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Oil & Gas UK report: Offshore safety performance improved over past year

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There have been further improvements in the management of major safety hazards offshore, according to Oil & Gas UK’s Health & Safety 2015 Report published today. Based on incidents reported to the Health and Safety Executive for April 2014 to March 2015 and shared with the trade body; the total number of hydrocarbon releases - oil and gas leaks - has gone down and is at its lowest level ever.

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Shell authorizes go-ahead for Appomattox deepwater development in GOM

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Royal Dutch Shell announced the final investment decision to advance the Appomattox deepwater development in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM). This decision authorizes the construction and installation of Shell’s eighth and largest floating platform in the GOM. The Appomattox development will initially produce from the Appomattox and Vicksburg fields, with average peak production estimated to reach approximately 175,000 BOED. The platform and the Appomattox and Vicksburg fields will be owned by Shell (79%) and Nexen Petroleum Offshore U.S.A. (21%), a wholly owned subsidiary of CNOOC.

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GE’s Newcastle Innovation Center to focus on subsea technology development

GE Oil & Gas has officially opened its new Innovation Center in Newcastle, UK. The center will focus on the development and testing of technology for subsea applications.

GE Oil & Gas has officially launched its new Innovation Center in Newcastle, UK, designed to drive technology development for the subsea fields of the future. The center houses GE’s full suite of testing equipment for flexible pipelines, mimicking the underwater conditions of some of the world’s harshest offshore environments. Along with a focus on R&D activity for the next generation of flexible pipelines for ultra-deepwater and high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) reservoirs, the center combines existing GE Oil & Gas testing equipment alongside new investments in a single site, enhancing the business’ testing and qualification operations. R&D teams are already involved in multiple projects at the center, looking at extending the water depth capability of GE’s large-bore risers and qualifying a ...

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