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Gulf of Mexico Sea-surface altitude indicating surface current speed (Image: Louisiana State University / NOAA)

New Research on Gulf of Mexico Loop Current

that aim to fill research gaps in order to help improve understanding and prediction of the Gulf of Mexico Loop Current System (LCS).As the Gulf of Mexico's dominant ocean circulation feature, the LCS has far-reaching implications for a wide range of human and natural systems, including oil and gas operations, yet knowledge about the underlying dynamics that control its behavior is limited.Following recommendations from a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) report released earlier this year, the National Academies’ Gulf Research Program (GRP) announced $10.3

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Eni Deploys OPT's PowerBuoy

Ocean Power Technologies' PowerBuoy has been deployed in the Adriatic Sea to advance Eni’s R&D MaREnergy project that aims to develop, deploy and demonstrate wave energy renewable technologies in oil and gas operations, the U.S.-based ocean energy solutions provider announced Wednesday.The OPT PowerBuoy will be used in the Adriatic Sea to advance Eni’s research and development of proprietary integrated subsea technology systems to allow future applications for remotely controlled field developments powered by wave energy, environmental monitoring and offshore asset inspection using

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20’ WAM-V Delivered to XPrize Finalist TeamTao

in 2019. The WAM-V is an innovative class of watercraft from 8’ to 150’ that can be tasked with port surveillance and security, UAV & UUV deployment and retrieval, MCM (Mine Countermeasures), nodal communications, benthic operations survey, maritime interdiction, and offshore oil and gas operations

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New ROV Tools for Deep Sea Mining Monitoring

.The ROV tools are designed for ease of mounting and systems can be daisy-chained together to create a sampling network that is ideal for rapid assessment work.All ROV tools are rated to 6,000m and have a wide range of potential applications including monitoring deep sea mineral retrieval and oil and gas operations, scientific exploration and environmental impact assessments

Fugro’s new first-of-its-kind airborne multibeam system, RAMMS, provides efficient bathymetric lidar surveys for nearshore and coastal mapping (Image: Fugro)

Fugro Advances Bathymetric Lidar Mapping Capabilities

. In 2015 the companies launched the pioneering aerial survey platform known as ROCIS (Rapid Ocean Current Imaging System) to measure surface ocean currents. In high demand since then, Fugro has collected more than 168,000 nautical miles of ROCIS data in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico to support offshore oil and gas operations

WAM-V USV (Photo: Marine Advanced Research)

Drone Boats to Face-Off in Global RobotX Challenge

, WAM-Vs from 8’ to 150’ can be tasked with ocean sensor deployment and retrieval; port surveillance and security; Marine Protected Area monitoring and enforcement; UUV deployment and retrieval; nodal communications; benthic operations survey; maritime interdiction; and offshore oil and gas operations

Kongsberg’s Yara Birkeland unmanned container ship concept. (Image: Kongsberg)

Ocean Autonomy: Norway to the Fore

for these systems, in the oil and gas industry at least, is to reduce use of manned surface vessels, which are costly to operate and emit fumes, at best.A goal set for Norway’s Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is to reduce use of surface vessels by 80 percent in several oil and gas operations. The NTNU’s Center for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems (AMOS) has the task of finding solutions to meet that goal, as well as targets to increase mapping and monitoring coverage by 10 at a tenth of the cost. Another goal is for “safe marine operations anywhere at any

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New Offshore Decommissioning Barge

and load in to a disposal yard for the topside. It also has the ability to accommodate 60 operational and marine crew for a period of up to 40 days.   PTTEP is currently in discussion with Thailand’s Department of Mineral Fuels (DMF), the government body regulating offshore oil and gas operations, which will sanction the decommissioning work, for the start of their removal program which is due to commence in the coming years. With the implementation of new decommissioning regulations, all concessionaires must submit the decommissioning plan with cost estimation to DMF for financial

Statoil Wins Offshore Wind Lease in New York

Hywind Scotland – will come in production in 2017. Earlier this year, Statoil acquired 50% of the Arkona offshore wind farm in Germany, which will come in production in 2019.    Statoil is an integrated, technology-based international energy company primarily focused on upstream oil and gas operations. From a daily production of approximately 1.8 million barrels of oil equivalent (BOE), more than 270,000 BOE stem from the company’s onshore and offshore oil and gas fields in the U.S.  Statoil’s Energy Ventures Fund, launched in February 2016, is one of the world&rsquo

