Shell Wins 2010 NOIA Safety-in-Seas Award

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Thursday, April 22, 2010                                                                                               


Shell Wins 2010 NOIA Safety-in-Seas Award


Washington, DC – Shell Oil Company was awarded the 2010 National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) Safety in Seas Award today, recognizing their outstanding contribution to the safety of life offshore for energy workers in the design and execution of their Perdido project. 


Shell’s award-winning nomination was selected by a blue-ribbon panel of judges from the U.S. Coast Guard, the Minerals Management Service and the National Academy of Science’s Marine Board.  The judges awarded the prestigious honor in recognition of the company’s “Perdido Development.”


The Perdido Development consists of hydrocarbon production from ultra-deep water fields routed through a regional host facility. The Perdido Development area is located in the Western Gulf of Mexico about 200 miles south of Houston, TX and eight miles north of Mexican territorial waters.  The facility will accommodate at least 35 wells and operate in 7,800 feet of water depth. Perdido is designed to produce 100,000 barrels of oil and 200 million cubic feet of natural gas each day.


NOIA President Randall Luthi said “Shell demonstrated that safety is priority number one, and their commitment to this goal was evident in both the design phase of the project and in the execution phase. Shell went over and above the minimum requirements and exceeded the industry standards to ensure that Perdido was the safest possible project it could be.  Shell was willing to spend the time and money necessary to safeguard the well-being of their employees and the surrounding environment. We applaud the fact that the Coast Guard, the MMS and the National Academy of Sciences continue to recognize our industry’s achievement and we congratulate Shell for their valuable contribution to the enhancement of offshore safety and responsible environmental stewardship.”


Learn more about Shell’s Perdido Development.  



About the Safety in Seas Award: Acknowledging the significant contributions made by modern-day pioneers in their pursuit of the ocean frontier, Compass Publications, Inc., publishers of Sea Technology Magazine, established the NOIA Safety and Seas Award in 1978.  The award recognizes excellence among those who, by their actions, design or influence, have contributed to improving the safety of life offshore.   The award, now in its 32nd year, continues to serve as a testimony to the high standards associated with the rapid growth of the ocean industries.


About NOIA: NOIA is the only national trade association representing all segments of the offshore industry with an interest in the exploration and production of energy resources on the nation’s outer continental shelf.  The NOIA membership comprises more than 250 companies engaged in business activities ranging from producing to drilling, engineering to marine and air transport, offshore construction to equipment manufacture and supply, telecommunications to finance and insurance. 



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