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US Bureau of Land Management working to replace Waste Prevention Rule, improve permit processing


Following secretarial orders from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and executive orders from President Donald Trump, the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is in the midst of rolling back regulations that negatively impact oil and gas drilling. In this video from the 2018 IADC Drilling Onshore Conference on 17 May in Houston, Sheila Mallory, Deputy State Director, Minerals for the BLM, discusses the agency’s priorities for the near term, including improving processing time of drilling permit applications on BLM lands. She also explains BLM’s plans to replace the Waste Prevention Rule governing methane emissions...

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IADC UBO/MPD Committee to finalize training curriculum, establish categories for MPD-readiness


This year, IADC’s committee for Managed Pressure Drilling (MPD) and Underbalanced Operations (UBO) will continue its work on API recommended practices 92M and 92P. The former pertains to MPD with surface backpressure, while the latter relates to pressurized mudcap operations with a subsea BOP. Committee Chairman Andre Alonso Fernandes, Technical Advisor at Petrobras, provided an update on this work, as well as other projects the committee is pursuing, on 18 April at the 2018 SPE/IADC Managed Pressure Drilling and Underbalanced Operations Conference in New Orleans, La. In this interview from the conference, Mr Fernandes discusses the committee’s ongoing work, as well as efforts to develop an MPD training curriculum and to define the readiness of different drilling rigs for MPD functions...

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IADC North Sea Chapter names Annual Safety Award winners

The IADC North Sea Chapter recognized member companies for their safety performance in a ceremony on 20 April in Aberdeen. Back row from left are Ole Maier, Odfjell Drilling; Ally Malcolm, Awilco Drilling; Ed Wheler, KCA Deutag; Jasper Goeting, Paragon Offshore, Bram Leerdam, Paragon Offshore; Julian Hall, Ensco; and Darren Rainnie, Ensco. Front row from left are Paul Ellis, Archer; Clive Tulleth, North Atlantic Drilling; Ian Paterson, Transocean; Pete Wilson, IADC NSC Chairman and Rowan Drilling; Bill Cairns, Diamond Offshore; and Patrick Gardiner, Diamond Offshore.

The IADC North Sea Chapter (NSC) recognized several companies for their safety performance on 20 April at the chapter’s Annual Safety Awards Ceremony in Aberdeen. The award for best safety performance in jackups went to Ensco (over 1 million mahours) and to North Atlantic Drilling (under 1 million manhours). Transocean was the winner in the category of floating rigs with over 1 million manhours and Diamond Offshore in the under 1 million manhours category. The winner for platform drilling was Odfjell Drilling...

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BSEE inspects new Appomattox platform


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


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


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


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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