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India Plans Deep Dive for Seabed Minerals

by the ISA, and Beijing controls more exploration areas in the high seas than any other country, according to the Jamaica-based intergovernmental agency.Experts say India is most interested in copper, nickel and cobalt, as it ramps up clean power generation.Cobalt, also produced in Democratic Republic of Congo, is used to make batteries that can store energy from renewable sources, including solar and wind."These metals are not widely available in India, so they have strategic importance," said Ramadass, whose team is set to trial mining at a depth of 5,500 meters by 2022.India's goal

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China Plumbs Ocean Depths for Cobalt

holder of international deep sea exploration licences, has increased its lead in the race for alternative sources of battery minerals by taking samples from cobalt-bearing mountains deep in the Pacific.The cobalt-rich crusts could one day curb the world's dependence on cobalt from Democratic Republic of Congo, but most companies say deep sea mining is a distant prospect.Maersk Supply Service, part of shipping company Maersk, is working with Canada's DeepGreen to harvest metallic rocks from the ocean floor."It is a promising business area with the potential for significant future growth

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Saipem Wins $700 Mln Worth of Offshore Contracts

project is expected to involve the recently acquired vessel Constellation which, together with the FDS2, will ensure an offshore execution campaign to achieve first oil by 2022.”Furthermore, through its subsidiary Boscongo SA, Saipem has been awarded a new Offshore E&C contract in the Republic of Congo for an MMO (Maintenance, Modifications & Operations) project in relation to the Centrale Electrique du Congo, which covers over half of the country’s electricity supply.The scope of work includes the engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning, as well as the start-up

Kipevu Oil Terminal at Mombasa Port to Relocate

; Danish engineering firm Niras was in 2014 tasked with designing the new facility at a cost of $1.7 million.   The jetty is expected to increase efficiency in delivery of imported refined fuel for Kenya’s domestic use and export to Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. KPA also plans to more than double the capacity of its fuel terminal in Nairobi to cater for the extra flow of petroleum products when a new pipeline linking the capital with Mombasa becomes operational in the end of this year. ( (Source: Wilhelmsen Ship Agency

Total Conducting Seismic Testing on Congo Oil Block

French oil major Total is conducting seismic testing on a block it operates in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a company spokeswoman confirmed on Thursday, making it the first oil major to conduct such testing in the country.   Congo produces just 25,000 barrels of oil per day along its Atlantic coast in the west but hopes that further exploration offshore and near Lake Albert, which straddles the eastern border with Uganda, will boost that figure significantly in coming years.   Total holds a 66.66 percent stake in Block 3, located along Lake Albert. Semliki Sarl, majority

Aquatic Awarded Moho Nord Subsea Project Contract

Aquatic Engineering and Construction Ltd, an Acteon company, has been awarded a multimillion pound contract on the $10 billion Moho Nord subsea project, off the coast of the Republic of Congo, West Africa. The contract was awarded by a UK-based subcontractor working for Total E&P Congo. Aquatic’s 10-month campaign portion will mobilize in October 2015. Aquatic, the global partner for complete flex-lay solutions, will supply reel drive systems, together with a team of supervisors and technicians. They will provide the technical expertise and support to operate the equipment hired for the

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Fugro Provides ROV Systems for Total Contract

Fugro has been awarded a five-year contract with an estimated value of USD 100 million by Total E&P Congo. The agreement is for ROV services and remote subsea tooling in the Moho Nord field, situated around 75 kilometres off the coast of Pointe Noire in the Republic of Congo.   Fugro will supply four 200hp FCV 3000 work class ROV systems and innovative BOP tooling which will be installed onboard three mobile drilling units and one field support vessel.   Three ROV systems have been mobilized from Fugro’s Singapore base and are now operating in Moho Nord. Two of them are onboard

    And FCV3000 ROV being monitored from another ROV during the spudding of a new well (photo courtesy of Fugro).

Fugro Wins $100M Total E&P Congo Contract

  Fugro has been awarded a five-year contract with an estimated value of $100 million by Total E&P Congo. The agreement is for ROV services and remote subsea tooling in the Moho Nord field, situated roughly 75 kilometers off the coast of Pointe Noire in the Republic of Congo. Fugro will supply four 200hp FCV 3000 work class ROV systems and innovative BOP tooling which will be installed on board three mobile drilling units and one field support vessel. Three ROV systems have been mobilized from Fugro’s Singapore base and are now operating in Moho Nord. Two of them are on board

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Fugro Acquires Africa-based Geofor

Netherland-based Fugro says it has completed the acquisition of the Geofor Group based in Libreville (Gabon), Douala (Cameroon), Pointe Noire (Republic of Congo) and São Tomé City (São Tomé) to strengthen its presence in the Central Africa region and the French speaking African countries. Fugro explains that Geofor is an onshore/ nearshore geotechnical company which delivers drilling services and has highly specialised engineers and geologists in the fields of geotechnical consulting, hydrology, and land survey. The company was established in 1989 and has over 25

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