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NTSB: Shell to blame for Kulluk grounding

May 28, 2015

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is naming Shell as being ultimately responsible for the grounding of the Kulluk ice-class mobile offshore drilling unit (MODU) in 2012 offshore Alaska, due to the company’s inadequate assessment of the risk for the towing…

API: Arctic oil, nat gas can be game changers

May 28, 2015

Producing oil and natural gas safely and responsibly in the Arctic will strengthen America’s economy and national security, API said in comments to proposed regulations for operations offshore Alaska. Image from CGG…

Ice spurs innovation

May 19, 2015

Viking Life-Saving Equipment is taking PPE to the limit. Meg Chesshyre explains. Viking’s polar liferaft is ready for use—even at -58°F.  Photos from Viking Life-Saving Equipment Arctic…

Seattleites protest Arctic drilling

May 15, 2015

Transocean’s Polar Pioneer has recently become the center of attention in Seattle. On 12 May 2015 a request was made by the Port of Seattle commissioners which asked Shell to postpone the rig’s move to the Port of Seattle’s Terminal 5 while permitting issues are worked out…

OTC 15: Shell talks Arctic plans

May 13, 2015

Shell’s Executive Vice President, Arctic, Ann Pickard discussed the supermajor’s investment and current challenges facing its Arctic exploration program at this year’s Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston on 5 May 2015. In the summer of 2015…

BOEM approves Shell Arctic plan

May 11, 2015

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) granted conditional approval of Shell’s multi-year exploration plan for the Chukchi Sea today (11 May). The approval comes after what the agency described as a “comprehensive review.” Last month…

Shell Arctic spill plan

May 11, 2015

Shell released this video outlining its safety efforts for Arctic exploration. The company received conditional approval for its exploration plan in the Chukchi Sea on 11 May 2015. Shell is planning to spend US$1 billion to explore the Arctic…

OTC15: DNV GL recommendations reduce risk of major accidents

May 07, 2015

At this week’s Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston, DNV GL revealed a study that analyzes current regulatory regimes, outlining possible future developments and DNV GL’s recommendations to reduce the risk of major accidents. Safety model…

Safety from a design consideration

May 01, 2015

Preventing corrosion is necessary to avoiding production failures. Leokadia Rucinski and Genesis’ Binder Singh provide details. Fig. 1: A collage of somewhat unusual corrosion phenomena, many of…

CERAWeek: Statoil CEO says industry needs standardization

Apr 21, 2015

Statoil’s CEO Eldar Sætre made the case for simplicity, industrialization, and standardization as a way for the industry to get through the current downturn at IHS CERAWeek in Houston Tuesday afternoon. Sætre opened with a joke about the downturn saying…

NADL, Rosneft delay deal termination

Apr 20, 2015

Norway-based North Atlantic Drilling (NADL) and Russia's Rosneft recently agreed to extend the termination date of the 2014 framework agreement until May 31, 2017. The agreement states that either party can end the agreement, including any offshore drilling contracts…

Gazprom: Nearly 3 MMbbl of Arctic oil delivered to Europe

Apr 17, 2015

In April, Gazprom reached a milestone for its Prirazlomnoye oil field as the Kirill Lavrov tanker delivered a new batch of ARCO Arctic oil to Europe during its sixth shipment. More than 2.9 MMbbl of oil has been extracted from the Prirazlomnoye oil field since production began…

Shell’s Arctic plan moves forward

Apr 13, 2015

The US Department of the Interior (DOI) is reviewing Shell's Arctic drilling plans, according to a recent Reuters report. On 31 March, DOI issued a record of decision affirming Shell’s Arctic leases from the Chukchi Sea OCS oil and gas lease sale 193 from 2008…

Northern delays jackup deliveries

Mar 31, 2015

Northern Offshore is delaying the delivery of two of its high specification jackups due to the downturn of the drilling market. The West Navigator. From NADL.   Northern was able to…

Solitaire begins Polarled

Mar 27, 2015

Statoil started the first stage of the Polarled installation project with the Solitaire pipelaying vessel connecting the pipeline in the Norwegian Sea to Nyhamma. Solitaire. From Allseas.   The…

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