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Sunday, January 21, 2018

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The World's First Offshore Wind Farm is Retiring

Photo: DONG Energy A/S

DONG Energy has decided to retire “Vindeby”, the world’s first offshore wind farm, which 25 years ago marked the birth of the offshore wind industry. Today, offshore wind is a recognised and proven renewable energy technology, and the offshore wind turbines harvest the energy from the wind, transforming it into green power for millions of households. But it is actually only some 25 years ago that the world's first offshore wind farm was constructed close to shore in the low waters off Vindeby near Lolland in the south east of Denmark.

Ocean Installer Completes Offshore Job in Balder Field

Ocean Installer has successfully completed survey and intervention work at the Balder field, as contracted by ExxonMobil Exploration & Production Norway AS (“ExxonMobil”). The work was performed in May 2012, according to schedule and in line with Ocean Installer’s quality and HSE standards and requirements. The conducted work encompassed inspection and maintenance of the subsea control system at the Balder field, Ocean Installer making use of the long term chartered vessel “Normand Clipper”. This job was the first project to be executed from “Normand Clipper” under the Ocean Installer charter, as well as Ocean Installer’s first offshore job in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea.

First Portuguese Offshore Wind Turbine

Portugal's first offshore wind turbine inaugurated by Energias de Portugal, Repsol, Principle Power, A. The turbine is installed on an innovative floating foundation called the WindFloat. In addition to being the first offshore wind turbine in Portugal, this is the first offshore wind turbine to be installed without the use of any heavy lift vessels or piling equipment at sea. All final assembly, installation and pre-commissioning of the turbine and substructure took place on land in a controlled environment. The complete system was then wet-towed offshore using simple tug vessels. The WindFloat is equipped with a Vestas v80 2.0MW turbine capable of producing enough electricity for 1,300 households.

First Offshore LNG Deepwater Port Buoy Under Construction

ABS surveyors, onsite at Junoverken AB yard in Uddevalla, Sweden, monitor and inspect the fabrication of industry’s first offshore LNG deepwater port buoy, designed by Advanced Production and Loading AS of Norway (APL). The port buoy will be ABS-classed as an XA1 Single-Point Mooring (SPM). APL has contracted ABS to provide classification services for its Submerged Turret Loading (STLTM) system, a single-point mooring system (SPM) and an integral component of the industry’s first offshore LNG terminal, destined for the Gulf of Mexico, some 116 miles offshore Louisiana.

First Offshore LNG Deepwater Port Buoy Under Construction

ABS surveyors, onsite at Junoverken AB yard in Uddevalla, Sweden, monitor and inspect the fabrication of industry’s first offshore LNG deepwater port buoy, designed by Advanced Production and Loading AS of Norway (APL). The port buoy will be ABS-classed as an XA1 Single-Point Mooring (SPM). APL has contracted ABS to provide classification services for its Submerged Turret Loading (STLTM) system, a single-point mooring system (SPM) and an integral component of the industry’s first offshore LNG terminal, destined for the Gulf of Mexico, some 116 miles offshore Louisiana.

First Offshore Bunkering Service Launched

Iran has launched its first offshore bunkering service at an anchorage south of the Qeshm island free trade zone in the Gulf. Singapore-based Global Energy provides the services in cooperation with the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) and National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC). Ahmad Hakim, a senior official in Qeshm, said that the floating anchorage, set up nine miles southwest of Qeshm, had begun its services earlier this month, having already fuelled several international tankers. Located near the main shipping lanes in the Gulf, the new anchorage has a capacity of four billion tons. Hakim said services would remain on a small scale until more business is attracted. He said the island planned to offer other shipping services such as food and water delivery and those for crew change.

Fugro’s European Offshore Survey Experience For Cape Cod

Fugro bring European offshore survey experience to lead the way on America’s first offshore wind farm. Fugro has commenced a major geotechnical and geophysical survey operation for America’s first offshore wind farm Cape Wind. The wind farm will be situated on Horseshoe Shoal in Nantucket Sound and once operational is predicted to provide three quarters of the Cape and Islands electricity needs. The offshore program will involve up to 50 scientists, engineers, archeologists and geologists using specialized vessels. Fugro, as the lead Cape Wind contractor for the project, brings to the table an impressive offshore wind site investigation track record, having performed similar work for a majority of the offshore wind farms built in European waters.

