Shell’s Arctic Drilling Containment Dome Repaired

Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA, RDSA.LN) has repaired a piece of safety equipment intended for its Arctic drilling program and will soon ask U.S. regulators to approve its use, the company said Thursday. The U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement flagged the oil containment dome Shell had proposed using in September because of damage the piece of equipment had … [Read more...]

Greenpeace On Scene To Harass Emergency Operations

A Greenpeace ship is currently hovering around the exclusion zone surrounding the Elgin platform, the site of a large gas leak in the North Sea. "We want to get our own picture of the environmental damage from the scene." says Christian Bussau, chief scientist and ocean expert at Greenpeace. What was not mentioned by the organization is the simple fact that all … [Read more...]

Total Contracts Wild Well Control to Conduct “Top Kill” at Elgin

ABERDEEN, Scotland (Dow Jones)--Total SA's (TOT) efforts to stem a natural gas leak on a North Sea platform gathered pace Sunday after an onboard flare that had hampered relief plans finally went out, but the French company still faces weeks, if not months, of challenging and expensive work to end the crisis. The end of the flare, which finally went out late Friday, has cut … [Read more...]

Drydocks World Lands Conversion Contract for MWCC Vessels

Drydocks World, the well-established international player in the maritime and offshore industry, has signed a Contract with Singapore based AET, a global leader in petroleum shipping, for two Tanker-to-Marine Capture Vessel (MCV) conversion projects.  AET is converting these vessels as part of a recently awarded 20 year agreement with Marine Well Containment Company LLC (MWCC) … [Read more...]

Oil Spill-Containment Companies: So can we operate in Cuban waters?

WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)--Several U.S. companies are asking the Obama administration for permission to respond to potential oil spills in Cuban waters, a top offshore drilling regulator said Wednesday, hoping to overcome embargo restrictions that currently limit their ability to do so. The companies' requests coincide with a growing concern among oil-industry experts who say … [Read more...]