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Johan Sverdrup

Johan Sverdrup Phase 2 on stream

At 11:15h on 15 December production started from Johan Sverdrup Phase 2. When the Johan Sverdrup field reaches plateau production, every third Norwegian oil barrel will come from this giant field, which for decades will be essential to ensuring high and stable energy deliveries from Norway. Geir Tungesvik, Equinor’s Executive Vice President for Projects,...
Falcon

Kite flying with Falcon

Flying kites underwater to generate electricity is an innovative renewable energy concept being installed in the Faroe Islands, supported by SJH Diving and their new Saab Seaeye Falcon. The subsea kite turbine is a unique concept created by developer Minesto to generate electricity in tidal streams and ocean currents using the principle of flying...

GE Renewable Energy to partner with Hyundai Electric for South Korean offshore wind

GE Renewable Energy and Hyundai Electric have signed a strategic partnership agreement as the next step in their efforts to work together to serve the South Korean offshore wind market. Under the terms of the agreement, Hyundai Electric will serve as a manufacturing associate to help localise assembly of the Haliade-X offshore wind turbines...
DEME

Moray West awards foundation installation contract to DEME Offshore

After the successful completion of Moray East for Ocean Winds in 2020, DEME is pleased to announce that it will be back in the Moray Firth installing the foundations for another offshore wind farm in Scotland. Moray West is the second major project undertaken for Ocean Winds, which is leading the development, and represents...
Goldsea

AFAI Southern Shipyard delivers 32m CTV to Goldsea

Incat Crowther is proud to announce the handover of a new purpose-built catamaran CTV to Goldsea Marine & Offshore Engineering (Shanghai). The Incat Crowther 32, built by AFAI Southern Shipyard in Guangzhou, represents a step change for the Chinese offshore wind industry, offering enhanced capabilities including a large cargo zone and a maximum speed...
California offshore wind

Biden-Harris administration announces winners of California offshore wind energy auction

On 7 December, the US Department of the Interior announced results from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s wind energy auction for five leases offshore California. The lease sale represents the third major offshore wind lease sale this year and the first ever for the Pacific region. Today’s sale drew competitive high bids from...
Coretrax

Combining technologies

Coretrax has collaborated with Lee Energy Systems to deliver a one-trip solution for a major operator’s plugging and abandonment (P&A) campaign in the Central North Sea. To maximise operational efficiencies, Coretrax and Lee Energy Systems joined forces to create a range of solutions for remedial annular cementing and plug placement. The Aberdeen based company’s CX-2...
North Star

North Star raises USD170m investment to build next wave of renewables fleet

North Star has secured a USD170 million financing package to support the next phase of its ambitious offshore wind growth plan as it looks to broaden its position as the UK’s leading service operations vessel (SOV) operator and seize new opportunities in Europe. The investment includes a USD61 million commitment from the Scottish National Investment...
Jan De Nul

Jan De Nul connects TenneT’s electricity network and continues to invest in its offshore installation fleet

On 17 November 2022, Jan De Nul Group completed the first part of the cable installation works to connect the wind farms Hollandse Kust (noord) and (west Alpha) to the Dutch mainland. Also the 220kV high-voltage tests of both sea and land cables for Hollandse Kust (noord) were successfully completed, from the onshore substation...
Windcat

Windcat Offshore and Damen Shipyards develop future-proof hydrogen CSOVs

Windcat is pleased to announce an order for the construction of a series of hydrogen-powered Commissioning Service Operation Vessels (CSOVs), with Damen Shipyards. The Elevation Series CSOVs have been designed by Damen Shipyards in cooperation with Windcat and CMB.TECH. The result is a revolutionary new design with increased capabilities and flexibility compared to existing...
Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm

Saint Nazaire offshore wind farm fully operational

EDF Renewables and EIH, a subsidiary of Enbridge and CPP Investments, have achieved a significant milestone as France’s first commercial-scale offshore wind project, the 480MW Saint-Nazaire Offshore Wind Farm, is now fully operational. Located between 12 and 20km from the southwest coast of France, the wind farm will help support the French State’s energy...
RNA method

Heerema installs first wind turbine using novel RNA method

The first out of the 27 Vestas V174 – 9.5MW turbines has successfully been installed at the Arcadis Ost 1 wind farm. Using a unique floating installation method, Parkwind, together with Heerema Marine Contractors and Vestas, marks an industry premiere in wind turbine installation on commercial scale. The plan to use a floating installation...
CSOV

