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One of the first steps in many repair and overhaul projects is to remove any corrosion and old coatings to reveal the true condition of the base material. Customers can now take advantage of specialized blast equipment that has been acquired by Sulzer to improve the efficiency of repair projects, even for large pieces of equipment, such as turbine rotors. As a leading independent global maintenance specialist, Sulzer is renowned for delivering rapid repairs to a wide variety of rotating machinery including gas and steam turbines, compressors, generators, motors and pumps. All this equipment is subjected to continuous corrosion and erosion during its time in service and when the time comes for an overhaul, it is essential that the initial cleaning process is achieved quickly and effectively. Sulzer’s latest investment adds to the considerable facilities at its Houston Service Center. The new blast cleaning system is designed to be flexible in operation and effective at recycling the blast materials to minimize costs. Measuring 20 feet (6m) high, 16 feet (4.8m) wide and 60 feet (18m) long, the main blast chamber can be sub-divided with a set of doors to allow two cleaning operations to be carried out at the same time but with

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Global independent provider of ROV services, M2 Subsea, has secured a contract to provide inspection services for Premier Oil’s Balmoral Floating Production Vessel (FPV). M2 Subsea, which has bases in Aberdeen and Houston, will carry out the 2018 inspection of the vessel’s hull, flowlines, umbilicals, risers and subsea template. The Balmoral is a purpose built semi-submersible FPV which is situated in the Balmoral field, block 16/21a and 16/21b of the central North Sea. The work scope will be carried out by M2 Subsea’s Mohican ROV at a depth of 140m. The Mohican is an inspection class ROV rated to 2000m with a garage tether management system. Mike Arnold, chief executive officer of M2 Subsea, said: “As a streamlined, dynamic business, we are able to respond quickly, deploying our vehicles across the globe to tackle even the most complex subsea challenge. “Our experienced team are reactive, flexible and have a proven track record for quality and safety and I am pleased that we are now working with Premier Oil for the first time. “We will carry out the 2018 inspection for the Balmoral vessel and work with Premier Oil to then determine what work needs carried out going forward. “This is an important contract for us and is

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Automated drones inspect biggest wind turbine blades in the world Using drones, inspection down time can be reduced by 85% Bigger wind turbines are helping to reduce the cost of offshore wind even further Standing at a staggering 195m above sea level, 32 eight-megawatt wind turbines are generating clean energy off the coast of Liverpool Bay at Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm. Their massive 80m blades, as long as 9 double decker buses, are the biggest in the world. Working with SkySpecs, provider of robotics solutions for the wind energy industry, Ørsted who operates the wind farm, has successfully completed an automated inspection of these giant turbines. Using drones, the time taken to inspect the blades reduced from around 2 hours to approximately 20 minutes. David-Lee Jones, Ørsted’s Senior Technical Project Lead, said: “Wind turbine technology has surpassed the industry’s expectations, making huge strides in innovation in a surprisingly short amount of time. Our 8MW turbines at Burbo Bank Extension, the largest wind turbines in the world, were installed in 2016. They sit adjacent to Burbo Bank, where the 3.6MW turbine made its debut in 2007. The fact that turbines have doubled in power in just 10 years is incredible, and it won’t

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UK and Netherlands-based subsea provider N-Sea has appointed Hans Van Peet as the company’s survey authority. Hans van Peet, who joins the organisation from Heerema Marine Contractors, brings more than 30 years of specialist experience in survey, positioning and ROV intervention to the role. He previously led subsea services for a variety of leading offshore companies, including the technical management of major frame agreements for ROV and survey and positioning services. N-Sea, known for its expertise in integrated survey services, specialises in survey and data management for: hydrographic and geophysical survey, UXO survey/ID/disposal, cable and pipeline inspection and construction and installation support. Based in the Netherlands, Hans will be responsible for overseeing all survey activities within N-Sea, as well as driving forward innovation of survey products, services and technology. Gerard Keser, N-Sea’s CEO, said: “We are delighted to welcome Hans van Peet to N-Sea’s management team. His vast survey knowledge, technical background teamed with his management experience, will be a tremendous asset to the company. We are confident that his appointment will ensure we continue to create sustainable competitive advantages through continual innovation of our survey services.” Mr Van Peet added: “I am looking forward to help shape the direction of future survey activities

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- "Gemini Solar Project" promises to be one of the largest solar projects in state's history - Estimated to add up to $436 million to Southern Nevada economy July 16, 2018 – Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners ("Quinbrook"), a global investment manager specializing in lower carbon and renewable energy infrastructure assets, has announced the 690 megawatt (MW) Gemini Solar Project in Nevada, to be located on nearly 44,000-acres of Bureau of Land Management ("BLM") supervised property approximately 25 miles northeast of downtown Las Vegas, Nevada. The Gemini Solar Project promises to be one of the largest solar projects in Nevada's history, with advanced plans to feature up to 7,100 acres for solar photovoltaics with options to include batteries, generating low-cost renewable power for power consumers in both Nevada and California.  Funding to construct the project will come from Quinbrook, and the final development and construction stages will be overseen by Quinbrook's partner, Arevia Power, whose leadership team has developed, financed and installed over 900 MW of solar PV in the US to date. The project is designed to have a combined capacity of 690 megawatts (MW AC) and consist of two nearby interconnection positions.  The first 440MW phase will connect to NV Energy's Crystal Substation via a 230kV AC interconnection and generate renewable power for

