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Ocean current turbine demo scores more

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first_imgA small-scale tidal current turbine demonstrator – being developed by Spanish Seaplace and UK’s Magnomatics – has achieved one third more efficiency during testing than had been previously predicted.A 6kW turbine demonstrator, with rotational speeds of up to 120 ppm, was recently tested at a facility in Madrid, where it achieved better results than anticipated, the developers said.The project is looking to harness the power of sea currents as an alternative energy source by designing a turbine with pseudo direct drive (PDD) technology to deliver high torque, low speed power for the machine.The design of the device being developed by the companies – a floating tension-tethered and self-steerable marine-current (FTMC) turbine – is said to allow the exploitation of marine currents in areas deeper than 60 meters, or in areas with irregular seabed where fixed devices are too expensive to deploy.The FTMC turbine put through its paces in a test basin (Photo: Seaplace) The Sheffield-based company developing magnetic gear technology Mangomatics was in charge of the PDD generator design, while the turbine itself was designed by the Spanish offshore engineering experts from Seaplace.Using kinetic energy of ocean currents as a means of generating power is a relatively young technology compared with developments in other fields of alternative power generation, according to Magnomatics.David Latimer, Magnomatics’ Chief Executive, said: “The possibilities presented by using ocean currents as an alternative energy source are far-reaching. The European Commission estimates that 0.1% of the energy content in ocean waves could be capable of supplying the entire world’s energy demand five times over.“Currently, energy harnessed from currents meets just 0.02% of the EU’s energy requirements.”The 32-month long project kicked off on April 1, 2016 – under the Eurostars Program, aimed at market-oriented transnational projects.The full-scale turbine will measure around 26 meters in diameter, with a propeller diameter of approximately 18 meters, with five blades to each propeller, according to Magnomatics.last_img read more

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Siccar Point pushes back Lyon well to minimize costs

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first_imgAberdeen-based oil company Siccar Point Energy has decided to defer the drilling of the Lyon exploration well offshore the Shetland Islands until 2019.The exploration well 208/2-A (Lyon) is located in license P.1854, approximately 125 kilometers northwest of the Shetland Islands. The water depth at the site is about 1,444 meters.The initial drilling program was supposed to take place from May to August 2018 immediately following the Cambo appraisal well which has not been completed yet.Siccar Point said on Tuesday that, with the Cambo well operations due to be completed shortly, the drilling of the Lyon well would be pushed back to 2019.According to the company, this is primarily to mitigate the risk of weather downtime as the well would continue into the winter season if drilled in direct continuation with Cambo.The Lyon well will now form part of Siccar Point’s 2019 drilling program which also includes the Blackrock exploration well in license P.1830.Jonathan Roger, CEO of Siccar Point, said: “Given the challenges of winter drilling West of Shetland, it makes sense to defer the Lyon well until next year to minimize the likely cost. On the plus side, we have had a very successful result on Cambo and look forward to progressing that into the development phase.”To remind, Siccar farmed out 66.66% of the P.1854 license to Ineos in late 2017. The company retained the operatorship and the remaining 33.34% working interest.The company then extended a contract with North Atlantic Drilling Ltd. (NADL) for the West Hercules semi-submersible rig for the drilling of the Lyon well. The West Hercules was also hired for the drilling of the Cambo appraisal well.Back in August 2018, Siccar Point concluded well testing operations on the 204/10a-5 appraisal well in the Cambo field, confirming over 100ft of oil column and a higher than anticipated net pay of 58ft.Location of the P.1854 license; Source: Siccarlast_img read more

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Cruise Ship Breaks Away from Moorings amid Massive Storm in Scotland

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first_imgA massive storm dubbed Ali has caused Nautica cruise ship to detach from its moorings in Greenock, Scotland, and drift away from the dock on September 19, 2018.It is not clear how many of the passengers and guests were on board the ship at the time of the incident as majority of them, over 500, were reported to be ashore.“Nautica encountered extremely strong winds which resulted in the parting of mooring lines and the vessel being detached from the dock. All guests and crew onboard are safe and there were no injuries,” a spokesperson of Ocean Cruises told World Maritime News.“Tugs have been called in to assist and the vessel is currently being held off of her berth. 478 guests and 26 crew are ashore and are being looked after by the shore operations teams until conditions are safe enough for the vessel to be returned to the passenger terminal.”The 2000-built ship, which can accommodate over 800 guests, is halfway through its 12-day cruise around the UK and Ireland.Ali, packing winds of 102mph, has claimed two lives, as it swept across the UK, causing power outages and travel chaos as roads got closed.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Subtech Group Nets Middle East Work

