Offshore leasing plan gets few industry cheers; Chevron expands deepwater U.S. GoM exploration plans


Offshore leasing plan gets few industry cheers
January 28, 2015—The Obama Administration has announced a proposed offshore oil and natural gas leasing program for 2017-2022. Unveiled by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Ross Hopper, the Draft Proposed Program (DPP) includes 14 potential lease sales in eight planning areas – 10 sales in the Gulf of Mexico, three off the coast of Alaska, and one in a portion of the Mid- and South Atlantic.

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Chevron expands deepwater U.S. GoM exploration plans
Chevron, BP and ConocoPhillips plan to work together in the northwest portion of Keathley Canyon in the U.S. deepwater Gulf of Mexico.

NTSB reports on DSV fire
The vessel was underway about 50 miles southwest of Port Fourchon, LA, when the fire broke out in a machinery space below the main deck in an electrical cable tray above an area where cardboard, air filters, and other housekeeping items were stored.

Norwegian LNG-fueled escort tugs opt for Wärtsilä
The tugs will primarily burn LNG, but the Wärtsilä DF engines provide the flexibility to select the most suitable fuel according to availability, price and local environmental restrictions.
Signet Maritime takes delivery of ASD tug
The 30-metric tonne bollard pull, EPA Tier 3 compliant, ASD tug will have reduced exhaust and lower fuel consumption to meet EPA Tier 3 marine emission regulations.

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