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JFD's 3rd Generation DSRV (Photo: JFD)

JFD Completes First Phase of Open Sea Trials of its DSRV

, it’s an important stage as we look to ensure the safe operation of the system once in service.“The system was tested in the harsh environment presented by the seas off Mumbai pre monsoon, an entirely different set of challenges compared to those experienced during harbor trials in Scotland earlier this year. To properly evaluate the system’s performance it is crucial to ensure that it can be operated safely within its environmental envelope of current, sea state, depth, temperature and humidity. Additionally, sea trials afford the opportunity for the team to experience the operation

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Norway Wants to Build Floating Wind Farms

company said in May it expected about 13 gigawatt (GW) of floating offshore wind to be installed globally by 2030 and aimed to take "a fair share" of that.Equinor is also the owner of the world's first floating offshore wind farm project, a 30 megawatt farm called Hywind off the coast of Scotland, and is already maturing a project in Norway to combine floating wind with oil platforms.Norway's energy minister expected to conclude the discussions within a few months."By autumn I hope we will have a proposal. Perhaps we need to go through the parliament with this," he said.Norway

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Lighthouse Lidar Aids 3-year Wind Farm Study

Details of a novel three-year project to enhance the energy assessment and revenue forecasting for the proposed Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm 15km off the Angus coast in the East of Scotland demonstrates significant benefits of adopting bespoke technology to gather data.A ZephIR wind Lidar system was installed on an existing lighthouse structure thanks to a custom-built solution developed by SgurrEnergy (now Wood). The solution not only negated the need for an independent offshore structure but the Lidar also took a comprehensive data set at heights from its installed location up to the projected

Hal Goldie (Photo: Enpro Subsea)

Goldie Appointed to Enpro Subsea Board

through to decommissioning. Their FAM system was most recently deployed by LLOG Exploration in the Gulf of Mexico on the Crown and Anchor field.Goldie, who is based in Houston, has a career that spans almost 50 years in the oil and gas industry. Having started as an engineering apprentice at Cameron in Scotland in 1969, he rose through the ranks within various divisions in Norway, Middle East, UK and USA holding senior management and executive positions including president, Cameron Subsea Systems

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Equinor Explores Floating Wind Turbines to Power N.Sea Oilfields

Nylund said.Formerly known as Statoil, Equinor earlier this year changed its name to underscore a push into renewable energy under Chief Executive Eldar Saetre, although oil and gas will remain the company's dominant business.The company's first floating offshore wind farm began operating off Scotland last year, supplying electricity to the onshore market. Equinor has also announced plans for bottom-fixed offshore wind projects in the United States, Poland and Britain.A final investment decision on the plan for Snorre and Gullfaks, known as the Hywind Tampen floating wind farm, will be made in

PLAT-I and the 15m Meercat workboat “Venetia” prior to disconnection from the mooring system during the demobilisation operation. Photo: ©SCHOTTEL HYDRO

PLAT-I: Renewable Energy for Canada

Sustainable Marine Energy is preparing to ship the PLAT-I tidal energy platform from Connel in Western Scotland to Grand Passage in Nova Scotia.  Sustainable Marine Energy’s (SME) PLAT-I tidal energy platform hosting four SCHOTTEL HYDRO SIT 250 turbines has  completed the first phase of its testing program at Connel, on the West coast of Scotland. The Company is now preparing to ship the platform to Nova Scotia and install it for a second phase of testing. Having proven the installation, operation and performance aspects of the platform, this second phase of testing will concentrate on

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NRCAN Grant Triggers Major Investment in the Bay of Fundy

Limited. At 9MW this will make it the largest tidal stream array to be deployed anywhere in the world.DP Energy has been working closely with both turbine suppliers for the past two years, during which time turbines from both manufacturers have been successfully deployed in real sea environments in Scotland. In the case of Andritz, the three Mk1 turbines installed at the MeyGen Project have produced a cumulative output of more than 8.2GWh since their deployment whilst the SR1-2000 prototype deployed by Scotrenewables at the EMEC facility in Orkney has produced more than 3GWh since October 2017.The

Photo: Seacat Mischief (Photo: Seacat)

Seacat Services Sends Two Workboats to Beatrice For Siemens Gamesa

and her sister vessel, Seacat Magic, provide logistical support to manufacturer and service provider Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (Siemens Gamesa) throughout the operations and maintenance (O&M) phases.   The pair of 23-meter jet propulsion catamarans will be based out of Wick Harbor in Scotland, with Seacat Mischief arriving on site in mid-August, and Seacat Magic in April 2019. They will become the third and fourth Seacat Services vessels to work at Beatrice, joining Seacat Resolute, which has just commenced a separate 9-month construction charter for Siemens Gamesa, and Seacat Intrepid

The Gwynt Y Mor wind farm. Photo from Rovco.

