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Norway: Oil output increased in October

The Norwegian petroleum Directorate issued preliminary production figures for October 2018, revealing an average daily production of 1,874,000 barrels of oil, NGL and condensate, which is an increase of 271,000 barrels per day compared to September. Total gas sales were 10.6 billion Sm3 (GSm3), which is an increase of 1.6 GSM3 from the previous month.

Offshore section of TurkStream gas pipeline completed

The pipe laying vessel ‘Pioneering Spirit’ has completed construction of the offshore section of the TurkStream, the new gas pipeline connecting Russia and Turkey via the Black Sea, and the project has entered its final stage, Gazprom announced. The command to weld the final joint of the gas pipeline’s second string was given by Russian President, Vladimir Putin, and Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

First offshore cyber security-ready notation awarded

ABS awarded a CS-Ready Notation to a Sembcorp Marine jack-up drilling rig built to its proprietary Pacific Class 400 design. The CS-Ready Notation combines new features as it is the first-of-its-kind issued to an offshore facility. It requires that functions and connections are specifically characterized so the owner can control access to connections and systems. 

US unveils roadmap to accelerate offshore wind industry

The National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium, the first US-funded public-private partnership focused on advancing research and development to accelerate the offshore wind industry in the country, announced the release of its first Research and Development Roadmap to advance offshore wind technology, and combat climate change.

Watch: The design of world’s most powerful tidal turbine

The animation video unveils the design of a new tidal turbine, as part of the FloTEC project, funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. The Orbital O2 2MW, designed by Orbital Marine Power, is targeted to be deployed at EMEC in Orkney in 2020. The company believes that, when launched in 2020, it will be the most powerful tidal generating platform in the world.

First targetless laser sensor for offshore wind farms developed

Wärtsilä developed the first targetless laser sensor for offshore wind farm applications, called ‘SceneScan Monopole’. The laser sensor aims to increase safety onboard service operation vessels. The system has undergone sea trials earlier in 2018, onboard the ‘Windea La Cour’, a purpose-built SOV.

PSA Norway to investigate dropped objects on Maersk Invincible

The incident happened in the drilling module, when two swell packer stands came loose from the fingerboard, slide from one side of the derrick to the other and ended up in a gangway. Each of the stands, which consists of lengths of drill pipe, weighs a tonne. No injuries were reported.

India publishes draft Wind Turbine Certification Scheme

The Indian Wind Turbine Certification Scheme is combining relevant National and International Standards, Technical Regulations and requirements issued by Central Electricity Authority, guidelines issued by MNRE and other international guidelines. It also attempts to incorporate various best practices from other countries.

Woodmac: Digitalization can bring major cost savings for upstream sector

In an earlier insight, marine energy consultancy Wood Mackenzie identified up to US$150bn in annual operating cost savings that could be achieved in the energy and natural resources sectors through digitalisation. In its latest research, Woodmac takes a closer look at the likely digitalization impact on the upstream sector, noting that the oil and gas industry has always been at the cutting edge of technological innovation. 

New York launched large-scale offshore wind solicitation

New York Governor, Andrew M. Cuomo, initiated a comprehensive solicitation seeking 800 megawatts or more of new offshore wind projects for New York. The solicitation accelerates New York’s progress towards Governor Cuomo’s mandate for 50 percent of the state’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030.


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