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International
Energy

In pictures: Offshore aquaculture projects back on track in China

Two of the world’s largest offshore aquaculture projects in construction are nearing the final stages of completion in China.

Northeast
Energy

NE - US offshore wind industry has ‘advanced rapidly,’ says BOEM chief

Power from offshore wind energy will become an important and growing part of the US power supply going forward, and the US BOEM is doing everything it can to support that market with greater regulatory transparency, flexibility, and predictability.

International
Energy

Thirteen suspected Covid-19 cases on Taqa North Sea platforms

North Sea operator Taqa has confirmed more than a dozen suspected cases of Covid-19 across two of its assets.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

GULF - Interior considers lowering US federal royalty rates for next Gulf lease sale

Rates for deepwater leases could be lowered from 18.75% to 12.5%. Interior decided against similar proposal in 2018. Lower rates for shallower acreage show mixed results

International
Energy

Int'l - Ocean energy production surges tenfold over last decade

Global ocean energy production has risen tenfold over the last decade, according to a report issued today by a leading ocean energy organisation.

Mid-Atlantic
Energy

SC - Editorial: Politics tipped the scientific scales at NOAA

The Southern Environmental Law Center has uncovered evidence of political interference in a scientific opinion regarding right whales that could make it easier for companies to explore for oil and gas off the South Carolina coast. Above, a North Atlantic right whale swims with her calf off the Georgia coast. New England Aquarium via AP

Pacific Northwest
Energy

OR - First U.S. West Coast LNG Project Gets The Greenligh

CNT: FERC steps over state objections and authorizes Jordon Cove LNG Project. It's game on as Gov. Kate Brown and state regulatory authorities unlikely to back down

Pacific Northwest
Energy

OR - Federal regulators approve Jordan Cove LNG project in Coos Bay and 230 mile feeder pipeline

Federal regulators on Thursday approved the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas export terminal in Coos Bay and the 230-mile Pacific Connector Pipeline, presaging a battle with the state of Oregon, whose regulators have declined to issue the three most significant state permits for the facility.

International
Energy

UK - Oil giant Total dives into offshore wind with 'world's biggest' floating array

Near-100MW project to be brought online with Simply Blue Energy off Wales in 'mid-2020s' with aim to crack 50GW Celtic Sea play

International
Energy

Japan - Ørsted and TEPCO Establish JV for Offshore Wind in Choshi, Japan

TEPCO and Ørsted signed an MoU to establish a framework and organisational structure for the joint development of the Choshi Offshore Wind Project.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

Gulf - 'Could have been substantially worse': U.S. offshore oil lease sale weakest since 2016

(Reuters) - A major sale of oil and gas leases in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday generated $93 million in high bids, the lowest total for any U.S. offshore auction since 2016, reflecting caution in the drilling industry amid a steep slide in oil prices.

International
Energy

Germany - Schottel propulsion for German LNG-fueled research vessel

Germany-based Schottel has supplied the propulsion units for the country’s first seagoing government agency LNG-fueled vessel, the Atair.

International
Energy

UK - North Sea firms reduce offshore crews in bid to prevent coronavirus spread

Several North Sea operators are reducing offshore crews on their UK platforms in a bid to prevent the spread of the coronavirus outbreak.

International
Energy

UK - Flights suspended to Total’s Culzean field amid suspected coronavirus case on Maersk rig

Flights have been temporarily suspended to one of the UK’s largest offshore gas fields after a suspected coronavirus case at an adjacent drilling rig.

International
Energy

UK - Is tidal power on a collision course with marine wildlife?

As questions are asked about the impact of turbine blades on marine wildlife, scientists have developed a sophisticated fish collision model for the burgeoning tidal power industry.

Arctic & Antarctica
Energy

Russia Makes Move On Antarctica’s 513 Billion Barrels Of Oil

CNT Publisher: As the ice melts away, it's game on. Human beings look north to the vast untapped Arctic oil and gas fields. The coast, even the frozen ones, are in a constant state of transition.

West Coast
Energy

CA - California seeks comment on offshore wind plans

Image source: The Californian Energy Commission (CEC) is seeking input on potential offshore wind development off the Central Coast of California

International
Energy

Scotland - Eight winners of Scottish Government funded floating wind competition

A 3D-printed anchor and self-charging mooring line monitoring device are among eight floating wind farm innovations unveiled as winners of a technology acceleration competition.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

TX - Port 'A' battles Big Oil to preserve its funky coastal vibe

Still recovering from Hurricane Harvey, Port Aransas may face a future under Big Oil that some fear will destroy the idyllic vacation spot treasured by generations of Texans.

West Coast
Energy

CA - Could San Onofre Nuke Demolition Cause Catastrophe?

Nuclear Shutdown News chronicles the decline and fall of the nuclear power industry in the US and beyond, and highlights the efforts of those working to create a nuclear free world.

International
Energy

Canada - Supreme Court rejects Trans Mountain legal challenges. So, what's next?

