BOEMRE Approves Fifth Deepwater Drilling Permit

Friday, March 25, 2011

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) approved a fifth deepwater drilling permit on March 24 that complies with rigorous new safety standards implemented in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and resulting oil spill. This includes satisfying the requirement to demonstrate the capacity to contain a subsea blowout. The approved permit is a revised permit to drill a new well for Chevron USA Inc.’s Well #1 in Keathley Canyon Block 736 in 6,750 ft. water depth, approximately 216 miles off the Louisiana coastline, south of Lafayette, La. Today’s is the first deepwater permit approved for completely new exploration since the deepwater drilling moratorium was lifted; this means that this is the first exploratory well drilled into this reservoir or field, which has never produced.

 
“Today’s permit approval further demonstrates industry’s ability to meet and satisfy the enhanced safety requirements associated with deepwater drilling, including the capability to contain a deepwater loss of well control and blowout,” said BOEMRE Director Michael R. Bromwich. “We will continue to review and approve those applications that demonstrate the ability to operate safely in deep water.” 
 
Initial drilling on Chevron’s Well #1 began March 2010. Drilling was suspended on June 9, 2010 due to the temporary drilling suspensions imposed following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. 
 
Chevron has contracted with the Marine Well Containment Corporation to use its capping stack to stop the flow of oil should a well control event occur. As part of its approval process, the bureau reviewed Chevron’s containment capability available for the specific well proposed in the permit application and confirmed that the capabilities of the capping stack met the requirements specific to the proposed well’s characteristics.

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