2021IADC, Regulation, and LegislationSeptember/October


API Specification Q2 for quality management updated

API has issued the second edition of API Specification Q2, Quality Management for Service Supply Organizations for the Petroleum and Natural Gas Industry.

API began offering Q2 standard certifications in 2013. Since then, 150 sites around the world have achieved Q2 certification.

Changes in the second editions include:

• Harmonizing Q2 for service organizations with API Specification Q1 for manufacturers. The new edition of Q2 clarifies where the two programs have common requirements, making it easier for licensees to enhance efficiency and safety and meet both specifications.

• Adding requirements to ensure workers possess the required skills and knowledge and receive the proper training. This allows for more success in achieving the goals of the quality management system.

• Strengthening API and industry efforts on sustainability and environmental protection. Q2 supports several of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, including Access to Energy, Economic Growth and Resilient Infrastructure.

“Contracted firms do a substantial amount of work at natural gas and oil production sites, and operators seek certified manufacturers and supply firms to meet rigorous safety, environmental and sustainability requirements,” API Vice President of Segment Standards and Services Alexa Burr said. “This new edition enhances our work with these energy services companies around the world to uphold quality management requirements and further extends the reach of API’s best-in-class safety and efficiency standards.”

There will be a six-month window for organizations that were previously Q2-certified to update their quality management system to comply with the new edition.

Click here to access the API Specification Q2 webpage.

BSEE invites comment on decommissioning study

The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is inviting the public to comment on a proposal to conduct a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for decommissioning oil and gas platforms and other facilities on the Pacific Outer Continental Shelf. The input gathered will inform the scope of the PEIS. The preliminary proposed action is to authorize applications for complete removal of platforms and other facilities. Various decommissioning tools and techniques will be evaluated. 

Comments must be submitted by 7 September.

Click here to access the comment page.

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