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UK: Subsea 7 Bags Claire Ridge Project Contract

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Subsea 7 S.A. has been awarded a contract valued at approximately $100 million from BP Exploration Operating Company Limited for the Clair Ridge Project, West of Shetland.

The Clair Ridge development will comprise two new, bridge-linked platforms to be located to the North-East of Clair Phase 1.

The contract scope includes the project management, engineering, procurement, fabrication and installation of a 6km 22” oil export pipeline and a 14km 6” gas export pipeline connected to the new production facilities and existing Clair Phase 1 export systems. The pipeline systems will allow product to be transported from Clair Ridge to Sullom Voe Terminal (SVT) via a dedicated gas export pipeline spur tied into the Clair Phase 1 pipeline, and the associated gas will again be tied  into West of Shetland Pipeline System via the gas export pipeline.

The 22” oil export pipeline bundle will be fabricated at Subsea 7’s Wester site facility in Wick, Scotland and will be installed using the Controlled Depth Tow Method. The 6” gas export pipeline will be fabricated at Subsea 7’s Vigra spoolbase. The scope also includes tie-ins of integrated subsea towhead structures, field testing and pre-commissioning activities.

Engineering and project management will commence from our Aberdeen office in early 2012, with offshore operations due to commence in 2013.

Steph McNeill, Subsea 7′s Vice President, UK said: “We are pleased to be awarded this major pipeline project by BP, which builds upon our unique bundle technology. Fabrication will take place at our Wick facility in Scotland, which has a  proven track record of successful bundle design, fabrication and installation, securing work for approximately 100 people. We look forward to helping bring on-stream the Clair Ridge Project in an efficient, timely and safe manner.”

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MacGregor Systems for New OSVs in Asia and Europe

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MacGregor bulk handling systems are to be installed on four offshore support vessels (OSV) of various types under construction in Asia and Europe.

In the last quarter of 2011 Cargotec secured contracts for MacGregor bulk handling systems for installation onboard four offshore support vessels (OSV) newbuildings belonging to two different owners; one in the UAE (two vessels) and the other in Spain (two vessels).

At the end of November, Grandweld Shipyards in the United Arab Emirates ordered MacGregor bulk handling systems for two anchor-handling tug/supply (AHTS) vessels, hull Nos 389 and 390. They will handle cement, barite and bentonite for their owner Halul Offshore Services Company, in Doha, Qatar. Equipment for both vessels is scheduled for delivery at the end of June 2012.

In December Cargotec received an order for MacGregor bulk handling systems to be installed on two PSVs (hull Nos 446 and 447) under construction at Astilleros Balenciaga S.A. in Spain, for North Star Shipping in Scotland, UK. The vessels will operate in the North Sea and will handle cement, barite and bentonite. The equipment is scheduled for delivery in June and November, 2012.

“For the owners, it was important that the vessels were fitted with simple and well proven bulk handling technology, with a solid track record,” says Pankaj Thakker, Cargotec Sales Manager, Marine Selfunloaders. “Each installation will feature dust-free operation and low power consumption, making these some of the most environmentally-friendly systems available today.”

Bulk handling systems are standard equipment for offshore support vessels, enabling them to perform their supply role. The main task of such a system is to receive cargo, store and discharge it. MacGregor can offer operators two main system types: one uses a more conventional method where the storage and discharge of cargo is carried out using pressured tanks; and the other uses the hopper and blow pump concept.

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UK: Aker Solutions to Supply Subsea Modules for Western Isles Project

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Aker Solutions in Aberdeen that it has received an order to manufacture and deliver a number of subsea control modules and topside power units as part of an 12,6 million contract with Dana Petroleum plc.

The company has signed a contract for the project management, engineering, procurement and construction of a number of subsea systems for the Western Isles Development Project on the UK continental shelf. It marks the first contract agreement between the two companies.

A total of nine subsea control modules will be delivered by Aker Solutions’ Aberdeen facility. The full scope of work will also see one master control system, one electrical power unit, one hydraulic unit, one subsea isolation valve panel, two topside umbilical termination units, two subsea distribution units, five electrical distribution boxes and 11 mounting bases delivered.

The work will also include offshore installation and commissioning support of all subsea control system equipment and Aker Solutions expects final deliveries will be made in second quarter of 2011.

