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Touch screen controls allow pilots to press one button to select a new tool and let the ROV do the rest. Images from TechnipFMC.

Subsea Technology and the New Routes to Residency

. Independent North Sea operator Chrysaor, for example, is working with wave energy firm Mocean Energy, subsea energy storage company EC-OG and AUV specialist Modus in a project to look at using renewable energy to supply subsea power for resident AUVs or subsea tiebacks. The project, supported by the Oil and Gas Technology Centre, will look to use Mocean Energy’s Blue Star wave energy converter and EC-OG’s HALO subsea energy storage system.New Jersey based Ocean Power Technologies have launched a lithium-iron phosphate based Subsea battery system with a nominal storage capacity of 132 kilowatt-hour

Retired Navy Rear Admiral and Deputy NOAA administrator Tim Gallaudet meets with scientists at NOAA’s National Weather Service Space Weather Prediction Center in 2018 in Boulder, Colorado. Credit: NOAA

Interview: RDML Gallaudet Steers NOAA’s Path Toward Uncrewed Maritime Systems

– the collection capabilities of some of our multibeam sonars on our ships is like HD TV compared to what we had in the 80s. (The technological advances are) great to help us understand our oceans, (but) now you see it is more than simply a science exercise, as we are using this commercially for oil and gas exploration and for defense.Please give an overview of the size and shape of uncrewed maritime systems currently in the ‘fleet’ or at the disposal or NOAA, and discuss how you see this expanding and evolving in the future.There is a rich array of capabilities. In my agency, we have

PGS towed CSEM streamer. Image courtesy of PGS.

Canada's OFG Acquires PGS' Towed Streamer CSEM System

PGS, Norway-based oil and gas seismic data specialist, has signed a deal with Ocean Floor Geophysics, (OFG) under which OFG has acquired the exclusive rights to use the hardware, software and intellectual property associated with the PGS towed streamer CSEM (controlled source electromagnetic) system, in exchange for shares in OFG."The towed-streamer CSEM technology developed by PGS is a state-of-the-art system that allows for the acquisition of high-quality marine CSEM data in a fast and efficient manner. The system complements existing CSEM technology to permit a broad operating envelope,"

Mad Dog Spar - Credit: BP

C-Innovation Installs Stem Clamps on BP's Mad Dog Spar

production in 2005 via a truss spar platform, BP's only such platform in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.The platform is equipped with facilities for simultaneous production and drilling operations. The facility is designed to process 80,000 barrels/day of oil and 60,000 standard cubic feet/day of gas. Oil and gas are transported to the existing shelf and onshore interconnections via the Mardi Gras Transportation System.In 2016 BP sanctioned the Mad Dog 2 project in the Gulf of Mexico. The Mad Dog 2 will include a new floating production platform with the capacity to produce up to 140,000 gross barrels

Deep Energy vessel during the pipe laying operation - Credit: TechnipFMC

Installation Underway for World's Longest Heated Subsea Pipeline

Installation is underway in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea for the world’s longest heated subsea production pipeline, oil and gas company Neptune Energy has informed.The project will see the installation of the 36-kilometer electrically trace-heated (ETH) pipe-in-pipe solution transport oil from the Neptune Energy-operated Fenja field to the Njord A platform, operated by Equinor.The first phase of the installation saw a 9km section safely installed and successfully tested, the company said.Neptune Energy’s Director of Projects and Engineering in Norway, Erik Oppedal, said: “The

Bill Curton (Photo: TerraSond)

Curtin Joins Acteon as TerraSond Managing Director

Acteon Group Ltd, a global provider of services for the marine and subsea renewables, nearshore construction and oil and gas sectors, announced that Bill Curtin is joining as the managing director of geospatial solutions company TerraSond.Curtin has international engineering, procurement and construction industry experience, including leading KBR’s engineering and construction operations for the Americas region. His project execution experience includes pre-front-end-engineering design, front-end-engineering design and detailed engineering, procurement and construction projects working in

The signing of a contract between shipping company COS Master and the Groningen shipbuilder Next Generation Shipyards in Lauwersoog for the building of an offshore service vessel.

Dutch Shipyard Wins Contract to Build New Vessel Type, "Monomaran Crewtender"

, and quality of life in the Province of Groningen, granted a loan.Once the vessels have been completed, Coastwise Offshore Services will outsource the commercial management of the Monomaran Crewtender to SeaZip Offshore Service in Harlinge, which has built a substantial network in the offshore wind, oil and gas industry, both in Northern Europe and globally

Image by Shearwater Geo

CGG Kicks Off Northern North Sea Survey

CGG, a France-based provider of seismic data for oil and gas exploration and production, has kicked off a new multi-client 3D survey in the Northern North Sea. The survey will provide a second azimuth over CGG’s existing Northern Viking Graben (NVG) multi-client 3D survey and extend into open acreage on offer in the UK 32nd License Round.The new survey will acquire approximately 2,000 sq km of additional data in an E-W direction. This new data will be processed together with the existing N-S data, using CGG’s latest velocity modeling and imaging technology, to produce a dual-azimuth

BladeBUG is a blade walking inspection robot, focusing on leading edge erosion inspection. Images from ORE Catapult.

Robotics: Autobots Transform in the Offshore Energy Sector

vacuum cleaners to highly automated manufacturing systems. Now they’re heading for the offshore world – in just as many shapes and forms.There could be a lot to gain from robotics, but platforms and offshore wind turbine structures are also very challenging places to put them on. For oil and gas, key drivers are around safety and cost . For the offshore wind sector, the sheer volume of structures being installed is driving a push for robotic systems to do inspection, maintenance, and repair work safely, efficiently, and cost-effectively.So, where are we today? Robotics, depending on how

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