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11 Nov 2019

Bourbon Commits 100+ Vessels to Fleet Xpress

(Photo: Bourbon)

Marine services firm Bourbon has signed a contract committing more than 100 offshore support vessels (OSVs) to Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress, the maritime broadband service that combines the speed of Ka-band with continuous back up from Inmarsat’s FleetBroadband operating on L-band.The deal represents a breakthrough offshore contract for Fleet Xpress, which is already installed on some 7,000 vessels - mainly seagoing merchant ships, the company said.“This contract is substantial in…

07 Nov 2019

Video: Subsea 7 Reel Lay Vessel Transported

(Photo: Royal IHC)

Subsea 7's newbuild reel lay vessel Seven Vega has been transported from Royal IHC's shipyard in Krimpen aan den IJssel to Rotterdam Heijplaat through the beautiful scenery of Rotterdam.Launched in May 2019, Seven Vega is a high-specification vessel capable of installing complex rigid flowlines including pipe-in-pipe systems. Seven Vega has an overall length of 149 meters, a breadth of 33 meters and a Class 3 dynamic positioning system. Its reel lay system has a 600-metric-ton…

04 Nov 2019

Nexans Wins Seagreen OWF Gig

Image: Nexans

French global player in the cable and optical fiber industry, Nexans said that it has received a contract from SSE Renewables, a renewable energy arm of Airtricity, for 1075 MW Seagreen offshore wind farm (OWF) project.Nexans will be  the preferred supplier to design, manufacture and install the onshore and offshore export cables for the Phase 1 development of the Seagreen offshore wind farm project.Currently under construction off the Angus coast, Phase 1 comprises the Seagreen Alpha and Bravo wind farms…

04 Nov 2019

SGS Acquires UWC and GDS

Subsea Global Solutions (SGS), a commercial diving company, has announced that it has acquired Underwater Contractors Pte. Ltd. (UWC), a prominent commercial diving firm based in Singapore, and Gray Diving Services Pty. Ltd. (GDS), a commercial diving firm based in Sydney, Australia, through separate transactions. With these two tandem acquisitions, SGS expands its global footprint in the Asia-Pacific region beyond Busan, South Korea, where it had a local office for the last 7 years and increases the number of its home ports worldwide to 13.

30 Oct 2019

OP/ED: Offshore Wind

Nicolette Nye, Vice President of Communications and Member Development of the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) in Washington, DC.

Set to Soar, Taking Offshore Support Industry With it.Offshore energy development is opening a new front in the United States -- the Atlantic seaboard, with strong winds, a shallow continental shelf and a proximity to dense population centers is driving strong interest in offshore wind development. The offshore oil and gas supply chain stands to benefit in a big way from billions in coming investment. In fact, it is already playing a role. Companies in the Gulf of Mexico, which traditionally support the offshore oil and gas sector…

24 Oct 2019

Ofgem Rejects 600MW Shetland Cable Gig

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Energy regulator Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) has been "unable to approve" plans for two huge subsea cables to take energy from the Scottish islands to the mainland.The transmission links from Shetland and the Western Isles were proposed by Scottish and Southern Energy Networks (SSEN) to connect planned new wind farms on the islands to the national grid.In March 2019 Ofgem said it was minded to approve the estimated £709 million link.The proposal from SSEN for a 600MW transmission link was based on the largest planned project…

22 Oct 2019

ORCA Hub Readies Drones for Offshore Energy

 Image: Heriot-Watt University

A consortium of five universities, including Heriot-Watt University, working with 35 industrial and innovation partners, has unveiled the latest results from its research collaboration.The largest academic center in the world for research into robotics technology for offshore energy infrastructure, the ORCA Hub’s aim is to advance robotics and Artificial Intelligence technologies for the inspection, repair, maintenance and certification of offshore energy platforms and assets.Creating solutions to some of the most challenging…

17 Oct 2019

Nexans Celebrates Construction of Aurora Cable Installation Vessel

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On October 15, 2019, Nexans hosted the grand block ceremony that represented a key step in the construction of its ground-breaking cable installation vessel, the ‘Nexans Aurora’. The vessel’s hull  is currently being built at the CRIST shipyard in Poland. It will be completed at Ulstein Verft in Norway, with delivery planned for 2021.The grand blocks are the major components in the construction of the hull. They are being assembled at CRIST, in the Polish port of Gdynia. Representatives from Nexans…

