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Quick Connect: OAL Subsea Pipeline Completed

Completion of Above Water Tie-In of the Ostsee Anbindungsleitung (OAL)” - Copyright StreamTec Solutions AG.

Making a twist on the proverb 'necessity is the mother of invention', GASCADE Gastransport GmbH and StreamTec Solutions AG completed the Ostsee Anbindungsleitung (OAL) subsea pipeline connecting the Mukran LNG terminal to the German energy grid at Lubmin in 18 months, a amazingly short turnaround considering the time frame encompassed project conception, design, permitting and construction.The 'necessity' in this case: energy security for Germany and Europe.The OAL…

Eni, Vaar Agree to Buy Neptune Energy in $4.9 Billion Deal

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Italy's Eni ENI.MI and its Norwegian unit Vaar have agreed to buy private-equity backed Neptune Energy in a deal valuing the assets of the gas and oil producer at $4.9 billion including debt, the two groups said on Friday.The acquisition, which is expected to be completed at the start of next year, is one of the biggest oil and gas deals in Europe in years.The deal fits the Italian group's plan…

Spain's Energy Firms Look to Central Europe Markets for Green Hydrogen Deals

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Spanish oil company Cepsa signed on Wednesday two agreements aimed at shipping green hydrogen between Spain and the Netherlands, a day after renewable energy giant Iberdrola took a similar step.The two Spanish companies are vying to become green hydrogen leaders, with planned investments worth billions of euros. The recent agreements will help them sell part of their expected production of green…

Neptune Energy Starts Production from Gas Well in Germany

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Oil and gas company Neptune Energy started production from its production from its operated Adorf Z17 gas well in the municipality of Georgsdorf, northwestern Germany.The Z17 well - in the Carboniferous formation - is expected to increase Neptune’s production from the Adorf licence by 1,800 barrels of oil equivalent per day to around 6,300 boepd. Construction of a dedicated processing plant at…

German Cabinet OKs Emergency Measures to Fast-track Renewables Expansion

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Germany's cabinet on Monday approved measures to accelerate the expansion of wind and solar power by simplifying licensing and setting deadlines for permitting procedures, the economy ministry said.Berlin aims to generate 80% of electricity from renewables by 2030, but red tape has been hampering Germany's efforts to meet that goal.The cabinet adopted a package of European Union emergency regulations, agreed last year, to speed up wind and solar permits and clarify the environmental and gri

New Cloud Platform for Subsea Survey Data

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Subsea geo-information specialist TrueOcean GmbH launched a new digital platfom designed tor accelerate the transformation of marine data acquired by underwater sensors, including multibeam echosounders and related systems from any manufacturer, into actionable, easily shared information and insight via the cloud.In development since the Kiel, Germany headquartered company was founded in 2019, TrueOcean’s smart marine data platform (MDP) arrives at a critical time for the wind energy…

Germany Nationalises Gas Group Uniper in Scramble to Secure Supply

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Germany confirmed the nationalization of struggling gas importer Uniper at a cost of 8 billion euros ($7.9 billion) on Wednesday as it scrambles to secure power for Europe's largest economy after Russia cut back supplies.Nationalizing Germany's largest importer of Russian gas is the second move in a week by the government in Berlin to take control of an energy business as it confronts a winter crisis.Uniper…

Battery-Electric Surge: ESS Scales Up in Maritime

Battery friendly: the DC set-up aboard an ESS-equipped VARD vessel. Image courtesy Vard

Ask the right government department in any G7 state and you’ll find funding to put battery power for your vessel. Beyond funds, new battery makers and system integrators are ironing out safety issues, and a growing number of giga-sized cell factories offer hope that costs will fall for marine energy storage, as ESS choice grows. Efforts are also underway to recycle rare earth elements and to augment or greenify staggeringly high plant electricity inputs.

Soaring Gas Prices Power Equinor Q2 Profits

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Equinor said it will return an additional $3 billion to shareholders after reporting better-than-expected second-quarter profit on the back of soaring gas prices fuelled by the war in Ukraine. The company boosted gas supplies to Europe by 18% in the April-June period compared to a year ago, making Norway the continent's largest supplier of piped natural gas as Russia cut deliveries amid a standoff…

Wintershall Dea Looks to Domestic Production as Russia has 'Destroyed' Trust

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Germany's Wintershall Dea, a shareholder of the Nord Stream 1 pipeline and longstanding Gazprom partner, on Tuesday said it would look to increase domestic oil and gas output since Russia has lost its status as a reliable energy supplier.If Europe wants to reduce its dependence on imports it has to look at domestic energy supplies, Chief Executive Mario Mehren told journalists after second-quarter…

The Port Logistics Challenges of Offshore Wind

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Some equations just don’t add up. For example, storing 500 offshore wind turbine blades at a site with only space for 400 (and that’s only if you don’t store the other key elements required to build a full turbine). Elaine Maslin visited Siemens Gamesa’s blade manufacturing facility in Hull, UK, to find out more.Storage space is becoming a major challenge that’s looming for ports involved in the fast-evolving offshore wind industry.

