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Application of modern technologies can reduce DROPS incidents


Procedures and programs for DROPS safety have helped reduce incidents over the years, but paper-based procedures can only go so far, Gareth Burrows, Global Business Development Director for OES Asset Integrity Management, said in a presentation at the 2018 IADC HSE&T Conference in Houston. Technology, including tablet-based DROPS systems, eLearning training and drones, can help the industry to further reduce DROPS incidents. In this video from the conference on 7 February, Mr Burrows discusses the limitations of paper-based systems that can be overcome by the use of tablet-based systems. He also explains how eLearning, which is more dynamic and flexible than in-person training, can help reduce dynamic drops. Further, he outlines the pros and cons of using drones to inspect potential DROPS hazards...

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Diversity in thought, experience strengthens teams, improves problem solving


In a survey conducted by EY in 2016, a whopping 94% of respondents said they believe that diversity of thought and experience are key to navigating disruptions in the oil and gas sector. Diversity can also create more effective teams that are better equipped to find solutions to problems they’re tasked with solving, Dr Vera Verdree, Senior Global Competence Manager at BHGE, said in a presentation at the 2018 IADC HSE&T Conference in Houston. In this video from the conference on 7 February, Dr Verdree also discusses some of the challenges companies face in building effective teams with the right mix of skills. Further, she outlines BHGE’s Competence Management Program and how it equips new-hires with the skills and abilities necessary to effectively perform in this evolving digital world...

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SPE/ICoTA conference to showcase technologies, real-world applications for well interventions


Knowledge sharing and innovation are the key benefits of attending this year’s SPE/ICoTA Coiled Tubing and Well Intervention Conference and Exhibition, according to Ian Chapman and Matt Billingham, Chair and Vice-Chair for the upcoming event. The conference takes place 27-28 March in The Woodlands, Texas. Mr Chapman and Mr Billingham agree that, after several difficult years for the industry, the acceptance of interventions as a critical maintenance tool, both from a reservoir management and production enhancement perspective throughout the life of a well, has become critically important...

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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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Wood Mackenzie: Explorers’ success rates rise as ultra-deep and frontier basins deliver


Explorers achieved significant success in 2017 as companies emerged from the downturn leaner and more focused on making smart portfolio decisions. The industry has made a return to high-impact exploration in ultra-deepwater and frontier basins after a period of focusing on low-risk, low-reward activity. Oil accounted for 56% of discovered volumes, a share last seen in 2008, with eight out of the top 10 discoveries being oil weighted...

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Total enters exploration in Guyana Basin with three exploration licenses


Total has signed agreements to acquire interests into two exploration licenses offshore Guyana, the Canje Block and the Kanuku Block. These agreements come after entering into an option agreement for the nearby Orinduik Block. Subject to the approval of relevant authorities, Total will thus own exploration rights to an area covering over 12,000 sq km in the Guyana Basin...

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