Saturday, June 23, 2018

DNV GL Unveils Renewable Energy Data Platform

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DNV GL is launching GPM Horizon, a data monitoring platform with full integration of current and future renewable energy systems including solar PV, wind and energy storage assets. GPM Horizon enables future-proof fleet management by bringing digitalization technologies and integrated renewables systems together in one platform, which are the key drivers for the global energy transition.Global energy forecasters, including the International Energy Agency, foresee a rapid growth in renewable sources.

US Announces $18.5 Mln for Offshore Wind Research

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today that $18.5 million has been made available for offshore wind research and development (R&D).The DOE selected the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to administer an $18.5 million cooperative innovation hub that will bring together industry, academia, government and other stakeholders to advance offshore wind plant technologies, develop innovative methods for wind resource and site characterization…

GTT Studying Gravity Based Systems for LNG Projects

French engineering company GTT said it has been assigned by two major companies to carry out Front End Engineering Design (FEED) studies on new Gravity Based System (GBS) projects for separate linquefied natural gas (LNG) projects.The first one, signed with an European EPC, concerns a large LNG liquefaction project comprising several concrete caissons with several liquid gas membrane tanks, while the second concerns a smaller and metallic GBS project…

New Clamp Technology for Subsea Well Intervention

New clamps designed and produced for TechnipFMC (Photo: RED Engineering)

New clamp technology developed by RED Engineering promises to improve subsea well intervention operations.The two, first of a kind modular subsea clamps have been delivered to TechnipFMC for operation from the specialist well intervention vessel Island Constructor.The modular design will allow the capacity of the clamps to be adjusted for both shallow and deep-water operations, providing TechnipFMC with a flexible solution for use across a range of well intervention projects, RED Engineering said.The U.K.

Acciona Gets DNV GL Certification

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Acciona Energia, the biggest global operator exclusively in renewable energies,  received the first ever prototype certificate for a grid-scale energy storage solution by DNV GL, the world’s largest resource of independent energy experts and certification body. The handover of the certificate took place at the American Wind Energy Association’s 2018 Windpower Conference in Chicago. To explore the possibilities of grid-scale storage, Acciona Energia…

Op/Ed: Connecting to the Future of Offshore

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120 miles out at sea, 6,000-horsepower devices lift drilling equipment weighing up to 3 million pounds out of holes lying 10,000 feet beneath the water. Keeping such sea monsters in good working order, often for years at a time, is no mean feat. Oil companies spend between $300,000 and $800,000 per day on each vessel drilling offshore. Any failures can result in losses that run into hundreds of thousands of dollars per day.With such high costs and massive market pressures…

ABS Issues First MPD-rReady Notation

ABS MPD-Ready notation demonstrates drilling units have the necessary provisions in place to integrate equipment needed for MPD operations Photo ABS

ABS announced it has awarded the world’s first Managed Pressure Drilling (MPD) – Ready Notation to Ocean Rig for the ABS-classed Corcovado and Mykonos deep water drillships.The ABS MPD-Ready notation demonstrates drilling units have the necessary provisions in place to integrate equipment needed for MPD operations.“Offshore operations in deeper water continue to lead back to a need for reliable and cost-effective technologies” said ABS Executive Vice President – Global Offshore, Kenneth Richardson.

Maersk Drilling Bags North Sea Contracts

Maersk Resolute (Photo courtesy Maersk Drilling)

Maersk Drilling said it has been awarded three consecutive contracts for the Maersk Resolute and a contract extension for the Maersk Resolve, both operating in the Dutch sector of the North Sea.“The North Sea continues to be a key market to Maersk Drilling, and with the new contracts for Maersk Resolute and the contract extension for Maersk Resolve, we are further strengthening our presence in the area,” said Morten Kelstrup, CCIO in Maersk Drilling.Three consecutive contract agreements with TAQA Energy B.V., Petrogas E&P Netherlands B.V.

Taiwan: The Next Battleground for Offshore Wind

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Taiwan is becoming the next battleground for the world's top offshore wind developers as they seek a foothold in Asia for a technology that has been expanding fast in Europe.Taiwan announced results on Monday of its first major offshore wind farm auction that aims to add 3.8 gigawatts (GW) of capacity to its existing network of just 8 megawatts (MW).The island's offshore wind market is expected to expand to 5.5 GW by 2025, and the government aims to invest $23 billion on onshore and offshore wind projects by 2025…

Lamprell Completes Haven Rig Upgrade

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Lamprell announced it has completed work to upgrade the mobile operating unit Haven as an accommodation service vessel for use offshore Norway. The unit has been delivered to Jacktel AS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Master Marine AS, within budget and as scheduled.The contract for the Haven rig upgrade was awarded in September 2016 and involved procurement, construction and installation of extended legs and new suction caissons. Lamprell fabricated…

Odfjell Drilling buys “Deepsea Nordkapp”

Odfjell Drilling announced that Aker BP has today awarded Odfjell Drilling a 2 year firm drilling contract with 1+1 year optional periods. The day rates for the drilling contract will be based on market terms to be determined prior to commencement of drilling operations. In addition to the market linked day rate, a performance bonus as agreed in the alliance agreement with Aker BP, as announced on 21 November 2017, will apply. The contract has a minimum value of USD 245 million, subject to certain adjustments.

