Sea Technology

JUN 2017

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Page 23 of 72 June 2017 / st 23 Meeting yet again, delivering insight and clarity into the tu- multuous situation in the Middle East. Providing a detailed look into the geopolitical dynamics of the Middle East, Nasr provided analysis of the shifting Arab-American alliance and the erosion of traditional power structures. Nasr also examined the impact of the diminished energy dominance of the region. Tackling business performance and profitably, Shawn Rhodes discussed ways companies can improve their op- erational structure when addressing unexpected changes. As a former U.S. Marine correspondent, Rhodes drew on his prior experience in high-stress and high-risk environ- ments. Rhodes encouraged those in attendance to ensure their business strategy detailed three interrelated elements: planning, process and performance. The Offshore Renewables Committee hosted Jeff Gry- bowski, CEO of Deepwater Wind. Fresh off launching op- erations at Block Island Wind Farm (BIWF), the first U.S. off- shore wind farm, Grybowski spoke on the future of offshore wind in the U.S. Grybowski said his company is planning larger wind projects offshore New York and Massachusetts that will further demonstrate the capacity of offshore wind in the Atlantic. In addition, he predicts the robust offshore oil and gas supply chain will play a crucial role in support- ing offshore wind in the U.S., citing Deepwater Wind's hir- ing of fellow NOIA members Montco Offshore and Gulf Island Fabrication to aid in the construction and installation of the BIWF. Bryan Dempsey, senior vice president, chief commercial officer and general counsel of FairfieldNodal, spoke to the Geological & Geophysical Committee. In the session titled "Major Changes Coming to Gulf Permitting," Dempsey dove into current challenges facing the seismic industry. These is- sues included the Draft Programmatic Environmental Im- pact Statement for seismic surveys, incidental take regula- tions, ongoing litigation and modernization of the Marine Mammal Protection Act. The Public Affairs and Education Committee (PAEC) en- joyed two speakers. Opening the session was IPAA/PESA Petroleum Academy graduate Ashley Menendez. A current chemical engineering student at Howard University, she delivered an inspiring message about STEM education, the Petroleum Academies and what science and engineering have meant to her life. Mark P. Mills, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, also spoke to the PAEC. Discussing the idea of "peak demand" for fossil fuels, Mills discussed the economic and physical limitations of nonfossil fuel energy sources. Providing more political analysis, Chris Hansen, execu- tive director of the National Republican Senatorial Com- mittee (NRSC), predicted what is in store for Republicans and Democrats during the 2018 midterm elections. Han- sen said that many of the "battleground" states in 2018 lean much more favorably toward Republicans. Hansen noted that both Republicans and Democrats are already working in these states, laying the groundwork for what should be an active 2018. Panels, Working Meetings The 2017 NOIA Annual Meeting also featured several panels on key issues affecting the offshore industry. In the session titled, "Preparing for the Turnaround: What Mexico

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