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Four US states to receive support for offshore wind development

The Business Network for Offshore Wind will cooperate with New York, New Jersey, Virginia and Maryland to help these states advance offshore wind projects and promote green energy in general. The Network will also be working with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to create offshore standards and guidelines.

Whale tracks found on deep-sea mining region

A new study by UK’s National Oceanography Centre and the University of Southampton has revealed a series of depressions forming mysterious “tracks” on the seafloor, which may be an unprecedented record of deep-diving whales. The observations were made by an autonomous underwater vehicle in the Pacific Ocean.

US DOE: Offshore wind prices on decline

The US Department of Energy released three wind energy market reports showing that as wind installations continue across the country and offshore wind projects move beyond the planning process, technology costs and wind energy prices continue to fall. The reports cover three market sectors: land-based utility scale, distributed, and offshore wind.

Resource estimate increased for giant Johan Sverdrup oil field

Norwegian oil major Equinor and the Johan Sverdrup partnership of Lundin Norway, Petoro, Aker BP and Total, announced they are submitting the development plan for the second phase of the Johan Sverdrup offshore oil project to the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. 

AUV to map deep sea mineral deposits in Norway

After the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy claimed administrative responsibility for mineral deposits on the continental shelf, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has been assigned the task of mapping potential deposits. The mapping will carried out using an an autonomous underwater vehicle. 

Scotland allocates £5m for North Sea infrastructure decommissioning

The Government of Scotland allocated an additional £5 million to the supply chain in Scotland to enhance the economic benefit from the decommissioning of North Sea infrastructure. This was announced by the Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands Paul Wheelhouse.

New York to examine offshore wind technologies

New York’s Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that a memorandum of understanding has been signed by New York power agencies and partners to conduct a study of successful offshore wind transmission models, to determine how key learnings can guide the state’s procurements of offshore wind generation.

Three new work groups formed to ensure safety in offshore wind farms

HeliOffshore, a safety-oriented association for the offshore helicopter industry, informed that it has created three new work groups to focus the implementation of its safety strategy. The work groups will focus on helidecks, search and rescue operations and wind farm support. 

UK Oil and Gas Authority awards contracts to explore UKCS

The UK Oil and Gas Authority announced that it has awarded new contracts through Government funding, to advance exploration activity on the UK Continental Shelf. As part of the UK’s £5 million granted to the OGA for exploration, the awards were made after a tendering process during the first quarter of 2018,

PSA Norway finds non-conformities on Martin Linge FSO

On 25 July 2018, PSA Norway carried out an audit of the follow-up of materials handling, cranes and lifting on ‘Martin Linge B’, the FSO unit that was recently installed in North Sea. The audit detected non-conformities in procedures for cranes and lifting operations, completion of cranes and training.