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JUL 2018

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22 ST | July 2018 www.sea-technology.com installation of Block Island Wind Farm in Rhode Island, including the design and use of a crew transfer vessel (CTV) and a transfer/ascent/descent system using self-re- tracting lifeline (SRL) fall-arrest technology. Jeff Grybows- ki, president and CEO of Deepwater Wind, accepted the award. Deepwater Wind logged more than 40,000 offshore person-hours without a safety incident during Block Island Wind Farm's first year of operation. Speakers Following a heartfelt and rousing NOIA welcome, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) discussed a wide range of policies affecting the offshore industry and captivated the NOIA audience by recounting his near fa- tal gunshot attack last summer. Scalise talked openly of faith, family and friends that saw him through his ordeal, and how truly grateful he feels to return to a job he loves so dearly. As whip, his primary job is to find 218 votes for the House's legislative priorities, and he provided his unique perspective on last year's near miss to repeal the Affordable Care Act and this year's success on tax relief. NOIA members also warmly welcomed Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. Speaking on the Trump Adminis- tration's energy policies, Perry provided insight on the active role that the Department of Energy plays in global energy markets. Drawing upon lessons learned while he was governor of Texas, Perry said he believes that most energy shortages are due not to a lack of resources, but rather to a failure of imagination and policy. Creating more regulations that favor one source of energy over another is, therefore, not the best way to increase the availability of affordable and reliable energy. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt joined NOIA President Randall Luthi for a friendly, wide-ranging talk that repeatedly underscored the need for regulatory certainty and broke down EPA's progress on reforming policies to provide greater ac- countability. Pruitt also discussed EPA's efforts to promote stewardship rather than strict prohibition. Interior Assistant Secretary for Lands & Minerals Man- agement Joe Balash shared an insider's view of the de- partment's priorities, saying that "all of the above energy" is a "principle, not a slogan" within his team. He added that the Interior Department is continuing its efforts to ensure regulations are smart, fair and effective and pro- vided an overview of rules and processes that Interior is currently reexamining. RAdm. Linda Fagan, deputy commandant for opera- tions, policy and capabilities for the U.S. Coast Guard, spoke on the significant challenges facing the U.S. mar- itime sector. Changing dynamics in the Arctic and other areas require more attention given by policy makers to ensure the Coast Guard is able to respond to new needs. In addition, Fagan spoke about energy production in the Gulf of Mexico and along the Atlantic seaboard, as well as growing cybersecurity challenges that maritime oper- ators are facing. Vali R. Nasr, dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Ad- vanced and International Studies, delivered insight and clarity into the tumultuous situation in the Middle East. Providing a timely look into the geopolitical dynamics of the region, Nasr provided analysis of the conflict in Syria, the role of Iran in the region and Russia's influence in the region. Nasr also examined the impact of the region's diminished energy dominance. Panel Discussions NOIA's Geological & Geophysical (G&G) Committee hosted a panel discussion entitled "Regulatory Challeng- es to Continued & Expanded Access & Production." The discussion was moderated by IAGC President Nikki Mar- tin and featured BP's Gulf of Mexico/Canada Regional President Starlee Sykes, Deep Gulf Energy CEO Richard Clark and NOAA Chief of Staff Stuart Levenbach. Fo- cusing on seismic permitting challenges in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic, as well as efforts to remedy obstacles, Sykes and Clark discussed their outlooks for exploration in the Gulf, including the geophysical needs and programs envisioned to support exploration and continued production. Levenbach provided a regulatory outlook with a valuable perspective on the Trump Ad- ministration's initiatives to ensure continued geophysical activities supporting exploration and production (E&P) in the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). A panel on "Mexico Gulf of Mexico Chapter III: A Major View" tackled Mexico's rapidly growing offshore industry. Moderator Carri Lockhart, senior vice president of offshore development and production of Statoil, was joined by panelists Enrique Hildalgo, president of Exx- onMobil Exploration and Production Mexico; Raymundo Piñones, general director of the Mexico Association of Hydrocarbons (AMEXHI); Luis Martinez, chief of staff for the National Agency for Safety, Energy & Environment (ASEA); and Martin Stäuble, vice president of exploration for North America and Brazil for Shell. The panelists provided a firsthand account of the chal- lenges and opportunities found offshore Mexico. Each underscored the remarkable speed in which Mexico is developing its offshore resources, pointing to a vibrant "Focusing on seismic permitting challenges in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic, as well as efforts to remedy obstacles, Sykes and Clark discussed their outlooks for exploration in the Gulf, including the geophysical needs and programs envisioned to support exploration and continued production."

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