offshore operations

First oil from Johan Sverdrup reaches Mongstad

The first oil pumped from the giant Johan Sverdrup field in the North Sea, piped at the distance of 283 kilometres, reached the Mongstad plant, north of Bergen in Norway, where it will be stored in caverns and be shipped to markets all over the world.

US announces $17 million for offshore wind projects

The US Department of Energy announced $28 million for 13 projects to advance wind energy across the US. Of these, the $17 million are committed to offshore wind development. The funding selections were announced by DOE’s Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Daniel R Simmons.

Platform evacuated off Shetland

On Monday, October 21st, the HM Coastguard assisted with the precautionary evacuation of 115 personnel from the Thistle Platform, operated by Enquest PLC, located almost 125 miles North East of Shetland, just over 100 nautical miles north east of Lerwick.

Poland’s offshore wind sector to grow

According to speakers at the Maritime Economy Forum Gdynia held earlier this month, Poland’s is about to become one of the biggest centers in Europe for offshore wind, as it predicted that by 2030 the sector will generate an estimated 77,000 jobs and 14.1 billion Euros ($15.7 billion) for the economy. 

Swedish Armed Forces say no to offshore wind farm project

Swedish energy company Vattenfall, along with its partner Wallenstam, informed that they have cancelled the Taggen offshore wind project in Sweden, as the Swedish Armed Forces said no to the wind farm development. The Swedish Armed Forces rejected not only the new application, but the whole project, as it would be near the Ravlunda shooting range.

Asia set to lead the wind energy market

A newly-launched report states that Asia has the potential to become a global leader in wind, holding more than 50% of all onshore and over 60% of all offshore wind capacity, as it could increase its share of installed capacity for onshore wind from 230 Gigawatt (GW) in 2018 to over 2600 GW by 2050.

US DOI publishes new safety policy on renewable projects on OCS

The US Department of Interior launched a new policy according to which it will act as the primary authority on workplace safety for renewable energy projects on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). The new policy highlights the importance of advancing the renewable energy program on the Outer Continental Shelf.

Norway’s drilling activity to hit all-time high, says Rystad

Although global offshore exploration activity has been flat year-to-date, the number of wells drilled in the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS) could challenge all-time high levels by the end of the year, says energy research firm Rystad Energy. 

Offshore wind cable market set to increase 57% by 2023

Subsea power cables stretching over 16,300km in length will be necessary over the next five years in order to build new offshore wind farms worldwide, according to a new report by RenewableUK. The study ‘Offshore Wind Cables Installation and Manufacturing Forecast 2019-2029’ also shows that the value of the global market for these cables will rise by 57% from £717m this year to more than £1,130m by 2023.

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