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T12 with SeaFLIR230 installed (credit: Jack Rowley)

USVs Secure Offshore Oil and Gas Infrastructure

While much of the “buzz” regarding America’s increased energy production has focused on onshore fracking, which has opened up billions of barrels of oil and trillions of cubic feet of natural gas to production, the offshore oil and gas industry continued to provide a huge amount of the U.S. energy production. According to Forbes Magazine, offshore energy production has been increasing this decade and now stands at over two-and-one-half million barrels of oil, and almost three trillion cubic feet of gas a day.This massive production effort is sustained by offshore drilling rigs

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Inpex Wins Exploration Acreage Offshore Norway

interest in exploration license PL767B, an extension area to exploration license PL767 in which Inpex acquired* a 40% interest in 2017.Oil and natural gas exploration activities in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea began in the 1960s, resulting in the discovery of numerous large-scale oil and gas fields. Thereafter, exploration activities have expanded north to the Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea.In recent years, oil and gas fields estimated to hold reserves of several hundred million barrels of oil equivalent have been discovered in succession in the Barents Sea, which is considered

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Government Shutdown: Atlantic Seismic Permitting Blocked by Judge

would grant the stay, but said federal authorities cannot work on seismic permitting until the government re-opens and is funded.The Interior Department has recalled employees, including those at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), to continue working on permitting for onshore and offshore oil and gas drilling and testing despite the shutdown, drawing criticism from Democrats and environmentalists."The Court hereby enjoins the federal defendants, BOEM, and any other federal agency or entity from taking action to promulgate permits, otherwise approve, or take any other official action regarding

Boosting technology from Schlumberger's OneSubsea (File image: Schlumberger)

Schlumberger Sees International Growth in 2019

, stoking concerns that a slowdown in activity would hurt oilfield service companies that have struggled to boost prices since the 2014 downturn.Schlumberger, a bellwether for the oilfield services sector, said recent volatility in crude prices has led to more uncertainty in the spending outlook for oil and gas producers."Future investments will likely be much closer to a level that can be covered by free cash flow," Chief Executive Officer Paal Kibsgaard said about its U.S. operator customers. He reassured investors that even as operators tighten their purse strings, the company had built

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Ocean Infinity to Conduct AUV Surveys for Petrobras

and 3,000 meters. The data collected by Ocean Infinity will then be interpreted and reported upon by Cepemais. The Brazilian project, which follows recent work for Woodside on the Scarborough Field offshore Western Australia, reconfirms the merits of Ocean Infinity's offering to the offshore oil and gas sector, according to CEO Oliver Plunkett.“Working on a project of this scale is a clear endorsement of our technology and highlights how the oil and gas industry recognizes that through the deployment of multiple AUVs, we can deliver the highest quality data, safely, quickly and more cost

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Vryhof Reports New Contracts

Mooring (DSM) has secured contracts with Saipem Indonesia, Odfjell Drilling and Noble Drilling for the supply of mooring related services during 2019 in offshore Indonesia, the North Sea, and Myanmar respectively, as well as a large-scale contract offshore Australia. Vryhof Anchors has been awarded an oil and gas contract in Malaysia with SOFEC and connector specialists Moorlink has won several niche contracts in the renewables and oil and gas drilling sectors.“While the past few years have come with significant market challenges to the offshore sector, the relentless hard work, customer-focused

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Norway Supreme Court Hears Snow Crab Case with Implication for Oil

the seabed or a fish stock that moves around - and who gets to decide about it.If it is seen as a sedentary species, then it is a resource belonging to the continental shelf of Norway. If the EU can stake a claim over the snow crab, then it could be harder for Oslo to secure its claim over potential oil and gas resources."The question of the snow crab is a proxy for oil. Because what is valid for the snow crab is valid for the oil industry," Oeystein Jensen, a senior research fellow in law at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute in Oslo, told Reuters.The verdict is expected in three to four weeks

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Barclays Rejects Arctic Drilling

U.K.-based international bank Barclays  announced a new energy policy that significantly restricts the bank’s financing for the exploration or extraction of oil and gas in the Arctic.The policy  rules out funding for companies seeking to drill in the Arctic Refuge as well as other climate change threats.According to the British multinational investment bank and financial services company headquartered in London, arctic oil and gas refers to new exploration and extraction of oil and gas in the area within the Arctic Circle which is subject to sea ice, and includes the Arctic National

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Equinor to Build CO2 Storage Under the Seabed

made around the time of the breakthrough Paris climate change agreement in 2015.But environmentalists say is a costly technology that will perpetuate the status quo when rapid and deep cuts to energy use are needed to limit global warming.The planned storage will be located near Norway's largest oil and gas field, Troll, and aims to be able to receive CO2 from onshore facilities, such as power or cement plants, to reduce emissions to the atmosphere.Equinor and partners Shell and Total are working on front-end engineering and design (FEED)-studies, which should provide more accurate cost estimates

