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Shell’s DeWitt: In time of transition, industry should seize opportunity to transform

The oil and gas industry sits at a unique point in its history as the world transitions toward more sustainable sources of energy, even as both demand for hydrocarbons and society’s focus on climate change increase. It is now that the industry has the opportunity to re-create itself, said Mike DeWitt, VP of Operated Wells with Shell, at the 2019 SPE/IADC International Drilling Conference in The Hague on 5 March. How to thrive at a time when the traditional energy system is transitioning to more renewable forms of energy is both a great challenge and an opportunity, Mr DeWitt said. He also emphasized that although hydrocarbons will remain a part of the energy mix for the foreseeable future, the industry ...

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Situational awareness is key for active shooter response

The most important thing to remember in the middle of an active shooter event is to move, said Greg Shaffer, President of Shaffer Security Group, from the 2019 IADC HSE&T Conference on 6 February in Houston. But even before an event is in process, there are things you should do to prepare and maintain good situational awareness. Watch the video for more information.

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BHGE introduces lightweight, non-composite conventional frac plug

A new conventional frac plug constructed completely from an engineered alloy is 70% lighter than conventional material. The MILLITE plug, just released by BHGE, cleans up and mills out smoother than any other conventional plug on the market, said Stacey Meredith, Frac Plug Product Line Manager with BHGE. It offers something completely new to the industry. With a specific gravity of 1.8, the fine debris floats out of the well without additional cleaning or costly chemicals. At 13 in., its design produces a lower volume of debris than standard plugs. In this video from the 2019 Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Conference on 6 February in The Woodlands, Texas, she also talks about key features of the plug and the results achieved ...

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What road safety policies should you implement?

Transportation incidents, whether during commutes or on the job, are the leading cause of fatality in the oil and gas industry, Kyla Retzer, Epidemiologist with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, said from the 2019 IADC HSE&T Conference on 5 February in Houston. She presented essential elements of a good road safety program and ways to address driver distraction. The most dangerous form of distraction is texting while driving, which takes drivers’ eyes off the road an average of 4.6 seconds and involves all three types of distraction simultaneously: visual, manual, and cognitive. Watch the video for more information on cell phone policy recommendations.

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HSE professionals have role to play as adoption of ESG Integration Approach increases

ESG – or Environment, Social and Governance – refers to the non-financial aspects of business, and responsible investment refers to an approach to investing that aims to incorporate ESG factors into investment decisions in order to better manage risk and generate sustainable, long-term returns. At the 2019 IADC HSE&T Conference in Houston on 5 February, Kaitlyn Allen, President and CEO of Global Affairs Associates, talked about the recent growth of adoption of the ESG Integration Approach among US organizations, as well as what’s driving this growth. Further, in this video with DC, she talks about the role of HSE professionals in this context and why ESG should matter to them.

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Joint SPE/ICoTA Conference to showcase impact of data and latest technologies for well interventions

Digitalization and innovation are just a few of the key focus areas of this year’s SPE/ICoTA Well Intervention Conference and Exhibition, taking place 26-27 March in The Woodlands, Texas. According to Matt Billingham and Ron Zbitowsky, Conference Chair and Vice Chair, this event has something for everyone. Hosted jointly by SPE and the Intervention and Coiled Tubing Association (ICoTA), the conference includes more than 60 peer-selected technical presentations of interest to E&P professionals. “Attendees will walk away with valuable knowledge and skills to advance their business goals and support their professional development, from automated wireline milling in the intervention solutions session to vertical seismic profiling in the new data enhanced interventions session,” Mr Zbitowsky said. According to Mr Billingham, “There ...

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Wood Mackenzie: Smoother sailing ahead for upstream supply chain players

The global offshore upstream supply chain saw signs of recovery in 2018, and this looks set to continue in 2019, according to Wood Mackenzie. As project FIDs increase, demand for equipment and services are buoying the prospects for the upstream supply chain. But the downturn left its mark on the sector. Projects remain leaner and phased, and cost discipline remains high on the agenda. The supply chain continues to focus on compact, modular and standard solutions as operators seek the shortest cycle times. But can this be maintained as the market improves? Subsea demand increasing “Demand for subsea equipment is one of the best leading indicators of offshore market activity,” Mhairidh Evans, Principal Analyst, Subsea Supply Chain, said. “Volumes are recovering, and ...

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