MMS issued a broad agency announcement asking for proposed study topics and subject areas for FY 2003 TAR program research projects. In response, 54 engineering firms, universities and private consultants submitted brief white papers. MMS professionals in the TAR program evaluated these proposals and selected 14 of them. Nine of those 14 proposals were ultimately selected to receive contracts from FY 2003 available funds.
The projects are funded through the TAR Program, established in the 1970's to ensure that industry operations on the Outer Continental Shelf incorporate the use of the Best Available and Safest Technologies (BAST), as subsequently required through the 1978 Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act amendments. The new research efforts will provide needed engineering advice on drilling safety, well testing, cementing operations, coatings, integrity of high pressure–high temperature systems, and other topics.
The research contracts have been awarded to: West Engineering Services, Inc.; Det Norske Veritas; Cementing Solutions, Inc; MSL Services Corporation; Scandpower Risk Management, Inc.; BOMEL Engineering Consultants, Ltd.; and Colorado School of Mines, which received three contracts. Details of the research projects funded can be found in the attached factsheet.
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