Tag: BOEMRE

Kiran Stacey

In this week’s readers’ Q&A session, Michael Bromwich, director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, answers your questions.

In this second post, he discusses the reliability of blowout preventers (BOPs), the future of drilling in Alaska, and whether commercial concerns dictate his decision making.

Earlier, he talked about how his organisation balances safety concerns with political ones, what technological improvements have been made since the BP oil spill and whether new regulations on BOPs will delay the issue of new permits.

Next week, Steve Cunningham, chief executive of Landis+Gyr, the world’s biggest smart meter maker, will be in the hotseat. Email your questions to energysource@ft.com by the end of Sunday, April 17th.

But for now, over to Michael:

Kiran Stacey

In this week’s readers’ Q&A session, Michael Bromwich, director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, answers your questions.

In the first of two posts, he discusses how his organisation balances safety concerns with political ones, what technological improvements have been made since the BP oil spill and whether new regulations on blowout preventers (BOPs) will delay the issue of new permits.

In the second post, published above, he talks about the reliability of BOPs in general, the future of drilling in Alaska, and whether commercial concerns dictate his decision making.

Next week, Steve Cunningham, chief executive of Landis+Gyr, the world’s biggest smart meter maker, will be in the hotseat. Email your questions to energysource@ft.com by the end of Sunday, April 17th.

But for now, over to Michael:

Kiran Stacey

Deepwater Horizon explosionThe chief regulator of US offshore oil drilling has dismissed warnings from the industry about the risk to oil output from delays in issuing new permits.

Reacting to warnings that a two-year delay could put at risk up to 680,000 barrels of oil equivalent a day by 2019, Michael Bromwich, director of the US ocean energy regulator, pointed out that no output had so far been lost. He also insisted he would not be swayed either by companies or politicians when making permitting decisions.

Kiran Stacey

Many thanks for all your questions for Amrita Sen, oil analyst at BarCap. Her answers will appear on this site on Friday, April 8th.

Next week, the person in the hotseat will be Michael Bromwich, director of the US oceans regulator, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement.

Bromwich is the person in charge of deciding who gets to drill where in the sea off the US, and one year on from the BP oil spill, this is your chance to quiz him on everything from who should be able to drill in the Gulf of Mexico to what can be done to prevent another major spill.

Email all your questions to energysource@ft.com by Monday, April 11th.

Sheila McNulty

The oil and gas industry has been afraid there might be repercussions from the recent  investigation that found Macondo’s blowout preventer failed to close because a section of drill pipe had buckled during the accident and blocked efforts to seal it off.

Gary Luquette, Chevron’s president for North America exploration and production, said the industry would learn from the report. But he hopes it will not lead regulators to stop the permitting process just when companies have started to see progress. He explained:

The best way to deal with a blowout is never to have one. In this case, the pipe was blown up the hole because of a loss of control situation. If you have complete loss of control, you can’t imagine a BOP that can be designed for that.

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