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Autonomous Inflow Control Valve technology demonstrates significant benefits within first year. Saudi Arabia offers a seemingly bottomless supply of oil and an equally deep array of exploration challenges as well. The most recent hydrocarbon production boom is under way in the Middle East, and this time, the race is spilling into offshore waters. Landmark deal called most significant since 1979 peace treaty. This paper describes the mobilization of a snubbing unit and blowout preventer (BOP) stack in the Middle East that enabled a well with an underground blowout and surface broaching to be brought under control within a short time.
When my husband and I lost almost everything in one night during Hurricane Harvey in the US, we took a hard look at our life and made a conscious decision to learn from it. One thing is for sure – that horrible event turned out to be a much needed wake-up call for us. What the world is experiencing with the COVID-19 pandemic is also a time where big decisions could change things forever. As we now understand, we have no choice but to embrace uncertainty for the future. Everywhere I am sensing the same feeling I had after the hurricane: people hoping that this disaster will help us learn and change for the best.
The fully remote inspection was conducted with an ROV to increase worker safety and security and reduce environmental exposure on an offshore platform. The partnership will deliver autonomous robots for safe work in adverse land, sea, and downhole environments. A recent test proved the feasibility of using LiDAR on remote-controlled drones to create 3D maps of the inside of tanks, increasing the safety and efficiency of inspections. The fire at the Terra Nova FPSO comes 6 months after C-NLOPB found Suncor noncompliant with regulatory requirements and suspended operations. In a survey of 448 workers across the oil and gas industry, UH Energy asked key questions about returning to work during the global pandemic.
International SOS has led medical services operations on offshore installations globally and has managed clinical cases in which patients presented with signs and symptoms of known infectious illnesses. The complete paper describes a service company’s approach to the development and application of technology and innovative solutions to improve driving performance on the basis of extensive data analysis. In 2013, ExxonMobil PNG facilitated a public/private partnership to improve healthcare education at the University of Papua New Guinea and clinical management in child health at Port Moresby General Hospital and other facilities. The complete paper discusses Equinor’s operation planning tool, developed to present planners with the technical conditions of a platform, identify potentially dangerous combinations of concurrent activities, and propose learnings from 8 years of incident recordings. With their gee-whiz—albeit artificial—intelligence, robots may be the industry’s answer to jobs deemed dangerous, dirty, distant, or dull.
Considering most of the rigs deal with human-machine interface systems, the role of human factors is at the heart of any successful operation. Eye-tracking technology can be useful in real-time operation centers where ocular movement data can improve the professionals’ performance. Environmentalists have sued a US agency to try to stop it from allowing oil and gas drilling on a vast stretch of federal land in Nevada, where the government is reversing protections put in place 9 months ago under the Obama administration. Two months after a Colorado home exploded near an Anadarko well, the reverberations are still rattling the oil industry, driving down driller shares and raising fears of a regulatory backlash. More than 100 members of Congress are urging the Trump administration not to open up the Atlantic or Pacific oceans for oil and gas drilling as part of the Interior Department’s review of federal offshore policies.
The hydrocarbon sector is one of utmost importance to Nigeria’s growing economy. Ranked among the top 10 producers, the country’s hydrocarbon sector has remained the country’s primary source of revenue, leading to calls for a review of the workings of the sector. The momentous passage of the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill on 25 May 25 by the Nigerian Senate was heralded by many as a revolutionary step at creating a legal framework to address some of the perennial challenges that have plagued the oil and gas industry over the years. The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the world’s oldest professional safety organization, has crafted an “OSHA Reform Blueprint” that details its priorities and vision for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in a time of political change.
Culture Matters: Is Engineering Like Writing a Song? The song is about writing songs. But it makes writing songs sound so much like engineering I had to write about it. Why do 80% of megaprojects in the oil industry fail? A recently published book reaches a counterintuitive conclusion on the leadership traits required to run complex projects successfully.
Behavior-based safety is not a new concept nor is it new at Murphy Oil. But when Murphy launched its Safety Observation Program as a digital tool, it revitalized the way the culture of safety spread throughout the company. The company's 2019 report reinforces the strategic importance of responsible oil and natural gas development while investing in local communities.
Deirdre Michie, chief executive for OGUK, and David Clark, Lloyd’s Register’s energy director, discuss how OGUK’s Roadmap 2035 is being delivered to help achieve net zero greenhouse-gas emissions and what is required with regard to policy, people, and technology. Safety champions of the North Sea have been recognized at the 2019 Offshore Safety Awards in Aberdeen for striving to improve safety across offshore operations on the UK continental shelf.
This paper provides an overview of the company’s journey toward preventing significant process-safety incidents. Each step involved in this journey plays a key part. By focusing the improvement of the process on individual steps, the overall learning process has improved significantly. In process industries, major accidents can result in numerous severe injuries or fatalities. This study reviews the broken human factors and barriers leading to these events and highlights key aspects of a technological-risk-assessment processes.