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Energy Industry Starts Campaign for Atlantic Drilling

The American Petroleum Institute announced last week that it has formed a new coalition to support the expansion of offshore drilling off the coasts of the southeastern U.S., enlisting a gro...


FL Reps Look to Block Offshore Development

Florida’s House delegation is working to win a multiyear extension of the current moratorium against offshore drilling along the state's coasts; if the extension is won, they say, the morato...


MA, RI Award Offshore Wind Contracts

Both Massachusetts and Rhode Island have awarded extensive offshore wind contracts, bringing Massachusetts halfway to its goal of 1.6 GW wind energy capacity by 2027, along with Rhode Island...


Pentagon Concerned About Gulf Offshore Expansion

The Pentagon said in a report to Congress Thursday (May 10) that offshore drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico would cause problems for necessary military activities carried out in the reg...


Navy Says 'No' to Some CA Offshore Wind Plans

While plans for wind farms off the coast of California continue to move forward, the U.S. Navy may stand in the way of some development after releasing a map indicating areas where arrays wo...


Russia Unveils Floating Nuclear Plant

At the end of April, the world’s only floating nuclear power plant, created by Russia, started making its way toward Chukotka, a Russian Arctic port. There, the facility will provide power t...


Most Powerful Wind Turbine Installed Off UK Coast

The world’s most powerful wind turbine—the first of two—was successfully installed last Monday at Vattenfall’s European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre, located off the coast of northeast Sc...


Bahrain Touts Its Largest Oil Discovery

Officials from Bahrain say the country has struck black gold in the form of a new oil field off the country's western coast that represents the biggest petroleum find in the country in decad...


Record Gulf Offshore Lease Sale Nets Marginal Gains

The U.S. Department of the Interior opened its latest auction of offshore oil and gas drilling leases, touted as the largest ever, on Wednesday (March 21), but garnered bids for only about o...


GE Introduces Largest Offshore Turbine

GE Renewable Energy, a Paris-based division of General Electric, last week unveiled its Haliade-X, a 12-megawatt turbine for offshore wind facilities that boasts an industry-leading generato...


BAE to Close AL Shipyard

Shipbuilding and defense contractor BAE Systems announced last week it will be closing its Mobile, Alabama, shipyard, ending repair services immediately and laying off more than 150 employee...


Turbine Supplier Chosen for Hornsea Two

Wind energy firm Ørsted recently announced the selection of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy as the exclusive wind turbine supplier for Hornsea Project Two, a successor to Hornsea Project One...


California To Block New Offshore-Produced Oil

California officials announced early this month that the state would be blocking the transportation of petroleum from new offshore oil rigs, a move intended to counteract a recent call from ...


New Reports Address Offshore Corrosion

Two reports commissioned by the NeSSIE project, an endeavor geared toward developing offshore renewables demonstration projects related to corrosion issues, investigated the economic potenti...


Massive UK Wind Farm Build Begins

The first monopiles for the world’s largest offshore wind farm have been installed 74 miles off the coast of Yorkshire, England, marking the beginning of construction.


FL Offshore Drilling Reportedly Still Possible

A senior official of the Department of the Interior has reportedly asserted that Florida’s coastal waters will not necessarily be exempted from the Trump administration's offshore drilling p...


Feds Remove FL from Offshore Drilling Plan

Months after the initial announcement of the largest offshore oil and gas lease sale in United States history, the Trump administration has indicated that Florida will be exempt.


Firm Bids to Build MA's First Offshore Wind Farm

In response to Massachusetts’ recent request for proposals, Bay State Wind has put in a bid to build the state’s first offshore wind farm.


Trump Administration Looks to Roll Back Offshore Regs

The federal government is moving to repeal some regulations placed on offshore drilling by the administration of former President Barack Obama in the years following the Deepwater Horizon di...


Cracking Sidelines North Sea Pipeline

A major crude oil pipeline in the North Sea off the coast of Scotland will remain out of service for two to four weeks after an inspection turned up cracking last week.


DOE Announces Offshore Wind Research Funds

The U.S. Department of Energy announced last week that it would provide $18.5 million in new funding for research related to offshore wind power in an effort to overcome challenges to the ad...


Cape Wind Offshore Project Abandoned

Development of the proposed Nantucket Sound wind farm, located off Cape Cod, has been called off, signaling the end of over 15 years of debate and spending and the termination of the develop...


Lab Eyes New Weld Method for Offshore Structures

Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are working to develop a better way to perform welds on offshore structures, using a hybrid approach that includes both lasers and arc welding in ...


