Thursday, October 18, 2018

Bpifrance, TechnipFMC File Complaint Against Naval Group

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French state-owned bank Bpifrance and oil services company TechnipFMC have filed a complaint against Naval Group for willful misrepresentation, a source close to the matter told Reuters, confirming a story in Challenges magazine.The complaint was filed in a Paris tribunal after Naval Group decided to wind down its tidal energy division, in which both Bpifrance and Technip had also invested, Challenges magazine wrote.Naval Group declined to comment.(Reporting by Matthieu Protard and Cyril Altmeyer; Writing by Ingrid Melander; Editing by Leigh Thomas and Adrian Croft)

Europe Power: Spot Prices Down as Wind Supply Rises

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European prompt power prices fell further on Wednesday from high levels, as the prospect of higher wind power supply overrode some thermal plant losses.German baseload power for Thursday delivery dropped by 12.3 percent to 62.3 euros ($72.03) per megawatt hour (MWh). Monday's day-ahead price had been at an 11-month high, driven by high demand and tight nuclear supply.German wind power production is expected to rise to 6.9 gigawatts (GW) on Thursday from 2.5 GW on Tuesday and range up to 17.3 GW over the next fortnight, Refinitiv Eikon data shows.

Nexans Wins Cable Contract for Northwester 2 Wind Farm

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Nexans said it will supply a subsea power cable and associated accessories for the 219 MW Northwester 2 wind farm 46 km offshore from Zeebrugge, Belgium.The French based company has been awarded a contract from Northwester 2 developer Parkwind to design, manufacture and test the submarine power export cable for the offshore wind farm.The Northwester 2 wind farm comprises 23 turbines. It will be the seventh wind farm to be constructed off the Belgian coast and the first worldwide to feature the record-setting 9.5 MW V164 turbine manufactured by MHI Vestas.

Siemens Gamesa Reshuffles Top Management

Wind turbine maker Siemens Gamesa announced a reshuffle of its top management on Tuesday, part of a bid to advance an ambitious cost-saving plan after a year-long board battle over issues ranging from suppliers to leadership.David Mesonero, currently managing director of corporate development, strategy and integration, will take over as chief financial officer, the company said, while current CFO Miguel Angel Lopez Borrego becomes non-executive chairman.The company's main shareholders…

Siemens Gamesa Reshuffles Top Management

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Wind turbine maker Siemens Gamesa announced a reshuffle of its top management on Tuesday, part of a bid to advance an ambitious cost-saving plan after a year-long board battle over issues ranging from suppliers to leadership.David Mesonero, currently managing director of corporate development, strategy and integration, will take over as chief financial officer, the company said, while current CFO Miguel Angel Lopez Borrego becomes non-executive chairman.The company's main shareholders…

US GoM Oil Production Off 32% from Storm

A view of the eye of Hurricane Michael taken on October 10, 2018 from the International Space Station currently orbiting Earth. The photo was taken by NASA astronaut Dr. Serena M. Auñón-Chancellor. (Credit: NASA)

U.S. Gulf of Mexico producers have cut oil output by 32 percent and natural gas production by 13 percent as a result of the lingering effects of Hurricane Michael, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) said on Friday, citing reports from 27 companies.The reductions continued as oil and gas companies moved more workers back to production platforms that were evacuated earlier in the week. As of Friday morning, nine platforms were still unoccupied, BSEE said in a daily update…

U.S. Oil Firms Restoring Operations in Storm-tossed Gulf of Mexico

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Oil producers on Thursday were checking Gulf of Mexico production platforms and beginning to return crews to more than 90 offshore facilities evacuated this week as Hurricane Michael moved through the Gulf.Production shut-ins that temporarily halted 42 percent of Gulf oil output and nearly a third of natural gas production was restarting in some areas.BP Plc conducted its first flyovers on Wednesday to check the status of four platforms that were evacuated, said spokesman Jason Ryan.Restarting production can take several days.

