Energy Industry News

23 May 2019

Ports Push for Smart Europe

Isabelle Ryckbost. Photo: ESPO

European ports have prepared a memorandum emphasising the role port managing bodies can play as facilitators of the port ecosystem in view of the European elections, which will lead to a new Commission, a new European Parliament and a new vision for Europe.The representative body of the port authorities, port associations and port administrations of the seaports of the member states of the European Union and of Norway, European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) has prepared a "ESPO memorandum"…

16 May 2019

Energy Firms Lack in Digital Skills: DNV GL

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91% of energy companies say digital skills training is needed, data science and big data analytics identified as most important digital skillsets & 65% of organizations need employees with creative problem-solving competence in their workforce.A lack of digital skills and internal barriers related to company culture and mindset are the biggest roadblocks hindering digital progress in the energy sector, with 71% of organizations in the industry needing employees with combined domain…

13 May 2019

LNG Trailblazer Eisbrenner Dies at 58

Kathleen M. Eisbrenner (Photo: NextDecade Corporation)

Kathleen M. Eisbrenner, a liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry pioneer and Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors at US based LNG development company NextDecade Corporation, has passed away at the age of 58.Eisbrenner enjoyed a remarkable career, and was widely viewed as one of the foremost female executives in the global LNG industry. She founded NextDecade in 2010 and led the company to its listing on the Nasdaq Stock Market in July 2017. She served jointly as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer until February 2018…

08 May 2019

Keppel-Aibel Team Wins German Offshore Gig

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Norwegian energy services provider Aibel AS and a unit of Singaporean conglomerate Keppel Corporation have jointly won a contract to deliver two converter stations as part of the DolWin cluster servicing German offshore wind farms.The grid operator TenneT Offshore has tasked Aibel and Keppel O&M, a unit of Keppel Corp, with the design, engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning of a 900-MW offshore High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) converter station…

23 Apr 2019

ExxonMobil, Zhejiang Energy Ink LNG Pact

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US-based ExxonMobil Corp announced a sales and purchase agreement with Zhejiang Provincial Energy Group for liquefied natural gas supply on Monday, under which Zhejiang Energy is expected to receive 1 million metric tons of LNG annually over 20 years.ExxonMobil said that it signed a sales and purchase agreement with Zhejiang Provincial Energy Group for liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply. Under the agreement, Zhejiang Energy is expected to receive 1 million metric tons per annum…

17 Apr 2019

A New York State of Mind

New York Bight call areas.  "Call" is a short-hand term referring to calls for proposals or calls for interest in an area. (Image: BOEM)

“A new industry is being established in New York, with the primary stimulus being a state-driven procurement process.”New York State Public Service Commission (PSC), July 12, 2018.To a great extent, this PSC comment provides direct insight into the dynamics behind New York’s pace-setting moves to establish offshore wind. First, this new energy development is deliberate – not left to chance or laissez faire markets. Second, state officials are in control, from choosing a contractor to securing money for payment.

16 Apr 2019

Cameron LNG Project in Final Stage

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McDermott International, provider of technology, engineering and construction solutions to the energy industry, and its joint venture partner, Chiyoda International Corporation, a U.S.-based wholly-owned subsidiary of Chiyoda Corporation, Japan, announced that Train 1 of the Cameron LNG project in Louisiana has reached the final commissioning stage.This includes the introduction of pipeline feed gas into Train 1 of the liquefaction export facility, the precursor for the production of liquefied natural gas (LNG)…

12 Apr 2019

NigerStar 7 Adds Pipelay Vessel

Seven Antares (Photo: NigerStar 7)

NigerStar 7, a joint venture between Subsea 7 and Nigerdock, said it has acquired 2009-built pipelay vessel Seven Antares, The Seven Antares, previously owned by Subsea 7, has a 300-ton main crane capacity and is a 120-ton S-lay vessel with capacity to lay pipe of up to 60-inch diameter; with an accommodation area in excess of 330 berths and a deck area of over 1,300 square meters."The vessel will provide both NigerStar 7 and Nigeria a fully owned versatile pipelay vessel ideal for conventional…

