Charlie Williams, who heads the new Center for Offshore Safety, is chief scientist for well engineering and production technology for Shell worldwide. (Photo: Shell Oil Co.)

Training, standards, culture cited as key to safety

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Charlie Williams, who heads the oil and gas industry’s new Center for Offshore Safety, talked about his plans.
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OTC adds some politics to the technical conversation

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Trade show talk shifted to politics at the Offshore Technology Conference on Wednesday, as energy industry leaders and a Republican congressional ally complained that administration regulatory policies are thwarting domestic energy development.
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Software at OTC brings underwater workings into focus

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Engineers and energy companies are rolling out sensors and software designed to give drillers above the water line and those onshore a better view of what is happening on the sea floor.
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Independents still see Gulf opportunities

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OTC panelists said smaller, independent oil and gas companies have less competition in the Gulf of Mexico than 10 years ago, but also are thwarted by regulations and the low price of natural gas.
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Norway plans to license new fields in Barents Sea

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Norway plants to open new offshore fields in the Barents Sea.
Categories: General, Offshore, OTC
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Some career tips for women from Rice Energy Forum head Amy Jaffe

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Rice University energy expert Amy Myers Jaffe shared some career tips at an OTC session called Women in the Industry Sharing Experiences.
Categories: General, OTC
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Promising tests prompt DOE project on methane trapped in ice

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On the heels of promising research earlier this year, the Energy Department plans to spend $6.5 million to research methods for releasing methane locked in ice crystals in Alaska.
Categories: Natural gas, OTC
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Kinder Morgan purchase of El Paso cleared with conditions

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The settlement requires Kinder Morgan to divest its Rockies Express, Kinder Morgan Interstate Gas Transmission and Trailblazer pipelines, in addition to two gas processing plants in the Rocky Mountain region,
Categories: Deals, Natural gas
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Anadarko net income climbs on oil prices, Algeria settlement

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The company announced on March 9 it had reached an Algerian tax settlement that would increase revenue by $1.8 billion over 12 months.
Categories: General
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Delta buys a refinery in bid to cut its fuel bill

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Delta estimates the deal will cut its fuel bill by $300 million a year.
Categories: Refining