Monday, March 30, 2020

Norway Offers 36 Offshore Blocks, None in Barents Sea

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Norway is offering oil firms 36 offshore exploration blocks in this year's licensing round in mature areas and for the first time in a decade did not offer any blocks in the Barents Sea.All the blocks are offered in the western part of the Norwegian Sea, with interested parties asked to send their comments by May 11, the oil and energy ministry said."In demanding times, it is important to plan for the future…

Seajacks Clinches Japanese Offshore Wind Farm Gig

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UK-based firm Seajacks, an offshore wind power installation specialist, has signed a foundation installation contract with Kajima Corporation for an offshore wind farm project at Akita Port and Noshiro Port in Akita Prefecture, northern Japan.The project is expected to be the first bottom-fixed large-scale offshore wind power project in Japan funded 100% on a commercial basis.This is the first contract…

FairWind Completes 59 Transition Pieces for Borssele 1+2 OWF

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Wind industry solutions provider FairWind has completed its largest electrical and high voltage project in company history, completing 59 transition pieces (TP’s) for client Bladt.The TP segments were assembled in Aalborg harbor in Denmark, to be installed at Borssele 1+2 offshore wind farm. Transition Pieces are used to connect the monopile and the tower of an offshore wind turbine.The 752MW wind farm is being constructed in the southern part of the Dutch sea towards the Belgian border.

Vestas Scores More Offshore Wind Farm Work in Vietnam

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Danish wind turbine maker Vestas has won an order to deliver V150-4.2 MW wind turbines to be installed in Vietnam's Mekong Delta and has also secured a 20-year service contract - the longest such contract in Vietnam for a wind turbine manufacturer."Maintaining its successful momentum with 200 MW order intake in Vietnam last year, Vestas has now secured its fourth intertidal project in the country with a 29 MW order with Sigma Engineering Joint Stock Company…

Fully Laden LNG Tankers Sit Idle Off Indian Ports after Force Majeure

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At least five fully-laden liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers are idling offshore India, as yet unable to discharge their cargoes, after importers there declared force majeure earlier this week, according to an analyst and shipping sources.Gas demand is falling globally amid the fast-spreading coronavirus which has capped industrial output, forcing LNG tankers in several regions to remain at sea fully laden with no immediate destination…

Equinor Resumes Martin Linge Work, after Coronavirus-linked Halt

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Norway's Equinor has restarted work at its Martin Linge development in the North Sea following a haltafter an offshore worker tested positive for coronavirus, the company said on Thursday."We are gradually stepping up activities again. We have cleaned and disinfected facilities, and believe that it's now safe to restart work," a company spokesman said.The company initially plans to bring back some 300 workers…

Murphy Oil CEO on Medical Leave Due to COVID-19

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The CEO of Murphy Oil has taken a medical leave due to coronavirus concerns.The US-based exploration and production company announced Thursday that Roger W. Jenkins will step down temporarily pending test results and a presumptive diagnosis of COVID-19. He is expected to completely recover, the company said. Jenkins was elected President & Chief Executive Officer of Murphy Oil Corporation in 2013.In the interim period, the company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer David R.

Origin Energy to Defer Shale Drilling in Australia

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Origin Energy will defer shale exploration drilling in Australia's Northern Territory until the second half of this year in a bid to protect workers from a coronavirus, the company said on Thursday.Origin, operator of a joint venture with Dublin-based Falcon Oil & Gas Ltd, resumed drilling in the Beetaloo Basin last year after a three-year break when drilling was banned, and had hoped to get first…

Lekoil 'in Process' of Paying $2M to Optimum

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Nigerian oil company Lekoil has said it is in the process of paying $2 million to Optimum Petroleum, its partner in an offshore block in Nigeria.The 2 million payment was agreed in January, and it is the first of two installments Lekoil is due to pay to Optimum Petroleum to cover "sunk costs and consent fees” for the OPL 310 offshore block. According to the agreement in January, where Lekoil got more time to make the payments…