BSEE Regs Update to Cut Burden on Operators

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The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) – incorporating industry innovation, best science, and best practices – is proposing to update regulations covering offshore oil and gas drilling operations to improve reliability, safety, efficiency, and environmental stewardship, and reduce unnecessary burdens on operators. BSEE reviewed the existing regulations in response to Executive and Secretary’s Orders instructing it to identify…

Changes in Statoil's Top Deck

Margareth Øvrum (Photo: Ole Jørgen Bratland / Statoil)

Statoil said on Friday it had expanded its leadership team and changed its corporate structure to reflect the company's increased focus on Brazil.Statoil's Brazilian operations will become a separate business unit headed by Margareth Oevrum, the company's current head of technology, project and drilling.Meanwhile, its separate U.S. business is being brought back within the broader international development and production division, which will be headed by current U.S.

Resilient Market Spurs Aker Solutions's Earnings

Luis Araujo (Photo: Aker Solutions)

Norwegian oil services company Aker Solutions reported strengthened earnings for the first quarter of 2018 as orders almost doubled from a year earlier amid increasing signs of a market recovery."We are seeing increasing signs of a market rebound as lower break-even costs and higher oil prices spur project sanctions, particularly in Norway," said Aker Solutions Chief Executive Officer Luis Araujo. "Our consistently strong execution and solid cost…

Fugro Goes Hunting for Hydrocarbon Seeps Offshore Brazil

Fugro has reported increased confidence in identifying seabed expressions of hydrocarbon  seeps Image Fugro

Working for multi-client geoscience data company TGS, Fugro continues the hunt for hydrocarbon seeps, this time offshore Brazil.Two modern, purpose-built vessels – Fugro Brasilis and Fugro Searcher – have been deployed to acquire high-resolution multibeam echosounder and sub-bottom profiler data in the Campos and Santos Basins.The survey is designed to mirror TGS’s 2016-2017 Gigante and Otos projects in the Gulf of Mexico in which Fugro provided similar services.

Interview: Antony Croston, Trelleborg Offshore

Antony Croston (Photo: Trelleborg)

Antony Croston is Business Group Director at Trelleborg’s offshore operation in Houston, responsible for the externally-facing functions of the business covering engineering, business development and project management.MTR caught up with Croston ahead of next week’s Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston to discuss some of Trelleborg’s latest developments in buoyancy, FEA and engineering analysis, and fire suppression solutions.What is dynamically adjustable buoyancy…

Partners Set Out to Drive Subsea Digitalization

A five-year partnership agreement between Subsea 7 company i-Tech Services and Leidos will aim to develop and apply digital technologies to drive efficiency of operations and competitive advantage in the offshore oil and gas sector.Through the partnership, the companies say they will be able to to increase efficiencies in life of field capabilities by providing clients with greater insights into operations through the field lifecycle through digitalization.This…

GTT, Sembcorp Ink Membrane Tank Solutions Deal

GTT has signed a Technical Assistance and License Agreement (TALA) with Singapore-based Sembcorp Marine for the design and construction of Sembcorp Marine's Gravifloat, FSRU and mid-scale LNG carrier products, using GTT membrane solutions. Sembcorp Marine is a provider of engineering solutions for the offshore, marine and energy sectors, operating a total of nine shipyards in Singapore, Indonesia, the U.K. and Brazil. Sembcorp Marine received its approval after successfully completing a qualification process which started in 2017…

First Johan Sverdrup Topside Installed

The riser platform is one of four platforms that make up the field centre on the Johan Sverdrup field in Phase 1 of the project Photo credit Statoil

With the last module of the Johan Sverdrup riser platform lifted into place, the first of four topsides of the next North Sea giant has been installed.“It’s a special feeling to see the first Johan Sverdrup platform in place, even a few days ahead of the plan set more than three years ago – all without any serious incidents along the way. This is a testament to the high quality in execution of the project so far, which again is a result of the good collaboration between thousands of people at our suppliers…

Platts Posts Lower Adjusted Operating Profit

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Oil price agency Platts, a unit of S&P Global Inc, posted a 4 percent decline in first-quarter adjusted operating profit on Thursday, hurt by lower trading volumes. Revenue at Platts, however, increased 3 percent to $196 million in the quarter ended March 31, helped by growth its core subscription business. Revenue growth was partially offset by a decline in its Global Trading Services business as reduced volatility in key commodity products led to lower trading volumes. Adjusted operating profit fell to $95 million from $98 million a year ago.

MaRINET2 Advances Renewable Energy Research

The MaRINET2 project has awarded €1.1 million in support to 32 offshore renewable technology developers to test at its network of world-leading research facilities. This support will accelerate the next generation of energy technologies toward the marketplace, and help maintain Europe’s global leadership in renewable energy research.€1.1 million of funding was awarded to 32 innovation technology developers from 17 countries, following a second competitive call for applications.

