Offshore Energy http://www.wqocgl.icu Home of Energy Transition Fri, 20 Nov 2020 20:58:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.5 https://cdn.offshorewind.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2020/04/09141225/cropped-OE-favicon.png Offshore Energy http://www.wqocgl.icu 32 32 The Clean Arctic Alliance says IMO’s ban leaves Arctic vulnerable to HFO spill for another decade http://www.wqocgl.icu/the-clean-arctic-alliance-says-imos-ban-leaves-arctic-vulnerable-to-hfo-spill-for-another-decade/ Fri, 20 Nov 2020 15:19:53 +0000 http://www.wqocgl.icu/?p=405530 The Clean Arctic Alliance slammed the decision by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to […]

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The Clean Arctic Alliance slammed the decision by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to approve a ban on the use and carriage of heavy fuel oil in the Arctic (HFO), saying that it would leave the Arctic, its Indigenous communities and its wildlife facing the risk of a HFO spill for another decade.

The ban was approved during a virtual meeting of the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 75) which took place from November 16-20, 2020.

The alliance has been very vocal in critizing the ban, saying it was ridden with loopholes in the form of exemptions and waivers that can be granted by the Arctic States.

Specifically, under the new regulations, five central Arctic coastal States – Russia, Norway, Denmark (Greenland), Canada and the United States – will have the option of issuing waivers to their own flagged ships while they are operating in their own waters.

The alliance believes this will create a two-tier system of environmental protection and enforcement in the Arctic because the regulation is not flag-neutral and negative environmental consequences in the Arctic’s territorial seas and exclusive economic zones.

“In its current form, the ban will achieve only a minimal reduction in HFO use and carriage by ships in the Arctic in mid-2024, when it comes into effect. It is now crucial that Arctic coastal states do not resort to issuing waivers to their flagged vessels,” Dr Sian Prior, Lead Advisor to the Clean Arctic Alliance said.

“The ban that the IMO has approved today will mean that a full three-quarters of the ships using HFO today will be eligible for an exemption to the ban, because their fuel tanks are ‘protected’, or because they can apply to an Arctic coastal state for a waiver from the ban”, continued Prior.

“As a result, the use of HFO in the Arctic is likely to continue to grow until the ban takes full effect in 2029 – so not only does the ban not sufficiently protect the Arctic, it’s actually contributing to a greater exposure to the risks associated with the use of heavy fuel oil.”

According to a cent analysis by the International Council on Clean Transportation the regulation will reduce the use of HFO by 16% and the carriage of HFO as fuel by 30% when it takes effect in July 2024, and will allow 74% of Arctic shipping to continue with business as usual.

The Clean Arctic Alliance urged IMO member states to consider how the ban can be strengthened ahead of formal adoption next year, and for individual states to examine domestic options for providing the protection required for the Arctic from the risks of HFO use and carriage, such as Norway’s recent proposal to ban HFO from the waters around Svalbard.

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Building confidence in marine energy technology through certification http://www.wqocgl.icu/building-confidence-in-marine-energy-technology-through-certification/ Fri, 20 Nov 2020 14:51:15 +0000 http://www.wqocgl.icu/?p=405523 As part of the IEC 62600 standard series, IEC Technical Committee 114 (IEC TC 114) has recently published a new part for the international standard to support the assessment of marine energy technologies.

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The newly released IEC 62600-4 Technical Specification reduces risk in marine energy convertors through technology qualification.


By Winston D’Souza (Lloyd’s Register) and Peter Scheijgrond (MET-Support); The article first appeared on IEC e-tech.

Illustration (Courtesy of IEC e-tech)

Technological innovation can often lead to the development of novel designs and concepts that cannot be certified against existing normative rules or international codes and standards.

Hence, in the absence of any such benchmarks, these technologies (or their respective novel components) require a different systematic verification and validation process to identify, quantify, analyze and manage operational risks that may arise.

The marine energy (ME) sector is one of the fastest growing sectors involving the development of novel marine energy converters (MECs).

Although international standards specifically tailored for this sector are fast emerging, in the interim, how does one reduce risk associated with the deployment of MECs?

