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North Sea Chapter recognizes HSE excellence

Winners of the IADC North Sea Chapter (NSC) Annual Safety Awards were announced during a ceremony on 15 May at Ardoe House Hotel, Aberdeen. Chapter chairman Steve Rae, Seawell, welcomed nearly 400 guests who joined him to recognise and celebrate the efforts of IADC members as they strive toward HSE excellence. ...

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Scott Gordon is new IADC Contracts Committee chairman

 Scott Gordon, Unit Texas Drilling, has been chosen as the new chairman of the IADC Contracts Committee, succeeding Dave Faure, Transocean. Mr Gordon has previously served as vice chairman  – land of the committee. In that capacity, he led an extensive review of the 1998 US land model contract forms, which resulted in the 2003 version, still in use today.

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DC, IADC materials to be available at Offshore Europe

 IADC materials and the July/August 2009 issue of Drilling Contractor will be distributed at the 2009 Offshore Europe, 8-11 September in Aberdeen. The stand will be located in the arena facing Stand #388. Drilling Contractor also will be available at the Atlantic Communication stand (#584).

The July/August edition of DC will highlight Innovations While Drilling, European drilling outlook, well control, completions, and other topics.

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Hemmingsen: 'Reduce, reuse & recycle'

 The drilling industry should “reduce, reuse and recycle” and develop and an environmental culture to match its outstanding safety culture, said IADC chairman Claus V Hemmingsen in opening remarks at the 2009 IADC Environmental Conference on 12 May in Stavanger, Norway.

“The drilling industry has a positive history of environmental awareness, but we’re not quite there yet,” said Mr Hemmingsen, partner & CEO of Maersk Drilling. “Reduce, reuse and recycle should become the motto by which we operate.”

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PSA: Focus on prevention rather than reducing consequences

 The management of environmental risk must be based on balanced assessment and the extent of preventive measures should be based on the severity of possible incidents, according to Johnny Gundersen, principal engineer at Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority.

Speaking at the 2009 IADC Environmental Conference & Exhibition in Stavanger, Mr Gundersen said it was necessary to identify all possible risks and implement credible measures – technical, operational and organizational.

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With waste management, companies must do it right, all the time, everywhere

 Mismanagement of waste is no longer an option. Do so and your company, even individuals within your company, may be pursued and prosecuted, none of which is good for reputation, David Perez of Transocean warned, speaking at the 2009 IADC Environmental Conference on 12 May in Stavanger, Norway.

He said the road was littered with attempts at dumping that had gone wrong – both calculated and because companies had not fully assessed dump locations.

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SERPENT a great success but more help needed

 Scientists behind the SERPENT visual data project, which relies on the use of spare ROV capacity to study the deepwater marine environment where the petroleum industry is active, welcomes visual data of all kinds from volunteers working offshore.

Andrew Gates of the UK’s National Oceanography Centre, Southampton said ad hoc materials are already sent in with reasonable regularity but that more would be welcome. He spoke at the 2009 IADC Environmental Conference on 12 May in Stavanger, Norway.

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'The Green Dividend' – it pays to practice good HSE

 Good HSE practice does deliver bottom-line benefit for companies that make the effort, according to research analyst Michael Urban of Deutsche Bank Securities (DBS).

Revealing the findings of fresh DBS research at the 2009 IADC Environmental Conference & Exhibition in Stavanger, Mr Urban noted that a focus on the environment is clearly in vogue right now, and numerous companies in many industries speak to the notion of being “green.”

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Norwegian NGO: Companies must take environmental responsibility

 Gunnell Sandanger of Norwegian NGO Future in Our Hands said that drilling contractors, as a component of the petroleum industry, have a duty to behave responsibly and heed environmental concerns. Ms Sandanger spoke at the 2009 IADC Environmental Conference on 12 May in Stavanger, Norway.

With climate change now an irrefutable fact, she said, it ill-behooves the industry to plan an attack on Arctic resources as the ice melts. Additionally, she said Norwegian NGOs would be vigilant in their opposition.

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When protecting environment, 'everywhere is sensitive'

 Transocean’s Dr Ian Hudson said the drilling sector is in a completely different place to 50 years ago, with huge progress made across the HSE front. Moreover, being responsible is good business, he pointed out in remarks made at the 2009 IADC Environmental Conference on 12 May in Stavanger, Norway.

However, he warned that there was no such thing as a “one-size-fits-all” approach to getting it right and making further progress and that there is a great deal of confusion outside upstream petroleum as to what drilling companies actually do.

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