BP, Reliance Move Ahead in Deep Water

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BP and Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) today announced the sanctioning of the ‘Satellite cluster’ project in Block KG D6. The companies are moving forward to develop the Block’s discovered deep-water gas fields in an integrated series of projects, bringing new gas production for India. The ‘Satellite cluster’ is the second of three projects in the Block KG D6 integrated development. The first of the projects, development of the ‘R-Series’ deep-water gas fields, was sanctioned in June 2017.

Oil Plus bags $1.5 mi Middle East Deals

 Clarke Shepherd, global business development director at Oil Plus. Photo courtesy Oil Plus

Oil Plus has secured contracts worth more than $1.5m over the past three months and has significantly expanded its footprint in the Middle East. The company has also reported a strong start to the year with sales up by 285% compared to the last quarter of 2017. Due to the surge of new business, the Newbury-based company, which employs in excess of 30 people, plans to recruit another eight over the next 12 months. The contracts will see Oil Plus deliver reservoir souring modelling…

Flintstone Sets Its Sights on Floating Wind

Andrew Clayson, managing director of Flintstone (Photo: Flintstone Technology Ltd)

Flintstone Technology Ltd said it plans to diversify its mooring operations to help drive down costs for the offshore floating wind industry.The company has developed a set of mooring system solutions to match specific project requirements in oil and gas and marine renewable energy.With decades of experience in the oil and gas industry, this knowledge combined with the mooring solutions, is transferable and provides substantial benefits to offshore floating wind in lowering costs and increasing reliability.According to Scottish Enterprise…

Partners Aim to Improve Riser Performance and Efficiency

Trelleborg said its offshore operation has signed a supply and license agreement with Reel Power Oil and Gas to collaboratively develop and market a new Vortex Induced Vibration (VIV) suppression system aimed at improving riser performance and efficiency in demanding offshore environments.“We strive to push the limits of the oil and gas industry to improve the performance and competitiveness of our customers. This new solution provides us with the…

ConocoPhillips' Alaskan Venture a Success

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ConocoPhillips announced it has concluded its 2018 winter exploration and appraisal program in Alaska. The company’s original plan was to drill five wells on the Western North Slope comprising two appraisal wells of the Willow Discovery announced in January 2017, plus three exploration wells. Due to improved drilling efficiencies, the company was able to drill a total of six wells, including an additional Willow appraisal well. All six wells plus a sidetrack encountered oil and verified the potential of the play.

Schlumberger Fights to Boost Patent Damages at US Supreme Court

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday appeared divided over whether to make it easier for companies to recoup profits lost due to the unauthorized use of their patented technology overseas in a dispute involving Schlumberger NV, the world's largest oilfield services provider.The nine justices heard about an hour of arguments that will resolve the amount of money that rival ION Geophysical Corp must pay for infringing Schlumberger technology that helps search for oil and gas beneath the ocean floor.

Yaskawa Ups Investment in The Switch

The Switch has delivered over 1,000 rugged Power Drives for the past 10 years to hundreds of vessels operating around the world (Photo: The Switch)

Yaskawa Corporation is making a multimillion-euro investment to strengthen the R&D capabilities of The Switch and purchase new equipment at the company’s factory in Lappeenranta, Finland.The investment will enable drive train testing of up to 15 MW. The Switch will now become Yaskawa European’s Environmental Energy Division, leading the Japanese company’s global business in the marine, wind and turbo/industry segments.This latest investment provides The Switch with the capability to test high-power machines…

BP, Tesla to Venture Into Battery Storage for Windfarm

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BP has teamed up with Tesla to build its first battery storage project at one of its U.S. windfarms as part of a strategy to expand its renewable energy business, the energy group said on Tuesday. Tesla will supply the 212 megawatt (MW)/840 megawatt hour battery at BP's Titan 1 windfarm in South Dakota in the second half of this year. It operates 12 other windfarms in the United States. Providing large-scale battery power to windfarms allows them to store energy when wind is ample and make electricity available when demand is high…

Turkey Aims to Hold Tenders for at Least Five Mines in 2018

Turkey is looking to hold tenders for at least five coal mines this year including one with 136 million tonnes of reserves, the deputy undersecretary of the energy ministry, Zafer Benli, told Reuters on Tuesday. Speaking on the sidelines of an energy technologies summit, Benli said the first tender will be held in June for the Armutcuk coal mine in the northwestern province of Zonguldak, which has up to 20 million tonnes of coal reserves. "We will also open a mine with 136 million tonnes coal reserves for investment," Benli said.

