, fishing, and extensive offshore oil and gas development, but evidence of the earliest Gulf coast inhabitants could be preserved, buried under sediment and sea. But on a continental shelf where approximately 40 million acres could have been dry land in the last 12,000 years, where do you start looking?”The NOAA Office of Ocean

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New Report Outlines Big Potential for Offshore Wind

firms, as 80% of offshore wind projects detailed in the report and database are still in early stages of planning and development.With a pipeline of activity so large, there’s plenty of work to be had by existing players and new entrants alike. We’ve already seen a number of traditional offshore oil and gas players—from operators such as Shell, Total, Equinor and Repsol, all the way down the supply chain—transfer their skillset into the offshore wind market over the years. For these firms and others, including traditional offshore oil and gas players such as yards for jacket and

Graphic representation of the exercise; met-ocean data collection operations running concurrently with simulated threats, detection and mitigation assets. Image from ION.

Autonomous ANTX: Seismic Survey Tech and Port Security

planning with spatial awareness, primarily using real-time ships’ AIS (automatic identification system), as well as radar and other tracked target feeds to improve operational efficiency.ION has been using Marlin and other command and control software platforms for more than three decades in the offshore oil and gas industry. There, it’s mostly used in managing seismic survey operations, involving towed streamer surveys comprising up to 14 hydrophone arrays each reaching up to 10km long or seabed surveys with multiple surface vessels and assets deployed on the seafloor.“In later years

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The Emerging U.S. Offshore Wind Industry in a Post-COVID-19 World

plan. Moreover, this is a politically charged topic, and there are several movements afoot to try to change these laws and regulations in potentially material ways, so this will need to be continuously monitored.While the U.S. offshore wind industry is in its infancy, we do have a well-developed offshore oil and gas industry, particularly in the U.S. Gulf. Much of the “oil patch” vessel work has been fixed on the widely used time charter SUPPLYTIME 2005 form. However, because that form was intended for the oil and gas industry, it required extensive amendments to fit the needs of the offshore-w

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PlanSea's Software to Cut North Sea Logistics Costs, Emissions

A Robert Gordon University spin-out PlanSea Solutions is working on a software that could improve offshore oil and gas industry logistics in the UK North Sea, and save millions of pounds and cut CO2 emissions. The project is backed by the Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) and project partners BP, CNOOC, and Equinor, the software company established in 2017, said."The project builds on preliminary work undertaken by RGU and the OGTC to assess existing vessel utilization and efficiency in the UKCS. The study highlighted potential cost savings of up to 25% on an annual industry spend of

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IEV Wins Subsea Pipeline Inspection Gig in Malaysia

it had won the contract through its 49%-owned associate, IEV Malaysia.Under the contract awarded by an unnamed oil and gas producer IEV Malaysia will be providing an ultrasonic scanner technology deployed by a remotely operated vehicle (“ROV”) to inspect a subsea pipeline located at an offshore oil and gas field in Malaysia. he contract is estimated to have a contract value in excess of US$1.5 million (approximately MYR6.47 million).IEV said Monday that equipment and personnel preparation and mobilization had already started. Offshore work is planned to be undertaken within the next

Gina Krog platform; Image by Ole Jørgen Bratland / Equinor

Stinger Subsea Drones to Inspect Equinor's Offshore Platforms

Norwegian underwater drone specialist Stinger has been awarded a subsea inspection contract by the country's oil giant Equinor.Under the contract, Stinger will provide inspection activities on several offshore oil and gas platforms operated by Equinor.Stinger said Thursday that the scope of work would cover work in 2020, but Equinor will have further five one-year options to extend the agreement.Stinger will utilize ARROV underwater drones and tools tailored for the harsh conditions of the Norwegian Continental Shelf.Under the contract, Stinger will provide subsea inspection services at Sleipner

AutoNaut now has 10 of its wave propelled vehicles.Image: AutoNaut

Drill Rig Noise: Entering the Exclusion Zone, Quietly

Unmanned surface vessels continue to make in-roads into new applications and industries. An ability to gather data in otherwise inaccessible locations is both increasing knowledge about marine noise and confidence in marine autonomous systems in the oil and gas industry. Elaine Maslin reports.Offshore oil and gas exploration and production activities have been going on since the mid-20th century. But the noise that drilling or production facilities emit into the marine environment and the impact they have on marine life isn’t perhaps as well quantified as it could be. That could be changing

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