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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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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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Industry must focus on ESG, find ways to rebrand itself in a changing world

I’m not quite sure where to start with this moment of reflection on 2021 and my role as Chairman for IADC.  First, it is an honor to represent drilling contractors around the world. I can assure the membership that I will endeavor to lead the association so that it continues to provide appropriate and responsible advocacy and membership support that forwards and elevates our industry in these challenged times.  Having been in this business since graduating engineering school in the late ’70s, and having managed to get through a few downturns while maintaining some sense of sanity, one thing I can assure the membership is that this association is full of survivors and innovators. No doubt about that!  Member companies ...

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IADC Board of Directors elects 2021 officers

Robert H. “Bob” Geddes, Chair, Ensign Energy Services Mr Geddes joined Ensign in 1991 and has been President and Chief Operating Officer since 2007. He acted as Vice President Canadian Drilling from 1999 to 2004 and as President Canadian Operations from 2004 to 2006. He is a past Chairman of the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta. He holds a B.Sc. in mechanical engineering from the University of Alberta. Jeremy Thigpen, Vice Chair, Transocean Mr Thigpen joined Transocean as the company’s CEO in April 2015. He previously served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at National Oilwell Varco (NOV), where he spent 18 years. During his tenure ...

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