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GE opens Brazilian subsea research center

Nov 13, 2014

GE opened its US$500 million Brazil Technology Center in Rio de Janeiro. The research hub will focus on developing advanced technologies for offshore oil and gas exploration and production. The center, GE’s first in Latin America…

BP, CGG to develop marine seismic technology

Oct 28, 2014

BP and CGG entered into an agreement for collaborative research and development in the field of new types of marine vibratory seismic sources. The agreement combines the companies’ research efforts and expertise to develop and deploy innovative seismic source technology…

Kongsberg gets CAGE seabed research contract

Oct 22, 2014

CAGE, Centre for Arctic Gas Hydrate, Environment and Climate selected Kongsberg Maritime to develop and deliver two ocean observatories. Jürgen Mienert (Director CAGE, left) and Arild Brevik (Konsberg Maritime)…

MacArtney winch for advanced Chinese research vessel

Oct 16, 2014

MacArtney has delivered a MERMAC R40 RA winch to the Hunan University of Science and Technology (Xiangtan, China). The company works closely with SeaTech China in its role as exclusive MacArtney product and system representative on the Chinese market for underwater technology…

Oil & gas must embrace innovation

Sep 30, 2014

The importance of technological innovation in the oil and gas industry has risen over the past two years, according to a survey by Lloyd's Register Energy. Image from Lloyd's Register Lloyd's Register surveyed operators in America…

NSRI leadership announced

Sep 29, 2014

The UK's recently launched National Subsea Research Initiative (NSRI) has appointed a chairman and project director and a board. Peter Blake, has taken up the role of chairman of NSRI and Dr Gordon Drummond has joined as project director…

Saudi Aramco opens Houston research center

Sep 22, 2014

Saudi Aramco announced the opening of the new Aramco Research Center on Houston’s west side in the energy corridor, on Friday, 19 September. Khalid A. Al-Falih, president & CEO Saudi Aramco, at…

DTU opens new research center

Sep 18, 2014

The Technical University of Denmark’s (DTU) new Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Centre opened 18 September. DBU platform Image: DTU DTU said that it wants to train…

New buoys test wind speeds offshore US

Sep 18, 2014

Two massive, 20,000-pound buoys decked out with the latest in meteorological and oceanographic equipment will enable more accurate predictions of the power-producing potential of winds that blow off US shores. The bright yellow buoys — each worth about US$1…

EMGS wins Petrobras contract

Sep 09, 2014

Petrobras awarded Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS) a US$5.5 million contract for 3D EM data acquisition in Brazil. EMGS says all necessary permits are in place and the start-up of acquisition will be as soon as possible. The survey will be done using the vessel EM Leader…

Texas A&M develops new oil detection method

Aug 14, 2014

A new method for detecting oil degradation in the water long after the spill has disappeared from the surface provides another tool for researchers studying long-term environmental impacts, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi announced on 14 August 2014…

STATS opens UK facility

Aug 05, 2014

Left: Martin Wilson; Right: Dr. Mark Burton The Aberdeenshire-headquartered STATS Group opened a new intervention engineering and technical support hub and recruited two pipeline intervention services team members…


Jul 28, 2014

ABS and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) today to promote maritime research and development (R&D) and innovation. Over the next five years, ABS and MPA will collaborate on maritime…

NJ in court to stop seismic surveys

Jul 09, 2014

New Jersey is moving to stop an ocean research project opposed by the state's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), fishing groups, and environmentalists. The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a permit on 1 July and the seismic surveys began…

Statoil spends big in R&D

Jun 27, 2014

Statoil opened a new improved oil recovery (IOR) center in Trondheim the same day it announced an R&D-focused strategic agreement between subsidiary Statoil Technology Invest (STI) and Scottish Enterprise. The new IOR center will be the largest center of its kind in the country…

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