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BP implements Global DROPS assessments across 10 regions

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To prevent incidents related to dropped objects, BP has implemented what it calls the Global DROPS Assessment, which currently covers 10 regions and 37 rigs. These assessments help to verify that contractors are monitoring and improving their dropped objects program and that corrective actions determined from lessons learned and investigations are implemented to minimize or eliminate exposure to DROPS hazards. In this video from the 2017 IADC Drilling HSE&T Europe Conference in Amsterdam on 28 September, Duston McConnell, Senior Global HSE Advisor for BP, explains how these assessments work and the potential expansion of the assessments beyond drilling contractors. Mr McConnell also discusses his work with the North American DROPS Chapter, which will hold its 2017 North America DROPS Forum ...

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DNV GL launches cybersecurity RP geared toward operational technologies

From left: Petter Myrvang Head of Section, Enterprise & Information Risk Management, DNV GL; Elisabeth Tørstad, CEO, DNV GL; Pål Børre Kristoffersen, JIP Project Manager, DNV GL

The benefits of digitalization in the oil and gas industry are profound, but are also causing cyber risks to emerge. Almost 68% of oil and gas companies were affected by at least one significant cyber incident in 2016, and many attacks are assumed to be undetected or unpublished. Based on a joint industry project, DNV GL is now launching a globally applicable recommended practice (RP), DNVGL-RP-G108, addressing how oil and gas operators, together with system integrators and vendors, can manage the emerging cyber threat...

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IADC Permian Basin Chapter ramps up activity

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Although no regions in North America have been immune to the effects of the downturn, the Permian Basin has fared better than most. Particularly as US onshore contractors put rigs back to work, many of them are going to the Permian. The IADC Permian Basin Chapter has also been ramping up its activities, with the intent of connecting contractors, operators and service companies in the region to ensure the a safe and efficient recovery. One of the chapter’s major efforts on this front was the planning and execution of the first IADC Shale Energy Workshop, which was held on 13 September in Midland, Texas. In this video from the conference, Luke Crownover, Chairman of the IADC Permian Basin Chapter and Managing Partner for Robinson Drilling, explains some of the primary concerns and issues drilling contractors are facing in the Permian Basin and how the chapter plans to address those concerns...

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TxDOT to undertake Energy Sector Corridor Improvement program

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Many of the Texas roadways that run through energy-rich areas of the state were not built and designed to handle the constant traffic from heavy trucks that is associated with oil and gas exploration and production. Through the Energy Sector Corridor Improvement program, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will undertake improvements to roads that experience high levels of energy-related traffic, Randy Hopmann, Director of District Operations for TxDOT, said at the IADC Shale Energy Workshop in Midland, Texas, on 13 September. In this video from the conference, Mr Hopmann discusses some of the improvements that will take place under the program, including strengthening the pavement structures and adding passing lanes. He also explains how the program will help make Texas roads safer for oil and gas employees and Texas residents alike...

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US rig count drops by four

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US drillers idled four rigs – three onshore, one in inland waters – this week, dropping the active rig count from 940 to 936, according to the Baker Hughes weekly rig count. There are now 913 rigs drilling on land and 22 offshore.

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After weeks of decline, US rig count shows modest growth

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According to the Baker Hughes rig count, the US active rig count rose by five this week, ending a string of weekly declines. Both onshore and offshore segments rose by three rigs this week, but the growth was offset slightly by drillers idling one rig in inland waters. There are now 940 rigs actively drilling for oil and gas in the US.

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