Largest US Offshore Drilling Lease Announced

The U.S. Department of the Interior has announced what is projected to be the largest oil and gas lease sale in the country’s history, which will include 76.9 million acres in the Gulf of Me...


UK Offshore Wind Rates Drop Below Nuclear

A drop in the cost of energy generated by offshore wind farms in the U.K. is leading some in the country to rethink the future of other power technologies, including new nuclear facilities.


Infrastructure Takes a Hit from Deadly Harvey

Refineries and offshore platforms in Texas and the Gulf of Mexico shut down, some sustaining damage, as Hurricane Harvey made landfall over the weekend, weakening to a tropical storm but con...


New Tall Turbines Highlight Drive for Size

Wind energy giant Siemens Gamesa announced Tuesday that it has successfully installed the tallest wind turbines in Asia, at a wind farm in Thailand, underscoring an industry trend toward lar...


Massive Floating LNG Platform Leaves Shipyard

It’s the world’s largest offshore structure, it’s built to withstand a Category 5 cyclone, and right now, Royal Dutch Shell’s Prelude FLNG platform is on its way to its permanent home, off t...


Great Lakes Offshore Wind Farm Plan Progresses

The consortium behind a planned offshore wind farm for Lake Erie near Cleveland is working on securing suppliers for the construction and installation of the array, which would be the first ...


European Nations Make Offshore Wind Pledge

Three European countries pledged Tuesday to work to increase the world’s offshore wind capacity fivefold in the next 13 years.


US Names Chief Offshore Regulator

A former Louisiana lieutenant governor and state utility regulator has been named head of the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, the agency that oversees offshore drilling.


Offshore Coatings Made for Maintenance

Coatings manufacturer Jotun has introduced a new coating line for offshore maintenance, designed specifically for brush and roller application to power-tooled and waterjetted surfaces.


New Offshore Coatings Focus on 'Splash Zone'

Global coatings company Hempel Group has launched two advanced coatings, which the firm says were specifically developed to protect the splash zone areas of offshore structures.


Huntsman Acquires UK Polyurethane Firm

Chemical firm Huntsman Corporation has completed the acquisition of IFS Chemicals Limited, a U.K.-based formulator of polyurethane products, including marine coatings and pipeline protection...


Trump Expected to Initiate Offshore Action

President Donald J. Trump is expected to sign an executive order today (April 28) that will roll back limitations on offshore drilling that were put into place by the administration of Barac...


Oil and Gas Industry to Spend More in 2017

Big new oil and gas projects will double worldwide in 2017 as companies increase their spending, according to one global consulting firm.


New Epoxies Made for Offshore Assets

A pair of new marine coatings from Hempel are designed to protect offshore assets from corrosion, above and below the waterline.


Testing Firm Opens Dedicated Coatings Center

A materials and product qualification testing provider based in the United Kingdom is expanding its coatings testing services with a facility offering enhanced offerings to the oil, gas and ...


Groups Gauge Coatings Across the Pond

If you think saltwater environments on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean are essentially the same when it comes to their effects on marine coatings, you’re wrong, according a current energy r...


Industry Voices: Oil and Gas Growing Safer

As Americans head to the theater to see a new film about one of the biggest energy-extraction disasters in recent history, voices from the industry are pointing out that safety is on the ris...


Coating Guards Offshore Turbines from Sun

A new protective coating primarily for offshore turbines is designed to protect against UV damage in addition to corrosion and abrasion.


UK Goes Offshore for Massive Wind Farm

Government officials in the United Kingdom have given the green light on planning for what would be the world’s largest offshore wind farm.


EPA Seeks Comments on Copper Toxicity Test

The federal agency responsible for protecting human health and the environment is seeking public comment on water quality criteria that includes a copper toxicity testing method relevant to ...


This Tunnel-Bridge Combo Will Float

How do you solve the problem of building a crossing where traditional engineering methods pose a problem? Transportation officials in Norway are considering the world’s first floating submer...


Feds Dive into Offshore Bolt Failures

Corporate officials and federal regulators are scrutinizing the integrity of massive bolts connecting subsea structures in the oil and gas industry.


Blasts, Fire Shutter MS Gas Plant

Federal officials are investigating what led to two late-night explosions and the resulting fire at a natural gas processing facility in Pascagoula, MS.


‘Self-Installing’ Innovation

A European construction services group will achieve an industry first with the design, fabrication and installation of five full-size gravity base foundations (GBFs) for a wind farm off the ...


‘Big 3’ Shipyards Get State Aid

Following several consecutive quarters of extreme financial losses, the Korean government is stepping in to assist the world’s three largest shipbuilders.


