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Regional Report: The Arctic

Mike Slaton, Contributing Editor

Dancing on melting ice

Wärtsilä’s digital route optimization system to be deployed on 600+ vessels

The Wärtsilä Fleet Operations Solution integrates individual processes that are otherwise separate from each other to optimize the planning, weather routing, fuel consumption, and speed of a vessel.

Versatile DP flow metering technology solves redesign challenges on offshore platform project

Bridget Spencer, P.E., Wood; Suganya Kandasamy, Laurentide Controls; Panthini Patel, Emerson Process Management

Re-opening a platform design project previously mothballed during the oil and gas industry downturn presented flow metering challenges. DP provided the answers.

Plexus wellhead sealing system aces API 6A PR2F testing standards

The tests, verified by Lloyds Register, exceed conventional API 6A temperature class ranges of ‘K’ (-75 to +180°F) and ‘X’ (0 to 350°F), and Plexus engineers believe no other wellhead sealing system can perform under the same conditions in a single test run.

Halliburton introduces 15kpsi multizone completion system for ultra-deepwater operations

The increased capability of the XSTMZ system helps increase production and total recovery by driving down abandonment pressure and can save rig time by isolating and treating several intervals with a single trip.

Maersk Supply Service wins FPSO tow and mooring installation project

This is the fourth large moorings project Maersk Supply Service is delivering following its announcement to expand, adding project management and engineering on top of its in-house fleet of more than 40 vessels.

New DNV GL recommended practice on subsea welding removes uncertainty, improves quality

DNVGL-RP-B204 “Welding of subsea production system equipment” provides agreed and harmonized operator requirements and best practice guidelines that will ensure consistency in the fabrication of subsea pressure retaining equipment such as wellheads, Xmas trees, manifolds and jumpers.

Wärtsilä Expert Insight adds AI capabilities to predictive maintenance

The system enables customer support to be delivered proactively by Wärtsilä Expertise Centres to ensure long-term accurate insight for their predictive maintenance strategies.

Rovco completes ROV inspection, 3D modeling project at Galloper offshore wind farm

Rovco has utilized its technology and subsea expertise to inspect all 56 turbines at the Galloper Wind Farm, which generates enough green electricity to power the equivalent of 380,000 homes.

ABB proves long-distance subsea power system for deep, remote ocean environments

Offshore energy companies will be able to access a reliable supply of up to 100 megawatts of power, over distances up to 600 kilometers and down to 3,000 meters water depth.

Enpro Subsea completes latest subsea enhanced production campaign in Ghana

Enpro Subsea has recently completed another two successful subsea hydraulic intervention campaigns for two operators in West Africa.

CGG to undertake UK North Sea’s largest OBN multi-client survey

Planned to start in early 2020, the survey has already received significant industry interest and is being prefunded in part by BP. First results are targeted for Q1 2021.

i-Tech 7 extends UWILD track record in North Sea

i-Tech 7, Subsea 7’s Life of Field business unit, has successfully completed an underwater inspection in lieu of dry-docking (UWILD) project for Borr Drilling in the North Sea.

Senegal to offer 10 offshore blocks in 2020 license round

Senegal’s MSGBC basin is home to several recent high-profile oil and gas discoveries, set in a variety of play types, both on and off the carbonate shelf.

Bourbon awarded new integrated logistics contract by Total in Namibia

Bourbon will provide Integrated Logistics services through its branch Bourbon Logistics Namibia local branch, with a well-established local partner, Logistics Support Services. Working with a solid local partner is a key aspect of Bourbon local content strategy.

Expro secures Ichthys LNG contract extension offshore Australia

The contract will see Expro continue to supply a high rate 175 MMscf/day well testing package, which will include enhanced electronic emergency shut down (ESD) systems.

Wärtsilä and PSA Marine collaborate to achieve clean energy shipping

Specific collaboration areas envisioned include the use of electric or hybrid technologies that further the use of low-emissions energy and propulsion systems, and the incorporation of next-generation smart vessel technologies.

New pre-salt production begins on P-68 FPSO for Shell, Total in Brazil

Deepwater production has come online from the Brazilian pre-salt Santos basin. Shell Brasil and its consortium partners announced the start of oil and natural gas production at the P-68 FPSO, located in BM-S-11-A Concession in Berbigão, Sururu and West Atapu.

ADNOC launches program to significantly expand onshore, offshore rig fleets by 2025

"The program is a pivotal enabler of our plans to substantially increase drilling for conventional oil and gas as well as considerably ramp up the number of unconventional wells," said Abdulmunim Saif Al Kindy, ADNOC's upstream executive director.

Canadian gas drillers pursue plan for floating LNG project

Rockies LNG Partners, a group of Canadian natural gas drillers seeking new markets for their production, is considering building an export project on barges floating off the coast of British Columbia.