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Wildlife Center of Texas rehabilitates wild animals, returns them to native habitats

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Every year, the Wildlife Center of Texas (WCT) treats more than 10,000 injured, sick or oiled wild animals. Treatment includes emergency trauma care, long-term rehabilitation, conditioning for release and, finally, return to the wild. Sharon Schmalz, Executive Director of the Wildlife Center of Texas, spoke at the 2016 IADC HSE&T Conference, held 2-3 February in Houston, to educate drilling industry professionals on the work required to save these animals. Watch the video with Ms Schmalz to learn about the WCT Oiled Wildlife Response Program, as well as the WCT’s work to rehabilitate brown pelicans affected by the Breton Sound 51 Oil Spill last year in the Gulf of Mexico.

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US Coast Guard urges offshore industry to take proactive approach to cyber risks

The US Coast Guard is working on several projects to help protect the maritime industry from cyber threats, Lt. Cmdr. Josh Rose said at the 2016 IADC HSE&T Conference in Houston on 3 February.

Cyber risks are increasing on a daily basis in the offshore industry. A potential attack could arise from a multitude of vulnerabilities, such as from an employee’s malware-infected USB drive or from an improperly protected internet router. “The threat is unlimited,” Lt. Cmdr. Josh Rose with the US Coast Guard (USCG) said at the 2016 IADC HSE&T Conference in Houston on 2 February. “There are statistics out there that people have been hacked for seven to nine months before they find out. That’s pretty staggering when you think about someone walking around your oil rig for seven to nine months before you realize they are not supposed to be there.”

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Wood Mackenzie: No sign of significant oil production shut-ins at $35/bbl

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A new global oil production analysis indicates that 3.4 million bbl/day of oil production is cash negative at a Brent oil price of $35. Since the dramatic drop in prices from late 2014, there have been few halts in production – with approximately 100,000 bbl/day shut-in globally to date. According to the Wood Mackenzie report, the areas with the largest volumes shut-in so far have been Canada onshore and oil sands, conventional US onshore projects and aging UK North Sea fields. However, the number of shut-ins is unlikely to increase at the rate some might expect, as many producers hold out in the hope of a price rebound.

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Subsea Safety System provides electrohydraulic control of subsea safety tree

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Halliburton has released the Dash 3-in. Subsea Safety System for electrohydraulic control of the company’s subsea safety tree. Previously, control was provided through direct hydraulic pressure from the surface. This latest edition to the Dash series employs the speed of electrohydraulic actuation in core safety functions while still providing full direct hydraulic redundant control of all functions. This helps to increase reliability and provide more cost-efficient operation and maintenance.

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Drilling Ahead: Boom/bust: Nothing new under the sun

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The reviews are in, and this is the worst downturn since the 1980s. After the baby bust of 2008-09, it was easy to think, “This too shall pass.” But, as one frustrated exec told me on the cusp of the Great Downturn, “We worked every angle from the 2009 playbook, but nothing succeeded.” During the 2009 downturn, gas went flat as swollen inventories cratered prices. But liquids and crude prices still soared. We don’t have an escape route this time.

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BP realigns senior executive team

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BP has appointed Lamar McKay to the new position of Deputy Group Chief Executive. Mr McKay, currently Chief Executive of BP’s Upstream segment and a 35-year veteran of BP, will be based in London and take up the role following a suitable handover period. He will be succeeded as Upstream Chief Executive by Bernard Looney, currently Chief Operating Officer, Production, in the Upstream segment.

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