Paul Griffin, Dana Petroleum’s UK Managing Director said “This is an exciting time for Dana as we strive to grow our business in the UK and internationally. The Western Isles development is a significant project for us and we’re pleased to be working with Aker Solutions to bring the field online, with first production expected in late 2014.”

The Western Isles Development Project is located 500 kilometres north east of Aberdeen and comprises the Harris and Barra reservoirs.

“We are very pleased to be awarded this important contract with Dana Petroleum. Not only does this contract allow us to utilise the full strength of our subsea offering, it also reinforces our position as a leading name in the subsea technology sector. We look forward to building a relationship with this new customer,” said Alan Brunnen, EVP Subsea within Aker Solutions.

Aker Solutions’ contract party is Aker Subsea Ltd.

Aker Solutions is one of the largest employers in the north-east of Scotland, employing around 2,500 people at bases across Aberdeen City, Dyce and Portlethen.

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UK: Rolls-Royce Hits 100MWh Milestone with Tidal Technology

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Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has achieved a significant milestone in the deployment of tidal energy technology with confirmation that its prototype tidal turbine, located subsea off the Orkney Islands, Scotland​, has successfully generated and fed over 100 megawatt hours (MWh) of electrical power into the national grid.

Harnessing the reliable and predictable energy of tidal streams, the 500 kilowatt (kW) tidal turbine prototype was designed and built by Rolls-Royce wholly owned subsidiary Tidal Generation Limited.

Robert Stevenson, Rolls-Royce, Vice-President – Power Ventures said: “Rolls-Royce has injected its world-class engineering expertise and incubation processes to deliver this innovative renewable energy project. Reaching the 100 megawatt hours milestone highlights the significant potential of cleaner, greener tidal power as part of a diversified UK energy mix. Having proven the capability of tidal energy, Rolls-Royce is well placed to meet any future demand with larger, more efficient technology on a commercial scale.”

As a reliable and predictable energy source, deep water tidal stream power generation could make a valuable contribution to meeting the electricity demands and carbon emissions reduction objectives of many industrialised nations, including the UK, Canada, Australia and the U.S.A. For example, Rolls-Royce tidal technology could generate up to 30TWh (terawatt-hours) of UK electricity, equivalent to around 7.5 per cent of existing UK electricity needs or enough to power 3 million homes.

Rolls-Royce Hits 100MWh Milestone with Tidal Technology (UK)

Harnessing the Energy of Tidal Streams

Installed as part of the Deep-Gen III project, co-funded by the UK government-backed Technology Strategy Board, the Rolls-Royce prototype tidal turbine is currently deployed at the European Marine Energy Centre’s (EMEC) offshore test site off the Orkney Islands, Scotland. It is the first EMEC located project to both receive Renewable Obligation Certificates and to reach 100 MWh of supply to the grid.

The tidal unit’s three-bladed turbine is attached by a tripod to the seabed and can operate, fully submerged at water depth of 40 meters. Its innovative design allows the turbine to continually rotate to face the incoming tide at an optimal angle. In addition, the turbine unit is semi-buoyant and can be easily towed to and from the point of operation, minimising installation and maintenance costs by avoiding the need for specialist vessels.

Neil Morgan, Head of Energy at the Technology Strategy Board said: “This is a significant milestone for the UK marine renewables industry. The UK is well-placed to exploit tidal stream energy resources and, if commercialised on a large scale, this technology could be an important part of the renewable energy mix we’ll need in the future, and could create jobs and exports for the UK.”

As part of the Energy Technologies Institute funded ReDAPT (Reliable Data Acquisition Platform for Tidal) consortium project, Rolls-Royce is currently building a 1MW tidal turbine demonstration unit that will be deployed in mid-2012 at EMEC in Orkney. The project will deliver detailed environmental and performance information never before achieved at this scale in real sea conditions. Rolls-Royce is also working with a number of developers in advancing demonstration arrays, systematic arrangements of turbines, which will lead to large scale commercial deployment.

Dr David Clarke, ETI, Chief Executive said: “The U.K. is already a world-leader in this exciting renewable sector. However, the long-term viability of tidal technology depends on it becoming competitive with other renewable energy sources. Continued investment and new partners are urgently needed to maintain momentum and bring the technology to scale.”

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