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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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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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Canadian project puts high-horesepower frac pump into the field

The SPM QEM 3000 was designed for continuous-duty pressure pumping operations at a sustained 275,000-lb road load, 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

Texas-based Weir Oil & Gas has partnered with Canada-based Canyon Services Group to take Weir’s SPM QEM 3000 frac pump to the field. It is the industry’s first high-horsepower frac pump designed for continuous-duty pressure pumping operations at a sustained 275,000-lb rod load, 24 hours per day, seven days per week. The pump is projected to reduce total cost of ownership by 17%.

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Drilling Systems Automation Roadmap seeks JIP funding

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The Drilling Systems Automation Roadmap initiative is seeking joint industry project (JIP) funding to accelerate delivery of its first major report. The initiative, launched in June 2013, is affiliated with IADC through the Drilling Engineers Committee. It is also affiliated with SPE and AUVSI (Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International). The JIP details the development pathway that will be followed in automating the drilling process through a report that enables leaders to better understand the depth and breadth of drilling systems automation business opportunities.

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