Research Categories / International Activities

Arctic Pipeline Standards Comprehensive Review

Provide the BSEE Alaska Region with a comprehensive review and gap analysis of current United States (U.S.), State of Alaska and
international regulations, standards, and related specifications and technical reports for offshore hydrocarbon carrying pipelines in
Arctic conditions incorporating the new Federal Arctic Rule and including, but not limited to, American Petroleum Institute (API)
documents. Report on the state of the art and emerging technology of offshore hydrocarbon carrying pipelines in Arctic conditions

International Offshore Energy Exploration

The BSEE is seeking expert assistance to better inform BSEE decision-makers about current and future technical, regulatory and programmatic assistance programs and safety and environmental concerns worthy of BSEE engagement and interaction. The objective is to find technical, regulatory, and policy parallels in other countries to better inform BSEE management about how to improve BSEE'S own regulatory policies and structures to better regulate the industry.

TAP-624-Beaufort and Chukchi Sea Ice Design Criteria

During the 1980s the probability of impact by an extreme ice feature, or EIF, that would generate extreme loads on a production platform in the Southern Beaufort Sea, was identified as a key design criterion. In recent years the effects of climate change on the arctic climate and ice cover has received increasing attention. The changing climate already appears to be contributing to the deterioration of the ice shelves of the western Arctic Islands with the increased calving of ice islands (II).

TAP-564-Full Scale Monitoring Marco Polo JIP

The Joint Industry Project (JIP) conducted 24-hour monitoring of floating platform motions on the 'Marco Polo' TLP platform. It was continuously registering all platform motion related indicators during hurricanes and other weather conditions in the Gulf of Mexico Region.

Objectives:

normal and hurricane level wind data collection loop currents platform motions tensions/risers motions VIV behavior of tendons/risers extreme loads/fatigue life of the platform structure

TAP-576-Measurement of the Effect of Magnetism on Hydrogen Cracking Susceptibility of Pipeline Steels

This research studied hydrogen damage susceptibility (e.g., cracking and pitting) of steel pipe due to the effect on magnetism in combination with cathodic protection. This recent phase (Phase III) of research built on findings made during Phase I that ended in December 2005 (TAP Study 487) and Phase II that ended in February 2007 (TAP Study 522).

TAP-585-Mitigating Oil Spills from Offshore Oil and Gas Activities by Enhancement of Oil-Mineral Aggregate Formation

This research project will assess the feasibility of a marine oil spill countermeasure strategy based on the stimulation of oil-mineral aggregate (OMA) formation. Experiments will be conducted on both laboratory and wave tank systems under controlled conditions to evaluate its potential effectiveness for the treatment of oil spills from ships, facilities or pipelines. Conceptual mathematical models will be developed from the data to identify the fundamental processes affecting operational effectiveness as a means to provide guidance for field operations.

TAP-605-Cooperative Research on Extreme Seas and their Impact to Floating Structures

In the offshore and shipping industry, extreme wave events have led to extensive damage and destruction of offshore structures. Hurricanes Ivan, Rita, Katrina, Gustav and Ike that hit the Gulf of Mexico and severe storm events experienced in the North Sea illustrate the importance of extreme wave design for all types of offshore structures. As the U.S. grows increasingly dependent on the steady supply of energy from federal offshore oil and gas reserves, BOEMRE remains attentive to new technologies that safeguard offshore energy facilities, their personnel, and the environment.

TAP-505-Step Changes in Drilling Technology 2004 Workshop

This JIP workshop presented by IADC worked with industry contractors and government representatives on dissemination of the latest new technology in drilling, well control and safety practices in the offshore oil and gas industry from the Canada, Mexico, England, Norway and US field of operations. The workshop was held on June 22, 23, 2004, in Galveston, Texas. The main objective was to help IADC disseminate new technology in offshore drilling. The workshop brought together the best know-how from industry, research and international government agencies.

TAP-507-Correlating Results of Ohmsett Dispersant Test with At-Sea Trials: Workshop to Coordinate Publications and Prioritize Follow-up Research

The goal of this project was to coordinate the publications of results of the 2003 MMS-sponsored 'Correlating Results of Ohmsett Dispersant Tests with Identical At-Sea Trials' study by SL Ross and A. Lewis 2004. The results of the other spin-off projects were aimed at correlating results of other dispersant effectiveness testing procedures with results of the June 2003 UK at-sea trials, and identify, plan and coordinate follow-up dispersant effectiveness experiments at Ohmsett.

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