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New method of installing monopiles of wind turbines tested

GBM Works and partners are conducting a pilot concerning a new method to install the monopiles on which wind turbines are installed in a sustainable and cost-efficient manner on the Maasvlakte, in Port of Rotterdam. The vibro-drill method is the foundation piles for wind turbines -monopiles- that are brought into the seabed by means of vibrating elements at the bottom of the pile. 

European Commission to host workshop exploring offshore wind development in Baltic

In a workshop jointly organized by the European Commission and the BEMIP renewable energy working group in Brussels on 15 March, THEMA Consulting Group and its partners will present a study for the European Commission which looks at the potential for offshore wind in the Baltic Sea and the barriers to its development.

Eni achieves new gas discovery offshore Egypt

Eni, Italian oil company, has made a new gas discovery under evaluation in the Nour exploration prospect located in the Nour North Sinai Concession, in the Eastern Egyptian Mediterranean, about 50 km North of the Sinai peninsula.

UK and Taiwan sign MoU on offshore wind industry

The British Office and Taiwan International Ports Corporation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on joint co-operation of Taiwan’s offshore wind development. Under this cooperation, both countries will exchange information in the areas of policy, strategy, technology, operations and maintenance.

International rig count increased during February

Baker Hughes, a GE company, announced on March 7 that the international rig count for February 2019 was 1,027, up 3 from the 1,024 counted in January 2019, and up 48 from the 979 counted in February 2018. The international offshore rig count for February 2019 was 250, risen by 8 from the 242 counted in January 2019, and up 56 from the 194 counted in February 2018.

Norway finds improvements points for Johan Sverdrup’s living quarters platform

On 24 January 2019, PSA Norway conducted an audit of Equinor and its management of safety systems and the electrical facilities on the Johan Sverdrup living quarters platform. The audit identified two improvement points regarding deficiencies in the storage of safety equipment for switchrooms; and deficient reviewing of reference documents in electrotechnical analyses.

World Bank to boost offshore wind in developing countries

The World Bank Group announced a new program to advance the adoption of offshore wind energy in developing countries. The World Bank and IFC will help these markets evaluate their offshore wind potential and provide technical assistance to develop a growing pipeline of projects that are ready for investment by renewable energy developers.

USCG accepts 2009 Mobile Offshore Drilling Units Code

The US Office of Design and Engineering Standards issued Change 1 to CG-ENG Policy Letter 02-12, ‘Acceptance of the 2009 MODU Code.’ The 2009 Mobile Offshore Drilling Units Code was amended several times since its adoption. The most recent amendments include updated design and equipment requirements that derive from the findings of the Deepwater Horizon casualty investigation.


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