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First targetless laser sensor for offshore wind farms developed

Wärtsilä developed the first targetless laser sensor for offshore wind farm applications, called ‘SceneScan Monopole’. The laser sensor aims to increase safety onboard service operation vessels. The system has undergone sea trials earlier in 2018, onboard the ‘Windea La Cour’, a purpose-built SOV.

PSA Norway to investigate dropped objects on Maersk Invincible

The incident happened in the drilling module, when two swell packer stands came loose from the fingerboard, slide from one side of the derrick to the other and ended up in a gangway. Each of the stands, which consists of lengths of drill pipe, weighs a tonne. No injuries were reported.

India publishes draft Wind Turbine Certification Scheme

The Indian Wind Turbine Certification Scheme is combining relevant National and International Standards, Technical Regulations and requirements issued by Central Electricity Authority, guidelines issued by MNRE and other international guidelines. It also attempts to incorporate various best practices from other countries.

Woodmac: Digitalization can bring major cost savings for upstream sector

In an earlier insight, marine energy consultancy Wood Mackenzie identified up to US$150bn in annual operating cost savings that could be achieved in the energy and natural resources sectors through digitalisation. In its latest research, Woodmac takes a closer look at the likely digitalization impact on the upstream sector, noting that the oil and gas industry has always been at the cutting edge of technological innovation. 

New York launched large-scale offshore wind solicitation

New York Governor, Andrew M. Cuomo, initiated a comprehensive solicitation seeking 800 megawatts or more of new offshore wind projects for New York. The solicitation accelerates New York’s progress towards Governor Cuomo’s mandate for 50 percent of the state’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030.

PSA Norway to investigate fire on mobile drilling unit

Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has launched an investigation into a fire which broke out on the West Phoenix drilling unit on Monday, November 5, 2018. The PSA reported that that the incident had occurred in the mud laboratory on the rig. The fire was extinguished and no injuries to the personnel have been reported as a result of the blaze.

Near miss fatal incident reported on rig off Nova Scotia

A near miss incident from dropped object was reported onboard the ‘Noble Regina Allen’ jack-up rig, offshore Nova Scotia, when a 52 foot chain fell onboard on 5 November. There were five workers in the area at the time of the incident, but no one was injured. Although there were no injuries associated with this incident, it was determined that it had the potential for fatality.

Operations resumed at Sture after frigate collision with tanker

The Sture terminal and the Kollsnes plant resumed operations on Thursday afternoon after being shut down due to the collision between the frigate KNM Helge Ingstad and the tanker Sola TS at the Sture terminal, on early Thursday morning. Also North Sea installations affected by the shut-down of the two onshore plants are gradually starting up again.

UK oil and gas reserves enough to sustain production for next 20 years

The UK’s petroleum reserves, including discovered and undiscovered petroleum resources, remain at a significant level, ranging from 10 to 20 billion barrels plus of oil equivalent, which could sustain production for at least the next 20 years and beyond if additional undeveloped resources can be matured, according to new figures by the UK Oil and Gas Authority (OGA).

Iberian peninsula’s biggest floating wind farm receives EIB funding

The first project-financed floating wind farm received funding from the European Investment Bank, which will provide a EUR 60 million loan to Portuguese company Windplus for the wind farm. The project will be the biggest floating wind farm in the Iberian Peninsula.  

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