05 Apr 2019

Wärtsilä Completes Sea Trials for SceneScan System

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The technology group Wärtsilä has successfully completed sea trials of its SceneScan system, the world’s first ‘targetless’ dynamic positioning (DP) laser sensor. This state-of-the-art technology requires no reflector target to be deployed, thereby increasing both safety and operational uptime. The technology has been developed by Guidance Marine, a Wärtsilä company.The tests were carried out onboard the Topaz Citadel, a vessel owned by Topaz Energy and Marine, a leading international…

01 Apr 2019

Skandi Captain's Maiden Visit to Lowestoft

The vessel Skandi Captain on its maiden visit to the Port of Lowestoft. Image: Associated British Ports

Associated British Ports (ABP) said that its Port of Lowestoft welcomed the Platform Supply Vessel (PSV) the Skandi Captain this week on its maiden call to the port.The visit is the latest in ABP’s partnership with Peterson UK Limited, the major logistics and service provider to the offshore energy industry.The Skandi Captain is the 50th additional call to Lowestoft since the Peterson agreement which was signed in January 2019, bringing vessel visits into the inner harbour on…

26 Mar 2019

ESPO Hails EU's Call for $38bln Transport Budget

Isabelle Ryckbost. Photo: The European Sea Ports Organisation

The European Seaports Organisation (ESPO) said it strongly supports the European Parliament’s call for an increased transport budget of EUR33.5 bn ($38bln).The budget proposed by the European Commission is insufficient to complete the TEN-T network and to invest in a safe, modern and sustainable transport network. Moreover, ESPO believes the proposed EUR10 bn transfer from the Cohesion Fund to Council on the future Connecting Europe Facility (CEF II) should be safeguarded. ESPO…

26 Mar 2019

NOSAC to USCG: Allow Domestic OSVs in Disaster Recovery

Aaron Smith, OMSA President

Last week, the National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee (NOSAC) overwhelmingly approved recommendations that the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) remove the hinderances that prevented U.S. energy-industry vessels, from assisting Puerto Rico with recovery efforts after Hurricane Maria.The offshore energy industry is serviced by highly specialized vessels. Offshore supply vessels (OSVs) have large open decks to carry cargo to offshore rigs. OSVs typically also have massive internal tanks to carry and pump water, drilling mud, or fuel to offshore facilities.

19 Mar 2019

STR Opens Australian Office

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The specialist in the design and manufacture of advanced subsea technology for the offshore energy industry, Subsea Technology & Rentals (STR), is delighted to announce the launch of its Australian Office and hosted its official office opening day in Perth, Western Australia.The solution provider for seafloor investigation and inspection to the offshore community said in a press release that it has invested in the region following the appointment of Jason French as Business Development…

17 Mar 2019

OPIS, GLX Roll-out LNG Trading Indices

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IHS Markit has announced that its energy price-reporting arm, Oil Price Information Service (OPIS), has signed a strategic agreement for an end-to-end LNG trading solution with GLX, an online platform to transact physical LNG cargoes.OPIS, an internationally-referenced price reporting agency serving the oil, natural gas, chemical, coal and biofuels industries has been a long-trusted industry leader for energy price indices, real-time news and expert analysis across the global fuel supply chain.