McDermott Completes Phase 1 of QGEP Atlanta EPS

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McDermott International, Inc. has announced it completed the first phase of the deep-water Atlanta Early Production System (EPS), located approximately 115 miles (185 kilometers) offshore southeast of Rio de Janeiro, for independent Brazilian Exploration and Production company Queiroz Galvão Exploração e Produção S.A. (QGEP). McDermott successfully performed the project management, engineering and offshore installation of all subsea hardware, including flexible pipes…

Subsea 7 Awarded Contract Offshore Nigeria

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Subsea 7 S.A. announced it was awarded a contract by Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited (MPN) for the Production Uplift Pipeline Projects (PUPP) in shallow water, offshore Nigeria. The contract scope includes engineering, construction, transportation, installation and pre-commissioning of 20 kilometres of 24" Corrosion Resistant Alloy (CRA) pipeline between the Idoho Platform and the terminal onshore and of 2 kilometres of 24" CRA pipeline between the Edop and Idoho Platforms, as well as associated topside modifications and tie-ins at both ends.

C-Innovation Secures Subsea Construction Contract with BP

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C-Innovation, LLC (C-I), an affiliate of Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO) and its family of companies, has secured a three-year contract with BP Exploration & Production, Inc. (BP), the largest energy investor in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. The contract encompasses subsea construction, inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) and logistics services in the Gulf of Mexico. With Port Fourchon, La., serving as the home port, the new contract will bring together ECO’s extensive fleet of multipurpose platform supply and well intervention vessels with C-I’s ROV…

Alba Gaskets Adds Manufacturing Division

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Aberdeen-headquartered oil and gas services company Alba Gaskets has invested more than £100,000 ($140,000) in a manufacturing division, while launching two new products aimed at the global energy industry. The firm previously acted as a stockist and distributor for a number of international gasket manufacturers, but having seen a gap in the market for high-end, anti-corrosion and fire-resistant gaskets, decided to also invest in its own products.

Statoil Inks LOI for Johan Sverdrup Phase 2

Statoil signs letters of intent for Johan Sverdrup phase 2 with Aibel and Aker Solutions-Kværner joint venture Image Statoil

Statoil, on behalf of the Johan Sverdrup partnership, signed a letter of intent with Aibel for the construction of the processing platform topside for phase 2 of the project. A letter of intent for field center modifications is also issued to a joint venture of Aker Solutions and Kværner. Total value is estimated at more than NOK 11 billion ($1.4 billion). Phase 1 of the Johan Sverdrup development is well underway with planned startup in late 2019.

Askeladden seeking its fortune on Gullfaks

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The new Cat J jackup rig Askeladden started drilling on the Gullfaks field on 26 March, with the goal of providing new production from old wells and exploring to create new value. Askeladden has been bought by the Gullfaks licence to carry out production and exploration drilling on Gullfaks Satellites. For several months the rig had to wait on weather, both on its way from the yard in South Korea and when it met the Norwegian winter weather. It…

Cesarek Joins Gevo

Gevo, Inc. has announced the appointment of Tim Cesarek to the newly created position of Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. Cesarek brings over 20 years of knowledge and experience in strategic and commercial transactions, with 15 years in the field of renewable resource based fuels and chemicals. In addition to overseeing Gevo’s commercial development of its fuel and chemical products, Cesarek is expected to develop and close deals with strategic customers and partners.

TGS to Commence Multibeam Survey Offshore Brazil

Kristian Johansen, Chief Executive Officer and Interim Leader North and South America TGS Photo TGS

TGS announces the Brazil Southern Basins SeaSeep Project in the Campos and Santos Basins, offshore Brazil. The project will cover existing TGS surveys in these hydrocarbon rich basins as well as the highly prospective Pre Salt trend where many untested structures exist. Acquisition of the multibeam will commence late Q1 2018 with the coring and geochemistry stage to follow. Data will be available in Q4 2018 over the Round 16 licensing areas scheduled in 2019. Final results in all areas will be available in late 2019.

Scott Joins Well-Centric

Michael Scott, Well-Centric Business Development Manager  Photo courtesy of Rory Raitt/Well-Centric

Well-Centric, an independent specialist in well integrity for the global oil and gas industry, has announced the appointment of a new business development manager. Michael Scott joins the company to support its growth strategy and will be focusing on the commercialisation of the company’s growing well integrity technology portfolio and further business expansion in global markets, notably the U.S., Middle East and Asia. Prior to his appointment, Scott was technical sales manager for strategic projects at Babcock LGE.

Statoil Awards $1.5 Bln Drilling Contracts

View from the Gullfaks C platform in the North Sea. (Photo Harald Pettersen)

Statoil has awarded drilling contracts to Archer, KCA Deutag and Odfjell Drilling for drilling, completion, intervention services, plugging, maintenance and modifications on 18 of Statoil’s fixed platforms. The contracts take effect from October 1, 2018, initially for a period of four years. The total value is estimated at more than NOK 12 billion ($1.5 billion). The contracts include three two-year extension options. The work will employ around 2,000 people per year. “Safe and efficient operations are our number one priority.

