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US DOI publishes new safety policy on renewable projects on OCS

The US Department of Interior launched a new policy according to which it will act as the primary authority on workplace safety for renewable energy projects on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). The new policy highlights the importance of advancing the renewable energy program on the Outer Continental Shelf.

Norway’s drilling activity to hit all-time high, says Rystad

Although global offshore exploration activity has been flat year-to-date, the number of wells drilled in the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS) could challenge all-time high levels by the end of the year, says energy research firm Rystad Energy. 

Offshore wind cable market set to increase 57% by 2023

Subsea power cables stretching over 16,300km in length will be necessary over the next five years in order to build new offshore wind farms worldwide, according to a new report by RenewableUK. The study ‘Offshore Wind Cables Installation and Manufacturing Forecast 2019-2029’ also shows that the value of the global market for these cables will rise by 57% from £717m this year to more than £1,130m by 2023.

Piper Alpha: The world’s deadliest offshore oil disaster

Over 30 years after the Piper Alpha oil platform suffered multiple explosions off Scotalnd taking lives of 167 people, SAFETY4SEA analyzes the North Sea disaster which made the oil and gas industry to look safety in new terms.

EU is uncertain over the growth of wind energy in next 5 years

WindEurope’s newly-launched ‘Wind Energy Outlook to 2023′ highlights that there is an uncertainty on how EU’s wind energy will develop in the following five years, something that will be primarily impacted by the Governments’ moves and results to the fact that the UK will hold the 35% of offshore wind in this timeframe. 

Offshore worker injured in fire incident in the North Sea

An offshore worker was injured in a fire incident on Monday, October 14, on board the Taqa’s Tern Alpha platform in the North Sea, located about 90 nm to the northeast of the Shetland Islands in the UK, leading to a temporary production shut-down. The worker suffered an arm injury due to the fire and was then medevaced by helicopter to Lerwick for treatment, after a request to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

Turkish vessel to start drilling off SW Cyprus brings more tension

The Turkish Energy Minister Fatih Donmez announced that Yavuz, the Turkish drillship, was planned to start drilling for oil and gas, on Monday 7 or Tuesday 8 October in the southwest of Cyprus, an announcement that would further intensify the friction between the countries.

Greenpeace board Shell’s Brent Bravo platform

Greenpeace activists boarded the remains of the Brent Bravo production platform in protest of Shell’s plan to abandon four platform jackets and the oily waste they contain, supporting that Shell should remove the structures in line with the terms of the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic (OSPAR).

University alliance presents drones for offshore operations

A university alliance, led by the ORCA Hub, presented its 16 autonomous and semi-autonomous robotic solutions at ORE Catapult in Blyth, near Newcastle, that will be used in offshore robotics research. The drones will be used on or around offshore assets for detailed monitoring and it can replace the need for multiple sensors to be used for integrity monitoring on wind turbines.

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