The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has published “The Metocean Plan”, authored by the UK-based Carbon Trust, which was supported by Frazer Nash Consultancy. The plan aims to support developers and financiers with the deployment of floating Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) solutions.The Carbon Trust said that, by building on experience gained over a decade working in the European market, it has generated guidance for NYSERDA on how to deploy cost effective wind resource measurement technology to generate bankable data to improve project financing of future offshore wind developments.Floating LiDARs are a proven technology which delivers cost savings of up to 90 per cent compared to traditional fixed met masts, the Carbon Trust stated.NYSERDA is the lead agency coordinating offshore wind development on behalf of New York State, which will support the ambitious Clean Energy Standard to meet 50 per cent of New York’s electricity needs with renewable sources by 2030. In support of the Governor’s proposal, NYSERDA continues to work closely with coastal communities and the fishing and maritime industries to identify offshore wind sites to be included in New York State’s Offshore Wind Master Plan.Recommendations detailed in the newly-released plan cover all aspects of deployment including project management set up and operations and maintenance of the devices themselves. Site specific elements such as New York permitting requirements and the current lack of offshore met masts to validate a floating LiDAR in New York waters are also considered.The plan draws on recent publications from the OWA, including the OWA Floating LiDAR Recommended Practice.NYSERDA also sought public feedback on the plan to ensure the final plan reflected views of wider stakeholders.The Metocean Plan is available online at NYSERDA’s website.
Subsea UK, an industry body representing the British subsea industry, will be hosting two briefing sessions with the Department for International Trade (DIT) ahead of SPE Offshore Europe 2017.The first briefing on August 28 will focus on the post-energy reform oil and gas sector opportunities in Mexico.Mariana Garay, senior energy officer for the DIT team in Mexico, along with DIT business specialist Chris Wall will give an in-depth view on developments within the Mexican market.The 2013 Energy Reform in Mexico opened the sector up to private investment and competition. To date, over 60 new national and international companies were awarded contracts for E&P in the Gulf of Mexico.It is estimated that 2018 will see one of the most ambitious offers so far by the Mexican Government, with 30 deep-water blocks up for grabs, Subsea UK said.The second event on September 4 will look at opportunities to do business in India, Kazakhstan, and Azerbaijan. The audience will hear from Jonathan Spencer, oil and gas stakeholder manager at DIT, who will give an overview of these opportunities.Carol Harvey, DIT export finance manager for Scotland, will also share information about how UK Export Finance can support UK companies.Earlier this year, UK supply chain companies showcased their technology and expertise to senior officials from India’s largest oil and gas exploration and production company, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) on a technical trade mission to South Asia.Subsea UK said that, with subsea exports valued at almost £5 billion, it wants to see an increase of British firms targeting international expansion to sustain long term growth.Neil Gordon, chief executive of Subsea UK, said: “This is a great chance for companies to hear directly from the department on what opportunities are available overseas and what support is available. As seen with the success of our recent mission to India, we are always encouraging businesses to explore new markets so I would ask those who are open to diversifying to come along and engage with both the DIT and Subsea UK.”
LNG World News Staff Image courtesy of BechtelChevron’s Wheatstone LNG project located 12 kilometers west of Onslow in Western Australia started producing liquefied natural gas earlier this week. The project’s engineering, procurement, construction, and commissioning contractor, Bechtel, on Friday released a video, showing the project’s journey from the final investment decision to first LNG.Chevron added in its statement earlier in the week that the project will dispatch the first cargo in the coming weeks, while the second liquefaction train is set to start producing LNG between March and May next year.At full capacity, the two liquefaction trains will be producing 8.9 million tons per annum of LNG.The construction on the Wheatstone project did not go smoothly as well as the LNG project experienced delays in module deliveries. These delays had resulted in an increase of Wheatstone project costs to $34 billion as compared to $29 billion in the original 2011 estimate.Wheatstone LNG is a joint venture between Australian units of Chevron (64.14 percent), Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company (13.4 percent), Woodside (13 percent), and Kyushu Electric Power Company (1.46 percent), together with PE Wheatstone, part-owned by JERA (8 percent).