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first_imgSubtech Group, a part of James Fisher and Sons, has recently secured a multi-million dollar contracts with a major oil and gas contractor, supporting a number of offshore and subsea projects across the Middle East.The contracts cover a range of works from installation and maintenance to demolition and decommissioning and will draw upon resources from the wider James Fisher group in order to offer a seamless, integrated service solution to the customer via a single point of contact within Subtech, the company said.Paul Whiley, managing director at Subtech Group said: “We’re really thrilled to work closely with the major oil and gas contractor on numerous projects in the Arabian Gulf. Access to a comprehensive array of offshore equipment and skilled personnel within the James Fisher group means we can offer a single point solution that many other service providers in the region simply cannot match.”Specialist crew and equipment is being mobilized in support of the operations and will join teams based permanently in the region to complete the concurrent projects. The scope of works include a subsea installation project utilizing the Mubarak Supporter DP2 construction vessel for the installation of flexibles, umbilicals and power cables, combined with pipeline demolition works as well as employing specialist diving teams and equipment in the Safaniya and Manifa fields in the Arabian Gulf.Further on the Safaniya field, Subtech has recently completed a significant scope of work utilizing the offshore supply vessel, Bourbon Enterprise, involving the installation of umbilical’s, flexibles, power cables, impressed current cathodic protection (ICCP), concrete mattresses and air diving support on spool, shroud and tie-in installations. Presently the Bourbon Enterprise is continuing to carry out an air diving support role.Whiley added: “Over the past 12 months, we’ve continued investment locally and have been involved in a wide range of projects in what has been the biggest development for James Fisher in the Middle East so far.”last_img read more

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Bumi Armada Wins Third FPSO Project in India

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first_imgMalaysia-based Bumi Armada has secured a contract from India’s Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (ONGC) to provide a floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel.Namely, the company’s joint venture Shapoorji Pallonji Bumi Armada Godavari Private Limited(SPBAG) received a Notification of Award for the FPSO, that will operate off the west coast of Kakinada, India.The charter hire and operations deal is for a fixed period of nine years, valued at around USD 2.1 billion (MYR 8.8 billion). ONGC has the option to extend the contract for up to seven years. On an annual basis and if fully exercised, the extensions would be worth USD 655 million (MYR 2.7 billion).“The JV with SPOGPL has been a very successful partnership, this being our third FPSO project together in India and fourth in total,” Leon Harland, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, said.“This is a positive result for the group and the project will add value to Bumi Armada going forward,” Harland added.SPBAG is a 30:70 joint venture between Bumi Armada and Shapoorji Pallonji Oil & Gas Private Limited of India.last_img read more

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PGNiG gains permit for Norwegian Sea well

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first_imgThe Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Polish state-controlled oil and gas company PGNiG a drilling permit for a well in the Norwegian Sea.Odfjell Deepsea Nordkapp; Source: Odfjell DrillingThe NPD said on Friday that the wildcat well, designated 6507/5-9 S, would be drilled from the Deepsea Nordkapp drilling rig after completing the drilling of development wells on Skogul in production license 460.The drilling program for the well relates to the drilling of wildcat wells in production license 838. PGNiG’s Norwegian subsidiary is the operator with an ownership interest of 40 per cent. The other licensees are Aker BP and Wintershall DEA with 30 percent each.The area in this license consists of part of block 6507/6 and part of block 6507/5. The well will be drilled about 4.5 kilometers southeast of the Skarv field in the Norwegian Sea.Production license 838 was awarded on February 5, 2016, in APA 2015 on the Norwegian shelf. This is the first well which will be drilled in the license.To remind, the Deepsea Nordkapp rig was recently involved in Aker BP’s small gas discovery near the Bøyla field.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

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NCDOT to Dredge Sloop Channel

