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PSA Norway finds safety issues during Valhall audit

PSA Norway after conducting an audit on Aker BP’s Valhall field, resulted to irregularities and safety issues. The audit took place from November 21 to December 6, 2018 and focused on how Aker BP, drilling contractor Archer, and the subcontractors planned and executed drilling and well operations for the Valhall IP water injection platform.

Lithuania’s LNG regas volumes report mixed results in January

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) regasification volumes at Lithuania’s first and only import terminal in the port of Klaipeda reported mixed results for the first month of the year. Klaipedos Nafta, the terminal operator, published its monthly report according to which the facility regasified and reloaded 0.47 Twh of natural gas, 79.1% above the 0.26 TWh in the same month in 2018.

Scotland and New Jersey join forces on offshore wind project

Scotland and New Jersey signed a joint agreement focusing on offshore wind projects, aiming to tackle climate change. They both have set ambitious climate and clean energy targets, recognising the importance of decarbonising the energy sector and in particular the role of offshore wind. The new role focuses on building connections for Scotland in the renewables sector in North America, identifying commercial opportunities in the supply chain and supporting Scottish companies to compete and win business in this emerging market.

PSA Norway finds non-conformities at Ringhorne

PSA Norway conducted an audit of Point Resources (now Vår Energi) focused on the company’s operation of electrical and associated facilities at Ringhorne. The audit of Point Resources and Ringhorne was carried out from 19 to 23 November 2018. Due to the merger between Point Resources and Eni Norge, the operator of Ringhorne is now Vår Energi.

Belgium suggests 4GW by 2030 offshore wind target

The Federal Parliament of Belgium has proposed a target of 4GW of total installed offshore wind capacity by 2030 in the draft of the National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP). Belgium assures of a total 2030 renewables target of 18.3%, which allegedly is in contrast to the country’s 2020 renewable energy target of 13%.

Worldwide offshore rig count increases in January

The worldwide offshore rig count in January 2019 increased by 50 units sequentially and 50 rigs year-over-year, according to a  report by Baker Hughes, a GE company, that was published on February 7. The worldwide offshore rig count in January 2019 increased by five units. The worldwide offshore rig count in January 2019 was 265, up 5 from 260 counted in December 2018, and up 50 from the 215 counted in January 2018.

Equinor begins UK drilling campaign

Norwegian oil and gas giant Equinor has initiated an exploration campaign on the UK continental shelf (UKCS) comprising five wells in 2019, which is a record number for the company. Mainly, the two exploration wells, one to be operated by Equinor and the second from a partner, are moving forward. Three additional wells, operated by Equinor, are scheduled to be drilled during 2019. 

Total finds gas off Africa

France’s Total has made a significant gas condensate discovery on the Brulpadda prospects, located on Block 11B/12B in the Outeniqua Basin, 175 kilometers off the southern coast of South Africa. After reaching the main goal, the well was deepened to a final depth of 3,633 meters and has also been successful in the Brulpadda-deep prospect.  Total along with its partners plan to acquire 3D seismic this year, followed by up to four exploration wells on this license. 

Mathematical tool aims to optimize offshore wind farms design

A new mathematical tool makes it possible to improve both power generation and costs regarding offshore wind farms already in the design phase. The new tool streamlines the process so that all factors are considered in the software simultaneously and overnight the program performs thousands of simulations.

Europe’s offshore wind capacity grew by 18% in 2018

Europe installed 2.6 GW of new offshore wind energy capacity in 2018, with 15 new offshore wind farms on line, according to statistics released today by WindEurope. This represents an 18% increase in Europe’s offshore wind capacity.

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