Batista companies extend test in Brazil offshore field

Brazilian tycoon Eike Batista's bankrupt shipmaker and sister oil company are extending tests in the offshore Tubarão Azul field until March 7, according to a Wednesday securities filing. OSX Brasil SA said its OSX-1 platform would continue tests in the field operated by Oleo e Gas Participações SA, the oil producer formerly known as OGX. The failure to produce as much oil as expected at Tubarão Azul, Batista's first offshore field, led to the meltdown of his energy and mining group, resulting in Latin America's largest-ever bankruptcy protection filing.

Russia to Pursue offshore Oil and Gas

According to UPI, Russia's first offshore oil and gas platform, LUN-A, is in operation in the sea of Okhotsk on the Sakhalin Shelf. The platform will be used to drill 27 wells and the produced gas will be transported over a 497-mile pipeline to a liquefied natural gas plant being built in the settlement of Prigorodnoye south of Sakhalin, ITAR-TASS news agency reported. The installation of the LUN-A platform is part of the Sakhalin-2 project run by the Sakhalin Energy international company. Source: UPI

Middle East Natural Gas Firm, DANAGAS, Reports Strong Growth

Dana Gas PJSC, the Middle East’s largest regional private sector natural gas company, announces financial results for the first quarter ended 31 March 2013. Revenues and gross profit declined during Q1 2013, owing to a conservative cash policy towards capital expenditure and a temporary suspension of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (“LPG”) production in Kurdistan Region of Iraq (“KRI”). Revenues and gross profits are expected to increase as new discoveries in Egypt are brought to production and upon resumption of LPG production in Kurdistan in June 2013 following completion of repairs to the LPG loading bay. Commenting on the results, Dr. “Our…

Deepwater Port Buoy Under Construction

ABS surveyors, onsite at Junoverken AB yard in Uddevalla, Sweden, monitor and inspect the fabrication of industry's first offshore LNG deepwater port buoy, designed by Advanced Production and Loading AS of Norway (APL). The port buoy will be ABS-classed as an XA1 Single-Point Mooring (SPM). APL has contracted ABS to provide classification services for its Submerged Turret Loading (STL) system, a single-point mooring system (SPM) and an integral component of the industry's first offshore LNG terminal, destined for the Gulf of Mexico, some 116 miles offshore Louisiana. Dubbed the Energy Bridge Deepwater Port, the terminal system incorporates APL's STL technology commonly used in the offloading of oil in regions including the North Sea, offshore China and offshore Western Australia.

Merwede Tapped for Navy, Commercial Contracts

Merwede Shipyard has been busy of late, announcing two significant jobs from the military and commercial sectors. On the military side, the company announced a contract for the design, engineering and building of one Multi-Role Vessel, for Tenix Defence of Australia. The vessel will meet or exceed all operational requirements of the New Zealand Ministry of Defense, including those for cargo and troop carriage, speed, endurance, helicopter operations and the secondary role of Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) patrol and response. This MRV is part of a total of seven vessels that will be supplied by Tenix Defence to the Ministry of Defence of New Zealand, and the vessel, built to the rules of Lloyd's Register, will take 22 months to build.

World's First Offshore Fish Farm Rig

(Image: Rolls-Royce)

Rolls-Royce signed a contract for the construction and delivery of an eight point mooring system to the world’s first offshore fish farm installation being developed for Ocean Farming AS, a subsidiary of the SalMar Group in Norway. The equipment will be used to secure the installation to the seabed at Frohavet, off the coast of central Norway. The 68 meter high rig will have a diameter of 110 meters and a volume of 250.000 cubic meters. SalMar decided to move the operation offshore in the plan for additional growth in the industry of harvesting from the sea…

COSCO Shipyard Integrates with SmartMarineT 3D

After 10 months of implementation, the COSCO Shipyard Group has reportedly realized productivity and quality results to warrant a more rapid deployment of Intergraph SmartMarine 3DT engineering design software solutions to all five of its yards for ship and offshore projects.

ABS to Class First Self-elevating Unit Built in Qatar

ABS, a provider of classification services to the global offshore industry, was selected by Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine (N-KOM) to class its LB310S liftboat, the first ever self-elevating unit built by the shipyard and the first built in Qatar. The project also will be the first offshore newbuild project undertaken by the ASME and API accredited shipyard. Customized for the Middle East and North Africa region, the LB310S will be a four-legged liftboat capable of field transit and elevated operations in water depths to 65 meters. The liftboat will be built to comply with ABS classification requirements for self-elevating units, including the DPS-0 notation.

South Stream’s offshore section Set for Construction

Gazprom Management Committee addressed the progress with the South Stream gas pipeline construction project

It was stressed that South Stream gas pipeline project was ready for constructing. This includes the most complicated part of the project – the first and the second strings of the offshore gas pipeline. FEED activities are completed for the offshore section. At present, the project contractor Saipem is engaged in detailed engineering of the submerged trunkline. Almost 300 thousand tons of pipes have been supplied for the first offshore string. Pipeline sections for the deep-water part are currently being welded in the port of Burgas.

