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Watch: Robot drones to inspect offshore wind farms

A new project launched, aims to construct the world’s first fully autonomous robotic inspection solution, in favour of offshore wind farms. The project will cost $5 million, and the robots are expected to save the average of wind farm by about $33 million. In the meantime, it aspires to present the idea that offshore wind operations and maintenance missions can take place by autonomous and digital means.

World’s largest and first dual fuel crane vessel to start operations

The world’s biggest semi-submersible crane vessel (SSCV) is set to enter into service in the coming months for Heerema Marine Contractors, for offshore oil, gas and renewable energy installation and decommissioning jobs. This is also the world’s first dual-fuel crane vessel.

First hybrid rig for low emission drilling offshore Norway

Aiming to open route for low-emission drilling on conventionally powered offshore rigs, Maersk Drilling announced it is entering a series of upgrades to convert its jack-up rig ‘Maersk Intrepid’ to a hybrid rig with low levels of NOx emissions, adding data intelligence to further reduce energy consumption and CO2.

UK’s first offshore wind farm decommissioned

UK-based energy firm E. ON announced the decommissioning of its Blyth wind farm, the first offshore wind farm in UK and the world’s first offshore wind farm to use float and submerge technology. Blyth was commissioned in December 2000 as a pilot project.

Oil majors begin crude oil trading on blockchain platform

In line with the rising interest on blockchain technology for trade industry in recent years, oil and gas companies will be able for the first time to finalising crude oil deals on a live blockchain-based platform. Blockchain has been viewed by many as a solution to transactions inefficiencies, as well as a way to improve transparency and reduce the risk of fraud.

First 10 MW wind turbine launched in offshore wind history

Danish turbine manufacturer MHI Vestas announced launch of the industry’s first commercially available double-digit wind turbine, breaking the long-anticipated, double-digit barrier. The model is built on proven technology and lessons learned from previous installations of the platform.

New project eyes robots in the offshore industry

Robots could soon be working autonomously alongside humans on a North Sea platform, as part of a new project from the Oil & Gas Technology Centre, Total and taurob, in partnership with Technische Universitaet Darmstadt. The 18-month project will develop and trial a mobile robot for autonomous operational inspection on Total’s facilities.

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