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Offshore Regulator's Conference 2018 By Sharinna Byrd

Tim Duncan, chief executive officer of Talos Energy LLC, served as keynote speaker for the Second Inter-American Hydrocarbons Regulators Dialogue Conference last spring, part of an initiative by the University of Houston to create a forum for dialogue between hydrocarbon industry regulators, service companies, law firms and universities.

The conference was sponsored by the Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Center at the UH Law Center and the Subsea Systems Institute, a research center led by UH.

The biennial conference, focused on issues and solutions involving the offshore industry and drew representatives from the Brazilian Petroleum Agency; the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE); the Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries of Trinidad and Tobago; the Mexican Environmental National Agency for the Hydrocarbons Sector (ASEA); the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) UH and Texas A&M University, along with industry players such as Talos Energy and Bardasz, , which works with companies to solve technical issues in the oilfield.

Julian Cardenas Garcia, program coordinator and research assistant professor at the UH Law Center said these conferences are necessary to reduce the gap between the evolution of technology and regulation.

 “Our previous conference discussed only legal and regulatory issues from the point of view of industry attorneys and regulators,” said Cardenas. “This time we introduced a multidisciplinary approach tackling issues related to safety, human factors, big data, cyber security, robotics, petroleum engineering, and other important challenges of today’s oil and gas offshore industry.”

The gatherings take place every other year, but research is ongoing.

“In the meantime, every year we host regulators from Latin America and Canada and they come to the University of Houston speaker’s series,” said Cardenas. “We also have research and publications related to energy regulatory issues in the Americas.”

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