Offshore Energies Magazine - Issue 55 Spring 2023

more carbon than is emitted from our operations and from use of the oil and gas products we sell." The licence is in the Norwegian North Sea, east of the Sleipner field and about 200 km from the coast. Neptune is also working on potential projects in the Netherlands and UK, as it aims to build a portfolio of assets for carbon storage linked to its core areas in the North Sea. Kent wins pre-Feed on wind project UK engineering firm Kent has won a pre–front end engineering design (Feed) study for the Morven offshore wind project, it said April 13. The client is the UK major BP and the German utility EnBW. The project will use fixed-bottom turbines in 65-75 m of water as part of the ScotWind leasing round. Investment also includes support for the regeneration of the Port of Leith and create an operations and maintenance base in Aberdeen. The pre-Feed studies are expected to last six months and culminate with design work that supports key decisions, foundation type, corrosion protection concepts as well as transportation and installation feasibility. Kent will work with trusted partner, Ternan Energy, for additional specialist geotechnical services. Petrofac, Hitachi land £11.4bn Dutch award Engineering firm Petrofac and Hitachi Energy have won a €13bn (£11.4bn) multi-year framework agreement as part of the Dutch state network operator Tennet's plans to add 2 GW offshore wind capacity in the Dutch German North Sea. The offshore platforms and onshore converter stations will accelerate the integration of bulk renewables into European power grids. Collectively, they are the biggest set of awards in

Petrofac's history, the company said in a March 30 statement. Petrofac will take care of the engineering, procurement, construction and installation of the offshore platforms and some of the onshore converter stations. Hitachi Energy will supply its high-voltage, direct-current converter stations. Each of the six projects will be executed under a standalone contract valued at over €2bn, split roughly between the two. The first of these was awarded alongside the framework. C entrica-controlled producer Spirit Energy will convert its depleted Morecambe Bay gas fields and the beach terminal at Barrow, in Lancashire, into a carbon storage cluster, it said January 31. The project needs regulatory approvals and a licence from the North Sea Transition Authority. The project is expected to support thousands of highly skilled green jobs in the northwest. It will provide a multi-billion-pound investment in the local economy, promoting growth and further investment across the region. The project has the capacity to store up to 1GT of CO₂, which is about three years’ worth of the UK's current CO₂ emissions. The gas will come by pipeline or be delivered as a liquid by ship. All the scenarios whereby the ambitious goal of the Paris Agreement is met rely heavily on capturing and using or storing CO₂. The Morecambe Bay fields in Liverpool Bay were for some decades the nation’s major swing gas facilities. Infrastructure Aberdeen Port takes giant rig... The Noble Innovator jack-up rig became the largest ever vessel to visit Port of Aberdeen when it docked February 11. It will stay at the newly expanded £400mn Spirit eyes CCS at Morecambe Bay

Aberdeen South Harbour for several months’ maintenance before heading off to decommission BP-operated rigs in the central North Sea. Noble bought Maersk in a tie-up last year so among the jobs will be painting over the old name: Maersk Innovator . Noble Corporation said: "We are excited that the new South Harbour facilities have made it possible for one of our rigs to visit Aberdeen for the first time ever." Selected vendors will supply divers, welders and scaffolders. South Harbour is scheduled to be finished this summer. It will make Aberdeen the largest berthage port in Scotland. The Port of Aberdeen said: "South Harbour’s tidally unrestricted deepwater berths, extensive laydown space and heavy lift capacity, make Aberdeen an attractive option for larger vessels." ... & hosts a sign of the times The South Harbour has also welcomed the distinctive Blue Tern jack-up installation vessel, it said March 2. The Fred Olsen Windcarrier vessel has an overall length of 151 m, a breadth of 50 m and an 800-tonne crane. Announcing the arrival, the port said offshore wind projects were its biggest growth opportunity for the coming decade and already account for a tenth of its overall vessel traffic. ScotWind, INTOG and other developments mean that proportion will rise significantly in the coming years. Port's new Chair & non-exec Roy Buchan, the former COO of Ithaca Energy, has become the Port of Aberdeen’s new Chair and Sian Lloyd Rees, co chair of Offshore Energies UK, has become a non-executive member of its board, the company said January 19. Alistair Mackenzie stepped down

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