Azerbaijan’s state-owned oil company, SOCAR, has evacuated 500 offshore workers in the Caspian Sea, because of the awaited severe weather conditions. Yet, BP continued its operations at its Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli offshore project, despite the weather conditions.
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The non-essential personnel, who were evacuated from the Gulf of Mexico platforms ahead the Tropical Storm Barry, are now returning to their platforms as flights and normal crew-change activities are resuming, Shell informed.
According to NOAA’s National Hurricane Centres, the first hurricane of the season is expected to pass over the US Gulf of Mexico, and it is possible to make landfall in Louisiana or Texas. The hurricane is expected to pass through the centre of America’s oil and gas industry.
The US Coast Guard issued its reporting requirements for the upcoming hurricane season at the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf, requesting that operators of all manned facilities and MODUs report only when personnel were stranded onboard AND not able to evacuate due to extreme circumstances.
The consequences from climate change can greatly affect oil rigs and the offshore industry in general. Namely, increased wind speeds are able to put dozens of floating oil rigs in danger. What is more, a potential disruption in the operation of a rig can cost companies millions. What is more, meteorologists have now become a kind of high priests for finance, addressing uncertainty and advancing risk-related profits.
DNV GL has called on wind industry stakeholders to join a new Joint Industry Project to mutually develop a new guideline to alleviate wind turbine structures from the impacts of cyclones and earthquakes. The ACE Joint Industry Project aims to bring more transparency and reduce uncertainty in the design of offshore wind turbines.
KrisEnergy Ltd. shut down its Thai oil production at the Wassana field in the G10/48 licence in the Gulf of Thailand and halted drilling of infill development wells by the Mist jack-up rig due to tropical storm ‘Pabuk’. After temporarily shutting down the production, all staff from the Wassana mobile offshore production unit and Mist jack-up rig was safely evacuated to onshore Thailand.
Australia-based Triangle confirmed an oil spill on 24 July at its Cliff Head Alpha Offshore Platform, 14 km offshore in the Perth Basin, around 300 km north of Perth. An aerial and shoreline surveillance on Thursday however showed no hydrocarbons in the marine environment.
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