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Arctic oil drilling

Obama Administration Tightens Arctic Oil Drilling Rules

The Obama administration has issued final rules on exploratory oil and gas drilling in the Arctic, requiring oil companies to take additional safety and environmental mitigation measures compared do drilling operations in other waters. The regulations, issued by the US Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) … Read more »

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Obama to Cancel Atlantic Offshore Oil Drilling Plan

The Obama administration is expected to withdraw its proposal to allow oil and gas drilling off the southeastern Atlantic coast. The announcement, expected to be made today by US secretary of the interior Sally Jewell, is a reversal from the administration’s earlier plan to lease about 104 million acres off … Read more »

DNV GL Launches Recommended Practice on Thermoplastic Composite Pipes

DNV GL has launched a recommended practice (RP) that allows oil and gas operators to choose thermoplastic composite pipes instead of steel or traditional flexibles, enabling substantial cost reductions throughout the project lifecycle. Thermoplastic composite pipes are a new, lightweight pipe alternative that offer advantages across all stages of the … Read more »

BOP Control System Fluid Improves Drilling Operations’ Safety, Performance

Raisepower and atg UV Technology have designed a system that combines UV treatment and filtration to treat hydraulic fluids used for subsea blow out preventer (BOP) operations. BOPs are safety devices used to prevent the uncontrolled flow of liquids and gases during drilling operations. BOPs are typically controlled and operated by … Read more »

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Electric Propulsion Thruster Requires 25% Less Installed Power

Switzerland-based ABB has introduced Azipod D to its Azipod electric propulsion line. The Azipod D requires up to 25 percent less installed power, in part because it incorporates hybrid cooling, which increases the performance of the electric motor by up to 45 percent. Azipod D’s propulsion power ranges from 1.6 … Read more »

Transocean Pleads Guilty, Pays $400M for Gulf Spill

Rig operator Transocean pleaded guilty to a violation of the Clean Water Act and agreed to pay $400 million in criminal penalties for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, which killed 11 workers and caused the worse offshore oil spill in US history. A federal judge approved Transocean’s agreement with the … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: BP Biofuel Plant, Gulf of Mexico Leases, EU Climate Talks

The Interior Department and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has published details on its oil and gas lease sale of more than 20 million acres offshore and all unleased areas in the Western Gulf of Mexico Planning Area. Western Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 229, on November 28 in New … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Shell Arctic Drilling, DOI Offshore Oversight, 54.5 MPG Costs, UK Wind Power

Shell has permission from the DOI to begin preparatory work on its first well in the Arctic Ocean. Shell can put down as much as 1,400 feet of well casing in the Chukchi Sea to support the required blowout preventer and cannot drill into any subsurface formations that may contain … Read more »