Thursday, August 16, 2018

Ship Repair: Damen Wins Stena Don Refit Contract

Damen Verolme Rotterdam (DVR) won a contract by Stena Drilling for a refit of its drilling rig Stena Don. The vessel is scheduled to arrive at the yard in October 2018 and is expected to remain there for around three months. The most significant…

Bureau Veritas Issues New FSRU Guidelines

Matthieu de Tugny (Bureau Veritas)

Bureau Veritas has issued new and updated notations and guidance to support the construction and operation of both Floating Storage and Regasification Units (FSRUs) and Floating Storage Units (FSUs).Interest in FSRUs and FSUs is growing as floating gas terminals offer operational flexibility…

French Tidal Energy Project Clears another Hurdle

EU competition regulators approved on Thursday French support for an EDF-operated tidal energy project, saying the scheme was in line with the bloc's energy and climate goals.The Normandie Hydro plant, located at Raz Blanchard on the English channel and to be developed by OpenHydro, will be mad

Asian Refiners Rush to Secure Feedstock as Trade War Looms

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U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods came into effect Friday; China retaliates, duty on U.S. crude possible. Asian oil refiners are racing to secure crude supplies in anticipation of an escalating trade war between the United States and China,…

Fall from Grace: Batista Gets 30-Years for Corruption

Eike Batista, the former mining and oil magnate who was once Brazil's richest man, was convicted and sentenced to 30 years in prison for bribing Rio de Janeiro state's disgraced ex-governor, according to a court document published on Tuesday.Batista's conviction and sentencing by federal judge

Planning a Wind Farm in Norway? Connecting to Grid from 2019 May Cost You

file Image: a typical offshore wind farm (CREDIT: Siemens)

Grid investments of $17 billion are planned by 2025; big power consumers and producers may need to contribute. A Norwegian plan to force big power consumers and producers to pay for grid upgrades and extensions could disrupt new projects…

Europe Distillates-Cracks Rise Despite Wave of Imports

Benchmark diesel barge refining margins in northwest Europe rose at the start of the week despite plentiful imports from Asia, the Middle East and the United States. Recent highlights include:* In recent days at least seven Diesel cargoes carrying around 550…

PLAT-I: Renewable Energy for Canada

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

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…

Hundreds Surf in Record Offshore Gas Protest

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Hundreds of Israeli surfers in black skull-and-crossbones shirts took to the waves on Friday in what they said was a record-breaking protest against potential environmental damage from off-shore gas development.Organizers said 992 people…

LOC Names Cummins Energy Projects Development Director

Ian Cummins (Photo: LOC)

International marine and engineering consulting firm LOC has appointed ex-Head of Engineering at BP, Ian Cummins as its new Energy Projects Development Director. Ian will focus on the oil and gas and renewables markets, and help to identify…

China to take action against 'uncontrolled' hydro on Yangtze

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China's has urged local governments along the Yangtze river to survey the environmental damage done by the "uncontrolled" development of small-scale hydropower, warning that some plants could be closed, according to a government notice on…

Xodus, Atlantis Resources Pursue Japanese Tidal Projects

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Xodus Group said it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Atlantis Resources to pursue the development of a tidal energy project in Japan.The ambition for this agreement is to secure funding and establish a commercially viable…

MacArtney Supplies for Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy

The wind turbine nacelle and hub interface with the generator rotation tool. (Photo: MacArtney)

The generator rotation tool (GRT) is designed to create efficient solutions for long-term storage of nacelles and helps ensure max lifespan of turbines. The employment of the GRT has turned out to be an important milestone for the logistics function of Siemens Gamesa.

Dutch Plan to Build Giant Offshore Solar Power Farm

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An offshore seaweed farm in the North Sea will be turned into a large solar power farm that aims to pipe energy to the Dutch mainland in roughly three years. The project comes at a critical time for the Netherlands, which is struggling to…

France Eyes Role as Tidal Energy Powerhouse

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French Secretary of State for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, Sébastien Lecornu, announced preliminary studies to the launch of a tidal energy tender in Paris yesterday evening. The announcement is an important first step and strong message to the sector.