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HPOG provides resources to help companies establish human performance programs

Since 2019, the Human Performance in Oil and Gas (HPOG) initiative has provided a platform for industry stakeholders to promote the application of human performance in every aspect of oil and gas operations, including drilling. In this interview with DC, Chris Parker, Human Performance Lead Adviser at BP and a member of the HPOG Steering Committee, speaks about the development of the initiative. Among other things, Mr Parker discusses the launch of HPOG’s website, which provides a wealth of resources that can assist companies as they work to develop their own human performance management systems, even if they lack the in-house expertise or framework to guide their decision-making.

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Safe Influx granted patent for novel Automated Well Control system

Safe Influx, a provider of automated well control solutions, announced today it has been granted a patent by the United Kingdom Patent Office covering its Automated Well Control technology. The patent secures key elements of the technology, including a wide range of modules using the same technology. This patent recognizes the ability of the automated system to detect the presence of a fluid influx condition in a wellbore, make a decision against criteria to shut-in, and then automatically initiate an initial well control protocol that results in the well being safely shut-in. The Safe Influx Automated Well Control system enables fast identification, decision-making and reaction to well control events. This revolutionary technology is capable of reducing the size of an ...

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Newly discovered South African gas fields offer no clear route to market

While large offshore discoveries at Brulpadda and Luiperd offer South Africa the chance to develop significant gas resources, there is no clear route to commercialization for operators in the area, according to GlobalData. Development of the country's gas resources face competition from established imports flowing from Mozambique, among other things.

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News cuttings

Precision’s Kevin Neveu named 2020 IADC Contractor of the Year Kevin Neveu, Precision Drilling President and CEO, was named the 2020 IADC Contractor of the Year in November. Mr Neveu served as IADC Chairman in 2019. A key initiative during his term was the expansion of IADC’s student chapters. He also led the association to bring the industry together to collaboratively address common challenges and to continue its focus on advocacy with regulators and governments worldwide. Mr Neveu, who has nearly 40 years of experience in the oilfield services sector, joined Precision Drilling in 2007. Previously, Mr Neveu was President of the Rig Solutions Group of National Oilwell Varco (NOV) and held senior management positions with NOV and its predecessor ...

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BOEM holds lease sale 256, proposes new sale for March The US Bureau of Ocean Management (BOEM) announced that region-wide Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 256, held 18 November, generated $120,868,274 in high bids for 93 tracts covering 517,733 acres in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. A total of 23 companies participated in the lease sale, submitting $135,558,336 in total bids. Lease Sale 256 included 14,862 unleased blocks located from 3 to 231 miles offshore, in the Gulf’s Western, Central and Eastern Planning Areas in water depths ranging from 9 to more than 11,115 ft. Lease Sale 256, livestreamed from New Orleans, was the seventh offshore sale held under the 2017-2022 National Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and ...

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