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The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) has approved an eighth deepwater drilling permit that complies with the new safety standards implemented in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill. The permit is for a sidetrack on Eni’s SS001 well in Mississippi Canyon block 460. The well lies in 2,823 ft of water some 57 mi southeast of Venice, Louisiana. BOEMRE said that Eni had satisfied all requirements, including demonstrating the capacity to contain a subsea blowout. “This is the eighth deepwater well permitted to drill since Feb. 17, when industry demonstrated that it had the capacity to handle subsea blowouts and spills,” BOEMRE Director Michael R. Bromwich said in a statement. “The progress in permitting deepwater drilling is directly related to industry’s ability to meet and satisfy the enhanced safety requirements associated with deepwater drilling, including the capability to contain a deepwater loss of well control and blowout.” A few days earlier, the agency had granted a permit to Shell to drill a new well in Garden Banks block 427, in water depths of 2,721 ft.
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