Tidal Power Firm gets Funding from Scottish Gov't

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Tidal energy developer MeyGen Ltd has been awarded a £1.545 million grant from the Scottish Government's Saltire Tidal Energy Challenge Fund.The proceeds will be used to develop a subsea tidal turbine connection hub for the next phase of development of the MeyGen tidal power array, the world's largest tidal stream power project, SIMEC Atlantis Energy, the parent company of MeyGen Ltd. said.The MeyGen Phase 1A…

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier to Install CFXD Wind Turbines

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s jack-up vessel Brave Tern has been awarded a contract to transport and install wind turbines selected for the Changfang and Xidao offshore wind farms (CFXD) in Taiwan.The contract for the transportation and installation of MHI Vestas Offshore V174-9.5MW wind turbines has been awarded by CSBC-DEME Wind Engineering in Taiwan.The Brave Tern will embark upon the new contract after finishing installations on Yunlin offshore wind farm…

Oil, Fishing, Tourism: Alaska Economy Faces Triple Hit from Coronavirus

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The U.S. state of Alaska is so far distant from the worst medical ravages of the coronavirus pandemic, but its economy is in critical condition. Alaska is especially vulnerable because it depends on oil, tourism and fisheries – basic industries that are reeling from the global coronavirus pandemic – and the state government gets most of its revenue from investment earnings that have now evaporated."Alaska is experiencing a perfect storm…

Total Cuts Capex, Mostly in E&P Business

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French energy group Total announced plans on Monday to step up cost cuts and suspend its share buyback programme in order to deal with a slump in oil prices and the economic fallout from the coronavirus outbreak.Total CEO Patrick Pouyanne said that with prices of $30 per barrel, Total would now target organic capital expenditure cuts of more than $3 billion.In a video message to the company's staff last Thursday…

Saipem, Equinor Working on Floating Solar Panels

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Italian oilfield services firm Saipem, and Norwegian oil and gas company Equinor are teaming up to develop a floating solar panel park solution for near coastal applications and rough weather conditions.According to a statement by Saipem, the technology will be based on the in-house developed concept by offshore rig designer Moss Maritime, part of Saipem's XSIGHT division dedicated to high value-added services…

U.S. Clean Energy Sector Seeks Subsidies to Keep Projects Moving

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Wind and solar energy companies on Thursday called on Congress to pass tax incentives that would help the sector avoid project delays and keep financing flowing amid a pandemic that has choked off supply chains and slowed construction.In a letter to House and Senate leadership, seven clean energy trade groups asked lawmakers to extend deadlines that would allow their projects to qualify for generous…

U.S. Offshore Oil Lease Sale Weakest Since 2016

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A major sale of oil and gas leases in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday generated $93 million in high bids, the lowest total for any U.S. offshore auction since 2016, reflecting caution in the drilling industry amid a steep slide in oil prices.Firing up offshore drilling is a crucial part of U.S. President Donald Trump's "energy dominance" agenda to maximize domestic production of crude oil, natural gas, and coal.

Ørsted, TEPCO in Offshore Wind JV

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Japan's largest power company TEPCO, and Danish offshore wind farm developer Ørsted, have set up a joint venture company.The JV company, named Choshi Offshore Wind Farm K.K., has been formed with the intention of working towards a joint bid in the Choshi-city offshore wind promotion area. The two companies have since January 2019 been working together to establish a framework and organizational structure for joint development of the Choshi Offshore Wind Project.TEPCO and Ørsted…

DEME Installs Second SeaMade Offshore Wind Farm Substation

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Offshore installation company DEME has installed the second offshore substation at the SeaMade offshore wind farm in Belgium.In a social media post on Wednesday,  Deme said: "The two substations for the SeaMade offshore wind farm have been successfully installed in the Belgian North Sea with heavy lift vessel ‘Gulliver’. Despite the challenging conditions over the past weeks, the SeaMade project is…

Northland Power Gives Up on Mono Bucket Demo at Deutsche Bucht OWF

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Offshore wind farm developer Northland Power has decided to give up on the Demonstrator Project - the installation of two turbines using mono bucket foundations - at its Deutsche Bucht wind project in the North Sea.The company in February said Demonstrator Project had been paused in the fourth quarter of 2019 following the identification of technical issues. It then warned that, while a thorough evaluation was ongoing…

