Monster Cables: Connecting the Subsea Factory

If the oil and gas industry's dream of a subsea factory is to become reality, then R&D that advances current technology is imperative. Companies like ABB are working to advance subsea power conversion, Aker Solutions is developing capping technologies, and OneSubsea has already built the first multiphase compressor that in and of itself is a quantum leap forward in subsea … [Read more...]

U.S. Rear Admiral Says Global Underwater Traffic Control Needed

By Isabel Reynolds (Bloomberg) -- The global undersea environment is increasingly crowded with the submarine equivalents of everything from jumbo jets to light aircraft, heightening the need for a control system to avoid mishaps, according to a senior U.S. naval officer. Rear Admiral William Merz, who heads U.S. submarine operations from the middle of the Pacific to the Suez … [Read more...]

Technip Dive Vessel to Work on Standby at Goliat FPSO

Eni Norge AS, operator of the Goliat field located approximately 85 kilometers northwest of Hammerfest, Norway, has been given approval today by the Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority to perform manned underwater operations in support of the installation of the Goliat FPSO. ENI spokesperson Andreas Wulff says Technip's Seahunter, a Light Diving Craft, will be utilized, … [Read more...]

The Upside to a Down Market: Innovation and Standardization in Norway

As a daily consumer of energy, I've been selfishly happy about the lower fuel prices of late. Low gas prices are good - at least that's what I thought.  And then last week, gCaptain sent me to Oslo  to attend the Subsea Valley Conference and Expo, and I learned that low fuel prices are also very bad. For those of you not paying attention (and until last week I was one of … [Read more...]

EMAS AMC Signs New Subsea IRM Contracts

Global subsea EPCIC contractor EMAS AMC, a subsidiary of Ezra Holdings, reports today new contracts worth upwards of $55 million to support the inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR), subsea removal work of pipelines and structures, installation of buoys and lifting of structures and mattresses at an undisclosed project. The contracts also include a pre-FEED study, the … [Read more...]