Michael Shuts Nearly 40% of U.S. Gulf of Mexico Oil Output

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Nearly 40 percent of daily crude oil production and more than one-third of natural gas output was lost from offshore U.S. Gulf of Mexico wells on Wednesday because of platform evacuations and shut-ins ahead of Hurricane Michael.Michael is a Category 4 storm expected to hit the Florida Panhandle later Wednesday with maximum sustained winds of 145 miles (233 kilometers) per hour.Oil producers - including Anadarko Petroleum Corp, BHP Billiton, BP and Chevron Corp - have since…

Storm Shuts Nearly 40% of US GoM Oil Output

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Nearly 40 percent of daily crude oil production was lost from offshore U.S. Gulf of Mexico wells on Tuesday due to platform evacuations and shut-ins ahead of Hurricane Michael.Since Monday, oil producers, including Anadarko Petroleum Corp, BHP Billiton, BP and Chevron Corp , have evacuated personnel from 75 platforms as the storm made its way through the central Gulf on the way to landfall on Wednesday on the Florida Panhandle.Companies turned off daily production of about 670…

U.S. Crude Rises as One-fifth of Oil Production Lost Ahead of hurricane

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U.S. crude prices were modestly higher on Tuesday as nearly one-fifth of daily oil production was lost from offshore Gulf of Mexico wells due to Hurricane Michael.Oil producers including Anadarko Petroleum Corp, BHP Billiton, BP and Chevron Corp have evacuated personnel from 13 platforms as the storm made its way through the central Gulf on the way to landfall Wednesday on the Florida Panhandle.Companies turned off about 324,200 barrels of oil and 284 million cubic feet of natural gas by midday on Monday.

Natural Gas is Here to Stay, Big Oil Says

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Energy companies are betting demand for natural gas will rise at break-neck pace for decades, undermining warnings that tackling climate change would require a rapid switch to renewable energy.Top oil companies including Royal Dutch Shell, BP and Total are adapting with growing urgency to the need to develop cleaner energy sources, investing more and more in solar and wind power, electric vehicle technology and even forestation.Still, they see oil, and specially natural gas…

GoM Offshore Platforms Evacuated Ahead of Hurricane

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Energy companies on Monday halted nearly a fifth of Gulf of Mexico oil production and evacuated staff from 10 platforms as Hurricane Michael intensified and headed for a path up the eastern U.S. part of the Gulf.BHP Billiton, BP, Equinor and Exxon Mobil Corp were evacuating personnel from oil and gas platforms in the Gulf as forecasters predicted the storm would become a Category 3 hurricane.Companies turned off the daily production flow of 324,190 barrels of oil and nearly 284 million cubic feet of natural gas at midday, according to a survey of producers.

Orsted Expands US Business with $510 Mln Acquisition

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Orsted, the world's largest offshore wind developer, said on Monday it would buy U.S.-based Deepwater Wind LLC for $510 million as part of its strategy to expand in a major growth market.The still small U.S. offshore wind sector is seen as one of the most important markets outside the core European region, where subsidies that have underpinned the industry since the early 1990s are starting to be wound back.Deepwater Wind, the builder of the only operating U.S. offshore wind farm, has a portfolio with a capacity of around 3.3 gigawatts (GW).

Belgium's Northwester 2 Wind Project Gets $242 mln EIB Loan

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Belgium's 219 megawatt (MW) Northwester 2 offshore wind farm project secured a 210 million euro ($242 million) loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB), the bank said on Friday.EIB said the project, estimated to cost around 642 million euros, was among four Belgian offshore wind projects it would support with the European Fund for Strategic Investments.It said another 100 million euros for the project would be guaranteed by Denmark's Export Credit Agency EKF.Construction is expected to start in May 2019 and the farm will become operational in 2020.The 23 MHI Vestas wind turbines with

Japan Transfers Excess Renewable Power Between Regions for First Time

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Japan transferred excess renewable energy supplies between two of its electricity regions for the first time since a major shakeup of its power sector, the country's grid monitor told Reuters.The transfer of excess solar power supplies from the island of Kyushu to Japan's main island of Honshu signals an increase in flexibility in the country's previously regionalized electricity grid as the market opens up to competition.Kyushu Electric Power Co transferred up to 1.125 gigawatts on Monday to five utilities including Kansai Electric Power and Chubu Electric Power after approval from the g

Rolls-Royce Invests in Qinous

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Rolls-Royce is investing in Berlin-based start-up company Qinous GmbH, a global provider of energy storage and control systems, and adding turnkey microgrids to the portfolio.“As a strategic investor, the aim is to set up a partnership with Qinous for the development of innovative energy storage solutions and together offer cleaner solutions designed to meet tomorrow’s needs,” explained Marcus A. Wassenberg, CFO and Labor Director at Rolls-Royce Power Systems.The increased use of renewable energies has exacerbated the challenge of how to maintain a reliable energy supply…

Equinor Acquires 40% Stake in Rosebank Project

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Equinor has signed an agreement to acquire Chevron’s 40 percent operated interest in the Rosebank project, one of the largest undeveloped fields on the U.K. Continental Shelf (UKCS). The parties did not disclose the commercial terms of the agreement.“Today’s agreement allows us to buy back into an asset in which we previously had a participating interest, demonstrating our strategy of creating value through oil price cycles. The acquisition of Rosebank complements our portfolio of oil, gas and wind assets in this country, in line with our strategy as a broad energy company.

