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The Netherlands to release its largest floating solar farm

The Central Government Real Estate Agency (RVB), Rijkswaterstaat (RWS) and the Port of Rotterdam Authority plan to construct a new floating solar farm in Rotterdam’s western port area. Therefore, they seek for the ideal participant to operate the new facility, which is reported to be the largest of its kind to be ever constructed in the Netherlands. The partners announced that they will organise a market consultation on May 8.

Drilled but uncompleted wells in US increase

According to EIA, the number of drilled, yet uncompleted wells in seven important oil and natural gas production areas in the US has seen an important increase the last two years. The rise was up to 8,504 wells in February 2019. March’s recent count was at 8,500 wells in March 2019, experiencing a 26% increase in comparison to March 2018.

Vietnamese offshore wind farm to be completed by 2020

Tra Vinh intertidal wind farm (Phase 1), Korea’s wind project, will comprise 24 2MW wind turbines installed offshore the Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh. The wind farm covers 1,209 hectares of water surface and 2.14 hectares of land.

US officially eases offshore safety rules after Deepwater Horizon

On May 2, the US Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement released the final improved Blowout Preventer Systems and Well Control regulations. BSEE’s final Well Control Rule claims that it removes unnecessary regulatory burdens to responsible offshore development while maintaining safety and environmental protection.

UK to back creation of underwater engineering hub in Aberdeen

The UK government will support a multi-million pound Aberdeen underwater engineering hub, aiming to assist the oil industry switch into green energy. According to Prime Minister, Theresa May, the initiative aspires to create new jobs and help businesses thrive. The UK wants to help Scotland become a key destination for subsea engineering, an industry that in the UK supports 45,000 jobs and 1,000 companies.

Greenpeace members protest in Norwegian rig

Greenpeace activists climbed down from the West Hercules drilling rig in Norway, owned by Seadrill, opposing to oil and gas explorations in light of the protection of the environment. The rig, Norwegian Arctic, is to be used the following month by Equinor for the exploration of oil and gas.

Offshore wind sector to experiment with drones and helicopters

RenewableUK reports that the offshore wind industry is now developing and begins thinking of the use of helicopters and drones, as  more than 50% of turbines consented or planned in Europe are over 250m tall. RenewableUK’s latest project Intelligence report shows that those projects, all located in UK waters, will mainly use turbines over 280m tall, while the tallest units currently operational in Europe are 230m.

PSA Norway approves Equinor to proceed to drilling in West Phoenix rig

Norwegian oil major Equinor has received approval from the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA), for exploration drilling in the North Sea using the West Phoenix rig. The PSA commented on Thursday, May 2, that the consent applied to the drilling of the exploration well with an option to drill sidetrack 16/1-30 A.

Ørsted takes FID for new 900MW wind farm off Taiwan

Danish offshore firm Ørsted has taken the FID on the Changhua 1 and 2a offshore wind farm in Taiwan. Located 35-50 kilometers off Changhua County, the wind farm will have a capacity of approximately 900MW, enough to supply around 1 million Taiwanese households with green power. 


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