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Castrol Unveils New Control Fluid for Subsea Systems

component of a subsea system, which is why Castrol Transaqua SP is so important and timely.”Fields are producing for longer than ever, meaning that subsea production systems need to perform for longer than intended. As a consequence operators are often using a mix of different generations of subsea equipment and control fluids have to accommodate a wider variety of equipment, increasingly in sub optimal conditions.Youngman added, “With this in mind, Castrol has listened closely to subsea operators about the implications of current and future trends in the industry. As a result, we have developed

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Saipem Wins $700 Mln Worth of Offshore Contracts

Limited (30 percent interest) and CNOOC Nexen Petroleum Guyana Limited (25 percent interest).Liza field is located approximately 200 Km off the shores of Guyana in the Stabroek Block at a water depth up to 1,850 meters. The second phase of the development has a larger number of wells and related subsea equipment than its predecessor and will produce an estimated 220,000 BOPD.Stefano Cao, Saipem CEO, commented, “For Saipem this award is significant and strategic, and consistently supports our aim to consolidate our leading position in the offshore Subsea Flowlines Umbilicals and Risers (SURF) market

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Rock Installation ROV Delivered to Van Oord

with a solid backup strategy. As a result, the ROV remains capable of performing rock installation operations even if sub-systems like the HPU motor were to fail.Jan Frumau, Seatools’ Managing Director, said, “Fruitful cooperation between the companies resulted in a cutting-edge piece of subsea equipment that features the latest innovations in the field of ROV technology. We rest assured that Van Oord will perform efficient rock installation campaigns thanks to our long-term collaboration and the delivery of this mission-critical device.&rdquo

CSS Lightweight Pipeline Lifting and Handling Frames have been used for more than 1000 freespan correction operations, and folds into a 10' container for effective transportation and storage (Photo: Unique Group)

Unique Group Partners with Connector Subsea Solutions

are a specialist provider of Inspection, Maintenance and Repair (IMR) solutions for subsea pipelines, risers and conductors. The company operates from four countries in Europe and South America.According to Unique Group, the newly entered collaboration will help bolster its lineup of rental subsea equipment and solutions, and further enhance and simplify its capabilities in the field of Subsea IMR. Unique Group will deliver complete lightweight and compact remote operated tools and systems for the cleaning, inspection, and maintenance of subsea risers, flowlines and pipelines.Sahil Gandhi, COO

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Houlder Joins Sir David Attenborough Celebrations

; working in partnership to deliver a unique ship with unique capabilities and capacity."The 129m RRS Sir David Attenborough is a multi-purpose vessel combining cutting-edge scientific research with Antarctic base supply duties. Facilities onboard include a 4x4m clear opening moonpool to deploy subsea equipment, 650m2 deck space and an enclosed science hangar to house containerized laboratories. Designed to IACS Polar Class PC4 rules, the ship will be able to break 1m thick Ice at up to 3 knots. The diesel / electric propulsion has been carefully selected to have ultra-low environmental impact including

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C-Kore Systems Rolls-out New In-line Testing Tools

Monitor tests the health of electrical lines by measuring the insulation resistance and continuity. The Subsea TDR identifies faults along electrical lines with a precision of 10cm.Greg Smith, General Manager for C-Kore Systems commented: “Many of our customers have access issues with their subsea equipment. There just isn’t enough space. In the past we’ve resorted to extension whips but this introduces another variable in the measurements."Greg added: "With our new in-line units we can now plug directly into the equipment even when clearance is tight, ensuring accurate readings

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Aker Solutions to Supply Umbilicals for Liuhua FPSO

and static power umbilicals for the Liuhua 16-2, 20-2 and 21-2 fields, linking the subsea development to a new floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) unit.Power umbilical systems are bundled cable and fiber optic systems providing distribution of power, control and communication between subsea equipment on the seafloor and platforms or floating production facilities. The static section of the Liuhua 16-2 umbilical will be engineered using Aker Solutions' advanced manufacturing process called OsciLay."OsciLay is a unique manufacturing method which addresses challenges of more extreme

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Applied Acoustics Grows Its Team of Engineers

Subsea equipment manufacturer Applied Acoustics Engineering said it has expanded its engineering department and is looking to add even more team members as part of growth plans underway at the Great Yarmouth, U.K. based firm.Recent BSc Electronic Engineering graduate Will Oakey has joined the production area, while Will Shave, another BSc qualified engineer, is working on new developments in the company’s seismic profiling systems, and HND qualified Sean Evans is using his 30 years of technical expertise to improve the quality and build of the latest sparker systems.“These colleagues will

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Ashtead Delivers Installation Monitoring Services to Subsea 7

