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USA - Up to $40m for Improved Safety and Environmental Sustainability in Offshore Energy

The funding will support research and development related to offshore oil, natural gas, wind and marine hydrokinetic energy production, with a focus on safety, environmental monitoring and operational improvements

Funding worth up to $40 million (£30m) has been announced to support additional improvements in safety and environmental sustainability in offshore energy exploration and production in the US.

The Department of the Interior Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and the Department of Energy (DOE) will jointly support a programme of research and development related to offshore oil, natural gas, wind and marine hydrokinetic energy production, with a focus on safety, environmental monitoring and operational improvements.

The funding for the Operation and Maintenance of the Ocean Energy Safety Institute (OESI 2.0) will be provided over a five-year period.

OESI was originally envisioned as an entity that would facilitate R&D on – and implementation of – operational improvements in the areas of offshore drilling safety and environmental protection, blowout containment and oil spill prevention and response.

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