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UK: Subsea 7 Orders OCTOPUS for Seven Borealis

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London-based Subsea 7, the seabed-to-surface engineering, construction and services contractor to the offshore energy industry, has ordered the OCTOPUS suite of products for the recently delivered Pipelay/Heavy Lift vessel Seven Borealis.

This latest addition to the Subsea 7 fleet is a state-of-the-art vessel that shall be involved in ultra-deep and deepwater projects in the world’s deepest and harshest environments.

Amarcon is appointed to deliver a motion monitoring and ship response forecast system, known in the industry as OCTOPUS-Onboard. The order for Subsea 7 is a very extensive one. One of the functionalities is a crane monitoring system. The motions of the heave compensated 5,000t crane are monitored and displayed real-time within OCTOPUS-Onboard. In addition to the onboard motion monitoring & forecast functionality, the Seven Borealis shall also be equipped with a DP Capability Forecast. This enables the production of DP (Dynamic Positioning) -plots based on forecast thruster utilization. As a result of that, a forecast is given within OCTOPUS-Onboard if the vessel is capable of maintaining her position and heading in changing environmental and weather conditions, hours and days ahead. By using OCTOPUS-Online all the collected motions and accelerations from the Seven Borealis are sent to a central database server so authorized users at the Subsea 7 office can view and analyze the recorded motion and acceleration data. Subsea 7 also ordered Amarcon’s hydrodynamic analysis software OCTOPUS-Office for calculations of sea keeping characteristics of the Seven Borealis prior to new pipe lay projects.

In 2011 Seaway Heavy Lifting ordered OCTOPUS-Onboard for her Oleg Strashnov, which is operated under a Joint Venture together with Subsea 7.

Amarcon’s Managing Director Leon Adegeest shows his appreciation: “It is great to see that these unique vessels, involved in very complex and sophisticated offshore projects, have chosen OCTOPUS-Onboard to assist them in their everyday operations.”

OCTOPUS can be installed on newbuild vessels and on ships already in operation.

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USA: Genesis to Support Shell’s SURF Projects

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Genesis has been awarded an Enterprise Framework Agreement by Shell Global Solutions International B.V., covering Subsea Umbilical Risers and Flowlines (SURF), Engineering and Project Management Services.

The contract duration is 5 years, with the option to extend for an additional 5 years and will cover the supply of services to support all of Shell’s SURF projects on a worldwide basis. The contract will focus on Shell’s activities in the Gulf of Mexico and Brazil and will initially be managed from the Genesis office in Houston, Texas.

John Cambridge, Managing Director of Genesis, stated: “We are very excited about this contract with Shell. It demonstrates the impact that the newly integrated Genesis organization is having on the worldwide subsea engineering market.”

Genesis is a market-leading engineering company focused on providing engineering and technical services to the global upstream oil and gas industry. The company’s services are utilised by oil and gas companies during its planning and development phase of oil and gas projects and in the execution of subsea onshore and offshore engineering projects. Its clientele includes super-majors and national oil companies, as well as small independents.

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Japan Urges Papua New Guinea to Improve Policing Around LNG Projects

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Japan has urged Papua New Guinea to improve internal security to allow the smooth implementation of the liquefied natural gas projects.

The Post Courier reports that Japan’s Foreign Minister, Takeaki Matsumoto, put the request to his PNG counterpart Don Polye in Tokyo.

Mr Polye has been in Japan for the signing of the investment agreement for the protection and promotion of Japanese investments in PNG. Japanese companies are participating in both the ExxonMobil-led project and the second LNG project operated by InterOil Corporation.

A number of disgruntled landowner groups have already disrupted the construction of the major gas pipeline being constructed for the first LNG project.

In recent months, killings and attacks have been reported in Southern Highlands, raising security concerns about the safety of developers and contractors.

The government has stationed police units in the oil and gas rich region.

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