• 2017 July 17 10:07

    BOEM approves Eni Beaufort Sea exploration plan

    After a comprehensive review and consideration of comments received from the public, stakeholders, and Federal and state partner agencies and tribes, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management today conditionally approved a Beaufort Sea exploration plan (EP) it received from Eni US Operating Co. Inc., BOEM said in its news release

    Eni US is a subsidiary of Italian multinational oil and gas company Eni S.p.A. In its plan, Eni describes its intent to drill four exploration wells into the federal submerged lands of the Beaufort Sea from its Spy Island Drillsite, a pre-existing facility located in Alaska state waters. Drilling will be conducted during the winter months only. The drilling is scheduled to begin in December 2017.

    Over the past 30 days BOEM has been carefully evaluating the EP in accordance with federal law and regulations. This evaluation included a site-specific Environmental Assessment (EA) of the proposed exploration activities pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act. The EA concluded with a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI).

    “Eni brought to us a solid, well-considered plan,” said BOEM’s acting director, Walter Cruickshank. “We know there are vast oil and gas resources under the Beaufort Sea, and we look forward to working with Eni in their efforts to tap into this energy potential.”

    The evaluation also included two separate public comment periods: one to give the public the opportunity to provide information on issues that should be examined in the Environmental Assessment; and one to comment on the EP itself. This input was carefully considered throughout the process.

    “I’d like to thank our Alaska Native stakeholder organizations, environmental groups, members of industry and everyone else who took the time to submit substantive comments,” said James Kendall, director of BOEM’s Alaska OCS Region. “Our staff worked very diligently to analyze every one we received, and incorporate that input into our review.”

    The EP and supporting documents, and links for viewing the public comments, are available at: www.boem.gov/eni-ep-2017.

    An EP describes all exploration activities planned by the operator for a specific lease or leases, including the timing of these activities, information concerning drilling processes, the surface location of each planned well, and actions to be taken to meet important safety and environmental standards and to protect access to subsistence resources. An EP does not allow an operator to produce oil if any is found; for that, an operator is required to obtain approval of a Development and Production Plan (DPP).

    Among the conditions of approval is the requirement that Eni must also procure all appropriate permits from other state and federal agencies, including permits to drill from the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. A list of the permits Eni intends to apply for is located in Table A-1 of the EP. A full list of conditions of approval can be found in the approval letter at the link above.

    Spy Island is one of four oil- and gas-producing artificial islands in the waters of the Beaufort Sea. The others are Northstar Island, Endicott Island, and Oooguruk Island. The construction of a fifth island, as proposed in a DPP submitted to BOEM by Hilcorp Alaska LLC, is under review by federal agencies.

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2017 July 26

18:06 Norwegian Maritime Authority laid down amendments to the Regulations on environmental safety1 and the Regulations on port State control2
17:36 Simon Stevin arrives in Norway to load 32,000 tonnes of rock for the Borkum Riffgrund 2 offshore wind farm
17:06 Campbell Shipping appoints ISS for global husbandry representation services contract
16:53 NCSP wins anti-monopoly case in court
16:47 Hampton RoadsTransit сhristens BMT-designed ferry
16:29 SPb Governor and representatives of Passenger Port of Saint-Petersburg visit Turku
16:00 Port of Antwerp supports pilot project for secure, efficient release of containers
15:34 Okskaya Shipyard launches multi-purpose diving catamaran of Project SDS18, Igor Ilyin (photo)
15:02 ABS classes U.S.-built Liquefied Gas Barge
14:47 PETRONAS and partners will not proceed with Pacific NorthWest LNG project
14:22 Dr Wolfgang Hönemann represents Rotterdam port in North Rhine Westphalia
13:55 PETRONAS delivers first LNG cargo to Thailand
13:32 European Commission publishes Mobility Package for Transport
13:02 Georgia Ports Authority of USA ordered more STS cranes from Konecranes
12:53 Ukraine to close Ilyichevsk Ship Repair Plant and Museum of Ukrainian Navy
12:30 Samskip makes major Norwegian acquisition with Nor Lines takeover
12:01 Cnsortium of Bolloré Transport & Logistics, CMA CGM and CHEC sign the concession agreement for the Containers Terminal of the new Port of Kribi (Cameroon)
11:59 OCIMF and ReCAAP step up counterpiracy cooperation
11:51 Maersk Line launches Remote Container Management for customers
11:20 Wärtsilä scrubber systems to clean the exhaust from two new Japanese bulk carriers
10:40 Indicative bunker prices go up at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
10:03 Brent Crude futures price up 0.72% to $50.56, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.94% to $48.34
09:37 Baltic Dry Index up to 980 points
09:18 Rosmorport appoints Yegor Shelukhin as Deputy Director for Security of Arkhangelsk Branch (photo)