ABB Offshore Wind Transformers for Borssele

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ABB has won an order of more than $20 million from MHI Vestas Offshore Wind to supply reliable, energy-efficient and compact WindSTAR transformers, which are designed for installation in wind turbines.Borssele III and IV comprise the second phase of the Borssele wind farm. This phase constitutes a 731 megawatt (MW) wind project in the North Sea, 22 kilometers off the coast of The Netherlands and will be capable of providing enough clean energy to power more than 800,000 households."High…

DNV GL Completes Due Diligence of World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm

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DNV GL has successfully completed a lenders’ technical due diligence on Ørsted’s Hornsea Project One, the world’s largest offshore wind farm with a total capacity of 1.2 GW.The project, which is currently under construction, consists of 174 7 MW Siemens Gamesa wind turbines and is located 100 km offshore, making it the furthest offshore wind farm in the UK. The exceptional distance is made possible by an innovative electrical transmission system using the world’s first offshore reactive power compensation mid-station…

DNV GL to Certify TenneT Offshore Power Substations

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DNV GL, the world’s largest resource of independent energy experts and certification body, has been contracted by Transmission System Operator TenneT to deliver the complete project certification for two offshore substations (OSS) for the Hollandse Kust Zuid offshore wind farms in the Dutch North Sea.The reliability of renewable sources is increasingly important as the world continues to rapidly electrify while also switching to greener forms of generation. According to DNV…

OMM Calls EU, UK for Talk on Offshore Wind Firms

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Leading specialist marine contractor, Offshore Marine Management (OMM) is calling on companies and associations from across the EU to engage with UK businesses and to have that tough conversation on the future of the industry beyond Brexit.The call comes as OMM and many other European companies operating in the offshore wind sector prepare to attend the Global Wind Summit in Hamburg, which is one of the biggest industry events worldwide.The event takes place between 25th and…

Oil Eases, but Iran Sanctions Keep Prices Well Above $80 a Barrel

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Oil prices eased on Wednesday but were still heading for a fifth consecutive quarter of gains, driven by an impending drop in Iranian exports in the last three months of the year when global demand heats up.Brent crude futures were last down 49 cents on the day at $81.38 a barrel by 1351 GMT, after having risen to as much as $82.55 on Tuesday, the highest since November 2014.U.S. crude futures were down 35 cents at $71.93 a barrel.The United States will apply sanctions to halt oil exports from Iran…

Alpha Completes Record Number of Blade Inspections

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Alpha Offshore Service reports it has completing more than 4,000 offshore wind turbine blade inspections to date in 2018, a company record. This is an increase of 56 percent compared to 2017, which was previously its most productive period.The Denmark-based business which was acquired by Sparrows Group in 2017, specializes in the delivery of technical personnel, integrated engineering, maintenance, repair and inspection services to onshore and offshore wind developments. The company currently employs more than 250 technicians…

Smarter Energy Policy Will Broaden Offshore Recovery

For the past few years, depressed commodity prices, stricter regulatory requirements and competition from onshore development at home and from other countries offering attractive offshore lease and royalty terms have had severe impacts on new exploration in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Thankfully, the tide appears to finally be turning.In August, Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 251 drew increased competition for offerings and $178 million in high bids, $53 million more than previous sale held in March.

New Service for Offshore Blade Inspections

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WTG blade assessments are usually costly and time consuming. EWPL Ocean aggregates tasks and wind turbines in scope for blade assessment into its service train and can offer this service at an attractive price, with no weather risk.ESVAGT said it has joined forces with Wind Power Lab, an Artificial Intelligence and blade specialist, to offer a series of services that support the control of offshore assets and expand their lifetime, without any weather risk for the owners.

