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Two improvement points found on Equinor’s Snorre B facility

In mid-August, Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) carried out an audit of drilling and emergency preparedness on Equinor’s Snorre B facility, in the North Sea. The audit did not identify any non-conformities, but two improvement points. 

EU Commission greenlights next stage of EnFAIT tidal energy project

The European Commission has granted approval to the EnFAIT €20 million tidal energy project to proceed to its next stage, after a successful first year of design development and operations. The project aims to prove that the cost of tidal energy can be reduced by at least 40%.

Watch: World’s largest offshore wind farm officially opens

The world’s largest operational offshore wind farm, Walney Extension, will officially open today at a ceremony in Barrow in the north-west of England. Walney Extension, which is owned by Ørsted and its partners PFA and PKA, is the first project to use wind turbines from two different manufacturers.

Energy companies in US restarting operations after storm ‘Gordon’

Energy companies and port operators along the U.S. Gulf Coast began re-operating on Wednesday September 5, after Tropical Storm Gordon shut down over 9% of the region’s oil and gas production. in New Orleans, pilots began moving cargo vessels  through the Mississippi River while the lock connecting the Mississippi River to the intracoastal waterway is open.

PSA Norway finds non-conformities in Equinor’s Gudrun facilities

Norway’s PSA carried out an audit of Equinor’s management of barriers within technical safety, process safety and electrical facilities on the Gudrun field. The audit identified regulatory non-conformities in respect of methods for establishing design loads for fires and of deficient non-conformity handling. 

Norway notes ‘improvement points’ on MOL Norge ahead first NCS drilling

Norway’s PSA carried out an audit of MOL Norge and site-specific analyses of load-bearing structures, in respect of the company’s first drilling operation on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. PSA gave MOL Norge consent for exploration drilling of well 2/6-6 S in North Sea and carried out an audit on 14 August.

BP deploys cloud-based technology on all Gulf of Mexico platforms

UK-based oil and gas giant BP announced that it has deployed Plant Operations Advisor, a cloud-based advanced analytics solution developed with Baker Hughes, a GE company, across all four of its operated production platforms in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.

Watch: Decommissioning of BP’s Miller platform in North Sea

British oil major issued a video illustrating how its Miller facilities in the North Sea were dismantled and removed. The Miller field ceased production in 2007 and the final decommissioning of the platform has been conducted from January 2017 to July 2018.

Average wind farm on five US states could generate 25,000 jobs

Harnessing offshore wind energy could triple the amount of wind energy jobs in five US Atlantic coast states -New York, New Jersey, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina- and add $3.6 billion to the economy, according to a new economic analysis from business group E2. 

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