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May 4, 2001
Rep. Gene Taylor to keynote Gulf Offshore
As the skipper of a search and rescue boat for 10 years, he is one of only a handful of members who have hands-on experience in the U.S. Coast Guard. Taylor served in the Coast Guard Reserve from 1971-1984. While serving in the Coast Guard he received the Commandant's Letter of Commendation for fire fighting and a letter of Commendation for saving the life of a crew member.
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ABS to develop Brazilian offshore regulations
The contract calls for the development of a comprehensive regulatory model to address all aspects of operational safety throughout field life for Brazils offshore exploration and production, says Dr. Henrique Paula, vice president, South America, for ABS Group.
"Our experience in researching and drafting Brazils offshore regulatory model will place us in a knowledgeable position to assist operators worldwide that are eager to participate in Brazils burgeoning deepwater market," said Paula.
A final report on Brazils offshore regulations, adds Paula, is expected to be in place before year-end.
"ABS Groups extensive experience in the regulatory arena, and its global expertise with floating production units, make it uniquely suited to write Brazils offshore regulations," said Paula.
Dr. Malcolm Sharples, ABS vice president of Offshore Project Development, explains that ABS developed the offshore industrys first regulations in 1968; classed the industrys first mobile offshore drilling unit; the first floating production/storage offloading unit; and the first Spar. Most recently, ABS issued the industrys first Rules for Floating Production Units in 2000.
ABS has classed some 15 floating production facilities operating offshore Brazil.
ABS Group will develop Brazils regulatory model using a five-stage plan, says Paula. It will include a series of four workshops, where international expertise in regulatory development and application can be considered.
During workshop 4, ABS Group will present ANP with a regulatory model for review and discussion.
"The workshops will allow for free and open discussion of relevant issues, with the goal of developing a regulatory model that best meets the needs of ANP. The fourth workshop will engender significant discussion, with a final regulatory model to result," said Paula.
"The final regulatory document will provide Brazil with an ideal model for its local conditions and its life-of-field requirements," said Paula.