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FEED under way for UK offshore CO2 pipeline

Wood Group Kenny has received a six-month front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract for the subsea/pipeline element of the Peterhead Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) project in Aberdeenshire, eastern Scotland.

Development of a subsea recommended safety practice

API RP 14C has long been the standard for "Analysis, Design, Installation, and Testing of Basic Surface Safety Systems for Offshore Production Platforms."

Subsea power grid accelerating transfer of topsides functions to seafloor

Siemens is close to completing an initial test program on the four main components of a proposed subsea power distribution hub. The Subsea Power Grid will be connected on the seafloor to an array of new equipment emerging for subsea production, processing, and boosting. This should facilitate expansion of field development into deeper water, longer step-outs, and more demanding production environments.

Collaboration takes industry to new technical highs, greater depths

Since its inception in 1991, DeepStar has served as an incubator for collaborative development of technologies that enhance deepwater exploration, drilling, and production. DeepStar's approach to technical collaboration has delivered advances across the deepwater E&P spectrum, from reservoir appraisal, ultra-deepwater drilling and completions, flow assurance, subsea processing solutions to floating structures and life extension. Some of the key research initiatives under way in its Phase XII development are described.

RPSEA continues technology advance with ultra-deepwater R&D projects

The business of advancing technology continues as the Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA) moves forward with its transition into the role of technical coordinator under National Energy Technology Laboratory/US Department of Energy management in 2015. RPSEA's Ultra-Deepwater Conference recently held in Houston not only reviewed the status of programs under way, but also took a look ahead at how the organization might function in the future.

ONS 2014 highlights next-phase deepwater drilling, subsea recovery challenges-full

Deepwater engineering contractors Aker Solutions, Baker Hughes, GE, and GVA outlined their visions of the way forward at the recent Offshore Northern Seas exhibition in Stavanger, Norway.

Australian research aims to reduce pipeline, drilling costs

Australia has invested heavily in the oil and gas industry but with increasing capex and ever-increasing demand, the country is focusing heavily on R&D to help mitigate costs while continuing to attract foreign investment to exploit its oil and gas reserves. Australian researchers have pinpointed three areas in which costs can be decreased through innovation and new technology.

Ichthys project reaches peak construction activity

Australia's Ichthys project is now officially half way to completion. Three mega-projects in one, the Ichthys project will involve some of the largest offshore facilities in the industry, significant onshore infrastructure, and an 889-km (552-mi) pipeline connecting the two. When complete, the pipeline will become the fifth-longest subsea pipeline in the world.

KD consortium wins offshore Mozambique FLNG FEED

Eni East Africa has contracted the KD consortium of KBR and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering for front-end engineering and design (FEED) for an FLNG facility.

Prelude turret sets new standards for size, capability

Shell's Prelude FLNG project offshore northwestern Australia continues to push the technology boundaries with a number of "firsts." The mooring turret system for the vessel is no exception. At almost 100 m (328 ft) in height, it is the largest in the world. This part of the system weighs 4,300 metric tons (4,740 tons) alone. The turret construction contract is held by Drydocks World and consists of five parts, all to ship from Dubai to Geoje, South Korea.

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