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Offshore Wind Energy Update: The LCoE Buzzword

Image courtesy of Offshore Wind

The buzzword of the Offshore Wind industry today is the Levelised Cost of Energy (LCoE) – the lifetime cost of the project, per unit of energy generated – which needs to be lowered in order to maximise the size of the industry. The 5th annual Offshore Wind Construction, Installation & Commissioning Conference, October 14-15, 2013 | Hamburg, Germany will consider such problems. Current wind farm projects have indicated that costs have stabilised at around £140 / €160 per MWh and regulators have put forward a challenge that offshore wind should reach a LCOE of £100 / €120 MWh by 2020, in order to maximise the size of the industry. The opportunities for savings across offshore wind finance, technology and supply chain have now been recognised and there are many, diverse ways in which costs can be driven down. The key areas where cost reduction can be achieved in project execution have been identified as the type of foundations, substation design and installation, cable installation and logistical strategy. However, the level of cost reduction required won’t happen unless new technology innovations are properly tested in situ to provide developers and financiers with technical assurance before undertaking major multi-billion pound procurement programmes.


James Fisher Opens Offshore Vessel for Tours

Dart Fisher (Photo courtesy of James Fisher)

James Fisher Marine Services Ltd (JFMS), and Fendercare Marine, both subsidiaries of James Fisher and Sons plc (JFS), held an open day to demonstrate the capability of their shoreside support base and the offshore support vessel, the Dart Fisher. The Dart Fisher, which was berthed in the Fendercare Marine base in Great Yarmouth, is a 26-meter catamaran specifically designed to service the offshore energy industry with the capability to transfer up to 12 engineers


ExxonMobil Announces Completion of $2-Billion Sable Gas Project

Exxon Mobil Corporation announced the completion of the $2-billion Sable Offshore Energy Project off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada, with the delivery of the first sales gas into the Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline. The project consists of three offshore platforms, a 125-mile subsea pipeline, natural gas-processing and fractionation plants and a 650-mile gas sales pipeline to New England, and is consistent with ExxonMobil's strategy of increasing gas and liquids production and expanding


Golar and Bluewater Partner in Bid for Offshore FSRU Project

Golar LNG announced that it has agreed to partner with Bluewater Energy Services B.V in bidding for an offshore LNG FSRU opportunity with 's national oil company, PetroSA. Golar and Bluewater will be equal partners in a joint venture formed specifically for this opportunity. Additionally, and in conjunction with this bid, Golar and Bluewater have agreed to acquire the 1977 built Moss type 126,000 m3 LNG Carrier, Hoegh Gandria. The vessel is intended to be used as the converted offshore FSRU.


Sinopacific Shipbuilding & Topco Link-up at OSV World 2012

Sinopacific Shipbuilding Group to team up with event organizer The Oriental Pro-Energy Consulting Organization (Topco). Sinopacific announce its cooperation with the leading event organizer The Oriental Pro-Energy Consulting Organization (Topco) to jointly present at the Offshore Support Vessel World Forum (OSV World 2012) in Shanghai China on 11-12 Sep 2012. The event, event, supported by Sinopacific, Shanghai International Shipping Institute, UCIBN, LTI Steel Wire Rope, GL, MARIC


Ferguson Announces New Accommodation Module

The interior of Ferguson Group’s new 6m accommodation module

Ferguson Group Singapore, specialists in the rental of containers, refrigeration/chiller containers, accommodation modules and engineering modules to the offshore energy industry, announces a new 6-meter accommodation module to its fleet at the 14th Asian Oil, Gas and Petrochemical Engineering (OGA) Exhibition and conference in Malaysia from June 5, 2013.   Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with members from Ferguson Group Singapore to learn more about the new 6m


Statoil & Partners Win Offshore Canada Bid

(Image courtesy Statoil)

Statoil, Chevron Canada and Repsol E&P Canada have been named the successful bidders for exploration rights on two land parcels in the Flemish Pass Basin, offshore Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. This was the result of a land sale issued by the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB). The land parcels are located west of Statoil’s Mizzen discovery in the Flemish Pass Basin. Statoil will be the operator of both licences with a 50 % interest


First Minister Launches Bibby Offshore New HQ

(L-R) First Minister Alex Salmond and Howard Woodcock, chief executive of Bibby Offshore officially open Bibby Offshore’s brand new purpose-built headquarters, Atmosphere One in Westhill.

First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond, officially opened subsea installation contractor Bibby Offshore’s new purpose-built headquarters, Atmosphere One. The company recently relocated from Aberdeen Harbour to the new office facility at Prospect Park, Westhill, to provide Bibby Offshore with the additional capacity necessary to support its significant increase in staff numbers and services, as Bibby Offshore’s operations expand both in the U.K. and internationally.


