Houston, 22 July 2013 – Guenther Oettinger, the European Commissioner for Energy, hosted a luncheon on 18 July in Houston to discuss safety leadership in waters across the globe where oil and gas companies operate. IADC was among a select group of leaders in the offshore oil and gas industry in attendance.
The Commissioner initiated a conversation focused on how industry can ensure the highest levels of safety for their workforce, with particular emphasis on the success of regulations drafted post Macondo. The resulting conversation centered on how best to reassure the public that the safety lessons learned are visibly embedded everywhere companies operate.
“We are pleased that the Commissioner recognized the important role IADC plays in representing the drilling community. We appreciated the opportunity to join an esteemed group of industry representatives to discuss improving industry standards. At its very core, IADC is about enhancing operational integrity and championing better regulation to support the mission of catalyzing improved performance for the whole of the industry,” said Stephen Colville, IADC President and CEO. “IADC supports the Commissions efforts toward improving standards for the industry. On behalf of our members, we look forward to building collaborative relationships with regulators around the world on regulations that are fair, transparent and efficient,” said Stephen Colville, IADC President and CEO.
IADC is dedicated to enhancing the interests of oil-and-gas and geothermal drilling contractors worldwide. IADC’s contract-drilling members own most of the world’s land and offshore drilling units and drill the vast majority of the wells that produce the planet’s oil and gas. IADC’s membership also includes oil-and-gas producers, and manufacturers and suppliers of oilfield equipment and services. Founded in 1940, IADC’s mission is to improve industry health, safety and environmental practices; advance drilling and completion technology; and champion responsible standards, practices, legislation and regulations that provide for safe, efficient and environmentally sound drilling operations worldwide. IADC holds Accredited Observer status at the International Maritime Organization and the International Seabed Authority, specialized agencies of the United Nations. The Association is a leader in developing standards for industry training, notably its Well Control Accreditation Program (WellCAP)® and rig-floor orientation program, RIG PASS®. IADC is headquartered in Houston and has offices in Washington D.C., the Netherlands, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates, as well as chapters in the UK, Venezuela, Brazil, Australasia, South Central Asia, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and across the United States. For more information, visit the IADC website at www.iadc.org.