VIDEO: One-on-One with Pieter van Oord, CEO, Van Oord

Pieter Van Oord, CEO, Van Oord, graces the cover of the June 2022 edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News.

Pieter van Oord is candid in discussing the future growth of his storied company’s activities in offshore wind with specific insights on challenging current jobs, Van Oord’s recent order of a massive and groundbreaking Wind Turbine Installation Vessel, and the company’s future working in the United States.Pieter, to start, can you give a ‘By the Numbers’ look at your company today using the metrics of your choice?Well, 2021 was a disappointing year for us.

How Much Oil Does the EU Import from Russia?

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The European Union has agreed to ban the bulk of imports of Russian crude and oil products in its latest round of sanctions following Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.The ban on seaborne crude imports will be phased in over six months and for seaborne refined products over eight months. It excludes deliveries via the Druzhba oil pipeline which supplies refineries in Eastern Europe and eastern Germany.Yet…

TES Wilhelmshaven Import Terminal Deemed a 'Priority Project'

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Tree Energy Solutions’ (TES) import terminal has been included in the list of priority projects supported by the German Government’s LNG Acceleration law. The law was passed by parliament on May 19th, 2022 and was approved by the Federal Council on May 20th, 2022. The aim of this law is to accelerate the implementation of the critical infrastructure needed to secure the energy supply of the country…

Gas Prices Soar in Europe on Tight Russian Supply

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European gas prices soared more than 30% on Tuesday as low supplies from Russia reignited concerns about an energy crunch as the region heads for colder weather.A key pipeline which normally delivers gas from Siberia to Europe continued to work in reverse on Tuesday, traders said, sending flows from Germany to Poland, while supplies of Russian gas from Ukraine to Slovakia were also subdued.Russian energy exports have been in the spotlight amid the country's broader standoff with the West…

INEOS to Invest $2.3B in Green Hydrogen Plants

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- INEOS, Europe's largest Hydrogen producer, said on Monday it would invest more than 2 billion euros ($2.3 billion) on electrolysis plants to make zero-carbon green hydrogen across Europe.The first plants will be built in Norway, Germany and Belgium over the next 10 years, with others planned in the UK and France, the company said in a statement that did not specify the total duration of the investment.It said it intended to work closely with governments within the European Union, which ha

Siemens Energy CEO Buch Calls Wind Division Problems 'Extremely Annoying'

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Siemens Energy cranked up the pressure on wind turbine division Siemens Gamesa on Wednesday, saying it was "extremely annoying" that it was having to reduce its profit outlook as a result of the Spanish-listed unit.The comments from CEO Christian Bruch highlight the problems around the arm's length relationship he inherited after Siemens Energy's spin-off from Siemens AG last year that gave him a majority in a business he effectively cannot control.

EU Approves $21.27B Just Transition Fund

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European Union countries on Monday approved the bloc's flagship fund to wean them off fossil fuels and protect communities most affected, paving the way for members to start receiving the cash.The 17.5 billion euro ($21.27 billion) Just Transition Fund (JTF) combines money from the EU's budget and its COVID-19 recovery fund.It is designed to support communities most affected by plans to shut down coal, peat and oil shale sectors or other emissions-intensive industries.

MethanQuest: Test Results In for Renewable Hydrogen, Methane as a Fuel

Microgrid Concept for Inland Port: In the MethanGrid research group DVGW, Rolls-Royce Power Systems and other partners have developed a complete locally coupled energy supply system for the Karlsruhe inland port facility. Electricity, gas, heating, industry and transport - all the current sectors - are coupled by means of this microgrid so that the available energy, including renewables, can be optimally exploited. Image courtesy Rolls-Royce Power System/MethanQuest

As the maritime industry embarks on 'the path to zero', it is widely acknowledged that there is currently not a 'silver bullet' solution, nor is it likely that a solution will emerge from a vaccum. Collaboration is the path forward, and efforts such as MethanQuest offer promise.The project MethanQuest was launched in September 2018 with 29 partners from research, industry and the energy sector…

Shell Accelerating Renewables Push in Germany

Shell has begun securing offshore wind power assets whose electricity it could use as feedstock for electrolysis to make hydrogen. Image for illustration - Credut:Gerwin Schadl/AdobeStock

Royal Dutch Shell in Germany aims to produce aviation fuel and naphtha made from crops and renewable power and to increase to commercial scale an electrolysis plant that makes fossil-free hydrogen, as it seeks to move away from crude oil.The energy major told an online conference on Friday it had applied for subsidies to carry out the work from the European Union and from German funds earmarked for decarbonization.Fabian Ziegler…