Subsea equipment specialist Ashtead Technology said it has completed a subsea installation monitoring project for Subsea 7 in support of Equinor’s Utgard development, located in blocks 15/8 (NCS) and 16/18a (UKCS) of the central North Sea.The contract, which was awarded by i-Tech Services on behalf of Subsea 7, saw Ashtead’s Deflection Monitoring System (DMS) used to capture critical data required to safely deploy a subsea template in water depths of 110m from Subsea 7’s vessel the Seven Arctic.The DMS monitors structure deflection, heading, pitch, roll, depth and suction at differenti

STL Secures $2m Contract

STL secured a$2mln contract with an international engineering services firm that will see it provide a range of innovative products designed to improve productivity and reduce downtime.   Aberdeen-based STL (Subsea Technologies Ltd) provides pioneering subsea equipment and technical advisory services, from concept development and design engineering to project management and operations support. The latest scope of work awarded will see STL deliver a range of well intervention equipment, including three SLICs (Stackable Lightweight Intervention Connectors) and seven male mandrels, of

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Exxon Starts Drilling at Offshore Guyana Projects

include the conversion of an oil tanker into a floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel named Liza Destiny, which would have a production capacity of 120,000 barrels of oil per day, along with four undersea drill centers with 17 production wells. Construction of the FPSO and subsea equipment is underway in more than a dozen countries.A second FPSO with a capacity of 220,000 barrels per day is being planned as part of the Liza Phase 2 development, and a third is under consideration for the Payara development, the company said.ExxonMobil subsidiary Esso Exploration and Production

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ExxonMobil, Hess Announce Oil Discovery Offshore Guyana

Block. The Noble Bob Douglas is completing initial stages of development drilling for Liza Phase 1, which will consist of 17 wells connected to a floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel designed to produce up to 120,000 barrels of oil per day. Construction of the FPSO and subsea equipment is under way, and first oil is expected in early 2020.Phase 2 concepts involve a second FPSO with production capacity of 220,000 barrels per day.A third phase is planned to closely follow Liza Phase 2 and is expected to bring gross production to more than 500,000 barrels of oil per day by late

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Fugro Tallies ROV Services Contracts with Petrobras

S.A. - Petrobras in its exploration and production activities.Two new contracts will see Fugro’s ROV spread working to support drilling related activities, such as towing, mooring, commissioning and decommissioning, and positioning of production and drilling units, as well as installation of subsea equipment in Petrobras oil fields. The ROVs are being deployed in water depths of 3,000 meters on the Brazilian continental shelf.The first of the two contracts commences in the second quarter of 2018 and is being executed from the Far Santana, an anchor handling and towing support (AHTS) vessel owned

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Multifunctional Plough Completes First Job for Assodivers

Subsea equipment designer and manufacturer Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd (SMD) said its Multi-Mode Pre Lay Plough, delivered to Greek offshore contractors Assodivers Ltd in Spring this year, has completed its first offshore job in the Baltic sea.The Multi-Mode Pre Lay Plough is the newest addition to SMD's power cable installation and protection product range. This plough has configurations for boulder clearing, trenching and backfill. The boulder clearance pass clears a 13.0m wide route including surface and submerged boulders. The trenching pass creates an engineered ‘Y’ trench profile

TechnipFMC Wins Subsea Contract Offshore China

TechnipFMC said it has been awarded a subsea contract by CNOOC Limited for the Liuhua 16-2, 20-2 and 21-2 Oilfield Joint Development Project in the South China Sea, at water depths ranging from 380 to 430 meters.The contract covers the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of subsea equipment, including 26 units of Enhanced Horizontal Christmas Trees (EHXT) as well as wellheads, subsea control systems, manifolds, tie-in systems and intervention workover control systems (IWOCS). This contract also covers support services for the installation and commissioning, as well as the provision

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Powering the Seafloor: Put a Socket in It

, would be more effective and efficient at boosting production rates. Reduced reliance on platforms would also help reduce oil firms’ footprints, reducing pollution risk and CO2 emissions. All-electric systems would also provide more responsive control and advanced health monitoring of subsea equipment.But, this new infrastructure could support more than pumps, compressors and actuators. It could also be used to support a growing fleet of unmanned underwater vehicles, as well as supporting other industries, from ocean science to deepsea mining.“Once you have power down there, you can

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The Underwater Centre Under New Ownership

and public bodies including Oil & Gas UK, Subsea 7, TechnipFMC, Premier Oil and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) have collaborated to support The Underwater Centre and ensure that the industry continues to have access to critical, world-leading underwater training and can undertake vital subsea equipment trials.The company will now operate as a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, which will be funded and supported by its members, comprising operators, service companies and industry. The new restructured company formally began operating on Monday, May 7, 2018Senior representatives of

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