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Aker Kvaerner to Deliver Substructures for Offshore Wind Turbines

A close-up of the substructure Multibrid M5000 (5MW each) windmills in Bremerhafen, these windmills are prototypes for the complete offshore windmill including the substructure The German Multibrid Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH has awarded Aker Kvaerner a contract for the procurement and construction of thirteen steel-tripod substructures and piles for Multibrids M5000 offshore windmills. Six of these shall be installed 45 km off the coast of Germany at the German Offshore Testfield "Alpha Ventus", while the other seven shall be installed 6 km off the Normandy coast of France at the project "Côte d'Albâtre". Aker Kvaerner Verdal has been pursuing the potential of offshore wind as a new market opportunity for the last two to three years. "The contract with Multibrid represents a breakthrough for Aker Kvaerner Verdal", says Bjørnar Skjevik, president of the fabrication yard. "We see great potential in a future offshore wind energy market with 5-MW-turbines in Europe. A successful delivery to Multibrid could pave way for future projects and deliveries from Verdal." The contract to Aker Kvaerner Verdal, our fabrication yard in Mid-Norway, includes procurement of materials, rolling of tubulars, and construction until seafastening onto a transport vessel. The substructures will have a weight of approximately 700 tonnes each and a height of some 45 metres. The substructures will be installed at a water depth of approximately 30 metres.


Waddington Joins Marine Industrial Svcs

Substructure, Inc., a global marine services company providing high-resolution marine assessment, marine pile encapsulation, and other underwater capabilities, announced that geophysical survey expert Tom Waddington has joined the company as senior marine scientist and chief hydrographer. Waddington, who brings nearly 25 years of experience in the marine survey field to Substructure’s global marine services, will oversee Substructure’s hydrographic operations


New Inland Barge Drilling Rig

Parker Drilling Co. has received the newest member of the Parker international drilling fleet, drilling barge rig #75. Built by Oil Barges, Inc., the shallow water drilling rig will commence drilling operations in mid-August. The rig has a 25,000 ft., drilling depth rating with an SCR drive system. All drilling and mud processing equipment is installed on a multi-level barge measuring 240 ft. long and 70 ft. wide. The barge also includes an 82-person accommodation facility.


Technip Awarded Contract

Technip has been awarded a contract for the Cili Padi gas field development by Shell Oil and Gas Malaysia LLC. Shell, a production sharing contract (PSC) contractor to Petronas, is the operator for the field, with Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd and Nippon Oil as partners. The Cili Padi field is located 153km offshore Bintulu (Malaysia), at a water depth of 91m. Technip’s operations and engineering center in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) will execute


ACMA Signs Cooperative Agreement with sendit, llc

Alan C. McClure Associates (ACMA) entered into a cooperative agreement with sendit, llc that will allow ACMA to make the innovative technology of topside float-over installation available to its clientele worldwide. “The application of the float-over method works for platforms with a variety of substructure designs, including catenary anchor leg mooring, tension leg and seabed support,” said ACMA President Scott McClure


Kvaerner in Big Statoil Offshore Platform Deal

Platform topsides: Photo courtesy of Kvaerner

Kvaerner says it has established a frame agreement with Statoil for delivery of steel jacket substructures to Statoil-operated fields.  Based on this frame agreement, Statoil has signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) for Kvaerner to deliver two of the planned steel jackets to the Johan Svedrup development off the West Coast of Norway. Subject to all necessary approvals for the project to proceed, early estimates of the total value of the two jacket deliveries will be approximately NOK 3


The Sleipner A Platform Turns 15

The Sleipner A platform in the North Sea (Photo: Øyvind Hagen)

On August 24, one of the world’s most profiled platforms turned 15. Sleipner, also known as the carbon dioxide (CO2) platform, does not look its age. Sleipner had a tough start. The construction of the first installation became one of the most dramatic in Norwegian oil history. Shortly before the deck and the concrete substructure for the Sleipner A platform were to be connected, the substructure sank to 200 metres depth in the Gands fiord.


First Full-Scale Floating Wind Turbine

Photo courtesy StatoilHydro

Technip joins StatoilHydro in celebrating the inauguration of the Hywind demonstration wind turbine, which took place on September 8 in Karmøy, Norway. Located 10 kilometers offshore Karmøy, Hywind is the first full-scale floating wind turbine and has a capacity of 2.3 MW. Following the award of the turnkey contract for the substructure of the wind turbine in May 2008, Technip’s operating center in Oslo, Norway


COSCO, SeaEnergy sign Offshore Wind Deal

SeaEnergy PLC reportedly signed an agreement with shipbuilder COSCO to develop and market steel structures for the offshore wind industry, according to a report on http://www.tradingmarkets.com. The agreement was expected to lead to a definitive contract to develop and market turbine jacket substructures, towers and access systems for offshore wind farms. (Source: http://www.tradingmarkets.com)  


Drydocks World Claim Shipyard Heavy Lift Record

Heavy lifts in DDW Yard: Photo credit Drydocks World

The company says it created history in marine and offshore operations when they lifted the 10,000-tonne topside of the first gravity base of the semi-submersible (and world’s largest offshore HVDC platform structure) 'DolWin Beta' to a height of 52.8 metres from the dock bottom. The complex mating operation was carried out on DolWin beta which is under construction at the shipyard. The environmentally friendly system will act as a 900 MW electricity transmission link that will


