Scotland News

Retrofit: new work in wind for an anchor-handling vessel. Illustration: courtesy Unitech

Offshore wind: The making of a (supply chain) star

;the Tesla” of offshore power cables.The timing is right for a new Tesla of that type. While Unitech delivers cost savings and Waagen’s Test Center attracts wind-power entrepreneurs, floating or marine wind power continues to grow. Since Equinor’s launch of a HyWind pilot at Peterhead, Scotland, offshore wind has surged, led by floating wind. Now, Equinor sees marine wind growing to 12,000 MW of installed power by 2030 from less than 500 MW today. It’s in vogue, and new floating turbine designs are being developed by fixed-wind heavyweights and floating-wind newcomers alike.Unitech

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New Subsea Wireless IP Camera Technology

Next generation subsea technology deployed for the first time in the North Sea has helped to improve safety and reduce costcfor an offshore oil and gas project, said Scotland based WFS Technologies.The firms's new cutting-edge computing and subsea wireless IP camera technology deployed on a pipeline construction project enhanced diver safety and generated significant cost savings by avoiding the need for additional subsea vessels, it said.The work was undertaken for a new subsea pipeline which was recently installed and was necessary to bypass a platform being decommissioned. As part of the final

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Unmanned Vessels Map UK Nearshore

4DOcean and XOCEAN announced the completion of over 2,000 hours of unmanned bathymetric survey off the coasts of Scotland and England as part of the UK’s Lot 2 Civil Hydrography Program (CHP), administered by the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) subcontracted by Meritaito.Operating two different unmanned vessels, 4DOcean and XOCEAN completed surveys of multiple nearshore locations between December 2018 and March 2019.The use of unmanned vessels offers significant benefits including safety with operators remaining onshore, efficiency with 24/7 operations and environmental with ultra-low

(Illustration: Equinor)

DNV GL To Perform Hywind Tampen Study

to supply power to oil platforms is a challenging and innovative project with far-reaching benefits to both the oil and gas and renewables industries, and to combating climate change. Having been involved in floating wind for many years now, including as verification body on Equinor’s Hywind Scotland project, we’re excited to impart our expertise further on Equinor’s Hywind Tampen project,” commented Prajeev Rasiah, Executive Vice President, Northern Europe, Middle East & Africa, DNV GL - Energy.(Illustration: Equinor

Martin McDonald, Senior Vice President, ROV Division, Oceaneering International.
Courtesy of Oceaneering International

One-on-One with Martin McDonald, SVP, ROV Division, Oceaneering

– from operation to repair to maintenance to management – McDonald shares with MTR his insights on the historical development and future prospects of this high-profile subsea sector.How and when did you know that your career would be in the maritime/subsea industry?I grew up in Fraserburgh, Scotland, a small town 40 miles north of the oilfield city of Aberdeen. Fraserburgh is best known for commercial fishing. My father was a boat builder and, from an early age, I was fascinated by the maritime industry, so it was either commercial fishing or the oil field. I chose the oil field and, specifically

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Aleron Acquires IMPAQ

and equipment across different subsea markets.IMPAQ-Technologies director, John Rodgers, will continue to lead the company’s electrical engineering and technology development from its existing base in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. All testing will be conducted at the Group headquarters in Aberdeen, Scotland.“John Rodgers will continue to play an important role in the company, spearheading the development of new electrical drive technology solutions,” McConnell said.“We also have ambitious plans to grow the number of IMPAQ-Technologies personnel by the end of the year.&rdquo

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Ecosse IP Trials Subsea Lifting Tech

Subsea technology developer Ecosse IP (EIP) demonstrated the capabilities of its Ambient Lifter subsea and decommissioning solution during a two-day industry showcase event held in Fraserburgh, Scotland this week.EIP welcomed representatives from across the industry, including the Oil and Gas Technology Center (OGTC), which is jointly funding the field trial in order to develop new solutions that will reduce subsea installation and decommissioning costs.Ambient Lifter was designed for the offshore sector, providing a cost-effective and viable solution for lifting subsea assets, EIP said. The system

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Martin Linge Hooked Up to Shore Power

integrated wellhead, production and accommodation platform and a permanently anchored FSO vessel. The field will be operated from land and have a limited offshore staff. When it comes on stream, gas will be transported through a new pipeline connecting to an existing pipeline going to St. Fergus, Scotland, while oil will be processed on the FSO and transported from the field in shuttle tankers.The main reservoir is structurally complex and contains gas and condensate at high pressure and high temperature (HPHT). There are three reservoirs in Middle Jurassic sandstones in the Brent Group at a depth

Moray Melhuish who joins WFS Technologies as commercial director (Photo: WFS Technologies)

