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  • Writer's pictureSarah Whiteford

Schlumberger 3D reservoir mapping; Shell’s electric ferries; Cadeler CEO interview

It’s Good News Monday!

This Monday we talk about:

  1. Cleantech consortium to investigate energy storage integrated with floating wind

  2. Schlumberger Launches 'Unique' 3D Reservoir Mapping-while-drilling Service.

  3. Shell’s ‘Electric Dream’ ferries move closer to reality in Singapore

  4. Interview: Inside Cadeler X-Class WTIVs with CEO Mikkel Gleerup

“STORE is assessing marine pumped hydro technology which stores energy on the seabed (source: RCAM Technologies)”. Image from Riviera.

The UK-based cleantech consortium STORE was awarded £150,000 to use 3D printed concrete to manufacture subsea energy storage technology. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s Longer Duration Energy Storage Demonstration Programme provided the funding as part of the Government’s “10 Point Plan for a green industrial revolution”. STORE is looking at marine pumped hydro (MPH) technology which stores energy in hollow concrete spheres with pumps and turbines. The project should improve reliability and predictability of energy and create jobs.

“STORE consortium members include TechnipFMC, the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, and RCAM Technologies. Witteveen + Bos is performing engineering design and analysis of the 3D-printed concrete storage structure as a subcontractor.”

“©Schlumberger”. Image from Offshore Engineer.

Schlumberger, the well-known oilfield services company, announced their “GeoSphere 360 3D reservoir mapping-while-drilling service”. The cloud solution uses 3D electromagnetic data provided in real-time to improve field development, like the profiling of reservoirs including fluids and faults. The new technology has already undergone testing and was used in the Middle East to achieve optimal well placement and maximize reservoir exposure, in North America to characterize reservoir features, and in the North Sea to integrate multiple measurements and reduce uncertainties.

“Shell will replace a fleet of diesel-powered vessels with new all-electric, zero-emissions ferries in 2023 (source: Incat Crowther)”. Image from Riviera.

Shell Eastern Petroleum (Pte) is investing in green technologies at Shell Energy and Chemicals Park Singapore. One big step forward is investing in green ferries to transport 3,000 workers to Pulau Bukom from the mainland. Penguin International in Singapore was awarded a contract to design, build, and operate three electric ferries. They will sail on a 5.5km route and be zero-emissions, with the first expected to be delivered in December 2022. Specs are 200 passengers, 1.2MWh batteries, a cruising speed of more than 20 knots, and two Danfoss T3000-1500 e-motors powering fixed-pitch propellers. Ultra-fast shore chargers will take only 10 minutes to charge the vessels.

“Photo courtesy Cadeler”. Image from Offshore Engineer.

Cadeler CEO Mikkel Gleerup did an extensive interview with Offshore Engineer on Cadeler and their X-Class wind turbine installation vessel. The X-Class is purpose built for offshore wind installations, holding more and larger cargo, including new 14MW turbines. Gleerup said that not long ago 6MW was considered a large turbine, while 20MW+ could be common in the near future. There’s still a big focus on vessels to support the huge boom in offshore wind and ever growing turbine and farm sizes. We at OneStep Power are excited to see the new super-sized WTIVs that will install 5 20MW turbines at a time!

Smile, it’s Good News Monday! :-)


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