Deepwater Acreage to Attract Investments

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Deepwater acreage will continue to attract significant company interest through 2020, said a report.According to GlobalData, a significant portion of the acreage available in Q1 2020 is located in either deep or ultra-deep water, up from the previous quarter.In Q1 2020, approximately 60% of the acreage available in licensing rounds either open or scheduled to close in the quarter is located in deep or ultra-deep water…

AS Mosley, Fugro Get Funding for FOWT Tech

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Aberdeenshire-based offshore simulation and analysis company, AS Mosley, Dutch Fugro, together with Strathclyde University, have been awarded funding from The Carbon Trust, to develop new technology for monitoring Floating Offshore Wind Turbines (FOWT). As one of eight projects to benefit from a share of £1m from The Carbon Trust, the project will see the development of a highly efficient method for measuring fatigue and detecting anomalies in real-time for the renewable energy sector…

JOG Leads Study for Wider Greater Buchan Area Development

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UK-Focused oil firm Jersey Oil & Gas will lead the study aimed at forming a hub to potentially develop oil discoveries made by several operators in the Greater Buchan Area in the UK North Sea.JOG said Monday has established and will lead the Greater Buchan Area Joint Integrated Studies Agreement between neighboring field operators, to undertake and complete technical and commercial evaluation studies for collaborative development of the wider Greater Buchan Area…

Oil Giants Set Health Checks, Work-from-home Rules

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Major energy companies in the United States imposed work-from-home rules for office staff and began health checks for remote or critical workers as coronavirus spread and threatened an industry reeling from falling demand and profits.BP, Exxon Mobil, Kinder Morgan, Motiva Enterprises and Royal Dutch Shell told most office staff to work from home starting Monday. Federal regulators on Friday were pressed by companies to ease work rules for pipeline operators and to limit visits to some sites.

Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) 2020 Postponed

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Offshore Technology Conference 2020, one of the world's largest conferences and exhibitions dedicated to the offshore energy industry, will be postponed this year due to the coronavirus outbreak.The OTC 2020 organizers said on Friday that the conference, originally scheduled for May 4-7, 2020, would be delayed.“The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) recognizes the unprecedented global challenge associated with the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Innovation Pushes Floating Wind Farm Mkt

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RWE Renewables (RWE) recently partnered with Spanish engineering firm Saitec Offshore Technologies (Saitec) to develop a floating platform for offshore wind turbines.In a joint pilot project called “DemoSATH”, the RWE and Saitec will start testing a floating platform for wind turbines off the Basque Coast in 2021.This deal places the companies in a strong positipn, as the potential for floating wind power is around 7…

UK Limits Travel to Offshore Platforms

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Britain's oil and gas sector association OGUK on Thursday banned people from traveling to offshore installations such as platforms if they have traveled to certain countries affected by the coronavirus in the previous 14 days.The ban comes after Equinor reported the oil industry's first coronavirus infection on an offshore installation on Wednesday, highlighting the challenge in preventing contamination…

A&P Group Now Works on Renewables Only

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The global ship repair, conversion and fabrication specialist A&P Group is now using 100% renewable energy across all three of its facilities as it aims to improve its green credentials and meet Government targets.The UK-based A&P Group with three shipyards located in Hebburn, Middlesbrough and Falmouth said it is committed to improving the sustainability of its services and reducing carbon emissions…

Shell in Talks to Book Tankers for Crude Floating Storage

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Royal Dutch Shell is in discussions to charter at least three supertankers to store around 6 million barrels of crude oil at sea, shipping sources said on Wednesday.Shell has provisionally booked the vessels, known as very large crude carriers (VLCCs), for storage options for at least three months, the sources said, adding that the fixtures were still to be concluded.A Shell spokeswoman declined to comment.If fully fixed…

North Sea Aims 60GW Offshore Wind by 2050

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The wind turbines on the North Sea can now deliver one Gigawatt in Netherlands. 60 Gigawatts should be achievable in 2050, the target for Europe being 450 Gigawatts.This is according to Netherlands Wind Energy Association (NWEA).Hans Timmers, chairman of the NWEA thinks that the Netherlands is facing a huge challenge. A recent report shows that when it comes to generating sustainable energy, the Netherlands…