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Clean air thanks to on-board exhaust filtering technique 16 July 2018 – The 3,500 m³ Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger Diogo Cão was launched last Saturday at the Keppel Nantong shipyard in China, a subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine. This green vessel is the second of three 3,500 m³ hoppers to be launched, equipped with an exhaust gas treatment system filtering out and virtually eliminating many pollutants from the exhaust gases. In total, Jan De Nul Group ordered six such ultra-low emission Trailing Suction Hopper Dredgers, called Ultra-Low Emission Vessels, five of which are being built at Keppel: three small 3,500 m³, two medium-sized 6,000 m³ and a larger vessel at 18,000 m³. All six vessels are diesel-electrical powered, with engines allowing optimal use of generated power but with low fuel consumption and emissions. In addition, the vessels are equipped with a two stage highly efficient exhaust gas filter system, resulting in emissions complying with the European Stage V regulations for inland waterway vessels. “We are delighted to be leading the way in compliance with the most stringent global emission limits with the world’s first EU Stage V dredgers, which will be highly fuel-efficient, reliable, versatile and productive,” says Robby De Backer, New

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A poll of 3,600 adults, released today (July 16), shows 69% of respondents supported building onshore wind farms, including 60% of respondents who identified as Conservative voters. Responding, Fabrice Leveque, Senior Policy Manager at Scottish Renewables, said: "Onshore wind is cheap, popular, and a vital tool in both meeting our climate change targets and delivering jobs and investment across Scotland. "The results of this new polling show clearly that the UK Government's exclusion of most onshore wind projects from the energy market flies in the face of public opinion. "While projects on Scotland's islands can now compete alongside other sources of clean electricity we would urge ministers to lift the ban on mainland onshore wind projects and allow this technology to do more of what it's already doing: delivering clean electricity, jobs, investment and social benefits for rural Scotland." Details of the poll, which was conducted by RenewableUK, can be found on the organisation's website. Statistics on onshore wind in Scotland can be found on Scottish Renewables' website.

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OGIC has invested £3.8million in innovative technology in the last four years The Oil & Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC) has signed its 75th project, taking its total investment into innovative technology over the last four years to £3.8million. The latest project comes as OGIC finalises agreements on five new technologies, all of which have the potential to cut operational costs and improve efficiency in the oil and gas industry. The new projects will see five companies working with Scottish universities to develop innovative technology with direct applications to current industry challenges and represent a £330,000 investment by OGIC. In the first project, Technip FMC Umbilicals is working with the University of Aberdeen to develop a load bearing connector for use with power umbilicals containing high strength aluminium conductors. The design will see the need for ancillary strength members alleviated or eliminated. Phase one of the project has been successfully completed and an initial design for the connector is underway. Phase two will see the University of Aberdeen investigate the design of the connector through analysis and testing, to gain knowledge of both mechanical and electrical performance requirements. Weir Group has joined forces with Heriot-Watt University’s School of Engineering and Physical Sciences to develop a barrier

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Jan De Nul Group considerably invests in its offshore wind activities 13 July 2018 - Jan De Nul Group and Vroon Group signed agreements to transfer part of the offshore business of MPI to Jan De Nul Group. Jan De Nul Group herewith invests considerable resources in the offshore wind industry to offer the market a reliable solution for pioneering projects. The transfer includes ownership of the offshore jack-up crane vessel MPI Discovery together with its crew, as well as a number of MPI’s employees. “Jan De Nul Group executed several offshore wind farm projects across Europe. To further support our expansion in Europe but also worldwide, we continue investing in our offshore wind resources. The MPI Discovery will considerably strengthen our position on the market,” says Philippe Hutse, Offshore Director at Jan De Nul Group. Specifications of the MPI Discovery The jack-up vessel MPI Discovery was built in 2011 and was specifically designed to transport, lift and install offshore wind turbines and foundations. Key features on the MPI Discovery include a 1,000-tonnes main crane, plus a 50-tonnes auxiliary crane, a maximum operating depth of 40 metres, a deadweight of 6,000 tonnes, and accommodation for 112 persons. The vessel is 140 metres long and

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As the leading supplier of pumping solutions and provider of maintenance services for rotating equipment, Sulzer has a long and distinguished history throughout the world. Sulzer is celebrating 70 years since it started operations in Brazil with its first manufacturing site in São Bernardo do Campo, São Paulo Since the first machine was imported from Switzerland in 1948, Sulzer has continued to grow its businesses in Brazil. Starting with small and medium-sized pumps for general industrial use through pumps for oil and gas industries, large pumps for water transportation, compressors and specialized services in turbines and other critical rotating equipment, Sulzer has continued to expand its portfolio and better serve its customers. Sulzer in Brazil has designed, manufactured, delivered and serviced equipment all over the world. In addition to this, its experts also maintain third party equipment to the highest industry quality standards while implementing the latest technology. Sulzer’s technical group employs the latest technology for designing, manufacturing and servicing pumps and critical rotating equipment. Together with the experience gained over 70 years, new technology can be implemented quickly and projects are delivered effectively and efficiently. The service centers are equipped with precision machine tools as well as equipment for balancing and laser

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