Norwegian subsea equipment provider Rental & Technology Services (RTS) has been appointed as the exclusive distributor of R2Sonic in Norway.RTS will back R2Sonic’s expansion into Norway by providing knowledgeable and personalized support.Helge Knutsen, managing director, RTS, said: “As one of the early adopters, we have been supplying R2Sonic multibeam echosounders to our customers in the rental market for many years, and with great results and feedback from our customers. We are now delighted to work more closely with R2Sonic, a true innovator in the subsea industry, as their Norwegian distributor. This will enable us to further enhance our product range and keep the promise to our customers to deliver the finest available subsea technology at any given time.”Cris Sabo, VP of sales at R2Sonic, added: “It is crucial for us to be close to our customers. Our priority is to provide a second-to-none experience to our end-users, which combines leading-edge and innovative products with outstanding customer service. Partnering with RTS gives us the opportunity to strengthen our presence in Norway and ensure exceptional customer support.“
Seismic player SeaBird Exploration has received a letter of intent for an ocean bottom node seismic survey.The company said it would provide two source vessels for the OBN seismic survey to be carried out in the Americas region.SeaBird did not reveal the identity of the client whom it just described as “a repeat client.” SeaBird said it would be using the Harrier Explorer and Osprey Explorer vessels for the projectThe OBN survey is expected to start in the first quarter of 2019 with an expected combined duration of three to four vessel months. No financial details have been shared.Per recent 2Q 2018 presentation by SeaBird, the Osprey Explorer mobilized during the quarter for a new OBN source project in the US Gulf of Mexico with operations expected to start late Q3,- somewhat delayed due to the technical upgrade of the source equipment. As for the Harrier Explorer, it mobilized for projects on the NCS during the second quarter, ahead of a 2D project start-up.Offshore Energy Today Staff
The Port of Singapore, one of the leading global bunker ports, is gearing up for the IMO’s new sulphur regulations that will change the landscape for the bunker industry.Namely, as of January 1, 2020, the shipping industry needs to switch to fuels containing 0.5 pct levels of sulphur, considerably down from the current 3.5 percent.One of the major concerns for owners has been the availability of compliant fuels across global ports.To prepare the industry for the global sulphur cap, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) plans to publish an information sheet on the list of licensed bunker suppliers of low-sulphur fuels in Singapore by mid-2019.The information sheet will be made available online.As disclosed, several bunker suppliers and oil majors including Shell, ExxonMobil and BP have affirmed their readiness to supply 0.5 percent compliant fuels by January 1, 2020.“This year marks the 20th edition of the Singapore International Bunkering Conference and Exhibition (SIBCON) and it remains the key global platform to provide thought leadership for the industry. In light of the International Maritime Organization’s global sulphur limit from 1 January 2020, Singapore is committed to ensure a sufficient and broad range of solutions available to ship owners,” Andrew Tan, Chief Executive, MPA said.MPA also plans to set up a new work group with the industry to develop a roadmap that will include drivers such as digitalisation and innovation, and transparency and productivity in the sector. The work group will work towards completing the roadmap by fourth quarter of 2019.LNG bunkering has been one of the key projects in the port’s preparations for the future of the bunker industry.In 2014, MPA formed an international focus group to deepen cooperation and information sharing on LNG bunkering. Since then, the LNG bunkering port focus group has grown from three to 11 participants.The Suez Canal Economic Zone Authority joined the group formally on Wednesday, October 3, becoming the first one from the Middle East. The expansion was formalized via an MoU signing during the Singapore International Bunkering Conference and Exhibition’s (SIBCON) opening ceremony.