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Japan: Experimental Floating Wind Farm Project

2MW Downwind-type Floating Wind Turbine                                          Fukushima Mirai                                                      (Floater: 4 Column Semi-Sub)tence with the fisheries

A consortium comprising of Marubeni (project integrator), the University of Tokyo (technical advisor), Mitsubishi, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Japan Marine United, Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding, Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation, Hitachi, Furukawa Electric, Shimizu and Mizuho Information & Research have been participating in an experimental offshore floating wind farm project sponsored by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry since March 2012. At present, the installation work of 2MW downwind-type floating wind turbine, 66kV floating power sub-station, extra-high voltage undersea cable and the dynamic cable at the testing area (first phase) have been successfully completed and commenced operations. The experimental study of 2MW downwind-type floating wind turbine, 66kV floating power sub-station commenced. The evaluation of safety, reliability and economic potential of the offshore floating wind farm through the collection and analysis of meteorological data, hydrographic data and performance data will be carried out during the experimental study. In addition, the experiment is aiming to establish the method of operation and maintenance of the offshore floating wind farm at the same time. At the second phase, the two unit of 7MW oil pressure drive-type floating wind turbine will be installed within fiscal year 2014 and the total capacity of the offshore floating wind farm will be 16MW


France Launches Tender for Floating Offshore Wind Pilots

France has launched a tender for several floating offshore wind turbine projects in what is set to be the first attempt to test this new technology on an industrial scale.   French environment agency ADEME on Wednesday posted a tender document inviting companies to submit proposals to build floating wind farms with between three to six turbines each, with a capacity of at least 5 megawatts per turbine in three sites in the Mediterranean and one site off southern Brittany.  


ODS-Petrodata Launches FPSbase

ODS-Petrodata, a provider of market intelligence for and about the offshore oil and gas industry, commercially launched FPSbase, a web-based tool providing data on the world's floating oil and gas production systems. FPSbase is designed to track all forms of floating production systems, including FPSOs, FSOs, TLPs, spar-shaped and semisubmersible units; and to deliver analysis of upcoming project tenders, available FPS supply, and current and future demand


Daewoo to Build Floating Dock By 2009

The Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., said it will build a floating dock. Daewoo will invest $149m won in constructing the floating dock. The planned completion date is September 2009, the company said in a regulatory filing. (Source: Yonhap)


ClassNK Establishes New Standards for FLNG/FLPG Sector

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Society releases new Guidelines for Floating Offshore Facilities for LNG/LPG Production, Storage and Offloading April 28 (Tokyo) - Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK) is pleased to announce the publication of its new Guidelines for Floating Offshore Facilities for LNG/LPG Production, Storage and Offloading. The new guidelines address the wide variety of construction and survey requirements for FLNG and FLPG facilities including LNG/LPG Floating Production, Storage and Offloading facilities (FPSO)


Planned Floating Production Projects at An All-Time High

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IMA has just completed an in-depth analysis of the floating production sector. The 175 page report Floating Production Systems: Assessment of the Outlook for FPSOs, Semis, TLPs, Spars, FLNGs, FSRUs and FSOs is the 47th in a series of IMA reports on the deepwater production sector that began in 1996. Some highlights from the new report are below. Order backlog for production floaters at all-time high – 74 production floaters are currently on order


Orders for Floating Production Systems

(Source: IMA, Floating Production Systems, 2006) If confirmation is needed that the offshore oil sector is booming, it’s clearly provided by the recent spike in orders for production floaters. Since July there have been orders for 20 production floaters, adding almost 9% to the future inventory of FPSOs, production semis, spars and tension leg platforms. Growth in Number of Units — There are 188 production floaters in service or available as of end 2006


Braemar Secures World’s Largest FLNG Project

Sheila McLain, Vice President of Business Development for Braemar in Houston

Braemar Engineering, the marine and LNG technical consultancy arm of the Braemar Shipping Services PLC group, announced it has been appointed as Owner’s Engineers for United LNG, LP in the world’s largest floating LNG production project. The project, situated offshore near Venice, Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico, will be the world’s largest floating LNG export project, with three floating liquefaction units projected to export up to 24 million metric tons per annum (MTPA)


Offshore Float-over Installation Generates Renewed Interest

Bigger and heavier decks are on the horizon, installed in more remote locations.

An offshore installation method that is more than three decades old is generating renewed interest from many operators who are challenged with designing heavy-lift crane installations. Float-over installation has become a cost-effective alternative to lift installation for offshore construction, as ever-increasing size and weight of decks constantly exceed the lifting capacity of floating cranes. Exploration of oil and gas in more remote offshore fields is driving the increasing demand for


ClassNK to Host Floating Offshore Wind Round Table

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ClassNK, Japan’s an  international certification and classification society, will host a round table discussion about floating wind technologies on the sidelines of Wind Energy Hamburg (WEH) on September 26.   “ClassNK is one of the leading classification societies, boasting over a century of technical experience in the maritime sector,” says Hirofumi Takano, Director of Innovation Division at ClassNK.  


