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Pelosi: Case Needed for Offshore Drilling

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that expanded oil drilling in federal waters could be included in a broader energy bill if advocates can prove its effectiveness as a solution to 's energy problems. In a television interview yesterday, Pelosi said the oil industry and its allies in Congress also would have to agree to pay royalties on oil profits to fund the development of renewable energy resources. The California Democrat, has previously expressed outright opposition to expanded offshore drilling. Yesterday she said offshore drilling should be discussed but she does not believe it is a workable solution in the short run. Source:  AP


Bulk Ship Accesses Japan Earthquake-Damaged Port

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NYK bulk coal carrier resumes direct shipments to earthquake-damaged port of Haramach. The 90,000 dwt NYK-operated bulk carrier “Haramachimaru” filled with coal has arrived at a dedicated port for a thermal power station operated by Tohoku Electric Power Co. Inc. This was the first arrival of a coal carrier at the berth since the Great East Japan Earthquake last year. The berth is located in the town of Haramachi


Gulf of Mexico Oil &Gas Lease Sale Announced

Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Tommy P. Beaudreau announced that BOEM will hold the first oil and natural gas lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico since the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill. This announcement is consistent with steps President Obama announced in May, 2011 to expand domestic oil and gas production safely and responsibly. This sale follows BOEM’s completion of a supplemental environmental impact


Australian Wind & Wave Energy Platform a World First

Wood Group Kenny wins a 3-year Marine Power Technologies Pty Ltd (MPT ) contract for  development of the Energy Island concept The triangular shaped Energy Island will comprise six oscillating water column (OWC) wave energy devices and an offshore wind turbine assembly and will be capable of generating up to 10 megawatts of power. It is envisaged that six or more Energy Islands may be linked together to create an Energy Farm, which is estimated could supply power to 16


ABB's HVDC Key to Offshore Wind Energy Integration

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HVDC is a key enabler for the efficient and reliable integration of offshore wind energy, explains HVDC busness manager. Offshore wind power generation is one of the world’s most promising renewable energy sources, and is set to play an increasingly significant role in our economic growth, energy security and environmental protection.  Strong, steady winds at sea where there are no obstructions mean wind turbines can generate substantially more energy offshore than onshore.


House LNG Export Bill Advances

The Subcommittee on Energy and Power today approved H.R. 6, the Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act, by a vote of 15 to 11. Authored by Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), the legislation would cut through the red tape blocking exports of U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG). H.R. 6 grants immediate approval of complete export applications currently filed with the Department of Energy and modifies the process moving forward to ensure exports to our allies are no longer subject to unnecessary delays


Jumbo Offshore Wins Offshore Wind Contract

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MT Højgaard has awarded Jumbo Offshore the transport and installation contract for all of the 111 Transition Pieces (TP’s) for the Anholt Offshore Wind Farm (Denmark). The 400 MW wind farm is currently being developed by DONG Energy. The Anholt Wind Farm is located in the ‘Kattegat’, near Anholt Island, and will be the largest offshore wind farm in Denmark. One of Jumbo’s DP2 Offshore Heavy Lift Vessels will install the TP’s on pre-installed monopiles


Next Generation Deepwater Drillship Starts Work

Chevron commences operations with drillship, 'Pacific Santa Ana', in deepwater, Gulf of Mexico Chevron Corporation announced that the Pacific Santa Ana, a deepwater drillship built to Chevron's specifications, has arrived in the Gulf of Mexico to work for Chevron under a five-year contract with a subsidiary of Pacific Drilling S.A. It is the first drillship designed with the capacity to perform dual gradient drilling (DGD).