The process of technology qualification (TQ) provides a starting point for achieving certification, which is an important step both for attracting finance as well as providing confidence that the MEC technology has been independently assessed through a structured process.

As part of the IEC 62600 standard series, IEC Technical Committee 114 (IEC TC 114) recently published a new part for the international standard to support the assessment of such novel technologies. This part, referred to as IEC TS 62600-4, describes the process of how ME technologies can achieve certification through technology qualification.

This technical specification provides a gateway for facilitating ME products to achieve certification by identifying which elements within the technology might exhibit the most technological risk or uncertainty and establishes appropriate qualification activities to address them.

The production of the technical specification was supported in part by the recently concluded INTERREG 2SEAS MET-CERTIFIED project. This project was led by the Dutch Marine Energy Centre, with a host of partners including certification bodies, technology developers and marine energy test laboratories contributing towards its goals, one of which included aiding the development of international standards for assessing ME technologies.

With ever increasing numbers of ME technologies globally, the goal of IEC 62600 is to provide universally accepted criteria by which MECs can be evaluated to ensure consistency in the quality of products and services being offered globally.

Under the IECRE, the IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Renewable Energy Applications, a TQ process leading to a certification is carried out by an independent body known as a renewable energy certification body (RECB).

Certificates awarded by RECBs are highly valued by multiple stakeholders including financial institutions, insurers, end-users and regulators as they enhance confidence for the associated MECs or their components. This plays a significant role in the commercialization of products and services offered.

The practice of TQ in accordance with IEC TS 62600-4 leading to the award of a Statement of Feasibility is a two-stage process:

Stage 01 (technology appraisal): This stage involves a comprehensive assessment of the technology in the context of a technology appraisal workshop and concludes with issuance of the technology appraisal report. The sub-stages are as follows:

  • Definition of the technology
  • System decomposition
  • Detail technology assessment
  • Detail risk assessment
  • Technology appraisal (discussion from the findings of technology and risk analysis)
  • Issuance of technology appraisal report by the RECB

Stage 02 (technology qualification plan): This stage includes the preparation of a technology qualification plan (TQP) by the technology developer, which upon approval by the RECB, results in the award of a statement of feasibility by the RECB. The sub-stages for this part of the process are:

  • Review of technology appraisal report by the technology developer
  • Drafting of a TQP by the technology developer addressing issues of concern
  • Finalization of the TQP covering details of tests, acceptance criteria, timelines, etc.
  • Submission of TQP to the RECB for assessment
  • Approval of TQP by the RECB, if no queries arise
  • Issuance of a statement of feasibility by the RECB confirming acceptance of TQP

Beyond the scope of the above two stages, the technology developer may continue its journey towards certification by engaging with an RECB in accordance with the IECRE certification process. A successful outcome from such a process will result in the award of one of the below:

  • Prototype certification
  • Component certification
  • Type certification
  • Project certification

The project team involved with the development of the IEC TS 62600-4 technical specification consisted of experts from Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States. With the publication of IEC TS 62600-4, the ME sector is now equipped to provide a globally accepted structured assessment process for novel or innovative technologies, as well as offer technology developers a framework to understand how their products or services will be evaluated.

In addition to this recently published technical specification, the other parts of the IEC 62600 standard for assessing the various ME technologies are illustrated in the diagram below.

Parts of the IEC 62600 standard for assessing the various ME technologies
Parts of the IEC 62600 standard for assessing the various ME technologies

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Repsol Sinopec preparing for decommissioning of UK North Sea field http://www.wqocgl.icu/repsol-sinopec-preparing-for-decommissioning-of-uk-north-sea-field/ Fri, 20 Nov 2020 14:26:51 +0000 http://www.wqocgl.icu/?p=405505 Repsol Sinopec has received approval from the UK authorities for preparation work scopes relating to the decommissioning of the Fulmar and Auk North installations.

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Oil and gas company Repsol Sinopec has received approval from the UK authorities for preparation work scopes plan relating to the decommissioning of the Fulmar and Auk North installations located in the UK sector of the North Sea.