Kvaerner Delivers Eldfisk 2/7 S Topside

Photo: Kværner

The Eldfisk 2/7 S topside leaves Kvaerner's yard at Stord today after being completed in April as planned, on time and to the specified quality. In March 2011 Kvaerner signed a contract with ConocoPhillips to deliver the topside for the Eldfisk 2/7 S integrated production platform


Drydocks World Completes DolWin Beta

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Drydocks World, a international service provider to the shipping, maritime, offshore, oil, gas and energy sectors has announced the successful completion of the pioneering HVDC converter platform DolWin beta.   The platform, the world’s largest in terms of capacity


LQP-1 Topside Transport Completed

Photo courtesy of RS

Transportation of the latest facility for the Vladimir Filanovsky oil field – the topside section of the living quarters platform (LQP-1) – has been successfully completed. The facility was built and prepared for transportation under the survey of Russian Maritime Register of Shipping


Kvaerner Taking Advice on Strategic Growth Alternatives

Kvaerner rig topside: File photo

Kvaerner says it is exploring new strategic opportunities to further strengthen its business and has retained Greenhill & Co. International LLP to advise on evaluating all strategic alternatives.  Kvaerner has during the first half of 2014 delivered several key oil and gas projects on


Superyacht Operators' Fuel Tax Dodges Stymied

European Union tax revenue authorities are on the alert for any infringement of complicated bunker fuel tax regulations. Honeypot Diesel Turn the key of one of the big ones and 10 minutes later you will have spent hundreds of Euros - and that is without even moving from the spot


Kvaerner Wins EPC Contract for Hebron GBS Project

Photo: Kvaerner

ExxonMobil Canada Properties has released the option for Kvaerner's joint venture company Kiewit-Kvaerner Contractors to provide the full scope of engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for the Hebron Project gravity based structure (GBS)


Technology Breakthrough in Offshore Wind Design Analysis

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Previously there has been no single software tool available on the market that covers both wind turbine and substructure design analysis in one analysis package. Now Fedem Technology and DNV Software have joined forces with a new coupled analysis module available in Sesam Wind – used when


Favourable Offshore European Wind May Change Direction

Photo courtesy of EWEA

Europe adds 1,045 MW of offshore wind in the first half of 2013, but there are challenges ahead according to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). 277 new offshore wind turbines, totalling 1,045 megawatts (MW), were fully grid connected in Europe during the first six months of 2013


Siemens Installs First North Sea Platform

All photos: Siemens

Siemens has installed the HelWin1 offshore platform in the North Sea, marking the completion of a stage in German grid connection projects. HelWin1 will link the two offshore wind farms Nordsee Ost and Meerwind to the mainland. Using the Siemens technology installed on the platform


Port of New Orleans: Varied Third 2013 Meeting Agenda

The port informs that its meeting no. 3 of fiscal year 2013-2014 is to be held on Thursday, September 26, 2013, 11:00 a.m. in the main auditorium at 1350 Port of New Orleans Place, New Orleans, Louisiana. The order of the meeting is as follows: I. Determination of Quorum and Call to Order


Kværner to Play Part in Construction of Enormous Offshore Spar Platform

The Stord shipyard: Image courtesy of Kværner

Norway's Kværner ASA say that Technip Norge AS has awarded them a sub-contract for the Fjord Base and Support Services up-ending and preparation for mating operations of the sub-structure for the Aasta Hansteen Spar platform. With a total length of 198 meters


Drillship Profile: Tungsten Explorer

Ultra Deepwater Drillship designed for drilling operation down to 40,000 ft. (12,120 m) & in water depths to 10,000 ft. (3,048 m)

The Tungsten Explorer is an ultra deepwater, dynamically positioned mobile offshore drilling unit (Drillship). The primary areas of activities of the Drillship shall be in the Gulf of Mexico, West Africa and Brazil. The drillship has drilling equipment on the topside with a continuous main deck


Aubin and Flexlife Partener for Integrity Solutions

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Offshore chemical engineering specialist Aubin Group has formed a cooperation agreement with subsea flexible pipe specialist Flexlife to create an industry first in subsea integrity management (IM). Aubin Integrity, a division of Aubin Group


Kvaerner Gets Offshore Spar Topsides Sub-Contract,

Example of Kvaerner topside work: Image courtesy of Kvaerner

Hyundai Heavy Industries (Hyundai) has awarded Kvaerner a sub-contract to provide services for inshore and offshore hook-up and commissioning assistance for the topsides for the Aasta Hansteen spar project.  The inshore-work will be carried out at Stord and the offshore scope will be done at


Drydocks World Repairs Self-elevated Crane Vessel

Photo courtesy Drydocks World

Drydocks World, an international provider of maritime and offshore services to the shipping, oil, gas and energy sectors, completed major repair and refurbishment of National Drilling Company’s (NDC) self-elevated crane vessel Al Ghweifat at its Dubai-based shipyard.






 
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