2017 July 25

18:00 Krasnoye Sormovo delivers two chemical tankers of Project RST27 to shipping company Volgotrans (photo)
17:05 Western Marine delivers 176 TEU inland container vessel to Invicta Limited
16:33 Cruise ship Pacific Princess made her inaugural call to Passenger Port of Saint Petersburg
16:05 Wagenborg to repair Oostersluisbrug Groningen
15:44 Kaliningrad seaport boundaries changed
15:39 W&T Offshore contracts the Enterprise Offshore 264 jackup rig to drill the ST 224 gas condensate prospect
15:16 COSCO (Guangdong) Shipyard announces delivery of vessel
15:12 Ferryboat Petersburg returns to Ust-Luga – Baltijsk line (photo)
14:48 Commercial Sea Port of Taganrog invested RUB 114.9 mln in port infrastructure development in HI’17
14:27 380-tonne cargo unit handled by Multipurpose Terminal YUG-2 at the port of Ust-Luga (photo)
14:00 AquaStroy to invest RUB 493 mln in construction of yacht port Aquamarine in Vladivostok
13:59 VOS Start W2W vessel departs Damen Shiprepair Oranjewerf
13:33 Vostochny Port completed modernization of its water treatment facilities (photo)
12:58 Lotus Shipyard to launch cruise ship of Project PV300VD in April 2018 (photo)
12:05 Hyundai Merchant Marine increases Asia-US West Coast volume by 77% YoY, ranks 4th in market share in June 2017
11:46 LNG developer NextDecade finalizes business combination with Harmony
11:30 DP World establishes new logistics arm in Australia
11:04 Almost 1 000 MLC-inspections carried out in Norway in 2016
10:57 Bunker prices are flat at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
10:42 MES establishes after-sales service company for container handling cranes in Malaysia
10:19 Coal exports via Rosterminalugol terminal hit 13 mln t milestone this year
10:04 DP World reports 10.7% gross volume growth in second quarter of 2017
09:54 Brent Crude futures price up 0.49% to $48.84, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.54% to $46.59
09:36 Port of Gdansk announces record high transshipment results
09:15 Baltic Dry Index is flat at 977 points

2017 July 24

18:27 ABP South Wales celebrates 30 year partnership with WNO
18:02 Marine Recruiting Agency starts cooperation with Saint-Petersburg Employment Centre
17:38 Freeport of Riga Authority announces winners of Innovation Competition for students “The Port for the City”
17:16 Nakilat concludes half year 2017 with net profit of QR 409 million
17:09 MOL Group Ship Management Company acquires latest international certification for Environment and Energy Management Systems
16:50 CMA CGM announces GRR - From Red Sea ports to West Africa
16:35 CMA CGM announces new FAK Rates - From Asia to North Europe
16:11 Maersk Line and JF Hillebrand partner for sustainable growth by signing the Carbon Pact
15:48 CMAL held a keel-laying ceremony for new Kerrera ferry
15:24 88-tonne fuel tank delivered for Scotland’s first LNG ferry
14:57 IMO Council is meeting for its 118th session