The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy have agreed to work together on ongoing offshore research and technological improvement projects.
The agencies have signed a memorandum of collaboration to work together to ensure safe, sustainable offshore production of oil and natural gas.
As part of the agreement, the agencies will focus on three primary objectives – building safety through technological improvements, supporting research and development for offshore operations.
In addition, BSEE and the DOE will work together to support the implementation of recommendations arising from various investigations and studies related to the Deepwater Horizon tragedy.
BSEE director James Watson said the Memorandum of Collaboration will ensure that ongoing activities of the two agencies will continue to be appropriately coordinated.
"We will continue to prevent duplication and increase the effectiveness of our ability to create a regulatory environment that fosters the safe and responsible development of the nation’s energy resources," Watson added.
DOE assistant secretary Christopher Smith said: "This is research that makes offshore oil and gas operations safer and environmentally sustainable while promoting our nation’s energy security."
Earlier in June 2013, the BSEE and US Coast Guard announced they will cooperate to effectively regulate mobile offshore drilling units (MODU) on the Outer Continental Shelf.
In May 2013, the BSEE announced it is taking steps to launch an independent Ocean Energy Safety Institute, to improve safe and responsible operations across the offshore oil and gas industry.
Image: BSEE, DOE to collaborate on offshore technological improvement projects. Photo courtesy of Freedigitalphotos.