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January 2016 Issue

JIPs to Improve CFD
Efficiency, Precision

With the oil and gas industry under pressure to develop cost-effective designs without compromising safety, DNV GL is launching two computational fluid dynamics (CFD) joint industry projects (JIPs) to meet the industry’s need for more cost-efficient and precise decision support.

The first JIP will develop guidelines on optimal and cost-effective gas detector allocation, and the second JIP will improve explosion safety while avoiding costly overdimensioning of topside structures through an updated congestion-factor database.

Leases Awarded After
BOEM Evaluation

BOEM completed its required evaluation to ensure that the U.S. public receives fair market value for tracts leased as part of Western Gulf of Mexico Oil and Gas Lease Sale 246, held August 2015.

BOEM has awarded leases on all 33 tracts receiving bids covering 190,000 acres to successful high bidders who participated in the sale, which made 4,083 unleased blocks covering nearly 22 million acres available offshore Texas. The highest bid accepted was $2,802,003, submitted by Ecopetrol America for East Breaks Block 685.

BHP Billiton Petroleum placed 26 of the 33 bids, all in deepwater. Two bids were for tracts in water depths less than 200 m, while the remaining bids were placed on tracts in water depths greater than 400 m.

Maridive OSVs
Upgrade to New Comms

Egypt-headquartered Maridive Group will migrate 24 of its offshore support vessels (OSVs) to Marlink’s VSAT WaveCall Plus services, in addition to one newbuild vessel.

The company selected Marlink to upgrade its vessels to VSAT in 2012. This latest contract adds a further five vessels operating in Venezuela and Brazil, while enhancing Maridive’s communication capabilities for business, crew and safety by upgrading to WaveCall Plus.

BSEE Launches Pilot
Inspection Program

In an effort to improve its focus on offshore oil and gas facilities that exhibit a number of distinguishing risk factors, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is launching a pilot Risk-Based Inspection Program.

The pilot program will use a systematic approach relying on both a quantitative model and qualitative performance and risk-related data. It will be conducted in addition to BSEE’s current inspections and audits.

BSEE will use performance and compliance data collected from the annual inspections and safety and environmental management systems audits, as well as incident investigations and other reportable safety information to help identify offshore production facilities with a higher risk profile. In addition, factors such as the size of the facility and the production of hydrogen sulfide are considered in developing the risk profile.

BSEE will identify five facilities using the model and conduct focused inspections and reviews of the facilities with an inspection team, then discuss with the operator the areas needing attention or improvement. BSEE will ask the operator to develop an action plan addressing the areas identified.

IRM Contract for
Work in Angola

Harkand and its local consortium partner TOS Angola Lda has secured a three-year contract to deliver inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) services in Angola for a major international oil company operating in the West Africa region.

An upgraded multipurpose dive support vessel has been mobilized to support the project and provide air, surface gas and saturation diving services for the work in Cabinda, Angola.

NOIA 2016 SIS Awards
Open for Nominations

Since 1978, the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) has held the Safety in Seas (SIS) Awards competition to recognize excellence in contributions to improving the safety of life in the offshore energy industry.

The Culture of Safety Award honors a company (or companies) for overall organizational immersion in, and commitment to, safety, which has resulted in remarkable, measurable and sustained safety performance over a prolonged period of time.

The Safety Practice Award recognizes specific technologies, approaches, methods or projects with direct and demonstrable impacts on improving safety.

The independent selection committee includes representatives from the National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement and an independent industry consultant.

Nominations for the awards must be submitted by February 19, 2016.

$9.87 Billion Disbursed in
FY 2015 US Energy Revenues

The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) announced that disbursements from energy production on federal and American Indian lands and offshore areas totaled $9.87 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2015.

More than $1.8 billion of the FY 2015 energy revenues was disbursed to 37 states. The top states receiving these revenues were Wyoming ($886 million), New Mexico ($496 million), Colorado ($123 million), Utah ($116 million), and California ($64.3 million).

The $9.87 billion disbursed in FY 2015 is a decline from the $13.4 billion disbursed in FY 2014 due to substantially lower oil and gas prices experienced during the year.

Engineering Study on Gas Reserves Off Niger Delta
Penspen has been awarded a contract from Sirius Group to conduct an engineering study for the monetization of gas reserves from oilfields offshore Niger Delta.

A key element of this agreement is the development of gas reserves of the OML 122 field.

The study is being conducted as part of Project Dawn, a three-year development project worth $1.2 billion that includes the construction of a pipeline network to deliver natural gas to the Escravos – Lagos Pipeline System to feed power plants and different industrial applications in Nigeria.


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