Teledyne Bags OTC Technology Award

The FlameGuard P5-200 is a flame-proof ceramic electrical penetrator for use as part of the fire resistant envelope of an offshore surface wellhead and Christmas tree system. (Image: Teledyne Marine)

Teledyne Marine was recognized by the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) with a 2018 Spotlight on New Technology Award for the FlameGuard P5-200. Each year, OTC recognizes innovative technologies with the Spotlight on New Technology Award, which showcases advanced solutions that will lead the industry into the future. The FlameGuard P5-200 is a flame-proof ceramic electrical penetrator for use as part of the fire resistant envelope of an offshore surface wellhead and Christmas tree system.

Transocean Acquires Songa Offshore

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Transocean Ltd. announced today that it completed the previously announced compulsory acquisition of the remaining outstanding shares of Songa Offshore SE. All remaining shares in Songa Offshore were transferred to Transocean in accordance with the terms and conditions of the compulsory acquisition. Transocean then settled the compulsory acquisition by delivering Consideration Shares, Exchangeable Bonds and cash consideration, as applicable, to Songa Offshore shareholders.

Statoil Bags Four Blocks Offshore Brazil

Tim Dodson, executive vice president for Exploration in Statoil. Photo courtesy Statoil

Statoil and partners were the high bidders for four blocks in the Campos basin in Brazil’s 15th licensing round held on 29 March. With the new licenses, Statoil strengthens its position in Brazil and increases synergies with current projects. A consortium comprising Petrobras (30%), ExxonMobil (40%) and Statoil (30%), presented the winning bid for the C-M-657 block in Campos Basin with a signature bonus of 638,550,000 USD*. The same consortium made up of Petrobras (40%)…

Sapura JV Secures Block 30 in Gulf of Mexico

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Sapura Exploration & Production (Sapura E&P), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sapura Energy Berhad (“the Group”, formerly known as SapuraKencana Petroleum Berhad), together with its joint venture partners DEA Deutsche Erdoel Mexico and Premier Oil have been awarded Block 30 in Sureste Basin, a proven and prolific hydrocarbon province in the Gulf of Mexico. “This is a formidable partnership of like-minded companies with significant worldwide experience…

DEA Wins Three Blocks in Mexico’s Bid

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In Mexico’s shallow water bid round 3.1, Deutsche Erdoel Mexico was awarded two blocks with its partners Pemex Exploration and Production and CEPSA and one block jointly with its partners Sapura E&P and Premier Oil. In all three blocks, the affiliate of the German E&P company DEA, Deutsche Erdoel Mexico will be the operator. "We are very pleased with the awards in this highly competitive bid round 3.1. The blocks we won are an excellent fit to our plans in Mexico. The country plays an important role in our global growth strategy.

Sabah Shell's offshore Malaysia contract for TechnipFMC

Forsys Subsea Photo TechnipFMC

TechnipFMC has been awarded an Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation contract by Sabah Shell Petroleum Company Ltd. This award covers the delivery and installation of subsea equipment including umbilicals, flowlines and the subsea production system for the Gumusut-Kakap Phase 2 Project. Hallvard Hasselknippe, President of TechnipFMC’s Subsea business, commented: “We are extremely honored to have been awarded this project by Sabah Shell Petroleum.

Optime Presents New Tree Control and Intervention System

Prime Minister Norway and Jan Fredrik Carlsen of Optime Photo credit Optime

At Subsea Valley 2017, Jan-Fredrik Carlsen, CEO of the Notodden based Norwegian company Optime Subsea, promised to revolutionize the intervention and controls segment of the subsea oil and gas industry through a new and disruptive technology. A year later at Subsea Valley 2018, Optime’s Subsea Controls and Intervention Light System (SCILS) was presented. "Our intent is not to be disruptive for the sake of being disruptive, but support the industry’s progress in providing cost reducing tecnology," Carlsen said. "I believe our SCILS demonstrates this.

AnTech launches real-time at-bit geosteering service

AnTech's COLT BHA Photo AnTech Ltd

Specialist Directional Coiled Tubing Drilling Service company AnTech Ltd, has announced the launch of RockView - a technology that makes real-time, high resolution geosteering possible for the first time. The breakthrough will enable more accurate well-bore placement than ever before and provide a tangible decrease in the amount of footage drilled out of zone. This will lead to a direct improvement in the production of a well. Predicting the exact…

Lamprell, GustoMSC join forces to develop Jackup Rig design

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Lamprell announced its exclusive collaboration with GustoMSC to develop the Lamprell Jackup-43 (LJ43) jackup rig design, creating an advanced drilling rig with the highest level of safe, efficient and reliable drilling capabilities. The LJ43 drilling rig will combine Lamprell’s system integration capability, detailed engineering expertise and construction experience with the robust and advanced technology of GustoMSC designs. The rig utilises GustoMSC’s leg design with a custom designed hull and living quarters developed by Lamprell.

