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DOE to invest $20 million in new oil and gas research projects

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced the availability of $20 million for cost-shared oil and gas research projects to increase recovery efficiency from unconventional oil and gas wells and to prevent offshore spills and leaks. This new funding opportunity seeks projects that will advance DOE’s objective to support a more environmentally responsible, secure, and resilient US energy infrastructure, while enhancing economic competitiveness and national security...

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Noble transforms training and collaboration center to support industry training

Noble’s custom simulators provide a hands-on approach for students to apply their learnings from the classroom to an offshore drilling environment. The simulators use actual data from Noble’s fleet to mimic real-world situations, such as well control, poor weather and power failure.

As the rapid pace of technology evolution pushes the need for knowledge sharing, Noble Corp has opened the doors of its NobleAdvances training and collaboration facility to the wider offshore drilling industry. The facility, located in Sugar Land, Texas, was originally launched in summer 2013 to deliver development and training to Noble’s more experienced drilling and marine personnel. Since then, however, Noble has begun offering introductory training courses to others in the industry, said Fritz Golding, Director of Learning and Development at Noble Drilling....

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More onshore participation needed in IADC cybersecurity efforts

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Cyber attacks on industrial control systems are on the rise, and it’s estimated that 41% of cyber attacks target the oil and gas industry. Since the publication last year of the IADC Guidelines for Assessing and Managing Cybersecurity Risks to Drilling Assets, the IADC Cybersecurity Subcommittee has been working on new guidelines around minimum cybersecurity guidelines for drilling rigs...

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New well control drills emphasize stakeholder integration, proactive risk detection

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Well control drills are a critical component to ensuring that personnel onboard a drilling rig are prepared to respond in a timely manner if a well control event occurs. However, too often, operators, contractors and service companies manage well control risks and training in silos, said Terrance Sookdeo, Director of Process Safety and Contractor Management for Baker Hughes...

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