Nakilat, Höegh LNG Ink MoU on FSRU project

Sveinung J.S. Støhle, President and CEO of Höegh LNG & Nakilat’s Managing Director Eng. Abdullah Al-Sulaiti. Photo: Nakilat

Nakilat signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Höegh LNG, exploring collaboration for Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) business as part of its diversification strategy for opportunities and solutions to delivering LNG to the global markets


Bureau Veritas Approves Wison's W-FSRP Concept

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Wison Offshore & Marine said its newly-developed floating storage regasification and power generation barge (W-FSRP) has received Approval in Principle from Bureau Veritas. W-FSRP integrates functions of LNG loading and storage facilities, regasification and power generation.


Qatar Seeks to Open New LNG Markets with Floating Terminals

Qatar Gas Transport Company and Norwegian shipping business Hoegh LNG have embarked on a joint project to open new markets for Qatar to sell its liquefied natural gas (LNG) via floating import terminals.   Hoegh LNG, a developer of floating LNG import terminals


Höegh LNG Secures Financing for FSRU Unit

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 Höegh LNG Holdings has announced that it has received commitment letters for a US$230 million debt financing for its eighth floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU).   The Facility comprises a 12 year export credit agency (ECA) term loan of up to USD 150 million backed by


Melting Sea Ice: A Canary in the Coal Mine

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The rapid loss of Arctic sea ice is a sentinel. Most of us will never venture into the Arctic, but it can and does provide us with a forewarning of impacts coming to our parts of the Earth – and some of the most significant impacts will directly affect the maritime industry.  


Wood Group Bags Alexandroupolis FEED

Bob MacDonald, CEO of Wood Group’s Specialist Technical Solutions business. Photo: Wood Group

 Wood Group has secured a new front end engineering design (FEED) contract with Gastrade S.A. for the Alexandroupolis Independent Natural Gas System (INGS) offshore Greece.   The project, to develop a floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) receiving, storage and regasification unit (FSRU)


Shell's FLNG Facility Sets Sail for Australia

The Shell FLNG underway (CREDIT: Shell)

Royal Dutch Shell's Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) ship has left a shipyard in South Korea for its destination offshore northwest Australia, the company said on Thursday.   Shell's $12.6 billion Prelude project is expected to start operating next year, the company said


Keppel to Deliver World's First Converted FLNGV

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 Keppel Offshore & Marine's (Keppel O&M) wholly-owned subsidiary, Keppel Shipyard Ltd (Keppel Shipyard), will soon deliver the world's first converted Floating Liquefaction Vessel (FLNGV) owned by Golar Hilli Corporation (Golar), a subsidiary of Golar LNG Ltd.  


EU Needs to Address Decommissioning of Floating Oil and Gas Structures

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 A joint event between the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and three Green Members of the European Parliament highlighted the paradox between the strict rules under OSPAR for the decommissioning of fixed oil platforms from the North Sea with the rules that govern the recycling


Yinson Sells FPSO Stake in Ghana

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 Malayasia's Yinson Holdings has sold its26 percent stake in its floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) unit in Ghana to a consortium of Japanese companies, The Star reported.   According to the heads of agreement (HoA) with the consortium


Firmer MidEast, WAfrica Sentiment Supports VLCC Rates

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Middle East rates helped by fewer old vessels; about 96 MidEast cargoes fixed, 25 to come.   Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) could rise next week on firm sentiment in the Middle East and West Africa markets but higher oil prices and fewer floating storage opportunities


Shell Exercises FPSO Turritella Purchase Option

FPSO Turritella (Photo: SBM Offshore)

Shell E&P Offshore Services B.V. will exercise its right under the charter agreement to purchase the floating production storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) Turritella, enabling a Shell affiliate to assume operatorship of the Gulf of Mexico ultra-deepwater Stones development in its entirety.


IFC, Excelerate Secure Finance for Bangladesh First LNG Terminal

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 IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and Excelerate Energy Bangladesh Limited (Excelerate) are co-developing the Moheshkhali Floating LNG project – Bangladesh's first liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal.    The project will be located offshore Moheshkhali island


Höegh LNG, RMU Sign MoU on LNG Capacity Building

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 The Regional Maritime University in Ghana (RMU) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Höegh LNG, a major player in the LNG segment of the maritime industry, for the support and maritime capacity development for both RMU and Ghanaian seafarers.   


First Floating Mega Island Tested

MARINs Olaf Waals pictured with the scale model of a mega floating island in its Offshore Basin in a storm of waves, wind and currents. (Images: MARIN)

Floating ports and cities possible solutions to sea level rise and overcrowded cities    MARIN (Maritime Research Institute) tested an innovative concept for a floating mega island. The island comprises 87 large floating triangles that are flexibility connected to one another






 
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