From 1 to 7 June 2018, PSA Norway performed an audit of Equinor and its management of drilling and emergency preparedness on the Statfjord C facility. The audit identified one regulatory non-conformity, regarding the function testing of boosters for the shearing function of blowout preventers.
US Department of Energy proposed to provide funding to Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation to construct and operate a 20.7 MW offshore wind project (Project Icebreaker), approximately 8 miles offshore of Cleveland, Ohio in Lake Erie. DOE found no significant environmental impacts of the project.
The world’s biggest oil and gas companies are under pressure to leverage a crude price rally after years of austerity and to put a stop to output declines. In the meantime, more and more new project approvals are coming into place. Companies are pressured to drill more, while wages are increasing and rates will have to increase.
US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement issued a safety alert summarizing its findings and recommendations from a recent risk-based Inspection. BSEE’s team of inspectors and engineers developed several recommendations from inspection findings to reduce risks associated with fired vessels.
Brazilian energy major Petrobras (Petróleo Brasileiro S.A.) announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Norwegian oil major Equinor to evaluate a joint business development in the offshore wind energy industry in Brazil.
PSA Norway conducted an audit of Equinor and Transocean’s use of managed pressure drilling operations involving Songa Equinox in the Troll oil province, finding a non-conformity and an improvement point. Equinor and Transocean have been given a deadline of 25 October 2018 to report on how the non-conformity and improvement point will be addressed.
In line with overall efforts to boost the national energy sector, US Trump administration eased safety rules on offshore oil and gas production put in place on the aftermath of the deadly 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon disaster, known as the oil and gas production safety system rule.
Belgium’s plans to support three offshore wind farm projects are in line with EU State aid rules, the European Commission announced, noting that the measure will further EU energy and climate goals without unduly distorting competition in the Single Market.
According to marine and engineering consultancy, LOC Renewables, out of 96 European ports analysed, only a limited number of them in Scotland, Norway and Spain are able to operate floating offshore wind farms. Most of European ports are not able to enable manufacturing and assembly works for large-scale floating wind farms.
Danish turbine manufacturer MHI Vestas announced launch of the industry’s first commercially available double-digit wind turbine, breaking the long-anticipated, double-digit barrier. The model is built on proven technology and lessons learned from previous installations of the platform.
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