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U.S. Rig Count Drops, But E&P Spend Up 13%

, energy specialists at U.S. investment bank Piper Jaffray, this week forecast average total oil and natural gas rig count would rise from 876 in 2017 to 1,037 in 2018, 1,097 in 2019 and 1,232 in 2020, little changed from last week.So far this year, the total number of oil and gas rigs active in the United States has averaged 1,003. That keeps the total count for 2018 on track to be the highest since 2014, which averaged 1,862 rigs.A total of 1,047 oil and gas rigs are currently in service this week. Most rigs produce both oil and gas.The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) this month projected

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Autonomous Vessels: FAU Gets $1.25m for Research

Florida Atlantic University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science has been awarded a $1.25 million grant by the United States Office of Naval Research (ONR) to undertake research in support of autonomous unmanned marine vehicle platforms for coastal surveillance, coastal surveys, target tracking and protection of at-sea assets. The five-year project will entail developing unmanned surface vehicles that serve as “motherships” for unmanned underwater vehicles and aerial drones, thereby enabling multi-vehicle, multi-domain capability that may serve as a mobile coastal monitoring

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Arctic Oil 'Undrillable' amid Global Warming -UN's Ex-climate Chief

said.Although Figueres said drilling in the Arctic did not make sense, Pedersen said the Johan Castberg field, due to start pumping in the early 2020s off north Norway, would have a break-even of $31 a barrel.Global warming is also making the Arctic - shared by Nordic nations, Russia, Canada and the United States - more accessible to shipping and mineral exploration.(Reporting by Alister Doyle Editing by Edmund Blair

ROV Hercules launches off of the E/V Nautilus to search for meteorite fragments in Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. (Photo: Susan Poulton/OET)

Possible Meteorite Fragments Found in Marine Sanctuary

In the first ever intentional hunt for a meteorite at sea, researchers set out to investigate the largest recorded meteorite to strike the United States in 21 years. They recovered from the ocean what are believed to be pieces of the dense, interstellar rock.The golf cart-sized meteorite crashed into NOAA’s Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary on March 7 around 7:15 p.m. PST, about 15 miles off the Washington coast. Despite having broken into many pieces before falling to the sea, its impact was so violent it registered on seismometers as far away as Manitoba, Canada. The cosmic burst, picked

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EnBW, Trident Winds JV for Offshore Wind Project in California

EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG is continuing its strategy of capturing growth in new international markets in the renewable energy sector.  Following its recent entry into Taiwan, EnBW has now expanded its activities to the United States of America by establishing a regional subsidiary, EnBW North America, and forming a joint venture with Trident Winds Inc. to develop an offshore wind project off the coast of in Central California. This represents the EnBW Groups first step toward tapping into the high potential of the American market. Several of the United States have set

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US Announces $18.5 Mln for Offshore Wind Research

solutions for installation, operation, maintenance and supply chain.The overall goal of the consortium created by DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is aimed at reducing the cost of offshore wind in the U.S.“There is enormous potential for offshore wind in the United States,” said Timothy Unruh, EERE’s Assistant Secretary of Renewable Power. “Through this consortium, DOE seeks to support fundamental research to accelerate the development of affordable offshore wind technologies.”With only one commercial offshore wind plant operating in the

Meet LT Laura Dwyer: NOAA Officer, Navy Oceanographer

part of an ExMCM company. I've deployed domestically and internationally, participating in exercises in San Diego; Anchorage; Panama City Beach, FL; San Clemente Island, CA; Gulf of Mexico, MS; Kingdom of Bahrain; South Korea; and Spain."NOAA Corps, one of the seven uniformed services of the United States, traces its roots to 1807 when President Thomas Jefferson created a new federal agency whose mission was to chart the nation's coastal waters to ensure that ships could move civilians, troops, and materiel safely. NOAA Corps Officers work on land, in the air, and on the sea providing products

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Schlumberger Wins in US Supreme Court on Patent Damages

Corp had to pay for infringing Schlumberger technology that helps find oil and gas beneath the ocean floor. Both companies are based in Houston.The decision expands the ability of patent owners to recover foreign-based damages, increasing the threat posed by certain infringement lawsuits in the United States.Internet-based companies and others had expressed concern that extending patent damages beyond national borders would expose U.S. high-technology firms to greater patent-related risks abroad.The ruling initially sent ION's shares into a tailspin, diving as much as 20 percent at one point

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Aquabotix Scores USN Funding