Prior to formal approval of the Fulmar and Auk North Decommissioning Programmes (facilities) and DP (jacket), there are a number of decommissioning scopes that are required to be progressed to prepare for final decommissioning.

Repsol Sinopec’s document, which has now been approved, contains the decommissioning scope of work that will be executed prior to formal approval of the DP (facilities) and DP (jacket).

These scopes include the development of the decommissioning programme including all studies, platform surveys, development of well abandonment solutions for the Fulmar A wells (Fulmar and Halley), Fulmar AD wells, and Auk North Wells; development of stakeholder engagement plan to present and facilitate engagement sessions with stakeholders; asset operations transition planning; Fulmar AD well abandonment; and Fulmar A well intervention (Fulmar and Halley Wells).

In addition, the scope also includes Fulmar A Well Abandonment (Fulmar and Halley Wells) including platform rig upgrades, commitments to module rigs, or hydraulic workover units or any potential topside removal; upgrade of platform utility and safety systems will also be required to support the well abandonment operations based on a platform-based solution. The scope may take the form of inspection, modifications/upgrades as part of the enabling scopes to ensure that they are suitable to support the abandonment scopes;

Finally, the work scoped include engineering, down and cleaning of Fulmar A and Fulmar AD production facilities and supporting utilities.

The Fulmar complex, comprising the main Fulmar Alpha platform and the bridge-linked Advanced Drilling (AD) wellhead jacket, is a fixed offshore drilling, production and accommodation installation, located in Block 30/16 of the Central Sector of the North Sea.

The installation stands in 83m of water approximately 350km east of Dundee.

Auk, Auk North & Fulmar field layout - Repsol Sinopec
Auk, Auk North & Fulmar field layout

Development of the Fulmar field began in 1978 with first oil produced from the AD wellhead jacket to the Floating Storage Unit (FSU) in February 1982, followed by first oil from Fulmar Alpha in May 1982. Fulmar Alpha currently has 36 well slots and Fulmar AD has six well slots.

Fulmar Alpha imports metered oil from Clyde/Orion and Auk Alpha. The oil imports are combined within the oil export module (OEM) before being metered and exported via a subsea pipeline to the Norpipe system for onward processing at Teesside. Fulmar Alpha also receives conditioned metered Clyde gas for export via the St. Fergus pipeline.

The Auk North reservoir is located approximately 10.5 km southwest of the Fulmar Alpha platform and was developed as a subsea tie-back to the Fulmar Alpha platform.

The development was produced from four wells each utilizing dual electric submersible pumps (ESP), which are tied back to the Auk North subsea manifold and onto the Fulmar Alpha platform via an electro-hydraulic control umbilical, flowline and conductor/riser arrangement.

Within the Fulmar field are two redundant single anchor leg mooring (SALM) bases that supported the original oil export route from Fulmar Alpha via shuttle tanker. The SALM Bases were included within the previously approved Fulmar Oil Export Decommissioning Programme indicating that they will remain in situ to allow for potential re-use.

The programme also stated that should no further use be identified the SALM Bases will be decommissioned at the same time as the other facilities in the Fulmar fields.

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Canada backs carbon neutral survey platform development http://www.wqocgl.icu/canada-backs-carbon-neutral-survey-platform-development/ Fri, 20 Nov 2020 14:23:54 +0000 http://www.wqocgl.icu/?p=405506 Canada’s Ocean Supercluster is supporting XOCEAN-led XO-G2 project which aims to develop the next […]

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Canada’s Ocean Supercluster is supporting XOCEAN-led XO-G2 project which aims to develop the next generation survey platform in the form of uncrewed surface vessels (USV).

With increased demand on the ocean for aquaculture, harvesting metals and energy extraction, companies need safer, lower cost, carbon neutral uncrewed solutions for collecting ocean data.

The next generation of USVs should addresses these requirements operating over the horizon with a range of over 3,000 nautical miles without a support vessel.

The total project value is $3.4 million with the Ocean Supercluster providing $2 million in funding and the balance coming from project partners.