13 Mar 2019

Repsol, Emerson Pact for Geoscience R&D

Emerson is enabling Repsol to accelerate time to first oil using digital transformation technology. Pic: Emerson

Emerson and Repsol announced they have established a strategic alliance to deliver advanced subsurface geophysical technologies to reduce the time to prospect and produce first oil.Emerson, a global engineering and technology company,  will work collaboratively with Spanish energy company Repsol to implement and deploy advanced subsurface imaging technologies, with core technologies developed by Repsol as part of Kaleidoscope, its 10-year innovation project."These advances will…

11 Mar 2019

VA Offshore Wind: A Strong Foundation

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Virginia officials have established a well-planned, extensive strategy to build out an offshore wind industry, including wind towers for electricity generation and the supply chain to support that extensive infrastructure and operations. The State’s big picture is ambitious: developing 2,000 MW of offshore wind by 2028.As currently envisioned, VA’s offshore wind development will likely start this year with two 8-megawatt wind turbines 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach. This is a Dominion Energy pilot undertaken in partnership with the Danish wind company Orsted.

25 Feb 2019

Seacat Renews SMC Deal

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Offshore energy support vessel operator Seacat Services has extended the vessel inspection agreement with Specialist Marine Consultants (SMC), the health and safety advisory to the marine and energy industry.The agreement marks the second year that SMC has been contracted to carry out the Marine Inspection for Small Workboats (eMISW) for the 14-strong Seacat Services fleet.The eMISW is an annual assessment of metrics including vessel integrity, stability, and life-saving facilities.

03 Mar 2019

Subsea 7 Buys-back Shares

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With the market looks upbeat, Luxembourg-based subsea services vessel owner Subsea 7 announced a share buy-back programme."Reflecting Subsea 7’s strong financial and liquidity position and improving market outlook as well as a rebalancing of cash returns to favour share repurchases, the Board of Directors authorised a new share repurchase programme of up to USD 200 million," said a press release from the subsea engineering, construction and services company serving the offshore…

03 Mar 2019

DEME Offshore, SABCA Sign Drone Pact

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Two Belgian companies - Aerospace industry supplier SABCA and DEME Offshore - have formed a partnership to use drones for inspection services in the offshore wind energy industry.SABCA, a leading tier 1 aerospace industry supplier and DEME Offshore, a worldwide leader in solutions and services for the offshore energy market, have entered into a partnership for the development and deployment of Unmanned Vehicles to perform surveillance and inspection works in the offshore industry.Complementing each other’s core experience and know-how…

31 Jan 2019

Siemens Gamesa to Suppy 270 Turbines in India

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Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE)  has won a new order in India from ReNew Power, India's large largest renewable energy independent power producer (IPP), for the supply of 270 SG 2.1-122 wind turbines with a total capacity of 567 MW.The agreement is one of the largest announced in India and will see Siemens Gamesa provide the infrastructure needed to install and operate two wind power facilities, 127 SG 2.1-122 wind turbines for the project in Bhuj, Gujarat and 143 SG 2.1-122 wind turbines for the project in Davanagree…

12 Feb 2019

SMC, Total in New Framework Deal

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UK-based provider of consultancy, health & safety advisory, workforce solutions and software services Specialist Marine Consultants (SMC) has won a framework agreement from Total to provide geophysical acquisition supervision.SMC said that the framework contract award from the French oil company would see it support a number of seismic supervision services throughout the three-year contract.“SMC is very pleased to have been awarded a framework agreement which will see it support a number of seismic supervision services throughout the three year contract…

04 Feb 2019

Proserv Acquires SGC Metering

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The  global energy services company has announced the acquisition of SGC Metering from Petrofac.SGC Metering is a specialist in the design and manufacture of flow computer metering systems for the oil and gas industry. It provides expertise right across the full life cycle of a metering project, including conceptual design through to installation, operations and maintenance.The firm was established in 1988 and its wide array of systems allows the measurement of all the important metrics associated with hydrocarbon production…

06 Mar 2019

DNV GL Study on Wind Turbine Blades

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The global quality assurance and risk management company DNV GL released an in-depth study, commissioned by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, which examines the challenges associated with manufacturing and deploying next-generation, increasingly larger land-based wind turbines.In the past decade, the U.S. wind energy industry has achieved significant improvements in energy production and cost efficiency, driven in part by increased turbine…

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