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  1. Oil & Gas News: Shell starts production at Stones in the Gulf of Mexico

    Shell announces today that production has started from the Stones development in the Gulf of Mexico . Stones is expected to produce around 50,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d) when fully ramped up at the end of 2017. Check out this COOL video ! The host facility for the world’s deepest offshore oil & gas project is a floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel. It is the thirteenth FPSO in Shell’s global deep-water portfolio and produces through subsea infrastructure beneath 9,500 feet (2,900 meters) of water. Stones underscores Shell’s long-standing leadership in using FPSOs to safely and responsibly unlock energy resources from deep-water assets around the world. “Stones is the latest example of our leadership, capability, and knowledge which are key to profitably developing our global deep-water resources,” said Andy Brown, Upstream Director, Royal Dutch Shell. “Our growing expertise in using such technologies in innovative ways will help us unlock more deep-water resources around the world.” Stones, which is 100% owned and operated by Shell, is the company’s second producing field from the Lower Tertiary geologic frontier in the Gulf of Mexico, following the start-up of Perdido in 2010. The project demonstrates Shell’s commitment to realizing significant cost savings through innovation. It features a more cost-effective well design, which requires fewer materials and lowers installation costs; this is expected to deliver up to $1 billion reduction in well costs once all the producers are completed. The FPSO is also specially designed to operate safely during storms. In the event of a severe storm or hurricane, it can disconnect and sail away from the field. Once the weather event has passed, the vessel would return and safely resume production. Shell’s global deep water business is a growth priority for the company and currently produces 600,000 boe/d. Deep-water production is expected to increase to more than 900,000 boe/d by the early 2020s from already discovered, established reservoirs. Three other Shell-operated projects are currently under construction or undergoing pre-production commissioning: Coulomb Phase 2 and Appomattox in the Gulf of Mexico and Malikai in Malaysia.

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    Tue, 6 Sep 2016

  2. FPL restores power to 85,000 affected by Hurricane Hermine

    About 11,000 customers remain without electricity

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    Fri, 2 Sep 2016

  3. PPL Electric Utilities introduces automated power restoration system

    A new automated power restoration system is turning the lights back on for PPL Electric Utilities customers in minutes, even before a work crew has made repairs 

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    Tue, 2 Aug 2016

  4. Transocean drilling rig runs aground off the Western Isles

    The Transocean Winner semisubmersible drilling rig has run aground after being blown ashore on the Western Isles offshore Scotland.

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    Tue, 9 Aug 2016

  1. ComEd restores 99 percent of customers affected by severe storms

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    Tue, 4 Aug 2015

  2. Exelon utilities ready for summer heat, storms

    Company investments in smart grid and storm-hardening will help prevent outages for more than 22 million people

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    Tue, 14 Jun 2016

  3. NERC sees improved electric reliability in 2015

    Key recommendations in the report for NERC and the power industry to focus on in the coming years are enhanced monitoring of the changing generation mix 

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    Wed, 18 May 2016

  4. Severe storms bring death, injuries, outages to U.S. South

    Alabama fared the worst in the weather fray, with 131 deaths and major damage across 16 counties

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    Thu, 28 Apr 2011

  5. PPL Electric Utilities prevents more than 400,000 power outages

    The best power outage is the one that never happens

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    Fri, 15 Jan 2016

  6. Study: Electric utilities cutting power outages, outage duration

    Most regions of the U.S. saw improved performance

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    Thu, 19 Nov 2015

  7. Safety products: App enables mobile crews to capture data for faster damage assessment, service restoration work

    Utility equipment: Oracle Utilities Operations Mobile Application provides on-demand resource to aid utilities’ field workforces during weather-related challenges.

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    Thu, 12 Nov 2015

  8. TVA nuclear power plants safe after severe weather

    The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) said it has activated its Transmission Emergency Operations Center to assess the damage and manage the response after severe storms took place on March 2.

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    Fri, 2 Mar 2012

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