The XO-G2 Project

Led by XOCEAN’s Canadian business together with partners ABCO Industries, DMR Boat Design, Ocean Floor Geophysics (OFG), and Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the project aims to develop a fully integrated platform, controlled and operated by over the horizon satellite communications technology with the capability of an underwater towed body of sensors.

This project will supply ocean data using a platform that provides the capability to survey faster, deeper, further offshore with negligible carbon emissions.

These advancements to XOCEAN’s first USV, the XO-450, should allow access to a larger market and deliver a greater breadth of services, creating more than 50 direct jobs over the next four years.

XOCEAN is targeting the fabrication of a 100 USV fleet and the opening of a Control Room in Nova Scotia to support global operations.

OFG RM Hypermag

The XO-G2 towed body will house OFG’s RM Hypermag, a scalable magnetic vector gradiometer that leverages their expertise in marine magnetics for autonomous vehicles.

Specifically, RM Hypermag is the next generation of OFG’s Self-Compensating Magnetometer (SCM) system for autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV), USVs, and ROVs. Improved depth of burial and tracking for cables and pipelines, UXO detection and characterization should all benefit from its high sensitivity, noise rejection, and “strap-down” configuration allowing for tight integration into the vehicle.

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Equinor told to fix issues on two Norwegian projects http://www.wqocgl.icu/equinor-told-to-fix-issues-on-two-norwegian-projects/ Fri, 20 Nov 2020 13:42:23 +0000 http://www.wqocgl.icu/?p=405476 Norwegian offshore safety agency has found nonconformities following audits of the Equinor-operated Johan Castberg and Kristin projects in Norway.

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Norwegian offshore safety agency, the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA), has found nonconformities following audits of the Equinor-operated Johan Castberg and Kristin projects in Norway.

The PSA on Friday released two reports following audits of Equinor projects.

The audit of the preservation of equipment and systems for Johan Castberg at the construction sites at Stord and Egersund was conducted from 14 to 28 September 2020.

The objective of the audit was to verify that the preservation of equipment and systems complies with the regulatory requirements.

Two non-conformities were identified in connection with governing documents (Stord and Egersund) and non-conformity handling (Stord and Egersund).

In addition, four improvement points were identified relating to historical recording (Stord and Egersund), own follow-up (Stord and Egersund), maintenance programme (Stord), and preservation (Egersund).

The safety authority asked Equinor to report on how the non-conformities will be addressed and for the assessment of the improvement points observed. The deadline for this is set for 4 December 2020.

The Johan Castberg field is situated approximately 100 kilometres north of the Sn?hvit-field in the Barents Sea. The field is expected to come on stream in 2023 and will produce for 30 years.

Furthermore, the PSA conducted the audit of Equinor and the company’s integrity and barrier management for flexible risers and selected safety systems at Kristin.

The audit was conducted on 30 August and 1 September 2020.

The objective of the audit was to monitor that integrity and barrier management at Kristin, including flexible risers, piping, valves and selected safety systems, complies with the regulations and company’s internal requirements.

Three non-conformities were identified, relating to non-conformity handling, incident reporting, and risers.

Two improvement points were also identified in connection with maintenance management and follow-up.

Equinor has been asked to report on how the non-conformities will be addressed. The PSA has also asked for the company’s assessment of the observations it has categorized as improvement points. The reply deadline is set for 1 December 2020.

The Kristin gas and condensate field is located in the south-western part of the Halten Bank in the Norwegian Sea. The field came on stream on 3 November 2005.

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Hafnia CEO: Further consolidation needed within the product tanker sector http://www.wqocgl.icu/hafnia-ceo-further-consolidation-needed-within-the-product-tanker-sector/ Fri, 20 Nov 2020 13:42:20 +0000 http://www.wqocgl.icu/?p=405459 Product tanker major Hafnia Limited believes that further consolidation is needed within the product […]

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Product tanker major Hafnia Limited believes that further consolidation is needed within the product tanker sector to fully unleash value and synergies from additional operational scale.

Hafnia Limited was set up in January 2019, following a merger between BW Tankers with Hafnia Tankers, a fellow subsidiary of BW Group. The merger was effected through a share swap arrangement, where newly issued shares of BW Tankers were exchanged for all outstanding shares of Hafnia Tankers.

