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ASCO

New ASCO appointment

ASCO has appointed Deborah Benjamin as Managing Director for Trinidad & Tobago. She will manage local operations across the Caribbean and South America. ASCO has been established in the region since 2000 and provides logistics, warehousing, marine gas oil, bulk storage and marine services to support the energy industry. With over fifteen years of...
Roncador

Petrobras and Equinor start production at Roncador

Petrobras, the operator, and Equinor successfully started production from the first two wells of the increased oil recovery (IOR) project at Roncador. This represents an important milestone in the development of the field, increasing recovery rates, adding valuable production and demonstrating the potential to leverage new technology. The two wells are the first of...
XLCC

XLCC signs UK Steel Charter for new export-led cable industry

XLCC signed the UK Steel Charter at an event in Parliament on 19 April 2022, alongside representatives from politics, business and the trade union movement. XLCC will create a new export-led HVDC cable manufacturing industry for the UK, nearly doubling the world’s current production. It aims to support renewable energy projects with the first...
GE

GE completes the installation of France’s first offshore wind turbine

GE has completed the installation of the first offshore wind turbine in French seas, at the Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm. 79 other Haliade 150-6MW are due to be installed and commissioned by the end of 2022. This project, led by EDF Renewables and their partners Enbrige and CPP, is the first commercial offshore wind...
EnerMech

Five-year inspection and cranes maintenance contract for EnerMech

Global integrated solutions specialist EnerMech has been awarded a five-year onshore and offshore inspection services, lifting equipment and crane maintenance contract by INPEX Operations Australi to support INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG. Ichthys LNG is ranked amongst the most significant energy developments in the world. The Ichthys Field is located about 220km offshore Western Australia and...
Sif

Sif signs MOU to equip Skybox with GUS system from Pict Offshore

Sif has signed an memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Pict Offshore to integrate their Get Up Safe (GUS) system, as standard, into Sif’s Skybox TP-less monopile foundation. The GUS system is a heave compensated personnel lifting solution that transforms the way in which maintenance technicians access offshore wind turbines from Crew Transfer Vessels. The...
recycling and repurposing

A 99% recycling and repurposing rate

A decommissioning project carried out by DOF Subsea, on behalf of Repsol Sinopec Resources UK, to project manage and provide Engineering, Preparation, Removal and Disposal (EPRD) services at the Buchan and Hannay fields in the Central North Sea, has achieved a 99% rate for the combined recycling and repurposing of recovered materials. The offshore...
NHV

NHV hits flying hour milestone with the AW169 in Blackpool

At the end of 2020, while COVID was putting most of the world into lockdown, NHV was expanding with a new base in Blackpool and bringing the AW169 into the UK oil & gas market. There is an energy-rich stretch of the Irish Sea that hosts several offshore platforms, providing the UK with oil...
turbine foundation

Turbine foundation design creates new home for marine life

Utility provider Vattenfall and nature conservation organisation De Rijke Noordzee (the rich North Sea) started a joint study to find out if turbine foundations can support marine life. While previous studies focused on nature enhancement projects in the vicinity of turbines, both organisations want to know if the structures themselves can contribute to nature...
offshore installation vessel

Major milestone for revolutionary offshore installation vessel

An official launching ceremony for the revolutionary offshore installation vessel Green Jade was held at CSBC’s shipyard in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, marking a major milestone in the construction of this vessel, which is designed to handle the next generation of multi-megawatt turbines, jackets and components. Green Jade will be the second of these exceptional vessels...
Maersk Supply Service

Maersk Supply Service constructs pioneering installation vessel for US market

Since 2019, Maersk Supply Service has been developing an innovative concept for the installation of offshore wind turbines, using a new design for a wind installation vessel. This leading-edge method will be 30% more efficient than using conventional jack-up vessels due to the wind installation vessel’s unique feeder capabilities. Supporting the newbuild investment, Maersk...
Petronas

Petronas and Schlumberger explore opportunities

Petronas has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Schlumberger to jointly explore opportunities in the areas of sustainability, digital and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, as well as research and development (R&D) projects. Signing the MoU on behalf of Petronas was Vice President of Centre of Excellence, Upstream, Chen Kah Seong. Schlumberger was...
US offshore wind

SCHOTTEL and Lyon Shipyard partner to serve US offshore wind

SCHOTTEL has reached a mutual agreement with Norfolk-based Lyon Shipyard that positions both companies for the expansion of the US offshore wind industry. The agreement was established based on their shared long-term strategy to support both the existing market and the up-and-coming offshore wind farm industry. US wind farm operations will need a large...
Hollandse Kust West