Subsea Robotics for Renewables

by support vessels.New frontiersThe inspection opportunities will further open-up as new frontiers open up in the offshore renewables space, not least within floating offshore wind. While there is only one operating pilot offshore wind park today, Statoil’s Hywind park offshore Peterhead, Scotland, with five floating wind turbines, the global potential is seen as significant. With more subsea components than fixed bottom wind turbines, including hulls, mooring lines, anchors, and cabling, there’s potentially more work to be done here.Indeed, Oceaneering International Services was recently

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Subsea’s Future is Blowin’ in the Wind

repair costs and determine ROI.Equinor, MasdarPartners Equinor (formerly Statoil) and Masdar have installed a battery storage system they call Batwind, which stores energy generated from the world’s first commercial floating wind farm. Electricity produced 25 kilometers offshore at the Hywind Scotland wind farm is transported via cables to an onshore substation in Peterhead, Scotland to be stored in the Batwind 1 MW lithium-ion batteries and connected to the grid.Energy storage technologies like batteries and others are expected to grow increasingly important for grid stability in the years to

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Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm Produces First Power

Beatrice wind farm off the Caithness coast in Scotland has generated power for the first time, operator SSE said on Thursday.Following installation of the first 7-megawatt (MW) turbine, the wind farm exported power to the National Grid, the firm added.The 2.6 billion pound ($3.4 billion) wind farm will be completed in spring 2019. It will have capacity of nearly 600 MW and be capable of supplying around 450,000 homes with power.Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd is a joint venture between SSE, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and Red Rock Power Ltd.($1 = 0.7693 pounds)(Reporting by Nina Chestney;

Waverider buoy at sea. Image: EMEC

EMEC Metocean Data to Stimulate Inovation

of metocean data sets to be used in a new Scottish open innovation competition aiming to stimulate creative thinking and data science to design new data products for the benefit of the marine environment, communities and economy.Organized by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and the Data Lab, Scotland’s Blue Growth Data Challenge will make available data sets from 2015 in-situ observations and numerical modelling from EMEC’s wave and tidal energy test facilities in Orkney.The data sets include wave conditions at EMEC’s Billia Croo wave test site; meteorological observations

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Symbiotic Autonomy for Deep Water Survey

have developed a new long endurance, multi-vehicle, autonomous survey solution.ASV Global (ASV), in partnership with Sonardyne International Ltd., the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and SeeByte, have delivered a long endurance, multi-vehicle, autonomous survey solution after a two-week trial in Scotland’s Loch Ness. The tests were the culmination of the three-year ‘Autonomous Surface and Sub-surface Survey System’ collaborative project, part-funded by Innovate UK and Dstl, which set out to produce an integrated system to perform low cost, full water column marine surveys using

Andrew Jaffrey, Chief Technology Officer; Neil Gordon, Chief Executive; Elliot Kinch, Business Development Director. (Photo: Sentinel Subsea)

Revolutionizing Decom Environmental Monitoring

offered by our technology also has the potential to significantly lower clear-up costs.”Sentinel Subsea was born out of the city’s Grey Matters Program, developed by Scottish Enterprise and delivered in partnership with Elevator. The program was established to drive entrepreneurship in Scotland’s energy sector by supporting experienced executives to develop ideas, form teams and create new start-up, high-growth potential companies

(L-R) Phil Middleton, Seatronics Group MD, with Andy Williamson from Underseasense (Photo: Seatronics)

Seatronics Doubles Its Stock of R2 Sonic Multibeam Systems

ticks all these boxes hence our confidence to invest significantly in the product range. Our continually expanding fleet of subsea visualization and mapping technologies is unrivalled within our industry. I’d like to thank Andy Williamson of Underseasense, the official distributor of R2Sonic in Scotland, for the local service and support received in our U.K. headquarters.”Jens Steenstrup, President of R2Sonic, reiterated R2Sonic’s commitment to focusing on delivering the best solution and experience to customers, “We are thrilled to have supported Seatronics significant investment

Subsea 7 Bags Nexen Contract Offshore UK

Subsea 7 said Friday it has been awarded a contract from Nexen as part of the Buzzard Phase 2 Project, located approximately 55 kilometers off the northeast coast of Scotland. Subsea 7 said the contract is “sizeable”, between $50 million and $150 million.Subsea 7’s contract scope includes project management, engineering, procurement, construction and installation of a 5-kilometer pipeline bundle along with associated well and platform tie-ins, and provision of a heavy lift vessel for transport and installation of a new topside module.Project management and detailed engineering has

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Double Bibby Win for MDL

reel drive system, operated by MDL offshore personnel and supported by the company’s 3mradius departure chute. The spread was used for the recovery and replacement of a 2km electrical umbilical.The subsequent project will use the same RDS model to install a riser in an oilfield offshore Aberdeen, Scotland.Dave Gardiner, MDL Business Development & Commercial Manager, said, “These two projects highlight the successful ongoing relationship between MDL and Bibby Offshore, which actually started when the MDL rental service was launched in 2014.“With the quick, efficient and safe operations

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