Arkona Offshore Wind Farm Comes Online

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The Arkona offshore wind farm in the German part of the Baltic Sea has supplied the first electricity into the German electricity grid.The 385 MW project, operated by E.ON in partnership with Equinor, when completed can deliver power to approximately 400,000 German households. After the first of 60 turbines now being online, further wind turbines will be launched into operation.“First power in the Arkona wind project represents a milestone in the market of renewable energy and we are proud to participate together with E.ON and the transmission system operator 50Hertz.

Ampelmann Wins Five North Sea Contracts

Offshore access solutions provider Ampelmann said it has won five new contracts for its Walk to Work (W2W) solutions in the offshore wind market over the course of September. These projects will see two A-type and three E-type systems installed on vessels operating in the North Sea.Four of the five contracts have been secured by Ampelmann’s recently opened office in Hamburg, Germany.An Ampelmann E-type system has been installed on the Viking Neptun vessel to enable supporting works at the Merkur wind farm in the German North Sea.

NRCAN Grant Triggers Major Investment in the Bay of Fundy

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The next wave of tidal energy development at the FORCE facility in the Bay of Fundy Nova Scotia has been triggered by a substantial grant of $29,750,000 under the Emerging Renewable Power Program (ERPP) from Natural Resources Canada (NRCan).European based renewable energy developer DP Energy is managing two berths in the Bay of Fundy through its Canadian registered company, Halagonia Tidal Energy Limited. It intends to develop both berths together as a single project under the banner Uisce Tapa (pronounced Ish ka Ta Pa) which means fast running water in Gaelic.

ESVAGT A/S: Working Closely with the Customer Results in High SOV Efficiency

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Cooperation between ESVAGT and its customer maximizes uptime and increases operating efficiency in offshore wind farms.Since their launch in 2015, ESVAGT’s purpose-built service operation vessels (SOV) have established themselves among the most efficient in the industry for servicing offshore wind farms.Much of this success is due to innovative solutions for both concept and design, such as the SOV concept with the walk-to-work gangway and the ESVAGT Safe Transfer Boat (STB) for fast…

DNV GL Launches Operations & Analytics Centre in India

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DNV GL, the world’s largest independent energy advisory and certification body, has launched a new Global Operations & Analytics Centre for renewable assets located in Bengaluru, India.The new centre will work in tandem with DNV GL’s existing UK Operations Control Centre in Glasgow, to offer seamless 24/7 monitoring services that aim to strengthen performance and operational efficiencies of renewable assets alongside detecting, analysing and predicting failures.DNV GL’s recently published Energy Transition Outlook report forecasts that by 2050…

DNV GL Guidelines for Floating Wind Power

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DNV GL, the world’s largest resource of independent energy experts and certification body, has published the revised standard for design of floating wind turbine structures DNV GL-ST-0119, and a new guideline for the certification of floating wind turbines, DNVGL-SE-0422.Together, the two documents define design and certification requirements for floating offshore wind turbine concepts, prototypes and projects. The guidelines provide the most comprehensive technical reference suite for this emerging technology…

Morrison, iSIMS Introduce iJacket

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Chet Morrison Contractors, an energy service company for the oil, gas and renewables industries, has formed a strategic partnership with iSIMS to launch a new optimized method in jacket and foundation design.The patented iJacket is more structurally optimized than the conventional true X-braced jacket design, supporting the same deck load, conductor/riser count, drilling deck, wind turbine or other payload as its conventional counterpart, the developers said. The design is…

BSM Launches a Offshore Division

“This segment is focused on special operations and driven by different rules, so we decided to establish a dedicated expert team to specifically attend to the needs of the offshore market,” said Matthias Mueller, Managing Director of BSM Offshore.

In what can be construed as another positive sign for the turnaround of the offshore energy markets, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) said it has set up a new business unit to focus on the oil and gas and offshore energy renewables markets.“This segment is focused on special operations and driven by different rules, so we decided to establish a dedicated expert team to specifically attend to the needs of the offshore market,” said Matthias Mueller, Managing Director of…

ESVAGT Orders Two SOVs from Havyard

ESVAGT to provide two Service Operation Vessels, in the new 831L design for MHI Vestas. Photo: ESVAGT

Danish shipowner ESVAGT and offshore wind farm developer MHI Vestas have sealed long-term contracts for the delivery of two new service operation vessels (SOVs) for separate wind farms off the Netherlands and the U.K.The wind farm service vessels will work the fields Borssele 3-4, located 22 km off the coast of Zeeland in the Netherlands, and Triton Knoll, which is 33 km off the coast of Lincolnshire in England, which together will produce 1,600 MW green energy from 2021. An option for an additional SOV for servicing the farm Moray East off the U.K. is also included.

