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New Zealand bans new oil exploration permits

The New Zealand government announced that it will not offer no new offshore oil exploration permits in oil and and gas companies. The ban will regard new permits, and will not impact the current 22 permits. This move was warmly welcomed as a very important step towards protecting the environment.

New JIP to address power-cable failures offshore

To reduce power-cable failures offshore, DNV GL, ECN, WMC, BREM, VanderHoekPhotonics, Deltares and other partners are joining forces in a Joint Industry Project. Power-cable failures offshore are often the main risk affecting the development and operation of offshore wind farms. The project will operate from mid-2018 to mid-2020.

California reports 400 violations at offshore operations

Oil and gas companies drilling off the southern coast of California have violated state regulations at least 381 times since 2015, according to state records obtained by the Center for Biological Diversity. The violations vary from major corrosion and other serious safety threats on offshore drilling platforms to missing and failed well-integrity tests.

About 30 major upstream projects expected in 2018

Following a significant recovery in upstream Final Investment Decisions in 2017, Wood Mackenzie consultancy expects a similar story in 2018 with around 30 major projects to reach FID. As noted, the upstream industry forges ahead with cost cutting, as projects that did get the greenlight are smaller.

BOEM assesses wind offshore potentials in US Atlantic Coast

Under the establishment of a US energy policy, BOEM announced it is conducting a high-level assessment of all waters offshore the US Atlantic Coast for potential future offshore wind lease locations. As part of its commitment to renewable energy and offshore wind, BOEM has awarded to date 13 commercial offshore wind leases.

First US floating offshore wind farm to be created

The Redwood Coast Energy Authority selected a consortium of companies including Principle Power, EDPR Offshore North America, Aker Solutions, H. T. Harvey & Associates, and Herrera Environmental Consultants, to enter into a public-private partnership for the development of an offshore wind energy project off the Northern California coast. 

New project eyes robots in the offshore industry

Robots could soon be working autonomously alongside humans on a North Sea platform, as part of a new project from the Oil & Gas Technology Centre, Total and taurob, in partnership with Technische Universitaet Darmstadt. The 18-month project will develop and trial a mobile robot for autonomous operational inspection on Total’s facilities.

Bahrain makes largest oil discovery since 1932

The government of Bahrain announced discovery of a new tight oil and deep gas resource in the Khaleej Al Bahrain Basin, located off the west coast of the Kingdom. This represents the largest discovery of oil in the country since 1932, when extraction started on Bahrain’s first oil well within the Bahrain Oil Field.

Reopening Beaufort Sea to offshore drilling a huge risk, warns WWF

In response to the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s call for nominations covering a proposed lease sale in Alaska’s Beaufort Sea, WWF warned that any step to expose America’s Arctic Ocean to offshore drilling, threatens the region’s marine wildlife and coastal communities, as well as the ecological future of the Arctic itself. 

New quality assurance process to boost efficiency of US offshore

BSEE has implemented a new quality assurance process for reviewing and assessing its permitting systems. The new directive requires the agency to conduct periodic review and assessment of permitting processes for consistency, timeliness and efficiency across the various districts and regions within the agency.

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