“To kick-start the use of LNG as a marine fuel, MPA has co-funded the construction of eight LNG-fueled vessels. The first two were delivered this year to Keppel SMIT Towage and Maju Maritime, which have since conducted a total of 15 LNG bunkering operations. We expect this number to grow as more LNG-fueled vessels are delivered,” Singapore’s Minister of transport and Health, Lam Pin Min, said.“Outside of Singapore, MPA continues to work closely with ten other like-minded ports through the LNG Bunkering Port Focus Group. I am glad to note that the focus group will be releasing a joint timeline today, showing the readiness of each port to provide LNG bunkering facilities.”The focus group released an infographic jointly developed by the members:Image Courtesy: MPA Singapore Click to enlargeBeyond the use of LNG as a marine fuel in the Port of Singapore, the MPA has allocated SGD 5 million to the Green Energy Programme (GEP) to support the development of other cleaner alternative marine fuels. Companies can tap on the fund to carry out various activities including the conduct of research and development for cleaner marine fuel solutions in Singapore.Earlier this year, MPA announced the mandatory use of mass flow metering (MFM) system for delivery of distillates in the port as of July 2019, to boost transparency and productivity of the bunker industry.MPA has commenced the acceptance tests to roll out MFM on bunker tankers for the delivery of distillates.“The first test was completed in September 2018 and MPA is working closely with owners to schedule acceptance tests for all distillates bunker tankers. MPA is on track to implement the mandatory use of MFM on all bunker tankers delivering distillates by 1 July 2019,” the port authority said.In the coming months, the port authority plans to pilot an electronic Bunker Delivery Notes (e-BDN) to drive greater productivity, efficiency and transparency in the bunkering process. e-BDNs allow important bunkering information to be transmitted almost instantaneously to both buyers and sellers. MPA will continue to work with the industry to roll out this initiative as early as 2020.
The Environment Agency (EA) is launching a consultation on Monday, June 3rd on its new draft strategy to manage coastal flood risk between Saltfleet and Gibraltar Point over the next 100 years.The EA’s existing flood management approach for the Lincolnshire area is to nourish beaches on an annual basis to replenish sand lost to the sea over the year.This approach, without any additional control measures, is unlikely to remain a sustainable long term solution, reported the EA. This consultation provides residents, business owners and other stakeholders with an opportunity to give their views on the new strategy.The draft strategy proposes a new approach, which looks to introduce rock structures onto the beach in combination with continued beach nourishment to reduce sand movement.The configuration and exact size of the structures will be determined through detailed analysis and technical appraisals during the delivery phase of the strategy.Commenting on the new draft strategy, EA Flood and Coastal Risk manager Deborah Campbell said: “This draft strategy proposes a new approach to coastal flood risk management, which will help us continue to manage flood risk for thousands of homes in Lincolnshire over the next 100 years.”“Last year we consulted with the community on a shortlist of six options. We are very pleased to now present this strategy following rigorous environmental, technical and economical assessments as well as wide engagement with residents and other stakeholders,” Campbell added.This public consultation is open for a twelve-week period and the EA invites everyone to get involved and share their views.