Ignore the Bluster – Wind Farm Power is Effective

A UK Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) research paper dismisses illusions about wind power as an energy resource. Much opposition to wind power appears to be based on the belief that it is an ineffective technology, inefficient or unreliable. This claim is untrue and it is important to get ‘beyond the bluster’ in assessing the effectiveness of wind power. The report addresses two commonly held misconceptions around two important, often misunderstood, questions:


Shell Announce Pause in Alaska Drilling Program

Royal Dutch Shell plc will pause its exploration drilling activity for 2013 in Alaska’s Beaufort and Chukchi Seas. Shell inform that the time out this season will be used to prepare equipment and plans for a resumption of activity at a later stage. “We’ve made progress in Alaska, but this is a long-term program that we are pursuing in a safe and measured way,” said Shell Oil Company President, Marvin Odum


BOEM Assesses Prospects of Wave Energy off Oregon

As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, cut carbon pollution and develop domestic energy sources, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is assessing whether there is competitive interest in wave energy research or development in an area of federal


GoM FPO Vessel Emergency Production Shut-In

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The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) informs it is responding to a report of an emergency disconnect and production shut-in onboard the Helix Producer 1 located approximately 100 miles southwest of Houma, La. The offshore oil and gas operator


Bill Aims to Lift Ban on Texas Energy Exports

Congressman Michael McCaul introduced H.R. 4349, the Crude Oil Export Act, which lifts the 1970s era prohibition on the export of American crude oil and would remove the major remaining barrier that keeps the U.S. from being competitive with other oil exporting nations.


BOEM Proposes GoM Oil and Gas Lease Sale

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As part of President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy to continue to expand safe and responsible domestic energy production, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Tommy P. Beaudreau today announced that the bureau will offer more than 21 million acres offshore Texas for


NOIA Commends Maryland Offshore Wind Auction

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National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) President Randall Luthi has issued the following statement on the US Department of the Interior's announcement of a proposed wind auction offshore Maryland: "NOIA supports an all-of-the-above approach to meeting our nation’s growing energy


NOIA Echoes Importance of Atlantic Seismic Exploration Hearing

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National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) President Randall Luthi issued the following statement on the hearing on seismic exploration on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf held today by the House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources.


Ziff Issues North American Gas Report

Ziff Energy, a Division of HSB Solomon Associates LLC, released a report titled “North American Ultimate Potential Gas Resource.” The report presents the ultimate resource potential for Appalachia, the Gulf Region, the Mid-Continent/Permian basin, the Pacific, Alaska and Canada


U.S. Offshore Energy: NOIA Responds to State of the Union Address

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National Ocean Industries Association President Randall Luthi has issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s State of the Union address:   “The President continues to take credit for the surge in domestic oil and natural gas production when the fact is


Oregon Offshore Wind Project: Key Step Forward

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On the heels of President Obama’s State of the Union address where he laid out actions to move the economy toward clean energy sources, reduce carbon pollution and create jobs, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell has announced an important step forward for the first offshore wind project


ABB to Provide UK Wind Farm Subsea HV Cable Link

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ABB, the power and automation technology group, inform they have won an order worth around US$55-million to supply a submarine AC (alternating current) power cable system for a new wind farm, located off the coast of Norfolk, England. The order was received from Dudgeon Offshore Wind Limited


Sens. Menendez, Booker Urge Feds to Expedite Road Salt to NJ

NJDOT wants Jones Act Waiver.   U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) have jointly sent a letter to both U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson and U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx requesting that they continue to


Survey Guidelines Bring US Closer to Atlantic Oil Reseves

By Ayesha Rascoe, Reuters The Obama administration on Thursday laid out a framework for assessing the amount of crude off the Atlantic coast, another step toward possibly allowing oil production in an area that has been out of reach for decades.


Bulgaria Weighs Dependence on Russian Energy

Reuters - Bulgaria, heavily dependant on Russia for gas and oil, will estimate its own reserves and seek alternatives to cope with any worsening of the Ukrainian crisis, it said on Tuesday. Bulgaria imports over 70 percent of its energy resources


BOEM Seeks Comment on Proposed Energy Research

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As part of the Obama Administration's Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, develop domestic clean energy sources and cut carbon pollution, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced today that it is seeking public comment as it prepares an Environmental Assessment (EA) to


“Shale Gas Needed to Reduce UK Gas Imports”

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Speakers set to fuel energy debate at Unconventional Gas Aberdeen 2014. Leading figures from industry and government speaking at Unconventional Gas Aberdeen 2014 will tomorrow highlight the impact U.K. shale development could have on reducing costly gas imports but admit that more needs to be


 
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