16 Oct 2019

Offshore Wind Cable Market to Grow 57% by 2023

Image: RenewableUK

The value of the global market for subsea power cables needed to build offshore wind farms will grow by 57% from GBP 717 million this year to over GBP 1.13 billion by 2023, according to a new report by RenewableUK.The study – 'Offshore Wind Cables Installation and Manufacturing Forecast 2019-2029' – also shows that subsea wires covering over 16,300km in length will be needed over the next five years to build new projects worldwide.According to RenewableUK’s Project Intelligence team which compiled the report…

16 Oct 2019

Bibby Marine Appoints Samuels as CEO

Helen Samuels  (Photo: Bibby Marine Ltd)

Leading marine asset company Bibby Marine Ltd has appointed Helen Samuels as Chief Executive Officer to lead the company into its next phase of development.Helen Samuels will join the Group in January 2020 from Network Rail, where she currently holds the position of Engineering Director for their $6.4bn pa national capital program. Prior to this Samuels worked as Engineering Director for United Utilities, and also held a series of senior positions at Halcrow/CH2MHill (now Jacobs) including Operations Director…

13 Oct 2019

Solvberg Appointed NPD Director General

Photo: Norwegian Petroleum Directorate

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has announced the appointment of Ingrid Solvberg as Director for the Norwegian Sea and Barents Sea, replacing Bente Nyland.According to a note from NPD, Sølvberg was appointed by the King in Council on 11 October. The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has not yet set the date for the transition.The director general position in the NPD is posted as a fixed term engagement of six years, with the option of an additional six-year period. Bente…

09 Oct 2019

Mozambique Awards Rovuma LNG Project Gig

Pierre Bechelany (center), Fluor's president of Pipelines & LNG, signs contract. (Photo: Business Wire)

Mozambique Rovuma Venture (MRV) has awarded an engineering, procurement, and construction contract to a consortium of Fluor, JGC, and TechnipFMC for its Mozambique Rovuma LNG Phase 1 project in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique.MRV, a joint-venture composed of Eni, ExxonMobil and CNPC, holds a 70% interest in the exploration and production concession of Area 4, with Galp, Kogas and Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos (ENH) each holding a 10% interest.The Rovuma LNG Project will produce…

08 Oct 2019

Digitalization: Oil Industry Could Save up to $100Bln

Graph: Rystad Energy

The global oil and gas industry can save as much as $100 billion through automation and digitalization in the 2020s, energy research firm Rystad Energy said."As much as $100 billion can be eliminated from E&P upstream budgets through automation and digitalization initiatives in the 2020s. Service companies are reinventing themselves to help operators unlock these savings," said the study by  Rystad.In 2018, $1 trillion was spent on operational expenditures, wells, facilities and subsea capital expenditures across more than 3,000 companies in the upstream space.

26 Sep 2019

Corvus, Kawasaki Pact for Novel ESS for Offshore Vessels

Below seated: KHI Managing Executive Officer, Takeshi Ohata; and Corvus Energy CEO, Geir Bjørkeli.Standing left to right: KHI—Tatsuya Onodera, Technical Manager; Tatsuya Ohno, Technical Manager; Takenori Hino, Senior Manager; Corvus— Per Erik Schumann-Olsen, Executive Advisor; Pradeep Datar, VP Sales – Asia; Sean Puchalski, EVP Strategy & Business Planning. Photo: Corvus Energy

Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) and Corvus Energy have reached a licensing agreement for a novel lithium-ion capacitor (LiC) technology developed by Corvus for KHI.The LiC-based energy storage systems (ESS) to be sold by Corvus to offshore vessels and oil rigs globally.“Corvus Energy has been an outstanding development partner for the LiC technology,” says Takeshi Ohata, Managing Executive Officer of Kawasaki Heavy Industries at their headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.“Their battery engineering experience and marine market leadership gives Corvus Energy expertise unlike any other.