French oil major Total has started up production from the Culzean gas condensate field located on Block 22/25a, 230 kilometers off the coast of Aberdeen, in the UK.Installation of Culzean topsides. Source: TotalThe Culzean field lies in Block 22/25 in the central North Sea’s East Central Graben.Announcing the field start-up on Tuesday, Total said that, with a plateau production of 100,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d), Culzean will account for around 5% of the UK’s gas consumption, bringing to 18% the proportion of the country’s gas demand supplied by Total.“The Culzean project is delivered ahead of schedule and more than 10% below the initial budget, which represents Capex savings of more than 500 million dollars. This has been achieved thanks to the excellent performance of the project teams in charge of the construction and drilling operations,” stated Arnaud Breuillac, President Exploration & Production at Total.“Culzean is a good example of our efforts to upgrade our portfolio in the North Sea over the last years, notably by bringing Total and Maersk Oil together. The Culzean field is located in the Central Graben area, close to the Elgin-Franklin fields, also operated by Total, thus generating synergies.”Discovered in 2008 by Maersk Oil, the Culzean field contains resources estimated between 250 and 300 million barrels of oil equivalent. The project includes the drilling of six wells, the construction of three bridge-linked platforms and of a Floating Storage and Offloading (FSO) unit. Gas from Culzean is exported via the CATS pipeline and the UK National Grid whilst condensate is stored in the FSO for offloading by shuttle tanker.Total operates Culzean with a 49.99% participating interest, alongside BP (32%) and JX Nippon (18.01%). Commenting on the start-up of Culzean, Glenn Morrall, a research associate with Wood Mackenzie’s North Sea upstream team, said: “Once the field hits peak in the early 2020s, Culzean could account for more than 10% of the UK’s gas production.“The project was brought on stream ahead of schedule and under budget, with Total shaving $500 million off the development costs since it was sanctioned in 2015. Development costs now sit at around $4.5 billion.”Morrall added: “Culzean is the third UK project to start production this year, but the biggest by a long way. It shows that there is still appetite for big developments in UK waters.“There is some risk, though. Culzean gas is HP/HT, which makes it more challenging to operate successfully. However, Total brings a wealth of experience in operating HP/HT fields, for example at the nearby Elgin-Franklin fields.“For the French major, production from Culzean will play a big part in it being the biggest UK gas producer for the foreseeable future.“The UK continues to deliver for Total, with the Culzean news following on from recent exploration success as an operator at Glendronach and partner at Glengorm.” Culzean shows there is still appetite for big developments in UK Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by over 10,000 industry professionals daily. We had nearly 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas and allows our partners to get maximum exposure for their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options.
The Offshore Energy Conference program spans six sessions. Today we offer you a first look at the session titled Energy Transition Live on the North Sea in 2019, which will be held on 8 October.Guided by moderator Rene Peters, Business Director Gas Technology, TNO this session will look at what is happening on the North Sea right now.Europe and the activities taking place in the North Sea are leading in the energy transition. You will leave the session with an overview in mind on what is currently going on and can find out the best practices.Head to www.Offshore-Energy.biz to find out more on the conference. Registration will open shortly!
Image source: LiebherrIn close cooperation with Royal IHC, Liebherr has designed special planetary plug-in gearboxes for rope winches to be installed on the Spartacus – the world’s largest and most powerful cutter suction dredger (CSD).For the Spartacus, Liebherr and IHC developed an anchor winch with two high-torque plug-in gears (up to 1,500,000 Nm) and equipped these with axial play, in order to guard against any possible tensions in the steel structure. The multiple tooth mesh of the planetary gear stages provides the gears’ very high power density.The drum bearings in the transmission are designed specifically for use in winches to comply with high service life and maintenance-friendly operation requirements. Salt water-resistant paints and the particularly robust and compact design make them ideal for deployment on the high seas, and ensure the long life of the components, according to Liebherr.Liebherr also conducted a detailed heat calculation and supported IHC in choosing a suitable cooling option.“For the Spartacus project, we chose Liebherr planetary gearboxes, because of the good experiences we already had with them,” said JaapJan de Koster, Lead Engineer at IHC. “For a number of these winch drives, secondary controlled hydraulic motors were applied, which place high demands on the rest of the drive, such as an increased mass inertia. For this requirement Liebherr has applied their extensive knowledge of drive technology and provided us with a very solid and integrated solution. Their technical support on this project helped a lot and we had our minds free to focus on other technical challenges for this very special vessel.”The Spartacus incorporates 12 different gears with torque ranging from 165,000 to 1,500,000 Nm in use. The overall high performance of the Spartacus will enable it to cut through even the harder sediments at high speeds. This was only a dream of the future, now cutting instead of blasting is a reality.The maritime division of Liebherr also contributed to this major project, and supplied IHC with its largest CBW-F 3450 ship crane, which was specifically developed for the Spartacus in March of this year.