Boskalis consortium awarded Hollandse Kust West

Boskalis has been awarded the Hollandse Kust West Beta export cable contract by TenneT, in consortium with Orient Cables (NBO). The contract scope comprises the installation of two 65km long export cables that will connect the planned Hollandse Kust West Beta 700MW offshore wind farm to TenneT’s onshore grid in the Netherlands. Furthermore, Boskalis...
Njord A

Aker Solutions delivers Njord A platform

Following several years of extensive upgrades, the drilling and production platform Njord A is ready for handover to Equinor. Towing it back to the field has started 22 March. The project has provided more than 6,000 man-years in Norway and the Norwegian share of value creation from the project has been around 95%. Njord...
Maritime crash barrier

Maritime crash barriers to avert collisions with wind turbines

Dutch maritime research institute MARIN has tested three innovative barriers aimed at averting collisions between ships and wind turbines. The research was prompted by the incident involving the Julietta D on 31 January this year. This drifting bulk carrier initially collided with a tanker before hitting a transformer platform and a turbine foundation for...
Dogger Bank

Heerema announces offshore substation contract for Dogger Bank C offshore substation

Dogger Bank Wind Farm owners SSE Renewables, Equinor, and Eni have awarded Heerema Marine Contractors a contract for the transport and installation of the Dogger Bank C offshore substation. The work will include transporting and installing the 3,500t ton jacket foundation, four main piles, and the 9,500t offshore substation topside. Heerema will perform offshore...
ZEBRA

ZEBRA project produces first recyclable wind turbine blade prototype

The ZEBRA (Zero wastE Blade ReseArch) consortium is marking a new step forward on the industry’s transition to a circular economy with the production of the first prototype of its 100% recyclable wind turbine blade. The 62m blade was made using Arkema’s Elium resin, which is a thermoplastic resin well known for its recyclable...
DeepOcean

DeepOcean Subsea Services awarded EPRD recycling contract by Spirit Energy

The UK operation of ocean services provider DeepOcean, has been awarded a significant contract by Spirit Energy Production UK for removal and disposal services of the operator’s North Sea decommissioning portfolio. DeepOcean will cooperate with Heerema Marine Contractors to deliver the work. The EPRD (engineering, preparations, removal and disposal) contract includes both firm work...

Akastor and IKM Group launch O&M renewables business

Oslo-listed Akastor and Norwegian industrial group IKM have combined forces to create a leading international operations & maintenance (O&M) company for the offshore wind industry. Rahman Khanani has been appointed to head up the new venture. The company, to be named Føn Energy Services, will offer integrated O&M solutions to developers, operators, sub-suppliers and...
LiMain

LiMain: changing the way you think about maintenance

Accelerated by the global pandemic, there is a growing desire among platform operators for new approaches to regular maintenance. Previously, maintenance processes for offshore platform equipment were time-consuming, costly and required many resources. Additionally, platform owners face many obstacles that are difficult to manage, such as availability of personnel, weather conditions and need for...

Kajima Corporation and Van Oord kick-off with three offshore wind projects in Japan

Kajima Corporation and Van Oord have been selected as the preferred Balance of Plant contractors for three offshore wind projects in Japan. Kajima Corporation, founded in 1840 is one of the largest and leading construction companies in Japan. Kajima Corporation has an extensive track record in marine construction work, as well as over 30...

Market leader ready to fill the gap in offshore wind

There is a shortage of specialised heavy lift vessels needed to install the increasing number of larger, next generation wind turbines. This jeopardises the offshore wind farm realisations. The proven, off-the-shelf heavy lift vessel designs from Ulstein can help to close the foundation installation gap. The timely realisation of offshore wind farms that are...
Aqua Helix

Ampelmann mobilises S-type system on the Aqua Helix

Ampelmann and Damen Shipyards Group are ready to enter the final testing phase of their joint project that fully integrates the S-type motion compensated gangway with the newly constructed fast crew change vessel, the Aqua Helix (FCS 7011). Final testing will commence at the end of February and customer trials are expected to begin...
offshore wind partnership

New offshore wind partnership

TÜV SÜD and Tractebel DOC have signed an agreement announcing their intention to collaborate in the field of offshore wind energy. The partnership will focus on joint project implementation and the development of new markets and services towards a carbon-neutral future. With around 25,000 staff in over 50 countries, TÜV SÜD is among the...