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June Special Issue

The new Arctic-specific rules have created a higher regulatory bar for responding to spills in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas, but can the risks of Arctic development ever be adequately mitigated?

In the special Safety & Security issue of Offshore Technology Focus we also speak to Forensic Risk Alliance (FRA) to discover how companies can minimise their risk to corrupt practices, take a look at the financing agreement between the Mexican and UK governments and find out more about how operators can lower the risk of radiation and ensure the safety of crew members on the rig.

Moreover, we discover the many obstacles in the way of Shell‘s Arctic exploration and, finally, we discover how operators protect offshore assets in pirate alley.

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In this issue

Regulating the Arctic
New proposed Arctic-specific rules, unpopular with industry, have created a higher regulatory bar for responding to spills in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas, but can the risks of Arctic development ever be adequately mitigated? Chris Lo finds out more.
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Corrupt Practices
The Petrobras Brazil corruption scandal is one of the biggest to come out of the oil and gas industry to date. Heidi Vella-Starr speaks to Toby Duthie, co-founder of Forensic Risk Alliance to find out more.
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Down to Mexico
The financing agreement between the UK and Mexican governments to increase collaboration could carry considerable benefits for both countries’ offshore sectors. But is there a catch? Ross Davies finds out more.
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Radiation Risks
The risks of radiation leaks offshore are high; so how can operators ensure the safety of crew members on the rig? Elly Earls meets HSE‘s Michael Nettleton to find out.
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Treacherous Waters
Shell has received conditional approval for its plans to drill for oil in the Arctic but many obstacles remain in its path before exploration can begin. Adam Leach looks at the challenges that lie ahead.
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Policing Pirate Alley
As piracy remains endemic in the Gulf of Guinea and East Africa, protecting valuable offshore assets against attack is now a priority for upstream oil and gas operators. Julian Turner finds out more.
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Next issue preview

Recently, the Indian Government announced that Cairn Energy would have to pay a $1.6bn unpaid tax bill. We discuss what the future looks like for Cairn Energy.

Also, we discover what the falling price of oil means for those dependant on Venezuelan oil, find out the dangers posed by icebergs to offshore assets and also look at what home comforts might be at threat for those
working offshore.

Moreover, we discuss how the fossil fuel industry can add to the climate change debate and profile a project which aims to help the petroleum industry understand how to conserve local reef and animal populations.

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