The merger was followed by a major consolidation move between Diamond S and Norden in June 2020 to join their respective product tanker fleets.

The deal was welcomed by Hafnia as a way of rebuilding the balance between supply and demand in the face of reduced oil consumption.

The supply-demand balance is even more important having in mind the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the demand, as well as supply of ships once the market starts to rebound post-covid.

“As a consequence of the global pandemic, oil demand decreased significantly in the first half of 2020, and refinery output across the globe adjusted accordingly. Receding product tanker demand was a natural and predicted consequence of this demand destruction,” Mikael Skov, CEO Hafnia, said.

“With a flattening contango curve towards the end of the second quarter, the market also saw vessels coming out of floating storage and returning to the active fleet. This increased available tonnage steadily throughout the third quarter, decreasing rates in line with our expectation that part of the global fleet would be less busy as oil inventories and demand recalibrated.”

The latest quarter has been Hafnia’s best third quarter since 2016, yielding a marginal net profit of $0.4 million.

The company delivered a marginally positive result for the quarter and with a year-to-date net profit of $175.2 million yielding an annualized ROIC of 12.3% and an RoE of 20.4%.

Skov said that the quarter provided a glimmer of hope for a smooth rebalancing of the market for the transportation of refined oil products.

The product tanker market in Q4 2020 thus far has been an extension of the suppressed market in Q3 2020, according to Hafnia.

This is due to the second wave of coronavirus in the northern hemisphere followed by lockdowns in many countries, making it difficult for the company to assess the current state of the global economy and resulting oil demand.

“Similarly, the product tanker market outlook at present remains somewhat bearish short term. Current trends in drawdowns of product and crude oil inventories look likely to continue for the rest of 2020 and into early 2021 while vessels unwinding from floating storage,” the shipowner said.

At the end of the quarter, Hafnia had 87 owned vessels and 15 chartered-in vessels, including six LR2s, 36 LR1s 1, 47 MRs, and 13 Handy vessels.

The company has two new buildings on order that would be chartered out to Total on long term charters.

Posted: 23 days ago

Total charters LNG-fueled Aframax quartet

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At the end of October, Hafnia, through the Vista JV with CSSC Shipping, ordered two Aframax-type LR2 vessels equipped with LNG propulsion.

The vessels will be built at Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI) and are scheduled for delivery in 2023.

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Osprey Group bags Moray East OWF contract http://www.wqocgl.icu/osprey-group-bags-moray-east-owf-contract/ Fri, 20 Nov 2020 13:25:00 +0000 http://www.wqocgl.icu/?p=405540 The Osprey Group has won a contract to provide handling and storage services for […]

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The Osprey Group has won a contract to provide handling and storage services for the spare export cable for the Moray East offshore wind farm.

Under the contract, the company will receive and store approximately 2,500 metres of subsea cable and approximately 1,500 metres of HDD cable to be received from NKT’s cable laying vessel NKT Victoria by the end of this year.

Osprey will use a powered quadrant and self-propelled modular transporters to load the cable into the basket at the Port of Sunderland, where it will be stored for at least two years.

“These cabling baskets are a specialist item, we get them built to our own design. For this contract, we’ve been working with fabricators JW Colpitts, and the Port of Sunderland”, said Pete Fletcher, Osprey Director.

NKT Victoria has installed all three Moray East export cables by mid-October and currently, the first campaign for inter-array cable testing and termination is underway at the site.

NKT signed a firm contract for the supply and installation of the wind farm’s export cables at the end of 2018.

Moray East, whose three offshore transformer modules (OTMs) have been in place since mid-September, will feature 100 MHI Vestas 9.5 MW wind turbines.

The offshore wind farm is scheduled to be commissioned in 2022.

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Zvezda cuts steal for lead Arctic LNG 2 tanker http://www.wqocgl.icu/zvezda-cuts-steal-for-lead-arctic-lng-2-tanker/ Fri, 20 Nov 2020 13:10:05 +0000 http://www.wqocgl.icu/?p=405470 Russian Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex said it has cut the steel for the lead vessel in the ice-class ARC7 LNG tanker series.

