Offshore Network: Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Joins Leading Operators at Offshore Well Control Conference

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Lars Herbst, Regional Director for the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Region of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental and Enforcement (BSEE), is confirmed to address key operators, drilling contractors and service companies involved in drilling activities in the Gulf of Mexico at the Offshore Well Control Conference in Houston on May 28 – 29:

Mr Herbst will update the industry on the regulators latest information for well control events prevention and response. The presentation will focus on a discussion around loss of well control events, analysis of recent events in the Gulf of Mexico and a look at key prevention and response issues.

This critical and extremely topical discipline is one of the highest priority issues in the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster and the input of Mr Herbst will be extremely valuable in discussions that include contributions from Shell, ConocoPhillips, Talisman Energy, Transocean, Halliburton and Baker Hughes, amongst others. Well control, or blow-out prevention, is both a complex and critical aspect of any drilling program in the Gulf of Mexico. A robust well control program ensures the safety of the workforce, the reliability of equipment and protects the environment from the release of hydrocarbons.

However, this is a rapidly developing discipline with multiple industry programs, joint industry partnerships and developments underway. It’s crucial that all stakeholders in Gulf of Mexico drilling operations are aware of the latest developments associated with well control and are implementing them in their programs.

Other confirmed participants include leading industry players such as BP, Chevron, Hess Corporation, Marathon Oil, Stone Energy, Total, Transocean, Diamond Offshore, Maersk Drilling, Noble Corporation and Pacific Drilling. With up to 200 senior level well control decision makers expected onsite over two days, the discussions that take place will influence drilling programs and project execution for the foreseeable future and are not to be missed.

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About Lars Herbst, Regional Director for the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Region of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental and Enforcement (BSEE):
As Regional Director, Mr. Herbst directs BSEE’s regulatory program involving all oil and gas operations in the Gulf of Mexico including more than 150 operators with 2,600 platforms and a weekly average of 115 drilling rigs. He manages a staff of 350, which includes petroleum engineers, structural engineers, geologists, geophysicists, and environmental scientists.

Mr. Herbst began his federal career with the former Minerals Management Service in 1983 as a staff engineer in the Gulf of Mexico OCS Region’s Technical Assessment Unit. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Louisiana and holds a BS degree in petroleum engineering from Louisiana State University.

BSEE promotes safety, protects the environment, and conserves resources offshore through vigorous regulatory oversight and enforcement.

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