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“Inside-out” approach may help improve cybersecurity on offshore rigs

A presentation at the 2021 Offshore Technology Conference on 17 August discussed a three-year project Shell undertook to identify and validate an optimal cybersecurity approach for deepwater rigs. Over the past few years, documented cyberattacks have escalated in frequency and severity, evolving from IT data breaches and theft to ransomware attacks with payloads of destructive malware and sophisticated tools.

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‘Green’ innovations flourish amid drive for lower emissions

Peak shaving, energy storage systems already reducing offshore diesel use, while mobile wind units, fuel cells emerge as part of the next wave By Stephen Whitfield, Associate Editor The offshore drilling industry has long recognized the importance of environmental protection and the need to operate sustainably, but in recent years, it’s also come to prioritize decarbonization. As key players in the global transition to a net-zero economy, operators, contractors and service companies are all investing more and more in innovative technologies that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions from drilling operations, from hybrid rigs to floating wind turbines to the use of shore power.  A growing number of companies are also publicly cementing their commitment to the low-carbon transition by announcing ...

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Transocean secures contracts for nine rigs, boosts backlog to $7.3 billion

Among the deals announced in the company's latest fleet status report are a one-well option with BHP for the Deepwater Invictus drillship in the US Gulf of Mexico and a 370-day option with TotalEnergies for the Deepwater Skyros drillship in Angola. Equinor and POSCO also exercised options for the Transocean Spitsbergen and Deepwater Nautilus semisubmersibles, respectively.

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