Dr. Ian Jordaan (Credit: James Delgado Collection)

Designing for Ice with Ian Jordaan

Ice Failure in Compression”, which focuses on high-pressure zones and the use of mechanics for design. It highlights the necessity of using full-scale data, and also how mechanics can supplement that considerably.    How has the melting of the Greenland ice sheet been impacting oil and gas operations? It has resulted, I believe, in possibly increased release of icebergs and ice islands. I understand that the people who have been working on this have deduced that the ice islands have come from Petermann Glacier. I worked intensely on the problem of designing for icebergs and we built

H38 deploying researchers (Photo: Brazil Navy)

A New Reef Biome Under the Amazon Plume

on sparse museum specimens. Such large-scale industrial activities present a major environmental challenge, and companies should catalyze a more complete social-ecological assessment of the system before impacts become extensive and conflicts among the stakeholders escalate. The feasibility of oil and gas operations may be assessed by considering environmental and social sensibilities, but even the extent of the overlap of exploratory blocks with sensitive areas remains unclear. The context of great proximity to international waters and to the French Guyana border adds complexity. It is relevant to consider

New Joint Venture for Seismic Services Offshore Ghana

players operating in Ghana. The new joint venture will be a Ghanaian indigenous company and be based in Accra. Its creation also recognizes and supports the requirement for knowledge transfer and capacity-building in the Ghanaian E&P industry as well as the need for safe and efficient oil and gas operations undertaken to the highest international standards.     Jean-Georges Malcor, CEO, CGG, said, “We have joined forces with GOSCO to set up this joint venture as a response to recent growing industry interest in Ghana’s oil and gas potential. This move is another example

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MTR100: Coda Octopus Products

as laid surveys of the installed equipment once the installation operation is complete.   The Echoscope and sister products, the C500 and Dimension, can be deployed on a subsea remotely operated vehicle (ROV) or from a surface survey vessel. Echoscope has been used for a wide range of oil and gas operations, including pipeline survey, pipeline installation, touchdown monitoring, connection of assets and general ROV navigation and survey. The use of the Echoscope has the potential to reduce operating costs and time caused by poor visibility and weather outages affecting projects. Coda Octopus&rsquo

Wintershall Noordzee RAVN (Photo: DNV GL)

DNV GL Wins In-Service Verification Work for WINZ

activities and integrity management activities), physical survey and witness of offshore/site activities. The main focus will be on the onshore review activities with a tailored offshore scope.   The work undertaken will be based on new EU Directive (2013/30/EU) on Safety of Offshore Oil and Gas Operations which aims to reduce the risk of major accidents associated with offshore oil and gas operations. The Directive requires owners and operators to prevent and mitigate the impact of major accident hazards through the implementation of a systematic and effective approach to risk management.  

The Heimdal field in the North Sea. (Photo Øyvind Hagen)

Gas pioneer Heimdal Turns 30

and Byggve/Skirne arrived for processing and export. Grane imported gas through its own pipeline from the riser platform. This resulted in a new era for Heimdal as one of the most important gas hubs on the Norwegian continental shelf. After 2007 and the merger between Statoil and Hydro’s oil and gas operations, it was discussed whether to shut down Heimdal from 2014, due to declining production. In October 2010, Statoil submitted a plan for the development and operation of Valemon, and Heimdal was given the job of processing and exporting the gas. This extended Heimdal’s lifetime by

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Wind-powered Oil Recovery Project Green-lighted

partners have shown that WIN WIN is able to meet the operator’s key performance requirements such as injection volume targets, as well as reliability and minimized downtime.    “For the first time we can now see renewable energy as a large scale source of power to offshore oil and gas operations. By utilizing the recent developments of floating offshore wind turbines this concept can offer a clean, reliable and cost effective alternative for powering water injection in offshore locations,” said Remi Eriksen, Group President and CEO of DNV GL. “The WIN WIN project showcases

Subsea UK Establishes Business Hub in Milton Keynes

Companies specializing in underwater oil and gas operations based in Milton Keynes will come together to discuss and seek solutions to overcoming the challenges facing them as a result of the low oil price. Subsea UK, the body which represent the $13 billion British subsea sector, is hosting its first event in Milton Keynes. The event which takes place on May 11, will see 20 businesses in the region come together to identify ways they can work together to exploit potential opportunities and increase business both at home and abroad, in the lower oil price environment. As the UK’s

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