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Mixed views on if US deepwater R&D has stalled

Friday, May 4, 2012

In a survey carried out at the Houston Offshore Technology Conference, respondents gave mixed answers to the question of whether research and development in deepwater research and development has stalled since the Macondo disaster.

52 per cent of respondents said it had slowed and 48 per cent said it hadn't.

The survey was carried out by offshore consultancy GL Noble Denton, asking questions to visitors to their stands, with a different question on each day of the event. The above question was asked on Wednesday.

Tuesday's question was whether operators should be liable for exploration and production risk. 66 per cent of respondents said that liability should always lie with the operator instead of the supplier. Whether the respondents saying this were mainly working for service companies was not disclosed.

Thursday's question was whether gas would replace oil as America's primary energy source by 2030. 56 per cent of participants said they thought it would, and 44 per cent thought it would not.



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