US Aims to Start LNG Deliveries to Germany in Four Years

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U.S. companies expect to begin delivering liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Germany in four years at the latest and will challenge Russia which now accounts for 60 percent of German gas imports, the deputy U.S. energy secretary told a German newspaper."U.S. liquefied natural gas is coming to Germany. The question is not if, but when," Dan Brouillette told the mass circulation daily Bild in an interview published on Monday.U.S. President Donald Trump in July accused Germany of being a "captive" of Russia due to its energy reliance and urged it to halt work on the $11 billion…

Baltic Eagle Surveys Underway

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Fugro has commenced a marine site characterisation programme at Iberdrola’s Baltic Eagle Offshore Wind Farm, in German waters of the Baltic Sea.Under a contract worth over EUR10 million, Fugro will undertake a UXO survey to clear the investigation sites, followed by a geotechnical seabed investigation and borehole drilling. The workscope also includes a programme of standard and advanced laboratory testing.The fieldwork takes place between August 2018 and February 2019 from Fugro vessels including the geophysical vessel Fugro Pioneer and geotechnical drilling vessel, Fugro Scout.

DNV GL Pact with WeatherTech on Wind Turbines

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DNV GL, the world’s largest resource of independent energy experts and certification body, today announced that it has joined forces with Swedish atmospheric science experts, WeatherTech.The combined expertise of both companies will enable the development of the most advanced icing model for wind turbines available on the market, allowing customers to better predict the performance of turbines in cold climates.In cold climates, the performance of wind turbines is significantly reduced by ice accretion, the gradual build-up of ice on the turbine blades.

Offshore Wind: Fugro Starts Site Survey in the Baltic

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Fugro has commenced a marine site characterization program at Iberdrola’s Baltic Eagle Offshore Wind Farm, in German waters of the Baltic Sea.Under a contract worth over €10 million ($11 million), Fugro will undertake a UXO survey to clear the investigation sites, followed by a geotechnical seabed investigation and borehole drilling. The workscope also includes a program of standard and advanced laboratory testing.The fieldwork takes place between August 2018 and February 2019 from Fugro vessels including the geophysical vessel Fugro Pioneer and geotechnical drilling vessel, Fugro Scout.

Serbia's First Large-scale Wind Farm to Start in October

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Belgian renewable energy firm Elicio NV said on Friday its 42 megawatt (MW) Alibunar wind farm in northern Serbia will start operating in October and help the Balkan country diversify its energy mix and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.The wind farm, which has 21 wind turbines provided by German wind turbine manufacturer Senvion, is the first large-scale farm to connect on Serbia's grid.

California Offshore Wind Project Progresing

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Northern California energy authority RCEA and a consortium of private companies, including Aker Solutions and Principle Power, have submitted a lease application to advance the first commercial scale project for floating offshore wind in the United States.The application for the offshore wind energy development off the coast of Humboldt county in Northern California has been submitted to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).In April this year, the Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA) selected a consortium which includes Aker Solutions…

Green Energy on the Rise in Thailand

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BCPG Public Company is looking at ways in which innovation in technology and energy management are encouraging consumers to generate reusable energy and sell it on the retail market, Bundit Sapianchai told Oxford Business Group’s online broadcasting channel, Global Platform. Diversifying into more types of renewable energy and seeking innovative products and services is central to the company’s strategy of fulfilling consumer needs. In the wide-range interview, the company…

Platform Mooring Connectors Supplied for Windfloat Atlantic Project

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A U.K. based subsea mooring and cable protection specialist has been called on to help connect wind turbine generator platforms to mooring lines at a floating wind farm under development offshore northern Portugal.First Subsea said it is supplying platform mooring connectors (PMC) to Windplus SA, developer of the 25MW WindFloat Atlantic Project located about 20 km off the coast from Viana do Castelo.The WindFloat Atlantic Project comprises three WindFloat 8MW WTG platforms, each with a mooring system made up of three catenary mooring lines, connected to drag embedded anchors.