Woodside to Operate Scarborough

Woodside and BHP have entered into an agreement in relation to the proposed development of the Scarborough gas field. BHP waived its right of pre-emption and provides its consent to the sale by ExxonMobil to Woodside of its 50 percent interest in WA-1-R and the Scarborough Joint Venture Operating Agreement. Woodside will become the Scarborough operator on completion of the transaction between ExxonMobil and Woodside. Woodside grants BHP an option…

Keppel Bags Awilco's Semi-submersible Rig Order

The Offshore Division, helmed by Keppel FELS, leads the industry in the design and building of high performance mobile offshore rigs. Photo Keppel

Following the Letter of Intent signed by Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Keppel FELS Limited, with Awilco Drilling PLC, Keppel has secured the contract to construct a mid-water semisubmersible (semi) drilling rig for harsh environment use worth about $425 million. As part of the transaction, Awilco has independent options to order up to another three similar rigs to be exercised within 12, 24 and 36 months respectively.

U.S. Energy Storage Market Could Triple this Year

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U.S. deployments of energy storage systems will nearly triple this year thanks to sharply lower costs and state policies that support the case for installing batteries in homes, businesses and along the power grid. That forecasted growth of 186 percent to 1,233 megawatt-hours of storage from 431 MWh compares with the 27 percent increase in 2017, according to a report by GTM Research and the Energy Storage Association trade group published on Tuesday.

Exceed Investment Yields Record Results

Ian Mills Exceed Photo Courtesy Exceed by Trish Macfarlane

Aberdeen-headquartered Exceed, well management and performance improvement specialist, has announced a record-breaking start to 2018, amassing a number of international contract wins totalling a revenue of approximately of £18 million. With projects lasting more than a year, Exceed will deploy its expertise in well management and performance improvement projects across the UK, Middle East, West Africa, South East Asia, Norway and North and Central America.

West Phoenix to Drill in UK and Norway

The West Phoenix drilling rig. Photo Statoil

Statoil and its partners have contracted the West Phoenix rig for exploration drilling on the U.K. and Norwegian continental shelves from the summer of 2018. The contract is awarded to the two Seadrill companies North Atlantic Drilling UK Ltd. and North Atlantic Norway Ltd. The semi-submersible rig West Phoenix will first drill an exploration well for the Ragnfrid North license on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS), followed by three wells on the U.K. Continental Shelf (UKCS). The rig has been approved by authorities for use both on the NCS and UKCS.

Bibby Offshore: BP North Sea Projects completed

Howard Woodcock, chief executive at Bibby Offshore Photo Bibby PR

Bibby Offshore has completed a contract worth more than £2million for BP in the North Sea. The project, completed in December 2017, utilised Bibby Offshore’s diving support vessel Bibby Topaz to carry out inspection, repair and maintenance operations in the Rhum gas field, approximately 380 kilometres north-east of Aberdeen. The scope included control system low insulation resistance diagnostics and component replacements, manual valve operations and ROV inspection works at BP’s Bruce platform, which is located 44 kilometres south of Rhum.

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 curb fossil fuel use and meet greenhouse gas emission targets after years of underinvestment in renewable energy sources. After an initial pilot next year, a consortium comprising energy producers, scientists and researchers plans to ultimately operate 2…

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. A tender for tidal energy will see France become the global center of tidal energy manufacturing. The tides in northern France are among the most powerful in the world. Following a decade of R&D development, tidal energy technology is now ready to use this resource.

FairfieldNodal Welcomes New Member to Its Board of Directors

Seismic nodal technology and services firm FairfieldNodal has welcomed Knut Eriksen as the newest member of its Board of Directors. Eriksen recently retired from Oceaneering International where he served as Executive Officer and Senior Vice President of Business Development. He has also held other key executive positions in the oil and gas industry, on the operator, service company and contractor sides of the business. He brings industry experience…

Maersk, Statoil and OECD to Discuss Future Ocean Development

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Key figures from Maersk Group, Statoil and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development have signed up to discuss future ocean business opportunities, demands and strategies at Opening Oceans Conference 2018 (OOC). The event, Nor-Shipping’s first outside its Norwegian home, will see c-level executives gather in Copenhagen on May 2nd and 3rd  to examine how to responsibly realise the huge potential of the ocean, gaining the understanding, partners and tools to equip businesses for the way ahead.

Siemens Gamesa Gets DNV GL Type Certificate for Wind Turbine

From left to right : Morten Fogtmann Kristiansen, Project Chief Engineer at Siemens Gamesa, Axel Dombrowski, Director and Head of Mechanical Engineering at DNV GL, Guilherme Luiz Rodrigues Da Cunha, Project Manager 8.0-154 at Siemens Gamesa, Mersudin Bajric, Principal Project Manager at DNV GL and Johnny Lillelund, Head of D8 and G4 Type Certification at Siemens Gamesa. Photo: DNV GL

DNV GL has awarded Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy with the Type Certificate for its eight megawatt (8 MW) offshore wind turbine SWT-8.0-154. Fully compliant to the international wind turbine standard IEC-61400-22, the turbine is now ready for immediate market implementation. New technologies like large offshore wind turbines with an output rate of 8 MW are vital to support the growing wind energy industry in reducing the levelised cost of energy.

