Shell gets OSPR plan approval on Chukchi Sea drilling

Offshore staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has approved Shell Gulf of Mexico Inc.’s Oil Spill Response Plan (OSRP) for the Chukchi Sea.

Shell (RDS.A:NYSE) still must get governmental approval for well-specific drilling permits before operations can begin. Shell has proposed drilling up to six wells in the Chukchi Sea during the next two summer open water seasons within the Burger Prospect about 70 mi (113 km) off the coast in approximately 140 ft (43 m) of water. 

Shell was required to prepare for a worst case discharge nearly five times that of their previous plan, to include planning for adverse weather conditions, and to develop special equipment and strategies for response to a loss of well control and a spill. 

Shell has committed to emergency contingencies including the availability of a capping stack to shut off any flow of oil if other shut-off systems fail;  the capability to capture and collect oil from that stack; and access to a rig capable of drilling a relief well.

2/20/2012

Related Articles

Statoil set to drill Norwegian Sea wildcat

Jan 23, 2015

Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has approved Statoil’s plan for exploration drilling on the Snedfrid Nord prospect in the Norwegian Sea.

BPZ has added pay in Albacora A-27D offshore Peru

Jan 23, 2015

BPZ Energy’s Albacora A-27D development well at block Z-1 offshore Peru has tested at a production rate of 1,135 b/d of oil over a 10-day period. 

Maersk Interceptor starts drilling at Ivar Aasen

Jan 22, 2015

The jackup Maersk Interceptor has started a three-year development program on the Ivar Aasen field in the Norwegian North Sea.

Faroe lines up four wells offshore Norway

Jan 22, 2015

Faroe Petroleum has outlined its 2015 drilling schedule offshore Norway.

Caspian Driller nears start-up offshore Turkmenistan

Jan 22, 2015

Dragon Oil has issued a progress report on developments at the Cheleken Contract Area in the Turkmen sector of the Caspian Sea.

Trending News

BSEE, USGC respond to Energy XXI platform fire

Jan 23, 2015

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is responding to a damaged unmanned platform in South Timbalier block 27 in the Gulf of Mexico.

OneSubsea announces Jack/St. Malo involvement

Jan 23, 2015

Chevron Corp. recently achieved first oil from the Jack and St. Malo fields in the Gulf of Mexico. OneSubsea, a Cameron and Schlumberger company, supplied the subsea production and processing systems for these deepwater fields.

New Saudi King pledges continuity in energy and foreign policies

Jan 23, 2015

As King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz was laid to rest and his brother Salman became king of the world’s top oil exporter, Brent crude oil rose on Friday to a high of $49.80, up $1.28/bbl, before easing to around $49.20.

UK government steps up consultations on offshore tax relief

Jan 23, 2015

Oil & Gas UK has welcomed a further consultation by Britain’s government on a basin-wide UK offshore investment allowance.

Petrobras hails lower-cost subsea tree deployment

Jan 23, 2015

Petrobras says it deployed its first wet christmas tree at the end of last year using cables in the presalt area of the Santos basin.

  Offshore
Digital Magazine
Look Inside
Cover
Current Issue

Oil & Gas Jobs

Search More Job Listings >>