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BSEE inspects new Appomattox platform

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As Shell finishes construction on its Appomattox Semi-Submersible Platform hull, the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) engineers and inspectors signed off on several topsides components during a pre-production inspection 27 March 2018. Royal Dutch Shell, 79% owner and its partner, Nexen Petroleum Offshore, a wholly owned subsidiary of CNOOC, will operate the platform about 80 miles off Louisiana’s coast in the Mississippi Canyon...

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ART DCS Subcommittee plans survey on IADC Daily Drilling Report

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The IADC Drilling Control Systems (DCS) Subcommittee, under the IADC Advanced Rig Technology (ART) Committee, is writing a survey on usage and value of the IADC Daily Drilling Report (DDR). The subcommittee is undertaking a review of the IADC tour sheet and plans to revamp the form in print and electronic formats. The DDR Plus project will also include work to map rig sensors to drilling states and to develop guidelines for rig sensor stewardship...

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BSEE implements new quality assurance process for offshore energy operations

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In an ongoing effort to increase responsible and efficient offshore energy operations, the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has implemented a new quality assurance process for reviewing and assessing its permitting systems. The new process seeks to reflect on permits issued by the agency and helps inform best practices for offshore energy permitting...

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BSEE increases safety inspection time offshore

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Beginning 1 April, the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is increasing physical inspection time offshore, while reducing taxpayer burden by nearly $20 million over 3.5 years, providing significant cost-savings to the American public. Exploring ways to make inspections more efficient and reduce helicopter-operating expenses, a team of BSEE leaders in the Gulf of Mexico Region developed the new approach...

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New members named to WCI board

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The IADC Executive Committee has confirmed the nominations of three new members to the Well Control Institute (WCI) Board of Directors. Dr Tom Burke, President and CEO of Rowan Companies, has taken the place of David Williams, who recently retired from Noble Drilling. Mike Holcomb, President of Patterson-UTI Drilling, has replaced John Lindsay of Helmerich & Payne. Thom Roller, Director of Worldwide Drilling for Apache, has taken the place of Roger Jenkins of Murphy. Both Mr Lindsay’s and Mr Jenkins’ terms on the Board had expired...

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From the President: Commitment to safety must not waver as industry works toward zero incidents

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At IADC conferences, chapter meetings and meetings with individual IADC members, I often talk about the association’s commitment to serving as a valuable resource for our membership. And here, still at the beginning of a new year, it bears repeating. I’ve learned a lot in my 20-plus years with this association, and chief among what I’ve learned is that IADC is only successful if our membership believes in our mission and is willing to volunteer their time and expertise in support of that mission. I’m proud of the legacy that we’ve built and continue to build, and prouder still that our members share the belief that our industry is better because it has an association that advocates for the interests of its members...

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BSEE-sponsored report on subsea bolting technology released

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In an effort to address a recurring problem with faulty connectors in critical safety equipment, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) commissioned a National Academy of Engineering study on the matter in September 2016. After 18 months of study, the report entitled “High-Performance Bolting Technology for Offshore Oil and Natural Gas Operations” was published Friday...

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Zinke announces changes to oil and gas inspection program

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US Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced a series of new initiatives to strengthen the federal offshore oil and gas inspection program. Secretary Zinke highlighted a risk-based inspection element and an increase in the amount of time allotted for physical inspection of offshore facilities as two of six initiatives that the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) will institute before mid-2018. Secretary Zinke’s announcement at the 2018 CERAWeek conference coincides with the US offshore’s highest oil production year on record, totaling 629 million barrels during 2017...

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