Sherwin-Williams Receives Royal Honor

A Sherwin-Williams Company division is one of 243 firms selected for a Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation 2016, celebrating British business contributions to international trade, innov...


Shell Taps Pipe Coating, Insulation Firms

A Chesterfield, MO, company involved in the protection, rehabilitation, engineering and design of infrastructure projects has announced it is slated to begin pipe coating work, and the appli...


Deepwater Disaster Spurs Offshore Rules

Federal officials have announced the release of new well control regulations intended to reduce the risk of death, serious injury or substantial harm to the environment as the result of an o...


CA May Get Offshore Floating Turbines

A Seattle project development company looking to capitalize on floating offshore wind opportunities in North America has proposed a target energy site in the waters off California’s coast.


81K Acres Targeted for Energy ‘Milestone’

The federal agency responsible for the management and conservation of most federal land and natural resources issued an announcement concerning the U.S. wind energy sector Wednesday (March 1...


‘Cement Ship’ Cracks Under Pressure

Residents of Aptos, CA, are becoming increasingly concerned about the state of their beloved cement ship sitting off the shore of Seacliff State Beach.


Offshore Fabricator Pays $20M for Shipyard

Known as a manufacturer of specialized structures and vessels used in the oil, gas and marine industries


Season One Success for US Windfarm

America’s first offshore wind farm just reached another project milestone: wrapping up its initial offshore construction season.


SSPC Surveys Shipping, Marine Topics

With SSPC 2016 featuring GreenCOAT just weeks away, SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings spotlights the lineup of shipping and marine conference sessions available on site.


Scotland to Have Floating Wind Farm

An international energy company based in Norway has received approval from the Scottish government to build the first floating wind farm in the world.


Wave Machine Simulates Flooding

Its promotional video has been compared to a blockbuster movie trailer, but a Dutch company’s wave simulation facility is all science and not fiction.


BP Settles Deepwater Disaster for $20B

BP will pay more than $20 billion to settle claims against it for the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill in 2010.


First Offshore Wind Farm in U.S. Begins

With the first “steel in the water,” an offshore wind farm is pioneering what its owners and environmental proponents hope will be a trendsetting moment in the United States.


Offshore Plan Soaks Big 3 Shipbuilders

A venture into offshore projects led to a bad turn for the world’s three largest shipbuilders—Hyundai Heavy Industries, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. and Samsung Heavy Industr...


$18.7B BP Settlement Sets U.S. Record

WASHINGTON--The largest environmental disaster in U.S. history will yield the nation's largest settlement with a single entity, BP Exploration and Production Inc. has announced.


PPG Names New Global PFP Director

PITTSBURGH--A veteran mechanical and offshore engineer has been tapped to lead PPG's hydrocarbon passive fire protection business worldwide, the company has announced.


Lighter Coating Offered for Offshore

AMSTERDAM—AkzoNobel has introduced a reduced-weight passive fire protection product for the offshore oil and gas industry.


New Fixture Made for Offshore Use

A new LED fixture is built to withstand the elements of an offshore operation, including hazardous locations where chemical/petrochemical vapors may be present, according to manufacturer Lar...


Lighting Tackles Marine Environments

Larson Electronics has expanded its range of industrial-grade lighting equipment with a new fluorescent fixture designed for wet areas and salt-water marine environments.


Free Webinar Shores Up Offshore

The harsh environment of the offshore gas and oil industry has led to new technologies and methods to overcome maintenance challenges.


Protective Line Offers 3 Systems

Sherwin-Williams’ Protective and Marine Coatings has launched three polyaspartic urethanes, each suited for a different shop or field coating challenge.


Paint Protects Hot Substrates from CUI

PPG Industries’ protective and marine coatings business has launched a high-temperature coating to protect substrates from corrosion under insulation.


Antifouling Touts Slick Slime Trick

PPG Industries has launched Sigmaglide 1290, a 100 percent silicone-binder system that uses surface regeneration technology to maintain a slime-resistant substrate.


Coating Covers Temperature Extremes

International Paint has introduced a new coating for the North American offshore and onshore industrial markets.


MIT Proposes Floating Nuclear Plants

Offshore nuclear plants, anchored in deep water, could be the answer to preventing catastrophic tsunami and earthquake damage like that inflicted on the Japan's Fukushima Daiichi complex in ...


Stopaq Enters U.S. Market

Nearly two years after purchasing its pipeline corrosion technologies, Berry Plastics is ready to begin distributing Stopaq products in the United States.


Top Coating Projects of 2013 Honored

ORLANDO—Coatings projects dazzling, daring and dangerous joined industry leaders in the winners circle Monday (Feb. 10) as SSPC 2014 opened to a record crowd in Orlando, FL.


