Robots could soon be working autonomously alongside humans on a North Sea platform, as part of a new project from the Oil & Gas Technology Centre, Total and taurob, in partnership with Technische Universitaet Darmstadt. The 18-month project will develop and trial a mobile robot for autonomous operational inspection on Total’s facilities.
The government of Bahrain announced discovery of a new tight oil and deep gas resource in the Khaleej Al Bahrain Basin, located off the west coast of the Kingdom. This represents the largest discovery of oil in the country since 1932, when extraction started on Bahrain’s first oil well within the Bahrain Oil Field.
In response to the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s call for nominations covering a proposed lease sale in Alaska’s Beaufort Sea, WWF warned that any step to expose America’s Arctic Ocean to offshore drilling, threatens the region’s marine wildlife and coastal communities, as well as the ecological future of the Arctic itself.
BSEE has implemented a new quality assurance process for reviewing and assessing its permitting systems. The new directive requires the agency to conduct periodic review and assessment of permitting processes for consistency, timeliness and efficiency across the various districts and regions within the agency.
Offshore Support Vessels scrapping has been increased by 153%, because of the large downturn that the offshore industry has seen since 2014-2015. This made more and more companies to scrap their OSVs, rather than keep them. So far in 2018, 43 OSV vessels have been sold for scrap. In the first three months of 2017 only 17 vessels were sold.
Oil and gas company Apache announced that it made a significant oil discovery on Block 9/18a Area-W in the United Kingdom sector of the North Sea. Garten is located 6 kilometers south of the Beryl Alpha Platform. The Garten discovery encountered more than 700 feet of net oil pay reservoirs.
Massachusetts could produce more energy from offshore wind than any other state in the US, according to a new report from the Environment Massachusetts Research & Policy Center. Namely, offshore energy can provide 19 times the state’s annual electricity consumption.
After the US government announced the largest offshore lease sale in US history, calling for bids for 77 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico, oil and gas companies bid for only 815,403 Acres, which is described as a setback of US’s attempt to increase investment in the area.
The Swedish Government assigned the Swedish Energy Agency to investigate ways to remove the grid-connection costs for offshore wind power. The Agency will examine two different models. The first model will move the grid connection point to the offshore wind farm. The second model will use subsidies to wind power producers for a portion of the connection costs.
Starting from April 1, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement will increase the physical inspection time offshore platforms. This is an attempt to find ways to make inspections more efficient and reduce helicopter operating expenses. Using technology, BSEE’s inspectors will have more time to inspect operations offshore, ensuring safety at more than 2,200 facilities in the Gulf of Mexico.
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