Eni Boots up World's Biggest Industrial Supercomputer

Italian oil and gas group Eni said on Thursday it had installed new capacity at its supercomputing centre near Milan to create the world's most powerful industrial computer. The new capacity quadruples the group's computing power, allowing it to process up to 22.4 quadrillion operations per second, the company said. "In our industry it is increasingly important to be able to process ever-increasing amounts of data, ensuring more accurate and faster results," Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi said.

Statoil Expands Frame Agreement with MMT

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Statoil has renewed and expanded MMT’s frame agreement. The cooperation between Reach Subsea and MMT Sweden has resulted in a new frame agreement covering both survey and light construction for the next three years. The frame agreement is call-off based, which means that Statoil can award contracts for survey and light construction projects in the North Sea on an as needed basis. As part of the frame agreement, MMT Sweden has in cooperation with Reach Subsea been awarded a contract with Statoil for survey and light construction work offshore Norway.

VOS Stone Equipped with Ampelmann W2W Gangway

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Vroon Offshore Services and Ampelmann have joined forces to deploy a Walk to Work (W2W) solution for the Arkona offshore wind farm, located in the German Baltic Sea. Vroon’s VOS Stone vessel, the newest addition to its offshore-support fleet, will be mobilized with an Ampelmann A400 gangway system. The gangway, launched in 2017, will be utilized for the first time for W2W operations during array cabling work and commissioning of the Arkona offshore wind farm.

Subsea Infrastructure: Challenges & Solutions

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As offshore oil and gas reserves become ever more difficult and costly to recover, the demand for innovative technology has never been greater. Joe Orrell, managing director at RED Engineering, considers some of the challenges in subsea infrastructure design and the role of fast track engineering solutions. The offshore oil and gas industry, even in times of low prices and abundant supply, is driven by the almost relentless search for new fields to replace those coming towards the end of their natural productive lives.

Partners Aim to Revolutionize Subsea Boosting Pumps

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Ask an equipment manufacturer for cheap, light and strong, and most will tell you it can’t be done. Fuglesangs Subsea, project manager for the JIP, will tell you otherwise. “We think we’ve cracked the code,” said CEO Alexander Fuglesang. Statoil joins Aker BP, Lundin and National Oilwell Varco in the DEMO2000 JIP. The project aims to bring the Fuglesangs Subsea Omnirise single-phase booster to market by early 2019. “Once we eliminated the single biggest problem with subsea pumps, all the other pieces fell into place,” Fuglesang said.

Trelleborg Solutions for FLNG Ship-to-Shore System

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Trelleborg has hailed the recent test of the Universal Transfer System (UTS) conducted with Connect LNG and Gas Natural Fenosa, as tangible evidence of the new applications that its suite of products for jettyless LNG transfer can unlock in this challenging field. The UTS transferred LNG from the Skangas-chartered LNG carrier Coral Energy to the onshore terminal at the Norwegian port of Herøya on October 7 and is now in full commercial operation.

EDF Wants to Take Part in Saudi Nuclear Plans - CEO

French state-controlled utility EDF wants to take part in Saudi Arabia's plans to build nuclear power reactors, its chief executive told Reuters on Monday. Saudi Arabia, which wants to reduce oil consumption at home, is considering building 17.6 gigawatts of nuclear-powered electricity generating capacity by 2032 and has sent a request for information to international suppliers to build two reactors. Sources familiar with the situation said last…

China's Giant Floating Solar Plant Goes Live

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China's Three Gorges Group started producing power from a 150-megawatt floating solar plant in east China, the largest of its kind in the world, official Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday. The solar power project in Huainan in Anhui province, developed by the new energy unit of state-run Three Gorges Group, is expected to be in full operation in May next year, the report said. The one-billion-yuan Huainan project is a new experiment aimed at cutting the cost of constructing and operating solar power plants…

SBM Offshore Wins Johan Castberg Turret Mooring System Contract

SBM Offshore said it was awarded the contract and received the corresponding notice from Statoil to proceed with the engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) work scope for a large-scale turret mooring system for its Johan Castberg development. The contract award results from delivery of the front-end engineering and design (FEED) scope for the mooring system delivered in cooperation between Statoil and SBM Offshore teams. The turret is planned to be delivered in modules in early 2020, will be moored in c.

Russia is Developing Subsea Production Systems

Kirinskoye field subsea production facility (Image: Gazprom)

The Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade is working with Gazprom and several Russian research institutions to develop domestic subsea production systems for prototype production in 2019 and testing in 2020. The initiative is underway as the country aims to reduce its dependence on imports in its oil and gas industry, specifically in natural gas liquefaction projects. Subsea production systems enable hydrocarbon production in severe climatic conditions, even under ice, without the use of platforms or other above-water facilities.

