The latest series of recently announced offshore energy projects around the world covers an assortment that includes installation, decommissioning, drilling, and IMR, indicating that the various sectors within the vast industry are enjoying continued progress this early in the year. Much of the work is, for now, concentrated in Europe and the Asia-Pacific, two regions that have been exhibiting tremendous potential for development over the last few months.
Seajacks wins turbine installation work in Japan
Seajacks Japan, a wholly owned subsidiary of Seajacks International, has been awarded a contract with Kajima Corporation for the transport and installation of 33 MHI Vestas 4.2MW wind turbine generators at the Akita Port and Noshiro Port offshore wind farms in Japanese waters.
Installation is scheduled to commence in 2022. Upon completion, it will be the first commercial size fixed bottom wind farm in Japan.
NYK joins project to develop LNG FSRP in Papua New Guinea
Yet another Japanese firm is expanding its foothold in the offshore energy market, with Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) confirming earlier this month that it will participate in the design, development, and engineering work of a floating storage and regasification power generation facility (FSRP) planned near Lae, the capital of Morobe province in Papua New Guinea (PNG).
NYK will be partnered with Chiyoda Corporation and Norway’s Moss Maritime on the project. The design, development, and engineering work contract was received by the Chiyoda Corporation from Kumul Petroleum Holdings, a national oil company in PNG.
The new FSRP will have the capacity to generate 75 MW of power to be exported to the local transmission grid, in addition to being able to load and store 140,000 cubic metres of LNG that can be offloaded to small-scale vessels and redistributed to local areas. The LNG can also be regasified and exported as gas via a pipeline to local areas as well.
Oceaneering’s subsea robotics segment secures over US$225 million in new contracts
Oceaneering International has confirmed that its subsea robotics segment has been awarded multiple contracts during the fourth quarter of 2020, with anticipated aggregate revenue in excess of US$225 million.
These contracts are with international oil and gas operators and marine construction companies, and range in duration from several months to five years. The work scopes are primarily for remotely operated vehicle (ROV) services delivered from floating rigs and multi-service, subsea intervention, and construction vessels.
Also included among the contracted scopes are ROV tooling, survey, positioning, and autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) services.
Dolphin Drilling bags work for INEOS in Norwegian Sea
Dolphin Drilling has secured a contract with INEOS Energy for work on the Norwegian continental shelf.
The work includes drilling of the Fat Canyon well in the Norwegian Sea. Commencement of the project is in the third quarter of 2021 with an estimated duration of 40 days.
Allseas kicks off platform removal for Spirit Energy
Allseas has begun decommissioning work on two disused 11,000-tonne gas production platforms operated by Spirit Energy in the east Irish Sea. The work will be carried out in a water depth of 22 metres some 24 kilometres off the coast of Blackpool.
Ongoing preparations include the cutting and removal of risers, caissons and conductors, cutting the platforms’ steel legs, strengthening the topsides and installing made-to-measure lift points. The job includes extensive subsea activities, such as the removal of mattresses, spools, cables and umbilicals, requiring more than 180 separate lifts by a construction support vessel.
The platforms will be transported to shore for eventual recycling.
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