Chinese Offshore Development Blows Past U.S.

According to a September 7 report from The New York Times, China has leapt past the United States, installing its first offshore wind farm. Several other farms also are already under construction, and even the Chinese government's ambitious targets seem low compared to industry dreaming. The first major offshore wind farm outside of Europe is located in the East China Sea, near Shanghai. The 102-megawatt Donghai Bridge Wind Farm began transmitting power to the national grid in July and signals a new direction for Chinese renewable energy projects and the initiation of a national policy focusing not just on wind power, but increasingly on the offshore variety. (Source: The New York Times)

Iceland Likely to Order More PSV's

Iceland, which issued its first offshore oil and gas exploration licenses this year, seeks to become a hub for subsea explorers from Greenland to Jan Mayen. Foreign Minister Ossur Skarphedinsson announced that Icelandic companies will probably follow oil-service provider Fafnir Offshore’s 7.3 billion kronur ($59 million) purchase of the country’s first platform supply vessel (PSV) from Norway’s Havyard Group reports Bloomberg. Iceland will seek to become an oil-service hub for exploration in its northern waters, off Norway’s Arctic Jan Mayen island and offshore Greenland, as the island recovers from the 2008 banking meltdown that led to its worst recession in six decades. Source: Bloomberg

Offshore Solutions Celebrates Safety Record

Photo courtesy Fifth Ring

Offshore Solutions B.V., the joint venture between AMEC and Cofely Nederland N.V. based in IJmuiden, The Netherlands, is celebrating 100,000 man-hours without any lost time incidents. With the first Offshore Access Systems (OAS) entering operation in 2006 this latest milestone has been achieved in less than three years. Seven Offshore Access Systems have been sold or leased since 2006, four of which are being used in the Central and Southern North Sea. Together the systems have made in excess of 20,000 operational connections, carrying out more than 25,000 individual crossings.

Neptune LNG Project Secures Deep Water Port License

MarAd has decided to issue a deepwater port license to SUEZ Energy North America's subsidiary, Neptune LNG LLC to build, own, and operate the Neptune offshore LNG delivery system in Massachusetts Bay. Neptune is the first offshore LNG project on the United States' East Coast to reach this milestone. The Neptune terminal will be based on the LNG Shuttle and Regasification Vessel System (SRV) developed by Höegh LNG. Höegh LNG, together with partner Mitsui OSK Lines, has two plus one optional 145 000 m3 SRVs on order with Samsung Heavy Industries. The first will be delivered in 2009.

Sakhalin Energy Begins Drilling Offshore in Russia

Sakhalin Energy said it had started drilling the first offshore gas wells from the Lunskoye-A platform. The platform is Russia's first gas-producing offshore platform located at the Lunskoye gas and condensate field, 9.3 miles off northeastern Sakhalin. The platform is designed for year-round operation in harsh weather conditions, and is able to withstand high seismic activity, the company said. The $20b Sakhalin II project is developing the Piltun-Astokhskoye and Lunskoye oil and gas fields on the island's northeastern shelf, with recoverable reserves of 150 million metric tons (1.1 billion barrels) of oil and 500 billion cubic meters of gas. The project's shareholders are Russian energy giant Gazprom (50%), Royal Dutch Shell (27.5%) and Japan's Mitsui (12.5%) and Mitsubishi (10%).

Floating Wind Farm Starts Trial Run Off Japan

Japan’s first offshore floating wind farm begins trial operation off the coast of Goto Islands, Nagasake Prefecture. A Japan Government energy ministry spokesperson said that diversifying energy sources in Japan has become a significant national issue after the radioactive disaster at Fukushima No.1 Nuclear Power Plant. The operation of the wind farm is carried out by a technical team from Japan’s Environment Ministry, which installed the 100-kilowatte turbine equipped with an 11-meter rotor diameter on a 60-meter tower at the offshore facility situated about 1 km off the coast of Kabashima island, Goto Islands. The ministry aims to make use this, the country’s first trial of a floating wind farm, as an opportunity for a wider development of national wind power generation.  

Oregon Offshore Wind Project: Key Step Forward

Photo credit Hans Hillewaert CCL

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 proposed for federal waters off the West Coast. Governor John Kitzhaber and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Tommy P. Beaudreau joined Jewell to announce that BOEM has given the green light for Principle Power, Inc.

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