Keystone XL Canceled by New US Administration, Moratorium on Federal Permitting
The decision to cancel the nearly 1,200-mile-long project comes less than a year after construction began and is being met with disappointment on both sides of the US/Canadian border. A 60-day halt on new permits for onshore and offshore US federal areas has also been ordered.
Equinor Signs Altus, Archer for Integrated Wireline Services
The $120 million per year, 5-year contracts will provide well-intervention services to Equinor’s fixed platforms.
European Space Agency Joins Firm To Support Renewables From Space
Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group and the European Space Agency have signed a memorandum of intent to analyze, develop, and implement space-enabled technology and services to support the renewable energy sector.
ESP Tender Launched for UK Deep Geothermal Project
The closing date for the ESP tender for the UK’s first geothermal power plant is in early February.
Compared to Last Year, Gas Prices Are Looking Good
This year gas is expected to look only a bit better, but after 2019 that is a relief.
Equinor Tests the Waters of Floating Solar
Equinor will study the effects of harsh weather on a pilot floating solar plant as it inches toward a presence in that industry with multiple research and development projects. The announcement came within a day of Equinor’s selection to partner with BP to supply wind-driven electricity to New York.
PROJECT AND MARKET TRENDS
Oil and Gas Supply Chain Awards Hit a 16-Year Low
Supply chain companies have seen their profits squeezed since the E&P cost cuts of the previous downturn, and just as the industry could finally hope for better days, the COVID-19 pandemic caused the value of 2020’s awarded contracts to slump to a 16-year low of $446 billion.
SAVVY SEPARATOR SERIES
The Savvy Separator: A Century of Carry-Over—0.1 gal/MMscf
For as long as anyone can remember, the liquid carry-over separation efficiency of 0.1 gal/MMscf has been ubiquitously specified in separator design. This article provides the most likely scenario of its evolution.
The Savvy Separator: Lessons for Installation of Separator Internals
Process design of separation internals is just one step in improving the vessel performance. Just as important are the support design and installation steps. These lessons learned help to guide good off- and on-site planning to minimize separator turnaround.
TECHNICAL PAPER SYNOPSES
A selection of technical papers on offshore wind technologies by Oil and Gas Facilities’ technical paper editor Gerald Verbeek, Verbeek Management Services.
The Transfer of Oil and Gas Facilities Skills to Offshore Wind Energy
Offshore wind energy projects provide appealing options for the application of the skills and knowledge of practitioners involved in the design and fabrication of oil and gas facilities, especially those with offshore experience.
Harnessing Offshore Renewable Energy
This paper’s intent is to provide a basic understanding of offshore renewable energy, including descriptions of wind and marine-hydrokinetic devices, with a focus on the physical and technical issues.
Offshore Hydrogen Production Enables Far Offshore Wind Development
Wind energy sources located offshore present challenges in transporting large amounts of energy. Energy transport through hydrogen molecules may be a solution. The PosHYdon project is intended to build experience with offshore H2 production and test power-to-gas technologies and integrated systems.
Expansion of Offshore Wind Depends on Development of Floating Wind Turbines
Despite having strong wind resources and promising record-breaking capacity factors, most sites globally are unsuitable for bottom-fixed units. Floating wind will provide part of the solution for countries seeking to decarbonize their electricity.
Offshore Wind Farm Integrated Into Subsea Field Development
A system was designed to extend the offshore wind-energy concept from the power grid to a subsea field-development application. The system integrates a floating foundation with a wind-turbine generator, with all the required utilities hosted directly onboard the same floater.
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Tellurian Targets Summer Construction at Louisiana LNG
Driftwood gets the green light, as demand rebounds and the stars align at last.
Department of Energy Extends LNG Export Authorizations Through 2050
The US Department of Energy has extended export terms for seven long-term LNG licenses until 2050. The extension affects projects currently under construction or pending the start of construction.
Chinese Distributor To Build $380-Million LNG Terminal
China independent distributor Jiasheng Gas Co. is set to build a $380-million LNG storage and receiving facility in east China, as the country opens up to more private participation and investments surge in LNG import terminals.
Tie-In Manifold Installation Completed at Karish Field Offshore Israel
Jumbo Maritime's heavy-lift crane vessel Fairplayer completed the work.
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