Subsea Innovation Emergency Pipeline Repair Systems (EPRS) used to prolong and protect operational life and production efficiency of subsea oil and gas pipelines. (Photo: Subsea Innovation)

Subsea Innovation Achieves DNV GL Type Approval

said on Friday.Designed for sizes between 8” and 44” and temperature ranges from -4 to +80oC, the SIClamps provide new capability in the global pipeline market, which the Darlington based firm views as a great growth opportunity.The technology was developed for operational offshore oil and gas platforms who have had their working life extended and pipelines are required to last longer. With the increase in working life, EPRS support this by maximizing operational life and production efficiency and can be deployed at short notice.Dave Thompson, Managing Director at Subsea Innovation

The contract was signed at AkerBPs offices. Back, from the left: Inge Sundet, Aker BP; Hans Andreas Øygarden, Aker BP; Tor-Øystein Carlsen, Optime; Trond Løkka, Optime; Thor Øystein Finborud Tovsrud, Optime; Tor Otto Lidal, Aker BP. Front, from the left: Mads Rødsjø, Aker BP; and Jan-Fredrik Carlsen, Optime. (Photo: Optime Subsea)

Optime Subsea Bags Long-term Deal with Aker BP

operations throughout the industry. There is now a field proven system that considerably reduces the time, personnel, space and cost compared to other existing solutions.”Optime Subsea first announced SCILS as a system to help optimize the future of well access operations during the Norwegian oil and gas conference, Subsea Valley, in 2017. At the same conference the following year, SCILS was revealed as a solution to the industry’s demand in solving today’s and future need for safer, simpler and more cost efficient operations. In 2019 the SCILS will the be in operation.Carlsen said

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Saipem to Advance Shell's FlatFish Technology

Italian oil and gas contractor Saipem said it will work with Shell to further enhance key features of the oil major’s proprietary subsea autonomous vehicle, FlatFish.Since March 2018, Saipem has been the sole developer of FlatFish technology for Shell. FlatFish is a resident subsea autonomous vehicle able to perform complex inspection tasks, particularly suited to Brazil’s pre-salt offshore fields. It was previously developed by Brazilian research institution SENAI CIMATEC in partnership with DFKI over a four-year project funded by the Brazilian oil and gas regulator ANP's research and

David Millar, Director TechX Program, The Oil & Gas Technology Center

TechX: Pioneering and Accelerating

down over 125 international applications to just 10 start-ups that met our exacting criteria for enrolling on the first TechX Pioneers program.The 16-week intensive accelerator program, and follow-on 12-month incubator, provides unprecedented access to a host of expert mentors, global partners in the oil and gas industry, unrivaled access to market, and crucially, game-changing funding. Up to £100,000 is available to each start-up without any equity take or pay back. What’s more, the developers retain all intellectual property.From artificial intelligence-based data analytics, to cutting-edge

SeaBird Wins 2D Survey in the Americas

Cyprus based marine seismic player SeaBird Exploration said it has been awarded a contract to acquire 2D seismic data for an international oil and gas company in the Americas region.The survey is due to commence during the second quarter of 2019 and is estimated to run for approximately two months.SeaBird will use the 1979-built vessel Harrier Explorer for the work.

Sistac  Diver ready for action. Photo Sistac

SISTAC: Brazil´s Homegrown Subsea Service Provider

market. I quickly learned that Sistac is composed of adventure professionals, with divers and climbers and I identified with that. I am motivated by challenges and by actions that can have a positive impact on people and on the society,” said Gutterres.istac is a leading player in offshore oil and gas IMR services in Brazil. Founded by a former saturation diver, Mario Gonçalves (currently board member of the company), who had been operating in the oil and gas industry since 1979. Headquartered in Niteroi, the company has its operational sites in Itaboraí and Macaé, both

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Equinor and Vissim Partner

assets on the U.K. and Norwegian Continental Shelves. The new system will incorporate machine learning and enable surveillance of vessel traffic (VTMS), air traffic, subsea structures, environment and real time weather situation and forecasts.Conceived to incorporate both traditional oil and gas and offshore wind assets, the resulting system is one of the largest of its kind in the world, Vissim said. The contract is for six years and has a minimum value of 100 million NOK.Vissim's system comprises of more than 100 offshore radars, AIS and VHF sensors/base stations powered by an advanced

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Nine US States Seek to Stop Atlantic Seismic Testing

Attorneys general from nine U.S. states sued the Trump administration on Thursday to stop future seismic tests for oil and gas deposits off the East Coast, joining a lawsuit from environmentalists concerned the tests harm whales and dolphins.Seismic testing uses air gun blasts to map out what resources lie beneath the ocean. Conservationists say the testing, a precursor to oil drilling, can disorient marine animals that rely on fine-tuned hearing to navigate and find food. The tests lead to beachings of an endangered species, the North Atlantic right whale, they say.New York Attorney General Barbara

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