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Five strategic steps to offshore wind innovation in the US

The Partnership for Offshore Wind Energy Research (POWER-US) issued a white paper, proposing a framework for offshore wind research and innovation in the US which establishes the relationships, data, systems-level thinking, and strategic research approaches needed to advance the global offshore wind industry.

Suez Canal conducts one of the most challenging passages

On Tuesday, December 25, 6 highly trained and well experienced pilots and 5 large tugs of the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) carried out one of the most difficult transits this year as they navigated a giant floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) unit through the canal.

Watch: Life onboard an offshore oil platform

The video, published by the American oil major ExxonMobil, depicts life onboard the Hebron oil platform, located off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. Hebron is one of the world’s largest offshore platforms, located 1789 miles from Ireland and 211 miles to Newfoundland. 

New project to explore deep-seafloor mineral deposits

The UK’s Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC) has funded a new project aiming to reduce the potential environmental impact of future mining by making exploration for deep-seafloor mineral deposits much more effective. ‘Project ULTRA’ will use a robotic drilling rig to drill the deposits on the seafloor in a bid to ensure that the future exploration could be able to minimize disturbance.

CNOOC inks strategic deals with nine oil majors

On the occasion of its 40-year anniversary, China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) announced the signing of Strategic Cooperation Agreements with nine international oil majors for oil and gas exploration in the Pearl River Mouth Basin, offshore China.

PSA Norway gives safety notice to Vår Energi for Goliat issues

From 15 to 19 October 2018, PSA conducted an audit to follow up how Eni is complying with technical, operational and organisational regulatory requirements for electrical facilities on the Goliat FPSO in the Barents Sea. The audit had found regulatory breaches regarding managing risk and barriers, with the PSA giving notice of a order.

Aasta Hansteen starts production of gas in Norwegian Sea

On December 16, Equinor along with its partners sbegan the production from the Aasta Hansteen gas field in the Norwegian Sea. On December 17, gas from the Aasta Hansteen field is available to the market for the first time and together with the Polarled pipeline the field opens a new region for gas export to Europe.

Equinor acquires offshore wind lease off Massachusetts

Norwegian oil major Equinor has been the provisional winner of one of the three leases offered in the US government’s wind lease sale for an area offshore the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and east of New York. This new lease is part of the company’s commitment to taking a leadership position in renewable energy development in the US.

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