• 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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2018 January 23

18:17 Ten new world class research institutes join the Nippon Foundation Nereus Program
18:02 492 vessels escorted by nuclear-powered icebreakers on NSR up 20% Y-o-Y
17:49 SMM 2018 is fully booked eight months to go before the event
17:31 Maersk Line joins NYSHEX as founding carrier member
17:27 Cargo transportation by Ukraine’s water transport down 11.9% to 5.9 mln t in 2017
17:04 NAVTOR strengthens the team with new Chief Technology Officer
16:46 Oil products, LPG shipments from Tamanneftegas terminal totaled 10.14 mln t in 2017, up 6% Y-o-Y
16:25 Szczecin-Świnoujście Port Complex handled nearly 25.5 mln t of cargo in 2017, up 5.4% Y-o-Y
16:04 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Dione with Ausca
15:34 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Gulf ports to North Europe and the Mediterranean
15:18 SDC Sub-Committee is focused on mooring matters
15:03 Environmental organizations and shipping industry call for carriage ban on non - compliant fuel
14:44 NIBULON’s fleet will be increased
14:23 President Varela from Panama visits the port of Rotterdam
14:03 RS joins the Association of Shipowners and Entrepreneurs of Marine Industry of the Republic of Kazakhstan
13:55 RF Representative Office of Port of Hamburg Marketing congratulates North-Western Shipping Company on its 95th anniversary!
13:42 Incentive scheme for ‘Clean inland shipping and sustainable logistics in Rotterdam’
13:27 EBRD allocates USD 50 mln loan to NIBULON
13:03 Six vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on Jan 22-23
12:38 Bunker prices at the Far East ports of Russia show no significant changes (graph)
12:33 Aker Solutions wins subsea orders for Troll and Askeladd projects
12:16 Rosmorport appoints Evgeniy Pankratov as Acting Director of its Sakhalin Branch (photo)
11:49 CNIIMF congratulates North-Western Shipping Company on its 95th anniversary!
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10:22 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,129 points
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09:36 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in 2017 grew by 18% to 13.84 mln t
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2018 January 22

18:10 Throughput of port Vysotsk up 3% to 17.55 mln t in 2017
17:53 Myanmar accedes to treaty covering bunker oil pollution damage
17:35 Hutchison Ports Thailand receives world’s largest quay cranes with advanced remote control technology at Laem Chabang Port
17:19 Port of Tallinn announces auction for equipment and structures of coal terminal in Muuga Harbor
17:05 ESPO supports more efficient but responsible management of waste from ships
16:50 Throughput of port Primorsk in 2017 down 11% Y-o-Y to 57.60 mln t
16:35 DP World and National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (Niif) Partner to create platform for investments in ports, transportation and logistics sector
16:21 Rosmorport’s icebreakers assisted 269 vessels at seaports of Russia this winter navigation season
16:05 Port of Rotterdam Authority puts hybrid vessel into operation
16:00 Throughput of port Ust-Luga up 11% to 103.29 mln t in 2017
15:34 Maritime engineering firm Intermarine UK opens new facility at Portland Port, Dorset
15:08 Boskalis supports V Forum of Dredging Companies as its Sponsor
15:04 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Gulf ports to North Europe and the Mediterranean
14:47 Damen signs contract with Canada’s Group Ocean for two Modular Multi Cats
14:26 Throughput of Big Port St. Petersburg up 10% to 53.64 mln t in 2017
13:59 Four vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on Jan 21-22
13:35 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 12,946 in RF spot market
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12:47 Kalinka Shipping congratulates North-Western Shipping Company on its 95th anniversary!
12:24 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,125 points
12:00 “K” Line announces delivery of 14000-TEU containership “MILANO BRIDGE”
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11:00 “K” Line announces delivery of ‘Corona’ Series coal carrier “CORONA WISDOM”
10:25 Brent Crude futures price up 0.29% to $68.81, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.22% to $63.45
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10:02 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) up 4.8% to 20.75 mln TEUs in 2017
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2018 January 21

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