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New project looks at renewables for subsea power

Mocean Energy collaborates with Chrysaor, subsea energy storage company EC-OG and AUV firm Modus in a project to look at using renewables for subsea power. The project, funded by the partners together with the Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC), will look to use Mocean Energy’s Blue Star wave energy converter and EC-OG’s HALO subsea energy storage system to power subsea tiebacks or residential AUVs.

Equinor to install wireless underwater intervention drone

Equinor, on behalf of the Njord licence, has awarded Saipem a subsea service contract using a wireless underwater intervention drone and a ROV. The 10-year contract, with five 2-year options for additional extension is worth an estimated EUR 40 million.

How important is subsea inspection, maintenance, and repair for equipment

ABS published an advisory addressing the importance of subsea inspection, maintenance, and repair. In the advisory it discusses options for damaged equipment and the procedure for life extension assessments. The IMR aspects of the subsea integrity management provide detailed methods and action items for managing the integrity of each system or components of equipment.

ABS: Challenges for subsea processing systems

Deepwater production remains an essential part of the global energy mix and economically viable projects continue to progress. In this regard, an advisory by ABS seeks to support the offshore industry in advancing the development of subsea processing technologies and their implementation. 

Preventing subsea cables claims against fishing vessels

The Shipowners Club said it has encountered eight damage to property claims allegedly caused by the snagging of fishing gear on subsea cables over the last two years. The quantum of such claims is invariably high, sometimes reaching into millions of dollars. 

Watch: Microsoft tests underwater datacenter in Scotland

Microsoft is working at the second phase of its moonshot to develop self-sufficient underwater datacenters, that can deliver lightning-quick cloud services to coastal cities. An experimental, shipping-container-size prototype is currently processing workloads on the seafloor near Scotland’s Orkney Islands.

Scotland backs funding for subsea manufacturing campus

Addressing the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service annual conference, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced a £4.9 million funding to Baker Hughes, a GE company, for construction of a subsea manufacturing campus off the country’s north east, in support of the global oil and gas industry.

UK invests £2.5 billion in nuclear submarines

Speaking at BAE Systems’ shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness Cumbria, the home of British submarine construction, the UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson announced £960 million worth of contracts have been signed to ramp up the next phase of construction for the UK’s four nuclear-armed Dreadnought submarines.

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