ABB Bags DolWin5 Gig

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Swiss-Swedish multinational corporation ABB has won EUR10.6 million order for digital products and services to support the DolWin5 (Epsilon) offshore grid connection project in Germany.According to a press note from the technology company, ABB will provide a system for IT infrastructure, OT1 security, plant-wide condition monitoring, SCADA2 and remote access services to facilitate stable power transmission…

Nel, Kvaerner Pact on Green Hydrogen

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Norwegian renewable energy firm Nel ASA has entered into a strategic agreement with the compatriot  engineering and construction services company Kværner to collaborate on green hydrogen projects and the standardization of solutions for large scale hydrogen production plants.In the agreement, the companies have identified a range of projects on which to collaborate on moving forward. Work has already been initiated in order to jointly develop a standardized 20 megawatt H2 production module…

BV Appoves Cryo-Powered Regas System Design

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Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore (BV) has issued the first approval in principle for a new cold energy ‘Cryo-Powered’ regas system for use in FSRU applications.The approval has been issued to both Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd (DSME). The ‘Cryo-Powered Regas’ system is a cold power generation technology based on the Organic Rankine Cycle - a proven…

Jumbo Scores DEME Offshore Wind Contract

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Jumbo has been awarded a contract to support DEME Offshore in its scope of work on Ørsted’s Hornsea Two offshore wind farm. Jumbo’s scope of work in the project is the provision of transportation for 165 monopiles from Rostock to Eemshaven and 135 transition pieces from Aalborg to Eemshaven with a K3000 class vessel.In addition to shipping the monopiles and transition pieces, the project will see Jumbo undertake the project management for the transport scope…

Offshore Wind Hits 22GW for Europe

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Europe has expanded its offshore leadership by adding 3.6 gigawatt (GW) of new commissioned capacity in 2019, bringing the total offshore wind installed capacity at the end of 2019 to above 22GW.According to the recent report of GlobalData, spreading across 12 European countries, the UK holds the largest share with 9.9GW of capacity, representing around 45% of the cumulative installed offshore wind capacity in Europe…

Xodus: A Rapid Pivot to Gas Needed

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Xodus Group launched a new analysis showing that a rapid pivot to gas will be required to deal with rising global energy demand.In contrast to some recent future energy scenarios, Xodus believes worldwide energy consumption will continue to increase, driven by economic growth in developing countries, and that approximately half of that demand will need to be fulfilled by natural gas.The ‘Rapid Pivot to Gas’ report by Xodus’ Advisory team…

WFO Launches Floating Offshore Wind Committee

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Global industry advocacy group World Forum Offshore Wind (WFO) has created a new working group - the Floating Offshore Wind Committee (FOWC) - to promote the acceleration of commercial-scale floating offshore wind.FOWC will tackle areas from policy-making through health and safety to maritime spatial planning.According to WFO, the new initiative aims outperforming the installed capacity and cost competitiveness seen with bottom-fixed offshore wind today.

Northland Expands Offshore Wind Pipeline in Asia

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Canadian power producer Northland Power will acquire Dado Ocean Wind Farm, a development company with multiple early-stage offshore wind development sites in South Korea.Dado Ocean is currently owned by Eui Jeong Hwang, a wind power developer who will continue to support the project as a local partner, working together with Northland to achieve key milestones for the project. The acquisition is expected to close in the coming weeks…

Aibel Readies UPM for Johan Sverdrup

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Norwegian service company within the oil, gas and offshore wind industries Aibel said that Johan Sverdrup's project team for the P2 platform could tick off for another milestone.The first deck of the Utility Process Module (UPM) being built in Haugesund is now complete, it said. Equinor-operated Johan Sverdrup project is located offshore Norway.According to a press release from Aibel the first deck of the Utility Process Module (UPM) for the P2 platform…

Financial Close for Taiwanese OWF

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Denmark-based fund management company Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) has reached financial close on the 589MW offshore wind project (OWF), Changfang and Xidao project off the coast of Changhua County, Taiwan.CIP has reached financial close and start of construction of the Changfang and Xidao project. The project has contracted experienced international and local contractors under 8 key construction…

