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Helping Build a Safe, Sustainable Energy Future for Guyana

api standards program  safe operations  offshore technology 

Debra Phillips

Debra Phillips
Posted November 18, 2019

As part of ongoing efforts to foster safe energy development around the world through the sharing of international industry standards and operational expertise, API is helping the country of Guyana as it builds its national energy plan – a key step in the South American nation becoming a major energy producer.

API and the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP) recently led talks in Guyana’s capital, Georgetown, after the Guyanese government asked for support as the country nears its first-ever oil production, expected in the first quarter of 2020.

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Youth, Brainpower and Meeting Energy’s Challenges

offshore technology conference  stem  energy future  spill 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted May 7, 2019

Four students from The Village School in Houston are winners of the Offshore Technology Conference’s high school competition, the OTC Energy Challenge, which focuses students on working on real-world issues. 

They represent the next generation of women and men who no doubt will be at the forefront of meeting future challenges associated with the production and use of energy.


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Safe or Safer Offshore Regulatory Compliance, Part 2

offshore safety  bsee  offshore technology  innovation  spill 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted March 7, 2019

In this post last week we explained how alternative measures, approved by federal officials, may be used to comply with the 2016 well control rule, as well as all regulatory requirements associated with offshore oil and natural gas development. …

Now the federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is chiming in – not surprising, since the agency’s integrity was besmirched. In a letter to members of Congress this week, Lars Herbst, BSEE’s Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf regional director, called the regulatory provision for alternative procedures or equipment “long-standing,” having been granted by the previous administration as well as the current one. Herbst writes that “zero” waivers have been granted by BSEE regarding the well control rule.


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Safe or Safer Offshore Regulatory Compliance

offshore safety  safe operations  bsee  offshore technology  innovation  spill 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted February 28, 2019

Months before the federal offshore well control rule went into effect in July 2016, API told Congress the safety regulation could actually increase risks associated with offshore oil and natural gas development – that its rigid requirements could stifle innovation and thwart the effectiveness of new operational technologies.

The 2016 rule is an example of “prescriptive” regulation, a one-size-fits-all approach that requires certain processes, procedures and tests. It was and is the wrong approach for offshore safety – mainly because every oil and natural gas well has different characteristics: geology, depth, water pressure and temperature and other variables that factor into developing the best safety plan for a particular well.

In that context offshore operators seek government-approved alternative compliance paths – which they’ve done since the rule’s launch in 2016, when the Obama administration was in charge of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), the overseer of offshore safety. Indeed, the requests show the rule needs fixing.

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The Offshore Energy Safety Imperative

offshore energy  offshore safety  offshore technology  bsee  north carolina  south carolina  virginia  spill 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted August 10, 2017

As the Trump administration weighs opening the Mid-Atlantic outer continental shelf to future oil and natural gas development, a number of people who work and live in coastal areas appropriately question whether offshore energy can be developed safely, without undue risks. The answer is yes.

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Advanced Drilling Technology Boosts CA Production

domestic energy  efficiency  exxon  exxonmobil  offshore drilling  offshore technology  technology innovation  offshore drilling in california  santa ynez 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted April 19, 2010

ExxonMobil reports that it has completed the world's longest well from an existing offshore fixed platform drilling rig. 

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Mystery Solved

technology innovation  technology  otc  offshore technology conference  offshore drilling  energy  drilling 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted May 8, 2009

A couple of days ago, we posted a photograph taken at the Offshore Technology Conference and challenged you to tell us what it is.

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Recurring Themes

domestic access  drilling  energy  energy demand  energy policy  institute for 21st century energy  offshore technology conference  otc  renewables  solar  technology innovation  wind 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted May 6, 2009

Now that I've attended a few panel discussions here at the Offshore Technology Conference, it's abundantly clear that many of the speakers are in agreement over the issues that threaten America's ability to plan for a secure energy future.

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Wise Words from the OTC

domestic access  drilling  energy  energy demand  energy reality  offshore technology conference  otc  renewables  solar  technology innovation  wind 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted May 5, 2009

"It's just a matter of time before we must act on energy," said API President and CEO Jack Gerard when he met with reporters and bloggers yesterday at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston.

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