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BSEE to amend regulations for offshore drilling

The proposed revisions would change the testing protocol for blowout preventers, modify capability requirements for ROVs, remove duplicative verification requirements, and codify recent revisions to industry standards. Codification of a standard gives it the strength of an enforceable regulation.

Denmark to build one of the largest offshore wind farms

The Danish government presented one of its main targets that will form a new energy agreement. Namely, Denmark wants to build a 800MW offshore wind farm. The government hopes that the wind farm will increase offshore wind power by one third. Namely, a wind turbine park will be built during 2024-27, which can supply electricity to 800,000 households.

Non-comformities found at Shell’s “Draugen” platform

From 5 to 8 February 2018, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway conducted an audit of Norske Shell and the company’s management of technical barriers at the “Draugen” platform and found four non-conformities: Process fires; Performance requirements; Firewater system; Warning and notification of hazard and accident situations.

World’s largest offshore wind farm to start operations soon

The final turbines at the world’s largest offshore wind farm, off the coast of Cumbria, have now been installed. All 87 turbines are now installed at the Walney Extension wind farm, which is a shared-ownership project of Ørsted and two Danish pension funds PFA and PKA. Walney Extension will be able to meet the annual electricity demands of more than half a million UK homes.

New Jersey bans offshore drilling

New Jersey’s Governor Phil Murphy signed a bipartisan legislation that bans offshore oil and gas exploration and its production in New Jersey’s ocean waters. The bill, A-839 prohibits the Department of Environmental Protection from issuing any approvals for offshore drilling within or outside New Jersey waters.

Australia investigates diving complaints in Ichthys project

After receiving a notification in November 2017 regarding a dangerous situation during saturation diving operations by DOF Subsea Australia, as part of the Ichthys project, Australia’s offshore regulator, the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority started an investigation.

Fire breaks out on Goliat FPSO

On Friday 13 of April, at 6.30 am (local time), a fire broke out in the sauna in the living quarters of the Goliat FPSO. The fire was quickly extinguished and no one was injured. As Eni Norway said, all safety procedures worked appropriately, and the situation is now normalised. Goliat is the world’s most northern oil platform.

BOEM host seminar for wind leases offshore Massachusetts

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will conduct a public seminar in Sterling, Virginia, on April 26, 2018. The seminar will regard the Proposed Sale Notice for a Wind Energy Area offshore Massachusetts. The US Department of the Interior had announced the Proposed Sale Notice for a Wind Energy Area offshore Massachusetts totaling nearly 390,000 acres. 

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.

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