Aquabotix Technology Corporation was granted an award of $78,000 in non-dilutive hardware integration funding from the United States Navy’s Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) to deliver a solution geared towards unexploded ordnance missions for the United States Navy. After delivery, this solution will be incorporated into Aquabotix’s key product SwarmDiver or other unmanned underwater vehicles manufactured by Aquabotix, to support unexploded ordnance detection missions by the United States Navy and allied forces. Ordnance that was disposed of or did not explode when deployed in

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Aquabotix to Support U.S. Navy

to make a meaningful technical contribution in this field.Whitney Million, Aquabotix’s Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We continue to execute on our strategy of leaning on our strengths in the defense industry and of close engagement with governmental customers, particularly the United States Navy. As a member of iUPDC, Aquabotix will be afforded opportunities to bid on research and development and prototype maturation projects. Aquabotix is grateful to the Consortium for the confidence that this invitation shows in Aquabotix’s abilities. Participation in this Consortium provides

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Kraken Achieves Military Standard Certification

certification enables Kraken to address over $100 million of near term international navy contract opportunities that specify a higher level of product ruggedization than the commercial market. Kraken will showcase its KATFISH-M at the Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) in August in the United States. ANTX is an annual, invitation-only event that was created by the U.S. Navy to see the future of naval technology in action today.”KATFISH-M was tested and certified by independent laboratories on a variety of U.S. Department of Defense military ruggedization standards known as MIL-STD-810G

TE SubCom to Design and Deploy Google's New Cable System

Undersea communications technology firmTE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. company, announced it has been selected by Google as the supplier of its Dunant submarine cable system. The four-fiber pair cable system will span over 6,400km and will connect the East Coast of the United States to Europe, adding dedicated capacity to Google’s global network and will enable interconnection to other subsea infrastructure in the region.Sanjay Chowbey, president of TE SubCom, said the Dunant cable system will be built using SubCom’s A1 cable family, which is optimized for projects compatible with higher

New Hires Boost RCG US Team

The Renewables Consulting Group (RCG), has announced the appointment of several new hires in its New York office to support the accelerating offshore wind market in the United States and renewable energy projects worldwide. The experienced personnel include AJ Negrelli, Emily Kuhn, and Craig Hutchinson.Negrelli is a respected project manager and engineer with practical experience delivering offshore wind construction projects, working for the major wind turbine supplier Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy. Negrelli was deputy construction project manager of the recently completed 574 MW Race Bank project

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Aquabotix Enters R&D Partnership with US Navy

, development, and engineering. Under the CRADA signed between Aquabotix and the U.S. Navy, Aquabotix will gain access to the Narragansett Bay Test Facility (NBTF), including its ranges and personnel, to test and demonstrate Aquabotix’s SwarmDiver product and other relevant technologies for this United States Naval laboratory and other interested parties.Whitney Million, Aquabotix’s CEO, commented, “We are honored to be co-operating with the United States Navy and believe that SwarmDiver can be a game changer for the U.S. and allied naval operations.&rdquo

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Schlumberger Fights to Boost Patent Damages at US Supreme Court

that barred it from recovering $93.4 million in lost profits stemming from foreign contracts the company said it missed out on as a result of the infringement.Schlumberger said federal patent law protects against infringement that occurs when components of a patented invention are supplied from the United States for assembly abroad, and so it should be fully compensated for its lost foreign sales.Gorsuch and Breyer expressed skepticism about imposing damages based on the use of the technology by ION's overseas customers. Breyer said if other countries did the same it could pose problems for U.S.

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Atlantic Ocean Circulation at Weakest Point in 1,600 Years

at peak strength since the mid-1800s and is currently at its weakest point in the past 1,600 years, as suggested by new research led by University College London (UCL) and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). If the system continues to weaken, it could disrupt weather patterns from the United States and Europe to the African Sahel, and cause more rapid increase in sea level on the U.S. East Coast.When it comes to regulating global climate, the circulation of the Atlantic Ocean plays a key role. The constantly moving system of deep-water circulation, sometimes referred to as the Global Ocean

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Plastic-eating Enzyme Holds Promise in Fighting Pollution

Scientists in Britain and the United States say they have engineered a plastic-eating enzyme that could in future help in the fight against pollution. The enzyme is able to digest polyethylene terephthalate, or PET - a form of plastic patented in the 1940s and now used in millions of tonnes of plastic bottles. PET plastics can persist for hundreds of years in the environment and currently pollute large areas of land and sea worldwide. Researchers from Britain's University of Portsmouth and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory made the discovery while examining the

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