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Russian Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex said it has cut the steel for the lead vessel in the ice-class ARC7 LNG tanker series.

Zvezda cuts steal for lead Arctic LNG 2 tanker
Courtesy of Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex

To remind, the vessels built by the Russian shipyard will be deployed for the Novatek-led Arctic LNG 2 project in the Russian Arctic. Zvezda will build a total of 15 Arctic LNG carriers with a further six to be delivered by the South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME).

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Novatek completes Arctic LNG 2 fleet formation

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Zvezda stressed that this is the first time liquefied natural gas carriers are being built in Russia.

Zhe ice-class ARC 7 LNG carriers are able to operate in harsh conditions. The vessels will be capable of transporting up to 172,600 cubic meters of the chilled fuel in GTT designed tanks.

Each vessel will be 300 meters long and 48.8 meters wide, and will use LNG as the main fuel.

The design of the gas carrier allows independently breaking ice more than 2 meters thick.

Zvezda noted that the funding for the 15-strong LNG carrier fleet has been provided by VEB.RF

In an earlier statement, GTT, the French LNG containment specialist noted the delivery of the vessels is scheduled for the second half of 2024 and the end of 2025.

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MacGregor makes Lingshui 17-2 deliveries http://www.wqocgl.icu/macgregor-makes-lingshui-17-2-deliveries/ Fri, 20 Nov 2020 12:51:51 +0000 http://www.wqocgl.icu/?p=405435 MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has delivered the riser pull-in system for the Lingshui 17-2 […]

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Lingshui 17-2 project
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MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has delivered the riser pull-in system for the Lingshui 17-2 platform, owned and operated by CNOOC.

The Lingshui 17-2 platform is the world’s first deepwater semi-submersible production platform with condensate storage facilities.

The China’s first wholly-owned and operated deepwater gas platform should start gas production in 2021.

In 2019, MacGregor won orders for the on-vessel mooring systems and riser pull-in system to the LS 17-2 platform. The mooring system delivery took place in June, despite the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.

You Xuegang, deputy chief manager of CNOOC Zhanjiang branch, said:

“The LS17-2 project is is a brand new project for both CNOOC and MacGregor, with the importance of the riser system in deepwater development being equivalent to the human carotid artery.”

“We have been fully supported by MacGregor since the project commenced, especially during the most difficult time when the pandemic broke at the beginning of this year.”

Leif Bystr?m, head of Offshore Solutions, MacGregor, said:

“This project demonstrates MacGregor’s strengths, with our global capabilities enabling uninterrupted delivery of our products and services despite the Coronavirus pandemic restrictions, and the ability to quickly respond to our customer’s needs through a strong local presence in China.”

Also in June this year, offshore oil and gas services player Allseas started work on the Lingshui 17-2 gas field.

For its first job in China, the company utilised two vessels – the Audacia and Calamity Jane.

Audacia got the task to install 160 kilometres of pipelines and multiple structures in water depths up to 1,500 metres.

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NV5 scores $8 mln LNG upgrade deal http://www.wqocgl.icu/nv5-scores-8-mln-lng-upgrade-deal/ Fri, 20 Nov 2020 12:45:58 +0000 http://www.wqocgl.icu/?p=405462 The U.S. engineering and consulting solutions provider NV5 has secured an $8 million LNG upgrade deal.

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The U.S. engineering and consulting solutions provider NV5 has secured an $8 million LNG upgrade deal.

The company said in its statement the contract is for a Northeast Utility, without disclosing further information.

The deal covers engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) services to upgrade a liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility owned and operated by the utility.

The improvements are part of a multi-phase project, and NV5 was previously awarded the engineering and design for the upgrade. The updated facility will increase the safety, efficiency, and reliability of the gas supply to the utility’s service area, the company’s statement reads.

“We have seen significant growth in this sector as we support utility investments to modernize the electrical grid and gas distribution infrastructure and improve the reliability and safety of transmission and distribution,” said Dickerson Wright, PE, chairman and CEO of NV5.

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