Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a bill extending the last remaining nuclear arms control treaty between Russia and the United States a week before the pact was due to expire. Both houses of the Russian parliament voted unanimously Wednesday to extend the New START treaty for five years. Putin and U.S. President Joe Biden had discussed the nuclear accord a day earlier, and the Kremlin said they agreed to complete the necessary extension procedures in the next few days. The pact’s extension doesn’t require congressional approval in the U.S., but Russian lawmakers had to ratify the move before Putin could sign off on Friday.
Norway-based subsea company Ocean Installer has been awarded a contract for subsea installations and tie-in operations for Statoil on Johan Sverdrup, as well as Utgard and Bauge fields, off Norway. The award is part of Statoil’s Marine Wave 2 program and means that Ocean Installer will continue to have a role in the Johan Sverdrup subsea works, initiated under the Marine Wave 1 umbrella, the subsea company explained on Thursday.The complete work scope encompasses umbilical installation at Johan Sverdrup, Bauge and Utgard, as well as spools, cover, tie-in and manifold installation at Utgard.Ocean Installer CEO, Steinar Riise, said: “Ocean Installer is conducting widespread work for Statoil under the Marine Wave 1 program this year and we are truly pleased to have been selected as a key contractor also for the second phase of this Statoil scheme in 2019.”The company also said that project management and engineering will be based at its headquarters in Stavanger and start with immediate effect.Offshore operations will take place in 2019 and Ocean Installer will use a combination of the construction support vessels (CSVs) Normand Vision and Normand Reach.