Pressured for Profit, Oil Majors Bet Big on Shale Technology

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Shale oil engineer Oscar Portillo spends his days drilling as many as five wells at once - without ever setting foot on a rig. Part of a team working to cut the cost of drilling a new shale well by a third, Portillo works from a Royal Dutch Shell Plc office in suburban Houston, his eyes darting among 13 monitors flashing data on speed, temperature and other metrics as he helps control rigs more than 500 miles (805 km) away in the Permian Basin, the largest U.S. oilfield.

Rovco Wins Gwynt y Môr Windfarm Contract

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Rovco has been awarded a three-year contract to support one of the world’s largest offshore wind farms, Gwynt y Môr, eight miles off the coast of North Wales in the U.K. The U.K. subsea company said it will provide its underwater ROV 3D visual survey solution, alongside traditional video, blueview sonar and cathodic protection analysis techniques. Gwynt y Môr consists of 160 turbines that generate enough energy for more than 400,000 homes across the country.

Sino-Danish Focus on Energy Efficient Ships

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A delegation from the Chinese Ministry of Industry is visiting Denmark as part of the cooperation between the two Administrations. A Danish-Chinese workshop on energy efficient ship design and marine equipment will be held during the three-day visit. The workshop will be attended by the Danish Maritime Authority, the Chinese Ministry of Industry and other Chinese authorities, as well as shipowners, marine equipment manufacturers, the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and Danish Maritime.

BP, Shell to Lead Blockchain-Based Energy Effort

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A consortium including energy companies BP and Royal Dutch Shell will develop a blockchain-based digital platform for energy commodities trading expected to start by end-2018, the group said on Monday. Other members of the consortium include Norwegian oil firm Statoil, trading houses Gunvor, Koch Supply & Trading, and Mercuria, and banks ABN Amro, ING and Societe Generale. Blockchain technology, which first emerged as the architecture underpinning cryptocurrency bitcoin…

Jurong Port, NTU Pursue Alternative Energy Research

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Jurong Port and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore inked an MoU at the Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI) Forum 2017 today to jointly pursue R&D in areas such as Smart Multi-Energy Systems, Alternative Energy Source Applications and Environmental Monitoring Solutions. The MoU signing was witnessed by Dr Lam Pin Min, Senior Minister of State for Transport and Health. The MoU, covering a period of five years, will have both parties jointly: (a) Conduct research projects and testbed solutions as part of Jurong Port’s Living Lab programme.

Offshore Decommissioning: New Reefing Solution Unveiled

An Integrated Rigs to ReefsTM subsea layout. (Photo: Xodus)

While the reefing of retiring offshore structures makes sense to many, such projects often struggle to address the regulatory hurdles, public perception and who takes the enduring liability for the asset, says decommissioning specialist Xodus Group, who has teamed with stabilization and artificial reef specialist Subcon International to offer a new solution. The partners say their Integrated Rigs to Reefs (IR2R) solution will be available globally…

Newbuild Rescue Vessel Bound for Breagh Field Deployment

Celebrating the naming of Forties Sentinel are (left to right) Rory Deans, chief executive of Sentinel Marine, Ylva Tuft – the ship’s godmother – and Mervyn Williams, supply chain manager for INEOS Breagh. (Photo: Sentinel Marine)

A new multi-role emergency response and rescue vessel (ERRV) built by Aberdeen-based Sentinel Martine as part of a £110 million ($145 million) investment has been deployed to operations in the southern North Sea. Forties Sentinel was officially named at a ceremony in Great Yarmouth. Forties Sentinel has been contracted to INEOS Breagh to provide support for the firm’s production facilities in the Breagh gas field. INEOS has also chartered a second ERRV from the Sentinel Marine fleet – Sentinel Ranger – for the field.

Statoil’s NY Offshore Wind Project Named 'Empire Wind'

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Empire Wind is the project name of Statoil’s offshore wind site located off the southern coast of Long Island, N.Y. “The name Empire Wind captures the pivotal role that this important project will play in helping New York achieve its ambitious renewable energy goal,” said Statoil’s Empire Wind Project Director, Christer af Geijerstam. The 79,350 acre site, secured by Statoil in a federal auction in December 2016, has the potential to generate up to 1GW of offshore wind power for New York City and Long Island…

Construction Starts on Serbian Oil Firm's New Deep Conversion Complex

Serbian oil company NIS, majority owned by Russia's Gazprom Neft, started construction on Monday of a 300 million euro ($352 million) deep conversion complex at its main refinery, which it says will boost efficiency and reduce pollution. The project at the Pancevo refinery is part of the second phase of a Gazprom Neft programme to modernise NIS's refining capacity, which has been ongoing since 2009 and is expected to be completed in 2019. With a capacity of 2…

Chevron Approves New Tech in North Sea

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U.S. oil major Chevron has approved an investment to increase output from its Captain oilfield by using a new water-injection technology for the first time in the North Sea, the company said on Friday. Six long-reach horizontal wells will be drilled in the 20-year-old field, around 90 miles northeast of Aberdeen. They are expected to raise the recovery rate 5 to 7 percent. Polymerised water will be injected into the field's oil reservoir, a new technique to tap oil reserves that are hard to reach with conventional drilling methods.