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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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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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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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Reliable online monitoring will prolong the service life of transformers and prevent unscheduled outages in Shaoxing, China. 12 July 2018 - Vaisala, a global leader in environmental and industrial measurement, has supplied leading Chinese power utility Zhejiang Zheneng Electric Power Co Ltd with two of its Optimus OPT100 Dissolved Gas Analysis (DGA) Monitors. The units have been installed at Zhejiang Zheneng's facility in the city of Shaoxing, eastern China, from which it supplies electricity to the province of Zhejiang. The Vaisala technology continuously collects and analyses samples of transformer insulating oil to identify trends in the oil condition that indicate emerging faults that could lead to outage. Unscheduled power outages are a significant threat for power utilities, resulting in equipment damage, revenue losses, reputational harm and costly reactive maintenance and repair. Vaisala estimates that around half of all power transformer faults can be prevented using online monitoring, to support continuous analysis of the trends in a transformer's health. At the facility in Shaoxing, the OPT100's analysis of the amount of hydrogen and other key fault gasses in transformer oil was compared with traditional DGA methods, which involves technicians manually collecting samples for analysis in a laboratory - an extensive and time-consuming process. The

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Global footprint pays off Hamburg, 12 July 2018. The Nordex Group recorded order intake of 1,089.8 megawatts in the second quarter of 2018 (previous year: 565.5 MW), thus continuing the performance seen at the first quarter of the year when new business exceeded one gigawatt. At the end of the first half of 2018, the Group achieved order intake of a total of around 2.1 gigawatts (H1/2017: 933 MW) in project business (without service). Performance in the second quarter was particularly underpinned by demand in Brazil, where the Group obtained the largest single order (595 MW) in its history. Together with a further order for 123 MW, Brazil was the largest individual market (718 MW) for the Group. In addition, an order for 147 MW was gained in South Africa. This is also reflected in new business by turbine type, with the AW3000 accounting for roughly 88 percent of order intake.

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