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Zinke signs secretarial order to jump-start Alaskan energy

Flanked by members of Alaska’s energy sector and elected officials at the Alaska Oil and Gas Association annual conference, US Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke signed a secretarial order to jump-start Alaskan energy production in the National Petroleum Reserve – Alaska (NPR-A) and update resource assessments for areas of the North Slope, including the "1002 area" of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR)...

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OSRL, Trendsetter, Halliburton sign MOU for integrated subsea well capping response solutions

Oil Spill Response (OSRL), Trendsetter Engineering and Halliburton announced the companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for integrated subsea well capping response solutions. With the MOU, the companies will create a strategic alliance for oil and gas exploration and production companies globally, covering integrated solutions for preparedness and response associated with subsea well control activities...

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US land rig count shows modest growth

The US land rig count increased by seven this week, according to the Baker Hughes rig count. There are now 881 rigs onshore US, and the total rig count stands at 908. Despite the modest growth, the total US rig count has increased by 504 units from one year ago, at this time. Since last year, the Gulf of Mexico has maintained a rig count of 23.  

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API creating standards for floating structures integrity management

API is in the process of crafting standards for integrity management in floating structures. The standards will encompass the integrity management of risers, mooring and floating systems. “We developed these in a coordinated fashion because there’s a lot of interconnect between them,” Sathish Balasubramanian, Engineering Manager at ExxonMobil, said at a BSEE International Standards Workshop in Houston on 5 May. Mr Balasubramanian is working with API’s SC2 Committee on Offshore Structures to draft the standards...

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President proposes $204.9 million in FY 2018 budget for BSEE

President Donald Trump today proposed a $204.9 million Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget for the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE). The budget ensures continued support of the offshore energy industry’s safe and responsible operations providing for secure and reliable energy production for America’s future. BSEE fosters safe and environmentally responsible energy production on the US Outer Continental Shelf through regulatory oversight of oil and gas operations. The FY 2018 budget request is $204.9 million, a $600,000 increase above the FY 2017 CR level, and includes $112.0 million in current appropriations and $92.9 million in revenue from rental receipts, cost recoveries, and inspection fees...

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Turning Point USA engages with students to promote limited government, free market

Turning Point USA was founded in 2012 with a focus on developing student advocates for small government and free markets. The organization’s Founder and Executive Director, Charlie Kirk, spoke about the economic and social benefits of the oil and gas industry at 2017 IADC Drilling Onshore Conference on 18 May in Houston. He futher encouraged the industry to be more active in public engagement. In this video from the conference, Mr Kirk explains how his organization is working to engage with college and high school students and what he hopes to achieve from this engagement...

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More onshore participation needed in IADC cybersecurity efforts

Cyber attacks on industrial control systems are on the rise, and it’s estimated that 41% of cyber attacks target the oil and gas industry. Since the publication last year of the IADC Guidelines for Assessing and Managing Cybersecurity Risks to Drilling Assets, the IADC Cybersecurity Subcommittee has been working on new guidelines around minimum cybersecurity guidelines for drilling rigs...

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