Cases regarding the pipeline’s impacts on endangered killer whales and Indigenous rights won’t be heard, but opponents of the project say its future is far from certain

Mid-Atlantic
Energy

NC - Kitty Hawk offshore wind project moving forward

Geophysical surveys are nearly complete at the Kitty Hawk offshore wind project — and the enterprise just moved another step forward with approval from Virginia Beach for land to build a substation.

Coastwide
Energy

1Q Oil Demand Fall Expected to be Largest Ever

World oil demand will decline by the largest volume in history in the first quarter, even exceeding the declines during the 2009 financial crisis.

West Coast
Energy

CA - The Ecological Costs of Removing California’s Offshore Oil Rigs

Offshore oil- and gas-drilling platforms are rich habitats for fish, and removing them completely would result in a loss of over 95% of fish biomass, new research has revealed.

International
Energy

Capital spend on sea-based wind to outpace offshore oil & gas by 2024: WoodMac

Analyst group sees $210bn going into offshore wind in the next five years, as petro-giants wake up to industry's 'greater certainty and transparency'

Coastwide
Energy

Turning water into watts

Huge technical and financial hurdles face anyone seeking to harness the vast power of the world’s oceans. For a devout band of researchers and hi-tech business pioneers, however, the dream of “blue energy” lives on, as Stephen Ornes discovers

International
Energy

Russia - Russia’s floating nuclear power plant spurs local development

Pevek, the most northern port in Russia, has hosted a meeting to discuss the commissioning of the Akademik Lomonosov floating nuclear heat and power plant (FNPP), moored at the town.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

TX - The Energy Elite Have Started Listening to Their Enemy No. 1 in Houston

Jim Blackburn, an environmental lawyer, is trying to protect the city from a climate disaster.

West Coast
Energy

CA - The Ongoing Debate Behind Oil Rigs on the Californian Coast

The existence of oil rigs off the coast of California has been a continuous issue in Santa Barbara over decades. Ever since a rig ruptured and spilled more than 80,000 barrels of oil off Santa Barbara in 1969, the disposition of offshore oil and gas drilling has spurred countless quarrels between oil companies and environmentalists.

Coastwide
Energy

U.S. crude oil production grew 11% in 2019, surpassing 12 million barrels per day

Annual U.S. crude oil production reached another record level at 12.23 million barrels per day (b/d) in 2019, 1.24 million b/d, or 11%, more than 2018 levels. The 2019 growth rate was down from a 17% growth rate in 2018. In November 2019, monthly U.S. crude oil production averaged 12.86 million b/d, the most monthly crude oil production in U.S. history, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Petroleum Supply Monthly. U.S. crude oil production has increased significantly during the past 10 years, driven mainly by production from tight rock formations developed using horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing to extract hydrocarbons.

Northeast
Energy

RI - Wind-power developer opens 2nd R.I. office

Orsted U.S. Offshore Wind, builder of the nation’s first offshore wind farm off Block Island, sets up Providence hub as first stop for companies looking to do business with the Danish giant.

Pacific Northwest
Energy

OR - FERC faces pushback on whether it can act now on Jordan Cove

After US federal regulators hit pause on the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal project and the affiliated Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline, debate has ensued over whether the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission can act right away in light of a recent Oregon objection.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

TX - The Port Aransas Conservancy Supports the Bluewater Texas Offshore Terminal

Phillips 66 and Trafigura Group Pte. Ltd have announced that they have formed a 50/50 joint venture, Bluewater Texas Terminal LLC ("Bluewater Texas"), to develop an offshore deepwater port project located approximately 21 nautical miles east of the entrance to the Port of Corpus Christi.

Coastwide
Energy

US Offshore Wind and Fisheries Alliance Names First Executive Director

The Responsible Offshore Science Alliance (ROSA) has appointed Lyndie Hice-Dunton as its first executive director.

Mid-Atlantic
Energy

NJ - Governor Murphy Announces Offshore Wind Solicitation Schedule of 7,500 MW through 2035

Governor Murphy Announces Offshore Wind Solicitation Schedule of 7,500 MW through 2035

International
Energy

Plot Thickens Around Floating Offshore Wind Farm Mystery Tour

Why, it seems like only yesterday that US Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette told members of Congress to go ahead and slash many dollars from his renewable energy budget, since most of the good stuff is now available commercially. Hey, he might be on to something. Take the agency’s floating offshore wind program, for example. Not too long ago floating wind turbines were a dream, and now they are a thing. In fact, a “secret” group of US officials is bound for Scotland next week, where they will eyeball a new floating offshore wind farm, which happens to deploy technology developed by a US company with an assist from — you guessed it — the Energy Department.

Southeast
Energy

GA - Coastal senators push for offshore drilling resolution

Nonbinding resolutions, by definition, have no direct effect, but a state House resolution passed in 2019 against energy exploration off the Georgia coast led U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter, R-1, to reconsider his position and send a letter to the Interior Department asking it to remove the state from its offshore oil and gas leasing plans.