offshore operations

DNV GL explains why a wind turbine performance upgrade could go wrong

DNV GL provides recommendations on those who are offered wind turbine upgrade packages, that consist of software updates and some of hardware, as Vortex generators. Yet, DNV GL alerts that although many are the benefits coming from the upgrades, there are also some dangers that need to be avoided.

NYPA issues study on EU offshore wind models

NYPA published its completed study on European offshore wind transmission models that will help New York head towards its 9GW by 2035 goal. The study focused on transmission and interconnection strategies, while also development and electricity rate structures in the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark, which enabled each country to lower its costs over time.

Worldwide offshore rig count increases by 10 units in July

Baker Hughers, GE company, published its July 2019 report on the worldwide rig count, according to which the worldwide offshore rig count increased by 10 units, in comparison to June. The worldwide rig count for July 2019 was 2,238, up 17 from the 2,221 counted in June 2019, and down 13 from the 2,251 counted in July 2018.

PSA Norway finds seven non-conformities on Troll field

The Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority discovered irregularities during an audit of Equinor and COSL Drilling Europe’s planning and execution of drilling and well operations at the Troll field offshore Norway. The audit was conducting from May 14 to 24, 2019. 

NYSERDA uses floating LiDARs in New York Bight

The New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced that they deployed two floating LiDARs in the New York Bight with the aim of studying metocean conditions. The Authority will use the metocean buoys on the offshore wind sector, as they are equipped with environmental and wildlife sensors. 

US launches program to boost offshore wind training

The Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA) and the Power for America Training Trust Fund (P4A) announced the launch of an apprenticeship program that will provide training for renewable energy jobs, including those for offshore wind. 

Crewman twists ankle slipping from offshore wind turbine power

In its 2019 safety flash, IMCA focuses on an ankle injury a crewmember suffered while conducting work inside a transition piece, the lower part of an offshore wind turbine tower. Although the crewman was slightly injured, he wasn’t able to continue its normal duties for three days. 

Ireland wants environmental surveys for floating wind turbine

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland informed that it has launched a tender, with which its seeks environmental surveying services to develop a floating offshore wind turbine at the Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site. Anyone interested must submit applications until 26 August by 12:00 local time. The duration of the contract is 27 months, with no options for renewal.

UK offers two blocks around North Sea’s Rhum field

On 1st August 2019, the UK Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has launched a restricted Out of Round offer for two blocks 3/24c & 3/29c, around the Northern North Sea Rhum Field. Decisions are expected to be made in Q4 2019. Overall, 768 blocks or part-blocks on offer across the main producing areas of the UK Continental Shelf.

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