Iran Floats Surplus Oil as Demand Falls Ahead of US Sanctions

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Two tankers carrying Iranian condensate, a type of ultra-light oil, have been floating off the United Arab Emirates for about a month as demand for the oil fell ahead of U.S. sanctions.The tankers, carrying about 2.4 million barrels of South Pars condensate combined, have been floating off the UAE since August after South Korea halted imports from Iran while China's demand dropped during summer, according to several industry sources and shipping data.The build-up in Iranian…

​​​​Google Buys into New Finnish Wind Energy in Renewables Search

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Google said it has signed a 10-year deal to buy renewable energy from three new wind farms that are being built in Finland and which will power one of its data centers.Big companies have rushed to secure cheap renewable energy to manage costs and reduce their carbon footprint through so-called corporate power purchase agreements (PPAs), which allow firms such as Google, owned by Alphabet Inc, Facebook and Microsoft to buy directly from the energy generator.Google said on Tuesday that the Finnish deal is the first where it is buying power from European projects that will not receive any go

Uniper Sees Merit in Building LNG Terminal at Wilhelmshaven

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Germany's Uniper on Tuesday said it favors a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal at the Wilhelmshaven deep sea port on the North Sea coast, less than a week after peer RWE said it secured access to capacity should a rival project at Brunsbuettel go ahead."Wilhelmshaven in particular can be a suitable location, there are many arguments in favour of it," spokesman Leif Erichsen said in a written statement.He cited the port's ability to offer infrastructure for LNG vessels of all sizes and its proximity to the German long-distance gas pipeline grids and underground storage caverns in the no

Dellner Brakes Acquires JHS Jungblut

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Swedish-based marine and industrial brake supplier Dellner Brakes said it has acquired German brake specialist JHS Jungblut in a move that aims to strengthen the company’s offering in the wind energy market, and also enable further global expansion, particularly in the Far East.The enlarged company will operate under the Dellner Brakes JHS GmbH brand. Kai Kölker has been appointed Vice President for Dellner Brakes JHS GmbH and will be running the company’s wind business division in Dorsten…

NRG Systems Acquires Direct Detect Lidar Technology

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NRG Systems, a subsidiary of ESCO Technologies Inc., has announced that it has acquired a portfolio of advanced technology developed by Pentalum, an Israeli company that specialized in remote sensing solutions for wind measurement. Founded in 2009, Pentalum pioneered low-cost Lidar solutions that have been deployed by customers in the wind resource assessment, wind farm operations, forecasting, and research markets globally.Pentalum’s principal innovation was their patented…

World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Opens

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The world's largest offshore wind farm will open on Thursday off the northwest coast of England when Danish energy group Orsted unveils the Walney Extension project.The wind farm has a capacity of 659 megawatts (MW), enough to power almost 600,000 homes, and overtakes the London Array off England's east coast which has a capacity of 630 MW.Walney Extension is made up of 87 turbines built by Siemens Gamesa and MHI Vestas, and covers 145 square kilometers (55 square miles), which is equivalent to around 20,000 football pitches.The 40 eight-megawatt MHI Vestas turbines being used stand 195 m

Mexican Wave Energy Project Moving Forward

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Energy from the ocean breakers that pound Mexico’s Pacific Coast could soon be turned into electricity as an Israeli joint venture finalizes permits and financing for the country’s first wave energy plant.Wave power development has long lagged renewable rivals such as solar, but Eco Wave Power says it could prove an effective way to deliver power to coastal communities in countries such as Ghana or Kenya that have little access to electricity.“The ocean is the biggest renewable resource that we have and it’s completely untapped…

Bibby Hydromap's DriX Completes Trials

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UK-based survey specialist Bibby HydroMap have announced the successful completion of testing of ‘DriX’, the 8-metre Autonomous Unmanned Survey Vessel (AUSV) developed by iXblue.Designed to provide a true extension of survey capability from shallow and inshore waters to a full offshore environment, DriX is a new breed of AUSV that is the first autonomous survey platform to truly rival the performance of a traditional survey vessel.The versatile system has the ability to accommodate a hydrographic and geophysical survey payload and to aid positioning of underwater vehicles…

MHI Vestas to Supply Turbines for Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm

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MHI Vestas will supply 90 of its 9.5 megawatt (MW) turbines for the Triton Knoll windfarm off the coast of Britain, project developer Innogy said on Friday.Triton Knoll is 59 percent owned by Germany's Innogy, 25 percent owned by Japan's J-Power and 16 percent by Japan's Kansai Electric Power.Once built it is expected to have a capacity of around 860 MW, enough to power around 800,000 homes.Reporting By Susanna Twidale