NY Congressman Backs Arthur Kill OWP

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Congressman Max Rose has called on Governor Andrew Cuomo to support the offshore wind development at Arthur Kill Terminal, Staten Island, New York. "The offshore wind project at the Arthur Kill Terminal is an incredible opportunity to provide more reliable energy for New Yorkers, bring over $400 million in economic growth, and best of all, to do it on the back of good-paying union jobs," tweeted Max…

Fugro in Record Cable Route Survey at Sofia Wind Farm Site

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Dutch geotechnical services firm Fugro has said that its Fugro Pioneer vessel has left the Port of Sunderland in the UK earlier this month to begin a 6-month offshore site investigation and survey campaign for innogy's Sofia offshore wind farm.The 1.4 gigawatt (GW) Sofia Offshore Wind Farm, sited on the shallow central area of the North Sea known as Dogger Bank, is the largest project in innogy SE’s…

Wintershall Noordzee Starts Gas Production from Sillimanite Field

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Wintershall Noordzee has started gas production from its operated Sillimanite field in the North Sea area between the UK and the Netherlands.The company, a joint venture of Wintershall Dea and Gazprom EP International, said Thursday the unitized gas field, discovered in June 2015, had been brought online.The offshore gas field sits approximately 200 kilometers off the coast of Den Helder. Hugo Dijkgraaf…

Offshore Wind to Hydrogen Project Progresses

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The next phase of Gigastack, a renewable hydrogen project, has secured GBP 7.5 million funding as part of the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Hydrogen Supply Competition.The Gigastack project, led by ITM Power, Ørsted, Phillips 66 Limited and Element Energy, will show how renewable hydrogen derived from offshore wind can support the UK's 2050 net-zero greenhouse gas emission target.

MHI Vestas Orders ABB Transformers

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MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, the global wind turbine manufacturer, has selected ABB’s Power Grids business to deliver its WindSTAR transformers for the Triton Knoll offshore wind project in the UK.ABB’s WindSTAR power transformers are designed to fit inside the wind turbine and can withstand strong vibrations, sudden movements and variable electrical loading, typical of wind power. This lightweight transformer…

Offshore Accounts for 60% of Oil Discoveries

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Offshore discoveries accounted for more than 60% of global discoveries in 2019, up significantly on previous years, according to a study by GlobalData.GlobalData report reveals that while Colombia and Norway saw the highest number of discoveries drilled in 2019, Guyana, Mauritania and Russia hosted the most significant finds.In Guyana, ExxonMobil drilled five discoveries in the deepwater Stabroek Block.

Oil Firms to Spend $53Bn at Stabroek Block

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Global oil firms are preparing to spend more than $53 billion in Guyana’s coveted Stabroek Block during the coming decade.According to Rystad Energy research, recent discoveries in the Guyana-Suriname basin have proven a wider petroleum system and may cause an upgrade in resource estimates, drawing extra attention to upcoming wells.It said that with more than 8 billion barrels of recoverable oil discovered in Stabroek thus far…

Siemens Hands Over BorWin3 to TenneT

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The BorWin3 offshore wind grid connection project in the German North Sea has been handed over to the German/Dutch transmission grid operator TenneT, by contractors Siemens and Petrofac.The 900 MW project will convert three-phase electric power generated by the Hohe See and Albatros offshore wind farms into direct current and transmit it 160km back to shore to the German national grid.Siemens was responsible…

TenneT Intros 2GW Offshore Grid Plans

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European transmission system operator TenneT has announced plans to build two 2 GW offshore grid connections in the IJmuiden Ver wind energy area, having entered into a so-called 'innovation partnership' with its suppliers.Given the combination of the large distance to the coast and the size of the IJmuiden Ver wind energy area, a 2 GW direct current (HVDC) solution, based on 525 kilovolts, appears to offer most economical  advantages.