Unique DP System Thrusts US Offshore Wind Sector

Photo: Thrustmaster

Offshore wind construction in the U.S. sees opportunities for effective conversions of existing jack-ups into wind turbine installation vessels Thrustmaster of Texas, a marine propulsion design and manufacturing company in the U.S., is looking to give an edge to U.S. based marine jack-up operators wanting to enter the U.S. offshore wind farm construction and maintenance sector by cutting the cost of entry in half with a unique propulsion system that allows conversion of existing vessels to


Subsea 7, KBR Team Up

Image: Subsea 7

 Oslo-listed offshore shipowner Subsea 7 has signed an agreement with Houston-based company, KBR and its subsidiary Granherne, to form an alliance in the delivery of concept and front end engineering and design (FEED) services.   This is the second alliance in a week after signing an agreement to combine resources and collaborate on selected projects with Houston-based OneSubsea.    In a statement issued Thursday


NOIA Applauds RI Offshore Wind Project

Randall Luthi (Photo: NOIA)

National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) president Randall Luthi issued a statement congratulating “steel in the water” for Deep Water Wind’s Block Island Wind Farm, stating an all-of-the-above strategy combining offshore wind with offshore oil and gas off the U.S


ABB hands over Germany’s DolWin1

Germany’s DolWin1 Photo ABB

  DolWin1 integrates 800 megawatts (MW) of clean energy into the German transmission grid ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has successfully commissioned and handed over the DolWin1 offshore wind grid connection to the Dutch-German transmission system operator TenneT


Damen Delivers First Twin Axe FCS for O&G

Merel-G (Photo: Damen)

Damen Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam have a decade-long relationship with the family-run Groen Offshore, Guard & Support, having built seismic research vessels and completing a majority of its repairs in the past.  On July 17, the two parties were united again in an event marking the


Offshore Wind Shift to Drive Vessel Services Cooperation

Photo courtesy of Seacat Services

Evolving procurement processes for U.K. Round 3 offshore wind farms will require a greater number of work streams, personnel with new and differing skills, and the ability to provide a larger suite of services, according to offshore energy support firm Seacat Services.


SembCorp Bags US$1bn Semi-sub Deal

Image: Sembcorp Marine

 Sembcorp Marine has signed an engineering and construction contract worth about US$1 billion to build the world's largest semi-submersible crane vessel for a unit of Netherlands-based Heerema Offshore Services B.V.    Scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2018


Oaktree Capital Pumps $25 mln into Harkand

John Reed (Photo: Harkand)

Harkand's key shareholder Oaktree Capital Management has reaffirmed a strong commitment with an additional $25 million of funding which will allow the company to expand its footprint in new and existing regions. As well as maintaining its operations in current market conditions


SBM Offshore Divests Stake in Turritella Project

FPSO Turritella (Image: SBM Offshore)

SBM Offshore has entered an agreement with Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) for the acquisition of a stake in the joint venture companies incorporated for the purpose of owning and operating Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) Turritella


EMGS Permitted for Multi-client Survey in Mexico

5 year plan SENER and EMGS MC plans

  EMGS has received permits from Mexico's Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (CNH) authorizing the acquisition of up to approximately 88,000 square km 3D EM multi-client data in the Salina de Itsmo Basin.   EMGS will prioritize acquiring EM data for the future bid rounds in


BV Extends Offshore Services with APSYS Partnership

Classification society Bureau Veritas (BV) informs it has extended the range of reliability solutions it provides for the global offshore industry through a partnership with aerospace risk management firm APSYS. Under the agreement, APSYS will adapt best aerospace practices and tools to the


Vallianz Signs $458mln Contracts to Extend OSV Charters

Image: Vallianz Holdings

 Singapore's Vallianz Holdings has signed new contracts worth up to US$458 million (S$628 million) that involve lengthening the charter duration of 19 of its offshore support vessels (OSV) with an existing customer in the Middle East.  


Vallianz Bags $ 458 Mln in Charter Renewals

Courtesy  Vallianz Holdings Limited

  Vallianz Holdings Limited a fast growing provider of offshore support vessels and integrated marine solutions to the oil and gas industry, has signed new contracts valued up to US$458 million that has lengthened the charter duration for 19 of its offshore support vessels currently deployed


Pipavav Defence Sings Pact with Russian Sub Repairing Firm

Image: Pipavav Defence & Offshore Engineering Co Ltd

 Pipavav Defence & Offshore Engineering Co Ltd (PDOC) has announced a joint venture (JV) with Russia's JSC Ship Repairing Centre Zvyozdochka for medium refits and life certification of eight EKM 877 submarines in the country.  


New Standard for Offshore O&G Project by DNV GL Led JIP is Cost Saving

DNV GL has kicked off a joint industry project (JIP) with Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Company (DSME) and Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) that will establish a new international

  Variations in owner, operator and regulatory requirements during engineering and construction phases at South Korean shipyards present a huge challenge for operators and drive up costs. DNV GL has kicked off a joint industry project (JIP) with Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI)


Custom Cranes Installed Aboard Nigerian OSV

M350EL hydraulic elbow knuckle-boom marine crane on the Awaritse Nigeria Ltd vessel Prince Job I (Photo: Sormec)

Italian manufacturer Sormec supplies specialist cranes to Nigerian OSV   Global offshore crane manufacturer Sormec has supplied matching cranes for a Dutch-built vessel operating in one of Nigeria's largest deepwater oil fields.  


RI Offshore Project Boosts US Wind Entry

Blount Boats is building a 21 meter crew transfer vessel (CTV) that will operate for Deepwater Wind Block Island project. (Image: courtesy Blount)

Rhode Island's Deepwater Wind will start installing the foundations for North America's first offshore wind farm on Monday, a milestone the company says could pave the way for an industry long established in Europe but that is still struggling with opposition in the United States.






 
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