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Bluefield Geoservices expands footprint in the U.S. with new contract wins

Bluefield Geoservices, an international subsea geotechnical services provider, recently announced its third survey project offshore the U.S. this season, the latest being an export cable route site investigation off the Northeast U.S. for a major offshore wind project.

Inmarsat and Fameline MoU extends strategic collaboration

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between Fameline Holding Group (FHG), its subsidiaries and Inmarsat – a global, mobile satellite communications company - extending an existing strategic collaboration.

TDI-Brooks completes six geotechnical programs in the Gulf of Mexico

TDI-Brooks has completed six geotechnical coring programs in the Gulf of Mexico for numerous operators from its research vessel the RV Gyre, the company announced on Monday.

Subsea technology: Achieving a 99% repurpose and recycle rate during decommissioning

Stuart Nelson

Over the past decade, a subsea provider has been growing its decommissioning capabilities across the North Sea. In a project for Repsol Sinopec Resources, it achieved a 99% repurpose/recycle rate.

Baker Hughes launches subsea wellhead technology to lower well construction, installation costs

Baker Hughes launched a new subsea wellhead technology, the MS-2 Annulus Seal, to save substantial operational rig costs by helping lower overall wellhead installation costs due to reduced rig trips.

Technologies to enable subsea electrification for a topside free environment

Matt Lamb

All-electric systems are vital for the future of subsea operations in the energy transition.

Petrofac awarded major Australian decommissioning contract

Petrofac, a leading provider of services to the global energy industry, has been awarded a major decommissioning contract by the Australian Government, heralding the start of an era of decommissioning in the nation's offshore oil and gas sector.

Shell Trinidad and Tobago delivers first gas from Colibri project

Shell Trinidad and Tobago (through BG International, a subsidiary of Shell plc) announced that production has started on Block 22 and NCMA-4 in the North Coast Marine Area (NCMA) in Trinidad and Tobago.

Subsea 7 and FLASC secure UK BEIS funding for offshore energy storage technology

Subsea 7 and technology partner FLASC B.V., were awarded a grant from the UK government Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy for £471,760, to further develop an innovative offshore energy storage system.

Global LNG boom sends Baker Hughes’ demand soaring beyond expectations

Oil and gas drilling is big business once again, if the leap in demand for services from Baker Hughes Co., the world’s No. 2 oilfield contractor, is any gauge.

Maersk Drilling secures 21-month contract with TotalEnergies

Maersk Drilling has been awarded a contract with TotalEnergies E&P Danmark which will employ the high-efficiency jack-up rig Maersk Reacher for well intervention services in the Danish North Sea.

Subsea Data Systems teams with University of Hawai`i to support new SMART Cable project

The new grant supports the development of a new SMART Cable between New Caledonia and Vanuatu in the southwest Pacific Ocean, which will provide essential monitoring for tsunami and earthquake early warning.

SPE postpones Offshore Europe 2022 on coronavirus concerns

In alignment with Scottish Government guidance on the coronavirus situation, the organizers of SPE Offshore Europe have made the decision to postpone the event on 1-4 February 2022 at P&J Live, Aberdeen.

Shell sends seismic vessel home after South African court loss

The vessel hired by Royal Dutch Shell Plc to look for potential oil and gas fields is on course to leave South African waters after community groups won a court case to temporarily halt the activity.

TGS and WesternGeco continue OBN seismic acquisition in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico

TGS and WesternGeco announced the continuation of their ultra-long offset ocean-bottom node acquisition in Green Canyon, U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Data processing and imaging are by WesternGeco.

Shell ordered to pause seismic survey offshore South Africa

Royal Dutch Shell Plc has been ordered by a South African court to temporarily halt an offshore seismic survey after local communities took legal action to block the project.

Reducing conservatism and increasing service life of subsea BOPs with novel strain sensor

Harald Holden, Vegard Martinsen, Åge Grønningsæter

A company has developed a novel sensor technology to overcome direct measurement of load using strain gauges that allows for accurate measurement of strains in a wide measuring range, as part of a subsea wellhead integrity monitoring system.

Manifold destiny: A new blueprint for a changing world

Mohammed Hasan Ali

There has never been a more challenging time for the energy industry. In the subsea sector, the search for optimised costs, minimised carbon emissions, and maximised performance is set to intensify, as oil prices continue their unpredictable trajectory.

Increasing subsea production with DRA

John Gillespie, Art J. Schroeder, Jr., Graeme Kinnell

Subsea injection of drag reducing agents (DRA) into flowlines reduces friction and substantially increases production. For years, DRA has been widely used onshore, and in upstream transfer and export systems. Today, breakthrough advancements allow DRA to be injected into subsea production systems.

Lessons from the Gulf of Mexico: Expediting an offshore platform’s decommissioning

Vivek K. Prajapati

With the backlog of idle offshore platforms steadily increasing, the industry needs to optimize procedures and operational strategies to reduce costs while improving overall HSE during and after decommissioning.

Flow assurance criticalities and challenges management in Zohr gas field

Mohamed Salah Elsayed, Samir Zayed, Mohamed Ahmed Tolba, Muhammad Karam Omar, Mohamed Nagy Negm, Hatem Mohamed Darwish, Ola Amr Hussein

As multi-phase transport of oil and gas is increasingly stretched over greater distances, and access to subsea infrastructure becomes even more limited, ensuring sustainable, reliable and robust operations is vital to reducing the influence on downstream facilities.