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Community Open House - Nuiqsut, Kaktovik, Barrow

Shell visited Nuiqsut, Kaktovik and Barrow in late September to discuss plans for the 2011 drilling program. Discussions included an overview of the drilling program as well as new and traditional oil spill contingency plans.

Overview of 2011 Beaufort Sea Drilling Program

  • Up to two exploration wells in Camden Bay
  • Noble Discoverer drillship
  • Communication plan for avoiding conflicts with subsistence users
  • Zero discharge of: Drilling fluids; Cuttings after 20” casing; Treated sanitary and gray water; Ballast and bilge water
  • Three-tier oil spill response – offshore, near-shore and onshore
  • Oil spill response fleet on standby 24/7 near drilling location
  • Kulluk drill rig staged in Alaska waters and available to drill a relief well in the unlikely event it is needed
  • Arctic containment system to capture and recover hydrocarbons from a well control incident
  • BOP testing and enhancements: Testing every 7 days instead of every 14 days; Use of second set of shear rams; Sub-sea remote operating panel relocation
  • Supported by ice management and anchor handling vessels
  • Real time ice and weather forecasting
  • Deadhorse shorebase 
  • Crew changes by helicopter – routes determined through coordination and communication
  • Robust marine mammal monitoring program
  • Marine Mammal Observers (MMOs) on all vessels