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BSEE, NASA announce agreement to examine risk offshore


The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have announced a five-year agreement allowing BSEE to capitalize on the best risk management approaches from the aeronautics industry to inform stakeholders and further strengthen worker and environmental safety protections on the Outer Continental Shelf.

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Kosmos Energy announces successful appraisal of gas discovery offshore Mauritania and Senegal

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Located in Mauritanian waters, approximately 5 km northwest, and 200 m downdip of the basin-opening Tortue-1 discovery well in approximately 2,800 m of water, Ahmeyim-2 was drilled to a total depth of 5,200 m. As anticipated, in the Lower Cenomanian and Albian, Ahmeyim-2 penetrated the seismic-inferred gas-water contacts, defining the field limit and extending the productive field area from approximately 50 sq km to 90 sq km. Furthermore, the well confirmed significant thickening of the gross reservoir sequences down structure and importantly, within the Lower Cenomanian, static fluid pressure communication between the Tortue-1, Guembeul-1 and Ahmeyim-2 wells.

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Shell delivers more Brazil deepwater production from Parque das Conchas


Shell and its joint venture announced the start of oil production from the third phase of the deepwater Parque das Conchas (BC-10) development in Brazil's Campos Basin. Production for this final phase of the project is expected to add up to 20,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (BOED) at peak production, from fields that have already produced more than 100 million bbls since 2009.

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From the President: As drilling contractors’ association, IADC will focus on listening to, responding to members’ needs


These are trying times for our industry. Last year was a difficult year, and this year’s forecast is equally as challenging. We have seen the effects of the depressed market reflected in the reduction of rig counts and companies who have shuttered their operations. People are comparing this downturn to the one of the mid-1980s, a time we all hoped never to revisit.

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