May 17, 2020

Black Elk Ordered to Improve Safety After Rig Explosion

energy digital
Black Elk
Oil
oil spill
Admin
2 min
Safety violations finally add up to a deadly explosion
Following last week's deadly rig explosion off the coast of Louisiana that left one worker dead and another missing, Black Elk Energy has been ord...

 

Following last week's deadly rig explosion off the coast of Louisiana that left one worker dead and another missing, Black Elk Energy has been ordered to take immediate steps to improve the safety operations at its offshore platforms.

"Black Elk has repeatedly failed to operate in a manner that is consistent with federal regulations," James Watson, director of the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), said in a statement.

The explosion occurred on a rig about 25 miles southeast of Grand Isle, La. Unlike BP's Deepwater Horizon rig, the platform is a production platform, not an exploratory well. No major oil spill occurred, although the company told the US Coast Guard that up to 28 gallons of oil in the pipe may have spilled.

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The company runs some 854 wells on 155 platforms in Texas and Louisiana waters. The incident was not the first time Black Elk has run into problems with safety compliance. In 2012, the company logged 156 non-compliance issues, up from 99 in 2011 and 60 in 2010, according to agency data.

Black Elk has been involved with “a number of significant safety violations that demonstrate a disregard for the safety of personnel,” according to the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE).

 

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Apr 16, 2021

Hydrostor receives $4m funding for A-CAES facility in Canada

energystorage
Canada
Netzero
Dominic Ellis
2 min
The funding will be used to complete essential engineering and planning, and enable Hydrostor to take critical steps toward construction
The funding will be used to complete essential engineering and planning, and enable Hydrostor to take critical steps toward construction...

Hydrostor has received $4m funding to develop a 300-500MW Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES) facility in Canada.

The funding will be used to complete essential engineering and planning, and enable Hydrostor to plan construction. 

The project will be modeled on Hydrostor’s commercially operating Goderich storage facility, providing up to 12 hours of energy storage.

The project has support from Natural Resources Canada’s Energy Innovation Program and Sustainable Development Technology Canada.

Hydrostor’s A-CAES system supports Canada’s green economic transition by designing, building, and operating emissions-free energy storage facilities, and employing people, suppliers, and technologies from the oil and gas sector.

The Honorable Seamus O’Regan, Jr. Minister of Natural Resources, said: “Investing in clean technology will lower emissions and increase our competitiveness. This is how we get to net zero by 2050.”

A-CAES has the potential to lower greenhouse gas emissions by enabling the transition to a cleaner and more flexible electricity grid. Specifically, the low-impact and cost-effective technology will reduce the use of fossil fuels and will provide reliable and bankable energy storage solutions for utilities and regulators, while integrating renewable energy for sustainable growth. 

Curtis VanWalleghem, Hydrostor’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are grateful for the federal government’s support of our long duration energy storage solution that is critical to enabling the clean energy transition. This made-in-Canada solution, with the support of NRCan and Sustainable Development Technology Canada, is ready to be widely deployed within Canada and globally to lower electricity rates and decarbonize the electricity sector."

The Rosamond A-CAES 500MW Project is under advanced development and targeting a 2024 launch. It is designed to turn California’s growing solar and wind resources into on-demand peak capacity while allowing for closure of fossil fuel generating stations.

Hydrostor closed US$37 million (C$49 million) in growth financing in September 2019. 

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