Galloper Contract Goes to Granada

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Galloper Wind Farm Limited Ltd has awarded a contract to Granada Material Handling Ltd for service and maintenance of all 58 davit crane units installed on the 353MW project, 56 on wind turbine foundations and two on the offshore substation.Situated 27km off the Suffolk coast, the Galloper Offshore Windfarm Limited (GOWL) already has one of Granada’s unique Python cranes fitted to each of the 56 wind turbine foundations, with another two on the OTM platforms."Building on the success of their 2016 contract to design…

Equinor Bets on Offshore Wind

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Norway's Equinor is focusing its green efforts on offshore wind, a goal it is already on its way to achieve, but some investors are concerned about the impact this shift will have on the company's bottom line.European oil and gas companies are diversifying their portfolio to include less-emitting sources of energy as a result of the Paris 2015 agreement, which outlines a shift from fossil fuels this century.Equinor, formerly Statoil, is betting on offshore wind, leveraging…

Aker Solutions CEO Expects Brazil Revenue to Double Within 5 yrs

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The chief executive of Norwegian oil services firm Aker Solutions said on Tuesday he sees big growth potential from its Brazilian business and from scaling up its exposure to floating offshore windfarms."I expect Brazil in five years to be at least twice where it is today for us ...

Equinor Explores Floating Wind Turbines to Power N.Sea Oilfields

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Norway's Equinor said on Tuesday it is considering whether to build a pioneering offshore wind farm with floating turbines to supply electricity to two North Sea oilfields as part of a strategy to curb greenhouse gas emissions.The project at the Gullfaks and Snorre oilfields would cost around 5 billion Norwegian crowns ($592 million) and could reduce Norway's emissions of carbon dioxide by more than 200,000 tonnes per year, Equinor said."This could be the first time an offshore wind farm is directly connected to oil and gas platforms," state-controlled Equinor said in a statement.

Equinor to Boost Drilling to Extend Norwegian Shelf Life

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Oil producer Equinor aims to boost the recovery rate from its Norwegian fields to well above the global average to extend production from the mature basin beyond 2030.Equinor announced plans on Tuesday to drill up to 3,000 wells offshore from its native Norway in coming decades - almost as many as it has drilled since its startup in 1972 - to mitigate declining output from older fields, and extend the production lifetime of more than 20 installations.The company said it remained on track for to keep profitable oil and gas production in Norway towards 2030…

Equinor Looks to Cut More Costs at Giant North Sea Oilfield

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Norway's Equinor sees scope to further reduce development costs at the Johan Sverdrup oilfield in the North Sea, as it looks to maximize the potential of what could be the last giant field to be found off the Nordic country.The field, one of the five largest oil finds offshore Norway, is estimated to contain up to 3.1 billion barrels of oil equivalents, mainly crude oil, enough to meet Britain's oil demand for five years.Sverdrup is on track to begin production in late 2019 and could produce up to a quarter of Norway's overall petroleum output at its peak.Equinor…

Shell Brazil Evaluating Potential Purchase of Eletrobras Assets

Royal Dutch Shell's Brazil chief said on Wednesday that the company is evaluating the assets of Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras SA's that are being put up for sale as part of the state-owned utility's debt reduction and privatization plans.Andre Araujo also told reporters that the company was considering participating in an upcoming Brazilian government auction for projects in the wind energy sector.Reporting by Alexandra Alper, writing by Jake Spring

'Renewable Majors' will Pioneer Green Energy Transition, says Orsted CEO

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Danish offshore wind specialist Orsted aims to become one of a handful of future "renewable majors" that will lead a global transition from fossil fuels to green energy, the company's chief executive said.Orsted has gone through a rapid transition since 2012 when CEO Henrik Poulsen took the helm, shedding its oil and gas business and phasing out coal to become almost entirely green.The group, which has installed about a quarter of the world's offshore wind capacity, is seeking to expands in energy storage…

MMT Inks 10 New Contracts over 2 Months

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Swedish based marine surveyor MMT has during the past two months received 10 new subsea survey and inspection projects within the offshore wind, renewable energy and oil and gas industries.MMT said the contracts, some of which are in joint collaboration with MMT’s Norwegian partner Reach Subsea, come from a wide portfolio of old and new clients, including Siccar Point Energy, Equinor, Perenco, SSE, Örsted, Vattenfall, GreenLink Interconnector, National Grid, Wintershall and…