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Trump proposes $199.9 million in FY 19 budget for BSEE


President Donald Trump has proposed a $199.9 million Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget for the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE). The 2019 BSEE budget fully supports the safe and environmentally responsible development of the nation’s vast offshore energy resources. BSEE will support the Administration’s objective of facilitating energy dominance through increased domestic oil and gas production by reducing unnecessary regulatory burdens while maintaining or advancing the level of safety and environmental protection...

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Analysis of competence assurance programs reveals best practices, evolving policies, common challenges


In 2009, IADC initiated a Competence Assurance Accreditation (CAA) program to provide a means and a model for oil and gas related companies to establish an industry standard to maximize the impact of competence assurance programs. This standard is designed to define effective ways to develop and maintain employee competence, such that every employee is competent to perform his or her job role successfully and consistently. CAA has become a global standard for the structure and management of these programs, and 22 companies’ Terms and Definitions...

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5th edition ballot of API Standard 53 issued; comments due by 21 February


The 5th edition ballot of API Standard 53, "Blowout Prevention Equipment Systems for Drilling Wells," has been issued and can be found here. This proposed edition features new language applicable to onshore BOP equipment. Comments can be submitted via API's website using ballot ID 4329. Anyone can comment on a letter ballot, and all ballot responses are due on or before 21 February 2018...

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Secretary Zinke announces plan for unleashing America’s offshore oil and gas potential


US Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced the next step for responsibly developing the National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program (National OCS Program) for 2019-2024, which proposes to make over 90% of the total OCS acreage and more than 98% of undiscovered, technically recoverable oil and gas resources in federal offshore areas available to consider for future exploration and development. By comparison, the current program puts 94% of the OCS off limits. In addition, the program proposes the largest number of lease sales in US history...

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IADC to open Supply Chain Committee to wider industry participation

The IADC Supply Chain Committee has expanded membership participation to include non-drilling contractors to widen the exchange of ideas and knowledge sharing in upcoming meetings. Ensco’s Jorge Lebrija, who serves as Chairman of the committee, hopes to see increased committee engagement in 2018 from service providers, equipment manufacturers and onshore drilling contractors, he said at the 2017 IADC Annual General Meeting in Austin, Texas on 9 November.

The IADC Supply Chain Committee, established in 2013 as a drillers-only group, is now inviting non-drilling contractors to participate in upcoming meetings and bring new ideas for projects, said Ensco’s Jorge Lebrija, who serves as Chairman of the committee. The purpose of the Supply Chain Committee is to facilitate the exchange of ideas, knowledge sharing and interaction amongst drilling contractors, suppliers and other IADC groups, with the aim of implementing best practices for the betterment of the drilling industry. “It’s about the implementation of best practices and standardization,” Mr Lebrija said at the 2017 IADC Annual General Meeting in Austin, Texas, on 9 November. “We’re not here to reinvent the wheel.”..

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Thomas Burke named 2017 IADC Contractor of the Year

Tom Burke - CEO

Dr Thomas Burke, President and CEO of Rowan Companies, has been named 2017 IADC Contractor of Year in recognition of his leadership and service to the industry. He accepted the award at the 2017 IADC Annual General Meeting on 10 November in Austin, Texas. “It’s been an absolute delight to be involved with IADC,” Dr Burke said in accepting the award. “What’s special about our industry is that it’s highly competitive – being competitive is important, it makes us all better and change with the times – but it’s also a collaborative industry.” Dr Burke thanked the other members of the IADC Executive Committee, as well as IADC staff, noting that “it all seems to work like magic, but there’s ...

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IADC Exemplary Service Awards honor Dan Scott, Jorge Lebrija and Andy Poosuthasee


Dan Scott, Jorge Lebrija and Andy Poosuthasee were honored with IADC Exemplary Service Awards (ESAs) at the 2017 IADC Annual General Meeting on 9 November in Austin, Texas. The ESAs recognize individuals for outstanding contributions to the drilling industry and to IADC. Recipients have, in the course of their career, repeatedly demonstrated their commitment to improving the drilling industry and advancing its safety, training, or technology....

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