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January 2016 Issue

Promoting Re-Use
Decom Ethos

Decom North Sea, the industry body for North Sea oil and gas decommissioning, further launched its Re-use Framework, in conjunction with Zero Waste Scotland.

There are many elements to be considered as part of successful decommissioning; a responsibility to the environment and cost-effective practices are two of the most fundamental. While the industry already embraces recycling, reprocessing capacity within the U.K. may prove insufficient to deal with the materials produced by the decommissioning era, thus highlighting the necessity for re-use as an alternative.

The Framework document outlines the issues relevant to promoting an ethos of re-use, and it is expected that all stakeholders within the UKCS decommissioning industry will refer to its content to ensure delivery of project efficiencies.

Laminaria to Test

The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) has signed Flemish wave energy developer Laminaria to test its innovative wave energy converter (WEC) at EMEC’s grid-connected wave test site at Billia Croo, off the west coast of Orkney, Scotland.

Laminaria’s surge-operated attenuator has a storm protection system built in to enhance the survivability of the device, allowing it to remain operational during storms.

Scale sea trials are underway in Belgium to inform the design for the full-scale device that will undergo performance testing at EMEC in 2017.

Ecoslops, GSP to Study
Slops Plant Feasibility

Ecoslops, the first company to develop technology to produce recycled marine fuels from marine oil residues, or slops, has signed a letter of intent with Grup Servicii Petroliere (GSP) to conduct a feasibility study for the development of an oil residues processing plant in the Romanian Port of Constanta, on the Black Sea.

Subject to a positive outcome of the feasibility study, Ecoslops and GSP will form a joint venture to implement the project, from building and managing the plant to selling its products.

The Port of Constanta is one of the main petroleum product distribution centers for Central and Eastern Europe.

Once operational, this new plant could collect maritime transport oil residues from Bulgarian, Turkish, Ukrainian, Russian and Georgian ports.

EMEC to Advise Japan
On Marine Energy

The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) has signed a contract to provide advice on the development of a marine energy test facility in Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan.

EMEC will advise on the infrastructure needed to develop a test site, from subsea cables and grid connection to resource data instrumentation, as well as the wider infrastructure required in the region to support marine energy deployments.

A review of the marine renewables industry will also be undertaken, alongside support in business planning, operational procedures, and health and safety.

Grant for Milestone US
Tidal Energy Test Site

Marine Renewable Energy Collaborative (MRECo) has received a $209,952 grant.

This Seaport Economic grant, along with nearly $50,000 in other investments, will be used to create the first permanent public tidal energy test site in the U.S., located in the Cape Cod Canal.

Sub Connection Mooring
For Hywind Park

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has won an order for substructure connection mooring systems for the world’s first floating offshore wind farm: Statoil’s Hywind pilot park in Scotland.

MacGregor will be responsible for the delivery of the Pusnes substructure mooring connection system for the five floating wind turbines. Equipment will be delivered in 2016. Installation of the wind turbines is scheduled for 2017.

MacGregor will deliver a total of five sets of Pusnes substructure mooring connection systems, including instrumentation for load monitoring. The ballast-stabilized turbine structures will each be equipped with a three-point mooring system employing site-specific anchors.

The 6-MW wind turbines will provide enough electricity for 20,000 U.K. homes and operate in waters over 100 m deep.

IWSA Spotlights Wind
Energy for Shipping

As the interconnector of global trade, shipping facilitates every other part of the economy, and decision making around low-carbon pathways in other transport modes and industries will both influence and constrain decarbonization in shipping.

The shipping sector faces a huge challenge of rapid decarbonization. Clear emission reduction goals and unequivocal leadership is essential. Fortunately, the shipping industry has access to a free and abundant power source: wind propulsion.

The International Windship Association (IWSA) exists to demonstrate the commercial opportunities arising from various tested and validated technologies that embrace this renewable fuel.

“Wind propulsion is a commercially expedient approach to rapidly reducing emissions without compromising the efficiency for which the shipping industry is justifiably renowned,” Gavin Alwright, secretary general of the IWSA, said. “In light of the global focus on rapid emission reductions, it is time for the maritime sector to explore the opportunities offered by modern wind propulsion solutions.”

Cable Connector for
Fukushima Wind Farm

First Subsea has been awarded a contract to supply a cable connector for the third phase of the Fukushima Floating Offshore Wind Farm Demonstration offshore Japan. The connector will be used to connect 22-kV cable to a 7-MW wind turbine&—the world’s largest floating wind turbine.

So far, First Subsea has provided all the cable connectors for 22-kV and 66-kV cables on the Fukushima project.

This pilot wind farm project will lay the foundation for the world’s largest offshore wind development, off the coast of the Fukushima Prefecture.

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