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UK to triple jobs at offshore wind by 2030

The UK government will announce plans to increase the proportion of women working in the offshore wind sector and triple the number of highly skilled jobs, on March 7. The plan also aims to increase the number of green collar jobs in the industry to 27,000 jobs by 2030, up from 7,200 today. Ensuring more diversity in the low carbon economy is part of the UK government’s commitment to create a fair workplace.

US Calcasieu Pass Project gets ‘green light’ for LNG exports

The US Department of Energy gave the green light on the export of the domestic LNG production from Venture Global LNG’s Calcasieu Pass LNG terminal being built in Louisiana. Thus, Venture will export more than 1.7 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas as LNG to countries that do not have a free trade agreement with the U.S.

World’s largest semi-submersible rig sails to North Sea, leaves Scotland

Diamond Offshore’s semi-submersible drilling rig Ocean GreatWhite is voyaging to the North Sea to work for Siccar Point, leaving Scotland’s Kishorn Port. Kishorn Port revealed it had won a contract to prepare the world’s largest semi-submersible rig for its new contract off Shetland with Siccar Point in December 2018.

Updated standard released for pipeline systems integrity

The American Petroleum Institute released the third edition of API Recommended Practice 1160 (RP 1160), ‘Managing System Integrity for Hazardous Liquid Pipelines,’ on February 27. RP 1160 provides a process for ensuring safe pipeline operations, including robust assessments of potential risks and establishment of systems to safely and efficiently manage them during day-to-day operations.

Investigation on West Phoenix rig fire finds breaches of regulations

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) completed its investigation on the fire in the mud laboratory on West Phoenix of 5 November 2018. The report identified several breaches of the regulations. This rig is operated by Seadrill Management (Seadrill), and was drilling well 6406/2-9 S in Norwegian Sea with Equinor as the operator, when the incident took place.

Gas discovery at Glaucus-1 well, offshore Cyprus

ExxonMobil along with partner Qatar Petroleum completed their drilling operation of the second exploration well in the Block 10 offshore Cyprus and has made a gas discovery. The Ministry of Energy, Commerce and Industry said the well, named Glaucus-1, had been successfully completed.

China leads offshore wind growth during 2018

The latest data released by the Global Wind Energy Council indicates that the wind energy industry installed 51.3 GW of new capacity in 2018. China was the country that installed more offshore capacity than any other market (1.8 GW), followed by the UK (1.3 GW) and Germany (0.9 GW). New installations of 4.49 GW in 2018 drove the global offshore market, as it increased by 0.5%.

Italian offshore wind project hits financial close

Beleolico Srl, part of the Toto Group, reached a final investment decision on the 30MW Beleolico wind farm in the Italian Mediterranean. Located in front of Taranto harbour in the Apulia region, Southern Italy, in water depths of 4 to 18 metres, the Beleolico wind farm will feature ten Senvion 3.0M122 wind turbines.

Europa to focus on Inishkea prospects close to Corrib gas field

UK-based oil and gas company Europa Oil & Gas scheduled to conduct a site survey at its large, low risk Inishkea prospect located offshore Ireland ahead of an exploration well planned for 2020. In the meantime, there are allegations that the company will partner in the near future.

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