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Thyssenkrupp’s MUM concept. Image from Thyssenkrupp.

Robotics: The Next Gen in Subsea Vehicles

technologies like the new hydrogen fuel cell as well as a new pressure hull design will also be tested, in real size, this year.A real-scale MUM vehicle is due to be built at tested from 2020, with testing and trials up to 2023-24. The development is being supported by an advisory panel from the oil and gas industry including operator Equinor, seismic company PGS and subsea contractor Boskalis.The company also has ATLAS ELEKTRONIK, the Technical University of Berlin and the University of Rostock working on the project, on the control system and system simulation respectively

Offshore: New Project Pace Quickens

As the oil and gas industry comes out of the recent downturn, E&P companies are tempted to chase the rewards of higher oil prices by accelerating the sanctioning of new projects.However, haste can lead to less certainty of what the ultimate cost of any given project will be. Projects with high levels of so-called engineering definition are generally expected to remain within about 20% of the initial cost estimates, according to Rystad Energy.“For offshore operators, that means the expected variation for projects to be sanctioned during the period from 2019 to 2023 could be as high as $220

(Photo: James Fisher Offshore)

New Subsea Cutting Technology Unveiled

Services company James Fisher Offshore (JFO) has developed an advanced internal abrasive cutting system designed to offer higher performance, cost savings and operational efficiency to support the oil and gas industry’s decommissioning cost reduction target.The abrasive cutting technology offers an innovative method for the internal cutting and removal of subsea tubular structures, ranging from piles and jacket legs through to well casings and well heads. Due to its higher accuracy and success rate, the system delivers enhanced performance with minimal downtime, as well as a reduced operational

Matthew Gordon (Photo: Unique Group)

Unique Group Targets Growth in Europe

, UK.With offices in the UK and the Netherlands, Unique Group has more than 25 years of experience in Europe with a track record in the subsea construction, diving and IRM industries. Gordon is now heading the region with immediate effect.Gordon has over 22 years of experience in the subsea oil and gas industry, with previous senior management roles held in Fugro Survey, Subsea7 and Viking Seatech. His last role before joining Unique Group was as Managing Director – UK at Atlantic Offshore, an emergency response and rescue vessel provider

i-Tech 7 Hires New Business Development Manager

development manager for its Asia Pacific & Middle East region.Roberts, who joins from Total Marine Technology (TMT) where he was operations manager, will be based in the company’s Perth office, in Australia. He brings to the role more than 25 years’ experience in the offshore oil and gas industry, specializing in the delivery of remotely executed subsea solutions and tooling across the entire lifecycle of a subsea development.Roberts will work with Simon Hird, i-Tech 7’s Asia Pacific regional director, who joined the company earlier this year.“[Roberts] is a well-known

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Geoquip Marine Names Laloe as Director

Switzerland-headquartered  geotechnical engineering and offshore drilling company Geoquip Marine has announced the appointment of industry veteran Jean-Luc Laloe to its Board of Directors.Jean-Luc, who has almost 40 years of experience in the offshore oil and gas industry, has joined as an independent non-Executive Director.Jean-Luc originally entered the Offshore Engineering and Construction industry in 1980 and in the course of his career he has worked with Technip, Stolt Offshore, and Acergy /Subsea 7. He has held a wide variety of positions with a broad portfolio of responsibilities, including

Oceaneering’s Freedom vehicle (Image: Oceaneering)

Sonardyne Equips Latest Oceaneering Vehicles

. SPRINT-Nav combines a SPRINT INS sensor, Syrinx 600 kHz DVL (Doppler velocity log) and a high accuracy intelligent pressure sensor in a single unit, Sonardyne said.Oceaneering’s E-ROV has already proven the ability for battery powered remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) working in the oil and gas industry to be piloted from shore, via 4G mobile broadband transmitted from a buoy, independent of support vessels. The company’s next-generation resident hybrid ROV Freedom builds on the E-ROV concept. Due to debut in offshore trials later this year, Freedom is targeting long, maintenance free-deploy

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UK Govt Backs Aberdeen Subsea Engineering Hub

hub in Aberdeen."The UK government has shown time and again its commitment to the city’s oil and gas sector and now we are investing in the blue economy to ensure the region continues to prosper with jobs, investment and innovation."Building on the existing synergy between the oil and gas industry and renewable supply chains, the new hub will form part of a continued package of support from the UK government to help the UK’s oil and gas sector diversify.This includes the establishment of the Oil and Gas Authority as an independent regulator for the UK Continental Shelf, £

The North Sea is currently home to approximately 11,000 oil and gas wells with 2,379 expected to be decommissioned over the next 10 years. (Photo: Heriot-Watt University)

Partners Find a New Way to Detect Well leaks

matches lab-based results.Widespread production of the system is expected to begin in Spring/Summer of 2019.Neil Gordon, Chief Executive Officer at Sentinel Subsea, said, “Environmental assurance and cost reduction are the two cornerstones of well decommissioning. It is vital that the North oil and gas industry can ably demonstrate proactive, best practice of environmental stewardship to all stakeholders throughout the late life and decommissioning process, whilst working towards the Oil and Gas Authority’s reduction target of 35% on current cost projections.“Sentinel Subsea’s technology

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MeeMaken Buys Into Blue Offshore

ownership of a minority of the company’s shares.Blue Offshore, headquartered in The Hague, the Netherlands, supplies basket carousels and tensioners for the offshore installation, transportation and storage of export cables, array cables, umbilicals and flexible pipelines in the offshore oil and gas industry, as well as the offshore renewable energy sector.MeeMaken, which has a large global network and a portfolio of service companies in the offshore energy sector, is familiar with the offshore market as well as with the equipment and technology of Blue Offshore, said MeeMaken operation partner

Barry MacLeod has been named CEO of the newly rebranded Rever Offshore (Photo: Rever Offshore)

Rever Offshore Names MacLeod CEO

as board director of the company. His roles within Rever have included operations director, asset management director and – latterly – managing director; a post he has held for the past five years.MacLeod has extensive engineering and project management experience within the wider oil and gas industry, having delivered projects across the North Sea, Canada and West Africa with subsea contractors and consultancies.Rever Offshore, formerly known as Bibby Offshore, completed a full rebrand in January of this year following the transition to new ownership

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