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Aker Solutions Develops Faster Offshore Well Workover System

delivered in the spring of 2021 to perform intervention operations on Visund.The Visund field northeast of Gullfaks has a water depth of 335 meters and 23 Aker Solutions subsea trees installed. Interventions will play an increasingly important role operationally in the future for Visund to increase oil recovery, Aker Solutions said

New model tool: the iCon inspection robot searches for cracks. CREDIT: OceanTech

Subsea Robots in the Splash Zone

subsea workshop,” Schjetne says among the mostly dank recesses.The former anchorages, from four to eight meters deep, are crammed with training platforms and testing equipment. IMR tools are in increasing demand, as offshore operators and their contractors look to extend field life and increase oil recovery. This is where OceanTech’s prototype, all-electric iCon inspection robot was tested for its ability to lower itself and its probes below the splashzone to effect subsea inspections of … you name it: pipe, riser, concrete or jacket. The iCon is the latest in a series of about five

Your sea trials, here: a SINTEF test basin. Credit: SINTEF

Higher Learning & SINTEF’s Existential Rise

;s in oil and gas that SINTEF researchers cover the gamut of Norwegian offshore energy value-creation. With the potential rewards high, spin-offs from oil and gas research have been many and stem from research into drilling and well control; exploration and production; gas-process tech; increased oil recovery; plug and abandonment; refining; safety and the environment; subsea systems and pipeline transport.The modern Norwegian oil and gas industry is likely most in debt to SINTEF for the multiphase flow laboratory, and all its offshoots, where R&D tested new ways to handle well stream and get downhole

Crews aboard M/V SHELIA BORDELON offload more than 450,000 gallons of oil from the Coimbra shipwreck 30 miles offshore from Shinnecock, N.Y. U.S. Coast Guard responders discovered a significant amount of oil in cargo and fuel tanks during onsite assessments of the Coimbra in May 2019. (US Coast Guard photo by Michael Himes)

Oil Recovered from WWII Shipwreck

, state, local and commercial partners and response crews ensured a safe, efficient and productive operation. We applaud their diligence and tremendous work.”DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said, “DEC thanks the Coast Guard for collaborating with New York State throughout this large-scale oil recovery operation. The 450,000 gallons removed from the Coimbra over the last three months were a hidden threat to the health of Long Island’s marine fishery and the South Shore’s environment and now the potential impact has been abated. The Coimbra now complements New York’s growing

Scottish Government minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands, Paul Wheelhouse MSP with Ian Donald, Enpro Subsea managing director (Photo: Enpro Subsea)

Enpro Testing New FIS Technology

;s head of Energy and Low Carbon Technologies, viewed Enpro’s FIS 15kpsi technology first-hand at Subsea Expo Tuesday, in Aberdeen.Ian Donald, Enpro Subsea managing director said, “Our vision is to develop a range of production technologies and services which increase production and oil recovery from our client’s assets. The investment combined with R&D funding from Scottish Enterprise in 2017 provided us with the ideal opportunity to increase our capabilities in the deepwater intervention arena, building on our success to date.“We are seeing more adoption for the Flow

All-electric actuated subsea boosting system. Image: Schlumberger

Schlumberger Bags Equinor Contract for Subsea Boosting System

Field through the delivery of a subsea boosting system,” said Don Sweet, president, OneSubsea, Schlumberger.“Our field-proven boosting technology, including electric actuation, will deliver an increased level of digital monitoring and control—this will be a key enabler for increasing oil recovery and unlocking the field’s full production potential, while reducing environmental impact,” Sweet added.Work will begin in Bergen, Norway, in December 2018 and the first delivery is scheduled for February Q1 2020

Vigdis subsea installation (Photo: Andre´ Osmundsen / Equinor)

Vigdis Gets a Boost

in the Norwegian North Sea.The new boosting station, expected to come online in the first quarter of 2021, is expected to raise production by almost 11 million barrels at the subsea field Vigdis, which has been producing oil through the Snorre field for more than 20 years.“This is an improved oil recovery project which includes a multiphase boosting station that will increase production from existing wells. This adds new oil barrels at a highly competitive price,” said Torger Rød, Equinor’s senior vice president for project management control.The boosting station will be connected

Baía Farta (Photo: Damen)

Angola’s New Fishery Research Vessel Delivered

7417 type vessel ordered in July 2016 and officially launched in November 2017, is equipped for the full range of fisheries research and assessment activities including hydrographic operations, acoustics research, pelagic and demersal trawling, plankton, water, environmental and geographical sampling, oil recovery and emergency towage operations, the shipbuilder said.The Baía Farta has been built to Silent-A/F/R Class notation standards. To maximize her effectiveness in her role, every care has been taken in her design, construction and outfitting to minimize underwater noise as well as onboard internal

Photo: Harald Pettersen / Equinor

Equinor to Boost Drilling to Extend Norwegian Shelf Life

and gas production in Norway towards 2030, but needed new measures to tackle a decline after that, including a deliberate push to find more natural gas."We aim to achieve an average recovery rate of 60 and 85 per cent respectively at our oil and gas fields. This is almost twice the average global oil recovery rate of 35 per cent," Arne Sygve Nylund, Equinor's head of development and production in Norway, said.Equinor's current recovery rate for oil stands at 50 percent. The company did not provide a recovery rate for gas.Nylund didn’t say when the company aimed to achieve the target

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