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first_imgThe Army Corps’ Wilmington District has received an application from the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) Ferry Division seeking authorization to dredge a 2.5-mile segment of the Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry route identified as Sloop Channel.According to the applicant, the purpose of this project is to allow for the safe passage to and from Ocracoke and Hatteras for both private and commercial vessels.The proposed project will involve the use of a sidecast dredge or a pipeline dredge to maintain Sloop Channel, which is the southern segment of the Hatteras to Ocracoke ferry route.NCDOT obtained a permit to perform maintenance dredging on the entrance channel to Sloop Channel at the Southdock Ferry Terminal for a 10-year period.The permit allows for the channel to be maintained at a width of 225’ and 12’ deep at Mean-Low-Low-Water (MLLW). This project requests to maintain the 2.5-mile segment of Sloop Channel at the same width and depth of the adjoining permit area of the ferry terminal with 3:1 side slopes.Based on the most recent survey, the dredging project (if approved) will remove approximately 126,423 cubic yards of material from the Sloop Channel.The deadline for sending written comments on the proposed work is April 24, 2020.last_img read more

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Equinor divests Lundin shares after boosting exposure in Johan Sverdrup

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first_imgAfter the divestment, Equinor will no longer hold any shares in Lundin Energy. To remind, Equinor in July 2019 Equinor agreed to divest a 16 per cent shareholding in Lundin for a direct interest of 2.6 per cent in the Johan Sverdrup offshore oil field in Norway and a cash consideration of around $650 million. The disposal was at a total sale price of approximately SEK 3.3 billion ($334.5 million). Norwegian oil and gas company Equinor has divested its minority shareholding in Swedish oil and gas company Lundin Energy. Equinor said on Wednesday it had divested its financial shareholding in Lundin Energy, comprising around 14 million shares and corresponding to its 4.88 per cent of the shares and votes. Lars Christian Bacher, CFO of Equinor, said: “This transaction follows our divestment of a 16 per cent shareholding in Lundin in July 2019 and concludes what has been a successful investment for Equinor“. Bacher added: “We have created significant value and increased our direct exposure in the Johan Sverdrup field. Although we are now no longer a shareholder in Lundin, we continue to consider the company a strong partner on the Norwegian Continental Shelf”.last_img read more

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The damage pornography did to a six-year-old child

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first_imgStuff co.nz 7 February 2016Walker, who is now a respected director of sex education programmes for young people in Australia, warns that there are children whose brains are being rewired by their exposure to porn, whose whole understanding of sex is porn, and who think it is OK to be abusive to women.To facilitate an open conversation between parents and primary school children about explicit images they may have seen, Walker has written a book called Not For Kids! which will be launched at the UNSW Pornography and Harms To Children and Young People seminar on Tuesday.“I know what it’s like as a six-year-old to see stuff and think I’m going to get in trouble if I talk about it,” Walker said.“We already have a generation of kids who view degrading violent sex as the norm – devoid of connection, intimacy and love. If somebody doesn’t speak out soon we are staring down the barrel of tomorrow’s sex offenders and a barrage of intimate partner violence.”The Senate is currently holding an inquiry into the harm being done to Australian children through access to pornography on the Internet.Australian Childhood Foundation chief executive Dr Joe Tucci​ said the easy accessibility of graphic pornography is “creating a generation of children that has a range of problems with sexual behaviour”.Tucci, who will also speak at the UNSW seminar, said children as young as six are being exposed to online porn, either by accident, as part of a grooming process, or by friends or older siblings. “They are too young to understand what it means,” he said.READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/life/76656458/the-damage-pornography-did-to-a-sixyearold-childlast_img read more

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Family Violence: Huge numbers of protection order breaches ‘tip of iceberg’

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first_imgNZ Herald 10 August 2016Family First Comment: It seems fairly logical and obvious that a 3-strike regime would simply resolve this. Or perhaps 2-strike. Repeat offenders prove to both themselves and to society that they are a risk to victims who should have the priority of protection!New Zealand has the worst rate of family and intimate-partner violence in the world. Eighty per cent of incidents go unreported — so what we know of family violence in our community is barely the tip of the iceberg.More than 12,000 Kiwis have repeatedly breached court orders to stay away from their victims, and one person has been convicted for doing so 14 times.Ministry of Justice figures released to the Herald paint a disturbing picture of family violence in New Zealand, showing 12,157 people have been convicted for 20,864 protection order breaches in the 11 years to December 31, 2015.A protection order is a court-imposed sanction to keep an offender away from their victims, and those at the front line believe the data is the tip of the iceberg as victims are too scared to report the crimes.Released to the Herald under the Official Information Act, the data shows some offenders repeatedly flouting the orders.One person in the Manawatu/Wairarapa area was convicted 14 times for breaching an order, and another in the Bay of Plenty/Coromandel area has been convicted for 13 breaches.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11690474Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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