Offshore Technology News


Tapping Tiebacks

Jun 24, 2019

Operators continue to look for fast returns via subsea tiebacks while vendors look for technical solutions to help unlock more fields for less.A tide is starting to turn on the subsea industry, not least thanks to subsea tiebacks. It’s a theme that’s been underlying the last four years…

Dutch-Aussie Team Targets Safer Blade Lifting

Jun 24, 2019

Dutch maritime contractors Van Oord and heavy lifting and transport specialist Mammoet are cooperating with Australian start-up Verton to design a new lifting method for installing wind turbine blades.The technology specialist was scouted after…

BHGE Opens Subsea Center of Excellence

Jun 21, 2019

Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE) has opened its transformed Center of Excellence (CoE) facility in Montrose, Scotland to deliver engineering, manufacturing, test and assembly and services to advance deepwater technology for its customers.The upgraded and expanded campus…

The Working Diamond

Jun 21, 2019

An industry that operates in some of the harshest environments in the world sometimes needs to call on the toughest material for wear parts.Enter the industrial diamond, discovered in the 1950s. Synthetic diamondcan tolerate abrasive, high-temperature…

Drill-tech Trends: Hybrid Rigs, Automation

Jun 20, 2019

Fully-automated drilling aboard a semisubmersible or jack-up drill rig powered by batteries has just become a reality. As May 2019 got underway, new, modern rigs were being ordered on more exploration, and no fewer than eight modern rigs — seven…

Seaspace Race Underway at Saab Subsea Docking Demo

Jun 19, 2019

A subsea space race is now officially underway in the offshore oil and gas industry following successful trials of docking and inspection operations using a commercially available underwater vehicle and Norwegian energy firm Equinor’s open-standard subsea docking station (SDS)…

Video: Pioneering Spirit Lifts Brent Bravo Topsides

Jun 18, 2019

Allseas’ record-breaking multipurpose heavy-lift and pipelay vessel Pioneering Spirit has completed the single-piece removal of the 25,000-metric-ton Brent Bravo topsides from the UK sector of the North Sea.Completed early Tuesday morning, the operation took approximately four hours…

Mooring Monitor System for Coral Sul FLNG

Jun 18, 2019

Mooring solutions supplier SOFEC has selected an innovative mooring monitoring system (MMS) for a major new deepwater development offshore Mozambique.The new system, supplied under a teaming agreement between BMT and Sonardyne, will involve…

Total Launches New Supercomputer

Jun 18, 2019

Energy major Total said its new supercomputer - which has propelled it to a world ranking as the most powerful computer in the sector - will enable its geologists to find oil faster, cheaper and with a better success rate.The Pangea III computer…

Subsea Power Distribution Drawing Near

Jun 18, 2019

Subsea power distribution set to move oil and gas production facilities on the seafloorSubsea power distribution down to 3,000 meters depth will soon be a reality. This summer, a full-scale prototype will be running a 3,000-hour test. After that…

Bigger, Bolder, Heavier

Jun 17, 2019

Europe’s offshore wind market is growing faster than anyone expected – not least in terms of the components being installed. Could this mean a challenge for the existing installation fleet?While offshore wind is seen by many as a maturing market in Europe…

CGG, Shearwater Partner

Jun 14, 2019

Marine geoscience companies CGG and Shearwater GeoServices earlier this month signed a binding term-sheet for a strategic partnership for marine seismic acquisition services and creation of a new streamer technology company.Under the agreement…

Norway Green Lights Gullfaks Boost

Jun 14, 2019

Norway has approved Equinor's project to boost oil recovery from the Gullfaks field in the North Sea by 17 million barrels, the energy ministry said on Friday.The project, which aims to produce oil from the Shetland/Lista dense lime reservoir located above the field's main reservoir…

Grimsrud Named CFO of Aker Solutions

Jun 14, 2019

Ole Martin Grimsrud has been appointed Chief Financial Officer of Aker Solutions, effective August 1, 2019. He replaces Svein Oskar Stoknes, who is taking over as CFO of Aker on the same day.Grimsrud joined Aker Solutions in 2012 as Vice President…

DSME, DNV GL Pact for Joint Projects

Jun 13, 2019

South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) and DNV GL have signed a framework agreement which will see them cooperate on joint development projects (JDPs) for future technologies in the shipbuilding and offshore plant industries…

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