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Europe experiences uptake of offshore wind installations

The offshore wind turbines off the coast of Aberdeen show a change in direction for the city, its energy mix and its offshore industry, the UK Chamber of Shipping said. The turbines are part of the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre, which is being installed in Aberdeen Bay.

Watch: Construction of Scotland’s largest offshore wind turbine

Vattenfall released a video, depicting a time-lapse footage of the wind turbine installation at its European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre located just off the north east coast of Scotland in Aberdeen Bay. The European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre is Scotland’s largest offshore wind test and demonstration facility, being Scotland’s largest offshore wind test and demonstration facility which is being developed by Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm.

Total stops Iranian offshore project after US renews sanctions

French energy major Total announced it will not be in a position to continue and take any further commitment related to the South Pars 11 project, following the US withdrawal from the JCPOA, re-imposing the US sanctions that were in force before the JCPOA’s implementation. 

Canada starts investigation on Transocean Barents rig spill

A discharge of synthetic based mud was reported from the Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit Transocean Barents on April 27. Drilling operations were suspended by Suncor Energy, to investigate the cause of the discharge, and now the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board began an investigation into the incident.

Statoil officially changes name to Equinor

Statoil announced that it officially changed its name to Equinor on May 15. The annual general meeting of shareholders in Statoil approved the annual report and accounts for Statoil, including the new name for the company. As of 15 May, the company is using the new name, aiming to create internal alignment.

Australia announces areas for offshore oil and gas exploration

The 2018 acreage release includes 21 areas located across six sedimentary basins in Commonwealth waters offshore of Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria and the Ashmore and Cartier Islands. 16 areas are available for work program bidding and five areas for cash bidding. The areas are located in water depths of 15 to 4,534 metres, vary in size from 80 km² to 12,128 km² and also vary in level of existing geological knowledge.

Power cable laid at Johan Sverdrup field

The laying of the cable supplying Johan Sverdrup with power from shore started last week. This helps make the North Sea giant one of the oil and gas fields with the lowest CO2 emissions worldwide. The cable-laying vessel NKT Victoria began laying the cables that will supply the Johan Sverdrup field with power from shore.

US Department of Defence wants restrictions in Gulf of Mexico drilling

The US Department of Defense released a report noting that the expansion of oil drilling in Gulf of Mexico would raise obstacles to the US military testing. This can be avoided if the Pentagon and other agencies develop rules to govern the work. A collaboration between the Department of Defense and Interior will ensure that military training and expanded American oil production can coexist.

Japanese companies cooperate for FPSO project off Brazil

MODEC, Mitsui & Co, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Marubeni and Mitsui E&S Holdings, agreed that Mitsui, MOL, Marubeni and Mitsui E&S will invest in a long-term charter business to provide a floating production, storage, and offloading system for use in the Mero field off the coast of Brazil. The FPSO will be chartered for 22 years.

Oil and gas sector sees improved exploration performance

Westwood Global Energy Group revealed its 9th annual State of Exploration Report, which focuses on conventional oil & gas exploration. The report analyses global conventional exploration performance over the past five years, as well as exploration drilling plans for 2018. The report also includes a 10-year lookback at global high impact exploration. 


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