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BOEMRE to change offshore inspection process and add training centre

21 June 2011

After the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) promised to step up offshore inspections, Director Michael R. Bromwich has announced that BOEMRE will begin to use multiple-person inspection teams for offshore oil and gas operations, and that BOEMRE is establishing a National Offshore Training Centre.

“We are bolstering our inspection programme with additional resources and new approaches,” said Bromwich. “As more inspectors are hired, we will be deploying multi-disciplinary inspection teams instead of individual inspectors, providing broader oversight to ensure that offshore operators are complying with federal regulations and conducting their operations in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.”

In addition to the training centre, BOEMRE has developed its first formal training curriculum. An initial introductory course was held recently for 13 new BOEMRE inspectors. In the coming months, 24 additional courses will be developed covering specific areas of offshore inspections.

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