24 Sep 2019

Equinor to be ‘Offshore Wind Major’

Graph: Rystad Energy

The multi-billion capital investment by Equinor at its new Dogger Bank Offshore Wind Farm will see it rival its major oil and gas projects, according to Rystad Energy."The offshore wind project Dogger Bank in the UK North Sea will not only be Equinor’s largest project through 2026, it will also rank as the sixth largest offshore development project in the world during this period," said the energy research firm.UK authorities announced on Friday that Equinor and joint venture partner SSE have been chosen to develop the world’s largest offshore wind farm…

19 Sep 2019

Aurelius Backs Ardent Buyout

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Alternative direct lender AURELIUS Finance Company has provided financing to support the buy-out of emergency management and offshore decommissioning company Ardent from co-owners Svitzer, a global towage operator, and Crowley Holdings, a holding company of international marine and logistics services provider Crowley Maritime Corporation.The deal will see Ardent’s senior management team acquire a shareholding in the company. The financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed…

19 Sep 2019

First Subsea to Cover Formosa 1

First Subsea delivers Cable Protection System for Taiwan project. Image: First Subsea

UK-based offshore technology services provider First Subsea has delivered beach landing cable protection for three export cables on the 120MW Formosa 1 Phase 2 offshore wind farm in Taiwan.According to the Lancaster-based company, the contract was awarded by  Jan De Nul Group, EPCI contractor for delivery and installation of the project’s cables and foundations.Three systems, each 250m in length were contracted in Feb 2019 and delivered on time at the end of March 2019. The protection…

18 Sep 2019

Ørsted Picks Hellenic Cables for UK Projects

Image:  Cenergy Holdings

Hellenic Cables, the provider of turnkey cable solutions for the offshore wind industry, has been awarded a contract to supply 23km of subsea cable to Ørsted, the global leader in offshore wind.The cable company, a subsidiary of Belgium giant Cenergy Holdings, said that Hellenic Cables Cablel will undertake the design, manufacture and testing of the 33kV inter–array submarine cable and will produce the cable in its integrated, submarine cables plant in Corinth, Greece delivering in early 2020.

17 Sep 2019

Shearwater Wins 1st Project in S. America

Image: Shearwater GeoServices Holding AS

Norway-based provider of marine geophysical services, Shearwater GeoServices has been awarded a 3D Isometrix seismic survey by Colombia’s Ecopetrol.It will be Shearwater’s first Isometrix survey in Latin America with marine acquisition starting in Q4 2019, said GC Rieber Shipping ASA's 20% owned geoservices company.The survey covers 2 000 sq. km of 3D seismic offshore Colombia on Ecopetrol’s Block COL-5 and will be acquired by the SW Amundsen equipped with Isometrix multisensor…

12 Sep 2019

OFS Sector Expected to Take a Hit

Graph: Rystad Energy

Lower oil prices will push the global oilfield services (OFS) sector into a recession in 2020 after three successive years of growth, according to Rystad Energy.In a new sector outlook update, Audun Martinsen, head of oilfield services research at Rystad Energy, forecasts a 4% decline in global oilfield service revenue if oil prices stay flat next year.“Lower oil prices call for negative growth in the service market in 2020,” says Martinsen. “For suppliers, this means that a three…

09 Sep 2019

NAVTOR, ScanReach Collaborate to Monitor Fleet Ops

Photo: Navtor

NAVTOR and ScanReach signed an agreement that that is intended to supply shipowners with a connected, comprehensive and real-time view of vessel and fleet operations.The collaboration will connect an onboard wireless IoT platform to a secure channel for sharing data between ship and shore, with the goal to deliver a seamless stream of information running from onboard sensors to land-based facilities, and back, enabling optimal decision-making, 24/7.“Both ScanReach and NAVTOR share the vision of utilizing technology to enable smarter shipping…

05 Sep 2019

WFS Subsea System for Allseas

Image: WFS Technologies

Allseas Group, the offshore pipeline installation contractor, has chosen WFS Technologies’ new Seatooth Pipelogger for the real time measurement of process temperature on a subsea pipeline system which they have installed recently.WFS, the player in subsea wireless automation, Subsea Internet of Things (SIoT) and Subsea Cloud Computing Networks (SCCNs) said that the pipeline system is designed to have a total gas throughput capacity of 31.5 billion cubic meters per year.WFS Technologies’ Pipelogger is a real-time…

02 Sep 2019

Fugro Surveys Petronas Acreage

Image: Fugro

Dutch multinational geo-data specialist Fugro has completed the second of three Malaysian seep hunting and geochemical campaigns for Malaysian oil and gas company ‘Petronas’.According to the provider of geotechnical, survey, subsea, and geoscience services, the first campaign was conducted offshore Sabah, Malaysia, and took place between December 2018 and March 2019, using 2012 built Fugro Equator, which acquired geophysical data including multibeam echo sounder (MBES) and sub…

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