CSOV vessels underway

The steel cutting ceremony of Ulstein Verft’s yard number 318 was carried out today, 18 november, at the hull yard Crist. The vessel is the first of two CSOV newbuilds for the Norway-based shipowner Olympic, and both are planned for delivery in 2024. The steel cutting is the first milestone in a shipbuilding project...
Merganser

DEI subsidy to build and test offshore floating solar platform Merganser

Dutch Offshore Floating Solar (OFS) consortium Merganser has received a USD 8m project subsidy from RVO (Netherlands Enterprise Agency) to develop, test and validate the Merganser solar energy platform in harsh North Sea weather conditions. SolarDuck and marine research institutes TU Delft, TNO, MARIN, and Deltares aim to prove that the new installation can...
Certex UK

Certex UK partners with Mennens to win Hollandse Kust Noord wind farm

Doncaster based, Certex UK has partnered with its sister company Mennens (Amsterdam Branch) to win a major construction project contract on the Hollandse Kust Noord (HKN) wind farm, off the coast of the Netherlands, likely to run until September 2023. Certex UK will assist with the provision of turbine compliance services to Siemens Gamesa,...
Hywind Tampen

First power from Hywind Tampen

Power production from the first turbine in the floating wind farm Hywind Tampen in the North Sea started at 12:55 CET on 13 November. The power was delivered to the Gullfaks A platform in the North Sea. “I am proud that we have now started production at Hywind Tampen, Norway’s first and the world’s...
RWE

Oranje Wind Power II wins tender for 700MW Hollandse Kust West

The winner of the permit for one of the two wind farms in the Hollandse Kust West Wind Farm Zone is Oranje Wind Power II, a subsidiary of RWE. The permit is for the construction and operation of the 700 MW Hollandse Kust West Wind Farm Site VII, one of the two new wind...
Hitachi Energy

Equinor and Hitachi Energy sign a strategic collaboration agreement

Equinor has signed a strategic collaboration with Hitachi Energy, to collaborate within electrification, renewable power generation and low-carbon initiatives worldwide. The agreement underlines both companies’ commitment to accelerate the energy transition and advance a more sustainable, flexible and secure energy system. It builds on the two companies’ long and successful collaboration over many decades....

The Darwin Pipeline Duplication Project

Van Oord and DEME have been awarded a contract from Allseas in support of the Darwin Pipeline Duplication Project, located offshore Northern Australia. The joint venture will be responsible for providing support for the shallow water pipeline installation scope in Northern Territory waters including trenching, pipe pull operations and rock placement works. Van Oord...
tidal stream energy

Tidal stream energy could dive to record low cost

Tidal stream energy could plummet below USD92 per MWh by 2035 if current opportunity is realised, a new industry-leading report has predicted. The ‘Cost Reduction Pathway of Tidal Stream Energy in the UK and France’ report, produced by the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult as part of the Interreg FCE funded TIGER project, documents...
Luchterduinen

Innovation for restoring oyster reefs installed in Luchterduinen wind farm

Four oyster tables – structures made of concrete and other material on which live oysters are placed – have been installed at Luchterduinen wind farm. By placing the oyster tables there, the Rich North Sea programme, energy company Eneco and marine contractor Van Oord are working to restore oyster reefs in the Dutch North...
Pipeline Technique

Long-term agreement for Pipeline Technique

Pipeline Technique (PTL), a provider of welding and coating solutions to the global onshore and offshore energy sectors, has entered into a long-term agreement with Subsea7 for the provision of welding and coating services. Under the terms of the agreement, PTL will provide Subsea7 with access to both a team of experienced specialists and...
ABB

300,000t in carbon emissions saved

Recently, ABB has published another of its ‘Energy Transition Equation’ reports that shows how industrial customers can reduce carbon emissions and manage the energy transition for a more sustainable future. Based on nine months of research and modeling, the report highlights how early adoption and integration of automation, digitalisation, and electrification technologies to enable...
resident subsea drone

World’s first resident subsea drone

The world’s first resident subsea contract has been awarded to Modus by Equinor Energy for the autonomous deployment of a Saab Sabertooth underwater robot, which will remain docked on the seabed between tasks. Residency of robotic systems will reduce operational expenditure, remove humans from offshore work, and reduce environmental impact, says the industry. The Saab...
Fugro

Fugro and AD Ports Group join forces

Fugro and AD Ports Group formalised a collaborative relationship through the signing of an agreement that sets out combined goals to utilise remote and autonomous technologies in the region. The agreement was signed at the ADIPEC 2022 Exhibition in Abu Dhabi by Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Managing Director and Group CEO of AD...