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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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Natural gas expected to surpass coal in mix of fuel used for US power generation in 2016


For decades, coal has been the dominant energy source for generating electricity in the United States. The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) is now forecasting that 2016 will be the first year that natural gas fired generation exceeds coal generation in the United States on an annual basis. Natural gas generation first surpassed coal generation on a monthly basis in April 2015, and the generation shares for coal and natural gas were nearly identical in 2015, each providing about one-third of all electricity generation.

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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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Baker Hughes enrolls in Regional Operational Integrity Program


Baker Hughes has announced that it is the first service company to have enrolled in the new Regional Operational Integrity Program (ROIP) for the petroleum and natural gas industry and to receive Gold Recognition for its Gulf of Mexico Center of Excellence from the Wollam Petroleum Advisory Group (WPAG). Baker Hughes and WPAG, an oil and gas consulting firm, helped develop and pilot the new program that was implemented in late 2015. ROIP incorporates API Q2 standards and extends that specification’s purpose of driving consistency, risk mitigation and service quality in upstream operations beyond the facility, to the regional level.

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