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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.

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.

UK regulator sees untapped potential in North Sea oil and gas projects

The second Wells Insight report, published by the UK Oil and Gas Authority, highlights significant opportunities remaining in the UK North Sea basin, despite Covid resulting in a slowdown in 2020.

Carbon+Intel: DNV supports world’s first large-scale testing of submerged CO2 pipelines

DNV, the independent energy expert and assurance provider, is working with Wintershall Noordzee and the OTH Regensburg University of Applied Sciences to explore how existing natural gas pipelines in the southern North Sea can be used for future CO2 transport.

Neptune Energy completes Seagull manifold installation

Neptune Energy and its joint venture partners, bp and JAPEX, have completed the safe and successful installation of the manifold and umbilical for the Seagull project in the UK Central North Sea.

Helix Energy Solutions partners with Trendsetter Engineering for global integrated hydraulic intervention services agreement

The new partnership will integrate Trendsetter’s 15,0000psi Subsea Tree Injection Manifold and experienced personnel into Helix’s state-of-the-art fleet of well intervention vessels and equipment used to perform well services globally.

Guyana seeks a 135-mile subsea gas pipeline to extend its energy win streak

Guyana will likely become one of South America’s top oil producers over the next four years, but the world’s newest petrostate increasingly sees gas as the bedrock for growing its domestic economy.

U.S. Coast Guard boards vessel suspected of damaging subsea pipeline

The U.S. Coast Guard boarded a container ship that dragged its anchor near to a Southern California subsea pipeline that was the source of an oil spill earlier this month.

Turkish Petroleum awards Schlumberger contract to tap its largest gas reserve

Turkish Petroleum has awarded Schlumberger a significant contract for the engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) of end-to-end production solutions for the Sakarya gas field, Turkey’s largest gas reserve.

Democrats seek stricter regulation of offshore oil and gas infrastructure

House Democrats are making the case for stricter regulation of thousands of abandoned wells, platforms and pipelines off the U.S. coasts following the biggest off-shore spill in California in nearly 30 years.

DOF Subsea and Ocean Floor Geophysics Inc. form strategic alliance for global AUV services

The partnership leverages the two businesses’ recent collaboration in the development of the OFG AUV non-contact integrated Cathodic Protection (iCP) inspection system, and enable the sharing of resources on several pipeline inspection and geohazard surveys.

UK grants North Sea subsea carbon storage license in pursuit of COP26 goals

The UK Oil and Gas Authority  has awarded a carbon dioxide appraisal and storage license to Harbour Energy, boosting the drive to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

SPIE awarded multi-year engineering services contract for Jansz-Io Compression project

As the reservoir pressure of the Jansz-Io field declines after years of production, compression infrastructure is required to enhance the recoverability of the field.

Who pays: Allocating liability for plugging and abandonment costs in the GOM’s OCS

Kaylan Dunn, Michael Morfey

Lessees and interest-holders in the Gulf of Mexico should carefully evaluate the existing contractual language governing their investments in light of case law and consider adding bond requirements or additional consideration in exchange for a specific, express release of costs associated with decommissioning obligations.

U.S. Coast Guard investigating miles-long oil spill after hurricane Ida

Federal authorities are responding to a 14-mile long oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico discovered in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, according to the Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office.

ScottishPower Renewables backs Proserv offshore wind subsea cable solution

Global controls technology company Proserv Controls has received industrial sponsorship for its disruptive subsea cable condition monitoring system for the offshore wind segment, ECG, or Electro Cable Guard, from ScottishPower Renewables.

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