Melhuish Joins WFS Technologies

prime contractor, Score Marine, which he founded.With around 350 patents, WFS provides innovations in subsea wireless automation, the Subsea Internet of Things (SloT) and subsea cloud computing networks (SCCNs) for oil and gas operators and offshore wind developers around the world.The Livingston, Scotland, headquartered company is actively planning to establish a research and development hub in Edinburgh, which will become home to its leadership and technology team spanning a range of disciplines including mechanical, software and hardware engineers

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Ineos to Upgrade Forties Pipeline

of winter.Ineos said the upgrades would extend into the 2040s the lifeline of the pipeline system, which it said carries 40 percent of Britain's offshore crude oil and natural gas.Ineos said it would also invest 350 million pounds in a new energy plant at the 200,000-bpd Grangemouth oil refinery in Scotland, and an additional 150 million pounds in a new petrochemicals facility in the northern English city of Hull.($1 = 0.7529 pounds)(Reporting by Amanda Cooper; Editing by Dale Hudson and Jason Neely

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PLAT-I Operational in Nova Scotia

.Following a period of commissioning and testing environmental monitoring equipment, Sustainable Marine Energy has satisfied the requirements set out by the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans to commence operation of tidal turbines on the PLAT-I platform. Originally developed and tested in Scotland with support provided by Scottish Enterprise, it was relocated to Nova Scotia and installed at Grand Passage in September 2018.On Saturday, February 23, the system, equipped with instream turbines developed by SCHOTTEL HYDRO, generated first power, becoming the only operational in-stream tidal energy

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Sonomatic Expands in Aberdeen

at The Core, Bridge of Don, bringing the total number of bays available to five.Sonomatic, a provider of advanced and conventional NDT inspections, engineering, integrity and rope access services, said the buildout is in response to an increased demand for its NDT inspection services in the northeast of Scotland.The expansion comes three years after the company built a new multi-disciplined facility covering the entire range of NDT Inspections, housing three radiography, one hydro testing bay and the ability to perform heat-treatment on client’s equipment. The expanded NDT facility will house five

Hywind Scotland floating offshore wind turbines. (Photo: Øyvind Gravås / Woldcam - Equinor)

Equinor Lines Up Floating Wind in S.Korea

within offshore wind," said Equinor Senior Vice President Stephen Bull."We are pleased to sign a memorandum of understanding with KNOC to strengthen our collaboration."Equinor has built and is operating the world's first commercial floating offshore wind farm - Hywind - off Scotland, where its five turbines have total capacity of 30 MW.Floating turbines are considered the next step in conquering wind resources in deep coastal waters where fixed turbines cannot be built, such as Japanese waters or off the coast of California.Equinor on Thursday said it has submitted a bid to

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

with a view to subsea testing this year. Projects like these are a fantastic example of how our support can make a difference to a company. Support for R&D is a key element of our subsea engineering action plan, with innovation support highlighted as a key priority. Subsea engineering is one of Scotland’s true global strengths and projects like this can only help reinforce that position.”Together with its other key technology, FAM, the company provides operators flexibility development strategy throughout the life of field of its assets by enabling production enhancing technologies

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Waters West of Europe Drive Ocean Overturning

that return southward through the Iceland and Irminger basins. In a departure from the prevailing scientific view, the study shows that most of the conversion from warm to cold water—or ‘overturning’ and its month-to-month variability—is occurring in regions between Greenland and Scotland, rather than in the Labrador Sea off Canada, as many past modeling studies have suggested.Overturning variability in this northeastern section of the North Atlantic was seven times greater than in the Labrador Sea, and it accounted for 88 percent of the total variance documented across the entire

Largescale pipe ready for dispatch by rail from Liberty Pipes, Hartlepool (Photo: Liberty)

Liberty Wins North Sea Pipe Contract

and relaunched by Liberty, part of Sanjeev Gupta’s GFG Alliance, in late 2017, have just begun making the first batch of a total order for 12,000 metric tons of 24” steel pipe from global engineers Subsea7, that will be used in the Shell Shearwater gas field over 200 miles off the coast of Scotland.Over the next few months workers at Hartlepool will make around 22 miles of heavy-duty pipe that will lie 90 meters under the sea, helping channel millions of cubic meters of gas each day to the huge St Fergus onshore terminal in Aberdeenshire.This order, along with the Subsea7 contract to provide

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C-Enduro Delivered to Royal Navy

form part of a future capability to be delivered by the MHC program,” said Alex du Pre, MHC Team Lead at Defense Equipment and Support.This project marks the fourth delivery of a C-Enduro vessel, and previous successful missions include an 11-day over-the-horizon marine science mission north of Scotland for the National Oceanography Center

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