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Offshore Wind Spending Hits Record High, Despite Covid-19

Jul 14, 2020

The offshore wind industry had by far its busiest half-year ever for final investment decisions in 1H 2020, surpassing the full-year figures from 2019, according to the latest report from research company BloombergNEF (BNEF).Offshore wind financings in 1H 2020 totaled $35 billion, up 319% year-on-year and even well above 2019’s record full-year figure (a revised $31.9 billion). 'The first half of this year saw investment decisions made on 28 sea-based wind farms…

Woodside Expects $4.37B Loss after Asset Write-down

Jul 14, 2020

Australia's Woodside Petroleum Ltd plans to book impairments of $4.37 billion after tax, joining global energy majors that have slashed the value of their assets after a coronavirus-induced slump in oil and gas prices.The bulk of the impairment - $3…

Ex-Unaoil Duo Convicted for Bribery in Iraq

Jul 13, 2020

Two former managers of Monaco-based energy consultancy Unaoil have been convicted in Britain of bribing Iraqi officials to clinch lucrative oil projects as the war-ravaged country tried to boost exports after the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003…

Taiwan: MHI Vestas to Source Fasteners and Cables Locally

Jul 13, 2020

Offshore wind turbine maker MHI Vestas Offshore Wind is further boosting Taiwan's local offshore wind supply chain with the decision to source fasteners and cables locally.The company has previously announced contracts in Taiwan for local supply of blades…

Oil Search to Write Off Some PNG Exploration Assets

Jul 13, 2020

Oil Search Ltd said on Monday it plans to write off around $380 million, mostly on some exploration assets and a gas-to-power project in Papua New Guinea, due to the outlook for oil and gas prices and the shut down of a gold mine.The Papua New…

Noble Corp: New Rig Deals in UK, Extensions in Qatar and Suriname, Cancellation in Vietnam

Jul 10, 2020

Offshore drilling company Noble Corp. has secured contracts in the UK North Sea with CNOOC and Total, extensions for rigs in Qatar and Suriname, and a contract cancellation in Vietnam.In the UK, China's CNOOC has awarded a four-month contract for the Noble Sam Hartley jack-up rig…

IEA Bumps Up 2020 Oil Demand Forecast

Jul 10, 2020

The International Energy Agency (IEA) bumped up its 2020 oil demand forecast on Friday but warned that the spread of COVID-19 posed a risk to the outlook.The Paris-based IEA raised its forecast to 92.1 million barrels per day (bpd), up 400,000 bpd from its outlook last month…

Australian Offshore Safety Regulator to Resume Physical Inspections

Jul 10, 2020

NOPSEMA, the Australian offshore oil and gas safety regulator, plans to resume physical inspections on offshore oil and gas facilities 'in line with appropriate protocols to manage health risks associated with COVID-19.''While NOPSEMA’s inspections have continued throughout the pandemic…

Petrofac Nets $135M Contract with Kazakhstan's NCOC

Jul 09, 2020

UK-based engineering and construction services firm Petrofac has won secured an Engineering, Procurement, Construction, Pre-commissioning and Commissioning (EPCC) contract in Kazakhstan.The contract is  worth about US$135 million for new water…

Over 40 Offshore Rig Deals Dropped Since March. Still, There's Room for Optimism

Jul 08, 2020

After the long, slow downturn that began in late 2014, this year was set to be better with many dormant regions resuming exploration and long-awaited development drilling programs going ahead. Then in mid-March, a double disaster struck as an oil price crash coincided with a global pandemic…

PetroVietnam to Invest in Renewables Amid Shrinking Oil Output

Jul 08, 2020

Vietnam's state oil firm PetroVietnam is seeking to venture into renewable energy sources like wind farms and floating solar panels, as domestic crude oil production has peaked at most of its offshore oil fields.The company, formally known as Vietnam Oil and Gas Group…

Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs to Advise China on Pipeline Asset Transfers

Jul 08, 2020

Top Chinese energy firms have mandated investment banks Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs to act as advisors for multi-billion dollar deals transferring key oil and gas pipeline assets into a national energy infrastructure giant, four sources said…

LR: Up to 40% of FPSO Maintenance Work 'Unnecessary'

Jul 08, 2020

As much as 40% of maintenance work carried out by FPSO vessel operators is unnecessary, the energy industry consultancy Lloyd’s Register (LR) has found.Lloyd’s Register (LR), found that by reducing these unwarranted manhours, operators could save on average almost £600…

TSMC to Offtake Full Output from Ørsted's Taiwan Wind Farm

Jul 08, 2020

World's largest offshore wind farm developer Ørsted has signed what it says is the world’s largest renewables corporate power purchase agreement with Taiwan-based TSMC.Under the agreement, TSMC, the world’s largest semiconductor foundry, will…

ABS Certifies Jack-Up Rig Steel after Remote Survey

Jul 07, 2020

Classification and consultancy company ABS has provided a remote survey for steel certification at a steel mill, enabling Lamprell to continue work on jack-up drilling rigs, despite COVID-19 restrictions.Lamprell ordered 8855 MT of steel for…

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