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Germany: Siemens Postpones Launch of Subsea Power Grid

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Siemens has unveiled the postponement of first subsea grid after revealing the purchase of Expro’s Connectors and Measurements division for $630 million, which will provide the final engineering for the project, the Reuters reported.

CEO of Siemens Oil and Gas Division, Adil Toubia, stated that the proto-type subsea power grid would be implemented at the end of 2013 and would be available to the market at the end of 2014.

Atle Stromme, Global Head of Subsea, said to Reuters that Expro’s C&M business would complete what Siemens needs to create the subsea power grid, a first ever for water depths of minimum 3,000 meters in the oil and gas processing business.

Reuters citied him as saying: “We now have in-house to develop the power grid.”

Siemens’ subsea power grid — which consists of transformers, converters, switchgears and adjustable speed drives — will supply the power to carry the oil and gas from the wellhead to a processing facility.

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USA: NOAA Celebrates 150th Anniversary of USS Monitor Launch

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NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries today launched a new website highlighting the 150-year history of the USS Monitor on the anniversary of the ship’s launch.

The website takes viewers from the iconic warship’s construction through its recovery to recent science expeditions undertaken to protect its legacy. The website, also offers students, teachers and history enthusiasts a variety of education materials and a calendar of upcoming events celebrating the Monitor.

This is a momentous year for an influential piece of American history,” said David Alberg, superintendent of NOAA’s Monitor National Marine Sanctuary. “While today marks the 150th anniversary of the launching of the USS Monitor, we will continue to mark important dates throughout the year, including the Battle of Hampton Roads and the sinking of the USS Monitor, through special public events.”

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Designed by Swedish-born engineer and inventor John Ericsson, the USS Monitor was a Civil War-era Union ironclad warship that revolutionized naval warfare with innovations such as its low profile, iron armored deck, and rotating gun turret. The Monitor is best known for its battle with the Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia off Hampton Roads, Va., on March 9, 1862. Their battle marked the first time iron ships clashed in naval warfare and signaled the end of the era of wooden warships.

The year 2012 marks the 150th anniversary of the USS Monitor

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Ulstein Announces Launch of First PX106 Design PSV in Brazil

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The first of two platform supply vessels (PSVs) of the PX106 type design was successfully launched from Alianca shipyard in Brazil mid-April.

The vessel is the first of four X-BOW® vessels for offshore shipowner CBO to be built at Alianca. After the launch, the superstructure was lifted onto the vessel and assembled in a smooth and problem-free operation.

CBO (Compania Brasileira de Offshore) ordered two PX106 and two PX105 designs from ULSTEIN at the end of 2009. The contracts include delivery of design, engineering, main equipment and building follow-up. The four PSVs are the first vessels with the X-BOW® to be constructed in Brazil. The vessels will enter into eight-year contracts, with options for extension, for the Brazilian state oil company Petrobras.

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