Rystad: 2020 Biggest Year for Offshore Wind Jackets

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The global offshore wind farms (OWF) that are set for start-up this year will make 2020 the year with the highest ever use of steel jacket foundations for new developments, Norwegian energy intelligence firm Rystad Energy said in a report on Thursday.The trend of using this type of foundations - a lattice steel framework, with three or four anchors set on the seafloor - will be lead by the UK."A total of 258 turbines to be installed this year will have a jacket foundation…

Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale Set for March

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U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will offer over 78 million acres for a region-wide lease sale scheduled for March 18, 2020, as part of President Trump’s America First Offshore Energy Strategy.The sale would include all available unleased areas in the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico (GoM). Department of the Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said: “A strong and safe offshore energy program fuels the American economy…

USA Ups BOEM Offshore Wind Budget

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The Trump Administration has proposed a $189m fiscal year 2021 budget for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), designating just under $27m for offshore wind.The FY 2021 budget includes approximately $26.5 million to advance offshore renewable energy development.In recognition of the role renewable energy can play in securing the Nation’s energy independence and supporting economic growth,…

Vineyard Wind to Miss Startup Target Over Permit Delay

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Vineyard Wind, the developer of the first major U.S. offshore wind farm, said on Tuesday it will miss its target to start sending power to Massachusetts by 2022 due to lengthy federal permitting delays.The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, part of the U.S. Department of Interior, posted a revised permitting timeline on its website on Tuesday that said it will issue a final decision on the project by Dec.

Offshore Wind: Half Empty or Half Full?

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As a new decade starts, offshore wind development continues to progress. Actually, it’s probably more accurate to write that the development of the development of offshore wind (OFW) continues to, uh, well, develop.Apologies for that mild sarcasm. But even a quick look-back at OFW always raises the same familiar question: is the glass half empty or half full?Consider developments in the east coast…

Are OSVs Fit for Refit for Offshore Wind?

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While it is generally agreed that the nascent offshore wind energy market in the U.S. will be a newbuild market, there is a repair and conversion possibility for some stacked OSVs.Though estimates on the pace of the offshore wind energy market in the U.S. vary widely, the direction is clear: offshore wind will be a huge marketplace for construction and support vessels to be deployed in U.S. waters over the next decade.

Offshore to Constitute 25% of Wind Demand

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Offshore wind will constitute 25% of total wind demand in 2028, up from 10% in 2019 and will narrow the gap with offshore upstream oil and gas in terms of capital expenditure deployment, said the analyst firm Wood Mackenzie.The possibility of offshore wind becoming cheaper than coal, gas and nuclear in most major countries is a question of when rather than if.With a diverse 314GW global offshore wind…

Total Rejects Force Majeure Notice From Chinese LNG Buyer

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French oil major Total has rejected a force majeure notice from a buyer of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in China, a Total executive said during the company's full-year results presentation on Thursday."Some Chinese customers, at least one, are trying to use the coronavirus to say I have force majeure," said Philippe Sauquet, head of Total's gas, renewables and power segment."We have received one force…

ABS Grants AIP to KHI's LPG System

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ABS, a global provider of classification and technical advisory services to the marine and offshore industries, has granted Approval in Principle (AIP) to Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (KHI) for its LPG as Fuel system design.According to a press release, a dual-fuel engine capable of using both marine diesel oil and LPG as fuel, KHI claims the system simultaneously reduces fuel consumption and enables…

Tullow to Axe a Third of Its Workforce

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Tullow Oil plans to cut a third of its staff to slash its administration costs by a fifth, or around $20 million, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said, after weak output in Ghana, delays in East Africa and lower-than-hoped-for oil quality in Guyana.The move would shrink Tullow, which industry sources told Reuters is looking to sell its Kenya projects once vaunted as a growth engine for the group…

Triton Knoll Installs Turbines

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UK's Able Seaton Port (ASP) has begun latest transformation into multi-million Triton Knoll turbine base.Preparatory works are underway to transform Able Seaton Port (Able) for its role at the heart of turbine installation for Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm.Able Seaton Port was selected by MHI Vestas Offshore Wind in 2018 to be the offshore wind turbine pre-assembly base for the 857MW Triton Knoll…

Shale Pioneer Hess Says Key U.S. Fields Starting to Plateau

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Shale pioneer John Hess said Tuesday that key U.S. shale fields are starting to plateau, calling shale "important but not the next Saudi Arabia."Production in the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas is starting to plateau, while the Bakken field in North Dakota where Hess is a major producer will hit its peak production levels within the next two years, said Hess, who spoke Tuesday in Houston at the Argus Americas Crude Summit.The Permian Basin, the top U.S.