JPCL Releases 5 New Coatings eBooks

Free technical guidance on choosing and buying coatings for a variety of structures and environments is the focus of five new eBooks published by JPCL: Journal of Protective Coatings & Linin...


Coating Protects Rotor Blade Edges

BASF has announced a new paint designed to protect the edges of wind turbine rotor blades.


New Teflon Coating is Water-Based

DuPont has introduced what it calls the first “truly water-based,” low-VOC protective coating with a corrosion resistance of up to 3,000 salt spray hours.


Lip-Syncing Oil Rig Crew Goes Viral

Life at sea can get lonely and boring—unless you happen to be on an oil rig with a crew full of karaoke masterminds.


Offshore Workers Target Troubled Copter

Tens of thousands of offshore inspectors, technicians and other professionals are seeking to ground a transport helicopter that has been involved in five major incidents in four years, inclu...


Halliburton Admits Destroying Evidence

Halliburton Energy Services Inc. will become the third corporation to plead guilty to criminal misconduct in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed 11 offshore workers and un...


Hempel Launches New Offshore Coating

A new epoxy mid-coat from Hempel can reduce drying times by up to 25 percent for offshore wind tower manufacturers, the company says.


Report: Coatings Need Novel Solutions

Developing new technology for harsh environments will be key in the future of the protective and marine markets in North America and Europe, new research says.


Gas Leak Ignites, Collapses Rig

Natural gas from a drilling rig leaked for 14 hours before igniting and partially collapsing the structure off the coast of Louisiana on Tuesday (July 23).


Suits Claim Shipyard Guest Worker Abuse

A new series of federal lawsuits accuses shipbuilder Signal International of swindling and mistreating hundreds of Indian guest workers recruited for work in the United States.


Polysiloxane Topcoat Eases Application

A new acrylic polysiloxane topcoat has rolled out to the North American market, International Paint LLC announced.


Free eBook Offers Tank Coating Help

A new compilation of technical guidance on coating protection and maintenance of water tanks is now available as a free downloadable eBook from JPCL.


Rapid-Cure Epoxy Offers Quick Return

A new tank lining offers fast return to service in a single coat, Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings has announced.


Offshore Fires Spur New Demands on BP

For the second time in two years, regulators have ordered BP to address offshore maintenance lapses that have led to fires and risked catastrophes aboard oil and gas platforms.


Tank Lining Boasts 1-Coat Extended Life

A new coating for high-temperature tank applications that is also high pressure-resistant is designed to meet the increasing needs of the oil and gas industry, The Sherwin-Williams Company s...


Webinar Examines New Spray Technology

A look at the newest plural-component spray technology used to apply today's high-solids protective coatings will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar by SSPC and JPCL.


Webinar Targets Offshore Fireproofing

Understanding the critical requirements and certification needed to use passive fireproofing materials offshore will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar by SSPC and JPCL.


Insurer: Ameron Knew of Sable Coating Woes

Ameron executives knew of coating failures and corrosion damage at the Sable Offshore Energy Project well before the company applied for insurance related to those problems, according to the...


New Coating eBooks Focus on Oil and Gas

Technical guidance on coatings for chemical and petrochemical plants and offshore platforms are the focus of two new, free eBooks published by JPCL.


Barge Strikes Pipeline, Ignites Blaze

A fire so intense that the U.S. Coast Guard was waiting to extinguish it continued to blaze late Wednesday in a Louisiana bayou after a tugboat pushing an oil barge struck a pipeline.


Fireproofing Epoxy for Offshore Market

A new offshore fireproofing coating from Carboline is designed to benefit owners, engineers and contractors in coastal and offshore environments.


Driller Pleads Guilty in Gulf Disaster

The world's largest offshore drilling company will pay $400 million in fines and penalties stemming from crimes in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed 11 workers, under an agreem...


Bogus OSHA Trainer Pleads Guilty

A Louisiana woman has admitted impersonating a federal health and safety trainer in order to fleece immigrants displaced from the Gulf Coast fishing industry by the Deepwater Horizon ...


New Lights for Hazardous Locations

Larson Electronics’ Magnalight.com has announced the addition of several new products this year, including a hazardous location-approved LED light fixture and a fluorescent light fixture wit...


The Price of Ambiguity: $52M

SAN ANTONIO—A picture may be worth a thousand words, but one squishy word in a contract could trigger a bill that could break your company.


Transocean Fined $1.4B in Gulf Blast

The world's largest offshore drilling contractor will pay $1.4 billion in fines and plead guilty to environmental crimes to resolve federal civil and criminal cases stemming from the 2010 De...


 
 
   

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