Enthusiastic bidding for US west coast offshore wind leases

Bidding commenced enthusiastically on December 6th for the first US offshore wind energy leases on the Pacific Coast, reported the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), which is overseeing the online auction. After 20 rounds, the auction was recessed until December 7th. Five leases in total are being offered, two off Northern California and three…

Supply barge sinks off Trinidad & Tobago

The captain and five-member crew on board a jack-up barge off the west coast of Trinidad & Tobago had to be rescued after the vessel toppled and sank in the Gulf of Paria, with 900 barrels of diesel fuel aboard. Trinity Group of Companies later confirmed that the vessel Liftboat Daniela had capsized and was…

UK’s Unite union co-ordinates strikes at BP and Repsol sites offshore

UK union Unite has begin co-ordinating industrial action at the offshore energy sites of BP and Repsol as part of its attempt to recapture previous concessions and win wage improvements as the oil and gas sector rebounds. The union has postponed a planned strike for this week in order to co-ordinate it with a second…

Denmark helps India map sites for offshore wind development

India has published a conceptual plan that identifies 15 priority zones to locate offshore windfarms. The plan will act as a government technical guide for the upcoming auction of offshore wind sites. India has published an ambitious target of 30GW of offshore wind by 2030. India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) released the…

EU now biggest seaborne importer of LNG

The EU has become the world’s largest seaborne importer of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February this year, and the subsequent need for the EU to find alternative sources of energy. Its share of LNG imports via sea grew to 24.6% during the first 10 months of…

Cost of decommissioning UK oil and gas wells in North Sea could reach $23bn

There are more than 2,000 oil and gas wells in the UK sector of the North Sea will need to be decommissioned over the next 10 years, and this could cost around £20bn, according to a report from industry group Offshore Energies UK (OEUK). The UK decommissioning sector was predicted to see a surge in…

Significant damage to Nordstream pipelines, traces of explosives found

Investigators from Sweden and Denmark have discovered traces of explosives at the site of the damaged Nord Stream gas pipelines, providing final confirmation that the destruction in late September was a result of sabotage. The damage to the pipelines was also found to be greater than had previously been thought. Swedish and Danish authorities are…

Nord Stream operator finds ‘technogenic craters’ at damaged pipeline

Switzerland-based Nord Stream AG, the operator of the Nord Stream pipelines that ran from Germany through the Baltic to Russia, said that it had found technogenic craters at the damaged parts of the Nord Stream gas pipeline. The company has completed its initial data gathering at the location of the pipeline damage on Line 1,…

Norwegian offshore player DOF hits financial difficulties

Norway-based offshore service vessel operator DOF Group, which has a fleet of more than 60 offshore service vessels, looks set to have to undergo a forced restructuring under the Norwegian Reconstruction Act, or be forced to file for bankruptcy. At an extraordinary general meeting late last week the company’s shareholders rejected a proposed consensual restructuring…

German navy is helping Norway protect its oil rigs and pipelines

The German navy is helping Norway to protect critical maritime infrastructure such as oil rigs, undersea cables, and pipelines, and is ready to do the same off the Danish and Swedish coasts, German navy chief Vice-Admiral Jan Christian Kaack said on Thursday November 3rd. Norway operates an thousands of kilometres of pipelines that connect the…