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Category: Aerospace Engineering

Norway sanctions two subsea tiebacks

Norway’s Minister of Petroleum and Energy has approved the plans for development and operation for the VNG Norge-operated Fenja field and the Aker BP-operated Ærfugl in the Norwegian Sea. Fenja (previously named Pil/Bue) will be developed with two subsea templates with six wells (three producers, two water injectors and one gas injector) tied back to the Njord A platform for processing and storage and export via the Njord B FSO. Discovered in 2014, the Fenja field is in block 6406/12…

DOF Bags New Contracts

Norskan Offshore and DOF Subsea Brazil have been awarded RSV contracts for the Skandi Commander and one ROV. The contracts have a duration of 150 days with start-up in April 2018. Skandi Commander is a RSV vessel (MT 6009) built in 2007 and was reflagged with Brazilian flag in 2017. DOF Subsea has also been awarded various contracts in the Atlantic region, securing utilisation for vessels and personnel in the Subsea/IMR Projects segment.     The contract is for several…

Sea Teams With Ec-og To Demonstrate Scm Power Technology Breakthrough

Cohort company SEA and engineering technology provider EC-OG have completed dry integration trials at SEA’s Aberdeen facility linking a Subsea Control Module (SCM) to an uprated power source. EC-OG has developed a vertical turbine underwater power source that is designed to significantly expand the operating envelope of SCMs. This Subsea Power Hub technology is a hybrid energy conversion and storage solution which has an integrated charger and energy storage capabilities. The unit successfully completed its sea trial in November 2017.…

Ampelmann’s A400 gangway system starts maiden voyage for Arkona offshore wind farm

Ampelmann’s A400 gangway system has set sail from Rotterdam, The Netherlands, on Vroon’s Subsea Support and Walk to Work VOS Stone vessel to undertake its first deployment to transfer crew and cargo in the Arkona offshore wind farm, located in the German Baltic Sea. The Walk to Work system will be used to transfer personnel and essential cargo during commissioning work over the next eight months. The A400 is the latest addition to Ampelmann’s growing portfolio of innovative gangway systems…

AREG signs MoU to share learnings with US offshore wind organisation

The Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with The Business Network for Offshore Wind (the Network) in the United States. The agreement, which was signed at the International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum (IPF) in Princeton on Wednesday (April 4), will see the organisations collaborate in pursuit of mutual commercial, strategic and policy interests in promoting the offshore wind industry in the U.S. and the UK. Jean Morrison, chair of AREG said: “We know there…

Tendeka grows Canadian footprint with new appointment

Global oil and gas solutions provider Tendeka has appointed Paul Guilfoyle as its Sales Engineer for Canada as the independent completions and production optimisation specialist grows its presence in the country. Paul started his career in the North Sea in 1996 with Schlumberger and progressed through a variety of downhole monitoring, sand control and completions positions, which included several years in Canada. Prior to joining Tendeka, he spent four years with BG Group as a Completions Engineer before the company…

Aramco unit signs $10bn tech deals with US firms

Motiva Enterprises LLC, a wholly-owned downstream oil and gas subsidiary of Saudi Aramco, has signed technology agreements worth between $8 billion to $10 billion with US companies Honeywell UOP LLC and TechnipFMC plc. The signing ceremony took place in Houston timed to coincide with the official visit to the US by HRH Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia. One of the MOUs signed today paves the way to evaluate the use of TechnipFMC’s world scale mixed-feed ethylene production…

IOC buys major Oman oilfield stake for $329m

Indian Oil Corporation, the country’s largest oil firm, has acquired Royal Dutch Shell’s 17 per cent stake in the Makhaizna oilfield in Oman for $329 million, said a report. Mukhaizna oilfield is the single largest producing individual oilfield in Oman, contributing about 13 per cent of total Omani crude oil production of 120,000 barrels per day, reported PTI, citing a company report. “IOC has today completed acquisition of 17 per cent participating interest in Mukhaizna oilfield (including the marketing rights…

Scottish MP questions the government on shale oil drilling

The Energy Minister, Claire Perry, was questioned for the second consecutive week on the impact of shale oil drilling in south east England. The questions were asked by the SNP’s Energy Spokesperson, Drew Hendry (pictured second left), who has a constituency in the Scottish Highlands more than 500 miles away. Mr Hendry asked what steps the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) was taking to protect Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) and National Parks from environmental damage…

Workers down tools on Mariner

A number of offshore whistle-blowers have posted social media messages claiming around 200 employees from Aker Solutions and Stork are undertaking a four hour sit in on the Mariner installation. It is understood trade unions have not organised the walkout and the action is unofficial with a spokesman for the group commenting: “Lockdown on Mariner hook up as workforce bite back. Tomorrow brings a day of unofficial action against working conditions on the Mariner hook up.” The spokesman also published…